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Female prison worker, New York escapees plotted husband's murder: prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:53

Joyce Mitchell stands with her lawyer Steven Johnston as she appears before Judge Buck Rogers in Plattsburgh City Court, PlattsburghNEW YORK (Reuters) - The female prison worker in custody for helping two New York inmates escape had discussed with the convicts a murder-for-hire plot targeting her husband, Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie said on Wednesday. Joyce Mitchell, 51, was arrested last week in connection with escape of Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 35, who broke out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, about 20 miles south of the Canadian border, nearly two weeks ago. (Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Bill Trott)


Despite cold-shortened season, US maple syrup production up

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:52

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2011 file photo, bottles of maple syrup sit in a window in East Montpelier, Vt. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said maple syrup production was up in the 2015 season. Vermont continues to lead the nation by far, producing most of the syrup in the country, followed by New York and Maine. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Colder-than-normal temperatures shortened the Northeast's maple sugaring season this year, but overall syrup production in the U.S. still managed to stay strong, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.


Truck, SUV collide in Elsmere, 2 injured

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:52

Truck, SUV collide in Elsmere, 2 injuredTwo people were injured in a crash in Elsmere, Delaware.


Phone call leads police to woman's body in Logan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:47

Phone call leads police to woman's body in LoganPhiladelphia police say a phone call to family members has led investigators to the body of a woman in Logan.


Dalai Lama to receive Liberty Medal for human rights work

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:46

FILE - In a Friday, May 29, 2015 file photo, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gestures as he talks during a special ritual ceremony at the Tibetan Children's Village School in Dharmsala, India. The National Constitution Center CEO Jeffrey Rosen announced Wednesday, June 17, 2015 that the Dalai Lama will be honored with Philadelphia’s Liberty Medal for his efforts to promote compassion and human rights around the globe. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Dalai Lama will be honored with Philadelphia's Liberty Medal for his efforts to promote compassion and human rights around the globe.


Clarification: Menendez Probe story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:45

FILE - In this April 2, 2015, file photo, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez waits to speak outside federal court in Newark, N.J. A federal judge in Newark is scheduled to hear oral arguments Tuesday, June 16, 2015, on whether the corruption case against Sen. Bob Menendez stays in New Jersey or is moved to Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — In a story June 16, The Associated Press reported that Sen. Bob Menendez was charged in a 22-count indictment. The story should have explained that Menendez was charged with 14 of the 22 counts. His co-defendant, Salomon Melgen, faces 12 counts as part of the same indictment.


Washington subway has serious safety shortfalls, regulators say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:39
Washington's troubled subway system suffers from serious safety lapses and needs to improve immediately, the Federal Transit Administration said on Wednesday, six months after a tunnel fire in the U.S. capital killed one person. The agency found 54 shortfalls at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, or Metro, with all but 10 in its subway, the second-busiest in the United States, it said in an inspection report. The sprawling rail-and-bus system is not unsafe but needs to emphasize implementing safety procedures that are already in place, said FTA acting Administrator Therese McMillan.

Tropical Depression Bill soaks Texas, kills one, brings flood worries

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:34

Flooding is pictured from a Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter as it flies over GalvestonBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Tropical Depression Bill drenched large parts of Texas on Wednesday, turning streets into lakes, raising flood worries and killing at least one person in the state where severe weather killed about 30 people last month. There were scores of traffic accidents related to Bill, the second named tropical storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season. It was downgraded from a tropical storm on Wednesday as it lost power.


U.S. postal workers turn Scrooge, poor kids lose: authorities

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:31
Federal authorities have accused three U.S. postal workers of being Scrooges, by writing fake letters to Santa Claus to get Christmas gifts meant for poor children. Terry Jackson, 22, Mahogany Strickland, 23, and Nickyeves Saintalbord, 28, all worked on the U.S. Postal Service's "Operation Santa" program in 2013, according to a criminal complaint made public on Wednesday in federal court in New York.

Shark attack survivor: Fish was 'biting up my left arm'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:27

 Fish was 'biting up my left arm'A teen seriously wounded after a shark attack in North Carolina says he felt the big fish before he saw it and didn't realize what it was until it was "biting up my left arm."


Suspects wanted in Germantown home invasion, robbery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:25

Suspects wanted in Germantown home invasion, robberyPhiladelphia police are looking for two armed men who pulled off a home invasion and robbery in Germantown.


Teen fatally shot after using cellphone tracker to locate stolen phone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:24

Teen fatally shot after using cellphone tracker to locate stolen phonePolice say a teen was gunned down while trying to track down his lost cellphone.


Judge dismisses fifth juror in Colorado movie massacre trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:22

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The judge in the Colorado movie theater massacre trial on Wednesday dismissed a fifth juror, who said she recognized a survivor of the July 2012 mass shooting and prompted the defense to seek her removal. The dismissal leaves a panel of 19 jurors, including 14 women and five men, to hear the murder trial of former neuroscience graduate student James Holmes, who is charged with fatally shooting 12 people and wounded 70 others during the premiere of a Batman film at a Denver-area multiplex. Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos Samour said he was letting the latest juror go because she had not been entirely open about knowing a wounded survivor of the rampage who testified during the trial's second week.


NY auto dealers to pay $14 million for selling illegal services

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:21
Three New York auto dealers have agreed to pay nearly $14 million to customers who were unlawfully sold credit repair, identity theft protection and other services along with their vehicles, state officials said on Wednesday. Some 15,000 customers of the jointly owned Paragon Honda in Woodside, Paragon Acura and White Plains Honda, located in New York City and neighboring Westchester County, will receive restitution payments as part of the settlement reached with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. "When consumers shop for a car, they deserve to be dealt with honestly and fairly – and not to be misled by auto dealers who use deceptive tactics to fleece their own customers,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

Man stabbed, shot and robbed in Logan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:18

Man stabbed, shot and robbed in LoganPhiladelphia police are looking for two men and a woman following a violent attack on a man in the Logan neighborhood.


Judge refuses mistrial for man accused of killing stripper

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:06
GRETNA, La. (AP) — A judge has rejected a request for a mistrial in the case of a man accused of killing and dismembering a New Orleans stripper on the grounds that he did a poor job defending himself.

Massachusetts murderer's lawyers seek move for death-penalty retrial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:00
A federal judge in Boston on Wednesday indicated that the upcoming death-penalty trial for an admitted triple murderer will likely remain in Massachusetts, despite defense lawyers' arguments it will be impossible to seat an impartial jury in the state. Gary Lee Sampson was sentenced to death in 2003 for murdering two men who picked him up while he was hitchhiking in Massachusetts and later killing a third man after he fled to New Hampshire. Sampson's lawyers argued the intense publicity surrounding the case and the recent death-penalty trial of the Boston Marathon bomber will make it impossible to seat an unbiased jury in Massachusetts.

Federal judge rules Minnesota sex offender program unconstitutional; orders more proceedings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 23:58
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal judge rules Minnesota sex offender program unconstitutional; orders more proceedings.

Federal judge rules Minnesota sex offender program unconstitutional; orders more proceedings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 23:58
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal judge rules Minnesota sex offender program unconstitutional; orders more proceedings.