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Body of American found in suitcase in Indonesian island of Bali

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:54
The body of an American tourist from Chicago has been found stuffed into a suitcase in Indonesia's resort island of Bali and the victim's daughter and her boyfriend have been arrested for what police suspect was a gruesome murder. "There has been no confession yet but the couple are now being detained and interrogated," Hery Wiyanto, Bali police spokesman, told Reuters by phone, adding the killing took place on Tuesday. Heather Louise Mack, 19, and Tommy Schaefer, 21, were arrested on Wednesday after a day-long chase. Ida Bagus Putu Alit, a forensic expert at the hospital that conducted an autopsy, said Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, had been "hit by a blunt object and the blows were concentrated on the face and head." "There were signs of a struggle by the victim as there were bruises on her arms and some fingers were broken," Alit added.

Good Samaritan helps tire slashing victim in NE Phila.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:52

Good Samaritan helps tire slashing victim in NE Phila.Tires were slashed on nearly a dozen cars in Northeast Philadelphia and a Good Samaritan stepped in to help one of the victims.


Arizona convicted murderer asks for sentencing retrial delay

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:51

Jodi Arias, (R), looks at her defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Convicted murderer Jodi Arias, serving as her own attorney, asked an Arizona judge on Wednesday to delay her upcoming sentencing phase retrial for murdering her ex-boyfriend in 2008. In her first full court hearing defending herself, Arias said the postponement was needed because of problems meeting with a witness in the headline-grabbing murder case that is scheduled to resume on Sept. 8. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens set a hearing to consider the motion to delay on Aug. 22. Stephens has warned the 34-year-old former waitress from California that she would reject any delay to the retrial if it is caused by Arias representing herself.


Judge: Upper Merion man convicted in sword killings, but mentally ill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:51

 Upper Merion man convicted in sword killings, but mentally illAn Upper Merion man has been convicted of murdering his parents and brother over three years ago.


Ex-CEO of red-light camera company indicted

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:48
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal investigation in Chicago of one of the nation's largest red-light camera programs has led to charges against the former CEO of a Phoenix-based company.

Divided Penn State board affirms commitment to NCAA sanctions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:44
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Penn State University trustees voted on Wednesday to affirm their commitment to sanctions imposed by the NCAA following the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal, turning back a challenge by board members who think the consent agreement is too harsh. The board voted by a more than 2-to-1 ratio to endorse the university's continued compliance with a package of penalties imposed by the nation's collegiate athletic governing body in response to crimes by Sandusky, a former assistant football coach. “We have set a high standard of compliance,” said Keith W. Eckel, a farmer from Clarks Summit who holds one of the six agriculture seats on the board. “It would be a major mistake to turn back now.” Dissident trustees wanted to scrap sanctions such as a four-year ban on Penn State playing in football bowl games and tighter limits on football scholarships.

Ferguson police chief says officer involved in shooting was injured

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:42
Ferguson, Missouri, Police Chief Thomas Jackson said on Wednesday the officer involved in the shooting of a black, unarmed teenager last weekend had been injured during the incident and was treated in the hospital for swelling on the side of his face. The officer involved has not been named.

Report: NSA eyed preset strikes in cyberattacks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:41

The NSA is developing an automatic malware-killerThe National Security Agency secretly planned a cyberwarfare program that could automatically fire back at cyberattacks from foreign countries without any human involvement, creating the risk of accidentally starting a war, according to a new report based on interviews with former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.


Officer hurt after suspected DUI driver hits police cruiser in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:36

Officer hurt after suspected DUI driver hits police cruiser in Atlantic CityPolice say a suspected DUI driver hit a police cruiser in Atlantic City, injuring an officer who was directing traffic around flooding.


Car plows into music store in Mill Creek, Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:32

Car plows into music store in Mill Creek, DelawareAuthorities are trying to determine what caused a motorist to lose control of her vehicle and slam into a business in Mill Creek, Delaware.


Robin Williams: Bay Area made him feel normal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:30

FILE - In this file photo from Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, actor Robin Williams hugs San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal during the first inning of Game 1 of baseball's National League Division Series in San Francisco. Williams was everywhere in San Francisco, it seemed, as he made a place for himself in the everyday fabric of a city where he once said he passed for normal. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams was everywhere in San Francisco, it seemed, as he made a place for himself in the everyday fabric of a city where he once said he passed for normal.


Daughter of Robin Williams faced online abuse

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:25

Daughter of Robin Williams faced online abuseNEW YORK (AP) — Robin Williams' daughter has abandoned her online social media accounts in disgust following what she called "cruel and unnecessary" messages following her father's death, a move that has prompted Twitter to explore how it handles such situations.


US victims of Hamas terror attacks go after bank

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:24
NEW YORK (AP) — Steve Averbach was seated on a packed commuter bus in Jerusalem in 2003 when a Hamas suicide bomber disguised as an Orthodox Jew set off an explosion that left the New Jersey native paralyzed.

Atlantic City aims to counter bad publicity with ad campaign

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:21
Atlantic City's supporters have launched an ad campaign to reverse what they see as an onslaught of bad publicity about the New Jersey seaside resort, where four of 12 casinos have recently announced plans to close. Full-page ads to appear on Thursday in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Newark Star-Ledger and Wall Street Journal show the city's beach earlier this month during a free concert by country stars Lady Antebellum attended by 65,000 people. Atlantic City Alliance, the marketing agency behind the city's "Do AC" slogan, bought the ads, which will run two days after the city's newest casino, the $2.4 billion Revel, said it would shut down after less than three years in business. "The image is that this city is dead," said Liza Cartmell, the president of the Atlantic City Alliance.

Los Angeles police investigate shooting of unarmed black man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:01
By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles police are investigating the shooting death of an unarmed black man by an officer during an "investigative stop" that led to a struggle, a police spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The incident on Monday night in the city's southern Newton district came two days after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by police in Missouri triggered protests and riots. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said the shooting occurred after the suspect allegedly tried to grab an officer's gun. "The actual struggle occurred because the suspect was going for the officer's gun," LAPD Officer Liliana Preciado told Reuters.

Jodi Arias seeks delay of penalty phase retrial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 03:56

Jodi Arias, right, looks at her defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Phoenix, Ariz. Arias is asking for a delay in the penalty phase retrial of her murder case while a judge considers whether to allow one of her attorneys to quit the proceedings. She was convicted last year in the 2008 murder of her ex-boyfriend, but the jury deadlocked on a sentence. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, Pool)PHOENIX (AP) — Jodi Arias asked a judge Wednesday to postpone the second penalty phase of her murder trial, explaining she would no longer represent herself if one of her two attorneys is allowed to quit the case.


Father of dead driver lashes out at Tony Stewart in newspaper interview

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 03:56

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart, of the number 14 car, speaks with crew members in the garage during practice for the Daytona 500 qualifying at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach(Reuters) - The father of a race car driver fatally struck by NASCAR's Tony Stewart over the weekend lashed out in a newspaper interview at the three-time champion for not seeing his son standing on the track. Sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. died on Saturday when Stewart's car hit the 20-year-old as he was walking on the dirt track in Canandaigua, New York, to confront Stewart after his car bumped Ward's. "Apparently, Tony Stewart was the only one driving out there who didn't see him," Kevin Ward Sr. told the Syracuse Post-Standard on Tuesday.


App to hail taxis, limos launches in Las Vegas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 03:54
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas visitors can now hail a ride from a taxi or limo company using their smartphone, even if they can't use the popular ridesharing apps available in many other U.S. cities.

High-res photo satellite launched from California

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 03:49
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A satellite designed to produce high-resolution images of Earth from space has been successfully launched from a military base on California's Central Coast.

Probation for suspect in Utah mall shooting plot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 03:47
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man who faced up to 15 years in prison in a mass shooting plot at an upscale mall has been sentenced to probation and is receiving mental health treatment.