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Woman sentenced to 219 years in prison in sex ring case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:16

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2014 file photo, Wendy Wood Holland, 35, appears in the Baldwin County Circuit Court in Bay Minette, Ala. A judge on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, sentenced Holland to 219 years in prison for her role in an incestuous sex ring accused of molesting children for years. Another defendant, William Brownlee, got a 20-year prison sentence. Authorities say the two were part of a group of relatives and friends who sexually abused multiple children in Baldwin and Mobile counties. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — A judge sentenced an Alabama woman to 219 years in prison Thursday for her role in an incestuous sex ring accused of molesting children for years.


Detroit-area man sentenced to life in prison in murder-for-hire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:14
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A Detroit judge on Thursday sentenced a suburban businessman to life in prison without parole for hiring his handyman to kill his wife. Robert Bashara, 57, was convicted last month of first-degree murder and four additional charges in the death of his wife, Jane Bashara, a marketing executive. She was found dead in the backseat of her black Mercedes SUV on a Detroit street nearly three years ago. Prosecutors have said Bashara, who is from the wealthy Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe Park, blamed his wife's death on urban street violence at the time.

U.S. report finds no substitute to gathering bulk intel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:08
By Alina Selyukh and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - No existing technology can fully replace collecting data in bulk to obtain electronic intelligence, but some methods could be developed to improve how information is gathered and used, the U.S. National Research Council said in a report on Thursday. The report, sponsored by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, was in response to President Barack Obama's call last year for a review of potential software-based alternatives to the controversial program. The program came to light following explosive revelations in 2013 by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that the U.S. government was collecting and storing bulk telephone records of calls made to and from U.S. citizens.

Blind Pennsylvania man dies after setting himself on fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:08
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A blind Pennsylvania man has died after accidentally setting his clothes on fire while trying to warm a towel in a microwave oven.

Judge: Michigan must recognize 300-plus gay marriages

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:07

FILE - In this March 22, 2014, file photo, Cathy Fisher, left, and Laurie Fisher are married at the Oakland County Courthouse in Pontiac, Mich. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith ruled, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, that Michigan must recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages performed during a brief window last year. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT (AP) — On the day before the nation's high court could decide whether to take up Michigan's same-sex marriage case, a federal judge ruled that the state must recognize hundreds of such unions performed during a brief window when they were allowed last year.


Bishop charged in cyclist death released from jail on bond

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:05
BALTIMORE (AP) — An Episcopal bishop facing manslaughter charges after authorities say she struck a cyclist while driving drunk in Baltimore has been released from jail.

Officials: Burned Pennsylvania jail must be torn down

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:04

An inmate is searched while being escorted from Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury, Pa., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Dispatchers say the blaze was reported just after 2 p.m. at the nearly 140-year-old jail in the city of 10,000 about 40 miles north of Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/The News-Item, Larry Deklinski)SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — One day after a fire ripped through a central Pennsylvania jail and prompted the evacuation of more than 200 inmates, county officials said the nearly 140-year-old facility must be torn down.


Multi-vehicle crash shuts down part of I-95 in Bensalem

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:03

1 dead in multi-vehicle crash on I-95 in Bensalem; NB closedA multi-vehicle accident has shut down a portion of I-95 in Bensalem, Bucks County.


PHOTOS: Multi-vehicle crash on I-95 in Bensalem

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:01

 Multi-vehicle crash on I-95 in BensalemChopper 6 was over a multi-vehicle crash in Bensalem.


Obama to renew push for paid leave for working parents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 02:45

Obama to renew push for paid leave for working parentsRenewing a push for paid leave for workers, President Barack Obama on Thursday will call on Congress, states and cities to pass measures to allow tens of millions of workers to earn up to a week of paid ...


Protests against police violence close Boston highway

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 02:41

Police detain a group of protesters who blocked Interstate 93 southbound during the morning rush hour in SomervilleMassachusetts State Police on Thursday arrested 29 people who stopped traffic on two sections of a major highway into Boston during the morning rush hour to protest the recent killings by U.S. police of unarmed black men. Protesters stopped traffic north and south of Boston during the morning rush hour, officials said. "Our nonviolent direct action is meant to expose the reality that Boston is a city where white commuters and students use the city and leave, while black and brown communities are targeted by police, exploited and displaced," organizer Katie Seitz said in a statement. Massachusetts State Police said the protesters prevented an ambulance carrying a crash victim with life-threatening injuries from reaching a trauma center in Boston, and forced it to divert to a smaller hospital outside the city.


Michigan must recognize legal marriages of 300 same-sex couples

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 01:56

Two women exchange rings during their wedding ceremony in the hallway of the Oakland County Courthouse as the woman officiating the wedding reads the marriage vows from her cell phoneMichigan must recognize the legal marriages of about 300 same-sex couples who were wed in the state in a one-day period last year after a federal court struck down a ban on gay marriage and before the decision was put on hold by a U.S. appeals court, a judge ruled Thursday. The same-sex couples who married in Michigan during that brief period acquired a fundamental right under the U.S. Constitution even though a U.S. appeals court has reversed the 2014 decision that struck down the Michigan law, U.S. District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith ruled. Eight same-sex couples had challenged Michigan's refusal to recognize their marriages entered into after a federal judge ruled on March 21 that the state's ban was unconstitutional and before a 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals stay closed the window the next day. Thursday's ruling comes as the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to take up cases concerning gay marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee, all part of the Cincinnati-based 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld same-sex marriage bans in November.


'Thumbs up' robber recognizes clerk, gives Colorado store a pass

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 01:47
Police in Colorado are hunting a hooded man who was about to rob a convenience store but stopped after recognizing the clerk and then gave the startled employee a cheery thumbs-up. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said the conscience-stricken suspect walked into a Quick Save in Arvada, a northwestern suburb of Denver, on Tuesday at lunchtime wearing a blue hoodie, jeans and a blue bandana.

AccuWeather: Not As Cold Today

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 01:46

 Not As Cold TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says we have varying temperatures, but dry conditions through most of the weekend.


Michigan BASE jumper dies after launching from TV news tower

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 01:41
RIVES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 31-year-old suburban Detroit man has died after his parachute failed to deploy while BASE jumping from a TV news tower.

Man dies in jump off Michigan TV tower after chute fails

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 01:37
(Reuters) - A Michigan man plunged to his death off a television tower when his parachute failed to open during what is known as a BASE jump, authorities said on Thursday. Josh Sheppard, 31, was found dead at the bottom of the 1,000-foot WLAJ-TV tower in Jackson County west of Detroit at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Michigan State Police Sergeant Kevin Caldwell said. Sheppard, who was from the Detroit suburb of Southfield, was alone on the tower and his fall was unbroken, Caldwell said. Sheppard was wearing the parachute when he was found, he said.

Man shot outside Wilmington gas station has died

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 01:34

Man shot outside Wilmington gas station has diedThe man who was shot outside a gas station in Wilmington, Delaware has died.


1 dead when car slams into truck on I-95, bursts into flames

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 01:30

1 dead when car slams into truck on I-95, bursts into flamesOne person is dead after a car slammed into the back of a tractor trailer in Hopewell Township, New Jersey early Thursday morning.


Reward for missing teacher Christopher Tully nears $10,000

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 01:14

Reward for missing teacher Christopher Tully nears $10,000The reward fundraiser for a missing teacher who was last seen in Philadelphia has reached nearly $10,000.


Dog that raised alarm during New Jersey fire found dead

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 01:11
WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP) — A dog that alerted residents when their New Jersey apartment building was on fire has been found dead near her owner's purse.