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Pet dog fatally mauls 3-day-old baby in San Diego

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 11:11

This photo provided by the San Diego County Department of Animal Services shows a male American Staffordshire terrier-mix named Polo, in their custody after it mauled to death a 3-day-old boy, police said Friday, April 22, 2016. The parents were in bed watching TV with their newborn son and dog Thursday night when the mother coughed. The coughing startled the dog and it unexpectedly bit the baby, Sgt. Tu Nguyen said. (San Diego County Department of Animal Services via AP)SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 3-day-old boy was mauled to death by the family dog while they were in bed with the child's parents, police said Friday.


Teen charged with attacking Sikh man commits suicide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 11:07
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A 17-year-old boy facing trial on charges of beating and running over a Sikh man has committed suicide.

Charges to be dismissed in Phoenix freeway shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 11:03

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2015 file photo, accused freeway shooter Leslie Allen Merritt, Jr., appears in Maricopa County Superior Court for his arraignment in Phoenix. Prosecutors have decided to dismiss charges against Merritt, Jr., suspected in the freeway shootings that rattled Phoenix last year. Maricopa County Attorney’s Office spokesman Jerry Cobb said Friday, April 22, 2016 that the office filed a motion to dismiss all charges without prejudice against Leslie Merritt Jr. Cobb says authorities and prosecutors identified additional forensic investigation that needs to be completed in order for the case to proceed. (Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool, File)PHOENIX (AP) — The man authorities have described as the Phoenix freeway shooter who terrorized the city last year received a huge victory Friday with prosecutors deciding to dismiss all charges — for now.


Eight relatives dead in Ohio 'execution style' killings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 10:39
Eight members of the same family were shot to death execution-style in four homes in Pike County, Ohio, and more than 30 people have been questioned in the search for the killer or killers, officials said on Friday. The victims included seven adults and one juvenile, all shot in the head, Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. Asked about possible suspects, DeWine told a news conference: "We don't know whether we're talking about one individual, or two, or three, or more." An infant less than a week old, a 6-month-old and a 3-year-old survived the shootings in Pike County, in south-central Ohio.

Ex-congressmen send letters asking for leniency for Hastert

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 10:37

FILE - In this June 9, 2015 file photo, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives at the federal courthouse in Chicago for his arraignment on federal charges in his hush-money case in Chicago. Dennis Hastert’s lawyers have filed 41 letters of support for the former U.S. House speaker as he heads into sentencing, including one former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Friday, April 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, several other former congressmen and a onetime CIA chief were among 41 people who wrote letters asking for leniency for Dennis Hastert as the former U.S. House speaker heads to sentencing next week in his hush-money case.


Feds: University of New Mexico fails in sex assault response

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 10:35

University of New Mexico President Robert Frank responds to a Justice Department investigation that found the school failed to comply with federal laws in its handling of sexual assault and harassment reports in Albuquerque, N.M on Friday, April 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Hudetz)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Students often do not know how to report sexual assault and sexual harassment at the University of New Mexico or where to turn for help in a broken system that violates federal law, the U.S. Justice Department said Friday.


Prosecutors seek dismissal of charges against man in Arizona shootings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 10:31

Leslie Allen Merritt is pictured in this undated handout booking photoThe move by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office came after a judge on Tuesday reduced the bail of 21-year-old Leslie Allen Merritt Jr to nothing from $150,000, clearing the way for his release later that day. "We have a professional and ethical duty to act in the interest of justice and not merely seek a conviction and this is a textbook example of doing that," said Jerry Cobb, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. Merritt was arrested last Sept. 18 and charged with 15 criminal counts, including drive-by-shooting and aggravated assault, for four of 11 shooting incidents along a stretch of Interstate 10 that passes through Phoenix.


Colorado nuns get higher fence to avoid harassment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 10:11
An order of cloistered Roman Catholic nuns won approval from a Denver suburb to build a higher fence to prevent people from entering their property to harass them, the Sisters' advocate said on Friday. The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Colorado asked the city of Littleton to add two feet to a six-foot fence after several incidents in the last two years of people scaling the walls and trespassing on the monastery grounds, said Mike Kisting, who made the request on behalf of the Sisters. The Discalced Carmelites are among the Catholic Church's strictest contemplative orders, requiring them to spend their days in prayer and devotion, with little speaking and to live "a life of complete self-sacrifice," according to their website.

Solar plane passed half way point for final leg of journey

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 09:55

The Solar Impulse 2 solar plane flies into the sunrise out of Kalaeloa Airport, Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Kapolei, Hawaii. The solar plane will fly a two-and-a-half day journey to Northern California. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)OVER THE PACIFIC OCEAN (AP) — The pilot of a solar-powered plane on an around-the-world journey took a few minutes Friday to exchange pleasantries with the United Nations secretary general as he flew high above the Pacific Ocean en route to a stop in Northern California.


Uber drivers protest 'unfair guidelines' at Philadelphia International Airport

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 09:43

Uber drivers protest 'unfair guidelines' at Philadelphia International AirportDrivers of Uber Black and the disabled community held a protest against Uber X and Lyft at the Philadelphia International Airport.


Man charged in beating death of pit bull puppy in Burlco

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 09:35

Man charged in beating death of pit bull puppy in BurlcoBurlington County officials say a man has been charged in connection with the beating death of a 6-month-old pit bull puppy.


The Latest: Police meet with kin of 8 dead family members

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 09:34

Eight members of the same family were shot to death at four locations in rural southern Ohio.PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on shootings in rural southern Ohio (all times local):


Trump bashes Clinton, promises not to become boring

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 09:31

Trump holds up the front page of the New York Post as he signs autographs at a rally with supporters in Harrington, DelawareBy Steve Holland and Emily Stephenson HOLLYWOOD, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump attacked his top Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on Friday, calling her "crooked," and promised his supporters that he would not bore them by becoming overly presidential. The comments undercut what his aides had said would be an attempt by the notoriously blunt-speaking Trump to project a more serious image after his win in New York's nominating contest this week, including by rolling out more policy details. "I can tell you that if I go too presidential, people are going to be very bored," the New York real estate baron told Fox News in an interview that will air on Saturday.


Panama raids warehouse of company at heart of documents leak

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 09:20

A Panamanian police officer and private security guard stand outside a warehouse used by the Mossack-Fonseca law firm, that was raided by prosecutors, in Panama City, Friday, April 22, 2016. A week before prosecutors had wrapped up their search of the Mossack Fonseca law firm looking for evidence of any illegal activity in the company at the center of a document leak that revealed details of offshore financial accounts.(AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panamanian officials have raided a warehouse of the law firm Mossack Fonseca, which has been at the center of the huge document leak related to offshore accounts.


U.S. judge orders recount in Tennessee abortion vote

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 09:19
Chief District Judge Kevin Sharp called the procedure by which the state counted votes for the measure, Amendment 1, "fundamentally unfair." He said it violated equal protection and due process rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. "As a remedy, the Court will order a recount of the 2014 Election solely in relation to Amendment 1, but defer ruling on the question of whether the election on Amendment 1 should be voided," Sharp wrote in a 52-page decision. Amendment 1 was approved by 53 percent of the vote after one of the most costly election campaigns in Tennessee history.

Officer hurt in shootout with marathon bombers welcomes son

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 09:11

This photo provided by Dic Donohue shows retired MBTA police officer Donohue and his family with their new son, Connor, at Mount Auburn Hospital on Friday, April 22, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass. The baby was born Friday, three years to the day after Donohue emerged from a coma following his wounding in the pursuit of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Donohue announced the birth on Twitter. (Dic Donohue via AP)CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A former transit police officer who was critically injured during the shootout with the Boston Marathon bombers has welcomed a son three years to the day after he awoke from a coma.


Chicago police review 2011 case, strip 2 officers of powers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 09:10
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police are reviewing officers' use of force in a 2011 robbery and two officers have been stripped of their powers pending the outcome of an investigation.

Prosecutors to dismiss charges against Phoenix freeway shooting suspect pending further investigation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 08:56
PHOENIX (AP) — Prosecutors to dismiss charges against Phoenix freeway shooting suspect pending further investigation.

No signs of trauma or suicide in Prince's death: police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 08:51

Prince performs during his 'Diamonds and Pearls Tour' at the Earl's Court Arena in LondonBy Piya Sinha-Roy and Jill Serjeant (Reuters) - Police found no signs of suicide or obvious trauma in the death of U.S. music superstar Prince, but it could take weeks before autopsy results reveal how the groundbreaking performer died, authorities said on Friday. The intensely private musician, whose hits included "Purple Rain" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead in an elevator at his home in suburban Minneapolis on Thursday at the age of 57, shocking millions of fans around the world and prompting glowing tributes by fellow musicians. Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson, whose office is investigating the circumstances of his death, said Prince was last seen alive by an acquaintance who dropped him off at his home at about 8 p.m. on Wednesday night.


Federal judge orders vote recount on abortion amendment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 08:46
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered a recount of votes on a 2014 amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that made it easier to put restrictions on abortions.