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Family hopes cliff fall verdict puts focus on earlier death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 15:46

Yvonne and Bob Bertolet, center and right, the parents of Toni Henthorn, walk with a family friend from a federal courthouse in Denver, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, following closing arguments in the murder trial of Harold Henthorn, who is charged with killing his second wife, Toni Henthorn, on a hike they took to celebrate their wedding anniversary in 2012. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Relatives of a woman whose husband was convicted of pushing her to her death off a cliff in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park hope the guilty verdict also brings justice for the man's first wife, whom prosecutors say he killed in what also appeared to be a freak accident nearly 20 years earlier.

Sage grouse decision follows push to preserve bird's habitat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 14:29

In this Saturday, April 20, 2013, photo, male Greater Sage Grouse, front, performs a mating ritual for females on a lake outside Walden, Colo. A formal announcement on the bird's future will be made Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, by U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Commerce City, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Senior officials from the Obama administration will gather with Western governors in Colorado on Tuesday to announce whether a declining bird species that ranges across 11 states needs federal protections.

3 weeks later, more questions than answers in police slaying

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 14:11

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Fox Lake Police Department shows Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz. Three weeks after the shooting death of Gliniewicz, investigators have only said what they don't know or what they know did not happen. "There are no developments," said Chris Covelli, spokesman for the Lake County Sheriff's Office. (Fox Lake Police Department photo via AP, File)CHICAGO (AP) — On the day he died, officer Charles Joseph Gliniewicz radioed to a police dispatcher that he was in pursuit of three suspicious men. Moments later, fellow officers found his body and launched a manhunt for his killers.

Many questions linger in case of girl found dead on beach

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 13:58

Megan Fewtrell, godmother of Bella Bond, right, clutches "Ducky," Bella's favorite stuffed animal that was kept at Fewtrell's home, as she waits for the proceedings to begin in the arraignment of Bella's mother, Rachelle Dee Bond, and Bond's boyfriend, Michael Patrick McCarthy in the death of Bella Bond in Dorchester District Court, on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Boston. Bella Bond, 2, was known as Baby Doe until she was identified almost three months after her remains washed up inside a trash bag on a Boston Harbor beach. The judge ordered Bond held on $1 million cash bail on charges of being an accessory after the fact, and Bond's boyfriend, Michael McCarthy, held without bail on murder charges. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)BOSTON (AP) — The world finally knows her name — Bella Bond — and some of the grisly circumstances of how she was killed and later found on a beach in Boston Harbor.

James Blake meets with New York's mayor, police commissioner

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 13:33

James Blake, center left, talks to members of the media outside City Hall in New York after leaving the building Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. Blake, a former tennis star, was tackled during a mistaken arrest by a New York City police officer on Sept. 9. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)NEW YORK (AP) — Former tennis pro James Blake, who was thrown to the ground by a plainclothes policeman outside a hotel and mistakenly arrested, emerged from a meeting with the mayor and police commissioner on Monday saying they were on the same page about the need for lasting change.

Willie Mae Seaton, feted for classic American food, dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 13:31

FILE - In this March 4, 2007, file photo, Willie Mae Seaton cooks fried chicken for volunteers helping to rebuild her Hurricane Katrina-devastated restaurant, Willie Mae's Scotch House, in New Orleans. Seaton, a chef recognized for her classic American food and whose neighborhood restaurant helped put fried chicken on the culinary map, has died at 99. (AP Photo/Cheryl Gerber, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Willie Mae Seaton, a chef recognized for her classic American food and whose neighborhood restaurant helped put fried chicken on the culinary map, has died.

Muslim student arrested over clock withdraws from Texas school: newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 13:09
Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, the father of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, told the newspaper that he formally withdrew his son from the Irving Independent School District, adding that he was also pulling out his two other children. Mohamed became an internet sensation after a photo showing the bespectacled ninth grader clad in a NASA T-shirt being led away in handcuffs from MacArthur High School last Monday went viral. "Ahmed said, I don't want to go to MacArthur," Mohamed's father told the Morning News.

A look at the key players in Zuckerberg's Newark donation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 12:41

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 file photo, Newark public schools superintendent Christopher Cerf stands at at First Avenue Elementary School as he announces that district teachers would each receive $100 to spend as they wish on supplies and principals would get $7,500 for needs not covered in their budgets in Newark, N.J. The $750,000 for the program comes from the Foundation for Newark's Future, which was set up to distribute the $100 million donated five years ago by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to improve education in Newark, a gift that has made the city a laboratory for educational changes. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)In his first major philanthropic move, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced five years ago this week that he was donating $100 million to improve the schools of struggling Newark, New Jersey. A look at some of the key players in how the gift came about and was rolled out:

Firefighters make headway against latest deadly California blaze

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 12:20

File photo of a home burning in the Butte Fire near Mountain RanchFirefighters have gained significant ground against the latest deadly blaze to inflict mounting property losses in California while chasing thousands of residents from their homes in a wildfire season shaping as one of the worst on record. Containment of the so-called Tassajara Fire, a measure of how much of its perimeter has been enclosed within buffer lines carved through vegetation by ground crews, stood at 50 percent on Monday. The blaze erupted on Saturday in the Carmel Valley of Monterey County, 125 miles south of San Francisco, and has scorched more than 1,000 acres while destroying or damaging 10 homes and claiming this year's eighth California wildfire fatality.

Gay couples want Kentucky clerk to reissue marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 12:10

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, file photo, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee at her side, greets the crowd after being released from the Carter County Detention Center, in Grayson, Ky. Politicians who may have thought they wouldn’t have to say much at all about gay marriage once the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized it are being called on to say whether they support Davis. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gay couples in Kentucky are questioning the validity of altered marriage licenses issued by a defiant county clerk and have asked a federal judge to order her to reissue the licenses or put the office in receivership and have someone else do it.

Tropical Storm Ida expected to stall in the Atlantic

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 12:03
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Ida is expected to stall in the open Atlantic and is not a threat to land.

Navy fighter jet crashes in California; pilot ejected safely

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 11:49
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Navy fighter jet crashed near a California military base Monday, but the pilot ejected and safely parachuted to the ground, authorities said.

Crash kills 4 after California driver flees from police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 11:48
FRENCH CAMP, Calif. (AP) — Four people were killed after a driver fleeing a traffic stop in central California led police on a high-speed chase that ended in a rollover crash, authorities said.

Woman speaks at vigil for man who died saving her life

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 11:39

Woman speaks at vigil for man who died saving her lifeA mother spoke out Monday night during a vigil for a homeless man who died protecting her and her baby in Rodney Square.

Questions and answers about the Phoenix freeway shootings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 11:36

Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., makes his initial appearance before a judge at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Phoenix. The landscaper is the suspect in a series of Phoenix freeway shootings and was arrested Friday after trying to sell a gun at a pawn shop. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)PHOENIX (AP) — Police made an arrest in the Phoenix freeway shootings that had drivers on alert and avoiding Interstate 10 for weeks. Eleven vehicles in all were hit by bullets or other projectiles, such as BBs or pellets, while driving along Phoenix freeways between Aug. 29 and Sept. 10. There have been no serious injuries, although a 13-year-old girl's ear was cut by glass when a bullet shattered a car window. The shootings prompted several school districts to keep their buses off freeways while some commuters chose alternate routes.

Toddler struck and killed by SEPTA paratransit vehicle in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 11:33

Toddler struck and killed by SEPTA paratransit vehicle in South PhiladelphiaA toddler has died after being struck by a SEPTA paratransit vehicle in South Philadelphia.

Fired gay Montgomery County teacher invited to White House to welcome pope

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 11:30

Fired gay Montgomery County teacher invited to White House to welcome popeA Roman Catholic teacher fired over her same-sex marriage says she has been invited to the White House to help welcome Pope Francis.

Camden parking passes for papal pilgrims now on sale

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 11:28

Camden parking passes for papal pilgrims now on saleOfficials in Camden are reminding people that they will need to buy passes to park in the city for the pope's visit.

American Muslims fear a new wave of Islamophobia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 11:26

U.S. Republican candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the Heritage Action for America presidential candidate forum in GreenvilleBy Tim Reid ANAHEIM, Calif. (Reuters) - Muslim Americans responded with a mix of frustration, exasperation and anger to what many see as a growing wave of Islamophobia fueled by two of the Republican Party’s most popular presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Ben Carson. At the Islamic Institute of Orange County, which houses a mosque and a school in Anaheim, in southern California, tensions were already mounting since a group of white men screamed at mothers and children arriving at the center on this year’s anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, calling them cowards who did not belong in America. Many of the country’s 2.8 million Muslims say such tensions could become uglier during a presidential race that they fear is already tapping a vein of anger and bigotry.

Police: Man calls 911, later admits killing girlfriend

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 11:24
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man who called 911 to say his girlfriend was having trouble breathing later admitted killing her.