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Georgia father charged with murder in son's hot-car death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:55

File of Justin Ross Harris sitting in Cobb County Magistrate Court in Marietta, GeorgiaBy David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his 22-month-old son strapped inside a hot car and exchanging nude photos with women as the child was dying was indicted on three counts of murder on Thursday by a grand jury. Justin Ross Harris, 33, could face the death penalty if convicted. In the eight-count indictment, he faces charges of malice and felony murder, as well as child cruelty and a charge related to sexual exploitation for asking a girl to send him lewd photos. Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said he would decide in the next two to three weeks whether to seek the death sentence.


Air Force Academy punishes gymnasts for drinking

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:52
DENVER (AP) — Members of the Air Force Academy men's gymnastics team were disciplined for underage drinking and unprofessional behavior, the school said Thursday.

Hackers break into HealthCare.gov

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:49

Hackers break into HealthCare.govHackers successfully breached HealthCare.gov, but no consumer information was taken from the health insurance website that serves more than 5 million Americans, the Obama administration disclosed Thursday.


Decision on charges in toxic tea case next week

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:49
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The prosecutor mulling whether to file criminal charges in the case of a woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals at a Utah restaurant says he expects to make a decision next week.

Judge approves settlements for Thai farm workers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:41
HONOLULU (AP) — The federal judge in Hawaii who threatened to deny $2.4 million in settlements for Thai farm workers has signed the agreements.

Illinois pension reform lawsuit may be resolved this year

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:31
An Illinois circuit court judge on Thursday indicated that consolidated lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of a new pension reform law could be resolved by the end of the year given a State Supreme Court ruling on pension benefits in July. At a status hearing on Thursday, Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Belz gave the state until Oct. 3 to respond to plaintiff motions for summary judgment and two other motions and scheduled a status hearing for Oct. 8, according to a court filing. The public labor union coalition We Are One Illinois and other parties are seeking an expedited ruling in their consolidated lawsuits arguing that the pension reform law passed in December is unconstitutional. They cited an Illinois Supreme Court decision on July 3 in the case Kanerva v. Weems, in which the court ruled that health care for retired state workers is a pension benefit protected by the state constitution.

No charges in mom's truancy-linked jail death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:31
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A southeast Pennsylvania woman who died during a weekend jail stint over school truancy fines had complained of breathing problems and seen a prison nurse earlier that day, a state police review says.

Philadelphia's new Dilworth Park aims to give city a center

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:30

Philadelphia's new Dilworth Park aims to give city a centerWilliam Penn - the one in bronze - might be standing a little taller this week from his perch atop Philadelphia's mammoth City Hall.


Ferguson, county pledge cooperation with probes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:26
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — City leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, are pledging their full cooperation with a federal civil-rights investigation into their police department following the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Bitcoin promoter pleads guilty to unlicensed use of currency

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:24

Bitcoin promoter Shrem walks out of federal court in Lower Manhattan, New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man who helped to promote bitcoin wants to remain in the business despite pleading guilty Thursday to indirectly helping send more than $1 million in the digital currency to users of the illicit online marketplace Silk Road, his lawyer said. Charlie Shrem, 24, pleaded guilty at a hearing in New York federal court to one count of aiding and abetting an unlicensed money transmitting business. A co-conspirator, Robert Faiella, 54, separately pleaded guilty to operating such a business. "I knew that much of the business on Silk Road involved the buying and selling of narcotics," Shrem said in court.


UN: one-fifth of murder victims are under 20

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:19
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — About 120 million girls worldwide have been forced to have sex and one fifth of homicide victims globally are under 20 years old, resulting in 95,000 deaths in 2012, according to a United Nations report released Thursday.

Statistics show overall crime down 30 percent in Camden

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:18

Statistics show overall crime down 30 percent in CamdenThere were plenty of skeptics when the City of Camden created a new county-wide police force but statistics show that overall, crime is down 30 percent from two years ago.


Pregnant inmates sometimes mistreated in Montana jails, ACLU says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:17
Pregnant inmates in Montana's county jails have at times been shackled while in labor or forced to deliver their babies in detention without medical assistance, a civil rights group said in a report issued on Thursday. The report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Montana highlights what it says are humiliating and unsafe practices tied to the treatment of pregnant inmates that have been broadly abandoned elsewhere in the nation but remain in place at some Montana detention centers. "Montana jails are woefully lacking in policies that will ensure pregnant prisoners get the medical care they need and are protected from abusive practices like shackling," ACLU of Montana head Scott Crichton said. The study cites a woman who was forced to deliver her daughter on an unsanitary booking room floor of the Yellowstone County Detention Facility in Billings in 2012 after several requests for medical aid were ignored.

From suburban Maryland, U.S. firm tracks gruesome jihadi videos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:17
By Peter Apps WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From an office in the Washington suburb of Bethesda, Maryland, a small team scans the Web 24 hours a day for jihadi videos often featuring gruesome executions by groups such as Islamic State.     On Tuesday, SITE Intelligence Services grabbed headlines when it found and alerted its subscribers to footage of the beheading of Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist to be put to death by IS in two weeks.     Founded by Iraqi-American Rita Katz, SITE has built up more than a decade of experience tracking extremist groups online for clients including government agencies of the United States and other governments, private firms and media outlets.     Katz would not disclose the number of staff but said it was a small and dedicated team. By monitoring file-sharing sites, Islamist forums and other obscure and often password-protected areas of the Internet, the firm says it has built up a sophisticated picture of how Islamic State and similar groups operate online.     "Our ability to find jihadist materials so quickly doesn't come from luck," Katz told Reuters.

Hackers break into HealthCare.gov

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:12
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hackers successfully breached HealthCare.gov, but no consumer information was taken from the health insurance website that serves more than 5 million Americans, the Obama administration disclosed Thursday.

Ex-fiancee of boxer Floyd Mayweather accuses him of online humiliation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:10

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. sits with Shantel Jackson courtside at the NBA basketball game in Los AngelesBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s ex-fiancee filed a lawsuit on Thursday accusing him of humiliating her after their breakup by posting online a copy of a sonogram from when she was pregnant with twins and saying she had an abortion. The lawsuit filed by Shantel Jackson, 29, in Los Angeles Superior Court came little more than a week before the undefeated welterweight's Sept. 13 rematch against Marcos Maidana. Mayweather, 37, who served two months in jail in 2012 for domestic violence against another ex-girlfriend, Josie Harris, and verbal threats against two of their children, is widely regarded as the world's best pound-for-pound boxer. The legal action brought by Jackson, which says Mayweather violated her privacy, assaulted her and virtually imprisoned her at his Las Vegas home, threatens to distract from the athlete's return to the limelight.


19-year-old held on $750K bail after 3 hit-and-runs in Bensalem

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:09

19-year-old held on $750K bail after 3 hit-and-runs in BensalemBensalem police say a hit-and-run driver struck three vehicles at three different locations before they managed to arrest the suspect Thursday morning.


Mounted officer struck by pickup truck in Bethlehem

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:06

Mounted officer struck by pickup truck in BethlehemA mounted police officer and his horse are both recovering, after they were struck by a pickup truck in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


Driver arrested after 3 hit-and-run crashes in Bensalem

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:00

19-year-old held on $750K bail after 3 hit-and-runs in BensalemBensalem police say a hit-and-run driver struck three vehicles at three different locations before they managed to arrest the suspect Thursday morning.


More violence at troubled Nashville juvenile jail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:00
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Despite its idyllic-sounding name, the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center had seen a decade of violent clashes, breakout attempts and attacks on guards.