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FAA: Pilot reports of drone sightings more than double

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 04:59

FILE - In this June 11, 2015 file photo, a hexacopter drone is flown in Cordova, Md. Pilot reports of drone sightings so far this year are more than double last year, the Federal Aviation Administration reported Thursday. ¶ There have been more than 650 reports this year by pilots of unmanned aircraft flying near manned aircraft, according to the FAA. There were 238 drone sightings in all of 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Pilot reports of drone sightings so far this year are more than double last year, government regulators say, raising concern about the potential for a deadly collision.

Mentally ill killer of five gets life without parole in Georgia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 04:52
A Georgia man who killed five people earlier this year, including members of his family, will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty but mentally ill, authorities said Thursday. Thomas Jesse Lee, 27, could have faced the death penalty but prosecutors accepted the guilty plea and life sentence without the possibility of parole, citing Lee's "significant prior mental health issues," District Attorney Peter Skandalakis said in a statement.

Security zones, fence announced for Philly during pope visit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 04:50

Security zones, fence announced for Philly during pope visitMayor Michael Nutter announced security zones and a security fence that will be in place for Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia in September.

California bans secret hearings on most police shooting deaths

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 04:49
California will no longer assign grand juries to investigate most deaths of people killed by police under a law signed this week by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. The law was introduced in response to civil unrest in the wake of a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in connection with the death of an unarmed black teenager last year. “The use of the criminal grand jury process, and the refusal to indict, as occurred in Ferguson and other communities of color, has fostered an atmosphere of suspicion that threatens to compromise our justice system,” Mitchell said.

Connecticut's top court bans death penalty in state

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 04:48

Screen grab of the execution chamber at the Arizona State Prison Complex in FlorenceThe New England state is the latest to back away from the death penalty, following Nebraska earlier this year and Maryland in 2013. The decision followed a 2012 state law that abolished capital punishment for crimes committed after that date but allowed it to be imposed for crimes previously committed. "We are persuaded that, following its prospective abolition, this state's death penalty no longer comports with contemporary standards of decency and no longer serves any legitimate penological purpose," Connecticut Supreme Court justices wrote in Thursday's ruling.

State of emergency in Ferguson, Missouri, extended at least 24 hours

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 04:47

St Louis County police officers watch as anti-police demonstrators march in protest in Ferguson, MissouriThe government of St. Louis County extended for at least 24 hours a state of emergency in Ferguson, Missouri, which has been the scene of protests a year after an unarmed black teenager was killed by a white police officer. County Executive Steve Stenger extended the state of emergency in Ferguson, a suburb of the city of St. Louis, through at least Friday, said his spokeswoman, Allison Blood. In consultation with police, Stenger put the state of emergency in place on Monday for Ferguson and surrounding areas after police officers shot and critically wounded a man in an exchange of gunfire Sunday night, marring what had been a day of peaceful demonstrations.

Student sues Vegas high school for anti-abortion club denial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 04:42
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A student is suing her Las Vegas high school and the Clark County School District for denying her bid to start an anti-abortion club on campus.

Minneapolis inspectors seek cause of club ceiling collapse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 04:40

In this photo taken Wednesday night, Aug. 12, 2015, police tape blocks the entrance the landmark concert venue First Avenue in Minneapolis, after patrons were evacuated when part of the ceoling collapsed. Firefighters inspected the venue and found that an approximately 30-by-30-foot section of the ceiling had given way during a concert, Minneapolis Fire Department spokeswoman Cherie Penn said. Three people were injured, and two were taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center for further evaluation, Penn said. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUTMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The general manager of the landmark Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue expressed optimism about reopening soon even as building inspectors worked Thursday to determine why part of the ceiling collapsed during a show, injuring three people.

A list of Connecticut's death row inmates

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 04:39
Connecticut's high court on Thursday ruled that the death penalty, which already had been abolished for future crimes, could not be applied to inmates already on death row. Here's a look at the 11 convicted killers who had been facing execution orders in the state:

Chicago to argue for pension reforms before state high court in November

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 04:38

Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel attends an opening ceremony for the Yelp Inc. offices in Chicago, IllinoisLawyers for the city of Chicago will appear before the Illinois Supreme Court in November to argue that a law aimed at shoring up two of the city's financially shaky public pensions is constitutional, according to a Thursday court order. A Cook County judge had ruled against the law in late July, saying it violates pension protections in the Illinois constitution. The ruling was a setback for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who has repeatedly said he will not raise taxes without pension reforms.

New Mexico green chile growers want new guest worker program

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 04:37

FILE - This Aug. 22, 2014 file photo shows a research plot of green chile peppers at New Mexico State University's agricultural science center in Los Lunas, N.M. Chile growers in New Mexico say they need a guest worker program to survive and reverse the decline of the famed crop. New Mexico Chile Commission chairman Rick Ledbetter says growers want new temporary immigrant labor because U.S.-born workers are opting not to work in the fields. That's creating a shortage of green chile pickers. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan,File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Ed Ogaz and his family have farmed for decades in New Mexico's famed Hatch Valley — an area known internationally for its green chiles. But in recent years, Ogaz has watched helplessly as the spicy staple has seen a decline because of drought, increased competition and a lack of chile pickers.

State of emergency extended another day in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 04:35
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has extended the state of emergency in Ferguson and the surrounding area for at least one more day.

At least 50 dead as huge warehouse blasts hit Chinese port

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 04:30

At least 50 dead as huge warehouse blasts hit Chinese portHuge, fiery blasts at a warehouse for hazardous chemicals killed at least 50 people and turned nearby buildings into skeletal shells in the Chinese port of Tianjin.

Q&A: A look at Samsung Pay, other mobile payments

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 04:25

In this Aug. 6. 2015 photo, a Samsung employee uses Samsung Pay at a coffee shop in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung is hoping its new mobile-payment service will let you leave your wallet at home.

Appeals court orders life sentences for 5 Somali pirates

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 04:24
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Five Somali pirates must spend life in prison for waging a mistaken and dramatically unsuccessful attack on a U.S. Navy ship, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

Florida House panel OKs congressional map despite criticism

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 04:23
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House is moving ahead with changes to the state's 27 congressional districts, despite criticism it would disenfranchise black voters.

1 teen dead, 5 injured in late-night Florida boat crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 04:19

In this photo made available by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows the damaged front of a 13-foot boat that six teenagers were riding before they collided with a bridge on the Middle River in Wilton Manors, Fla., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. One teenager is dead and five were injured. (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission via AP)FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A small boat carrying six teenagers on a late-night river trip crashed into a bridge early Thursday, killing one and injuring the others onboard.

Pennsylvania man's 1982 murder conviction thrown out on new DNA evidence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 04:18
A man convicted in 1982 in the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl was freed from a Pennsylvania prison on Thursday thanks to new DNA testing after spending more than three decades behind bars filing repeated appeals proclaiming his innocence. Lewis Fogle, 63, had his conviction thrown out by Judge David Grine in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and was granted $25,000 bail pending a decision by Indiana County District Attorney Patrick Dougherty on whether to retry him on second-degree murder charges. Dougherty's decision is due by Sept. 14.

Clemson student 'forced' to walk rail before death, witness says -media

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 04:18
Tucker Hipps, a 19-year-old student, fell from a highway bridge last year during a pre-dawn run with Sigma Phi Epsilon, the fraternity he was pledging. The family filed two civil lawsuits against the university, the fraterntiy and three members in March seeking $25 million each and alleging that Hipps died as a result of a confrontation with a fraternity member over breakfast food he was told to bring that morning.

University of Texas moving statue of Jefferson Davis

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 03:56

FILE - In this May 5, 2015 file photo, a statue of Jefferson Davis is seen on the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas. The president of the University of Texas has ordered removing the statue of Davis from the center of campus, but statues of other Confederate figures will stay. The Davis statue has been targeted by vandals and had come under increasing criticism. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas will move a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis away from the center of campus, but statues of other Confederate figures will remain, school president Greg Fenves announced Thursday.