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Prosecutor: Ex-Uber driver charged in unsolved Boston rapes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 07:03
BOSTON (AP) — A former Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger last year is now facing charges in five unsolved Boston rape cases going back almost a decade, the district attorney and police officials announced Tuesday.

Colorado movie gunman had mass murder 'in heart and mind': prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 07:03

File photo of James Holmes sitting in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialA prosecutor broke down on Tuesday as he said the man in black who gunned down a dozen people in a Colorado movie theater had nothing but "mass murder" on his mind when he went on the rampage three years ago. District Attorney George Brauchler said 400 people went to a midnight premiere of a Batman film in the Denver suburb of Aurora, happy and hopeful of being entertained by a tale of a black-clad hero fighting for justice. "But that's not what happened," Brauchler said.


Comeback kid Peter Zucca making difference with foundation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 07:03

Comeback kid Peter Zucca making difference with foundationPeter Zucca has loved baseball for as long as he can remember.


Families of officers killed in duty gather together in Seaside Heights

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 07:00

Families of officers killed in duty gather together in Seaside HeightsFamilies who lost loved ones who were law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty came together in Seaside Heights, New Jersey to give each other support and have a fun day at the same time.


U.S. has yet to notify 21.5 million data breach victims: officials

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 07:00

U.S. Office of Personnel Management building in WashingtonBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two months after discovering that sensitive personal information on 21.5 million Americans was compromised in a hack of government databanks, none of those affected has been officially notified, government officials said on Tuesday. The officials from multiple agencies, who are familiar with an investigation into the breach, said the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which oversaw the data, is working with other agencies to set up a system to inform the victims. One official at OPM, who declined to be identified, said that because of the complicated nature of the data and the fact that government employees and contractors often move among different agencies, it would be weeks before a mechanism was in place.


Utah death row inmate says firing squad is unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 06:55
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah death row inmate appealing his sentence of death by firing squad says the execution method is cruel and unusual punishment. Utah recently approved the use of a firing squad as a backup if lethal injection drugs are not available.

St. Louis chief: Gunman 'tried to assassinate' officer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 06:55

St. Louis police investigate the scene of a shooting where a gunman opened fire on a uniformed St. Louis police sergeant on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 in St. Louis. Police Chief Sam Dotson said the officer sustained a torso injury not considered life-threatening during the hail of gunfire on his private vehicle. (Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT; MANDATORY CREDITST. LOUIS (AP) — A gunman wearing a bandanna over his face opened fire on a uniformed St. Louis police sergeant before dawn Tuesday, peppering his windshield with at least a dozen rounds, and the police chief credited the officer's body armor with saving his life.


Prosecutors say Idaho man hoped to carry out terror attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 06:52
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal prosecutors told jurors Tuesday that an Uzbek refugee living in Boise, Idaho, was walking a "pathway to terror" when he was arrested two years ago.

Obama calls for shorter sentences for nonviolent convicts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 06:51

Obama commutes sentences of 46 convictsPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Calling it an issue America can't afford to ignore, President Barack Obama laid out an expansive vision Thursday for fixing the criminal justice system by focusing on communities, courtrooms and cellblocks. He announced a federal review of the use of solitary confinement and urged Congress to pass a sentencing reform bill by year's end.


Officials: Destroy the Spotted Lanternfly

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 06:48

 Destroy the Spotted Lanternfly"We were invaded by this past, an unwelcome past by the way, last fall," Pennsylvania State Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said Tuesday.


Wal-Mart sued for denying health insurance to gay worker's wife

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 06:40

A Wal-Mart Stores Inc company distribution center in BentonvilleThe lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Boston, seeks nationwide class-action status. Wal-Mart, the largest private U.S. employer, began offering health insurance benefits to same-sex spouses last year, after the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal benefits to married gay couples. "Benefits provided by Wal-Mart as a matter of grace ... are not secure and could potentially be withdrawn just when large health care costs are incurred," the lawsuit says.


Northern California authorities suspend search for baby

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 06:39

This undated photo released by the Shasta County Sheriff's Office shows, Matthew Graham, 23, the subject of a manhunt after he stole a gun and fled. Graham is considered a person of interest in the disappearance of his 6-month-old daughter in Northern California, authorities said. (Shasta County Sheriff's Office/The Record Searchlight via AP)REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Northern California authorities said Tuesday they've stopped actively searching for an infant who's been missing for 11 days, but they'll keep the case open and investigate any leads they receive.


Deputy cleared in shooting of man who allegedly had knife

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 06:38
EATONTON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff's deputy will not be charged in the fatal shooting of a man who allegedly approached him with a knife.

Tulsa sheriff wants state Supreme Court to block grand jury

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 06:36
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorneys for embattled Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz urged the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday to block a grand jury from investigating Glanz's office following the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a volunteer deputy.

Groups ask appeals court to halt phone records collection

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 06:35
NEW YORK (AP) — Civil liberties groups have asked a federal appeals court in New York to again strike down as unconstitutional a law that lets the government collect Americans' phone records.

Governor: Nothing malicious behind Rhode Island beach blast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 06:33
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said Tuesday that investigators have ruled out unlawful or malicious activity in a mysterious blast that knocked a beachgoer out of her chair into a jetty, and said they are still looking for the cause.

Fiat-Chrysler wants $150M judgment tossed in gas tank case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 06:29
BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia judge asked attorneys for more information Tuesday before he rules on a motion by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to dismiss a $150 million judgment that found the company responsible for the faulty placement of a gas tank that led to the 2012 death of a 4-year-old boy.

Man convicted of murder in deadly Indiana house explosion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 06:25

Elaine Sgorcea, mother of Richmond Hill victim Dion Longworth, is hugged by Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Terry Curry as she walks out of the St. Joseph County Courthouse after hearing the jury found Mark Leonard guilty of all 53 charges, including murder, on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in South Bend, Ind. A jury convicted Leonard of murder, arson and insurance fraud Tuesday for his role in a house explosion that devastated a subdivision nearly three years ago, killing a couple living next door. At right is one of Dion Longworth's sisters. (Charlie Nye/The Indianapolis Star via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITSOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A jury convicted an Indianapolis man of murder, arson and insurance fraud Tuesday for his role in a house explosion that devastated a subdivision nearly three years ago, killing a couple living next door.


Submachine gun, rifle stolen from Florida police SUV

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 06:24
CASSELBERRY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a submachine gun, a semi-automatic rifle, two pistols and a Taser have been stolen from an unmarked Orange County Sheriff's Office sport utility vehicle parked in a driveway overnight.

Boston police captain's son jailed in bomb plot case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 06:20

Family members of Alexander Ciccolo arrive at federal court, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in Springfield, Mass. Ciccolo has been accused of plotting to commit an act of domestic terrorism by detonating a bomb at a university and killing as many Americans as possible has been ordered to remain behind bars while he awaits trial on a gun charge. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Boston police captain's son who authorities say plotted to detonate a bomb at a university was ordered on Tuesday to remain behind bars while he awaits trial.