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Missouri protests call attention to police 'militarization'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:27
By Nick Carey FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - A U.S. military program that sends armored cars, camouflage and other battlefield equipment to police departments is under fresh scrutiny as demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, enter their fifth straight night of protests over the death of an unarmed black teenager. The hundreds of people who have gathered each night since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by an unnamed police officer last Saturday have been met with police clad in body armor and using tear gas, smoke bombs and stun grenades. On Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said it was clear the scenes playing out in the St. Louis suburb "cannot continue." And while he condemned acts of violence and looting by some protesters, he said it was the role of law enforcement to reduce tensions in the city, rather than exacerbate them. "At a time when we must seek to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the local community, I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message," Holder said.

DA fights Holmes' bid for inquiry of media sources

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:26
DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting case objected to a defense request for a separate investigation into who told a reporter about a notebook that defendant James Holmes sent to his psychiatrist before the deadly shootings.

Jury acquits U.S. agent of murder in Hawaii shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:06

Christopher Deedy, left, listens during his murder trial Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Honolulu. Deedy, a State Department special agent from Arlington, Va., was back at the defense table a year after his first trial ended with a deadlocked jury and a mistrial was declared. Deedy is on trial in the fatal shooting of a man inside a fast-food restaurant in 2011. (AP Photo/Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Cindy Ellen Russell, Pool)A jury on Thursday acquitted a federal agent of murder in his second trial for the 2011 shooting death of a man at a Hawaii fast-food restaurant, but they couldn't reach a verdict on other lesser charges.


Sentencing panel to weigh economic crime penalties

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 09:48

 white-collar criminals. It’s unclear what action the commission will take, especially given the public outrage at fraudsters. But the discussion is unfolding as some federal judges have chosen to ignore the existing guidelines and as the Justice Department looks for ways to cut costs from an overpopulated federal prison system. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal panel that sets sentencing policy announced Thursday that it plans in the coming year to consider changes to sentencing guidelines for some white-collar crimes.


Protesters gather in Ferguson, carry signs, chant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 09:43

Demonstrators peacefully gather Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at the site where Michael Brown was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Mo. The Missouri Highway Patrol seized control of a St. Louis suburb Thursday, stripping local police of their law-enforcement authority after four days of clashes between officers in riot gear and furious crowds protesting the death of an unarmed black teen shot by an officer. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A huge crowd of people protesting the death of a black Missouri teenager shot by a white police officer have gathered in Ferguson, chanting and carrying signs.


Grand jury indicts couple in stripper's death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 09:40
GRETNA, La. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a couple in the killing and dismemberment of a stripper in New Orleans' French Quarter.

Roxborough fire station, closed for fumes, now safe to reopen

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 09:33

Roxborough fire station, closed for fumes, now safe to reopenThe Roxborough fire station that was closed after toxic chemicals were detected inside is now safe to reopen.


Whitey Bulger's attorneys appeal his conviction

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 09:18

FILE - This June 23, 2011 file photo shows a booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James "Whitey" Bulger, captured in Santa Monica, Calif., after 16 years on the run. Attorneys for the former Boston crime boss say they expect to file an appeal Thursday Aug. 14, 2014 of the convictions that sent him to prison for life. The 84-year-old Bulger was convicted last year in a broad racketeering case, including 11 killings and other gangland crimes in the 1970s and 80s. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service, File)BOSTON (AP) — Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger is appealing the federal conviction that sent him to prison for life last year, arguing that he was unable to fully present his defense.


At end of round-the-world trip, Kerry's plane breaks down in Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 09:11
The globe-trotting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was forced to catch a commercial flight on Thursday after his U.S. Air Force plane encountered technical difficulties before takeoff from Hawaii at the end of a nine-day round-the-world trip. Kerry was returning to Washington after visiting Afghanistan, Myanmar, Australia and the Solomon Islands when his plane broke down at Hawaii's Hickman Air Force Base. He had stopped for a day in Hawaii where he delivered a speech on increased U.S. interests in Asia and the Pacific region. "Finally some frequent flyer miles!" Kerry said on hearing the news that he would have to catch a commercial flight along with his staff and a traveling press corps.

2 Amish girls abducted from roadside farm stand in upstate New York

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 09:05

2 Amish sisters safe after apparent abductionAn Amber Alert was issued after two Amish girls were apparently abducted from their family's roadside farm stand in upstate New York.


Argentina seeks charges in US firm's plant closing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 09:04

A worker binds magazine pages inside the R.R. Donnelley & Sons printing plant, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. The global printing company based in the U.S. shuttered its plant Monday amid tough economic times in the South American country. About 200 workers decided to keep working, despite not being paid, until union leaders, in talks with the Labor Ministry, find a solution to reverse the plant layoffs. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The government of Argentina will seek criminal charges against representatives of a U.S.-based global printing company that abruptly shuttered its plant in the South American country, the president said Thursday.


Texas starts National Guard deployment at border with Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 08:56
By Jon Herskovitz and Jim Forsyth AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas has started deploying up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexican border, with the aim of combating crime in a region flooded by illegal immigration, law enforcement officials said on Thursday. Border sheriff's have been informed about the deployment and the first Texas National Guard troops have taken positions in places such as towers used for monitoring, a deputy with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's office said. Neither the Texas National Guard nor Texas Governor Rick Perry's office were immediately available for comment.

Hawaii judge upholds timing of makeup primary

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 08:56

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, Democrat, from Hawaii's 1st district, talks to former Hawaii Governor Ben Cayetano, right, at her campaign headquarters Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Honolulu. Hanabusa is locked in a tight race with incumbent Sen. Brian Schatz in the state's Primary Election. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii judge upheld the timing of a makeup primary election Thursday for more than 8,000 voters on the Big Island despite a last-minute challenge from a Senate candidate who said residents should have more time to recover from a tropical storm that damaged the area.


Missouri Highway Patrol seizes control of Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 08:55

Missouri Highway Patrol seizes control of FergusonThe Missouri Highway Patrol seized control of a St. Louis suburb Thursday, stripping local police of their law-enforcement authority after four days of clashes.


Six months in jail for teen who stole from car in Paul Walker crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 08:49
A teenager who stole a rooftop panel from the wrecked Porsche of actor Paul Walker, soon after the "Fast and Furious" star was killed in a crash, was sentenced on Thursday to six months in jail, a spokesman for prosecutors said. Jameson Brooks Witty, 18, who is one of two people arrested for taking the car part, pleaded guilty this month to grand theft of property, destroying evidence and obstructing a peace officer, said a statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. A Los Angeles County judge on Thursday sentenced Witty to six months in county jail and three years of probation, said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the District Attorney's Office. The death of Walker in a fiery one-car crash in Santa Clarita, California, 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Los Angeles, forced a temporary halt to production of the seventh film in the multibillion-dollar "Fast and Furious" action film franchise.

Single mom nearly evicted from apartment over son's mistake

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 08:28

Single mom nearly evicted from apartment over son's mistakeA single mom was trying to right her child's wrong, but before she had a chance, she got an eviction notice


Detroit City Council approves bonds to pay bankruptcy settlements

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 08:27
(Reuters) - The Detroit City Council on Thursday approved four bond issues to raise cash to pay settlements with some city creditors, according to the city clerk's office, offering a glimpse at how Detroit intends to finance its exit from the biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy.

Widow: Robin Williams was in early stages of Parkinson's disease

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 08:27

 Robin Williams was in early stages of Parkinson's diseaseRobin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease and was sober at the time of his suicide, his wife said Thursday.


Loan payment delayed for Puerto Rico power company

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 08:24
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's financially struggling public power company won a big reprieve Thursday, announcing that creditors agreed to postpone payment of $671 million worth of bank loans until next year.

Synthetic drug seller gets 17½ years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:57

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2011, file photo, Jim Carlson, owner of Last Place On Earth, a head shop that openly sold synthetic drugs, holds a bag of "No Name" synthetic drugs in his store in Duluth, Minn. Carlson is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Prosecutors are seeking a 20-year sentence against Carlson, who was convicted on 51 felony counts last October. (AP Photo/Paul M. Walsh,File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The owner of a now-closed Minnesota head shop was sentenced to 17½ years in prison Thursday for selling synthetic drugs in a case that prosecutors said should remove any doubts that substances sold under such names as "incense," ''spice" and "bath salts" are illegal.