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Feds: Violence pervasive in NYC youth jails

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:46

FILE - In this July 31, 2014 file photo, Rikers Island juvenile detention facility inmates walk single file to the jail's chapel for a visit from Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons and entertainer L.L. Cool J. The city’s juvenile jails are extremely violent and unsafe, the result of a deeply ingrained culture of violence in which guards routinely violate constitutional rights of teenage inmates and subject them to “rampant use of unnecessary and excessive force,” federal prosecutors said in a scathing report released Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's juvenile jails are extremely violent and unsafe, the result of a deeply ingrained culture of violence in which guards routinely violate constitutional rights of teenage inmates and subject them to "rampant use of unnecessary and excessive force," the federal government said in a scathing report released Monday.

Man charged in Mich. death of black girl weeps on stand

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:43

Theodore Wafer stands in the courtroom during his arraignment in DetroitTheodore Wafer, 55, is accused of killing Renisha McBride, 19, with a shotgun blast to the face through a screen door in Dearborn Heights after she knocked looking for help last November. I took that away from her." Wafer, an airport maintenance worker who is charged with second-degree murder in the racially charged case, faces up to life in prison if convicted. "I knew I had to get my gun," Wafer said. "I didn't know where this was going." Wafer has told police the shooting was an accident.

No new name for stepmother of boy missing 4 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:36
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The stepmother of an Oregon boy whose disappearance in 2010 touched off an intense search has failed to persuade a judge to let her change her name.

Prosecutor under fire in contested Texas execution

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:34

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice shows Cameron Todd Willingham who was executed in 2004 for setting fire to his Corsicana house, killing his 2-year-old daughter and 1-year-old twins. The Innocence Project announced Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, that it has filed a state bar grievance against John H. Jackson, a former judge who prosecuted, Willingham who was controversially executed on Feb. 17, 2004. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice, File)DALLAS (AP) — A nonprofit group on Monday accused the prosecutor in the case of a Texas man executed for the fire deaths of his three daughters of trying to cover up a jailhouse informant's recantation.

LinkedIn pays $6M in unpaid wages, damages

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:28
NEW YORK (AP) — Professional networking service LinkedIn has agreed to pay nearly $6 million in unpaid wages and damages to 359 current and former employees, the Labor Department said on Monday.

L.A.'s Sunset Boulevard reopens week after huge water main break

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:25

Emergency crews line Sunset Boulevard at the Westwood Plaza intersection after a broken thirty inch water main gushed water onto Sunset Boulevard near the UCLA campus in the Westwood section of Los AngelesBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sunset Boulevard reopened in Los Angeles on Monday, a week after part of the famed thoroughfare across America's second-largest city was shut down when a water main ruptured underneath it, spouting a 40-foot geyser and flooding part of the UCLA campus. Crews worked around the clock to fix the broken pipe, fill in the gaping hole left behind when it burst and re-pave the thoroughfare before the Monday morning commute, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. The flood swamped campus athletic fields, underground parking garages and several buildings, including Pauley Pavilion, the arena built in 1965 which has become famous as home to the university's basketball teams. The school's athletic director said on Friday that the wooden flooring of Pauley Pavilion, which underwent a $136 million renovation completed in 2012, would have to be replaced.

APNewsBreak: Corps agrees to monitor dam pollution

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:24

This Nov. 19, 2012 file photo shows the high-flow release of water into the Colorado River from bypass tubes at Glen Canyon Dam in Page, Ariz. An advocacy group is calling the Colorado River the nation's most endangered waterway. An annual American Rivers report being released Wednesday April 17, 2013, doesn't call pollution the problem. It instead cites drought and demand. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher, file) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALESFor the first time in its history, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have to disclose the amount of pollutants its dams are sending into waterways in a groundbreaking legal settlement that could have broad implications for the Corps' hundreds of dams nationwide.

Troubled supermarket says workers fear for safety

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:22

Ardian Zoto, right, an employee of Market Basket for six years, holds a sign outside the supermarket in Danvers, Mass., Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Executives at the troubled Market Basket supermarket chain in New England say they have heard from employees who are "concerned for their safety" in a dispute over the company's direction. In a statement Monday, co-CEOs Felicia Thornton and Jim Gooch say the employees are worried about attending a job fair that was set up to replace colleagues who walked off the job to protest the firing of the previous CEO. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — Executives at the troubled Market Basket supermarket chain in New England stepped up their efforts Monday to fight back against a workers' revolt and customer boycott that have paralyzed the company and drawn attention for their unusual demand to reinstate the previous CEO.

Wisconsin man accused of hiding bodies faces more charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:16
By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A former Wisconsin police officer accused of stuffing the bodies of two women into separate suitcases and dumping them along a rural road is expected to face additional charges on Tuesday, prosecutors said. Steven Zelich, 52, is scheduled for an initial court appearance in Kenosha County, one of the two counties where authorities said Zelich told police he killed the women accidentally during sexual encounters. Authorities believe Jenny Gamez, 21, of Cottage Grove, Oregon, died at a Kenosha, Wisconsin, hotel in 2012 during a bondage session after meeting Zelich online. The Kenosha County District Attorney's office declined to say what charges it expected to file against Zelich on Tuesday, but confirmed that an initial court appearance was set.

2 charged after Indiana rail bridge close call

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

In this frame grab from surveillance video provided by the Indiana Rail Road via WRTV, two women run down a railroad track ahead of a freight train coming toward them, Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Monroe County in Indiana. The women survived the incident, but authorities are reviewing the video for potential criminal charges. (AP Photo/Indiana Rail Road via WRTV)BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Two women face criminal charges after prosecutors say they were caught on video surviving a close call with a freight train as they walked across a trestle 80 feet high in southern Indiana.

Judge reinstates $1.5M unshuffled cards lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:08
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A case pitting a casino against gamblers who won $1.5 million in a game with unshuffled card decks may be heading toward trial.

U.S. labor board backs personnel actions from time without quorum

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:05
By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Labor Relations Board said on Monday it had unanimously ratified numerous administrative and personnel actions it took when it lacked a constitutionally valid quorum. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its June decision in the case NLRB v. Noel Canning that recess appointments made by President Barack Obama to the NLRB's five-member board were invalid. Action on case decisions still lies ahead, but the board said in a news release it had separately ratified personnel moves and other administrative decisions it took during the same period.

Same-sex marriage ban struck down for Fla. county

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:04
MIAMI (AP) — A third judge in Florida has overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a single county but stayed his decision Monday pending an appeal.

Cops: Missing hair, selfie led to homicide suspect

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:03

Sharman Odom is seen in an undated photo provided by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office. Newton, N.C. police arrested Odom, 34, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, and charged him with murder in the death of 31-year-old Maggie Daniels, a highly regarded educator, Police Chief Donald Brown said. Daniels' body was found June 28 in her Newton apartment. (AP Photo/Catawba County Sheriff's Office)NEWTON, N.C. (AP) — After a highly regarded educator was killed last June in a west-central North Carolina town, police there said they were able to identify a neighbor as a suspect because of a selfie on his camera and a clump of his missing hair.

Vegas resort planned at ex-New Frontier site

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:03
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A new resort could soon spring up on the vacant Las Vegas Strip site of the former New Frontier casino, thanks to a partnership between Australian billionaire James Packer and former Wynn Las Vegas President Andrew Pascal.

2 states carry on with executions using sedative

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:03

FILE - This May 27, 2008 file photo shows the gurney in Huntsville, Texas, where Texas' condemned are strapped down to receive a lethal dose of drugs. Both Texas and Missouri use the single drug pentobarbital as their drug of choice and say they’ve never had an execution go wrong. Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona, where executions in 2014 went awry, use benzodiazepine Midazolam. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Despite a shortage of lethal-injection drugs, two of the nation's most active death penalty states have quietly carried on with executions by turning to pentobarbital, a powerful sedative that generally puts inmates to death swiftly and without complications.

Groups say US political work in Cuba hurt aid work

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:02

In this July 11, 2014, photo, Cuban students exit Marta Abreu Central University in Santa Clara, Cuba. Beginning as early as October 2009, a project overseen by the U.S. Agency for International Development sent Venezuelan, Costa Rican and Peruvian nationals to Cuba to cultivate a new generation of political activists. Often posing as tourists, the young travelers befriended Cuban students. Fernando Murillo, contracted to turn politically apathetic young Cubans into “change agents,” headed to Santa Clara and connected with a cultural group that called itself “Revolution,” a modest outfit of street artists devoted to electronic music and video. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. program in Cuba that secretly used an HIV-prevention workshop for political activism was assailed Monday by international public health officials and members of Congress who declared that such clandestine efforts put health programs at risk around the world.

Man, teen charged with killing sleeping boy, 8

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:01

In this Wednesday, July 30, 2014 photo, Mary Lindsey, of Detroit, lights a candle near several stuffed animals, at a vigil for Jakari Pearson, who died from a gunshot wound, at the New Brewster Projects in Detroit's east side. Pearson was sleeping in his upstairs bedroom when a bullet entered through a window and struck him in the chest. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Steve Perez)DETROIT (AP) — A man and a teenager have been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of an 8-year-old Detroit boy who was struck by a bullet as he was sleeping, prosecutors said Monday.

Grand Canyon investigating squirrel-kicking video

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 04:52
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities are looking into a viral Internet video that shows a man kicking a squirrel off what appears to be the edge of the Grand Canyon.

Man denied bond in Illinois meat-tampering case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 04:48
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A 68-year-old southwestern Illinois man accused of inserting sewing needles a federal prosecutor called "booby traps" into packaged meats at his hometown supermarket was ordered Monday to remain jailed pending his trial.