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LeSean McCoy: 'I'm gonna show them' with Bills

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 04:38
The Bills' new franchise running back discusses his trade to Buffalo, his impressions of coach Rex Ryan and whether there is a race issue with his former coach, the Eagles' Chip Kelly.

Officer on leave amid inquiry into threats against suspect

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 04:37
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer has been put on paid leave while the department investigates a video in which he can be heard threatening to break a suspect's legs.

Chester County massage therapist accused of sexual assault

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 04:29

Chester County massage therapist accused of sexual assaultA Chester County massage therapist has been arrested for sexually assaulting a woman, the district attorney's office announced Wednesday.


St. Louis mayor signs police oversight bill into law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 04:28
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed into law Wednesday a measure establishing a civilian oversight board to review complaints against police.

Exterminator goes on trial in Philadelphia doctor's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 04:21
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A pediatrician researching tuberculosis, HIV and other infectious diseases was strangled by an exterminator after she questioned his work and was then tied up with equestrian gear and set on fire, a prosecutor said Wednesday in opening statements at his murder trial.

Washington state prosecutor seeks death for man convicted of killing family

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 04:17
A prosecutor urged a jury in Washington state on Wednesday to hand down the death penalty against a man convicted of killing three generations of a family in a grisly 2007 murder at a home near Seattle. Joseph McEnroe was convicted in March of killing six of his former girlfriend's family members, including her parents and young niece and nephew, during a Christmas Eve celebration in rural Carnation, about 30 miles east of Seattle. His defense attorney, asking for a life sentence, told the court that McEnroe was coerced into the killings by his former girlfriend, Michele Anderson. The pair killed Anderson's parents first, then they hid their bodies and cleaned the home, waiting until the other four family members arrived to kill them, prosecutors said.

Illinois governor says no bailout for Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 04:16

Illinois Gov-elect Bruce Rauner speaks to media after meeting Obama and other Governor-elects at the White HouseBy Fiona Ortiz and Karen Pierog CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner told the Chicago City Council on Wednesday that the state's "terrible financial crisis" means there is no money to bail out the city from its own fiscal mess. The governor, in an unprecedented address to the Democratic council, said the city and state need to work together to address problems that include big unfunded pension liabilities facing both governments. Rauner has been touring the state to sell his "turnaround" agenda that includes cuts to public pensions and controversial proposals like creating local right-to-work zones where union membership would be voluntary instead of mandatory. Ahead of his speech, Chicago aldermen adopted a resolution against that proposal.


Oklahoma passes bill allowing designated school staff to carry guns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 03:52
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - School districts in Oklahoma would be able to designate an employee to carry handguns on school property under a bill approved on Wednesday by the state Senate and sent to Governor Mary Fallin. The bill allows school boards to choose a school employee to be trained as an armed security guard or reserve peace officer. Oklahoma school resource officers can carry firearms already but the new bill expands the right to additional school staff.

Liaison for California attorney general arrested in probe of fake police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 03:39
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A community liaison for California's attorney general has been charged with impersonating a police officer for his role in a self-proclaimed police organization that traces its roots back 3,000 years and claims jurisdiction in much of the United States and Mexico, authorities said on Wednesday. The criminal charge against Brandon Kiel, who has served as deputy director of community affairs for Kamala Harris' California Department of Justice, represents a potential embarrassment as the Democratic attorney general campaigns for a U.S. Senate seat. Kiel's arrest last week resulted from an investigation by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials that turned up weapons, police-type vehicles, badges and equipment. The investigation began in January after police chiefs in Southern California received letters announcing David Henry had been elected chief of the so-called Masonic Fraternal Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

Woman known for trying to sneak on planes jailed in Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 03:39

This undated booking photo provided by the Cook County Sheriff's Department shows 63-year-old Marilyn Hartman. Hartman was arrested Friday, April 24, 2015, for loitering in a restricted area at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. She was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing on state land and released. She was arrested again in Chicago on Sunday May 3, at Midway International Airport and charged with the same offense in addition to violating her bail bond. Hartman has succeeded in getting on a flight at least once without a ticket. She has previously said she's mentally ill and homeless. (Cook County Sheriff's Department via AP)CHICAGO (AP) — A woman with a history of trying to sneak onto planes without a ticket has been arrested twice in recent days at both of Chicago's international airports after being spotted loitering in terminal areas, police said Wednesday.


Judge tosses widow's lawsuit in Alaska military plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 03:31
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A judge has granted the state's request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the widow of one of four men killed when a military cargo plane crashed in 2010 while training for a popular Alaska air show.

Detroit boy in basement: Stepmother put me there for 11 days

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 03:26

FILE- In this April 14, 2015 file photo, Charlie Bothuell IV, left, and Monique Dillard-Bothuell appear in court in Detroit. Charlie Bothuell, a boy reported missing for 11 days before he was found in his Detroit basement testified Wednesday, May 6, 2015, that his stepmother ordered him down there and told him to "shut up and be quiet" while investigators scoured the neighborhood searching for him last June. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT (AP) — A boy reported missing for 11 days before he was found in his Detroit basement testified Wednesday that his stepmother ordered him down there and told him to "shut up and be quiet" while investigators scoured the neighborhood searching for him last June.


PHOTOS: Fugitives from 'deadbeat' roundup in Montco

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 03:23

 Fugitives from 'deadbeat' roundup in MontcoThe Montgomery County Sheriff's Dept. is looking for these fugitives following a warrant sweep on Wednesday.


Cowboys round up cattle after semi overturns on highway

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 03:20

A Sedgwick County Animal Control worker scrambles to corral cattle along Kansas 96 near Maize, Kan., Wednesday morning, May 6, 2015, after a truck carrying cattle lost control in the rain and overturned earlier in the morning. (Mike Hutmacher/The Wichita Eagle via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUTMAIZE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas highway has reopened after cowboys helped round up cattle who escaped a semitrailer that had rolled over near Wichita.


Bill Clinton says tough '90s crime bill went too far

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 03:15

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton attends the Clinton Global Initiative's 2015 Winter Meeting in New YorkFormer President Bill Clinton acknowledged on Wednesday that an anti-crime crackdown he pushed in 1994 went too far, and said he now supports his wife Hillary's plans to reverse some of those justice policies. Bill Clinton signed into law a crime bill that imposed tougher sentences, put thousands of more police on the streets and helped fund the building of extra prisons. The anti-crime legislation was known for its federal "three strikes" provision that sent violent offenders to prison for life. We have too wide a net. We have too many people in prison. And we wound up spending - putting so many people in prison that there wasn’t enough money left to educate them, train them for new jobs and increase the chances when they came out that they could live productive lives," he said, according to a CNN transcript of the interview.


Small town evacuated after oil train derails in North Dakota

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 03:13
By Ernest Scheyder and Edward McAllister WILLISTON, N.D./NEW YORK (Reuters) - A BNSF train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire in North Dakota on Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of a nearby small town just days after the United States and Canada announced reforms to improve the safety of such shipments. About 40 residents from the tiny Wells County town of Heimdal were evacuated after 10 tank cars left the rails, fire officials and the state's emergency management agency said. Black smoke was visible for miles as more than 300,000 gallons of crude oil burned. Heimdal is located along one of the main rail lines heading east out of the state's giant Bakken oil patch.

16-year-old shot near high school in Chester

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 03:07

16-year-old student shot near 2 schools in ChesterChester High School was briefly locked down Wednesday afternoon following a shooting in the neighborhood nearby.


Family of US captive killed by drone backs hostage czar

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 03:06
WASHINGTON (AP) — The family of an American captive killed in a drone strike said Wednesday it would welcome the creation of a hostage czar to coordinate government efforts to free those held.

3 accused of operating fictitious police department

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 03:04
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three people were arrested in Southern California for operating a fictitious police department that claims jurisdiction in 33 states and Mexico and says it has existed for 3,000 years, authorities said.

Using a smartphone microscope to detect parasites in blood

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 02:58

This handout photo provided by Daniel A. Fletcher shows a Cellscope being used in an outdoor setting. Prick a finger and have the blood checked for parasites _ by smartphone? Scientists are turning those ubiquitous phones into microscopes and other medical tools that could help fight diseases in remote parts of the world. In the newest work, University of California, Berkeley, researchers used a smartphone-run video microscope to target a challenge in parts of Central Africa _ some devastating infections caused by tiny parasitic worms. (Daniel A. Fletcher, UC Berkeley via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Prick a finger and have the blood checked for parasites — by smartphone? Scientists are turning phones into microscopes and other medical tools that could help fight diseases in remote parts of the world.