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Court affirms conviction, long sentence for Detroit ex-mayor

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 04:17

FILE - In this May 25, 2010 file photo former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sits in a Detroit courtroom. An appeals court on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 upheld the corruption conviction and 28-year prison sentence of Kilpatrick, who was found guilty of two dozen crimes from tax evasion to bribery. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT (AP) — An appeals court on Friday upheld the corruption conviction and 28-year prison sentence of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was found guilty of two dozen crimes from tax evasion to bribery.


Judge temporarily blocks Alabama abortion clinic regulation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 04:15
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked an Alabama abortion regulation that could have permanently closed the state's busiest abortion clinic, saying Thursday that the rule was unnecessary to protect women.

Suspect in shooting of New York firefighter killed by police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:56

People react to a sudden volley of gunfire near the scene where Garland Tyree barricaded himself in his home after shooting a New York Fire Department lieutenant, in Staten Island, New YorkThe man who shot and wounded a firefighter during a six-hour standoff with authorities fled his New York home on Friday, opening fire on police, who returned it and shot him dead, law enforcement said. Garland Tyree, 38, an alleged gang member who authorities were trying to arrest for a federal parole violation, had promised to surrender but instead dashed out the back door with an assault rifle, spraying bullets at police who surrounded the multi-family home in New York's Staten Island borough, police said. An AK-47, three handguns and a smoke grenade were recovered from the scene on Destiny Court, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said at a news conference.


Prosecutor: Criminal probe at standstill in Clemson death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:51
PICKENS, S.C. (AP) — The criminal investigation into the death of a Clemson University fraternity pledge remains at a standstill, despite a new witness account, a prosecutor said Friday.

7 Greenpeace activists fined for Oregon icebreaker protest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:46
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two more Greenpeace protesters accused of trying to stop a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving Portland, Oregon, for an Arctic oil-drilling operation were fined $5,000 by the Coast Guard, officials said Friday.

The Latest: Officer accused in fatal shooting ends testimony

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:45
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The latest on the trial of a white Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man seeking help after a crash in September 2013 (all times local):

Boy falls from 2nd-story window during game of hide-and-seek

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:42
OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy fell from a second-story window during a game of hide-and-seek, sending him to a hospital, police said.

Susan Newhouse, wife of publishing magnate, dies in NY

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:39
NEW YORK (AP) — The philanthropist Susan Newhouse, wife of billionaire publishing magnate Donald Newhouse, died Thursday at her home in New York City following a long illness.

Death penalty ruling may pave way for national abolitionists

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:34

FILE - This undated inmate photo released by the Connecticut Department of Correction shows Eduardo Santiago, who was sentenced to lethal injection for the murder-for-hire killing of 45-year-old Joseph Niwinski in West Hartford in 2000. Connecticut's Supreme Court will release a decision Thursday Aug. 13, 2015, in a case that could decide the fate of the 10 inmates currently on death row in the state. It comes in an appeal from Santiago, whose attorneys argue lawmakers improperly passed a death penalty repeal three years ago that only outlawed capital punishment for future crimes. (Connecticut Department of Correction via AP, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A sweeping decision this week by the Connecticut Supreme Court that found the death penalty no longer meets society's evolving standards of decency could be influential across a nation that is increasingly questioning the practice, legal experts said.


Plea deal collapses for man accused of killing wife, son

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:30

This undated photo provided by Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff's Office shows Eugene Maraventano. Mareventano, who is charged with fatally stabbing his wife and adult son two years ago, is scheduled to change his earlier not guilty plea Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Authorities said Maraventano told them that he killed the pair out of a fear that he had given his wife HIV and out of concern about what would become of his jobless son. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP)PHOENIX (AP) — A plea agreement fell apart Friday for an Arizona man accused of killing his wife and adult son because he feared he gave his wife HIV and worried about what his jobless son would make of his life.


The Latest: Gang member who shot NYC firefighter had AK-47

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:29

New York City Police Department Emergency Service members carry their gear as they leave the scene of a standoff, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in the Staten Island borough of New York. Garland Tyree, a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang who was to be arrested on parole violations when he shot a firefighter responding to a call of smoke coming from his girlfriend's home, died Friday in a gunfight with police after a six-hour standoff, two police officials said. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the attempted arrest of an armed gang member and the subsequent shooting of a firefighter (all times local):


Lower Missouri River flooding ends, focus shifts to repairs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:29
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has declared an end to flooding problems on the lower Missouri River and is beginning to assess what repairs will be needed.

Ex-Detroit mayor Kilpatrick loses appeal of conviction

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:26

File photo of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick leaves the U.S. District Court after he was convicted on federal racketeering and other charges in Detroit, MichiganBy a 3-0 vote, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Kilpatrick, 45, failed to show that his trial lawyers were constitutionally ineffective because they had recently joined a law firm that was suing him in a civil matter related to the criminal case. The panel also upheld the conviction and 21-year prison term of Kilpatrick's friend, Bobby Ferguson, 46, a Detroit contractor.


Prosecutors: Ex-governor should go to prison during appeal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:19
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday urged a federal appeals court to require former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to report to prison while he appeals his public corruption convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Two killed in Yosemite when tree limb falls on tent

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:18
Two minors were killed in Yosemite National Park early on Friday when an oak tree limb fell on the tent where they were sleeping, a park spokesman said. Park rangers responded to the scene of the accident, at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley, but both minors were deceased, park spokesman Scott Gediman said. Yosemite declined to release the names, ages or place of residence of the victims but said the incident was under investigation.

Alabama bigamist and wife face 11 capital murder charges in fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:16
If convicted, Christopher Henderson, 40, and Rhonda Carlson, 42, will face either life in prison or the death penalty. The Aug. 4 fire killed Kristen Henderson, 35, and her unborn child, as well as her 8-year-old son from another relationship and her mother, 67. The fire happened at a home in Maysville, Alabama, west of Huntsville, police said.

University of Cincinnati police resume off-campus patrols, but no traffic stops

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:11
What is different now under what is called an interim patrol plan, however, is university officers will not be allowed to make traffic stops, abiding by a recent Cincinnati City Council decision, the university said in a statement. On July 19, Raymond Tensing, a white university police officer, shot Samuel DuBose, an unarmed black man, in the head during a traffic stop off campus.

Cost of hunt for escaped NY killers topped $1 million a day

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:08

FILE- In this June 15, 2015, file photo a guard house spans the walls of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y. Inmates who knew the two convicted killers who escaped from the maximum-security prison in northern New York reported beatings by guards trying to determine where the pair went, according to a legal services group. Prisoners' Legal Services of New York has received several complaints from inmates on that Clinton Correctional Facility honor block, who were later moved to other prisons, managing attorney James Bogin said Tuesday, Aug. 11. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Payroll records suggest the hunt for two escaped killers in northern New York cost more than $1 million a day, with overtime alone for state troopers and corrections officers $22 million higher than last year.


Texas judge sentenced to 18 months in prison for violating gun laws

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:03
A former Texas county judge was sentenced on Friday to 18 months in a federal prison for illegally dealing in firearms and making false statements to government agents about the weapons, some of which were smuggled into Mexico, prosecutors said. Tim Wright, 70, had entered a plea bargain with prosecutors earlier this year and will be placed on supervised release for three years once he completes his prison sentence, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas said.

UN rights experts to Iran: Immediately release US reporter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 02:30
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. human rights experts on Friday called on Iran to immediately release a Washington Post reporter who has been detained for more than a year on charges including espionage and distributing propaganda against the Islamic Republic. A verdict on Jason Rezaian's case could come as early as next week.