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U.S., Blackwater defense clash on jury summary of shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:30

Blackwater Worldwide guards Liberty and Heard leave federal courthouse after being arraigned on manslaughter charges for allegedly killing 14 civilians in 2007 in Baghdad, in WashingtonThe guards "took something that didn't belong to them, the lives of 14 human beings," prosecutor Anthony Asuncion told the jury. There were "no insurgents, no AK-47s, just people seeking shelter from these men," Asuncion said, pointing to the defendants who sat in the courtroom. Later, a lawyer for Paul Slough, one of the guards, told the same jury that he "didn't recognize" the prosecutor's summary of the trial, saying that "witness after witness" had testified about incoming gunfire and pervasive threats to the Blackwater convoy. Asuncion said a different guard, Nicholas Slatten, fired the first shots.


Court hears mom, 5-year-old talk about abduction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:27

Court hears mom, 5-year-old talk about abductionThe mother of a 5-year-old girl abducted from kindergarten and sexually assaulted gently asked her daughter about the ordeal on a tape recording played Wednesday in a Philadelphia courtroom.


In wake of Ferguson, police try to build trust

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:24
DALLAS (AP) — In the aftermath of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, some police departments are renewing efforts to reach out to black communities to build trust — holding public meetings, fielding questions and letting people voice the anger they feel toward officers who patrol their neighborhoods.

GM to move Cadillac SRX production to Tennessee

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:12

GM to move Cadillac SRX production to TennesseeGeneral Motors announced Wednesday that it is moving production of its next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to its plant in Tennessee, leading United Auto Workers leaders to chide Tennessee ...


Robbers, posing as police, steal $100K from food distribution center in Fishtown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:04

Robbers, posing as police, steal $100K from food distribution center in FishtownIt happened overnight, before the business opened. Investigators say one of the owners answered to the door to find two men dressed as police pointing guns at him.


Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues feds over Common Core

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:02

In this Feb. 11, 2012 file photo, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana addresses activists from America's political right at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014 against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In a move certain to bolster his national standing with conservatives, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal sued the Obama administration Wednesday, hoping to strike a blow against the controversial Common Core education standards and raising his profile as he builds a likely presidential campaign.


Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:56
A Massachusetts man badly injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing married his nurse in a weekend wedding, according to the hotel where the ceremony was held. James Costello met Krista D’Agostino while he was undergoing treatment at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, according to the statement issued on Wednesday by the Hyatt Regency Boston. Costello suffered serious burns and shrapnel injuries in the blast and underwent multiple surgeries at Massachusetts General Hospital, it said. A resident of Malden, Massachusetts, he was at the 2013 marathon to support a friend in the race.

"Cops" reality show crew member killed after officer-involved shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:44

"Cops" reality show crew member killed after officer-involved shootingA crew member for the long-running television series, "Cops," was shot and killed while filming in Omaha, Nebraska, reported KETV NewsWatch 7.


Baltimore's 1st casino highlights national trend

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:44

Baltimore's 1st casino highlights national trendBALTIMORE (AP) — At the Horseshoe Casino's grand opening, showgirls adorned in gold glitter, beaded loincloths, feather headdresses and fuchsia false eyelashes stood atop pedestals in the courtyard, while VIP patrons in high heels and higher hemlines downed glass after glass of champagne.


'Drug nexus' may be connected to Fairmount Park victims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:43

Drug gangs may be connected to Fairmount Park victimsInvestigators say some kind of "drug nexus" may be at the center of a case in which three victims were abducted, stabbed and thrown in the Schuylkill River.


Body found at home of couple in Stratford, NJ hospital shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:41

Son found dead at home of couple involved in Stratford, NJ hospital shootingInvestigators say a body was found at the home of the husband and wife involved in the shooting at a hospital in Stratford, New Jersey.


Donors give nearly $700K after police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:30

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014 photo people donate money for the family of Michael Brown during a rally in Ferguson, Mo. Fundraising on behalf of the family of the black 18-year-old shot Aug. 9 by white police officer Darren Wilson, has drawn more than $280,000 in contributions from online fundraising, concerts, memorial T-shirt sales and other efforts. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Donors have given nearly $700,000 to online fundraising sites set up to collect money for the family of a black 18-year-old and the white police officer who fatally shot him in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.


Dupont fined $1.275 million in West Virginia toxic pollution case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:30

DuPont logo is pictured on research center in Meyrin near GenevaDuPont will pay a fine of $1.275 million and spend an estimated $2.3 million more to settle claims by U.S. Department of Justice in a case about eight alleged releases of harmful levels of hazardous substances between May 2006 and January 2010 from a DuPont facility in Belle, West Virginia, the EPA said.


Body found at home of man who fatally shot wife at NJ hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:10
(Reuters) - A body was found at the home of a man who earlier on Wednesday shot and killed his wife at a southern New Jersey hospital and then shot and wounded himself, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said. The wife, a patient at Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford, died shortly after the 10:20 a.m. shooting, prosecutor's spokesman Jason Laughlin said. The wounded man, whose condition was not immediately known, was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, he said. NJ.com identified them as Raymond Wychowanc, 63, and his wife Denise Wychowanec, 62.

Training guide likens veterans to Oscar the Grouch

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:09
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An internal training guide used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs compared veterans unhappy about their care to Oscar the Grouch, a newspaper reported.

Mexican family files suit accusing U.S. agents in border death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:09

Guillermo Arevalo Pedraza poses with his wife and daughters in an undated photo released by his family in Nuevo LaredoRelatives of a Mexican man they said was shot dead by U.S. Guillermo Arevalo Pedraza was shot from a Border Patrol boat on the Rio Grande River while his family was having a picnic on the Mexican side near Nuevo Laredo, the suit said. Arevalo is one of at least 13 people killed under a Border Patrol policy the plaintiffs claim allowed U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said the agency "cannot comment on pending litigation." The suit claims Arevalo was having a family barbecue in a park on the riverbank and was shot twice by agents.


John Lennon's killer sorry for being 'an idiot'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:03

This May 15, 2012 photo provided by the New York State Department of Corrections shows Mark David Chapman at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y. Chapman, John Lennon’s imprisoned killer, says he still gets letters about the pain he has caused. Chapman was denied release during his eighth appearance before a parole board in August 2014, according to the transcript released by New York state corrections officials, on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/New York State Department of Corrections, File)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — John Lennon's imprisoned killer says he still gets letters about the pain he caused in his pursuit of notoriety nearly 34 years ago.


Pastor shot, wounded in Wyoming church

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:02
CENTENNIAL, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming pastor was shot and wounded with his own handgun after apparently interrupting a burglary at his rural church.

Tennessee lawyer Barrett dies, a civil rights champion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:55
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - George Barrett, a lawyer who waged a nearly four-decade battle for desegregation of Tennessee's colleges and universities and represented student civil rights activists, has died at 86, a law firm partner said on Wednesday. Barrett, who died on Tuesday night from acute pancreatitis, came to be called "Citizen Barrett" for his advocacy. "People search for a mission or a purpose and George found that in the practice of law," said Jerry Martin, a partner in Barrett's firm and a former U.S.

California would triple tax breaks for film production under deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:54
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California will triple its tax breaks for entertainment companies doing business in the state, the latest effort to stem a tide of runaway production that has cost billions in revenue in Hollywood's home state under a deal announced on Wednesday. The increase in tax credits, aimed at luring production back to California even as other states offer tax breaks of their own, comes just a few weeks after the California Film Commission said the state had lost $2 billion in the past four years alone as producers sought cheaper places to do business. "This law will make key improvements in our Film and Television Tax Credit Program and put thousands of Californians to work," said Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who signed on to the deal along with the Democratic and Republican leaders of the state legislature. The deal, which still must be approved by both houses of the legislature before the end of their session this week, would increase the amount of money available for tax credits for film and television production to $330 million per year, up from about $100 million.