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Fight over police videos likely to continue despite ruling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:39

In this June 2, 2013, frame from Gardena Police Department dash-cam video, an officer, right, aims a gun at Ricardo Diaz-Zeferino, left, and two friends while investigating a bicycle theft in Gardena, Calif. Moments later police fatally shot Diaz-Zeferino. Hours after a federal judge ordered the release of videos sought by The Associated Press and other news organizations Tuesday, July 14, 2015, a federal appeals court has issued a stay blocking release of the video. (Gardena Police Department)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge's decision to release videos showing police killing an unarmed California man doesn't mean it will be easier for the public to get such footage. In fact, it shows police will do all they can to keep recordings secret.


VIDEO: Former Marine takes down robbery suspect

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:33

 Former Marine takes down robbery suspectThe right place at the right time. That's where firefighter and former Marine Daniel Gaskey was when a suspect was holding up a north Texas gas station.


Judge rules Utah should put 2 moms on birth certificate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:32

Angie, right, and Kami Roe of West Jordan arrive at the federal courthouse Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Salt Lake City. A federal judge has ordered the state of Utah to list the names of the lesbian couple on a birth certificate as the mothers of their new baby. U.S. District Judge Dee Benson said the case wasn't hard to decide in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the state of Utah to list the names of a lesbian couple on a birth certificate as the mothers of their new baby in a ruling that lawyers said was the first of its kind since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.


ACLU sues California county over public defender system

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:16
The American Civil Liberties Union has sued a California county over what the group said on Wednesday was a failing public defense system that leaves thousands of the poorest without proper legal representation. The ACLU of Northern California filed the suit against Fresno County on Tuesday, saying its public defender's office has been in a "state of crisis" for at least six years due to budget cuts. The suit argues that public defenders there carry unmanageable case loads due to falling staffing levels, that defendants are passed from attorney to attorney, and that the public defenders receive insufficient training.

Gary Mack, JFK assassination museum mastermind, dead at 68

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:14
DALLAS (AP) — Gary Mack, a former television news producer whose interest in the death of President John F. Kennedy helped launch a museum at the warehouse where Kennedy's assassin opened fire, died Wednesday. He was 68.

Probe: Bogus enrollees kept getting 'Obamacare'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:09

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, is displayed on a laptop screen in Portland, Ore. Phony applicants that investigators signed up last year under President Barack Obama’s health care law got automatically re-enrolled for 2015 and some were rewarded with even bigger taxpayer subsidies for their insurance premiums, a congressional probe has found. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) says 11 counterfeit characters that its investigators created last year were automatically re-enrolled for this year by HealthCare.gov. They got to keep the coverage they had, although not legally entitled to benefits. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Phony applicants that investigators signed up last year under President Barack Obama's health care law got automatically re-enrolled for 2015. Some were rewarded with even bigger taxpayer subsidies for their insurance premiums, a congressional probe has found.


Experts: Ruling against college seeks to protect accused

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:04
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A ruling by a judge that a California university unfairly punished a student for sexual misconduct sends a strong warning that schools under federal pressure to better address rape should not forget to respect the rights of the accused, legal experts said.

'Blowing my mind': Peaks on Pluto, canyons on Charon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:03

This Tuesday, July 14, 2015 image provided by NASA on Wednesday shows a region near Pluto's equator with a range of mountains captured by the New Horizons spacecraft. (NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Mankind's first close-up look at Pluto did not disappoint Wednesday: The pictures showed ice mountains on Pluto about as high as the Rockies and chasms on its big moon Charon that appear six times deeper than the Grand Canyon.


Marlene Sanders, TV news reporter and executive, dies at 84

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:02
NEW YORK (AP) — Marlene Sanders, a veteran television journalist for ABC and CBS News at a time when relatively few women did that job, has died of cancer. She was 84.

Jurors begin deliberating in Colorado movie massacre trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:56

Accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes listens during his arraignment in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Jurors in Colorado's movie massacre trial began deliberating on Wednesday on the fate of gunman James Holmes, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of murder and attempted murder stemming from his rampage in July 2012. Holmes, a 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student from California, could face the death penalty if he is convicted of opening fire inside a midnight premiere of a Batman movie at a Denver area multiplex, killing 12 people and wounding 70. During the trial, two court-appointed psychiatrists testified for the prosecution that while the defendant is severely mentally ill, he was sane when he plotted and carried out the massacre.


Pabst Brewing to return to Milwaukee with new brewery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:55

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 1996 file photo is the Pabst brewery in Milwaukee. The Pabst Brewing Company, which closed the Milwaukee plant in 1966, announced Wednesday, July 15, 2015 that will open a new brewery in Milwaukee on the site of the original brewery. (AP Photo/Mark Gail, File)MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pabst Brewing Co. said Wednesday it is coming home to open a new brewery and restaurant next year on the site of its original Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee.


The Latest: Search resumes for 6 missing in Kentucky floods

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:49
FLAT GAP, Ky. (AP) — Search crews are combing the hilly Appalachian terrain in Kentucky after floodwaters killed three people and left five others missing.

South Jersey firefighters conduct training in vacant homes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:40

South Jersey firefighters conduct training in vacant homesSeveral South Jersey fire companies were given the rare opportunity to conduct training in vacant houses that are slated for demolition.


Cheerleaders deemed team employees under new California law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:39

San Francisco 49ers cheerleaders perform before the NFL's NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants in San FranciscoCheerleaders for professional sports teams in California will have to be classified as employees eligible for overtime, sick days and other protections under a bill signed Wednesday by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill was introduced amid controversy raised by a lawsuit against the Oakland Raiders that culminated in the football team's agreement to pay a settlement of $1.25 million to 90 members of the cheerleading squad. An NFL game should be no different," Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, a Democrat from San Diego who authored the bill, said Wednesday.


Recaptured New York inmate moved to solitary confinement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:34

David Sweat, 34, is pictured in this handout photoA New York inmate recaptured after a daring escape last month has been sent to solitary confinement at a new prison after spending the past week in the facility's infirmary recovering from gunshot wounds he suffered when he was apprehended. David Sweat, 35, was taken to the Five Points Correctional Facility infirmary in Romulus, in the state's Finger Lakes region, last week after being treated at a public hospital immediately after his capture. A hearing officer will decide whether Sweat will remain for an extended period in an isolation cell, where he will spend 23 hours a day, or be subject to other penalties, it said.


Former New York police boss Kerik is sued over memoir

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:34

Former New York City Police Commissioner Kerik arrives the Manhattan Federal Courthouse in downtown Manhattan, New YorkBernard Kerik, a former New York City police commissioner and cabinet nominee who later went to prison for tax evasion and lying to White House officials, was sued on Wednesday by a woman who claimed she helped him write his recent memoir and was not credited or paid for it. In a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, Dara DAddio said she spent 2,700 hours over three years working with her "former close friend" Kerik on "From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate #84888-054," which describes Kerik's fall from grace and views on the justice system. The Clifton Park, New York resident said she deserves a half-interest in the book's copyright, her share of royalties, and $25 to $40 per hour for her work.


UN resolution would end Iran sanctions in 10 years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:29
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A draft U.N. resolution on the Iran nuclear deal that says U.N. sanctions would "snap back" if Iran fails to meet its obligations also contains a surprise: The crucial mechanism will end in 10 years.

Storms cause flooding at the Jersey Shore

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:28

Storms cause flooding at the Jersey ShoreHeavy downpours overnight resulted in flash flooding in some areas including the Jersey Shore.


Nearly 50 people charged in suspected Dallas airport drug ring

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:27
Nearly 50 people, including four contract workers at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, have been arrested or charged on suspicion of trying to bypass airport security to fly drugs across the country, officials said on Wednesday. One of those charged, Funaki Falahola, in April 2013 told an undercover agent he could transport drugs on a major airline by using his contacts at four airports to sneak contraband past security.

New Orleans park tree sitter pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:18
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A nature activist who sat in a cypress tree for 12 days in an ill-fated protest to stop construction of a new golf course on an overgrown chunk of City Park has pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing and resisting arrest. He was ordered to do 100 hours of community service.