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Attorneys argue about Cleveland cop's role in fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 07:38

FILE - In this April 9, 2015, file photo, Cleveland police Officer Michael Brelo listens to testimony during his trial in Cleveland. Attorneys are scheduled to give closing arguments, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in the trial of Brelo, charged in the deaths of two unarmed people in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, Pool, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — Depending on who addressed the court, a patrolman charged in the deaths of two unarmed people in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire was either a brutish killer or a selfless hero on the night of Nov. 29, 2012.


Woman accused of cutting baby from womb will stand trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 07:37

The Wilkins' family spokesman Michael Perini reads a family statement to members of the media following a preliminary hearing for her client Dynel Lane, the Longmont, Colo., a woman accused of cutting an unborn baby from a stranger's womb, at the Boulder County Justice Center, in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Lane is charged with attacking Michelle Wilkins and removing her 8-month-old fetus after Wilkins responded to a Craigslist ad for baby clothes. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A judge determined Tuesday that a Colorado woman charged with cutting an unborn baby from a stranger's womb will stand trial in a case that has reignited the debate on the legal rights of fetuses.


2 Michigan officers suspended after man's videotaped beating

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 07:35
INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — Two police officers have been suspended without pay after the videotaped beating of a black man during a January traffic stop in suburban Detroit, it was announced Tuesday.

Feds offer exit plan for Montana town's asbestos cleanup

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 07:35

In this Feb. 17, 2010, file photo, the W.R. Grace mine is shown, outside of Libby, Mont. Libby, the town of 3,000 along the Kootenai River has emerged as the deadliest Superfund site in the nation's history. At least 400 people have been killed so far from W.R. Grace mine workers and family members who breathed in the dust they brought home in their clothes, to kids who played in waste tailings by the community baseball field. A cleanup proposal for a Montana town where thousands have been sickened by asbestos exposure calls for leaving some of the dangerous material in place rather than removing it. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A long-delayed U.S. government cleanup plan for a Montana community where asbestos contamination has sickened thousands would leave the deadly material in the walls of houses, underground and elsewhere — stirring worries among residents and state officials about future exposures.


Italy's UN mission says 300 migrants rescued off coast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 07:33
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Italy's U.N. mission says 300 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean sea.

Texas air ambulance resumes after nurse falls to her death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 07:30
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas air ambulance service is returning to the air more than a week after one of its flight nurses fell to her death from a helicopter hoist.

Police investigate beating of man outside Dallas-area mosque

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 07:26

Richardson Police sit in front of the Islamic Association of North Texas mosque in the Dallas suburb of Richardson, Texas, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Police are investigating after a worshipper leaving a prayer service at the mosque was slightly hurt after being attacked in the parking lot by two men who fled. The attack came a day after two men were shot to death in neighboring Garland after opening fire outside a contest featuring cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/LM Otero)RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) — Police say a worshipper leaving a prayer service at a Dallas-area mosque was slightly hurt after being attacked in the parking lot by two men who fled.


Gun in officer's slaying 9th from Georgia heist found in NY

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 07:12

Demetrius Blackwell appears in court for his arraignment Sunday, May 3, 2015, in the Queens borough of New York. Blackwell who is accused of shooting a New York City police officer in the head was ordered held without bail Sunday on charges including attempted murder. (Theodore Parisienne/The Daily News via AP, Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — A handgun used to fatally shoot a New York Police Department officer a few days ago was among 23 stolen from a Georgia pawn shop and is the ninth to be recovered on the city's streets.


Colorado's ACLU says two black men were victims of police bias

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:58
The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado will represent two African-American men who were stopped by police and detained in an encounter that was caught on video and which the organization on Tuesday described as racial profiling. The video recorded by passenger Ryan Brown begins by showing footage of the driver of the car, his brother Benjamin Brown, being placed in handcuffs after a March 25 traffic stop in Colorado Springs. The ACLU said the incident took place within a block of the brothers' home and began over an apparent cracked windshield. The Colorado Springs Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Raleigh police officer burned by free coffee sues Starbucks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:55
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A police officer who got a free cup of Starbucks coffee is suing the company for $50,000 after he spilled it and got burned.

Law enforcement stance on pot starts to shift in Louisiana

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:51
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Marijuana enthusiasts and law enforcement don't agree on much. But there is one point both concede: Louisiana's marijuana laws are exceptionally strict.

Jury to continue deliberating in Jamaican lottery scam case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:49

This April 27, 2015 booking photo provided by Burleigh County Sheriff's Office shows Sanjay Williams. A federal jury in North Dakota on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, started deciding the fate of Williams accused in a Jamaican lottery scam that authorities say cost victims around the country millions of dollars. He's charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering. (Burleigh County Sheriff's Office via AP)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal jury in North Dakota did not reach a decision Tuesday in the case of a man accused in a Jamaican lottery scam that authorities say cost victims around the country millions of dollars.


Delaware man takes search for long-lost brother to Facebook

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:47

Delaware man takes search for long-lost brother to FacebookMark Smith of Middletown, Delaware is using social media to find an important person in his life - his brother.


Utah law allows gun owners to use deadly force in many cases

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:47

Lt. Craig Martinez with the Orem Police Department speaks during a news conference Monday, May 4, 2015, in Orem, Utah. Utah police have identified a 26-year-old man who they say was fatally shot by a bystander after struggling with a woman while trying to steal her car in Orem over the weekend. Orem Police say Taulagi Matafeo of Springville was shot in the chest after he lunged for a gun pointed by a 31-year-old Orem man who intervened in the carjacking. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police say two Utah men fatally shot would-be criminals a few miles apart over the weekend, but neither shooter is expected to face charges in a gun-friendly state that was one of the first to pass a "Stand Your Ground"-style law more than 20 years ago.


Colorado woman who stole fetus bound over for trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:38
A Colorado woman who police say admitted cutting a fetus from a pregnant stranger she lured with an online ad for baby clothes was bound over for trial by a judge after a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, prosecutors said. Dynel Catrece Lane, 34, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, felony assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy over the attack in March on Michelle Wilkins in the town of Longmont, 30 miles north of Denver. Lane was bound over on all charges and her arraignment was scheduled for July 24, said Catherine Olguin, spokeswoman for the district attorney's office in Boulder. They then went with the fetus to the hospital, police said.

Officer charged in Gray death contends arrest was legal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:34
BALTIMORE (AP) — One of the Baltimore police officers who arrested Freddie Gray wants the police department and prosecutor to produce a knife that was the reason for the arrest, saying in court papers that it is an illegal weapon.

Rape added to murder and cannibalism charges against Indiana man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:33
A southern Indiana man who is facing a possible death penalty on charges that he killed his ex-girlfriend and ate part of her body has now been charged with raping her, an attorney representing the defendant said on Tuesday. The added charge against Joseph Oberhansley is intended to bolster the prosecution's case for the death penalty, attorney Mike McDaniel said. Oberhansley, 34, was charged last September in Clark County, Indiana, with breaking into the Jeffersonville home of his ex-girlfriend, Tammy Jo Blanton, murdering her and abusing her corpse by eating parts of it. It was added, McDaniel said, because the other charges were not strong enough to warrant the death penalty.

Canadian judge delays bail decision for ex-Gitmo inmate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:32

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2008 file courtroom drawing by artist Janet Hamlin, reviewed by the US military, Canadian-born accused terrorist Omar Khadr attends a pre-trial session in Camp Justice on the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Canadian government was in court Tuesday morning, May 5, 2015, seeking to block the release on bail of former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr while he appeals his conviction for war crimes in the United States.(AP Photo/Janet Hamlin, Pool, File)EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — A Canadian judge said Tuesday she needs more time to make a decision on whether a former Guantanamo Bay inmate should be released on bail while he appeals his conviction for war crimes in the United States.


Reforming Baltimore police will be time-consuming, costly

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:14

Protesters chant in front of police Monday, May 4, 2015, in Baltimore. Lt. Col. Melvin Russell said police pursued a man who was spotted on surveillance cameras and appeared to be armed with a handgun. Police said the man was taken into custody after a brief chase, during which a gunshot was heard. (Amy Davis/The Baltimore Sun via AP)BALTIMORE (AP) — Months before Freddie Gray died of the broken neck he suffered during what Baltimore's top prosecutor called an illegal arrest, the city's mayor and police commissioner said the department needed reform and asked the Justice Department for help reviewing officer misconduct.


Lynch's handling of police in Baltimore is contrast to Holder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:14
By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited Baltimore on Tuesday, in the wake of rioting over the death in police custody of Freddie Gray, she made a deliberate attempt to cast herself as different from her predecessor. She visited police headquarters. Former attorney general Eric Holder faced eerily similar circumstances to Lynch in August 2014, amid civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after Michael Brown was killed by a police officer. While Holder met with many people, including Brown's parents, he did not visit the police station.