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NY court hears case of teen's brain kept for autopsy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 08:23
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's highest court was urged Monday to require medical examiners to inform families when they return autopsied bodies without certain organs.

NY mayor brushes off reports of police arrests slowdown

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 08:21

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio smiles as New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton speaks during a news conference in New YorkBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio described a sharp decline in arrests and court summonses in the two weeks since two policemen were shot dead in an ambush as a few "aberrant" days, brushing off reports they were signs of a police work slowdown. De Blasio, in his first interaction with journalists in two weeks, joined Police Commissioner William Bratton on Monday to announce a continued general decline in serious crime in the city in 2014, which he called a record-breaking year. ...


No rape charges for lawyer linked to police chokehold case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 08:19

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2014, file photo, attorney Sanford A. Rubenstein appears at a news conference at his offices in New York. Prosecutors say Rubenstein, who once represented the family of Eric Garner who was killed in a police chokehold, won't face criminal charges after being accused of rape. A spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney, said Monday Jan 5, 2015 that prosecutors had decided no charges were warranted against Rubenstein was accused of assaulting a woman who's a member of the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A flashy attorney who once represented the family of a man killed in a police chokehold won't face criminal charges after being accused of rape, prosecutors said Monday.


Videos surface showing aftermath of deadly Ohio prison riot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 08:14
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A series of recently discovered videos that provide a detailed look at the aftermath of a deadly prison riot has been brought to light by the state's prisons inspection committee.

Texas officer who used stun gun on 76-year-old man fired

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 08:12
VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — A South Texas police officer who used a stun gun on a 76-year-old man during a traffic stop for an expired inspection sticker has been fired.

Man critical after being struck in Rhawnhurst

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 08:06

Man critical after being struck in RhawnhurstA man is critical after being struck by a car in Philadelphia's Rhawnhurst section.


California prison guard sues, says he was harassed for being Muslim

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 08:06
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California prison guard who says he was relentlessly harassed and mocked by his co-workers because he is black and Muslim has sued the state of California and its corrections officials, an Islamic civil rights group said on Monday. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento last week, marks the latest blow to California's troubled corrections system, which is struggling to meet court-ordered demands to improve medical and mental healthcare in its overcrowded prisons. ...

Trial in LA airport shooting not expected until Feb. 2016

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:55

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the FBI shows Paul Ciancia. Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Ciancia, now 24, the man charged in a deadly shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport, according to court papers filed Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. Ciancia acted intentionally in the killing of an airport screening officer and terrorized passengers and colleagues of the fallen man, prosecutors said. Ciancia has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in the killing of Gerardo Hernandez, 39, and the wounding of three other people at LAX on Nov. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/FBI, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The death penalty trial of a man accused of a deadly shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport is tentatively scheduled for next year.


Man found dead near New Mexico reservation may have been mauled by dogs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:47
By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Reuters) - A Native American man found dead in a New Mexico field last week near the Navajo Nation reservation may have been mauled by a pack of as many as 10 dogs, police said on Monday. Gallup Police Department spokesman Rick White said the man, who did not have identification on him but appeared to be in his mid-40s, was found by a passer-by. “We do not have a definitive cause of death yet but it appears he was attacked by dogs,” White said, although he could not give a precise cause of death. “There definitely were defense wounds from dog bites. ...

GOP congressman Nunnelee hospitalized in his Miss. hometown

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:44
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, a Mississippi congressman who had brain surgery last year, has been hospitalized for a bleeding problem in his left leg.

Brown sworn in for record fourth term as California governor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:26

California Governor Brown takes a historic fourth oath of office as governor with First Lady of California Anne Gust at his inauguration at the State Capitol in SacramentoBy Jennifer Chaussee SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Democrat Jerry Brown, who turned around California's finances after years of deficits, vowed to keep a tight rein on spending as he was sworn in on Monday for a record fourth term at the helm of the nation's most populous state. Brown first served two terms from 1975 to 1983 and then returned to the governorship in 2011. He easily defeated Republican challenger Neel Kashkari to win re-election in November. Brown, the 76-year-old son of the late California Governor Edmund G. ...


Testimony postponed in Jodi Arias sentencing retrial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:22
PHOENIX (AP) — Testimony that was expected to resume Monday in Jodi Arias' sentencing retrial was postponed to let lawyers interview a witness whose identity hasn't been revealed.

Police: Man apologized on Facebook after stealing from grandmother

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:21

 Man apologized on Facebook after stealing from grandmotherA Delaware man is charged with stealing from his grandmother, and police say he later apologized to her on Facebook.


JetBlue flight diverted as Utah officers help restrain woman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:20

Salt Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Terry Wall, and from left, Robert Odor and Cody Stromberg took action to stop an unruly passenger on a flight from New York to Salt Lake City speak about the ordeal during a news conference at the Salt Lake County Sheriff Department on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Salt Lake City. The Utah officers say they helped restrain the woman about an hour into the flight when she had a medical issue and became combative. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Francisco Kjolseth)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Three Utah officers returning from the funeral of a slain New York City policeman helped restrain an unruly passenger on a JetBlue Airways flight until the plane was diverted to Chicago.


Coast Guard reports surge in Cubans trying to reach Florida

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:12

In this Dec. 30, 2014, photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island approach a boat with 12 Cuban migrants southwest of Key West, Fla. The Cuban migrants were repatriated to Cabanas, Cuba. Coast Guard officials said Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, that the number of Cubans attempting to reach Florida illegally by sea has surged since the U.S. and Cuba announced they would restore diplomatic relations. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)MIAMI (AP) — Driven by fear that their window is closing, the number of Cuban migrants attempting to reach the U.S. illegally in rafts has surged since the two countries announced they would restore diplomatic relations after 50 years, Coast Guard officials said Monday.


Govt. report: Coal-related deaths in 2014 lowest ever in US

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:07
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The nation's coal mines set a record for the lowest number of on-the-job fatalities last year, with 16, the federal mining agency said Monday.

UN Security Council heading to Haiti to press for elections

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:05
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is heading to Haiti later this month with a message for President Michel Martelly: It's past time to urgently organize credible elections.

Weed 101: Colorado tries 'neighborly' pot education

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:02

Colorado Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, front, responds to questions as Dr. Larry Volk, executive director and chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Health and Environment looks on during a news conference to announce the rollout of the $5.7-million, state-sponsored advertising campaign Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Denver. The "Good to Know" advertisements will focus on marijuana laws and health effects, including the ban on use in public places, age restrictions, DUI laws, the dangers of overuse and other concerns related to the use of the products. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — Colorado is taking a novel approach to marijuana education — not telling people to avoid the drug, just to use it safely.


Expert who oversaw German World War II records dead at 93

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:01
WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Wolfe, who for more than 30 years served as a specialist in Nazi Germany at the National Archives and Records Administration, has died. He was 93.

2 wanted in violent Center City assault

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:59

2 wanted in violent Center City assaultPolice are looking for two men wanted in an attack in Center City that left a man with bleeding on his brain.