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The Latest: Ex-sheriff's attorney to ask for no prison time

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:21
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca's agreement to plead guilty to lying during a federal probe of corruption at the jails he ran (all times local):

Government sues Ferguson after city tries to revise deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:20

Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington,Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, about Ferguson, Missouri. The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the City Council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb.


Appeals court overturns decision to halt executions in Mississippi

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:17
Mississippi officials said the ruling validated the state's three-drug protocol, which they noted was the same as the Oklahoma cocktail upheld in a 5-4 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court last June. U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate issued a preliminary injunction last August barring Mississippi's corrections department from executing prisoners using compounded pentobarbital or midazolam. The drugs have been used in botched executions and are not in the class of drugs specified by Mississippi law for lethal injections, convicted murderers Richard Jordan and Ricky Chase argued.

U.S. payday lending crackdown brings race car driver's arrest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:13
U.S. authorities on Wednesday launched a broad offensive against abusive online pay lenders, arresting three people tied to the industry, including a race car driver, for allegedly exploiting more than 5 million cash-strapped consumers. Prosecutors said Scott Tucker, who competes on U.S. and European racing circuits, ran a $2 billion enterprise that used sham relationships with Native American tribes to claim immunity from state enforcement actions over its lending practices. An indictment filed in federal court in Manhattan said Tucker earned hundreds of millions of dollars in profits, spending the money on luxury homes, cars, jewelry, a private plane and his professional racing team, Level 5 Motorsports.

Timeline of events after fatal police shooting in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:07

Protesters chant and yell after the Ferguson, Mo., city council meeting in Ferguson on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, where the council voted to approve a modified consent decree with the United States Department of Justice. It is unclear if the Department of Justice will agree to the modifications. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A year and a half after a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, the U.S. Justice Department has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city. Here is a timeline of key events that followed the Aug. 9. 2014 shooting of Michael Brown:


Hawaii's big-wave surf competition called off

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:07

A bodeyboarder runs into the waves at Waimea Bay after the Memory of Eddie Aikau surfing contest was canceled, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Haleiwa, Hawaii. The competition was called off early Wednesday when the 40-foot swells predicted failed to materialize, event spokeswoman Jodi Wilmott said. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) — Legendary surfer Eddie Aikau would have gone out. But Wednesday's surf in Hawaii didn't stack up to his namesake competition's big-wave standards, and the event was called off hours before it was supposed to happen.


Consulate: Dad to 2 boys, among 6 bodies, flying to Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:06
CHICAGO (AP) — Mexico's consulate in Chicago says the father of two children found dead with their mother and three adults in their home last week is headed from Mexico to Chicago for the funerals. Police say they'll speak to him but that he's not a suspect.

'Son of Sal' convicted of killing New York shopkeepers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:06

Booking photo of Salvatore PerroneA New York clothing salesman known as the "Son of Sal" serial killer was convicted on Wednesday of three counts of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting deaths of three shopkeepers in Brooklyn, prosecutors said. Salvatore Perrone, 67, faces a maximum prison sentence of 75 years to life for the killings of Mohamed Gebeli, 65, Isaac Kadare, 59, and Rahmatollah Vahidipour, 78, who were shot from July to November 2012. Perrone has maintained he was framed by a business associate.


Man killed in Alaska police shooting was lawmaker's nephew

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:03
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A volunteer fire official who died in an officer-involved shooting in a northern Alaska community was the nephew of a state lawmaker.

Man who spent 30 years in prison is freed pending new trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:01

Beverly Garrant, mother of George Perrot, cries Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Superior Court in New Bedford, Mas., after Judge Robert Kane ordered her son's release from prison. Kane granted Perrot, who spent three decades in prison, a new trial last month, citing flawed FBI testimony about microscopic hair analysis. (AP Photo/Denise Lavoie)NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A man who spent three decades in prison for a rape conviction based in part on one strand of hair was freed Wednesday after a judge said he is "reasonably sure" the man is innocent and believes prosecutors cannot win a conviction at a retrial.


Judge denies request to dismiss count in Islamic State case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:00
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge presiding over the case of five men accused of plotting to join the Islamic State group says he won't dismiss the most serious charge against them.

Brother: Right-to-die advocate Christy O'Donnell dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:53

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2015 file photo, Elizabeth Wallner, left, and Christy O'Donnell, who both have terminal cancer, celebrate after lawmakers advanced right-to-die legislation they support, at the Capitol in Sacramento,Calif. O'Donnell, the single mother with lung cancer who became a prominent figure in the California right-to-die debate, has died. She was 47. Her brother Jay Watts said in a Facebook posting Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, that O'Donnell died Saturday, Feb. 6.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Christy O'Donnell, a single mother with lung cancer who became a prominent figure in the California right-to-die debate, has died. She was 47.


New Oklahoma prisons chief: Facilities crumbling, morale low

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:52

Joe Allbaugh, interim director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, sits in his office in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. A longtime GOP political operative who previously headed the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Allbaugh now has the task of leading Oklahoma's overcrowded and underfunded prison system, which has come under scrutiny after problematic executions. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A longtime Republican political operative who previously headed the Federal Emergency Management Agency now has the daunting task of leading Oklahoma's overcrowded and underfunded prison system, which has come under increasing scrutiny after a series of problematic executions.


Slain teen's father says he found out about her death on TV

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:42

Tammy Weeks, left, mother of Nicole Lovell leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 in Christiansburg, Va. David Eisenhauer, is charged with kidnapping and killing Lovell, who survived a liver transplant and other health scares only to have her life ended after apparently climbing out her bedroom window last week. (Jacob Demmitt/The Roanoke Times via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT; CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT; MANDATORY CREDITRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The father of a 13-year-old girl who police say was slain by a Virginia Tech student said he found out about his daughter's death on TV, and questioned whether the tragedy could have been avoided if he had been more a part of her life.


Two sheriff's deputies killed, suspect dead in Maryland shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:41
A deputy who responded to a disturbance report at a Panera Bread restaurant in Abingdon, about 25 miles northeast of Baltimore, was shot inside the building, said Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler. At least two other deputies fired rounds at the suspect, identified as David Brian Evans, a 67-year-old white man, Gahler said. "Today is a sad day for the Harford County Sheriff's Office, and the citizens of Harford County we are sworn to serve," Gahler said.

Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane survives vote to remove her from office

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:38

Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane survives vote to remove her from officePennsylvania's embattled attorney general survived a Senate vote to remove her from office on Wednesday as all but one of her fellow Democrats stood by her, defeating a resolution that said her lack of a valid law license had rendered her unable to perform her official duties.


Appeals court tosses order blocking Mississippi executions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:37
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An appeals court Wednesday upheld Mississippi's method of lethal injection, rejecting arguments from death row inmates who opposed the state's plan to use drugs not specifically approved by state law.

Officers justified in deadly police-involved shooting in Chester, D.A. says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:36

Officers justified in deadly police-involved shooting in Chester, D.A. saysThe Delaware County District Attorney has released the results of a preliminary investigation into Monday's deadly police-involved shooting in Chester.


The Latest: Man in Alaska shooting was lawmaker's nephew

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:34
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a police-involved death in a northern Alaska town (all times local):

Texas attorney general faces ethics probe over gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:26

FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks during a hearing in Austin, Texas. Already indicted on felony securities fraud charges, Paxton will face an ethics investigation for advising local officials they could refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses on religious grounds. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Already indicted on felony securities fraud charges, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will face an ethics investigation for advising local officials they could refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses on religious grounds.