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Jury convicts ex-Oklahoma reserve deputy in suspect's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 08:07

FILE - This Tuesday, April 14, 2015 file photo provided by the Tulsa County, Okla., Sheriff's Office shows Robert Bates. Bates, a former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy who says he mistook his handgun for his stun gun when he fatally shot an unarmed suspect has been convicted of second-degree manslaughter. Jurors announced the verdict Wednesday, April 27, 2016 in the case. The insurance executive fatally shot Eric Harris while working with Tulsa County sheriff's deputies last year. Harris was restrained and unarmed at the time. (Tulsa County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy who said he mistook his handgun for his stun gun when he fatally shot an unarmed suspect last year was convicted of second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday.


Prosecutor offers no details on Phoenix freeway shootings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 08:07

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2015 file photo, a sign displays a shooter tip line above Interstate 10 in Phoenix. The prosecutor in the Phoenix freeway shootings investigation said Wednesday, April 27, 2016 that he will press ahead with the case despite dropping the charges against the suspect. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery refused to get into specifics at a news conference when asked basic questions about the investigation.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)PHOENIX (AP) — For months, metropolitan Phoenix residents lived in fear as shots were fired at motorists on the freeway at random. Drivers avoided highways, school buses took different routes and signs were posted telling people to be careful.


Donald Trump lays out foreign policy vision, vows to put 'America first'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:58

Donald Trump lays out foreign policy vision, vows to put 'America first'With the general election in his sights, Republican Donald Trump delivered a sober foreign policy address Wednesday aimed at easing fears about his temperament and readiness to be commander in chief. Rival Ted Cruz made a desperate attempt to jolt the GOP race by tapping Carly Fiorina as his running mate.


Valeant to pay new CEO Papa base salary of $1.5 million

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:48
(Reuters) - Drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc's new chief executive, Joseph Papa, will receive a base salary of $1.5 million, the company said in a filing on Wednesday.

Scientists say oilfield wastewater spills release toxins

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:45

FILE - In this July 10, 2014 file photo a worker builds up a berm against a massive saltwater spill from an underground pipeline on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation near Mandaree, N.D. Scientists say wastewater spills from oil development in western North Dakota are releasing toxins into soils and waterways. In a report published Wednesday, April 27, 2016, Duke University researchers say they detected high levels of lead, ammonium and other contaminants in surface waters affected by recent wastewater spills in the Bakken oilfield region. (AP Photo/Tyler Bell, File)Brine spills from oil development in western North Dakota are releasing toxins into soils and waterways, sometimes at levels exceeding federal water quality standards, scientists reported Wednesday.


UN urged to restore Western Sahara peacekeeping mission

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:44
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A proposed Security Council resolution calls for the urgent return of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the disputed Western Sahara to its full operation, in a strong rebuke to Morocco's expulsion of most of its civilian staff.

Merck sex discrimination case could be collective action: judge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:43

A view of the Merck & Co. campus in Linden, New JerseyU.S. District Judge Michael Shipp in Trenton, New Jersey, on Wednesday granted conditional certification to a proposed class of current and former representatives under the federal Equal Pay Act, which requires women and men to be paid equally for the same work. The complaint alleges that Merck systematically paid female sales representatives less than their male peers, denied them promotions and subjected them to sexual harassment and an otherwise hostile work environment.


Lawmakers blast Valeant for price-gouging tactics

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:42

From left, Valeant's outgoing CEO, J. Michael Pearson; former chief financial officer Howard Schiller; and billionaire investor William Ackman, whose hedge fund holds a large stake in Valeant and controls two seats on its board of directors, are sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, prior to testifying before the Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing on drastic price hikes by Valeant and a handful of other drugmakers that have stoked outrage from patients, physicians and politicians nationwide. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers accused Valeant Pharmaceuticals of gouging patients to reward Wall Street investors during a hearing Wednesday scrutinizing the embattled drugmaker's pricing tactics.


Tennessee governor signs religious counseling bill into law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:42
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Republican governor said Wednesday that he signed a bill into law that allows mental health counselors to refuse to treat patients based on the therapist's religious or personal beliefs.

Oklahoma deputy who killed suspect found guilty of manslaughter

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:41

File photo of Reserve Deputy Robert Bates of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office in TulsaThe Oklahoma volunteer reserve deputy who fatally shot an unarmed suspect being subdued by regular deputies last year was found guilty of manslaughter on Wednesday by a jury that recommended he serve the maximum of four years in prison. Prosecutors told jurors that Robert Bates, 74, an insurance executive who volunteered as a reserve sheriff's deputy, deserved to be sent to prison for thrusting himself into the situation when there were several qualified deputies on the scene who could subdue the man. Lawyers for Bates contended that he mistakenly thought he had a Taser in hand when he shot Eric Harris, 44, not realizing he had a pistol.


Man pleads no contest to giving minority women KKK fliers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:38
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A white man accused of distributing Ku Klux Klan recruitment fliers to two minority women in Vermont has pleaded no contest to charges of disorderly conduct.

Man pleads not guilty to Seattle-area dismemberment killing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:35
A judge at the hearing in King County Superior Court increased bail for the 37-year-old accused killer, John R. Charlton, to $5 million from $2 million, Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for the local Prosecutor's Office, said in an email. Prosecutors had argued in court papers that Charlton, who has been in jail since his April 11 arrest, was a flight risk. Charlton has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Ingrid Lyne, 40, from Renton in Washington state and with stealing her car.

Ackman, Valeant pledge reforms after spiking drug prices

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:32

Pearson is sworn in to testify about price spikes in decades-old pharmaceuticals before a hearing of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S.WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Activist investor William Ackman promised U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday that he will urge the board of Valeant Pharmaceuticals to reduce the high prices of four life-saving drugs that are now at the heart of two congressional probes. Speaking before the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Ackman revealed that Valeant's board will hold a conference call on Thursday to discuss the costs of heart medications Isuprel and Nitropress, as well as Cuprimine and Syprine, two drugs that are used to treat a genetic disorder that causes copper to build up in the body's organs. The Senate Special Committee on Aging is one of two U.S. congressional panels investigating sky-rocketing price increases of certain decades-old drugs acquired by companies including Valeant and Turing Pharmaceuticals, a company founded by Martin Shkreli.


Dontre Hamilton's family sues city, police over 2014 death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:32
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The family of a mentally ill black man who was fatally shot in a 2014 confrontation with a white police officer in a downtown Milwaukee park filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the city, Police Department and former officer Christopher Manney.

Bundy attorney: Feds turned down proposed plea deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:29
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Lawyers for Ammon Bundy say the leader of the Oregon wildlife refuge occupation offered after his arrest to plead guilty if charges against other defendants were dismissed, but the deal was rejected.

The Latest: Shooting suspect was witness in past murder case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:25
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on shootings in Mississippi that left three dead and one wounded (all times local):

German shepherd helps rescue children from burning home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:25

German shepherd helps rescue children from burning homeAuthorities in central Florida say a German shepherd helped firefighters locate the two young children of his owners in heavy smoke as a blaze destroyed their home.


Possible Manson victim identified after nearly 50 years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:20

Handout photo of Charles Manson from the California Department of CorrectionsA woman found stabbed to death in 1969 and considered a possible victim of followers of Charles Manson has been identified after nearly 50 years, prompting detectives to question the imprisoned mass murderer about her death, Los Angeles police said on Wednesday. The woman, previously known only as Jane Doe #59, was identified through DNA testing as 19-year-old Reet Jurvetson, who lost contact with her family after traveling to California from Canada in 1969, the Los Angeles Police Department said. It was not what I wanted to hear," the slain woman's sister, Anne Jurvetson, said in a statement posted on a memorial website.


Prosecutor: Biggest gang takedown in New York City history

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:19
NEW YORK (AP) — Law enforcement rescued a housing project with the biggest gang takedown in city history, and now officials are investigating whether the city's 400,000 public housing residents were being protected in safe conditions as required by federal law, a federal prosecutor announced Wednesday.

Once-fugitive real estate heir's plea deal approved

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:19

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2014 file photo, New York City real estate heir Robert Durst leaves a Houston courtroom. New Orleans Federal Judge Kurt Engelhardt on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, approved a plea agreement for Durst to serve 7 years, 1 month in prison on a weapons charge. Durst still faces a separate murder charge in California. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Robert Durst, the estranged member of a wealthy real estate family and subject of a documentary about the death of his first wife, was sentenced to 7 years and 1 month in prison on a weapons charge that cleared the deck for him to face murder charges in California.