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One dead, four hurt in California restaurant brawl shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 05:12
By Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - One person was shot dead and four others wounded when gunfire erupted during a brawl in a Southern California restaurant on Monday, and two of those hurt were in custody including one subdued by a security guard at the scene, police said. The brawl at El Zocalo Mexican Grill and Seafood in Santa Ana broke out at 12:45 a.m. among a big group of people, and at least one of them opened fire, said Corporal Anthony Bertagna, a spokesman for the Santa Ana Police Department.

SUV driven by elderly woman is hit by train at NY crossing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 05:10
EAST ROCKAWAY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say an SUV driven by an elderly woman has been hit by a train at a crossing in New York, about 40 miles south of a fatal crash last month that killed six.

Colorado police find remains of teen girl missing since December

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 05:07
The remains of an 18-year-old girl who vanished in western Colorado late last year have been found and the police are treating the teen's death as suspicious, authorities said. Kelly Mae Myers was reported missing by relatives in the mountain town of Grand Junction who said they last heard from her on Dec. 18 and described her disappearance as very unusual. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office said her remains were recovered on Saturday in the remote Cactus Park area, several miles south of Grand Junction, by deputies and staff from the county coroner's office. "At this time, it is considered a suspicious death investigation ... (which) remains active and ongoing," the sheriff's office said on Sunday in a statement.

Rescuers rappel to reach woman stranded in Phoenix cave

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 05:05
PHOENIX (AP) — Officials say crews rappelled down to a cave in the Phoenix area to rescue a hiker.

Suspects in Maryland double murder arrested in Trenton

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 05:03

Suspects in Maryland double murder arrested in TrentonTwo people were arrested in Trenton, New Jersey for a double murder last week in Trenton, New Jersey.


New York mom convicted of murder in son's salt-poisoning death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 04:57

Mother found guilty of poisoning 5-year-old sonA New York mother accused of poisoning her son with salt so she could bask in social media attention after documenting his mysterious illness online was convicted on Monday of murder, a prosecutor said. A jury in state court in White Plains, New York, found Lacey Spears, 27, guilty of murder in the 2014 death of 5-year-old Garnett-Paul Spears, District Attorney Janet DiFiore said in a statement. “Throughout his five years, Garnett Spears was forced to suffer through repeated hospitalizations, unneeded surgical procedures and ultimately poisoning with salt, all at the hands of the one person who should have been his ultimate protector: his mother," DiFiore said. The suburban New York mother faces a maximum prison term of 25 years to life in prison when she is sentenced on April 8.


Syria's civil war linked partly to drought, global warming

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 04:54

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2014 file photo, Lebanese police inspectors, investigates the site of a deadly car bomb that exploded near a gas station, in the predominately Shiite town of Hermel, about 10 miles from the Syrian border in northeast Lebanon. Global warming worsened record droughts in war-torn Syria and peaceful California, contributing to the unrest that has torn the Middle Eastern country apart, two new studies say. In what scientists say is one of the most detailed and strongest connections between violence and human caused climate change, researchers from Columbia University and the University of California Santa Barbara trace Syria’s drought to the collapse of farming to the migration of 1.5 million farmers to the cities to poverty to civil unrest. Syria’s drought started in 2007 and went until at least 2010 _ maybe longer with weather records harder to get in wartime. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla. File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The conflict that has torn Syria apart can be traced, in part, to a record drought worsened by global warming, a new study says.


Pit bull badly mauls woman at San Francisco Bay Area home

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 04:52
PINOLE, Calif. (AP) — A 40-year-old woman in the San Francisco Bay Area was severely mauled by her family pit bull.

Hawaii police officer arrested after bicyclist killed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 04:26
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A 30-year-old police officer on Hawaii's Big Island was arrested and placed on administrative leave after he hit with his car and killed a bicyclist visiting from Michigan

Mayfair store owner stabbed in the face during robbery

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 04:26

Mayfair store owner stabbed in the face during robberyPolice say a store owner was stabbed in the face during a robbery Monday morning in Northeast Philadelphia.


Budget standoff leaves California college hopefuls in limbo

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 04:10

In this Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 photo, international student Fabienne Roth, originally from Switzerland, attends a social event at Tom Bradley International Hall at the UCLA campus, in Los Angeles. With the University of California system budget having become a political football in the state capital, admissions officers and administrators throughout the UC system still don’t know how many students they can enroll, whether there will be enough money to expand the number from California and if talk about significantly raising tuition for nonresidents will scare off students from outside the state and abroad that campuses have increasingly relied on to make ends meet. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California admissions officers are sifting through a record number of applications, but they have no idea how many new students they can enroll.


Students find teacher hanging in California classroom

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 04:09

Students find teacher hanging in California classroomPolice in Placentia, Calif. have responded to El Dorado High School after students found a teacher hanging in a classroom.


Mother of Georgia man killed by police denies he was armed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 04:05

Attorney Chadrick Mance, center, along with Penny Nelson, seated, hold a press conference Monday March 2, 2015, reacting to the grand jury’s decision on the death of Nelson’s son, Charles Smith, who was shot and killed while handcuffed, by a police officer in September 2014. in Savannah, Ga. A grand jury last week concluded the shooting was justified, saying evidence showed Smith moved his cuffed hands in front of his body and grabbed a gun police missed patting him down. Nelson says she believes "there was a cover-up down the line" to protect the officer. (AP Photo/Savannah Morning News, Steve Bisson)SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The mother of a handcuffed man killed by police said Monday she doesn't believe investigators' findings that her son was armed with a gun and she suspects a cover-up to protect the officer who shot him five times.


Sex offender who fled Canada for Seattle arrested in rape

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 03:55
SEATTLE (AP) — A high-risk sex offender who fled Canada for Seattle has been arrested in the rape of a 69-year-old woman, authorities said Monday.

Correction: Boy in Basement-Detroit story

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 03:54
DETROIT (AP) — In a story Feb. 27 about a judge reducing the bond amounts for a Detroit couple charged with torture and child abuse, The Associated Press misspelled a defense attorney's last name. His name is Farris F. Haddad, not Farris F. Hadded.

Public barred from jury selection in girl's running death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 03:50
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Potential jurors reported amid secrecy Monday for the capital murder trial of an Alabama woman charged in her granddaughter's running death, with the judge refusing public access to process that typically is open.

Trial on hold after 'Black Madam' falls ill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 03:48

Trial on hold after 'Black Madam' falls illAn aspiring hip-hop artist who boasts about her talent for black-market "body sculpting" is ill and won't be back on the witness stand in her murder trial until at least Wednesday.


Longtime ban on cellphones at NYC public schools is lifted

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 03:46
NEW YORK (AP) — A longtime ban on cellphones at New York City public schools has been lifted.

Southern California beach turned white by hail from storm

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 03:43
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The beach at Southern California's "Surf City" has been turned white by a dumping of hail from a fast-moving storm.

Tulsa oral surgeon accused of pulling wrong teeth

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 03:42
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa oral surgeon has given up his license and sold his practice after he was accused of being under the influence of medications when he pulled the wrong teeth from two patients and operated on the wrong side of a patient's mouth, officials said.