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Police: More than 300 rape kits destroyed in North Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 07:26
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina police department says an audit by the department shows that more than 300 rape kits from cold cases were destroyed to make more space in the evidence room.

Former peanut company CEO sentenced to 28 years for salmonella outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 07:22

The building of the now-closed Peanut Corporation of America plant is pictured in BlakelyBy Rich McKay ALBANY, Ga. (Reuters) - The former owner of a peanut company in Georgia was sentenced to 28 years in prison on Monday for his role in a salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds, a rare instance of jail time in a food contamination case. Stewart Parnell, 61, who once oversaw Peanut Corporation of America, and his brother, Michael Parnell, 56, who was a food broker on behalf of the company, were convicted on federal conspiracy charges in September 2014 for knowingly shipping salmonella-tainted peanuts to customers. Contamination at the company's plant in Blakely, Georgia, led to one of the largest food recalls in U.S. history and forced the company into liquidation.

U.S. justices unlikely to address death penalty's constitutionality

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 07:21

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts and associate justices listen to U.S. President Obama as he delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in WashingtonWhen the last U.S. Supreme Court term ended in June with an unusual showdown over a decision approving Oklahoma's lethal injection process, some court watchers saw it as a sign the court might soon take up the bigger question of the constitutionality of the death penalty itself. In the June case, which upheld Oklahoma's procedures by a 5-to-4 margin, liberal justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined in a dissenting opinion that called for a full reexamination of capital punishment.

Fired gay teacher invited to White House to welcome pope

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 07:15
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Roman Catholic teacher fired over her same-sex marriage says she has been invited to the White House to help welcome Pope Francis.

VW rocked by emissions scandal as prosecutors come calling

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 07:15

FILE - In a Tuesday, May 5, 2015 file photo, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn addresses the shareholders during the annual shareholder meeting of the car manufacturer Volkswagen in Hannover, Germany. Winterkorn apologized Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, after the Environmental Protection Agency said the German automaker skirted clean air rules by rigging emissions tests for about 500,000 diesel cars. "I personally am deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our customers and the public," Volkswagen chief Martin Winterkorn said in a statement. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen, the world's top-selling automaker, lost a stunning 17.1 percent of its value Monday after admitting that it intentionally rigged nearly half a million cars to defeat U.S. smog tests.

Archbishop who retired amid abuse scandal returning for pope

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 07:11
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Roman Catholic archbishop of Philadelphia who retired amid a scandal over clergy sex abuse is returning to the city for the pope's visit.

Condemned Oklahoma inmate's attorneys file new affidavit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 07:11
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Defense attorneys for an Oklahoma death row inmate whose execution was delayed last week filed a new affidavit Monday from a second former cellmate who claims the man was framed.

Children entering U.S. illegally up in August: White House

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 07:02

A girl holds a U.S. flag next to a sculpture after a naturalization ceremony at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New YorkAbout double the number of Central American children entered the United States illegally in August compared to a year ago, surprising the Obama administration which had been touting a downward trend over the past year. Overall, for the first 11 months of the fiscal year that began in October, the arrivals of children traveling without adults to the southwest border from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala dropped 46 percent from the year-ago period. "We have seen over the last year a precipitous decline in the number of unaccompanied children attempting to enter this country without proper documentation and we have seen just in the last month, in the month of August, a surprising uptick," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

Man charged with murdering four family members in California in 1999

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 06:54
A man accused of killing his father, stepmother and two half-brothers in 1999, when he was 16, has been charged with their murders after being extradited back to the United States from Guatemala, prosecutors said on Monday. Saulo Cesar Alvarado, 33, was charged with four counts of murder in connection with the case, which was delayed following his extradition from Guatemala in February while prosecutors sought successfully to have him tried as an adult. Prosecutors declined to elaborate on the alleged sex crimes or say how they related to the killings of Alvarado's family members.

Hawaii man bit by shark swims to shore, posts video online

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 06:47
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii spear fisherman who was bit in the leg by a tiger shark off the coast of the Big Island swam to shore and then filmed a video of his deep wound as he was being carried away on a gurney.

Colorado man guilty of shoving wife to death in national park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 06:45
A federal jury convicted a Colorado man on Monday for killing his wife by pushing her off a cliff in a national park three years ago in order to collect $4.5 million in life insurance. Harold Henthorn was convicted of first-degree murder of his wife Toni, who plummeted 120 feet (37 meters) to her death in Rocky Mountain National Park in September 2012, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement. Jurors also heard from prosecutors during the two-week trial in U.S. District Court in Denver who said Henthorn also killed his first wife 20 years ago, although he has not been charged in that case.

Chicago mayor prepares large property tax hike

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 06:41

FILE - In this July 1, 2015 file photo, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a news conference in Chicago. After watching for years as their city’s financial troubles piled up, Chicago homeowners will be told this week that it’s time for them to start paying the tab. Mayor Emanuel is expected to propose a large increase in property taxes on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, to help eliminate billions of dollars in pension and other municipal debt and repair the school system’s low credit rating. (AP Photo/Christian K. Lee, File)CHICAGO (AP) — After watching for years as their city's financial troubles piled up, Chicago homeowners will be told this week that it's time for them to start paying the tab.

Texas family arrested for painting own truck with racial message: police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 06:39
A Texas family has been arrested for painting profanities and racially charged slogans on their pickup truck and falsely claiming others had done so, police said on Monday. Scott Lattin, 45, was arrested last week, and his wife, Cindy, and their son Jason, 18, were taken into custody on Monday. All three are suspected of making a false police report, said police in Whitney, northwest of Waco.

Woman leaps from car after spotting spider, leading to crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 06:32

This Sept. 18, 2015 photo provided by the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department shows damage to Angela Kipp's vehicle after she jumped from her moving car after discovering a spider on her shoulder, and lead to the crash that injured her son, in Syracuse, Ind. Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Chad Hill said Kipp likely won’t face charges. (Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department via AP)SYRACUSE, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana woman who jumped from her moving car after discovering a spider on her shoulder, leading to a crash that injured her 9-year-old son, likely won't face charges.

Pope presses message to Cuba: Be willing to change

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 06:32

 Be willing to changePope Francis marked the anniversary Monday of the day he decided as a teenager to become a priest by pressing a subtle message to Cubans at a delicate point in their own history: Overcome ideological preconceptions and be willing to change.

Republican Walker exits 2016 presidential race

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 06:23

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker bows his head in prayer at a campaign stop in HaverhillRepublican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin abruptly pulled out of the 2016 U.S. presidential race on Monday, doomed by a lightning-quick collapse from serious contender to a candidate struggling to raise money and his profile. Walker, reading a statement in the Wisconsin capital of Madison, decried the negative tone of the Republican campaign in remarks seemingly directed at New York billionaire Donald Trump. Walker harked back to the late Republican President Ronald Reagan as a model for the party because "he was an optimist." "Sadly the debate taking place in the Republican Party today is not focused on that optimistic view of America.

California man finds $1,300 in box, returns it

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 06:22
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A California man found $1,300 in cash in what he thought was a box full of chicken wings from Domino's, only to return the money and get free pizza for a year for doing the right thing.

Scott Walker exits '16 race with harsh words for Trump

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 06:21

Scott Walker exits '16 race with harsh words for TrumpWarning the GOP's presidential race has become too nasty, Scott Walker suspended his 2016 campaign on Monday and called on some of his Republican rivals to do the same, citing an urgent need to "clear the field" to help defeat GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

Last 'Angola Three' prisoner fails to sway judge at hearing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 06:12

FILE- In this Feb 12, 2015 file image made from video and released by WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge, Albert Woodfox walks into a courthouse in Louisiana. The last member of the Angola Three still in prison was set to appear in a Louisiana court Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, for a hearing on various motions ahead of his third trial for allegedly killing a prison guard. Lawyers for Albert Woodfox are pushing for his indictment in the 1972 death to be thrown out, for the trial to be moved to a new location and for key witness testimony to be barred. The state says the trial should go forward. (WBRZ-TV via AP, File)ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) — A judge on Monday rejected defense efforts to exclude key witness testimony against the last remaining Angola Three member still behind bars and to throw out his indictment entirely in the 1972 killing of a prison guard.

Court suspends Pennsylvania attorney general's law license

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 06:11

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2015 file photo, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after her preliminary hearing at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa. The state's highest court on Monday, Sept, 21, 2015, ordered the temporary suspension of Kane's law license, a step that could trigger a Senate vote to remove her as she faces criminal charges. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court on Monday ordered the temporary suspension of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane's law license, a step that could trigger efforts to remove her from office as she fights perjury, obstruction and other charges.