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Susan Newhouse, wife of publishing magnate, dies in NY

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:39
NEW YORK (AP) — The philanthropist Susan Newhouse, wife of billionaire publishing magnate Donald Newhouse, died Thursday at her home in New York City following a long illness.

Death penalty ruling may pave way for national abolitionists

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:34

FILE - This undated inmate photo released by the Connecticut Department of Correction shows Eduardo Santiago, who was sentenced to lethal injection for the murder-for-hire killing of 45-year-old Joseph Niwinski in West Hartford in 2000. Connecticut's Supreme Court will release a decision Thursday Aug. 13, 2015, in a case that could decide the fate of the 10 inmates currently on death row in the state. It comes in an appeal from Santiago, whose attorneys argue lawmakers improperly passed a death penalty repeal three years ago that only outlawed capital punishment for future crimes. (Connecticut Department of Correction via AP, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A sweeping decision this week by the Connecticut Supreme Court that found the death penalty no longer meets society's evolving standards of decency could be influential across a nation that is increasingly questioning the practice, legal experts said.

Plea deal collapses for man accused of killing wife, son

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:30

This undated photo provided by Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff's Office shows Eugene Maraventano. Mareventano, who is charged with fatally stabbing his wife and adult son two years ago, is scheduled to change his earlier not guilty plea Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Authorities said Maraventano told them that he killed the pair out of a fear that he had given his wife HIV and out of concern about what would become of his jobless son. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP)PHOENIX (AP) — A plea agreement fell apart Friday for an Arizona man accused of killing his wife and adult son because he feared he gave his wife HIV and worried about what his jobless son would make of his life.

The Latest: Gang member who shot NYC firefighter had AK-47

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:29

New York City Police Department Emergency Service members carry their gear as they leave the scene of a standoff, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in the Staten Island borough of New York. Garland Tyree, a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang who was to be arrested on parole violations when he shot a firefighter responding to a call of smoke coming from his girlfriend's home, died Friday in a gunfight with police after a six-hour standoff, two police officials said. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the attempted arrest of an armed gang member and the subsequent shooting of a firefighter (all times local):

Lower Missouri River flooding ends, focus shifts to repairs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:29
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has declared an end to flooding problems on the lower Missouri River and is beginning to assess what repairs will be needed.

Ex-Detroit mayor Kilpatrick loses appeal of conviction

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:26

File photo of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick leaves the U.S. District Court after he was convicted on federal racketeering and other charges in Detroit, MichiganBy a 3-0 vote, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Kilpatrick, 45, failed to show that his trial lawyers were constitutionally ineffective because they had recently joined a law firm that was suing him in a civil matter related to the criminal case. The panel also upheld the conviction and 21-year prison term of Kilpatrick's friend, Bobby Ferguson, 46, a Detroit contractor.

Prosecutors: Ex-governor should go to prison during appeal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:19
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday urged a federal appeals court to require former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to report to prison while he appeals his public corruption convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Two killed in Yosemite when tree limb falls on tent

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:18
Two minors were killed in Yosemite National Park early on Friday when an oak tree limb fell on the tent where they were sleeping, a park spokesman said. Park rangers responded to the scene of the accident, at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley, but both minors were deceased, park spokesman Scott Gediman said. Yosemite declined to release the names, ages or place of residence of the victims but said the incident was under investigation.

Alabama bigamist and wife face 11 capital murder charges in fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:16
If convicted, Christopher Henderson, 40, and Rhonda Carlson, 42, will face either life in prison or the death penalty. The Aug. 4 fire killed Kristen Henderson, 35, and her unborn child, as well as her 8-year-old son from another relationship and her mother, 67. The fire happened at a home in Maysville, Alabama, west of Huntsville, police said.

University of Cincinnati police resume off-campus patrols, but no traffic stops

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:11
What is different now under what is called an interim patrol plan, however, is university officers will not be allowed to make traffic stops, abiding by a recent Cincinnati City Council decision, the university said in a statement. On July 19, Raymond Tensing, a white university police officer, shot Samuel DuBose, an unarmed black man, in the head during a traffic stop off campus.

Cost of hunt for escaped NY killers topped $1 million a day

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:08

FILE- In this June 15, 2015, file photo a guard house spans the walls of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y. Inmates who knew the two convicted killers who escaped from the maximum-security prison in northern New York reported beatings by guards trying to determine where the pair went, according to a legal services group. Prisoners' Legal Services of New York has received several complaints from inmates on that Clinton Correctional Facility honor block, who were later moved to other prisons, managing attorney James Bogin said Tuesday, Aug. 11. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Payroll records suggest the hunt for two escaped killers in northern New York cost more than $1 million a day, with overtime alone for state troopers and corrections officers $22 million higher than last year.

Texas judge sentenced to 18 months in prison for violating gun laws

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:03
A former Texas county judge was sentenced on Friday to 18 months in a federal prison for illegally dealing in firearms and making false statements to government agents about the weapons, some of which were smuggled into Mexico, prosecutors said. Tim Wright, 70, had entered a plea bargain with prosecutors earlier this year and will be placed on supervised release for three years once he completes his prison sentence, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas said.

UN rights experts to Iran: Immediately release US reporter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 02:30
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. human rights experts on Friday called on Iran to immediately release a Washington Post reporter who has been detained for more than a year on charges including espionage and distributing propaganda against the Islamic Republic. A verdict on Jason Rezaian's case could come as early as next week.

Off-duty California deputy dies during lake rescue attempt

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 02:29
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Struggling against winds up to 40 mph, an off-duty California sheriff's deputy died trying to save a friend in deep water during an outing on Lake Tahoe, authorities said Friday.

Ferguson defends interim chief after concerns raised

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 02:17

FILE - In this July 22, 2015 file photo, Andre Anderson speaks during a news conference in Ferguson, Missouri, announcing him as the interim Police Chief. Officials with the city of Ferguson on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 defended Anderson after an online report that he was suspended three times from the Glendale, Arizona, Police Department during a period of less than one year in the late 1990s. Personnel records obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request also reported that Anderson was served with an order of protection in 1996 by a woman who claimed he struck her in the face. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ferguson city officials on Friday defended interim Police Chief Andre Anderson after an online report raised concerns about his record as an officer in Glendale, Arizona.

No problems with Ohio roller coaster that fatally struck man

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 02:17

FILE - In this July 2, 2014, file photo, Matt Ouimet, chief executive of Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., greets a guest at Cedar Point amusement park, in Sandusky, Ohio. A man who entered a restricted area at the amusement park to look for a lost cellphone has been struck by a roller coaster and killed Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/John Seewer, File)SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — A safety inspection found no major problems with a roller coaster that struck and killed a man who entered a restricted area to look for a lost cellphone at Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park, a spokesman said Friday.

Iowa duo sentenced for sex trafficking, torture in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 02:01
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two Iowa residents were sentenced to decades in prison Friday for forcing a young woman into prostitution and torturing her, leaving her with physical and psychological scars that a judge said might never heal.

Teacher struck, killed by roller coaster at Ohio theme park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 02:01

Teacher struck, killed by roller coaster at Ohio theme parkA safety inspection found no major problems with a roller coaster that struck and killed a man who entered a restricted area to look for a lost cellphone at Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park, a spokesman said Friday.

VIDEO: Dancing man swipes purse from Center City restaurant

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 01:58

 Dancing man swipes purse from Center City restaurantPhiladelphia police are searching for a thief who stole a purse from a Center City restaurant last month.

New York becomes most populous state to ban powdered alcohol

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 01:55
New York on Friday became the most populous U.S. state to ban the sale of powdered alcohol, a controversial just-add-water beverage that opponents say will lead to a rise in underage drinking and abuses. "For every substance or drug that has been abused by people in our communities, we often look back and ask ourselves if there is anything we could have done differently to prevent a wave of addiction from reaching the point of no return," said state Senator Joseph Griffo, who sponsored the New York legislation. Arizona-based Lipsmark LLC, the company approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to sell the drink, called Palcohol, argues that its product is safer than liquid alcohol.