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A look at other racially charged killings in US

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:59

FILE - In this July 19, 2014 file photo Esaw Garner, center, wife of Eric Garner, breaks down in the arms of Rev. Herbert Daughtry and Rev. Rev. Al Sharpton, right, during a rally in New York. The shooting of an unarmed black teen by Ferguson, Mo., police over the weekend has drawn comparisons to high-profile racially charged deaths of black men and teens around the country. Garner died following a racially-charged incident that included amateur video, one showing an officer putting the 350-pound asthmatic in a choke hold after he refused to be handcuffed. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)CHICAGO (AP) — In the wake of the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen in suburban St. Louis, civil-rights groups and a lawyer for the teen's family have compared Michael Brown's death to other racially charged killings of black men. Here's a look at some prominent examples:


Heavy Michigan rains close GM tech center, affect other automakers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:58
Heavy rains in southeast Michigan hit the operations of U.S. automakers in the region, including forcing the closure of General Motors Co's technical center outside Detroit. Detroit city officials said Monday night's heavy rainfall was the most rain the city had seen in almost nine decades. "In the short amount of time it came down ... it did a lot of shutdown to the whole metro area," said Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, according to a video clip on WXYZ Detroit. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said that the volume of rain - over 5 inches in some areas - overwhelmed sewer systems, causing widespread flooding.

Rebuilt Moore school brings changes, reminders

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:56

Construction continues on the exterior of the new Plaza Towers elementary school in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Plaza Towers Elementary School was destroyed by an EF5 tornado on May 20, 2013, killing seven students. A memorial at the entrance, dedicated to the seven students who were killed, is expected to be completed in the fall. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Students heading back to class next week at the rebuilt Plaza Towers Elementary in Oklahoma will see new fixtures as well as reminders of the resiliency the school and community showed after a tornado killed seven students last year.


Rebuilt Moore school brings changes, reminders

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:56

Construction continues on the exterior of the new Plaza Towers elementary school in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Plaza Towers Elementary School was destroyed by an EF5 tornado on May 20, 2013, killing seven students. A memorial at the entrance, dedicated to the seven students who were killed, is expected to be completed in the fall. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Students heading back to class next week at the rebuilt Plaza Towers Elementary in Oklahoma will see new fixtures as well as reminders of the resiliency the school and community showed after a tornado killed seven students last year.


Attorney: Manning not receiving hormone therapy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:47

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick.The American Civil Liberties Union and an attorney said Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 that convicted national security leaker Manning isn't receiving medical treatment for her gender identity condition at the military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, as previously approved by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning isn't receiving medical treatment for her gender identity condition as previously approved by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the American Civil Liberties Union and Manning's attorney said Tuesday.


Southwest braces as Lake Mead water levels drop

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:46

In this July 28, 2014 photo, lightning strikes over Lake Mead near Hoover Dam at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Arizona. On the left are the Arizona intake towers of Hoover Dam. The bathtub ring of light minerals shows the high water mark of the reservoir which has shrunk to its lowest point since it was first filled in the 1930s. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Once-teeming Lake Mead marinas are idle as a 14-year drought steadily drops water levels to historic lows. Officials from nearby Las Vegas are pushing conservation but also are drilling a new pipeline to keep drawing water from the lake.


4 teens plead not guilty to killing USC student

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:38
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four teenagers pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder charges in the fatal beating of a Chinese graduate student at the University of Southern California.

Fire truck mechanical failure cited in fatal crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:36

Montana Highway Patrol Lt. Col. Greg Watson speaks to reporters about the investigation into a June, 2014 highway crash that killed six people, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 in Helena, Mont. Watson said a mechanical failure caused Three Forks Fire Chief Todd Rummel to lose control of his fire engine and crash into a pickup truck carrying a family of five in June. (AP Photo/Matt Volz)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Investigators have concluded a collision between a fire engine and a pickup truck that killed six people in Montana was caused by a mechanical failure in the fire engine, a state Highway Patrol official said Tuesday.


Police: Mom helped son partake in 'fire challenge'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:34

This photo provided by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department shows Janie Lachelle Talley. Talley has been arrested and accused of helping her son with a video in which he set himself on fire as part of the "fire challenge" trend on social media. (AP Photo/Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department)A Charlotte woman is facing charges after police say she helped her son set himself on fire in a videotaped stunt known as the "fire challenge" that's gaining popularity on social media and has left at least two other children with severe burns.


4 people hurt in 2 separate shootings in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:30

4 people hurt in 2 separate shootings in Atlantic CityPolice say 4 people were injured in two separate shooting incidents that happened within an hour of each other in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


Man gets life sentences for killing two Tennessee postal workers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:27
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - A former Tennessee corrections officer was sentenced on Tuesday to consecutive life terms for killing two postal workers during a months-long crime spree in which he teamed up with his son for a series of armed robberies and car thefts around the state. Chastain Montgomery Sr., 50, confessed after his capture and pleaded guilty in May, avoiding a possible death sentence, said Terri Wiseman, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton. Montgomery, who lived in a Nashville suburb, and his son, Chastain Montgomery Jr., killed Paula Robinson and Judy Spry during a robbery at a Henning, Tennessee, post office in October 2010 at the start of the spree, prosecutors said. The spree came to an end in February 2011 after the younger Montgomery stole a man's pickup at gunpoint, but was caught in a high-speed chase by Haywood County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Mike Smothers and other officers.

Anesthesiologist: Condemned Ohio inmate suffered

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:24

FILE - This July 25, 2014 photo shows bottles of the sedative midazolam at a hospital pharmacy in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma is one of three states where executions have gone awry this year using midazolam as part of a two- or three-drug lethal injection process. Officials in Texas and Missouri, two of the most active death penalty places, are confident in the use of their single drug pentobarbital and show no willingness to slow down. (AP Photo/File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned Ohio inmate put to death during a prolonged execution experienced pain and suffering before he lost consciousness, an anesthesiologist working for the family of the inmate determined in a report released Tuesday.


College student's killer argues to skip sentencing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:21
DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Prosecutors say the man convicted of raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student in 2012 told his mother in a recorded prison phone call that he wants to skip his sentencing hearing because he doesn't want to hear the victim's family "yell and whine" about what a monster he is.

APNewsBreak: Feds reverse course on wolverines

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:21

This undated photo provided by Defenders Of Wildlife shows a wolverine that had been tagged for research purposes in Glacier National Park, Mont. Federal officials will announce Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 that wolverines do not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act in a finding that underscores the difficulties of using climate models to predict what could happen to a species decades from now. (AP Photo/Defenders of Wildlife, Ken Curtis)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials are withdrawing proposed protections for the snow-loving wolverine in a course reversal announced Tuesday that highlights lingering uncertainties over what a warming climate means for some temperature-sensitive species.


Shots fired at New Jersey police station overnight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:21

A bullet hole is seen in a window at police headquarters Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in West Deptford, N.J. An early morning drive-by shooting left the outside of the southern New Jersey police station riddled with bullets, but no officers were injured, authorities said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)WEST DEPTFORD, N.J. (AP) — An early morning drive-by shooting left the outside of a southern New Jersey police station riddled with bullets, but no officers were injured, authorities said Tuesday.


UConn bans 3 more Greek organizations over hazing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:19
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut announced Tuesday that it had banned three more Greek organizations for hazing, saying students were forced to eat pet food, bob for mini-bottles of alcohol from toilets and be partly or fully nude.

Atlantic City's Revel Casino to close in September

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:18

In this Wednesday July 23, 2014 photograph, People walk past the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. The Revel Casino Hotel will close its doors on Sept. 10, 2014 after failing to find a buyer in bankruptcy court, company officials announced Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — When it opened just over two years ago, many people hoped Revel would save Atlantic City's struggling casino industry, which has been bleeding money and jobs for years.


Ground crew member warned teen pilot's dad of wind

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:15
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A member of the ground crew at an airport in American Samoa warned the father of a teenage pilot that winds had been gusty and strong all day and evening before their plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean, U.S. federal investigators say.

$25,750 reward offered in West Deptford police station shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:11

$25,750 reward offered in West Deptford police station shootingPolice have issued a reward of more than $25,000 for the arrest and conviction of the person who opened fire on the West Deptford Township police headquarters early Tuesday.


Holmes lawyers renew bid to ID source of news leak

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:10
DENVER (AP) — Attorneys for Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes renewed their attempt to find out who leaked information about a "critical piece of evidence" to a reporter, or to weaken prosecutors' case if the source can't be identified.