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U.S. Supreme Court dismisses case after litigant goes AWOL

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 04:16
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a case it had previously agreed to hear after the man at the center of the lawsuit simply could not be found. In what was an usual resolution to a case, the court said in a brief order that Bobby Chen, a non-lawyer who filed his own court papers in a property dispute with the city of Baltimore, could not be contacted after failing to meet court deadlines. "Additional efforts to contact the petitioner have been unsuccessful," the order stated. ...

As flu becomes more widespread, CDC pushes antiviral meds

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 04:15

FILE- This April 30, 2009, file photo shows a box of Tamiflu in a Toronto health clinic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, Jan. 9. 2015, sent a new alert to doctors, advising prompt use of Tamiflu and other antivirals for hospitalized flu patients and those at higher risk for complications like pneumonia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese, File)NEW YORK (AP) — In the midst of a worrisome flu season, health officials are pushing doctors to prescribe antiviral medicines more often.

Body found 20 years ago identified as missing teenager

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 04:07
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A body that washed up on a Northern California beach nearly two decades ago has finally been identified as that of a missing teenager.

Woman accidentally shoots husband who tried to surprise her with breakfast

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 04:02

Woman accidentally shoots husband who tried to surprise her with breakfastA Fort Bragg soldier was shot in the chest Friday morning after his wife thought he was a home intruder

UN report: No one held accountable in South Sudan massacre

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 04:01
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new U.N. report says no one has been held accountable in a massacre in South Sudan last year that raised international alarm and memories of the Rwandan genocide.

Judge tosses murder conviction linked to NYC ex-detective

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:53

Derrick Hamilton, center, walks among a group of men wearing caps reading "wrongfully convicted," after he was exonerated on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in New York. Hamilton's 1991 murder conviction was vacated after prosecutors told a New York City judge that the state's key witness had lied about who did it. The decision at the hearing cleared Hamilton, who had served 21 years in prison before being paroled in 2011. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — The way Derrick Hamilton tells it, his detour to a false conviction in a fatal 1991 shooting began with an investigator greeting him with a mob-style kiss on the cheek and whispering in his ear.

Briton loses challenge to overturn his conviction for Florida murders

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:53

Maharaj sits in Circuit Court during a legal hearing in MiamiBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A Florida judge refused on Friday to overturn the conviction of a British man serving a life sentence for a 1986 double murder that his lawyers say was carried out by a hit man working for notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Krishna Maharaj, 75, has been in prison for 27 years for his conviction in the slaying of father and son Derrick and Duane Moo Young in a gruesome execution at a downtown Miami hotel. ...

Massive pileup in Michigan, one dead, multiple vehicles on fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:52

Michigan accident(Reuters) - One person was killed and six cars and semi-trailers set afire in a weather-related pileup of 50 to 70 vehicles on Friday morning on Interstate 94 about 10 miles east of Kalamazoo, Michigan, state police said. The accident occurred about 10 a.m. local time and one of the burning semis was carrying hazardous material, State Trooper O.J. Hamilton told Reuters. He said icy conditions and low visibility contributed to the crash. (Reporting by Fiona Ortiz; Editing by Bill Trott)

Murder trial of Aaron Hernandez begins with jury selection

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:44

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez attends a pretrial hearing in the first of two murder cases against him at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Hernandez is charged with murder in the killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in 2013. He also is charged with killing two men in Boston in 2012. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in both cases. (AP Photo/CJ Gunther, Pool)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez began Friday with the judge telling the first batch of prospective jurors that they could still be chosen to sit on the panel even if they had heard about the high-profile case.

Ringleader in Florida marching band death sentenced to six years in jail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:42
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - The ringleader of a beating ritual that killed a Florida college marching band member was sentenced on Friday to six years and five months in prison for his role in a 2011 incident that drew national scrutiny to hazing practices. Dante Martin, 27, a former percussionist with Florida A&M University's celebrated "Marching 100" band, took the stand shackled and dressed in a jail uniform during an emotional hearing. He apologized to the family of the victim, Robert Champion, 26, a drum major. ...

Michigan police lift evacuation in zone of multi-vehicle accident

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:37
(Reuters) - Michigan State Police on Friday lifted an evacuation order for the area around a fiery crash involving 150 vehicles, including a trailer transporting formic acid that caught on fire. "That has been lifted. We believe all the product has burned off," State Police Lieutenant Rick Pazder said. Earlier, state officials had asked people in a 3-mile radius of the accident to evacuate. (Reporting by Fiona Ortiz in Chicago; Editing by Bill Trott)

Stray satellite signals help measure snowfall in arid West

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:36

In this Jan. 8, 2015 photo, Kristine Larson, a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado, pictured at work on the campus of CU in Boulder, Colo. Larson is using stray GPS signals that interfere with earthquake research as a tool to measure snow depth and soil moisture, providing valuable information to climatologists. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Climate scientists are gleaning valuable information about snowfall and droughts from errant satellite signals once considered a nuisance.

French police kill 3 terrorists in twin raids

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:35

French police kill 3 terrorists in twin raidsWith explosions and gunfire, security forces ended a three-day terror rampage around Paris.

London cleric Abu Hamza sentenced to life in U.S. prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:35
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The radical London cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri was sentenced to life in a U.S. prison on Friday for his conviction on terrorism-related charges, including his role in the 1998 kidnapping of Western tourists in Yemen that left four hostages dead. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan imposed the sentence on the one-eyed, handless Abu Hamza, whom jurors found guilty last May of providing a satellite phone and advice to the kidnappers. ...

U.S. Supreme Court takes no action on pending gay marriage cases

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:28

The Supreme Court in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday took no action on five pending cases that could lead to a ruling on whether states may ban gay marriage. The cases were not mentioned in a list describing action on pending cases that the court issued following the nine justices’ usual behind-closed-doors meeting to discuss cases before them. The move does not necessarily mean the court will not take up the issue this term. The justices often delay acting on cases the first time they are discussed in their private sessions. ...

Ex-Sonic player Robert Swift arrested at attempted burglary

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:23
SEATTLE (AP) — Troubled former NBA player Robert Swift was arrested Tuesday along with another man suspected of attempting to break into a home in Gold Bar.

Transgender ex-cop sues Connecticut city, claims wrongful firing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:19
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - A former police officer has sued Middletown, Connecticut, accusing the city of wrongfully firing her from its police force last year because she had transitioned to female from male using hormone therapy. Middletown has denied the charge. Francesca Quaranta filed the lawsuit late on Thursday in Hartford Superior Court, naming the city, its mayor, and senior police officials as defendants. "Her civil rights were violated," Quaranta’s attorney, Emanuele Cicchiello, said Friday. ...

6 dead in terror clashes in Paris; several hostages freed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:17

French police kill 3 terrorists in twin raidsThree terrorists who seized hostages at separate locations and ignited fear across Paris were killed Friday along with three of their hostages.

Ringleader in FAMU hazing death sentenced to 6 years

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:17
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida A&M University band member was sentenced Friday to more than six years in prison for manslaughter and felony hazing in the death of a drum major, making him the first to receive prison time in the case.

Police: Texas officer stole suspects' cash, drugs, rifle

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:12

This photo provided by the San Antonio Police Department shows San Antonio Police Officer Konrad Chatys. Chatys has been arrested on allegations he stole thousands of dollars, marijuana and a rifle from a couple during a disturbance call. Police on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, announced Chatys, 32, was charged with felony theft by a public servant. (AP Photo/ San Antonio Police Department)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio police officer is accused of stealing marijuana, thousands of dollars and a rifle from a couple during a disturbance call.