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Decades in prison for man who laced birthday card with ricin

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 03:42
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A suburban Philadelphia man who sent a scratch-and-sniff birthday card laced with the deadly poison ricin to a romantic rival has been sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison.

Prosecutor: 'Big Tony' ordered hit on Florida businessman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 03:42
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Reputed mobster Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello ordered a prominent Florida businessman killed by a hit man in 2001 during a bitter power struggle over a fleet of lucrative gambling ships, a prosecutor told jurors Monday in Moscatiello's murder retrial.

Vehicle that polygamist leader rode in during arrest is sold

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 03:24

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2006, file photo, polygamous church leader Warren Jeffs appears in a courtroom surrounded by guards, in Las Vegas. The red Cadillac Escalade used by Jeffs when he tried to flee authorities will be for sale in St. George. The Spectrum reports that the Escalade and the credit cards, gift cards and other items found inside it will be auctioned off. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch, File)ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Warren Jeffs' former bodyguard has purchased the SUV the imprisoned polygamist leader was riding in when he was arrested nearly a decade ago.

Study: Green space around schools may boost mental abilities

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 03:23

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 24, 2009 file photo, children play on an athletic field below as Wade McGillis, professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University, checks on a rooftop carbon dioxide monitor at an elementary school in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. Putting more green space around an elementary school may help students develop some mental abilities, a study suggests. Green space may help mental development in part by reducing air pollution from vehicles, in addition to helping reduce noise and encouraging physical activity. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Putting more green space around an elementary school may help students develop some mental abilities, a study suggests.

E-messages give glimpse into theater shooter's decline

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 03:19
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Colorado theater shooter James Holmes swapped dozens of electronic messages with Gargi Datta, his former girlfriend, in the months before the July 2012 attack.

Former Walker aide asks US Supreme Court to erase conviction

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 03:15
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's former aides has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to toss out her conviction for campaigning on government time, arguing investigators exceeded their constitutional authority when they searched her email.

New trial begins for former South Carolina police chief who shot black man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 03:12

Former Eutawville Police Chief Richard Combs sits with lawyers on the second day of testimony in his trial for the murder of Bernard Bailey in OrangeburgA second trial began on Monday for a former South Carolina police chief charged with murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man, one of a series of cases that has raised questions about U.S. law enforcement's use of lethal force against minorities. The first trial of Richard Combs, a former police chief of tiny Eutawville, ended in January with the jury unable to reach a verdict after 12 hours of deliberations. Combs faces a sentence of 30 years to life in prison without possibility of parole if convicted on the murder charge.Combs, then new to the job, fatally shot Eutawville resident Bernard Bailey, 54, in the town hall parking lot in 2011 after they argued and scuffled over a traffic ticket issued to Bailey's daughter.Judge Edgar Dickson recently agreed to move the second trial to the state capital, Columbia, at the request of defense attorneys.

Armed man shot trying to get into Arkansas air base: authorities

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 03:09
The incident sent the base into lockdown for nearly three hours while authorities examined the car driven by the man. Authorities said he carried a rifle. "I do not know if the suspect fired rounds out of his weapon, but I do know that he was brandishing a weapon at the time he exited his vehicle," said Colonel Charles Brown the commander of the 19th Airlift Wing at the base.

Court to rule on tribal courts' powers over non-Indians

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 03:06
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal from Mississippi over the authority of tribal courts to try civil lawsuits involving non-Indians.

Two Catholic U.S. bishops resign in child sex abuse scandal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 02:58

Bishop John Nienstedt listens to opening remarks at US Conference of Catholic Bishops in TexasPope Francis on Monday accepted the resignation of two U.S. bishops on Monday, 10 days after a Minnesota prosecutor filed criminal charges against their diocese for failing to protect children from a sexually abusive priest. Wehmeyer, who has been dismissed from the priesthood, is serving a five-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in 2012 to criminal sexual conduct with two minors and possessing child pornography. The pontiff accepted the resignations the week after approving an unprecedented Vatican tribunal intended to judge bishops for covering up or failing to report sexual abuse, which has caused worldwide scandal for more than a decade.

Girl dies after falling unconscious on California roller coaster

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 02:49
A 10-year-old girl who became unconscious while riding a roller coaster at the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park north of Los Angeles on Friday has died, the county coroner's office said on Monday. As of Monday morning, no autopsy had yet been performed on the body of the youngster, Jasmine Martinez, and it was not known whether the ride had anything to do with how she died, said Ed Winter, assistant chief medical examiner for Los Angeles County. The girl was found to be unconscious but still breathing at the end of a late-afternoon ride on Friday on a roller coaster called the Revolution, and was rushed from the park in Valencia, California, to a hospital about 20 miles away in Los Angeles.

U.S. lets Delta Air Lines keep Seattle-Haneda route

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 02:48
The U.S. Transportation Department said on Monday it had finalized a decision to let Delta Air Lines keep a route between Seattle and Tokyo's Haneda airport. It said the decision, which finalized a tentative determination made in March, was subject to conditions aimed at ensuring Delta maintained a daily service in the Seattle market year-round. The department had launched a review of Delta's Seattle-Haneda route last year after it learned the airline was planning to curtail service during the winter.

Handgun found in man's carry-on at Newark Liberty Airport

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 02:38

Handgun found in man's carry-on at Newark Liberty AirportPolice say a loaded gun was found in a New York man's carry-on bag as he prepared to board a flight at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Target selling pharmacy, clinic businesses to CVS Health

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 02:30

FILE - This Tuesday, May 17, 2011, file photo, shows a Target sign on the front of a Target Store, in Wilsonville, Ore. Target announced Monday, June 15, 2015, that it is selling its pharmacy and clinic businesses to the drugstore chain CVS Health for about $1.9 billion in a deal that combines the resources of two retailers seeking to polish their reputations as health care providers. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)Target will sell its pharmacy and clinic businesses to CVS Health in the latest twist behind a push from big retailers to become all things to all customers.

Teacher accused of taping kids in bathroom faces new charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 02:29
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A teacher accused of using a tiny spy camera to record his kindergarten students in the bathroom has been indicted on nearly 150 additional charges after his computer was further investigated.

Gov. Wolf's nominee for state police commissioner withdraws

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 02:21

Gov. Wolf's nominee for state police commissioner withdrawsGov. Tom Wolf's administration will seek a new nominee to become Pennsylvania State Police commissioner and replace his first choice, who was recently rejected by the Senate.

Friend who witnessed Michael Brown's death appears in court

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 02:03
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The friend who was with Michael Brown last summer when 18-year-old Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer made his first court appearance Monday on a misdemeanor charge linked to an unrelated incident involving police last month.

Mississippi blogger sentenced in scandal over U.S. Senator's wife

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 01:53
A Mississippi blogger who pleaded guilty to burglary for going into a nursing home to photograph the ailing wife of U.S. Senator Thad Cochran was sentenced to five years in prison, a county court judge ruled on Monday. Clayton Kelly, 29, who will be released on probation after 2 1/2 years, was one of several people implicated in a plot to take photos of bedridden Rose Cochran last year for a video alleging senator was having an affair. The group supported Chris McDaniel, who unsuccessfully sought Cochran's seat.

Judge dismisses fourth juror in Colorado theater shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 01:52

File photo of James Holmes sitting in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialThe judge in the capital murder trial of Colorado movie-theater gunman James Holmes dismissed a fourth juror on Monday, after the woman acknowledged that her brother-in-law was recently the victim of a shooting in a robbery. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder and explosives charges stemming from 2012, when he opened fire in a suburban theater in Denver, killing 12 moviegoers and wounding dozens of others. Defense lawyers say Holmes, 27, from California, suffers from schizophrenia.

NYC toddler dies after falling off changing table at home

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 01:46
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say a 2-year-old girl has fallen off a changing table at her home and died after striking her head on the floor.