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Baltimore killings soar to a level unseen in 43 years

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 04:47

In this July 30, 2015 picture, a man walks past a corner where a victim of a shooting was discovered in Baltimore. Murders are spiking again in Baltimore, three months after Freddie Gray’s death in police custody sparked riots. This year’s monthly bloodshed has twice reached levels unseen in a quarter-century. In May, Baltimore set a 25-year high of 42 recorded killings. After a brief dip in June, the homicide is soaring again. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 45 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.


Phillies make it official: Cole Hamels traded to Rangers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 04:37

 Cole Hamels traded to RangersThe Phillies made it official on Friday: Cole Hamels has been traded to the Texas Rangers.


Two Ohio campus police officers won't face charges: prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 04:30

Body cam video shows University of Cincinnati police officers Ray Tensing and Phillip Kidd approaching Dubose vehicle in CincinnatiTwo University of Cincinnati police officers who were interviewed about the death of an unarmed black motorist at the hands of a fellow officer will not face charges, a prosecutor said on Friday. Raymond Tensing, 25, a former University of Cincinnati police officer, has been charged with murder in the shooting death of Samuel DuBose, 43, whom he stopped for a missing license plate. The two other University of Cincinnati officers, Phillip Kidd and David Lindenschmidt, were placed on administrative leave on Thursday.


Man charged in transgender woman's slaying in Tampa

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 04:22
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a transgender woman.

How Pentagon war fund became a budget buster Washington can't resist

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 04:17

A U.S. soldier attends a change of command ceremony at Oqab baseBy Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of U.S. troops deployed in battle zones is at its lowest level since before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The contradiction is the legacy of an emergency war fund, started in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, that has become a favorite Washington way to sidestep the impact of fiscal constraints on military spending. The Overseas Contingency Operations account, or OCO, has been tapped to fund tens of billions of dollars in programs with questionable links, or none, to wars, according to current and former U.S. officials, analysts and budget documents.


New York holds last mass services before dozens of Catholic church closures

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 04:14

Father Bartholomew Daly gives the last mass at Church of Our Lady Peace in New YorkTeary-eyed and angry Catholic parishioners across New York attended final mass services on Friday in some of dozens of churches closing or stopping regular worship services. The closures follow an announcement by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York in November that it would consolidate 368 parishes into 294, reflecting a national trend of parish closures in the United States caused by low attendance, a shortage of priests and financial troubles. Parishioners expressed sadness at the shuttering of churches like Our Lady of Peace, a red brick church with an ornate interior on Manhattan's Upper East Side that is more than 100 years old.


Taking on Bush and Rubio, Clinton calls for Cuba embargo end

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 04:14

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks before the National Urban League, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The State Department is releasing fewer-than-expected numbers of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails. It says the process is slower because of intense scrutiny by U.S. intelligence agencies to ensure that emails from her private server don’t contain any sensitive or classified government secrets. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI (AP) — Drawing a sharp distinction with Republican rivals in the pivotal election state of Florida, Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday called on the GOP-run Congress to end the trade embargo the U.S. has imposed on Cuba since 1962


Federal report finds bias in St. Louis County family court

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 04:03
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice released a report critical of the St. Louis County Family Court on Friday, finding that black youths are treated more harshly than whites, and juveniles are often deprived of constitutional rights. Though unrelated to the department's investigation in Ferguson, the new report again raises concern about racial discrimination and profiling in the St. Louis region.

Jury will hear that man killed by police had been arrested

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 03:59

Defense attorneys Sam Bregman, left and Luis Robles, right, discuss their clients case on Friday, July 31, 2015, in Albuquerque, N.M. A former Albuquerque detective and a current officer are facing murder charges in the March 2014 fatal police shooting of a homeless man. A state judge ruled Friday that a jury can be told limited information about the homeless man's prior arrest. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge on Friday ruled that a jury can be told limited information about a homeless man's prior arrest in the trial of a former and current officer facing murder charges in his death.


U. of Cincinnati shooting puts spotlight on campus police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 03:57

Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing appears at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When an Ohio prosecutor charged a campus police officer with murder in the death of a driver during a traffic stop, he offered a harsh judgment on University of Cincinnati police, saying the school should not be in the business of law enforcement at all.


No bail for man charged with trying to join Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 03:48

A law enforcement truck is parked outside the Lackawanna, N.Y., home, far left, of Arafat Nagi on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, following his arrest . Arafat, 44, is charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Arafat Nagi had made an oath to the Islamic State group, outfitted himself to fight and had a one-way ticket to the Middle East at the time of his arrest, federal authorities said Friday.


Family of technology executive killed in crash sues Amtrak

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 03:41
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The husband of a technology executive killed when a speeding Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia has sued the railroad for wrongful death.

Ex-California fire chief sentenced in girlfriend's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 03:40

Former California fire battalion chief Orville Fleming listens as Sacramento Superior Court Judge Sharon Lueras sentences him to 15 years to life in prison for the second-degree murder of his girlfriend, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Sacramento,Calif. Fleming, 57, was convicted of the 2014 slaying of 26-year-old Sarah June Douglas in their south Sacramento home.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A former California fire battalion chief was sentenced Friday to 16 years to life in prison after he was convicted of the second-degree murder of his girlfriend.


AP National News Calendar

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 03:38
Eds: Major scheduled events for the week of August 2-8. Note that many events are subject to change at the last minute.

Indictment: Former Texas surgeon so derelict he left 2 dead

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 03:35

This undated handout photo provided by the Dallas County Sheriff's Department shows Dr. Christopher Duntsch. Two years after losing his license, Duntsch faces potential prison time after being indicted on multiple assault charges relating to his treatment of patients. (Dallas County Sheriff's Department via AP)DALLAS (AP) — A former Dallas neurosurgeon has been described by state regulators as so derelict during operations that his actions led to the deaths of two patients and left others with disabling injuries in what's seen as one of the worst recent cases of malpractice in Texas.


Car Crashes Into Barricade at US Capitol Building

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 03:31
A car crashed into a barrier at the U.S. Capitol this morning.

Lawsuit from prisoner who sought an abortion dismissed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 03:16
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge said he would dismiss a lawsuit filed by a pregnant prisoner who sought an abortion after the woman told him during a hearing Friday she had changed her mind and now wants to deliver the child, a reversal called "highly suspicious" by one of her lawyers.

No charges vs. 2 officers at scene of traffic stop shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 03:12

Mark O'Mara, attorney for the DuBose family, stands in the courtroom before the arraignment of former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing at Hamilton County Courthouse for the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Cincinnati. Tensing, who was indicted and fired from his job on Wednesday, shot and killed Dubose on July 19 after stopping him over a missing license plate. Tensing pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)CINCINNATI (AP) — Two University of Cincinnati police officers who were at the scene just after a fellow officer fatally shot a driver are not being charged, a prosecutor said Friday.


Jail for man accused of shooting at George Zimmerman in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 03:04

George Zimmerman listens to judge during a first-appearance hearing in Sanford, FloridaA Florida man returned to jail on Friday to await trial on attempted murder charges in a roadway shooting involving George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. A judge revoked the bond of Matthew Apperson, 36, following a complaint that he had violated its conditions by urinating on a neighbor’s front door. Apperson had been released on $35,000 bond and ordered to wear a GPS tracking devise following his arrest earlier this year in connection with a roadside altercation with Zimmerman.


Ex-California fire chief sentenced for stabbing girlfriend to death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 03:02

Orville Fleming, 55, of Sacramento, California, is pictured in this handout photoA former California fire chief, who evaded capture for two weeks after his live-in girlfriend was found stabbed to death at their home, was sentenced on Friday to 16 years to life in prison, officials said. Orville "Moe" Fleming was convicted of second-degree murder by a Sacramento County jury in June in the death of Sarah Douglas, 26. After Douglas' body was discovered in the couple's Sacramento home last May, the sheriff's department launched a massive manhunt, believing him to be armed and dangerous.