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Connecticut home invasion killer sues for Kosher meals on death row

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:55
By Barbara Goldberg (Reuters) - A man sentenced to death for a triple murder in a brutal home invasion in Connecticut is suing to demand a Kosher diet as a newly declared Orthodox Jew, saying the prison's resistance has forced him into "starvation." Steven Hayes, 51, invoked the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment in a handwritten lawsuit filed in federal court against officials at the Connecticut Department of Corrections. ...

Atlantic City casino revenues down 1.2 percent

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:46
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's casino revenue declined by 1.2 percent in August compared with a year ago as another gambling hall shut down at the end of the month.

Man taken to hospital after Queen Village collapse

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:46

Man taken to hospital after Queen Village collapseA man was taken to the hospital after a partial building collapse on Friday afternoon in the Queen Village section in Philadelphia.


California state senator gets jail time in voter fraud case, judge rules

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:39
By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California state senator convicted on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Friday in one of three ethics scandals involving Democratic lawmakers in the most populous U.S. Senator Roderick Wright of Los Angeles was convicted in January of lying about whether he lived in the district he sought to represent, the first in a string of criminal proceedings against three state senators this year that effectively cost Democrats their two-thirds majority in the California Senate. "This is not what I call a victimless crime," said Judge Kathleen Kennedy, who denied Wright's request for a new trial in Los Angeles Superior Court. She said Wright was no longer eligible to hold elective office in California.

Police probe fight at party attended by Palins

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:36
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police say they are investigating a fight that broke out among a large crowd at a party attended by family members of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Q&A: Mathis on new box set, yoga and 'Simpsons'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:33

In this Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 photo, singer Johnny Mathis poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. The 78-year-old singer will release a 13-CD box set of unsuccessful commercial albums released from 1963 to 1967, when Mathis left his longtime label, Columbia Records, for Mercury Records and Global Records, his own production company. “The Complete Global Albums Collection” will be released on Nov. 17. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Chances are you haven't heard these Johnny Mathis albums — but that will change.


St. Louis groups donating funds to Ferguson schools, shops

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:30

Activists raise their hands as they demand justice for the killing of Michael Brown while marching to the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse from City Hall in downtown St. Louis, MissouriA group of St. Louis corporate executives and a consortium of businesses and civic groups said on Friday they were donating $85,000 to schools and small businesses in Ferguson, Missouri, to help the town recover after weeks of protests over the shooting of a black teen by a white police officer. The money is part of $150,000 raised so far by the St. Louis Regional Business Council, a consortium of top officers of mid- to large companies, and North County Inc, a group of business, civic and community organizations in St. Louis. Many Ferguson shops were damaged, and some had to close down temporarily during the weeks of protests and sometimes violent rioting that roiled the St. Louis suburb after the Aug. 9 shooting by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson of 18-year-old Michael Brown.


Guam military exercises to draw 18,000 US forces

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:30
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — American forces are converging on Guam, a strategically important U.S. territory 1,500 miles south of Tokyo, this month for a week of sophisticated military exercises involving two aircraft carriers.

Man taken to hospital after Queen Village collapse

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:19

Man taken to hospital after Queen Village collapseA man was taken to the hospital after a partial building collapse on Friday afternoon in the Queen Village section in Philadelphia.


5 slain children remembered at memorial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:06
AMORY, Miss. (AP) — The program being given out at a memorial in Mississippi for five slain children has a smiling photo of each one and describes what they loved to do.

5 slain children remembered at memorial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:06
AMORY, Miss. (AP) — The program being given out at a memorial in Mississippi for five slain children has a smiling photo of each one and describes what they loved to do.

Woman admits to killing her two children

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:06

Woman admits to killing her two childrenSonya Katrina Spoon, 24, of Cheverly, Maryland, admitted she murdered her two young children, said police.


Woman admits to killing her two children

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:06

Woman admits to killing her two childrenSonya Katrina Spoon, 24, of Cheverly, Maryland, admitted she murdered her two young children, said police.


N.J. man who left pig mask on stabbed ex-wife gets 50 years

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:06
By Terence McGinley MORRISTOWN N.J. (Reuters) - A New Jersey man who stabbed his ex-wife 84 times before placing a rubber pig mask over her face was sentenced on Friday to 50 years in prison for her murder. Anthony Novellino, 67, appeared in Morris County Superior Court in handcuffs and an orange jail jumpsuit. Novellino used an 8-inch kitchen knife to kill Judith Novellino in June 2010 while she was using the toilet at their former marital home in Denville, a township in northern New Jersey, according to prosecutors. After killing her in the bathroom, Novellino fetched a rubber pig mask from a closet and put it over her face before fleeing, according to the account by the Morris County's prosecutor's office.

South Carolina father, jailed in kids' deaths, in 'mental disarray': lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:05
By Colleen Jenkins (Reuters) - A father who is accused of killing his five children in South Carolina and dumping their bodies in rural Alabama is scared and remorseful, and his family fears he suffers from an untreated mental illness, an attorney said on Friday. Timothy Ray Jones Jr., 32, was arrested on murder charges on Thursday after police said they had evidence the divorced father with a criminal past had killed the kids, ages 1 to 8, at their home in Lexington. ...

South Carolina father, jailed in kids' deaths, in 'mental disarray': lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:05
By Colleen Jenkins (Reuters) - A father who is accused of killing his five children in South Carolina and dumping their bodies in rural Alabama is scared and remorseful, and his family fears he suffers from an untreated mental illness, an attorney said on Friday. Timothy Ray Jones Jr., 32, was arrested on murder charges on Thursday after police said they had evidence the divorced father with a criminal past had killed the kids, ages 1 to 8, at their home in Lexington. ...

Guam military exercises to draw 18,000 US forces

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 01:57
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — American forces are converging on the strategically important U.S. territory of Guam this month for a week of sophisticated military exercises involving two aircraft carriers.

Los Angeles issues 'heat alert' as temperatures soar

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 01:55
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles health officials on Friday issued a special "heat alert" for this weekend, urging residents to take special precautions with temperatures expected to soar into triple digits across the region. With California already baking under a record drought that has brought acute water shortages, forecasts called for temperatures to reach more than 100 degrees in downtown Los Angeles and even higher in some surrounding communities. "Extreme heat such as this is not just an inconvenience, it can be dangerous and even deadly, but we can protect ourselves, our families and our neighbors if we take steps to remain cool and hydrated," Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, the city's interim health director, said in issuing the heat alert. Gunzenhauser said some 60 "cooling centers" would be open at libraries, recreation centers and other community buildings throughout the weekend, offering shelter to residents suffering from what is predicted to be sweltering heat.

Los Angeles issues 'heat alert' as temperatures soar

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 01:55
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles health officials on Friday issued a special "heat alert" for this weekend, urging residents to take special precautions with temperatures expected to soar into triple digits across the region. With California already baking under a record drought that has brought acute water shortages, forecasts called for temperatures to reach more than 100 degrees in downtown Los Angeles and even higher in some surrounding communities. "Extreme heat such as this is not just an inconvenience, it can be dangerous and even deadly, but we can protect ourselves, our families and our neighbors if we take steps to remain cool and hydrated," Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, the city's interim health director, said in issuing the heat alert. Gunzenhauser said some 60 "cooling centers" would be open at libraries, recreation centers and other community buildings throughout the weekend, offering shelter to residents suffering from what is predicted to be sweltering heat.

Gun-toting Colorado woman threatens boy over clarinet practice

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 01:54
Sheriff's deputies in Colorado arrested a 60-year-old woman who pointed a rifle at her neighbor's 11-year-old son as he played his clarinet in the backyard, authorities said on Friday. Officers were called to an address in the Rocky Mountain city of Grand Junction after Cheryl Pifer allegedly told the boy, who was doing his music class homework for school, to "get his ass back inside," the Mesa County Sheriff's Office said.