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Man convicted in 1994 nicotine-poison death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:54
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former nuclear engineer on Tuesday was convicted of murder for poisoning his wife with a lethal dose of nicotine in Southern California in 1994.

State trooper dies after accidental shooting at Conshohocken firing range

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:54

State trooper ID'd after fatal accidental shooting at Conshohocken firing rangeAction News confirms that a Pennsylvania state trooper has died after an accidental shooting at a county owned firing range in Conshohocken.


Jailed cop killer is picked as graduation speaker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:46

FILE--This undated file photo shows convicted police killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. Goddard College, a liberal arts college in Plainfield, Vt., with 600 students, said on its website Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, that Mumia Abu-Jamal's recorded remarks will be played Sunday at a commencement, along with a video about him. (AP Photo/Jennifer E. Beach, File)FRACKVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A man serving life in prison for the killing of a Philadelphia police officer in 1981 has been selected as a commencement speaker at his Vermont alma mater.


Former TSA officer accused of secretly recording female co-worker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:42
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - A former U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)officer accused of secretly recording video of a female co-worker inside an employee restroom at Nashville International Airport has been charged with several felonies, authorities said on Tuesday. Daniel Boykin, 33, was charged with unlawful photography, aggravated burglary, wiretapping, unlawful telephone recording and two computer crimes, Metropolitan Nashville Police said in a statement. "Detectives believe that Boykin had an infatuation with the one victim," police said. ...

Police chief: Officer's comments 'unacceptable'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:31

FILE - In this file photo taken from a video shot March 16, 2014, James Boyd, 38, left, is shown during a standoff with officers in the Sandia foothills in Albuquerque, N.M., before police fatally shot him. An Albuquerque police officer's comments and behavior before a fatal shooting that sparked a protest and FBI investigation were "completely unacceptable," the city's police chief said Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. In an interview with The Associated Press, Chief Gorden Eden said officer Keith Sandy violated department policy when he used profanity to describe a 38-year-old mentally ill homeless man. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Police Department, File )ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police officer's comments before a March fatal shooting that sparked a protest and FBI investigation were "completely unacceptable," the city's police chief said Tuesday.


Colorado school protests roil swing state politics

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:30

In this Sept. 23, 2014 photo, high school students hold a protest against a Jefferson County School Board proposal to emphasize patriotism in the teaching of U.S. history, at Ralston Valley High School, in Arvada, Colo. The protests over the Colorado school district’s proposal to promote patriotism and de-emphasize civil disobedience in American history classes have found their way into the state’s marquee midterm election races, injecting a volatile issue two weeks before early voting ballots land in mailboxes across the state. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — The protests over a Colorado school district's proposal to promote patriotism and de-emphasize civil disobedience in American history classes have found their way into the state's marquee midterm election races, injecting a volatile issue two weeks before early voting ballots land in mailboxes across the state.


Oklahoma man charged with murder in beheading

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:20

FILE - This March 25, 2013, file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Alton Nolen of Moore, Okla. Nolen was charged Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, with first-degree murder in the gruesome beheading of a Vaughan Foods worker, authorities said. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man apparently uttered Arabic words during an attack in which he allegedly severed a co-worker's head, and had "some sort of infatuation with beheadings," but the killing appeared to have more to do with the man's suspension from his job than his recent conversion to Islam, a prosecutor said Tuesday.


Self-defense disputed at close of Florida trial over loud music shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:17

Defendant Michael Dunn in court on day two of his first-degree murder trial in JacksonvilleBy Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE Fla. (Reuters) - A middle-aged white man on trial for murder in the shooting death of a black teenager during a dispute about loud music told a Florida jury on Tuesday he thought his life was in danger and showed little remorse as he described pulling the trigger. "I meant to pull it 50 times if that’s what it took to save my life," said Michael Dunn, 47, a software engineer who is being retried for first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. "I deliberately defended myself. There was nothing accidental about it," Dunn added. ...


Tennessee may appeal order to disclose names of execution team

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:16
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - Tennessee's attorney general is considering appealing a court ruling requiring the state to disclose the names of doctors, pharmacists and others involved in executions to attorneys representing 11 death row inmates, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday. The death row inmates are challenging the secrecy of the lethal injection process as well as Tennessee's plan to use its electric chair as a backup method if it cannot obtain the drugs necessary to perform lethal injections. ...

Texas woman sentenced to 60 years in 'black widow' murder case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:15

Michele Williams is pictured in Fort Worth, Texas in this undated handout photoBy Marice Richter FORT WORTH Texas (Reuters) - A Texas woman dubbed a "black widow" was sentenced on Tuesday to 60 years in prison after her conviction on murder and evidence tampering in the shooting death of her husband in what prosecutors said was a plot to collect insurance money. Michele Williams, 45, was sentenced to concurrent sentences of 60 years in prison on her murder conviction and 10 years for evidence tampering. She had been accused of cleaning and moving a .45-caliber handgun used in the October 2011 shooting. ...


California governor signs 'gun violence restraining order' law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:09

California Governor Brown waits to speak at a news conference at the Cal OES State Operations Center in MatherBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - People who fear a close relative may commit gun violence will be able to petition a judge to temporarily remove the person's firearms in California, under a bill signed into law on Tuesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. The legislation - the first such measure in the United States - was introduced after police in Isla Vista near Santa Barbara said they were unable to confiscate weapons from a man who later went on a rampage and killed six people, despite concern from his family. ...


State trooper injured in accidental shooting at Conshohocken firing range

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:56

State trooper dies after accidental shooting at Conshohocken firing rangeA Pennsylvania state trooper was injured in an accidental shooting at a county owned firing range in Conshohocken.


Administration urges rejection of Brewer's appeal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:47
PHOENIX (AP) — The Obama administration has urged a court to reject Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's appeal of a ruling that blocks the state from denying driver's licenses to young immigrants who have avoided deportation under a change ordered by the president.

2 sue Jehovah's Witnesses congregation, say abused

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:46
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Two adult sisters filed suit Tuesday against a Jehovah's Witness congregation in Vermont, saying they were molested by a minister when they were minor children and the church did nothing to protect them.

Police: Pipe bombs found in search for Pa. trooper shooting suspect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:41

 Pipe bombs found in search for Pa. trooper shooting suspectState police searching for a man accused of killing a trooper said Tuesday they found two pipe bombs in the Pennsylvania woods during their manhunt that were capable of causing significant damage.


Forensic link at center of missing student case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:31

This undated photo provided by the City of Charlottesville, Va. on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 shows Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. Matthew, 32, is suspect in the Sept. 13, 2014 disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. (AP Photo/City of Charlottesville)CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia police aren't saying much at all about their evidence against a suspect in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student, but they seem to be working systematically to link his DNA to an expanding circle of attacks on women, a criminal defense expert suggested Tuesday.


Student injured in shooting at Kentucky high school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:29

 Shots fired at Kentucky school, 1 student hurtBy Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE Ky. (Reuters) - A student was wounded on Tuesday in a shooting at a Kentucky, high school, and police in Louisville have arrested a suspect in the incident, officials said. Louisville Police said in a statement that the victim was male and that he was being treated in a hospital but his injuries were considered non-life threatening after the shooting just after 1 p.m. EDT at Fern Creek High School. ...


Judge accepts plea in 1998 embassy bombings case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:25

Egyptian to plead guilty over U.S. embassy bombingsA judge on Tuesday accepted the guilty plea of an Egyptian lawyer in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, saying the government acted reasonably in reducing charges against him.


Police on manhunt find pipe bombs in woods

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:20
State police searching for a man accused of killing a state trooper said Tuesday they found two pipe bombs in the Pennsylvania woods during their manhunt.

Government confirms first case of Ebola in US

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:18

A police car drives past the entrance to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. A patient in the hospital is showing signs of the Ebola virus and is being kept in strict isolation with test results pending, hospital officials said Monday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS (AP) — Federal health officials on Tuesday confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S., a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas and a sign of the far-reaching impact of the out-of-control epidemic in West Africa.