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Man found guilty of murder in 1995 kidnapping and stabbing in California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 09:58
The case stems from the killing in Orange County of 24-year-old Gonzalo Ramirez, who was hacked to death with a meat cleaver. Norma Esparza, who at the time was a college student in the area and went on to become a professor at Webster University in Switzerland, has said Ramirez raped her a few weeks before his death. Prosecutors said she told Gianni Van, with whom she had been in a relationship, about Ramirez and that she pointed him out to Van at a bar before Van and his friends kidnapped Ramirez and murdered him. A Santa Ana jury on Thursday found Van, now 45, guilty of special circumstances murder during a kidnapping in the death of Ramirez, the Orange County District Attorney's Office said in a statement.

1 dead, 1 wounded in West Kensington double shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 09:48

1 dead, 1 wounded in West Kensington double shootingOne man was killed and another was wounded in a double shooting in Philadelphia's West Kensington section.


U.S. to launch federal probe into Baltimore police practices: Washington Post

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 09:36

Maryland State police trooper stands guard in Baltimore, MarylandAttorney General Loretta Lynch will launch a federal probe into whether Baltimore's police department has engaged in a "pattern or practice" of excessive force, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. The Post, citing two law enforcement officials, said Lynch's announcement of the investigation could come as soon as Friday. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to investigate the city's police department for civil rights violations after the death of a black man from injuries sustained in police custody.


NC soldier charged with stealing 2 dogs, cutting throats

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 09:36
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina say they are pursuing felony charges against a Fort Bragg soldier who took two dogs from the home of their owner and slit their throats.

Official: UN planning to act on its own against Congo rebels

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 09:34
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo is planning to go ahead and take action against a rebel group in eastern Congo even without the full cooperation of the Congo military, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said Thursday, as relations remain chilly with the country's authorities.

Double shooting in West Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 09:34

1 dead, 1 wounded in West Kensington double shootingTwo men were hospitalized in a double shooting in Philadelphia's West Kensington section.


Activist: No regrets about cartoon contest ended by gunfire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 09:25

Pamela Geller is interviewed at The Associated Press, Thursday, May 7, 2015 in New York. Geller is one of the nation’s most outspoken critics of Islamic extremism, taking the hard-edge view that such extremism sprouts not from fringe elements but the tenets of the religion itself. She was the organizer of a controversial cartoon contest about the Prophet Muhammad in Texas last weekend where two men started shooting before they were killed by police. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — Does Pamela Geller regret organizing the Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that ended in gunfire?


Coroner identifies man Los Angeles police shot near beach

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 09:15

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck speaks during a news conference at LAPD headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. Beck says the actions of a South Carolina police officer who was captured on cellphone video fatally shooting a fleeing unarmed man were criminal. Beck told reporters Thursday, April 9, 2015 that he’d watched the video and that the officers’ actions appeared to be a criminal act “well beyond” any policies at the LAPD and he would’ve also had the officer arrested. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County coroner's office has identified the unarmed homeless man who was fatally shot by a police officer near Venice Beach.


Want to save water? Kill the lawn, time your showers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 09:11

 In this file photo from Thursday, July 17, 2014, Michael Korte walks on his brown lawn at his home in Glendora, Calif. Most Californians have heard by now that they should stop watering their lawns to save water in the drought. But there are smaller steps to take, too, from taking shorter showers and doing less laundry to restaurants skipping water at tables. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians have been bombarded with pleas to save water during the drought.


Prosecutors charge 33 in alleged criminal enterprise

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 09:08
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nearly three dozen people have been charged in California as part of a criminal network that illegally sold millions of dollars in prescription drugs and engaged in bank fraud, money laundering and racketeering, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

Key numbers from AP examination of Chinese banks and fakes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 09:02
Chinese banks have emerged as key players in the $1.8 trillion global counterfeiting industry. Here's a look by the numbers:

10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 09:01

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, right, hold a joint news conference at Riyadh Air Base in Saudi Arabia, Thursday, May 7, 2015. Kerry sought to secure a pause in Yemen's war after he arrived to Saudi Arabia to meet with the king and other top officials, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that already has neighboring countries bracing for a mass exodus of refugees. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


Mom sues NYC over son's stabbing death in public housing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 08:55
NEW YORK (AP) — The mother of a 6-year-old who was stabbed to death in a public housing complex elevator sued the city Thursday, saying officials let blatant security risks linger before the attack on her son and a 7-year-old friend.

California says it busted $14M can, bottle recycling scheme

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 08:53
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five people were part of a scheme that involved trucking more than 200 million cans and bottles from Arizona and illegally redeeming them at recycling centers in California for about $14 million in refunds, authorities said Thursday.

US idea to lay blame in Syria chlorine attacks gets support

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 08:53
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A "large majority" of U.N. Security Council members support a U.S. effort to create a way to attribute blame for chlorine attacks in Syria and are ready to move quickly in the next few days, the council president said Thursday. But Syria ally Russia worries whether it will be objective, with the Russian ambassador saying, "They've done their attribution of blame already."

Jury convicts professor's ex-boyfriend in 1995 murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 08:43
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A college professor's ex-boyfriend was convicted Thursday of killing a man she said had raped her 20 years ago.

Listeria found in Blue Bell ice cream plant in 2013

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 08:38

FILE -In this April 10, 2015 file photo, Blue Bell delivery trucks are parked at the creamery's location in Kansas City, Kansas. Blue Bell ice cream had evidence of listeria bacteria in its Oklahoma manufacturing plant as far back as March 2013, a government investigation released Thursday says. The company then continued to ship ice cream produced in that plant after what the Food and Drug Administration says was inadequate cleaning. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Blue Bell ice cream had evidence of listeria bacteria in its Oklahoma manufacturing plant as far back as March 2013, a government investigation found. The Texas-based company continued to ship ice cream produced in that plant after what the Food and Drug Administration says was inadequate cleaning.


Jurors visit cliff where 4-year-old girl plunged to death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 08:34

Defendent Cameron Brown, left, and Los Angeles County sheriff deputies, watch as jurors make a site visit to the Abalone Cove and Portuguese Bend areas during his trail in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Thursday, May 7, 2015. It is the third trial for Brown who is accused of killing his 4-year-old daughter, who plunged to her death off a cliff into the Pacific Ocean. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles jurors in the case of a man accused of tossing his 4-year-old daughter to her death off a sea cliff visited the scene of the alleged crime.


Suspended priest dubbed Monsignor Meth gets over 5-year term

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 08:34
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A suspended Roman Catholic priest dubbed Monsignor Meth apologized Thursday for running a methamphetamine distribution ring and letting down scores of friends and parishioners.

California father, two children missing after camping trip

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 08:23
Rescuers were searching on Thursday for a Northern California man and his two young children after they failed to return home from a family camping trip in the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains, authorities said. Authorities were notified on Tuesday that Nicholas Vlahos was overdue following the camping trip, the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Vlahos was last seen in a four-wheel-drive pickup in western Sierra County and had intended to return home through what authorities called a “remote and rugged” portion of Sierra and Plumas Counties. “Upon receiving the report, members of the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office performed an immediate hasty search of the reported route and were unable to locate the overdue parties or their vehicle,” the statement said.