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Naval Academy midshipman not guilty in sex assault

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 06:23
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former U.S. Naval Academy football player was acquitted Thursday of sexually assaulting a classmate at a party, bringing to a close a case that drew wide attention at a time when the military is under scrutiny for how it deals with sexual assault.

Alabama lawmakers approve medical marijuana measure

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 06:20

Martos holds a marijuana leaf at the Canna Pi medical marijuana dispensary in SeattleBy Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - A medical marijuana bill unanimously passed both the Alabama House and Senate on Thursday and is headed to the desk of Gov. Robert Bentley, who has said he will sign it into law. The measure makes it legal to possess only a prescribed medical grade extract known as CBD or cannabidiol, which is non-intoxicating. Called Carly's Law, the bill in Alabama originated to help control violent seizures suffered by a toddler with a severe neurological disorder.


Johnny Cash's great-niece found stabbed to death: Tennessee officials

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 06:16
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn (Reuters) - A woman found stabbed to death inside a wooden box in her Tennessee home has been identified as the great-niece of country music legend Johnny Cash, authorities said on Thursday. Courtney Cash, 23, was killed Wednesday morning with a kitchen knife, according to Putnam County Sheriff's Detective David Gibbons. Gibbons said the killing in the town of Baxter, about 70 miles east of Nashville, was the result of an "altercation among three friends." Cash's boyfriend, William Austin Johnson, 23, who also was stabbed, fled the scene with the couple's infant daughter and is expected to recover. Wayne Gary Masciarella, 26, of Cookeville was arrested at about midnight Wednesday and charged with first-degree murder.

Missouri shooting plot suspect gets 15 years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 06:10

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Polk County, Mo. Sheriff's Department shows Blaec Lammers. Lammers, accused of planning shooting attacks at a movie theater and a Walmart, was sentenced Thursday, March 20, 2014 to 15 years in prison for first-degree assault and armed criminal action. (AP Photo/Polk County Sheriff's Department, File)BOLIVAR, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri man accused of planning shooting attacks at a movie theater and a Wal-Mart has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for first-degree assault and armed criminal action.


Chew on this: Gum loses its pop

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 06:05

FILE - In this Sunday Oct. 24, 2010, file photo, a garbage bin sits full of bubble gum, at Yankee Stadium, in New York. U.S. gum sales tumbled 11 percent over the past four years. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Gum seems as appealing as that sticky wad on the bottom of a shoe these days.


US questioning more than 100 from 'stash house'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 05:56

Authorities search people, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in southeast Houston. A house overflowing with more than 100 people presumed to be in the U.S. illegally was uncovered just outside Houston on Wednesday, a police spokesman said. The suspected stash house was found during a search for a 24-year-old woman and her two children that were reported missing by relatives Tuesday after a man failed to meet them, said a spokesman for the Houston Police Department. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty)HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. immigration authorities on Thursday were interviewing more than 100 people presumed to be in the country illegally after they were discovered crammed into a small house in the city of Houston.


Supreme Court may take up Va. sex registry case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 05:55
WASHINGTON (AP) — She was a 24-year-old swimming instructor who had a sexual affair with a male student under 16.

Ex-student says he did nothing wrong before arrest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 05:51
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former high school student testified Thursday that he did nothing wrong before three Pittsburgh police officers arrested and assaulted him in 2010 as he was walking to his grandmother's house.

Prosecutors explain weakness in Fiesta Bowl cases

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 05:48

FILE - Former Fiesta Bowl executive director John Junker gets into his car outside the Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. courthouse after being sentenced in Phoenix on in this March 13, 2014 file photo. The sentencing Thursday March 20, 2014 of 58-year-old John Junker in Maricopa County Superior Court will mark the end of criminal cases that arose from the contribution scandal that jeopardized the bowl's NCAA license and led to the ouster of the longtime bowl leader. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Schennum, File) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALESPHOENIX (AP) — The sentencing of the former Fiesta Bowl chief executive marks the end of criminal cases arising from a scandal that led to guilty pleas by six bowl employees but only one prison sentence.


Mayor: Death of NYC inmate in hot cell troubling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 05:45

In this March 12, 2014 photo, a picture of Jerome Murdough is held by his mother Alma Murdough left, and sister Cheryl Warner at Alma Murdough's home in the Queens borough of New York. Jerome Murdough, a mentally ill, homeless former Marine arrested for sleeping in the roof landing of a New York City public housing project during one of the coldest recorded winters in city history, died last month in a Rikers Island jail cell that multiple city officials say was at least 100 degrees when his body was discovered. Murdough, 56, was found dead in his cell in a mental observation unit in the early hours of Feb. 15, after excessive heat, believed to be caused by an equipment malfunction, redirected it’s flow to his upper-level cell, the officials said. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK (AP) — The mayor called the death of a mentally ill, homeless former Marine who was found in a jail cell that had overheated to at least 100 degrees "very troubling" Thursday, while expressing his condolences to the man's family.


Report decries slow pace of land protection

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 05:41
DENVER (AP) — Congress just ended an almost five-year gap without conserving any public land, the longest such drought since World War II, and several proposed protections remain stalled, according to a new report from liberal and environmental groups.

Former Ohio cop freed again in ex-wife's killing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 05:28

FILE- In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 file photo, Doug Prade, a former Ohio police captain who has spent nearly 15 years in prison for his ex-wife's killing, answers questions from the media after being released from the Madison Correctional Institution in London, Ohio. An appeals court in Ohio says a judge was wrong to release Prade. The ruling released Wednesday, March 19, 2014, comes a little more than a year after Prade was freed from prison based on new testing of a bite mark. A judge in Akron ruled in January 2013 that new DNA test results proved Prade didn't kill his former wife. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A former police captain released after nearly 15 years in prison for his ex-wife's slaying landed back in custody for a few hours Thursday after an appeals court ruled a judge was wrong to free him based on bite-mark DNA testing.


Colombian says US weapons charge unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 05:19

FILE - In this file photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office via The Denver Post, Hector Diaz, a Colombian national, is shown wearing a DEA baseball cap and holding up two rifles. Authorities said Diaz was arrested in November 2013 in U.S. raids of more than a dozen sites connected to Colorado's marijuana industry. Diaz asked a judge last week to dismiss the indictment against him because it is a violation of his Second Amendment right to bear arms, among other reasons. Diaz is charged with possession of a firearm while in the U.S. on a business or tourism visa. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office via The Denver Post, File) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; NEW YORK POST OUT; NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OUTDENVER (AP) — A Colombian national who was arrested during raids on Colorado medical marijuana businesses says he was singled out for prosecution because of his race and nationality, according to federal court documents asking a judge to dismiss the indictment.


Report: California is top crime target in US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 05:13
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is the top target in the U.S. for international criminal enterprises that operate from safe havens in Eastern Europe, Africa and China, according to a report released Thursday.

Gym faces lawsuit over Muslim head covering

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 05:10
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A gym in Albuquerque refused to let a Muslim woman wear her religious head covering when she tried to work out, according to a new lawsuit against the company.

Father blames son's suicide on fraternity hazing at Penn State

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 05:05
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Authorities are investigating the death of an 18-year-old Penn State student who last week jumped from a rooftop, a suicide the young man's father blames on fraternity hazing practices his son was asked to inflict on fellow students. Marquise Braham, a freshman from Rosedale, New York, who attended Penn State's Altoona campus, leaped to his death last Friday from a hotel in Uniondale, New York. His father Rich Braham, managing editor at ABC News, said he believes his son was driven to take his own life by the hazing practices he had participated in earlier this year as a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. The fraternity has been suspended, pending an investigation, according to a campus spokeswoman.

A heads-on look at Sony's virtual reality googles

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 05:01

Marcus Ingvarsson tests out the PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset Project Morpheus in a demo area at the Game Developers Conference 2014 in San Francisco, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The promise of virtual reality in the living room is coming closer to, well, reality.


Mother says 'there's no excuse' for NYC jail death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 05:00

In this March 12, 2014 photo, a picture of Jerome Murdough is held by his mother Alma Murdough left, and sister Cheryl Warner at Alma Murdough's home in the Queens borough of New York. Jerome Murdough, a mentally ill, homeless former Marine arrested for sleeping in the roof landing of a New York City public housing project during one of the coldest recorded winters in city history, died last month in a Rikers Island jail cell that multiple city officials say was at least 100 degrees when his body was discovered. Murdough, 56, was found dead in his cell in a mental observation unit in the early hours of Feb. 15, after excessive heat, believed to be caused by an equipment malfunction, redirected it’s flow to his upper-level cell, the officials said. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK (AP) — The 75-year-old mother of a mentally ill former Marine who died in an overheated New York City jail cell last month says "there's no excuse."


Man to stand trial in Amish buggy horse shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 04:58
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A man from Pennsylvania's Amish country is headed to trial in a drive-by shooting that killed a horse pulling a buggy with a family inside.

Ohio Libertarians seek to have candidates put back on ballot, appeal ruling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 04:55
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The Ohio Libertarian Party will appeal a federal judge's ruling that would effectively strike its candidates for governor and state attorney general from the November ballot, a party spokesman said on Thursday. Ohio's secretary of state, Republican Jon Husted, booted the candidates from the May primary earlier this month due to errors by the petitioners in gathering signatures, which would also make them ineligible for the general election if the decision stands. U.S. District Judge Michael Watson on Wednesday upheld Husted's decision to remove Charlie Earl and Steven Linnabary, the Libertarian candidates for governor and attorney general, but criticized the Republican and Democratic parties. Watson called the man who challenged Earl's petitions a "guileless dupe" and said the Republican Party orchestrated efforts to remove the Libertarian candidate from the governor's race.