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Murder charge being dropped against boy in father's death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 02:08
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — After a series of legal setbacks, prosecutors decided to drop a first-degree murder charge against a New Mexico boy who police say shot his father in the back of the head with a shotgun in 2009.

Study: Global warming to push 1 in 13 species to extinction

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 02:05

This handout photo, taken Aug. 17, 2005, provided by the US Geological Survey/Princeton University shows an American pika. A new study in the journal Science projects that one in 13 species will go extinct because of global warming. One species that is in trouble because it has few places to escape the heat is the American pika, pictured here in this 2005 handout photo, said study author Mark Urban of the University of Connecticut. (Shana S. Weber/USGS, Princeton University via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming will eventually push 1 out of every 13 species on Earth into extinction, a new study projects.

Oklahoma county to curb reserve deputy duties after shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 01:41
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office said on Thursday it will limit the duties of reserve deputies including no longer allowing them to patrol alone after a white volunteer deputy was charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black suspect. The sheriff's office has faced questions about whether these deputies have been properly trained following the April 2 incident in which reserve deputy Robert Bates killed suspect Eric Harris, saying he meant to draw a stun gun but instead used a handgun. The Oklahoma incident raised fresh questions about racial bias in policing in the United States as well as the use of reserve deputies. Officials said the sheriff's office will conduct an internal audit of its 130 reserve deputies' training records and that the duties of these deputies will be temporarily limited during the review, including no longer permitting them to patrol alone.

Ex-FBI agent indicted for lying at mobster 'Whitey' Bulger's trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 01:40
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - An ex-FBI agent who testified in the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger was indicted on Thursday for lying on the witness stand about his efforts to stop the Boston mobster. Robert Fitzpatrick, a former special agent at the Boston office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who testified for Bulger's defense in July 2013, is charged with six counts of perjury and six counts of obstruction of justice, federal court officials said on Thursday. Prosecutors say Fitzpatrick lied when he testified at trial that the FBI office in Boston was a corrupt office that had rebuffed his insistence in 1981 that Bulger, head of Boston's infamous Winter Hill Gang, was not a real informant for the office and that the FBI should terminate his informant status.

Middle school student rebuked for wearing rosary to class

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 01:35
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A middle school student in northwest New Mexico says she was sent to the principal's office and asked if she sold drugs or was involved with a gang after she wore her rosary to school.

LA judge declines to reduce Suge Knight's bail in murder case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 01:28

Rap mogul Suge Knight appears in court for a hearing in his murder trial in Los AngeleBy Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles judge declined on Thursday to lower the $10 million bail for one-time rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, who is held in jail on a murder charge in connection a hit-and-run death. The ruling was made at a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court where Knight appeared in an orange jump suit, two weeks after his attorney Matthew Fletcher told reporters he expected Knight would at that time be able to obtain the bail amount and regain his freedom. Knight, 50, has pleaded not guilty to charges including murder and attempted murder stemming from a hit-and-run at a hamburger stand in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton that followed an argument on the set of a commercial for the film "Straight Outta Compton." Knight is accused of deliberately running over Terry Carter, 55, who later died, and another man with his pickup truck.

Family of man slain by police on Skid Row files $20M claim

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 01:23

A pedestrian walks past flowers and candles placed on a sidewalk near where a man was shot and killed by police in the Skid Row section of downtown Los Angeles, Monday, March 2, 2015. Three Los Angeles police officers shot and killed the man on Sunday, as they wrestled with him on the ground, a confrontation captured on video that millions have viewed online. Authorities say the man was shot after grabbing for an officer's gun. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The family of a homeless man shot and killed by Los Angeles police during a confrontation on Skid Row that led to several protests has filed a $20 million claim against the city.

State Department turns over more documents to U.S. House panel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 01:22
A House panel investigating the deadly 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, has received 4,000 pages of documents from the State Department's official inquiry into the attack, its chairman said on Thursday. The documents are from the State Department's "Accountability Review Board" (ARB) investigation into the Sept. 11, 2012 attack that took the lives of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican who heads the Select Committee on Benghazi, said in a statement it was the first time the proceedings of a State ARB had been turned over to Congress. Republicans say the State Department failed to protect diplomatic personnel at the time, when Hillary Clinton - now the presumptive Democratic frontrunner for the 2016 presidential race - was secretary of state.

Navy runs tests on lint, clears cotton coveralls for subs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 01:21
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As the Navy prepared to roll out cotton, flame-resistant coveralls for submarine sailors it needed first to assess a possible threat: There was concern the boats' ventilation systems could be clogged by lint.

Ohio State drum major instructor accused of rape, kidnapping

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 01:17

This booking photo released by the Franklin County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office, shows Christopher Stewart Kitchen, a drum major instructor for Ohio State University's marching band, charged with rape and kidnapping. He is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his home in Columbus, Ohio. Kitchen didn't enter a plea during his arraignment Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Franklin County Municipal Court. His $50,000 bond was posted, and he was expected to be released from jail. (Franklin County Sheriff’s Office via AP)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A drum major instructor for Ohio State University's marching band who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his home was arraigned Thursday on rape and kidnapping charges.

AP NewsAlert

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 01:11
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore prosecutor asks for patience, peace as she investigates death of Freddie Gray.

Judge sets July trial for Suge Knight's murder case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 01:06

FILE - In this March 9, 2015 file photo, attorney Mathew Fletcher, left, talks with his client Marion "Suge" Knight upon his arrival in court for a hearing about evidence in his murder case, in Los Angeles, Calif. Knight is scheduled to return to a Los Angeles courtroom on Thursday, April 30, 2015, for re-arraignment in a murder case filed after he ran over two men, killing one, in late January. Knight has previously pleaded not guilty in the case, but must be re-arraigned because a judge determined earlier this month that there is enough evidence for him to stand trial. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, Pool, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Thursday set a July trial date for a murder case against Marion "Suge" Knight that was filed after the former rap music mogul ran over two men earlier this year.

Colorado police officer says movie theater gunman was 'very calm'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:56

Accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes listens during his arraignment in CentennialBy Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - The police officer who arrested Colorado movie theater massacre gunman James Holmes told jurors on Thursday the shooter seemed very calm, relaxed and "sort of disconnected" when he found him standing behind the cinema where he had killed 12 people. On day four of the trial, the prosecution called Aurora police officer Jason Oviatt, who found Holmes next to his car outside the theater wearing a gas mask, helmet and body armor. Oviatt thought at first that the defendant was a fellow officer, because of his dress.

Ex-NFL star Plaxico Burress accused of failing to pay taxes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:43
Former NFL star Plaxico Burress has been indicted on charges he failed to pay taxes, New Jersey prosecutors announced Thursday.

Philadelphia Catholic monsignor ordered back to prison in child sex abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:42
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A high-ranking Catholic church official in Philadelphia was ordered back to prison on Thursday following the reinstatement of his conviction for turning a blind eye to child sex abuse by pedophile priests. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Teresa Sarmina revoked bail for Monsignor William Lynn, 64, and ordered him back behind bars. Sarmina, who presided over his criminal trial, had sentenced Lynn in 2012 to three to six years in prison for endangering the welfare of children. One of the highest-ranking clergyman convicted in the U.S. Roman Catholic Church child sex abuse scandal, Lynn is the first church official sent to prison for mishandling sexual misconduct complaints against priests.

8 hospitalized in Hammonton hazmat situation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:39

8 hospitalized in Hammonton hazmat situationA hazmat situation at a South Jersey business left a number of people feeling sick.

New York nurse charged in scalding death of toddler

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:38
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York nurse has been charged in the killing of a developmentally disabled toddler who was submerged in scalding bath water.

Man, 18, admits hitting Temple Univ. student, fleeing scene, police say

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:37

Man, 18, admits hitting Temple Univ. student, fleeing scene, police sayPhiladelphia police say an 18-year-old man has come forward and admitted striking a Temple University student, then leaving the scene Wednesday night.

Video reveals 2 bra bandits in latest mall lingerie heist

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:36
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Newly released surveillance video shows two women were behind the latest bra heist at a northeast Pennsylvania mall.

FCC seeks to consolidate net neutrality cases in Washington court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:33

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler and commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel talk at the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission wants a federal appeals court in Washington to hear the cases against its new internet regulations, according to court documents filed on Thursday. The FCC asked other courts where such lawsuits have been filed to transfer their cases to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which had weighed the agency's previous iterations of "net neutrality" rules in the past.