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Mayor eulogizes officer as cops outside turn backs

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 04:15

Services for NYPD officer Wenjian LiuNEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of police turned their backs Sunday as Mayor Bill de Blasio eulogized an officer shot dead with his partner, repeating a stinging display of scorn for the mayor despite entreaties to put anger aside.


President Obama among those expressing sorrow at death of ESPN's Stuart Scott

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 03:54

President Obama among those expressing sorrow at death of ESPN's Stuart ScottThere has been an outpouring of reaction to the death Sunday of ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, including President Obama, Scott's ESPN colleagues, and prominent athletes from all sports.


Major study of bereaved military families underway

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 03:28

In this Dec. 16, 2014 photo, Army widow, Aimee Wriglesworth, poses for a photo next to a display of some of her late husband's awards and artifacts in her home in Bristow, Va. Wriglesworth lost her husband, an Army major to cancer in 2013. By the hundreds, other widows, widowers, parents, siblings and children are sharing accounts of their grief as part of the largest study ever of America's military families as they go through bereavement. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)With his wife and child close at hand, Army Maj. Chad Wriglesworth battled skin cancer for more than a year before dying at age 37.


Concerns rise over US anti-prison rape law's fate

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 03:25

In this photo taken Oct. 17, 2014, a convex mirror helps to prevent hidden space at the Washington Corrections Center For Women in Gig Harbor, Wash. A 2003 federal law was meant to put a stop to sexual assault in the nation’s prisons, jails and juvenile detention centers and more than $110 million in state and federal taxpayer money has been spent to help states tackle the problem. By last fall, every state was supposed to have dozens of new standards in place, ranging from increased training of staff about sex abuse policies to procedures meant to help inmates safely report attacks. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)When Congress passed a law in 2003 aimed at ending sexual assault in U.S. prisons, jails and juvenile detention centers, survivors like Jan Lastocy were hopeful that it would help solve the long-ignored problem.


Off-duty cop mistakenly shoots himself in elevator

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 03:13
CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities say an off-duty police officer out to dinner with his wife in Cincinnati accidentally shot himself in the stomach inside a parking garage elevator.

Jogger fatally struck by snowplow in Connecticut

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 03:01
TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say a jogger who stepped out into the road to avoid a puddle or debris has been fatally struck by a snowplow.

Here come the freshmen: Congress' newest class

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 02:35

 the newly elected lawmakers who are about to join its ranks. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File )WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' approval rating hovers around 15 percent, but there's one group of people excited about the institution: the newly elected lawmakers who are about to join its ranks.


A look at case of Etan Patz, who vanished in '79

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 01:44
NEW YORK (AP) — A look at the murder case stemming from the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz, which helped catalyze a national missing-children's movement:

If lawmakers don't act, rents could rise in NYC

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 01:40

Chris Athineos poses for a picture in front of a building owned by his family in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. A looming debate in Albany could determine just how much the rent could go up for more than 2 million residents in New York City. The state laws governing the city’s long-standing rent stabilization program are due to expire on June 15. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Cynthia Chaffee's Manhattan apartment would likely go for more than $5,000 a month if the landlord charged market price. But Chaffee pays thousands less thanks to the city's long-standing rent stabilization rules — regulations that will expire this year if lawmakers don't act.


Impact echoes as trial nears in Etan Patz murder

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

FILE - This May 28, 2012, file photo shows a newspaper with a photograph of Etan Patz that is part of a makeshift memorial in the SoHo neighborhood of New York. Jury selection is set to start Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Hernandez’s murder trial. As the murder case surrounding Patz' notorious 1979 disappearance heads to trial, missing-children’s advocates see it as proof that such cases still can be pursued after decades. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — His 6-year-old face became a symbol of parents' darkest fear, animating a national push to find lost children and a cultural shift toward hypervigilant child rearing.


Woman hospitalized after car crashes on I-495, rolls onto I-95 in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 01:20

Woman hospitalized after car crashes on I-495, rolls onto I-95 in DelawareA woman is hospitalized after a crash that affected traffic on both I-495 and I-95 in Delaware.


Oklahoma mother kills two sons, then herself, police say

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 01:18
(Reuters) - A mother in northeastern Oklahoma shot and killed her two grown sons while they slept, then killed herself, law enforcement officials said Sunday. Rebecca Smith, 48, also known as Rebecca Brown, fatally shot her sons Levi Brown, 25, and Garrett Brown, 24, on Saturday morning while they slept in a Webbers Falls home they shared with her, according to the Muskogee County Sheriff's Department. The woman left a suicide note, called her brother to tell him she was going to commit suicide and then killed herself, the sheriff's department said. ...

Funeral for 2nd NYC officer slain by gunman begins

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 01:12

Mayor eulogizes officer as cops outside turn backsA funeral has begun for a New York Police Department officer shot to death with his partner in their patrol car two weeks ago.


Summary of counts facing marathon bombing suspect

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 01:06
Jury selection starts Monday for the trial of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on 30 federal counts. Here are the charges against him:

A look at judge and lawyers in marathon bomb trial

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 01:05

FILE - This panel of file photos shows attorneys David Bruck, left, July Clarke, center, and Miriam Conrad, right, who are the defense team for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Jury selection for Tsarnaev's trial is scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in federal court in Boston. (AP Photos/File)Key players in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, for which jury selection begins Monday:


Timeline of events in the Boston Marathon bombing

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 01:04
A timeline of events related to the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and injured 260 others on April 15, 2013. Jury selection is set to begin Monday for the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who defenders say was influenced by his older brother, Tamerlan.

Limo driver shot and killed in West Philadelphia

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

Limo driver shot and killed in West PhiladelphiaA limo driver was found shot and killed inside a vehicle in West Philadelphia.


Mental health advocates seek relief for autistic Va. inmate

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 01/04/2015 - 23:27
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Mental health and civil liberties advocates are urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to intervene in the case of a Virginia inmate with autism who faces trial Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a correctional officer.

Migrant flow into US from Caribbean spikes

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 01/04/2015 - 23:05

In this Feb. 6, 2014 photo made available by the USCG shows a group of migrants standing on their overturned boat off the coast of Port St. Lucie, Fla. The migrants were from Haiti, India and the Bahamas. The USCG retrieved three deceased women. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the flow of migrants through the Caribbean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and the Florida Straits in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 included 5,585 Haitians and 3,940 Cubans, along with hundreds of people from the Dominican Republic and other countries in the Caribbean and elsewhere. (AP Photo/United States Coast Guard)MIAMI (AP) — Just starting a five-year sentence for illegally re-entering the United States, George Lewis stared at the officers staring back at him at Miami's federal detention center and considered whether he'd risk getting on another smuggler's boat — a chance that soaring numbers of Caribbean islanders are taking — once he's deported again.


Refugees expand cultural diversity in remote Texas cities

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 01/04/2015 - 22:59

Fatin Jasmin Naser Hussein, standing, of Iraq talks with Maria Figueroa of the Dominican Republic, left, and other classmates as they complete some work in a English as a second language class at the Alta Vista Learning Center, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Abilene, Texas. Texas has led the nation in refugee resettlements over the last four years and continues to attract others who move to the state on their own. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — A new Thai and sushi restaurant sits on a busy corner, not far from the vast prairie that once epitomized Texas' early cattle ranching days.