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A Headless Ranger? Mystery at Colonial burial site

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 06:30

Neal Orsini poses in a Colonial-era cemetery on Rogers Island on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Fort Edward, N.Y. The cemetery could hold the remains of hundreds of people, including some of the famous frontier fighters known as Rogers’ Rangers. In 2006, a local couple who served as caretakers for the then-privately owned property uncovered seven human skeletons buried at the site, including one that was missing its skull. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — Sleepy Hollow has the legend of the Headless Horseman. Does a community 150 miles farther up the Hudson River have a Headless Ranger buried in an unmarked cemetery from the 18th century?


Relatives suspect poison in deaths of Utah family

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 06:21
(Reuters) - The relatives of a Utah family who were found dead last month in a locked bedroom at their home suspect they died from poison and say details from court documents published this week begin to confirm their suspicions, local media said on Thursday. The bodies of Benjamin and Kristi Strack and three of their children aged 11 to 14 were discovered on Sept. 27 in Springville, about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News have cited police search warrants that say each victim was discovered lying with cups of red-colored liquid nearby. ...

Mexico Supreme Court rejects energy referendum

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 06:19

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2013 file photo, oil workers set the drill on the Centenario deep-water drilling platform off the coast of Veracruz, Mexico in the Gulf of Mexico. Mexico's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a bid Thursday Oct. 30, 2014, to hold a national referendum on a major energy overhaul that opened the sector to widespread private investment for the first time in 76 years. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a bid to hold a national referendum on a major energy overhaul that opened the sector to widespread private investment for the first time in 76 years.


Stockton, California, workers relieved as judge ruling secures pensions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 06:13

The headline of the Stockton Record newspaper reads "City in 'Fight for its life", in a downtown newsstandBy Robin Respaut SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - Stockton, California, employees breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday as a judge ruled the city could exit bankruptcy, leaving benefits administered by public pension giant Calpers untouched. The ruling, however, left investors and analysts confused about how pension funds stacked up in terms of their priority of treatment in a bankruptcy proceeding. Public employees had worried about their pensions after U.S. ...


Inmate freed in landmark Illinois case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 06:12

Alstory Simon leaves the Jacksonville Correction Center as a free man Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Jacksonville Ill. Simon's confession helped free a death row inmate in a case that was instrumental in the campaign to end capital punishment in Illinois. Anthony Porter had spent 16 years on death row and his supporters maintained he was wrongfully convicted. Simon was convicted and sentenced to 37 years in prison. But the Cook County State's Attorney's Office began re-examining Simon's conviction last year after he recanted his confession. Simon alleged he was coerced into making it by a private investigator. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)CHICAGO (AP) — A prisoner whose confession helped free a death row inmate in a case that was instrumental to ending capital punishment in Illinois was released Thursday after he recanted, and a prosecutor said there was powerful evidence that the other man was responsible.


McDonnell wants new trial over jury issues

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 06:05
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Thursday he should get a new trial on corruption charges because the jury in his case was potentially biased and may have acted improperly.

Relatives suspected poisoning in family's deaths

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 06:00

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014 file photo, flowers and photos are on display during a vigil for the Strack family at Pioneer Park in Provo, Utah. Relatives of five Utah family members found dead in a locked bedroom last month say revelations that poison likely killed them confirmed their suspicions. Jacob Strack says in a statement relatives are shocked, upset and struggling as they relive the deaths of Benjamin and Kristi Strack as well as three of their children. They say they will release more information later. (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Grant Hindsley, File) MANDATORY CREDITSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Relatives of five Utah family members found dead in a locked bedroom last month suspected the deaths weren't accidental, and revelations that poison likely killed them confirmed their suspicions, according to a statement released Thursday.


H. Gary Morse, who built senior utopia, dies at 77

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 05:58
Harold Gary Morse, who transformed his father's cluster of a few hundred mobile homes in central Florida into the gigantic retirement utopia The Villages and made it a must-stop on campaign trails with his funding of Republican politics, has died. He was 77.

Oregon, Alaska are ground zero in pot fight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 05:48

File--In this June 26 , 2014, file photo, Anthony Johnson, director of marijuana legalization group New Approach Oregon, and Liz Kaufman, campaign director, speak to reporters in Salem, Ore. Intense get-out-the-vote drives are mobilizing in Oregon and Alaska to legalize retail sales of marijuana to anyone old enough to drink. (AP Photo/Chad Garland, file)GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — From slick video ads online to scrawled chalk messages on college campus sidewalks, intense get-out-the-vote drives are mobilizing in Oregon and Alaska to legalize retail sales of marijuana to anyone old enough to drink.


Atlantic City boardwalk chair company boss guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 05:34
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The owner of a company that operates rolling chairs on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey, has pleaded guilty to defrauding the IRS out of nearly $120,000.

Father of missing Cuban migrant searching for son

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 05:32

Lazaro Allegue holds a inner tube at his home in Miami, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. The inner tube was recovered by volunteers, including Allegue, who were out on boats looking for two missing cuban rafters. Allegue's son, twenty-eight-year-old Adrian Allegue is one of two rafters still missing from a makeshift vessel that carried 13 men from Cojimar, Cuba. After eight days without food or water, the men decided to break apart their raft and try to swim to shore. Eleven were rescued or made it to land Monday. (AP Photo/Christine Armario)MIAMI (AP) — For two days, Lazaro Allegue has scoured the waters of Miami's Biscayne Bay and combed the thick brush on nearby keys in search of his son.


Oklahoma teen arrested for threatening shooting spree at school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 05:31
By Heide Barndes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma teenager has been arrested on suspicion of making online threats to go on a shooting spree at his high school, law enforcement officials said on Thursday. The 15-year-old student has not been identified. He made the threats on Wednesday against Duncan High School, in the southern part of the state, on a phone-based social media site, Duncan police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. The arrest follows a shooting at a Washington state high school last week in which a teenager used a handgun to shoot five classmates. ...

Pennsylvania boy who disappeared with father on sailboat found in South Pacific

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 05:30
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A 9-year-old boy reported missing after he disappeared with his father aboard a sailboat in Washington state has been located on an island in the South Pacific and will be reunited with his mother, the FBI said on Thursday. His father, Jeffrey Ford Hanson, 46, has been charged with international parental kidnapping and was taken into custody by authorities in Niue, an island country more than 5,000 miles from the U.S. mainland, the FBI said. ...

NC man admits role in trying to help terrorists

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 05:21
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina man who tried to join the fighting in Syria is pleading guilty to terrorism charges.

Giants' win turns violent, revelers turn on police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 05:15

A man jumps over a burning couch in the Mission district after the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals to win the World Series on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The celebration in San Francisco's streets following the Giants' World Series victory started off peaceful but quickly turned raucous and violent, as revelers vandalized police cars and businesses and pelted officers with bottles.


District of Columbia panels weigh legalizing marijuana sales

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 05:07

A medical marijuana user smells a jar of marijuana at the medical marijuana farmers market in Los AngelesBy Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington lawmakers took a step toward legalizing the sale of marijuana in the U.S. capital on Thursday, holding a hearing on rules and taxes ahead of a referendum next week. The proposed legislation to regulate marijuana sales in the District of Columbia is part of a sharp shift in U.S. public opinion in the past several years that has pushed legalized pot toward the mainstream. ...


McDonnell wants new trial over jury issues

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 05:05
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell say he should get a new trial on corruption charges because the jury in his case was potentially biased and may have acted improperly.

Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 05:04
BOSTON (AP) — Thomas Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor whose mumbling and occasional bumbling belied his political ingenuity and endeared him to a scrappy city whose very skyline he helped reshape, died Thursday. He was 71.

Father pleads guilty in boy's gun death case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 04:58
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A man whose 4-year-old son shot a 6-year-old neighbor to death pleaded guilty Thursday to child endangerment for leaving his gun unlocked.

Severed arm grabs spotlight at Civil War museum

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 04:52

A well-preserved arm purportedly found on the Antietam battlefield near Sharpsburg, Md., shortly after the Civil War clash in 1862 is shown in a photograph made on Oct. 27, 2014, at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md. Researchers haven’t identified the owner of the arm but say it was most likely a Caucasian male, about 16 years old, from the New York-Pennsylvania-Ohio region. (AP Photo/ National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Lori Eggleston)FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A well-preserved human forearm that was once displayed near the Antietam National Battlefield as "The Arm of the Unknown Soldier" is now grabbing the Halloween spotlight at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.