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Ohio State hears from ex-band director's backers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 01:58
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Angry backers of Ohio State's fired marching band director made a splashy showing at a trustee meeting Friday, playing their horns, wearing T-shirts supporting him and urging the board to keep discussions on the matter open.

Ex-US sailor who spied for Soviets dies in prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 01:52
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former American sailor convicted during the Cold War of leading a family spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison hospital in North Carolina, officials said Friday.

2 Philly men face child porn charges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 01:48

2 Philly men face child porn chargesTwo men from Philadelphia have been arrested on child pornography charges, according to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office.


Victim's family feels sorry for girl who shot Uzi

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 01:47

A man closes off an entrance to the Last Stop outdoor shooting range Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in White Hills, Ariz. Gun range instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at the range by a 9-year-old with an Uzi submachine gun. (AP Photo/John Locher)SAN DIEGO (AP) — The accidental killing of a firing range instructor by a 9-year-old girl learning to shoot an Uzi unleashed a storm of criticism and anger, with much of it aimed at her parents.


John Walker, mastermind of notorious spy ring, dies in U.S. prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 01:42
Navy warrant officer who orchestrated a spy ring for the Soviets that was considered one of the most damaging security breaches in American history has died at a federal prison in North Carolina, a prison spokesman said on Friday. John Anthony Walker Jr. died on Thursday at the prison complex in Butner, Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke said. Walker began his Cold War-era espionage scheme while working as a Navy warrant officer and communications specialist. He provided secrets to the Soviets for more than 17 years and compromised at least 1 million classified messages, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

NY foster agencies settle suit by kids for $17.5M

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 01:19
MIAMI (AP) — Attorneys say three private New York foster care agencies will pay $17.5 million to settle a lawsuit by eight people who were fraudulently adopted by a woman and claimed they were repeatedly abused, starved and imprisoned in a "house of horrors."

Man charged with wire fraud in $1 million Miami Heat ticket scam

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 01:16
By Daniel Wallis MIAMI (Reuters) - A Miami man has been charged with wire fraud in connection with a scam that yielded millions of dollars from investors and a premium ticket package for the Miami Heat NBA basketball team, prosecutors said on Friday. An indictment said Haider Zafar, 36, portrayed himself as a member of a wealthy Pakistani family that operates several luxury hotels, including the Marriott in Islamabad, which was bombed in 2008, and other businesses. It said Zafar claimed he lived in a penthouse in the Essex House in New York City, as well as having residences in other high-end buildings there and in Miami. Zafar faces up to 20 years in prison on each of five counts of wire fraud in the case, the U.S.

New Hampshire men sentenced as teens to life in prison granted new hearings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 01:13
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - New Hampshire's highest court has ruled that four men serving life in prison for murders committed when they were teenagers have the right to new sentencing hearings because of a 2012 U.S. In a ruling on Friday, the New Hampshire Supreme Court held that the 2012 decision, Miller v. Alabama, applied retroactively to the four men, who were all 17 when they were found guilty of murder in separate cases between 1993 and 2007. New Hampshire joins Florida, Mississippi, Iowa, Massachusetts and several other states where high courts have determined that the Miller v. Alabama ruling is retroactive. Courts in other states, including Alabama, where the case originated, have denied requests for new sentencing hearings for prisoners convicted when they were juveniles.

Judge denies special prosecutor request in rampage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 01:06
DENVER (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shooting case has denied a defense request for a special prosecutor to look into a news story about defendant James Holmes.

Brother, sister accused of sex in trailer outside church, blame 'The Notebook'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 01:03

Brother, sister accused of sex in trailer outside church, blame 'The Notebook'The brother and sister admitted to having sex three times in a Kenworth tractor trailer parked outside the church after watching the movie 'The Notebook'


Lawyer: Rosa Parks artifacts sold for $4.5M

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 00:48

FILE - In this March 14, 2014, file photo, Rosa Parks' Presidential Medal of Freedom, left, and her Congressional Gold Medal are displayed at Guernsey's auction house, in New York. Hundreds of items that belonged to civil rights icon Rosa Parks that have been sitting unseen for years in a New York warehouse have been sold to a foundation run by the son of billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett, the younger Buffett said Thursday, Aug. 28. Howard G. Buffett told The Associated Press that his foundation plans to give the items, which include Parks’ Presidential Medal of Freedom, to an institute he hasn’t yet selected. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)DETROIT (AP) — The purchase price for hundreds of items that belonged to civil rights icon Rosa Parks was $4.5 million, a lawyer said Friday, a day after the deal was confirmed by the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett.


Tractor trailer overturns on WB I-76 near Roosevelt Boulevard

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 00:47

Tractor trailer overturns on WB I-76 near Roosevelt BoulevardAll ramps have been reopened after a tractor trailer carrying eggs overturned on the westbound Schuylkill Expressway overnight.


NH high court: New sentence hearings in killings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 00:37

FILE - In this, May 14, 2013, file photo, Robert Dingman is escorted out of Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord, N.H. The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, that Dingman should receive new sentencing hearings in light of a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that mandatory life sentences for juvenile killers is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File(CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Four men convicted of murder as teenagers should receive new sentencing hearings in light of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that mandatory life sentences for juvenile are unconstitutional, New Hampshire's Supreme Court ruled Friday.


U.N. urges U.S. to stop police brutality after Missouri shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 00:25

Michael Brown Sr, yells out as his son's casket is lowered into the ground at St. Peter's Cemetery in St. LouisBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri. Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. "Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing," Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, told a news briefing.


Stock market edges higher in midday trading

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 00:24

FILE - The New York Stock Exchange is shown, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011 file photo taken in New York. Global stock markets were muted Thursday Aug. 28, 2014 ahead of U.S. economic data and possible policy announcements from Japan.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)Mixed reports on the U.S. economy and better-than-expected company earnings nudged U.S. stocks higher on Friday. Indexes were rebounding after a slow start in light trading ahead of the Labor Day holiday.


Air Force Academy on al-Qaida list of targets

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 00:23
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — An English-language al-Qaida publication that promotes "lone-wolf" terrorist attacks includes the Air Force Academy in Colorado on a list of possible terrorism targets.

Fire causing power outage on Wildwood boardwalk

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 00:18

Fire causing power outage on Wildwood boardwalkA fire in Wildwood, New Jersey is causing power outages on the boardwalk.


Wildlife officials capture crocodile suspected in Florida attack

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 00:15
By Daniel Wallis MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida wildlife officials trapped a large crocodile on Friday believed to have attacked a pair of late-night swimmers in a first for the Sunshine State, a spokesman said. The 300-pound reptile, locally nicknamed Pancho, died soon after being caught, said Jorge Pino, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. A 23-year-old woman with him was also badly bitten in what wildlife officials said was Florida's first ever recorded case of a crocodile attacking a person. Although Florida is well known for incidents involving its many alligators, there are fewer than 2,000 American crocodiles, living mostly in the state's southeast near the Everglades.

NYPD monitoring Britain terror precautions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 00:02
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Police Commissioner William Bratton says the city is closely following developments overseas after Britain raised its terror threat level.

Correction: Synthetic Drug Overdoses story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 23:56

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Cass County Sheriff's Department in Fargo, N.D., shows Charles Carlton, of Katy, Texas. Carlton, who pleaded guilty to distributing chemicals that resulted in the synthetic drug deaths of two teens in the Grand Forks, N.D., area was sentenced Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Fargo to 20 years and six months in prison. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Cass County Sheriff's Department, File)FARGO, N.D. (AP) — In a story Aug. 28 about the sentencing of a man in a North Dakota drug case, The Associated Press incorrectly quoted Debbie Bjerk, whose son Christian Bjerk died after ingesting a synthetic drug. She said, "There are no human words I can say today that can convey the magnitude of our loss," not "There are no healing words I can say today that can convey the magnitude of our loss."