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Panel finds LAPD officer acted improperly in fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 08:56

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2014, file photo, a poster reads "We Will Remember Ezell Ford" in front of Paradise Baptist Church before a community forum in Los Angeles, to discuss the Aug. 11 police shooting of Ezell Ford. The Los Angeles Police Commission vote Tuesday, June 9, 2015, was unanimous involving both officers, finding that the senior officer was not justified in the August shooting death of Ford, but his junior partner was justified. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles police officer had no reason to stop and question a black man last year and that violation of department policy led to an altercation that ended with the fatal shooting of the man, an oversight panel found.

Prosecutor: Oklahoma man detailed Kenya sex assaults on kids

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 08:33

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 file photo, Stephen Jones, attorney for Matthew Lane Durham, talks with the media outside the Federal Courthouse in Oklahoma City, following a detention hearing for Durham. A Jury of eight men and four women, plus three alternate jurors, were seated after U.S. District Judge David Russell, prosecutors and defense attorneys asked about 70 prospective jury members questions, including whether they have been victims of sexual abuse. Matthew Lane Durham, 20, of Edmond, was a volunteer at the Upendo Children’s Home in Nairobi, Kenya, and faces 17 counts of sexual misconduct including aggravated sexual abuse and engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma man accused of sexually abusing several children at a Kenyan orphanage where he volunteered confessed to his misdeeds in writing, a federal prosecutor told jurors Wednesday at the outset of the trial.

Four hurt in explosion in industrial area near San Diego

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 08:31
An explosion rocked a San Diego area energy storage depot on Wednesday, shattering concrete, blowing out a loading dock bay door and sending four people to the hospital, officials said. The midday blast at Quantum Energy Storage in an industrial area in Poway, just east of San Diego, also deformed another loading dock door and appeared to have caused a partial roof collapse. The San Diego Sheriff's Department confirmed that of five people injured in the blast, four were taken to the hospital.

Correction: Nevada Ranchers-Grazing Dispute story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 08:28
BATTLE MOUNTAIN, Nev. (AP) — In a story June 5 about federal drought-restrictions on livestock grazing in Nevada, The Associated Press reported erroneously the amount of privately-owned land in the North Buffalo allotment. According to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, approximately 45 percent of the grazing allotment is privately owned, not a majority of the land.

One of the Angola Three recalls life in solitary confinement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 08:23

In this Feb 12, 2015 image made from video and released by WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge, Albert Woodfox walks into a courthouse in Louisiana. A federal appeals court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the release of Woodfox, the last of the “Angola Three” inmates who spent decades in isolation after forming a Black Panther Party to protest prison conditions. Tuesday’s order came a day after a federal judge ruled that the state can’t fairly try Woodfox, now 68, a third time for the death of a prison guard 43 years ago. (WBRZ-TV via AP)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Robert King says he watched nearly three decades of his life fade away in solitary confinement inside Louisiana's Angola prison, sometimes glimpsing the world through a small window and longing for the few hours a week he might feel the sun on his face.

Watkins sues rival over amount of pepper in tins

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 08:22
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A dust-up over pepper has landed in federal court in Minneapolis.

Kansas officers speak about Jewish site shootings at hearing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 08:20

FILE - In this April 2014 , file photo, Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., is wheeled out of a Johnson County, Kan., courtroom. Miller Jr., 74, of Aurora, Missouri, is accused of killing three people last year at two Jewish sites in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas. Miller is scheduled to be in court on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, for a hearing on motions, including one asking a judge to let him stay in the courtroom during recesses. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Rich Sugg, Pool, File)OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Law enforcement officers who responded in the chaotic first moments after three people were fatally shot at two Jewish centers in Kansas last year had no idea how dire the situation was, two officers testified Wednesday.

No water: South Philadelphia businesses forced to close temporarily

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 07:48

 South Philadelphia businesses forced to close temporarilySeveral popular South Philadelphia businesses were forced to close their doors Wednesday because they had no running water.

Jury selection set in federal cyberstalking trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 07:46
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The federal judge presiding over a cyberstalking trial for relatives of a man who killed his former daughter-in-law at a Delaware courthouse will decide whether a purported "hit list" found in the shooter's car will be allowed into evidence.

Daughter says dad was in denial before murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 07:38

This undated photo provided by the Anaconda-Deer Lodge police shows shooter Michael Augustine Bournes. Bournes shot and killed his wife Arie Arlynn Lee and three children, then set a fire in the family's remote cabin Sunday, June 7, 2015, in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in Montana and then killed himself. (Anaconda-Deer Lodge Police via AP)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The daughter of the man police hold responsible for a multiple murder-suicide in a Montana log cabin said her father had long been in denial about having mental health problems, which ultimately became dangerous.

Lawsuit alleges mistreatment at Border Patrol facilities in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 07:28
Civil rights groups have filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Border Patrol complaining that immigrants were unconstitutionally held for extended periods in freezing, filthy holding cells in Arizona, plaintiffs' attorneys said on Wednesday. The lawsuit, on behalf of three undocumented immigrants detained at the Tucson Border Patrol Station, says individuals are mistreated for days in what were designed to be hours-long holding cells in southern Arizona detention facilities. The complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Tucson on Monday cited a wide range of abuse and neglect, including being held in overcrowded cells and denied adequate food, water, sleep and medical care.

3 die in shooting at Phoenix park as groups open fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 07:17
PHOENIX (AP) — An exchange of gunfire between groups of people in a Phoenix park left three men dead, but dozens of other people escaped injury as approximately 20 shots were fired, authorities said Wednesday.

Judge lets protesters remain in long-closed Catholic church

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 07:16
BOSTON (AP) — Parishioners illegally occupying a long-closed Roman Catholic church were issued a reprieve Wednesday after a judge ruled they could continue their round-the-clock vigil while they appeal a lower court decision that ordered them to vacate.

Hunt for killers expands to Vermont; staffer under suspicion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 07:12

A law enforcement officer wrings out his glove while searching for escaped prisoners near Essex, N.Y., Tuesday, June 9, 2015. State and federal law officers searching for two killers who used power tools to break out of a maximum-security prison poured into a small town 30 miles away Tuesday after getting a report of a possible sighting. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — The manhunt for two escaped killers expanded to campsites and boat slips in Vermont on Wednesday, and State Police said a female prison staff member being questioned may have had a role in helping the men.

Police: Mom in murder case says sent 2 kids to heaven

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 07:06
EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A woman charged Wednesday with murder in the deaths of her two children allegedly said in a note found near their bodies that she was sending them to heaven, according to court documents.

Chicago police union fights policy banning visible tattoos

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 07:05
The union representing Chicago police officers is fighting a new uniform policy, set to begin on Friday, that requires officers with visible tattoos to cover them up, a union official said on Wednesday. The directive comes just as the nation's third-largest city begins to swelter under high heat and humidity, and the Fraternal Order of Police has filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the Illinois Labor Relations Board, said FOP President Dean Angelo. The union hopes to get a temporary restraining order to stay implementation.

UN say tens of thousands displaced in Darfur attacks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 07:03
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Increasing attacks on civilians in Sudan's conflict-torn Darfur region have forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes this year — possibly more than 200,000, a senior U.N. official said Wednesday.

Texas man, dog, die of heat exhaustion in locked car

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 07:03
PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) — Police say a 72-year-old Texas man and his dog died of apparent heat exhaustion after not being able to get out of his locked sports car.

Federal judge: Wal-Mart violated state minimum wage laws

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 06:37
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wal-Mart could be on the hook for more than $100 million in back pay after a federal judge ruled the company failed to pay California minimum wage to truck drivers for activities that included inspecting and washing their trucks, an attorney said Wednesday.

Activists demand Los Angeles officer be charged over shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 06:37

People listen to an explanation of the police commission's ruling in the shooting of unarmed black man by two patrolmen, after a Los Angeles Police Commission meetingCivil rights activists called on Wednesday for criminal charges against one of two Los Angeles police officers in the shooting death of an unarmed black man, after the city's police commission found the officer had violated department policy. The August 2014 shooting death of 25-year-old Ezell Ford, who a family lawyer says suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, led to sporadic protests in the city and increased tension between police and some members of the African-American community. Police officials say officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas, who are Asian and Latino respectively, shot Ford after he struggled with Wampler and tried to grab his holstered gun.