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Mississippi governor signs law allowing armed church members

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 06:37

In this image provided by the Mississippi's Governor's Office, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant smiles as he signs the Protection Act, Friday, April 15, 2016, in Jackson, Miss. The law allows places of worship to designate some members to undergo firearms training and carry weapons inside church to protect the congregation. The governor's handgun rests on a book. (Clay Chandler/Mississippi's Governor's Office via AP)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A holstered gun sat on top of a Bible on Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's desk Friday when he signed a law allowing guns in churches, which he said would help protect worshippers from potential attackers.


Apple opposes U.S. appeal over iPhone in New York drug case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 06:35

A worker checks an iPhone in a repair store in New YorkNEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Apple Inc said the U.S. government had failed to show a continued need for its help accessing a locked iPhone in a New York drug case after a third party came forward with a solution to crack a different phone belonging to one of the shooters in December's San Bernardino killings. The technology company made the argument in a brief filed in federal court in the New York City borough of Brooklyn on Friday, a week after the U.S. Department of Justice said it would push forward with its appeal of a federal magistrate's ruling saying he could not force the company to assist authorities. The government's decision to continue appealing the February ruling at a higher level, to U.S. District Judge Margo Brodie, came after an outside party provided the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation a way to access the phone in the San Bernardino case without Apple's help.


Man who said boy choked on Pop-Tart sentenced in his death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 06:31
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who claimed that a 2-year-old boy with head trauma had choked on a Pop-Tart has been sentenced to 16 years in prison in the boy's death.

Cosby lawyer must show accuser his emails with ex-prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 06:30

Cosby lawyer must show accuser his emails with ex-prosecutorA woman accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault is entitled to any documents or emails the comedian's criminal lawyer shared with a former prosecutor who has become a key defense witness, a federal judge ruled Friday.


Lawyers: Inmate in terror case in coma after suicide attempt

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 06:27

In this March 13, 2012, file photo, Ahmed Ferhani, who is charged with plotting to blow up New York City synagogues, appears in court in New York. After stating in letters to authorities and reporters that guards had tormented him because of the nature of his case, Ferhani is in a coma after trying to hang himself in New York's notorious Attica prison, according to his lawyers. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A man who admitted plotting to bomb New York City synagogues has tried to kill himself in prison after guards tormented him because of his terror case, his lawyers said.


Suburban Chicago nuns renew fight against strip club

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 06:26
CHICAGO (AP) — A group of suburban Chicago nuns who are trying to shut down a strip club next to their convent say several of the club's exotic dancers are involved in prostitution and drug use.

Florida zoo worker dies after tiger attack: local media

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 06:24
The attack occurred in a hidden area where tigers eat and sleep, according to the Palm Beach Post newspaper, which cited zoo spokeswoman Naki Carter. Zoo officials could not immediately be reached for comment. The tiger was subdued with a tranquilizer and officials treated the injured woman who was then rushed to St. Mary's Medical Center, the newspaper reported.

Driver suffers minor injuries after car flips over on I-295 in Burlco

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 06:24

Driver suffers minor injuries after car flips over on I-295 in BurlcoNew Jersey State Police are investigating an accident involving a car that flipped over causing traffic delays on the northbound side of Interstate 295.


8th-grade girl charged with stabbing classmate with scissors

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 06:22
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An eighth-grade girl has been charged with stabbing another eighth-grade girl with scissors at their Philadelphia elementary school.

Stolen in 1955, famous 'inverted Jenny' stamp resurfaces

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 06:17

This undated photo provided by Spink, USA, shows a 1918 "inverted Jenny" stamp. Stolen in 1955, the stamp surfaced last week at Spink USA, a New York auction house. Considered America's most famous stamp, inverted Jennies were worth 24 cents when issued, but they fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars today. (Spink USA via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Opening a new chapter in an infamous stamp-world mystery, a valuable "inverted Jenny" stamp has surfaced six decades after it was stolen from a collectors' convention.


Community pays for funeral after homeless man fatally beaten

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 06:17

Community pays for funeral after homeless man fatally beatenResidents in Swedesboro, New Jersey, are still reeling from the beating death of a local homeless man, whose nickname was "Buttons."


Man jailed for 1957 Illinois murder released, life term annulled

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 06:08

File photo of Jack Daniel McCullough appearing in King County Jail courtroom after new evidence links him to 1957 murder of Chicago-area seven year old girl Maria RidulphDeKalb County Circuit Court Judge William Brady also granted Jack McCullough's request for a new trial. The judge ordered McCullough to remain in Illinois while he was free on bond. McCullough was convicted of killing Maria Ridulph, who disappeared in December 1957 while playing near her home in Sycamore, Illinois, about 65 miles west of Chicago.


Obamas donated less to charities in 2015 as income slipped

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 06:06

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama await the arrival of Canada's PM Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau at the White House in WashingtonBy Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle donated less to charities in 2015 as their income also dipped, tax returns released by the White House showed on Friday. The Obamas donated $64,066 to 34 charities last year, down nearly 9.4 percent from their donations of $70,712 in 2014 to 33 charities. The Obamas earned $436,065 in 2015, down nearly 8.7 percent from $477,383 in 2014, continuing a downward trend as sales of the president's books slowed.


Grand jury clears officer who shot fleeing driver in pickup

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 06:05
LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee police officer who got into the bed of a pickup truck and shot and killed a fleeing driver has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.

Boston marks 3rd anniversary of deadly marathon bombings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 06:03

People observe a moment of silence at the site where the first of two bombs detonated at the Boston Marathon finish line on the third anniversary of the bombings, Friday, April 15, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — Boston marked the third anniversary of the deadly 2013 marathon bombings Friday with subdued, silent remembrances.


Bryant signs bill banning second-trimester abortion method

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 05:55
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's governor has signed into law a ban on a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure, setting the state up for a possible legal challenge.

Man wrongly convicted in 1957 Illinois murder is released

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 05:51

Jack McCullough, left, smiles from the backseat of his stepdaughter Janey O'Connor's rental car after he was released from the DeKalb County Jail in Sycamore, Ill., Friday, April 15, 2016. An Illinois judge vacated the conviction of the 76-year-old man in a 1957 killing and ordered his immediate release from prison Friday, meaning that one of the oldest cold cases to be tried in U.S. history has officially gone cold again. (Danielle Guerra/Daily Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; CHICAGO TRIBUNE OUTCHICAGO (AP) — A 76-year-old man who a prosecutor says was wrongly convicted in the 1957 killing of an Illinois schoolgirl was released Friday shortly after a judge vacated his conviction, meaning one of the oldest cold cases to be tried in U.S. history has officially gone cold again.


DC mayor wants a new vote on statehood in November

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 05:46
WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser wants to give residents a chance to vote on whether the nation's capital should become a state.

Illinois sheriff releases videos showing force against inmates

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 05:46

Demonstators gather to protest last year's shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white policeman and the city's handling of the case in ChicagoThe sheriff who runs the jail system in Chicago on Friday released videos showing cases of excessive force against inmates. "The public has a right to know when officers abuse the public trust as well as the ramifications of that abuse," Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart said in a statement. The video release comes as the third-biggest U.S. city's police department faces a federal investigation and racism accusations over the death of black teenager Laquan McDonald.


Atlantic City, New Jersey, paid its schools, but state disputes details

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 05:44
The disagreement may be one of semantics, but it highlights the bitter divide between state and local officials after a lawsuit by Governor Chris Christie's administration against the city that seeks to protect school payments. The relationship between Christie and city officials has broken down. In New Jersey, cities collect property taxes and then remit them to school districts.