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Joy, relief in Baltimore as police are charged in black man's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 07:34
Residents shouted with joy, embraced one another and honked car horns to hail the swift action by Baltimore city's chief prosecutor to file charges in the death of Gray, a black man who suffered severe spinal injuries while in police custody. "I am proud for Baltimore," said Mae McKinney, 48, waving a large American flag. "I feel so happy, mostly happy that this wasn't swept under the rug and someone did something about it." A festive crowd gathered in West Baltimore, where Gray was arrested on April 12, chanting "Freddie! Freddie!" Uniformed police officials mingled in the crowd, while others in riot gear and National Guard troops stood at the side. Dozens of buildings and vehicles were burned, 20 police officers were injured and more than 200 people were arrested.

Casino mogul testifies for 2nd day in wrongful firing case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 07:24

Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson testifies at Clark County Justice Center on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Las Vegas. Steven Jacobs, former president of Sands Macau, is suing Sands China and Las Vegas Sands Corp. over a wrongful termination case. (Jeff Scheid/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP, Pool)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Casino mogul and prominent Republican donor Sheldon Adelson testified Friday he isn't sure where he was when he and his second-in-command at the time crafted a list of reasons to fire Sands China's chief executive in 2010.

Grand Canyon visitor plunges 400 feet off South Rim to death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 07:21
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A 29-year-old Nevada man accidentally fell about 400 feet (120 meters) to his death while visiting the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, a park official said on Friday. Juan Carreras-Soto, of Las Vegas, was on a visit with his family on Thursday when he was reported to have tumbled off the edge of a rim trail east of Mather Point, said park spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski. Park officials were notified of the incident late on Thursday afternoon, but suspended any recovery operations until the next morning because of the rugged terrain, the time of day and over safety concerns. The National Park Service and the Coconino Medical Examiner are investigating the death, but officials said it has initially been ruled accidental.

Some Muslim groups concerned about terror prevention program

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 07:20
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — About 40 Muslim groups in Minnesota are voicing concern about a federal program designed to fight terror recruiting, according to a statement sent out Friday by the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Blues legend B.B. King tells fans he's in hospice at Vegas home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 07:18

Blues legend B.B. King tells fans he's in hospice at Vegas homeBlues legend B.B. King is telling fans he's in hospice care at home in Las Vegas.

Amtrak, CSX sue trucking company involved in NC derailment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 07:17
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Amtrak and railroad operator CSX are suing the trucking company involved in a March train derailment in North Carolina that injured 55 people.

Ruling: Getting past screen was enough to break and enter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 07:11
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An appeals court has upheld a man's conviction on a breaking-and-entering charge that stemmed from a thwarted burglary attempt in Las Cruces.

Mayflower replica slated to continue repairs at home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 07:10
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A replica of the Mayflower is scheduled to sail home in time for the busy summer tourist season.

Prosecutors: Judge could consider lesser offense for officer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 07:04
CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge could consider lesser charges against a policeman for his role in the fatal shootings of two unarmed people in a car in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire, according to a motion filed Friday by prosecutors, who insisted they've proved their case.

Gunmen open fire on Mexico Army chopper as violence roils major state

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 07:03
By Jose Luis Osorio GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Reuters) - Armed men attacked a Mexican army helicopter on Friday, killing three on board and forcing it to the ground on a day of violence that left at least seven people dead and vehicles, banks and gas stations ablaze. Security in Jalisco state, one of the growth engines of the Mexican economy, has become an increasing problem for President Enrique Pena Nieto, who took office pledging to pacify the country following years of brutal drug gang violence. The local Jalisco New Generation cartel was believed to be behind the attack on the helicopter that forced it into an emergency landing, a government official said. In Jalisco's capital, Guadalajara, the second-largest city in Mexico, vehicles were set on fire in and around the metropolitan area.

Utah police: Body found is not 26-year-old missing woman

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 07:00

Officers with the Department of Public Safety State Bureau of Investigation process the scene where human remains inside a suitcase were discovered on the side of I-80 near Saltair in Magna, Utah, on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Provo police confirmed that they are working with investigators but aren't sure yet if the body could be missing Provo woman Elizabeth "Elena" Laguna Salgado. Salgado was last seen on April 16 leaving Nomen Global Language Center in Provo. (Laura Seitz,/The Deseret News via AP) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUTMAGNA, Utah (AP) — Utah police say a body found in a suitcase along Interstate 80 west of Salt Lake City is that of a middle-aged woman.

Frein lawyers seek end to use of name, image in DA campaign

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:55
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The man accused of shooting to death a Pennsylvania state trooper and wounding another asked a judge Friday to order the prosecutor to stop using his name or photo in campaign materials.

Judge: US government liable for some Katrina flooding

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:55
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ruling in a nearly decade-old lawsuit, a judge in Washington said Friday that the federal government is responsible for some of the catastrophic flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina and other storms — flooding blamed on a now-closed navigation channel.

Last clergy files released in Los Angeles 8 years after deal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:49

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2013, file photo, visitors tour the grounds of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the seat of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. A final batch of clergy sex abuse files is being released in Los Angeles eight years after a record-setting $660 million court settlement was reached with the Roman Catholic archdiocese. Nearly 2,400 pages from confidential records kept on 11 priests were made public Friday, May 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney for hundreds of sex abuse victims in Los Angeles released the last batch of files Friday kept by the Roman Catholic church on priests accused of molesting children.

Key players in New Jersey lane-closure scandal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:47

Bridget Anne Kelly, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former deputy chief of staff, speaks at a news conference where she denies any wrongdoing in the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal, Friday, May 1, 2015, in Livingston, N.J. Earlier Friday, federal prosecutors brought charges against three former allies of Christie, but not Christie himself, in the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal, easing the legal threat that has hung over his 2016 White House ambitions for more than a year. One of those charged, David Wildstein, a former high-ranking official at the transportation agency that operates the bridge, pleaded guilty and accused the two other defendants, Kelly and Bill Baroni, of joining him in the politically motivated scheme to create huge traffic jams. Kelly and Baroni were charged in an indictment unsealed later Friday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)Some of the players in the scandal surrounding the politically motivated closures of lanes near the George Washington Bridge in 2013:

Prosecutor: Hit list found in case of Iranian activist death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:42
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas investigators have uncovered a hit list in the case of a Jordanian man accused of fatally shooting a female Iranian activist, prosecutors said Friday.

Things to know in the New Jersey bridge closure case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:39
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — One former political ally of Gov. Chris Christie pleaded guilty Friday and two others were charged in an indictment related to causing a traffic jam near the George Washington Bridge for political retribution.

Woman killed by Atlanta cops was not properly searched, police chief says

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:37
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Police failed to properly search a woman arrested in Atlanta on suspicion of car theft who slipped out of handcuffs and shot at officers inside their patrol car with a gun she had concealed before they fatally shot her, the city's police chief said on Friday. The woman, Alexia Christian, should have been thoroughly searched by a female officer before being transported after her arrest on Thursday night when she was found inside a truck that had been reported stolen, and that did not occur, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said. It also is not clear whether the two officers who arrested Christian, 26, patted her down before placing her in the patrol car, which, as males, they are allowed to do with a witness present, Turner added. The officers handcuffed Christian and were asking her name when she freed one hand, pulled a pistol she had stolen from the truck and fired three shots from the back of the patrol car during the incident in downtown Atlanta, Turner said.

Structure in Watergate garage collapses; 1 person injured

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:33

Parked cars are seen near a part of collapsed structure at the Watergate complex in Washington, Friday, May 1, 2015. District of Columbia rescuers were responding to a structural collapse in the garage at the Watergate complex where one person may be trapped. A spokesman said three stories of the garage apparently collapsed. The area was under construction at the time. (Minh Tran via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Rescuers were searching for a possible victim Friday at the site of a collapsed parking garage at the Watergate complex after a cadaver dog made a possible hit in the rubble, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser said.

Police say woman fatally shot in Atlanta escaped handcuffs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:31

An Atlanta Police car with broken windows and a bullet hole in the windshield sits on Pryor Street in Atlanta, Thursday, April 30, 2015. Police say officers fatally shot a woman who first fired at them while sitting in the back of a patrol car in Atlanta. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)ATLANTA (AP) — A woman in police custody who was killed by officers in downtown Atlanta had escaped from her handcuffs and fired gunshots at the officers from a patrol car's backseat, police said Friday.