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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.


Tropical Storm Vance forms in the Pacific

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 04:51
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Vance, the 20th named storm of the Pacific season, has formed well off the coast of Mexico.

Police led to Alabama drug suspect by his dog

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 04:51
By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - Police in Alabama found a suspected drug dealer who was hiding in tall grass near his home after the man's dog, tail wagging enthusiastically, led officers to him, police said on Thursday. Edward Melvin Henderson fled his home in Prattville as officers pulled up to the residence with a search warrant on Tuesday, said Paula Barlow, spokeswoman for the Prattville Police Department. Henderson ran, jumped off a ravine and continued running. ...

Couple sent to trial in son's starvation death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 04:49

In this undated combination of photos provided by the Harrisburg Police Department Jarrod Tutko and his wife Kimberly are shown. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 for couple, charged with homicide in the starvation death of their 9-year-old son, whose decomposing body was found when police were called to their Harrisburg home two months ago. (AP Photo/Harrisburg Police Department)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A couple charged in the starvation death of their 9-year-old son were ordered Thursday to stand trial on charges of criminal homicide after a hearing in which a police detective described discovering the child's decomposing body.


New York City zoo welcomes 5 orphaned coyote pups

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 04:44

In this Oct. 6, 2014 photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society, two coyote pups are seen in the tall grass at the Queens Zoo in New York. The pair is among the five pups that arrived at the zoo from a rehabilitator in Massachusetts that will make their home in the zoo’s grassland habitat. (AP Photo/Wildlife Conservation Society, Julie Larsen Maher)NEW YORK (AP) — Five orphaned coyote pups that were rescued in Massachusetts have a new home at a New York City zoo.


North Carolina man pleads guilty to trying to help Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 04:35
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - A North Carolina man accused of seeking to join Islamic State insurgents fighting in Syria pleaded guilty on Thursday to attempting to provide material support to the group. Donald Ray Morgan, 44, admitted that he tried between January and August to aid the efforts of the militants, according to U.S. prosecutors in Greensboro, North Carolina. Western countries say many of their citizens have traveled to Syria to fight on behalf of Islamic State, which has captured sections of Iraq and Syria. ...