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Medical examiner says chokehold by police officer caused death of NYC man; ruled homicide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 03:13
NEW YORK (AP) — Medical examiner says chokehold by police officer caused death of NYC man; ruled homicide.

Philadelphia man faces 300 child porn counts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 03:13

Philadelphia man faces 300 child porn countsA Philadelphia man is facing 300 charges related to child pornography, according to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office.


PHOTOS: 9 arrested in prostitution sweep

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 03:11

 9 arrested in prostitution sweepPhiladelphia Police say nine men were arrested in a prostitution sweep on Thursday.


Why isn't there a treatment or vaccine for Ebola?

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 03:08

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, file photo, A 43 year old Congolese patient, center, who has been confirmed to have Ebola hemorrhagic fever, following laboratory tests, is comforted by Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) nurse Isabel Grovas, left, and Doctor Hilde Declerck, right, in Kampungu, Kasai Occidental province, Congo. In the four decades since the Ebola virus was first identified in Africa, treatment hasn’t changed much. There are no licensed drugs or vaccines for the deadly disease. A number are being developed, but none have been rigorously tested in humans. One experimental treatment, though, was tried this week in an American aid worker sick with Ebola, according to the U.S-based group that she works for in Liberia. Without a specific treatment, doctors and nurses focus on easing the disease’s symptoms _ fever, headache, vomiting and diarrhea _ and on keeping patients hydrated and comfortable. (AP Photo/WHO, Christopher Black, File)LONDON (AP) — In the four decades since the Ebola virus was first identified in Africa, treatment hasn't changed much. There are no licensed drugs or vaccines for the deadly disease.


Girl, 12, not competent for trial in stabbing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 03:06

FILE - In this May 31, 2014 file photo rescue workers take a 12-year-old stabbing victim to the ambulance in Waukesha, Wis. One of two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls charged as an adult with stabbing the girl, a classmate, to please a fictional online horror character is mentally incompetent and can't stand trial, a judge said Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The judge also ordered that she be committed for treatment, and said that attorneys have a year to restore her to competency. (AP Photo/Abe Van Dyke, File)WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — One of two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls charged as an adult with stabbing a classmate to please a fictional online horror character is mentally incompetent and can't stand trial, a judge said Friday.


Judge rules Wisconsin girl in Slenderman case not mentally competent

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 02:58
By Brendan O'Brien WAUKESHA Wis. (Reuters) - A Wisconsin girl accused of luring a friend into the woods and repeatedly stabbing her to please Slenderman, a fictional Internet character, is not mentally competent to stand trial, a judge ruled on Friday. The girl, Morgan Geyser, and her friend, Anissa Weier, both 12, have been charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide. The girls told investigators they attacked their friend, also 12, to impress Slenderman, a tall, fictional bogeyman popular on the Internet that they insisted was real, according to a criminal complaint. Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren ordered Geyser to be committed to the state's department of health services, based on testimony from two mental health professionals, who told the court that Geyser lacks the capacity to assist in her own defense.

N.J. Governor Christie creates public pension study commission

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 02:55

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at the second day of the 5th annual Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" Policy Conference in Washington(Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Friday created a panel to recommend reforms to the state's pension and health benefits for retired public employees. The panel of experts will be charged with "thinking big and being bold when it comes to developing recommendations for how New Jersey can create a sustainable retirement and health benefits system," Christie's office said in a statement. The governor began calling for a new round of pension reform in February but has yet to lay out specific proposals. New Jersey's Democratic legislative leaders had worked with Christie, a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, to craft 2011 pension reforms.


Groups seek to block upcoming deportation hearings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 02:54
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A coalition of immigrant-rights advocacy groups has asked a federal court to block upcoming deportation proceedings against several minors unless they are provided legal representation.

Prosecutor: Peanut plant faked salmonella results

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 02:54
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak cut corners and sent fake lab results to customers, endangering consumers nationwide, federal prosecutors said Friday as they opened a rare case seeking criminal punishment for corporate workers over food poisoning.

Attorney in deadly bank robbery requests records

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 02:52
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — The attorney for the family of a woman who was killed after being taken hostage during a Northern California bank robbery said he wants to know whether police made mistakes or suffered a communication breakdown, a newspaper reported.

Google confirms it sold barge docked in Maine

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 02:48
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Google Inc. is confirming that the barge it docked in Maine has been sold.

US judge scolds Argentina over debt crisis remarks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 02:45

Brokers work at the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, July 31, 2014. The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation's staggering economy. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. federal judge Friday urged Argentina to resume negotiations "as promptly as possible" to resolve its debt crisis and said the South American nation's officials must stop publicly uttering what he described as "half-truths" that mislead people about its legal obligations.


Frightening robbery in Frankford caught on camera

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 02:39

Frightening robbery in Frankford caught on cameraCameras were rolling as two gunmen robbed a man outside a business in Philadelphia's Frankford section.


Billionaire now owns all of Lanai's hotel rooms

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 02:38
LANAI CITY, Hawaii (AP) — Billionaire Larry Ellison has purchased the historic Hotel Lanai for an undisclosed price.

Last defendant sentenced in Bell corruption case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 02:33
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The last of seven former city officials involved in a vast corruption case in the tiny city of Bell, California, has been sentenced to a year in jail, most of which he has already served.

Families await Peace Corps evacuees' homecoming

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 02:33

In this photo provided by Dawson Jope, center, Dawson poses with the daughter of his host family, Nancy Bartholomew, left, and her cousins Andala, right, and Solomon, front, in Bo, Sierra Leone. The 25-year-old from Carmichael, Calif., is one of hundreds of Peace Corps volunteer being evacuated from three West African nations affected by the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history. (AP Photo/Courtesy Dawson Jope)CHICAGO (AP) — Families in the United States expect to be reunited as early as this weekend with some of the more than 300 Peace Corps volunteers evacuated from three West African nations affected by the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history.


Federal court agrees to suspend Detroit bankruptcy appeals

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 02:32
(Reuters) - A federal court agreed on Friday to suspend seven cases seeking to overturn a lower court ruling that found Detroit was eligible for municipal bankruptcy. The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals' action followed motions filed on Thursday by attorneys for Detroit pension funds, unions and others requesting that the cases be suspended instead of dismissed until the city concludes a confirmation process for its bankruptcy exit plan. The appeals court had initially scheduled oral arguments for July 30 for the seven cases. Instead of dismissals, the parties asked the court to hold off on ruling on any issues in the cases, adding however that the appeals process could be resumed if Detroit's current plan to adjust $18 billion of debt is changed or fails to be confirmed.

Tropical Storm Bertha approaches Caribbean

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 02:22
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Bertha approached the Caribbean on Friday as islands in the eastern region prepared for heavy rains and strong winds.

Obama to speak from White House Friday afternoon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 02:20
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will deliver a statement from the White House Friday afternoon as Congress finishes its last votes before a five-week recess.

Former NYPD sergeant sentenced to 58 months in $4.7 million scheme

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 02:03
By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former New York City police sergeant who admitted duping investors in a $4.7 million real estate scheme was sentenced on Friday to nearly five years in prison, a federal prosecutor said. When James Monahan met with people who were considering investing in the Panam Management Group, he repeatedly touted his prior service with the NYPD as proof of his trustworthiness, Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a news release. Monahan and his co-conspirator, attorney Edward Adams, told investors their money would be placed in an escrow account to which neither Monahan and Adams had access, the federal prosecutor said.