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Mother of man killed by Madison, Wisconsin, police files federal suit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:08
(Reuters) - The mother of an unarmed biracial man who was shot and killed by a white police officer in Madison, Wisconsin this spring on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit accusing the officer of using unjustified deadly force against her son.

Pennsylvania top prosecutor says charges tied to porn emails

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:08

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Kane said that criminal charges against her are part of an effort by state prosecutors and judges to conceal pornographic and racially insensitive emails they circulated with one another. Kane is charged with leaking grand jury information to a newspaper reporter as payback to a former state prosecutor and then lying about it under oath. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Portraying herself as a victim, Pennsylvania's attorney general said Wednesday that criminal charges threatening to end her career were part of a "grand plan" to conceal pornographic and racially insensitive emails circulated among judges and state prosecutors.


Pennsylvania beauty queen accused of faking cancer for donations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:07

Brandi Weaver-Gate, 23, is pictured in this handout photoA Pennsylvania beauty queen accused of collecting charity funds by pretending to have cancer was in custody on Wednesday after being stripped of her sash and crown, court records show. Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International 2015, Brandi Weaver-Gates, 23, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with one felony count of theft by deception and another of receiving stolen property. An anonymous letter tipped off police to the actions by Weaver-Gates, the complaint said.


Florida governor urged to pay costs of public records lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:06

Florida Gov. Scott addresses an economic summit in OrlandoThe head of Florida's main open-government organization said Wednesday Governor Rick Scott should personally pay the $700,000 settlement costs of a public records lawsuit, rather than letting taxpayers pick up the tab. Scott agreed to a state-paid settlement after Internet giant Google was ordered to turn over relevant documents in a dispute with a Tallahassee attorney who accused the governor's office of secretly using private emails for state business."He’s playing fast and loose with our Constitution and we’re paying the cost, both literally and figuratively," Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, said of Scott. Attorney Steven Andrews sued Scott and the state Cabinet after the state decided in 2012 to buy a stately old house where his office is located near the governor’s mansion.


About 20 percent of NY students refused to take spring tests

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:05
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — About 20 percent of New York's third- through eighth-graders refused to take the statewide English and math tests given in the spring, the state's education chief said, acknowledging the opt-outs affected assessment data released Wednesday, which otherwise showed a slight uptick in overall student achievement.

Oregon man linked to Silk Road meth scheme is sentenced

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:02
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A suburban Portland, Oregon, man who supplied methamphetamine that was sold on a now-shuttered black market website was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in federal prison.

No bail for Maine slaying suspect who spent 2 months on run

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 04:35

This photo provided by the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department shows Robert Burton on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. Burton, who broke into his ex-girlfriend's home, fatally shot her while her children slept and then spent more than two months hiding in the woods turned himself in on Tuesday, officials said. (Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department via AP)DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman who was allegedly shot to death by her ex-boyfriend while her children slept changed the locks on her doors and kept a handgun nearby because she was afraid of him, court documents released Wednesday show.


Former US President Jimmy Carter says he has cancer and will undergo treatment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 04:34
ATLANTA (AP) — Former US President Jimmy Carter says he has cancer and will undergo treatment.

Autopsy confirms bear killed 63-year-old Yellowstone hiker

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 04:34
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials say preliminary autopsy results confirm that a hiker whose body was found last week was killed by a bear.

Parents sue schools, wealthy town over son's suicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 04:27
The parents of a 15-year-old Connecticut boy who killed himself in 2013 filed a wrongful death suit Wednesday against the schools and town government in the wealthy community of Greenwich, saying local officials failed to adequately address the years of bullying their son suffered.

As anniversary and protests fade, Ferguson looks ahead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 04:20

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, file photo, supporters of Michael Brown wear shirts with his picture and the message "Chosen 4 Change," as they participate in a remembrance ceremony at the spot where Brown was shot and killed, in Ferguson, Mo. As Ferguson protests fade, activists and the suburb are looking ahead. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — By Wednesday, police outnumbered protesters in the St. Louis suburb that launched the "Black Lives Matter" movement, signaling that the nightly demonstrations could be fading after the anniversary of Michael Brown's death. But Ferguson, and the issues that elevated it to national prominence, are sure to be closely watched in the months to come. A look at what's ahead:


Ohio man charged in quadruple murder arrested in Mississippi

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 04:16
An Ohio man charged with fatally shooting four people and wounding a fifth two months ago was arrested on Wednesday in rural Mississippi, Ohio police said. Police in Columbus, Ohio, had received several tips that Robert Lee Adams, 27, fled to Mississippi after the June 13 shootings, Columbus police spokesman Richard Weiner said. U.S. marshals and the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department raided two homes on Wednesday and found Adams “cowering in a bedroom closet, surrounded by piles of clothes,” the U.S Marshals Service said in a statement.

Couples sue to overturn Mississippi ban on gay adoptions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 04:16
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Four lesbian couples are challenging Mississippi's ban on allowing gay couples to adopt or take children into foster care.

Ex-New Jersey mayor pleads guilty to sex case in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 04:11

Ex-New Jersey mayor pleads guilty to sex case in DelawareThe former mayor of a New Jersey suburb has admitted sexually abusing a child in Delaware.


Correction: Colorado Shooting-Death Penalty story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 04:01

Dave Hoover, center left, whose nephew A.J. Boik was killed in the 2012 Aurora movie theatre attack, embraces Caren Teves, whose son Alex was also killed, as Teves' husband Tom, left holds an umbrella, after a jury failed to agree on whether theater shooter James Holmes should get the death penalty Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes will be sentenced to life in prison without parole. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — In a story Aug. 8 about theater shooter James Holmes' life prison sentence, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the verdict averted an appeals process. The verdict averted an appeals process over a death penalty; Holmes conceivably could appeal his convictions.


Officer who fatally shot Texas teen saved lives, his lawyer says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 03:59

Police handout of officer Brad MillerThe white, Dallas-area police officer fired over his actions in the fatal shooting last week of an unarmed black teenager was dismissed by a pliant police chief trying to prevent a backlash over the killing, the former officer's lawyer said on Wednesday. Former Arlington police officer Brad Miller, a 49-year-old trainee, was fired for what the department said was his poor judgment in events surrounding the shooting of Christian Taylor, a 19-year-old college football player at Angelo State University, Police Chief Will Johnson told reporters on Tuesday. Officer Miller made decisions in the heat of a violent confrontation to save his and other officers' lives," John Snider, a lawyer for Miller, said in a statement.


Illinois governor signs police guidelines for body cameras

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 03:56

State Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, speaks to reporters during a news conference at the Illinois State Capitol, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Ill. Illinois has become among the first states nationwide to establish wide-ranging law enforcement rules for body cameras, bias-free policing and more data collection on arrests under a measure signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Bruce Rauner. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois has become one of the first states nationwide to establish wide-ranging law enforcement rules for body cameras, bias-free policing and more data collection on arrests under a measure signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Bruce Rauner.


AccuWeather: Splendid Stretch Through Friday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 03:53

 Splendid Stretch Through FridayMeteorologist Adam Joseph says the only showers in the sky tonight will be meteors burning up in space


Hearing scheduled for ex-Oklahoma trooper facing sex charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 03:51
SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — A judge has scheduled a preliminary hearing for an ex-Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper charged with rape and sexual battery of three women during traffic stops to address some of the accusations against him.

Suspect in 4 Ohio slayings in June is nabbed in Mississippi

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 03:38
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say the second suspect in the fatal shootings of four people at an Ohio home has been apprehended in Mississippi.