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DNA clears woman of murder after three decades in Nevada prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:19
Prosecutors in Nevada dropped a murder charge on Friday against a woman who spent more than three decades behind bars for the crime, saying newly found DNA evidence cleared her of slaying a 19-year-old nursing student almost 40 years ago. A judge threw out the conviction against Cathy Woods, 64, in September after DNA evidence from a cigarette butt at the scene of the fatal stabbing near the University of Nevada campus in Reno was matched to a prisoner in Oregon. The judge freed Woods on bail and told her to appear for a retrial in July, but Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks said on Friday that his office is dismissing the case. "It is our belief that the newly discovered DNA evidence and the continued investigation of this case exonerate Cathy Woods of the murder of Michelle Mitchell," Hicks said in a statement.

Horse rescued from ditch in Delaware County

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:16

Horse rescued from ditch in Delaware CountyA horse had to be rescued after getting stuck in a ditch in Edgmont Township, Delaware County.


Private investigator pleads guilty in NY hacker-for-hire case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:14
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A private investigator pleaded guilty on Friday in New York to conspiracy to engage in computer hacking, in what prosecutors said was a five-year scheme to access email accounts of people his clients were paying him to investigate. Eric Saldarriaga, 41, of Queens, New York, entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan in Manhattan. The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on June 26, and under a plea agreement could face six months in prison. His lawyer Peter Brill declined to comment after the hearing.

Chinese woman convicted in Washington parental kidnapping case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:12
A Chinese woman was convicted on Friday of kidnapping her young son from the United States, a plan that was foiled when the flight to Beijing they were aboard was forced to turn back to Washington's Dulles International Airport, federal prosecutors said. Wenjing Liu, 32, of Tianjin, China, was convicted by a Virginia federal jury on charges of international parental kidnapping, according to a statement from Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Liu and her 4-year-old son were two hours into their flight on Sept. 4 when the FBI alerted pilots to the attempted kidnapping and requested that the flight return to Washington.

Obama criticizes Ferguson as city seeks settlement over racial bias

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:08

File photo of protesters staring at a line of police officers and National Guard soldiers outside the Ferguson Police Department in FergusonPresident Barack Obama condemned the Missouri city of Ferguson on Friday for "oppressive and abusive" actions against African-Americans that were laid bare in a U.S. Justice Department report accusing police and court officials of racial bias. The president's comments came as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday dismantling the city's police department was a possibility. "That means everything from working with them to coming up with an entirely new structure." Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said three city workers who demonstrated "egregious racial bias" are no longer employed by the city, and said Ferguson officials are pursuing other reforms to try to reach a settlement with the Justice Department.


Connecticut governor backs proposals to stop school shootings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:05
By Richard Weizel HARTFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - A slew of proposals to reduce school violence following the Sandy Hook shooting massacre won support on Friday from Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, who said tougher gun control, changes to school design and improved mental healthcare should become law. The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission recommended schools have doors that lock from the inside and called for trigger locks to be placed on all firearms when sold as well. The commission was established after a gunman killed 26 children and educators at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown in December 2012, one of the most horrific school shootings in U.S. history. “Whether it is reinforced glass in schools, placing locks on the inside of classroom doors, selling guns with gun locks, or improving mental health programs, these are recommendations that make sense," he said.

Church says Seattle missionary abducted in Nigeria has been released and is safe

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 07:59
Church says Seattle missionary abducted in Nigeria has been released and is safe.

Agency files complaint over baby remains at funeral home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 07:51
GARY, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Professional Licensing Agency filed a complaint Friday against a funeral home where the remains of two babies were found inside small boxes above ceiling tiles, a spokesman said.

AccuWeather: Near Record Cold Tonight, Gradual Warming

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 07:45

 Near Record Cold Tonight, Gradual WarmingMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says we finally get a dry weekend followed by mild temperatures.


Man convicted in 'American Sniper' case at intake center

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 07:38

This March 6, 2015 photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Eddie Ray Routh. The former Marine found guilty in the shooting deaths of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield is being processed at an intake center of the Texas prison system to determine where he will serve his life sentence. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)ABILENE, Texas (AP) — A former Marine found guilty in the shooting deaths of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man is being processed at an intake center of the Texas prison system to determine where he will serve his life sentence.


Reaction to fatal shooting of Ofc. Robert Wilson III

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 07:38

Reaction to fatal shooting of Ofc. Robert Wilson IIIThere has been an outpouring of condolences from people across the city after the fatal shooting of Philadelphia Officer Robert Wilson III.


Mountain lion shot with tranquilizer in California mall parking lot, dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 07:38
A mountain lion that wandered into a Southern California shopping mall parking lot on Friday was shot with a tranquilizer dart but died as state wildlife officers sought to transport it to the wilderness, authorities said. The incident marked the latest encounter between humans and mountain lions in Southern California, where the cats are under growing pressure from urban sprawl that has left them increasingly isolated in fragmented territories. Authorities were summoned when the 100-pound (45-kg) male cougar was spotted walking near a Macy's loading dock at the Promenade mall in Temecula, some 50 miles (80 km) north of San Diego, at about 5 a.m. on Friday, said Captain Patrick Foy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Foy said Fish and Wildlife officers determined that the mountain lion did not pose enough of a threat to public safety that they would have to kill it, and instead shot a tranquilizer dart into the animal.

New Jersey man who gassed his dog to death gets probation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 07:37
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who killed his dog with vehicle exhaust has been sentenced to probation.

Son, missing home, pleads guilty in World Cup betting case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 07:32
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The son of a wealthy Malaysian businessman accused of running an illegal sports betting ring together during the World Cup has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in order to return home.

Police: Slain officer a hero in 'fierce' gunbattle with 2

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 07:31

This undated photo provided by Philadelphia Police Department, shows Robert Wilson III. Wilson, a Philadelphia police officer, was shot in the head and killed after he and his partner exchanged gunfire with two suspects trying to rob a video game store, city officials said Thursday, March 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A police officer who went to a video game store to buy a present for his son ended up in a fierce gunbattle with two would-be robbers, fighting to the end of his life to protect patrons and employees, a police captain said Friday.


AUDIO: Police radio of Ofc. Wilson shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 07:30

 Police radio of Ofc. Wilson shootingAction News has obtained the police recordings from that fatal shooting. You can hear the raw emotions as the afternoon unfolded.


Wal-Mart denies claims in lawsuit over fatal store shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 07:28

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the family of John Crawford III shows Crawford, right, with his mother, Tressa Sherrod. Wal-Mart on Friday, March 6, 2015 denied responsibility for the death of Crawford, who was fatally shot by police while carrying an air rifle in one of the company’s stores last year. Crawford III was shot Aug. 5 when police responded to a 911 call reporting a man waving what appeared to be a firearm at the store in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the family of John Crawford III, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Wal-Mart on Friday denied responsibility for the death of a man fatally shot by police while carrying an air rifle in one of its stores last year.


Illinois oil train derailment involved safer tank cars

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 07:26

20 p.m. in a rural area where the Galena River meets the Mississippi, said Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Moser. (AP Photo/Telegraph Herald, Mike Burley)GALENA, Ill. (AP) — The rail cars that split open and burst into flames during a western Illinois oil train derailment this week had been retrofitted with protective shields to meet a higher safety standard than federal law requires, according to railroad officials.


Doctor helping downed pilot is shocked to find Harrison Ford

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 07:24

30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, on the green at Penmar Golf Course in the Venice area of Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dr. Sanjay Khurana was close to finishing a golf game when a vintage plane clipped a tree and "dropped like a rock" onto the next hole's green. He rushed to the crash, finding a pilot bleeding from a deep gash in his head.


Police: Fugitive granted bond in Philadelphia, drove to Florida to kill ex

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 07:21

 Fugitive granted bond in Philadelphia, drove to Florida to kill exA Philadelphia judge is facing tough questions after granting a wanted fugitive bond - a wanted fugitive who, days later, would drive hundreds of miles to try to attack the woman he's accused of raping.