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Family files wrongful death suit against Tony Stewart

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 08:25

Tony Stewart climbs into his car before practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Watkins Glen International, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Watkins Glen, N.Y. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The family of a young driver struck and killed by Tony Stewart's car on an upstate New York dirt track filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NASCAR star Friday.


Holmes to get life after jury fails to agree on execution

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 08:23

FILE - In this July 23, 2012, file photo, James Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more in a shooting spree in a crowded theatre in 2012, sits in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting case reached a decision Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, on whether Holmes should be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty. The same jurors rejected Holmes' insanity defense and convicted him of murder.(RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Twelve jurors failed to agree on a death sentence for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes on Friday, prompting shocked sobs from victims, police officers and his own mother. The former neuroscience graduate student will instead spend the rest of his life in prison for mass murder.


EPA: No word yet on health risk from Colorado mine spill

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 08:08
DENVER (AP) — The mustard-colored muck that spilled into a river from a shuttered Colorado gold mine contains heavy metals including lead and arsenic, but it's too early to know whether they pose a health risk, federal environmental officials said Friday.

Key events in life of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 07:53

FILE - This file photo released on Sept. 20, 2012 by the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office shows James Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more in a shooting spree in a crowded theatre in 2012. Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting case reached a decision Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, on whether Holmes should be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty. The same jurors rejected Holmes' insanity defense and convicted him of murder.(AP Photo/Arapahoe County Sheriff, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Key dates in the life of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes:


Air Force helicopters help search for missing 5-year-old boy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 07:44
JACOB LAKE, Ariz. (AP) — Air Force helicopters and ground crews with dogs searched unsuccessfully Friday for a 5-year-old Arizona boy who wandered off from a remote forest campsite the day before while chasing grasshoppers.

Officials: Mom who lost custody kills kids' services worker

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 07:29
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont state officials say a mother who was upset about losing custody of her child has fatally shot a Department for Children and Families worker.

Ex-football star Irving Fryar convicted in mortgage scam

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 07:28

FILE - In this July 21, 2015, former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Irving Fryar sits in court in Mount Holly, N.J., waiting for jury selection to begin in his and his mother's trial on charges of conspiracy and theft by deception. Fryar was found guilty of a role in a mortgage scam on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, and faces up to 10 years in prison. The 52-year-old former wide receiver, who made his name at the University of Nebraska and with several professional teams, applied for multiple mortgage loans in quick succession while using the same property as collateral, a jury found. (Clem Murray/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Poo, Filel)MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — Former NFL star Irving Fryar was found guilty of a role in a mortgage scam on Friday and faces up to 10 years in prison.


Colorado movie gunman gets life sentence, jurors not unanimous

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 07:27

Holmes stands in court as the verdict is read in DenverBy Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - A Colorado jury sentenced movie rampage gunman James Holmes to life in prison on Friday, rejecting the death penalty for the 27-year-old who entered a midnight showing of a Batman movie wearing a gas mask, helmet and body armor and shot dead a dozen people. After warning members of the public in the gallery against making any emotional outbursts, Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour began reading the verdict forms. On each count, he read, the panel had been unable to agree that Holmes should be executed by lethal injection, and that they understood that as a result, the court will impose a sentence of life imprisonment.


Evacuees from California blaze go home as lightning threatens new fires

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 07:17

The remains of home destroyed by Rocky Fire is seen near Clearake, CaliforniaHundreds of people forced to flee California's fiercest wildfire were allowed to return home on Friday, with firefighters gaining greater control over the blaze even as lightning strikes threatened to spark other fires in the drought-parched state. North of Napa Valley wine country, firefighters this week have made steady progress in the battle against the so-called Rocky Fire, which has destroyed 96 homes and outbuildings to rank as California's most intense ongoing blaze.


Colorado theater shooter to get life sentence after jury fails to agree on death penalty

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 07:17
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Colorado theater shooter to get life sentence after jury fails to agree on death penalty.

Report: Lawmaker hoped to distract from affair with smear

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 07:09

In this Jan. 14, 2015 photo, Rep. Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell, and Rep Todd Courser, R-Lapeer wave to reporters in the House of Representatives in Lansing. A Michigan House leader on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 requested an investigation into allegations that Courser orchestrated the distribution of a fictional email claiming he had sex with a male prostitute in a bid to conceal an extramarital relationship. In audio recordings obtained by the Detroit News, Courser said the email was designed to create "a complete smear campaign" about him and Gamrat so a revelation about their relationship would seem "mild by comparison." (Dale G. Young /Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDITLANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker had an email sent to his Republican supporters falsely claiming he had been caught having sex with a male prostitute, apparently believing such a smear campaign would help distract attention from an alleged extramarital affair between him and another lawmaker, a newspaper reported Friday.


US envoy warns Burundi attacks risk a new cycle of violence

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 07:09
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power warned Friday that "horrible attacks" on both sides in Burundi risk creating "a cycle of violence and a spiral of violence."

Officer gives account of fatal shooting; police ID him

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 07:01
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The police officer who shot and killed a 19-year-old South Carolina man during an undercover drug buy last month had to push off the teen's car to keep from being run over, according to a statement released Friday by the officer's lawyer.

Prosecutor comments in Ohio fatal traffic stop draw critics

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 07:00

In this undated photo provided by the DuBose family, Samuel DuBose poses for a photo. DuBose was shot and killed by former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing during a traffic stop on July 19. Tensing has been indicted on a murder charge. (Courtesy of DuBose family via AP)CINCINNATI (AP) — The blunt prosecutor overseeing the murder case against a University of Cincinnati police officer has expressed outrage over the shooting, but some say his scathing comments could jeopardize the officer's right to a fair trial and have antagonized police.


Cell phone providers boosting service for papal visit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 06:58

Cell phone providers boosting service for papal visitAT&T and Verizon are beefing up cell phone service in Philadelphia ahead of the pope's visit.


U.S. Congress inquiry into Planned Parenthood widens

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 06:43

A Planned Parenthood clinic is seen in Vista, CaliforniaBy Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several Planned Parenthood officials and three private bio-medical firms were targeted on Friday by a U.S. congressional panel as lawmakers dig deeper into a controversy swirling around the women's health organization. A U.S. House of Representatives committee made public a letter requesting interviews with personnel from the organization who appeared in surreptitiously recorded videos in discussions about providing fetal tissue for research. House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans also said they had written to three companies identified as human fetal tissue suppliers to request information and briefings.


Bakery owner shot outside business in Overbrook

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

Bakery owner shot outside business in OverbrookA bakery owner was shot inside her business in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia on Friday morning.


Papal visit's impact on transportation in Philadelphia, western suburbs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 06:04

Papal visit's impact on transportation in Philadelphia, western suburbsAlong with causing traffic restrictions, the papal visit is also having an impact on transportation in Philadelphia and the western suburbs.


Ex-football star Irving Fryar convicted in mortgage scam

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 05:56

Ex-football star Irving Fryar convicted in mortgage scamFormer NFL star Irving Fryar has been found guilty in New Jersey of a role in a mortgage scam and faces up to 10 years in prison.


Carbon monoxide leak prompts evacuation of assisted living facility

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 05:51

Carbon monoxide leak prompts evacuation of assisted living facilityAn assisted living facility in Hockessin, Delaware was evacuated Friday after elevated levels of carbon monoxide were detected in the building.