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Judge in Virginia prison sex materials case dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 03:10
RADFORD, Va. (AP) — U.S. District Judge James Turk, who struck down a Virginia policy that allowed prisoners to look at Playboy but not read classical works of literature with explicit sexual passages, died Sunday. He was 91.

Casey Anthony judge retiring from Florida bench

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 03:06
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge who gained an international audience while presiding over Casey Anthony's murder trial three years ago says he is retiring after nearly 25 years on the bench.

Utah officer who killed family used service weapon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 02:58

FILE - This undated file photo released by the Lindon City Police Department shows police officer Joshua Boren from Lindon, Utah. Authorities say Boren used his service weapon when he killed his wife, two children and his mother-in-law before turning the gun on himself in January. Spanish Fork City Police Lt. Matt Johnson says the agency's investigation was unable to determine Boren's exact motive. But he says investigators did learn the 34-year-old Boren and his wife were having marital problems. (AP Photo/Lindon City Police Department, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah police officer used his service weapon when he killed his wife, two children and his mother-in-law before turning the gun on himself in January, authorities said Monday.

9 killed, dozens hurt in Chicago holiday shootings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 02:57

In this Saturday, July 5, 2014 photo, Georgia Utendahl, left, and Shanice Smith, right, grieve after learning that their family member was shot by police on Chicago's South Side. The Fourth of July weekend was a bloody one in Chicago, where at least nine people were shot to death and at least 60 others were wounded. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Alex Wroblewski) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALESCHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says shootings over the Fourth of July weekend that left at least nine people dead and more than 50 more injured included eight incidents that involved police.

Police seek medical records in hot car death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 02:51

Justin Ross Harris, the father of a toddler who died after police say he was left in a hot car for about seven hours, wipes his eye as he sits during his bond hearing in Cobb County Magistrate Court, Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Marietta, Ga. Harris who police say intentionally killed his toddler son by leaving the boy inside a hot SUV was exchanging nude photos with women the day his son died and had looked at websites that advocated against having children, a detective testified Thursday. At that same hearing, a judge refused to grant bond for Harris, meaning he will remain in jail. (AP Photo/Marietta Daily Journal, Kelly J. Huff, Pool)ATLANTA (AP) — Court records released Monday show police want to learn about the health of a toddler in the months before he died of heat exposure in his father's car near Atlanta.

Dump truck overturns on I-295

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 02:48

Dump truck overturns on I-295A dump truck overturned in West Deptford Township, Gloucester County creating traffic problems on I-295.

Police: Suspect robs 91-year-old man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 02:46

 Suspect robs 91-year-old manPhiladelphia police are searching for a suspect wanted in the robbery of a 91-year-old man.

Exclusive: CIA had role in Germany spy affair

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 02:37

CIA Director John Brennan speaks at a Council on Foreign Relations forum in WashingtonThe Central Intelligence Agency was involved in a spying operation against Germany that led to the alleged recruitment of a German intelligence official and has prompted renewed outrage in Berlin, two U.S. officials familiar with the matter said on Monday. CIA Director John Brennan has asked to brief key members of the U.S. Congress on the matter, which threatens a new rupture between Washington and a close European ally, one of the officials said. The office of Germany's Federal Prosecutor, based in the western city of Karlsruhe, late last week issued a statement saying that a 31-year old man had been arrested on suspicion of being a foreign spy, and that investigations were continuing. German politicians have said that the suspect, an employee of the country's foreign intelligence service, admitted passing to an American contact details concerning a German parliamentary committee's investigation of alleged U.S. eavesdropping disclosed by Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the U.S. National Security Agency.

Voter gloominess shapes race for Illinois governor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 02:36

In this July 1, 2014 photo, Gov. Pat Quinn speaks at a news conference in Oak Park, Ill., after he signed a bill that will allow Illinois voters to register on Election Day, have more time to vote early, and not be required to bring photo identification to vote early. The gloomy mood of Illinois voters is shaping the race of governor that pits Quinn, who portrays himself as a reformer, against businessman Bruce Rauner, an untested multimillionaire on whom Republicans have pinned their hopes that Illinois could become the next blue state to elect a GOP governor. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — The people of Illinois are feeling particularly gloomy about their state, with its high unemployment, billions of dollars in debt, decades-long battles against corruption — and another possible tax hike waiting for them after the November election.

Police dog scared by fireworks killed by car in South Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 02:29

Police dog scared by fireworks killed by car in South JerseyAuthorities say a police K-9 dog has died after it was spooked by fireworks in southern New Jersey and was hit by car after escaping from its kennel.

Lifeguard dies rescuing swimmer in huge waves

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 02:27

This undated photo provided by the Newport Beach Police Department shows Ben Carlson, 32, a Newport Beach lifeguard who drowned while trying to rescue a swimmer off the Southern California beach on Sunday, July 6, 2014. Carlson was pulled from the water by fellow lifeguards following a frantic, three-hour search. The 15-year department veteran went into the water to help a swimmer struggling in the water when they were hit by a large wave. (AP Photo/Newport Beach Police Department)NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A veteran lifeguard who died rescuing a struggling swimmer this weekend was overcome as big, rough waves rolled in along the Southern California coast, beachgoers said Monday.

Bahrain says senior U.S official persona non grata: BNA

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 02:22
Bahrain on Monday declared a senior U.S. official persona non grata and asked him to leave the kingdom immediately, state news agency BNA said, because he had "intervened flagrantly" in the country's internal affairs. BNA said that the foreign ministry had declared U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tomasz Malinowski, persona non grata after he "held meetings with a particular party to the detriment of other interlocutors, thus discriminating between one people, contravening diplomatic norms and flouting normal interstate relations". Bahrain is a U.S. ally in a volatile region and has long provided a base for the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said she had heard the reports but said a team of diplomats, including Malinowski, remained in Bahrain and were working with the government.

New York City mourns 'hero' firefighter

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 02:18

This photo taken on June 26, 2014, and released by the NYFD, shows Lt. Gordon Ambelas, who died at a hospital late Saturday night, July 5, 2014, after battling a blaze that broke out on an upper floor of a Brooklyn public-housing high-rise in New York. Two other firefighters were taken to Bellevue Hospital with minor injuries, and two civilians were treated for minor injuries at area hospitals. (AP Photo/NYFD)NEW YORK (AP) — Purple and black bunting hung from the firehouse. Firefighters embraced and wiped away tears. Neighbors, grateful for the man they recently called a hero and stunned by his sudden death, stopped by to say farewell.

Washington state issues retail pot licenses

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 02:17

Marijuana is seen in the hand of a person after the law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana went into effect in Seattle, WashingtonBy Jimmy Lovaas SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state took the final step in legalizing recreational marijuana use on Monday when officials began issuing retail licenses to stores that could start selling cannabis 24 hours later. The Washington State Liquor Control Board has said many applicants failed final inspections, and some municipalities also have banned retail pot sales. Washington is the second state after Colorado to allow retail sales of recreational marijuana to adults under a heavily regulated and taxed system that voters approved in November 2012. Possession of marijuana is illegal under federal law, but the U.S. Justice Department has said it will not intervene in states with "strong and effective regulatory and enforcement systems." Once a retailer receives a marijuana license, the business is cleared to place an order with a licensed processor that must quarantine the product for 24 hours before delivering it to stores.

Washington goes to pot? U.S. capital may vote on legal marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 02:16

Marijuana plants are pictured in a grow room during a tour at the Sea of Green Farms in Seattle, WashingtonBy Moriah Costa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supporters of legal marijuana in Washington on Monday delivered more than double the signatures needed to put the issue on a ballot, an initiative that could face congressional opposition. Adam Eidinger, chairman of the DC Cannabis Campaign, said the group had collected about 57,000 signatures to put the measure on a Nov. 4 ballot in the U.S. capital, well over the 22,373 required by law. This would not lead to D.C. becoming a tourist haven," he told reporters at the District of Columbia Board of Elections. "This is just for the citizens who live here, the residents who pay taxes, to have the right to use marijuana freely in their homes without fear of arrest, harassment or a ticket." The measure would allow people 21 and older to possess up to 2 ounces (56 grams) of marijuana for personal use.

Friend of Boston bomb suspect denies obstructing investigation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 02:13

Defense attorney Nicholas Wooldridge, for Azamat Tazhayakov, speaks to reporters outside the federal courthouse in BostonThe lawyer for a man charged with obstructing the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing denied on Monday that his client removed a laptop and backpack containing fireworks from the bombing suspect's dorm room three days after the deadly attack. Defense attorney Nicholas Wooldridge said in his opening statement that Azamat Tazhayakov took nothing except a pair of headphones that belonged to him from the room of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is accused of carrying out the April 15, 2013, blasts with his brother. Tazhayakov is the first of three of Tsarnaev's friends to face trial for hampering the investigation of the bombing and Wooldridge said it was his friend and fellow Kazakh exchange student, Dias Kadyrbayev, who took the laptop from the room and dropped it in a dumpster. "Dias is the one that took that bag back to the apartment, not Azamat," Wooldridge said.

Sentencing nears for former New Orleans mayor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 02:09

In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 photo, Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin leaves federal court after his conviction in New Orleans. Nagin's steep descent from the days when he was seen as a fresh-faced reformer continues this week when he is sentenced in federal court on 20 criminal charges counts including bribery, money laundering and fraud on Wednesday, July 9. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two days before former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin learns his punishment for convictions stemming from years of corruption before and after Hurricane Katrina, his lawyer is hoping to avoid what he calls a "virtual life sentence" for the man once seen as a reformer.

Official: 1 dead as small planes collide in Idaho

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 01:58
CASCADE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials say one person is dead after two small private planes collided in midair near a central Idaho airstrip.

NYC ME: Smoke inhalation, burns caused fire death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 01:57

This photo taken on June 26, 2014, and released by the NYFD, shows Lt. Gordon Ambelas, who died at a hospital late Saturday night, July 5, 2014, after battling a blaze that broke out on an upper floor of a Brooklyn public-housing high-rise in New York. Two other firefighters were taken to Bellevue Hospital with minor injuries, and two civilians were treated for minor injuries at area hospitals. (AP Photo/NYFD)NEW YORK (AP) — Smoke inhalation and thermal burns caused the death of a New York City firefighter who perished in a cluttered high-rise apartment building.

Settlement in St. Louis priest abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 01:52
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Archdiocese of St. Louis announced a confidential settlement in a priest sex abuse case scheduled to go to trial Monday but questioned the truth of a 22-year-old woman's statement that she was molested as a young girl.