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Texas prosecutor drops charges for man once sentenced to death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 05:57
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Houston-area prosecutors on Monday dropped charges against Alfred Brown, a man whose murder conviction and death sentence were overturned last year after a court determined evidence that was beneficial to his case has been wrongfully withheld. Brown, 33, has been behind bars for 10 years after being convicted with two co-defendants of killing Houston police officer Charles Clark and store clerk Alfredia Jones in a 2003 robbery at a check cashing business. "After very careful consideration, I have decided that at this time, there is insufficient evidence to corroborate the testimony of Brown’s co-defendant," said Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson.

Ex-West Virginia University president dies at 98

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 05:51
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Former West Virginia University and Rochester Institute of Technology president Paul Miller has died at age 98.

Wife of Ohio guardsman convicted of sex abuse pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 05:48
MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The wife of an Ohio National Guardsman who was convicted of sexually abusing three adopted daughters has pleaded guilty to charges of intimidation and obstructing justice.

Burlington City police go old-fashioned against crime

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 05:47

Burlington City police go old-fashioned against crimeBurlington city patrolman Mario Ortiz is walking the London section of town introducing the police department's new information notices.

AccuWeather: Tornado WATCH extended into Montco, Bucks, more...

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 05:47

 Tornado WATCH issued for multiple countiesMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking a slow-moving line of strong storms with gusty winds and heavy downpours.

Seattle man who fled US with son on sailboat being freed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 05:45
SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle man who took his 9-year-old son on a sailboat trip across the Pacific Ocean — instead of returning the boy home to his mother — is being released from federal custody.

7th victim in Connecticut serial killings is identified

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 05:43
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A seventh body found at a Connecticut dumping ground believed to have been used by a serial killer was identified Monday as another woman who had been missing since 2003.

Trustee: Plan to sell bells at oldest US synagogue offensive

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 05:43
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The leaders of the congregation that owns the nation's oldest synagogue were offended and appalled when the congregation that worships there tried to sell a pair of ceremonial bells for $7 million, a trustee testified Monday as a trial over control of the synagogue entered its second week.

U.S. cars, trucks need collision prevention systems: officials

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 05:37
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. safety officials on Monday called on automakers to begin installing collision avoidance systems in all new passenger and commercial vehicles, saying existing technology could save lives and avoid injuries by reducing rear-end collisions. The National Transportation Safety Board said in a 63-page report that rear-end crashes kill about 1,700 people and injure half a million annually. It said more than 80 percent of the human toll could be mitigated if vehicles were equipped with collision avoidance systems.

Grand Jury Indicts Ex-Police Officer Who Shot Walter Scott

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 05:35
Comes two months after Michael Slager was charged with murder.

The Latest on Hastert case: DC-based defense attorney named

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 05:33
CHICAGO (AP) — 4:30 p.m. CDT

Key hearing resumes in Detroit case of boy in basement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 05:33
DETROIT (AP) — A judge has heard more testimony in the case of a boy who was found in his Detroit basement after an 11-day search last summer.

Video released of man who fired shot during Plymouth Twp. bank robbery

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 05:30

Video released of man who fired shot during Plymouth Twp. bank robberyPolice have released surveillance video of the man who fired a shot during the robbery of a bank in Plymouth Township, Montgomery County.

New York mayor vows jail reforms after former inmate's reported suicide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 05:11

New York City Mayor de Blasio speaks to guests during the Whitney Museum of American Art Dedication Ceremony in New YorkBy Katie Reilly NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday vowed to push reforms at the city's troubled Rikers Island prison complex after the reported weekend suicide of a 22-year-old man who had been held there for three years without being convicted of a crime. Kalief Browder was 16 when he was arrested and charged with stealing a backpack, in a case that gained national attention after The New Yorker magazine published a detailed account of the abuse the Bronx teenager endured in jail, during which time he attempted suicide several times. Browder killed himself on Saturday, the magazine reported, citing his attorney, Paul Prestia.

Man pleads guilty to conspiracy for taping senator's wife

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 05:09

Clayton Kelly, a political blogger, looks around the Madison County Courthouse in Canton, Miss., during pre-trial motions for his trial, Monday, June 8, 2015. Kelly is accused of taking an unauthorized video U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's late wife when she was in a nursing home, bedridden with dementia. Kelly, a 29-year-old Pearl resident,pleaded guilty to conspiracy, on Monday, June, 8, 2015. Images of Rose Cochran appeared online briefly during the 2014 election, during a tough Republican primary. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)CANTON, Miss. (AP) — A man accused of videotaping the ill wife of a U.S. senator during a heated election campaign has pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

New trial ordered for Chicago-area lawyer convicted in 2011

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 05:06
NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer from an affluent Chicago suburb convicted in a multibillion-dollar tax shelter scheme that the government said protected some of the country's richest people from paying much in taxes can have a new trial, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

North Texas police officer on leave after video shows him pushing teen

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 05:05

North Texas police officer on leave after video shows him pushing teenA suburban Dallas police officer has been placed on administrative leave after a video was posted online showing him pushing a 14-year-old girl in a swimsuit to the ground and pointing his gun at other teens.

NYPD working to increase ranks of Muslims in department

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 05:04
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department is working to recruit more Muslims, and is asking for help within the community to better refine outreach aimed at stifling the lure of overseas terror groups, officials said Monday.

Judge unseals letters of support filed in Petraeus case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 05:01
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Political, military and international figures are among the nearly three dozen people who filed letters of support for former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was ruined for sharing classified materials with a mistress who was writing his biography.

California teen runs away from home over pressure of school and SAT testing, police say

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 05:01
Police are looking for a 16-year-old girl from Southern California who ran away from home because she was overwhelmed by pressure when she went to take her college admissions test, authorities said on Monday. Mira Hu was dropped off on Saturday at Arcadia High School, just east of Los Angeles, to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test. A short time later, Hu sent a text message to her brother saying she was running away from home because she felt under too much stress from school and the SAT, police said.