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State trooper ID'd after fatal accidental shooting at Conshohocken firing range

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:40

State trooper ID'd after fatal accidental shooting at Conshohocken firing rangeA Pennsylvania state police officer who was fatally wounded in an accidental shooting at a Conshohocken firing range has been identified.


10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:36

Dr. Edward Goodman, left, epidemiologist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, points to a reporter for a question as Dr. Mark Lester looks on during a news conference about an Ebola infected patient they are caring for in Dallas, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Federal health officials confirmed the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


Oklahoma unveils new execution procedures

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:25

FILE - In this April 15, 2008 file photo, Terry Crenshaw, wardens assistant at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, walks past the gurney in the execution chamber at left, in McAlester, Okla. At right are the rows of chairs in which witnesses to executions are seated. Oklahoma prison officials are unveiling new execution protocols to replace those used when an inmate took 43 minutes to die last spring. (AP Photo, file)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials unveiled new execution procedures Tuesday to replace those used in April when an inmate writhed and moaned before being declared dead 43 minutes after his lethal injection began — a situation that renewed debate over what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.


U.S. lawmakers rebuke Secret Service over White House breach

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:20

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Secret Service faced scathing criticism on Tuesday for the agency allowing an intruder with a knife to run into the White House, while details emerged of a separate security lapse involving an armed contractor who rode an elevator with President Barack Obama. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged the agency charged with protecting Obama had failed on Sept. ...


Large fire burns, releases chemicals in Seattle

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:16

A firefighter briefly goes without his helmet as he prepares to put on a mask while hosing down a building on fire Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood. No injuries were reported in the fire, which sent flames bursting through the roof of the building and created a large plume of smoke visible from downtown. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) — A large fire destroyed a manufacturing building in Seattle, sending a big plume of black smoke over the city and prompting an effort to contain toxic chemicals.


Cremated remains found in drug suspect's car

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:13
LOUISIANA, Mo. (AP) — A former Colorado funeral home worker tasked with spreading cremated ashes in the Rocky Mountains instead kept four people's remains in the trunk of his car for several years, police said.

Armed private contractor was allowed on elevator with Obama

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:04
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An armed private security agent was allowed on an elevator with President Barack Obama earlier this month in Atlanta, a Secret Service official said on Tuesday, in another case involving a security failure for the embattled agency. The incident occurred while Obama was visiting the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sept. 16, three days before a man with a knife jumped the White House fence in Washington and ran into the executive mansion. The White House intrusion has sparked sharp criticism of the agency responsible for protecting the president. ...

Jury convicts Colorado teen in newlywed slayings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:58

The families of two murder victims, David Dunlap and Whitney Dunlap, spoke to the media outside the El Paso County Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex in Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Macyo January is charged as an adult with first-degree murder although he was 17 at the time Staff Sgt. David and Whitney were killed in 2013 during a burglary. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Jerilee Bennett)COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — It took a jury in Colorado Springs, Colorado, less than four hours to convict a teenager of killing a Fort Carson soldier and his pregnant wife during a burglary.


Argentina slams US judge after contempt decision

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:55

Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez adjusts her hair as she speaks inside the government house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Argentina deposited a $161 million bond interest payment with a newly appointed local trustee on Tuesday in defiance of a U.S. judge who held it in contempt a day earlier for attempting illegal moves to service its debt. The move aims to prove that Argentina can meet its debt locally and sidestep a U.S. court ruling that recently pushed it into its second default in 13 years. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's president on Tuesday said a U.S. judge's decision to hold the South American country in contempt for attempting illegal moves to service its debt is pure "silliness."


Marathon bombing suspects' sister faces NYC judge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:55

Ailina Tsarnaeva, sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, appears in Manhattan Criminal Court, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Authorities allege Tsarnaeva, of North Bergen, N.J., claimed people she knew could bomb the home of a woman who was previously involved with her husband. Her lawyer Susan Marcus said Tuesday that the claim is “uncorroborated.” Bail was set at $5,000. (AP Photo/New York Post, Steven Hirsch, Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — A sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was led away in handcuffs Tuesday after a brief court appearance on allegations she threatened to "put a bomb" on a perceived romantic rival.


Man convicted in 1994 nicotine-poison death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:54
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former nuclear engineer on Tuesday was convicted of murder for poisoning his wife with a lethal dose of nicotine in Southern California in 1994.

State trooper dies after accidental shooting at Conshohocken firing range

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:54

State trooper ID'd after fatal accidental shooting at Conshohocken firing rangeAction News confirms that a Pennsylvania state trooper has died after an accidental shooting at a county owned firing range in Conshohocken.


Jailed cop killer is picked as graduation speaker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:46

FILE--This undated file photo shows convicted police killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. Goddard College, a liberal arts college in Plainfield, Vt., with 600 students, said on its website Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, that Mumia Abu-Jamal's recorded remarks will be played Sunday at a commencement, along with a video about him. (AP Photo/Jennifer E. Beach, File)FRACKVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A man serving life in prison for the killing of a Philadelphia police officer in 1981 has been selected as a commencement speaker at his Vermont alma mater.


Former TSA officer accused of secretly recording female co-worker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:42
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - A former U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)officer accused of secretly recording video of a female co-worker inside an employee restroom at Nashville International Airport has been charged with several felonies, authorities said on Tuesday. Daniel Boykin, 33, was charged with unlawful photography, aggravated burglary, wiretapping, unlawful telephone recording and two computer crimes, Metropolitan Nashville Police said in a statement. "Detectives believe that Boykin had an infatuation with the one victim," police said. ...

Police chief: Officer's comments 'unacceptable'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:31

FILE - In this file photo taken from a video shot March 16, 2014, James Boyd, 38, left, is shown during a standoff with officers in the Sandia foothills in Albuquerque, N.M., before police fatally shot him. An Albuquerque police officer's comments and behavior before a fatal shooting that sparked a protest and FBI investigation were "completely unacceptable," the city's police chief said Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. In an interview with The Associated Press, Chief Gorden Eden said officer Keith Sandy violated department policy when he used profanity to describe a 38-year-old mentally ill homeless man. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Police Department, File )ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police officer's comments before a March fatal shooting that sparked a protest and FBI investigation were "completely unacceptable," the city's police chief said Tuesday.


Colorado school protests roil swing state politics

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:30

In this Sept. 23, 2014 photo, high school students hold a protest against a Jefferson County School Board proposal to emphasize patriotism in the teaching of U.S. history, at Ralston Valley High School, in Arvada, Colo. The protests over the Colorado school district’s proposal to promote patriotism and de-emphasize civil disobedience in American history classes have found their way into the state’s marquee midterm election races, injecting a volatile issue two weeks before early voting ballots land in mailboxes across the state. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — The protests over a Colorado school district's proposal to promote patriotism and de-emphasize civil disobedience in American history classes have found their way into the state's marquee midterm election races, injecting a volatile issue two weeks before early voting ballots land in mailboxes across the state.


Oklahoma man charged with murder in beheading

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:20

FILE - This March 25, 2013, file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Alton Nolen of Moore, Okla. Nolen was charged Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, with first-degree murder in the gruesome beheading of a Vaughan Foods worker, authorities said. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man apparently uttered Arabic words during an attack in which he allegedly severed a co-worker's head, and had "some sort of infatuation with beheadings," but the killing appeared to have more to do with the man's suspension from his job than his recent conversion to Islam, a prosecutor said Tuesday.


Self-defense disputed at close of Florida trial over loud music shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:17

Defendant Michael Dunn in court on day two of his first-degree murder trial in JacksonvilleBy Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE Fla. (Reuters) - A middle-aged white man on trial for murder in the shooting death of a black teenager during a dispute about loud music told a Florida jury on Tuesday he thought his life was in danger and showed little remorse as he described pulling the trigger. "I meant to pull it 50 times if that’s what it took to save my life," said Michael Dunn, 47, a software engineer who is being retried for first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. "I deliberately defended myself. There was nothing accidental about it," Dunn added. ...


Tennessee may appeal order to disclose names of execution team

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:16
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - Tennessee's attorney general is considering appealing a court ruling requiring the state to disclose the names of doctors, pharmacists and others involved in executions to attorneys representing 11 death row inmates, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday. The death row inmates are challenging the secrecy of the lethal injection process as well as Tennessee's plan to use its electric chair as a backup method if it cannot obtain the drugs necessary to perform lethal injections. ...

Texas woman sentenced to 60 years in 'black widow' murder case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:15

Michele Williams is pictured in Fort Worth, Texas in this undated handout photoBy Marice Richter FORT WORTH Texas (Reuters) - A Texas woman dubbed a "black widow" was sentenced on Tuesday to 60 years in prison after her conviction on murder and evidence tampering in the shooting death of her husband in what prosecutors said was a plot to collect insurance money. Michele Williams, 45, was sentenced to concurrent sentences of 60 years in prison on her murder conviction and 10 years for evidence tampering. She had been accused of cleaning and moving a .45-caliber handgun used in the October 2011 shooting. ...