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Phoenix police order new probe into mentally ill woman’s killing

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 10:05
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Phoenix’s police chief said on Saturday that an independent probe will be conducted into the death of a mentally ill woman who was shot and killed at her home last week by a police officer.     Chief Daniel Garcia said the state Department of Highway Safety has agreed to take over a criminal investigation into the Aug. 14 killing of Michelle Cusseaux, who was slain by a single bullet in the threshold of her Phoenix apartment after threatening officers with a claw hammer.     Officers were serving an emergency court order to take the 50-year-old woman to a mental health care facility, police said.     "I want our department to stand for those issues of democracy and justice," Garcia told reporters at a press conference. "I also want the Phoenix police department to be known for compassion and trust. This decision builds on our reputation of being a good department.”     Phoenix police had been conducting administrative and criminal investigations into the incident and said the Maricopa County attorney would review those findings.

No arrests as thousands rally over chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 09:18

No arrests as thousands rally over chokehold deathThousands of people expressing grief, anger and hope for a better future marched peacefully through Staten Island on Saturday to protest the chokehold death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.


Pa. woman gets stolen life-size Obama statue back

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 09:13

Pa. woman gets stolen life-size Obama statue backPolice have returned a life-size statue of President Barack Obama that went missing from its owner's northeastern Pennsylvania porch and was found a few days later reclining on a nearby park bench with a six-pack of Twisted Tea.


Protesters, police march peacefully in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 08:53

Protesters, police march peacefully in FergusonA diverse group of protesters, many of them children, marched peacefully Saturday as calm prevailed for a fourth straight day in the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black 18-year-old was shot by a white police officer, setting off more than a week of unrest.


Woman tackles man fleeing police, then taunts him

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 08:51

Woman tackles man fleeing police, then taunts himA 40-year-old woman tackled a 20-year-old man fleeing from police in Washington state, then taunted him about being taken down by a grandmother.


Two rallies, one racial divide over Ferguson shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 08:42

Sondra Fifer confronts demonstrators supporting Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson during a rally in St. LouisBy Nick Carey and Edward McAllister FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - As the crow flies the two rallies held Saturday afternoon over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white policeman were about 10 miles (16 km) apart, but the racial divide that separated them made that distance seem infinitely greater. In Ferguson, a crowd of around 500 people marched under a blistering Missouri August sun to protest the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown two weeks ago by Darren Wilson, on a route that took them almost to within sight of where Brown died. ...


Official: Boys playing with lighter cause wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 08:41
HONOLULU (AP) — An out-of-control wildfire that has forced about 40 people to evacuate their homes on Oahu was caused by twin boys playing with a lighter, fire officials said Saturday.

New Hampshire couple wins slot machine jackpot

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 08:31
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A pair of grandparents from New Hampshire has won $2.4 million at a notoriously stubborn MGM Grand slot machine.

Obama orders review of police use of military hardware

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 08:30

A riot police officer aims his weapon while demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, in Ferguson, MissouriPresident Barack Obama has ordered a review of the distribution of military hardware to state and local police out of concern at how such equipment has been used during racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. The president ordered the examination of federal programs and funding that enable state and local law enforcement to purchase such equipment, a senior Obama administration official said on Saturday. Images of police wielding military-style guns and armor have shocked many Americans following clashes that were triggered by the fatal shooting of a black teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer in Ferguson two weeks ago.


Officer critical in coma after California gunfight

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:59
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A San Bernardino policeman remained in a medically induced coma Saturday after he was shot in the head by a man who was then killed by another officer in a shootout, police said.

Cops: Toddler spent night in car while mom went to bar

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:54

 Toddler spent night in car while mom went to barPolice in Connecticut say a toddler spent the night in a car outside a bar after her mother went drinking and ended up in the hospital.


Key events following the death of Michael Brown

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:43

Dr. Michael Baden, right, speaks as Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump, left, holds a diagram produced during a second autopsy done on 18-year-old Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in St. Louis County, Mo. The independent autopsy shows Brown was shot at least six times. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.


Delaware man arrested for burglary and drug possession

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:42

Delaware man arrested for burglary and drug possessionTroopers arrested a Felton, Delaware man Friday evening after a burglary investigation led to a meth operation.


Guide to developments in Missouri police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:35

Members of the St. Louis chapters of the NAACP and the National Urban League march on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo., on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Ferguson's streets remained peaceful as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest that erupted when Officer Darren Wilson, a white police officer, fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Tensions that flared after a police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown have started to ease. Here's a look at key elements of the Aug. 9 shooting and the unrest that followed in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson:


Inmate shoots Iowa deputy at hospital, kills self

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:32
WEST UNION, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa jail inmate shot a sheriff's deputy and then killed himself on Saturday after grabbing the deputy's gun and trying to escape from a hospital, authorities said.

Drought leaves California homes without water

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:32
PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of rural San Joaquin Valley residents no longer can get drinking water from their home faucets because California's extreme drought has dried up their individual wells, government officials and community groups said.

Obama orders review of U.S. police use of military hardware

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:28

A riot police officer aims his weapon while demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, in Ferguson, MissouriPresident Barack Obama has ordered a review of the distribution of military hardware to state and local police out of concern at how such equipment has been used during racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. The president ordered the examination of federal programs and funding that enable state and local law enforcement to purchase such equipment, a senior Obama administration official said on Saturday. Images of police wielding military-style guns and armor have shocked many Americans following clashes that were triggered by the fatal shooting of a black teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer in Ferguson two weeks ago.


Man shot to death at Wiz Khalifa concert in Northern California

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:12
(Reuters) - A man was shot to death backstage at a Wiz Khalifa rap concert in Northern California and the gunman remained at large, police said on Saturday. The 38-year-old man was hit by gunfire at the concert on Friday night at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, police spokeswoman Shino Tanaka said in a written statement. Mountain View is near San Jose. "This was a senseless tragedy," Khalifa said in a post on Twitter.

More rain forecast for wildfire-singed Washington

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:06

This image made from a video provided by KOMO News shows damage in north central Washington after rain created mudslides on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. The land, which was left bare by wildfires, washed down hillsides, damaged homes and closed highways. (AP Photo/KOMO News) SEATTLE OUTTWISP, Wash. (AP) — A slow-moving front bringing heavy rain and thunder is expected to arrive in areas of Washington state scarred by wildfires on Sunday — days after flash floods destroyed at least 10 homes and closed down highways.


Woman dies after her car strikes parade vehicle

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:03
LAPEER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A car struck a parade vehicle Saturday in rural Michigan, killing an 80-year-old woman and injuring 10 other people, authorities said.