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Judge upholds ex-NFL star Hernandez' murder conviction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:36

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez arrives in the courtroom at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall RiverA Massachusetts judge on Wednesday rejected a request by lawyers for former National Football League player Aaron Hernandez to overturn his conviction for the 2013 murder of an acquaintance. A jury in April found Hernandez guilty of murdering semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd at a North Attleborough, industrial park not far from Hernandez's home. The former New England Patriots tight end is awaiting a second trial in December on charges of fatally shooting two Cape Verdean nationals outside a Boston nightclub in 2012, after a dispute involving a spilled drink.

Emmitt Smith, Flo Rida out of Miss USA, Macy's dumps Trump

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:26

People hold signs in front of Macy's Herald Square flagship store, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in New York. Macy's became the latest company to end its relationship with presidential candidate Donald Trump after his remarks about Mexican immigrants. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Flo Rida, the Macy's department store chain and football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith all had something in common on Wednesday: They're the latest to distance themselves from Donald Trump following his remarks about Mexican immigrants.

Connecticut to pay $50,000 reward to man who testified in murder case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:22
Connecticut has agreed to pay a rare $50,000 reward to a man whose testimony led to his cousin's conviction for the brutal murder of an actress who had appeared on the TV drama "Law & Order," state officials said Wednesday. Matthew Pugh was sentenced in May to 60 years in prison for the 2006 murder of a former girlfriend, actress Alexandra Ducsay, after his cousin, Anthony Pugh, testified against him during his trial. Anthony Pugh, who first gave critical information to investigators in 2008, was not at the time aware that a reward had been offered, said State's Attorney Kevin Lawlor, who on Tuesday had asked state Superior Court Judge Denise Markle to authorize payment.

U.S. campaign highlights stress of fireworks on combat veterans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:07

Spectators watch Macy's Fourth of July fireworks explode over the East River in New YorkGourley's husband Justin, who served in the U.S. Navy from 2000 to 2004, is one of about 500,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, which can be worsened by the cracks and thunder of celebratory fireworks. This year, in an effort to expose an issue about which many veterans feel shame, the Gourleys launched a sign campaign to educate their neighbors about the effects of fireworks on combat veterans.

FACT CHECK: When Chris Christie tells it like it isn't

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:04

Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gestures during a town hall meeting campaign stop in Sandown, N.H., Tuesday June 30, 2015. Christie announced his presidential bid earlier in the day in New Jersey. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)SANDOWN, N.H. (AP) — Chris Christie certainly tells it like he sees it. That's not to say he always tells it like it is.

Thousands gather in Portland as Oregon eases into legal weed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:02

In this Tuesday, June 30, 2015 photo, a person smokes at a celebration for the legalization of recreational marijuana on July 1 in Portland, Ore. The legalization of recreational marijuana on Wednesday makes the state the fourth to do so, following Colorado, Washington state and Alaska. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon began easing into an era of legal marijuana Wednesday after an early morning pot celebration at the center of Portland.

Maryland governor says he's 'doing great' on day 5 of chemo

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 03:57

In this image released by the governor's office, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, center, is flanked by his wife Yumi, left, and daughter on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Md., where he is being treated for B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Hogan said in a Facebook post Wednesday morning that he's starting the last day of his first round of 24-hour therapy and is expected to leave the hospital Wednesday night. (Christine Cascio/Maryland Governor's Office via AP)ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is on his fifth day of chemotherapy, but he says he's "doing great" and getting things done from the hospital.

Florida jury convicts 'Big Tony' in 2001 businessman murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 03:50
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Reputed mobster Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello was convicted of first-degree murder Wednesday in the 2001 slaying of a prominent South Florida businessman during an acrimonious power struggle over a lucrative fleet of gambling ships.

Arkansas soldiers receive Purple Hearts after 2009 attack

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 03:50

U.S. Army Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, left, is awarded a Purple Heart at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Ezeagwula was wounded in a 2009 attack at a Little Rock recruiting center and another soldier was killed. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — After more than six years of letters, appeals and finally a change in federal law, an Arkansas soldier who was killed and another who was wounded in a 2009 shooting outside of a Little Rock Army-Navy recruiting center were awarded Purple Hearts on Wednesday.

Study offers clue to link between swine flu shot, narcolepsy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 03:43
WASHINGTON (AP) — One vaccine used in Europe during the 2009 swine flu pandemic was linked to rare cases of a baffling side effect — the sleep disorder narcolepsy. Now new research offers a clue to what happened.

Broomall home invasion suspect captured in North Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 03:42

Broomall home invasion suspect captured in North CarolinaPolice have captured the fourth suspect wanted in connection to a home invasion robbery in Marple Township, Delaware County.

Stone Mountain Park official: Rebel flags must fly under law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 03:34

FILE - This Tuesday, June 23, 2015 file photo shows a carving depicting confederates Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, in Stone Mountain, Ga. The park is readying its “Fantastic Fourth Celebration” Thursday through Sunday, and multiple Confederate flag varieties are still displayed at the mountain’s base. Officials are considering what to do about those flags, says Bill Stephens, chief executive officer of the Stone Mountain Memorial Association. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Confederate flags will continue flying at Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta because Georgia law prevents their removal, the head of a state authority that oversees the park said Wednesday.

Photos, social media now allowed on White House tours

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 03:11

Anthony Quintano of Hillsborough, N.J., holds up a sign against taking photos while touring the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The White House says visitors can now take photos or use social media during public tours of the building. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Want to take a picture inside the White House Blue Room? Well, it's now OK to pull out your cellphone or camera and press "shoot."

Pentagon: 'No anticipation' U.S. might give up Guantanamo base

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 03:08

U.S. Secretary of Defense Carter speaks during a news conference in TallinnThe United States does not anticipate giving up its naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, despite Wednesday's historic agreement by the former Cold War enemies to restore diplomatic ties, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said. U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed to soon reopen embassies in each other's capitals, a move Obama acknowledged might have seemed impossible only a year ago.

Man gets prison time, $1M fine in military bribery case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 03:01
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A man extradited from Iraq in a military contract bribery case has been sentenced in Ohio to 2 1/2 years in prison.

NWS investigating possible tornado in Chester, Lehigh counties

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 03:01

NWS confirms tornado near Honey Brook, Chester CountyThe weather service will survey the area Wednesday, after reported sightings of funnel clouds in Lehigh County and a possible tornado in Chester County.

Tree falls, kills Pennsylvania motorist after heavy storms

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 02:58

Tree falls, kills Pennsylvania motorist after heavy stormsA falling tree after heavy storms and flooding in northeastern Pennsylvania hit a vehicle and killed the 31-year-old motorist inside.

Tree falls on woman walking to car after storms, killing her

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 02:58
NEW MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A tree split in half after a night of heavy rain and fell on a woman walking to her car Wednesday, killing her, authorities said.

Want a national day? Check a website in North Dakota

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 02:57

In this June 16, 2015 photo, Zoovio co-owner Marlo Anderson, center, and some of the National Day Calendar review committee, including, from left, Zoovio employees Amy LaVallie, Alice Anderson, and Nicholas Ressler, pose for a photo with a bowl of popcorn at the Mandan, N.D. business. Anderson says he started an online compendium of special days in 2013 called National Day Calendar after his love of popcorn piqued his curiosity about National Popcorn Day (Jan. 19). (AP Photo/Will Kincaid)NEW YORK (AP) — To most Americans, July 4 is Independence Day. But on Marlo Anderson's calendar, it's also Caesar Salad Day and Barbecued Spareribs Day.

Baltimore to put cameras in police vans, review riot gear

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 02:52

Police are seen as demonstrators gather near Camden Yards to protest against the death in police custody of Freddie Gray in BaltimoreCameras that can record will be installed in Baltimore police vans like the one in which Freddie Gray suffered a fatal injury, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said on Wednesday. "We're working through a process that will place cameras with recording capabilities in the backs of all our police vans, to ensure that we have a more complete record of what occurs there," Rawlings-Blake told reporters. The van in which Gray was transported had a non-recording camera that the driver could use to monitor the passengers, but it was not working at the time.