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Man with implanted horns gets life for 3 killings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 05:29
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A man who has bumps resembling horns implanted in his forehead has been sentenced to three consecutive life terms for his role in the murders of three Massachusetts men.

Teachers shut down 2 suburban Denver high schools

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 05:29

Protesting students Adriana Gonzales, right, and Andrea Colmenero march against a Jefferson County School Board proposal to emphasize patriotism and downplay civil unrest in the teaching of U.S. history, near their school, Jefferson High, in the Denver suburb of Edgewater, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. The Jefferson County School District says classes had to be canceled at Golden and Jefferson high schools on Monday because so many teachers called in sick. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of suburban Denver high school students missed school again Monday as teachers shut down two high schools by calling in sick amid a controversy over proposed changes to an Advanced Placement history class and changes to their pay.

Fence-jumper ran through much of main floor of White House: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 05:24

New River Regional Jail booking photo of Omar GonzalezThe man who breached security at the White House this month overpowered a U.S. Secret Service officer and ran through much of the main floor, penetrating farther into the building than previously disclosed, the Washington Post reported on Monday, citing three people familiar with the incident. A Secret Service official who spoke on condition of anonymity said an alarm box near the front entrance of the White House had been muted, the Post said. ...

School bus crashes in Florida, injuring 10

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 05:19
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a semitrailer rear-ended a stopped school bus as children were getting off, injuring seven children and three other people.

Israeli cargo ship heads for L.A. to unload after Oakland protest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 05:16
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An Israeli-owned container ship that was blocked from unloading its cargo at the Port of Oakland by pro-Palestinian protesters over the weekend was headed to Los Angeles on Monday, according to a ship-tracking website. The Zim Shanghai left Oakland with its cargo still onboard on Sunday evening, according to the website It was expected to arrive in Los Angeles on Tuesday. ...

Bond set for South Carolina House speaker in official misconduct case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 05:15
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - Bond was set on Monday for suspended South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell at his first court appearance since being indicted on nine misdemeanor charges of misusing campaign money and official misconduct, his attorney said. The $18,000 bond for Harrell, a Republican, does not require him to put up any money unless he fails to appear for a future court proceeding in Columbia, South Carolina, said his attorney, Bart Daniel. ...

Former Philadelphia sportscaster pleads guilty to fraud counts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 05:13
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - A well-known former Philadelphia sports broadcaster admitted in court on Monday that he defrauded more than 200 people and several local charities of more than $300,000 in a scheme that promised cheap tour packages to the Super Bowl and other events. Don Tollefson, 62, of Glenside, worked for several Philadelphia TV stations and the Philadelphia Eagles football team, but he was best known for his work for WPVI Channel 6 Action News from 1975 to 1990. He was a popular figure outside the Philadelphia area thanks to cable systems that carried the station. ...

Escapes spark changes at Tennessee juvenile center

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 05:06
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials plan to beef up security at a juvenile detention center where three major escape attempts in less than a month have worried the facility's neighbors, but they also want to keep the it from becoming too much like an adult prison.

Man accused in Chicago air traffic disruption appears in court

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 05:01
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A man accused of setting fire to an air control facility in Chicago on Friday, causing an outage that continues to disrupt flights, appeared in federal court on Monday to hear the charges against him and was ordered held without bond. Brian Howard, 36, of the Chicago suburb of Naperville, appeared in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois and was charged with damaging an air navigation facility, interfering with its operations and endangering the safety of aircraft in flight. He did not enter a plea. ...

KC Bishop Finn under Vatican investigation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:56
The Vatican is investigating Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, Missouri, two years after he was convicted of failing to report suspected abuse.

Obama efforts to oust Assad pushed to back burner

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:50

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. By President Barack Obama’s own admission, the U.S. bombing campaign against militants in Syria could help President Bashar Assad cling to power. Critics say Obama’s strategy does little to address the conditions that have allowed the Islamic State group to thrive and could leave Syria a hotbed for extremism. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — By President Barack Obama's own admission, U.S. efforts to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad have been pushed to the back burner. And the bombing campaign against Islamic State militants could ultimately help the embattled leader stay in power.

Rape charges dropped against one-time hero cop Richard DeCoatsworth

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:48

Rape charges dropped against one-time hero cop Richard DeCoatsworthRape charges have been dropped against one-time hero and now former Philadelphia cop Richard DeCoatsworth.

Auto parts maker to pay fine in price-fixing case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:43
CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department says a Japanese auto parts manufacturer has agreed to pay a $26 million fine and to plead guilty to fixing prices and rigging bids for various parts sold to automakers in the U.S.

Feds open data center in western Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:42
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The Social Security Administration has a new national data center.

Police: Man claiming to be driver who struck girl, 7, in Mantua

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:36

 Man claiming to be driver who struck girl, 7, in MantuaPhiladelphia Police say a man has turned himself in, saying he was the hit-and-run driver who seriously injured a 7-year-old girl.

Sacramento police seek suspect in dog's drowning

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:30
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento police are searching for a man suspected of tying a bowling ball to a dog and drowning the border collie in the American River.

Spanish drug trafficker sentenced in Miami to 150 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:28
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - The Spanish head of a transatlantic cocaine-smuggling ring dubbed “Los Miami” was sentenced in federal court on Monday to 150 years in prison on charges of laundering more than $14 million through waterfront condos and exotic sports cars. A jury convicted Álvaro López Tardón, 39, of more than a dozen money-laundering charges in June. U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard also ordered $14 million in property forfeitures and a $2 million fine. ...

Woman enters plea in international kidnap case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:27
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A woman accused of abducting her infant daughter from South Carolina 20 years ago pleaded not guilty Monday during her first court appearance after being extradited from Australia.

Jury selection begins in Arias penalty phase retrial in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:25

Jodi Arias looks at her defense attorney Jennifer Willmott during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Jury selection began in Arizona on Monday to decide whether convicted murderer Jodi Arias will be executed for the 2008 slaying of her ex-boyfriend in a case that drew a national audience with its sex-laced and gory testimony. A pool of 300 potential jurors started to be called into Maricopa County Superior Court in downtown Phoenix to see if a dozen of them can succeed where an earlier trial jury failed to determine a punishment for the former waitress from California. ...

Suspect in missing Virginia student linked to a 2009 case: TV

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:24

Jesse Leroy Matthew is seen in a booking photo from the Galveston County Sheriff's OfficeBy Ian Simpson (Reuters) - The man suspected in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student earlier this month has been linked by forensic evidence to another student who went missing in 2009 and was later found dead, a television station reported on Monday. Forensic evidence belonging to Jesse Matthew Jr., who has been charged in the disappearance of University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham, 18, matched evidence collected during the investigation into the 2009 disappearance of a Virginia Tech student, CBS affiliate WTVR reported, quoting sources close to the investigation. ...