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Judge finds condemned man disabled, voids death sentence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:04
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man convicted of the 2002 slayings of a Pennsylvania couple and their pregnant 17-year-old daughter has an intellectual disability that makes him ineligible for the death penalty, a judge said Wednesday in throwing out the sentence.

US: Thailand must end slavery in its fishing fleets

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:00

 Your seafood may come from slaves. (AP Photo/APTN)The U.S. government and major business leaders are renewing their call on the Thai government to crack down on slavery in its fishing fleets, and to punish people who force migrant workers to catch seafood that can end up in the United States.


Prosecutor: Mom of missing 5-year-old treated her like trash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:59
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman charged with murder in the 2011 disappearance of her daughter badly mistreated the 5-year-old before she eventually killed the girl and disposed of her body by hiding it in a suitcase and throwing it in the trash, a prosecutor said Wednesday as the mother's trial began.

Police make arrest in Florida university shooting that wounded three

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:57
Florida police arrested a man on Wednesday accused of firing shots into a crowded parking lot last month at a central Florida university in an altercation that wounded three bystanders. Ladell Pleasure, 21, was charged with discharging a firearm on school property, according to an arrest report from the Daytona Beach Police Department. Police said he was one of two shooters who exchanged gunfire in a crowd of students at Bethune-Cookman University during the Feb. 23 incident, which apparently stemmed from an feud involving students and non-students from south Florida.

Tornadoes hit Oklahoma and Arkansas, damaging structures

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:56
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A storm system produced at least three tornadoes in Arkansas and Oklahoma on Wednesday, downing power lines and causing damage to structures, officials said. There have been no immediate reports of major injuries or deaths. A tornado was spotted in Moore, Oklahoma, local media reports said. The Oklahoma City suburb was hit by a tornado in 2013 that killed 24 and injured more than 300. Police in the Tulsa suburb of Sand Springs said mobile homes were tipped over by a tornado that has left large parts of the area without power. ...

Lawmakers: Edible pot must look different than regular food

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:44

File - In this June 19, 2014, file photo, freshly baked cannabis-infused cookies cool on a rack inside Sweet Grass Kitchen, an established Denver-based gourmet marijuana edibles bakery which sells its confections to retail outlets throughout the state. Edible marijuana sold in Colorado must look different from regular foods, state lawmakers from both parties said Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in rejecting a bill to loosen requirements. The 0-5 vote was a dramatic loss for the state’s new marijuana industry, where many producers of edible pot complain that a requirement that their products not look like other foods and drinks goes too far. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)DENVER (AP) — Edible marijuana sold in Colorado must look different from regular foods, lawmakers from both parties said Wednesday in rejecting a bill to loosen requirements.


Florida man killed family in murder-suicide drowning: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:43
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A 25-year-old Florida father deliberately drove his family into a retention pond two days before Christmas, killing himself, his young daughter and newborn along with their mother, according to a police report released on Wednesday. They also saw evidence the mother was trying to save the children, who were unbuckled from their car seats. The Dec. 23 death of Ulysses Montero was ruled a suicide, while the deaths of 4-year-old Julissa Montero, 5-day-old Delias Montero and the children’s mother, Julie Lopez-Elias, 24, were homicides, Kissimmee Police spokeswoman Stacie Miller said.

Guide to Bergdahl case that began with disappearance

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:43
The charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy that now face Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl stem from his disappearance from his infantry unit in Afghanistan in 2009.

Magnitude 4.9 earthquake hits off Vancouver Island

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:39
PORT HARDY, British Columbia (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a moderate earthquake struck west of Vancouver Island.

Texas prison agency replenishes execution drug supply

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:36

File - In this Sept. 21, 2011 file photo, a corrections officer keeps watch outside the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit in Huntsville, Texas. Texas prison officials have acquired a small supply of pentobarbital to replenish their dwindling inventory of the execution drug so lethal injections set for next month in the nation's most active death penalty state can be carried out, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)HOUSTON (AP) — Texas prison officials have acquired a small supply of pentobarbital to replenish their dwindling inventory of the execution drug so lethal injections set for next month in the nation's most active death penalty state can be carried out, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Wednesday.


Daughters of MLK, Gov. Wallace, unite for 50-year march

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:36

Bernice King hugs Peggy Wallace Kennedy after her speech to a crowd of people gathered at the steps of the Alabama State Capitol after a march from Selma, Alabama, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala. The daughters of Martin Luther King Jr. and former Alabama Gov. George Wallace, shared a stage on the steps of the Alabama Capitol on Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The daughters of two major figures of the civil rights era, Martin Luther King Jr. and former Alabama Gov. George Wallace, shared a stage on the steps of the Alabama Capitol on Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march.


Facebook's Messenger app to mix business with more pleasure

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:29

CEO Mark Zuckerberg gestures while delivering the keynote address at the Facebook F8 Developer Conference Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook's Messenger app is evolving into a multitasking tool equipped to send an animated fist bump to a friend at one moment and then get a little business done in the next.


Storms bear down on Tulsa in evening rush

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:26

tornadoTULSA, Okla. (AP) — Severe storms were bearing down on the Tulsa area, ending a quiet start to the nation's tornado season.


Driver who injured Denver policeman at Ferguson protest arrested

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:25
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A motorist who was having a seizure when he critically injured a Denver policeman during a demonstration late last year over the killing of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri was arrested on Wednesday on assault charges, authorities said. Christopher Booker, 42, is being held on suspicion of first-degree assault, vehicular assault, forgery and attempting to influence a public servant, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey told reporters. Morrissey said Booker allegedly concealed his medical history of seizures when he applied for a driver's license, leading to the forgery and influence accusations. Booker was behind the wheel of a sport utility vehicle on Dec. 3 when he plowed into four Denver bicycle officers as they performed traffic and crowd control during a protest march by students from East High School.

Ex-U.S. war prisoner Bergdahl charged with desertion, misbehavior

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 05:28

U.S. Army Private Bergdahl watches as one of his captors displays his identity tag at an unknown location in AfghanistanBy Kelly Twedell FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Reuters) - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a former Taliban prisoner in Afghanistan, was formally charged on Wednesday with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, and could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of the most serious count, the Army said. Bergdahl's attorney, Eugene Fidell of Yale Law School, said the Army had scheduled an Article 32 investigation hearing on April 22 to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to proceed with a court-martial. The Army said the investigation, similar to a civilian grand jury proceeding, would take place at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.


Don Tollefson sentenced to 2-4 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 05:26

Don Tollefson sentenced to 2-4 years in prisonFormer Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson was sentenced to two to four years in state prison on Wednesday after he was convicted for fraud back in January.


Ohio House again passes 'heartbeat' anti-abortion bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 05:25
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday again passed a bill that would outlaw abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, or at about six weeks, but it is not expected to become law. The bill is opposed by Governor John Kasich, also a Republican, along with some anti-abortion activists, who think it would be unconstitutional. "With the passage of HB 69, Ohio Republicans have shown they'll stop at nothing in their quest to deny women their rights, no matter how dangerous their efforts may be," said Ohio State Representative Kathy DiCristofaro, chair of the Democratic Women's Caucus. Other anti-abortion bills are also under consideration in the Ohio House, including a 20-week ban.

Ohio mom of decapitated baby faces aggravated murder charge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 05:18
CINCINNATI (AP) — A woman accused of decapitating her 3-month-old daughter with a chef's knife was indicted Wednesday on a charge of aggravated murder.

Obama ready to sign bill revamping Medicare doctor fees

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 05:18

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2015 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio is handed the gavel from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, after being re-elected for a third term to lead the 114th Congress, as Republicans assume full control for the first time in eight years, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House is expected to vote Thursday on replacing the current formula with a new approach. It calls for a period of basically stable reimbursements, followed by gradually shifting a larger share of doctors' pay so that it's keyed to quality, rather than quantity, of service. The Medicare fix is packaged with an extension of children's health insurance, funding for community health centers and dozens of other provisions. The outlook in the Senate is unclear. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday he's ready to sign "good, bipartisan" legislation protecting physicians from steep cuts in Medicare reimbursements and bolstering health programs for children and the poor as Senate Democrats seemed to soften their opposition to the package.


NC State fraternity disbanded over offensive notebook

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 05:17
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State University disbanded a fraternity chapter Wednesday following the discovery of a notebook filled with sexist and racially offensive entries in a restaurant off campus.