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Feds: Police misconduct rampant in Newark, N.J., city OKs monitor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:53

A man crosses a street in Newark, New JerseyBy David Jones NEWARK N.J. (Reuters) - Federal investigators found police repeatedly violated civil rights in Newark, New Jersey's largest city, and recommended an independent monitor to oversee changes, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. The city has agreed to accept the findings of the Justice Department probe, which has been under way since 2011 and suggested ways to stop the "pattern and practice of unconstitutional policing by the Newark Police Department," U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement. "Too often people believe that constitutional policing is inconsistent with effective policing," Jocelyn Samuels, the acting assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, said at a news conference. "But a growing body of research and our own experience with police departments across the country demonstrate that this is decidedly not the case." Newark Mayor Ras Baraka has said he would accept the rare but not unprecedented move of appointing a monitor, which had been opposed by his predecessor, Cory Booker, who is now a U.S. senator.


GOP voters in Georgia to decide Senate nominee

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:51

A sign greets voters before they step up to cast their ballot at a polling site, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Atlanta. Voters head to the polls on Tuesday to decide the U.S. Senate GOP runoff between Jack Kingston and David Perdue. The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November. In addition to the high-profile GOP U.S. Senate runoff, voters in Georgia on Tuesday will cast ballots in a number of other races, including four U.S. House runoffs and state school superintendent. (AP Photo)ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Republicans have only a few more hours before they have a Senate nominee in a race that will help decide which party controls the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama's administration.


Arizona asks top court to reverse execution ruling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:48
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Attorneys for the state of Arizona have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow an execution planned for Wednesday to proceed, saying Joseph Rudolph Wood can't establish he has a First Amendment right to the details he is seeking about his pending death.

Maryland parents charged with locking autistic adult sons in basement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:48
By John Clarke ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) - Police in Maryland have charged a couple with abuse after discovering their 22-year-old twin autistic sons had been locked in a dark, bare basement room for six years, according to police and court records.Police found the men in a room with no furniture or lights, one comforter on a tile floor, and a small window, and noticed an "overwhelming smell of urine coming from the room," said charging documents filed in Montgomery County District Court John Land and Janice Land, 57 and 59, from the Washington suburb of Rockville, Maryland, were arrested on Friday and later released on bond. Police made the discovery last week when they went to the residence on an unrelated search warrant and found the sons in a basement room locked with an external deadbolt, according to court records. John Land told police his sons were "totally non-verbal" and could only communicate by pointing, court records showed.

2 suspects wanted in Atlantic City casino heist

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:45
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Police are seeking two masked suspects who robbed an Atlantic City casino at gunpoint and made off with more than $180,000.

Miami restaurant, survivor of desegregation and riots, to close

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:43

The menu featuring specials and standard dishes is seen in Jumbo's Restaurant located in Miami's Liberty CityBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - After more than half a century, Jumbo's, famous for its fried shrimp and conch, and one of the first Miami restaurants to desegregate in the late 1960s, is closing this week as the site is sold to a developer of affordable housing. The sea foam-green eatery thrived during the decades when the surrounding area, now called Liberty City, transformed from a middle-class white community to a predominantly African-American one. “It’s one of the vanishing remnants of the Miami of yester-year,” said Paul George, a historian and professor at Miami Dade College. “The menu is reflective of the (city’s) southern, farming roots.” Jumbo’s desegregated in 1968 after owner Bobby Flam, whose first job was answering phones after his parents bought it in 1955, hired three black workers.


American flags replaced with white flags on Brooklyn Bridge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:39

American flags replaced with white flags on Brooklyn BridgeSomeone has replaced two American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with mysterious white flags.


Deaf educator and pioneer Robert Panara dies at 94

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:39
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Robert Panara, who lost his hearing as a child and became a leading educator of the deaf and a pioneer of studies of deaf culture, has died. He was 94.

Excerpts from conflicting health law rulings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:38
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two federal appeals courts issued conflicting rulings Tuesday in a dispute involving crucial financing for President Barack Obama's health care law.

Thieves steal air conditioners from rural Tennessee churches

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:37
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - Thieves have been stealing central air conditioning units from rural Tennessee churches during a scorching summer heat wave, and they'll face hell fire for eternity if they're not caught here on earth, a church official said on Tuesday. He's the almighty," said Bill Casteel, an elder at Union Grove Church of Christ in Cleveland in southeast Tennessee. Three units, worth $9,000, were stolen from Casteel's church, said Bob Gault, spokesman for the Bradley County Sheriff's Office. Other units worth thousands of dollars each were taken from Cedar Springs Baptist Church and Thompson Springs Baptist Church in the same town.

Fmr. youth coach sentenced for child rape

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:37

Fmr. youth coach sentenced for child rapeA former youth football coach and convicted child rapist will spend the next 18 to 40 years in prison.


San Antonio makes history as it names black woman mayor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:35
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - San Antonio's city council elected Ivy Taylor the new mayor of the seventh most populous U.S. city, making the Yale graduate the first African American to hold the post. Taylor, 44, a housing executive in San Antonio before being elected to City Council in 2009, succeeds Julian Castro, who resigned on Tuesday to take a cabinet post in the Obama administration heading the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. "I'm certainly excited to represent the ladies," she said. "I hope to inspire other young ladies to think about all of the things that they can do." The city charter calls for a mayor to be appointed from among the 10 sitting city council members when the elected mayor resigns. Taylor will serve as mayor until the next municipal elections in May 2015. Unlike other major Texas cities, San Antonio does not have a large population of African Americans, who make up 6.9 percent of the city of about 1.4 million, according to the 2010 Census.

At 101, weather observer gets a place in the sun

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:33

In this 1930s photo provided by the Hendrickson family, Richard Hendrickson leans into the wind as a storm hits a Long Island, N.Y. beach. Hendrickson, who started recording temperatures when Herbert Hoover was in the White House, is being honored as the longest serving volunteer weather data collector for the National Weather Service for his 84 years of collecting information from his farm on eastern Long Island. (AP Photo/Hendrickson Family)It takes only a couple of minutes, twice a day, but 101-year-old Richard Hendrickson is fiercely proud that he has done the same thing for his country and community nearly every day since Herbert Hoover was in the White House in 1930.


Homeless slayings underscore dangers on the street

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:32
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The brutal slayings of two homeless men in Albuquerque underscores the vulnerability of transients, who prosecutors and police said Tuesday are often victimized but rarely report the crimes.

Louisiana Gov. Jindal sued over Common Core

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:30
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Parents and teachers who support the Common Core education standards are suing Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, accusing him of illegally meddling in education policy.

Father: Son, 11, saved life of own alleged rapist

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:29

 Son, 11, saved life of own alleged rapistA Daytona Beach father beat an 18-year-old man unconscious after finding him sexually abusing his 11-year-old son early Friday morning, police said.


Judge spins rhymes in puppy-napping case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:25
OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man accused of stealing an English bulldog puppy at gunpoint was convicted of the crime by a judge who left him with a rhyme.

Philly man and accused Nazi guard gets bail

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:25

Philly man and accused Nazi guard gets bailAn 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect who was jailed while awaiting extradition to Germany has been granted bail after being hospitalized.


NY judge orders 24-7 Argentina debt talks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:22
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge Tuesday ordered around-the-clock negotiations aimed at averting a second debt default by Argentina in 13 years, saying a default would hurt "real people."

Towns struggle with debate over immigrant services

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:00

Lucy Francis, of Lynn, Mass., center, displays a placard and chants slogans during a rally, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, on the steps of City Hall, in Lynn, Mass., held to protest what organizers describe as the scapegoating of immigrants for problems in the city. The mayor of Lynn and education officials complain their schools are being overwhelmed by young Guatemalans who speak neither English or Spanish as their first language. (AP Photo)LYNN, Mass. (AP) — The debate over unaccompanied Central American young people entering the country illegally is roiling at least one Massachusetts community.