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2 women guilty in California nightclub beating

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:05

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Vanesa Zavala, left, and Candace Brito appear in court in Westminster, Calif. Brito and Zavala were convicted of voluntary manslaughter and assault, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Santa Ana, Calif. An Orange County jury convicted the two women of kicking to death a third woman during a fight outside a Santa Ana nightclub. Each faces up to 11 years in prison. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Mark Boster, Pool, File)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Two women were convicted Thursday of kicking a third woman to death during a fight outside a Santa Ana nightclub.

Arizona killer was given two doses of drugs in drawn-out execution

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:04

Joseph Wood is pictured in this undated handout booking photoBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona executioners had to administer at least two full doses of a two-drug lethal injection cocktail to a convicted killer before he finally succumbed nearly two hours after his execution began, the state's assistant attorney general said on Thursday. Arizona's governor has promised an internal review, but said justice had been done with the execution of Joseph Wood. "The IV team, which includes a licensed medical doctor, verified multiple times during the procedure that the inmate was comatose and never in pain," Charles Ryan, director of Arizona's Department of Corrections, said in a statement. The complications in putting Wood to death, which came after two other lethal injections went awry earlier this year in Ohio and Oklahoma, renewed debate over the U.S. death penalty and prompted the state to suspend further executions pending an internal review.

Police ID caseworker killed on campus of Delaware County hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:54

Officials ID caseworker killed on campus of Delaware County hospitalThe District Attorney has identified the caseworker who was killed inside a building on the campus of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital on Thursday afternoon.

Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:52

A forensic team recovers human remains among the wreckage of crashed TransAsia Airways flight GE222 on the outlying island of Penghu, Taiwan, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Stormy weather on the trailing edge of Typhoon Matmo was the likely cause of the plane crash that killed more than 40 people, the airline said. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory, a cluster of disasters spanning three continents. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. Two airliners crash during storms. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory, a cluster of disasters spanning three continents.

Aviation officials to meet on plane shot down

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:41
WASHINGTON (AP) — An aviation official says global aviation leaders will meet in Montreal next week to initiate discussions on a plan to address safety and security issues raised by the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine, as well as two other air crashes.

Alabama man claims penis was amputated by mistake

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:28
An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday. Johnny Lee Banks Jr., 56, said in a lawsuit filed in state court earlier this week that no one at the Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, had told him why it had been necessary to remove his penis. "My client is devastated," said Banks' attorney John Graves. Named as defendants in the lawsuit are the hospital, the Simon-Williamson Clinic, Urology Centers of Alabama and two doctors, Graves said.

Cuban hijacker appeals 20-year US prison sentence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:22
MIAMI (AP) — An American who hijacked a jetliner to Cuba decades ago is appealing the 20-year prison sentence he received after pleading guilty to U.S. kidnapping charges.

Storm kills two, injures 31 at Virginia campground

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:18
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A likely tornado tore through an eastern Virginia campground on Thursday, killing two people and injuring 31 as it downed trees and overturned vehicles, officials said. The storm swept across the Chesapeake Bay and slammed into the seaside Cherrystone Campground at Cape Charles, Virginia, during the busy summer season, bringing hail, high winds and heavy rain. "It was very scary, a lot of people were still in their beds" when the storm struck, area resident Amanda Blankenship told ABC affiliate WVEC-TV in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Photos on WVEC showed vehicles overturned or their roofs smashed in by fallen trees at the campground about 100 miles south of Washington at the tip of the Delmarva Peninsula.

War College to investigate plagiarism allegations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:17

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., right, and his son Michael leave the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat is running to keep the seat he was appointed to in February. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year.

Maryland seeks to lure anglers to join 'Frankenfish' battle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:12
Maryland officials are hoping that the prospect of landing a record fish will enlist anglers in the battle against the northern snakehead, a voracious newcomer dubbed "Frankenfish." The invasive snakehead, which can breathe air and travel short distances over land, has spread throughout much of the Potomac River basin in Virginia and Maryland in the last decade, snapping up anything in front of it. The new program to be formally announced next week sets official records for snakeheads caught in Maryland waters. "Snakeheads are thriving," said Joe Evans, spokesman for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. "We've been encouraging people to catch them, keep them and eat them since they are a non-native species that has a capacity to affect the local fish population." There are enough of the fish in the region to support the annual Potomac Snakehead Tournament, where some anglers call the fish Potomac pike.

Feds cap fines for not buying health insurance

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:04

Appeals Court Strikes Down Federal Exchange Subsidies for ObamacareMIAMI (AP) — Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don't buy insurance this year at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:03

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, joined by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, after the Democratic majority voted to weaken filibusters and make it harder for Republicans to block confirmation of the president's nominees for judges and other top posts. McConnell said Democrats are using a power play to distract voters from the president's troubled health care law. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

2 women convicted of deadly OC nightclub beating

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:54
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An Orange County jury has convicted two women of kicking to death a third woman during a fight outside a Santa Ana nightclub.

Porch shooter: I didn't know gun was loaded

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:52

Theodore Wafer stands in court during his trial before Judge Dana Hathaway at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit on Thursday, July 24, 2014. The 55-year-old Wafer is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. He claims it was an act of self-defense. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday.

California attorney general asks lawyers to help immigrant children

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:52

Attorney General Harris speaks at the 2014 California Democrats State Convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los AngelesBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California's attorney general has personally asked several major law firms to provide pro bono services to unaccompanied immigrant children flooding the U.S. border with Mexico, a signal that California views the growing crisis as a humanitarian issue. The move comes amid escalating political tension in the United States over how to deal with the thousands of children fleeing violence in their Central American homelands. "We've convened a group of law firms to make sure these children, some of them as young as 8 years old, have access to due process," California Attorney General Kamala Harris said on Thursday. By the end of June, about 3,000 of the children had been sent to California, and more have come since.

'Boyhood': A movie 12 years in the making

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:44

 A movie 12 years in the makingWhat were you doing 12 years ago?

Prosecutor: Doctor fires back at hospital gunman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:42

A hospital worker views police activity near the scene of a shooting at a wellness center attached to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa., on Thursday, July 24, 2014. A doctor grazed by gunfire from a patient who had entered his office in a suburban hospital's psychiatric unit stopped him by returning fire with his own gun and injuring him, authorities said. (AP Photo)DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A psychiatrist who was grazed by gunfire from a patient at a hospital on Thursday helped stop the patient by apparently using his own weapon to shoot and wound him, but not before a caseworker was killed, authorities said.

Texas prosecutor seeks to clear convicted rapist

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:42
DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas man who said he pleaded guilty to a 1990 rape because his attorney advised him to avoid trial may soon be exonerated, the Dallas County district attorney said Thursday.

Alaska train to resume service after cars derail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:38
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A tourist railway in Alaska is set to resume operations after a derailment injured 23 people.

Milwaukee barber sentenced for role in Stradivarius violin theft

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:38

The 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was taken from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster in an armed robbery is pictured in Milwaukee, WisconsinBy Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A Milwaukee barber received a 3-1/2-year prison sentence on Thursday for supplying a stun gun used in the theft of a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin from a concert violinist. Universal Knowledge Allah, 37, was also sentenced by Milwaukee County Circuit Court to 3-1/2 years of extended supervision after his release for being party to felony robbery in the theft of the violin, which was made in 1715. "I just want to humbly apologize to you and everyone for making this mistake," Allah told the court before the sentence was handed down. Allah, who has been a barber for 18 years in Milwaukee, was found guilty of supplying the stun gun to Salah Jones, who faces trial on charges he incapacitated Frank Almond with the weapon as the musician left a performance in a Milwaukee suburb on Jan. 27.