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Drew Peterson granted trial delay in murder-for-hire case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:55

FILE - In this May 8, 2009 file photo, former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson arrives for court in Joliet, Ill. A state appeals court is hearing arguments Thursday, May 21, 2015 in Ottawa, Ill., from lawyers seeking to overturn Peterson's murder conviction in his third wife's 2004 death. The Chicago Tribune reports that attorneys for Peterson are challenging his 2012 conviction. They claim prosecutors shouldn't have been allowed to present second-hand evidence and Peterson's previous lawyer provided ineffective counsel. Peterson is serving a 38-year sentence for killing Kathleen Savio, and is a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)CHESTER, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois judge has granted Drew Peterson's request to delay his trial on charges that the former suburban Chicago police sergeant plotted to kill the prosecutor who helped convict him in his third wife's death.


California man charged with murder in crash that killed 2

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:52
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area man has been charged with two counts of murder in a vehicle crash into an apartment complex that killed a woman and her toddler daughter.

Eiffel Tower shuts down over workers' anger about pickpockets

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:51

Eiffel Tower shuts down over workers' anger about pickpocketsThe Eiffel Tower closed to the public for most of the day Friday as workers protested a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily.


Florida mother agrees to son's circumcision after jail time: media

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:49
A Florida mother consented on Friday to allowing her 4-year-old son to be circumcised, ending a legal battle with the child's father, according to media reports. Heather Hironimus, 31, was jailed for a week after hiding out with the child for months after a protracted court fight to block the circumcision, the Sun Sentinel newspaper reported. Crying in a state courtroom in Palm Beach County, Florida, she consented to the procedure shortly after a judge ordered her to remain jailed until signing off on it, the newspaper reported.

Illinois mom takes son's place at graduation after he dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:48
CALUMET CITY, Ill. (AP) — The mother of a suburban Chicago teenager killed in a drunken-driving crash less than a week before his graduation took his place at the ceremony, wearing his cap and gown.

Husband, wife plead not guilty in bourbon theft ring

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:44
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An attorney says the wife of the alleged leader of a bourbon theft ring in Kentucky was unaware of the whiskey barrels found on her property that unraveled the scheme.

Reward offered in Collingdale gun store burglary

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:26

Reward offered in Collingdale gun store burglaryThere is now a $2,500 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction after a gun shop burglary in Collingdale, Delaware County.


Prosecutors: Professor offered China data on US-made device

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:16
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The chairman of Temple University's physics department schemed to provide U.S. technology secrets to China in exchange for prestigious appointments for himself, federal authorities said in charging him with four counts of wire fraud.

2 California men arrested in helping terrorism group

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:15
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The FBI says two Southern California men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to provide material support to a terrorism organization.

Biden discusses Asia-Pacific region at Navy graduation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:15

A member of the U.S. Naval Academy raises his right hand as he takes an oath of office during the Academy's graduation and commissioning ceremony, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden tells graduates at the U.S. Naval Academy that 60 percent of the nation's naval forces will be stationed in the Asia-Pacific region in five years.


U.S. court hands partial win to tobacco firms over judge-ordered disclosures

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:12

A woman disposes a cigarette in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court on Friday ruled that tobacco companies cannot be forced to announce publicly that they deliberately deceived the public over the health risks of cigarettes. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled against the manufacturers on several other issues as it considered a long-running racketeering case brought by the U.S. government against various companies including Altria Group Inc, Lorillard Inc and Reynolds American Inc. The companies lost the original lawsuit and an appeal, and a district court judge in Washington then ordered them to place advertisements, known legally as corrective statements, explaining the history of deception. In the ruling on Friday, the appeals court largely upheld the lower court judge, but ruled for the tobacco companies on one issue.


Forecaster warns of flooding during Memorial Day weekend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:09
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — There is a chance for severe weather along the Texas-New Mexico border and heavy rainfall during the Memorial Day weekend that will likely cause flash flooding across the southern Plains, the National Weather Service said Friday.

Expedia sells stake in Chinese travel service

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:07
NEW YORK (AP) — Expedia sold its entire stake in eLong, a Chinese travel service, to a group of businesses based in China for roughly $671 million.

No indictment for Texas City officer in fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:07
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A Southeast Texas police officer will not face charges in the 2014 fatal shooting of an armed man during a fight outside a bar.

7 decades on, Pearl Harbor kin seek new ID tests and closure

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:05
CARY, N.C. (AP) — Dawn Silsbee and her siblings never knew their Uncle Bert — he died years before they were born. But they saw what his loss did to their family.

Armed elderly woman arrested after 22-hour standoff in California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 23:49
An elderly woman who barricaded herself in a Los Angeles-area mobile home and fired at a police robot was taken into custody on Friday after a 22-hour standoff, police said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement the incident began before dawn on Thursday when a woman in a mobile home park in Topanga, near Los Angeles, reported having a medical emergency. Video footage on local media during the standoff showed numerous police and SWAT vehicles lining the street, along with what appeared to be an armored forklift.

Pennsylvania city faces fiscal pain for immigration law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 23:48
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - One Pennsylvania city's controversial attempts to gain more power over immigration enforcement could push that city into state fiscal oversight if it loses a ruling over legal fees. Now, the city is waiting on a ruling from a judge who could force the city to pay $2.8 million in legal fees to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and others for its experiment. Paying those fees could tip Hazleton into Act 47 receivership, a state oversight program for distressed municipalities, according to Mayor Joe Yannuzzi, who voted for the measures when he was city council president.

After week in jail, Florida mom agrees to son's circumcision

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 23:44

Heather Hironimus, left, sits with her attorney Thomas Hunker as she appears before Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Gillen, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Delray Beach, Fla. Hironimus was jailed after ignoring a state judge's order to appear in court, then fleeing with the her 4-year-old son to prevent him from being circumcised. She has been warring with the child's father, who wants the circumcision. (Lannis Waters(/Palm Beach Post via AP) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NO SALESDELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman's yearslong battle against her child's father over the boy's circumcision ended Friday with her agreeing to the procedure in exchange for her release from jail.


Demilitarizing the cops: States retool police training

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 23:33

In this photo taken May 6, 2015, a pair of recruits wrestle during training in fighting at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission in Burien, Wash. While some critics say that good officers already consider themselves protectors and that police need the best equipment to defend themselves and the public, many law enforcement leaders see a need for a broader change in police training and culture. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)BURIEN, Wash. (AP) — When prosecutor Dan Satterberg used to visit Washington state's police academy, the seas would part before him. Recruits would snap to attention, backs to the walls, and allow him to pass.


VA must find millions to finish troubled Denver hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 22:56

Members of a construction crew work at the site of the new Veterans Administration hospital complex, in Aurora, Colo., Thursday May 21, 2015. The Veterans Affairs Department averted a costly construction shutdown at its half-finished hospital outside Denver on Thursday, but it still has to persuade an angry Congress to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars more to complete the bungled project. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project.