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Juveniles at Philadelphia Family Court no longer subject to strip searches

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:27

Juveniles at Philadelphia Family Court no longer subject to strip searchesPhiladelphia's Family Court issued a new order saying that juveniles appearing in court will no longer be subjected to strip searches, as they were early this week.

6 wounded in shooting near Pittsburgh

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:27
CLAIRTON, Pa. (AP) — A shooting early Friday at a building outside Pittsburgh that police described as a speakeasy left six people wounded, and investigators were searching for a shooter or shooters.

Security preps already underway for Pope Francis' Philadelphia visit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:24

Security preps already underway for Pope Francis' Philadelphia visitThe City of Philadelphia has hosted huge events on the Parkway - Welcome America, Made in America - but "the Pope in America" will dwarf them all.

Newtown massacre shooter indulged dark obsessions online, report says

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:22

Adam Lanza is pictured in this undated handout photoBy Richard Weizel MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - By the time Adam Lanza massacred 26 children and adults at a Connecticut school two years ago, he was living in nearly complete isolation, communicating with no one except an online network of people obsessed with mass murder, a report released on Friday said. The 20-year-old's fascination with violence, which came to a head in the December 2012 shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, was already evident when Lanza was himself in grade school, according to the state's Office of the Child Advocate. ...

Seagull with dart through neck spotted at park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:19
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — A seagull with a dart through its neck is surviving at a park in the agricultural city of Wenatchee, in north central Washington state.

Transvaginal mesh trial losses put pressure on Boston Scientific

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:19
By Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boston Scientific Corp’s back-to-back losses in the first two federal trials over its transvaginal mesh devices could drive up the cost of resolving thousands of similar lawsuits, according to legal experts. On Thursday, a jury in West Virginia awarded four women $18.5 million for injuries they said were caused by the Massachusetts-based company’s Obtryx device for stress urinary incontinence, including $4 million for “gross negligence.” The verdict came one week after a Miami jury awarded $26. ...

Preliminary exams set in street artist's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:17
DETROIT (AP) — A judge has determined that two of three young men are competent to stand trial in the robbery and killing of a French street artist whose body was found in the ruins of an abandoned Detroit public housing project.

Bin Laden son-in-law's lawyer is heading to prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:14
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — An attorney for Osama bin Laden's son-in-law has been sentenced to 18 months in prison on tax charges.

Activists seek clemency for terminally ill Texas death row inmate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:14
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Activists delivered a petition to Texas Governor Rick Perry on Friday with more than 100,000 signatures seeking the release of a death row inmate they say is terminally ill and only has weeks to live. The governor's office was not immediately available to comment on the petition launched by religious groups and activists including the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Max Soffar, convicted in the July 1980 slaying of three people at a Houston bowling alley. ...

Lawyer for bin Laden son-in-law gets 1-1/2 years prison in tax case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:05

Suleiman Abu Ghaith's defense attorney Stanley Cohen speak to press outside Manhattan Federal Court house in New YorkBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A prominent New York defense lawyer who recently represented the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden was sentenced on Friday to 1-1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to tax offenses. Stanley Cohen, the lawyer, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Norman Mordue in Syracuse, New York, after pleading guilty earlier this year to obstructing and impeding the Internal Revenue Service and willful failure to file income tax returns. ...

Men want new trial on university sex-abuse claims

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:04
Three men who unsuccessfully sued a former state university administrator in northeastern Pennsylvania over allegations that he sexually abused them have demanded a new trial, saying the judge made numerous errors that prevented them from getting a fair hearing of their claims.

Judge in Colorado cinema rampage case allows second sanity exam at trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:02

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A judge overseeing the Colorado theater massacre case rejected a defense motion on Friday to have a second sanity examination administered to accused gunman James Holmes barred from his upcoming murder trial, court records show. Holmes, 26, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to opening fire inside a Denver-area theater during a midnight screening of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises” in July of 2012, killing 12 moviegoers and wounding dozens more. ...

Woman found stabbed to death in Chester home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:00

Woman found stabbed to death in Chester homeA beloved member of the community has been murdered in Chester, and police as well as neighbors want to know who stabbed the 51-year-old woman to death and why.

Soldier sentenced to life in girlfriend's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:00
FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — A Fort Carson soldier convicted of murder in the slaying of his soldier girlfriend has been ordered to spend life in prison without the possibility of parole.

First-time participants prep for Philadelphia Marathon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:59

First-time participants prep for Philadelphia MarathonThis weekend 30,000 runners will hit the streets of Philadelphia for the Rothman 8K, the half-marathon and the Goretex Philadelphia Full Marathon - for many it will be their first marathon.

Four people injured in accident at Chicago Macy's

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:57
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Four Macy's employees were injured, one seriously, in a cooking accident after an aerosol can of butane got hot and ruptured at the Macy's store in downtown Chicago on Friday morning, according to fire and store officials. The accident happened during the preparation of an employee breakfast in the store's lower-level kitchen, before the store was open, said Andrea Schwartz, Macy's spokeswoman. One female employee suffered "severe facial burns," but they were not life-threatening, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. ...

More signs of Florida shooter's troubled life

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:56

Tallahassee police chief Michael DeLeo, right, and Florida State police chief David Perry speak at a news conference concerning the on-campus shooting on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man who shot three people at a Florida State University library complained to police and property managers in New Mexico that cameras were watching him in his apartment and that he heard voices talking about and laughing at him, according to police reports released Friday.

Illinois pension reform law tossed by state judge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:54
By Karen Pierog CHICAGO (Reuters) - A judge ruled on Friday that an Illinois law aimed at easing the state's huge unfunded pension liability is unconstitutional, handing a victory to labor unions and state retirees who challenged the law and an initial defeat to the state's efforts to fix its sagging finances. The judge's sweeping ruling will send the case to the Illinois Supreme Court for a final determination on the law's constitutionality. The Illinois Attorney General's Office, which is defending the law, said it will ask the high court for an expedited appeal. ...

Indiana man beheaded in Syria remembered in Muslim prayer service

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:53

Paula and Ed Kassig attend a prayer service in memory of their son Abdul-Rahman Kassig, whose name was Peter before his conversion to Islam, in FishersBy Susan Guyett FISHERS Ind. (Reuters) - Muslims in Indiana held a funeral service on Friday for Abdul- Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter, who was beheaded by Islamic State militants in Syria after being held captive for a year. Kassig adopted Islam while he was a hostage. His family said he made a sincere conversion in a process that began before he was captured by Islamic State, which has seized parts of Iraq and Syria and is the target of U.S. bombings. ...

House GOP sues Obama administration on health law

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:49
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans filed a federal lawsuit Friday accusing the Obama administration of exceeding its constitutional powers in carrying out President Barack Obama's prized health care law, giving legal voice to conservatives who have long protested that he has abused his office's authority.