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Lawyers descend on Ferguson ahead of grand jury decision

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:34
By Tim Reid FERGUSON Mo (Reuters) - Hundreds of civil rights lawyers from across America are descending on Ferguson, Missouri as police and protesters prepare for a grand jury decision on whether to charge the officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in August. The attorneys are arriving in Ferguson as talks between protest groups and police have stalled over a refusal by officials to rule out the use of riot gear, tear gas and militarized equipment if demonstrations turn violent should a grand jury decide not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, protest leaders say. ...

Obama's immigration plan to reach far fewer than 4.7 million: lawyers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:33
By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's executive action easing the threat of deportation for 4.7 million undocumented immigrants is unlikely to cover many of those eligible because of practical hurdles, immigration lawyers said. High application costs, extensive documentation requirements and lengthy waiting periods for approval sharply reduced participation in a 2012 executive action aimed at undocumented immigrants brought to the United States by their parents as children, and the process is expected to be even more arduous this time around, the lawyers said. ...

New Jersey home shooting appears to be murder-suicide gone awry

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:30

Police and investigators gather in front of the scene of a multiple shooting inside a home in TabernacleBy Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A day after a shooting in New Jersey that left two children dead and their mother and brother in critical condition, police said on Friday it appeared to be a murder-suicide attempt gone awry. Jeaninne LePage, 44, used a pillow to conceal the sounds of gunshots as she shot her three children before turning the gun on herself at their home in Tabernacle, New Jersey, state police said. ...

Suspect indicted in videotaped attack on New Jersey mom

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:30

Suspect indicted in videotaped attack on New Jersey momThe South Jersey woman, who police say was caught on video brutally attacking a young mother, has been indicted.

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. ...