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Colorado movie gunman acted bizarrely in jail, nurse tells trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 06:06

Accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes listens during his arraignment in CentennialA nurse at the jail where Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes was held after killing 12 moviegoers told his murder trial on Tuesday she saw him acting bizarrely behind bars, including smearing feces on himself, licking walls and eating paper. Sandra Paggen said she observed Holmes behaving "odd" in the Arapahoe County jail in November 2012, nearly four months after he opened fire inside a Denver-area multiplex during a midnight screening of a Batman film. Dressed head-to-toe in body armor and wearing a gas mask, Holmes threw a tear gas canister into the packed theater then opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle, a 12-gauge, pump-action shotgun and a .40-caliber pistol.

Appeals court: Former BP engineer should get new trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 06:05
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP engineer is entitled to a new trial on an obstruction of justice charge stemming from an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Christie promises blunt campaign as he enters 2016 contest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 06:05

Christie promises blunt campaign as he enters 2016 contestA tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his 2016 campaign for president Tuesday with a promise to tell voters the truth even if it makes them cringe.

UN: World should be ashamed at failure to end Syria conflict

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:58
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world should be ashamed that three years after major powers approved a blueprint in Geneva to bring peace to Syria the suffering of its people is reaching new depths and the country is "on the brink of falling apart."

VIEWER VIDEO: Rotating cloud in Chester Co.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:54

 Rotating cloud in Chester Co.An Action News viewer submitted this video of a rotating cloud in East Goshen Township, Chester County.

KKK plans South Carolina rally as Confederate flag debate continues

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:51

A Confederate flag is held up by a man at a rally outside the State House to get the Confederate flag removed from the grounds in ColumbiaThe Ku Klux Klan plans to hold a pro-Confederate flag rally at South Carolina's capitol, where a statue of a former state governor who championed white supremacy was vandalized on Tuesday amid scrutiny of symbols associated with slavery. The Civil War-era flag and related monuments have become flashpoints after nine black men and women were gunned down at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina. The suspected shooter, Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white man, had posed with a Confederate battle flag in photos posted on a website that displayed a racist manifesto attributed to him.

Bulldozer gets buried in sand at gravel site, killing worker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:46
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Firefighters say a bulldozer has been buried by an "avalanche" of sand at a Massachusetts gravel site, killing a worker.

Ruling allows Oklahoma earthquake lawsuit to go to trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:45
An Oklahoma woman can pursue a jury trial after she was injured when her fireplace crumbled in an earthquake she claims was caused by saltwater waste pumped into the ground, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

State of Emergency issued for Whitehall Township, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:44

Thousands without power, State of Emergency issued after stormsA State of Emergency has been declared in Whitehall Township, Pa., officials announced Tuesday afternoon.

Former Afghan soldier who fled U.S. training granted asylum: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:42
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A soldier in the Afghanistan army who went missing during a training exercise at a U.S. military base in Massachusetts last year has been granted asylum by the United States, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Major Jan Mohammad Arash was one of three Afghan soldiers who turned themselves in at a Canadian border crossing in New York state in September after disappearing from an exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, provoking a search by military officials and state police.

Ex-Iowa egg farm manager gets probation after assisting feds

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:39
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa egg farm manager will avoid jail time after cooperating with investigators in a criminal prosecution stemming from a 2010 salmonella outbreak.

U.S. Justice Dept. cites missteps by police during Ferguson unrest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:35

Police officers point their weapons at demonstrators protesting against the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriPolice responding to race-related protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer made a series of missteps, including antagonizing crowds with attack dogs and military-style tactics, according to a U.S. Justice Department report. A Justice Department representative said the "after-action assessment ... will convey the findings and lessons learned." The report focuses on the tactics of police from Ferguson, St. Louis, St. Louis County and the Missouri Highway Patrol. All four agencies tried to quell the protests and riots that broke out after a white Ferguson police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, on Aug. 9, 2014.

In Supreme Court loss, death penalty foes see an opening

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:35

Danielle Fulfs, 24, of Seattle, with the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, hands out materials about the death penalty outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday June 29, 2015. A deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)ATLANTA (AP) — A strongly worded dissent in the U.S. Supreme Court's narrow decision this week upholding the use of an execution drug offered a glimmer of hope to death penalty opponents in what they considered otherwise a gloomy ruling. One advocate went so far Tuesday as to call it a blueprint for a fresh attack on the legality of capital punishment itself.

Woman who gave birth alone in California wildland says started fire for rescue

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:32
Officials with the Plumas National Forest confirmed on Tuesday that a fire broke out on Saturday at the park and that firefighters rescued a woman and a newborn baby from the burn area. Amber Pangborn of Oroville, California, told television station KCRA that after realizing she might be going into labor, she drove along a back road to get to her parents' home for help only to get lost in a remote part of the Plumas National Forest. Alone, Pangborn gave birth early on Thursday.

U.S. bankruptcy judge pushes debt relief for Corinthian students

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:29
The U.S. government and former students of Corinthian Colleges, which closed in April, need to promote the government's loan relief program before asking for a stay on all student debt collections, a U.S. Bankruptcy judge said on Tuesday. Judge Kevin Carey in Wilmington, Delaware, declined to rule on a request by an official committee of Corinthian students to halt all loan repayments amid allegations the company misrepresented itself to prospective students. Corinthian Colleges Inc became the largest failure in for-profit higher education when it abruptly closed 28 schools in April and left 16,000 students without classes.

Death of Maryland boy pushed in swing for three days ruled homicide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:28
Officers found the boy, Ji’Aire Lee, around 7 a.m. on May 22 after witnesses reported seeing a woman pushing a child on a swing for an unusually long time at a park in La Plata, about 35 miles (55 km) south of Washington, Richardson said. The boy was alive Wednesday when he was placed in the swing where he stayed until police found him, Richardson said.

U.S. court rules NSA can temporarily resume bulk phone data collection

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:26

A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, south of Salt Lake CityBy Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. court has ruled that the eavesdropping National Security Agency can temporarily resume its bulk collection of Americans' telephone records, according to documents made public on Tuesday. The controversial program, exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, was rocked in May by an appeals court ruling that the USA Patriot Act had never authorized the NSA to collect Americans' phone records in bulk. A new law, called the Freedom Act, which substantially reformed and narrowed the bulk phone data program, was signed by U.S. President Barack Obama a day after the existing program lapsed on June 1.

Connecticut eases penalties for most drug possession crimes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:25
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's drug laws will go from some of the most draconian in the country to some of the most lenient this fall when most drug possession crimes are reduced from felonies to misdemeanors, a change that's increasingly finding common ground between Democrats and Republicans.

Donald Trump files $500 million lawsuit against Univision over Miss USA Pageant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:21

Donald Trump files $500 million lawsuit against Univision over Miss USA PageantDonald Trump on Tuesday filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision over the network's decision to terminate its contract with the Miss Universe organization and not broadcast the upcoming Miss USA pageant.

List of 18 people honored with Carnegie Medals for heroism

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:20
Winners of Carnegie Medals formally announced Tuesday: