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Ex-con who worked for rich family arrested in their deaths

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 02:00

This combination of undated photos provided by the Washington, D.C., police shows Daron Dylon Wint. The police issued a news release late Wednesday, May 20, 2015, saying they are looking for Wint in connection with last Thursday's quadruple homicide of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper inside their multimillion-dollar home. (Metropolitan Police Department via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. marshals and police arrested a dangerous ex-convict and took his five companions into custody, safely ending a multistate manhunt in the slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper.


Father of Santa Barbara shooting victim wants gun reforms

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 01:46

FILE - In this May 24, 2014, file photo, Richard Martinez, center, who said his son Christopher Martinez was killed in a mass shooting that took place in Isla Vista, Calif., is comforted by his brother Alan as he talks to media outside the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Headquarters in Santa Barbara, Calif. Martinez thinks of his son every day, says, and with those thoughts come the constant reminder of a young life cut tragically short by one of the nation's worst school killings. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Martinez thinks of his son every day, and with those thoughts come the constant reminder of a young life cut tragically short by a troubled man with a gun.


Memorial Day weekend kicks off in Ocean City, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 01:44

Memorial Day weekend kicks off in Ocean City, N.J.The day began in Ocean City with a beautiful start and it was the perfect way to start the summer season down at the shore.


NY can ban 'Choose Life' license plates as DMV program upheld

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 01:39
A divided federal appeals court gave New York wide authority to regulate the content of custom license plates, and reversed a lower court ruling ordering the state to let an adoption advocacy group put the words "Choose Life" on its own plates. By a 2-1 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the commissioner of the state Department of Motor Vehicles had "broad discretion" to decide which plates to permit, and did not violate the First Amendment free speech rights of the Children First Foundation in rejecting the "Choose Life" plates. Writing for the majority, Circuit Judge Rosemary Pooler said the content of custom plates was "private speech" and the plates themselves a "nonpublic forum." She said it followed that the DMV's uniform policy of excluding controversial, politically sensitive messages from plates, which the agency said stemmed from highway safety concerns, was "reasonable and viewpoint neutral, which is all that the First Amendment requires." The 2nd Circuit ruled as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to decide whether Texas violated the First Amendment by rejecting a custom plate bearing the Confederate flag, on concern the plate and others like it might offend people.

Tobacco firms get partial win over claims on smoking effects

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 01:30
WASHINGTON (AP) — America's largest tobacco companies must inform consumers that cigarettes were designed to increase addiction, but not that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.

Tuk-tuk taxi maker aims to make inroads in US

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 01:24

In this photograph taken Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, Colin Sommers, left, director of engineering for eTuk USA, Walid Mourtada, center, chief executive officer, and Michael Fox show off one of their company's electric Tuk-Tuk models being prepared for delivery at the trio's manufacturing plant in northeast Denver. It's too soon to know if Americans will embrace tuk-tuks, but Fox, director of sales and marketing for eTuk USA, says the company has been selling the vehicles across the country to individuals, marketing companies and food vendors for between $16,950 and $25,000, depending on how they are customized. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — They're ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing.


Suspect in Washington D.C. mansion murders arrested

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 01:20

 Ex-con had help in slaying of rich familyAuthorities have arrested a suspect in the slayings of a corporate executive, his wife, their 10-year-old son and a housekeeper at a northwest Washington mansion.


U.S. court denies motion to halt execution of long-serving Texas inmate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 01:19

Death row inmate Lester Bower is seen in an undated picture released by the Texas Department of Criminal JusticeBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A federal appeals court has denied an application to halt the June execution of Lester Bower, one of the longest-serving inmates on death row in Texas, for killing four men at an airport hangar in 1983. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday denied a petition from Bower's lawyers, who said his planned execution on June 3 should be halted on grounds that his previous sentencing did not match U.S. Supreme Court precedent. Bower, 67, who has been imprisoned for more than 30 years, is set to be executed by injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville.


Wal-Mart's push on animal welfare hailed as game changer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 01:16

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2013, file photo, customers walk outside of a Wal-Mart store in San Jose, Calif. Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart's push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say.


Armed woman in her 70s arrested after 22-hour standoff

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:58
CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have arrested an armed woman who had barricaded herself at a Southern California mobile home park for most of a day and shot at a police robot.

Cruise ship that ran aground near Bermuda returns to Boston

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:57
BOSTON (AP) — Passengers on a cruise ship that ran aground on a reef near Bermuda during a seven-day vacation shrugged their shoulders and said the mishap was no big deal as they disembarked Friday.

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.

Police: Man sought in death of woman kept in box likely near

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:44

A Sedalia police officer was on alert Thursday, May 21, 2015, at a standoff in Sedalia, Mo. where police believe they have a suspect in the slayings of Sandra Sutton and her teenage son Zachary Wade Sutton. Sandra Kay Sutton, who authorities said had been held captive in a wooden box for months before being freed about three weeks ago, was found dead early Thursday, along with her 17-year-old son, from what appear to be gunshot wounds, police said. (Jill Toyoshiba/The Kansas City Star via AP)SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) — A man suspected of killing a former girlfriend and her teenage son, weeks after he was charged with restricting her to a crate in their western Missouri home, is likely still near his hometown, authorities said Friday.


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.