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West Virginia police capture escaped murder suspect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 04:05
(Reuters) - A murder suspect who escaped from a West Virginia state mental hospital has been captured, police said on Thursday. Rocco Jesse Zuccaro, 30, of Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, was captured late on Wednesday hiding in tall grass about 10 miles from the William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital in Weston, the West Virginia State Police said in a statement. Zuccaro fled the hospital on Monday. He is charged with a murder in Brooke County, West Virginia, in February 2013.

Hearing for black Virginia student bloodied in arrest postponed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:38
A court hearing that had been scheduled for Thursday for a black University of Virginia student bloodied in an arrest by police has been postponed for two months, court records showed. The hearing for student Martese Johnson, 20, in Charlottesville General District Court was rescheduled for May 28, the filings showed. Social media photos showed Johnson, the vice chairman of the university's Honor Committee, with a bloodied face after he was arrested last week outside a Charlottesville pub by state Alcoholic Beverage Control agents.

Murder charge filed in California body-in-barrel case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:37
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a 40-year-old California man used a hammer to kill another man, stuffed his body inside a plastic barrel and dumped it in front of this town's city hall.

U.S. drug agents had sex parties funded by drug cartels: watchdog

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:37

USA-CRIME/By Lindsay Dunsmuir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents had alleged "sex parties" with prostitutes over several years, said a report published on Thursday and stemming from a review of allegations of misconduct by several DEA agents in Colombia. The alleged parties were funded by local drug cartels, said the report by the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General, an agency internal watchdog. The report raised concerns about inadequate reporting of allegations of misconduct and sexual harassment by several law enforcement agencies, including the DEA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Illinois Senate sends FY 2015 budget fix to governor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:29
The Illinois Senate on Thursday passed a bill to plug a $1.6 billion hole in the state's current budget by cutting spending on most programs by 2.25 percent and tapping money from other funds. The 32-26 Senate vote followed House passage of the measure on Tuesday. The bill now heads to Governor Bruce Rauner, who said he plans to sign it into law as soon as possible. "As promised, we are eliminating a $1.6 billion deficit without borrowing or increasing taxes on hard-working Illinois families," the Republican governor said in a statement.

Man who crashed into Denver cop at protest held on $50K bond

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:29

File - In this Feb. 18, 2015 file photo, Denver Police Department officer John Adsit, right, hugs fellow officers as Adsit leaves Porter Adventist Hospital, in south Denver after recovering from injuries suffered when hit by a car while securing a parade route for protesters on Dec. 3, 2014. Denver Police announced Wednesday, March 25, 2015 that 42-year-old Christopher Booker was arrested on charges of assault, forgery and attempting to influence a public servant. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)DENVER (AP) — A driver accused of concealing his history of seizures to get a license and striking and seriously injuring a Denver police officer during a protest over police killings was ordered held on $50,000 bond Thursday.

MIT expert: US rules make chances of cockpit takeover slim

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:28
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts Institute of Technology aviation analyst says U.S. flight regulations make it unlikely that a single jetliner pilot could barricade himself or herself inside the cockpit.

The nation's fastest growing metro areas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:22
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — New figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday show that six Florida metro areas were among the nation's top 20 fastest-growing cities in the United States.

Sheriff: Young brothers cooking before shooting kills 2

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:21
HUDSON, Fla. (AP) — A 12-year-old boy was cooking with his older brother when an argument erupted, and the boy shot his 6-year-old brother to death, wounded his older brother in the leg and killed himself, a sheriff said Thursday.

Ohio firefighter dies from injuries during rescue effort

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:20

Lauren Brown stands with other residents outside her King Towers apartment in Cincinnati on Thursday, March 26, 2015, after an early morning fire which resulted in the death of veteran Cincinnati firefighter Daryl Gordon. Authorities in Cincinnati say Gordon, a 29-year veteran firefighter, died of injuries suffered during rescue efforts in the southwest Ohio apartment complex blaze. (AP Photo/The Enquirer, Cameron Knight) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALESCINCINNATI (AP) — A 29-year veteran firefighter died "a hero" Thursday from injuries he suffered while searching for people to rescue from a burning Cincinnati apartment building, authorities said.

Maker of tainted medical scopes issues new cleaning guide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:18
WASHINGTON (AP) — The maker of medical scopes that have been linked to two recent "superbug" outbreaks at California hospitals has issued new cleaning instructions for the devices, amid scrutiny from regulators, lawmakers and medical professionals.

Lawmakers urge more study of US tribal recognition changes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:16
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Several congressional members called on the U.S. Interior Department Thursday to slow down an overhaul of the rules for granting federal recognition to American Indian tribes, saying more study is needed of problems that could result from lowering the bar for the coveted status.

Residents atop failing dam fret about plan to replace it

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:13

Buckeye Lake State Park manager Jason Wesley inspects part of the dam at Buckeye Lake Monday, March 23, 2015, in Buckeye Lake, Ohio. The earthen dam at central Ohio's Buckeye Lake is deteriorating, which perhaps isn't surprising for a 180-year-old structure. Since the state sold parts of it for private use in 1895, bits and chunks have been carved away. When a report this month warned the dam could fail, the state decided to replace it and keep the water level low for now. Businesses and residents worry about the effect on tourism, property values and local lifestyles. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)BUCKEYE LAKE, Ohio (AP) — J-me Braig smiles fondly as she talks about the six generations of her family that have loved Buckeye Lake. She's in good spirits, considering a recent report warned that the 4.1-mile earthen dam into which her home is built could fail catastrophically and flood neighborhoods behind it, threatening 3,000 people.

Contractor extradited from Iraq pleads guilty in bribes case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:11
CINCINNATI (AP) — A man extradited from Iraq on military contract bribery charges has pleaded guilty to three charges in an agreement with federal prosecutors, nearly seven years after he was first arrested in Las Vegas and then fled after cutting off an ankle monitor.

73-year-old gets 75 years for trying to reclaim former ranch

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:11
HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — A 73-year-old man who threatened from behind bars to forcibly take back the western Montana ranch he lost in a 1979 divorce has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for intimidating and stalking its owners.

Lawyer releases Bergdahl's description of captivity, torture

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:09

FILE - This undated file image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A U.S. official says Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years, will be court martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, file)Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl described his five years as a Taliban captive in a note released Thursday by his attorney Eugene Fidell. Here are verbatim excerpts, with no spelling or grammar changes and only paragraph breaks added for clarity.

Ohio men imprisoned 18 years on murder granted new trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:06
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A judge on Thursday granted a new trial to three Cleveland men who have served 18 years in prison in a 1995 murder case, ruling that prosecutors withheld evidence that might have proven them innocent. Cuyahoga County prosecutors plan to appeal Judge Nancy Margaret Russo's ruling ordering the retrial for the three men, spokesman Joseph Frolik said. Derrick Wheatt, Laurese Glover and Eugene Johnson were teenagers when they were charged with killing Clifton Hudson in East Cleveland and have spent 18 years in prison.

Tribe turns to international commission in ski resort fight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:06

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2005, file photo, Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. speaks during a news conference following his testimony at the multi-tribe lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service over its decision to allow expansion and effluent water at the Arizona Snowbowl, in U.S. District Court in Prescott, Ariz. The Navajo Nation has turned to an human rights commission that normally deals with death penalty cases and international justice in its effort to block a sky resort from using treated wastewater to make artificial snow on a peak the tribe considers sacred. (AP Photo/The Daily Courier, Les Stukenberg, File)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has turned to an international human rights commission that has dealt with death penalty cases and foreign killings in its effort to draw attention to a northern Arizona mountain that tribes consider sacred.

Former informant: Another man admitted molesting Etan Patz

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:51
NEW YORK (AP) — A former jailhouse informant testified Thursday that someone other than the man on trial for killing 6-year-old Etan Patz admitted decades ago to kidnapping and molesting him.

Trial of ex-NFL star Hernandez interrupted by bomb threat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:47

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez sits with his defense attorney Charles Rankin during his murder trial in Fall RiverBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - A bomb scare interrupted the murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez on Thursday, forcing dozens of people including the judge, attorneys, reporters and Hernandez himself out of the courthouse for two hours. Hernandez, 25, is charged with fatally shooting semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd in an industrial park near his house in June 2013. On Thursday, Associate Justice Susan Garsh ruled that parts of phone conversations the former New England Patriots player had from jail after his arrest could be admitted as evidence, despite defense team claims they were irrelevant. Jurors were moved to a building across the street from the courthouse and Hernandez was placed in a secured prison van.