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Woman, 75, gets life for killing husband in Wyoming 40 years ago

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:21

FILE - In this April 9, 2014 file photo, Alice Uden listens to the judge during jury selection in her murder trial at the Laramie County District Court in Cheyenne, Wyo. On Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, a judge in Cheyenne is scheduled to sentence Alice Uden, who killed her husband with a bullet to the head in the mid-1970s. The 75-year-old faces at least 20 years in prison but could get up to a life sentence. (AP Photo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Miranda Grubbs, File)An elderly Missouri woman convicted of killing her husband four decades ago and burying his body in an abandoned Wyoming gold mine was sentenced to life in prison by a Wyoming judge on Monday, a prosecutor said. Laramie County District Attorney Scott Homar had sought a minimum of 20 years in prison for Alice Uden, 75, of Chadwick, Missouri, while her lawyer argued for a suspended sentence that would see her get probation. Uden, who ultimately remarried and was living quietly in Missouri when she was arrested a year ago, was found guilty in May of second-degree murder in the shooting death in Wyoming in 1974 or 1975 of Ronald Holtz. She was arrested alongside her second husband, Gerald Uden, who was himself convicted last year of the 1980 killing of his ex-wife and her two young sons, and sentenced to life in prison.


U.S. seeks life in prison for bin Laden son-in-law Abu Ghaith

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:17

An artist sketch shows Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a militant who appeared in videos as a spokesman for al Qaeda after the September 11, 2001 attacks, appearing at the U.S. District Court in ManhattanBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States on Monday said Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, should spend the rest of his life in prison following his conviction on terrorism-related charges. Abu Ghaith, 48, had been convicted in March by a Manhattan federal jury for conspiring to kill Americans, conspiring to provide material support for terrorists, and providing such support. In a court filing, prosecutors portrayed Abu Ghaith as a charismatic mouthpiece for al Qaeda after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks who recorded inflammatory videos to recruit new members, and said the defendant showed no remorse and lied at his trial. Prosecutors also rejected arguments by defense lawyers, who seek a 15-year prison term, that Abu Ghaith did not knowingly plot to murder Americans, and that his speeches amounted to mere "whistling past the graveyard" because al Qaeda was already reeling.


Slain Missouri teen remembered with calls for peace, justice

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:15
By Edward McAllister and Nick Carey ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Family and supporters of Michael Brown on Monday celebrated the life of the black teenager slain by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in a music-filled funeral service ringing with calls for peace and police reforms. Brown's body lay in a black and gold casket at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church, topped with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap he was wearing when he was killed on Aug. 9. People jammed inside the modern red-brick church and gathered outside on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in St. Louis for the celebration, a markedly different scene from the violent protests that rocked the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson after the police shooting of the unarmed 18-year-old Brown. "It was real spiritual," said Mike Montgomery, a black city employee who said he took the day off from work to attend.

Ex-Va. governor faces questions from prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:07

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, is swarmed by media as arrives at Federal Court with his daughter Cailin Young, left of McDonnell, in Richmond, Va., Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Prosecutors are expected to cross-examine the former governor during his corruption trial Monday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell faced sharp questions Monday from prosecutors about his personal finances, his interactions with a wealthy businessman and what the government claims were his attempts to conceal those details.


A Florida first: Crocodile attacks couple during late-night dip

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:05
Lisset Rendon, 23, was bitten in her left shoulder before she could struggle out of the crocodile's jaws, after she and Alejandro Jimenez, 26, jumped into a canal, Jorge Pino, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “They started swimming and apparently at some point they came face-to-face with a nine-foot crocodile,” Pino said. Though Florida is well known for incidents involving its large alligator population, American crocodiles number less than 2,000 and live mostly in the southeastern region near the Everglades. Another couple in an unconfirmed 2011 attack claimed a crocodile flipped their kayak as they paddled through the Florida Keys.

Oklahoma City police dog dies of stab wounds: media reports

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:04
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma City police dog stabbed multiple times died on Monday as a result of wounds it incurred while trying to subdue a suspect who led police on a high-speed car chase and then was shot dead by an officer, local media quoted police as saying. When the driver began running along a service road, the Oklahoma City K9 officer released his police dog, which chased and caught the suspect, who took out a knife and started stabbing the animal, Oklahoma City Police Captain Dexter Nelson said. The officer, identified as 13-year-veteran Ryan Stark, then fatally shot the man.

Phillies' Jerome Williams pitching with a purpose

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:00

Phillies' Jerome Williams pitching with a purposeEvery time Phillies pitcher Jerome Williams takes the mound, he makes a pitch to honor his mom.


Woman, 75, gets life term for killing husband

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:57

FILE - In this April 20, 2014 file photo, Alice Uden listens to the judge during jury selection at the Laramie County District Court in Cheyenne, Wyo. A judge sentenced Uden to life in prison on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, for killing her husband with a rifle in the mid-1970s and throwing his body down the shaft of an abandoned gold mine, where it remained for nearly 40 years.(AP Photo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Miranda Grubbs, File)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge in Wyoming sentenced a 75-year-old Missouri woman to life in prison on Monday for killing her husband with a rifle in the mid-1970s and throwing his body down the shaft of an abandoned gold mine, where it remained for nearly 40 years.


Two people killed in Illinois metal recycling plant blast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:54

 A pile of scrap metal sits at General Iron Industries in Chicago(Reuters) - Two people were killed and one was injured on Monday in an explosion at a metal recycling plant in southern Illinois possibly caused by a mortar round, according to police and the coroner's office. The blast occurred at about 6:30 a.m. local time in Granite City, about 8 miles (13 km) northeast of St. Louis at Totall Metal Recycling, a company that gets some of its material from the military, Granite City police said. The explosion is believed to have been caused by a mortar round, Granite City Police Major Jeff Connor told a news conference. "There's nothing malicious," Granite City Police Chief Rich Miller said, describing it as an industrial accident.


Lawyer: No evidence tied to drunken driver's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:52
ANGLETON, Texas (AP) — The attorney for a Texas father accused of fatally shooting a drunken driver who caused an accident that killed his two sons argued with investigators Monday that none of the evidence they have presented at trial directly links his client to the murder.

Car breaks apart, 1 dead in Hatfield crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:47

Car breaks apart, 1 dead in Hatfield crashA crash in Montgomery County killed one person and injured another early Monday.


Mourners urge black Americans to take action

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:46
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown — recalling him as a "gentle giant," aspiring rapper and recent high school graduate on his way to a technical college.

Man wanted for impersonating cop in Trenton sex assault arrested

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:45

Man wanted for impersonating cop in Trenton sex assault arrestedPolice have arrested the man who they say posed as an officer and sexually assaulted a store clerk in Trenton, New Jersey.


Man stricken with ALS suspected of killing 2 women

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:43

In this Aug. 22, 2014 photo emergency personnel transport Andy Steele, a recently retired Dane County sheriff's deputy, from his hom in Fitchburg, Wis. Authorities said Steele, 39, has been arrested in the fatal shooting of his wife, Ashlee Steele, 39, and sister-in-law, Kacee Tollesfsbol, 38, who were found shot dead in the Steele home. Charges are expected early this week, according to police. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — When Andrew Steele retired as a sheriff's deputy, his career cut short by the advance of ALS, he had no bigger cheerleader than his wife. Ashlee Steele spearheaded a drive to raise $75,000 for his medical care, and her Facebook feed is filled with the shrieks and laughter of the cold-water challenges the couple's family and friends were eager to accept.


Judge dismisses lawsuit over U.S. businessman's Bahamas copter crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:42
Soffer, husband of supermodel Elle Macpherson and part owner of Miami Beach's famed Fontainebleau Hotel, was on board the helicopter when it went down near an exclusive resort on Great Guana Cay in the Abacos island chain. The lawsuit, which was filed this year by the widow of Lance Valdez, the man killed in the crash, alleged Soffer had illegally taken the controls of the aircraft at the time of the accident, something the businessman repeatedly denied.

Police: Mortar round caused deadly plant blast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:24

Emergency workers head in to Totall Metal Recycling in Granite City, Ill., Monday morning, Aug. 25, 2014, following an explosion at the recycling plant. Police say two people are dead and more are injured after an explosion. Officials fear more explosions, perhaps from live ammunition rounds. (AP Photo/Belleville News-Democrat, Derik Holtmann)GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — A mortar round exploded Monday at a suburban St. Louis metal recycling plant that does business with the military, killing two people.


California wine country quake losses seen in the billions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:24

Frames lay in a pile at a framing business damaged by Sunday's magnitude 6.0 earthquake in NapaBy Christina Farr and Robin Respaut NAPA Calif. (Reuters) - The strong earthquake that jolted residents of California's historic Napa Valley wine country out of their beds in the wee hours on Sunday caused insured property losses likely to run in the hundreds of millions of dollars, but the region's economic losses will be several times that amount, experts said on Monday. The magnitude 6.0 quake, the biggest to hit California's Bay Area in 25 years, struck before dawn on Sunday near Napa, injuring more than 200 people and damaging dozens of buildings in the picturesque community northeast of San Francisco. At least 49 buildings in Napa, a town of 77,000 residents, were "red-tagged" as unsafe to enter, including the Napa Senior Center and the local courthouse, and that figure was expected to rise as additional structures were inspected, officials said. The quake struck just as the grape-harvesting season is getting under way in Napa County, a significant wine-producing area that generates thousands of jobs in the region.


Judge orders FBI to investigate witness tampering

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:15

Utah lawyer Jesse Trentadue looks down before speaking with the media outside of federal court Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Salt Lake City. A federal judge has ordered the FBI to scrutinize allegations one of its agents pressured a witness not to testify in a trial about videos related to the Oklahoma City bombing. Trentadue claims the FBI urged a former government operative not to testify, which the agency calls baseless. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)A federal judge has ordered the FBI to scrutinize allegations that the agency pressured a witness not to testify in a trial about videos related to the Oklahoma City bombing.


Kindergartner missing for hours before family told

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:13

This undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows 21-year-old Christina Regusters. The trial of Regusters, charged with abducting a kindergartner from her Philadelphia classroom and sexually assaulting her, is being delayed amid jury problems. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A kindergartner abducted from her school was missing for six hours before her family learned she was gone, witnesses testified Monday as a young woman's kidnapping and sexual assault trial opened.


Amazon to buy video game streaming platform Twitch

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:11
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games.