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Prosecutors: Suspects busted for stealing barrels of bourbon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:50

Evidence tags mark recovered bottles of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon shown during a news conference at the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Frankfort, Ky. Nine people were indicted relating to the theft of more than $100,000 worth of bourbon from the Wild Turkey and Buffalo Trace distilleries. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky authorities indicted nine people Tuesday on charges of spiriting away what one prosecutor called more bourbon whiskey than a person could drink in a lifetime.

Jim Gardner One-On-One with Archbishop Charles Chaput: Security, impact of pope's visit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:48

 Security, impact of pope's visitJim Gardner sits down with Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput.

Seattle man charged with burning girlfriend previously arrested in gasoline attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:41
A man charged with dousing his girlfriend with a flammable liquid and setting her on fire outside her Seattle home had previously been arrested for drenching a woman and her five-year-old son with gasoline, court officials said on Tuesday. John Turner, 62, has been charged with assault and was being held on $1 million bail in connection with the April 12 attack that left his former girlfriend with burns over 30 percent of her body, according to the King County Prosecutor's Office. Seattle police detectives said Turner was previously arrested in 2006 for allegedly dousing a woman and her 5-year-old son with gasoline, charging documents show. In the more recent case, Turner approached his former girlfriend in the parking lot of her apartment complex, and, when she tried to walk away from him, he grabbed her and doused her with the liquid, police said.

Army veteran awarded new home in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:34

Army veteran awarded new home in New JerseyWith the balloons in place, the American flags waving in the wind, and a big red bow on the front door, the stage was set to give back to a true hero, Army Staff Sgt. Mario Murray.

New Jersey rabbis convicted in forced divorce scheme

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:31
Three Orthodox Jewish rabbis were convicted in New Jersey on Tuesday of conspiracy to commit kidnapping in a scheme to force men to grant divorces to their unhappy wives under Jewish law. Two of the rabbis were convicted as well of attempted kidnapping in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey, according to the office of one of the defense attorneys. The case before U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson hinged in part on the testimony of an undercover FBI agent who posed as an Orthodox Jewish wife seeking a divorce. Orthodox Jewish women cannot get a divorce unless their husbands consent through a document known as a "get." Prosecutors said the rabbis operated a ring that kidnapped or tried to kidnap men and tortured them with beatings and stun guns until they agreed to divorce.

Death toll rises to two in massive Wyoming traffic pileup

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:26
(Reuters) - The death toll from a massive Wyoming traffic pileup climbed to two on Tuesday as one lane of a federal highway remained closed for a second day after collisions that involved 64 vehicles and injured dozens, authorities said. Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers arrested a Canadian motorist on Monday on suspicion of vehicular homicide, but authorities declined to provide details about the investigation involving Alex Dragaytsev, 45, of Quebec. Troopers initially blamed fog and slush for a pileup on U.S. Interstate 80 west of Laramie that began at 8 a.m. Monday when a semitrailer crashed into another truck and jackknifed over both lanes of the main east-west artery that crosses the southern part of the state, authorities said. Authorities increased the death toll to two on Tuesday and identified the victims as Lynn Freeman, 58, of Williford, Arkansas, and Jenay Breden of Westminister, Colorado.

DEA chief to step down, Congress probes sex party leaks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:24

DEA administrator Michele Leonhart testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in a hearing on sexual harassment and misconduct allegations at the DEA and FBI in WashingtonBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's chief will step down within weeks, the Obama administration said on Tuesday, as a congressional panel planned to examine whether DEA agents divulged secrets at sex parties that Colombian drug lords may have staged. Michele Leonhart will leave as DEA administrator in mid-May, said a statement from the Justice Department, which contains the DEA and other major law enforcement agencies. "I want to express my appreciation to Michele, not only for her leadership of the DEA since 2007, but also for her 35 years of extraordinary service to the DEA," Attorney General Eric Holder said in the statement.

Oklahoma geology group links earthquakes to oil waste wells

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:23
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Geological Survey said Tuesday it is "very likely" that most of the state's recent earthquakes were triggered by the subsurface injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas drilling operations.

No criminal charges in blaze that killed Boston firefighters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:23
BOSTON (AP) — Employees and the owner of a welding company found responsible for a fire in a brownstone last year that killed two firefighters won't face criminal charges, investigators said Tuesday.

Milwaukee to pay $6.5 million to man wrongly convicted of murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:13
By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A man, who spent 13 years in prison before DNA tests exonerated him of the murder of a teenage runaway, will receive $6.5 million from Milwaukee under an agreement approved on Tuesday unanimously by city lawmakers. Chaunte Ott, 41, was wrongly accused of killing 16-year-old Jessica Payne in Milwaukee in 1995, authorities said, adding they now believe Payne was the victim of a serial killer who died in prison.

Newspaper lawsuit against Palin stalled over confidentiality

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:12

FILE - In this April 27, 2014 file photo, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during a campaign rally in West Des Moines, Iowa. Emails show that Palin and North Jersey Media Group, publisher of The Record newspaper, settled on $15,000 over the former vice presidential candidate's political action committee's illegal use of a photo taken by a Record photographer at the World Trade Center, but attorneys for North Jersey Media Group say Palin's attorneys are demanding a confidentiality agreement. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A potential settlement between former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and a New Jersey newspaper over the use of a famous Sept. 11 photograph is stalled over confidentiality issues, court filings show.

Justice Department probing Louisiana police over detentions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:10
The U.S. Justice Department is investigating two Louisiana police departments on suspicion of engaging in a pattern of wrongly detaining people while conducting criminal investigations, the agency announced on Tuesday. The investigation will explore whether officers with the Ville Platte Police Department and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office, in central Louisiana, have engaged in the unconstitutional practice of using "investigative holds" to keep people locked up without charge, the agency said. "No individual should be detained without proper cause or arrested in violation of his or her civil rights," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. The Justice Department has conducted similar investigations that have led to changes in police departments elsewhere the country, it said.

Virginia court: Dad has rights after turkey-baster pregnancy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:04
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A woman who used a turkey baster to impregnate herself is on the losing side of a legal battle over parental rights.

Standoff at Ferguson home ends peacefully, man in custody

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:58
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A standoff involving Ferguson law enforcement officers and a man believed to have shot his brother in the head ended peacefully after hours of negotiations.

Prosecutor: All involved in FAMU hazing case were willing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:57
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The prosecutor in the case of three former band members charged with manslaughter in the hazing death of a Florida A&M University drum major told jurors Tuesday that all of those involved — even the victim — participated in a brutal act they knew was illegal.

Horseman beaten by California county lawmen to be paid $650,000

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:56
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Officials in a Southern California county said on Tuesday they would pay $650,000 to a man whose beating by sheriff's deputies following a failed getaway by horseback was caught on videotape, prompting an FBI investigation. A spokesman for San Bernardino County said in a written statement that the settlement with Francis Jared Pusok, 30, "acknowledges no wrongdoing" and settled all potential legal claims stemming from the April 9 incident. "The sole purpose of this agreement for both parties is to avoid the costs involved in litigation," James Ramos, chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, said in the statement.

Undergound blast in Wayne knocks out power, sends people running

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:53

Undergound blast in Wayne knocks out power, sends people runningVideo captured by an Action News viewer shows the moment of impact. The blast knocked out power to more than a dozen businesses and sent people running.

San Francisco board approves wild animal performance ban

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:52

A worker climbs to top of a circus tent in San Francisco in this file photoBy Emmett Berg SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Performances by wild and exotic animals, from the circus big top to movie and television sets, will soon be banned in San Francisco under an ordinance given final approval on Tuesday by the city's Board of Supervisors. Passage of the measure, opposed by the circus and motion picture industries, makes San Francisco the largest city to adopt such a sweeping prohibition on the commercial use of wild animals for public amusement, supporters said. The ordinance does not apply to domesticated animals, such as dogs, cats, horses and other livestock or pets. It does bar any public showing, carnival, fair, parade, petting zoo, ride, race, film shoot or other undertaking in which wild or exotic animals "are required to perform tricks, fight or participate as accompaniments for the entertainment, amusement or benefit of an audience." Wild and exotic animals are defined as any nondomestic or hybrid creature, whether or not it was bred in captivity.

Feds: Firm dropped part for SC nuclear plant, covered it up

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:46
ATLANTA (AP) — Federal regulators proposed an $11,200 fine Tuesday against Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. because its workers dropped a prefabricated section for a new nuclear power plant in South Carolina and then tried to cover it up, officials said.

Volunteer deputy heading to Bahamas amid manslaughter charge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:46

Robert Bates, center, leaves his arraignment in Tulsa, Okla., Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Bates, a 73-year-old Tulsa County reserve deputy who fatally shot a suspect who was pinned down by officers, pleaded not guilty to a second-degree manslaughter charge. With Bates are his daughter, Leslie McCreary, right, and an unidentified grandson at left. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A volunteer sheriff's deputy plans to vacation in the Bahamas while facing a second-degree manslaughter charge in Oklahoma, his attorneys told a judge Tuesday, drawing immediate criticism from the family of the man he killed.