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Kansas commune leader gets life term for slaying of member

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:32

Daniel Perez sits in Sedgwick District Court in Wichita, Kan., before sentencing, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. A judge sentenced Perez, the head of a former Kansas commune, to life in prison for the killing of a commune member 12 years ago. Perez was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder last month in the 2003 drowning death of Patricia Hughes at the suburban Wichita compound where the commune lived. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher)WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man who led a Kansas commune that collected millions of dollars in life insurance payouts from dead members was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for the drowning death of one of them 12 years ago.

Owner of Blue Bell home hit by bus: 'Like an explosion'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:27
The owner of a Blue Bell home that was hit by a school bus on Tuesday morning said the crash came terrifyingly close to becoming a tragedy.

Ex-NFL star Sharper pleads guilty in Vegas sex assault case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:15

Former NFL safety Darren Sharper, center, with his attorneys, Lisa Wayne, left, and Leonard Levine, right, appear in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, March 23, 2015. Sharper was sentenced to nine years in federal prison Monday immediately after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman in Arizona, marking the first change of plea of the day for the former safety accused of drugging and assaulting women in four states. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, Pool)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former NFL star Darren Sharper pleaded guilty Tuesday in Las Vegas to a reduced felony attempted sex assault charge, in the third part of a four-state plea deal that prosecutors say will put him in federal prison for about nine years.

Utah brings back the firing squad, so how does it work?

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:13

FILE - This June 18, 2010, file photo shows the firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. Utah's governor has signed a law that makes his state the only one to allow firing squads for carrying out executions if no lethal injection drugs are available. Gov. Gary Herbert signed the bill Monday, March 23, 2015. He has said he finds the method "a little bit gruesome," but that it gives the state a fallback execution method. (AP Photo/Trent Nelson, Pool, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has given his stamp of approval to a law that brings back the firing squad in the only state that has used it in the past 40 years.

Friend of accused Boston bombers pleads guilty to lying to investigators

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:11
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A citizen of Kyrgyzstan who was friends with the accused Boston Marathon bombers pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of lying to investigators probing the deadly 2013 attack. The man, cabdriver Khairullozhon Matanov, approached police four days after the bombing that killed three people and injured 264 to say that he knew accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, but played down how well he knew the pair. "Guilty," Matanov, 24, said in an afternoon hearing at U.S. District Court in Boston when asked how he pleaded to three charges of lying to investigators in a federal investigation and one of destroying evidence, for deleting files on his laptop. A deal with prosecutors could result in a sentence of two-and-a-half years in prison, less time served, said U.S. District Judge William Young, who did not immediately accept the deal.

Firing of Milwaukee police officer who shot man upheld

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:01
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee's police chief was justified in firing a white officer who killed a black man during a scuffle last year, a panel of police commissioners ruled Monday night.

Western congress members seek full funding for quake warning

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:01
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three dozen members of Congress from California, Oregon and Washington on Tuesday pressed for full funding of a West Coast earthquake early warning system.

Fugitive's dad tells why he thinks son fled in Facebook case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:55
NEW YORK (AP) — A fugitive facing charges he falsely claimed he's owed a majority ownership in Facebook fled after complaining he was being treated unfairly in courts, his father said Tuesday.

Human remains found in NE Philly yard, 1 in custody

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:35

Human remains found in Frankford yard, 1 in custodyPolice say one person is in custody after human remains were found in the backyard of a home in Northeast Philadelphia.

Head of New York Dominican Day Parade ousted after improprieties found

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:34
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of New York City's Dominican Day Parade was ousted from his post on Tuesday after an investigation found he mismanaged the finances and operation of the popular yearly procession, the state attorney general said. Nelson Peña, who oversaw the parade for two decades, failed to keep proper records, had no functioning boards of directors and did not file annual financial reports required of nonprofits by law, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. Started in 1982 as a small celebration, New York's Dominican Day Parade now draws more than a half-million revelers each August in what is believed to be the country's largest parade celebrating Dominican identity and culture. "Whatever nonprofit organization is responsible for its operation must be properly constituted, comply with New York law, and be accountable and transparent," Schneiderman said.

Mediator to lead talks following Washington police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:30
PASCO, Wash. (AP) — A federal mediator will travel to Washington state next week to begin talks between a police department and community groups outraged by the recent shooting of an unarmed Mexican man by officers.

First Images of Debris From Plane Crash in French Alps

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:30
An Airbus operated by Germanwings crashed in southern France with 150 people aboard, the airline confirmed.

Three arrested as Chicago protesters demand police reforms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:29
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Three people were arrested on Tuesday at a protest at Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office demanding reforms to the nation's second-largest police department, including an end to what protesters consider excessive use of "stop and frisk" searches. A group of about 100 protesters, which included several clergy members, chanted "black lives matter," sang "We Shall Overcome," and lay down in front of the mayor's City Hall office until staff agreed to meet with some of them. The protesters cited an American Civil Liberties Union report issued Monday showing that black Chicagoans were subjected to 72 percent of all police stops, yet constitute just 32 percent of the city's population, the report said. The ACLU issued the report at a time of increased scrutiny of policing practices and nationwide protests over the shooting and choke-hold deaths of unarmed African-American men.

Connecticut home of Sandy Hook school shooter is demolished

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:09

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2012, file photo, a police cruiser sits in the driveway of the home of Nancy Lanza in Newtown, Conn., the Colonial-style house where she had lived with her son Adam Lanza. Newtown Legislative Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob said Tuesday, March 24, 2015, that the building was torn down on Monday. Nancy Lanza was killed there by her son before he forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, where he killed 20 first-graders and six educators. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut home of the man who carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary school has been demolished, Newtown officials said Tuesday.

Trial set for videographer arrested covering Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:03

Freelance journalist Mary Moore poses for a portrait before entering Ferguson Municipal Court Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Moore was charged with municipal violations after an arrest on Oct. 3., while covering a demonstration outside Ferguson police headquarters. The St. Louis-based videographer said she wants her reputation, and her criminal record, cleared. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A video journalist arrested while covering the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after Michael Brown was fatally shot last summer plans to fight the charges at trial.

U.S. Joint Chiefs drafting military cyber standards: arms tester

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:03
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chief U.S. weapons tester said on Tuesday he was working with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to draft military requirements to address widespread cyber vulnerabilities in nearly every arms program and military command. An announcement is expected soon from the Joint Chiefs, who oversee and set requirements for all military weapons purchases, said Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation. Gilmore said the office of Navy Admiral James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs, has made "a lot of progress" on developing a "sensible and measurable" joint military requirement for cybersecurity.

Former Alamo managers sue Texas in battle over archives

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:01
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The private heritage group that managed the Alamo, the site of the famed 1836 battle for Texas independence, has sued the state over what it says is an illegal attempt to take over some 38,000 rare books, letters, and artifacts it owns. The lawsuit filed by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT), which had run the San Antonio site for more than century before being dismissed by the Texas Land Office earlier this month, claims the office "unilaterally declared" the state is the rightful owner of the valuable collection. "The DRT, indeed all Texans, deserve better treatment," the group said in its lawsuit filed on Monday in a Bexar County court. Land Office spokeswoman Brittany Eck said the office "does not comment on pending litigation." The suit comes as state and city officials look to revamp the downtown plaza where the structure's famed facade has become one of the most recognizable and most visited items in the state.

Reptile roundup: Arrest warrant leads to reptile seizure

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:54

In an undated photo provided by the New Castle County (Del.) Police Department, authorities remove a monitor lizard from an apartment in Wilmington, Del. Delaware authorities say the search for a woman on probation with several outstanding warrants, turned up drugs, guns and 17 dangerous reptiles. Authorities say they arrested three people, 25-five-year-old Jennifer Chadwick, 32-year-old Antonio Graves and 28-year-old Jerimiah Feaster, in a filthy New Castle County apartment Friday, March 20, 2015. All three face gun and drug charges, as well as charges of endangering a 3-year-old found in the apartment. Authorities removed 16 monitor lizards and a boa constrictor from the apartment. The lizards, which are not legal to own, were described by local zoo officials as extremely dangerous, especially around children. The apartment was condemned and deemed unfit for habitation. (AP Photo/New Castle County (Del.) Police Department)NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — Delaware authorities say the search for a woman on probation with several outstanding warrants turned up drugs, guns and 17 dangerous reptiles.

Appeals court hears arguments over license for orca 'Lolita'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:43
MIAMI (AP) — Animal rights groups that want a captive killer whale removed from Miami Seaquarium asked federal appeals judges Tuesday to send their lawsuit against the tourist attraction and the U.S. Department of Agriculture back to a U.S. district court.

Utah to use firing squads if lethal drugs are unavailable

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:38

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015, file photo, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert speaks to members of the media during a news conference at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions Monday when Herbert signed a law approving the controversial method's use when no lethal-injection drugs are available. Herbert has said he finds the firing squad "a little bit gruesome," but Utah is a capital punishment state and needs a backup execution method in case a shortage of the drugs persists. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions if lethal injection drugs are unavailable when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law approving the method, even though he has called it "a little bit gruesome."