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Death row inmate at 16, later freed, she can't escape past

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/04/2015 - 07:16

In this July 5, 2012 photo, Paula Cooper poses for a photograph in the kitchen of the Rockville Correctional Facility in Rockville, Ind. In 1986, Cooper became one of the youngest inmates on death row, a year after the stabbing of 78-year-old Ruth Pelke. In 1989, the Indiana Supreme Court spared Cooper's life, citing a recent state law and a U.S. Supreme Court decision that barred executions of those under 16. (AP Photo/The Times, Sarah Tompkins) CHICAGO LOCALS OUT; GARY OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT: THE TIMES, SARAH TOMPKINSINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — She slipped out of the house before dawn, leaving behind four handwritten letters.

Woman accused of punching 10-year-old over his manners

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/04/2015 - 07:06
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police have arrested a woman who they say punched a 10-year-old boy in the face because she believed he had poor manners.

Gunman in Oregon college massacre committed suicide

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/04/2015 - 06:52

Oregon college shooting suspect Chris Harper-Mercer is seen in a photo taken from his Myspace accountBy Courtney Sherwood and Emily Flitter ROSEBURG, Ore. (Reuters) - The gunman who killed his English professor and eight others at an Oregon community college committed suicide after a shootout with police who were on the scene within five minutes and exchanged fire with him almost immediately, authorities said. Investigators had previously said the 26-year-old shooter was killed by the officers who raced to the rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, which ranks as the deadliest among dozens of U.S. mass shootings in the past two years. Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin told a news conference on Saturday the state medical examiner had determined that the gunman, Christopher Harper-Mercer, took his own life.

Southeast Hit by 'Historic' Rainfall

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/04/2015 - 06:30
A major storm that has already brought up to 11 inches of rain to parts of North and South Carolina is expected to bring more heavy rain in the next 24 hours.

Hurricane Joaquin threatens Bermuda, U.S. hit by separate storms

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/04/2015 - 06:16
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Powerful Hurricane Joaquin headed toward Bermuda on Saturday after hammering the Bahamas and leaving a cargo ship with 33 mostly American crew members missing in its wake. Meanwhile, vast swaths of U.S. Southeast and mid-Atlantic states were grappling with heavy rains and flooding from a separate weather system which has already caused at least two deaths, washed out roads and prompted evacuations and flash flood warnings. President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in South Carolina, making federal emergency funds available.

Police: Woman beaten to death in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/04/2015 - 06:10

Woman in custody after fatal stabbing in TaconyPhiladelphia police have a suspect in custody in a North Philadelphia murder.

2 shot in a drive-by shooting during vigil for double homicide in Northwest Fresno

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/04/2015 - 06:04

2 shot in a drive-by shooting during vigil for double homicide in Northwest FresnoPolice are investigating a shooting that injured two people at same location as Thursday's double fatal shootout.

AccuWeather: Cloudy, Breezy Sunday

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/04/2015 - 05:50

 Cloudy, Breezy SundayMeteorologist Melissa Magee says coastal flooding is still a concern at the shore.

More than 20 injured in roof collapse at North Carolina school

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/04/2015 - 05:45
Iredell County Emergency Medical Services said in a statement online that 22 injured people, some with life threatening wounds, were transported to local hospitals from North Iredell High School in the community of Olin. It was not immediately clear if all the people hurt in the incident were students or if some were adults. Some students were trapped when the structure came down, according to the station.

At least 12 students hurt when truck causes awning to fall

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/04/2015 - 05:43
OLIN, N.C. (AP) — At least a dozen students were hurt when a box truck struck a concrete support for an awning at a North Carolina high school and part of the overhang collapsed Saturday, authorities said.

Oregon shooting victims: Teens just starting out, teacher

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/04/2015 - 05:33

Reporters copy photographs of three of the victims of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College that were displayed at a news conference, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore. In the photos, from left, are Quinn Cooper, 18, Lucas Eibel,18, center, and Jason Johnson, 33. They were among those killed when Chris Harper Mercer walked into a class at the community college the day before and opened fire. (AP Photo/Rich PedroncelliPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The nine people killed after a gunman opened fire on an Oregon community college took different paths to the small rural campus. Some were teens starting college for the first time; others were adults seeking a second career. One was an assistant professor of English at the college.

NY woman accused in Ohio of contaminating son's feeding tube

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/04/2015 - 05:19
CINCINNATI (AP) — A New York mother is accused of putting something dangerous in her 4-year-old son's feeding tube while he was being treated for a rare disease at an Ohio hospital.

Teen driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 5

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/04/2015 - 05:14
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — An unlicensed teenage driver who was at the wheel during a fiery freeway crash in Irvine last year that killed five of his friends was charged with vehicular manslaughter.

Father of Oregon campus shooter asks how he got so many guns

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/04/2015 - 05:03
(Reuters) - The father of the Oregon college gunman said on Saturday he "has to have some kind of issue" with his mental health to have killed nine people execution-style and wondered how he amassed such a large cache of weapons. "How on earth could he compile 13 guns?", Ian Mercer told CNN during a televised interview two days after his son Chris Harper-Mercer, 26, killed himself after opening fire in a classroom at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

Priest accused of pointing musket at 8-year-old parishioner

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/04/2015 - 04:56
LITTLE FERRY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey priest allegedly pointed a functioning musket at a young boy inside the church's rectory and indicated he would fire, an incident that may have been spurred by a football rivalry.

Clinton gets endorsement of largest U.S. labor union

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/04/2015 - 04:41

Democratic presidential candidate Clinton speaks to supporters at the Human Rights Campaign in WashingtonU.S. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, who has been vying with challenger Bernie Sanders for the support of organized labor, scored a win on Saturday with an endorsement from the National Education Association, a huge teachers union. The NEA, the largest U.S. labor union with 3 million members, is the latest in a string of unions to support Clinton, including the American Federation of Teachers and the machinists' union. Clinton's lead in opinion polls has been narrowing against Sanders, a Vermont senator who has rallied progressives with his pledges to tackle income inequality and rein in Wall Street.

Police: Couple dead in apparent murder-suicide in Deptford Twp., N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/04/2015 - 04:29

 Couple dead in apparent murder-suicide in Deptford Twp., N.J.Police say a 67-year-old husband and his 72-year-old wife have died in what appears to be a murder-suicide in Deptford Township, New Jersey.

Two brothers killed in single-vehicle crash in Berwyn

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/04/2015 - 04:28

Two brothers killed in single-vehicle crash in BerwynChester County authorities are investigating a fatal, single-vehicle crash in Berwyn that left two brothers dead.

New York building blast and fire kills one, injures three

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/04/2015 - 04:25

Firefighters respond to an apparent gas explosion and fire in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkOne person was killed and three more were injured in a gas explosion and fire that ripped the facade off of a three-story building in New York on Saturday, fire officials said. More than 160 firefighters were battling the four-alarm blaze, reported to the New York Fire Department at 1:05 p.m. local time, by late afternoon in the borough of Brooklyn, a spokesman with the department said. "On behalf of all New Yorkers, my thoughts and prayers are with those who have been impacted by today's explosion, especially the friends and family of those lost or injured," Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

Oregon gunman's family 'shocked and deeply saddened': statement

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/04/2015 - 04:24
The family of the Oregon college massacre suspect said they shocked and deeply saddened by the slaughter that left 10 dead including the gunman, according to a brief statement released on their behalf on Saturday by Oregon state police. It did not name the gunman, nor the family members who issued the statement.