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US border agency: 155 force cases need more review

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 06:36
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The agency that oversees the U.S. Border Patrol said Friday that an initial review of cases involving use of force and alleged misconduct by agents and inspectors found 155 that merit further investigation.

NFL's Vikings looking into reports Adrian Peterson indicted for child abuse

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 06:33

 Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota VikingsBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - The Minnesota Vikings said on Friday they were looking at the legal situation of star running back Adrian Peterson after media reports said he had been indicted in a child injury case. My Fox Houston reported on Friday that Peterson, a Texas native, has been indicted in Montgomery County, north of Houston, for reckless or negligent injury to a child. The report comes on the heels of the NFL suspending Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice for domestic violence. "The Vikings are in the process of gathering information regarding the legal situation involving Adrian Peterson," the team said in a statement.

U.S. uses state secrets law to intervene in Iran-related lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 06:27
Lawyers for the government argued that proceedings in the private dispute between a Greek businessman and U.S.-based UANI could "cause harm to national security" if they are allowed to continue. Greek businessman and ship owner Victor Restis last year sued UANI for defamation after UANI, whose advisors include former intelligence officials from the United States, Europe and Israel, accused him of violating sanctions on Iran by exporting oil from the country.

U.S. judge orders Arizona to recognize gay couple's marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 06:24
A federal judge on Friday ordered Arizona to recognize the California marriage of a gay man whose spouse died from cancer last month, a ruling that could foreshadow a decision on the state's same-sex marriage ban. District Judge John Sedwick ruled that Arizona must prepare a death certificate for George Martinez that lists him as being married and names partner Fred McQuire as the surviving spouse. "Today's order means that Fred can grieve his husband with dignity and a lot less worry about his own future," said Jennifer Pizer, plaintiff's attorney for Lambda Legal Education and Defense Fund. All he ever wanted to do was take care of Fred, and Judge Sedwick's order will make sure his last wish is fulfilled." State officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Lawyers want 2,000 potential jurors called for Boston bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 06:23
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, could face the death penalty if he is convicted on charges tied to the largest mass-casualty attack on U.S. Tsarnaev is awaiting trial on charges of killing three people and injuring more than 260 with twin homemade pressure-cooker bombs on April 15, 2013, as well as shooting dead a university police officer three days later. District Court in Boston that they expected to need about a week to comb through the pool to select a panel of 12 jurors and six alternates to hear the case.

New PPL Center hopes to revitalize Lehigh Valley

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 06:20

New PPL Center hopes to revitalize Lehigh ValleyThe newly opened $177 million PPL Center in Allentown aims to be an economic boost for the Lehigh Valley.

Foley family: We were 'threatened' over ransom

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 06:17

Sign outside a shop remembers James Foley in his hometown of RochesterThe family of murdered American journalist James Foley says it was threatened by a U.S. ABC News quoted Foley's mother and brother as saying a military officer working for President Barack Obama's National Security Council had told them several times that they could face criminal charges if they paid a ransom. The White House refused to discuss conversations that the family had with officials, but said they involved people from different government branches, including the White House, the FBI, the intelligence agencies and the Defense Department. "I'm not going to get into who said what in the context of these individual conversations," spokesman Josh Earnest said, but he reaffirmed the U.S.

Lawyer to appeal to high court on gay conversion

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 06:14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An attorney for two associations and two licensed therapists suing to overturn New Jersey's ban on so-called gay conversion therapy said Friday he will petition the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

Owners of dogs in fatal attack to stand trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 06:14
LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — A judge has ordered a Michigan couple to stand trial on murder and other charges in the fatal mauling of a jogger by two of their dogs.

A look at voter photo ID requirements

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 06:12
Nineteen states have laws that require voters to show photo identification at the polls, though legal fights are pending over the issue in four states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Civil rights groups argue such laws unfairly target poor and elderly residents who are less likely to have IDs, while supporters say they protect against voter fraud.

'Six Californias' initiative fails for 2016 ballot

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 06:12

FILE-- In this July 15, 2014 file photo Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper talks to reporters next to boxes of petitions for a ballot initiative that would ask voters to split California into six separate states, before turning them into the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters, in Sacramento, Calif. The secretary of state's office reported Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, that the initiative failed to qualify for the 2016 ballot because only 66 percent of the 1.37 million signatures submitted were projected to be valid.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,file)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A ballot initiative that would have asked voters to split California into six separate states failed to qualify for the ballot in 2016, the secretary of state's office reported Friday.

Ebola patient in Omaha eating ice cream

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 06:11

In this photo from Sept. 10, 2014, which was released by the Nebraska Medical Center, ebola patient Dr. Richard Sacra listens to Bible verses, read to him by his wife Debbie Sacra, unseen, via a video link . Dr. Sacra is being treated at the biocontainment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. The photo was taken by their son, Max. (AP Photo/Nebraska Medical Center, Max Sacra)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Officials at the Nebraska Medical Center where an American aid worker infected with Ebola is being treated say the patient is getting his appetite back.

Support for death penalty hits 50-year low in California

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 06:09
The majority of California voters still favor the death penalty as a form of punishment but support has dwindled to a 50-year low, according to a Field Poll released on Friday. The poll shows that 56 percent of California voters support the continued use of the death penalty as punishment for heinous crimes while 34 percent are opposed, a drop of 12 percentage points from 2011, when 68 percent of voters said they supported capital punishment. In 1965, 51 percent of Californians supported the death penalty while 39 percent were opposed. Meanwhile, the percentage of voters who oppose the death penalty has increased 7 percentage points, up from 27 percent in 2011, according to the Field Poll.

Detroit end in sight as deals leave FGIC last major bankruptcy holdout

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 06:08
By Karen Pierog and Lisa Lambert DETROIT (Reuters) - With key players in Detroit's historic bankruptcy case locked in marathon mediation sessions, the pressure is on bond insurer Financial Guaranty Insurance Co., the last major holdout creditor, to settle with the city. Judicial mediator Gerald Rosen has ordered the city and some of its major creditors including FGIC to keep talking until they come to an agreement. Another deadline looms outside of the court process: Kevyn Orr, the city's emergency manager, is expected to end his term on Sept. 29. Detroit's surprise settlement earlier this week with the other major bond insurer, Syncora Guarantee Inc., in addition to prior deals with pension funds, unions, retirees and some bondholders could mean FGIC may have missed its opportunity to recoup a significant portion of the $1.1 billion it has on the line from insuring Detroit debt.

NJ day care center worker who served bleach is fired

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 06:08

NJ day care center worker who served bleach is firedAn employee has been fired and a New Jersey day care center reopened Friday.

Kids hit by pickup in NE Phila. are back home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 05:58

Kids hit by pickup in NE Phila. are back homeTwo children are back home with their family after a terrifying crash

Three dead in Southern California crash in off-road area

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 05:57
Three people were killed when their pick-up truck fell about 200 feet down a ravine in an area of Southern California popular with off-road drivers, but despite the steep drop two men survived and one phoned for help, police said on Friday. It was not immediately clear what caused the five young people, who were in a Chevy pick-up truck, to fall off the edge of a dirt road in a remote part of Santa Clarita, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Eric Priessman.

Child pornography suspect nabbed from Alabama university blanket photos

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 05:57
(Reuters) - Authorities caught an Alabama man who confessed to making and disseminating child pornography with the help of a key clue, court records show - a University of Alabama blanket visible in illicit photos discovered by Danish police. Victor Gray Dingler, 33, who was arrested earlier this week, has admitted to sexually abusing two young girls in Alabama, as well as taking pictures of that abuse, according to a federal criminal complaint. Speaking to investigators earlier this week, the girl in those photos identified herself as the victim and Dingler as the perpetrator, the affidavit said. According to an affidavit accompanying the complaint, Dingler raped that girl, now aged 7, during 2011 and 2012 in Etowah County, in eastern Alabama.

Prosecutors target credit card thieves overseas

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 05:56

Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell speaks at the Justice Department's Health Care Fraud Training Conference at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) headquarters in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Working to combat an increasingly lucrative crime that crosses geographic boundaries, Justice Department officials are pressing for a new law to help them prosecute criminals overseas who traffic in stolen credit cards. Authorities say the current law is too weak because it allows people in other countries to avoid prosecution if they buy and sell stolen card data outside the United States. The Justice Department wants Congress to make it illegal for an international criminal to possess, buy or sell a stolen credit card issued by a U.S. bank, no matter where the transaction occurs. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Criminals from around the world buy and sell stolen credit card information with ease in today's digital age. But if they commit their crime entirely outside the United States, they may be beyond the reach of federal prosecutors.

Teenage killer who escaped Ohio prison captured yards away

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 05:50
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A teenager serving a life sentence in the shooting deaths of three Cleveland-area high school students in 2012 was caught about 100 yards from the Ohio prison fence he had scaled to escape just hours earlier, officials said on Friday. T.J. Lane, 19, who was sentenced to life without parole last year in the attack at Chardon High School, escaped on Thursday with two other inmates from the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, in northwestern Ohio, warden Kevin Jones said at a news conference outside the facility. "We are going to have to sit down and take a look at it and determine if Allen Oakwood was the place he was supposed to be," Jones said. According to the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee, an Ohio prison oversight group, eight of the facility's 1,645 inmates require maximum security.