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The Latest: Witnesses call theater shooter a happy child

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 03:09

In this image taken from Colorado Judicial Department video, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, top third from left in light-colored shirt, stands for the entrance of the jury, inside Arapahoe County District Court, where his trial continuesThursday, July 23, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. The afternoon saw the conclusion of part one of the penalty phase of the trial of Holmes, with the judge reading the jury's decision that Holmes is eligible for the death penalty. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):

Police: 5 dead in chain-reaction crash on Indiana interstate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 03:07

Crews cleanup debris following a fiery crash Friday, July 24, 2015 near Lafayette, Ind. Authorities say 5 people were killed in a chain-reaction crash after a semitrailer hauling a tanker filled with cooking oil slammed into vehicles slowed near construction zone. (Bill Cannon/Journal & Courier via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUTLAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A woman and her two young sons were among five people killed in a fiery chain-reaction crash after a semitrailer hauling a tanker filled with cooking oil slammed into vehicles slowed near a northwestern Indiana construction zone, state police said Friday.

Family of doctor who treated Lincoln assassin visit prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 02:59
DRY TORTGUAS NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) — About 80 descendants of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd are marking the 150th anniversary of Mudd's July 24, 1865, arrival at an isolated Gulf of Mexico fort where he was imprisoned after splinting the broken leg of Abraham Lincoln's assassin.

Life sentence for woman whose hired hit man shot the wrong guy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 02:51
Karlita Phillips, 41, was sentenced on Thursday after being convicted of soliciting a minor to commit a felony and accessory before the fact to murder. Both Jamil and Dale Phillips were living with their parents at the time. Settles testified against Karlita Phillips at trial, telling a jury that she promised to pay him $13,000 out of the life insurance money if he killed her husband.

U.S. probing possible price-gouging by airlines after rail crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 02:40

An American Airlines Boeing 767 lands at San Francisco International Airport, San FranciscoWASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department is investigating possible price gouging by the five biggest U.S. airlines while train service was disabled between New York and Washington following a deadly Amtrak crash in May, it said on Friday. The review involves Delta Air Lines Inc , American Airlines Group Inc , United Continental Holdings Inc , Southwest Airlines Co and JetBlue Airways Corp , all of which said they were cooperating with the probe.

Massachusetts testing program to clear way for deaf jurors

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 02:35
Massachusetts is testing a program that would enable profoundly deaf people to serve on juries in state courts with the help of sign-language interpreters, in an effort described by advocates for the deaf as the most extensive in the United States. The program, which has so far been tested in eight of the state's 14 counties, aims to provide deaf Massachusetts residents summoned to jury duty with American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters from the moment they arrive at a courthouse, through jury selection and trial, officials said on Friday. The program is expected to go into full operation statewide next year, said Heidi Reed, who heads the state's Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Chicago marks 100 years since Eastland Disaster; 844 died

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 02:21

FILE - In this July 24, 1915 file photo, passengers are rescued as they stand atop The Eastland passenger ship after the vessel capsized in the Chicago River in downtown Chicago. As it was preparing to leave the dock, the Eastland rolled over, trapping passengers in the lower decks, where 844 drowned or were suffocated. On Friday, July 24, 2015 Chicago, historians and ancestors of the victims are marking the 100th anniversary of the disaster, the deadliest in city history. (AP Photo/File)CHICAGO (AP) — It was intended as a festive day out for Western Electric Co. workers and their families — an excursion across Lake Michigan from Chicago to a park in Michigan City, Indiana. It ended up as the deadliest disaster in the Windy City's history, killing more than twice as many people as the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Judge says 2014 Chicago pension overhaul unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 02:19

Charles Lomanto, a 28 year employee of Chicago's Streets and Sanitation Department speaks at a news conference Friday, July 24, 2015, in Chicago after Cook County Judge Rita Novak issued a written ruling stating that a 2014 law aimed at reducing multibillion-dollar shortfalls in two of Chicago's pension funds is unconstitutional. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has argued that without the changes the funds will be insolvent in a matter of years. (AP Photo/Sara Burnett)CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge on Friday threw out a 2014 law aimed at reducing multibillion-dollar shortfalls in two Chicago pension funds, a decision city officials have said could leave the retirement accounts insolvent in a little more than a decade or lead to massive tax increases.

Proposed label would give context to sugar in foods

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 02:04
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wondering if you are eating too much added sugar? The nutrition label on your food may one day help you figure it out.

Mega-health deals bloom in July, Anthem bids $48B for Cigna

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 01:58

FILE - This Feb. 5, 2015 file photo shows the Anthem logo at the health insurer's corporate headquarters in Indianapolis. Anthem is buying rival Cigna, in a deal valued at $54.2 billion announced Friday, July 24, 2015, that will create the nation's largest health insurer by enrollment, covering about 53 million patients in the U.S. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Anthem is buying rival Cigna for $48 billion in a deal that would create the nation's largest health insurer by enrollment, covering about 53 million U.S patients.

Trade deal wipes out tariffs on more than 200 tech products

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 01:55

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2010, file photo, a customer looks over Hewlett Packard ink cartridges for his printer at Best Buy in Mountain View, Calif. More than 50 countries in the World Trade Organization have agreed to eliminate tariffs on 200 technology products, including video game consoles, printer cartridges and GPS devices. The expansion of 1997’s Information Technology Agreement is the WTO’s first tariff-killing agreement in 18 years. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of countries have agreed to abolish duties on more than 200 technology products — from advanced computer chips to GPS devices, printer cartridges and video-game consoles.

Supervisor arrested for grand larceny

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 01:47
CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — A local official in Mississippi is charged with grand larceny after authorities say he allegedly posed as an auto parts store employee and took a money bag.

University of Michigan student falls through glass roof to death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 01:37
A 21-year-old University of Michigan student died on Friday when he fell through a glass roof in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, police said. The man and a female acquaintance had climbed a fire escape to the top of Nickels Arcade, site of an historic covered collection of shops near the university early Friday, Ann Arbor Police Detective Lieutenant Robert Pfannes said. The two made it over the glass roof once, but the glass gave way when they tried to cross back and the man fell three stories, Pfannes said.

Several wildfires burn in combustible Western states

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 01:04

A backfire consumes vegetation as crews work to contain the Wragg fire near Winters, Calif., Thursday, July 23, 2015. According to Cal Fire, the blaze has scorched 6,900 acres and is 15 percent contained. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)Firefighters took aim at an uncontained wildfire tearing through Montana's Glacier National Park during key tourist season.

Prosecutors spent $462,000 on Aaron Hernandez prosecution

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 01:04

FILE - In this April 15, 2015, file photo, former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez listens as the guilty verdict is read during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. The Bristol District Attorney's Office said Friday, July 24, 2015, that the investigation and trial cost them nearly a half-million dollars in overtime and expenses. Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd in June 2013, and faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. (Dominick Reuter/Pool Photo via AP, File)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The investigation and murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez cost prosecutors nearly half a million dollars, a spokesman said Friday.

Ex-N.Y. Assembly speaker must face corruption charges: judge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 00:59
Sheldon Silver, the once-powerful former leader of the New York State assembly, lost his bid to have federal corruption charges against him dismissed on Friday for the second time. "None of Silver's arguments is persuasive," U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan wrote in rejecting Silver's motion to throw the case out. Silver, 71, is scheduled to face trial in November on charges that he used his position to collect millions of dollars in kickbacks and bribes.

Police say man reached speeds of 120 mph with baby in car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 00:54
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man faces charges of fleeing police and child endangerment after police say he led them on a seven-mile chase that reached speeds of more than 120 mph, with an 8-month-old baby in the vehicle.

Maine activist says he hopes accusers find justice in Haiti

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 00:48
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine activist convicted of defaming the founder of a Haiti orphanage says he hopes the men who accused him of sexual abuse will find justice in the island nation.

Wilmington playground death ruled homicide; victim's boyfriend arrested

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 00:48

Wilmington playground death ruled homicide; victim's boyfriend arrestedWilmington police have arrested the boyfriend of a woman who was found dead on a playground in Wilmington, Delaware.

Washington man sentenced for stabbing rampage after cat died

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 00:45
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man who stabbed workers at two animal hospitals after his cat died has been sentenced to three years in prison.