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Duke Energy gets delay in sentencing for coal ash crimes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:02
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy received a delay Tuesday in pleading guilty to environmental crimes after the company raised the specter that bureaucratic red tape could result in power being cut to military bases across North Carolina.

Missouri appoints new state auditor after suicide of predecessor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 04:59
Missouri's governor named a 32-year-old county treasurer as the new state auditor on Tuesday, following the February suicide of the previous official holding the position. Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway was appointed by Governor Jay Nixon to serve out the term of Tom Schweich, who officials said shot himself to death, until it ends in January 2019. She replaces interim state auditor John Watson. "Tom Schweich's death was a terrible loss for our state and a deeply personal tragedy for his family and loved ones,” Nixon said in a statement.

UN approves arms embargo against Yemen rebel leaders

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 04:58
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council stepped up efforts Tuesday to thwart a Houthi rebel takeover of Yemen, imposing an arms embargo on the leaders of the Shiite group, along with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his son.

Jury deliberations begin in shooting at beekeeping business

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 04:49
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A jury has begun deliberations in the trial of a Maine lobsterman who fatally shot another man during a confrontation at a beekeeping business.

Durst pleads not guilty to federal gun charge in New Orleans

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 04:28

Real estate heir Robert Durst appears in a New York criminal courtroomBy Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Real estate scion Robert Durst, who has been charged with murder in California, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a federal gun charge stemming from his arrest last month in New Orleans. Durst's lawyers have sought his extradition to Los Angeles County, where prosecutors want him in connection with the 2000 killing of a longtime friend, Susan Berman, in a case recently chronicled in the HBO documentary series "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst." But the federal charge and similar Louisiana state weapons charges mean that Durst, 72, is likely to remain in Louisiana for the foreseeable future. Appearing frail, Durst entered his not guilty plea before Judge Lance Africk in the Eastern District of Louisiana, who scheduled a hearing in the case on June 11, with a trial to begin on June 22. The final episode of the HBO series aired a day after his March 14 arrest at a New Orleans hotel, where authorities said he was staying under an assumed name with $42,000 in cash, a revolver, about five ounces of marijuana and a latex mask.


Crackle streaming service acting like TV network

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 04:20

This undated image released by Columbus 81 Productions shows comedians Jerry Seinfeld, left, and Michael Richards, former co-stars in the popular comedy "Seinfeld," in a scene from the finale of Seinfeld's web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” The Crackle video streaming service, known best for Jerry Seinfeld's motorized interview series, will run a constant video feed as if it were a TV network, with a schedule of programming. (AP Photo/Columbus 81 Productions)NEW YORK (AP) — The Crackle video streaming service, known best for Jerry Seinfeld's motorized interview series with fellow comics, says it wants to be more like a traditional television network.


NYC Mayor: Clearing court backlog will shrink jail census

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 04:19
NEW YORK (AP) — Fixing bureaucratic backlogs in the courts will reduce the number of people locked up in the troubled Rikers Island jail complex, city and state officials said Tuesday.

Lawyers vet jurors for Colorado cinema massacre case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 04:14

James Holmes sits in Arapahoe County District Court in DenverBy Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - Lawyers in Colorado's cinema massacre case questioned the last prospective jurors on Tuesday before opening statements scheduled this month in the murder trial of gunman James Holmes.


Exclusive: Wary of natural disaster, NY Fed bulks up in Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 04:12

The corner stone of The New York Federal Reserve Bank is seen surrounded by financial institutions in New York's financial districtBy Jonathan Spicer NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York branch of the U.S. Federal Reserve, wary that a natural disaster or other eventuality could shut down its market operations as it approaches an interest rate hike, has added staff and bulked up its satellite office in Chicago. Some market technicians have transferred from New York and others were hired at the office housed in the Chicago Fed, according to several people familiar with the build-out that began about two years ago, after Hurricane Sandy struck Manhattan. Officials believe the Chicago staffers can now handle all of the market operations that are done daily out of the New York Fed, which is the U.S. central bank's main conduit to Wall Street. With rates having been near zero for more than six years, and markets flooded with reserves, the Fed will rely on an array of new tools to help it tighten policy, likely later this year.


Ex-drug officer says he stole cash, planted drugs many times

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 04:07

Ex-drug officer says he stole cash, planted drugs many timesA disgraced ex-police officer testifying against his drug squad colleagues acknowledged Tuesday that he stole drug money, planted evidence and lied on police paperwork too many times to count.


Prison sentences for eight former Atlanta educators in test-cheating scandal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 04:06

Atlanta Public school educator Copeland leaves the courtroom following her sentencing for racketeering charges in one of the largest U.S. test-cheating scandals in Atlanta, GeorgiaBy David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Eight former Atlanta public school educators were ordered on Tuesday to serve between one and seven years in prison for their convictions on racketeering charges in one of the nation's largest test-cheating scandals. The lengthy prison sentences, unusual for educators, contrasted to the treatment of two defendants in the case also found guilty by a jury this month. Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter gave three of the 11 educators convicted in the scandal 20-year sentences, with seven years to be served in prison and the rest on probation.


Battery charge against U.S. judge dropped, angering congresswoman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 03:46
(Reuters) - A misdemeanor charge against a federal judge accused of beating his wife in an Atlanta hotel room in August 2014 has been dropped, a court official said on Tuesday, prompting an angry reaction from a U.S. congresswoman who has called for his dismissal. The allegations against Alabama-based U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller, which came amid a furor over the National Football League's perceived lenient treatment of players accused or convicted of domestic violence, triggered a judicial inquiry and calls for his removal from the bench. U.S. Congressman Terri Sewell, an Alabama Democrat, said on Tuesday that the April 2 dismissal of the battery charge and its expungement from Fuller's record after his completion of a six-month domestic violence program sends the wrong message to perpetrators. "I am deeply disturbed that the charges against Judge Mark Fuller have been dismissed," Sewell said in a statement.

Police: Twin toddlers roll into canal, die as mom swats bee

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

In this photo provided by Yuma Fire Department, authorities work a perimeter near a canal in Yuma, Ariz., Saturday, April 11, 2015. Twin 18-month-old boys were pronounced dead at a hospital after being pulled from the Arizona canal, police said Saturday. (AP Photo/Yuma Fire Department via Public Affairs for Yuma County, Kevin Tunell)YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Police say 18-month-old twin boys drowned in a southwestern Arizona canal after their stroller rolled into the flowing water when their mother stopped to bat away a bee.


Mom of quadriplegic man abandoned in woods, faces attempted murder charge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 03:21

Mom of quadriplegic man abandoned in woods, faces attempted murder chargeThe mother of a quadriplegic man who was abandoned in the woods is now facing an attempted murder charge.


Gov. Chris Christie proposes higher age for Social Security, Medicare

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 03:10

Gov. Chris Christie proposes higher age for Social Security, MedicareRepublican presidential hopeful Chris Christie proposed pushing back the age of eligibility for Social Security and Medicare.


Man set to be executed for killing San Antonio officer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 03:05

This undated handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Manuel Garza Jr. Garza is scheduled to be executed for the 2001 shooting death of San Antonio, Texas, SWAT officer John “Rocky” Riojas. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Manuel Garza Jr. already had a lengthy criminal record and was wanted on outstanding warrants when a police officer working on a special team targeting property crimes stopped him at a San Antonio apartment complex in 2001.


NY prosecutor recounts impact of Etan Patz 1979 disappearance

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 02:42

Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan Criminal Court in New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prosecutors in the trial of a former deli worker accused of murdering a New York boy said on Tuesday that the child's 1979 disappearance, which launched a movement to find missing children, marked "a loss of innocence" for the city and nation. Pedro Hernandez, 54, is charged with kidnapping and murdering 6-year-old Etan Patz, who vanished as he walked alone for the first time to a school bus stop in his Manhattan neighborhood. His disappearance focused attention on the plight of missing children, and his picture was one of the first to appear on milk cartons.


Civil rights case filed to stop Florida boy's circumcision

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 02:28
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who fled with her son to keep his circumcision from going forward has filed a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of the boy, hoping a federal judge might intervene where state judges haven't.

Shooting at N.C. community college investigated as possible hate crime

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 02:25

Volusia County Jail booking photo of Kenneth StancilBy Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A 20-year-old man accused of killing his former supervisor at a North Carolina community college carried out a "calculated plan," according to police, who on Tuesday said they are investigating the shooting as a possible hate crime. Kenneth Morgan Stancil III fired one round from a 12-gauge shotgun at Ron Lane, 44, after the Wayne Community College print shop director arrived for work on Monday morning at the campus in Goldsboro, North Carolina, police said. Stancil's mother told a local television station that Lane, Stancil's former boss at the school's print shop, had made unwanted sexual advances toward her son while he was enrolled in the school's work-study program. "We’re absolutely investigating that possibility," Goldsboro police Sergeant Jeremy Sutton told reporters at a news conference.


Man shot in the leg in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 02:22

Man shot in the leg in North PhiladelphiaPolice say a 26-year-old man was shot in the leg in North Philadelphia early Tuesday morning.