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FBI: Autopsy report days away in hanging of Mississippi man

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 22:45

This photo provided by Mississippi Department of Corrections shows Otis Byrd. The Claiborne county coroner confirmed that the man found hanging from a white sheet Thursday March 19 , 2015 was Otis Byrd, an ex-convict reported missing by his family more than two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Mississippi Department of Corrections)PORT GIBSON, Miss. (AP) — The body of a black man found hanging in a tree in Mississippi has been sent from a state crime lab to a funeral home, but the FBI said it will be days before autopsy results are complete. Until then, investigators are holding off on saying whether Otis Byrd was killed or took his own life, and they're urging people to be patient.


New York Fire Department: 7 children die in Brooklyn fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 22:41

 7 children die in Brooklyn fireFire tore through a Brooklyn home early Saturday, killing seven children and leaving two other people in critical condition, authorities said.


911 center setup slowed response to deadly DC subway smoke

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 22:41

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, a woman is transported in a wheelchair onto an ambulance as people are evacuated from a smoke filled Metro subway tunnel in Washington. A policy of routing calls about emergencies on the Metro subway system directly to a supervisor at the District of Columbia’s 911 call center contributed to delays in getting firefighters to the scene of an accident that turned deadly, officials say. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A policy of routing calls about emergencies on the Metro subway to a supervisor at the District of Columbia's 911 call center contributed to delays in getting firefighters to a fatal rail malfunction early this year.


Remembering Eyewitness News Reporter Lisa Colagrossi

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 22:31

Remembering Eyewitness News Reporter Lisa ColagrossiLisa Colagrossi, Eyewitness News reporter, anchor, wife and mother, has died at age 49. Lisa suffered a brain hemorrhage while returning from covering a story Thursday morning.


Slain civil rights activist to receive posthumous degree

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 22:13

In this March 26, 1965 file photo, an Alabama state troopers car is parked on the side of the road near Lownsboro, Ala, where Viola Gregg Liuzzo of Detroit, was shot to death while enroute to Montgomery. Wayne State University plans to give an honorary doctor of laws degree to Liuzzo during a ceremony on April 10. It will be the first posthumous honorary degree in the school’s history. (AP Photo/Jack Thornell, File)DETROIT (AP) — For 24 years, a stone marker has stood along U.S. 80 in Alabama's Lowndes County, near the spot where Viola Gregg Liuzzo was fatally shot by Klansmen while shuttling demonstrators after the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march.


Confronting past, Mississippi town erects Emmett Till museum

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 22:10

Family members watch as FBI exhumes the body of Emmett Till in Alsip, IllinoisBy Bryn Stole SUMNER, Miss. (Reuters) - Six decades after the brutal slaying of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy, the small Mississippi Delta town where two white men were acquitted of his murder is dedicating a museum to the event credited with helping spark the U.S. civil rights movement. The opening in Sumner on Saturday of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center is timed to coincide with the reopening across the town square of the refurbished Tallahatchie County Courthouse, where an all-white jury set Roy Bryant and J.W. Milan free after deliberating for one hour. Work on both projects in the struggling town of a few hundred people began after the Tallahatchie Board of Supervisors issued a formal apology over the Till affair in 2006. It also established the Emmett Till Memorial Commission to bring attention to a racially charged incident that had for decades gone mostly undiscussed locally, said commission co-chairman John Wilchie.


AccuWeather: Turning Milder!

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 20:16

 Turning Milder!Meteorologist Chris Sowers is tracking a brief warm up for the weekend.


Man found dead on street in Pottstown, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 19:17

Man found dead on street in Pottstown, Pa.Police are searching for the person who shot and killed a man and left him on Pottstown, Pennsylvania street early Saturday morning.


Black ice blamed for 2 crashes on I-95 in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 19:14

Black ice blamed for 2 crashes on I-95 in Northeast PhiladelphiaBlack ice is being blamed for two separate crashes on I-95 in the Northeast Philadelphia early Saturday morning.


AccuWeather: Snow Moves Out, Slush Freezes Solid Overnight, Warmer on Saturday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 18:46

 Turning Milder!Meteorologist Chris Sowers is tracking a brief warm up for the first full day of spring.


Machete-Wielding Man Shot at New Orleans Airport

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 18:44
The suspect was also carrying a can of wasp spray.

AccuWeather: Snow Moves Out, Slush Freezes Solid Tonight

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 18:43

 Turning Milder!Meteorologist Chris Sowers is tracking a brief warm up for the first full day of spring.


Cab jumps curb, hits 4 in NYC; man, girl killed; 2 injured

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 18:42
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a taxi hurtled onto a sidewalk and hit four people waiting at a New York City bus stop, killing a man and a 5-year-old girl and injuring two other people.

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 18:39
"It was pandemonium after that. I took cover. I didn't want to become part of the story." — Phillip Green, 33, of Houston, after shots rang out at New Orleans international airport when a man wielding a machete attacked TSA agents, authorities say.

Convicted in girl's running death, grandma faces death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 18:10

FILE - This file photo released by the Etowah County Sheriff's Dept. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 shows Joyce Hardin Garrard, 46. A jury convicted 49-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard late Friday March 20. 2015 in the February 2012 death of Savannah Hardin, siding with prosecutors who depicted Garrard as a "drill sergeant from hell," a domineering taskmaster so enraged over a lie about candy that she made the girl run until she dropped. The sentencing phase _ a mini-trial within the trial _ is to begin Monday, the judge said. (AP Photo/Etowah County Sheriff's Office)GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Jurors who convicted an Alabama woman in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter soon must decide whether to recommend she should die for the crime or spend the rest of her life in prison.


Tech glitch causes false notices to Oregon crime victims

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 16:06
(Reuters) - A technical glitch on Friday evening caused an Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) notification system to issue thousands of alerts to crime victims that the perpetrators would soon be released, according to officials and the Oregonian newspaper. The department said in a statement that its Victim Information Notification Everyday, or VINE system, malfunctioned during routine maintenance sending "numerous notifications to victims in error." The statement added that contractor Appriss was working to repair the problem and would send out an alert to everyone who received a false notification. Local broadcaster KGW-TV reported that one notification said infamous convicted murderer Ward Weaver III, who was serving a life sentence following his 2004 conviction for killing two teenage girls, was slated for release. "It's very upsetting." The system allows victims and members of the public to track scheduled release dates for inmates of county jails and state adult and youth correctional facilities as well as those who are on community supervision.

Allman film director: Ga. train crash 'my responsibility'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 14:37

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2013 file photo, film director Randall Miller arrives at the west coast special screening of "CBGB" at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles. Miller, the director of an ill-fated movie about singer Gregg Allman said Friday March 20, 2015 that it's "ultimately my responsibility" that his crew ended up on a Georgia railroad bridge in the path of a freight train that killed a camera assistant. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The director of an ill-fated movie about singer Gregg Allman said Friday that it's "ultimately my responsibility" that his crew ended up on a Georgia railroad bridge in the path of a freight train that killed a camera assistant.


Wisconsin federal judge finds state abortion law unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 14:33
(Reuters) - A federal judge in Wisconsin ruled as unconstitutional on Friday a state law requiring any doctor performing an abortion to have privileges to admit patients to a nearby hospital. U.S. District Judge William Conley temporarily blocked the law in August 2013, which requires doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital located within 30 miles (50 km) of his or her practice, shortly after Republican Governor Scott Walker signed it into law. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Affiliated Medical Services, the state's two abortion providers, challenged the measure in court, saying it could force abortion clinics in Appleton and Milwaukee to close. "The marginal benefit to women's health of requiring hospital admitting privileges, if any, is substantially outweighed by the burden this requirement will have on women's health outcomes due to restricted access to abortions in Wisconsin," Conley wrote.

Glitch triggers erroneous notices to Ore. crime victims

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 14:27
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A "major technical glitch" in Oregon's crime victim notification system triggered thousands of false notices Friday evening about the release of inmates, including one on a notorious killer, officials and news reports said.

California man pleads guilty to fatal Halloween hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 13:53

Jaquinn Ramone Bell is seen in an undated picture released by the Santa Ana Police Department in Santa Ana, California(Reuters) - A man who struck and killed three 13-year-old California girls as they were trick-or-treating last Halloween and then fled in his damaged sport utility vehicle pleaded guilty on Friday to several felony charges, prosecutors said. Jaquinn Ramone Bell, 32, was convicted of three felony vehicular manslaughter counts, one felony fatal hit-and-run charge, a misdemeanor for driving with a suspended license, and received a sentencing enhancement for leaving the scene, the Orange County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. Twin sisters Lexia and Lexandra Perez and their friend Andrea Gonzales, all 13, were wearing costumes and carrying bags of candy as they crossed a street in Santa Ana, some 40 miles (65 km) southeast of Los Angeles, when they were struck by the SUV last Halloween evening.