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California city to pay $4.9 million over fatal beating of homeless man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 05:25

Ron Thomas, father of Kelly Thomas, gestures as he describes what his son did during his beating to death by Fullerton police officers, in Los AngelesThe city of Fullerton, California agreed on Monday to pay $4.9 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the father of a homeless man beaten to death by two then-policemen, an incident that sparked protests in the Los Angeles suburb, the plaintiff's attorney said. The settlement was reached on the same day that trial was scheduled to begin in the wrongful death action filed by Ron Thomas against the city, police department and two ex-officers over the beating of his 37-year-old son, Kelly Thomas, in July 2011. Fullerton City Attorney Richard Jones said in a written statement that the final settlement amount was still pending final approval by insurers and that no taxpayer funds were involved in the agreement.

Reputed gang member gets life in prison for New York mother's murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 05:16

Member of the media films a photo of Elias Garcia in New YorkAn accused gang member was sentenced to life in prison on Monday for his role in the 2010 killing of his girlfriend and her toddler son on New York's Long Island, federal authorities said. Juan Elias "Cruzito" Garcia, 22, a reputed member of the murderous international gang known as MS-13, was convicted in March 2013 of murdering Vanessa Argueta, 19, and her son, Diego Torres, 2, the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York said in a press release. Garcia and fellow gang members plotted the killing because they believed the young mother had disrespected the gang by sending rivals to attack Garcia, prosecutors said.

Indiana teenager charged with planning to blow up high school

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 05:13
Jahnathan Dooley, 18, faces charges of possession of a destructive device and intimidation, after investigators found bomb-making materials in his bedroom in Mooresville, Indiana, about 20 miles (32 km) southeast of Indianapolis, according to a probable cause document filed in Morgan County Circuit Court. Authorities began investigating the possible plot after a counselor at Mooresville High School told police that Dooley threatened to blow up the building because he was upset with recently being kicked out of school for making sexual advances toward another student, according to the document. Dooley told investigators he planned to build pipe bombs and ignite them near the school's four structural pillars and that he had a military sniper rifle on layaway at a local gun store, the court document said.

2 shot inside Port Richmond home

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 05:09

2 found shot in the head inside Port Richmond homeTwo people were reportedly shot inside a home in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section.

The Latest: 11 park shooting victims were under age 21

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 05:06

People await transport to a hospital after a shooting in New Orleans' 9th Ward on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. Police spokesman Tyler Gamble says police were on their way to break up a big crowd when gunfire erupted at Bunny Friend Park. (Michael DeMocker/ The Times-Picayune via AP) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; USA TODAY OUT; THE BATON ROUGE ADVOCATE OUT; THE NEW ORLEANS ADVOCATE OUT; MANDATORY CREDITNEW ORLEANS (AP) — The latest on the shootout at a playground in New Orleans' 9th Ward (all times local):

Pro-Islamic State messages painted on Youngstown State rock

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 05:03
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Police are investigating messages extoling the Islamic State group that were painted on a large rock at Youngstown State University in northeastern Ohio.

$160B deal to combine Pfizer and Allergan raises outcry

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 05:03

FILE - In this May 4, 2014, file photo, the Pfizer logo is displayed on the exterior of a former Pfizer factory in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Pfizer and Allergan have reached a $160 billion deal that creates the world’s largest drugmaker by sales, the companies announced Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)A $160 billion deal announced Monday to merge Pfizer and Allergan and create the world's biggest drug company renewed the outcry in Washington over "inversions," in which U.S. corporations combine with companies overseas to lower their tax bill.

Mom to 911: Son trying to bite people; dies after struggle

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 04:59
ATLANTA (AP) — The mother of a man who died after a struggle with sheriff's deputies in Georgia can be heard in a 911 call screaming that her son is trying to bite people.

Plea deal in works for mom charged with drowning boys in tub

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 04:57
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A plea agreement is in the works for a woman awaiting trial on charges she drowned her two young sons in a bathtub last year, her attorney and a prosecutor said Monday.

Argentina's president-elect inherits large economic problems

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 04:55

Argentina's President elect Mauricio Macri listens to a question during a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. Macri won Argentina's runoff election against ruling party candidate Daniel Scioli, putting an end to the era of President Cristina Fernandez, who along with her late husband dominated the country's politics for 12 years. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine President-elect Mauricio Macri on Monday prepared to confront myriad problems in Latin America's third largest economy, including soaring prices and high government spending that are a legacy of outgoing President Cristina Fernandez.

Hiker killed in avalanche in Sierra Nevada

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 04:50
INDEPENDENCE, Calif. (AP) — Searchers have located the body of a missing graduate student killed in an avalanche in the Sierra Nevada.

Woman who killed random shopper in supermarket gets life

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 04:50
ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A woman who stabbed a random shopper to death in the ice cream aisle of a supermarket was sentenced Monday to life in prison.

Abraham Lincoln bust stolen from outside Gettysburg museum

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 04:41
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania say a bust of Abraham Lincoln has been stolen from outside a museum near where he delivered the "Gettysburg Address."

Missing UCLA grad student found dead in John Muir Wilderness

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 04:28

Missing UCLA grad student found dead in John Muir WildernessA UCLA graduate student who has been missing for weeks has been found dead in the John Muir Wilderness, Inyo County coroner's officials confirmed on Monday.

17-year-old girl charged after threat at Gloucester City High School

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 04:27

17-year-old girl charged after threat at Gloucester City High SchoolA 17-year-old girl is facing charges after a threat prompted an evacuation at the Gloucester City Jr. - Sr. High School Monday morning.

New York prepares for Thanksgiving parade as Islamic State threat looms

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 04:24

The Sea World float makes its way down 6th Ave during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, in New YorkDavid Huddle and his daughter Megan, a flute player for the North Hardin High School marching band in Kentucky, have been preparing for more than a year for the band's performance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. "The main goal of a terrorist attack is to create terror," David Huddle said in a phone interview. Millions of New Yorkers and tourists are expected to line the streets on Thursday for the parade, more than a week after Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, released a video showing images of New York juxtaposed with a scene depicting a suicide bomber preparing for an attack.

Fraternity suspended following death of female student

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 04:24
MIAMI (AP) — A fraternity at a Florida International University has been suspended following the death of a female student who attended an off-campus party the fraternity hosted.

Chicago mayor, community leaders to discuss police shooting video

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 04:22

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel listens to remarks from an attendee at a town hall meeting on the city budget in ChicagoChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was scheduled to meet on Monday with community and religious leaders to prepare them for the release of a disturbing video of an October 2014 fatal police shooting of a black teenager. The city has until Wednesday to release the video from a police patrol car dashboard camera, on a judicial order stemming from a lawsuit brought by a freelance journalist. The video shows Laquan McDonald, 17, being shot 16 times on Oct. 20 last year by police officer Jason Van Dyke, who is white.

Using new gene drive to create malaria-resistant mosquitoes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 04:19

This photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ) shows a feeding female Anopheles stephensi mosquito crouching forward and downward on her forelegs on a human skin surface, in the process of obtaining its blood meal through its sharp, needle-like labrum, which it had inserted into its human host. California researchers hatch malaria-resistant mosquitoes and use a groundbreaking technology to ensure the insects pass on the protective gene as they reproduce. It has implications far beyond fighting malaria. (James Gathany/CDC via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — California researchers hatched some malaria-resistant mosquitoes and then gave evolution a shove — using a groundbreaking technology to ensure the insects pass on that protective gene as they reproduce, with implications far beyond the promise of fighting malaria.

Police: Officer killed in wreck wore no seatbelt, ran light

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 04:15
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina police officer killed in a wreck while responding to a shooting call was not wearing her seatbelt, ran a red light at 64 mph and never hit her brakes before the crash, according to an investigation by a special team of South Carolina troopers.