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California prison inspection uncovers unsanitary conditions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:31
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - An inspection of a controversial California prison revealed unsanitary conditions, from a lack of hot water and incorrect storage of raw food to rodent droppings, a state report shows. The report on the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, obtained by Reuters on Wednesday under a Public Records Act request, exposed dozens of violations of health rules. Inspectors found cockroach infestations and showed pictures of rodent droppings. State Senator Loni Hancock on Tuesday called for the closure of the facility, which is about 100 years old.

Fifth suspect arrested in fatal shooting of Mississippi officers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:28

Policemen enter a building to attend a vigil service for two fellow officers killed during a traffic stop, in Hattiesburg(Reuters) - A fifth suspect has been arrested in connection with the killings of two Mississippi police officers over the weekend, officials said on Wednesday. Abram Wade Franklin, 29, was charged with obstruction of justice over the shootings that occurred during a routine traffic stop on Saturday, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety said in a statement. Officers Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25, a recent police academy graduate, were shot after Deen stopped a gold Cadillac Escalade in the city of Hattiesburg. Autopsy results by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations released on Monday showed one of the officers was shot in the face and the other in the back.


7 killed in Philadelphia Amtrak crash; engineer ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:20

7 killed in Philadelphia Amtrak crash; engineer ID'dPreliminary information shows that an Amtrak train was going more than twice the speed limit when it derailed in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section and the train's engineer has also been identified.


Teen who lived with Ohio sex abuse suspect speaks at trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:07

Defense attorney George Leach, right, defends his client against Union County charges of sexually assaulting three adopted daughters and his stepdaughter, as Judge David Faulkner observes, on Monday, May 11, 2015, in Marysville, Ohio. Leach says the defendant, an Ohio National guardsman, is innocent of charges including rape and sexual battery. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A teenager who lived with an Ohio National Guardsman now charged with sexually abusing his adopted daughters testified Wednesday that she confided about those allegations to a neighbor because she felt she had to tell someone.


Police: Man shot after hammer attacks has been mentally ill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:06
NEW YORK (AP) — A man who attacked four people with a hammer this week was shot and wounded by police Wednesday after he pulled the weapon from a bag and struck an officer at least three times on a crowded street near Penn Station, police said.

Lawyers give closing arguments in marathon bomber's trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:00

The John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse is seen during the closing statements phase of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev federal death penalty trial on Wednesday May 13, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line that killed three and injured 260 spectators in April 2013. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors and defense attorneys on Wednesday made their final appeals to the jury that will decide the fate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as jurors began deliberating whether the Boston Marathon bomber should get life in prison or the death penalty.


Body of 12-year-old boy shot by police in November cremated

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:57
CLEVELAND (AP) — The body of a 12-year-old boy shot dead by police at a Cleveland playground six months ago has been cremated.

2 arrested after carjacking, chase in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:56

2 arrested after carjacking, chase in North PhiladelphiaTwo suspected carjackers are in custody after leading police on a brief chase through parts of North Philadelphia.


Police investigating after four found dead in Alaska home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:46
(Reuters) - Police discovered four bodies inside an Alaska home on Wednesday and were attempting to determine what happened, officials said. The Anchorage Police Department said in a statement that officers responded to the home after someone called 911 to request a welfare check on the residence around 12:30 p.m. local time. "There's a clear indication that the deaths seem suspicious," Anchorage Police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro told the Alaska Dispatch News.

Woman found dead inside Bensalem hotel ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:42

Woman found dead inside Bensalem hotel ID'dBucks County officials have identified the woman who was found dead inside a motel in Bensalem.


Man found shot dead outside New Castle County home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:36

Man found shot dead outside New Castle County homeA man was found fatally shot outside of a home in Bear, Delaware.


Woman struck by car in West Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:22

Woman struck by car in West KensingtonA woman was hospitalized in critical condition after being struck by a car in Philadelphia's West Kensington section.


Panama City Beach bans beach drinking during spring break

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:15
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Panama City Beach leaders have voted to ban beach drinking during the month of March as part of larger crackdown on spring break partying.

Overturned tractor-trailer shuts down Pa. Turnpike

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:11

Overturned tractor-trailer shuts down Pa. TurnpikeA crash involving an overturned tractor-trailer has shut down the Pennsylvania Turnpike in both directions between Fort Washington and Willow Grove.


Missing CEO, Wells Fargo executive among the dead in Amtrak crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:06

Missing CEO, college dean among the dead in Amtrak crashThe missing CEO of a Philadelphia based company has been confirmed among the dead in the Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section.


Deadly passenger train accidents in US in recent years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 09:53

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 12, 2008 file photo, rescue personnel work at the scene of a train collision in the Chatsworth area of Los Angeles. The Metrolink commuter train failed to stop at a red light and collided with an oncoming freight train, killing 25 people and injuring 135 others. Investigators say the train's engineer had been texting while on duty. (AP Photo/Hector Mata)The derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia is the latest passenger train crash involving fatalities in the United States. Other crashes that killed passengers include two involving commuter rail lines serving New York City, where Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 was bound when it crashed Tuesday night.


AP estimates train in deadly crash was traveling 107 mph

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 09:44

In this aerial photo, emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train wreck, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Philadelphia. Federal investigators arrived Wednesday to determine why an Amtrak train jumped the tracks in the wreck, Another body has been pulled from the wreckage of an Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia, increasing the death toll to at least seven. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)WASHINGTON (AP) — An Amtrak train that derailed Tuesday evening in Philadelphia was travelling about 107 miles per hour as it approached a curve where the speed limit is less than half that, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.


No safety instructions given in deadly California bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 09:32
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The high school students who struggled to escape from a burning tour bus after a collision with a tractor-trailer last year that killed 10 never received the required safety instructions from the driver before the crash, according to documents released Wednesday.

Father convicted of tossing daughter to death off cliff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 09:19

FILE- In this May 7, 2015, file photo, defendant Cameron Brown, left, and Los Angeles County sheriff deputies, watch as jurors make a site visit to the Abalone Cove and Portuguese Bend areas during his third trial in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Jurors found Brown guilty Wednesday, May 13, on murder charges in the death of his 4-year-old daughter Lauren in November 2000. Two previous juries had deadlocked over whether Brown was guilty of murder or manslaughter. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A father was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder for tossing his 4-year-old daughter off a sea cliff nearly 15 years ago to get revenge against the girl's mother and avoid custody payments.


Contested Utah law could impact contact lens industry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 09:18
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A law banning price-fixing for contact lenses that took effect this week in Utah is a setback for the nation's largest manufacturers that could have ripple effects across the country amid an increasingly bitter fight with discount retailers.