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Michigan girl, 15, charged with conspiring to kill her family

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 05:37
By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - A 15-year old Michigan girl was arraigned on Thursday on charges that she stabbed her younger brother and plotted to kill the rest of her family in their home while her boyfriend texted her instructions from outside, prosecutors said. Roksana Sikorski, who was charged as an adult, is accused of stabbing her brother, 12, multiple times and planning with her boyfriend, Michael Rivera, 23, to kill the rest of her family at their suburban Detroit home and run away together, prosecutors said. ...

NY court backs EMI over Duke Ellington royalties

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 05:34
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state's highest court on Thursday sided with EMI in the music publisher's dispute with Duke Ellington's heirs, but acknowledged global industry consolidation has made contracts like his much more favorable to publishers.

Doctor recently returned from Africa being evaluated for possible Ebola-like symptoms in New York

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 05:32

Doctor recently returned from Africa being evaluated for possible Ebola-like symptoms in New YorkA doctor who recently traveled from West Africa is being evaluated at Bellevue Hospital for a possible case of the Ebola virus.


Wilson attorneys, county official question leaks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 05:30
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis County's top elected official and attorneys for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson are criticizing recent leaks of information related to investigations into Michael Brown's shooting death.

Man charged with assault in Seattle groping case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 05:17
SEATTLE (AP) — A man accused of groping a woman — who took his picture and publicized it on social media — has been charged with assault with sexual motivation.

NY state to review schools' immigration compliance

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 05:16

New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, left, sits in on a bilingual kindergarten class at Washington-Rose Elementary School in Roosevelt, N.Y., on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Tisch and other state officials ordered a compliance review State officials ordered a compliance review Thursday of suburban New York City school districts’ enrollment policies and procedures for unaccompanied minors and immigrant children following reports that several dozen children who had recently arrived from Central America were not admitted to a Long Island high school because of overcrowding. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)ROOSEVELT, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials ordered a statewide review Thursday of public school compliance with enrollment policies for unaccompanied minors and immigrant children following reports that several dozen children who had recently arrived from Central America were not admitted to a Long Island high school.


Oklahoma judge allows law on abortion pills to take effect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 05:12
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma judge said on Wednesday he will allow a law governing the use of an abortion-inducing drug to take effect as planned on Nov. 1, over the objections of abortion rights advocates who said the measure is poor public health policy that could put women at risk. Oklahoma District Court Judge Robert Stuart turned down a request by abortion rights groups to halt the measure from taking effect. Stuart also allowed a provision that would limit liability claims against physicians due to the law. ...

Jurors hear doctor's dying wife on 911 recording

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 05:12

Dr. Robert Ferrante, center, is escorted by Allegheny County Sheriffs deputies to court during jury selection for his trial on homicide charges in the 2013 killing of his neurologist wife with cyanide on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Ferrante has denied the allegations. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jurors heard from prosecution and defense attorneys — and then from the dying woman herself — as the homicide trial began Thursday for a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher charged with poisoning his neurologist wife.


Trial date in Virginia killings set for former political candidate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 05:05
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Virginia judge on Thursday set a 2015 trial date for an eccentric former political candidate charged in three killings in the Washington area. Charles Severance was indicted last month in Alexandria, Virginia, on 10 counts including murder and firearms charges. The three seemingly random killings in Alexandria, a Washington suburb, had fed fears about a possible serial killer. Judge Jane Roush scheduled a trial date of Oct. 5, 2015, in Alexandria Circuit Court. ...

Lawsuit says ICE attorney forged document

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 04:56

In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, Ignacio Lanuza-Torres holds his son, Isaiah, 4, as he has his photo taken in Seattle. A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney forged a document in an attempt to deport Lanuza-Torres, an immigrant seeking to stay in the country with his wife and children, according to a new lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in a Seattle U.S. District Court, seeks $500,000 in damages for Ignacio Lanuza-Torres because the forgery cost him years of courtroom battles and uncertainty over his future. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney forged a document in an attempt to deport an immigrant seeking to stay in the country with his wife and children, according to a new lawsuit.


Former Louisiana mayor arrested on child porn possession charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 04:53

Former Sorrento mayor, Wilson Longanecker, Jr. is pictured in this undated booking photoNEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The former mayor of a small Louisiana city was arrested on Thursday and charged with 40 counts of possessing child pornography, prosecutors said. Wilson Longanecker Jr., 41, who served as mayor of Sorrento, about 50 miles northwest of New Orleans, from 2011 to 2013, was also charged with one count of obstruction of justice for attempting to hide evidence, prosecutors said. "Crimes like this illustrate how important it is to actively, aggressively pursue those who exploit our children," said Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell in a statement. ...


Romanian princess, husband sentenced for Oregon cockfighting ring

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 04:52
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A princess fifth in line for the Romanian throne and her husband who admitted running a cockfighting ring in rural Oregon have both sentenced to probation and ordered to forfeit $200,000 from the sale of the property, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. Irina Walker and her husband John Walker pleaded guilty in July to one count of running an illegal gambling operation with at a barn-like structure on their ranch in Irrigon, near the Washington state border, where they held cockfighting "derbies. ...

NYC taxi fleet owners win right to appeal 'Taxi of Tomorrow' plan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 04:50

A taxi cab drives through tire marks in Brooklyn, New YorkBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's program to create a nearly uniform taxi fleet with cabs from Nissan Motor Co will face a renewed challenge, after fleet operators opposing the "Taxi of Tomorrow" plan won permission to take their case to the state's highest court. In a brief order on Thursday, the state appeals court in Manhattan that had in June authorized the plan said the operators may challenge that ruling before the New York State Court of Appeals in Albany. The plan had been one element of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's transportation agenda. ...


Man faces new charges after forced labor case ends

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 04:50

This undated photo provided by the Michigan Attorney General's Office shows Jean-Claude Toviave, in Michigan. Officials charged Toviave, a former African tennis pro, with child abuse on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, just days after a federal judge declined to keep him behind bars in a case of fraud, immigration crimes and forced labor. (AP Photo/Michigan Attorney General's Office)DETROIT (AP) — Michigan officials charged a former African tennis pro with child abuse on Thursday, just days after a federal judge declined to keep him behind bars in a case of fraud, immigration crimes and forced labor.


Student released brake before fatal bus accident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 04:48
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police in northeast Ohio say a student accidentally released the emergency brake on a bus that rolled back and killed the driver as she conducted an evacuation drill last month.

4 more workers allege racial bias at Daimler plant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 04:47
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon expanded its investigation into discrimination at the Portland truck-making plant of German automotive giant Daimler AG after four more employees came forward with allegations of racial harassment.

Driver attacked after ice cream truck kills boy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 04:41

Danisha Mitchell is hugged by a relative at the scene of the accident Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, a day after her 7-year-old son Jamarion Thomas was killed in when his motorized bicycle collided with an ice cream truck, in South Los Angeles. The driver of the ice cream truck was attacked by neighborhood residents after it struck and killed the boy and was taken to a police station for his protection. The child had been riding the bike alongside the ice cream truck when he apparently slipped, was caught under a rear wheel and run over, Sgt. Timothy Colson said. The collision was an accident, and the driver has not been charged, police said. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Neighborhood residents attacked the driver of an ice cream truck after it struck and killed a 7-year-old boy riding a motorized bike in South Los Angeles, authorities said.


Paul Allen giving at least $100M to Ebola fight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 04:41
SEATTLE (AP) — Billionaire Paul Allen says he'll contribute at least $100 million to the fight against Ebola.

Head-on crash injures 2 motorists in Newark, Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 04:40

Head-on crash injures 2 motorists in Newark, DelawareTwo motorists are recovering from a head-on crash in Newark, Delaware.


Border deaths drop to 15-year low

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 04:37

In this June 25, 2014 photo, an unidentified U.S. Border Patrol agent, left, helps an immigrant, including setting up intravenous fluid replacement for dehydration, near Sells, Ariz. The number of migrants who died or needed rescue while crossing the desert from Mexico into Arizona has dropped significantly this year. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The number of people who died trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped to the lowest level in 15 years as more immigrants turned themselves in to authorities in Texas and fewer took their chances with the dangerous trek across the Arizona desert.