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Judge rules feds wrongly protecting bearded seals

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:12
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge in Alaska has ruled that a federal agency improperly listed bearded seals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Feds 'closely monitoring' NY police custody death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:10

Emerald Garner, right, stands next to the coffin of her father, Eric Garner, during his funeral at Bethel Baptist Church in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Garner died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold. (AP Photo/New York Daily News, James Keivom, Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday the Justice Department is "closely monitoring" New York City's investigation into the death of a man who was placed in an apparent chokehold by a police officer arresting him on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.


Feds 'closely monitoring' NY police custody death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:10

Emerald Garner, right, stands next to the coffin of her father, Eric Garner, during his funeral at Bethel Baptist Church in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Garner died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold. (AP Photo/New York Daily News, James Keivom, Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday the Justice Department is "closely monitoring" New York City's investigation into the death of a man who was placed in an apparent chokehold by a police officer arresting him on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.


Kansas court overturns brothers' death sentences

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:04

In this combination of 2013 photos provided by the Kansas Department of Corrections, is Reginald D. Carr, left, and Jonathan D. Carr. The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday, July 25, 2014 overturned the death sentences of the two brothers convicted of capital murder in a crime spree in Wichita in 2000 including robbery, rape, forced sex and four fatal shootings in a snow-covered soccer field. (AP Photo/Kansas Department of Corrections)The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday overturned the death sentences of two brothers convicted of killing four friends who were robbed and forced to engage in sex acts before being shot to death and left in a snow-covered Wichita field.


Man, 80, says he shot burglar after pregnancy plea

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:59

Man, 80, says he shot burglar after pregnancy pleaProsecutors deciding whether to charge a California man who says he fatally shot a violent burglar in the back in an alley as she fled his home face a difficult decision because the case falls in a gray area involving self-defense, a legal expert said Friday.


Former WWE champ nabs suspected burglar in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:58
A hapless burglar in Arizona learned a hard lesson when he broke into the Phoenix home of former World Wrestling Entertainment heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan, police said on Friday. The ex-professional grappler gave chase and was able to catch 22-year-old Cesar Sosa. Sergeant Tommy Thompson, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department, said a struggle ensued and that Bryan, whose real name is Bryan Danielson, was able to detain the suspect until police officers could take him into custody.

Texas rolls out security surge for its border with Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:58

A Customs and Border Protection vehicle patrols near the Rio Grande along the U.S.-Mexico border near MissionBy Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - Texas has launched a law enforcement surge to crack down on drug and human trafficking from Mexico in a move that comes as the state is about to deploy as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the border, officials said on Friday. The surge, announced last month and recently implemented, places more law enforcement officials and resources on the border and will result in $1.3 million in additional spending a week for the Texas Department of Public Safety, officials from the department said, without offering a specific date when it was launched. Texas Governor Rick Perry, seen as a potential Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential election, has blamed the Obama administration for not doing enough to halt a surge in children from Central America crossing the border. "Mexican cartels and criminal elements are taking advantage of this situation by further exploiting these gaps along the border to commit heinous crimes that will further their business," said Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger.


NYC fare beater pleads guilty, faces 25 years, in police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:54
A man who shot a New York City police officer trying to apprehend him for not paying the fare on a city bus faces 25 years in prison under a plea deal reached on Friday, prosecutors said. Rashun Robinson, 29, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault on a police officer at state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn District Attorney said in a statement. The charge stems from an incident in February, when rookie police officer James Li and his partner found Robinson trying to take a free ride on a city bus and ordered him off.

Philly cop, once accused, credited for fire rescue in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:50

Philly cop, once accused, credited for fire rescue in South PhiladelphiaA Philadelphia police officer, accused and later acquitted of all charges in an on-camera beating incident, is being credited with saving three lives.


Police chief pleads no contest in tea party flap

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:48
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A police chief in Wisconsin pleaded no contest Friday to a charge that he signed a local tea party leader up on gay dating, pornography and federal health care websites.

Comments sought on possible Arctic lease sale

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:44
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency is testing the waters on a possible lease sale in the Alaska Arctic.

Prosecutors consider charges after burglar killed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:41
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors deciding whether to charge a California man who says he fatally shot a violent burglar in the back in an alley as she fled his home face a difficult decision because the case falls in a gray area involving self-defense, a legal expert said Friday.

Coroner: Burglar killed by homeowner not pregnant

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:37
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a burglar who was fatally shot by an 80-year-old California homeowner was not pregnant as she had claimed moments before her death as she fled the home down an alley.

Attorney: 'Fatal Vision' court case will continue

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:30
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The case of the Green Beret doctor who has maintained for decades that not him but a band of hippies chanting "acid is groovy, kill the pigs" slaughtered his wife and two young daughters will continue in court.

FBI investigates Ford engineer after listening devices found

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:28

International flags fly along side the U.S. flag in front of the Ford Motor Co. headquarters in DearbornBy Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - A former Ford Motor Co engineer is being investigated by the FBI after listening devices were found in meeting rooms at company offices, the automaker said on Friday. "Ford and the FBI are working together on a joint investigation involving a former employee," Ford spokeswoman Susan Krusel said. "As this is an ongoing investigation, we are not able to provide additional details." The Federal Bureau of Investigation served a search warrant at Ford offices on July 11, the company cooperated, and agents left with eight listening devices, an FBI spokesman said.


Reward of $100,000 after 3 kids killed by carjacked SUV

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:25

Reward of $100,000 after 3 kids killed by carjacked SUVThree children are dead and their mother was among those who were seriously injured after a carjacking and crash.


Jury in defamation case by Jesse Ventura to reconvene next week

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:21

PETE ROSE JESSE VENTURA AND VINCE MCMAHON POSE.By Todd Melby ST PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - The jury in the defamation lawsuit brought by former Minnesota governor and pro wrestler Jesse Ventura will reconvene next week after it adjourned on Friday without reaching a verdict following four days of deliberations. The 10-person jury heard closing arguments at a federal court on Tuesday in a civil lawsuit involving Ventura and Chris Kyle, a deceased former Navy SEAL who wrote the bestselling book "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History." Lawyers for Ventura said the ex-governor's reputation was sullied and his TV career left in shambles by claims made in the book about a bar fight between the two sparked by what Kyle said were disparaging comments about the Navy SEALs that he later attributed to the former politician.


Three children killed, three adults hurt in Philadelphia carjacking

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:20
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Three children were killed and three adults, including their mother, injured on Friday when a carjacked SUV swerved out of control in Philadelphia, striking a sidewalk church fundraiser, police said. The crash occurred at about 11:15 a.m. after two men used a gun to force a 45-year-old woman driving a white SUV into the back seat and made off with the car, Philadelphia Police Captain James Clark told a news conference. The mother was critically injured and transported to a local hospital, and all of her three children - ages 7, 10 and 15 - were killed in the crash, Clark said. "We now have three children who are gone, and their mother is fighting for her life," Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Everett Gillison told a news conference.

New Hampshire town gripped by mystery of girl's disappearance

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:18
By Ted Siefer CONWAY N.H. (Reuters) - Elation over the sudden return of a teenager who went missing for nine months from a small town in New Hampshire's White Mountains is giving way to critical questions from residents about why and how she had vanished. Abigail Hernandez, 15, was reported missing in Conway on Oct. 9 after she didn't return home from high school, prompting a public campaign that drew national headlines. Authorities announced her return on Monday, noting the "facts and circumstances" of her disappearance are under investigation. At Banners Restaurant, a popular local eatery, Hernandez's return was a common topic of conversation.

U.S. appeals court backs Florida law in 'Docs v. Glocks' case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:18
(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday in favor of a Florida law that bars doctors from asking patients about gun ownership, overturning a decision in the so-called "Docs v. Glocks" case by a lower court that had struck it down. Florida's Republican-led legislature passed the law after a north Florida couple complained that a doctor asked them if they had guns, and refused to see them after they declined to answer. A panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 vote, vacated the federal judge's ruling and described the law as a "legitimate regulation" of professional conduct that simply codified good medical care. Any restrictions it places on physicians' speech was entirely incidental, the appeals court said, since it "was intended to protect patient privacy and curtail abuses of the physician-patient relationship." Lawyers representing doctors and others had argued that the law violated healthcare providers' First Amendment rights by threatening them with heavy fines and the possibility of losing their license should they broach the subject.