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Californian suspected of killing 5 charged in earlier murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 07:14
A California man arrested on suspicion of murdering five people found dead in a house over the weekend, including one of his children, was charged separately on Thursday in the killing last year of a toddler, prosecutors said. Martin Martinez, 30, pleaded not guilty to murder and to assault on a child resulting in death in connection with the Oct. 2014 killing of two-year-old Christopher Ripley, the Stanislaus County District Attorney's office said. District attorney spokesman John Goold declined to comment on the weekend killings, but confirmed Martinez was the person charged on Thursday in Ripley's death.

California suspect in 6 homicides charged with murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 07:07
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man suspected of killing two women and four children pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder charges in one of the deaths.

Teen Brothers Arrested in Oklahoma Deaths of 5 Kin

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:55
Two teenage brothers have been arrested in the brutal fatal stabbings of five family members, including their parents and siblings, in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Montana wildfire rages unchecked for third day in Glacier National Park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:55

The Reynolds Creek Wildland Fire burns in Glacier National Park, MontanaBy Emmett Berg KALISPELL, Mont. (Reuters) - Flames roared unchecked through heavy timber for a third day in Montana's Glacier National Park, where the main road has been closed through the eastern half of the park, along with two campgrounds, during its busiest time of year. The first major wildfire to hit Glacier in nearly a decade has charred roughly 4,000 acres (1,600 hectares) since igniting on Tuesday just east of the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, officials said, and has defied firefighters' attempts to contain it. A group of hikers initially feared to have been in harm's way returned safely, and no injuries have been reported, though one historic log cabin was lost, the National Park Service said.


Arkansas teen arrested in killing of grandparents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:53
A 14-year-old Arkansas boy was arrested on Thursday and is expected to be charged with the murder of his grandparents, who were found fatally shot outside their home in a Little Rock suburb, authorities said. Robert Cogdell and his wife Patricia Cogdell, both 66, were found on Wednesday in Conway, Arkansas, which is about 20 miles west of the city of Maumelle where he had served as the longtime public works director, authorities said.

Miami Beach police officer cleared in graffiti artist's Taser death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:52

The mother and sister of graffiti artist Hernandez-Llach, who died after being shocked by a police officer's Taser, attend his vigil in Miami BeachA Miami Beach police officer who fatally shot an 18-year-old graffiti artist with a Taser device will not be charged with any wrongdoing over the 2013 incident, state prosecutors said on Thursday. The decision hinged on Florida law authorizing Officer Jorge Mercado to use force to arrest a fleeing suspect and to protect himself, after he told investigators the artist, Israel Hernandez-Llach, was running toward him during a chase.


Death of woman in Texas jail consistent with suicide: prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:45

A child holds a sign of Sandra Bland, who died in police custody, during a rally against police violence in New YorkEvidence from an autopsy on Sandra Bland, the black woman found hanging dead in a Texas jail days after a traffic stop, supports the medical examiner's initial ruling of suicide, a county prosecutor told reporters on Thursday. The preliminary results also found high levels of marijuana in Bland's system, although officials are seeking additional tests to confirm when and how much she might have smoked or swallowed, Waller County Assistant District Attorney Warren Diepraam said.


Oklahoma police find 5 family members stabbed to death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:38

A worker wheels a gurney with a body bag on it, under the green cover, to a coroner's van outside of a home in Broken Arrow, Okla., Thursday, July 23, 2015, where five family members were discovered stabbed to death. Two male teenagers are in custody. Police say they and the victims are related. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma police responding to a 911 call in which no one spoke found a gruesome scene at a suburban Tulsa home — five members of a family dead or dying from stabbing and a sixth wounded but alive near the front door.


Jurors advance death penalty case against Colorado movie gunman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:34

File photo of Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler at the arraignment of James Holmes in Centennial, ColoradoJurors in the Colorado movie massacre trial found on Thursday the prosecution had proved aggravating factors which, the state has argued, make the 2012 rampage so heinous that gunman James Holmes deserves to be put to death. After deliberating since Wednesday, the panel of nine women and three men said prosecutors proved at least one such factor connected with the rampage in which Holmes killed 12 and wounded 70 at a midnight premiere of a Batman film in a Denver suburb. Defense lawyer Rebekka Higgs told jurors that during the mitigation phase they will hear all about Holmes' life, because they are now responsible for it.


Frescoes inside Old City church certified as historic

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:33

Frescoes inside Old City church certified as historicThe frescoes inside St. Augustine Church in Old City have been certified as historic - the oldest in any church in America.


14-year-old arrested in Arkansas grandparents' deaths

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:32
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The 14-year-old grandson of an Arkansas couple found dead behind their home was arrested Thursday and was awaiting arraignment on two counts of capital murder.

Faulty protocols behind live anthrax shipments to labs: Pentagon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:29
The shipment of live anthrax spores to researchers in the United States and seven other countries was "a failure" that exposed "a major problem" in Defense Department handling of the deadly bacteria, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said on Thursday. Instead, officials found that ineffective protocols plus the practice of inactivating large batches of anthrax at a single facility had led to the problem. Four Defense Department facilities ship inactivated anthrax to research labs in the United States and abroad to help develop medical countermeasures to protect troops in the event an adversary uses anthrax as a biological weapon.

APNewsBreak: Life sentence urged in peanut salmonella case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:27
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Federal court officers have recommended a sentence of life in prison for a peanut company executive convicted of selling salmonella-tainted food, a move that attorneys on both sides called "unprecedented" for a food-poisoning case.

Fmr. candidates officially endorse Jim Kenney in race for Phila. mayor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:25

Fmr. candidates officially endorse Jim Kenney in race for Phila. mayorThe former democratic candidates in the race for Philadelphia mayor formally endorsed Jim Kenney, meanwhile Republican Melissa Murray Bailey is vowing a fight.


3 Estonian men get over 3 years in prison for cyberfraud

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:21
NEW YORK (AP) — Three Estonian men were sentenced to over three years in prison Thursday for their roles in an Internet scheme that infected more than 4 million computers in over 100 countries.

Ohio grand jury probing black man's death in police traffic stop

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:19
A grand jury was seated in Cincinnati on Thursday as prosecutors consider whether to bring charges against a university police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man during a traffic stop over the weekend. University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing shot and killed Samuel Dubose, 43, on Sunday evening after pulling him over near the school because his car lacked a license plate, police and city officials said. The grand jury began hearing "preliminary information" on the case on Thursday, said Julie Wilson, spokeswoman for the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office, as protesters called for the release of video from Tensing's body camera.

Bison gores woman attempting selfie photo at Yellowstone park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:18

Bison attacks woman taking selfie with itA Yellowstone National Park visitor was gored this week as she tried to snap a selfie photo close to one of the park's famed bison, the fifth attack on a tourist who has ignored warnings to admire the mammals from afar, officials said on Thursday. The 43-year-old Mississippi woman and her daughter were standing with their back to a bison when it charged on Tuesday, tossing her into the air and inflicting minor injuries, Yellowstone spokeswoman Amy Bartlett said. The millions of tourists who visit the park annually are warned when they enter Yellowstone, by handouts, signs and orally to keep a distance of at least 25 yards (meters) from bison and to give even more berth to creatures such as grizzly bears, said Bartlett.


Videotaped arrest of suspect in Chester sparks investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:17

Videotaped arrest of suspect in Chester sparks investigationThe videotaped arrest of a man in Chester is sparking controversy but the Delaware County District Attorney says an initial investigation does not reveal that police did anything wrong.


Website linked to Tennessee shooting denies it sells guns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:13

U.S. flag flies alongside a sign in honor of the four Marines killed in Chattanooga, Tennessee"We'd like to make it clear that Armslist does not sell guns," Jonathan Gibbon, owner of the website, said in the video. The statement appeared on the website a day after the FBI said it knew where the suspect, Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, obtained his guns but would withhold the information for now. Two friends of Abdulazeez told Reuters on Saturday that he had purchased three guns on armslist.com after returning from a 2014 trip to Jordan.


VA secretary optimistic Congress will plug VA's budget gap

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:10
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says he's optimistic Congress will act soon to address a looming budget crisis that could force the shutdown of some VA hospitals.