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Parole denied yet again for John Lennon's killer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 08:09

This June 1, 2013 photo provided by the New York State Department of Corrections shows Mark David Chapman at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y. Chapman, who killed John Lennon in 1980, was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, New York corrections officials said Friday, Aug. 22, 2012. Chapman shot Lennon in December 1980 outside the Manhattan apartment building where the former Beatle lived. He was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. (AP Photo/New York State Department of Corrections)NEW YORK (AP) — John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, correction officials said Friday.


Exclusive: Amid Ferguson rage, council's lone black member keeps low profile

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 07:50

Protestors march down in Ferguson, MissouriBy Tim McLaughlin FERGUSON Missouri (Reuters) - In many ways Dwayne James is a beacon of hope in Ferguson, which has been torn apart by racially charged riots. The only black councilman in a predominantly black town, James is widely respected even by political opponents and talked of as a candidate for mayor. "Our city charter provides that our mayor is the spokesperson for the city," James told Reuters, in his first public statement since Ferguson patrol cop Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown, who was unarmed, six times on Aug. 9. Ferguson's black residents complain that they do not have a voice in the town's power structures, and that lack of representation has contributed to the anger that has sparked rioting, they say.


9/11 relatives to get second shot at scholarships

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 07:49
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Relatives of Californians who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will get a second chance to apply for college scholarships under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown after investigations found that the state mishandled the program.

3 bodies recovered from Mount Rainier identified

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 07:32
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The Pierce County medical examiner has identified the bodies of three climbers recovered this week from Mount Rainier. They were part of a party of six who vanished on the Washington state peak last May.

Judge denies restraining order in San Francisco rent case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 07:25
By Joaquin Palomino SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday denied a motion for a temporary restraining order that would have frozen for the plaintiffs a controversial San Francisco city law that makes landlords pay a hefty fee when evicting tenants to take properties off the rental market. Federal Judge Charles R. Breyer denied the motion for a temporary restraining order, which was filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation on behalf of the married couple, Daniel and Maria Levin, and a handful of other property owners. The Levins own a two-unit house in San Francisco, living in the upper unit and renting out the lower one.

Connecticut preschool teacher's aide faces child porn charges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 07:23
By Richard Weizel WILTON Conn. (Reuters) - A Connecticut preschool teacher's aide has been charged with possessing and sharing child pornography, police said on Friday. Eric Von Kohorn, a 33-year-old Bridgeport resident who worked in the Wilton school system since 2007, was arrested late Wednesday and released on a $50,000 bond. School officials said they were told in June that Von Kohorn was the subject of a probe by the state police and the Department of Homeland Security. It was not immediately known if Von Kohorn had a lawyer, and he could not be reached for comment.

Official says hackers hit up to 25,000 fed workers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 07:16
WASHINGTON (AP) — The internal records of as many as 25,000 Homeland Security Department employees were exposed during a recent computer break-in at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said Friday.

Questions, answers about Missouri grand juries

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 07:14

Protesters march Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Protesters again gathered Thursday evening, walking in laps near the spot where Michael Brown was shot. Some were in organized groups, such as clergy members. More signs reflected calls by protesters to remove the prosecutor from the case. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)A grand jury is considering evidence to determine whether Officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9.


Police: Suspect shot by truck owner during break-in attempt

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 07:07

 Suspect shot by truck owner during break-in attemptPhiladelphia police say the man who was shot and killed on Friday morning in Frankford was trying to break into a pickup truck at the time of the shooting.


Florida judge approves new state congressional maps, no special elections

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 06:59
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida judge on Friday approved the new congressional maps redrawn by Republican legislative leaders in a lawsuit over gerrymandering, and ruled that he would not order a special election in affected districts. Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis said the 2014 midterm elections would proceed on Nov. 4 using existing maps, despite previously ruling that two of the state's 27 congressional districts were unconstitutional. His ruling last month had clouded the outcome of congressional races, holding out the possibility of delays in elections in the largest U.S. Under court orders to fix the maps, the Republican-controlled legislature approved minor changes affecting seven congressional districts in a hastily convened special session last week.

3 Japanese students killed in California car crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 06:58

Debris and a newly-installed utility pole sit at the site of a fatal crash Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Oceanside, Calif. Three Japanese college students were killed and five other foreign students were injured late Thursday, when a car carrying them veered off a California freeway and struck a utility pole, officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) — Three Japanese college students were killed and five others were injured when the car they were in veered off a California freeway and struck a power pole, officials said Friday.


Correction: Baby Sitter Killed story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 06:54

Dea Millerberg, convicted of helping her husband dump their teenage baby sitter's body in the woods after a night of sex and drugs, listens to Attorney Michael D. Bouwhuis during her sentencing hearing Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Ogden, Utah. Millerberg, who pleaded guilty in June to three felonies, including desecration of a human body, was sentenced to prison for up to five years. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Rick Egan, Pool)OGDEN, Utah (AP) — In a story Aug. 21 about an Ogden woman sentenced to prison for her role in the death of her baby sitter, The Associated Press reported erroneously who, according to her attorney, abused the woman in the past. The attorney said she was abused by a previous boyfriend, not a previous husband.


New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 06:53

FILE - This Aug. 18, 2014, file photo shows President Barack Obama as he speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House in Washington. Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.


Ex-Va. Gov says he knows in heart he's innocent

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 06:52

Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell arrives at federal court with her attorney William Burck in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Former Gov. Bob McDonnell took the stand in his own defense on Wednesday and is expected to continue Thursday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell told jurors Friday he was both innocent and contrite as he ended his third straight day of testifying in his corruption trial.


Philly, blue-collar workers union reach contract deal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 06:43

Philly, blue-collar workers union reach contract dealThe city of Philadelphia and the union representing its blue-collar workers have reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract after years of negotiations.


Policeman accused of serial sex assault on patrol

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 06:41

This Aug. 21, 2014 photo made available by the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office shows Daniel K. Holtzclaw. The 27-year-old Oklahoma City police officer was arrested Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 and is being held in lieu of $5 million bond after being accused of committing a series of sexual assaults against at least six women while on duty. (AP Photo/Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City police officer arrested on charges of serial sexual assault preyed on women in the rundown neighborhoods he was assigned to patrol — picking some up off the street, pulling others over at traffic stops and in one case taking a woman to a nearby school, according to an affidavit released Friday.


Violent purse snatching in Evesham Township

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 06:41

Violent purse snatching in Evesham TownshipPolice in Evesham Township, New Jersey are trying to track down a purse snatcher who attacked a 75-year-old woman at a shopping center.


Mexico creates special force for economic crime

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 06:37

Officers belonging to Mexico's newest police force, known as the gendarmerie, march during the launching ceremony for the new force at the Federal Police headquarters in Mexico City, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Gendarmerie members will be a division of the federal police and will be sent to protect areas like those where wheat and sorghum farmers, banana growers and mining firms have been hit by organized crime. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force Friday to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended throughout the country's economy, strangling commerce in some regions.


A Brazil World Cup bonanza _ for other countries

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 06:35
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's Central Bank says spending by foreign tourists shot up 60 percent during the two months overlapped by its hosting of the World Cup, reaching nearly $1.59 billion.

Woman set reservation fire to give friends work

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 06:34
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman is to be sentenced next month for setting a wildfire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in central Oregon because her firefighter friends were bored and needed work.