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'Hot Car Dad' Indicted for Son's Murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:34
The Georgia dad who left his son in a scorching SUV this summer was charged with the boy's murder.

Justice Dept. announces Ferguson police probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:29

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2014 file photo, Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake's Place Restaurant in Florrissant, Mo. The Justice Department plans to open a wide-ranging investigation into the practices of the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department following the shooting last month of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb, a person briefed on the matter said Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File-Pool)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department launched a broad investigation Thursday into the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting last month of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer.

Florida officials seek to appeal ruling against gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:16

Same-sex marriage supporters demonstrate outside courthouse in MiamiFlorida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Thursday filed a notice of an appeal in federal court on Thursday challenging a ruling last month by a U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle of Florida's Northern District in Tallahassee last month became the fifth judge in Florida to rule against the ban, which was approved by voters in 2008, and the first on the state's federal bench. The Attorney General’s office filed the appeal notice on behalf of three defendants, a court clerk along with two members of the state government - Florida’s Secretary of Management Services Craig Nichols and state Surgeon General John Armstrong. Supreme Court ruling striking down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman.

Body found at Vancouver recycling center

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:06
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Vancouver police say they are not investigating the death of a man whose body was found at a Vancouver recycling center as a homicide.

5 high schoolers sickened by marijuana brownies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:05
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say five students got sick — including two who were rushed to the hospital unconscious — after eating marijuana brownies that were sold at a San Francisco Bay Area high school.

Court rules against gay marriage bans in 2 states

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:01

File of Jon Stark and husband David Moore joining supporters of same-sex marriage rally at Utah's State Capitol building in Salt Lake CityA U.S. appeals court in Chicago ruled Thursday that gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana violate the U.S. Constitution — thereby bumping the number of states where gay marriage will be legal from 19 to 21.

Phoenix hospital says visitor fatally shoots self

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:01
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a person visiting a family member at a Phoenix hospital has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Pennsylvania justice urges ban on defender group

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:54
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's chief justice wants the state Supreme Court to ban lawyers at an organization that currently handles many appeals by convicted murderers on the state's death row.

Detroit child's death stemmed from revenge shooting: prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:53
By Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - Prosecutors told a court on Thursday that a Detroit man fired several AK-47 rounds into the bedroom window of an 8-year-old boy, killing him, in retaliation against the child's mother, the man's former girlfriend who had implicated him in a burglary. Calvin Mosby, 28, of Detroit, faces life in prison for shooting dead Jakari Pearson in the early hours of July 30. At the pretrial hearing in a Detroit city court on Thursday, he was bound over on charges of first-degree murder, two counts of assault with intent to murder and weapons charges. A second man, 17-year-old Devaunte Starks, was bound over as Mosby's accomplice.

Raiders agree to pay $1.25 million to cheerleaders suing over unfair pay

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:51

 Preseason-Seattle Seahawks at Oakland RaidersThe Oakland Raiders have agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle a lawsuit brought by 90 members of the team's cheerleading squad who alleged they were underpaid or faced lengthy delays in receiving their wages in violation of California labor law. The settlement, which requires court approval, was announced by the Raiders and the Raiderettes in a joint statement on Thursday and followed similar suits filed since January by cheerleaders for several other National Football League franchises. The litigation has focused attention on the working conditions of NFL cheerleaders who, unlike professional football players, are not represented by a labor union. "The settlement will resolve disputed claims regarding payment for hours worked, including practices and appearances, expenses, interest, and penalties under the California Labor Code," according to the joint statement.

Fire rips through 2 school buses in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:51

Fire rips through 2 school buses in Northeast PhiladelphiaTwo school buses were destroyed after a fire in a bus yard in Northeast Philadelphia.

Police say bodies found are of dead boy's parents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:42

In this Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 photo, police tape marks off the exterior of a Frisco, Texas, home were two bodies found Wednesday. The bodies of a man and a woman were found at the suburban Dallas home where a 10-year-old boy was found dead in January, whose mother, Pallavi Dhawan was accused of killing him, police said. A medical examiner's report later said a natural cause was the most likely cause of the Jan. 29 death of the boy, Arnav Dhawan. (AP Photo/Nomaan Merchant)DALLAS (AP) — Authorities confirmed Thursday that the bodies of a man and woman found at a suburban Dallas home are those of the parents of a 10-year-old boy found dead in a bathtub at the house in January — a death for which the mother was charged with murder.

Hillary Clinton: US should lead on clean energy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:37

 US should lead on clean energyLAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday the U.S. should become what she called the world's 21st-century clean energy superpower, during remarks resembling both a campaign speech and a call to action at the annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas.

Auriemma call to Mo'ne a violation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:23
The NCAA has determined that Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma committed a secondary rules violation when he made a phone call congratulating Little League pitching star Mo'Ne Davis last month.

Christie won't talk immigration on Mexico trip

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:20

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is accompanied by a security detail as he arrives to have lunch at Tacos El Caminero in Mexico City, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. The potential 2016 U.S. presidential contender has called his three-day trade mission to Mexico a learning opportunity. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)MEXICO CITY (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday said he has no plans to lay out his positon on immigration reform until — and if — he decides to run for president.

Dad in Georgia hot car death charged with murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:14

File of Justin Ross Harris sitting in Cobb County Magistrate Court in Marietta, GeorgiaMARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man who prosecutors say sat in his office exchanging nude photos with women while his son languished for hours in a hot car was charged with murder on Thursday, more than two months after the child's death.

Report finds lack of trust in Alaska Guard command

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:03

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell addresses a scathing report into allegations of sexual assault in the Alaska National Guard during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska. Parnell requested the report be conducted by the National Guard Bureau's Office of Complex Investigations. Parnell said he sought and received the resignation of Alaska National Guard Adjutant Gen. Thomas Katkus after receiving the report. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A scathing report into allegations of sexual assault and fraud in the Alaska National Guard finds that victims do not trust the system because of a lack of confidence in the command.

Ruling against BP could mean $18 billion in fines

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:02

Signage for a BP petrol station is pictured in LondonNEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP could be looking at close to $18 billion in additional fines over the nation's worst offshore oil spill after a federal judge ruled Thursday that the company acted with "gross negligence" in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.

NC men freed after 30 years will seek pardons

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:51
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two men are planning to ask for pardons after they were freed this week from a North Carolina prison following the discovery of evidence that they didn't kill a young girl 30 years ago.

32 states ask Supreme Court to settle gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:39
BOSTON (AP) — Thirty-two states that either allow gay marriage or have banned it asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to settle the issue once and for all.