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Man, woman arrested after corpse, severely abused kids found

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 06:26

This undated photo provided by the North Las Vegas Police Department shows Kellie Phillips, 38. Phillips, the mother in an apparent child abandonment case where a 3-year-old girl was found dead in a North Las Vegas home has been arrested. Police said Phillips surrendered to police at her attorney's Las Vegas office. The five children between ages 1 and 9 in her care were also there in good health. They are now in protective custody. Phillips is facing two charges of child-abuse resulting in harm or death. (AP Photo/North Las Vegas Police Department)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two people have been arrested in what authorities describe as a twisted, gruesome case of abuse involving a child's corpse hidden in a broken-down car, a starved baby living on water and a sheltered teenager impregnated by her stepfather.

Oregon police hunt ‘military mistress’ on check fraud charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 06:19
(Reuters) - An Oregon woman dubbed the "military mistress" by authorities for marrying at least 14 U.S. servicemen and bilking some of them out of their money was being sought by police on Wednesday in connection with a check fraud scheme. Bobbi Ann Finley, 39, also known as Bobbi Ann House, was being sought by Oregon authorities for questioning over some $13,500 in fraudulent checks written in Oregon, Colorado and Oklahoma, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Finley and her current husband, Zackerie House, 27, began writing the checks in March on a recently opened Well Fargo bank account, the sheriff's office said in a statement. She found her husbands at military bases across the country and has been accused by former spouses in nine states of stealing thousands of dollars of their money, officials said.

'Moderate risk' of storms, tornadoes in Middle America

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 06:17

A Missouri Department of Transportation worker adjusts cones on a flooded section of south bound Route 141 underneath Interstate 44 after a storm flooded the area on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 near Valley Park, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT; MANDATORY CREDITNORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Forecasters cautioned millions of people in Middle America to keep an eye to the sky Wednesday and Thursday amid threats of hail, high winds and strong tornadoes.

When can police use lethal force against a fleeing suspect?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 06:14

In this combination of still images taken from an April 4, 2015, video provided by attorney L. Chris Stewart, representing the family of Walter Lamer Scott, Scott appears to break away from a confrontation with city patrolman Michael Thomas Slager, right, in North Charleston, S.C. In the video, as Scott runs away, Slager pulls out his handgun and fires at Scott, who drops to the ground after the eighth shot. Slager has been fired and charged with murder following the release of the dramatic video. (AP Photo/Courtesy of L. Chris Stewart)WASHINGTON (AP) — The law gives police officers latitude to use deadly force when they feel physically endangered, but there's far less legal flexibility when it comes to opening fire at fleeing individuals. Here's a look at legal issues raised by Saturday's police shooting in South Carolina in which video recorded by a bystander shows a black man being shot in the back and killed as he runs away.

Sheriff: Pregnant woman may have reached for deputy's weapon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 06:14
GREENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas deputy shown in a video apparently striking a pregnant woman may have used force to prevent her from taking his firearm, a law enforcement official said Wednesday.

Trio who fled after robbing L.A. store sent to prison for decades

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 06:12
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man who raped a worker during an armed invasion of a Nordstrom Rack store in Los Angeles two years ago was sentenced on Wednesday to 193 years behind bars, while his two accomplices in the robbery were sent to prison for decades. The January 2013 incident at a shopping center drew widespread attention after the three robbers forced employees of the clothing store to strip to their underwear, and then escaped before police could surround the business. "I cannot fathom the terror that the victims in this matter felt," Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen said at the sentencing hearing. Raymond Sherman Jr., 36, was found guilty last month of the forcible rape of an employee at the store, kidnapping and second-degree robbery.

As rape trial starts, ex-Goldman banker says sex was consensual

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 06:11
By Edward Krudy RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (Reuters) - Lawyers for a former Goldman Sachs managing director whose trial began on Wednesday on charges of raping an Irish student in the bathroom of a home he rented on New York's Long Island said the sex was consensual. Prosecutors say Jason Lee, 38, met the woman and friends at a restaurant and bar and invited them back to his rental home in the upscale resort town of East Hampton on Long Island in August 2013.

Jury deliberates in ex-NFL star's murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 06:00

Former New England Patriots football player Hernandez appears in the court room of the Bristol County Superior Court House in Fall River, MassachusettsBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Jurors in former NFL star Aaron Hernandez's murder trial completed their first full day of deliberations at a Massachusetts court on Wednesday without reaching a verdict, a day after the defense argued that Hernandez was only a witness to the fatal shooting that prosecutors say he orchestrated. Hernandez, 25, is charged with murder and firearms violations in the killing of Odin Lloyd, a semiprofessional football player who had been dating his fiancee's sister. Prosecutors say Hernandez and two friends, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, picked up Lloyd at his Boston home before dawn on June 17, 2013, and drove him to an industrial park near Hernandez's house in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, where they shot him dead.

Police investigate possible child abduction in Kensington, teen in custody

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:57

Police investigate possible child abduction in Kensington, teen in custodyPhiladelphia police are investigating a possible abduction involving a 1-year-old child in Kensington.

Defense contractor settles bribery charges for $9.5 million

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:54
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon-based defense contractor FLIR Systems Inc. has agreed to pay $9.5 million to settle bribery charges filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission that involved expensive trips and gifts given to Middle Eastern government officials.

Emanuel's re-election present: Chicago’s fiscal nightmare is just beginning

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:49

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks to the media after a campaign stop on election day in ChicagoBy Karen Pierog and Megan Davies CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rahm Emanuel may have been elected to a second term as Chicago's mayor on Tuesday but now he faces a stark choice: inflict pain on the city's population in the form of unpopular measures such as higher taxes or kick its problems further down the road and risk a fiscal crisis that could even lead to bankruptcy later. While voters appear to have seen President Barack Obama's former chief of staff as more able than labor union-backed challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia to deal with Chicago’s massive public pension liabilities, neither candidate squarely addressed what could be a fiscal nightmare for the city. The failure over many years to address the hole the city has dug for itself will finally catch up with Chicago if radical action isn’t taken soon to resolve the budget and pension problems, warn bankers, investors and fiscal policy experts. "The day there's no more dollars in the kitty, the day that the city is not going to be able to pay the next set of payrolls, that's the day everyone will all of a sudden understand: ‘Wow, we really have to address this because there is no longer an option,’” said David Tawil, president of hedge fund Maglan Capital which invests in distressed situations but does not own Chicago debt.

Son, 22, charged with shooting father during drive on Schuylkill Expressway

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:48

Son, 22, charged with shooting father during drive on Schuylkill ExpresswayA 22-year-old man has been charged with aggravated assault after state police say he shot his father in the face while traveling in a car on the Schuylkill Expressway.

Wisconsin board bans employees from global warming work

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:48
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin board has banned its employees from working on global warming issues on state time in what's become a bitter feud between a Republican board member and Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson's daughter.

Manhunt, arrests after shots are fired at Harrisburg police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:46
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania's capital say two people are in custody and they're searching for a third after someone fired at a patrol car, damaging it but missing the officer inside.

L.A. County to pay $5.3 million over police shooting of unarmed man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:44
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles County officials have agreed to pay $5.3 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit by the family of an unarmed man who was shot to death by sheriff's deputies more than two years ago following a car chase through the suburb of Compton. The settlement, which was approved by a vote of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, comes amid new nationwide scrutiny of fatal shootings by police officers, especially of young black men. In the Los Angeles case, family members of Jose de la Trinidad sued the county and sheriff's department over his fatal shooting by deputies shortly after 10 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2012. According to a summary of the incident released by the Board of Supervisors, two sheriffs deputies pulled over a car being driven by de la Trinidad's brother, Francisco, with de la Trinidad in the passenger seat, after they saw it speeding through Compton.

Key moments in death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:44

FILE - This undated file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013, by the FBI shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convicted Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in federal court in Boston on multiple charges in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when twin pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the finish line. (AP Photo/FBI, File)Here's a look at some of the most compelling moments in the government's case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convicted Wednesday of all 30 federal counts against him:

Funeral for a former slave takes center stage at Appomattox

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:38

Rev. Alfred L. Jones III poses with a period style pine box coffin that will be used to represent former slave Hannah Reynolds, who was the lone civilian death at Appomattox at the end of the war, at the Carver-Price Legacy Museum in Appomattox, Va., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Jones will deliver the eulogy for Reynolds whose death will be remembered during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's end. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) — A Civil War cannonball that ripped through Hannah Reynolds' master's cabin made her a footnote of misfortune, the lone civilian death at the Battle of Appomattox Court House. She died a slave at 60, hours before the war to end slavery unofficially came to a close.

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:20
Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad:

Reaction to conviction of Tsarnaev in marathon bombings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:13

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Karen Brassard speaks outside federal court, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Boston where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on multiple charges in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when twin pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the finish line. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)BOSTON (AP) — Reaction to the conviction of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 others:

AccuWeather: Cooler, Damp Today

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:07

 Cooler, Damp TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says milder weather returns on Friday.