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Alabama woman convicted in children sex abuse ring

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:36

Wendy Wood Holland, left, is lead out of the courtroom after she was found guilty on of sodomy, sexual abuse, sexual torture and child endangerment at Baldwin County Circuit Court, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Bay Minette, Ala. Holland was convicted on felony charges as member of a family sex ring that abused children for years. She was among 11 people arrested following the disappearance of her 19-year-old niece Brittney Wood in 2012. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — The conviction Wednesday of an Alabama woman accused of being part of an incestuous sex ring provided graphic evidence about horrendous child molestation, but it didn't answer a baffling question: What happened to a young victim who is missing and presumed dead?


Suit filed in crash that killed senator's son

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:34
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The family of a U.S. senator's son who was killed in a plane crash is suing the aircraft's manufacturers.

3 people found dead in suburban Denver home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:31

Law enforcement officers work among evidence markers placed in the driveway of a house where police are investigating the slayings of multiple people found inside the home, in the Denver suburb of Westminster, Colo., Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. According to Adams County Sheriff's Office, who have yet to release the number of victims, the bodies were found Wednesday morning after a distraught woman called 911 to report a disturbance in the home before hanging up. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say three people found dead inside a suburban Denver home were fatally shot.


19 arrested in 4th night of California protests

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:29
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California arrested at least 19 people as protesters angered by the killings of unarmed black men by white police officers rallied for a fourth night.

Water main break floods Kensington streets

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:27

Water main break floods Kensington streetsThe work is just beginning to excavate and repair a 20-inch water main in the 1500 block of Germantown Avenue.


Washington starts fiscal 2015 with rising tax collections

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:22
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Total tax collections for Washington were 39.8 percent higher in October than the same month last year, according to a report released by the office of the District of Columbia's chief financial officer on Wednesday. In October, the first month of fiscal 2015 for the U.S. capital, tax collections totaled $127 million. The report showed that for all of last fiscal year tax collections were $6.12 billion, 0.3 percent higher than the year before. ...

Man expected to plead guilty in Newtown threats

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:20
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Venezuelan man charged with making threatening phone calls to Newtown residents in Connecticut after the 2012 school shooting is expected to enter a guilty plea, according to court filings.

University links hiring freeze to Ferguson fallout

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:11
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The University of Missouri-St. Louis on Wednesday announced a hiring freeze in response to an unexpected enrollment drop that campus officials are linking to the fatal police shooting in nearby Ferguson.

Sale of Oregon craft brewery provokes backlash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:09

In this Nov. 18, 2014 photo, 10 Barrel Brewing Co. partner Garrett Wales poses in the company's brewery, in Bend, Ore. As it grew from a struggling timber town to an outdoor recreation destination, Bend, Ore., has seen an explosion of breweries, making it one of the top beer towns in the country. When 10 Barrel announced it was being bought by the world's biggest brewer, Anheuser-Busch Inbev, many local beer lovers felt betrayed. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)BEND, Ore. (AP) — The Facebook page of a local brewery lit up with condemnations: Loyal beer drinkers said the brewers were greedy "sellouts." Some fans threatened to boycott the brand. One declared he would stop wearing a T-shirt promoting the beer.


Correction: Firefighter Death story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:08

In this undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Fire Department, firefighter Joyce Craig Lewis is shown. Craig Lewis, an eleven-year veteran is the first female member of the department killed in the line of duty. She died after being trapped in the basement of a burning row home on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Fire Department)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In one version of a story Dec. 9 about the first death of a female Philadelphia firefighter in the line of duty, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a female firefighter killed last year in Houston was also that department's first to die in the line of duty. At least one other female firefighter died battling a blaze in Houston, in 2000.


Clarification: Killings By Police-Law Schools story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:07
BOSTON (AP) — In a story Dec. 9, The Associated Press reported that Columbia Law School officials had urged students protesting a lack of grand jury indictments of white police officers involved in the deaths of unarmed black men to remain focused on the serious issues the cases raise. The story should have made clear a Columbia Law School statement urged the public to remain focused on the issues.

Police: Same gun used to kill 2 homeless people

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:03
ATLANTA (AP) — The same gun was used to kill two homeless men who were shot as they slept, wrapped in blankets on the streets of Atlanta in separate slayings last month, according to Atlanta police.

Prosecutors: Ex-official was menace, made napalm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:53
ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors trying to persuade jurors to issue the death penalty against a former North Texas public official presented testimony Wednesday that he was a menace to others who hid homemade napalm.

Woman at center of 1961 Supreme Court case dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:49

FILE - In this undated file photo, Dollree Mapp is escorted into 105th precinct in New York. A woman who told police to come back with a warrant if they wanted to search her Ohio home in 1957, leading to a landmark Supreme Court case on police searches and seizures, has died. Dollree Mapp died Oct. 31 in Conyers, Ga. A relative and caretaker, Carolyn Mapp, confirmed her death Wednesday and said she died on the day after her birthday at the age of 91. (AP Photo, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman who stood up to police trying to search her Ohio home in 1957 and ultimately won a landmark Supreme Court decision on searches and seizures has died.


NYC Council takes steps to monitor police conduct

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:42
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawmakers said Wednesday they will ask the city's new police watchdog to investigate how police track abuse complaints against officers, calling the request a step in the city's response to a chokehold death that prompted calls for change.

Ring dropped with note in Salvation Army kettle

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:41
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — A sad love story for one man may end up brightening some people's days this holiday season in South Dakota.

Many deported immigrants don't recover belongings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:38
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — About a third of the immigrants deported from the U.S.-Mexico border don't recover belongings that were seized during their arrest, according to a report from a humanitarian group released Wednesday.

Appeals court deals blow to US in insider cases

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:37
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court dealt a blow to the government's success in insider trading prosecutions Wednesday by reversing two convictions with a decision that also jeopardizes a third — and attempts to further define how far prosecutors can push the law in their quest to clean up Wall Street.

Police: Man, sons beat another man after funeral

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:34
DRAYDEN, Md. (AP) — Police say a man and his two sons beat another man with pipes and a bat while he was pinned underneath a car after a funeral reception.

Ohio lawmakers narrow lethal injection bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:31

Dr. Robert Small, representing the Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists, warns state lawmakers that a pending lethal injection bill could have the unintended consequence of restricting the availability of propofol, a widely used anesthetic, on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Lawmakers later updated the bill to address the concerns of Small and doctors over the anesthetic. In a measure also before the Senate Criminal Justice Committee Wednesday, companies providing Ohio with lethal injection drugs would have their names shielded for at least 20 years, under a bill scheduled for a possible vote that lawmakers say is needed to restart executions in the state. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday removed a provision from a death penalty bill that doctors and drugmakers warned could have led to shortages of a key drug and set anesthesiology back 20 years.