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Mistrial for North Carolina policeman who shot unarmed black man

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 06:49

The mother of Jonathan Ferrell, who was shot and killed in September 2013, looks on during a news conference in CharlotteBy Greg Lacour CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Reuters) - A North Carolina judge declared a mistrial on Friday when a jury deadlocked in the trial of a white police officer charged in the death of an unarmed black man. Randall Kerrick, 29, faced a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the September 2013 death of Jonathan Ferrell, 24, a former Florida A&M football player who had wrecked his car on a dark road and was seeking help when he encountered officers. Ferrell ran and Kerrick opened fire at point-blank range and killed him.

San Antonio police search for thief who stole body from casket

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 06:46
San Antonio police were searching for someone who stole the body of a 25-year-old woman out of her coffin after her funeral and before it was set for cremation, police said on Friday. "I have never in 22 years in law enforcement ever heard of anything like this," San Antonio police spokesman Sergeant Javier Salazar said, adding a motive for the crime was unknown. Julie Mott of San Antonio died earlier this month of cystic fibrosis. A funeral for her was held last Saturday, which would have been her 26th birthday.

Black teen killed by St. Louis police shot in back: autopsy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 06:34

The father of Mansur Ball-Bey stands in front of the steps where police shot his son as a photo of Mansur hangs on the fence in St. LouisNews of the preliminary results of an autopsy escalated tensions that had flared after Wednesday's killing of Mansur Ball-Bey, as protesters and family of the slain 18-year-old questioned police accounts that he pointed a gun at officers. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said additional officers would be available for the weekend in anticipation of further protests. Less than two weeks ago the St. Louis area was flooded with protesters from across the country marking the anniversary of the Aug. 9, 2014, killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in nearby Ferguson, Missouri.

Nov. 19 change-of-plea, sentencing hearing set for Fogle

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 06:29

Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle leaves the Federal Courthouse in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 following a hearing on child-pornography charges. Fogle agreed to plead guilty to allegations that he paid for sex acts with minors and received child pornography in a case that destroyed his career at the sandwich-shop chain and could send him to prison for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has scheduled a Nov. 19 change-of-plea and sentencing hearing for former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle.

Fire chief criticizes CSX over 2014 Virginia derailment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 06:16
The fire official who led the response to a 2014 oil train derailment in Lynchburg, Virginia, criticized CSX Transportation, saying it took two hours for the company's representative to arrive at a command post after the wreck.

Autopsy: Suspect killed by St. Louis police was shot in back

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 06:13

St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson, left, appeals for calm alongside mayor Francis Slay, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, West Side Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Officers made several arrests and deployed tear gas amid protests in St. Louis following the death of a black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by police Wednesday after he allegedly pointed a gun at them while attempting to serving a search warrant in a crime-troubled section of the city's north side. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS (AP) — An autopsy showed that an 18-year-old who was shot and killed by an officer helping serve a search warrant in a violence-plagued neighborhood died from a single wound in the back, police said Friday.

Bomb threat prompts evacuation at Willow Grove Mall

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 06:13

Bomb threat prompts evacuation at Willow Grove MallMontgomery County officials say part of the Willow Grove Park Mall was evacuated Friday afternoon due to a bomb threat.

$30,000 reward offered for killer of teen bystander in Newark, Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 06:08

$30,000 reward offered for killer of teen bystander in Newark, DelawareThe FBI and police are asking for the public's help in finding the suspect who shot and killed a teen leaving a party in Newark, Delaware.

Sinking currencies point to jitters about emerging economies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 06:06

FILE - In this Monday, June 8, 2015 file photo, Turkish Liras, Euros and U.S. Dollars are stacked at a currency exchange office in Istanbul, Turkey. In emerging markets worldwide, currencies are plunging over fears that developing economies are on the verge of a crippling fall. The damage has spilled across oceans. The Dow Jones industrials plunged 328 points, nearly 2 percent, in early-afternoon trading Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 on top of a 358-point drop Thursday. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)WASHINGTON (AP) — The damage spans the globe.

Advocacy groups sue Gov. Christie over travel security costs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 06:00
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A trio of left-leaning advocacy groups sued Gov. Chris Christie on Friday for using taxpayer dollars to pay for his security detail's travel expenses as he campaigns across the country in his quest to win the Republican nomination for the White House.

US stocks tumble on global slowdown fears

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 05:56

US stocks tumble on global slowdown fearsGrowing concerns about a slowdown in China shook markets around the world on Friday, driving the U.S. stock market to its biggest drop in nearly four years.

Teen found dead by side of road near West Chester ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 05:55

Teen found dead by side of road near West Chester ID'dInvestigators have identified the teen found dead by the side of the road near West Chester, and say his death was no accident.

The Latest: Florida Gov. won't force legislators to return

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 05:54
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The latest on the Florida Legislature's special session to pass new congressional districts for the state (all times local).

Kentucky city files for bankruptcy after large jury verdict

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 05:42
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A suburban city near Louisville has filed for bankruptcy, crippled by an $11.4 million jury verdict — nearly four times the city's budget — in a dispute over land and money with a truck-driving school.

Police: Tuscaloosa officer shot, killed man after assault

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 05:34
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Alabama say a Tuscaloosa police officer has shot and killed a man who attempted to assault the officer.

Three Connecticut teens plead guilty in fatal shooting and robbery

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 05:31
Three Connecticut teenagers have pleaded guilty to fatally shooting an 18-year-old man last year while stealing his cellphone. Robert Stevenson, 17, and Cheyenne Concepcion, 19, pleaded guilty in Hartford Superior Court on Thursday to the felony murder of Jonathan Torres in September 2014, in Enfield, Connecticut, while a third man, Takai Brown, 19, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery. Prosecutors told Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander that Stevenson and Concepcion robbed Torres of his iPhone and headphones, and that Stevenson fatally shot Torres.

Prosecutors seek 13-year sentence for radar facility fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 05:24
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. prosecutors say a suburban Chicago contractor should serve 13 years in prison and pay $450 million for setting a fire at a radar facility and shutting down air traffic nationwide.

Police: Video shows officer pressuring driver for donation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 05:24
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A patrolman who appears in a video pressuring a driver to support a police fundraiser or have his car towed has been placed on desk duty, police said.

Jury selection concludes in Jewish site shootings trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 05:22
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Jury selection concluded Friday afternoon in the capital murder trial of a Missouri white supremacist accused of killing three Christians last year at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City.

The Latest: 2 vehicles involved in deadly Washington fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 05:22

Firefighters line up to get gear out of the back of a fire truck as they get ready to head out onto a line Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Twisp, Wash. Authorities say three firefighters died after their vehicle crashed and was apparently caught by a "hellstorm" of flames as they battled a blaze in the state. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)TWISP, Wash. (AP) — The latest on wildfires in Washington state, including those that killed three firefighters (all times local):