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No verdict after days of deliberations in 1979 N.Y. child murder case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:24

Stanley Patz, father of Etan Patz, arrives at the state Supreme Court in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors considering a murder charge against the man who confessed to killing Etan Patz in 1979 ended a seventh day of deliberations on Thursday without reaching a verdict in one of the most vexing disappearances in New York history. Pedro Hernandez, 54, is charged in state Supreme Court in Manhattan with kidnapping and murdering the 6-year-old boy, who disappeared on May 25, 1979, as he was walking alone for the first time to his school bus stop. Hernandez, who worked in a deli near Patz's Manhattan home, confessed to police in 2012 that he lured the boy into the store's basement with the offer of a soda, strangled him and left his still moving body in a box in an alley. His lawyers have said the real culprit is Jose Ramos, long a prime suspect in the disappearance.


New York banana mogul sentenced in fatal, drug-fueled sex romp

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:23
Thomas Hoey Jr., 47, was sentenced to more than 12-1/2 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan. “Now I’ve lost everything, my business, my family, my freedom.” But Castel handed down what he described as a “stiff” prison sentence, fined him $250,000 and ordered three years of supervised release. “Thomas Hoey sees himself as a good guy,” the judge said. “In truth Thomas Hoey Jr. is a self-obsessed, self-pitying, selfish man who is a danger to the community.” Hoey’s attorney, Ronald Fischetti, said he would appeal.

Jaws meets kangaroo? Rare, cute pocket shark found in deep

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:22

This photo provided by Michael H. Doosey at Tulane University, shows a photo of a rare pocket shark in October 2013 in Belle Chasse, La., taken out of the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, and discovered in a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration freezer and identified as the rare species in 2013. This is only the second such shark, which has two pockets next to its front fins, ever seen. The first was seen off the coast the Peru 36 years ago. (Michael H. Doosey/Tulane University via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Think Jaws meets a kangaroo, with maybe a touch of cute kitten, and you've got the aptly named pocket shark — the newest and rarest species found off the U.S. coast.


Petraeus sentenced to 2 years' probation for military leak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:21

FILE - In this Friday Oct. 15, 2010 file photo, Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S and NATO commander addresses RUSI members on ‘The International Mission in Afghanistan', at the United Services Institute in central London. Former CIA Director Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was expected to be sentenced Thursday April 23, 2015 in federal court in Charlotte for giving her classified material while she was working on the book. (AP Photo/Dan Kitwood, Pool, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was sentenced Thursday to two years' probation and fined $100,000 for giving her classified material while she was working on the book.


Idaho firefighters rescue ducklings from storm drains

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:20
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Springtime in southwestern Idaho means flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and ducklings are falling into storm drains.

Chief defends officer's takedown of drunken woman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:16
ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — A Texas police chief is denying that one of his officers used excessive force when he tackled a drunken woman in a parking lot.

Proposed ban on ivory sale links old pianos, terrorism

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:15
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A debate in Vermont over a proposed ban on the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horns in the small New England state is bringing home much wider issues of international terrorism and animal extinction.

Google's 1Q reassures investors despite earnings miss

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:13

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 23, 2010 file photo, the Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Brussels. Google will report earnings Thursday April 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is still flexing its moneymaking muscle even as a technological upheaval nibbles at its dominance in Internet search and European antitrust regulators question some of the company's practices.


Judge: Minnesota man accused of killing son can't see body

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:12
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has refused to allow a Minnesota man accused of killing his 10-year-old son to see his boy's body before the funeral.

DA: Man accused of sex abuse, camera in bathroom

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:09

 Man accused of sex abuse, camera in bathroomThe Montco DA said a man who was being investigated for allegedly using a hidden camera to record kids in the bathroom is also charged with sex abuse.


Man pulled from home after small fire in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:05

Man pulled from home after small fire in South PhiladelphiaFire officials are investigating a house fire in South Philadelphia that left a man with a possible life threatening injury.


Judge denies parole to former Manson follower Bruce Davis

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:05

FILE - In this March 12, 2014 photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabiltation, Bruce Davis is shown. A Los Angeles judge has denied parole for the former Charles Manson follower who has been imprisoned for more than 40 years for two murders. Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, upheld the governor's reversal of a parole board decision last year to release Davis. Davis was convicted in the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea. (Department of Corrections and Rehabiltation via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Charles Manson follower who once bragged of cutting a man's head off lost another bid for freedom for two murders that have kept him behind bars 45 years.


Illness on flight diverted to New York 'a big mystery'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:04

Emergency vehicles surround a SkyWest Airlines plane, operating as United Express, that made an emergency landing at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Cheektowaga, N.Y. A SkyWest spokeswoman said one passenger aboard Flight 5622, lost consciousness and the pilots rapidly descended "out of an abundance of caution." (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An airline passenger said he had trouble breathing, and others felt ill, but the airline said Thursday that an inspection found no mechanical faults after the jet made an emergency landing in New York.


Arizona's Arpaio says sorry court orders on profiling were violated

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:00
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Controversial Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio admitted on Thursday to civil contempt over his office's violation of court orders in a racial profiling case, apologized to the judge and insisted it was not intentional. Arpaio said he sent detectives from his office to meet with a confidential informant in Washington state to investigate further, but that it was concluded that the information could not be confirmed.

Police investigate report of sexting at Chester Co. high school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:00

Police investigate report of sexting at Chester Co. high schoolPennsylvania State Police have seized several cell phones used to take or share explicit photos of students at Owen J. Roberts High School, and some of the teenagers could ultimately face charges.


Popeyes manager fired after robbery can return to work

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 05:54

This image made from a surveillance video released by the Harris County Sheriff's Office shows a masked man robbing a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen fast food restaurant in the Houston suburb of Channelview on March 31, 2015. The man made off with $400 in the robbery and a pregnant employee claims she was fired for keeping too much money in the register and for refusing to reimburse the money the armed robber stole. Popeyes is offering to hire back the fast-food restaurant manager and has also apologized. (Harris County Sherrif's Office via The Houston Chronicle via AP)CHANNELVIEW, Texas (AP) — A manager of a fast-food restaurant in Texas has been offered her job back after saying she was fired because she wouldn't pay back the nearly $400 she turned over from the store's register during an armed robbery.


Ex-deputy with Lou Gehrig's disease not guilty in killings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 05:53

Andrew Steele, center, sits in court as jurors deliberate at the Dane County Courthouse in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, April 22, 2015. A jury on Thursday, April 23, 2015, found Steele, 40, a former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy with Lou Gehrig's disease, not legally responsible in the killing of his wife and sister-in-law. Steele showed little emotion as a judge in Dane County read the verdict early Thursday after a jury deliberated for about 10 hours through the night. (M.P. King/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A jury on Thursday found a former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy with Lou Gehrig's disease not legally responsible in the killing of his wife and sister-in-law.


Bird flu cuts into egg, poultry exports in Iowa, Midwest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 05:53
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Some international trade partners are declining to buy egg and poultry products from Midwestern states that have been affected by a deadly strain of bird flu, while others are excluding imports only from counties where the virus has surfaced.

VIDEO: Dave Roberts makes surprise return on Action News at 4

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 05:52

 Dave Roberts makes surprise return on Action News at 4Former Action News meteorologist Dave Roberts made a surprise return during Adam Joseph's Outdoor Adventures.


Scientists convinced of tie between earthquakes and drilling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 05:51

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2011 file photo, maintenance workers inspect the damage to one of the spires on Benedictine Hall at St. Gregory's University following a magnitude-5.0 earthquake in Shawnee, Okla. A government report released Thursday, April 23, 2015 found that a dozen areas in the United States have been shaken in recent years by small earthquakes triggered by oil and gas drilling, The man-made quakes jolted once stable regions in eight states, including parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas, according to researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the evidence coming in from one study after another, scientists are now more certain than ever that oil and gas drilling is causing hundreds upon hundreds of earthquakes across the U.S.