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Minnesota considers ending lawmaker immunity law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 05:02

 Akolade Gdadamosi; professor Jayne Jones; Chris Ploch; Hope Baker; Adam Goinz and Jordan Strickland pose for a photo outside the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Jones and the political science students said they became convinced by what they heard from lawmakers and police during their research for a political science project that some legislators had abused their state-issued immunity cards to get away with driving drunk. Their proposal to lift the privilege won committee approvals in 2012 but failed to get floor votes. So Jones said her class decided to try again this year and were taken by surprise when they learned they were getting a vote. (AP Photo/Concordia University, Melissa Wolf)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A college project that alleged some state lawmakers might have used immunity to avoid drunken-driving arrests has sparked debate in Minnesota over whether to scrap a more than 150-year-old protection similar to those still on the books for Congress and most state legislatures.


Police seek driver in deadly Fla. day care crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 04:37
WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — As mourners trickled by Thursday to honor the 4-year-old girl who was killed and 14 others injured in a crash at a Florida day care, authorities scoured the state for the driver they said fled in the vehicle that caused the fatal wreck.

Lawyer: Stabbing suspect like 'deer in headlights'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 04:35

Alex Hribal, the suspect in the multiple stabbings at the Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., is escorted by police to a district magistrate to be arraigned on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Export, Pa. Authorities say Hribal has been charged after allegedly stabbing and slashing at least 19 people, including students, in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school Wednesday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) — The 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing 22 people at his high school was dazed "like a deer in the headlights" hours later and doesn't fully grasp what he did, his attorney said Thursday as he sketched out the beginnings of a possible mental health defense.


GOP, Dems clash over online domain name oversight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 04:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican opposition to Obama administration plans to spin off U.S. oversight of the Internet's domain name system is evolving into an election-year political fight, with GOP lawmakers using it as the latest front in their attacks on President Barack Obama's trustworthiness.

Police taught to spot signs of psychiatric crisis

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 04:23

In this image taken from video on Jan. 15, 2014, Michelle Monzo, left, Crisis Intervention Specialist course instructor, and Lower Merion Township police officer Joe Smith, right, talk into the ears of Lower Merion Township police officer Matt Dougherty, center during a training simulation at Montgomery County Emergency Service in Norristown, Pa. The training is designed to help police recognize and respond to people suffering from serious mental illness, potentially reducing injuries to officers and the mentally ill as well as the frequency of arrests. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — When a 6-foot-5, 270-pound man with a history of violence broke out of a mental health ward near Philadelphia and tried to withdraw money from a bank, a confrontation with police seemed likely.


Father of Michigan sextuplets dies at age 39

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 04:21

 Samantha, Kennedy, Peyton, Nolan, John and Gerrit. A relative says Ben Van Houten suffered a fatel heart attack Wednesday night, April 9, 2014, after setting up a trampoline at his home in the Holland-area in western Michigan. The father of Michigan's first surviving set of sextuplets was 39. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Cory Olsen) ALL LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL TV INTERNET OUTHOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The 39-year-old father of Michigan's first surviving set of sextuplets suffered a heart attack and died after setting up a trampoline for his children, a relative said.


La. GOP chair: McAllister's behavior 'hypocrisy'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 04:15

This photo taken Nov. 21, 2013 shows then-newly-elected Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La. waiting to be sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington. McAllister says he's asking his family and constituents for forgiveness after a West Monroe newspaper published a video that it says shows the congressman kissing a female staffer in his congressional office in Monroe, La. McAllister, only in office a little over four months, attracted national attention because of his endorsement from the bearded men of the "Duck Dynasty" reality TV show. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)MONROE, La. (AP) — Embattled Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister issued a less-than-ironclad vow to stay in office Thursday as the state's Republican governor and party chairman demanded his resignation after a videotape showed him in a lingering kiss with the wife of a friend.


La. governor calls on congressman to resign

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 04:10

This photo taken Nov. 21, 2013 shows then-newly-elected Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La. waiting to be sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington. McAllister says he's asking his family and constituents for forgiveness after a West Monroe newspaper published a video that it says shows the congressman kissing a female staffer in his congressional office in Monroe, La. McAllister, only in office a little over four months, attracted national attention because of his endorsement from the bearded men of the "Duck Dynasty" reality TV show. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)MONROE, La. (AP) — Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is calling for the resignation of one of his state's GOP congressmen who was videotaped kissing a married woman who is not his wife.


2-year-old may have been killed by stray bullet

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 04:07
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A 2-year-old boy shot dead while playing in the front yard of a South Bend home with his 7-year-old sister may have been struck by a bullet from a gunfight between two rival groups that began about a block away, police said.

Prosecutor: NY day care drug scheme busted

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 04:04
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a drug ring used a private Bronx day care center as a cover for a narcotics trafficking scheme.

Dad: Son overcome physical hurdles to join Marines

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 03:54
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Marine shot this week at Camp Lejeune, N.C., had to overcome physical hurdles to join his twin brother and another sibling in the Marine Corps.

NC man sentenced to jail for sucking woman's toes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 03:53
LINCOLNTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who sucked an unwilling woman's toes inside a Wal-Mart has been sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Family sues over NC State Fair injuries

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 03:53
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A family seriously injured last year on a North Carolina State Fair ride is suing its operators and owners.

Judges in Utah gay marriage case appear divided

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 03:48

Plaintiffs challenging Utah's gay marriage ban Derek Kitchen, right, and his partner Moudi Sbeity hug after leaving court following a hearing at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 10, 2014. The court is to decide if it agrees with a federal judge in Utah who in mid-December overturned a 2004 voter-passed gay marriage ban, saying it violates gay and lesbian couples' rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Sharp questioning Thursday by a divided panel of appellate judges considering Utah's ban on gay marriages showed that, while same-sex marriage has had a remarkable winning streak lately, its legal status remains uncertain.


California ex-city official gets more than 11 years in corruption case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 03:45

Former Bell assistant city administrator Angela Spaccia is sentenced to 11 years and eight months in prison on corruption charges in Los AngelesA former top official for the California city of Bell was sentenced to 11 years and 8 months in prison on Thursday for her role in a public corruption scandal that drew national attention and led to upheaval in the working-class community. Angela Spaccia, who served as the city's assistant chief administrative officer, was convicted of 11 felony counts in December, including misappropriation of public funds and conflict of interest for allegedly writing her own contracts with the city. Spaccia and her former boss, ex-Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo, stole $8 million of the nearly $11 million that prosecutors say multiple officials took from Bell, located 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The scandal, which came to light in a series of Los Angeles Times reports in 2010, fueled a debate over public pay and became an emblem of local government corruption.


Ex-Bell official gets nearly 12 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 03:38
LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the architects of a massive corruption scandal that nearly bankrupted the modest Los Angeles suburb of Bell was sentenced Friday to nearly 12 years in prison by a judge who called her a con artist.

Ex-college instructor charged with lying about PhD

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 03:38
NORTH SCITUATE, R.I. (AP) — A former instructor at the University of Rhode Island has been charged with forging his credentials to get a consulting deal, then lying under oath about them.

Justice Dept faults Albuquerque police on excessive force

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 03:33
The U.S. Justice Department cited the Albuquerque police department on Thursday for engaging in what federal civil rights investigators call a pattern of excessive force, some of it deadly, against residents of New Mexico's largest city. A 46-page report capped an 18-month inquiry by the Justice Department following public complaints over a string of police-involved shootings in recent years, many of them fatal, and what critics have called heavy-handed use of stun guns by officers in Albuquerque. The investigation of Albuquerque's police by the Justice Department's civil rights division marked the latest of more than a dozen such probes of local law enforcement agencies across the country. "We have reasonable cause to believe that officers of the Albuquerque Police Department engage in a pattern or practice of use of excessive force, including unreasonably deadly force," the Justice Department said in a statement, adding that such force was a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Woman in shoe stabbing case says she was afraid

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 03:28

Ana Trujillo reacts after being found guilty of killing her boyfriend, after the jury deliberated less than two hours, on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Houston. Trujillo, 45, was found guilty of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the stiletto heel of her shoe, hitting him at least 25 times in the face. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer)HOUSTON (AP) — A woman convicted of murder for fatally stabbing her Swedish-born boyfriend with a 5 ½-inch (14-centimeter) stiletto shoe heel testified Thursday that she loved her boyfriend and was trying to help him become a better person but began to fear him when he became aggressive during their relationship.


New Jersey traffic jam panel considers next steps

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 03:18

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 11, 2014, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly waits in court for a hearing, in Trenton, N.J. Kelly and Bill Stepien, two former associates of Christie, do not have to hand over documents to a legislative committee investigating the traffic jam scandal engulfing the governor, a New Jersey judge ruled Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, Pool, File)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey panel that found the incriminating email — "time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" — at the heart of a traffic jam scandal that now threatens Gov. Chris Christie's political ambitions is reviewing its options after a setback by a judge.