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Elderly man dies in house fire in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 19:54

Elderly man dies in house fire in South PhiladelphiaOfficials say an elderly man died in a house fire in South Philadelphia late Thursday night.


10 arrested after DA says Philly police shooting isn't crime

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 19:01

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams gestures during a news conference Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Philadelphia. Williams says the fatal December 2014 police shooting of Brandon Tate-Brown during an early morning traffic stop was a tragedy but not a crime. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ten people were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct at a raucous Philadelphia community meeting where protesters shoved police officers and threw chairs in anger over the district attorney's decision against charges in a fatal police-involved shooting.


As spring dawns, New Englanders recount snow's lessons

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 18:45

In this March 6, 2015 photo provided by Eric Gulliver, an anonymous creature known as The Boston Yeti poses in front of the Boston logo at City Hall in Boston. On the eve of spring, as New Englanders close the books on a relentless winter many thought would never end, the creature was still providing Bostonians with much-needed comic relief. (AP Photo/Eric Gulliver)BOSTON (AP) — The snowbanks are shrinking, and hope — like birdsong — is in the air.


Man held for 2 years as witness against son takes stand

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 18:35

Benito Vasquez-Hernandez, 58, took the witness stand in Judge Don Letourneau's Washington County courtroom in Hillsboro, Ore., Thursday, March 19, 2015, as a material witness in his son's murder trial. Eloy Vasquez-Santiago, 32, is charged with murder in the disappearance of 55-year-old Maria Bolanos-Rivera.(AP Photo/The Oregonian, Benjamin Brink)HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — A man who was jailed for 2½ years so he couldn't avoid taking the witness stand in his son's murder trial was freed Thursday after providing two hours of often-combative testimony.


Album with Lincoln, Grant autographs goes unsold in NYC

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 18:17
NEW YORK (AP) — An album containing the autographs of Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and other prominent Civil War-era figures failed to find a buyer at a New York City auction.

Secrecy preserved in police chokehold death probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 18:04

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, file photo, state Supreme Court Judge William Garnett prepares to hear arguments regarding the release of the Eric Garner grand jury records, in the Staten Island borough of New York. Garnett has refused to release secret testimony heard by a grand jury that declined to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Garner, saying the parties who brought the suit didn't make a good enough argument for releasing the minutes. (AP Photo/The Advance, Jan Somma-Hammel, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A push for answers on how a New York City police officer avoided criminal charges in the videotaped chokehold death of Eric Garner has run aground after failing to clear the strict legal bar protecting grand jury secrecy.


Feds subpoena documents from Washington auditor's office

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 16:50

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2012 file photo, State Rep. Troy Kelley, the Democratic candidate for state auditor at the time, takes questions at a news conference in Olympia, Wash. The office of Kelley, currently the Washington state auditor, turned over documents to the federal government Thursday, March 19, 2015, in response to a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice, just days after federal agents searched his home. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte, file)OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Documents from the office of the Washington state auditor were turned over to the U.S. Department of Justice just days after federal Treasury agents searched his home, but what officials are looking for isn't yet known.


Suspect in Arizona shootings had troubled past, records show

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 16:44

This undated booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Ryan Giroux, 41, who Mesa police say committed a string of crimes that included a motel shooting, a carjacking and a home invasion that ended with the suspect's arrest on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Police said the motive for the initial shooting at the motel was unclear but the other three shootings appeared motivated by robbery and the suspect's attempt to flee. (AP Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)PHOENIX (AP) — He had a long rap sheet that dated back more than 20 years and included convictions in three states. He struggled with drug abuse and at one point got a tattoo on his forehead that read "skinhead."


Gruesome Colorado case sheds light on fetal homicide laws

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 16:34

CORRECTS SPELLING OF LAST NAME TO LANE INSTEAD OF LYNE - This undated booking photo provided by the Longmont Police Department shows Dynel Lane, 34, who is accused of stabbing a pregnant woman in the stomach and removing her baby, while the expectant mother visited her home to buy baby clothes advertised on Craigslist authorities said. The 26-year-old expectant mother was found beaten and stabbed at the suspect's home, has undergone surgery, and on Thursday was alert, police said. The baby did not survive. (AP Photo/ Longmont Police Department)LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — The gruesome case of a Colorado woman accused of cutting open the belly of a pregnant woman and removing her unborn baby girl is reviving the highly-charged debate over when a fetus can legally be considered a human being.


A year later, scars of deadliest US landslide remain fresh

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 16:07

Dayn Brunner, right, and his son Riley Brunner, left, pose for a photo next to a new sign for Steelhead Drive Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Oso, Wash., as they hold a fragment of the old hand-made wooden sign that used to mark the street. Brunner found the piece of wooden sign in the debris from the deadly mudslide that killed 43 people, including Dayn's sister, Summer Raffo and left the hillside behind them scarred. Sunday is the one-year anniversary of the slide, and although most of the mangled cars and homes have been cleaned up, reminders of loss are everywhere. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — The new sign for Steelhead Drive is fresh green with white lettering. But the road it announces is a mere stub of pavement, ending in a massive gray-and-brown scab of mud, clay and broken timber where a rural Washington state neighborhood once sat.


FBI investigating hanging death of black man in Mississippi

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 15:51
PORT GIBSON, Miss. (AP) — Federal and state authorities are investigating the hanging death of a black man in Mississippi who had been missing for more than two weeks, the FBI said Thursday.

Ohio man cleared of murder after 39 years in jail to get $1 million payment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 15:02

Ricky Jackson leaves the courthouse in Cleveland(Reuters) - An Ohio man freed last year after spending 39 years in jail for a murder he did not commit will receive more than $1 million from the state for his wrongful imprisonment, court records show. An Ohio Court of Claims judge on Thursday ordered that just over $1 million be paid to Ricky Jackson, the longest-held U.S. prisoner to be cleared of a crime. "Wow, I didn't know that," Jackson told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which said he learnt of the payment from a journalist. Jackson was convicted along with Wiley Bridgeman and Bridgeman's brother, Kwame Ajamu, for the 1975 murder of Harold Franks, a money order salesman in the Cleveland area, after a 12-year-old boy testified he saw the attack, court papers show.


Border Patrol agent in Washington state shoots person dead

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 14:55
(Reuters) - A Border Patrol agent in Washington state fatally shot a person on Thursday who was suspected of crossing the U.S.-Canada border illegally and attacking the officer, officials said. The shooting occurred around 2:30 p.m. local time near Sumas, Washington, according to a statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The statement said the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General, Customs and Border Protection internal affairs and other authorities were investigating the incident, and that details had also been sent to the FBI.

San Francisco police officer resigns amid racist text probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 14:54
A San Francisco police officer involved in a scandal over racist and homophobic text messages allegedly sent by four officers has resigned, officials said on Thursday. The San Francisco police department confirmed on Thursday night that Michael Robison had stepped down, but was unable to provide additional details. The Los Angeles Times reported that Robison, who is a 23-year-veteran and is gay, left the department on Wednesday, citing his attorney Tony Brass. "He's a gay police officer that joined the most diverse police department in the country," Brass told The Times.

Judge says Alabama to halt executions until U.S. high court drug ruling: newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:15
(Reuters) - An order issued by a federal judge in Alabama said the state has agreed to halt scheduled executions until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a case challenging another state's lethal injection protocol, the Birmingham News reported on Thursday. The Supreme Court agreed earlier this year to review the controversial method of execution used in Oklahoma, after three death row inmates there accused the state of violating the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment The three-drug process used by Oklahoma prison officials has been under scrutiny since the April 2014 botched execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett. U.S. District Court Judge Keith Watkins in Alabama said in his order that the Alabama Attorney General's Office has "conceded that the best course of action is to stay decisions on the lethal injection cases across the board," until the case is decided, according to the Birmingham News.

No. 1 seed Villanova rolls to 93-52 win over Lafayette

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:49

No. 1 seed Villanova rolls to 93-52 win over LafayetteNo. 1 seed Villanova will march on after a 93-52 win over No. 16 seed Lafayette in the NCAA March Madness tournament.


AccuWeather: Snow For the Last Day of Winter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:47

 Wet Snow, Rain TodayMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking a mix of snow and rain arriving Friday morning and continuing into the evening.


U.Va. student's arrest raises questions about agency's powers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:37

U.Va. student's arrest raises questions about agency's powersAn arrest that left a University of Virginia student bloodied and shouting allegations of racism has prompted some lawmakers to question whether state liquor control agents should have the power to arrest people.


15-year-old boy arrested, another teen sought in Overbrook murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:32

15-year-old boy arrested, another teen sought in Overbrook murderPolice have arrested one 15-year-old boy and are searching for another in the murder of James Stuhlman, who was shot and killed while walking his dog in Philadelphia's Overbrook section last week.


Protests over Brandon Tate-Brown case disrupt town hall meeting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:28

Protests over Brandon Tate-Brown case disrupt town hall meetingA group disrupted a town hall meeting in Lawncrest, protesting a decision by the district attorney not to pursue charges in the fatal shooting of Brandon Tate-Brown at the hands of Philadelphia police.