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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.


2 dead, 1 injured in Feasterville crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:26

2 dead, 1 injured in Feasterville crashTwo people are dead and and one person injured in a crash that shut down part of a major roadway in Feasterville, Bucks County.


Body in river that of missing Wall Street Journal reporter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:22

This undated photo provided by the Long Hill Township N.J., Police Department, shows David Bird. A body found this week in a northern New Jersey river is that of the former Wall Street Journal reporter who had been missing for more than a year, authorities said Thursday, March 19, 2015. Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp announced that the body was positively identified as that of Bird, who was 55 when he disappeared in January 2014 while taking a walk near his home in Long Hill Township, about 30 miles west of New York City. (AP Photo/Long Hill Valley Police Department)MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A body found this week in a river is that of a former Wall Street Journal reporter who had been missing for more than a year, authorities said Thursday.


Pennsylvania's top cop: Removing critical signs a mistake

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:12
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The acting head of the state police, caught on video taking down two roadside signs critical of him, apologized on Thursday after his actions sparked a misdemeanor theft investigation by local authorities.

U.S. veterans, Koreans seek conditions for Japan PM address to Congress

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:10

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media at his official residence in TokyoBy David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An organization for former U.S. prisoners of the Japanese and a Korean-American forum say Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should only be invited to address the U.S. Congress during an expected visit if he acknowledges Japan's World War Two past. Abe is expected to visit the United States at the end of next month and early May, and Japanese media say he is eager to highlight his trip with an address to both houses of Congress, an honor never before afforded to a Japanese prime minister. Any invitation is a matter for congressional leaders and Abe cuts a controversial figure, given what critics see as his attempts to water down past statements about the behavior of Japan's Imperial Army in World War Two. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on a Kyodo news agency report that Abe would, in fact, address a joint session of Congress.


Boobies Rock! founder ordered to pay $4M in fines

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:10
DENVER (AP) — A judge has ordered a Colorado man accused of running a fraudulent national breast cancer charity to return $1.89 million in gross receipts and pay $4 million in civil penalties.

Warrant: Wanted police officer fled to Texas with dad's help

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:02

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Pomona, Calif., Police Department shows Henry Solis. The rookie Los Angeles police officer charged with murder in the killing of a man during an off-duty fight fled with the help of his father to Texas where the men have family, according to a federal arrest warrant filed Thursday, March 19, 2015. The document says Solis called his father, Victor Solis of Lancaster, for help after a brawl outside a downtown Pomona bar early Friday in which Salome Rodriguez was shot multiple times and killed. (AP Photo/Pomona Police Department, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A rookie Los Angeles police officer charged with murder in the killing of a man during an off-duty fight fled with the help of his father to Texas, where the men have family, according to a federal arrest warrant filed Thursday.