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Texas executes man convicted of murdering three in Houston

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:21

Texas death row inmate Derrick Charles is seen in an undated handout pictureBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas on Tuesday executed a man convicted of murdering his girlfriend, her mother and grandfather in their Houston home in 2002 as he took revenge on the family for trying to cut off his relationship with the daughter. Derrick Charles, 32, was pronounced dead at 6:36 p.m. CDT after receiving a lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville, a prisons official said. Charles, who strangled the three, was the 525th inmate executed in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, with the state accounting for 37 percent of all executions in the country during that time. Prosecutors said he sought revenge on Brenda Bennett, 44, because she was trying to stop her underage daughter Myiesha Bennett, 15, from having sex with him.


Police: No signs of trauma on man who died in custody

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:20

This May 11, 2015 police booking photo shows Kyler L. Myers of Greenwood, Ind., who is charged with two counts of Possession of Paraphernalia and one count of Disorderly Conduct by the Greenwood Police Department. State police say the 19-year-old central Indiana man who died in police custody after being found unconscious in the back of a jail transport van was being taken to a hospital for an evaluation after he became "increasingly agitated." (Indiana State Police via AP)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An autopsy on a 19-year-old man who died in the back of a jail transport van in Indiana found no signs of trauma, investigators said Tuesday.


California man gets year in jail for beating poodle to death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:17
A Los Angeles-area man who prosecutors say beat his poodle to death last year was sentenced on Tuesday to a year in jail and ordered to attend anger management and animal cruelty classes. Jason Arnold Vaca, 35, pleaded no contest in March to a single felony charge of cruelty to an animal. A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said police responding to a 911 call of a man yelling and a dog being hit found blood inside Vaca's home and a lifeless poodle in his back yard.

Several Philadelphia police officers struck by fleeing car; suspect shot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:16

Several Philadelphia police officers struck by fleeing car; suspect shotFour Philadelphia police officers are hospitalized after they were struck by a fleeing suspect in the city's Olney section.


Verizon Wireless, Sprint settle allegations of bogus charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:07
WASHINGTON (AP) — Verizon Wireless will pay $90 million and Sprint $68 million to settle charges that the mobile giants allowed phony charges on their customers' monthly bills so they could keep a cut of the profit, federal regulators announced Tuesday.

Houston man convicted of killing 3 put to death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:05

Derrick Charles is seen in this undated handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Charles faces lethal injection Tuesday evening, May 12, 2015, for the 2002 slayings of his 15-year-old girlfriend, her mother and her grandfather at their home. His lawyers argue the 32-year-old Charles is mentally incompetent for execution and they need time and court-approved money to pursue those claims. State attorneys are opposing any delay in the punishment. Charles was 19 at the time of the crime. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate was executed Tuesday for the killings of his 15-year-old girlfriend, her mother and her grandfather nearly 13 years ago in Houston.


Moody's downgrades Chicago credit rating to junk bond status

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:57
CHICAGO (AP) — Moody's Investors Service announced Tuesday it has lowered Chicago credit rating to junk bond status, citing unfunded pension obligations and lagging tax revenue, in a move Mayor Rahm Emanuel called irresponsible.

Tulsa County officer to resign following shooting, memo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:54

FILE - This April 14, 2015 file photo provided by the Tulsa County, Okla., Sheriff's Office shows volunteer Deputy Robert Bates. The Tulsa County sheriff placed the agency's spokesman on administrative leave Monday, May 11, 2015, following last month's fatal shooting of a restrained man by Bates. Sheriff Stanley Glanz announced in a statement that Maj. Shannon Clark is on administrative leave, with pay, pending a performance evaluation. The move follows the April 2 shooting of Eric Harris by reserve deputy Robert Bates. Bates, 73, is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Eric Harris. (Tulsa County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A second top administrator in the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office resigned Tuesday in ongoing fallout from the shooting death of a restrained man by a volunteer deputy who said he mistook his weapon for a stun gun.


Nebraska officials investigating after deadly prison revolt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:52

Neb. Gov. Pete Ricketts, left, listens to Scott Frakes, director of the Nebraska Department of Corrections, during a news conference in Lincoln, Neb., Tuesday, May 12, 2015, as they discuss the aftermath of the weekend prison disturbance that left two inmates dead at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in southeast Nebraska. The Tecumseh State Correctional Institution remained on lockdown Tuesday, Frakes says the situation was under control. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials promised Tuesday a thorough investigation of a deadly prison revolt, including a review of the facility's staffing and emergency procedures and how exactly two sex offenders were killed.


Police seeking FBI help on North Vegas mayor computer images

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:44
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police decided Tuesday to ask the FBI to take over a mothballed investigation of how North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee obtained images on his computer that he told a newspaper he suspected showed child pornography.

Tracing the bird flu outbreak in North American poultry flocks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:39
(Reuters) - The United States is facing its worst outbreak on record of avian influenza as three deadly strains have hit North American poultry flocks since December, with the spread of infection picking up speed in the last few weeks. More than 32 million birds have been killed or are expected to be condemned, and three states - Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa - have declared a state of emergency. Exports, which totaled more than $6 billion last year, have been hit as buyers, including China and Mexico, slap bans on U.S. supplies. Below is a timeline of the spread of the viruses, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Canada's Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and responses by the industry and trade partners.

Arizona AG's office: Woman faked cancer to get an abortion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:38
PHOENIX (AP) — Charges have been filed against a woman accused of faking cancer in 2010 to get Arizona to pay for her late-term abortion, state prosecutors said Tuesday.

Obama library locale a lift to Chicago hometown's South Side

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:34
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama will establish his presidential library on the South Side of Chicago, a part of the city where his political career began and where some of the issues that he plans to devote himself to when he leaves the White House are playing out on the streets.

Wisconsin officer will not face charges in killing of biracial teen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:32
By Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - A Wisconsin police officer who fatally shot an unarmed biracial teenager in March, prompting several days of peaceful protests, will not be charged, a prosecutor said on Tuesday. Officer Matt Kenny used justified lethal force in the March 6 shooting of Tony Robinson, 19, who struck the 12-year police veteran in the head, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said. "I conclude that this tragic and unfortunate death was the result of a lawful use of deadly police force and that no charges should be brought against officer Kenny," Ozanne said in a 25-minute statement, during which he repeatedly mopped his face. The shooting in Madison, Wisconsin's capital, was one of a number of officer-involved deaths that have led to increased scrutiny of police use of force in the United States, particularly against young black men.

William Zinsser, author of 'On Writing Well,' dies at 92

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:30
NEW YORK (AP) — William Zinsser, the much-consulted teacher, author, journalist and essayist whose million-selling book "On Writing Well" championed the craft of nonfiction and inspired professionals and amateurs to express themselves more concisely and vividly, died Tuesday at age 92.

Idaho schools warned not to force girls to wear dresses to graduation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:27
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A civil liberties group warned Idaho's public school districts on Tuesday that a secondary school's decision to require girls to wear white or pastel dresses or skirts to graduation could be discriminatory. Declo High School in southern Idaho has banned graduating girls from wearing slacks during commencement ceremonies set for May 27, a move the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho said was gender discrimination.

Judge throws out part of suit against Louisiana abortion law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:25
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Louisiana's law requiring abortion clinic doctors to gain hospital admitting privileges could pose too great an obstacle to abortions even though there's a rational reason for the law.

Texas set to execute man convicted of murdering three in Houston

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:19

Texas death row inmate Derrick Charles is seen in an undated handout pictureBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas is set on Tuesday to execute Derrick Charles, 32, who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend, her mother and her grandfather in their Houston home in 2002. If the execution goes ahead, it will be the 525th in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, with the state accounting for 37 percent of all executions in the country during that time. The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition seeking to halt the execution. Prosecutors said he sought revenge on Brenda Bennett, 44, because she was trying to stop her underage daughter Myiesha Bennett, 15, from having sex with him.


Temple golfer sets school record

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:07

Temple golfer sets school recordWith a swing as sweet, as his smile, Brandon Matthews has success written all over his face.


Oil industry challenges rules meant to stop train explosions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:02

FILE - This May 6, 2015 file photo shows a line of oil tanker cars sit on the BNSF railroad tracks in Harvey, N.D. The U.S. oil industry is challenging new rules aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic accidents involving crude moved by rail. The American Petroleum Institute petitioned the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. to block a requirement that railroad tank cars known to fail be phased out or upgraded. The petition filed late Monday, May 11, 2015, also challenges a requirement for more advanced braking systems on fuel-hauling trains. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. oil industry has filed a court challenge to new rules aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic accidents involving crude moved by rail, following a string of fiery derailments in recent years.