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Former Georgia officers charged with murder in death of man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:42
ATLANTA (AP) — A grand jury indicted two former Atlanta-area police officers on murder charges after prosecutors said they used stun guns on a man while his hands were cuffed behind his back.

Charleston schools ban Confederate flag, other districts hesitate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:41
Students returning to school in South Carolina's Charleston County may not wear T-shirts, belt buckles or other apparel displaying the Confederate battle flag, a divisive symbol of the South’s pro-slavery legacy to many, officials said on Tuesday. The ban in the district, where nine black churchgoers were shot dead earlier this summer, runs counter to policies at other schools across the U.S. South requiring them to defer to the free speech rights of students. A district outside Nashville, Tennessee, for example, said it could do nothing about a parent's complaint last week about the Confederate battle flags flying from student vehicles in a high school parking lot.

Man charged in 1980 slaying of Pennsylvania mother, daughter

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:38

Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Jonathan Mays, left, and Adams County District Attorney Shawn C. Wager speak during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Gettysburg, Pa., regarding two counts of criminal homicide filed against 54-year-old Abraham Cruz Jr. in connection with the Aug. 30, 1980, deaths of a mother and her daughter. Prosecutors say Cruz shot and killed 17-year-old Deborah Patterson and her mother, Nancy Patterson, during an early morning burglary at their home in Freedom Township, Adams County, near Gettysburg. (Shane Dunlap/The Evening Sun via AP) MANDATORY CREDITGETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man has been charged in a 35-year-old murder case in southern Pennsylvania, accused of killing a mother and her teenage daughter during an early morning burglary at their home, authorities said Tuesday.


Clinton endorsed by 2 ex-South Carolina governors

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:38

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a town hall meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in North Las Vegas, Nev. (AP Photo/John Locher)ATLANTA (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is getting endorsements from two former Democratic governors in the early-voting state of South Carolina, including one who helped lead President Barack Obama's first campaign.


Raging U.S. wildfires burn homes, force evacuations, kill horses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:23

Smoke rises from the TePee Springs fire in the Payette National Forest near Riggins, IdahoBy David Ryder and Laura Zuckerman CHELAN, Wash./SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Dozens of wildfires burning across the drought-parched U.S. Northwest on Tuesday have destroyed scores of structures, sparked evacuation orders for thousands of people, and killed at least 27 wild horses. More than 100 homes have been destroyed since Friday in Washington state, Idaho and Oregon, authorities said. About 200 U.S. soldiers have been called in to reinforce civilian firefighters battling almost 90 blazes that have blackened more than 1 million acres (400,000 hectares) across the country's arid West.


Suspect in fatal Seattle-area shooting spree held on $5 million bond

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:22
Nathen Ryan Terault, 34, was charged on Monday with first-degree murder, robbery and a dozen counts of assault, among other crimes, Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist's office said in a statement. Lindquist's office said the episode began when officers tried to pull over Terault for speeding on Aug. 11. It said he eventually ditched his car near the home of 71-year-old Richard Johnson, about 40 miles south of Seattle, and shot the man twice, killing him.

Campers killed by tree limb in Yosemite were teenage boys

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:21
TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) — Two young campers killed by a falling tree limb in Yosemite National Park have been identified as 14-year-old boys from Orange County in Southern California.

Jurors adjourn without verdict in police officer's trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:19
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jurors went home Tuesday afternoon without reaching a verdict in the trial of a white Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer accused in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man almost two years ago.

Inmate captured after escaping from van in Berks Co.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:18

Inmate captured after escaping from van in Berks Co.A prison inmate is back in custody after escaping from a transport vehicle in Berks County Tuesday afternoon.


Police: Man with gunpowder at abortion site didn't mean harm

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:18

This Aug. 13, 2013 photo shows the Southwind Women's Center in Wichita, Kan. Wichita police say a man is in custody after an on-site security officer inspected the backpack the man brought into the clinic Monday, Aug. 17, 2105 and found knives and the explosive device. The building was evacuated and no injuries or damage were reported. (Mike Hutmacher/The Wichita Eagle via AP) LOCAL STATIONS OUT; MAGS OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; MANDATORY CREDITWICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A homeless man who showed up for a job interview at a Wichita abortion clinic with a small bottle of gunpowder and a wick in his backpack didn't mean any harm, police said Tuesday.


Man attacked inside West Philadelphia corner store

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:13

Man attacked inside West Philadelphia corner storePolice are searching for two suspects who attacked a man inside a convenience store in West Philadelphia earlier this month.


2 women pass Army Ranger School, first female graduates

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:11

2 women pass Army Ranger School, first female graduatesWASHINGTON (AP) — Two women have passed the Army's Ranger School, becoming the first females to complete the grueling combat training program and earn the right to wear Ranger tabs on their uniforms.


Police: Officer shot man who approached carrying knife

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:01
WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a Virginia police officer shot a man who approached carrying a knife during a call for a disturbance involving the man and his mother.

Fire erupts near Las Vegas Strip at hot air balloon business

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:01

Metro officers gather along W. Harmon Ave. after a pair of propane tanks exploded outside of Vegas Balloon Rides west of the Las Vegas Strip on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, leaving a 35-year-old man hospitalized with burns to his arm and leg. A spokesman for Vegas Balloon Rides said Tuesday that a pilot was refueling balloon tanks when the blast occurred. Jeff Chatterton says on-site refueling is routine and the company isn't sure which tanks sparked the fire. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Sun via AP)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Propane tanks exploded on the ground at a hot air balloon ride business near the Las Vegas Strip on Tuesday morning, leaving a 35-year-old man hospitalized with burns to his arm and leg.


Exec pleads guilty for role in W. Virginia chemical spill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:01
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — One of the last executives charged in a chemical spill that left 300,000 West Virginians without clean tap water for days pleaded guilty to federal pollution violations Tuesday.

All-clear given after bomb squad responds to Philadelphia Airport Marriott

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 04:57

All-clear given after bomb squad responds to Philadelphia Airport MarriottPhiladelphia Police and members of the department's bomb squad responded to Philadelphia International Airport Tuesday morning.


New limbs and new hope for Africa's hunted albino children

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 04:50

Pendo Noni, 15, of Tanzania is fitted for prosthetic limb at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Noni was attacked and dismembered in Tanzania because of a belief that her body parts will bring wealth. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)NEW YORK (AP) — As 5-year-old Baraka Cosmas Lusambo slept in his family's home in western Tanzania in March, men wielding torches and knives burst in, knocked his mother unconscious, held him down and sliced off his right hand in the name of witchcraft.


6 charged in airport theft of mail containing $250,000 cash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 04:50
NEW YORK (AP) — Six people have been charged in a scheme to steal mail containing an estimated $250,000 in cash at New York's Kennedy Airport.

Minnesota man convicted of killing neighbor in feud

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 04:49
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man was convicted Tuesday of killing his neighbor in a long-running feud over deer feeding and other disputes that boiled over last year.

Lawyers stake out sides at New England prep school rape trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 04:40
Two very different versions of a sexual encounter last year between two pupils at an elite New Hampshire prep school emerged on Tuesday, the opening day of the rape trial of one of the students. A state prosecutor and an attorney for the defendant, Owen Labrie, 19, of Tunbridge, Vermont, made opening statements at Merrimack Superior Court in Concord, New Hampshire, where Labrie faces charges of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old freshman girl days before he graduated in 2014 from St. Paul's School. The trial is shining a spotlight on the culture of St. Paul's, and specifically a tradition described as a "senior salute," in which younger students have sexual encounters with graduating seniors.