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Police investigating death of Georgia man found hanged

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 07:03
By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia authorities are investigating the death of a black man found hanging from a tree in a small town 70 miles east of Atlanta. Greensboro Police Chief Ossie Mapp said the 43-year-old man identified as Roosevelt Champion, was found in woods behind a house in the town of about 3,000 people. “Right now it’s a death investigation,” he said. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent handling the Greensboro case said Champion had been questioned last week in connection to a homicide.

Nebraska prison revolt leaves 2 inmates dead, 4 injured

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 07:01

Prison-Disturbance-NebraskaTECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) — A weekend revolt at a Nebraska maximum security prison that saw inmates temporarily take control of half the housing units left two prisoners dead, authorities said on Monday, probably killed by other inmates during the chaos.

Oregon governor signs bill expanding gun background checks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 06:57
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill Monday requiring background checks on firearm transfers between private parties, making Oregon the eighth state to require screening on nearly all gun sales.

Video shows mother bear rushing at tourists in Yellowstone

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 06:51

In this May 6, 2015 photo provided by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks a mother black bear with cubs runs toward a group of camera-clicking tourists as the animals cross a bridge in Yellowstone National Park. Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks spokesman Bob Gibson witnessed the encounter and said some visitors ignored or were slow to heed a park official's commands to leave the bridge. (Bob Gibson/Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks via AP)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Dramatic video captured by a Montana wildlife official shows a mother black bear with cubs running toward a knot of camera-clicking tourists as the animals try to cross a bridge in Yellowstone National Park.

Smoke trails plane as it skids to stop in emergency landing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 06:47
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A small commercial airliner with 43 people aboard trailed smoke as it skidded along a runway at Los Angeles International Airport after its landing gear failed to fully drop down Monday morning, but passengers said the touchdown did not feel that rough.

Trial underway for Ohio guardsman facing sex-abuse charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 06:35

Defense attorney George Leach, right, defends his client against Union County charges of sexually assaulting three adopted daughters and his stepdaughter, as Judge David Faulkner observes, on Monday, May 11, 2015, in Marysville, Ohio. Leach says the defendant, an Ohio National guardsman, is innocent of charges including rape and sexual battery. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio National Guardsman who has said he wanted to adopt a girl from Africa to protect her from rape went on trial Monday on charges he sexually abused three adopted daughters and his stepdaughter.

Railroad president says things are improving after accidents

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 06:35
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The president of the nation's second-biggest commuter railroad told state lawmakers on Monday that progress is being made toward improving safety and reliability following a series of high-profile accidents and service disruptions two years ago.

Police: Mother who threw baby in river charged with homicide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 06:32

 Mother who threw baby in river charged with homicideAn Allentown woman has been charged with homicide in the death of her 20-month-old son after authorities say she threw the child off a bridge.

4 shootings in the past 5 days in Darby Borough

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 06:30

4 shootings in the past 5 days in Darby BoroughIn the last five days there have been four shootings in Darby Borough, Delaware County.

Bird flu found in Indiana; 15th state to report it

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 06:26
A strain of avian flu that until now had been found only in the Western United States has cropped up in Indiana, bringing the total number of states affected by the virulent outbreak to 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. The H5N8 strain found in a backyard poultry flock in Indiana is concerning to them also. Federal and state officials have confirmed it in commercial chicken and turkey farms in California and a backyard poultry flock in Oregon. It was also found in captive falcons in Idaho and Washington, according to the USDA.

Man accused of 'recklessly infecting' 2 with HIV on trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 06:26
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A man who prosecutors say recklessly endangered other gay men by having sex with them and not revealing he was infected with the virus that causes AIDS is on trial in Missouri.

Marine convicted of 1 count of hazing; rank is reduced

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 06:20
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A decorated Marine accused of humiliating and physically abusing those under his command has been convicted of one count of hazing and was sentenced to a reduction in rank, the military said Monday.

Remains of 4 more people found in serial killings probe

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 06:18
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — The remains of at least four more victims have been found in a wooded area behind a strip mall that police described Monday as the dumping ground for a serial killer suspected in seven deaths.

Pennsylvania woman accused of dropping toddler into river faces murder charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 06:17
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A young mother accused of dropping her toddler into eastern Pennsylvania's Lehigh River before jumping in herself was charged on Monday with criminal homicide after the boy died of his injuries. The charges against Johnesha Monae Perry, 19, of Allentown, were upgraded from attempted homicide after her son, Zymeir Perry, aged 20 months, died on Saturday after the withdrawal of life support, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said in a press release. Perry took her son onto the Hamilton Street Bridge in a stroller on May 3, Allentown police said in court papers.

Man charged in airman's death near Missouri air force base

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 06:15
WARRENSBURG, Mo. (AP) — A man has been charged with fatally shooting a senior airman while drinking alcohol at a home near Whiteman Air Force Base.

Suspects in Mississippi police killings appear in court

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 06:11

Marvin Banks, Joanie Calloway and Curtis Banks are shown in this combo of three undated police handout photo in Hattiesburg, MississippiBy Therese Apel HATTIESBURG, Miss. (Reuters) - A vigil to honor two police officers shot to death in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, drew law enforcement officers from across the state on Monday, while four suspects appeared in court. Marvin Banks, 29, was charged with two counts of capital murder after the two police officers were gunned down on Saturday during a routine traffic stop, officials said. His brother, Curtis Banks, 26, and Joanie Calloway, 22, were charged with accessory after the fact of capital murder and a fourth person, Cornelius Clark, was charged with obstruction of justice. The shooting, which was the first killing of a Hattiesburg police officer in more than 30 years, shook the southern Mississippi city of 48,000 people.

From 1 crib to 2: Conjoined twin boys separated at 5 months

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 06:10

In this May 7, 2015 photo released by Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, conjoined twins, Carter (baby “A”) and his brother, Conner (baby “B”), undergo separation surgery at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. For the first time in their 5-month-old lives, conjoined twins Carter and Conner squirmed in separate cribs. The Jacksonville boys who shared a liver and small intestine were successfully separated Thursday after a 12-hour operation by three surgeons, five anesthesiologists and 12 other staffers. (Nemours Children’s Specialty Care/Michael LeGrand via AP)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — For the first time in their 5-month-old lives, conjoined twins Carter and Conner squirmed in separate cribs.

Detroit delays bond sale related to bankruptcy exit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 06:10

File photo of the word "Bankruptcy" is painted on the side of a building in Detroit Michigan(Reuters) - Detroit's public sale of $275 million of bonds that financed the city's exit from bankruptcy has been delayed but should take place no later than early August, a city official said on Monday. Detroit is taking advantage of a new law that should give the bonds investment-grade ratings that could save the city between $20 million and $30 million over the life of the issue, according to the office of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican. The law took effect in April and places a specific statutory lien on Detroit income tax revenue pledged to pay off the debt. Detroit privately placed $275 million of variable-rate bonds with Barclays Capital to finance its Dec. 10 exit from the biggest-ever U.S. municipal bankruptcy.

Four bodies in Connecticut believed linked to serial killer -police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 06:08
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - Police in Connecticut said on Monday they had identified a suspect in the deaths of seven people after partial remains of four bodies were found behind a shopping mall where the bodies of three women were discovered eight years ago. The suspect, whom police did not identify, poses no danger to the public, New Britain Police Chief James Wardwell and Chief State Attorney Kevin Kane said. Kane said would not say if the person was in police custody. One of the newly found victims is Melanie Ruth Camilini, a mother of two last seen in Waterbury in 2003, police said.

New Jersey Governor Christie vetoes environmental bill passed after Exxon deal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 06:06
(Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Monday vetoed legislation that would have directed more money from environmental legal settlements to be used to fund cleanups of pollution. The Democrat-led legislature passed the bill in the wake of a controversial $225 million settlement the Christie administration reached with Exxon Mobil Corp. "The protection and preservation of the ecological wonders of which New Jersey is so proud have always been critical considerations when weighing where New Jersey's limited budget dollars should be delivered, but there are always challenging decisions that must be made when balancing a complex State budget," Christie said in his veto message. The state had once calculated damages at $8.9 billion from environmental contamination at two of Exxon's former New Jersey refineries. Currently, the first $50 million of environmental settlements, like the one struck with Exxon, is used for restoration.