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NC man accused of handcuffing boy to porch rejects plea deal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 07:48
MONROE, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina man accused of handcuffing and chaining an 11-year-old boy by his ankle to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck as punishment has rejected a plea deal.

Closing arguments begin in Atlanta test cheating trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 07:47

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter listens as defense attorney Kevin Franks makes a closing argument on behalf of his client, former APS Dunbar Elementary teacher Diane Buckner-Webb in the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating trial, Monday, March 16, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson, Pool)ATLANTA (AP) — Closing arguments started Monday in the trial of a dozen former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a test cheating conspiracy that drew nationwide attention.


UN and Russia worry that Islamic State is in Afghanistan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 07:42
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. envoy in Afghanistan said Monday that recent reports indicate the Islamic State extremist group has established a foothold in Afghanistan, a view echoed by Russia which urged the Security Council to stop its expansion.

Multi-vehicle crash near Walt Whitman Bridge, 2 injured

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 07:36

Multi-vehicle crash near Walt Whitman Bridge, 2 injuredTwo people are injured after a multi-vehicle accident in Camden that backed up traffic near the Walt Whitman Bridge.


Testimony: Mistaken ID of vehicle preceded Vegas shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 07:35
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clear windows on a silver car, driven by an angry man who has never been found.

Suspect in Ferguson, Missouri shooting of police appears in court

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 07:32

Jeffrey Williams is pictured in this undated booking photoBy Richard Valdmanis FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - The man accused of wounding two policemen during a protest rally outside the Ferguson, Missouri, police headquarters last week appeared in court briefly on Monday and did not enter a plea to charges that could bring up to life in prison. The shooting was the latest violent incident in months of demonstrations in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, after a white police officer fatally shot unarmed black teen Michael Brown during a confrontation in August. Jeffrey L. Williams, 20, has admitted to firing the shots that wounded the officers early Thursday and told authorities he was not shooting at police, Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said on Sunday after announcing the arrest. Williams gave no statements on Monday and told Judge Joseph Dueker in St. Louis County Circuit Court that he planned to hire a private attorney.


Defense in Colorado shooting case asks judge to move trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 07:27

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialCENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case have again asked a judge to move the trial, writing in court documents released Monday that most prospective jurors already believe defendant James Holmes is guilty.


Bathroom confession critical in Durst case - legal experts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 07:26

An artist sketch shows Robert Durst in a holding area of a courthouse before his extradition hearing in New Orleans.By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - New York real estate scion and accused murderer Robert Durst's bathroom muttering that he "killed them all" would likely be admissible evidence in a murder trial, legal experts said on Monday. Durst, the subject of a six-part HBO documentary series called "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," was picked up by a filmmaker's microphone apparently acknowledging his crimes and admitting that he was "caught." He agreed on Monday to be extradited to Los Angeles County from New Orleans on a charge of first-degree murder of a longtime friend. Long estranged from his powerful family with its major New York real estate holdings, the eccentric Durst has been tried and acquitted in the death of another person in Texas and was a suspect in the disappearance of his wife. Considered a flight risk, he was arrested on Saturday at a New Orleans hotel on a warrant from Los Angeles County, according to a police report, which noted that he was in possession of a revolver.


Oregon is first state to adopt automatic voter registration

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 07:24

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown holds up an automatic voter registration bill after signing it, Monday, March 16, 2015, in Salem, Ore. Seventeen years after Oregon decided to become the first state in the nation to hold all elections by mail ballot, it is taking another pioneering step to encourage more people to cast ballots, by automatically registering them to vote. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Seventeen years after Oregon decided to become the first state to hold all elections with mail-in ballots, it took another pioneering step on Monday to broaden participation by automatically registering people to vote.


U.S. Ebola patient now in critical condition: NIH

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 07:23
An American being treated for Ebola was in critical condition Monday, the U.S. National Institutes of Health in Maryland said. The healthcare worker was evacuated from West Africa and arrived at the NIH clinical center on Friday. The clinician, who has not been identified, was working with Partners In Health at the medical aid group's Sierra Leone Ebola center. Partners in Health said in a statement that 10 of its clinicians in Sierra Leone came to the aid of their ailing colleague.

Man accused of handcuffing child to porch rejects plea deal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 07:23
MONROE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man accused of chaining an 11-year-old boy to a porch with a dead chicken tied around his neck as punishment has rejected a plea deal.

Philly musician killed on Appalachian Trail loved hiking

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 07:09

This handout photo provided by Valentine Gorski, taken Jan. 3, 2015 in Philadelphia, shows Jason Parish. Parish died Sunday, March 15, when a tree fell on him on the Appalachian Trail near Brunswick, Md. (AP Photo/Courtesy Valentine Gorski).HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Appalachian Trail hiker Jason Parish was making one last check for belongings near an overnight shelter when a dead tree felled by strong winds crashed on top of him and killed him, one of his hiking companions said Monday.


Villanova honored by No. 1 seed, but knows it has to earn it

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 06:58

Villanova honored by No. 1 seed, but knows it has to earn itA top seed was one thing for Villanova. Living up to it is next on the agenda.


3 teens sentenced in Delaware beating

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 06:54

3 teens sentenced in Delaware beatingThree Delaware teenagers expressed remorse Monday as they were sentenced for beating a mentally challenged Newark man.


Obama administration: 16.4M have gained health insurance

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 06:53

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. More than 16 million Americans have gained insurance coverage as a result of President Barack Obama's health care law, the administration said Monday as the White House prepares to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the law's signing. In releasing the latest estimates, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell called it "the largest reduction in the uninsured in four decades." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 16 million Americans have gained coverage since President Barack Obama's health care law took effect five years ago, the administration said Monday.


Ferguson suspect told police he was aiming for someone else

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 06:47

 Ferguson shooting suspect didn't target officersA man charged in the shooting of two police officers during a demonstration in Ferguson told investigators he was not targeting law enforcement and had been aiming for someone with whom he was in dispute.


South Carolina State University trustees fire president

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 06:43
ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina State University trustees have voted to fire the school's suspended president, as the trustees themselves may soon be fired amid ongoing financial and accreditation woes that raise questions about the future of the historically black school.

American who contracted Ebola now in critical condition

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 06:42

American who contracted Ebola now in critical conditionAn American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit has been downgraded to critical condition at the National Institutes of Health, doctors said Monday.


U.S. counter terrorism official faces new charges of voyeurism

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 06:41
Daniel Rosen, 44, was arrested at his Washington home on Sunday after a search of his cellphone revealed women who were recorded without their consent, police said in a statement. He appeared in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on Monday on one count each of voyeurism and stalking. A government official has said Rosen was the director of an office in the State Department's counter terrorism bureau. He was not a senior manager and was not involved in active counter terrorism operations, the official said.

Boy, 15, ordered held in stabbing of 13-year-old sister

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 06:40
CALEDONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 15-year-old western Michigan boy was ordered held Monday as authorities investigate the stabbing of his 13-year-old sister in their Caledonia Township home.