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Ex-NFL player, married to Hope Solo, charged with drunken driving in California

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 08:52

Seattle Seahawks Jerramy Stevens celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during their NFL playoff football game in SeattleFormer National Football League tight end Jerramy Stevens, the husband of U.S. women's soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo, was charged with drunken driving on Monday following his arrest in the Los Angeles area earlier this year, a county prosecutor said. Stevens, 35, was charged with one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol content, both within 10 years of another DUI, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. He had a blood alcohol concentration that was .15 percent or more, the prosecutor said. If convicted, Stevens faces a possible maximum sentence of one year in county jail, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

California grants posthumous law license to nation's first Chinese-born lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 08:37
California's top court granted a posthumous law license on Monday to the country's first recognized lawyer born in China, an immigrant who was denied the right to practice law in the state in 1890 because of his race. The California Supreme Court agreed with descendants of Hong Yen Chang and the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) at the University of California, Davis School of Law who sought to have him admitted to the California Bar. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1886. Chang then relocated to California, where the Supreme Court rejected his admission, saying his naturalization certificate violated the federal Chinese Exclusion Act from 1882 and was void because Chang was "a person of Mongolian nativity." "More than a century later, the legal and policy underpinnings of our 1890 decision have been discredited," the court wrote on Monday.

San Francisco prosecutor to probe old cases over racist texts by police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 08:35

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon speaks at a news conference at City Hall in San Francisco(Reuters) - San Francisco prosecutors will study all criminal investigations conducted over the past 10 years in light of an inquiry into racist and homophobic text messages allegedly sent by four police officers, District Attorney George Gascón said Monday. The text messages came to light as part of the corruption case against a fifth officer, whose own text messages were submitted in court last week. "In order to ensure our criminal justice system is fair and equitable, my office is conducting an immediate assessment of every prosecution within the past 10 years where these officers were involved," Gascón said.

Real estate heir Robert Durst could face death penalty in murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 08:16

Real estate heir Robert Durst faces murder charge after broadcastRobert Durst couldn't explain away the similarities between his handwriting and a letter he said "only the killer could have written" that alerted police to his friend's shooting 15 years ago.

Attorney: Ferguson shooting suspect didn't target officers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 08:14

This photo provided by the St. Louis County Police Department on Sunday, March 15, 2015 shows Jeffrey Williams. Williams, 20, is charged with two counts of first-degree assault, one count of firing a weapon from a vehicle and three counts of armed criminal action in connection with the shooting of two police officers who were keeping watch over a demonstration outside the Ferguson Police Department on March 12. (AP Photo/St. Louis County Police Department)CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A man accused of shooting two officers last week in Ferguson was not targeting police or aiming at demonstrators at a late-night protest, his attorney said Monday as he countered an earlier police description of the crime.

Kleiner partner Mary Meeker says firm didn't discriminate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 08:06

Ellen Pao arrives at San Francisco Superior Court in San FranciscoBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Legendary tech analyst Mary Meeker testified she had never encountered discrimination against women as a senior partner at venture firm Kleiner, Perkins Caufield and Byers, as a trial that sparked a wide discussion about gender in Silicon Valley entered its fourth week. Kleiner called Meeker to the stand on Monday in San Francisco Superior Court in response to allegations by Ellen Pao, a former partner who says she suffered discrimination at the firm, and retaliation after she complained. Meeker first became famous as Queen of the Net in the late 1990s, after a report she wrote for Morgan Stanley predicted the power and shape of the then still exotic World Wide Web. She joined Kleiner in 2010 and helps lead the venture capital firm's digital growth funds.

NYC man charged with pointing laser at aircraft

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 07:57
NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyer for a man arrested Monday on a federal charge that he knowingly directed a laser at aircraft says his client came to him last week saying his conscience was bothering him because someone else had been arrested for something he did.

GOP weighs increase in war funds to skirt Pentagon limits

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 07:51

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2015, file photo, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., center, flanked by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Republicans now in charge in Congress offer their budget blueprint the week of March 16 with the pledge to balance the nation’s budget within a decade and rein in major programs such as food stamps and Medicare. More pressing for many Republicans, however, is easing automatic budget cuts set to slam the military. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are considering adding tens of billions of dollars to President Barack Obama's request for overseas military operations in an effort to get around tight limits on Pentagon spending. The move comes as Republicans are set to unveil their latest budget plan.

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.