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Prosecutor plans to show 'Grim Sleeper' killed 5 more women

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 09:50

Prosecutor plans to show 'Grim Sleeper' killed 5 more womenProsecutors seeking the death penalty against Lonnie Franklin Jr. began outlining evidence Thursday of five additional slayings they say he committed, including one during his apparent hiatus.

Texas businessman gets year in prison for failed Gambia coup

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 09:38
Two other U.S. citizens of Gambian descent who pleaded guilty with the coup plot leader, Cherno Njie, 58, received six-month prison terms, and a third was sentenced to time already served, federal prosecutors said. The below-guideline sentences, more lenient than those recommended by federal prosecutors, were handed down by U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle in Minnesota, where the case originated. Ben Petok, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for Minnesota, declined to comment on the rationale for the relatively light punishment leveled against the four men.

The Latest: Stay of execution maintained for Alabama inmate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 09:37
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the execution of an Alabama inmate (all times local):

Houston renames schools named for Confederate leaders

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 09:34
HOUSTON (AP) — The governing board of the biggest school district in Texas has voted to rename seven schools previously named for Confederate leaders.

Mother of 'Grim Sleeper' victim: 'The pain is still there'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 09:25

FILE - This May 2, 2016 file photo, Lonnie Franklin Jr., left, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court during closing arguments of his trail in Los Angeles. Prosecutors plans to present evidence of five more killings against Franklin, the man convicted in the "Grim Sleeper" murders, as they begin laying out their case for the death penalty. (Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mother of one of the "Grim Sleeper's" murder victims slowly made her way to the witness stand Thursday, using a cane to steady herself under the grief she's been carrying for nearly 30 years.

Police: Times Square hugger punches tourist who won't tip

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 09:22
NEW YORK (AP) — A man offering "free hugs" in New York's Times Square is accused of punching a Canadian tourist in the face after she refused to tip him for his hug and a photo.

Litter? Detroit newspaper sues suburb over shopping guide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 09:18
ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit newspaper is suing a suburb after receiving two littering tickets for delivering a free weekly shopping guide to residents.

Frida Kahlo fetches record $8M for artist at NYC auction

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 09:12

This undated photo provided by Christie's shows Claude Monet's "Pond with Water Lilies," a picture created by the French impressionist artist in 1918-1919. The iconic painting depicting the artist's beloved water lily pond, going on the auction block in New York at Christie's sale of impressionist and modern art Thursday evening, May 12, 2016, is estimated to bring $25 million to $35 million. (Chrisitie's via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — A painting by Frida Kahlo set a new auction record for the Mexican painter when it sold for $8 million at Christie's sale of impressionist and modern art Thursday night.

TSA: 3,000 checked bags miss flights leaving Phoenix airport

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 09:11
PHOENIX (AP) — More than 3,000 checked bags missed their outbound flights in Phoenix on Thursday because of a problem with a screening system at Sky Harbor International Airport, officials with Transportation Security Administration said.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 09:03

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., right, leaves the Republican National Committee Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 12, 2016, after a meeting between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, of Wis. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

Plane carrying 17 skydivers crashes in California vineyard

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 08:57
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A small plane carrying 17 skydivers clipped a pickup then landed upside-down in a vineyard, officials said Thursday, but the worst injuries were minor cuts and scrapes.

At LA arena, Dylan rocked, Nixon talked, Clippers flopped

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 08:34

FILE - In this July 4, 1959 file photo, the crowd watches three different sports activities being staged at once at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Las Angeles. The crowd was there to hear Vice President Richard M. Nixon deliver the dedication address for arena. The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena is about to become just a memory. City leaders are holding a closing ceremony Thursday, May 12, 2016, for the building that hosted to some of the 20th century's biggest moments in sports, politics and rock 'n' roll. (AP Photo/Don Brinn, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The dump will jump no more.

Jury finds in favor of Chicago cops in store owner shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 08:30
CHICAGO (AP) — A man who survived being shot multiple times by Chicago police officers investigating a robbery of his beauty supply business has lost a lawsuit he filed against the officers.

House OKs bipartisan drug abuse bills, but Dems want money

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 08:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a mountain of bills addressing the nation's opioid abuse crisis, fueled by lawmakers' bipartisan craving for election-year action on the deadly epidemic. Yet the measures are leaving anti-drug advocates underwhelmed, and Congress won't decide till later how much money it's willing to provide.

Worker at Exxon refinery killed by falling pipe- Texas sheriff's office

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 08:16
A 37-year-old Brownsville, Texas, man was killed after being struck in the head and neck early on Wednesday by a falling 6-foot-long, 6-inch-diameter pipe while working at Exxon Mobil Corp's Beaumont, Texas refinery, a sheriff's office spokesman said on Thursday. Miguel Barron was on an elevated platform working on a heat exchanger when he was struck by the pipe at about 12:30 a.m. CDT (1.30 a.m. ET) Wednesday, said Deputy Marcus McLellan, public information officer for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. Barron was initially treated by the refinery's emergency medical personnel but had died by the time Jefferson County deputies arrived at about 1:30 a.m., McLellan said.

Affidavit: Boy seriously injured before reported missing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 08:14
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Investigators say they have found evidence that suggests a toddler suffered a serious injury two days before his stepfather reported him missing in 2002 from a San Diego playground, according to court documents unsealed Thursday.

Chicago triple murder suspect killed by self-inflicted wound: police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 08:14
A Chicago man suspected of shooting three people to death, including the mother of one of his children, took his own life after an 11-hour standoff with police, authorities said on Thursday. Kevin Robinson, 29, was found dead in a second-floor bedroom on Chicago's South Side shortly after 3 p.m. local time, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and a gun in his hand, Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a phone interview. Police took up positions around the house and threw gas canisters into the home to force Robinson out, Guglielmi said.

West Texas US marshal resigns after firing threatened

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 08:13
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The marshal for the U.S. Western District of Texas resigned Thursday after the Justice Department warned that he would be fired for misusing his office if he didn't resign.

Firefighters battle Abington house fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 08:11

Firefighters battle Abington house fireFirefighters in Abington, Montgomery County battled a house fire Thursday evening.

U.S. Navy fires commander of sailors who were held by Iran

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 08:09

Iranian students re-enact a scene from the arrest of American sailors by Iran's Revolutionary Guard, during a ceremony marking the 37th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, in TehranThe U.S. Navy said on Thursday that it had fired the commander of the 10 American sailors who wandered into Iranian territorial waters in the Gulf in January and were briefly held by Iran in an incident that risked becoming an international crisis. The Navy said in a statement that it had lost confidence in Commander Eric Rasch, who was the executive officer of the coastal riverine squadron that included the 10 sailors. Rasch became the first person to be publicly singled out after a preliminary investigation into the incident that occurred near Farsi Island in the Gulf.