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A look at California serial rapist's release rules

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:56
"Pillowcase Rapist" Christopher Hubbart has been conditionally released to live in a desert community outside of Palmdale, California, about 70 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

New York man who threatened ex-President Bush gets house arrest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:55
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York man arrested for threatening to kill former President George W. Bush was sentenced to six months of home confinement on Friday. Benjamin Smith, who pleaded guilty in April to a gun possession charge, was arrested in January after U.S. Secret Service investigators found him in a parked car in Manhattan with a loaded rifle, a machete and a container of gasoline. Prosecutors said Smith, a 45-year-old former teacher, screamed “Bush will get his” when he was taken into custody, and later told investigators he was “working on a relationship with Barbara Bush,” an apparent reference to the former president’s daughter. Smith’s mother called police the day before his arrest after finding a threatening note in the home they shared in upstate New York and discovering that a rifle had gone missing.

Serial rapist's freedom comes with strict limits

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:54

FILE - This undated file image provided by the Department of Justice shows convicted serial rapist Christopher Hubbart. The “Pillowcase Rapist,” known by the moniker because he used a pillowcase to muffle his victims' screams, moved into his new home outside of Palmdale, about 70 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, earlier this week amid community protests. He’s acknowledged raping or assaulting 40 women between 1971 and 1983. (AP Photo/Department of Justice, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — He can't be alone outside after dark, needs permission to walk through his neighborhood or go to a bowling alley, and must allow random searches and polygraph tests. For the first time in roughly two decades, serial rapist Christopher Hubbart is free, so to speak, but that freedom comes with strict limitations.


Third Colorado county licenses gay couples to wed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:52

Jessie Finau, left and Stephanie Martinez talk after receiving their marriage license at the Pueblo County Courthouse, in Pueblo, Colo., Friday, July 11, 2014. Technically, their state still does not recognize gay marriages. But that hasn't stopped hundreds of gay Coloradans from getting marriage licenses from two county clerks who argue they still have the legal right to provide them to loving couples. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Julia Moss)DENVER (AP) — A third Colorado county began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples Friday even though the legal fight is far from resolved in the state.


Udall suggests problems with Gardner pill plan

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:47
DENVER (AP) — Democratic Sen Mark Udall is skeptical of his challenger's proposal to make birth control pills available over the counter, without a prescription.

Well-known humpback whale killed in boat collision

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:40

This July 2014 image provided by NOAA shows NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator Aleria Jensen, right, measuring the length of a female humpback whale while University of Alaska Fairbanks marine biology graduate student Suzie Teerlink holds the other end of the line during a necropsy near Funter Bay, Alaska. The 48-foot cetacean had been been seen in the waters of southeast Alaska for nearly 40 years but was found dead July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/NOAA)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials are investigating after a 48-foot female whale well-known in the waters of southeast Alaska was killed in a collision with a boat.


Church funeral for Ohio priest convicted of murder

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:36
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A church funeral for a Roman Catholic priest in Ohio who died while serving a prison sentence for the 1980 death of a nun proceeded Friday as a few people protested at the church's diocese headquarters.

Florida movie theater shooter wins release from jail on bond

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:33
By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - A retired Florida police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a fellow moviegoer during a dispute over texting is expected to go home on Friday night after being released from jail on bond, his lawyer said. Bail was set at $150,000 for Curtis Reeves, 71, who has been in jail without bond since the January shooting at a Tampa-area movie theater. A judge ordered Reeves under house arrest, and he is only to leave home to shop for groceries, seek medical care or attend religious services. "Mr. Reeves did nothing but use the law of self-defense in order to preserve his own life," his lawyer, Richard Escobar, told reporters.

1 dead, 1 hurt in central Indiana plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:30
GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) — A single-engine airplane lost power moments after taking off from a small central Indiana airport, struck two homes and crashed, killing the pilot and critically injuring a passenger, a fire chief said.

Texas mass murder suspect collapses in court as crime recounted

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:24

 Haskell cornered by authorities outside ex-brother-in-law’s homeBy Erwin Seba and Terry Wade HOUSTON (Reuters) - The man accused of killing six members of his former wife's family, including four children, at their suburban Houston home collapsed in court on Friday when details of the crime were read aloud and was wheeled out in an office chair by sheriff's deputies. Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, was in court wearing orange prison attire for a hearing after being charged on Thursday with capital murder in the shooting deaths of his former wife's sister, her husband and four of their children, aged 4 to 14. Police have said Haskell entered the home on Wednesday posing as a delivery man and searching for his former wife, then methodically executed members of the family. Doug Durham, Haskell's public defender, said his client had been in and out of hospitals in Utah and California with a history of mental illness and that he was not taking prescribed medication at the time of the killings.


Judge delays Ga. trial in salmonella outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:20
Three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a southwest Georgia peanut plant five years ago will go on trial two weeks later than initially planned, a judge decided Friday.

Possible chlorine leak at Michigan amusement park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:19
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Some patrons at a western Michigan amusement park have been hosed down after a possible chlorine leak near a water ride.

Police chief shoots, kills armed suspect at bank

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:17
PRINCETON, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say a police chief visiting a western Kentucky bank shot and killed an armed man who entered wearing a stocking over his head.

Anthrax scare reveals more CDC lab safety problems

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:09

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2013, file photo, a sign marks the entrance to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,in Atlanta. Citing an anthrax scare and a recurring problem with safety, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, July 11, 2014, shut down two research labs and stopped shipping highly dangerous germs to other labs. One of the closed facilities was involved an incident last month that could have accidentally exposed workers in three labs to anthrax. A second, previously undisclosed problem earlier this year involved deadly bird flu. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Citing an anthrax scare and other safety problems, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said it shut down two research labs and stopped shipping highly dangerous germs to other labs.


Ex-California pension fund CEO pleads guilty in federal conspiracy case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:03

Calpers mission statement is seen posted on the wall in the regional office in Sacramento.A former chief executive of the largest U.S. public pension fund pleaded guilty to bribery and fraud as part of a federal conspiracy case on Friday. Fred Buenrostro admitted that he intentionally conspired with a former California Public Employees' Retirement System board member and others to accept bribes and devise a fraudulent scheme involving Calpers’ investments. Buenrostro, who served as the pension fund's CEO from 2002 to 2008, met Alfred Villalobos when he served on Calpers Board from 1992 to 1995. Villalobos later founded a placement agency called ARVCO that solicited investments by public pension funds in private equity funds.


White House trims 2014 deficit projection to $583 billion

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:54
By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House lowered its U.S. federal deficit forecast for the 2014 fiscal year by $66 billion to $583 billion on Friday on the basis of gathering economic momentum as evidenced by gains in hiring. "The deficit has been cut by more than half as a share of the economy, representing the most rapid sustained deficit reduction since World War Two, and it continues to fall," acting White House budget director Brian Deese said in a statement. The White House projection shows that, even thought debt is on a declining path, it would reach 72 percent of GDP in 2024 instead of 69 percent as originally estimated, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget noted. The White House said it revised its forecast in the so-called mid-session review because the national unemployment rate has come down more rapidly than expected.

Mississippi coach, wife indicted for sex with underage girl

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:46
(Reuters) - A grand jury indicted a Mississippi girl's softball coach and his pregnant wife on Friday on charges they engaged in oral sex with a 15-year-old player on his team, according to authorities and court records. Michael Porter, 27, the former softball coach at Ridgeland High School in suburban Jackson, and his wife, Blair, 26, who taught at a nearby middle school, have each been indicted on one count of sexual battery of a child, Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest said. The alleged incidents, which were reported to police by the now 16-year-old girl's mother, took place between October 2013 and April 2014, according to the indictment, which said both of the defendants engaged in oral sex with the girl. Michael Porter's bond was set at $25,000, while Blair Porter's bond was set at one-fifth that amount because she is pregnant, Guest said.

As deaths rise, no end seen to Israeli offensive

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:42

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during a press conference at the defense ministry in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on Friday, July 11, 2014. Netanyahu said he will not cave in to international pressure to stop a military offensive in the Gaza Strip. He told a news conference Friday that Israel will continue its offensive until rocket fire out of Gaza is halted. (AP photo/Gali Tibbon, Pool)JERUSALEM (AP) — Asserting it has broad international support for a fierce military offensive in the Gaza Strip, Israel is showing no signs of ending the operation, vowing to press on until there is a halt to rocket attacks from the seaside territory.


Actor skateboarding cross-country due in NYC soon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:41
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kevin Kreider hasn't been skateboarding long, but that didn't stop him from attempting a cross-country trek.

Fire crews battling clutter along with the flames

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:39

Firefighters and others line the street as a fire truck bearing the body of Lt. Gordon Ambelas leaves the funeral service in the borough of Staten Island, Thursday, July 10, 2014, in New York. Ambelas died Saturday night, July 5, searching for victims in a burning, cluttered Brooklyn high-rise apartment building. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Another danger lurked as fire and smoke swept through the upper floors of a Brooklyn public-housing high-rise: junk.