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California man whose pit bulls killed woman convicted of murder

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:41
By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Southern California dog owner whose four pit bulls mauled and killed a 63-year-old woman near her home last year was convicted of murder on Friday. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury found Alex Donald Jackson, 31, guilty of second-degree murder after less than a day of deliberations. "This defendant knew how dangerous these dogs were, and he didn't do anything about it," Deputy District Attorney Ryan Williams said following the verdict. "It was only a matter of time before someone else was hurt." Devitt was taking a morning stroll on the roadside in Littlerock, a sparsely populated high desert town about 65 miles east of Los Angeles, when a pack of pit bulls began to claw and bite all over her body.

U.S. authorities investigate suspected threat against Obama: reports

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:38

U.S. President Obama arrives onboard Air Force One at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York(Reuters) - Authorities in Connecticut on Friday were investigating a possible threat against President Barack Obama, local media reported. The U.S. Secret Service, which is responsible for presidential security, issued a statement saying, "Information has been received by law enforcement regarding a potentially suspicious person and vehicle. We are working with our local law enforcement partners to determine the validity of the information provided. ...


Man is guilty of murder after his dogs kill woman

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:37
LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — A jury on Friday found a man guilty of murder after his pit bulls mauled a woman to death in a high desert town in California where residents said they carried rocks and guns for protection against packs of dogs.

Texas abortion provisions struck down

BBC World News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:32
A US judge strikes down part of a Texas abortion law that would have closed more than a dozen clinics.
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Final arguments unfold at ex-governor's trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:29

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrives at federal court in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. The prosecution in the McDonnell corruption case begins its rebuttal Thursday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife has boiled down to this: Did they knowingly trade special favors for the $165,000 in loans and gifts they admit they took from a dietary supplements promoter?


California mentally ill inmates get special units

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:26

FILE -- In this July 24, 2014 file photo, an inmate sits by a window at the mental health unit at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's Stockton Health Facility in Stockton, Calif. In an agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento, Friday, Aug. 29, state corrections official have agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into specialized housing units instead of placing them in the same isolation units as are used for other inmates, Friday, Aug. 29.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State corrections officials on Friday agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into separate specialized housing that will offer them more treatment instead of placing them in the same isolation units as other inmates, a decision that marks a major shift in how the system deals with such prisoners.


Vice Media Stakes Future on A&E Networks Deal

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:24
A&E Networks will invest $250 million in Vice Media and receive a 10 percent stake in the company.

HIV case proves false; porn moratorium called off

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:22
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The advocacy group for the adult film industry has called off a production moratorium after just a day because a performer's HIV test turned out to be a false positive.

Washington judge upholds small city's ban on marijuana shops that are legal under state law

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:22
TACOMA, Wash. - A state judge said Friday that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington's experiment in legal pot.

Seeking to Ease Worries, Obama Says the World Has Always Been ‘Messy’

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:22
The president finds himself trying to buck up supporters heading into a crucial midterm election season.

Washington judge upholds small city's pot shop ban

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:22
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A state judge said Friday that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington's experiment in legal pot.

Washington judge upholds small city's pot shop ban

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:22

Tedd Wetherbee, who wants to open a marijuana store in the Tacoma suburb of Fife, Wash., listens during a hearing in Pierce County Superior Court, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Tacoma, Wash. Wetherbee is seeking to strike down Fife's ban on marijuana businesses, even though such enterprises are now allowed by state law. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A state judge said Friday that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington's experiment in legal pot.


At Gateway to Hamptons, Ku Klux Klan Advertises for New Members

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:17
This summer, pamphlets and a recruitment form have been stuffed into plastic sandwich bags, along with a few Jolly Ranchers, and tossed onto driveways in Hampton Bays.






A day later, WSU's loss still looks every bit as ugly . . .

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:16
Just got done reviewing the game tape of Washington State's 41-38 defeat to Rutgers Thursday night at CenturyLink. It was every bit as grim for the Cougars the next day as it was live.

Accident on Ship Canal Bridge jams traffic on southbound I-5

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:15
Update at 11:10 a.m.: The DOT reports the accident on the Ship Canal Bridge has been cleared. All southbound lanes are now open.

State suspends wolf hunt this weekend

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:10
SPOKANE  — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) will suspend its hunt for three more members of the Huckleberry wolf pack until after the Labor Day weekend.

Quarantine for Ebola Lifted in Liberia Slum

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:06
The president of Liberia had rejected the advice of Ebola experts in quarantining the West Point neighborhood, a move that resulted in deadly clashes.






Former Wisconsin deputy charged in double homicide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:04

Former Dane County Sheriff's Deputy Andy Steele makes an initial appearance via teleconference in Dane County Court in Madison, Wis. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Steele is accused in the Aug. 22 shooting deaths of his wife and sister-in-law at his Fitchburg, Wis. home. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday charged a former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease with shooting his wife and sister-in-law to death earlier this month.


Senate hopeful defends role in Irish firm's merger

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:58

In this Friday, July 4, 2014 photo, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden talks with parade-goers during the Fourth of July parade in Delano, Minn. In 2012, McFadden's investment firm was involved in a merger that moved an American pharmaceutical company to Ireland and significantly dropped its tax rate. Inversions are legal, but politicians are calling for a clampdown - including McFadden. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Years before Burger King sized up a Canadian headquarters in a hunt for lower taxes, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden's investment firm was involved in a merger that moved an American pharmaceutical company to Ireland and significantly dropped its tax rate.