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No retrial for Detroit policeman who shot child -prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 12 min ago
(Reuters) - Prosecutors will not seek a third trial for a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a sleeping child during a raid on a house in 2010, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said on Wednesday. Jurors in October were unable to reach a verdict in the trial of Officer Joseph Weekley, the second time that a trial against the officer in the death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones ended in a mistrial. Worthy said prosecutors informed the girl's family on Wednesday they would not seek a retrial and would move to dismiss the case on Friday. A Wayne County judge granted Weekley a directed verdict on the more serious felony charge of involuntary manslaughter during the trial, a decision prosecutors cannot appeal.

Renting out homes for Super Bowl can bring big bucks

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 16 min ago

In this Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 photo, Dominic Hrabe holds the family dog, Gracie, in front of his home that he is renting out for Super Bowl weekend in Phoenix. The family is vacating the house for two nights after using airbnb to rent their place to people attending the NFL Super Bowl football game. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX (AP) — Hundreds of people gather each year to hobnob with A-list celebrities at a charity bash in the Super Bowl's host city. But instead of sending this year's guests to a trendy nightclub or swanky restaurant, organizers are throwing the party at a private home.


Woman charged with stealing more than $10,000 from scouts

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 16 min ago

Woman charged with stealing more than $10,000 from scoutsA Montgomery County woman is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts she was supposed to be helping.


California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 17 min ago

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2013, file photo, John Hartigan, proprietor of Vapeology LA, a store selling electronic cigarettes and related items, takes a puff of an electronic cigarette at his store in Los Angeles. A California state lawmaker has introduced legislation Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, that would ban the use of increasingly popular electronic cigarettes in public spaces. The bill by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would classify the devices that heat liquid nicotine into vapor as tobacco products similar to cigarettes. That would prohibit Californians from using the devices in restaurants, buses, hospitals and other places they cannot smoke. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials on Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity.


Ohio judge orders state to return exotic animals to owner

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 17 min ago
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A judge ordered the state to return a dozen exotic animals — including several tigers and a lion — to their owner on Wednesday, just hours after they were taken from an animal sanctuary near Toledo.

Chemical spill at Washington state port forces evacuations

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 17 min ago
A chemical spill at the Port of Olympia in Washington state has prompted the evacuations of employees and nearby businesses while the toxicity can be assessed, the Olympia Fire Department said on Wednesday. The hydrogen peroxide leak originated at a pipe leading to a large tank and it was unclear how much of the chemical had escaped, a fire department spokesman said. The Washington State Department of Ecology was on site to determine the severity of the spill and any potential impact to the area.

Dozens displaced after apartment blaze in Whitemarsh Twp.

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 18 min ago

Dozens displaced after apartment blaze in Whitemarsh Twp.Three people were taken to the hospital, several had to be rescued, and dozens remain out of their homes after an apartment blaze in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County.


Oklahoma executions on hold as US Supreme Court reviews drug

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 20 min ago
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Executions are on hold in Oklahoma after the U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday that the state cannot perform executions using a specific drug while the justices consider a challenge over whether the sedative ensures prisoners won't suffer.

Woman shot in head in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 21 min ago

Woman shot in head in Southwest PhiladelphiaPolice are investigating a shooting in Southwest Philadelphia that seriously injured a woman.


Supreme Court blocks three Oklahoma executions

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 23 min ago

In this Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 photo, the gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured in McAlester, Okla. Oklahoma plans to resume executions Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, after botching its last one and will use the same three-drug method as a Florida lethal injection scheduled for the same day. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Wednesday to temporarily block the execution of three Oklahoma inmates who are challenging the state’s lethal injection procedure. The court’s action means that convicted killers Richard Glossip, John Grant and Benjamin Cole will not be put to death using the sedative which they object to before the Supreme Court decides whether the procedure violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The court's brief order leaves open the possibility the state could proceed with the executions using different drug combinations. Oklahoma's three-drug process has been under scrutiny since the flawed April 2014 execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett.


Alibaba spinoff likely to increase scrutiny on Yahoo CEO

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 23 min ago

In this Nov. 5, 2014 photo, a person walks in front of a Yahoo sign at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. Yahoo reports quarterly financial results on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is losing a precious security blanket now that she is spinning off the Internet company's prized stake in China's Alibaba Group.


Electrical fire ignited Christmas tree in Md. mansion fire, killing 6

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 23 min ago

Electrical fire ignited Christmas tree in Md. mansion fire, killing 6An electrical fire that spread to a 15-foot Christmas tree prompted a blaze that killed six people in a Maryland mansion.


Sheriffs expand concerns about Waze mobile traffic app

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 25 min ago

This image taken from the the Waze app on an iPhone, in Washington, shows police at the scene on a map on the app. A sheriffs’ organization is broadening its concerns about the popular Waze mobile traffic app. Now it says a feature that lets drivers warn others about nearby police cruisers not only presents a threat to police safety from potential cop-killers, it also interferes with the ability to write speeding tickets. (AP Photo/Ted Bridis)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sheriffs said Wednesday that Google's popular Waze traffic app is making it harder to nab speeders, adding to earlier police complaints that a feature in the software that lets drivers warn others about nearby police activity is putting officers' lives at risk.


Moderate earthquake strikes Northern California coast

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 27 min ago
EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — A moderate earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 has struck off the coast of Northern California.

FACT CHECK: Both sides in Keystone XL debate bend facts

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 28 min ago

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2015 file photo, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., listens at right as Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington where they discussed their plan to introduce legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project. Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline say the privately-funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes. Critics claim it will be disastrous for the pollution blamed for global warming and put communities along its 1,179-mile route at risk for an environmentally-damaging spill, all for oil and products that will be exported anyway. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes.


Super Bowl advertisers aim not to offend

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 29 min ago

This image provided by Victoria's Secret shows a portion of the company's television ad scheduled to run during Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. Super Bowl advertisers are being careful not to offend this year. A Victoria’s Secret 90-second teaser ad showed super models fully dressed as football players, although the actual Super Bowl ad shows the models dressed in Victoria’s Secret lingerie. (AP Photo/Victoria's Secret)NEW YORK (AP) — Super Bowl advertisers are being careful not to offend.


Accuweather: Sunny, Brisk and Cold Today

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 33 min ago

 Sunny, Brisk and Cold TodayAccuWeather: Meteorologist David Murphy says a quick period of snow is likely Thursday evening.


'Never felt guilty': Civil rights convictions tossed in SC

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 34 min ago

In this February 1960 file photo, people take part in a civil rights "sit-in" protest at the lunch counter in McCrory's in Rock Hill, S.C. A prosecutor on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, will argue a motion to vacate the convictions of a group known as the Friendship Nine. Eight Friendship Junior College students and a civil rights organizer were convicted of trespassing and breach of peace for staging a similar protest at the same lunch counter in 1961. The men opted for a month’s hard labor rather than allow bail to be posted for them by civil rights groups. (AP Photo/The Herald, File)ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — For a moment, Clarence Graham's heart raced. Fifty four years after he and eight fellow black men served a month of hard labor for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter, a judge declared that they had been wrongly convicted of trespassing and their records would be tossed.


Panel unanimously OKs bill easing employee health care count

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 34 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare show of bipartisanship over President Barack Obama's health care law, a Senate committee voted unanimously Wednesday to exclude veterans from the 50-worker threshold that triggers required coverage for employees under that statute.

Owners of Ohio mansion gutted by fire sue insurer for $60M

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 35 min ago

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, file photo, firefighters battle a fire in Indian Hill, Ohio, that destroyed the $4 million mansion. The owners, Jeffrey and Maria Decker, are suing their insurance company for almost $60 million for allegedly not honoring their claims. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Joseph Fuqua II, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — The owners of a $4 million suburban mansion that burned to the ground last year are suing their insurance company for almost $60 million, saying it didn't honor their claims.