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Politicians, constituents react to Fattah indictment

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 52 min ago

Politicians, constituents react to Fattah indictmentThe indictment of Rep. Chaka Fattah on Wednesday on racketeering charges is reverberating throughout Philadelphia as other local leaders react to the news.


Florida governor orders inspections of Planned Parenthoods

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 54 min ago
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is ordering state health officials to inspect Planned Parenthood offices to ensure they are obeying the law when performing abortions.

Colorado shooter's mom: Silence was his loudest cry for help

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 54 min ago

FILE - This file photo released on Sept. 20, 2012 by the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office shows Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes. While on the stand on July 28 and 29, 2015, Robert Holmes testified that his son came home from winter break from graduate school in 2011, several months before the shooting, and was making odd facial expressions which his parents had not seen in him before. (AP Photo/Arapahoe County Sheriff via AP)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes' mother insisted Wednesday that she would "have been crawling on all fours" to reach him had she known he was talking about killing people weeks before he ambushed a crowded Colorado movie theater.


Democratic congressman charged in political corruption case

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 54 min ago

chakafattahDemocratic U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania and four associates were charged on Wednesday in a political corruption case with bribery and misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds. Fattah, 58, who has represented Philadelphia in the U.S. House of Representatives for two decades and is one of the senior black lawmakers in Congress, and the others were indicted by a federal grand jury on 29 counts in an alleged racketeering conspiracy, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Fattah said in a statement that "I have never participated in any illegal activity or misappropriation of taxpayer dollars as an elected official." He said he would not resign from the House but he did step down as the top Democrat on the House subcommittee overseeing Justice Department spending.


AccuWeather: Steamy, Unsettled Thursday On Tap

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 2 min ago

 Steamy, Unsettled Thursday On TapMeteorologist Adam Joseph says downpours and storms will develop anytime on Thursday.


Feds: New York man tried to support Islamic State group

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 3 min ago

A law enforcement truck is parked outside the Lackawanna, N.Y., home, far left, of Arafat Nagi on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, following his arrest . Arafat, 44, is charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York man traveled overseas in a bid to join the Islamic State group after buying night-vision goggles, a machete and body armor and pledging his loyalty to the group on Twitter, federal authorities said Wednesday after arresting him on a charge of attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization.


Probe finds no homicide likely in Florida mom's 2010 fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 9 min ago
Michelle O'Connell's death was ruled a suicide by local investigators, but questions were raised about improprieties in the inquiry, in which the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office investigated one of its deputies. The new investigation by an independent prosecutor's office was ordered by Florida Governor Rick Scott through an executive order in October 2014. "Having assessed all of the evidence adduced in the investigations of this case, I reach the inescapable conclusion that whatever suspicions remain as to the manner of death of Michelle O'Connell, the evidence does not rise to the level of probable cause that a homicide occurred," Florida State Attorney Jeffrey L. Ashton said in a letter to Scott on Wednesday.

The Latest: Theater shooter's mom recalls son's happiness

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 9 min ago

In this image made from Colorado Judicial Department video, James Holmes, background fifth from left in white shirt, stands along with others as the jury enters the courtroom, during the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial in Centennial, Colo., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):


Employees: Jockey shoots trainer over woman at Delaware Park Racetrack

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 11 min ago

 Jockey shoots trainer over woman at Delaware Park RacetrackPolice are investigating a shooting at Delaware Park Racetrack in Stanton, Del. that left a trainer hospitalized.


Cathay Pacific departs Aleutians after emergency landing

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 12 min ago
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Cathay Pacific Boeing 777 bound from Hong Kong to Los Angeles has departed from a U.S. air base in the Aleutian Islands, hours after the plane made an emergency landing because of smoke.

Details unfold on costs, sex in upstate New York prison escape

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 18 min ago

Joyce Mitchell appears in court to plead guilty at Clinton County court, in Plattsburgh, New YorkLegal bills for love-struck prison worker Joyce Mitchell may be paid by taxpayers, including residents living near the upstate New York prison who were terrified by a three-week manhunt for the convicted killers she helped escape, authorities said on Wednesday. Mitchell, 51, who was a prison tailor shop supervisor at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, and her husband both held prison jobs that paid $57,697 a year. A manhunt estimated to cost more than $20 million ended in late June with escapees Richard Matt, 49, shot and killed and David Sweat, 35, shot and captured.


University president offended by bias-free language guide

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 21 min ago
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The president of the University of New Hampshire said Wednesday he is troubled and offended by many parts of a "bias-free language guide" posted on the school's website, particularly a suggestion that using the word "American" is problematic because it fails to recognize South America.

Colorado movie gunman's mother weeps, blames mental illness

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 21 min ago

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialThe mother of Colorado's movie rampage gunman wept on Wednesday as she said a university psychiatrist never told her James Holmes had homicidal thoughts before the massacre, and that she would have "crawled on all fours" to stop him had she known. Arlene Holmes described a kind, polite child who never hurt a soul before he opened fire on July 20, 2012 inside a crowded midnight screening of a Batman film. Asked why, she replied: "Because I understand he has a serious mental illness that he didn't ask for.


Cincinnati campus police officer charged with murder of black man

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 28 min ago

University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing's body camera shows his handgun drawn in CincinnatiA University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man has been charged with murder after a grand jury investigation, the Hamilton County prosecutor said on Wednesday. Prosecutor Joseph Deters, speaking bluntly at a news conference to announce the charges, called the July 19 death of Samuel Dubose, 43, "senseless" and totally unnecessary. City officials braced for possible unrest after the announcement of the grand jury's decision and the University of Cincinnati shut down in case of protests.


Judge refuses to toss out US spying charges against banker

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 31 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge refused on Wednesday to throw out a spy case against a Russian banker, rejecting arguments that the U.S government was overreaching by prosecuting a defendant who was openly working as an agent of a foreign government.

Panicked 911 caller: Dispatcher had no reason to hang up

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 35 min ago
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 911 caller said Wednesday she was panicked about a friend being shot but stayed as calm as possible before a New Mexico dispatcher told her to "deal with it yourself" and hung up as she sought aid.

Police: Prison escapee still cooperating month after capture

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 39 min ago

Joyce Mitchell cries as she sits with her attorney Stephen Johnston in court on Tuesday July 28, 2015 in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Mitchell, an instructor in the tailor shop at the Clinton Correctional Facility, pleaded guilty to charges of aiding two inmates convicted of murder by smuggling hacksaw blades and other tools to the pair, who broke out and spent three weeks on the run in June. She faces a sentence of 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison under terms of a plea deal with prosecutors. (Rob Fountain/The Press-Republican via AP, Pool)RAY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state police major who led the manhunt for two killers who broke out of a prison says the surviving escapee is still cooperating with investigators a month after his capture.


Suspect in teen kidnapping accused of threatening prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 39 min ago
OSSIPEE, N.H. (AP) — The man accused of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl and raping her over the course of nine months was indicted on new charges that he threatened the lead prosecutor in the case.

Florida gun store sued after declaring itself 'Muslim-free'

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 41 min ago
A Florida gun store that proclaimed itself a Muslim-free zone was sued on Wednesday in federal court by the state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on the grounds that the restriction is discriminatory. The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale accuses Florida Gun Supply of Inverness of violating the federal public accommodations law and seeks an injunction to stop the discrimination, according to the complaint. "We just can’t let segregation rear its ugly head in Florida again.

Judge rejects claim that bourbon was falsely advertised

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 45 min ago
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Chalk up another round for Maker's Mark distillery in fending off claims of misleading marketing for promoting its Kentucky bourbon as handmade.