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Texas jury convicts woman of murder in so-called 'black widow' trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:56
(Reuters) - A Texas jury convicted a 45-year-old mother of four of murder and tampering with evidence on Monday in the 2011 shooting death of her husband in a suburb of Fort Worth in a plot to collect insurance money, an official said. Michele Williams was also acquitted of a second count of tampering that related to her husband's corpse, said Melody McDonald, a spokeswoman for the Tarrant County district attorney's office. The case has been dubbed in the media a "black widow" trial. (Reporting by Marice Richter in Forth Worth, Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis)

Case involving arrest by Ferguson officer on hold

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:48

Chris Brooks leaves the St. Louis County courthouse on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in Clayton, Mo. Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown, received commendations for his actions in a 2013 case involving Brooks. A judge approved a request by county prosecutors Monday for a St. Louis County grand jury to review the Brooks case involving Wilson. Defense attorney Nick Zotos said his client was "roughed up" by Wilson and also questioned whether his actions merited special recognition. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden)CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A drug case involving an arrest made by the Ferguson police officer who killed an unarmed 18-year-old in a separate incident is on hold while a grand jury reviews the shooting.

Victim in Florida loud music shooting was in defensive position, court told

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:46

Defendant Michael Dunn in court on day two of his first-degree murder trial in JacksonvilleBy Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE Fla. (Reuters) - The trajectory of the bullets that killed an unarmed teen in a gas station dispute over loud rap music indicates that the victim could not have been in an aggressive pose, a forensic expert testified on Monday in a racially charged north Florida murder trial. Michael Dunn, 47, a white software engineer, is being retried for first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was black. Dunn fired 10 rounds at an SUV carrying Davis and his three friends at a Jacksonville gas station in November 2012. ...

High court puts off start of early voting in Ohio

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:45
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A divided Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which had been slated to begin Tuesday.

Hawaii lava puts rural communities in 'limbo'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:44
HONOLULU (AP) — The leading edge of closely watched lava threatening rural communities on Hawaii's Big Island advanced slightly after about a week of no movement, and then it stopped again.

Qantas puts world's largest plane on longest route

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:42
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Qantas is putting the world's biggest passenger plane on the world's longest airline route.

Senior citizens hold protest over apartment conditions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:35

Senior citizens hold protest over apartment conditionsThere are some very discontented tenants of a senior citizen high rise in South Philadelphia.

Ferguson keeps working with ousted city spokesman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:32
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The city of Ferguson is giving a second chance to a public relations consultant fired after officials learned of his 2006 reckless homicide conviction in Tennessee.

APNewsBreak: Arias defense costs top $2.5 million

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:31
PHOENIX (AP) — Jodi Arias' defense costs to Arizona taxpayers have topped $2.5 million and will continue to mount during a second penalty phase aimed at determining her sentence.

No danger seen from powder sent to Reagan Library

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:26
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Emergency crews have found no threat after responding to the Ronald Reagan Library when a worker opened an envelope containing white powder.

Trial of Detroit cop who killed girl won't stop

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:13

Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley, left, is seated in court as his attorney Steve Fishman speaks with him Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in Detroit. Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones during a raid in 2010. Wayne County Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway turned down a request for a mistrial Monday after talking to jurors. Fishman had argued that Joseph Weekley's right to a fair trial was spoiled when the victim's grandmother lashed out at the officer while testifying last week. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Charles V. Tines)DETROIT (AP) — A judge has turned down a request to stop the trial of a Detroit police officer who killed a girl during a raid in 2010.

Wal-Mart: Morgan wasn't wearing seatbelt in crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:12

FILE - In this April 9, 2014 file photo, actor Tracy Morgan attends the FX Networks Upfront premiere screening of "Fargo" at the SVA Theater in New York. Wal-Mart says actor-comedian Morgan and other people in a vehicle struck from behind by a company truck on a New Jersey highway in June weren’t wearing seatbelts. Wal-Mart’s filing was made Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in federal court in response to a lawsuit Morgan filed in July. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a limousine struck from behind by a Wal-Mart truck on a highway in June are at least partly to blame for their injuries because they weren't wearing seatbelts, the company said in a court filing Monday.

AP INTERVIEW: US should hit all militants in Syria

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:11

Syria's Deputy Prime Minister Walid Al-Moualem addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria's foreign minister said Monday that the U.S.-led bombing campaign should be expanded to target other militant groups besides the Islamic State group, noting that the fight against terrorism has aligned the Syrian regime with its Western and Arab opponents in a fight against a common enemy.

Suspect in Oklahoma beheading expected to be charged with murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:07

Alton Alexander Nolen is seen in a picture from the Oklahoma Department of CorrectionsBy Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma plans to file a murder charge as early as Tuesday against Alton Nolen, who is suspected of beheading a former co-worker at a food distribution center last week, prosecutors said. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also looking into Nolen's background for any potential religious ties to the attack after former colleagues said he had attempted to convert them to Islam. Police said Nolen had recently become a Muslim. ...

Abbas, Netanyahu trade accusations at the UN

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:06
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacked each other in speeches before world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly. Here is look at some of their remarks:

Parents of autistic Pennsylvania boy charged in starvation death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:05

Jarrod Nicholas Tutko, 38, is shown in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters August 4, 2014.Police in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, charged the parents of a 9-year-old autistic boy with homicide on Monday in their son's starvation death in July. Jarrod Tutko Jr. weighed just 16.9 pounds and measured 42 inches tall at the time of his death, Dauphin County District Attorney Edward Marsico and city police said at a news conference. Jarrod N. Tutko Sr., 38, and Kimberly A. Tutko, 39, were arraigned before District Judge Barbara Pianka on criminal homicide charges. They were denied bail. ...

New York lawyers charged with bribing court employee for clients

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:04
By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three New York defense attorneys and a paralegal were indicted by the Manhattan district attorney on Monday on charges of bribing a court employee to steer clients to them. According to the indictment, lawyers Jae Lee, Dwane Smith and Benjamin Yu and paralegal Jose Nunez paid an employee of the New York Criminal Justice Agency to persuade people awaiting arraignment to hire them in return for faster processing of their cases. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. ...

45 dogs dead, 48 alive after North Las Vegas fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:04

A small dog looks out from beneath a car in the front yard at a home where more than two dozen dogs were killed in an overnight fire in North Las Vegas on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Firefighters say at least 41 dogs were killed and 52 survived after the fire. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Chase Stevens)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A weekend fire that tore through a North Las Vegas home with 93 small dogs — more than 15 times the maximum number of canines allowed in a house by the city — killed 45 of them and injured one man.

Woman pleads not guilty to 20-year-old South Carolina kidnapping

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:03
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - Dorothy Lee Barnett, 54, pleaded not guilty in federal court in Charleston on Monday to charges of parental kidnapping and falsifying passports 20 years ago.      Barnett, a slight, blond woman who appeared smiling in court today in a striped prison uniform and handcuffs, was extradited from Australia to the United States late last week. ...

Texas jury starts deliberations in ‘black widow’ murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 06:58
By Marice Richter FORT WORTH Texas (Reuters) - A jury began deliberations on Monday in what has been dubbed the "black widow" case of a Texas woman accused of shooting her husband dead for insurance money and then launching a plot to frame someone else for the crime. Michele Williams, 45 and a mother of four, is on trial for murder and tampering with evidence. She faces up to life in prison if convicted of the 2011 killing of her husband in their home in an exclusive neighborhood in the Fort Worth suburb of Keller. ...