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New York goes high-tech to detect gunfire amid rise in shootings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 06:23

A display of the NYPD ShotSpotter gunfire-detection system is seen in New YorkBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police are employing a high-tech system to pinpoint gunfire amid an uptick in shootings in the nation's largest city, officials said on Monday. With the installation of the tracking system, ShotSpotter, New York continues its foray into technology-assisted policing, which recently equipped New York Police Department officers with body cameras, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton told a news conference. ShotSpotter consists of acoustic sensors, which are mounted on rooftops, telephone polls and other locations. Audio from at least three sensors that detect gunfire - a process called triangulation - is sent to the company's California lab, which analyzes the information to confirm it's a gunshot, pinpoints its location, and then alerts police in New York.

Texas appeals court halts scheduled Wednesday execution

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 06:17
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — An East Texas man set for execution this week for a shootout eight years ago that left two sheriff's officers dead has won a reprieve from the state's highest criminal appeals court.

2 Philadelphia firefighters hurt after ladder hits power line

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 06:15

2 Philadelphia firefighters hurt after ladder hits power lineTwo firefighters were injured in North Philadelphia on Monday morning after a ladder came in contact with a power line.

Ark park creators ask judge to let it apply for tax break

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 06:06
PETERSBURG, Ky. (AP) — There's a new wrinkle in a lawsuit brought by the creators of a Noah's Ark theme park against the state of Kentucky.

Ex-gym teacher testifies for defense in running death case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:58
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A retired physical education teacher testified Monday that an Alabama girl liked to run and was trying to win an award for speed before her grandmother allegedly ran her to death three years ago.

Closing arguments begin in Georgia school testing scandal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:55
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A dozen Atlanta public school educators charged with conspiring to cheat on student standardized test scores did so to boost their paychecks, a prosecutor said during closing arguments on Monday. Fulton County Assistant District Attorney Clint Rucker told jurors the cheating scandal was "sad and it's ugly" and that the students were the victims in the case. "Thousands of our children were robbed of their opportunity to get a quality education," Rucker told jurors hearing the five-month-long trial in Fulton County Superior Court. Educators hungry for cash bonuses that higher scores would generate and the desire to keep their well-paid jobs participated in a conspiracy in 2009 to erase incorrect answers on standardized tests and create a false impression of academic success, Rucker said.

New Jersey Senate rejects $225M Exxon Mobil settlement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:53
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's state Senate has passed a resolution that calls for a judge to reject Gov. Chris Christie's $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil.

Troubleshooters: Basement business owner facing charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:51

 Basement business owner facing chargesThe owner of a basement finishing company who was once the subject of an Action News Troubleshooters report is now facing charges.

Multi-vehicle crash near Walt Whitman Bridge, lanes closed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:49

Multi-vehicle crash near Walt Whitman Bridge, 2 injuredA multi-vehicle accident in Camden has created a major backup near the Walt Whitman Bridge.

California grants posthumous law license to nation's first Chinese-born lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:47
California's top court granted a posthumous law license on Monday to the country's first recognized lawyer born in China, an immigrant who was denied the right to practice law in the state in 1890 because of his race. The California Supreme Court agreed with descendants of Hong Yen Chang and the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) at the University of California, Davis School of Law who sought to have him admitted to the California Bar. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1886. Chang then relocated to California, where the state Supreme Court rejected his admission, saying his naturalization certificate violated a federal law from 1882 called the Chinese Exclusion Act and was thereby void because Chang was "a person of Mongolian nativity." "More than a century later, the legal and policy underpinnings of our 1890 decision have been discredited," the court wrote in its unsigned ruling on Monday.

Son of Alabama chief justice charged with drug possession

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:46
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The son of Alabama's chief justice — who has made national headlines recently for his efforts to block gay marriage in the state — has been arrested on drug charges.

Los Angeles rookie officer wanted on suspicion of murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:44

This Internet 'person of interest' message posted online by the Pomona, Calif., Police Department shows Henry Solis. Solis, 27, a rookie Los Angeles police officer, is being sought as a person of interest in connection with a fatal shooting near a bar in Pomona Friday night, March 13, 2015. Solis' Volkswagen Jetta was found in a Pomona alley about four blocks from where Salome Rodriguez Jr. was gunned down Friday when a fistfight turned deadly. Solis has not reported for work since the shooting.(AP Photo/Pomona Police Department)POMONA, Calif. (AP) — An arrest warrant was issued Monday for a rookie Los Angeles policeman suspected of killing a man during a fight in Pomona while he was off duty.

Former Pennsylvania officer charged with assaulting suspects

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:23

Former Pennsylvania officer charged with assaulting suspectsA former eastern Pennsylvania police officer has been charged with assaulting two men whom he had taken into custody.

Arizona mom pleads guilty to leaving young sons in hot car

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:19

Shanesha Taylor is pictured in this handout booking photoBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona woman whose tearful mugshot drew nationwide notice pleaded guilty on Monday to child abuse for leaving her two young children in a hot car while she went on a job interview, but will avoid jail time, officials said. Shanesha Taylor, 36, entered the plea as part of a deal with prosecutors during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, and is due to be sentenced by a court commission on May 15, a court statement said. The plea agreement was reached two weeks before the Phoenix mother was set to go on trial on child abuse charges for leaving her 6-month-old and 2-year-old sons in child-safety seats in a parked car amid temperatures that reached more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Taylor will face a minimum of 10 years of probation and will have to take parenting classes, but is expected to avoid jail time, said Jerry Cobb, spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorneys Office.

Bald eagles may have hatched in District of Columbia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:16
Eaglets may have been hatched by the first pair of bald eagles to nest in the District of Columbia since 1947, an Environment Department spokeswoman in the U.S. capital said on Monday. The nesting bald eagles, the U.S. national emblem, were noticed by staff in a tree at the park-like National Arboretum in January, according to the Arboretum website. "Apparently, they are showing all of the signs of hatched birds," said Julia Christian, a spokesman for the District's Environment Department. The pair of bald eagles, or Haliaeetus leucocephalus, selected a nesting site in northeast Washington very similar to the one described for the last pair in 1947, the Arboretum website said.

Correction: California water restriction enforcement story

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:16

FILE -- In this March 11, 2014 file photo Steve Upton, right, demonstrates how to use the water timer he installed on the water spigot at the home of Larry Barber, left, in Sacramento, Calif. Upton, an inspector for the water conservation unit of the Sacramento Utilities Department, follows up on tips concerning city residents wasting water in one of California's driest years on record. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,file)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story March 14 about enforcement of water restrictions, The Associated Press erroneously identified the city of Coachella as sending no warning letters for violations. It was the Coachella Valley Water District, which serves homes in unincorporated areas outside the city, that did not send any letters.

Defense in Colorado cinema massacre case renews bid for venue change

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:13

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Attorneys defending Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes have renewed their effort to have his upcoming murder trial moved out of the county where 12 moviegoers were fatally shot in 2012, court filings showed on Monday. Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour deferred ruling at the time, saying he would consider the issue again once lawyers for both sides questioned prospective jurors. Defense lawyers have conceded Holmes was the lone gunman, but said he was undergoing a psychotic episode when he planned and carried out the mass shooting, which also wounded 70 people. To bolster their argument, defense lawyers submitted more that 1,000 pages of news stories, columns and other articles that appeared in local media.

Northeast Philadelphia serial robbery suspect arrested

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:12

Northeast Philadelphia serial robbery suspect arrestedPhiladelphia police are thanking both the media and the public for helping them arrest a serial robbery suspect.

Mother of suspect Kyle Crosby charged in connection with murder of Erica Crippen

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:10

Mother of suspect Kyle Crosby charged in connection with murder of Erica CrippenA Burlington County mother has been arrested in connection with a murder investigation in which her son is the prime suspect.

California man pleads not guilty to terrorism charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:10
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A 21-year-old California man originally charged with lying on a passport application so he could travel to Syria pleaded not guilty Monday in federal court to new charges alleging he also tried to provide support to the Islamic State terror organization.