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Jury in crane collapse case awards $48 million in damages

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:43
NEW YORK (AP) — A jury has decided the families of two men killed in a New York City construction crane collapse should get $48 million in punitive damages from the crane's owner and his companies.

Coast Guard: California oil slick created by natural seepage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:42
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Coast Guard says an oil slick that formed in the Pacific Ocean last week near Santa Barbara, California, was created by natural, ocean-floor seepage.

Retrial in case of missing boy Etan Patz set for next year

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:40

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2012, file photo, Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York where his trial as a suspect in the 1979 kidnapping and slaying of six-year-old Etan Patz ended after 18 days of deliberations with the jury deadlocked 11-1 in favor of guilt. On Monday Aug. 3, 2015 a judge in New York City scheduled jury selection in retrial of Hernandez for Feb. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A judge on Monday scheduled the retrial of a suspect in the 1979 kidnapping and slaying of Etan Patz for early next year.


Mother of slain 8-year-old doesn't fault mom of accused teen

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:35
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — The mother of a slain 8-year-old California girl said she doesn't fault the mom of the 15-year-old neighbor boy accused of the killing.

2 reporters arrested during Ferguson protests settle suits

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:29
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two journalists who were arrested while reporting on protests after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown have settled lawsuits against St. Louis County, the American Civil Liberties Union announced Monday.

Treasury sanctions Syrian government's energy networks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department on Monday targeted 11 companies and individuals suspected of providing energy products the Syrian government of Bashar Assad is using in the conflict there.

Man shot dead in front of Mississippi courthouse: police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:24
A man was shot to death on Monday in front of a courthouse in a suburb of Jackson, Mississippi, as he arrived for a hearing on drug charges against him, and the gunman turned himself in to the authorities, police said. Kendrick Brown was shot at point-blank range outside the Madison County Courthouse complex in Canton, about 30 miles north of Jackson, the state capital, authorities and Brown family members said. The shooter, William Wells, 24, walked up to Brown in front of the courthouse, shot him in the chest with a handgun, laid down his weapon and turned himself in, Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker said.

The Latest: Defense lawyer says Texas AG to plead not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:22

Rick Joosten, of Plano, holds a sign as he and others protest against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in front of the Collin County Courthouse, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Plano, Texas. Paxton turned himself in Monday to face charges that he misled investors and didn't disclose money he made for referring financial clients as part of his private business before becoming the state's top lawyer in January. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — The latest on Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been charged with felony securities fraud (all times local):


4 teenagers plead not guilty in killing of New Mexico man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:22
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Four teenagers charged as adults in the shooting death of a 60-year-old New Mexico man during a night of robbing homes and cars have pleaded not guilty.

Hunger strike at Utah State Prison reaches 4th day

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:16
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A hunger strike at Utah State Prison reached its fourth day Monday, with prisoners refusing to eat in a protest against housing conditions and the placement of gang leaders.

AT&T, as new owner of DirecTV, offers TV-wireless discount

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:05

FILE - This file combo made from file photos shows the AT&T logo on the side of a corporate office in Springfield, Ill., left, and a DirecTV satellite dish atop a home in Los Angeles. AT&T on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 is unveiling a new package that combines traditional TV and wireless services as it seeks to broaden its offerings following its $48.5 billion purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV about a week ago. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T customers will save $10 a month and get a single bill for their TV and wireless services under a new package the company is offering after its $48.5 billion purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV 10 days ago.


Jury in Colorado theater shooting declines to rule out death penalty as sentencing advances

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 02:40
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jury in Colorado theater shooting declines to rule out death penalty as sentencing advances .

February New York retrial set in 1979 Etan Patz murder case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 02:36

Hernandez appears with his lawyer Fishbein in Manhattan Criminal Court in New YorkFormer grocery worker Pedro Hernandez will face trial again in February in the 1979 murder of six-year-old Etan Patz in New York after a hung jury forced a mistrial this year, a state court judge ruled on Monday. A new jury will be selected starting on Feb. 22 to hear the kidnapping and murder case in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, Judge Maxwell Wiley said at a hearing.


Suspected Cop Killer Added to Most Wanted List

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 02:34
Two rewards have been announced for the suspect's arrest.

House GOP says it has the votes to disapprove of Iran deal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 02:31

In this photo taken Sept. 17, 2014, Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Republicans said Monday that they have the GOP votes to disapprove of the Iran nuclear deal as Democrats stepped up their support of the agreement the Obama administration and other world powers negotiated with Tehran. Since Republicans hold a commanding 246 seats in the House, it was widely expected that the GOP would come up with 218 votes to support a resolution of disapproval, which has been introduced by Peter Roskam. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans said Monday that they have the GOP votes to disapprove of the Iran nuclear deal as Democrats stepped up their support of the agreement the Obama administration and other world powers negotiated with Tehran.


Proposal: Families of Newtown victims would split $1.5M

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 02:27
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The families of more than a dozen victims of the Newtown school shooting rampage would split $1.5 million under proposed settlements of lawsuits against the estate of the gunman's mother.

Party on, Abe: Illinois named top party school in the US

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 02:24

In this March 6, 2015 photo, a group of unofficial St. Patrick's Day party goers celebrate at Kam's in Champaign, Ill. The University of Illinois has partied its way into the top spot on an annual list of top party schools in the country. The Urbana-Champaign campus has been among the top five on the Princeton Review's annual list for years but is No. 1 on the new list released Monday Aug 3, 2015. (Rick Danzl/The News-Gazette via AP) MANDITORY CREDITCHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois stakes claim to 23 Nobel Prize winners and tech prowess that contributed to the creation of YouTube, Netscape, Java and Yelp.


NJ man accused of sexually assaulting 4-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 02:18
A man from Jersey City was arrested in Ocean County on charges that he sexually assaulted a 4-year-old boy.

Christie stirs outrage of an old enemy, teachers unions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 02:06
HADDONFIELD, N.J. (AP) — More than any single Democrat, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's greatest rival has been the biggest teachers union in his home state.

Bat boy, 9, dies after hit in head by swing at baseball game

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 01:35

Bat boy, 9, dies after hit in head by swing at baseball gameA 9-year-old bat boy has died after he was accidentally hit in the head during a National Baseball Congress World Series game in Kansas.