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Man charged in Kansas City triple slaying

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 06:33
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - A Kansas man was charged on Wednesday with fatally shooting three people and critically injuring two others in a Kansas City neighborhood, prosecutors said. Brandon Howell, 34, who faces three counts of first-degree murder, is accused of firing on the people on Tuesday and committing several other crimes, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker told a news conference. "It scares all of us because that is a beautiful, peaceful neighborhood and it got hit tragically with senseless acts of violence," she said. On Tuesday afternoon, police responding to a 911 call about a shooting found a woman dead in a driveway from a shotgun wound, two people injured in the basement and two dead in a neighboring front yard, according to documents released by prosecutors.

Atlantic City's laid off casino workers swell jobless rolls

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 06:30

A man tries to peek into the closed Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic CityBy Hilary Russ ATLANTIC CITY N.J. (Reuters) - The closing of Atlantic City's Revel casino has caused a rush of people signing up for unemployment benefits, with around 500 people lining up at a temporary resource center Wednesday morning. Around 8,300 people are losing jobs with three casinos closing in less than a month - Showboat, a Caesars Entertainment Corp property, closed Sunday morning, Revel closed early on Tuesday morning and Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino is due to close on Sept. 16. "You have to take the ups with the downs, and you have faith in God," said 49-year-old Irene Seda, who was waiting to claim benefits after being laid off as a card dealer when Revel shut its doors. Hundreds more are expected in the coming days at the center in Atlantic City organized by Unite-HERE's Local 54 labor union with state and local officials.

Community celebrates end to store's bb gun sales

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 06:21

Community celebrates end to store's bb gun salesA Philadelphia community is celebrating after they took on a controversial item. They demanded a local store stop selling bb guns.

Settlement reached over boy killed by fallen Alabama airport sign

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 06:16
By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - The parents of a 10-year-old boy who died last year after a 300-pound (136-kg) sign fell on him at an Alabama airport settled a lawsuit on Wednesday with contractors who acknowledged their role in the accident, a lawyer for the parents said. Luke Bresette was killed and other members of his family were injured when the electronic arrivals/departures sign fell on top of them at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport as they headed back to their Kansas home from a spring vacation in March last year. Outside the Birmingham courtroom on Wednesday, Ryan Bresette, Luke's father, said he forgave those whose mistakes caused the incident, while his attorney, Tim Dollar, said the terms of the settlement were confidential. "Our family in return extends forgiveness." The Birmingham airport had undergone a major renovation and had reopened to the public 10 days prior to the accident.

Lawsuit settled over girl's dentist office death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 06:08
HONOLULU (AP) — A lawsuit by the family of a 3-year-old Hawaii girl who died after suffering a heart attack during a dental procedure has been settled.

Tech stocks drag Wall Street lower

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 06:07

Tech stocks drag Wall Street lowerThe relief that greeted reports of a possible cease fire in Ukraine faded on Wall Street, as a slide in Apple and other technology stocks tugged the U.S. stock market to a small loss Wednesday. News that ...

Honduran teen rescued from suspected smugglers in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 06:04
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A 13-year-old Honduran boy held hostage by two human smugglers in an alleged attempt to extort more money from his family has been rescued from a Phoenix apartment, federal authorities said on Wednesday.      Authorities were alerted to the boy's plight on Friday by his mother, who said her son had recently been smuggled across the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement.     The mother, who lives in Florida, told authorities there that her son was being held captive at an undisclosed spot in Phoenix and that she feared for his safety. She complained the smugglers were demanding more money to take the boy to the family.     Agents in Phoenix were able to locate the apartment on Friday night, and authorities arrested the pair without incident, ICE said.     The boy, who was unharmed, was turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for unaccompanied immigrant children in the United States.

Judge in Colorado theater massacre case allows ballistics evidence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 06:03

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A judge overseeing murder proceedings against accused Colorado movie theater gunman James Holmes ruled on Wednesday that evidence linking bullet fragments and shell casings to weapons belonging to Holmes will be allowed at trial. Samour heard testimony last week on a similar defense challenge to fingerprint analysis testimony.

CSX: Film crew denied track access before crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 05:56
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — CSX Transportation twice denied producers of a biographical movie about singer Gregg Allman permission to shoot on its railroad tracks before a freight train slammed into the film's crew in south Georgia, killing one worker and injuring six, the company said in court documents.

School once led by sect leader being demolished

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 05:49
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A school where polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs once served as principal is being demolished to make way for new luxury homes.

Underage driver to face charges in deadly Pennsylvania crash: authorities

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 05:42
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH Pa. (Reuters) - A 15-year-old underage driver will face criminal charges after crashing her father's sports utility vehicle and killing three of her five teen-aged passengers in northeastern Pennsylvania over the weekend, authorities said on Wednesday. The girl was driving in Lake Ariel when she flipped the Chevrolet Suburban more than once while trying to navigate a curve, Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards said in a statement. "When criminal charges are filed they will be done so pursuant to the Pennsylvania Juvenile Act and under said law, criminal juvenile matters are not disclosed to the public," her statement said. "This is a parent's worst nightmare and a terrible tragedy that the Pennsylvania State Police will investigate to the fullest," she added.

New Philadelphia park aims to give city a center

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 05:40

This Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 photo shows Dilworth Park under construction at City Hall in Philadelphia. The city has created a new park around its massive city hall building, replacing an obstacle course-like maze of steps and concrete with green space, fountains and an upscale cafe in a bid to re-establish the area as the central hub envisioned by city founder William Penn, according to officials. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — William Penn — the one in bronze — might be standing a little taller this week from his perch atop Philadelphia's mammoth City Hall.

Judge rejects plea for separate NY terror trials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 05:38
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has rejected defense requests for separate trials or juries for three defendants charged in New York with the deadly bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.

Jury ends day 2 of talks in ex-Va. governor trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 05:34

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, arrives at federal court with his son Bobby, right and attorney Daniel Small, left, for the second day of jury deliberations in his corruption trial in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jurors put in a full day of deliberations Wednesday without reaching a verdict in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

With service, case closed in teen's tower climb

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 05:23
NEW YORK (AP) — A criminal case against a thrill-seeking teenager who climbed the World Trade Center's centerpiece tower was closed Wednesday with a community-service sentence he'd already completed.

Juvenile jail escape latest for troubled facility

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 05:17

A crew checks for weak spots in the fence surrounding the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. According to a Department of Children's Services spokesman, more than 30 teenagers escaped from the facility Monday night by overwhelming 16 to 18 staff members, then crawling under a weak spot in the fence. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)The juvenile detention center where more than 30 teens escaped under a fence has a long history of violence, allegations of sexual abuse and previous efforts to break out.

Louisiana ruling breaks pro-gay marriage streak

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 05:16

Tara Betterman-Layne, left, and her wife Melody Betterman-Layne, both from Indianapolis, Ind., talk to reporters after attending a hearing before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on the challenges to Indiana and Wisconsin's gay marriage ban Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)A federal judge upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages on Wednesday, as well as the state's refusal to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states.

Seattle agrees to pay $45,000 to pregnant woman tasered by police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 05:15
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle will pay $45,000 to a woman who police shocked with a stun gun after stopping her for speeding when she was seven months pregnant, resolving a long legal dispute in a city under federal scrutiny over allegations of harsh and biased policing. Malaika Brooks sued the city and the three police officers who stopped her in 2004 as she was driving her 11-year-old son to school and shocked her three times after she refused to sign a traffic ticket and leave her car under threat of arrest. "After almost eight years of litigation, we are pleased to have this matter resolved," City Attorney Peter Holmes said in a statement on Wednesday, in which he admitted no wrongdoing on the part of the officers involved. The Seattle case developed amid a number of lawsuits seeking damages over the growing nationwide use of stun guns, which incapacitate people through a jolt of electricity.

Drexel Univ. residence hall chemical leak declared under control after evacuations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 05:15

Drexel Univ. residence hall chemical leak declared under control after evacuationsFirst responders say a chemical leak that forced evacuations at a Drexel University residence hall has been declared under control.

Washington statue vandalized in Trenton

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 05:13

Washington statue vandalized in TrentonIt's a bizarre case, and whether it's a prank or a political statement, police would like to catch the people responsible for the senseless vandalism.