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Prosecutors dismiss 1975 murder charges against 3

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:14

This photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows Ricky Jackson. The Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office has filed a motion dismissing aggravated murder cases against three men falsely accused of killing a businessman outside a corner store in Cleveland in 1975. Fifty-seven-year-old Jackson, 60-year-old Wiley Bridgeman and his brother, 57-year-old Ronnie Bridgeman, were sentenced to death during separate trials in 1975 for the slaying of Herman Franks. Their convictions were based solely on the testimony of a 13-year-old boy who in 2013 recanted and said he was coerced and threatened by Cleveland police detectives. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections)CLEVELAND (AP) — A man convicted with his brother and his childhood friend of killing a businessman in 1975 said Thursday he's sorry his mother isn't alive to see that the three former death row inmates will soon walk free together because the only witness against them has recanted the damning testimony he gave as a 13-year-old.


10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:05

Annabella Hopkins peeks over a snowbank piled high at this intersection in Cheektowaga, N.Y., Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. The corner of Borden Rd. and Woodside has been a staging ground for National News media outlets filing reports on storms that have dumped more than 5 feet of snow on western New York. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


Where's the snow? Not in Alaska's largest city

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:01

Chantz Gaither, a supervisor for Be Happy Home Maintenance, hangs holiday lights for the Alaska Railroad in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. While many cities across the nation are digging out, Alaska's largest city is void of any snow on the ground. This time of year, Anchorage normally has nearly 17 inches of snowfall. Instead, it's seen less than 4 inches _ and that snow fell a month ago and melted in unseasonably warmer weather. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One week before Thanksgiving, much of the nation is digging out from snowstorms, but the ground is bare in Alaska's largest city.


Soaring generic drug prices draw Senate scrutiny

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 09:34

FILE - This June 14, 2011 file photo shows various prescription drugs on the automated pharmacy assembly line at Medco Health Solutions, in Willingboro, N.J. Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.


House of woman who took on Donald Trump demolished

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 09:22
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A former Atlantic City boardinghouse at the center of a David and Goliath battle between its owner and Donald Trump has been demolished.

Arrest made after woman raped, burned in Kansas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 09:18
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 26-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the rape and severe burning of a woman who was found in park near the Wichita State University campus, police said Thursday.

Bill advances to restore death by firing squad in Utah

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 09:15
By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY Utah (Reuters) - Utah would restore the practice of killing condemned inmates by firing squad under a bill advancing in the state legislature, amid growing nationwide concerns about botched executions using the more common method of lethal injection. The measure to allow the state to use a firing squad if lethal injection is unavailable passed an interim committee of the legislature on Wednesday, a day after a Pennsylvania man was granted a stay of execution so he could participate in lawsuits over that state's use of lethal injection drugs. ...

Man in prison 19 years freed after claim recanted

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 09:13
SEATTLE (AP) — A man who had been in prison for nearly two decades was released from custody Thursday, two years after his supposed victim recanted allegations that he molested her.

Judge overturns capital sentence of Wyoming's only death row inmate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:57
By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday vacated the death sentence of Wyoming's only inmate awaiting capital punishment, in a ruling that faulted the murder convict's trial lawyers for not adequately presenting to jurors evidence of his mental impairment and troubled life. Dale Eaton, 69, was found guilty in 2004 in the 1988 kidnap, rape and murder of 18-year-old Lisa Marie Kimmell, whose body was found near Casper, Wyoming soon after her disappearance. She had been traveling from Colorado to Montana when she stopped in Wyoming and encountered Eaton. ...

Man who killed co-worker, cut out heart released

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:57
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Fresno man who stabbed his co-worker dozens of times in 1984 and then cut out the man's heart and put it in his jacket pocket has been released from prison despite objections from Gov. Jerry Brown.

Accused Aryan Brotherhood prison gang members indicted in Mississippi

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:55
(Reuters) - Fourteen alleged members of a white-supremacist prison gang have been indicted on federal racketeering charges in Mississippi, prosecutors said on Thursday, a week after similar charges against 11 alleged participants in an Oklahoma gang were unsealed. The cases, together with major busts of the Aryan Brotherhood in Texas earlier this year, represent an effort by federal prosecutors to eliminate the network of white-power gangs that they say represent a major power in prisons. ...

Police: Woman, 3 children shot in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:53

A woman speaks with investigators at the scene of a shooting Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Tabernacle, N.J. A shooting at a home in a secluded wooded area of southern New Jersey left two children dead and a woman and another child wounded, state police said Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)TABERNACLE, N.J. (AP) — A shooting at a home in a secluded wooded area of southern New Jersey left two children dead and their brother and their mother critically wounded, state police said Thursday.


Suspicious bag causes brief stir at Dallas airport

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:52
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — A part of a Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport terminal was evacuated briefly after someone found what officials say was a "suspicious bag."

Blast at Wyoming propane dealer forces evacuations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:23

Columns of smoke rise above Jackson, Wyoming, following an explosion at a propane dealer Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. The blast forced the evacuation of several businesses and a small school in the vicinity but police and emergency officials say there were no immediate reports of injuries. (AP Photo/Marvin Arriola)JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — An explosion at a propane dealer in the Wyoming tourist town of Jackson forced the evacuation of several nearby businesses and a small school on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of anyone being hurt.


2 children killed in California apartment fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:22

Southern California Gas Company officials enter an apartment that caught fire killing two children ages 2 and 6 in San Bernardino, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. The children were killed early Thursday in the California apartment fire that broke out hours after their mother went to a hospital to give birth, authorities said. The children's father was critically injured in the blaze at the two-story duplex, fire Battalion Chief Michael Bilheimer said. (AP Photo/The Sun, John Valenzuela) MANDATORY CREDITSAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A 6-year-old girl and her 2-year-old brother were killed early Thursday in a California apartment fire that broke out hours after their pregnant mother went to a hospital to give birth, authorities said.


18-year-old who faked abduction gets probation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:20
MONROE, Mich. (AP) — An 18-year-old from Michigan who faked her own disappearance and even put an ad on Craigslist to find an abductor has been placed on probation for three years.

New signs in Indiana warn of turtle crossing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:15
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — State crews in Indiana have put up "Turtle Crossing" signs along a busy road running beside a wildlife area in Terre Haute.

Groups sue feds over Pacific bigeye fishing rule

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:08
HONOLULU (AP) — Environmental groups on Thursday sued the National Marine Fisheries Service to challenge a new rule for fishing bigeye tuna, a popular species for sushi and fish steaks.

Virginia governor urges policy review after report of campus rape

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:05

Virginia Gov McAuliffe attends National Governors Assoc discussion on Growth and Jobs in America during its Winter Meetings in Washington(Reuters) - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Thursday urged a review of policies at the University of Virginia after a Rolling Stone magazine report about an alleged 2012 gang rape at a fraternity. The publication on Wednesday carried a female student's description of an assault by seven men at the Phi Kappa Psi house in September 2012. McAuliffe said in a statement he had spoken with university officials and they had agreed a full investigation must be carried out. ...


Two teenagers shot near Miami area high school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:55
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Two youths were shot near a Miami-area high school on Thursday afternoon, according to Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The two victims were minors and were not students at the school, said John Schuster, spokesman to the school district. The condition of the pair was not immediately known. No suspects have been arrested and police are still searching for the shooter, Schuster said. Three schools were placed on lockdown before students were released to their parents. ...