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No new trial for doctor convicted of killing wife

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:49
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah doctor convicted in November of killing his wife won't get a new trial, a judge ruled Friday.

Marathon bombing suspect: Delay trial until 2015

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:49
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked Friday to delay his trial until at least September 2015.

Photos under investigation in abandoned baby case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:42

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, Alicia Marie Englert shields her face as she is escorted by police from a home in Kearns, Utah. Charging documents show Englert, a accused of dumping her newborn in a neighbour's trash, that she was afraid to tell her parents about the pregnancy. She was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of attempted murder. The baby girl was in critical condition. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police are seeking further details about photos that appear to show a Utah woman at a nightclub with a beer sometime before her newborn baby was dumped in a trash can.


California man whose pit bulls killed woman convicted of murder

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:41
By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Southern California dog owner whose four pit bulls mauled and killed a 63-year-old woman near her home last year was convicted of murder on Friday. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury found Alex Donald Jackson, 31, guilty of second-degree murder after less than a day of deliberations. "This defendant knew how dangerous these dogs were, and he didn't do anything about it," Deputy District Attorney Ryan Williams said following the verdict. "It was only a matter of time before someone else was hurt." Devitt was taking a morning stroll on the roadside in Littlerock, a sparsely populated high desert town about 65 miles east of Los Angeles, when a pack of pit bulls began to claw and bite all over her body.

U.S. authorities investigate suspected threat against Obama: reports

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:38

U.S. President Obama arrives onboard Air Force One at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York(Reuters) - Authorities in Connecticut on Friday were investigating a possible threat against President Barack Obama, local media reported. The U.S. Secret Service, which is responsible for presidential security, issued a statement saying, "Information has been received by law enforcement regarding a potentially suspicious person and vehicle. We are working with our local law enforcement partners to determine the validity of the information provided. ...


Man is guilty of murder after his dogs kill woman

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:37
LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — A jury on Friday found a man guilty of murder after his pit bulls mauled a woman to death in a high desert town in California where residents said they carried rocks and guns for protection against packs of dogs.

Final arguments unfold at ex-governor's trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:29

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrives at federal court in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. The prosecution in the McDonnell corruption case begins its rebuttal Thursday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife has boiled down to this: Did they knowingly trade special favors for the $165,000 in loans and gifts they admit they took from a dietary supplements promoter?


California mentally ill inmates get special units

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:26

FILE -- In this July 24, 2014 file photo, an inmate sits by a window at the mental health unit at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's Stockton Health Facility in Stockton, Calif. In an agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento, Friday, Aug. 29, state corrections official have agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into specialized housing units instead of placing them in the same isolation units as are used for other inmates, Friday, Aug. 29.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State corrections officials on Friday agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into separate specialized housing that will offer them more treatment instead of placing them in the same isolation units as other inmates, a decision that marks a major shift in how the system deals with such prisoners.


HIV case proves false; porn moratorium called off

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:22
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The advocacy group for the adult film industry has called off a production moratorium after just a day because a performer's HIV test turned out to be a false positive.

Washington judge upholds small city's pot shop ban

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:22

Tedd Wetherbee, who wants to open a marijuana store in the Tacoma suburb of Fife, Wash., listens during a hearing in Pierce County Superior Court, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Tacoma, Wash. Wetherbee is seeking to strike down Fife's ban on marijuana businesses, even though such enterprises are now allowed by state law. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A state judge said Friday that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington's experiment in legal pot.


Former Wisconsin deputy charged in double homicide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:04

Former Dane County Sheriff's Deputy Andy Steele makes an initial appearance via teleconference in Dane County Court in Madison, Wis. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Steele is accused in the Aug. 22 shooting deaths of his wife and sister-in-law at his Fitchburg, Wis. home. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday charged a former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease with shooting his wife and sister-in-law to death earlier this month.


Senate hopeful defends role in Irish firm's merger

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:58

In this Friday, July 4, 2014 photo, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden talks with parade-goers during the Fourth of July parade in Delano, Minn. In 2012, McFadden's investment firm was involved in a merger that moved an American pharmaceutical company to Ireland and significantly dropped its tax rate. Inversions are legal, but politicians are calling for a clampdown - including McFadden. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Years before Burger King sized up a Canadian headquarters in a hunt for lower taxes, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden's investment firm was involved in a merger that moved an American pharmaceutical company to Ireland and significantly dropped its tax rate.


U.S. judge halts major part of Texas law restricting abortions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:57
District Judge Lee Yeakel said the so-called "ambulatory surgical center requirement" was unjust because it placed an undue burden on women by reducing the number of clinics where they could seek abortions and the regulations had no compelling public health interests. "The court concludes, after examining the act and the context in which it operates, that the ambulatory-surgical center requirement was intended to close existing licensed abortion clinics," Yeakel wrote in the decision. The requirement was to have gone into effect on Sept. 1. Under it, clinics would have had to meet a set of building standards ranging from widening halls to having facilities for certain surgeries that abortion rights advocates said were unnecessary, especially when an abortion is medically induced.

Judge OKs Portland police use-of-force reforms

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:44
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge accepted a settlement on Friday between the U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Portland on reforms intended to improve the way police deal with mentally ill people.

EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent.

UN: 'Very fluid' situation on held peacekeepers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:23

An armed group of men, not specified which group of rebels, gather at Syria's Quneitra border crossing between Syria and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. It was unclear if the men were connected to an armed group that, the United Nations said, detained more than 40 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday. The peacekeepers were detained on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights during a "period of increased fighting between armed elements and the Syrian Arab Armed Forces," the office of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement. ( AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The plight of dozens of U.N. peacekeepers in Syria remained "very, very fluid" Friday, the secretary-general's spokesman said, as talks aimed at their release stretched into a second day.


Military Guns Missing From Police Agencies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:18
The guns-drawn streets of Ferguson jolted America awake to the militarization of the nation's police. Local cops, often untrained in military tactics, may be carrying assault rifles used by our Marines and even Special Forces, using surplus weaponry don..

Purchased pie crust could void woman's blue-ribbon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:17
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Linda Horton is picky about the ingredients in her prize-winning buttermilk pie. That's what led her to use a store-bought crust before dropping off her entry to be judged at the Kentucky State Fair.

Federal judge halts key part of Texas abortion law

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:17

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, the Hilltop Women's Reproductive clinic is photographed in El Paso, Texas. A federal judge Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel sided with clinics that sued over one of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry in 2013. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge Friday threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics statewide in a victory for opponents of tough new anti-abortion laws sweeping across the U.S.


Man wounded in daylight shooting in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:14

Man wounded in daylight shooting in West PhiladelphiaAuthorities say a man was shot multiple times in broad daylight in West Philadelphia.