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Report: Boy accused of strangling child had past troubles

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 04:57
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An 11-year-old boy accused of strangling a 4-year-old boy had a history of disturbing behavior, including choking another child until the child turned blue in the face and carrying around dead farm animals, according to sheriff's deputies.

2017 trial set for 2 men accused in plot to kill blogger

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 04:56
BOSTON (AP) — A 2017 trial date is scheduled for two men charged with conspiring to support the Islamic State group in a plot to kill a conservative blogger known for provoking Muslims.

State Police: Bus in fatal crash hadn't registered for trip

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 04:51
GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) — A church bus that overturned near Indianapolis this week, killing a 6-year-old and injuring several others, lacked a required federal registration needed for its planned out-of-state trip, Indiana State Police said Wednesday.

Florida governor orders inspections of Planned Parenthoods

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 04:47
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is ordering state health officials to inspect Planned Parenthood offices to ensure they are obeying the law when performing abortions.

Democratic congressman charged in political corruption case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 04:46

chakafattahDemocratic U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania and four associates were charged on Wednesday in a political corruption case with bribery and misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds. Fattah, 58, who has represented Philadelphia in the U.S. House of Representatives for two decades and is one of the senior black lawmakers in Congress, and the others were indicted by a federal grand jury on 29 counts in an alleged racketeering conspiracy, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Fattah said in a statement that "I have never participated in any illegal activity or misappropriation of taxpayer dollars as an elected official." He said he would not resign from the House but he did step down as the top Democrat on the House subcommittee overseeing Justice Department spending.


Probe finds no homicide likely in Florida mom's 2010 fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 04:32
Michelle O'Connell's death was ruled a suicide by local investigators, but questions were raised about improprieties in the inquiry, in which the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office investigated one of its deputies. The new investigation by an independent prosecutor's office was ordered by Florida Governor Rick Scott through an executive order in October 2014. "Having assessed all of the evidence adduced in the investigations of this case, I reach the inescapable conclusion that whatever suspicions remain as to the manner of death of Michelle O'Connell, the evidence does not rise to the level of probable cause that a homicide occurred," Florida State Attorney Jeffrey L. Ashton said in a letter to Scott on Wednesday.

Employees: Jockey shoots trainer over woman at Delaware Park Racetrack

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 04:30

 Jockey shoots trainer over woman at Delaware Park RacetrackPolice are investigating a shooting at Delaware Park Racetrack in Stanton, Del. that left a trainer hospitalized.


Details unfold on costs, sex in upstate New York prison escape

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 04:23

Joyce Mitchell appears in court to plead guilty at Clinton County court, in Plattsburgh, New YorkLegal bills for love-struck prison worker Joyce Mitchell may be paid by taxpayers, including residents living near the upstate New York prison who were terrified by a three-week manhunt for the convicted killers she helped escape, authorities said on Wednesday. Mitchell, 51, who was a prison tailor shop supervisor at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, and her husband both held prison jobs that paid $57,697 a year. A manhunt estimated to cost more than $20 million ended in late June with escapees Richard Matt, 49, shot and killed and David Sweat, 35, shot and captured.


University president offended by bias-free language guide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 04:20
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The president of the University of New Hampshire said Wednesday he is troubled and offended by many parts of a "bias-free language guide" posted on the school's website, particularly a suggestion that using the word "American" is problematic because it fails to recognize South America.

Suspect in teen kidnapping accused of threatening prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 04:02
OSSIPEE, N.H. (AP) — The man accused of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl and raping her over the course of nine months was indicted on new charges that he threatened the lead prosecutor in the case.

Florida gun store sued after declaring itself 'Muslim-free'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 04:00
A Florida gun store that proclaimed itself a Muslim-free zone was sued on Wednesday in federal court by the state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on the grounds that the restriction is discriminatory. The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale accuses Florida Gun Supply of Inverness of violating the federal public accommodations law and seeks an injunction to stop the discrimination, according to the complaint. "We just can’t let segregation rear its ugly head in Florida again.

Judge rejects claim that bourbon was falsely advertised

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 03:56
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Chalk up another round for Maker's Mark distillery in fending off claims of misleading marketing for promoting its Kentucky bourbon as handmade.

Advocates seek Vatican inquiry of Newark, NJ, archbishop

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 03:52

FILE - This Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 file photo shows Archbishop John Myers in Newark, N.J. On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, priests, nuns and canon lawyers who advocate for molestation victims urged Pope Francis to use the new Vatican tribunal he formed on negligent bishops to investigate the archbishop of Newark, N.J., who has long been accused of sheltering abusive priests. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)NEW YORK (AP) — Priests, nuns and canon lawyers who advocate for molestation victims urged Pope Francis on Wednesday to use the new Vatican tribunal he formed on negligent bishops to investigate the archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, who has long been accused of sheltering abusive priests.


Attorneys for accused church shooter want out of other cases

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 03:49
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Attorneys representing the man accused of killing nine people at a historic black church say they need to focus solely on his case until it goes to trial to give their client an adequate defense, according to court papers filed this week.

Accused Russian spy loses bid to have U.S. charges dismissed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 03:49
A Russian citizen accused by U.S. authorities of posing as a banker in New York in order to spy for his government lost a bid to have the case against him dismissed on Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan rejected Evgeny Buryakov's request to have the charges thrown out, saying the government's allegations were adequate to support the indictment. Buryakov and two other Russians were charged in February with conspiring to gather economic information on behalf of Russia’s foreign intelligence service known as the SVR.

UN: Expect 11.2 billion population by the end of the century

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 03:38
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Move over: The world's population is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.7 billion in 2050, a new United Nations report says. And there should be 11.2 billion people on Earth by the end of this century.

Congressman Fattah says 'never participated in illegal activity'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 03:34
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah, who was indicted on Wednesday in a racketeering conspiracy case, said in a statement that he had "never participated in any illegal activity" or misused taxpayer dollars while in office.

Ohio Cop Involved in Shooting Indicted for Murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 03:31
Authorities release body cam video showing a cop killing a man during stop.

Doctors amputate leg to free man hit by train in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 03:20
Doctors in Pennsylvania amputated the leg of a man pinned under a freight train early on Wednesday in an attempt to save his life, railroad officials said. The 46-year-old man, who has not been identified, was walking along the CSX Corporation railroad line in Northeast Philadelphia at about 2 a.m. when the engineer spotted him and began to brake, railroad spokesman Rob Doolittle said. Two physicians worked at the scene to try to save the man by amputating his leg, said Dr. Steven Parrillo, director of EMS and disaster medicine at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.

Taliban Leader Died 2 Years Ago, Afghan Officials Say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 03:16
Announcement made as Kabul, Taliban engage in peace talks.