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Subcontractor: I should've walked away before wall collapse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 06:16
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A demolition subcontractor told jurors Thursday that he warned the contractor on trial for the 2013 building collapse that killed six people that his plan to take down a towering brick wall was dangerous.

Latest: AG's letter contradicts inmates autopsy report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 06:12
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The latest on problems the state of Oklahoma has had over executions (all times local):

New York board says officer used excessive force to arrest ex-tennis star James Blake

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 06:06

Ex-tennis star James Blake is shown tackled by a NYPD officer James Frascatore in front of the Grand Hyatt hotel in New YorkOne officer involved in the arrest of ex-tennis star James Blake, who was body-slammed outside a New York City hotel last month in a case of mistaken identity, used excessive force and another abused his authority, a police watchdog group has found. The Civilian Complaint Review Board, in a letter to Blake dated Tuesday and obtained by Reuters on Thursday, said it had investigated and substantiated Blake's allegations that Officer James Frascatore used excessive force and Detective Daniel Herzog abused his authority by authorizing the bogus arrest on Sept. 9. Blake, 35, who is black, was on his way to a corporate appearance at the U.S. Open when he was thrown to the ground and handcuffed by Frascatore, who is white.

Prosecutors back teen's conviction in prep school rape case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 06:06
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The conduct of an elite prep school's former student convicted of sexually assaulting a freshman days before he graduated justifies his felony conviction for using a computer to lure her for sex, prosecutors maintained.

Battery fires: FAA to back ban on passenger plane shipments

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 06:04

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2006 file photo, firefighters battle a blaze onboard a UPS cargo plane at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. The risk of fire is prompting federal officials to back a proposed ban on rechargeable lithium battery shipments as cargo on passenger airlines. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The risk of unstoppable fires is prompting U.S. officials to back a proposed international ban on rechargeable lithium battery shipments as cargo on passenger airlines.

Collision course with a hurricane: How doomed U.S. ship met its end

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 06:04

Debris is seen in the water from the El Faro search area in this handout photo provided by the US Coast GuardBy Edward McAllister and David Adams NEW YORK/MIAMI (Reuters) - The ill-fated U.S.-flagged El Faro cargo ship sunk by Hurricane Joaquin was sailing at near full speed into the center of the storm before it lost propulsion amid mountainous waves and brutal winds, according to ship tracking data. The data on Thomson Reuters Eikon raises questions about the ship owner's assertion that the vessel's captain had chosen a "sound plan" to pass around Joaquin "with a margin of comfort" but was then thwarted by engineering problems. After reviewing the data, Klaus Luhta, a former ship's officer and chief of staff at the International Organization of Masters, Mates, and Pilots, went silent for a moment as he contemplated what has been called the worst cargo shipping disaster involving a U.S.-flagged vessel in more than 30 years.

North Carolina in settlement with officer whose trial in fatal shooting ended in hung jury

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 06:00
The city of Charlotte will pay $113,000 to a policeman whose manslaughter trial in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man ended in a hung jury, as part of an agreement in which the officer resigned from the force. Neither the city nor the officer, Randall Kerrick, admitted any wrongdoing or liability, and the settlement announced on Thursday released the city from any potential legal claims in the case. Kerrick, 29, had been on leave without pay from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department since his arrest on Sept. 14, 2013, when he shot and killed 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell in a subdivision east of Charlotte.

Judge peppers Arpaio with questions about investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 05:41
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff squared off in court Thursday with a federal judge who peppered him with tough questions about an allegation that the lawman investigated the jurist in a bid to get him removed from a racial profiling case.

Satellite images show scale of NKorea's anniversary parade

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 05:39

This image provided by the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies via 38 North and via a satellite image from Centre National d’Études Spatiales, taken Oct. 6 shows military vehicles and troops mobilized at the North Korean capital Pyongyang for a major military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the nation’s ruling party. The website 38 North, which is associated with the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, says about 700 trucks and 200 armored fighting and military vehicles have assembled at at a former air base in the east of the city, where military units have been practicing at a mock-up of the venue for the Oct. 10 parade and mass rally. (Centre National d’Études Spatiales/38 North/Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Satellite imagery shows North Korea has erected a tented city and mobilized hundreds of trucks and armored vehicles in preparation for a massive military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the ruling party.

After the flood, a rush to preserve drinking water

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 05:38

Workers use a crane to repair a break in a canal Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 in Columbia, S.C. The canal that serves as the main source of drinking water for about half of the Columbia water system’s 375,000 customers has collapsed in two places, sending contractors scrambling to build a rock dam to plug the holes while the National Guard used helicopters to place giant sandbags in the rushing water.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's capital city had too much water. Now, officials are racing to make sure it has enough.

Agents unearth $600,000 in backyard of armored truck driver

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 05:36

In this still frame from pool video, part of more than $500,000 stolen in an armored car heist is shown after authorities dug up the cash in the backyard of a home in Fontana, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Authorities say it's part of about $1 million that was taken from an armored truck in Los Angeles in 2014. The truck's two drivers pleaded guilty to conducting the heist. (KNBC via AP, Pool)LOS ANGELES (AP) — FBI agents and police looking for a stash of cash stolen by armored car drivers more than a year ago struck pay dirt and unearthed more than $600,000 in buried booty outside Los Angeles.

Lawsuit wants plans mandated for dealing with big oil spills

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 05:34

FILE - In this July 29, 2010, file photo, a worker monitors water in Talmadge Creek in Marshall Township, Mich., near the Kalamazoo River as oil from a ruptured pipeline, owned by Enbridge Inc., is trapped by booms. The suit filed Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 by the National Wildlife Federation says the federal Oil Pollution Act prohibits operators from handling, storing or transporting oil until their spill response plans get federal approval. The plans are supposed to make sure enough resources are available to contain and remove spilled oil and limit environmental damage. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An environmental group sued the federal government Thursday, contending it gives pipeline owners and operators a free pass on developing legally required plans for dealing with oil spills into lakes, rivers and other inland waterways.

Oklahoma halts executions after using wrong drug on inmate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 05:33

FILE - This June 29, 2011, photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Charles Warner, who was executed on Jan. 15, 2015 for the 1997 killing of his roommate's 11-month-old daughter. The Oklahoman reported Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 that corrections officials used potassium acetate, not potassium chloride, as required under the state's protocol, to execute Warner.(AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin agreed Thursday that all executions in Oklahoma should be delayed after an autopsy report revealed that the wrong drug was used to stop an inmate's heart in January — one that experts say doesn't work as quickly or effectively.

US actor Randy Quaid ordered released; facing deportation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 05:33

Actor Randy Quaid arrives at his Immigration and Refugee Board hearing in Montreal, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Quaid said in an interview that he could be deported from Canada next week and that he would like to resolve his legal issues in California and "move on with my life." The actor and his Canadian wife fled the U.S. in 2010, saying they were victims of persecution. (Peter McCabe/The Canadian Press via AP)MONTREAL (AP) — American actor Randy Quaid was ordered released Thursday by Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board but still faces being sent back to the United States next week.

Police: West Windsor teen set fire to home while parents were asleep

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 05:30

 West Windsor teen set fire to home while parents were asleepA West Windsor Township teen is facing attempted murder charges after a fire broke out inside his family's house.

Base: Man who crashed car at Fort Meade hid in a storm drain

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 05:26

The Rockenbach gate remains closed as police search for a carjacking suspect, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, at Fort Meade, Md. Police spokesman Lt. Glenn Shanahan said a car crashed at a gate at Fort Meade and the driver ran onto the base. He says the car was identified as one that had been stolen in a carjacking in Baltimore. (Tim Pratt/Capital Gazette via AP) MANDATORY CREDITBALTIMORE (AP) — A man who crashed a stolen car into a fence at a Maryland Army installation Wednesday night and hid overnight in a storm drain was arrested almost immediately after he emerged from hiding Thursday morning, authorities said.

Judge schedules pretrial hearing in Freddie Gray cases

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 05:22
BALTIMORE (AP) — A judge in Baltimore will hold a hearing next week to determine the admissibility of statements made to investigators by police officers charged in connection with Freddie Gray's death.

American hero who stopped train attack in France stabbed in California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 05:12

American hero who stopped train attack in France stabbed in CaliforniaAirman 1st Class Spencer Stone, who helped stop a terror attack on a French train over the summer, was stabbed and seriously wounded Thursday in a fight outside a bar - the latest tragedy to befall him and his buddies since they returned home as heroes.

Tribune Media considering sale of landmarked headquarters

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 05:11
CHICAGO (AP) — Tribune Media says it's hired a real estate investment banker to explore the sale of its Tribune Tower, its headquarters that sits on three acres along Chicago's Michigan Avenue.

Unlicensed 'doctor' in Vegas says he's self-taught sovereign

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 05:08

This Clark County Detention Center photo of Oct. 2, 2015, shows Rick Van Thiel, 52, of Las Vegas. Van Thiel, a convicted felon in Nevada and California, is accused of practicing medicine without a license in Las Vegas. Police say a search of a trailer he used found records suggesting he had more than 100 patients and treated people for pregnancies, cancer, sexually transmitted diseases and even tooth extractions. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP)LAS VEGAS (AP) — An ex-felon accused of practicing medicine without a license in Las Vegas described himself as a former porn actor and producer who follows an anti-authority sovereign citizen philosophy and learned to perform surgery from online videos, authorities said Thursday.