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At New York officer's funeral, police reflect on tough time

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:37
SEAFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Thousands of police from around the country spilled out of a church into the streets surrounding a slain New York City officer's funeral on Friday, calling for respect and understanding at a time when law enforcement is being deeply scrutinized.

Mistrial declared in case of missing boy Etan Patz

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:36

Mistrial declared in case of missing boy Etan PatzThe murder trial of the man accused in the disappearance of first-grader Etan Patz ended Friday with the jury hopelessly deadlocked after 18 days of deliberations, leaving unresolved a case that has haunted New York City for 36 years.

Unbuckled driver falls out of seat, bus nearly hits train

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:31
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia bus driver is facing disciplinary action because she was not buckled in when she fell out of her seat and nearly hit a freight train.

Mistrial declared in murder trial of suspect charged with abducting, killing Etan Patz in 1979

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:29
NEW YORK (AP) — Mistrial declared in murder trial of suspect charged with abducting, killing Etan Patz in 1979.

Illinois governor calls for constitutional amendment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:28

Republican candidate for governor of IllinoisRauner prepares to speak at a public forum at the University of Chicago(Reuters) - Illinois' governor Bruce Rauner said a constitutional amendment clarifying the distinction between currently earned benefits and future benefits should be part of any solution to the state's pension problems. The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday voided the state's 2013 pension reform law, in a ruling hailed as a win for retired state workers and public employees, but one that also raises the prospect that the state's dire finances will deteriorate further. "What is now clear is that a Constitutional Amendment clarifying the distinction between currently earned benefits and future benefits not yet earned, which would allow the state to move forward on common-sense pension reforms, should be part of any solution,” Rauner said in a statement.

Judge says he'll dismiss jury in Etan Patz case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:28

Mistrial declared in case of missing boy Etan PatzThe judge in the New York murder trial involving the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz says he is planning to call the deliberations to an end after jurors announced for a third time they were deadlocked.

Arkansas veterinarian operates on dog that ate 23 bullets

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:26

In this photo taken April 27, 2015, in Mountain Home, Ark., an x-ray reveals 17 live .380 caliber rifle rounds in the stomach of “Benno”, a 4-year-old dog that chewed and swallowed the ammo. The Belgian Malinois is expected to fully recover from the two-hour surgery that removed the rounds. (Josh Dooley/The Baxter Bulletin via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITMOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas veterinarian has kept a dog from going out with a bang after the animal ate 23 live rifle rounds.

Jurors deadlocked in New York's Etan Patz trial: defense attorney

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:25

Hernandez appears in Manhattan Criminal Court in New YorkA jury on Friday said it was unable to reach a verdict in the murder trial of a former deli worker who confessed to killing Etan Patz, whose disappearance in 1979 changed the way the United States handles reports of missing children, defense attorneys said. The panel was in its 18th day of deliberations in the trial of Pedro Hernandez, 54, at state Supreme Court in Manhattan. The jury passed a note to a court official who told defense attorneys that jurors were deadlocked. The defense attorney relayed the note's content to reporters.

Sabotage conviction overturned against nun, fellow activists

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:19

FILE - In this May 6, 2013 file photo, activist Sister Megan Rice attends a rally by supporters before her trial with fellow anti-nuclear weapons activists Michael Walli, 64, and Greg Boertje-Obed, 56, in Knoxville, Tenn. An appeals court has overturned the sabotage convictions of Rice, Walli and and Boertje-Obed who broke into a facility storing much of this country's bomb-grade uranium and painted slogans and splashed blood on the walls. The opinion says the vandalism at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge in 2012 did not amount to sabotage. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Michael Patrick)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An 85-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists who splashed blood on the walls of a bunker holding weapons-grade uranium — exposing vulnerabilities in the nation's nuclear security — were wrongly convicted of sabotage, an appeals court ruled Friday.

Elderly Californian dies in BASE jump in Idaho

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:18
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A 73-year-old California man was killed after his parachute deployed late during a 500-foot jump from a bridge into the Snake River in Idaho, the second death there this year tied to the extreme sport of BASE jumping, authorities said on Friday. Jim Hickey of Claremont, California, likely died on impact after hitting the water at a high rate of speed on Thursday evening, according to the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office. Hickey, a retired accountant, had participated in well over 1,000 jumps in the decade since he took up a sport in which parachutists free-fall from such fixed points as cliffs, bridges and buildings, said Tom Aiello, a friend and owner of a BASE jumping school in Twin Falls.

Obama at Nike promotes trade deal, says 'Just do it'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:16

President Barack Obama smiles as he greets people in Portland, Ore., Thursday, May 7, 2015. On Friday, the president will visit Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., to make his trade policy pitch as he struggles to win over Democrats for what could be the last major legislative push of his presidency. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — When President Barack Obama promotes trade, he likes to say that 95 percent of the world's markets are outside the nation's borders — a potential goldmine for U.S.-made products. But Nike, where Obama made a pitch Friday, wants easier access to the U.S. market for the products it makes overseas.

Building tiny houses into big help for Los Angeles' homeless

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 02:59

Los Angeles resident Elvis Summers poses with his tiny house on wheels he built for a woman who had been sleeping on the streets in his South Los Angeles neighborhood on Thursday, May 7, 2015. Summers never thought more than 5.6 million people would watch a YouTube video of him constructing the 8-foot-long house for Irene "Smokie" McGhee, 60, a grandmother who’s been homeless for more than a decade. He estimates he spent less than $500 on plywood, shingles, a window and a door. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shortly after Elvis Summers befriended Irene McGhee, he learned she was sleeping on the streets of South Los Angeles.

Folk singer behind popularity of 'We Shall Overcome' dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 02:56
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Guy Carawan, a folk singer and social-justice advocate credited with turning the African-American spiritual "We Shall Overcome" into a unifying anthem of the 1960s civil rights movement, has died at 87.

Last of 10 young white people in racial assault sentenced

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 02:55
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The last of 10 young white people who repeatedly assaulted African-Americans in Mississippi's capital city received the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison Friday, completing a long-running federal prosecution in the case.

Stowaway's cigarette started Virginia bus fire: police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 02:43
By John Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A stowaway smoking in the baggage compartment of a Greyhound bus caused a vehicle fire in Virginia that snarled traffic and left the man in critical condition, police said on Friday. The southbound bus was in Stafford, about 45 miles south of Washington, on a trip from New York to Atlanta on Thursday when the driver saw and smelled smoke inside the bus, Virginia State Police said in a statement. Fire crews and state police discovered the fire coming from the baggage compartment.

Pentagon says security at bases in U.S. highest in four years

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 02:39
The U.S. military has ordered security at its bases around the United States to the highest level in nearly four years, Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said on Friday. The heightened security level covered everything from recruiting stations to National Guard posts and military bases and camps in the continental United States, Alaska and U.S. territory in the Caribbean. Social media postings indicate the Garland, Texas, gunmen had contact shortly before the attack with at least two militants, including a British man linked to Syria-based Islamic State rebels, officials said. Investigators believe the Garland attackers principally radicalized themselves through Internet contacts, and were not directly ordered or encouraged to carry out the attack by Islamic State leaders.

Video shows white officer kicking black man in face

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 02:29

In this Aug. 24, 2013, photo made from a police dash camera video and released by the Dover Police Department, Dover Police Cpl. Thomas Webster, center, kicks Lateef Dickerson in the face as Dickerson is following orders to get on the ground during an arrest in Dover, Del. The video was released on Thursday, May 7, 2015, a week after a federal judge ruled that it was no longer considered confidential. Webster was arrested on Monday, May 4, 2015, after a grand jury indicted him for assault. (Dover Police Department via AP)DOVER, Del. (AP) — Police in Delaware have released dashcam video showing a white police officer kicking a black suspect in the face as he puts his hands on the ground. The officer was charged this week with assault.

Oregon officers cleared in shooting death during standoff

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 02:23
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A grand jury cleared four Oregon police officers in a fatal shooting after finding an armed man fired at authorities from a converted bus parked outside a Walmart store.

Soggy weather on 2 sides of the country

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 02:22

Brandon Houts walks from his house through floodwater to get supplies from a friend Thursday, May 7, 2015, in De Witt, Neb. Communities in several southern Plains states set to work cleaning up Thursday after a night of storms that spawned tornadoes, assessing the damage under sunny skies but with the threat of even worse weather on the horizon. (Matt Ryerson/The Journal-Star via AP)DENVER (AP) — From the Carolinas to California, Friday was wet and wild across the United States as twin weather systems produced an unseasonably early tropical storm in the Atlantic, the threat of more tornadoes in the Plains and Texas, and a late snowstorm in the Rocky Mountains.

Prosecutor: Suspect in 5 deaths confessed to avoid execution

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 02:21
CLEVELAND (AP) — A man charged with killing five people at a home on Cleveland's east side confessed to the slayings in return for prosecutors agreeing to not seek the death penalty, authorities said Friday.