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Maine man once arrested for gun tattoo pleads guilty to drug charge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:19
A Maine man arrested by heavily armed police officers after a gun tattoo on his belly was mistaken for a weapon has pleaded guilty to unrelated drug charges after a second arrest in which he was carrying an actual gun. Michael Smith, 41, of Norridgewock, Maine, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to illegal possession of suboxone strips, a drug used to treat opiate addiction. Minutes later, a police SWAT team surrounded Smith’s house in Norridgewock, in rural central Maine, only to discover that the gun was in fact a tattoo.

Tesla picks Nevada for $5 billion battery plant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:19

File of a Tesla S electric car and a charging station are displayed during the press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in DetroitBy Sandra Chereb CARSON CITY Nevada (Reuters) - Tesla Motors Inc has selected Nevada as the site for a $5-billion battery factory that will be key to its next generation of electric cars, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval announced on Thursday. The California-based electric car maker is still hammering out the final details on the plant that will crank out cheaper and more efficient battery packs for Tesla's future cars, including the $35,000 Model 3 that is due in 2017.


Guns in car of NC woman who made school threats

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:13
STONEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina authorities say a detective was able to stop a woman who threatened to kill someone at her daughter's school because she was upset over the possible loss of the girl to social services

Man faces trial in Detroit 8-year-old's shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:10

FILE - In this July 30, 2014 file photo Jamre Pearson is held back by a friend outside his home after his 8-year-old son, Jakari, was shot while sleeping inside the family's Detroit home. A preliminary hearing to determine if the case goes to trial is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 for 28-year-old Calvin Mosby and 17-year-old Devaunte Starks who are charged with first-degree murder in Jakari's death. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates, File)DETROIT (AP) — A judge has ordered a 28-year-old man to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge in the killing of an 8-year-old boy who was shot while sleeping inside his home in a Detroit public housing project.


New York police officers to test body-worn cameras

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:04
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police department announced Thursday it's launching a pilot program to test 60 cameras worn by officers, becoming the latest and largest police department in the country to accept the technology as a tool of modern law enforcement.

Family friend arrested after missing girl found dead in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:04
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A family friend was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of first-degree murder and kidnapping after the body of a missing 8-year-old girl was discovered in a shallow grave in northwest Arizona, police said. Justin James Rector, 26, who was staying at the girl's home, was booked into Mohave County jail for the murder of Isabella Grogan-Cannella, said Bullhead City Police Chief Brian Williamson.

Police: Man back in jail after officer's car taken

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:02
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a man released from jail was back behind bars a few hours later after he took the car of a corrections officer and dragged two officers for a few feet.

Man arrested in death of 8-year-old Arizona girl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:02

Isabella “Bella” Grogan-CannellaFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The man arrested in the disappearance and death of an 8-year-old Arizona girl had been staying in the family's home, and police say he shoplifted clothing for himself to cover up the crime.


Employee error blamed in Reno museum flash fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:57

Firefighters confer out side the Nevada Disvory Museum in Reno, Nev., Wednesday Sept. 3, 2014. A minor explosion during a science experiment at the museum burned several children and forced the evacuation of the museum.. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner).RENO, Nev. (AP) — A flash fire that injured 13 people, mainly children, at a Nevada science museum happened when an employee applied the chemicals in the wrong order during a tabletop demonstration about the mechanics of tornadoes, officials said Thursday.


Georgia father charged with murder in son's hot-car death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:55

File of Justin Ross Harris sitting in Cobb County Magistrate Court in Marietta, GeorgiaBy David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his 22-month-old son strapped inside a hot car and exchanging nude photos with women as the child was dying was indicted on three counts of murder on Thursday by a grand jury. Justin Ross Harris, 33, could face the death penalty if convicted. In the eight-count indictment, he faces charges of malice and felony murder, as well as child cruelty and a charge related to sexual exploitation for asking a girl to send him lewd photos. Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said he would decide in the next two to three weeks whether to seek the death sentence.


Air Force Academy punishes gymnasts for drinking

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:52
DENVER (AP) — Members of the Air Force Academy men's gymnastics team were disciplined for underage drinking and unprofessional behavior, the school said Thursday.

Hackers break into HealthCare.gov

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:49

Hackers break into HealthCare.govHackers successfully breached HealthCare.gov, but no consumer information was taken from the health insurance website that serves more than 5 million Americans, the Obama administration disclosed Thursday.


Decision on charges in toxic tea case next week

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:49
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The prosecutor mulling whether to file criminal charges in the case of a woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals at a Utah restaurant says he expects to make a decision next week.

Judge approves settlements for Thai farm workers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:41
HONOLULU (AP) — The federal judge in Hawaii who threatened to deny $2.4 million in settlements for Thai farm workers has signed the agreements.

Illinois pension reform lawsuit may be resolved this year

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:31
An Illinois circuit court judge on Thursday indicated that consolidated lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of a new pension reform law could be resolved by the end of the year given a State Supreme Court ruling on pension benefits in July. At a status hearing on Thursday, Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Belz gave the state until Oct. 3 to respond to plaintiff motions for summary judgment and two other motions and scheduled a status hearing for Oct. 8, according to a court filing. The public labor union coalition We Are One Illinois and other parties are seeking an expedited ruling in their consolidated lawsuits arguing that the pension reform law passed in December is unconstitutional. They cited an Illinois Supreme Court decision on July 3 in the case Kanerva v. Weems, in which the court ruled that health care for retired state workers is a pension benefit protected by the state constitution.

No charges in mom's truancy-linked jail death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:31
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A southeast Pennsylvania woman who died during a weekend jail stint over school truancy fines had complained of breathing problems and seen a prison nurse earlier that day, a state police review says.

Philadelphia's new Dilworth Park aims to give city a center

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:30

Philadelphia's new Dilworth Park aims to give city a centerWilliam Penn - the one in bronze - might be standing a little taller this week from his perch atop Philadelphia's mammoth City Hall.


Ferguson, county pledge cooperation with probes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:26
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — City leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, are pledging their full cooperation with a federal civil-rights investigation into their police department following the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Bitcoin promoter pleads guilty to unlicensed use of currency

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:24

Bitcoin promoter Shrem walks out of federal court in Lower Manhattan, New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man who helped to promote bitcoin wants to remain in the business despite pleading guilty Thursday to indirectly helping send more than $1 million in the digital currency to users of the illicit online marketplace Silk Road, his lawyer said. Charlie Shrem, 24, pleaded guilty at a hearing in New York federal court to one count of aiding and abetting an unlicensed money transmitting business. A co-conspirator, Robert Faiella, 54, separately pleaded guilty to operating such a business. "I knew that much of the business on Silk Road involved the buying and selling of narcotics," Shrem said in court.


UN: one-fifth of murder victims are under 20

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:19
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — About 120 million girls worldwide have been forced to have sex and one fifth of homicide victims globally are under 20 years old, resulting in 95,000 deaths in 2012, according to a United Nations report released Thursday.