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Psychology professor testifies about police officer at trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:24
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The latest on the trial of a white Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man seeking help after a crash in September 2013 (all times local):

Congresswoman says she'll return to court over district map

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:21
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida congresswoman says she will return to federal court to try to block changes to her congressional district.

Hurricane Hilda expected to lose steam as it nears Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:21
HONOLULU (AP) — Hilda is holding on to its hurricane status with wind speeds around 85 miles per hour, but the cyclone is expected to lose steam and become a tropical storm before it arrives in the Hawaiian Islands.

Police cleared in death of man on scooter waving pellet gun

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:13
PITTSTON, Pa. (AP) — The police killing of a 77-year-old Pennsylvania man waving a realistic-looking pellet gun while on a motorized scooter has been ruled "suicide via police officer."

Oklahoma ex-councilman arrested for witness intimidation in theft case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:11
A former Oklahoma town trustee accused of using inmates to steal copper from the city's tornado warning sirens was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of trying to intimidate witnesses from testifying against him in the case, police said. James Smith 66, a former town trustee for Luther, was arrested in June for hiring inmates to steal copper from the tornado sirens, leaving a twister-prone area without a working warning system, Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel said. Smith now faces two counts of attempting to prevent witnesses from giving testimony, according to Oklahoma County court records and police.

Delaware County man among 9 indicted in $100M international Wall Street hacking bust

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:07

Delaware County man among 9 indicted in $100M international Wall Street hacking bustA Delaware County money manager is one of several people charged in a unique insider trading scheme, tied to international hackers.


Ex-Penn State officials move to avoid Sandusky-related trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:06

File photo Graham Spanier and Tim Curley in State CollegeThree former Penn State officials urged a state appeals court on Tuesday to dismiss charges they tried to hamper an investigation of the child molestation case against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky and then lied about it to a grand jury. Lawyers for former Penn State President Graham Spanier, former athletic director Timothy Curley and former university vice president Gary Schultz told a three-judge Superior Court panel that the case hinged on the role of then-university lawyer Cynthia Baldwin.


AccuWeather: Scattered Afternoon Storms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:04

 Scattered Afternoon StormsMeteorologist Karen Rogers says after morning showers move through, watch for a gusty thunderstorm later today.


Illinois man pleads guilty to terrorism charge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:02
CHICAGO (AP) — A man from suburban Chicago changed his plea to guilty Tuesday on a terrorism charge that he tried to join an al-Qaida-affiliated group fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

EPA chief: Colorado mine spill 'pains me'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:01

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy speaks at a Resources for the Future policy leadership forum, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, in Washington. McCarthy spoke about the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and the recent Colorado mine spill. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday her department takes full responsibility for spilling 3 million gallons of mining waste that turned a southwest Colorado river an unnatural shade of orange, adding it "pains me to no end."


Pacific Northwest cities enact voluntary water reductions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 04:57
SEATTLE (AP) — Normally rainy cities in Washington state took the unusual step on Tuesday of asking residents and businesses to voluntarily cut back their water use by 10 percent, in response to unusually hot and dry weather.

Family shocked by drive-by shooting, lack of help for victim

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 04:54

Family shocked by drive-by shooting, lack of help for victimAs investigators search for the gunman who wounded a woman in a drive-by shooting in Delaware County, the victim's family is speaking out.


Eagles QB Sam Bradford open to idea of pope blessing his knees

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 04:52
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford, who has twice torn his left ACL, says he's open to getting his knees blessed by Pope Francis as proposed by an online petition.

Aide to Attorney General Kathleen Kane pleads not guilty to email snooping

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 04:51

Aide to Attorney General Kathleen Kane pleads not guilty to email snoopingA driver for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has pleaded not guilty in an alleged email snooping scheme intended to help his boss keep tabs on a grand jury investigation.


Police identify woman killed in Wilmington shooting; child, other woman wounded

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 04:50

Police identify woman killed in Wilmington shooting; child, other woman woundedPolice in Wilmington are identifying a woman killed in a shooting that also injured her 4-year-old daughter and another woman.


Police: Woman was dead before massive fire; son arrested

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 04:48

 Woman was dead before massive fire; son arrestedNew Castle County Police say a man has been charged with killing his mother, who was found dead in her Claymont apartment after a fire.


Texas inmate who dropped appeals headed to execution

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 04:40

In this Aug. 5, 2015 photo, Daniel Lee Lopez, 27, speaks from a visiting cage outside death row at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Polunsky Unit near Livingston, Texas. Lopez, who has been trying to speed up his execution since being sent to death row five years ago for a police lieutenant’s killing, is scheduled to die Aug. 12, the first of two executions scheduled this week in Texas, (AP Photo/Michael Graczyk)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas inmate Daniel Lee Lopez has been trying to speed up his execution since being sent to death row five years ago for striking and killing a police lieutenant with an SUV during a chase.


Family of white teen shot by police asks for federal probe

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 04:14
Zachary Hammond died on July 26 in the small upstate town of Seneca, South Carolina. "The issues that surround the death of Zachary Hammond are issues of national significance," family attorneys Eric Bland and Ronald Richter Jr. said in a statement on Tuesday. Tiller is a 10-year veteran of law enforcement who has been employed with Seneca police since 2010, Covington said.

Schizophrenic California man in terrorism case is fit for trial: newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 04:13
A California man diagnosed in jail with schizophrenia has been declared competent to stand trial on charges he attempted to travel to Syria to support the Islamic State militant group, the Sacramento Bee reported. Nicholas Teausant, 21, of the central California community of Lodi, was arrested last year in an undercover operation some in the Muslim community have said was an example of investigators using a sting operation to take advantage of a vulnerable individual.

Sister of slain California kidnap suspect sues FBI for wrongful death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 04:10
The sister of a California murder suspect who was gunned down in the Idaho wilderness by FBI agents in August of 2013 after he fled there with a teenage girl he abducted from the San Diego area has sued the agency for wrongful death and excessive force. An FBI hostage rescue team shot James Lee DiMaggio, 40, multiple times in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness after tracking him and 16-year-old Hannah Anderson there following an exhaustive, six-state manhunt. An investigation by federal prosecutors and Idaho law enforcement later determined that the agents had used reasonable force to defend themselves because they believed DiMaggio had opened fire on them.