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Convicted Saudi airman appealing 35-year rape sentence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 05:58
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Saudi Arabian air force sergeant sentenced to 35 years in Nevada prison has filed notice that he'll appeal his conviction on kidnapping and rape charges involving a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel.

Rescued pit bulls fight stigma by guiding people in need

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 05:55

Former U.S. Marine Joe Bonfiglio, 24, and his pit bull assistance dog Zen, sit in a classroom on the campus of Mercy College, in Dobbs Ferry, NY, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Zen has allowed Bonfiglio, 24, who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder , to get back to everyday activities. The Animal Farm Foundation in Dutchess County, New York, wants to change the stigma of pit bull dogs by training and donating rescued dogs to guide the blind and push wheelchairs or help people regain their mobility and avoid falls. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)LOS ANGELES (AP) — When former Marine Joe Bonfiglio starts thrashing in his sleep, his pit bull service dog jumps on the bed, climbs on top of him and wakes him up to end the flashback.


Illinois man freed by DNA after 29 years' imprisonment for murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 05:54
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - An Illinois man who served 29 years in prison for the rape and murder of a high school girl was freed on Wednesday after DNA evidence cleared him of any link to the crime, officials said. Prosecutors said on Wednesday they had vacated charges against Christopher Abernathy, 48, who confessed in 1985 to killing Kristina Hickey, 15, in 1984 in Park Forest, Illinois, a southern suburb of Chicago. He was released after a court order, according to Illinois prison records. Abernathy, who confessed to the crime when he was 18, may have suffered from a "diminished mental capacity," prosecutors said.

Man convicted of killing wife on day she filed for divorce

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 05:47
NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) — A Vermont man was convicted Wednesday of beating his wife to death hours after she filed divorce papers and dumping her body off a remote logging road in the woods.

Exclusive: Hundreds of private documents found scattered across Grays Ferry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 05:45

 Hundreds of private documents found scattered across Grays FerryHundreds of sensitive court documents were found Tuesday across several streets in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia.


Anthem offers free identity-theft protection after breach

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 05:41

The office building of health insurer Anthem is seen in Los Angeles, California(Reuters) - Anthem Inc said on Wednesday its millions of customers can sign up for free credit monitoring and identity-theft protection services this week following a massive cyber attack involving stolen U.S. Social Security numbers, birth dates and sensitive health information. Information on how to enroll will be posted at anthemfacts.com," Anthem spokeswoman Kristin Binns said in an emailed statement. "Our goal is to provide peace of mind to consumers, while minimizing frustration." The insurer had received a letter from 10 state attorneys general on Tuesday asking that information about free identity theft protection and credit monitoring services be made available immediately for those affected by the data breach. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said he was pleased with Anthem's quick response and commitment to offer the free protective services for two years.


Son of Mexico cartel boss pleads guilty to U.S. smuggling charge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 05:30
By Karen Brooks AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The son of a former Mexico cartel boss faces up to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in a U.S. court to trying to smuggle ammunition across the Texas border into Mexico, federal authorities said Wednesday. Osiel Cardenas, Jr., is the son of Osiel Cardenas-Guillen, who headed the Gulf Cartel in Northeastern Mexico until he was sentenced to 25 years in prison after his arrest in 2003. Cardenas, Jr., 23, of Brownsville, Texas, was arrested on Dec. 31, 2014, after his vehicle was stopped at the Matamoros International Port of Entry in Brownsville while he was attempting to cross into Mexico, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Months-long juror screening begins in Colorado cinema massacre case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 05:27

James Holmes sits in Arapahoe County District Court in DenverBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers in the murder trial of Colorado theater gunman James Holmes began individual questioning of prospective jurors in the death-penalty case on Wednesday, a process scheduled to take four months to complete. An initial screening of thousands of potential jurors based on a questionnaire is finished, and prosecutors and public defenders started querying the nearly 1,000 people left in the jury pool for the case. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder and attempted murder charges for fatally shooting 12 moviegoers and wounding dozens more inside a Denver-area theater during a screening of a Batman film in July 2012. Prosecutors have said if he is convicted, they will seek the death penalty for the 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student, who appeared in court on Wednesday wearing a blue striped shirt and black slacks.


Strong sales raise Powerball jackpot to $500 million

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 05:23

People wait in line at Russ's Market in Lincoln, Neb., where Powerball tickets were to be handed out for free as part of a promotion, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. The Powerball jackpot has climbed to an estimated $500 million, which would make it the fifth largest lottery prize in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say the Powerball jackpot has risen to an estimated $500 million, which would make it the fifth largest lottery prize in U.S. history.


Stairwell shooting contrasts with chokehold case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 05:17
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer was charged with manslaughter Wednesday in a shooting in a housing project stairwell. The decision by a grand jury in Brooklyn to indict Officer Peter Liang in the death of Akai Gurley comes after a Staten Island grand jury declined to bring criminal charges against police in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. Here are some differences between the two cases.

Driver with body in truck arrested after Mojave Desert chase

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 05:17
CALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. (AP) — California authorities say they have arrested an armed ex-felon who led deputies on a high-speed pursuit with the body of a dead man in the bed of his truck.

Juror taken off Aaron Hernandez trial for personal reasons

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 05:08

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, left, talks with his attorney Charles Rankin during his trial at Bristol Superior Court on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, 27, in June 2013. (AP Photo/The Boston Herald, Ted Fitzgerald, Pool)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Another juror was dismissed in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez on Wednesday, marking the second time in two weeks a panelist has been removed from the case.


Deceptive bars, beware: Lawmaker targets 'cheater pints'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 04:57

A pint of pub style ale sits on the bar, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at Gritty McDuff's in Portland, Maine. State Sen. John Patrick is pressing for a bill that would require each pint of beer sold in the state to be a full 16 ounces. Patrick says some bars and restaurants that advertise draft beers as pints are actually serving them in 14-ounce glasses, causing drinkers to lose out on those last few tasty sips. (AP Photo/Patrick Whittle)AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine lawmaker wants beer drinkers to get what they pay for — to the very last drop.


Safety panel urges audit of subway tunnels after smoke death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 04:54
A U.S. safety panel recommended on Wednesday that the federal government conduct a nationwide audit of ventilation systems in mass-transit tunnels after a woman was killed last month when smoke filled a Washington subway car. The National Transportation Safety Board said in its "urgent safety recommendation" that the preliminary findings of its probe of the Washington accident raised questions about ventilation in subway tunnels across the country. The NTSB told the Federal Transit Administration it should audit all rail transit agencies in the United States that have subway tunnels to ensure the ventilation systems are in good repair, that emergency procedures are in place in case of smoke or fire, and employees are properly trained.

Accused gunman's wife: Slayings of 3 in N. Carolina motivated by parking spat, not religion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 04:45
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Accused gunman's wife: Slayings of 3 in N. Carolina motivated by parking spat, not religion.

Sunday deadline driving health law sign-ups for 2015

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 04:39

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, is seen on a laptop screen in Portland, Ore. Ahead of a Sunday deadline, consumers are stepping up to enroll for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, administration officials said Wednesday. The number of people signing up jumped last week in the 37 states served by the federal insurance marketplace, to nearly 276,000 compared to about 180,000 the previous week, according to an update from the Health and Human Services department. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahead of a Sunday deadline, consumers are stepping up to enroll for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, administration officials said Wednesday.


Businessman who testified against ex-Mayor Nagin gets 1 year

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 04:30
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A businessman who specialized in disaster recovery and bribed former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin with more than $150,000 in cash and gifts to steer work his way after Hurricane Katrina was sentenced Wednesday to a year in prison.

Other high-profile grand jury cases involving the NYPD

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 04:14

In this Nov. 21, 2014, file photo, a man who identified himself as a detective with the district attorney's office inspects a stairwell at the Louis Pink Houses public housing complex in Brooklyn borough of New York. Officer Peter Liang who fired into the darkened stairwell, accidentally killing Akai Gurley who had been waiting for an elevator, has been indicted in his death, a lawyer said Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. Liang will appear in court Wednesday according to an attorney representing Gurley's family, but the charges against Liang weren't immediately clear. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)A grand jury's decision to indict a police officer in the death of a man in a darkened stairwell at a Brooklyn housing complex is only the latest in a string of high-profile grand jury cases involving New York Police Department officers.


Suspect in Kansas Jewish sites killings gets new lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 04:12
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A white supremacist accused of killing three people outside Jewish sites in Kansas has been assigned a new attorney in his capital murder case.

Bobbi Kristina Brown bathtub incident under criminal investigation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 04:09

Bobbi Kristina Brown bathtub incident under criminal investigationPolice have confirmed that last week's incident involving Bobbi Kristina Brown is under criminal investigation.