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California sheriff: 10 deputies put on leave in videotaped beating of man who fled on horse

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 04:13
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — California sheriff: 10 deputies put on leave in videotaped beating of man who fled on horse.

3 boys arrested after guns, device found at Denver school

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:59

Police officers stand in the entrance to Skinner Middle School, where three juveniles, two with guns, the other with a smoke device, were arrested, in Denver, Friday, April 10, 2015. No one was injured, and the school was on lockdown for about an hour, police said. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Three students — two found with handguns, the other with an unidentified device — have been arrested after causing a lockdown at a Denver middle school. No one was injured.


Police: Loud movie patrons assault woman who shushed them

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:54
STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police say three women attacked another woman who had asked them to be quiet inside a northeastern Pennsylvania movie theater, breaking her eye socket and leaving her with cuts and bruises.

Disabled Connecticut man ordered freed after 26 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:53

Richard Lapointe, exits the courthouse after Lapointe was released from jail in HartfordBy Richard Weizel HARTFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - A mentally disabled Connecticut man who spent a quarter century in prison for rape and murder was freed on Friday after a court found his confession was questionable and he had been denied a fair trial. Looking frail, Richard Lapointe, 69, emerged from the Superior Courthouse in Hartford wearing a T-shirt that said “I didn't do it” in large letters. The state Supreme Court last month ruled that his admission was extracted under duress and that he was deprived of a fair trial because prosecutors failed to disclose evidence that supported his alibi. The court ruled that Lapointe be released or given a new trial, and on Friday Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander ordered him freed on $25,000 cash bail.


White policeman in black assault case to seek treatment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:53
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A lawyer says a white Massachusetts police officer charged with assaulting a shackled black prisoner will seek treatment for possible post-traumatic stress disorder that may be related to his military service.

Mentally disabled man convicted of murder freed after ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:49

Richard Lapointe, center, raises his arms with Kate Germond, left, Centurion Ministries Co-Director, and Paul Casteleiro, right, Centurion Ministries Legal Director, after he was granted bail and released at the Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford Conn., on Friday April 10, 2015. The mentally disabled convict was released following a court order for a redo of a murder trial that condemned him on the basis of a disputed confession. Lapointe was convicted in 1992 of killing Bernice Martin, who was found stabbed, raped and strangled in her burning Manchester apartment. A judge had sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of release. (AP Photo/Journal Inquirer, Jared Ramsdell) MANDATORY CREDITHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Richard Lapointe changed from an orange prison jumpsuit into a black T-shirt that read "I didn't do it," then walked out of Hartford Superior Court on Friday and threw his hands in the air in triumph.


Convicted Boston bomber's death penalty phase to begin April 21

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:49

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Marathon bombing trial enters a new phase on April 21 as federal prosecutors begin to mount their case for putting Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for killing three people and injuring 264 others in the 2013 attack.


Boy dies, brother fights for life after car sinks in harbor

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:47

Firefighters remove a lifeless body, believed to be child from the water after a car went off the berth and into the water at the San Pedro Slip, in San Pedro, Calif., Thursday, April 9, 2015. The two children pulled from the submerged vehicle were hospitalized in grave condition, authorities said. (AP Photo/The Daily Breeze, Steve McCrank)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A family had just left a waterfront entertainment area when their car plunged into Los Angeles harbor, killing a 13-year-old boy and leaving his 8-year-old brother fighting for his life Friday after divers pulled them from the sunken vehicle.


Louisiana is latest state in religious objections debate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:46
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Even before the opening of Louisiana's legislative session, a bill has thrust the state into the national debate over religious objections laws.

At least 20 sickened at Texas school by gas leak

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:42
DALLAS (Reuters) - At least 20 people, including six children, were treated for nausea and vomiting at a Texas elementary school that was evacuated on Friday because of a gas leak, according to emergency officials. Fourteen adults and six children at Diamond Hill Elementary School in Fort Worth became ill after a strong odor wafted into the building, likely from a nearby construction site, they said. Four adults were transported to a hospital with minor symptoms, according to ambulance service MedStar. ...

Tennessee woman awakens from months-long coma, learns she gave birth

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:33
(Reuters) - A Tennessee woman awakened this week from a four-month-long coma that doctors had feared would be permanent and learned that she had given birth to a baby boy, according to her family. Sharista Giles, 20, was four-months pregnant when she was involved in a car crash near Nashville on Dec. 6, according to information on a Facebook page managed by her relatives. In late January, she gave birth to a one-pound, 14-ounce baby boy who the family calls Baby L. On Wednesday, Sharista opened her eyes for the first time since the accident, acknowledged her father, and saw a photo of her son, who has been steadily gaining weight and now weighs more than six pounds, the Facebook page said. Beverly Giles, Sharista's aunt, told ABC News the family had remained positive even though doctors had a grim prognosis for her recovery.

Penalty phase of marathon bombing trial to start after race

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:33

FILE - This undated file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013, by the FBI shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convicted Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in federal court in Boston on multiple charges in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when twin pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the finish line. (AP Photo/FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — The second phase of the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin on April 21, after the second anniversary of the attack and the day after this year's race.


Attorney General Kathleen Kane ordered to explain prosecutor's firing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:26

Attorney General Kathleen Kane ordered to explain prosecutor's firingA new legal front opened for Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Friday.


Kansas man arrested in bomb plot in support of Islamic State: U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:25

 Justice DeptBy Lindsay Dunsmuir and Kevin Murphy WASHINGTON/KANSAS CITY (Reuters) - A U.S. man was arrested on Friday as part of a sting operation by the FBI in which he was plotting a suicide car bombing at Fort Riley army base in Kansas in support of the Islamic State militant group, prosecutors said. John T. Booker, Jr., 20, of Topeka, Kansas, had arrived at the base with two undercover FBI agents to detonate what he did not realize was an inert bomb, prosecutors said. Booker has been charged with three criminal counts including attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to Islamic State, a militant group that has captured parts of Iraq and Syria over the past year and has symphathizers in several countries.


Teacher suspended after class writes to Mumia Abu-Jamal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:21

Teacher suspended after class writes to Mumia Abu-JamalA teacher in New Jersey who assigned her third-grade class to write "get well" letters to a sick inmate convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer was suspended Friday, the school superintendent said.


Georgia to allow hormone therapy for transgender inmates

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:21
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Transgender inmates in Georgia will be eligible to receive hormone therapy treatments while in prison, Georgia corrections officials said on Friday as they contend with a lawsuit filed by a transgender prisoner denied hormones. Ashley Diamond, 36, filed a federal lawsuit against Georgia in January, challenging its refusal to provide her hormone treatments and asserting that she was placed in unsafe facilities with violent men. The U.S. Department of Justice last week sided with Diamond, arguing in legal papers that denying the hormone treatments amounted to cruel and unusual punishment that led to physical pain, muscle spasms and loss of breast mass. Courts across the United States have wrestled with the question of what treatment prisons must provide to transgender inmates.

Study finds Virginia leads nation in referring students to police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:16
Virginia leads the nation in the number of students it sends to police, and nationwide special needs and black children are disproportionately affected, a study released on Friday showed. Virginia followed by Delaware and Florida, sent students to law enforcement at nearly three times the national rate, according to the study by the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington-based non-profit investigative news organization. Special needs students make up 14 percent of U.S. school enrollment but account for 26 percent of students referred to law enforcement, it said.

Wyoming man steals train, goes on joyride, gets probation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:14

This photo provided by the Campbell County Sheriff's Office shows Derek Skyler Brux, who pleaded guilty to a federal charge in connection with taking two locomotives from a coal mine and crashing them into another train last fall. He faces sentencing Friday, April 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Campbell County Sheriff's Office)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man who stole a train from a coal mine and took it for a joyride because he was mad at his boss was sentenced Friday to serve probation and pay restitution.


N. Carolina high court orders new trial for death row inmate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 02:59
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for an inmate sentenced to die for the killing of a 17-year-old whose body was found in a South Carolina culvert.

Authorities: Sword-wielding man shot after attacking deputy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 02:57
NAVARRE, Fla. (AP) — A samurai sword-wielding man was fatally shot by police Thursday after threatening family members with knives and attacking a sheriff's deputy with the sword, authorities said.