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Man's trial starts in Michigan dismemberment case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:40

FILE- In an Aug. 20, 2012 file photo, Roger Bowling, right, is escorted into a courtroom by police and detectives for a preliminary examination at the 24th District Court in Allen Park, Mich. Jury selection is getting underway in the trial of Bowling is charged with killing a couple and dumping their body parts in the Detroit River. Bowling is charged in the deaths of 32-year-old Danielle Greenway and 42-year-old Chris Hall, who were killed in 2012 at their home in Allen Park. Trial is starting Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, with jury selection in Wayne County court. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Daniel Mears_File)DETROIT (AP) — The trial has started for a man accused of killing a Detroit-area couple and dumping their body parts into the Detroit River.

Philadelphia carjacking suspect seeks forgiveness; 4 dead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:39

Philadelphia carjacking suspect seeks forgiveness; 4 deadA teen carjacking suspect says he hopes for forgiveness for the July crash that killed a Philadelphia woman and her three children.

5 shot in New Castle County, Del. within an hour

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:37

5 shot in New Castle County, Del. within an hourPolice say five people were shot in New Castle County, Delaware within an hour Tuesday night.

2 found dead in car trunk at San Diego crossing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:34
SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. authorities on Wednesday filed smuggling charges against the driver of a car carrying two Mexican men found dead inside the trunk after it was inspected at a San Diego border crossing.

October court date set for Pittsburgh-area teen accused in stabbings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:33
Alex Hribal of Murraysville, Pennsylvania, is accused of entering Franklin Regional High School and wielding two kitchen knives, stabbing students and staff in his wake. Hribal has been held at the Westmoreland County juvenile detention facility since he was arrested at the school on April 9, according to his lawyer, Patrick Thomassey. His court date has been set for Oct. 6 at the Westmoreland County Courthouse, the lawyer said.

Hearing rescheduled for 2 charged in boy's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:31
DETROIT (AP) — A preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for a man and a teenager charged in the death of an 8-year-old boy who was shot while sleeping inside his Detroit home.

Lawyers: Teen suffered 'numerous' acts of violence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:31

FILE - Nathaniel Kibby listens during a court hearing in this Aug. 6, 2014 file photo, is Ossipee, N.H. Kibby is charged with kidnapping 14-year-old Abigail Hernandez as she walked home from high school. Lawyers representing the New Hampshire teenager who returned home nine months after she vanished on the way home from school put out a statement Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014 saying she "suffered numerous acts of unspeakable violence." (AP Photo/Conway Daily Sun, Jamie Gemmiti, Pool, File)CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire teenager who returned nine months after she vanished on the way home from school was violently abducted by a stranger and "suffered numerous acts of unspeakable violence" for many months, her lawyers said in a statement.

Man indicted for bomb hoax at Louisiana university

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:25
A 30-year-old man has been charged in connection with a bomb hoax last month at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette that forced an evacuation of the campus and triggered a large-scale police response, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Devin Haywood, a Louisiana resident who is not a student at the school, was also indicted on one count of bank robbery, stemming from an incident prosecutors say took place on the same day of the threat in Lafayette, 120 miles (193 km) west of New Orleans. The two charges carry maximum sentences of 10 and 20 years in federal prison respectively, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Lafayette.

Study questions need for most people to cut salt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:21

Study questions need for most people to cut saltA large international study questions the conventional wisdom that most people should cut back on salt, suggesting that the amount most folks consume is OK for heart health — and too little may be as bad as too much. The findings came under immediate attack by other scientists.

Minnesota man arrested for 1983 murder in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:20
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A Minnesota man has been arrested for the murder of a Texas businessman in a cold case that had gone unsolved for 31 years, authorities said on Wednesday. Robert Otteson, 53, of Lakeville, Minnesota was arrested on Tuesday for the murder of Francisco Narvaez, 42, who was found stabbed to death in a motel room in Denton, Texas, north of Dallas on Sept. 30, 1983, the Denton Police Department said. Denton police spokesman Ryan Grelle said he could not release information on what led investigators to Otteson.

Stanford professor 1st woman to win top math prize

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:15

This undated photo provided by Professor Maryam Mirzakhani via Stanford shows her on the university's campus. On Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, the Iranian-born Stanford University professor became the first woman to win math’s highest honor, the Fields Medal. The prize is awarded every four years to mathematicians 40 years old or younger. It was established in 1936. (AP Photo/Maryam Mirzakhani via Stanford)WASHINGTON (AP) — An Iranian-born Stanford University professor is the first woman to win math's highest honor, the Fields Medal.

Guantanamo judge rules 9/11 suspect should be tried with others

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:06
By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE Md. (Reuters) - A military judge ruled on Wednesday that one of the men accused of plotting the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States must at least temporarily rejoin the other four defendants in a single trial despite concerns about his mental health. Judge Army Colonel James Pohl ordered Ramzi Binalshibh removed from the joint trial in July after his disruptions in court and complaints about what his attorney called “noise and vibrations” at his cell at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, raised concern about his mental competence. U.S. Justice Department prosecutors say Binalshibh, a 42-year-old Yemeni, might be delusional but still is competent to stand trial. “Having it done one time for all remains the best answer for all right now,” prosecutor Clay Trivett said in a pretrial hearing.

Flooding triggers evacuations in South Jersey communities

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:05

Flooding triggers evacuations in South Jersey communitiesOvernight flooding has led to evacuations in at least two South Jersey communities.

Jewish groups accuse UN chief of being one-sided

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:04
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Leaders of major Jewish organizations on Wednesday accused U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of being one-sided in his handling of the crisis in Gaza.

Gay marriages could begin by next week in Va.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:03
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Same-sex couples could begin marrying as early as next week in Virginia after a federal appeals court refused Wednesday to delay its ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

U.S. sets new ground beef procedures to stop E. coli outbreaks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:57
By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced new procedures for detecting and removing unsafe ground beef from grocery stores and suppliers as part of efforts to prevent potentially deadly illnesses caused by contaminated meat. The move "will allow the agency to trace contaminated ground beef back to its source more quickly, remove it from commerce, and find the root cause of the incident to prevent it from recurring," said USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Under its new procedures, FSIS will conduct immediate investigations of businesses whose ground beef tests positive for E. coli O157:H7 during initial testing, and at suppliers that provided source materials. In the past, FSIS began investigations at the grinding facility only after a presumptive positive test result was confirmed, which can take two days.

Iraqi religious persecution hits home in Nebraska

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:54

Members of the Yazidi community in LIncoln, Neb., Iekham Safar, left, her husband Ismaeil Khalaf, right, and Ismaeil's sister Gulie Khalaf, discuss the plight of the Yazidis in Iraq, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Lincoln, Neb. Half a world away from the turmoil in Iraq, the largest concentration of Yazidis in United States is trying desperately to rescue their relatives. The first members of the religious minority group came the Lincoln, Nebraska, in the 1990s, and more than 200 families have now made it their home. The number could swell again if the group succeeds in winning asylum for the refugees who are fleeing from violence. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Iekhan Safar moved from Iraq to Lincoln for the same reason that hundreds of Yazidis, a Kurdish religious minority, came to Nebraska's capital city: to live near family, far from the dangers they've long faced as a persecuted group.

Body of American found in suitcase in Indonesian island of Bali

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:54
The body of an American tourist from Chicago has been found stuffed into a suitcase in Indonesia's resort island of Bali and the victim's daughter and her boyfriend have been arrested for what police suspect was a gruesome murder. "There has been no confession yet but the couple are now being detained and interrogated," Hery Wiyanto, Bali police spokesman, told Reuters by phone, adding the killing took place on Tuesday. Heather Louise Mack, 19, and Tommy Schaefer, 21, were arrested on Wednesday after a day-long chase. Ida Bagus Putu Alit, a forensic expert at the hospital that conducted an autopsy, said Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, had been "hit by a blunt object and the blows were concentrated on the face and head." "There were signs of a struggle by the victim as there were bruises on her arms and some fingers were broken," Alit added.

Good Samaritan helps tire slashing victim in NE Phila.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:52

Good Samaritan helps tire slashing victim in NE Phila.Tires were slashed on nearly a dozen cars in Northeast Philadelphia and a Good Samaritan stepped in to help one of the victims.

Arizona convicted murderer asks for sentencing retrial delay

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:51

Jodi Arias, (R), looks at her defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Convicted murderer Jodi Arias, serving as her own attorney, asked an Arizona judge on Wednesday to delay her upcoming sentencing phase retrial for murdering her ex-boyfriend in 2008. In her first full court hearing defending herself, Arias said the postponement was needed because of problems meeting with a witness in the headline-grabbing murder case that is scheduled to resume on Sept. 8. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens set a hearing to consider the motion to delay on Aug. 22. Stephens has warned the 34-year-old former waitress from California that she would reject any delay to the retrial if it is caused by Arias representing herself.