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Pennsylvania's top prosecutor defiant, claims innocence in leak case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 06:28
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who has been charged with leaking secret grand jury material to the media, maintained on Wednesday that she "broke no laws" and said her enemies were trying to draw attention away from their links to pornographic e-mails she uncovered. Kane, 49, spoke at a news conference at the capitol building, her first remarks since she was arraigned on Saturday. Period," Kane said.

Indiana mayor arrested on suspicion of paying for sex act

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 06:23
Batesville City Mayor Richard Fledderman, 60, was arrested on Tuesday and faces one count of patronizing a prostitute, a misdemeanor, Indiana State Police Sergeant Stephen Wheeles said in a statement. A second man, Randy Wigle-Stevens, 42, was also arrested on a felony-level charge of failing to disclose a dangerous communicable disease, as well as prostitution and intimidation, both misdemeanors, Wheeles said. The arrests stem from an investigation that found Fledderman paid Wigle-Stevens for sex acts in June.

Court: Suit over using teen as bait in sex sting can proceed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 06:21
ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court in Atlanta on Wednesday allowed a lawsuit against an Alabama school board to continue over a 14-year-old girl who was used by a school employee in a plot to catch an alleged sexual predator.

Judge orders Kentucky clerk to issue marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 06:20
U.S. District Judge David Bunning granted a preliminary injunction against Rowan County clerk Kim Davis that had been requested by eight people, including two same-sex couples, who sued Davis last month for violating their rights. Bunning said Davis had to live up to her responsibilities as county clerk.

UN statement on Syria delayed over Venezuela objections

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 06:14
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Security Council approval of a draft U.N. statement strongly backing intensive preparatory talks on key issues to restore peace to conflict-torn Syria has been delayed because of objections from Venezuela.

Florida high-speed rail project challenged by archaeologist

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 06:07
A prominent Florida archaeologist says crews working on a high-speed rail project to connect Miami and Orlando failed to tell regulators about plans to dig near an ancient Native American site that he complains has disturbed ancient artifacts. "There were hundreds of artifacts that were uncovered," Robert Carr, executive director of the Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, said in an interview on Wednesday. Among the artifacts dug up were conch shells and primitive axes, said Carr, who has worked on a number of Tequesta sites and done research for Martin County in southeast Florida, which strongly opposes the rail project.

U.S. judge questions NFL's 'Deflategate' case against Brady

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 06:06

Goodell arrives at the Manhattan Federal Courthouse in New YorkA federal judge on Wednesday fired tough questions at a National Football League lawyer about whether New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game "Deflategate" suspension is supported by the evidence. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in New York, who is overseeing litigation between the league and the players union over the penalty, pressed lawyer Daniel Nash to cite direct evidence linking Brady to an alleged scheme to deflate footballs in a January playoff game. Nash acknowledged that there was no "smoking gun" but said there was plenty of circumstantial evidence - including a series of texts between Brady and the Patriots employees accused of letting air out of the balls - that Brady was aware of the deflation.


Family of biracial man killed by Madison officer files suit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 06:02
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The family of a biracial man who was shot and killed by a Wisconsin police officer filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Wednesday, alleging the officer's actions were unconstitutional.

Health officials say 134 cases of salmonella linked to pork

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:59
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state health officials say a salmonella outbreak linked to pork products has grown to 134 cases in 10 counties.

Police: Women took thousands in merchandise from Delco Macy's

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:58

 Women took thousands in merchandise from Delco Macy'sAuthorities are looking for a pair of women who shoplifted thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from a Macy's Department Store in Delaware County.


Child struck by vehicle in Havertown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:53

Child struck by vehicle in HavertownA child was struck by a vehicle in Havertown, Delaware County.


Rape lawsuit against Florida State involving Winston may continue: judge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:51

 ACC Football Championship-Florida State vs Georgia TechA federal judge on Wednesday denied a motion by Florida State University to dismiss a civil rights lawsuit filed by a former student who alleged the school failed to properly investigate her accusations that star quarterback Jameis Winston raped her. The decision comes as Winston, the No. 1 pick in this year's National Football League draft, begins his professional career as the starting quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The woman, Erica Kinsman, in January sued the university under Title IX, which requires colleges receiving federal funds to investigate sexual abuse complaints properly.


Focus turns to driver after deadly bus hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:49

Focus turns to driver after deadly bus hit-and-runThe investigation into the death of a pedestrian in Philadelphia is now centered on the driver of a tour bus.


Dallas woman sues Uber in alleged sexual assault case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:48
DALLAS (AP) — A woman who says she was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver in Dallas is suing the ride-hailing company and the suspect.

Suspect in Craigslist rental scam surrenders

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:48

Suspect in Craigslist rental scam surrendersPhiladelphia police say they have a man in custody in connection with a scam that deceived thousands of dollars out of would-be renters.


Lee Harvey Oswald gravestone back in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:46
DALLAS (AP) — A gravestone for President John F. Kennedy's assassin has been returned to Texas after an ownership dispute.

Tuna company agrees to $6M settlement in worker oven death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:41
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jose Melena was loading tons of tuna into industrial ovens at Bumble Bee Foods when any worker's worst nightmare occurred — he got trapped inside and the massive pressure cooker was turned on.

Officer fired for shooting football player may face charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:38
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A police officer fired after fatally shooting an unarmed black college football player during a suspected burglary at a Texas car dealership could face criminal charges or civil lawsuits by the man's family members. Former officer Brad Miller's attorney has criticized the firing as political, after the police chief said in dismissing him that the deadly confrontation was unreasonable. Authorities say the Tarrant County District Attorney could present the case to a grand jury within weeks.

Judge OKs $5 million deal ending suit over Arkansas oil leak

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:31

FILE - In this April 15, 2013, file photo, workers, right, examine a damaged section of oil pipe in a Mayflower, Ark., neighborhood after it was removed from the ground. A federal judge approved a $5 million settlement, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, among the operators of an oil pipeline, the state of Arkansas and the federal government, finding that the deal to end claims stemming from a spill two years ago satisfied the public interest. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge approved a $5 million settlement among the operators of an oil pipeline, the state of Arkansas and the federal government Wednesday, finding that the deal to end claims stemming from a spill two years ago satisfied the public interest even if it might not be the best pact possible.


New Illinois law bans choke holds; gives guidelines on body cameras

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:25

Republican Bruce Rauner smiles after winning the midterm elections in Chicago, IllinoisIllinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a law on Wednesday to improve training for police officers, banning excessive use of force including choke holds and creating guidelines on using body cameras. Illinois is among the first states to pass police reform legislation since a fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer in Missouri last year sparked a national debate about police conduct. Other states to pass reform bills include Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland and California, but Illinois' law is one of the broadest and most comprehensive, said Rich Williams, policy specialist for the National Conference of State Legislatures.