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U.S. fast-food workers arrested in protests for wage hike

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:04
About 400 protesters clogged Times Square during morning rush hour in the latest of ongoing actions aimed at raising their wage to $15 an hour. They hoisted placards reading "Stick together for $15 and union rights," and some held a sit-in at a McDonald's restaurant, prompting 19 arrests for disorderly conduct. Sit-ins also were held in several more cities, and a total of 86 arrests were reported among protesters in Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas and Little Rock, Arkansas, organizers said. Another nine protesters were arrested in Boston, according to a Reuters witness.

Victim of Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen exhumed for DNA tests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:03
The remains of a young woman murdered 30 years ago by Alaska's most notorious serial killer has been exhumed in the hopes of finally confirming her identity, officials said Thursday. The woman was one of 17 victims killed in the 1970s and 1980s by Robert Hansen, who died in prison last month. On Wednesday, the state medical examiner's exhumed the remains of one of those women, known to investigators as "Horseshoe Harriet" because her body was discovered in 1984 near Horseshoe Lake, said Jason Grenn, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Services. He said the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which paid for the exhumation, will perform DNA testing and work up a facial reconstruction.

Victim of Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen exhumed for DNA tests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:03
The remains of a young woman murdered 30 years ago by Alaska's most notorious serial killer has been exhumed in the hopes of finally confirming her identity, officials said Thursday. The woman was one of 17 victims killed in the 1970s and 1980s by Robert Hansen, who died in prison last month. On Wednesday, the state medical examiner's exhumed the remains of one of those women, known to investigators as "Horseshoe Harriet" because her body was discovered in 1984 near Horseshoe Lake, said Jason Grenn, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Services. He said the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which paid for the exhumation, will perform DNA testing and work up a facial reconstruction.

Body of Alaska serial killer's victim exhumed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:03

In this Sept. 3, 2014 photo, workers and medical examiner crew members work to exhume the body of Jane Doe #3 from a cemetery in Anchorage, Alaska. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is paying to exhume the remains of the victim of Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen with the hope DNA and facial reconstruction can provide the woman's identity. (AP Photo/Rachel D'Oro)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The remains of an unidentified victim of recently deceased Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen were being exhumed from an Anchorage gravesite, 30 years after her killer led authorities to her body near a lake north of the city.


Failed IVs and confusion at Oklahoma's troubled execution: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:02

Death row inmate Clayton Lockett is seen in a picture from the Oklahoma Department of CorrectionsA doctor and a paramedic failed nearly a dozen times to place an IV during an Oklahoma inmate's execution and were unprepared for how to proceed once the line they secured to deliver a lethal injection began leaking drugs, a report said on Thursday. The state had placed additional pressure on prison officials to complete the April execution of murderer Clayton Lockett by making the unusual decision to schedule another execution for just after when Lockett's was to be finished, the report from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety said. "After it was determined that problems were present during Lockett's execution, personnel involved with the execution were unaware of how to proceed due to the lack of policies and/or protocols in place at that time," it said. Lockett's execution was halted about 15 minutes after it started due to the IV problems.


'Hot Car Dad' Indicted for Son's Murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:00
The Georgia dad who left his son to die in a scorching SUV this summer was charged with the boy's murder during a formal indictment today.

Delaware governor's errant tweet shows racy photo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 01:52
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Gov. Jack Markell got schooled on the workings of social media after his office mistakenly tweeted a racy photo of a model while publicizing a public education initiative.

New suit alleging sex abuse filed against former Penn State coach

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 01:51

Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after his sentencing in his child sex abuse case in BellefonteBy David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - An 18-year-old youth who says he was molested several times about six years ago by now-convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky has filed a lawsuit seeking damages from the former Penn State assistant football coach. The plaintiff, identified only as D.F, is seeking more than $50,000 in damages, plus punitive damages, from Sandusky, his former charity and Pennsylvania State University, according to the complaint. Bret Southard, lawyer for the plaintiff, said his client was not one of the 10 boys involved in the criminal case against Sandusky in June 2012, although he was interviewed by the Pennsylvania State Police that April. "It is my understanding that the attorney general is still considering bringing another set of criminal charges against Jerry Sandusky, and my client would be part of that,” Southard said Thursday.


Closed-door hearing for friend of accused Boston bomber

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 01:48

Robel Phillipos, a friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is charged with lying to investigators, leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in his case in BostonFederal prosecutors met in a closed-door hearing on Thursday with lawyers for the last of three friends of the accused Boston Marathon bomber to face criminal charges for removing a laptop and backpack from the suspect's dorm room. Robel Phillipos, a 20-year-old resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is charged with lying to investigators about his role in the April 18, 2013, visit to the dorm of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, three days after the bombing that killed three people and injured 264. Two other friends, Kazakh exchange students Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, faced the more serious charge of obstruction of justice for removing the items from Tsarnaev's room at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and dropping them in a dumpster. District Court in Massachusetts later this month and faces a sentence of up to 16 years in prison if convicted.


Police arrest man in disappearance, death of missing Arizona girl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 01:29
BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Police arrest man in disappearance, death of missing Arizona girl.

Judge orders trial for deputy in double homicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 01:27
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge on Thursday ordered a former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy to stand trial in the shooting deaths of his wife and sister-in-law.

PHOTOS: Dilworth Park opens to public

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 01:26

 Dilworth Park opens to publicDilworth Park opened to the public, complete with a great lawn, groves of trees, a programmable water fountain, an upscale cafe.


Study: More than 8 in 10 US homes forbid smoking

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 01:24
NEW YORK (AP) — Smoking is banned in more than eight out of 10 U.S. homes — nearly twice as many as two decades ago, according to a new government study.

Departments use technology to ID troubled officers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 01:07

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2010 file photo, officers on bicycles keep watch as demonstrators protesting several incidents of alleged Los Angeles Police Department brutality, including the fatal shooting of Manuel Jamines a month ago, stand outside the LAPD's Rampart Station in the Westlake district of Los Angeles. Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer, or invites a costly lawsuit, from citizens or the federal government. The Los Angeles Police Department agreed to set up their $33 million early warning systems after the so-called Rampart scandal in which an elite anti-gang unit was found to have beaten and framed suspected gang members. The system was then implemented in 2007. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer, or invites a costly lawsuit — from citizens or the federal government.


Judge denies release of Ohio woman in Amish case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:57
CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a bid for release by a woman serving two years in connection with beard- and hair-cutting attacks targeting Amish.

Obesity rates reach historic highs in more U.S. states

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:50

A sign hanging in bariatric surgeon Dr. Michael Snyder's office shows some of the risks of obesity including stroke, sleep apnea and cancer DenverBy Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rates of adult obesity increased in six U.S. The conclusions were reported by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and were based on federal government data. They suggest the problem may be worsening despite widespread publicity about the nation's obesity epidemic, from First Lady Michelle Obama and many others, plus countless programs to address it. The 2013 adult obesity rate exceeds 20% in every state, while 42 have rates above 25%.


Study: Millennials less trusting than Gen X was

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:43

Steve McGlinchey poses in Farmington Hills, Mich., Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. A new study has found that, while Americans are mistrustful of each other and institutions -- from government to corporations and the media -- young people are among the least likely age group to have confidence in those institutions, especially since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. McGlinchey, 21, is among them, and is particularly skeptical of the government and corporate America. "I do not trust the government as far as I can throw a car," he says. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)CHICAGO (AP) — They're often pegged as the civic-minded, do-gooding generation. But while they're still optimistic about their own personal prospects, a new study finds that today's youth are often more skeptical of the country's institutions than the young generations that preceded them.


SUV crashes into building in Berlin, NJ

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:40

SUV crashes into building in Berlin, NJPolice in Camden County are investigating an accident which involved an SUV crashing into a building.


Man found dead in burning car in Olney

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:37

Man found dead in burning car in OlneyAuthorities say a shooting investigation ended with police finding a man dead inside of a burning car in Philadelphia's Olney section.


2 dead after shooting, hammer attack in Crescentville

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:30

2 dead after shooting, hammer attack in CrescentvillePhiladelphia homicide detectives are investigating the deaths of two people found in a Crescentville row house.