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Canadian diplomat's teenage son charged with murder as adult

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:26
MIAMI (AP) — The teenage son of a Canadian diplomat was charged Wednesday with murder and attempted murder as an adult for his role in what investigators called a bloody drug-related shooting that killed his older brother and another teenager.

Low-lying dams drown hundreds of unsuspecting victims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:24

 they have dragged hundreds of unsuspecting people into their churning waters and drowned them. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — For the better part of a century, submerged dams were workhorses of the American heartland, harnessing the power of rivers to run grain mills, generate electricity and keep lakes and ponds full of water as a hedge against drought.

Officer: Boy found in Detroit basement 'hesitant' to emerge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:24

Charlie Bothuell IV, left, and Monique Dillard-Bothuell appear in court in Detroit, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Charlie Bothuell V, now 13, was missing for 11 days last June before authorities found him in his father and stepmother's basement during a highly publicized search. His father, Charlie Bothuell IV, and stepmother, Monique Dillard-Bothuell, are charged with child abuse and torture. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — A police officer who participated in the 11-day search for a boy who later accused his father and stepmother of abuse says she hugged the "hesitant" child after officers found him in his basement.

New York jury begins deliberating decades-old Etan Patz murder case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:09

Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan Criminal Court in New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - A jury on Wednesday began deliberations in the trial of a former grocery worker accused of kidnapping and murdering a missing New York boy, whose 1979 disappearance galvanized national attention to the issue of missing and abducted children. Pedro Hernandez, 54, confessed to police in 2012 that he choked 6-year-old Etan Patz, stuffed him in a box and left him in a New York alley. Defense attorneys say Hernandez's confession was coerced, and that he is mentally ill, intellectually disabled and suffers hallucinations. Summing up the case in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon reminded the jury on Tuesday of the impact the boy's disappearance had made.

A look at states with the most deaths from submerged dams

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:08
Since the 1950s, at least 441 people have died at 235 submerged dams in 38 states. About half of those deaths occurred in the past 15 years — a period when many cities have sought to repurpose their rivers into picturesque attractions that would draw tourists and shoppers to business districts.

U.S. fast-food workers mark Tax Day demanding higher wages

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:01

Protestors demonstrate for higher wages in the Brooklyn borough of New York CityFast-food workers rallied in New York on Wednesday to demand higher pay, using the April 15 deadline for filing U.S. tax returns to publicize their claim that they cannot survive on the hourly wages paid by many U.S. corporations. The protests demanding pay increases to $15 an hour kicked off at dawn outside a McDonald's Corp restaurant in New York with several hundred demonstrators. In New York, a march was planned to Times Square during the evening rush hour, organizers said. He said he must rely on public assistance on top of his wages.

Federal Aviation Administration investigating aircraft that landed at U.S. Capitol

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 03:58
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating Wednesday's landing of a small, open-air helicopter on the U.S. Capitol's grounds, and said in a statement that the pilot of the "gyro copter" was not in contact with air traffic controllers or authorized to enter restricted airspace. Security rules for the Capitol and the District of Columbia prohibit private aircraft flights without prior permission, according to the FAA. Anyone violating those airspace restrictions may face civil and criminal penalties. (Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Chicago approves $5.25 million for police cases

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 03:31
The council agreed that the third-largest U.S. city pay $5 million to the family of Laquan McDonald, 17, six months after he was shot 16 times by a police officer. The U.S. Department of Justice and state authorities are investigating McDonald's death at a time of increased scrutiny of police conduct around the country, including the indictment last week of a South Carolina police officer on a murder charge in the death of an unarmed black man. The council also approved a $250,000 payment to Nanci Koschman, the mother of David Koschman, 21, who died in 2004 after being punched by Richard J. Vanecko, the nephew of then- Mayor Richard M. Daley and grandson of the late Mayor Richard J. Daley.

Philadelphia police search for missing 14-year-old girl

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 03:31

Philadelphia police search for missing 14-year-old girlThe Philadelphia Police Department is searching for a missing 14-year-old girl.

Small helicopter lands on Capitol lawn; pilot in custody

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 03:28

Small helicopter lands on Capitol lawn; pilot in custodyPolice arrested a man who steered his tiny, one-person helicopter onto the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, astonishing spring tourists and prompting a temporary lockdown of the Capitol Visitor Center.

'Nothing hazardous found' in gyro copter on Capitol grounds: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 03:23
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bomb squad has determined there was nothing hazardous on the small, open-air helicopter that landed on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, the U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement, adding that the "gyro copter" will be moved to a secure location. (Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Chicago council approves $5M settlement in police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 03:12
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council approved a $5 million settlement Wednesday with the family of a teenager who died after being shot by a police officer 16 times last October.

Third arrest made in videotaped rape on Florida spring break beach

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 03:07
By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A third man has been arrested in the gang rape of a woman who passed out on a north Florida beach, an incident captured on videotape and witnessed by scores of rowdy spring breakers, police said on Wednesday. The incident occurred in broad daylight last month at the peak of spring break in Panama City Beach, where some 300,000 college students have been flocking in March and April for around-the-clock parties. A video recording captured the mid-March assault taking place in front of hundreds of spring breakers. Sheriff Frank McKeithen called it "one of the most disgusting, repulsive, sickening things that I've seen." On Wednesday, the sheriff's office announced the arrest of George Davon Kennedy, a student at Middle Tennessee State University, on charges of sexual battery by multiple perpetrators.

Tennessee House approves bill to make Bible official state book

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 03:02
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Tennessee state legislators on Wednesday advanced a bill to make the Bible the official state book, a measure the state attorney general said would be unconstitutional and Republican Governor Bill Haslam has called disrespectful. The Republican-controlled state House of Representatives voted 55-38 to approve the Bible as state book. A companion bill could be considered as soon as Thursday in the state Senate, where Republicans hold 28 seats to five for Democrats. Representative Bud Hulsey, a Republican, told colleagues in support of the bill it is worth the fight "now more than ever." Other Republican representatives opposed the bill, citing concerns about how Tennessee might be perceived and the cost of defending it against legal challenges.

Ex-NFL star Hernandez gets life in prison for 2013 killing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 02:55

A court officer places handcuffs on the wrists of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez after the guilty verdict was read during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall RiverBy Elizabeth Barber FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for murdering an acquaintance in an industrial park near his Massachusetts home, concluding the first of two murder trials he faces this year. A Massachusetts jury found Hernandez, 25, guilty of first-degree murder in the June 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd, who had been dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée at the time. During the trial in Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, the two men were described as having been in the early stages of friendship, but Hernandez soured on Lloyd after he hung out with people the former New England Patriots tight end disliked.

Judge OKs special prosecutor in student's disappearance

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 02:53

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2014 file photo, a poster offering a reward for information in the disappearance of Holly Bobo, is displayed in a store window in Parsons, Tenn. The complicated case of three men charged in the disappearance of Bobo four years ago will move forward after a judge signed off the on the appointment of a special prosecutor. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The complicated case of three men charged in the disappearance of a Tennessee nursing student four years ago will move forward after a judge signed off on the appointment of a special prosecutor.

California man, 95, sets world record as oldest active pilot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 02:51
PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A 95-year-old Northern California man has become the world's oldest active pilot.

Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin seeks to have conviction tossed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 02:41

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin leaves the courthouse in New OrleansAttorneys for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who is serving a 10-year sentence in federal prison for corruption, are seeking to have his 2014 conviction overturned because of what they say were flawed instructions given to the jury, court papers show. He was thrust into the national spotlight in 2005 when the storm's waters overwhelmed levees and flooded 80 percent of New Orleans, killing 1,500 people and causing some $80 billion in damage. In a court papers filed on Tuesday, Nagin's attorneys said the judge in the case erred in telling jurors to find him guilty of nine counts of fraud and one count of conspiracy even if he would have acted in the same way without the inducement of a payoff.

Hextall: At this point, Berube is our head coach

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 02:33

 At this point, Berube is our head coachPhiladelphia Flyers General Manager Ron Hextall says at this point, Craig Berube remains as the head coach of the team.