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Man gets 50 years for stabbing ex-wife 84 times

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 04:40
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Colorado candidate gets death threat after questioning Sandy Hook massacre

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 04:30
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A candidate for a county commission seat in Colorado said on Friday he received a death threat after questioning whether the 2012 school shooting that killed 20 children in Connecticut was a hoax. Thomas Ready, a Republican candidate for commissioner of Pueblo County, made the comments during a debate this week with his opponent, Democratic incumbent Sal Pace. A video of the exchange was posted online by the Pueblo Chieftain newspaper. Twenty school children and six adults were killed in the Dec. 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Rare snowstorm slams Rockies states, South Dakota

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 04:28

Mike West jogs with his baby after the season's first snow fell over Boulder, Colo., Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Boulder saw less than an inch of snow overnight, about a month earlier than the average first snow on the front range of the Colorado Rockies, according to the National Weather Service. (Brennan Linsley)It's still summer, but a snowstorm blanketed parts of Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana and Colorado, setting early snowfall records in some places, covering lawns and flower gardens and providing a preview of what is to come.

Wilmington man saved my mysterious Good Samaritan

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 04:27

Wilmington man saved my mysterious Good SamaritanA 76-year-old Wilmington man is alive thanks to the quick thinking of a Good Samaritan and now police want to find that hero and say 'Thank You.'

Police: Man found with homemade bombs, kids in car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 04:22
READING, Pa. (AP) — Police in eastern Pennsylvania say they arrested a man after finding him passed out in a parked car with two children and three homemade bombs.

Police: Zimmerman accused of threatening driver

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 04:18

This image taken from a video released by attorney Howard Iken on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, shows George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted of murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, during an interview in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, March 7, 2014. The video was made by Iken who is representing Zimmerman in his divorce. In the video, Zimmerman says he’s trying to be a good person and he thinks he can help others after what he has gone through. (AP Photo/Howard Iken)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A driver says George Zimmerman threatened to kill him, asking 'Do you know who I am?' during a road confrontation in their vehicles, a police spokeswoman said Friday.

Groom accused of touching off brawl pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 03:58
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A groom accused of touching off a brawl when he groped a pregnant waitress at his wedding reception pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Also, all charges were dropped against his brother, a state trooper who had been accused of assaulting police who intervened.

Obama, Clinton celebrate 20 years of AmeriCorps

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 03:11

President Barack Obama embraces former President Bill Clinton on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, after Clinton spoke at an event marking the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, which promotes volunteerism and community service. President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton joined forces Friday to mark the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps national service program, heralding the impact volunteering can have on both individuals and the nation. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton on Friday highlighted the benefits of volunteering as they celebrated the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps national service program and welcomed the newest class of volunteers.

Police: Boy, 14, caught dealing heroin

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 03:03

 Boy, 14, caught dealing heroinAuthorities in Newark, Delaware say they caught a 14 year old heroin dealer red handed.

Visit Philadelphia agency under investigation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 03:00

Visit Philadelphia agency under investigationThe well-known website and marketing agency "Visit Philadelphia" is under investigation for how it handled an embezzlement case.

Woman found in Massachusetts home with dead babies may be mentally ill: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:58

Erika Murray, who was arrested after the bodies of three dead infants were found in her home in the town of Blackstone, sits in the district court for her arraignment in UxbridgeBy Scott Malone BLACKSTONE Mass. (Reuters) - A 31-year-old Massachusetts woman found living with the bodies of three dead infants in a rodent-infested house in a quiet suburb may be suffering from mental illness, her court-appointed lawyer said on Friday. The woman, Erika Murray, did not speak during her brief appearance at Worcester District Course in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, where a not-guilty plea was entered on her behalf to a series of criminal charges. Neighbors expressed shock near the beige, one-story home in Blackstone, Massachusetts, about 40 miles southwest of Boston, where police found the bodies of three young infants and the skeletal remains of several animals.

Philadelphia woman who posed in Muslim garb guilty of child assault

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:57
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A former childcare worker accused of dressing in traditional Muslim garb to abduct a kindergartner from her Philadelphia school was found guilty of sexually assaulting the child after holding her overnight. After a shocking four-week trial, Christina Regusters, 21, was found guilty of aggravated assault, kidnapping, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and a slew of related offenses after a jury deliberated for two days. “She is a danger,” Erin O'Brien, an assistant Philadelphia district attorney told KYW-1060 radio.

Connecticut home invasion killer sues for Kosher meals on death row

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:55
By Barbara Goldberg (Reuters) - A man sentenced to death for a triple murder in a brutal home invasion in Connecticut is suing to demand a Kosher diet as a newly declared Orthodox Jew, saying the prison's resistance has forced him into "starvation." Steven Hayes, 51, invoked the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment in a handwritten lawsuit filed in federal court against officials at the Connecticut Department of Corrections. ...

Atlantic City casino revenues down 1.2 percent

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:46
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's casino revenue declined by 1.2 percent in August compared with a year ago as another gambling hall shut down at the end of the month.

Man taken to hospital after Queen Village collapse

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:46

Man taken to hospital after Queen Village collapseA man was taken to the hospital after a partial building collapse on Friday afternoon in the Queen Village section in Philadelphia.

California state senator gets jail time in voter fraud case, judge rules

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:39
By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California state senator convicted on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Friday in one of three ethics scandals involving Democratic lawmakers in the most populous U.S. Senator Roderick Wright of Los Angeles was convicted in January of lying about whether he lived in the district he sought to represent, the first in a string of criminal proceedings against three state senators this year that effectively cost Democrats their two-thirds majority in the California Senate. "This is not what I call a victimless crime," said Judge Kathleen Kennedy, who denied Wright's request for a new trial in Los Angeles Superior Court. She said Wright was no longer eligible to hold elective office in California.

Police probe fight at party attended by Palins

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:36
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police say they are investigating a fight that broke out among a large crowd at a party attended by family members of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Q&A: Mathis on new box set, yoga and 'Simpsons'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:33

In this Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 photo, singer Johnny Mathis poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. The 78-year-old singer will release a 13-CD box set of unsuccessful commercial albums released from 1963 to 1967, when Mathis left his longtime label, Columbia Records, for Mercury Records and Global Records, his own production company. “The Complete Global Albums Collection” will be released on Nov. 17. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Chances are you haven't heard these Johnny Mathis albums — but that will change.

St. Louis groups donating funds to Ferguson schools, shops

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:30

Activists raise their hands as they demand justice for the killing of Michael Brown while marching to the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse from City Hall in downtown St. Louis, MissouriA group of St. Louis corporate executives and a consortium of businesses and civic groups said on Friday they were donating $85,000 to schools and small businesses in Ferguson, Missouri, to help the town recover after weeks of protests over the shooting of a black teen by a white police officer. The money is part of $150,000 raised so far by the St. Louis Regional Business Council, a consortium of top officers of mid- to large companies, and North County Inc, a group of business, civic and community organizations in St. Louis. Many Ferguson shops were damaged, and some had to close down temporarily during the weeks of protests and sometimes violent rioting that roiled the St. Louis suburb after the Aug. 9 shooting by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Guam military exercises to draw 18,000 US forces

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:30
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — American forces are converging on Guam, a strategically important U.S. territory 1,500 miles south of Tokyo, this month for a week of sophisticated military exercises involving two aircraft carriers.