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Key stats on crime, homelessness during NYC mayor's watch

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 02:27
Key statistics on crime and homelessness during the watch of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio:

Man sentenced to 5 years for carjacking woman in labor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 02:24
BALTIMORE (AP) — A man has been sentenced to five years in prison for carjacking a woman who was in labor and on her way to the hospital in Annapolis.

Texas to execute man convicted of killing veteran police officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 02:18
Texas plans to execute on Wednesday a 27-year-old man who was convicted of killing a veteran police officer in 2009 and has waived his rights to appeal his death sentence. Daniel Lopez was set to be executed by lethal injection at 6 p.m. at the state's death chamber in Huntsville. If the execution goes ahead, it will be the 528th in Texas, the most of any state since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

Monsoon storm flips small planes at Phoenix-area airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 02:16

A TransPac employee checks a damaged plane, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at Chandler Municipal Airport in Chandler, Ariz. At least a dozen small planes were heavily damaged after a monsoon storm swept into the Phoenix area Tuesday night. (Mark Henle/The Arizona Republic via AP) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITPHOENIX (AP) — A monsoon storm that swept into the Phoenix area late Tuesday night left a trail of damage in the region's southeastern suburbs, where winds flipped planes and downed trees and power poles.


US Supreme Court refuses to stop scheduled Texas execution

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 02:09

In this Aug. 5, 2015 photo, Daniel Lee Lopez, 27, speaks from a visiting cage outside death row at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Polunsky Unit near Livingston, Texas. Lopez, who has been trying to speed up his execution since being sent to death row five years ago for a police lieutenant’s killing, is scheduled to die Aug. 12, the first of two executions scheduled this week in Texas, (AP Photo/Michael Graczyk)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The latest on the scheduled execution of Texas inmate Daniel Lee Lopez (all times local):


Supreme Court denies execution halt for Texas inmate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 02:01
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a motion to halt the execution of Texas death row inmate Daniel Lopez, a decision that came a few hours before he is set to be put to death.

Yellowstone hiker probably killed by grizzly bear: autopsy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 01:49

A grizzly bear roams through the Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park in WyomingLance Crosby, 63, suffered wounds to his forearms and his body had been covered with vegetation in a sign that a bear or bears planned to return later to recover it, said spokeswoman Amy Bartlett. A park ranger found his body later that day in a popular backcountry area near Yellowstone Lake. Bartlett said U.S. government bear managers are waiting for DNA test results to confirm if the mother bear was the culprit before killing her.


Wife of teacher slain in school shooting gets settlement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 01:47
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada school district has approved a $100,000 settlement for the wife of a teacher killed trying to stop a student shooter two years ago.

Jewish neighborhood in San Antonio hit with anti-Semitic graffiti

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 01:41
Racist and anti-Semitic symbols including swastikas were painted on more than 30 cars, homes, buildings and signs in a predominately Jewish neighborhood in San Antonio, prompting a police investigation, authorities said on Wednesday. The graffiti was noticed by worshippers as they left morning prayers at an orthodox synagogue on Wednesday, police said. San Antonio police told reporters they had no immediate leads on who carried out the vandalism.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane: Charges tied to porn emails

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 01:41

 Charges tied to porn emailsKane said criminal charges against her are tied pornographic and racially insensitive emails state prosecutors and judges circulated with one another.


Riot-torn Ferguson, Missouri to remain in state of emergency: officials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 01:38

Young men wait to see to see what happens during another night of demonstrating in FergusonThe St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, the site of a year of occasionally violent protests over the police killing of an unarmed black teen, will remain under a state of emergency for at least another night, county officials said on Wednesday. The state of emergency, which gives county police oversight of security in the city of 21,000 people, was declared following a shooting incident at a protest Sunday night to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014. The decision came after two nights of relatively peaceful protests, with the St. Louis Country police reporting no arrests or reports of injuries during a small demonstration by several dozen people Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.


Indiana mayor charged with paying for sex with man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 01:38

This updated booking photo provided by the Indiana State Police shows Richard Fledderman, the three-term mayor of Batesville, Ind. who has been charged with patronizing a male prostitute. Fledderman paid Randy Wigle-Stevens for sex in June, state police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said in a statement Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. Wigle-Stevens did not tell Fledderman that he has HIV before they had sex and later threatened to go public with details of their encounter unless the mayor paid him extra money, Wheeles said. Fledderman was arrested on the misdemeanor charge Tuesday, and the same day, Wigle-Stevens was charged with a felony count of failure to disclose dangerous communicable disease status and misdemeanor counts of prostitution and intimidation. (Indiana State Police via AP) (AP Photo/Indiana State Police)BATESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An HIV-positive Indianapolis man has been charged with trying to blackmail a small-town Indiana mayor after the two had sex at the politician's home.


Attonrey General Kathleen Kane: Charges tied to porn emails

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 01:38

 Charges tied to porn emailsKane said criminal charges against her are tied pornographic and racially insensitive emails state prosecutors and judges circulated with one another.


Former California teacher charged with having sex with students

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 01:35
Michelle Yeh, 28, was charged with eight felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, oral copulation and lewd acts on two boys under the age of 16, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. Yeh, who had become a permanent substitute teacher at San Pedro High School in February, also was charged with misdemeanor counts of child molesting and sexual annoyance in connection with two other boys, prosecutors said.

After 2 nights of tension, a peaceful protest in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 01:35
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police outnumbered protesters in Ferguson overnight, signaling the demonstrations around the anniversary of Michael Brown's death could be starting to fade.

AG Kathleen Kane: 'I am innocent of wrongdoing'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 01:33

 Charges tied to porn emailsPennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane made her first public comments about the criminal charges she's facing, saying "I am innocent of wrongdoing."


USDA: Expected corn yield lower than 2014, still 3rd best

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 01:29
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers are expected to produce 13.7 billion bushels of corn this year, down 4 percent from last year's record.

Gunfire sends residents running for cover in Point Breeze

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 01:28

2 men hit, pregnant woman spared in Point Breeze shootingResidents in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Philadelphia ran for cover as gunfire rang out late Tuesday night.


Bullets leave 3 injured, 2 critically, in Germantown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 01:27

2 men hit, pregnant woman spared in Point Breeze shootingPolice say two men were critically wounded and a young woman injured after gunfire erupted in Philadelphia's Germantown section.


2 men hit, pregnant woman spared in Point Breeze shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 01:27

2 men hit, pregnant woman spared in Point Breeze shootingTwo men were wounded and two women, including one who is pregnant, narrowly escaped injury in a shooting in the Point Breeze section of Philadelphia.