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Fighter War Machine charged with more felonies

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

Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver, a mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine, appears in court Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Las Vegas. Koppenhaver was scheduled for arraignment Wednesday on battery, lewdness, assault and coercion charges in the Aug. 8 attack on adult film actress Christy Mack and her male friend at a Las Vegas home, but prosecutors charged him with additional felonies including kidnapping and assault and accused him of attacking Mack multiple times over 15 months. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Michael Quine)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine was hit Wednesday with attempted murder, sexual assault and other new charges in Las Vegas in a case that prosecutors said stemmed from attacks on his ex-girlfriend.

Council Rock South classmates return to school after crash that killed teens

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 04:17

Council Rock South classmates return to school after crash that killed teensIt was a somber back-to-school today for students at Council Rock High School South, just days after losing three popular incoming sophomores.

Tech insiders: Firms halted spread of grisly video

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 04:16
PARIS (AP) — Tech companies drafted plans to scrub the web after a grisly video showing the beheading of an American journalist by Islamic State militants - and implemented them this week after a second killing, a Silicon Valley insider said Wednesday.

Report: Condemned Missouri inmates got midazolam

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 04:12
ST. LOUIS (AP) — As Missouri prepares for another execution next week, a new report suggests that the Department of Corrections quietly and repeatedly used a drug that has raised concerns in botched executions in other states.

Missouri misled on execution drugs used: media report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 04:10
Missouri officials have not been truthful about the drugs and methods used in recent executions, misleading lawyers for death row inmates and the public, according to a St. Louis Public Radio investigation broadcast on Wednesday. In all nine executions since then, Missouri's execution team has injected inmates set to die with significant amounts of the sedative before using the pentobarbital, it said. This is an issue of them deliberately misleading the (inmates), the lawyers, the courts and the general public," said Kathryn Parish, a lawyer representing Missouri inmate Earl Ringo, who is scheduled to be put to death on Sept. 10. Parish said she and other lawyers for Missouri death row inmates would be filing court action based on the public radio report.

Philadelphia school sued over girl's asthma death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 04:07
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The family of a girl who died of an asthma attack after attending a public school without a nurse has sued the Philadelphia School District.

3 bird strikes within hours at NYC's LaGuardia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 04:04
NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says three bird strikes were reported in a four-hour period at New York's LaGuardia Airport. No one was injured.

3 in their 80s die in murder-suicide in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 03:59
Three people in their 80s were found dead in two homes on a suburban street in New Jersey after a man shot his wife, brother-in-law and himself, authorities said.

U.S. gives $3.1 million for Newtown school recovery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 03:53

Sandy Hook Elementary SchoolThe Newtown school district, where a gunman shot and killed 20 grade school children and six educators, is receiving more money for counseling and other services for parents, students and staff members, according to federal and local officials.

New York police to announce details of body camera pilot program

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 03:52

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2014 file photo, a Los Angeles Police officer wears an on-body cameraNew York City's police department is planning to release new details this week about its pilot program for equipping officers with wearable video cameras to record encounters with the public, the department's chief spokesman said. A federal judge ordered the department last year to test the technology in a handful of police precincts after ruling that police had acted unconstitutionally by stopping and frisking black and Latino New Yorkers in disproportionate numbers. Bill Bratton, the police commissioner, is expected to announce a pilot program involving 50 police officers in five of the city's 76 police precincts, according to NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis.

Texas abortion provider to reopen after court lifts restrictions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 03:51
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - An abortion provider in the south Texas border city of McAllen will reopen in the next few days after a federal judge last week ruled as unconstitutional state restrictions that led to its closure. The clinic had been closed under abortion restrictions in Texas that went into effect at the end of last year. "We are here to say clearly and proudly that politicians' efforts to close our doors have not swayed us, have not discouraged us and have not subdued us," said Amy Hagstrom Miller, the group's chief executive. District Judge Lee Yeakel struck down the previously imposed regulations for the two cities of McAllen and El Paso requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles (48 kms) of their clinics.

Testimony: Rowland wanted payment outside campaign

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 03:48

FILE - In thie April 11, 2014 file photo, Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland arrives at federal court in New Haven, Conn. Rowland is due back in federal court as a criminal defendant, almost a decade after pleading guilty to political corruption. Rowland faces a conspiracy trial this time, accused of scheming to hide political consulting work for two campaigns. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Republican running for Congress testified Wednesday that former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland proposed becoming a consultant to his 2010 campaign while being paid as though he was working for the candidate's animal rescue organization.

Idaho professor accidentally shoots himself in the foot in chemistry class

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 03:48
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - An Idaho State University assistant professor with a concealed-carry gun permit shot himself in the foot with a semiautomatic handgun that accidentally discharged from inside his pocket in a chemistry classroom full of students, police said on Wednesday. No other injuries were reported and no charges have been filed in Tuesday's shooting in Pocatello in a building that is part of the university’s physical science department, according to Pocatello Police Lieutenant Paul Manning. Idaho’s Republican-led legislature passed the law allowing guns on university grounds earlier this year over the objection of the presidents of the state’s leading universities, including Idaho State, which was routinely ranked as one of the safest campuses in the United States. In response to the new law, the university for the first time dispatched public safety officers armed with semiautomatic pistols to patrol the university’s southeastern Idaho campus this summer to safeguard students and staff.

Man once declared dead goes on trial for murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 03:47
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — The lawyer for a Mississippi man who was declared dead two decades ago, only to resurface as a murder suspect, does not deny that her client killed his girlfriend and her daughter, but she said Wednesday that he's being tried in the wrong court.

Rural hospitals pressured to close as healthcare system changes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 03:46

An eye exam is performed at the Remote Area Medical clinic in Wise, VirginiaBy Robin Respaut SAN FRANCISCO Sep 3 (Reuters) - In January, Linden Texas native Richard Bowden suffered a mild stroke. Within minutes, medics had taken the 68-year-old to the local hospital emergency room, less than a block from his house. Out in the country, that seems like a long way.” Small, rural hospitals like Linden have always struggled to remain viable, but things are getting worse, fast. Twenty-four rural hospitals have closed across the country since the start of 2013, double the pace of the previous 20 months, according to the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program.

App helps save baby's life

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 03:45

App helps save baby's lifeA baby in Washington state is alive today thanks to a mechanic and his smart phone.

Lawsuit settled in boy's death at Alabama airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 03:42

Ryan Bresette, center, of Overland Park, Kansas, reads a prepared statement at the Jefferson County Courthouse, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, after his family reached a legal settlement with contractors who worked on a renovation project at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. Bresette's son, Luke,10, died on March 22, 2013, when a multi-user flight information display fell on him and several of his family members. The terms of the settlement remain confidential. (AP Photo/, Tamika Moore) MAGS OUTBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A settlement over the death of a boy who was hit by a falling flight information sign inside Birmingham's airport was approved Wednesday, and the family said they had forgiven the contractors involved.

Ohio mother fatally shoots young sons, then kills herself: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 03:39
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A southwestern Ohio mother fatally shot her two young sons and then took her own life, police said on Wednesday. Rachel Johnson, 32, and her 7-year-old son, Daylan, were found dead by her husband when he came to the house on Wednesday morning to pick the boys up for school, Springfield Police Chief Steve Moody said. Ayden Johnson, 10, was critically wounded and died at a Dayton hospital, Moody said. Springfield is located about 25 miles northeast of Dayton.

Andrew Madoff dies of cancer in NYC

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 03:36
NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Madoff, Bernard Madoff's last surviving son, died of cancer on Wednesday, years after turning his father in and insisting he had been duped like the rest of the world into believing history's most notorious Ponzi king was an honest financier.

Creditor wants 75 cents on dollar for Detroit debt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 03:25

FILE- This April 9, 2008 file photo shows the city of Detroit. An attorney for Detroit is set to resume his opening statement, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at the city’s historic bankruptcy trial, after telling the judge on the first day that the city’s plan to restructure billions of dollars in debt is needed to free up funds to provide services to residents and allow it to survive. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, file)DETROIT (AP) — An attorney for one of Detroit's creditors says the company believes the city can afford 75 cents on the dollar to settle its debt.