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Fiancee says she discarded box at Aaron Hernandez's request

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

Shayanna Jenkins, fiancee of former NFL football player Aaron Hernandez, describes the size of a box as she testifies in court during Hernandez's murder trial, Monday, March 30, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Jenkins testified that she removed a box from their basement at Hernandez's request the day after Odin Lloyd was found shot to death. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, Ted Fitzgerald, Pool)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez testified in his murder trial Monday that she removed a box from their basement at his request the day after the slaying but never looked inside before she dumped it in a random trash bin.


A list of some fatal US church van crashes since 2010

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 03:54
Eight members of a Fort Pierce, Florida, church died early Monday when their van drove into a ditch west of Lake Okeechobee. Fatal church van crashes happen several times a year in the U.S. Here are some that have happened since 2010:

Ohio governor's panel weighs more state oversight of police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 03:50
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State oversight of Ohio police officers would increase and officers would get more training dealing with the mentally ill under several proposals being considered by a police-relations task force.

Man decorating family grave is killed by falling headstone

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 03:49
THROOP, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania man decorating a relative's grave for Easter with his wife has been killed after a headstone fell on him.

Boston bombing jury hears of grisly deaths, defense calls first witness

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 03:46

News crews photograph pieces of shrapnel taken from the body of Boston Marathon bombing victim Krystle Campbell and presented as evidence in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The two youngest people killed by the Boston Marathon bombing were torn apart by one of the blasts that ripped through the crowd at the finish line, medical examiners testified on Monday as prosecutors wound up their case against accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and defense attorneys began calling witnesses. Massachusetts' Chief Medical Examiner Henry Nields showed the jury 8-year-old Martin Richard’s bloodstained gray New England Patriots T-shirt with holes that correlated with injuries to the child’s torso. On the 15th day of testimony in Tsarnaev's trial at Boston federal court, Nields said a piece of shrapnel appeared to have gone straight through Richard's body. Shrapnel from the same homemade pressure cooker bomb that killed Richard punched through Chinese exchange student Lingzi Lu's legs, causing the 23-year old to bleed to death within minutes, Boston medical examiner Katherine Lindstrom testified.


National parks call on Americans to 'Find Your Park'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 03:44

In this Monday, March 23, 2015 photo, National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, right, and the head of the National Park Foundation Dan Wenk walk at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington. With its centennial approaching in 2016, the park service will launch a major campaign Thursday, April 2, in New York City to raise support and introduce a new, more diverse generation of millennials and children to "America's best idea," the national parks. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — After nearly 100 years, the National Park Service holds some of the country's most beautiful and historic places, though it also suffers from an $11 billion backlog of unfunded maintenance and a visitor base that's aging and mostly white.


Police search for university student who vanished at party

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 03:43

This undated photo provided by the Los Angeles Police Department shows 19-year-old Eloi Vasquez. The University of California, Berkeley, student went missing after he left a party near the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles early Saturday, March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities are looking for a University of California, Berkeley, student who walked away from a Los Angeles party and disappeared.


Mom: Special needs son not allowed to wear letter jacket

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 03:33

 Special needs son not allowed to wear letter jacketMichael, her adopted son, who plays on his school's special needs basketball team, was reportedly told he can't wear a letter because he doesn't play in varsity-level competition.


SEPTA bus driver assaulted by passenger with knife

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 03:20

SEPTA bus driver assaulted by passenger with knifePhiladelphia police are looking to identify a man who they say assaulted a SEPTA bus driver with a knife.


Man decorating family grave is killed by falling headstone

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 03:17

Man decorating family grave is killed by falling headstonePolice say a Pennsylvania man decorating a relative's grave for Easter with his wife has been killed after a headstone fell on him.


Small plane lands on Wyoming highway after engine trouble

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 03:00
WORLAND, Wyo. (AP) — A pilot flying with his young grandson encountered engine trouble but safely landed his small plane on a rural Wyoming highway without hurting anybody.

Stepdad accused of killing 9-week-old while mom in hospital

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 03:00
MILLVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been charged with killing his 9-week-old stepdaughter while her mother was in the hospital.

Woman's appeal for kidney donor on car window pays off

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 02:51
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman's decision to seek a kidney donor by putting a personal plea in bright yellow letters on her car has paid off.

1 of 2 victims of NYC explosion is officially identified

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 02:31

Rubble is moved Sunday, March 29, 2015, at the site of an apparent gas explosion that took place three days earlier in the East Village neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)NEW YORK (AP) — After two bodies were pulled from the rubble of an apartment building collapse, authorities shifted their focus to the cause of the massive explosion and fire and investigated the possibility that someone might have improperly tapped a gas line serving one of the buildings.


Accused murderer of missing New York boy will not testify: defense

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 02:28

Hernandez appears with his lawyer Fishbein in Manhattan Criminal Court in New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former grocery store worker accused of murdering a New York boy missing for decades will not testify in his own defense, his attorney said on Monday. Pedro Hernandez, 54, is on trial for kidnapping and murder in a case that hinges on his confession 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. Patz vanished as he walked alone for the first time to a school bus stop in his Manhattan neighborhood on May 25, 1979. His disappearance sparked a national movement to find missing children, with his picture one of the first to appear on milk cartons.


Stepfather charged with murder in death of 9-week-old girl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 02:28

Stepfather charged with murder in death of 9-week-old girlThe stepfather of a 9-week-old southern New Jersey girl has been charged with murder in her death.


Climbing temperatures end Southern California ski season

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 02:02
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Ski lifts are coming to an early stop in Southern California.

Jailed ex-New Orleans mayor gets more time for appeal briefs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 01:50
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal public defenders have been granted more time to work on the appeal for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who is serving a 10-year sentence for corruption.

Key moments in death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 01:07
BOSTON (AP) — The defendant's startling admission on Day One that he did it. Tearful testimony from survivors who lost limbs. The boat. The white hat. As the prosecution rests, here's a look at some of the most compelling moments in the government's case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev:

14 hurt, 2 seriously, in Brooklyn collision of bus, minivan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 01:01
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a minivan has collided with a New York City bus, injuring 14 people, two of them seriously.