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Arrest made in shrubbery theft in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 04:04

Arrest made in shrubbery theft in Northeast PhiladelphiaPolice have made an arrest in the theft of a prized topiary from a home in Northeast Philadelphia.


Georgia sheriff refuses to talk to police about shooting death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 04:02
Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill has not been charged in the shooting, which he so far has declined to discuss, said Gwinnett County police spokesman Deon Washington. Hill critically injured 43-year-old Gwenevere McCord, a real estate agent and friend, inside a model show home in a subdivision in Gwinnett County on Sunday, police said. He called McCord "very dear to me" in a statement posted on the Clayton County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. "I will continue to pray unceasingly for her recovery." Hill, 50, first served as sheriff in Clayton County from 2005 to 2008.

Elder Boston bomber was cruel, dominating, witnesses testify

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 03:56

Defense attorney David Bruck presents his opening arguments during the first day of the defense's presentation in the penalty phase of the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in this court sketch in BostonBy Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - The older of the two brothers in the Boston Marathon bombing was a controlling boyfriend who terrified his future wife's friends but held great influence in his family, witnesses testified as lawyers fought to save the younger brother's life. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died four days after the April 15, 2013 attack that killed three people and injured 264. His younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, last month was convicted of carrying out the attack and could be sentenced to death. The lawyers, who at the trial's opening in March conceded that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had committed all the crimes of which he was accused, contend that Tamerlan was the driving force behind the bombing, with his younger brother going along out of a sense of sibling loyalty.


Boston Marathon bomber's lawyer points to family dysfunction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 03:54

This undated file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013, by the FBI shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Russian relatives of Boston Marathon bomberTsarnaev are expected to testify at his trial as his lawyers continue to make their case to spare his life. Five family members are expected to take the witness stand Monday, May 4, 2015, in federal court. (AP Photo/FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers called a Russian historian and a psychiatrist to the stand Tuesday in a bid to save the Boston Marathon bomber from the death penalty by portraying him as the product of a dysfunctional family from a turbulent corner of the world.


Judge tells deadlocked jury in Etan Patz case to keep going

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 03:51

Defense attorney Harvey Fishbein, left, speaks to reporters during a break in the trial of Pedro Hernandez in New York, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Jurors deliberating in the murder trial of Hernandez, a man accused of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979, says they're deadlocked — for a second time. But a judge is telling them to keep trying for a verdict. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors deliberating in the 36-year-old missing-child case of Etan Patz said Tuesday they are deadlocked for the second time in 15 days, but a judge told them to keep trying.


Thousands of Seattle teachers to hold one-day walkout over pay, class sizes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 03:37
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Thousands of Seattle teachers have voted to walk out of class later this month, joining educators in nearly 30 districts across Washington state staging rolling one-day strikes for better pay and smaller class sizes, the union said on Tuesday. Washington teachers held a first round of walkouts last month, followed by a rally on the steps of the Capitol in Olympia, accusing the state legislature of inadequately funding public schools or teachers' salaries. On Monday, about 4,000 members of the Seattle Education Association, the state's largest teachers' union, voted to join the action with a walkout on May 19. "There's going to be disruption, no doubt about it," said Jonathan Knapp, president of the Seattle Education Association.

Report: IRS issues $5.6 billion in bogus education credits

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 03:33
WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS issued $5.6 billion in potentially bogus education tax credits in a single year — more than a quarter of all education credits claimed by taxpayers, a government watchdog said Tuesday.

Correction: Fatal Shooting-Menasha story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 03:29

In this May 3, 2015 photo, authorities move Sergio Valencia del Toro, 27, to an ambulance following a shooting at a recreational bridge in the City of Menasha, Wis. Police say del Toro and his fiancee had recently called off their wedding and had argued before del Toto randomly shot four strangers before killing himself. Authorities say four are dead and one hospitalized in critical condition. (Duke Behnke/The Post-Crescent via AP)MENASHA, Wis. (AP) — In a story May 4 about shootings in the Wisconsin town of Menasha, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a family caught in the attack had been on a bike ride. The family was out for a walk.


Hormel unit Jennie-O lays off employees due to bird flu in poultry

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 03:26
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hormel Foods Corp unit Jennie-O Turkey Store will temporarily lay off 233 workers at a Minnesota plant because an outbreak of bird flu has reduced the number of turkeys available for processing, the company said on Tuesday. The layoffs will take effect May 26, according to a statement. (Reporting by Tom Polansek; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

Worker burned by electrical wire in SW Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 03:26

Worker burned in electrical accident in SW PhiladelphiaA worker was seriously injured after he was burned by an electrical wire on Tuesday morning in Southwest Philadelphia.


Huckabee opens 2016 bid in hometown he shares with Bill Clinton

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 02:59

Huckabee opens 2016 bid in hometown he shares with Bill ClintonThe other man from Hope, Arkansas is running for president again.


Judge OKs Ohio terror plot suspect's review of tapes alone

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 02:59

FILE-This Wednesday Jan. 14, 2015 file photo made available by the Butler County Jail shows Christopher Lee Cornell. The attorney for Cornell, an Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol building Monday asked a federal judge to allow the man a private review of video and audio files in the case against him. (AP Photo/Butler County Jail, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge has agreed to let an Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol privately review video and audio files in the case against him.


Second beached whale found south of San Francisco

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 02:52
PACIFICA, Calif. (AP) — A beached humpback whale was discovered south of San Francisco, marking the second dead whale to wash ashore in less than three weeks.

Fingerprint ruse IDs Florida man as longtime Ohio fugitive

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 02:50

This Monday, May 4, 2015, booking photo released by the Brevard County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office shows Harold Frank Freshwaters, 79, of Akron, Ohio, who arrested Monday by U.S. Marshals in Melbourne, Fla. Freshwaters, convicted of voluntary manslaughter for killing a pedestrian with his car in 1957, initially received a suspended sentence but was imprisoned in 1959 for a parole violation. He fled a prison farm in northwest Ohio later that year. (AP Photo/Brevard County Sheriff's Office)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a ruse to get a man's fingerprints led to his arrest as a convicted killer who escaped an Ohio prison farm and disappeared for most of six decades.


States respond to US appeal in immigration lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 02:44
HOUSTON (AP) — States fighting President Barack Obama's plan to spare millions of immigrants from deportation say they agree with a Texas judge who has temporarily blocked the president's action.

Judge tells deadlocked jury in Etan Patz case to keep going

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 02:38

Judge tells deadlocked jury in Etan Patz case to keep goingJurors deliberating a verdict in the 36-year-old missing-child case of Etan Patz said Tuesday they were deadlocked for a second time, but a judge told them to keep trying.


Student in custody after shot fired at Georgia middle school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 02:33
CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say a student has been taken into custody after a shot was fired inside a middle school.

U.S. right to use cell phone location data in Florida case: court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 02:32
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Authorities did not violate a south Florida man's rights when his cell phone location data was used as evidence to convict him for his role in a string of armed robberies, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday. Lawyers for Quartavious Davis, who is serving a prison sentence of almost 162 years, argued at his 2012 trial that prosecutors had no right to use cell phone location data as they had not obtained a search warrant. The case is being closely watched as courts around the country wrestle with cell phone privacy issues. "The government did not seek, nor did it obtain, any GPS or real-time ... location information," the ruling said.

Tanker truck on fire on New Jersey Turnpike in Woodbridge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 02:31

Tanker truck on fire on New Jersey Turnpike in WoodbridgeA tanker truck reportedly carrying gasoline overturned and then erupted into flames on the New Jersey Turnpike on Tuesday.


Police say man stole plane after being accused of sex crime

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 02:18
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities said Tuesday that a man who stole a small airplane near Las Vegas over the weekend was a novice pilot who wanted to go on one last joyride before facing accusations that he had committed a sex crime against a friend's child.