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North Carolina police officer testifies he shot black man in self-defense

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:42
"No matter what I did, he wouldn’t stop," Randall Kerrick said. Prosecutors say Kerrick, 29, used unnecessary force when he shot and killed Jonathan Ferrell, 24, outside Charlotte before dawn on Sept. 14, 2013. Kerrick's defense attorney has told the court the shooting was justified.

The Latest: Mine leak water has likely reached Lake Powell

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:33

Water flows down Cement Creek just below the site of the blowout at the Gold King mine which triggered a major spill of toxic wastewater, outside Silverton, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. It will take years, if not decades, and many millions of dollars to clean up and manage the toxic wastewater from a this Colorado mine that unleashed a 100-mile-long torrent of heavy metals, affecting the livelihoods of residents in three states, according to some experts. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the Colorado mine spill (all times local):

Calif. prison riot sparked by stabbing of 'San Quentin Six' inmate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:33
Hugo Pinell, a notorious California inmate whose 50 years behind bars included a violent escape attempt from San Quentin, was stabbed to death by two prisoners, sparking a brief but bloody riot at a prison near Sacramento, authorities said on Thursday. After Pinell was attacked on Wednesday, as many as 70 prisoners began fighting in a 20-minute melee that sent 11 inmates to the hospital, one of whom remained in critical condition on Thursday, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.

Washington state fined $100,000 a day over school funding gap

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:31
Washington's top court on Thursday fined the state $100,000 per day for failing to put forward a plan to fully fund education from kindergarten through high school, which the court said was required by its previous orders and the state's constitution. The state's Supreme Court found in 2012 that the state had failed to "amply" fund basic public education for Washington's 1 million school children, and ordered lawmakers to come up with a plan to boost its education budget by billions of dollars over the next five years. "Despite repeated opportunities to comply with the court's order to provide an implementation plan, the state has not shown how it will achieve full funding of all elements of basic education by 2018," the justices wrote in a unanimous opinion.

Glaxo: Meds from plant with Legionnaires' bacteria are safe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:29

This undated image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a large grouping of Legionella pneumophila bacteria (Legionnaires' disease). Most deaths from Legionnaires' disease are tied to hospital and nursing home showers, not outdoor cooling towers, new government figures released Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 show. The germ spreads into the lungs through water vapor or mist. (Janice Haney Carr/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP) .ZEBULON, N.C. (AP) — The medications produced at a GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical plant are safe despite the decision to close the factory after the discovery of the bacteria that causes potentially fatal Legionnaires' disease, the company said Wednesday.

Arkansas could resume executions soon after buying drugs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:26

FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo, Rep. Douglas House, R-North Little Rock, looks at a copy of the daily calendar in the House chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. House sponsored legislation to keep the source of drugs used in executions in the state secret. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Correction has bought the drugs needed to resume lethal injections, and Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday he expects to be asked soon to schedule the state's first execution in 10 years.

Connecticut's highest court abolishes state's death row

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:23

FILE - This undated inmate photo released by the Connecticut Department of Correction shows Eduardo Santiago, who was sentenced to lethal injection for the murder-for-hire killing of 45-year-old Joseph Niwinski in West Hartford in 2000. Connecticut's Supreme Court will release a decision Thursday Aug. 13, 2015, in a case that could decide the fate of the 10 inmates currently on death row in the state. It comes in an appeal from Santiago, whose attorneys argue lawmakers improperly passed a death penalty repeal three years ago that only outlawed capital punishment for future crimes. (Connecticut Department of Correction via AP, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's highest court on Thursday ordered the state's death row emptied out, ruling that a 2012 law abolishing capital punishment for any future crimes must be applied to the 11 men facing execution for offenses committed before it took effect.

Ex-NYC schools chancellor named monitor of suburban district

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:16

Former New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott addresses a community meeting in Suffern, N.Y., on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, after being appointed monitor in the East Ramapo school district. Walcott will examine tension between the school board, which is dominated by Orthodox Jews who don't use the public schools, and the mostly black or Hispanic families with students in the public school. Behind Walcott is school board President Yehuda Weissmandl. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald).SUFFERN, N.Y. (AP) — Former New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott was appointed Thursday to monitor a suburban school district in which public school families, mostly black or Hispanic, claim they're being shortchanged by the school board, which is dominated by Orthodox Jews who don't use the public schools.

US, Chile put spotlight on extremist attacks on LGBT people

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:14
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and Chile are putting the spotlight on "the barbaric treatment" of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people by the Islamic State extremist group.

Gay couples sue Florida over names on birth certificates

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:07
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The first couple to be issued a same-sex marriage license in Florida sued the state Thursday, saying that the Bureau of Vital Statistics still won't allow hospitals to list both same-sex parents on birth certificates.

Man Killed by Roller Coaster at Cedar Point Park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:04
The man entered a restricted area and was struck by a roller coaster

Uber wins dismissal of lawsuit by Connecticut taxi companies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:03

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick gestures as he delivers an address to employees and drivers marking the company's five year anniversary in San FranciscoUber Technologies Inc on Thursday won the dismissal of a racketeering lawsuit by 15 Connecticut taxi and limousine companies seeking to stop the ride-sharing company from doing business in the state. U.S. District Judge Alvin Thompson in Hartford, Connecticut said the plaintiffs failed to show that Uber competed unfairly, tried to lure away their drivers, or misrepresented its services, fares and drivers' insurance coverage to passengers. The judge also rejected the plaintiffs' argument that Uber should follow the same licensing and safety regulations that they are required by law to observe.

A look back in time at Washington's education lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:02

The chambers of the Washington state Supreme Court sit empty on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Olympia, Wash. The court has issued sanctions of $100,000 a day against the state for its lack of progress on a plan to full fund basic education. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has been involved in state education spending for many years. The 2012 McCleary decision started the newest round of discussion, but the debate in Washington goes back nearly 30 years. Here are highlights.

Philadelphia violent crime rate on the rise

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 06:50

Philadelphia violent crime rate on the riseIf you feel like this year has been an especially violent one in the City of Brotherly Love, you're right.

Missing 85-year-old Abington man found in creek bed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 06:44

Missing 85-year-old Abington man found in creek bedPolice say an 85-year-old man is back with his family after disappearing from a long-term care facility in Abington Township.

Former Wilmington Trust CFO released on bond

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 06:32
DOVER, Del. (AP) — The former chief financial officer of Wilmington Trust has been released on $25,000 unsecured bond after pleading not guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges in a federal investigation into the collapse of the century-old financial institution.

PHOTOS: Security Perimeters for pope's visit to Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 06:25

 Security Perimeters for pope's visit to PhiladelphiaSee the security perimeters that will be put in place for the pope's visit to Philadelphia.

Birth certificates latest battleground in Florida's gay marriage fight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 06:25

Same-sex couples Todd and Jeff Delmay with Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello celebrate outside the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida in Miami in this file photoEight months after Florida's gay marriage ban ended, the state is not allowing hospitals to list both same-sex parents on their babies' birth certificates, according to a federal lawsuit recently filed by three gay couples. Last week the first same-sex couple to be married in Florida, Cathy Pareto and Karla Arguello, discovered the hospital would only include the birth mother's name on the birth certificate for their twins. Florida's ban on same-sex marriage ended on Jan. 6 after it was struck down by a judge.

Autopsy reports released in Waco biker shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 06:23
WACO, Texas (AP) — Autopsy reports for nine people killed in a shootout involving bikers and police in Waco were released Thursday, nearly three months after the confrontation outside the Twin Peaks restaurant — but authorities still have not said who shot whom.

Police dog, suspect dead after chase, standoff in Ohio

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 06:22
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a police dog chasing two suspected car thieves was fatally shot, and one suspect was found dead after a standoff in Ohio.