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Army: Barricaded in office, Ft. Lee soldier shot herself

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:25

 Barricaded in office, Ft. Lee soldier shot herselfThe Army says early reports indicated that a female soldier turned a gun on herself and fired one shot, injuring herself, at Fort Lee in Virginia.


Ohio landlords to pay $850,000 in housing discrimination case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:19
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio couple who own apartment buildings agreed to pay $850,000 to settle complaints they discriminated against both African-American renters and families with children, a spokesman for the United States Attorney's Office said Monday. John and Mary Ruth, owners of three apartment complexes located in Massillon, 20 miles south of Akron, agreed to pay $650,000 in damages and legal fees to multiple plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Stark County, former residents and employees.   The Ruths will also pay a $25,000 fine to the government and $175,000 in damages to 11 former residents and employees after agreeing to a consent order that resolves the lawsuit without trial and without the defendant admitting guilt in the matter, according to U.S. The federal lawsuit filed in 2011 claims that 10 of the couple's former employees testified that they were instructed to violate the Fair Housing Act (FHA) by allowing no more than one third of all apartment units be rented to African-Americans.   The Ruths told managers, "that African-American tenants were undesirable and decreased the value of the complexes" and that families with children were also not desirable and "should be restricted to basement or first floor units," according to court documents.   Former employees interviewed for the lawsuit said that existing tenants were given "discriminatory treatment in an effort to induce them to move out" and managers were pressured to manufacture grounds to evict them or be fired.   "It is a sad fact that decades after the passage of the Fair Housing Act, many people still face unlawful discrimination when looking for housing," said Molly Moran, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.

Prosecution questions Virginia ex-governor in corruption trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:17

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell testified on Monday that his finances were in good shape as he underwent prosecution questioning in the fifth week of his federal corruption trial. McDonnell, 60, testified under cross-examination that he did not need money from businessman Jonnie Williams Sr. The dietary supplement entrepreneur is alleged to have given McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, $177,000 in gifts and loans to promote his company. Attorney Michael Dry pointed to emails from Maureen McDonnell and the governor's sister expressing concern about financial problems. Dry then pointed to the $50,000 loan that Williams gave Maureen McDonnell and the $70,000 in loans to McDonnell through the corporation that McDonnell and his sister had set up to run beach properties.


Ferguson schools reopen, offer calm amid chaos

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:11

Normandy High School football players, students and parents observe a moment of silence for Michael Brown before the start of the first game of the school year, in Ferguson, MoFERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Schools in Ferguson welcomed back students from their summer breaks on Monday, providing the children with a much-needed break from the raucous street protests and police patrols that have gripped the St. Louis suburb since a white officer killed an unarmed black man more than two weeks ago.


Man arrested for shooting dogs suspected in three L.A. homicides

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:11
By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 34-year-old man who was arrested after shooting two dogs over the weekend is also considered a suspect in three homicides committed within an hour across Los Angeles' sprawling San Fernando Valley, police said on Monday. Alexander Hernandez of Sylmar was detained on animal cruelty charges after shooting two dogs to death on Saturday, Los Angeles Police spokeswoman Liliana Preciado said.    Hernandez was also a suspect in the fatal shootings of a man in his twenties or thirties, a woman about 50 years old, and a woman in her early twenties whose two family members were also wounded, Preciado said. Preciado said Hernandez was linked to the three killings because it appeared the same shotgun involved in the murders was used to shoot the dogs.   The suspect may have fired at the victims from a tan or gold SUV with tinted windows driving through a suburb outside of Los Angeles in the pre-dawn hours.    Los Angeles Police captain William Hayes told reporters at a press conference on Sunday evening that Hernandez barricaded himself in his home for an hour on Sunday night, after which a police SWAT team took him into custody.   “You have three grievous incidents, you have horrendous incidents,” Hayes said at the briefing outside Hernandez’s home.

Penn State student dies, possibly fell from crane

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 03:49

Penn State student dies, possibly fell from cranePolice in central Pennsylvania say a Penn State freshman died from a fall at a construction site on campus over the weekend.


Lawyers for Texas Governor Perry file motion to dismiss charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 03:46

Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential race waits to speak at a "NH GOP Victory Rally" in StrathamBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Attorneys for Texas Governor Rick Perry filed a motion on Monday to dismiss two felony charges of abusing his power, saying it is unjust to prosecute the leader of the state over a political dispute by trying to criminalize a veto. Perry, a possible candidate in the 2016 Republican presidential race, was indicted earlier this month for trying to use the veto to force the resignation of a prosecutor in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in the Republican-dominated state. "Subjecting any sitting governor to a criminal prosecution and injecting the judiciary into a political dispute would be an unprecedented assault on this cherished separation of powers," the motion filed in a Travis County district court said. Perry, the longest-serving governor in the state's history, became the target of an ethics investigation last year after he vetoed $7.5 million in funding for the state public integrity unit run from the Travis County district attorney's office.


Police: Penn State student dies after fall from crane

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 03:45

Penn State student dies, possibly fell from cranePolice in central Pennsylvania say a Penn State freshman died from a fall at a construction site on campus over the weekend.


Detroit police to eventually leave federal oversight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 03:42
By Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit police on Monday began a transition away from federal oversight that was launched more than a decade ago after accusations about excessive force and its witness detention practices, officials said. Justice Department had set up a court-ordered monitor in 2003 for Detroit police after a 2-1/2-year investigation concluded there was a pattern of misconduct. District Judge Avern Cohn in Detroit terminated that agreement between the Justice Department and Detroit police and approved a plan both have agreed on that would end federal oversight of the department in 18 months. The steps taken Monday come at a heightened time of national scrutiny of police forces, particularly after a white police officer shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

Four bodies found floating off Florida coast prompt questions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 03:31
Coast Guard was no longer actively searching as of Monday afternoon but asked boaters to report anything that might be related to the bodies discovered on Sunday in debris in the Atlantic Ocean near Hollywood, Florida, said Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss. The four bodies were found about 20 nautical miles (37 km) off the coast, the Coast Guard said. Aerial teams had spotted what appeared to be other bodies on Sunday, but none turned up during subsequent searches by the Coast Guard overnight and early on Monday, Doss said. Cubans sometimes attempt flee the communist-ruled island by using rafts or other flimsy craft to reach Florida, where they can stay if they set foot on dry land.

Georgia 13-year-old killed in bed likely not intended target: police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 02:59
A 13-year-old Georgia boy who was shot and killed by an older teenager while he slept may have been the victim of mistaken identity, police said on Monday. Nizzear Rodriguez was shot in his bed by an intruder at about 3 a.m. on Sunday in Carrollton, about 50 miles west of Atlanta, said Carrollton police Captain Jami Sailors. Police think Rodriguez was not the intended target of the shooting.

Last Call: Pluto-bound craft crosses Neptune orbit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 02:51
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA calls it a cosmic coincidence.

Police ID woman killed by Amtrak train in Claymont, Del.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 02:50

Police ID woman killed by Amtrak train in Claymont, Del.Delaware State Police say they don't know why a Newark woman was walking on the railroad tracks when she was fatally struck by an Amtrak passenger train near the Claymont station.


Activists, newspapers sue over blocked access to Oklahoma executions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 02:45
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Activists groups and two newspapers sued on Monday to try and prevent Oklahoma prison officials from blocking what can be seen by witnesses to executions, in a lawsuit prompted by the state screening off its death chamber in a botched execution in April. Before that, convicted murderer and rapist Lockett, 38, was seen by witnesses lifting his head, mumbling and twisting on the gurney.

Police dog corners burglary suspect under bed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 02:43

Lehigh County man dies after assault in Ocean City, Md.New Castle County Police say a police dog helped corner a burglary suspect inside the Claymont home.


U.S. murder suspect in Bali denied private legal consultations: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 02:43

The daughter of an American woman found dead inside a suitcase in Bali gestures while in custody in a police station in DenpasarBy Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago-area teenager detained in connection with the death of her mother on the resort island of Bali is not being allowed to meet privately with her legal team in Indonesia, her U.S.-based lawyer said on Monday. Michael Elkin, Chicago-based attorney for 19-year-old Heather Mack, called on Indonesian authorities to allow her local legal advisers and investigators working on her case to meet with her in a private setting. Mack and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, 21, were arrested on Aug. 13 as suspects in the death of Mack's mother, 62-year-old Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose battered body was found in a suitcase in a taxi outside the luxury St. Regis hotel.


Suspect held in deadly California shooting spree

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 02:42
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who was detained late Sunday as a person of interest in a series of apparently random shootings that claimed three lives in suburban Los Angeles was booked on animal-cruelty charges Monday as detectives worked to link him to the three homicides, a police spokesman said.

At least 400 Florida beachgoers stung by jellyfish

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 02:15

New Smyrna BeachJellyfish stung at least 400 Florida beachgoers over the weekend, prompting lifeguards to raise purple flags warning of hazardous marine life off the state's east coast, authorities said on Monday. All you can see are the ones on shore," said Volusia County Beach Safety Captain Tammy Marris. Jellyfish stings can be dangerous or fatal in rare cases in which the victim is severely allergic to the venom. Marris said the size of the swarm and number of people stung are not unusual, adding that it is hard for beachgoers to predict when the jellyfish will wash towards shore.


Police warn of 'one-ring phone scam'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 02:09

Police warn of 'one-ring phone scam'Police are warning residents about the "one-ring phone scam" targeting cell phones across the country which rack up huge phone bill charges.


UPS, pilots' union barred from air crash probe

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 01:54
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal accident board has told UPS and its pilots' union they can no longer participate in the agency's investigation of a crash that killed two of the cargo shipper's pilots.