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Fetus debate looms following charges in womb-cutting case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:38

FILE - In this undated file photo, provided by the Longmont Police Department shows Dynel Lane, 34, who is accused of stabbing a pregnant woman in the stomach and removing her baby, while the expectant mother visited her home to buy baby clothes advertised on Craigslist authorities said. Catherine Olguin, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney's Office, said Thursday, March 26, 2015, that Lane will not be charged with murder in the baby's death. (AP Photo/ Longmont Police Department, File)DENVER (AP) — Colorado Republicans on Friday vowed to reopen a charged debate over a fetus' legal rights after prosecutors said they could not file homicide charges against a woman who allegedly cut an unborn child from her mother's belly.


No pay for ex-inmate cleared in murder, but not other crimes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:35
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A north Louisiana judge Friday denied state compensation for Glenn Ford, a former death row inmate exonerated in a 1983 murder but, state lawyers say, still implicated in related crimes.

Judge fines Washington florist over same-sex wedding flowers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:25
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding was fined $1,000 Friday, plus $1 for court costs and fees.

Feds: Baltimore jail illegally keeping juveniles in solitary

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:07

FILE - In this June 6, 2013, file photo, a prisoner transport van departs from the Baltimore City Detention Center in Baltimore. A U.S. Justice Department review says the jail is holding juveniles in isolation far too long. State corrections officials told The Associated Press on Friday, March 27, 2015, that they are committed to improving the situation. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)BALTIMORE (AP) — Teenagers awaiting trial on adult charges in Baltimore are being kept in solitary confinement for far too long — up to 143 days in one case, according to a highly critical review by the U.S. Justice Department's Division of Civil Rights.


Philadelphia schools to close day before Pope Francis' visit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:05
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Public school students in Philadelphia will get a day off before Pope Francis comes to town.

Arkansas Senate passes religion bill seen as targeting gays

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 06:56
The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a Republican-backed bill whose authors say is intended to protect religious freedoms but critics contend could allow businesses to refuse service to gay people. The bill advancing in the Republican-led Arkansas legislature says "governments should not substantially burden the free exercise of religion without compelling justification." Supporters say a business should not be forced to, for example, cater a same-sex wedding if doing so would violate the religious beliefs of the owner. Two of the most powerful companies in the United States, retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc, which has its home office in Arkansas, and technology giant Apple Inc came out against the measure. "We feel this legislation is counter to this core basic belief and sends the wrong message about Arkansas, as well as the diverse environment which exists in the state," a Walmart spokesman said in a statement.

Court upholds conviction of woman in Rwanda genocide case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 06:40
BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has upheld the conviction of a New Hampshire woman found guilty of lying about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide so she could obtain U.S. citizenship.

Lawmakers, police chiefs clash over secrecy of officer names

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 06:39

FILE - In this May 26, 2010, file photo, Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor, gestures during a news conference outside the Justice Department in Washington. Villasenor, writing as chief of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police has sent a letter to Gov. Doug Ducey urging him to veto a bill requiring police to keep the names of officers involved in shootings secret for two months. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona lawmakers thought they were doing police a favor when they passed a measure that would keep secret for two months the name of any officer involved in an on-duty shooting.


Scam targets utility customers across the country

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 06:36

Scam targets utility customers across the countryA scam is targeting utility customers across the country with con-artists calling and threatening to shut off their service.


Aaron Hernandez fiancee discusses money, gun at murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 06:35

Shayanna Jenkins, fiancee of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, testifies during his murder trial, Friday, March 27, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/CJ Gunther, Pool)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and his fiancee traded expressionless glances Friday as she took the witness stand to testify in his murder trial.


NY mayor: Someone may have 'inappropriately' tapped gas line

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 06:33

A man distributes pastries to weary firefighters at the site of an explosion and fire in the East Village neighborhood of New York, Friday, March 27, 2015. Thursday's inferno caused the collapse of three buildings and fire damage to a fourth, the fire department said. It left four people in critical condition and more than a dozen others injured and at least one family searching for a loved one. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — Someone may have improperly tapped a gas line before an explosion that leveled three apartment buildings and injured nearly two dozen people, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday as firefighters soaked the still-smoldering buildings and police searched for at least two missing people.


UN Security Council keeps in place Libya arms embargo

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 06:26
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday unanimously approved a resolution on Libya that keeps in place an arms embargo which the country's Western-recognized government says is hurting efforts to defend itself against the rise of the Islamic State group.

Amanda Knox 'tremendously relieved and grateful' after Italian court overturns conviction

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 06:21
SEATTLE (AP) — Amanda Knox 'tremendously relieved and grateful' after Italian court overturns conviction.

Homeland security chief visits New Orleans airport

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 06:19
KENNER, La. (AP) — U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson met Friday with security personnel at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, where a machete-wielding man was fatally shot last week during an attack on travelers and Transportation Safety Administration officers.

Medical examiner: 22-day-old baby girl starved to death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 06:12
BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A baby who was found dead in her car seat in a Florida restaurant parking lot had lost more than one-third of her body weight in the 22 days since she was born, a medical examiner testified Friday.

Internet outages reveal gaps in US broadband infrastructure

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 06:11

Mike Loucks poses in his home space exploration engineering office, with a tangle of dedicated cables behind, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Friday Harbor, Wash., in the San Juan Islands. Loucks lost Internet and phone service during a 10-day outage on the island in 2013. Other regions around the country also have fallen dark in recent years, sometimes for days at a time, because of failures or accidents affecting the nation’s broadband infrastructure. The failures have revealed vulnerabilities in the backbone of the nation’s high-speed Internet highway, which often lacks the detour routes necessary to quickly restore service when outages occur outside of major cities. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.


Two new accusers say Bill Cosby drugged, sexually assaulted them

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 06:05

Sunni Welles and attorney Gloria Allred hug as Margie Shapiro looks on during a news conference to allege that Welles and Shapiro believe that they were drugged and sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby, in Los AngelesTwo more women came forward on Friday accusing veteran comedian Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them decades ago, when they were in their teens. Sunni Welles and Margie Shapiro joined the more than three dozen women who have accused the 77-year-old comedian of sexual assault, reading statements alongside celebrity attorney Gloria Allred. He was Bill Cosby and I buried it in my memory until all of these brave women began to come forward," said Welles, who sobbed during her statement. Best known for his "America's Dad" persona Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-rated "Cosby Show," Cosby has never been charged over any of the allegations.


Doctor: Detroit boy found in basement was denied food, water

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 06:03
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit boy missing for 11 days during a highly publicized search until he was found in his basement was the victim of physical and psychological abuse, a doctor testified Friday at a hearing to determine if his father and stepmother will stand trial.

California woman, friend charged in alleged baby-theft plot

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 05:58

Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna, left, and Mayor Robert Garcia stand during a news conference in Long Beach, Calif., Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Southern California authorities have arrested four people in a plot to kidnap two newborn babies. The plot ended with the death of a 3-week-old girl and the shooting and beating of the children’s mothers, police said Wednesday. At left is an image of baby Eliza Delacruz, who was snatched Jan. 3, 2015, in Long Beach by a gunman who wounded her parents and uncle, Luna said. Her body was found the next day in a trash bin near the Mexican border. (AP Photo/The Daily Breeze, Scott Varley) MAGS OUT; NO SALESLONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A 47-year-old woman and a friend were charged Friday with kidnapping, murder and attempted murder in an alleged plot to steal babies that investigators say was an effort by the woman to convince her married boyfriend that she had given birth to his twins.


Man facing deportation in war crimes case seeks new trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 05:49
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A man convicted on charges he lied on a U.S. immigration form about his role in Bosnian war crimes is asking for a new trial, claiming jurors based the conviction on allegations prosecutors made during the trial rather than charges in his indictment.