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Baltimore grand jury indicts police in death of Freddie Gray

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:34

File photo of Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby speaking on recent violence in BaltimoreA grand jury has brought charges against six Baltimore police officers in the death of a black man who suffered fatal neck injuries while in police custody, a case that touched off angry protests and a day of looting and arson in the Maryland city. The charges, including a count of second-degree murder against one of the officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray, were announced on Thursday by Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby. Mosby, a 35-year-old African American who took office in January, surprised many Baltimoreans early this month by announcing her swift decision to seek the charges.


Justice Department eyes voting reforms for American Indians

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:30
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking legislation that would require state and local election officials to work with American Indian tribes to locate at least one polling place on or near each tribe's land.

Washington state police officer shoots two men accused of stealing beer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:25
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A police officer in the Washington state capital of Olympia shot and wounded two unarmed black men suspected of trying to steal beer from a local supermarket on Thursday, law enforcement said. The two brothers, aged 21 and 24, were hospitalized, one of them in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds, Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts said at a news conference. Officer Ryan Donald, a three-year veteran of the Olympia Police Department, told authorities the men had no weapons but attacked him with a skateboard, and that he had issued a verbal warning before opening fire.

Colorado theater shooting jurors see graphic autopsy photos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:23
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting case on Thursday viewed autopsy photos of some of the 12 people who were killed in the attack, a graphic ending to the fourth week of the death penalty trial that is expected to run through the summer.

Man convicted of setting up wife's killing sentenced to life

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:22
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A New York City man convicted of setting up the fatal shooting of his wife while they were on a walk with one of their young sons in New Jersey was sentenced to life in prison Thursday.

Flavor Flav arrested in Vegas, suspected of impaired driving

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:19

This undated booking photo provided by the Clark County Detention Center shows William Drayton Jr. aka Flavor Flav after his arrest in Las Vegas. Authorities say they arrested the entertainer shortly after midnight on Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Las Vegas for driving under the influence, speeding, possessing less than an ounce of marijuana and having an open container of alcohol in the 2005 black BMW he was driving. (Clark County Detention Center via AP)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Flavor Flav was arrested in Las Vegas early Thursday on allegations of driving under the influence, speeding, possessing less than an ounce of marijuana and having an open container of alcohol in the 2005 black BMW he was driving, authorities said.


New report on Attica prison riot reveals inmates were beaten

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:16

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 1971 file photo, prison guards and New York State troopers gather outside Attica State Prison as they prepare to enter the prison and retake it after inmates rioted and held the prison for five days, in Attica, N.Y. More than 40 years after the nation’s bloodiest prison rebellion, newly released documents contain accounts, some never before seen publicly, from National Guardsmen and a doctor who said they saw injured inmates beaten with clubs and others with wounds indicating they were tortured as state police and guards retook control. (AP Photo, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More than 40 years after the nation's bloodiest prison rebellion, newly released documents contain accounts, some never before seen publicly, from National Guardsmen and a doctor who said they saw injured inmates beaten with clubs and others with wounds indicating they were tortured as state police and guards retook control of Attica.


Restaurant that was scene of deadly Texas gang fight sued by neighbor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:11

Police offices walk near a Twin Peaks restaurant where nine members of a motorcycle gang were shot and killed in WacoBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas sports bar where a deadly brawl between rival motorcycle gangs erupted earlier this week is being sued by a neighboring restaurant for loss of business, lawyers said on Thursday. Don Carlos Mexican Restaurant is suing Peaktastic Beverage LLC, the franchise owner of the Waco Twin Peaks restaurant, and the franchise operator for gross negligence, according to a statement from the lawyers. Lawyers said police deemed Don Carlos a crime scene and forced it to close as authorities gathered evidence from the parking lot it shared with Twin Peaks.


California man gets 13 years in prison for fatal Halloween hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:08
A California man was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison on Thursday for striking and killing three 13-year-old girls as they crossed a street while trick-or-treating on Halloween, then fleeing the scene in his damaged vehicle. Jaquinn Ramone Bell, 32, pleaded guilty in March to vehicular manslaughter in the Oct. 31 incident, in which twin sisters and another friend were run over at a crosswalk in Santa Ana, about 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Bell, who was driving on a suspended license and had his two children in the car when he hit the girls, fled the scene and did not call police or stop to help, prosecutors said.

Senators offer compromise on domestic surveillance changes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:08

In this image from Senate video, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and a Republican presidential contender, speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday afternoon, May 20, 2015, at the Capitol in Washington, during a long speech opposing renewal of the Patriot Act. Paul claimed he was filibustering, but under the Senate rules, he wasn’t. (Senate TV via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee floated a compromise Thursday that would end bulk collection of phone records by the National Security Agency after a two-year transition period, leaving it up to the House to accept the deal or allow expiration of government surveillance powers June 1.


Newtown must pay long-term disability to cop after massacre

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:06
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut state board has ruled that Newtown must pay long-term disability to a police officer who developed anxiety and depression after responding to the 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Colorado movie gunman kept detailed financial records, jury told

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:57

Colorado shooting suspect James Eagan Holmes makes his first court appearance in AuroraBy Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - Detectives who searched the booby-trapped apartment of Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes found medicines prescribed by his school psychiatrist as well as detailed financial records, the jury in his murder trial heard on Thursday. Holmes, 27, could face the death penalty if convicted of killing 12 people and wounding 70 others inside a packed midnight premiere of a Batman film at a Denver-area multiplex in July 2012. Jurors on Thursday heard how police cataloged the contents of the apartment after bomb experts neutralized multiple improvised bombs Holmes had rigged up.


NJ students plant 6,800 flags in honor of Memorial Day

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:52

NJ students plant 6,800 flags in honor of Memorial DayIn Manahawkin, New Jersey, students have planted a field of flags as a way of creating a visual and respectful tribute for Memorial Day.


Suspect at large in slaying of Missouri woman kept in box

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:51

James B. Horn Jr. of Sedalia, Missouri is pictured in this undated handout photoBy Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - A Missouri woman who escaped captivity from a wooden box three weeks ago was found dead in a home on Thursday, along with her teenage son, and police are searching for the man suspected both of locking her up and killing her. Officers found Sandra Kay Sutton, 46, and son Zachary Wade Sutton, 17, shot dead in a house in Clinton, Missouri, at about 4:20 a.m., according to a news release from the Clinton Police Department. On April 30, Sutton told police her former boyfriend, identified as James B. Horn Jr, 47, had routinely locked her in a box in their home in Sedalia, Missouri, over a four-month period.


Jim Kenney meets with Mayor Michael Nutter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:49
Fresh off his Democratic primary win, mayoral nomine Jim Kenney sat down with current Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

New York prison guard in inmate death case gets last-minute reprieve

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:45
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former supervising guard at New York City's Rikers Island, convicted of refusing to help a dying inmate at the troubled jail complex, convinced a judge to postpone sentencing on Thursday when he claimed at the last minute that his lawyer had not represented him properly. Terrence Pendergrass, 51, was found guilty in December in New York of a federal civil rights crime for failing to summon medical assistance for Jason Echevarria, a mentally ill prisoner who died hours after swallowing a toxic "soap ball" used to clean cells. Pendergrass, who faces up to 10 years in prison, was perhaps seconds away from hearing U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams impose his sentence when he claimed his lawyer, Sam Braverman, had not done a good job.

Aaron Hernandez sports neck tattoo at latest court hearing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:38

Sporting a new neck tattoo former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez sits at the defense table during his arraignment on a charge of trying to silence a witness in a double murder case against him by shooting the man in the face at Suffolk Superior Court, Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Boston. Hernandez was convicted last month in the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool)BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez, sporting a new neck tattoo while making his first court appearance since being sentenced to life in prison for murder, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a charge he tried to silence a witness in a separate double murder case by shooting him in the face.


Transgender California inmate seeking surgery wins parole recommendation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:32
A California board recommended parole on Thursday for a transgender inmate convicted of second-degree murder, the same day an appeals court put on hold a ruling requiring the state to pay for the prisoner's sex-reassignment surgery, officials said. Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, 51, who was born male but identifies as a woman and is held with male inmates at Mule Creek State Prison, is seeking to become the first inmate in state history to undergo the surgery. The board of parole's finding on Thursday that Norsworthy is suitable for parole could take up to five months to finalize, after California Governor Jerry Brown has an opportunity to affirm or reverse the recommendation.

Nebraska votes to scrap ban on immigrant driver's licenses

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:30
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's Legislature voted Thursday to end the nation's last ban on driving privileges for young people brought into the United States illegally as children, agreeing to scrap the policy by a veto-proof margin even as the state's new Republican governor continued to signal his opposition.

New York's Westchester County settles U.S. water safety lawsuit, pays record fine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:27
New York's Westchester County will spend roughly $12 million to settle a federal government lawsuit alleging that its failure to properly treat drinking water exposed thousands of residents to greater risk of severe gastrointestinal illness. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara on Thursday said that under a consent decree, the county will spend about $10 million on capital improvements in Water District No. 1, which serves about 175,000 residents of Yonkers, White Plains, Mount Vernon, Scarsdale and North Castle, all suburbs north of New York City. Westchester will also pay a $1.11 million fine, a record civil penalty against a public water system operator under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, and spend $691,000 on other environmental projects, Bharara said.