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New York jury resumes deliberating case of boy missing since 1979

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 23:34

Stanley Patz, father of Etan Patz, arrives at the state Supreme Court in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jury deliberations resumed for a 14th day on Monday in the trial of a former deli worker who confessed to the 1979 killing of Etan Patz, a New York boy whose disappearance brought national attention to the issue of missing and abducted children. The jury has been struggling since April 15 to decide on kidnapping and murder charges against Pedro Hernandez, 54, in the death of 6-year-old Patz, who vanished on May 25, 1979 as he walked alone for the first time to a school bus stop. Last Wednesday, the jury told Justice Maxwell Wiley at state Supreme Court in Manhattan that it was deadlocked but he sent them back to keep trying. Patz's disappearance from his Soho neighborhood in Manhattan changed the way the United States responds to reports of missing children, and his picture was among the first to appear on milk cartons in a national campaign to locate them.


Police planned security for months before Texas shooting

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 23:31
(Reuters) - Police planned security for months before a Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad, where two men who fired at a police car were shot dead by police, police said on Monday. The two men carrying assault rifles began shooting at a police car at the event in Garland, Texas, on Sunday. They were shot dead by an off-duty traffic officer with a pistol, Garland Police spokesman Joe Harn said at a news conference.

Police: 1 officer fatally shot both gunmen outside Muhammad cartoon event, 'saved lives'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 23:27
GARLAND, Texas (AP) — Police: 1 officer fatally shot both gunmen outside Muhammad cartoon event, 'saved lives'

Firefighters battling wildfires in Pemberton Twp., N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 23:21

5 separate wildfires burning in Pemberton Twp., N.J.Firefighters are battling several wildfires that have now burned more than 50 acres in Pemberton Township, New Jersey.


AP NewsAlert

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 23:19
GARLAND, Texas (AP) — Police: No explosives in car of 2 men killed after opening fire outside Muhammad cartoon event.

Supreme Court hands win to Barclays over $4 billion in Lehman assets

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 23:17

A Barclays sign hangs outside a branch of the bank in the City of LondonThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed Barclays Plc to claim about $4 billion of disputed assets as part of its hurried purchase of much of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc's[LEHRG.UL] brokerage unit at the height of the 2008 financial crisis. The U.S. top court declined to hear an appeal filed by Lehman's creditors, leaving intact an August 2014 ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York that went in favor of Barclays. Barclays already had control of $3.5 billion of the disputed $4 billion. Trustee James Giddens has been seeking to recoup money for the brokerage's creditors, including Lehman affiliates and hedge funds.


Judge: Lawsuit by deaf inmate can go forward against sheriff

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 23:13
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A deaf man can go forward with his lawsuit against Arlington County Sheriff Beth Arthur after a federal judge said the allegations, if true, would amount to a serious violation of his constitutional rights.

Texas will have enough power to meet demand this summer: ERCOT

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 23:11
(Reuters) - Texas will have enough power supplies to meet expected demand this summer and autumn, the grid operator for most of the state said Monday. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) projected reserve margins in the grid would remain at comfortable levels in the double digits through 2025. In the past, ERCOT had warned reserve margins were expected to fall to dangerously low levels below 10 percent that could affect reliability during peak demand times. ERCOT said the grid had more than 77,000 megawatts of generation available to meet expected peak demand of about 68,000 MW.

Police ID mother, toddler killed when car slams into complex

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 23:10

This Saturday, May 2, 2015, photo provided by the Livemore, Calif., Police Department shows the scene after a car crashed into an apartment complex, killing a woman and toddler and slightly injuring two other children, in Livermore in Northern California. Police arrested Brian Jones, of Livermore on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and another alcohol-related driving count, Officer Ryan Sanchez said. (Ryan Sanchez/Livermore Police Department via AP)LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) — The names of a woman and a toddler who were killed when a suspected drunken driver crashed into a Northern California apartment complex have been released.


Justices seek U.S. government's views on Colorado marijuana law

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 23:00

A man waves a Colorado flag with a marijuana leaf on it at Denver's annual 4/20 marijuana rally in front of the state capitol buildingBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked President Barack Obama's administration for its views on a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma against Colorado over its voter-approved law legalizing recreational marijuana use by adults. The Obama administration has allowed states to experiment with marijuana legalization even though the drug remains illegal under federal law. There is no deadline for the U.S. Justice Department to respond to the court's request. In their challenge to Colorado's law, Nebraska and Oklahoma said marijuana is being smuggled across their borders and that drugs threaten the health and safety of children.


South Sudan ratifies Convention on the Rights of the Child

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 22:47
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — South Sudan has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international human rights treaty meant to protect children's rights to health, education and freedom from discrimination.

Car smashes into complex, kills woman, child walking outside

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 22:44

This Saturday, May 2, 2015, photo provided by the Livemore, Calif., Police Department shows the scene after a car crashed into an apartment complex, killing a woman and toddler and slightly injuring two other children, in Livermore in Northern California. Police arrested Brian Jones, of Livermore on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and another alcohol-related driving count, Officer Ryan Sanchez said. (Ryan Sanchez/Livermore Police Department via AP)LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) — A car driven by a suspected drunken driver crashed into a Northern California apartment complex, killing a woman and her toddler and slightly injuring two other children as they all walked together outside, police said.


3 congregants killed in semi, church van crash identified

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 22:36
WAWARSING, N.Y. (AP) — State police have identified three congregants of a New York City church who were killed when a tractor-trailer slammed into the van they were riding in after attending a religious retreat.

Royal baby name revealed: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 22:13

 Charlotte Elizabeth DianaThe name of Britain's new princess has been revealed: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.


Survey: States spent $1B-plus to clear winter snow and ice

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 22:09

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2015 file photo, aA snowplow clears a street near Quincy Market in Boston. More than $1 billion was spent and 6 million tons of salt used to keep highways operating in nearly two dozen states during the recent harsh winter, according to a first-ever survey of state transportation officials. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)BOSTON (AP) — Winter's full fury arrived late in much of the country, but once it did it was relentless, forcing state transportation agencies to spend more than $1 billion to keep highways safe and passable, according to a first-of-its-kind survey.


Thief swipes cash, ice cream from Mister Softee trucks

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 22:09

Thief swipes cash, ice cream from Mister Softee trucksPhiladelphia police are looking for a thief who broke into several ice cream trucks in Juniata Park.


Court rejects challenge to NJ ban on gay conversion therapy

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 21:48
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away a challenge to New Jersey's ban on so-called gay conversion therapy for patients under 18 years old.

U.S. top court rejects challenge to New Jersey 'gay conversion therapy' ban

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 21:46

A demonstrator waves a flag while awaiting decisions in two cases regarding same-sex marriage at the U.S. Supreme Court in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact New Jersey's ban on counseling intended to change the sexual orientation of gay children. The court declined to hear a challenge to the law, meaning that a September ruling by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the ban is the final word on the matter. The appeals court said the ban, which Republican Governor Chris Christie signed into law in August 2013, did not violate the free speech or religious rights of counselors offering "gay conversion therapy" to convert homosexual minors into heterosexuals. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder, but various conservative and religious groups have since argued that sexual orientation can be changed.


Mom charged with throwing baby into river; he was rescued

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 21:44
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania mother accused of throwing her 1-year-old son into a river before jumping from a bridge herself has been charged with attempted homicide.