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Woman accused of killing her newborns set to take plea deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:21

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2014, file photo, Megan Huntsman, accused of killing six of her newborn babies and storing their bodies in her garage, appears in court, in Provo, Utah. Huntsman appears set to take a plea deal Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. Prosecutors and attorneys for Huntsman have reached a resolution and requested a special setting for a hearing Thursday morning in Provo, Utah, online court records show. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman accused of killing six of her newborn babies and storing their bodies in her garage appears set to take a plea deal Thursday.

Victim of 1987 killing in Arizona identified as Spokane teen

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:11
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) — It's been almost three decades since a decomposed body was found in a culvert underneath a southern Arizona freeway.

Boston-area transit system head resigns after snow delays

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:07

 Josh Reynolds/AP)BOSTON (AP) — The head of the Boston-area public transit system resigned Wednesday amid commuter frustration over service disruptions during a spate of recent snowstorms that have pounded the region.

Police: Baby killed by mug thrown during parents' argument

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:04

 Baby killed by mug thrown during parents' argumentAn Ohio man, accused of throwing a coffee mug that hit his 2-month-old son in the head and killed him, has been jailed on $2.1 million bond.

Police: Man arrested in bizarre Nevada road-rage incident

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:53

In this Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, provided by the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, Cesar Romero, 20, poses for a mug shot in Reno, Nev., after he was booked on several charges accusing him of shooting a man in a road-rage incident on a suburban street in neighboring Sparks. Police say the other driver he allegedly shot in the chest wrestled the revolver away from him and beat him with a baseball bat before driving himself to the hospital in Romero's pickup truck. (AP Photo/Washoe County Sheriff's Office)SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada man has been arrested on allegations that he shot another man in a bizarre road-rage incident that ended with the victim driving himself to the hospital in the suspect's pickup.

New England snows may hold up roses and valentines

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:51

Commuters walk past piles of snow in front of Au Chocolat, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in downtown Boston. With streets boxed in by mountains of snow, delivery drivers in the region are struggling to deliver daily supplies to downtown stores, as well as Valentine's Day flowers and edibles. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)BOSTON (AP) — Have a heart if your Valentine's Day card and flowers from your beloved arrive a little late: Florists and other delivery drivers in Boston and surrounding parts of New England are having a hard time getting through the snow-choked streets.

Mom sues after suicidal inmate son kills himself at Rikers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:49

FILE - In this June 25, 2014 file photo, Desdemona Offley, center, holds a picture of her deceased son Quanell Offley, as she poses for a photo with two of her other children Quanmonique, left, and Isiah in New York. On Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, Desdemona Offley filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of New York over Quannell Offley’s November 2013 death from a suicide attempt while incarcerated at the Rikers Island. Offley hanged himself in his cell after a guard allegedly dared him to do so. He died in the hospital days later. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The mother of a suicidal New York City inmate who hanged himself in a Rikers Island solitary confinement cell in 2013 after repeatedly threatening to do so — and was even dared by one guard to do it — has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city.

Kanye West rolls back diss of Beck, calls Grammys a joke

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:39

 "It was kind of a joke like the Grammys themselves." (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Kanye West says he has nothing but respect for Beck. The Grammys? Not so much.

Convicted killer says state won't let him practice religion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:36
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A convicted killer has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the state of Connecticut, saying he's not allowed to practice his religion in prison.

Hundreds of New Jersey bridges in need of repair

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:33

Hundreds of New Jersey bridges in need of repairWell over 600 bridges in New Jersey are structurally deficient - some so bad they've been shut down - and money set aside to fix them is running out.

4 workers disciplined after school shooter's prison escape

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:31

FILE - In this March 19, 2013, file photo, T.J. Lane sits in court during his sentencing in Chardon, Ohio. Ohio has disciplined four employees for lapses that helped the convicted school shooter, Lane, and two other prison inmates briefly escape last year. The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, a technician failed to report he hadn't fixed a security camera, a maintenance supervisor and a repair worker put the wrong kind of lock on a door and a guard failed to properly conduct rounds. (AP Photo/The News-Herald, Duncan Scott, Pool, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Four prison workers have been disciplined over the escape last year of a convicted school shooter and two other inmates, the state announced Wednesday, citing the failure to fix a broken security camera and the wrong kind of lock put on a maintenance area door, among other lapses.

Footage of 1915 Chicago ship disaster that killed 844 found

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:31

FILE - In this July 24, 1915 file photo, passengers are rescued as they stand atop the Eastland passenger ship after the vessel capsized in the Chicago River in downtown Chicago. Film clips have surfaced of the 1915 disaster that left 844 people dead. The first-known footage of the Eastland disaster was spotted by Jeff Nichols, a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Chicago who was looking through seemingly unrelated material on World War I. (AP Photo/File)CHICAGO (AP) — Film clips have surfaced of a 1915 disaster that left 844 people dead when a ship headed to a company picnic capsized in the Chicago River.

Shares of cybersecurity firm FireEye up on 4Q beat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:26
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — FireEye Inc., the high-profile computer security company called in to investigate massive hacks at Sony Pictures and Anthem, reported fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday that show its business is growing but profit so far remains elusive.

'American Sniper' Kyle called Texas murder defendant 'nuts'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:26

Taya Kyle, widow of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, embraces a man outside of the courthouse as opening arguments are set to get underway in the trial of Routh, in Stephenville, TexasBy Jon Herskovitz STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - Shortly before being slain, Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL whose autobiography was turned into the hit movie "American Sniper," texted a friend next to him in a pickup truck that the man who moments later would shoot them both was "nuts," a defense lawyer said on Wednesday. A Texas jury heard opening statements and the first witness in the trial of former U.S. Marine Eddie Ray Routh, 27. He is charged with murdering Kyle and Chad Littlefield, Kyle's friend and neighbor, in February 2013 at a shooting range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth. As the three men sped over Texas country roads, Kyle, who was credited with the most kills of any U.S. sniper, sent a text to Littlefield that read: "This dude is straight up nuts," defense attorney Tim Moore told jurors.

Maine firm faces fines for dangerous robots, violations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:24
AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Maine fabric manufacturing company faces more than $100,000 in federal fines for safety violations including the use of robots that could harm workers.

NYC police officer charged in stairwell shooting of unarmed man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:23

New York City Police (NYPD) officer Peter Liang arrives at criminal court for an arraignment hearing in the Brooklyn borough of New York CityBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A rookie New York City police officer was charged with second-degree manslaughter and five other offenses on Wednesday for the fatal shooting of an unarmed man in a dark stairwell of a housing project last November. Officer Peter Liang was patrolling with his partner in the Brooklyn housing project at about 11:15 p.m. on Nov. 20 when his gun discharged a single bullet, killing Akai Gurley, 28, who was in the stairwell a flight below with a female companion. Liang's indictment by a grand jury stands in stark contrast to other cases of police officers who have killed unarmed black men. Last year, grand juries in New York and Missouri found no criminal wrongdoing in the two incidents that caught national attention, sparking waves of angry protests.

Man charged with global stock manipulation scam released

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:22
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Florida man who federal prosecutors in New Jersey say bragged about making up to $50 million a month by running an international stock manipulation scheme using a practice known as layering has been released on $750,000 bond.

Polygamist wedding officiant gets early release in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:20
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS, Texas (Reuters) - Texas has granted an early parole to Fredrick Merril Jessop, a former polygamist bishop serving time for officiating at the marriage of his then 12-year-old daughter to sect leader Warren Jeffs, officials said on Wednesday. The Texas Board of Pardons and Parole voted last month to release Jessop, 79, within 90 days from a West Texas prison, where he was scheduled to serve 10 years for the illegal wedding, spokesman Raymond Estrada said. Jeffs' polygamist sect, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which experts estimate has 10,000 followers in North America, has been condemned by the mainstream Mormon Church and is accused of promoting marriages between older men and underage girls.

New Jersey man allegedly targeted police officers in mortgage fraud scheme

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:14

New Jersey man allegedly targeted police officers in mortgage fraud schemePolice in South Jersey have arrested a man they say has been scamming people out of their hard earned money and very nearly out of their homes.

2 men convicted of molesting woman invited to Bible study

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:06
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Two men accused of luring a mentally disabled woman to a home under the pretense of participating in Bible study before taking turns sexually assaulting her and kicking her out during a snowstorm have been convicted.