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Mayor rejects criticism about handling of ex-police chief

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 06:27

Salt Lake City police chief Chris Burbank looks on as he speaks with reporters during a news conference Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Burbank says he was forced to resign by Salt Lake City mayor Ralph Becker for the way he handled a sexual harassment claim. Burbank said he submitted his resignation after being told he would need to read a prewritten apology to avoid being fired. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The ousting of Salt Lake City's police chief amid growing questions about the handling of female officers' sexual harassment claims came abruptly. But activists and the police union were left wondering Friday why it didn't happen sooner.


Parents of NAACP leader say she lied about her race

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 06:27

FILE - In this July 24, 2009, file photo, Rachel Dolezal, a leader of the Human Rights Education Institute, stands in front of a mural she painted at the institute's offices in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Dolezal, now president of the Spokane, Wash., chapter of the NAACP, is facing questions about whether she lied about her racial identity, with her family saying she is white but has portrayed herself as black. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Rachel Dolezal leads the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, teaches African studies to college students and sits on a police oversight commission.


Q&A: A look at California's senior water rights holders

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 06:25
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Farmers and other landowners who staked some of the earliest claims to California's water are the latest to face mandatory cutbacks ordered by the state during the relentless drought.

Got pot? San Francisco to host medical marijuana food fair

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 06:21

FILE - This Feb. 1, 2011 file photo shows medical marijuana clone plants at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. Marijuana still is only legal for medical purposes in California, but that isn't stopping purveyors of pot-infused cupcakes, ice cream, popcorn and other treats from putting on the "Get Baked Sale," an outdoor food festival to showcase their wares, on Saturday, June 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, imagine what a pancake breakfast might do for medical marijuana.


Utah board of ed member, wife, 2 children die in plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 06:18

In this photo provided by The Houston Herald, authorities investigate a plane crash Friday, June 12, 2015 near Huggins, Mo. Authorities say C. Mark Openshaw, 43 a Utah State Board of Education member, his wife and two of their children died and another child was hurt when their small plane crashed while taking off from a relative's grass airstrip. The family was returning to their Provo, Utah, home after visiting relatives. (Doug Davison/Houstonherald.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDITKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Utah State Board of Education member, his wife and two of their children died Friday morning and another child was hurt when their small plane crashed while taking off from a relative's grass airstrip in southwest Missouri, authorities said.


Police: Suspects fired most shots in Texas biker melee

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 06:12
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Texas officers involved in a deadly shooting outside a biker gathering in Waco had disabled the automatic setting on their rifles, and most of the dozens of shell casings found at the scene were from suspects' guns, police said Friday.

Report: Immigrant quotas benefit for-profit prison operators

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 06:07

FILE - This Feb. 10, 2009 file photo shows the privately-run South Texas Detention Center in Pearsall, Texas. According to a new report by a prison reform advocacy group, U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement has to pay for 3,225 immigrant beds daily at five detention facilities in Texas _ the most of any state _  but the agency has not disclosed how many of those beds are left empty. The report alleges the quota system encourages incarceration and could be wasteful in times of slower immigration. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Minimum occupancy quotas at immigrant detention facilities nationwide benefit for-profit prison operators by guaranteeing the government pays for thousands of detainees, regardless of whether those spots are filled, according to a new report by a group that monitors immigrant detention.


Court blocks immediate release of last of Louisiana's 'Angola Three'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 06:05
Albert Woodfox, 68, is the last of three black inmates who gained notoriety for their long stays in isolation at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. The men said they were targeted for joining the Black Panther Party and advocating for prison reforms. Woodfox is believed to have spent more time in solitary confinement than nearly any other prisoner in U.S. penal history, mostly in Louisiana's infamous Angola prison in a cell measuring roughly 6 feet by 8 feet (1.8 metres by 2.4 metres), according to his attorney.

New York woman arrested on charges of helping two prisoners escape: police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 06:00
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A female employee of an upstate New York prison was arrested on Friday on charges that she helped two inmates escape, New York State Police said.

New York manhunt echoes 1945 escape in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 05:54

New York manhunt echoes 1945 escape in PhiladelphiaThe brazen prison escape of convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat in New York state has all the makings of a Hollywood movie, but decades ago a prison escape just like it happened right here in Philadelphia.


Prosecutors move to keep Hastert evidence secret

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 05:45

Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert is surrounded by officers as he leaves federal court after pleading not guilty to federal charges of trying to hide large cash transactions and lying to the FBI in ChicagoFederal prosecutors on Friday petitioned a judge to keep secret their evidence in the case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of trying to hide cash transactions and lying to the FBI about it. Hastert had allegedly paid close to $2 million to an individual to conceal past misconduct, which was reportedly sexual contact with a male student while he was a teacher and coach in the 1960s and 1970s. In a motion filed before Judge Thomas Durkin, who is hearing the Hastert case, prosecutors said sensitive information in the case should not be disseminated because it would "adversely affect ... the privacy interests of third parties" and also said that Hastert's defense attorneys do not oppose the motion.


Authorities investigate alleged abuse at Colorado dairy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 05:30
DENVER (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether any of the workers at a Colorado dairy farm filmed kicking and hitting cows should be charged with a crime. But they could have a hard time finding the workers and prosecuting them if they do.

Prosecutor: Slain mom, girl were witnesses against suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 05:29

This photo provided by the Lancaster County Prison via LNP shows Leeton Jahwanza Thomas. Thomas, who is facing trial on child sexual assault charges, fatally stabbed a woman and her 16-year-old daughter "to silence them" because they were set to testify against him, a prosecutor said Friday, June 12, 2015, calling it an "absolute attack on the system." (Lancaster County Prison/LNP via AP)QUARRYVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A man facing trial on child sexual assault charges fatally stabbed a woman and her 16-year-old daughter "to silence them" because they were set to testify against him, a prosecutor said Friday, calling it an "absolute attack on the system."


U.S. court throws out al Qaeda publicist's conspiracy conviction

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 05:26
A divided U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out the last remaining conviction of a Yemeni man prosecuted in an American military court at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. naval base in Cuba for serving as a publicist for al Qaeda. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 in favor of Ali Hamza al Bahlul, who made videos for Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda organization.

Man charged with putting noose on statue to plead guilty

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 05:26
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A man charged with hanging a noose around a college statue dedicated to integration and diversity is going to plead guilty.

Court: Iowa residents have right to be drunk on front porch

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 05:20
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The right to be drunk on the front porch of a private home was endorsed Friday by the Iowa Supreme Court, which said a woman can't be convicted of public intoxication while standing on her front steps.

Man shot in the abdomen in Logan

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 05:18

Man shot in the abdomen in LoganA man was found suffering multiple gunshot wounds to the abdomen in Philadelphia's Logan section.


States agree to cut pollutants behind Lake Erie algae

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 05:18

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2014 file photo, the City of Toledo water intake crib is surrounded by algae in Lake Erie, about 2.5 miles off the shore of Curtice, Ohio. Ohio and Michigan have agreed to sharply reduce phosphorus runoff blamed for a rash of harmful algae blooms on Lake Erie that have contaminated drinking water supplies and contributed to oxygen-deprived dead zones where fish can't survive, Friday, June 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio and Michigan have agreed to sharply reduce phosphorus runoff blamed for a rash of harmful algae blooms on Lake Erie that have contaminated drinking water supplies and contributed to oxygen-deprived dead zones where fish can't survive.


Man gets 25-40 years in prison in French street artist death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 05:13
DETROIT (AP) — A young man who pleaded guilty in the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old French street artist during a robbery outside an abandoned Detroit housing project was sentenced Friday to 25 to 40 years in prison.

White House fence jumper seeks sentence of time served

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 05:06

New River Regional Jail booking photo of Omar GonzalezThe U.S. Army veteran who entered the White House with a knife should be sentenced to time served followed by supervised release, his attorney said in a court filing on Friday. Omar Gonzalez, 43, of Cooperas Cove, Texas, is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday in U.S. District Court for breaching White House security in September. Gonzalez's attorney, federal public defender David Bos, said he should be sentenced to the nine months he has been held in jail, followed by three years of supervised release.