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Delaware man takes search for long-lost brother to Facebook

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:47

Delaware man takes search for long-lost brother to FacebookMark Smith of Middletown, Delaware is using social media to find an important person in his life - his brother.


Utah law allows gun owners to use deadly force in many cases

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:47

Lt. Craig Martinez with the Orem Police Department speaks during a news conference Monday, May 4, 2015, in Orem, Utah. Utah police have identified a 26-year-old man who they say was fatally shot by a bystander after struggling with a woman while trying to steal her car in Orem over the weekend. Orem Police say Taulagi Matafeo of Springville was shot in the chest after he lunged for a gun pointed by a 31-year-old Orem man who intervened in the carjacking. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police say two Utah men fatally shot would-be criminals a few miles apart over the weekend, but neither shooter is expected to face charges in a gun-friendly state that was one of the first to pass a "Stand Your Ground"-style law more than 20 years ago.


Colorado woman who stole fetus bound over for trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:38
A Colorado woman who police say admitted cutting a fetus from a pregnant stranger she lured with an online ad for baby clothes was bound over for trial by a judge after a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, prosecutors said. Dynel Catrece Lane, 34, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, felony assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy over the attack in March on Michelle Wilkins in the town of Longmont, 30 miles north of Denver. Lane was bound over on all charges and her arraignment was scheduled for July 24, said Catherine Olguin, spokeswoman for the district attorney's office in Boulder. They then went with the fetus to the hospital, police said.

Officer charged in Gray death contends arrest was legal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:34
BALTIMORE (AP) — One of the Baltimore police officers who arrested Freddie Gray wants the police department and prosecutor to produce a knife that was the reason for the arrest, saying in court papers that it is an illegal weapon.

Rape added to murder and cannibalism charges against Indiana man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:33
A southern Indiana man who is facing a possible death penalty on charges that he killed his ex-girlfriend and ate part of her body has now been charged with raping her, an attorney representing the defendant said on Tuesday. The added charge against Joseph Oberhansley is intended to bolster the prosecution's case for the death penalty, attorney Mike McDaniel said. Oberhansley, 34, was charged last September in Clark County, Indiana, with breaking into the Jeffersonville home of his ex-girlfriend, Tammy Jo Blanton, murdering her and abusing her corpse by eating parts of it. It was added, McDaniel said, because the other charges were not strong enough to warrant the death penalty.

Canadian judge delays bail decision for ex-Gitmo inmate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:32

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2008 file courtroom drawing by artist Janet Hamlin, reviewed by the US military, Canadian-born accused terrorist Omar Khadr attends a pre-trial session in Camp Justice on the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Canadian government was in court Tuesday morning, May 5, 2015, seeking to block the release on bail of former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr while he appeals his conviction for war crimes in the United States.(AP Photo/Janet Hamlin, Pool, File)EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — A Canadian judge said Tuesday she needs more time to make a decision on whether a former Guantanamo Bay inmate should be released on bail while he appeals his conviction for war crimes in the United States.


Reforming Baltimore police will be time-consuming, costly

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:14

Protesters chant in front of police Monday, May 4, 2015, in Baltimore. Lt. Col. Melvin Russell said police pursued a man who was spotted on surveillance cameras and appeared to be armed with a handgun. Police said the man was taken into custody after a brief chase, during which a gunshot was heard. (Amy Davis/The Baltimore Sun via AP)BALTIMORE (AP) — Months before Freddie Gray died of the broken neck he suffered during what Baltimore's top prosecutor called an illegal arrest, the city's mayor and police commissioner said the department needed reform and asked the Justice Department for help reviewing officer misconduct.


Lynch's handling of police in Baltimore is contrast to Holder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:14
By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited Baltimore on Tuesday, in the wake of rioting over the death in police custody of Freddie Gray, she made a deliberate attempt to cast herself as different from her predecessor. She visited police headquarters. Former attorney general Eric Holder faced eerily similar circumstances to Lynch in August 2014, amid civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after Michael Brown was killed by a police officer. While Holder met with many people, including Brown's parents, he did not visit the police station.

Top NY lawmaker clings to power after corruption charges

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

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, arrives at his office at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on Monday, May 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Roske)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The leader of the state Senate defiantly dismissed a federal criminal complaint against him as "nothing more than a press release" on Tuesday and vowed to keep his position even as more of his fellow Republicans called for him to step down.


Colorado movie massacre gunman booby-trapped home with bombs, trial hears

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:12

File photo of accused Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes listens at his arraignment in CentennialBy Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - Colorado movie theater gunman James Holmes' apartment was rigged with improvised explosive devices, jars of napalm and fire-accelerating chemical powder sprinkled on the floor, an FBI expert told jurors at his trial on Tuesday. Prosecutors say Holmes, a 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student, planned to divert emergency crews by destroying his home in the Denver suburb of Aurora while he opened fire on a packed midnight premiere of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of murder and attempted murder for killing 12 people and wounding 70 in the July 2012 rampage. FBI bomb technician Special Agent Garrett Gumbinner, who interviewed the defendant soon after his arrest, showed the jury photos from Holmes' apartment near the theater, some taken with a remote-controlled bomb robot.


Pence signs needle-exchange bill as HIV outbreak cases grow

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:02
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana communities facing an HIV epidemic tied to intravenous drug use will have a way to implement needle-exchange programs under a measure Gov. Mike Pence signed into law Tuesday, as the number of confirmed cases in a rural outbreak grew to nearly 150.

Details of the debate in US states on oil drilling, fracking

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 05:59
Clashes are growing between cities and states across America over oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing, the practice of high pressure injections of water, sand and chemicals underground to free deposits of oil and gas. Energy-rich states are rushing to quash some of the local activism. Following is a summary of state debates.

Contract battle brewing over $14M Blackbeard 'treasure'

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

FILE- In this May 27, 2011 file photo, a 3,000 pound anchor from what is believed to be the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, is recovered from the ocean in Beaufort Inlet, in Carteret County, N.C. Nearly 300 years after the pirate flagship sank off the North Carolina coast, a shipwreck-hunting company and the state are battling over treasure linked to the vessel, but they're fighting with legal filings, not cutlasses, and the treasure is $14 million in disputed revenue and contract violations. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Nearly 300 years after the pirate Blackbeard's flagship sank off the North Carolina coast, a shipwreck-hunting company and the state are battling over treasure linked to the vessel — but they're fighting with legal filings, not cutlasses, and the treasure is $14 million in disputed revenue and contract violations.


Man accused in abduction, death of University of Virginia student charged with capital murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 05:44
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Man accused in abduction, death of University of Virginia student charged with capital murder.

Family pleads for answers after Camden Co. hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 05:44

Family pleads for answers after Camden Co. hit-and-runThe family of a man who was killed in a hit-and-run in Camden County, New Jersey is pleading with the public for any information.


N.Y. jury, after citing deadlock, retires with no verdict in Etan Patz case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 05:43

A poster with the writing of accused Pedro Hernandez is pictured in this undated evidence handout photo provided by defense attorney Alice Fontier.By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York jury retired for the day without reaching a verdict on Tuesday after telling the judge it was deadlocked in the murder trial of a man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz. The judge, who responded by ordering the panel back to work, allowed the jury to go home at the end of the day but return on Wednesday to keep weighing the fate of Pedro Hernandez. He is charged with murder and kidnapping in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. There is no limit to the number of times the judge could send the jury back to deliberate, but at some point such instructions would be considered coercive by an appeals court, said Alice Fontier, one of the defense attorneys.


US reprimands agents after man forgotten in San Diego cell

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 05:35
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration issued reprimands and suspensions of up to seven days to agents involved in detaining a college student who was handcuffed and forgotten in a cell for five days — punishments that drew criticism from the Justice Department and others for being too light.

Chicago asks school teachers to take 7 percent pay cut: union

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 05:32
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Three years after a public school strike, Chicago teacher contract talks are off to a rocky start, with the debt-burdened district demanding a 7 percent pay cut, union officials said on Tuesday. The Chicago Teachers Union said in a statement it was "highly insulted" by the district's demands, which include increases in health insurance premiums. Getting to a new contract, without another strike, will be the first major test of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's second term. Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett, appointed by Emanuel, took a leave of absence in April pending the outcome of a federal probe into a contract awarded to a company that had employed her.

Irish nanny charged in baby's death released after 2 years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 05:27

Aisling Brady McCarthy arrives for her bail hearing at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Mass., Tuesday, May 5, 2015. McCarthy, a nanny from Ireland, is accused of killing a 1-year-old Massachusetts girl in her care two years ago. (Josh Reynolds/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — An Irish nanny charged with killing a 1-year-old Massachusetts girl in her care more than two years ago was released on bail Tuesday while authorities review medical evidence.


Buffett again to auction lunch for California charity

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 05:27
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Those hoping to sit down to a meal with billionaire Warren Buffett should be prepared to shell out big bucks.