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Satanic Temple sees Arkansas as possible monument location

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 05:27

This 2014 photo provided by The Satanic Temple shows a bronze Baphomet, which depicts Satan as a goat-headed figure surrounded by two children. The Satanic Temple, a group advocating the separation of church and state, is considering proposing that the statue be placed outside the Arkansas Statehouse after their first choice of the Oklahoma Capitol grounds was scuttled in 2015 by a state Supreme Court ruling barring all religious monuments. (The Satanic Temple via AP)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling that will rid the Capitol grounds of a religious monument has simultaneously scuttled the plans of a group advocating for a Satanic statue there, and they now hope to enshrine the deity outside the Arkansas Statehouse.


Three-year-old Texas boy dies after accidentally shooting himself

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 05:11
A 3-year-old Texas boy who shot himself at a Houston-area home over the weekend died on Monday from the wound, officials said. "When they went in to check on him, he had apparently located a .380 semiautomatic pistol that was in the bedroom and had apparently accidentally shot himself in the head," Sergeant Ben Beall of the Harris County Sheriff's Office was quoted as saying by broadcaster KHOU.

Ex-friend: Was told about Indiana house explosion in advance

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 05:11
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A man accused of blowing up his Indianapolis home for the insurance money, killing two neighbors and devastating a neighborhood in the process, told a former friend some days before the explosion that his house had blown up and that he wanted to buy a luxury car, the ex-friend testified Monday.

Panel: Possible aerial attack on Hammarskjold plane in 1961

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 05:08
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An independent review of new information about the mysterious 1961 plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold puts to rest claims that he was assassinated after surviving the crash but provides new information about a possible aerial attack or interference.

2 men charged with killing NYC escort at Massachusetts hotel

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 05:00
WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — Two Massachusetts men pleaded not guilty Monday in the shooting death of a female escort from New York City who prosecutors say was killed during a robbery attempt.

One killed, five injured in NYC apartment blaze

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 05:00
One person was killed and five were injured in a New York apartment fire on Monday that forced some occupants to jump from a burning three-story building, fire officials said. The blaze broke out at about 1:45 a.m. at the Brooklyn structure and was extinguished a half-hour later, a spokesman for the New York City Fire Department said. At least two people leapt from the building, said the fire department spokesman, who did not know what floor they were on.

Man convicted of aiding Islamic State found with box cutter

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 04:58
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man living at a halfway house while awaiting sentencing on a terror charge was returned to custody in April after a box cutter was found under his bed, according to a court document filed Monday.

Court: Georgia official can set Vidalia onion packing date

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 04:57

FILE - In this June 10, 2013 file photo, guest worker Vegelio Sausera pulls Vidalia onions while harvesting a field in Lyons, Ga. Georgia's agriculture commissioner can set a packing date for the state's famed Vidalia onions, an appeals court ruled Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's agriculture commissioner can set a packing date for the state's famed Vidalia onions, an appeals court has ruled.


Man pleads guilty in crash that killed mom, 3 young sons

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 04:56
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man accused of drag racing before a crash that killed a woman and her three young sons pleaded guilty Monday to four counts of vehicular homicide.

Carjacker steals police cruiser, captured after New Jersey car chase

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 04:55
Sereymanta Kong, 22, was accused in the Sunday incident and was being held on $1 million bail, police said. Kong stole a Mercedes belonging to a woman who saw him lying in the middle of a road in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, according to police reports. The woman stopped her car and got out to help him, believing he was injured, said Sergeant Colin Ford of the Englewood Cliffs Police Department.

Car hits 2nd floor Italian restaurant in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 04:55

Car hits 2nd floor Italian restaurant in WilmingtonA car struck a second floor Italian restaurant in Wilmington on Monday morning.


Covered bridge struck in Chester Co.; driver sought

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 04:49

Covered bridge struck in Chester Co.; driver soughtPolice are looking for the driver who struck a covered bridge in Tredyffrin Township, Chester County.


Water main break floods basements in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 04:47

Water main break floods basements in South PhiladelphiaSome residents of South Philadelphia had a rude awakening on Monday morning thanks to a water main break.


Defense testimony wraps up in federal cyberstalking trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 04:43
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Defense attorneys called their final witnesses Monday as the trial winds down in the federal conspiracy and cyberstalking case against the widow and children of a man who killed his ex-daughter-in-law at a Delaware courthouse.

Spacecraft closing in on Pluto hits speed bump, but recovers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 04:40
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is on track to sweep past Pluto next week despite hitting a "speed bump" that temporarily halted science collection.

Chicago's Fourth of July rituals: fireworks, gun deaths

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 04:33

Diamond Trusty cries in grief over the death of her cousin, 7-year-old Amari Brown in ChicagoThe long holiday weekend typically sees a dozen shooting deaths and this year the city beefed-up police patrols, especially in high-crime districts, with officers working 12-hour shifts. Chicago, with 2.7 million people, is the most violent large city in the United States, with poverty, segregation, dozens of small street gangs, and a pervasive gun culture all contributing to the problem. Brown was shot Saturday night in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on Chicago's West Side, on a street of brick houses where police have installed security cameras to try to discourage crime.


South Carolina Senate votes to remove Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 04:31

South Carolina Senate votes to remove Confederate flag from Statehouse groundsThe South Carolina Senate has voted to remove the Confederate flag from a pole on Statehouse grounds.


Boston Marathon bomber files motion seeking new trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 04:18

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston(Reuters) - Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who has been sentenced to death, filed a motion in federal court on Monday seeking a new trial, according to court records. The preliminary motion for a new trial cited a lack of evidence in his trial this spring, according to documents filed in federal court in Massachusetts. Tsarnaev was convicted in April of killing three people and injuring 264 in the bombing near the finish line of the world-renowned Boston Marathon in 2013, as well as fatally shooting a police officer three days later.


Guilty plea in scam that targeted grandparents nationwide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 03:57
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man who helped swindle 17 people nationwide out of thousands of dollars by scaring them about their grandchildren has pleaded guilty to criminal charges.

Michigan woman frisked, jailed, for not renewing dog license

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 03:56
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan woman heads to court Tuesday after being arrested for failing to renew her dog's license.