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Memo: No wrongdoing in handling child immigrants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 08:30
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal investigation that included surprise inspections was unable to substantiate 16 accusations by advocacy groups that the government packed into frigid cells children caught crossing the border alone, made them sleep on hard floors and provided inadequate food and medical care. Other claims about treatment of the children are still under review, according to the Homeland Security Department.

Lawyer says family of girl with Uzi is devastated

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 08:28

Lawyer says family of girl with Uzi is devastatedAn attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi said Tuesday the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on a brief excursion during a vacation.

Police: Death of teen whose body burned was random

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 08:22

This undated photo provided by her family on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 shows teenager Dominique Allen of Indianapolis. On Tuesday, a coroner ruled the death of the 15-year-old was a homicide as the result of asphyxiation. Police said a man walking his dog found Allen's badly burned body in his backyard on the city's northwest side on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Family Photo)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 15-year-old Indianapolis girl whose burned body was found over the weekend was likely abducted and killed by someone she didn't know, police and family members said Tuesday.

Los Angeles jury convicts man of 3 serial murders

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 08:14

FILE - In this Monday, March 4, 2013 file photo, Samuel Little appears at Superior Court in Los Angeles.Testimony is set to begin Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 in the trial of Little, accused of sexually assaulting and strangling three women in the 1980s. Prosecutors planned to call their first witnesses in their case against Little, 74, who faces life in prison for killing the three women who were found nude below the waist. Little was arrested in 2012 after detectives from Los Angeles found him living in a shelter in Kentucky.(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes,File)A jury in Los Angeles convicted a career criminal Tuesday in the serial strangling of three women in the 1980s in Los Angeles.

Drifter convicted of three cold-case Los Angeles murders

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 08:10
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A drifter and career criminal in his 70s was convicted on Tuesday of strangling three women to death and dumping their bodies in alleys near downtown Los Angeles during the 1980s in a string of cold case serial murders resurrected by DNA evidence. A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury deliberated just two hours before finding Samuel Little, 74, guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of all three women, who prosecutors described as having been made easy targets by their involvement in drugs and prostitution. Prosecutors said Little was tied by DNA matches to the July 1987 murder of Carol Alford, 41, as well as to the August and September 1989 slayings of Audrey Nelson, 35, and Guadalupe Apodaca, 46. All three were beaten and then strangled to death, and Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman said Little was a suspect in several similar murders in Florida and elsewhere during the same period of time.

Man found unconscious in Hunting Park

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 08:08

Man found unconscious in Hunting ParkPhiladelphia police rushed a man to the hospital after he had suffered a seizure in the Hunting Park section of the city.

NYC shuts 9 pre-K centers just before school start

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:56
NEW YORK (AP) — Two days before the start of school, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration said it is shuttering nine pre-kindergarten centers and delaying the start dates at 36 others.

Key hearing on Detroit's historic bankruptcy begins in US court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:54

A City of Detroit Water and Sewerage man-hole cover is seen along Jefferson Avenue in the Delray neighborhood of DetroitBy Karen Pierog DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit will not recover, and it may not survive as a major city if its debts are not significantly reduced during bankruptcy, a city attorney told a federal judge at the start of a critical phase of the case on Tuesday. As Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr looked on in the courtroom, Bruce Bennett, an attorney for the city, sought to convince Judge Steven Rhodes that Detroit's 1,034-page plan to adjust $18 billion of debt would save the city. "There is no doubt, your honor, that progress has been made, but Detroit is still a city in distress," said Bennett, an attorney with the Jones Day law firm, in his opening statement. The plan is aimed at reducing Detroit's debt by about $7 billion and reinvesting as much as $1.7 billion in the city, according to Bennett.

Connecticut catering company CEO resigns over dog-kicking incident

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:51
(Reuters) - The chief executive officer of a Connecticut-based catering company has resigned amid a barrage of criticism and possible charges after he was caught on video abusing a dog, the company said on Tuesday. Catering company Centerplate's board of directors said in a statement it had parted ways with Desmond Hague "as a result of Hague's personal misconduct involving the mistreatment of an animal in his care." Video surveillance from a Vancouver hotel obtained by Canada's Global News showed Hague kicking a dog and yanking the animal as it stood on a leash inside an elevator. The dog, a female doberman puppy, belonged to a friend of Hague's, the company said.

U.S. prosecutor probes shooting death of Louisiana man in police car

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:48
By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors said on Tuesday they are investigating the shooting death of a black man in the back of a Louisiana police car that had previously been ruled a suicide. The family of Victor White III, 23, who died in March while handcuffed and in the custody of the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office, has disputed a coroner's finding that he killed himself. Attorney Stephanie Finley said in a statement. "Our objective is to discover the truth." Benjamin Crump, attorney for the White family, said the incident is similar to the 2012 death in Arkansas of Chavis Carter, calling them both "Houdini Handcuff" cases, in reference to famed escape artist Harry Houdini.

Two California judges censured for sex in chambers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:46
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two California judges who had sex in their respective chambers - one with his clerk and the other with multiple women - have been censured for those acts along with other related misconduct, a state judicial commission said on Tuesday. Orange County Superior Court Judge Scott Steiner was censured by the state Commission on Judicial Performance for engaging in sexual activity in his chambers on multiple occasions with women. The commission said Steiner also wrote a letter of recommendation for one of the women to the Orange County District Attorney's Office and called there to express irritation when she was not hired. “Judge Steiner cooperated fully in the investigation.

Mississippi woman gets life sentence in fatal buttocks injection case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:25

FILE - This Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 file photo shows Tracey Lynn Garner during her trial in Jackson, Miss. On Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, Garner was convicted of murder in connection to illicit silicone buttocks injections that led to a Georgia woman's death. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)A Mississippi woman convicted of murder for administering an unlicensed silicone buttocks injection to a patient who later died was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison.  Tracey Lynn Garner, 54, performed the unlicensed injection in 2012 in her Jackson home on 37-year-old Karima Gordon, who fell ill immediately after the procedure and died a few days later. A jury last week found Garner guilty of depraved-heart murder. Prosecutors argued during the trial that Garner was motivated by greed.  Garner faces a separate trial in the death of Marilyn Hale, an Alabama woman who authorities say died under similar circumstances two years earlier. Lee McDivitt, an investigator for the Mississippi Attorney General's Office, testified during the trial that he found a large bottle of silicone and syringes in Garner's home that were labeled "veterinary use only." Garner, who is transgender, was formerly named Morris Garner.

Study: Playing music helps sharpen kids' brains

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:24

Arielle Dominguez, from left, Elizabeth Lopez, Andres Lopez, Azariah Wright and Katie Bella play their trumpets during a lesson offered by Harmony Project, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. A two-year study of dozens of schoolchildren from disadvantaged Los Angeles neighborhoods shows that music training changes the brain in ways that make it easier for youngsters to process sounds, according to results reported in Tuesday's edition of the journal Neuroscience. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The founder of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods began to notice several years ago a hopeful sign: Kids were graduating high school and heading off to UCLA, Tulane and other big universities.

30 teens escape from Nashville detention center

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:21
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thirty teens "overwhelmed" their minders at a juvenile detention center by simultaneously breaking out of four dormitories and then crawling under a weak spot in a chain-link fence. By Tuesday evening, seven were still on the run.

Air Force instructor convicted in sex scandal dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:21

Air Force Staff Sgt. Luis Walker arrives for the fourth day of his trial at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, Friday, July 20, 2012. Walker is accused of sexually assaulting 10 basic trainees, with charges ranging from rape and aggravated sexual assault to obstructing justice and violating rules of professional conduct. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life imprisonment. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express News, Billy Calzada)The first Air Force instructor convicted of rape and sexual assault in a massive sex scandal at one of the nation's busiest military training centers has died while in prison, officials said Tuesday.

Justice Department: Texas voter ID discriminatory

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:14

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2014 file photo, an election official checks a voter's photo identification at an early voting polling site in Austin, Texas. A federal trial opens Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, that will decide the fate of one of the nation’s most stringent voter ID laws. A judge will hear arguments on whether the law safeguards ballot integrity or discriminates against minorities by imposing a mandate that suppresses turnout. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday began reviewing tough new Texas voter ID rules challenged by the Obama administration in a trial that could threaten the polarizing law, although a decision isn't expected before the November election.

North Carolina brothers declared innocent, freed after 30 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:12
By Marti Maguire RALEIGH N.C. (Reuters) - Two North Carolina men were declared innocent and ordered freed on Tuesday after spending more than 30 years in prison for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl that recent DNA tests linked to another man. Henry McCollum, 50, and his half brother Leon Brown, 46, were teenagers when they were arrested for the 1983 rape and killing of Sabrina Buie, whose body was left in a field in the small town of Red Springs. McCollum is North Carolina's longest-serving death row inmate. At a court hearing, North Carolina Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser ordered both brothers to be freed.

Problems abound with health law immigration papers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:05

This photo taken Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 and made available by Amy Jones, shows Shekhar Bastola, a SEAMAAC Bhutanese outreach worker, left, assisiting Bhagawat Bastola with his immigration documents in Philadelphia. Bastola is helping Bastola with the status of his immigration documents submitted to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. More than 300,000 immigrants who bought insurance through President Barack Obama’s health care initiative could lose their coverage this month if they don’t submit proof this week they are legally in the country, but language barriers and computer glitches are hindering efforts to alert them. (AP Photo/SEAMAAC, Amy Jones)MIAMI (AP) — More than 200,000 immigrants who bought insurance through President Barack Obama's health care initiative could lose their coverage this month if they don't submit proof this week they are legally in the country, but language barriers and computer glitches are hindering efforts to alert them.

Albuquerque dad killed retrieving infant after brief abduction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:59
By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - A 24-year-old Albuquerque father was stabbed to death at a gas station while attempting to retrieve his infant son from the car of a man who had earlier driven off with the child, authorities said on Tuesday. The accused killer, 32-year-old Michael Fox, had offered the child's parents and a female acquaintance a ride home from a party outside of Albuquerque on Monday, then kicked the couple out of the car and drove off with the baby, according to a criminal complaint. The infant's mother called police, who issued an Amber Alert for the infant as a missing and endangered child, the complaint added. Relatives of the frantic parents were later able to reach the woman who remained in the car, who authorities said was being beaten by the driver, and tracked them down to an Albuquerque gas station.

Teen sues DMV after being told to remove makeup

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:55
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A 16-year-old in South Carolina sued the state's Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday because the agency won't allow him to take a driver's license photo wearing makeup.