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Cleveland man did not plan murders, lawyers tell jury

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 05:31

East Cleveland Police Department booking photo of Michael MadisonA Cleveland man charged with murdering three women and wrapping their bodies in plastic to disguise them as trash is responsible for their deaths but had not planned them, his lawyers argued on Wednesday in a bid to save him from the death penalty. Defense attorney David Grant, who called no witnesses during the 12-day trial, told a jury on Wednesday that his client was reckless and frequently impaired by drugs and alcohol. "Michael Madison’s life was pretty much out of control," he told the jury of six men and six women at the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas court in Cleveland.


Things to Know: Takata air bag recall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 05:25
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are expanding a recall of Takata air bags, already the largest recall in U.S. history.

Air bag recall doubles in size, taxes overloaded industry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 05:24

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator Mark Rosekind speaks during a news conference at the Transportation Department in Washington, Wednesday, May 4, 2016, to announce that Takata has agreed to recall another 35 million to 40 million air bag inflators, a stunning increase that will more than double what already is the largest automotive recall in American history. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Prodded by the U.S. government, Takata agreed Wednesday to add up to 40 million air bag inflators to an already massive recall, raising questions about the auto industry's ability to produce and distribute ...


Court: White Ohio officers' trial can't move to black suburb

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 05:23
CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio appeals court says five white Cleveland police supervisors accused of failing to stop a chase that ended with officers killing two black suspects can't face charges in the predominantly black suburb where the shooting happened.

Tribune Publishing rejects Gannett offer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 05:19
The Tribune Publishing Co. says it has rejected Gannett's more than $388 million bid to buy the business.

GM to resume production at 4 plants idled by Japan quakes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 05:18
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — General Motors is on track to resume full operations at four North American plants where vehicle assembly was halted because of supply chain interruptions caused by earthquakes in Japan last month.

Tongue-in-cheek effort to impose Viagra wait fails in SC

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 05:14
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina representative's last-ditch effort to require a 24-hour waiting period for a Viagra prescription in the state has failed.

Report: Children worked at a few RJR contract tobacco farms

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 05:12
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A report about the practices of farmers who sell tobacco to R.J. Reynolds shows that a few growers had children under the age of 13 working in their fields, violating a pledge by the company to ban the hiring of people so young.

Suit: Louisiana voter registration law is discriminatory

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 05:12
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A century-old Louisiana law discriminates against foreign-born, naturalized U.S. citizens by arbitrarily subjecting them to "heightened" voter registration requirements that don't apply to native-born citizens, civil rights groups claim in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

The Latest: Company says gunman acted alone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 05:02

Sheriff's deputies exit Knight Transportation after an employee, who was recently fired, returned to the business and fatally shot an employee before killing himself, Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Katy, Texas. (Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDITKATY, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a fatal shooting at a Texas transportation company (all times local):


Police probe beating of black University of Iowa student

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 05:00
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A black University of Iowa freshman told police that he was severely beaten by three white men who called him racial slurs, investigators said Wednesday.

Driver killed in police-involved shooting in Overbrook

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 05:00

Driver killed in police-involved shooting in OverbrookA driver was shot and killed by Philadelphia police after they say he refused to stop and kept driving toward officers.


US government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 04:59

 North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rightsRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights protections and can't be enforced, The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday.


Chimp victim hospitalized with face-transplant complications

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 04:58

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2015 file photo, Charla Nash smiles as her care worker washes her face at her apartment in Boston. The Connecticut woman who underwent a face transplant five years ago after being attacked by a chimpanzee is back in a Boston hospital after doctors discovered her body is rejecting the transplant. Nash says doctors have decided to end an experimental drug treatment and put her back on her original medication in the hopes of reversing the rejection. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut woman who underwent a face transplant five years ago after being attacked by a chimpanzee is back in a Boston hospital after doctors discovered her body is rejecting tissue from the transplant.


NTSB says no evidence of explosion in fatal NY plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 04:58
SYOSSET, N.Y. (AP) — An investigator says the debris field of wreckage from a small plane that broke apart over Long Island is consistent with "pieces coming off while it was in flight" and not evidence of an explosion.

Sex abuse victims, lawmakers push for right to sue molesters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 04:58
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers who were molested as children joined lawmakers and advocates in a two-day rally for lifting the state's statute of limitations on suing abusers, saying the law closing the window at age 23 guarantees many more young victims.

Cosby tries again to delay criminal case, get charges tossed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 04:56

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2016 file photo, actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for a court appearance in Norristown, Pa. Cosby has asked the state Supreme Court to review last week's decision by a mid-level appeals court that upheld the case. Cosby is charged with indecent sexual assault over a 2004 encounter with a former Temple University employee. His preliminary hearing is set for May 24. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby is trying again to delay hearings in his criminal case while he fights to get the sex-assault charges in Pennsylvania dismissed.


Georgia governor's vetoes on guns, faith bucked his GOP base

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 04:47
ATLANTA (AP) — When Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recently vetoed bills allowing guns on college campuses and shielding religious people who deny people services based on their faith, he was directly bucking his fellow Republican lawmakers, who overwhelmingly supported the proposals, and possibly losing points with his conservative political base.

Woman gets jail in complaints over loud sex, music, threats

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 04:43

This undated photo provided by the York County Prison shows Amanda Marie Warfel of Red Lion, Pa., who pleaded guilty in April 2016 to disorderly conduct and harassment charges stemming from having loud sex, blasting loud music and responding to a neighbor's requests to quiet down with threats. (York County Prison via AP)YORK, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman is in jail after pleading guilty to charges stemming from having loud sex, blasting loud music, and responding to a neighbor's requests to quiet down with threats.


Lawsuit targets St. Louis-area school desegregation plan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 04:23
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A mother from suburban St. Louis alleges in a lawsuit that her 9-year-old son is prohibited from transferring to a city charter school because he is black.