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City mourns as teen charged in killing appears in court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 08:13

Adrian Jerry Gonzalez, 15, enters the courtroom Thursday, July 30, 2015 where his arraignment was delayed in Santa Cruz, Calif. Gonzalez is charged with murder, kidnapping and rape in the death of 8-year-old Madyson Middleton, in an artists' complex in the California beach town. (Dan Coyro/Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP) MANDATORY CREDITSANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A teenage boy accused of raping and killing an 8-year-old neighbor appeared in court briefly Thursday as flags around this small California town flew at half-staff in honor of the girl.


The Latest: Fired Ohio officer posts bail, gets out of jail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 08:09

Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, second from left, appears before Judge Megan Shanahan at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)CINCINNATI (AP) — Here are the latest developments in the case of the July 19 fatal shooting of a motorist after a traffic stop by a University of Cincinnati police officer (all times local):


APNewsBreak: Man confesses in fatal shooting of Vegas mother

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 08:07

FILE - In a March 31, 2015 file photo, Erich Milton Nowsch Jr., 19, appears in court in Las Vegas. Nowsch, accused of fatally shooting Las Vegas neighborhood mother Tammy Meyers, says he mistook her for drug thugs who had threatened him and his family, according to a taped interview with Las Vegas police that defense attorneys now want tossed out of the puzzling murder case initially thought to be a road rage killing. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — The 19-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a mother in a Las Vegas neighborhood said he mistook her for drug thugs who had threatened him and his family, according to a taped confession that defense attorneys want tossed out of the puzzling murder case initially thought to be a road-rage killing.


Texas trooper's boss says he had reason to stop Sandra Bland

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 08:00

Texas Department of Public Safety Deputy Director Steve McCraw, left, Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson, center, and Executive Director of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, testify before the Texas County Affairs Committee hearing to discuss jail standards in the wake of the Sandra Bland case, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Bland was found dead in a Waller County jail July 13, three days after she was arrested during a traffic stop. Authorities say she hanged herself, a finding her family has questioned. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The top boss over the Texas trooper who arrested Sandra Bland said there was reason to pull her over for failing to signal a lane change and told lawmakers Thursday that the trooper remains on the state payroll because the investigation is still playing out.


Ohio officer charged with murder pleads not guilty, released on bond

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:51

Terina Allen, the sister of Samuel Dubose, speaks to the press outside of the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati, OhioA former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man he had stopped for a missing license plate was released from jail on bond hours after an initial court appearance on Thursday. Ray Tensing, 25, had pleaded not guilty in the death of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose before Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan, who set his bond at $1 million. Tensing was indicted on Wednesday on murder and voluntary manslaughter charges in the July 19 death of Samuel DuBose, who was shot in the head during a traffic stop.


Defense, DA argue reasons to spare Colorado gunman's life

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:50

In this image made from Colorado Judicial Department video, Arlene Holmes, top right, the mother of James Holmes, third from left, in white shirt, stand for the jury to leave for a break in testimony during the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial in Centennial, Colo., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Once they begin deliberating on the sentence, the Holmes jury will be charged with deciding if Holmes is to be executed, or if any mitigating evidence, such as mental health issues, warrants instead life in prison. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Defense lawyers for James Holmes made one more appeal for mercy Thursday, urging jurors to consider mental illness in his sentencing even though they rejected his insanity claim when they convicted him of murdering 12 people and trying to kill 70 others at a Colorado movie theater.


Bush calls courtship of minority voters integral to campaign

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:47

2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush greets supporters during a campaign rally at the Maitland Venue in Maitland, Fla., Monday, July 27, 2015. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP) MAGS OUT, NO SALES MANDATORY CREDITORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Following his own advice, Jeb Bush is taking his presidential campaign to the neighborhoods and churches where Hispanics and African Americans live and worship in an effort to broaden his appeal among minority voters.


Cop in Samuel DuBose Shooting Released on Bail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:47
Officer Ray Tensing, who is accused of murdering Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop, was arraigned in court today.

Ohio State marching band song made fun of Holocaust victims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:46
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An unofficial marching band song that made fun of Holocaust victims is the type of thing Ohio State University has pledged to eradicate from the band program, the university said Thursday.

Georgia grand jury to hear case of sheriff who shot friend

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:33
A Georgia sheriff who said he shot a friend while "practicing police tactics" could face upgraded felony charges after prosecutors decided on Thursday to present the case to a grand jury. Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, 50, was arrested in May and charged with reckless conduct, a misdemeanor, for critically injuring Gwenevere McCord, a friend and realtor, in a subdivision’s model home in Gwinnett County, outside Atlanta. Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said Thursday he would take the case to a grand jury, which could indict Hill on felony or misdemeanor charges or no charges at all, Porter said.

Indiana clears Planned Parenthood of wrongdoing after videos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:30
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana on Thursday cleared Planned Parenthood facilities that perform abortions in the state of any wrongdoing in the handling of fetal tissue.

California man who helped kidnap busload of kids could get parole

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:29
One of three men who kidnapped a busload of school children more than three decades ago and left them in a van hidden in a quarry could soon be paroled if California Governor Jerry Brown takes no action in the case by midnight Thursday. Although the 26 children and their bus driver all survived the ransom plot, kidnapper James Schoenfeld, now 63, has been in prison for 37 years for the 1976 abduction in the Central California town of Chowchilla. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials granted an initial parole approval in April.

Vegas-area coal plant owners to pay $4.3M to settle lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:27

FILE - This May 14, 2012, file photo, shows the Reid-Gardner power station on the Moapa Indian Reservation, in Moapa, Nev. Nevada’s main electric utility is agreeing to pay $4.3 million to clean up contamination at the coal-fired power plant near Las Vegas that neighboring Native Americans blame for residential health problems and pollution of a tributary to the Lake Mead reservoir and Colorado River. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Owners of a soon-to-close coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas have agreed to pay $4.3 million to settle a lawsuit and clean up contamination that neighboring Native Americans blame for health problems and water pollution.


The Latest: Colorado shooting judge holds woman in contempt

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:27

In this image made from Colorado Judicial Department video, defense attorney Tamara Brady, right, gestures while making her closing argument to the jury in the sentencing phase of the trial of James Holmes, top left in white shirt, in Centennial, Colo., on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Following closing arguments, jurors in the Colorado movie theater trial will deliberate to decide if there are any reasons to override a potential death penalty and sentence James Holmes to life without parole for 12 murders and 70 attempted murders. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):


Pope's upcoming visit inspires anxiety in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:20

Viewed from the Embassy Suites hotel traffic moves along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway leading to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Philadelphia. On the parkway Pope Francis is scheduled to visit The World Meeting of Families' festival and celebrate a Mass during his visit to the United States. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pregnant women are calling up the mayor, concerned they won't be able to get to the delivery room. Some businesses say they've been told to close for a three-day weekend. Others are bringing in cots for workers to sleep. Taxi drivers, fearing onerous checkpoints and distant drop-off locations, are planning to stay home.


Ohio police officer charged with murder released from jail on bond

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:18
(Reuters) - A former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man was released on Thursday from jail on bond, according to the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts.

Indiana convention's CEO calls for broader LGBT protections

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:16

Zohar Bhagat, left, and John Grudzina, of New York, play a game of Samurai in the exhibition hall at the Gen Con gaming convention in Indianapolis, Thursday, July 30, 2015. Adrian Swartout, the CEO of the gaming convention Gen Con said says Indiana should pass broader civil rights protections for the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community. Her call comes after a national outcry over Indiana's new religious objections law, which critics decried as anti-LGBT until a legislative fix was approved. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The CEO of a massive gamers' convention that threatened to leave Indiana earlier this year over a divisive religious objections law said Thursday that organizers are "shopping the show" to other cities and could relocate if lawmakers don't expand protections for gays and lesbians.


The Latest: Pilot calls search for adrift boys heartbreaking

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:16

Andrew Grubowski, 10, of Palm City, Fla., releases a lantern during a vigil for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Stuart, Fla. The two teenagers have been missing since last Friday when they went out on a boat to go fishing from Tequesta, Fla. A search continues for the boys from the Atlantic waters off Daytona Beach, Fla, north through Savannah, Ga. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The latest on the search for the two Florida teens who went missing while on a fishing trip off Florida's Atlantic coast:


Human smuggling ring dismantled in South Texas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:15
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — U.S. Homeland Security investigators dismantled a South Texas ring that illegally smuggled thousands of immigrants across the border from Mexico and on to other parts of the state -- often tucked in small, dangerous truck crawl spaces.

Parents give daughter, 5, visual bucket list after diagnosis

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:09
BELLVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The parents of a 5-year-old in central Ohio have created a visual bucket list for their daughter after she was diagnosed with a condition that will eventually cause her to go blind.