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Mississippi gambler accused of leaving toddler in car outside casino

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:30
(Reuters) - A Mississippi father was accused of child neglect after deputies said he left his 1-year-old toddler in the car while he gambled for an hour in a casino. Martin Bass, 45, of Sarah, Miss., was released on a $500 bond, according to the report. The case is one of a slew of recent incidents around the country in which parents have left their young children in cars with sometimes dire results. Justin Ross Harris, 33, was indicted for murder last week in Georgia after his 22-month-old son died strapped into a car seat on a day when the outdoor temperature reached above 90 F. Harris claimed he forgot to drop his son off at a daycare center, but prosecutors said he intentionally killed the boy to shed the responsibility of fatherhood.

Imprisoned former Pennsylvania minister sentenced for wife's murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:29
By David DeKok Harrisburg Pa. (Reuters) - A former Methodist minister serving life in prison in Pennsylvania for the murder of his second wife was sentenced on Wednesday to up to 40 additional years for killing his first wife as well. Schirmer, 66, was sentenced last year to life in prison for the murder of his second wife, Betty Jean Schirmer, when he was pastor at the United Methodist Church in Reeders, Pennsylvania. Investigators then looked into the death of his first wife, Jewel Schirmer, in 1999. Schirmer told authorities he came home to the parsonage of Bethany United Methodist Church in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, to find his wife had fallen down the basement stairs and hit her head.

Lawsuit filed over inmate's death in NYC cell

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:29

Beverly Ann Griffin, the mother of Bradley Ballard, tries to hold back tears as her lawyer, Jonathan Abady, speaks during a news conference in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 after Griffin filed a wrongful death lawsuit against New York City. Griffin said her 39-year-old son, who was mentally ill and diabetic, was denied medication, ignored and neglected by jail guards and medical staff. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Sobbing as she read a heart-wrenching hand-written letter about her son, the mother of a mentally ill and diabetic inmate who died after spending seven days locked inside a Rikers Island jail cell announced Wednesday that she had filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and its private jail health services contractor.


South Carolina man faces murder charges in deaths of his five children

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:27

Timothy Ray Jones Jr is seen in an undated picture provided by the Smith County Sheriff's Department in Smith County, MississippiBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - A man accused of killing his five children in South Carolina and driving their corpses through several states before dumping them in garbage bags in Alabama will be charged with murder, law enforcement authorities said on Wednesday. Timothy Ray Jones Jr., 32, confessed to the killings of the children, ages 8 and under, but did not reveal a motive, authorities said. "This case has been a nightmare," Lewis McCarty, sheriff of South Carolina's Lexington County, told a news conference on Wednesday. "In all my years of law enforcement, I have never seen a case like this." The children, whose names will not be released until autopsies are performed, were reported missing by their mother on Sept. 3 and were last seen with their father on Aug. 28, authorities said.


Jodi Arias no longer wants to represent herself

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:26
PHOENIX (AP) — Jodi Arias no longer wants to represent herself in the upcoming second penalty phase in her murder case, according to a court filing Wednesday.

Heatstroke killed Maryland woman, daughters found in car: coroner

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:25
ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) - (This version of the story first published on August 12 corects the age of the younger child in paragraph 2 to 5 months, not 9 months) A Maryland mother from Guyana and her two infant daughters found dead inside a car in June died of accidental heatstroke, the state medical examiner's office said on Tuesday. Police discovered Allison Pluck, 32, and her daughters Shameka Gill and Shania Gill, ages 5 months and 18 months, unresponsive in a vehicle outside a Hagerstown school on June 16. ...

In 5-week salmonella trial, defense takes 1 hour

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:21
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Defense attorneys took barely an hour Wednesday to rest their cases after more than a month of prosecution testimony in the federal trial of three people charged in a deadly national salmonella outbreak five years ago that authorities traced to a rural Georgia peanut plant.

No delay in Detroit cop's manslaughter trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:15

FILE -- In this May 18, 2010 file photo, Dominika Stanley, left, the mother of 7-year-old Aiyana Jones sits next to Aiyana's father Charles Jones in attorney Geoffrey Fieger's office in Southfield, Mich. A judge won't delay the trial of a Detroit police officer who accidentally killed 7-year-old Aiyana Jones during a raid, despite his attorney's concerns that a "media frenzy" following a police shooting in Missouri could harm his client's right to an impartial jury. Detroit Officer Joseph Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter. Wayne County Judge Cynthia Hathaway said Weekley's trial will start Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 as planned. This is Weekley's second trial. The first ended without a verdict in June 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)DETROIT (AP) — A judge won't delay the trial of a Detroit police officer who accidentally killed a 7-year-old girl during a raid, despite his attorney's concerns that a "media frenzy" following a police shooting in Missouri could harm his client's right to an impartial jury.


U.S. to alert retailers to bomb materials to counter home-grown threat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:12
By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The government plans to give U.S. On the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Jeh Johnson said the so-called home-grown or "lone wolf" attack like last year's Boston Marathon bombing was the hardest to detect and the one he worried about most. He said his department would issue a public advisory to retailers this week identifying the materials and suspicious behavior to look for in anyone buying large quantities of them. Homemade bombs in pressure cooker pots were placed at the finish line of the famous race in Boston on April 15, 2013, killing three people and injuring 176 others in the worst attack on U.S.

Vineland cabbies victims of violent robberies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:56

Vineland cabbies victims of violent robberiesTaxi drivers in South Jersey are facing, what they call, a dangerous trend. Several say they have been held up behind the wheel - guns pointed at their faces while the thieves demand cash.


Thousands attend Chick-fil-A owner's funeral

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:51

Andrew Cathy, grandson of Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy reads scripture during the funeral service for Cathy, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at First Baptist Jonesboro in Jonesboro, Ga. Cathy, 93, died on Monday. Cathy rose from poverty by building a privately held restaurant chain that famously closes every Sunday. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUTJONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Thousands of people attended a public funeral for Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, who died early Monday at 93.


University of California task force won't support divesting fossil-fuel holding

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:51
By Joaquin Palomino SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A University of California panel announced recommendations on Wednesday to combat climate change and make the university more sustainable, but declined to endorse shedding its fossil fuel holdings from its $91 billion invesment portfolio. The university's Task Force on Sustainable Investing suggested sinking more than $1 billion over a five-year period into climate change solutions, and greatly expanding its use of solar energy in an effort to make the university system carbon-neutral by 2025. “We are looking under every rock in the university system for ways to alleviate the effects of climate change,” said Dianne Klein, a spokeswoman for UC President Janet Napolitano. While the 11-person task force reached unanimous agreement on the importance of addressing climate change, the majority opposed divesting the university's $10 billion in fossil fuel-related companies and funds.

Detroit bankruptcy trial on hold after major deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:50

FILE - This July 12, 2012 file photo show the lanes entering the United States at the Detroit Windsor Tunnel. A judge on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, suspended Detroit's bankruptcy trial until next week to give lawyers time to work out the details of a settlement that would satisfy Syncora, a major creditor that opposed the city's plan to get on its feet again. The city reached a deal Tuesday with Syncora, a bond insurer that stood to lose about $400 million under Detroit's plan to get out of bankruptcy. Detroit would extend Syncora's lease on the Winsdor tunnel between the U.S. and Canada and grant it a long-term lease on a downtown parking garage, among other concessions. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — One of Detroit's fiercest opponents in bankruptcy once compared the city's fix-it plan to an automobile "lemon" fit for the "scrapyard."


Driver busted in Maryland with cocaine 'trail' thought he was in Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:50
A Maryland man alleged to have cocaine on his face and clothes and be driving while drunk was arrested after he told an officer he thought he was in Chicago, a Maryland State Police spokesman said on Wednesday. Artis Ray Gordon, 69, of Baltimore, was arrested on Friday night when a state trooper responded to a car accident outside of Baltimore, the spokesman said. "Gordon told me he lives in Chicago and was on his way home when he got lost," the trooper's report said. "Gordon stated he thought he was still in Chicago and wasn't sure how to get home." Gordon was carrying a vial with a substance that later tested positive for cocaine.

Maryland woman killed by heatstroke had mental problems: medical examiner

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:49
A Maryland mother who was found dead in June inside a car along with her two infant daughters had a history of mental problems, the state medical examiner's office said on Wednesday. Family members said the mother, Allison Pluck, 32, was mentally ill and suffering from hallucinations and paranoia, according to an autopsy report from the medical examiner's office. "The circumstances around the death make it most likely that the decedent had some sort of psychological break," Dr. Russell Alexander wrote in the report. She also ran her hands over the exterior of the box for at least three minutes while at the cashier to purchase it," the report said.Another employee said Pluck "looked like she wasn't quite with it." Police discovered Pluck and her daughters Shameka Gill and Shania Gill, ages 5 months and 18 months, unresponsive in a vehicle outside a Hagerstown school on June 16.  The cause of death was hyperthermia and environmental heat exposure, medical examiner's spokesman Bruce Goldfarb said.  Pluck was found in the reclined front seat of a small, silver-colored car.

Cleveland Clinic to issue rare century bond

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:45
Cleveland Clinic plans to issue a rare century bond on Thursday, marking a first from the not-for-profit healthcare sector and one of few such debt issues in the U.S. Cleveland Clinic, which specializes in cancer and cardiovascular treatment, will join an elite club in capital markets circles. The Ohio-based health system favored the ultra-long $400 million issuance because it offered more flexibility to help fund new partnerships and technology, Cleveland Clinic Chief Financial Officer Steve Glass said on Wednesday. Moody's Investor Service reported that Cleveland Clinic's strong reputation, exceptional ability to fundraise, and high demand from patients make the health system less vulnerable to risks associated with ultra-long debts.

Obama authorizes $25 million in immediate military aid to Iraq: White House

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:44

U.S. President Barack Obama answers a question at a press conference at the conclusion of the NATO Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, WalesWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama authorized $25 million in "immediate military assistance" on Wednesday for the Iraqi government and Kurdistan Regional Government to help with military education and training, according to a memorandum posted on the White House website. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Doina Chiacu)


Police say woman used wheelchair cart for getaway

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:37
FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police in Michigan say they arrested a shoplifting suspect following her slow-speed getaway in a $1,200 motorized wheelchair shopping cart taken from a Wal-Mart.

Number of aging Americans paying student loans soars: U.S. report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:35
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The rising cost of higher education is dogging Americans into retirement, with people aged 65 and older still carrying some $18.2 billion in unpaid student loans, according to a federal report released on Wednesday. While the Government Accountability Office report noted that relatively few U.S. Just 4 percent of households headed by someone 65 or older carried student loan debt as of 2010, up from 1 percent in 2004. "Some may think of student loan debt as a just a young person's problem," said U.S.

Study: Many hospitals use too many antibiotics

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:31
NEW YORK (AP) — Doctors in many U.S. hospitals are unnecessarily prescribing multiple antibiotics for several days when just one would do the job, a new study released Wednesday suggests.