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Oregon mom accused of throwing autistic son off bridge held on $1 million bail

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 04:51

Jillian McCabe is seen in an undated picture from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office in Newport, OregonBy Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - An Oregon mother accused of killing her 6-year-old autistic son by throwing him from a bridge is being held on $1 million bail, a Lincoln County District Court clerk said on Wednesday. Jillian McCabe, 34, was arrested on Monday night after calling emergency 911 to report she had thrown her son, London, from the 246-foot-high Yaquina Bay Bridge in the coastal Oregon town of Newport, about 115 miles southwest of Portland. London McCabe's body was found four hours later after an extensive search by law enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard. ...


What places that legalized pot need to know

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 04:50

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2014 file photo, a sample of marijuana is shown inside the dispensary at Collective Awakenings on in Portland, Ore. Advocates for legalizing recreational pot have been aggressively trying to get out the youth vote over the past week in the bid to legalize marijuana use in Oregon. Polls show the vote could be close. AP Photo/The Oregonian, Beth Nakamura, File)DENVER (AP) — Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., voted to legalize recreational marijuana Tuesday. The drug is already legal for people 21 and older in Colorado and Washington, thanks to ballot measures voted on in 2012.


Afghan troop deaths up; called 'unsustainable'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 04:45
WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghan security forces have suffered more battle casualties this year than last year, rising to a level that cannot be sustained in a successful fight against the Taliban, the second-ranking American commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday.

Man won't face charges for taking gun into airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 04:27
PHOENIX (AP) — A medical researcher at a renowned neurological hospital accused of pointing a loaded rifle toward a woman and her teenage daughter inside Phoenix's main airport won't face charges.

Indiana high schooler pleads not guilty to killing 73-year-old man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 04:25
(Reuters) - A not guilty plea was entered on Wednesday on behalf of a suburban Indianapolis high school student charged with murdering a 73-year-old man found dead in a park, prosecutors said. Police in Fishers, Indiana, a prosperous suburb 21 miles north of Indianapolis, said Maxwell Hunt Winkler, 17, a student at Hamilton Southeastern High School, killed Henry Kim, 73, while Kim was out for his daily walk. Winkler's case is in adult court, and he is being held in Hamilton County jail without bail, prosecutors said. ...

Outspoken combat fighter pilot Broughton dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 04:20
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jack Broughton, the decorated Air Force fighter pilot who flew more than 200 missions in Korea and Vietnam and later became an outspoken critic of the White House and military leaders, has died.

A fish tale: Supreme Court and the missing grouper

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 04:19

FILE - This April 22, 2104 file photo shows videojournalists setting up outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The court heard arguments today in the case of John Yates, a fishing boat captain who claims he was wrongly convicted of destroying evidence, namely, the fish, that were under the legal minimum catch size in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia thinks something smells rotten about the way prosecutors went after a Florida fisherman who threw undersized grouper off his boat.


Student releases pepper spray in NJ high school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 04:06

Student releases pepper spray in NJ high schoolOfficials say a student released a blast of pepper spray outside the cafeteria at Freehold Township High School.


Steve Wynn bets 'ShowStoppers' show will wow Strip

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 04:04

In this Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 photo, Casino mogul Steve Wynn speaks about his upcoming musical "ShowStoppers," at his office in Las Vegas. Wynn's "ShowStoppers" will take 20 of Broadway's most memorable songs, a list likely to rotate as producers see fit, and present them in a way that explains what sets them apart. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Steve Wynn has had his fill of Cirque du Soleil and thinks Las Vegas visitors have, too.


Guns, ammo found in Eric Frein's hangar hideout

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 04:02

Guns, ammo found in Eric Frein's hangar hideoutThe survivalist marksman charged in a deadly ambush on a Pennsylvania state police barracks stowed guns including a Chinese-made sniper rifle and other gear in an abandoned airplane hangar near where he was captured after 48 days on the run, according to court documents released Wednesday.


Correction: Marine-Released story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 03:49

This image taken from a video shows Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi waving after arriving in Miami on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 in Weston, Fla. Tahmooressi is back home after a Mexican judge ordered his release from jail, where he spent eight months for crossing the border with loaded guns. Family spokesman Jon Franks told reporters that Tahmooressi arrived at a South Florida airport about 6 a.m. Saturday. Franks said Tahmooressi was resting with his family at their home suburban Weston, Fla. (AP Photo/Raul Torres) MANDATORY CREDITWESTON, Fla. (AP) — In stories that ran Nov. 1 and Oct. 31 about the release of US Marine veteran Andrew Tahmooressi, The Associated Press reported erroneously Tahmooressi's status with the Marines. He was honorably discharged after serving his four-year enlistment, not retired.


Mom who left son in cabin for 3 days pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 03:46

Meghan McKeon is shown in an undated photo provided by the Routt County, Colo., Sheriff’s Department. McKeon, 25, pleaded guilty to fatal child abuse Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, after prosecutors said she left her 3-year-old son alone for three days in a cabin without running water. She was sentenced to 22 years in prison after accepting a plea agreement, Steamboat Springs Today reported. Austin Davis died March 27 after McKeon returned to the cabin and found him unresponsive. An autopsy said he died from dehydration. (AP Photo/Routt County Sheriff’s Department)STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Steamboat Springs woman pleaded guilty to fatal child abuse Wednesday after prosecutors said she left her 3-year-old son alone for three days in a cabin without running water.


Washington consultant pleads guilty in corruption scheme

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 03:34
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A political consultant who worked on President Barack Obama's 2004 Senate campaign and advised Philadelphia congressman Chaka Fattah pleaded guilty on Wednesday to participating in a scheme to provide illegal campaign contributions. Thomas Lindenfeld, 59, admitted he agreed to route an illegal $1 million contribution for an elected official during a 2007 campaign, the U.S. Department of Justice said. The official is described only as Elected Official A. ...

Californians support reducing sentences for nonviolent criminals

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 03:33
(Reuters) - California voters passed a measure on Tuesday that will reduce the sentences of nonviolent offenders, potentially releasing 10,000 felons from state prisons. Proposition 47 won the support of 59 percent of voters, California Secretary of State records show. About 40,000 offenders could be annually affected by the new law, reported the state's Legislative Analyst's Office. State savings from the reduction in prisoner population would be used to support school truancy and dropout prevention, victim services, mental health and drug abuse treatment. ...

Push to end 'autopilot' raises for police, firefighters nixed in bankrupt San Bernardino

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 03:17
By Tim Reid LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Voters in bankrupt San Bernardino, California, overwhelmingly rejected an attempt on Tuesday to scrap a rule that sets police and firefighter wages based on salaries in wealthier cities. The ballot measure to force police and firefighters to negotiate their base wage through collective bargaining, which is the process in nearly every other California city, was defeated 55 percent to 45 percent. The measure was fiercely opposed by police and fire unions, who heavily outspent the campaign to scrap the budget rule. ...

Pot proponents look to California after victories

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 03:13

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2014 file photo, a sample of marijuana is shown inside the dispensary at Collective Awakenings on in Portland, Ore. Advocates for legalizing recreational pot have been aggressively trying to get out the youth vote over the past week in the bid to legalize marijuana use in Oregon. Polls show the vote could be close. AP Photo/The Oregonian, Beth Nakamura, File)SEATTLE (AP) — Marijuana advocates, fresh off victories for legal recreational pot in Oregon, Alaska and the nation's capital, are already preparing for their next target, and it's a big one: California.


Texas city bans fracking in its birthplace, court battles loom

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 03:11
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - Voters approved a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the north Texas town of Denton on Tuesday, making it the first city in the Lone Star State to outlaw the oil and gas extraction technique behind the U.S. energy boom. The vote in the city of 123,000 was highly symbolic because hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, is widely used in Texas, the top crude producer in the United States. Green groups said the result served as a wake-up call to the industry, but several similar measures failed in cities and counties in Ohio and California. ...

Ballot measures: Minimum wage, gun sales, GMOs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 03:03

Cheryl Stumbo, center, raises her arms as she finishes speaking at an election night party for Initiative 594, a measure seeking universal background checks on gun sales and transfers, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Seattle. Stumbo, the citizen sponsor of the initiative, is a survivor in the shooting at the Jewish Federation in Seattle in 2006. The initiative is one of two competing gun initiatives in Washington state. The other measure, Initiative 591, would prevent any such expansion of background checks. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Marijuana activists who have longed for decades to end America's drug war pocketed more major victories Tuesday, with Oregon, Alaska and the nation's capital approving recreational pot use. Here are how some other ballot measured fared on Tuesday:


40 years in Tampa terror attack conviction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 02:57
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man convicted of trying to buy weapons in 2011 for a planned terror attack in Tampa has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison.

Trial opens for man accused in Pennsylvania woman's death, dismemberment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 02:54
By Joe McDonald STROUDSBURG Pa. (Reuters) - A former electrical contractor at the Tobyhanna Army Depot in eastern Pennsylvania went on trial Wednesday on charges he beat, strangled and dismembered a woman whose body parts were stuffed into garbage bags and strewn along two interstate highways. Jurors in the trial of Charles Ray Hicks, 40, were warned by the prosecution they would hear gruesome details and see graphic pictures during the trial in Monroe County Court in Stroudsburg, which is expected to last about two weeks. ...