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APNewsBreak: Arias defense costs top $2.5 million

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:31
PHOENIX (AP) — Jodi Arias' defense costs to Arizona taxpayers have topped $2.5 million and will continue to mount during a second penalty phase aimed at determining her sentence.

No danger seen from powder sent to Reagan Library

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:26
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Emergency crews have found no threat after responding to the Ronald Reagan Library when a worker opened an envelope containing white powder.

Trial of Detroit cop who killed girl won't stop

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:13

Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley, left, is seated in court as his attorney Steve Fishman speaks with him Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in Detroit. Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones during a raid in 2010. Wayne County Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway turned down a request for a mistrial Monday after talking to jurors. Fishman had argued that Joseph Weekley's right to a fair trial was spoiled when the victim's grandmother lashed out at the officer while testifying last week. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Charles V. Tines)DETROIT (AP) — A judge has turned down a request to stop the trial of a Detroit police officer who killed a girl during a raid in 2010.

Wal-Mart: Morgan wasn't wearing seatbelt in crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:12

FILE - In this April 9, 2014 file photo, actor Tracy Morgan attends the FX Networks Upfront premiere screening of "Fargo" at the SVA Theater in New York. Wal-Mart says actor-comedian Morgan and other people in a vehicle struck from behind by a company truck on a New Jersey highway in June weren’t wearing seatbelts. Wal-Mart’s filing was made Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in federal court in response to a lawsuit Morgan filed in July. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a limousine struck from behind by a Wal-Mart truck on a highway in June are at least partly to blame for their injuries because they weren't wearing seatbelts, the company said in a court filing Monday.

AP INTERVIEW: US should hit all militants in Syria

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:11

Syria's Deputy Prime Minister Walid Al-Moualem addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria's foreign minister said Monday that the U.S.-led bombing campaign should be expanded to target other militant groups besides the Islamic State group, noting that the fight against terrorism has aligned the Syrian regime with its Western and Arab opponents in a fight against a common enemy.

Suspect in Oklahoma beheading expected to be charged with murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:07

Alton Alexander Nolen is seen in a picture from the Oklahoma Department of CorrectionsBy Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma plans to file a murder charge as early as Tuesday against Alton Nolen, who is suspected of beheading a former co-worker at a food distribution center last week, prosecutors said. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also looking into Nolen's background for any potential religious ties to the attack after former colleagues said he had attempted to convert them to Islam. Police said Nolen had recently become a Muslim. ...

Abbas, Netanyahu trade accusations at the UN

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:06
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacked each other in speeches before world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly. Here is look at some of their remarks:

Parents of autistic Pennsylvania boy charged in starvation death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:05

Jarrod Nicholas Tutko, 38, is shown in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters August 4, 2014.Police in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, charged the parents of a 9-year-old autistic boy with homicide on Monday in their son's starvation death in July. Jarrod Tutko Jr. weighed just 16.9 pounds and measured 42 inches tall at the time of his death, Dauphin County District Attorney Edward Marsico and city police said at a news conference. Jarrod N. Tutko Sr., 38, and Kimberly A. Tutko, 39, were arraigned before District Judge Barbara Pianka on criminal homicide charges. They were denied bail. ...

New York lawyers charged with bribing court employee for clients

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:04
By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three New York defense attorneys and a paralegal were indicted by the Manhattan district attorney on Monday on charges of bribing a court employee to steer clients to them. According to the indictment, lawyers Jae Lee, Dwane Smith and Benjamin Yu and paralegal Jose Nunez paid an employee of the New York Criminal Justice Agency to persuade people awaiting arraignment to hire them in return for faster processing of their cases. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. ...

45 dogs dead, 48 alive after North Las Vegas fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:04

A small dog looks out from beneath a car in the front yard at a home where more than two dozen dogs were killed in an overnight fire in North Las Vegas on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Firefighters say at least 41 dogs were killed and 52 survived after the fire. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Chase Stevens)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A weekend fire that tore through a North Las Vegas home with 93 small dogs — more than 15 times the maximum number of canines allowed in a house by the city — killed 45 of them and injured one man.

Woman pleads not guilty to 20-year-old South Carolina kidnapping

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:03
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - Dorothy Lee Barnett, 54, pleaded not guilty in federal court in Charleston on Monday to charges of parental kidnapping and falsifying passports 20 years ago.      Barnett, a slight, blond woman who appeared smiling in court today in a striped prison uniform and handcuffs, was extradited from Australia to the United States late last week. ...

Texas jury starts deliberations in ‘black widow’ murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 06:58
By Marice Richter FORT WORTH Texas (Reuters) - A jury began deliberations on Monday in what has been dubbed the "black widow" case of a Texas woman accused of shooting her husband dead for insurance money and then launching a plot to frame someone else for the crime. Michele Williams, 45 and a mother of four, is on trial for murder and tampering with evidence. She faces up to life in prison if convicted of the 2011 killing of her husband in their home in an exclusive neighborhood in the Fort Worth suburb of Keller. ...

A look at city council pay in other US cities

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 06:43
The Boston City Council is considering boosting its annual pay from $87,500 to $112,500. Here's a look at what councilors earn in other U.S. cities:

Spurred by Ferguson, Chicago families want police shootings reviewed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 06:43
By Fiona Ortiz HARVEY Ill. (Reuters) - The national uproar over a fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager near St. Louis has prodded families and activists in the Chicago area to ask for investigations into what they say are similar incidents in the crime-ridden U.S. city.    Since the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, families of victims have held rallies across Chicago, where more than one person a month is shot dead by police. The Ferguson protests started in August when a white police officer shot to death 18-year-old Michael Brown, who witnesses say was trying to surrender. ...

Truck driver in deadly Oklahoma crash did not take evasive action: official

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 06:39

Investigator-in-charge Jennifer Morrison and NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt view the wreckage of a bus crash in near DavisAUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - There was no sign the driver of a truck that hit a bus, killing four college softball players from Texas, tried to avoid the collision after he left an Oklahoma highway traveling at about 70 miles per hour, U.S. officials said on Monday. The 18-wheel tractor trailer was headed northbound late Friday on Interstate 35, a major north-south corridor, when driver Russell Staley, 53, veered across the median and struck a bus carrying the women's team from North Central Texas College. ...

U.S. FAA says reviewing contingency plans, security polices after fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 06:22

FAA Administrator Huerta holds news conference announcing expanded use of portable electronic devices at Reagan National Airport in WashingtonBy Alwyn Scott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. aviation safety agency's top official said on Monday he ordered a review of all U.S. air traffic control contingency plans and security policies following a fire on Friday that crippled air travel over much of the U.S. Midwest. Speaking at an industry conference, Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta said the agency will not hesitate to make changes in security policies if needed. The outage affected more than 3,000 flights. ...

Judge recommends six officers be fired from New York jail for beating

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 06:20
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York judge is recommending six correction officers at the city's largest jail be fired for the hog-tying and brutal beating of an inmate who was handcuffed in a segregated mental health unit, according to a ruling released on Monday. Robert Hinton was seriously hurt in the April 3, 2012, incident at the Rikers Island jail complex, where he suffered facial injuries and a back fracture, according to the ruling by Administrative Law Judge Tynia Richard. Hinton was resisting being transferred to a new cell when he was beaten, the ruling said. ...

5 children hospitalized after South Philly school bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 06:17

5 children hospitalized after South Philly school bus crashParamedics responded to the scene of a crash involving a school bus in South Philadelphia Monday evening.

Cooper Health CEO and wife killed in New Jersey house fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 06:16

Cooper Health CEO and wife killed in New Jersey house fireThe CEO of the Camden-based Cooper Health System and his wife were both killed in a house fire in New Jersey.

Answers about lingering delays at Chicago airports

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 06:13

A traveler looks at a flight departure board Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is reviewing security practices and how it deals with unexpected incidents throughout its air traffic control facilities following last week's fire at a Chicago-area air traffic facility. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)NEW YORK (AP) — Traffic at Chicago's two busiest airports was slowly returning to more normal levels Monday, three days after a fire at a regional air traffic control center disrupted much of the nation's air-travel system. The Federal Aviation Administration has temporarily assigned other controllers to oversee the airspace normally covered by the crippled suburban facility, but full service may not be restored for two weeks. A closer look at some key questions surrounding the many delays and cancellations: