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Oklahoma releases prison log for botched April execution

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:46

Death row inmate Clayton Lockett is seen in a picture from the Oklahoma Department of CorrectionsBy Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A person trained to draw blood inserted the IV for the botched execution of a convicted murderer in Oklahoma last April, a prison log released on Thursday revealed, but gave no other details of what happened when the procedure went wrong. The Oklahoma Department of Correction log said a doctor checked twice to see if inmate Clayton Lockett was unconscious during the April 29 execution. It noted that 12 minutes after the lethal injection of chemicals was administered: "blinds lowered in chamber." The next entry comes 24 minutes later: "Doctor pronounced offender dead." Lockett died, apparently of a heart attack caused by the lethal injection drugs, after prison officials called a halt to the execution because of problems with the IV that prevented the drugs from being properly administered and caused chemicals to spill onto the floor of the death chamber. Before the curtains were drawn to block the view, witnesses said Lockett appeared to be writhing on the gurney and struggling to lift his head.


Body of NJ man Aharon Sofer found in Jerusalem

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:45

Body of NJ man Aharon Sofer found in JerusalemPolice in Israel confirm the body of Aharon Sofer of Lakewood, Ocean County, was found in some woods near where he vanished.


Big U.S. banks seek new clarity on risks of marijuana-linked accounts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:45
By Brett Wolf ST. LOUIS (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Major banks are getting increasingly wary of some transactions with smaller banks that have begun to allow marijuana businesses to open accounts. The problem arises because in Colorado and Washington states, marijuana for general use is legal, and in a host of other states it is legal for certain medicinal purposes. Treasury Department's anti-money laundering unit needs to clarify its expectations for the handling and reporting of wire transfers and other payments that involve people and entities linked to state-sanctioned marijuana businesses. For example, said one banker, if a marijuana business deposits money into an account at a bank which then wires funds to pay for supplies such as soil, seeds, or packaging, the banks handling the other side of the transactions need to know if they risk charges for lapses in their anti-money laundering programs, or even criminal money laundering.

Key evidence found in Schuylkill River bodies case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:44

Key evidence found in Schuylkill River bodies caseHeavy buckets, similar to those used to anchor the bodies found in the Schuylkill River on Wednesday, were found in a house that is part of the investigation.


A flavor out of favor: Dog meat fades in S. Korea

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:35

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, a chef and owner Oh Keum-il of Daegyo, the dog meat restaurant, shows how to cook for dog meat at her restaurant in Seoul, South Korea. When she was in her twenties, Oh traveled around South Korea to learn dog meat recipes from each region. During a period of South Korean reconciliation with North Korea early last decade, she went to Pyongyang as part of a business delegation and tasted a dozen different dog dishes, from dog stew to dog taffy, all served lavishly at the Koryo, one of the North’s best hotels. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat.


4 killed in New Mexico crash of medical flight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:30

In this Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 photo, relatives of victims of a plane crash react after reaching the crash site a half-mile southwest of the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds in Las Cruces, N.M. Authorities say all four people aboard the medical flight that was headed to Phoenix were killed when the plane crashed in Las Cruces. (AP Photo/The Las Cruces Sun-News, Carlos Javier Sanchez)LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An air ambulance carrying a cancer patient to Phoenix crashed shortly after taking off from a southern New Mexico airport, killing all four people aboard, authorities said Thursday.


Mom won't be charged in school confrontation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:27
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors said Thursday they will not file charges against a Northern California mother accused of grabbing the throat of a 12-year-old boy she suspected of bullying her daughter.

Murder charge for child care worker in boy's death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:22
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City child care worker was indicted Thursday on a murder charge in the death of a 20-month-old boy in her care. Prosecutors said she admitted throwing him down and stepping on him.

Pa. State Police: Nearly half of school buses failing inspection

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:10

 Nearly half of school buses failing inspectionPennsylvania State Police are making sure the ride back to school is a safe one.


Surveillance released in Fishtown food distribution center robbery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:09

Surveillance released in Fishtown food distribution center robberyPhiladelphia police have released new surveillance video of two fake police officers robbing a Fishtown warehouse early Wednesday morning.


High-ranking Chicago cop charged with putting gun in suspect's mouth

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:08

Chicago Police Department Commander Glenn Evans at a Harrison District resident at a National Night Out event, in Harrison ChicagoBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago police commander who had been praised for his crime fighting in some of the city's roughest neighborhoods appeared in court on Thursday to face charges he put a gun in a suspect's mouth, officials said. Commander Glenn Evans, who headed a busy district on the city's west side, has been relieved of his duties pending the case's outcome, according to Chicago police. "The alleged actions, if true, are unacceptable to both the residents we serve and to the men and women of this department," Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said in a statement. At Thursday's hearing Evans was released on his own recognizance, said Laura Morask, one of his defense attorneys.


Feds to resume leasing for fracking in California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:07
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday.

Israel police find body of missing U.S. student

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:02

Forensic team members work near the place where a body was found next to Ein KaremIsraeli police said on Thursday they had found the body of a 23-year-old American student who went missing last week near a forest in Jerusalem and that they did not suspect a criminal motive. Aaron Sofer, a Jewish seminary student from New Jersey, vanished last Friday while walking in woods not far from the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. His body was found earlier on Thursday. "Following a forensic examination, the body ... was identified as that of missing person Aaron Sofer.


UN Security Council members lament Ukraine crisis

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:00
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday accused Moscow of having "outright lied" about its role in Ukraine, as alarmed members of the Security Council demanded that Russia remove its fighters from a new front in the unfolding crisis and threatened sanctions.

Trash pours from hoarding home in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:57

Trash pours from hoarding home in North PhiladelphiaThe Department of License and Inspections was called to one home in North Philadelphia, and once inside they found nothing but trash.


PHOTOS: Backhoe used to clear trash from house

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:50

 Backhoe used to clear trash from houseOfficials had to bring in a backhoe to clear the trash from a house in North Philadelphia on Thursday.


Wyoming woman hit by bus, dies at Burning Man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:46

A pirate ship cruises the PlayaBLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) — A 29-year-old Wyoming woman attending the Burning Man counterculture festival in Nevada died early Thursday after she was struck by a bus carrying passengers around the playa in the Black Rock Desert.


Wyoming sheriff says pastor actually shot himself

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:42
CENTENNIAL, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming law enforcement officials say a pastor who reported being shot and wounded in a struggle with a burglar at his church actually shot himself.

After the riots, Ferguson businesses long for normal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:28

A local resident stands with his arm up over a makeshift memorial at the site where unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot dead in FergusonBy Edward McAllister FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - When Ferguson business owner Chantelle Nickson-Clark spoke at a St. Louis County council meeting this week, her voice shook with anger. The Swiish Bar and Grill she owns in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson was forced to shut for 17 days after the police shooting of an unarmed black teen on Aug. 9 sparked violent clashes between police and protesters and led law enforcement to close the area in front of her building. "We are hurting and it's unfair." Clark's concerns are echoed by small independent business owners along the half-mile (0.8-km) stretch of West Florissant Avenue, the four-lane street that became the epicenter of protests after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. While the protests have died down in recent days and many businesses are trying to return to normal, store owners whose properties were looted during the unrest or who have lost trade because of it fear they will not survive.


Syrian accused of making detonators in Iraq charged in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:26
A Syrian man accused of supplying electronic parts for roadside bombs used in attacks on U.S. Ahmad Ibrahim Al-Ahmad, 36, was arrested in Turkey in 2011 on terrorism-related charges under an Interpol warrant and detained there until his extradition on Wednesday to the United States, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. A superseding federal indictment returned earlier this month charged Al-Ahmad with various conspiracy offenses as well as possession of a destructive device and providing material support to terrorists.