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NY defense lawyers seek leniency for London cleric

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 07:14
NEW YORK (AP) — An Islamic cleric convicted of terrorism charges should be sent to a prison medical facility because of severe disabilities instead of spending life in prison at a high-security federal prison in Colorado, according to his lawyers.

Pennsylvania high court strikes down law on juvenile sex offenders

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 07:05
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional a requirement that all sex offenders who were juveniles at the time of their crimes must stay on the so-called Megan’s Law Registry for life, adding it was also unnecessary for public safety. In a 5-1 ruling hailed by juvenile justice advocates, the court upheld a 2013 decision by a York County judge striking down portions of the Sexual Offenders Registration and Notification Act, known as SORNA. ...

Unauthorized immigrants line up for California driver's licenses

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 07:03
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Thousands of immigrants lined up to apply for driver's licenses in California under a law that went into effect on Friday, making the most populous U.S. state the latest to expand the privilege to people in the country illegally. To handle the crush of new applicants, the Department of Motor Vehicles created special processing centers at four former businesses: a grocery store, a large dry cleaner, a movie theater and a restaurant. Before noon, nearly 6,200 people had already applied for licenses under the law, said DMV spokeswoman Jessica Gonzalez. ...

Sheriff to take over probe of police shooting death of Cleveland boy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 07:02

A mourner reads the obituary from the program during the funeral service for Tamir Rice in Cleveland, OhioBy Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Cleveland has transferred its investigation into the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy to the Cuyahoga County sheriff's department, city officials said on Friday. Cleveland police shot and killed Tamir Rice at a park in November while he was carrying a replica gun that typically shoots plastic pellets. Police, who were responding to a 911 call that a man was pointing a gun at people, shot Rice within seconds of arriving at the scene. ...


$7,000 in merchandise stolen from Nordstrom in Cherry Hill

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 07:02

$7,000 in merchandise stolen from Nordstrom in Cherry HillPolice in Cherry Hill are looking for four men who they say stole more than $7,000 in merchandise from a Nordstrom store.


Funeral held for NJ boy struck by police cruiser

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 06:58

Funeral held for NJ boy struck by police cruiserIt was a somber scene Friday as mourners paid their final respects to Matthew McCloskey in Williamstown, New Jersey.


Police: Teen hid in Target, stole electronics

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 06:57

 Teen hid in Target, stole electronicsAn 18-year-old was arrested for hiding in a Montgomery County Target and stealing electronics.


Donna Douglas, 'Beverly Hillbillies' star, is dead

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 06:56

FILE - In this March 4, 2009 file photo, Donna Douglas, who starred in the television series "The Beverly Hillbillies" tours the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. Douglas, who played the buxom tomboy Elly May Clampett on the hit 1960s sitcom has died. Douglas, who was 82, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, in Baton Rouge, where she lived, her niece, Charlene Smith, said. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Donna Douglas, who played the buxom tomboy Elly May Clampett on the hit 1960s sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies," has died.


Human remains found in Berks County identified

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 06:50

Human remains found in Berks County identifiedAuthorities have identified the human remains discovered earlier this week in Berks County.


Multistate crime spree leaves 2 dead, 3 wounded

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 06:46

This Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 booking photo provided by the West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority shows Eric Campbell. Police say that Campbell and his father, Edward Campbell, shot at officers who pulled them over on a highway outside Lewisburg, W.Va. Police found two bodies in one of their stolen vehicles. (AP Photo/West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority)CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A father and son killed a North Carolina couple and set their home on fire, and then drove to West Virginia, where they wounded two police officers in a New Year's Day shootout during a traffic stop, authorities said Friday.


Suspect charged in Spring Garden parking garage rape

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 06:45

Suspect charged in Spring Garden parking garage rape32-year old Steven Woodson of Pittsburgh is charged with rape, robbery and attempted murder. A man driving into the garage saw what was happening and chased the suspect.


Slain NYC officer's funeral poses new test for mayor, police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 06:42
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City policeman slain with his partner in an ambush will be remembered this weekend with a wake and a funeral expected to draw thousands of officers, against a backdrop of frayed relations between the force and Mayor Bill de Blasio. Saturday's wake and Sunday's funeral for Wenjian Liu, believed to be the first Chinese-American police officer killed in the line of duty in the city, follows observances for his partner, Rafael Ramos. Liu, 32, and Ramos, 40, were shot to death on Dec. 20 as they sat in their squad car in Brooklyn. ...

Girlfriend of man shot by Ohio police in Walmart dies in car crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 06:28
By Kim Palmer (Reuters) - The girlfriend of a man shot dead by police while he was holding a BB gun at an Ohio Walmart has died in a car accident, a lawyer for the man's family said on Friday. Tasha Thomas, 26, who had accompanied John Crawford to the Beavercreek store where he was killed by police in August, was pronounced dead at the scene of an early morning crash on New Year's Day in Dayton, the Montgomery County coroner's office said. Another person in the car, Frederick Bailey, 30, also died. ...

Man critical in daytime shooting in Germantown

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 06:28

Man critical in daytime shooting in GermantownPolice say a man was shot multiple times during broad daylight in Germantown.


Survivalist charged with ambushing Pennsylvania police due in court

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 06:25
By Joe McDonald EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A survivalist charged with ambushing two Pennsylvania state troopers, killing one of them, and then leading hundreds of state and federal law enforcement officers on a weeks-long manhunt will appear in court on Monday for a preliminary hearing.     Tight security is expected at the Pike County Courthouse in Milford, just as when Eric Frein was arraigned there after his capture on Oct. 30.     Michael Weinstein, one of Frein's lawyers, said the defendant's preliminary hearing could spill into Tuesday. ...

Woman says forced as minor into sex with Prince Andrew; allegations denied

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 06:16
By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Buckingham Palace on Friday denied allegations by a woman who said in Florida court documents that she was forced as a minor to have sex with Britain's Prince Andrew and other high-profile figures linked to a wealthy U.S. businessman. The woman, referred to as "Jane Doe #3" in legal papers filed this week in the U.S. Southern District of Florida, said financier Jeffrey Epstein made her have sex with the Duke of York in London, New York and on a private Caribbean island, as part of "an orgy with numerous other under-aged girls," according to the filings. ...

Police chief said he shot wife moving gun in bed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 06:12
ATLANTA (AP) — A police chief in Georgia told a 911 dispatcher he accidentally shot his sleeping wife while moving a handgun that was in their bed, according to a recording released Friday.

Illinois extends marijuana experiment to children

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 06:12

In this Jan. 1, 2015, photo, Nicole Gross uses an oral syringe to give her son Chase his daily dose of a medical marijuana oil, known as Charlotte's Web, at their home in Colorado Springs, Colo. They moved to Colorado from Chicago about a year ago to legally treat Chase, who used to have hundreds of seizures per day. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)CHICAGO (AP) — Randy Gross hopes a new law allowing children into Illinois' medical marijuana program will reunite his family, nearly a year after his wife moved to Colorado so their son could receive a controversial treatment to ease his epileptic seizures.


New Jersey strip club of 'Sopranos' fame is broken into

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 06:10
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New Jersey strip club that served as the Bada Bing! lounge in the "The Sopranos," a hit television series about a mob family, was broken into on Friday, police said, less than two weeks after it was the scene of an armed robbery. The front glass door of the Satin Dolls in Lodi, New Jersey, was smashed sometime before dawn and its office door was pried open, according to the town's police. Nothing was taken from the office safe. On Dec. 21, two men armed with shotguns held up the bar after closing hours and made off with about $30,000, police said. ...

U.S. seeks life in prison for London imam convicted on terror charges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 06:06

- FILE PHOTO TAKEN 07FEB03 - A file photograph dated February 7, 2003 shows Muslim cleric Sheikh Abu..By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Friday urged a federal judge to sentence London imam Abu Hamza al-Masri to life in prison following his conviction on terrorism charges. In a court filing ahead of his Jan. 9 sentencing, prosecutors said Abu Hamza should be held accountable for his role as a "global terrorist leader who orchestrated plots around the world to further his deadly mission." "The seriousness of this defendant's offenses and the need for just punishment and deterrence cannot be overstated," prosecutors under Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara wrote. ...