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Officer says he fired his gun when threatened with rock

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 09:40

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2015, file photo, marchers carry photos of police shooting victim Antonio Zambrano-Montes during a rally in Pasco, Wash. A Washington state man was holding a large rock and drew back his arm as if he was going to throw it when police officers opened fire and killed him, one of the officers said in a recording released Wednesday, July 8. (Joshua Trujillo/ via AP, File)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man was holding a large rock and drew back his arm as if he was going to throw it when police officers opened fire and killed him, one of the officers said in a recording released Wednesday.

House moves to ban Confederate flag in federal cemeteries

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 09:35

FILE - In this June 30, 2015 file photo, a Confederate flag flies at the base of Stone Mountain in Stone Mountain, Ga. Mainstream country music has been quietly distancing itself from the Confederate flag for years, but as the debate reignites following a massacre at a black church in South Carolina on June 17, country artists still struggle to articulate their feelings about the flag’s history and symbolism. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has voted to ban the display of Confederate flags at historic federal cemeteries in the deep South — a low-profile move that prompted an outcry from supporters of the flag.

San Francisco pier murder suspect's criminal history

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 09:32

FILE - This undated photo provided by the San Francisco Police Department shows Francisco Sanchez. The fatal shooting of a woman at a sightseeing pier has put San Francisco under an uncomforable and nasty spotlight because Sanchez, the Mexican man under arrest, was in the U.S. illegally, had been deported five times and was out on the streets after San Francisco officials refused a request from U.S. immigration authorities to hold him. (San Francisco Police Department via AP, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, charged with killing 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle at a San Francisco waterfront pier, has been cycling in and out of the United States for more than two decades. Federal authorities say Sanchez, who is in the country illegally, was deported to his native Mexico five times, only to come back each time.

Police: Dad admitted throwing baby off bridge, then jumping

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 09:22

CORRECTS AGE OF MORENO TO 21 FROM 22 AND CLARIFIES HE TOSSED 7-MONTH-OLD SON INSTEAD OF JUMPED WITH - This booking photo released Wednesday, July 8, 2015, by the Middletown, Conn., Police Department shows Tony Moreno, who police said admitted to tossing his 7-month-old son Aaden Moreno Sunday night, July 5, from the Arrigoni Bridge near Middletown, Conn. Moreno, 21, was arraigned on murder charges Wednesday, a day after the child's body was pulled from the Connecticut River downstream. (Middletown Police Department via AP)MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A man whose infant son was found dead in the Connecticut River admitted tossing the boy from a bridge before jumping into the water below, police said Wednesday.

Cosby accuser asks for entire deposition to be made public

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 09:19

Actor Cosby speaks at the National Action Network's 20th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards gala in New YorkA Canadian woman at the center of sexual assault allegations against comedian Bill Cosby accused him on Wednesday of violating a confidentiality agreement in their 2005 lawsuit, and asked a court to make public his entire testimony. Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, filed court papers in Pennsylvania district court, also accusing Cosby and his advisers of manipulating the media through interviews and statements about the slew of sex assault allegations against him. The lawsuit was filed two days after a Pennsylvania judge unsealed testimony in Constand's 2005 civil lawsuit against Cosby, in which the actor said he had obtained Quaaludes with the intent of giving the sedatives to young women in order to have sex with them.

Lawmakers bash U.S. Army plan to cut 57,000 troops and civilians

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 09:19

A U.S. Army sapper clears the road in advance of a dismounted patrol near Combat Outpost Terra Nova in the Arghandab ValleyBy David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawmakers on Wednesday sharply criticized long-announced U.S. Army plans to cut nearly 60,000 soldiers and civilian personnel due to tight budgets, warning it was risky and short-sighted at a time of Middle East conflict and rising tensions with Russia. Senator John McCain, the Republican head of the Armed Services Committee, called the decision to cut 40,000 soldiers and 17,000 civilian personnel "another dangerous consequence of budget-driven strategy" pursued by President Barack Obama. Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush told veterans in Hudson, New Hampshire, that the United States "can't lead without a strong military" and pursuit of the planned cuts would leave the country with "the smallest Army that we've had since the start of World War Two." The cuts would reduce the active-duty Army from about 490,000 soldiers to about 450,000.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 09:01

Federal Hall's George Washington statue stands near the flag-covered pillars of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in New York. The New York Stock Exchange halted trading late Wednesday morning because of technical trouble. NYSE resumed trading later in the day. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

The Latest: Baltimore police head fired amid rising crime

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 08:49
BALTIMORE (AP) — The latest on the firing of Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts (all times Eastern):

Investigator: House explosion planners didn't know its force

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 08:18
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Whoever filled an Indianapolis home with natural gas and poured gasoline in two rooms probably did not know the mixture would create the powerful explosion that gutted a neighborhood three years ago, killing two neighbors and damaging more than 80 homes, an independent fire investigator testified Wednesday.

Bio box: Anthony Batts, fired Baltimore police commissioner

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 08:12
NAME — Anthony W. Batts

Wisconsin Capitol Building reopened after bomb threat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:57
(Reuters) - Wisconsin's state Capitol Building in Madison reopened after being evacuated on Wednesday afternoon due to a "credible bomb threat" as representatives were debating a budget bill, authorities said.

California Hispanic population outstrips white: Census

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:56

Applicants fill out forms during a job fair at the Southeast LA-Crenshaw WorkSource Center in Los AngelesCalifornia's Hispanic population now outnumbers the white population, U.S. Census data shows, marking a long-predicted shift in the country's most populous state. Census population estimates released late last month showed that as of July 1, 2014, the state was home to roughly 14.99 million Hispanic residents compared to 14.92 million non-Hispanic white residents. The shift makes California the third U.S. state to not have a white plurality, following New Mexico with its large Hispanic population and the predominantly Asian Hawaii.

San Francisco defendant's immigration history is common

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:54

Francisco Sanchez walks into the court for his arraignment at the Hall of Justice on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in San Francisco. Prosecutors have charged the Mexican immigrant with murder in the waterfront shooting death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle. (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Long before he was arrested in the shooting death of a woman at one of San Francisco's most popular tourist sites, Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez was using the U.S.-Mexican border like a revolving door.

Prosecutor spars with expert who says theater shooter insane

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:50

In this image taken from video, accused Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, second from left, listens to testimony by Dr. Raquel Gur, right, during his trial, in Centennial, Colo., Monday, July 6, 2015. Gur, a nationally known schizophrenia expert took the stand in James Holmes' defense Monday. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors continued a blistering attack Wednesday on the accuracy and thoroughness of a second defense expert who concluded James Holmes was so mentally ill he couldn't tell right from wrong when he carried out a deadly attack at a Colorado movie theater.

Utah doctor sentenced to 15 years to life in ex-wife's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:49

FILE - In this May 9, 2014, file photo, John Brickman Wall, a Salt Lake City pediatrician, appears in court in Salt Lake City. Brickman Wall, convicted of killing his cancer researcher ex-wife, is scheduled to sentenced Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in Salt Lake City. The 51-year-old Brickman Wall could get up to life in prison. Earlier this year, a jury found Wall guilty of murder in the 2011 death of his wife, Uta von Schwedler. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The oldest son of a Utah doctor smiled as he shook hands and hugged friends and family after his father was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years to life in the killing of his ex-wife and escorted out of court in handcuffs.

Greece seeks 3-year aid program, rushes to detail reforms

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:48

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, shakes hands with Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, before delivering his speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Tsipras says his country wants a deal that will mean a definitive end to Greece’s protracted financial crisis, and that last Sunday’s referendum result does not mean a break with Europe. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — With a deadline just hours away to come up with a detailed economic reform plan, Greece requested a new three-year rescue from its European partners Wednesday as signs grew its economy was sliding toward free-fall without an urgently needed bailout.

Utah woman convicted in deputy's death gets 30 years to life

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:46

FILE - In this May 7, 2015, file photo, Meagan Grunwald testifies while being questioned by her defense attorney Dean Zabriskie during her trial in Provo, Utah. Grunwald, a Utah teenager convicted in a 50-mile crime spree that left one sheriff's deputy dead and another wounded, is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday afternoon, July 8, 2015. Grunwald, 18, faces 25 years to life in prison following her May conviction of 11 charges, including aggravated murder. (Spenser Heaps/The Daily Herald via AP, Pool, File)PROVO, Utah (AP) — A young woman convicted in a 50-mile crime spree that left one Utah sheriff's deputy dead and another wounded was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

12-Year-Old Boy Arrested for 1st-Degree Murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:46
The 12-year-old was arrested Tuesday night in Minneapolis, Minnesota, police said.

House narrowly passes No Child Left Behind rewrite

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:41

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., looks to members of the media as she and other Senate Democrats speak to media after a policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. As the House moved forward with debate on the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law rewrite, the Senate considered a version sponsored by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Murray. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — The House narrowly passed a Republican-led rewrite of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law on Wednesday, voting to dramatically lessen the federal role in education policy for the nation's public schools.