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Man shot in the chest in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 10:37

Man shot in the chest in WilmingtonPolice are investigating a shooting that critically injured a man in Wilmington.


Reagan aide Jim Brady's death ruled homicide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 10:36

Reagan aide Jim Brady's death ruled homicideA spokeswoman says a Virginia medical examiner has notified police that this week's death of former White House press secretary James Brady has been ruled a homicide


Things to know about NCAA antitrust ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 10:35

FILE - In this March 26, 2014, file photo, Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson dribbles past the NCAA logo during practice at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Anaheim, Calif. A federal judge ruled that the NCAA can't stop players from selling the rights to their names, images and likenesses, striking down NCAA regulations that prohibit them from getting anything other than scholarships and the cost of attendance at schools. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken in Oakland, Calif., ruled in favor Friday, Aug. 8, of former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon and 19 others in a lawsuit that challenged the NCAA's regulation of college athletics on antitrust grounds. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)A federal judge has ruled that some college athletes can receive payments when they leave school for the rights to their names, images and likenesses, opening the door for them to get a fraction of the billions of dollars generated by collegiate athletics. The decision comes after a lawsuit launched by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, who was upset because his image was used in a video game, but he wasn't paid.


Police commissioner: NYC mayor is 'very pro-cop'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 10:21

FILE- In this July 31, 2014 file photo provided by the New York City Mayoral Photography Office, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, is seated between New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton, left, and the Rev. Al Sharpton, during a round table discussion convened to ease tensions over the July 17, police involved death of Eric Garner. In an interview with The Associated Press, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said he wanted to counter "some of the misimpressions and some of the momentum that's been gained by self-serving interests" in the wake of the videotaped death last month of Garner. (AP Photo/New York City Mayoral Photography Office, Bob Bennett, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The city's top law enforcement official went on a media blitz Friday to deny that the chokehold death of a black suspect shows that police are singling out minorities in a crackdown on minor offenses and to insist that Mayor Bill de Blasio is "very pro-cop."


Online suicides case back in lower court

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 10:16

William Melchert-Dinkel, right, and his attorney Terry Watkins leave court Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Faribault, Minn. Minnesota prosecutors argued Friday that Melchert-Dinkel, a former nurse, should be convicted of assisting suicide for sending emails and other online communications in which he urged two people to kill themselves and gave them information on how to do it. The court earlier this year reversed Melchert-Dinkel's previous conviction of encouraging suicides saying the state's law against it was too broad. (AP Photo/Faribault Daily News, Chris Houck)FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota prosecutors argued Friday that an ex-nurse should be convicted of assisting suicide for going online and urging two people to kill themselves, but a defense attorney said there's no evidence to prove that William Melchert-Dinkel's Internet chats led directly to their deaths.


First tropical storm in 22 years hits Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 09:42

Visitors Sharon Zappa, left, of Florida, and Vicki Stearns, of Chicago, walk along the beach in Waikiki in Honolulu on Friday, Aug, 8, 2014. Iselle came ashore early Friday as a weakened tropical storm, while Hurricane Julio, close behind it, strengthened and is forecasted to pass north of the islands. The two tourists said they were not concerned about the storm. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)HONOLULU (AP) — This is what Associated Press reporters on the scene are learning as the first tropical storm in 22 years hit Hawaii:


U.S. judge rules against NCAA, says athletes can be paid

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 09:04

NCAA President Emmert speaks during news conference at NCAA headquarters in IndianapolisBy Dan Levine and Jonathan Stempel SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The National Collegiate Athletic Association must allow universities to offer student athletes a limited share of revenue, a U.S. judge ruled on Friday, a decision that cuts to the heart of the NCAA's mission to enforce amateurism in college sports. More than 20 current and former athletes filed an antitrust class action against the NCAA, saying players should share in profits of college athletics, a lucrative business in which universities reap billions of dollars from football and basketball. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken in Oakland, California, on Friday issued an injunction to allow students to recover some revenue generated from use of their names, images and likenesses. "I think we'll look back at this five years from now as the day that college sports began to change.


Waggoner Ranch, among US' largest, listed for sale

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 09:02
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — One of the largest ranches in the U.S. and an icon for Texas horse and cattlemen has been listed for $725 million, marking the end of a decades-long courtroom battle among the heirs of cattle baron W.T. Waggoner, who established the estate in 1923.

Pa. man rescues neighbor, drives pregnant wife to hospital

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 08:49

Pa. man rescues neighbor, drives pregnant wife to hospitalAll in a day's work: A northeastern Pennsylvania man saved a woman from her burning house, then raced his wife to the hospital when she went into labor.


Russian accused of hacking is arraigned in Seattle

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 08:49
SEATTLE (AP) — A Russian lawmaker's son accused of hacking computers at hundreds of U.S. businesses and stealing credit card information pleaded not guilty to 29 charges Friday.

Man: Wife's remains found 35 years after Jonestown

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 08:40

 Rev. Jim JonesDOVER, Del. (AP) — A California man said Friday he was shocked to learn that his wife's cremated remains had been found inside a decrepit former funeral home, 35 years after she and more than 900 others died in a suicide-murder in Jonestown, Guyana.


Missing Washington girl was victim of homicide, police say

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 08:33
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - The body of a child found near a mobile home park in Washington state was positively identified on Friday as a missing 6-year-old girl, and police said the death has been ruled a homicide. The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, assisted by the FBI, said an autopsy concluded that the body found Thursday was that of Jenise Wright, who was to have entered the first grade this year. Jenise went to bed on Saturday night in her family home near Bremerton, on the Kitsap Peninsula near Seattle, and was not seen by family members the next day, according to sheriff's deputies. Her parents reported Jenise missing after she failed to show up for Sunday dinner, telling the sheriff's office they had not been alarmed at first because she often wandered around the mobile home park where the family lived.

Oracle sues Oregon over health exchange fiasco, claiming breach of contract

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 08:29
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oracle sues Oregon over health exchange fiasco, claiming breach of contract.

Death of Reagan press secretary James Brady ruled a homicide: police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 08:21

Former White House Press Secretary James Brady gives a thumbs-up to everyone as he visits the White House press briefing room in Washington in this file photoBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Virginia medical examiner has ruled the death of former White House press secretary James Brady a homicide resulting from the 1981 assassination attempt against President Ronald Reagan, a Washington police spokesman said on Friday. Police are investigating Brady's death on Monday as a homicide because of the ruling, Officer Hugh Carew said. Depending on the results of the investigation, gunman John Hinckley Jr., 59, could be charged with Brady's death. Brady, then Reagan's press secretary, was shot in the head by Hinckley during the assassination attempt.


Kansas attorney general to appeal capital rulings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 08:20

FILE - In this combination of 2013 file photos provided by the Kansas Department of Corrections, is Reginald D. Carr, left, and Jonathan D. Carr. The Kansas Attorney General announced Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 that he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate death sentences for two brothers over the fatal shooting of four people in snow-covered soccer field. The Kansas Supreme Court, which overturned their death sentences in July, hasn't upheld a death sentence since the state enacted a new capital punishment law in 1994. (AP Photo/Kansas Department of Corrections)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Friday that he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate death sentences for two brothers over the fatal shootings of four people in a snow-covered soccer field and for another man convicted of killing a couple.


Document: Boy accused of murder wanted to go jail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 08:17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 12-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing a 9-year-old boy on a western Michigan playground told authorities he wanted to go to jail and did not know the victim, according to a court document filed Friday.

Virginia governor's wife hid gifts, says corruption trial witness

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 08:15

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The wife of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell was known among staffers for hiding gifts in the executive mansion, an aide to the governor testified during the first couple's corruption trial on Friday. Matt Conrad, McDonnell's deputy chief of staff, said aides were worried that if some of the gifts hidden by first lady Maureen McDonnell were also intended for the governor they needed to be recorded on financial disclosure forms. McDonnell, a Republican, and his wife face 14 counts of corruption and bribery for allegedly accepting the gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams Sr. in exchange for supporting his former company Star Scientific, a dietary supplements maker. Paul Perito, the former chairman and chief operating officer of Star Scientific, now known as Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Inc, testified that he had no idea of Williams' largesse toward the McDonnells.


Death of Washington girl, 6, ruled a homicide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 08:08

Jenise Paulette WrightSEATTLE (AP) — An autopsy has confirmed a body found in the woods near a mobile home park where a Washington girl went missing was that of 6-year-old Jenise Wright, authorities said Friday


Texas proposes alcohol sales at some gun shows

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 08:05
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas could start allowing alcohol sales at gun shows provided they don't allow live ammunition or let buyers take possession of their weapons at the events.

U.S. judge declines to stop North Carolina's election law changes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 08:01
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge refused on Friday to halt North Carolina's overhauled election law ahead of the midterm vote this November, allowing the provisions, decried by critics as discriminatory, to remain in effect - at least temporarily. District Judge Thomas Schroeder ruled opponents who sued to block the law had failed to show they were likely to suffer irreparable harm if the sweeping changes stayed in place until a trial set for July 2015. Lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department and civil rights groups argued at a hearing in Winston-Salem last month that a preliminary injunction was needed to protect African Americans and young voters from having their ballot access unreasonably restricted or denied in November. The state's Republican-led legislature in 2013 shortened North Carolina's early voting period by seven days, ended same-day registration, banned provisional ballots cast outside the correct precinct from being counted and ended a program allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote.