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Officer fired for shooting football player may face charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:38
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A police officer fired after fatally shooting an unarmed black college football player during a suspected burglary at a Texas car dealership could face criminal charges or civil lawsuits by the man's family members. Former officer Brad Miller's attorney has criticized the firing as political, after the police chief said in dismissing him that the deadly confrontation was unreasonable. Authorities say the Tarrant County District Attorney could present the case to a grand jury within weeks.

Judge OKs $5 million deal ending suit over Arkansas oil leak

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:31

FILE - In this April 15, 2013, file photo, workers, right, examine a damaged section of oil pipe in a Mayflower, Ark., neighborhood after it was removed from the ground. A federal judge approved a $5 million settlement, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, among the operators of an oil pipeline, the state of Arkansas and the federal government, finding that the deal to end claims stemming from a spill two years ago satisfied the public interest. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge approved a $5 million settlement among the operators of an oil pipeline, the state of Arkansas and the federal government Wednesday, finding that the deal to end claims stemming from a spill two years ago satisfied the public interest even if it might not be the best pact possible.


New Illinois law bans choke holds; gives guidelines on body cameras

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:25

Republican Bruce Rauner smiles after winning the midterm elections in Chicago, IllinoisIllinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a law on Wednesday to improve training for police officers, banning excessive use of force including choke holds and creating guidelines on using body cameras. Illinois is among the first states to pass police reform legislation since a fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer in Missouri last year sparked a national debate about police conduct. Other states to pass reform bills include Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland and California, but Illinois' law is one of the broadest and most comprehensive, said Rich Williams, policy specialist for the National Conference of State Legislatures.


Lawyer defends action of officer fired after fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:24

FILE- This undated file photo provided by the Arlington Police Department shows police officer Brad Miller, who killed an unarmed college football player during a suspected burglary at a Texas car dealership. Miller was fired Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, for making mistakes that the city's police chief said caused a deadly confrontation that put him and other officers in danger. (Arlington Police Department via AP, File)ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — An attorney for a Texas police officer in training who fatally shot an unarmed, black college football player during a suspected burglary at a car dealership defended his client's actions Wednesday and rebuked those of the police chief who fired him.


Woman seen after jump or fall from Bay Bridge evading police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:22
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police are searching for a woman who emerged from the icy bay water Wednesday morning wearing a soaking wet black dress and no shoes after she either jumped or fell from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge trying to evade police in a stolen car.

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in Havertown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:21

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in HavertownDelaware County authorities are investigating an accident in which a vehicle struck a pedestrian in Havertown.


Suit challenges Mississippi ban on adoption by same-sex couples

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:20
The plaintiffs include four same-sex couples, two of whom are already raising children, as well as the Campaign for Southern Equality and the Family Equality Council. The Mississippi ban on adoption by same-sex couples is the only one of its kind in the United States. The suit filed against the Mississippi Department of Human Services comes just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down gay marriage bans as unconstitutional across the country.

3 charged with stealing Philadelphia councilwoman's car

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:12

3 charged with stealing Philadelphia councilwoman's carThree people have been jailed on charges they stole a Philadelphia councilwoman's city-issued car, and possessed the drugs found in it by suburban police.


Mother of man killed by Madison, Wisconsin, police files federal suit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:08
(Reuters) - The mother of an unarmed biracial man who was shot and killed by a white police officer in Madison, Wisconsin this spring on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit accusing the officer of using unjustified deadly force against her son.

Pennsylvania top prosecutor says charges tied to porn emails

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:08

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Kane said that criminal charges against her are part of an effort by state prosecutors and judges to conceal pornographic and racially insensitive emails they circulated with one another. Kane is charged with leaking grand jury information to a newspaper reporter as payback to a former state prosecutor and then lying about it under oath. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Portraying herself as a victim, Pennsylvania's attorney general said Wednesday that criminal charges threatening to end her career were part of a "grand plan" to conceal pornographic and racially insensitive emails circulated among judges and state prosecutors.


Pennsylvania beauty queen accused of faking cancer for donations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:07

Brandi Weaver-Gate, 23, is pictured in this handout photoA Pennsylvania beauty queen accused of collecting charity funds by pretending to have cancer was in custody on Wednesday after being stripped of her sash and crown, court records show. Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International 2015, Brandi Weaver-Gates, 23, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with one felony count of theft by deception and another of receiving stolen property. An anonymous letter tipped off police to the actions by Weaver-Gates, the complaint said.


Florida governor urged to pay costs of public records lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:06

Florida Gov. Scott addresses an economic summit in OrlandoThe head of Florida's main open-government organization said Wednesday Governor Rick Scott should personally pay the $700,000 settlement costs of a public records lawsuit, rather than letting taxpayers pick up the tab. Scott agreed to a state-paid settlement after Internet giant Google was ordered to turn over relevant documents in a dispute with a Tallahassee attorney who accused the governor's office of secretly using private emails for state business."He’s playing fast and loose with our Constitution and we’re paying the cost, both literally and figuratively," Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, said of Scott. Attorney Steven Andrews sued Scott and the state Cabinet after the state decided in 2012 to buy a stately old house where his office is located near the governor’s mansion.


About 20 percent of NY students refused to take spring tests

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:05
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — About 20 percent of New York's third- through eighth-graders refused to take the statewide English and math tests given in the spring, the state's education chief said, acknowledging the opt-outs affected assessment data released Wednesday, which otherwise showed a slight uptick in overall student achievement.

Oregon man linked to Silk Road meth scheme is sentenced

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 05:02
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A suburban Portland, Oregon, man who supplied methamphetamine that was sold on a now-shuttered black market website was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in federal prison.

No bail for Maine slaying suspect who spent 2 months on run

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 04:35

This photo provided by the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department shows Robert Burton on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. Burton, who broke into his ex-girlfriend's home, fatally shot her while her children slept and then spent more than two months hiding in the woods turned himself in on Tuesday, officials said. (Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department via AP)DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman who was allegedly shot to death by her ex-boyfriend while her children slept changed the locks on her doors and kept a handgun nearby because she was afraid of him, court documents released Wednesday show.


Former US President Jimmy Carter says he has cancer and will undergo treatment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 04:34
ATLANTA (AP) — Former US President Jimmy Carter says he has cancer and will undergo treatment.

Autopsy confirms bear killed 63-year-old Yellowstone hiker

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 04:34
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials say preliminary autopsy results confirm that a hiker whose body was found last week was killed by a bear.

Parents sue schools, wealthy town over son's suicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 04:27
The parents of a 15-year-old Connecticut boy who killed himself in 2013 filed a wrongful death suit Wednesday against the schools and town government in the wealthy community of Greenwich, saying local officials failed to adequately address the years of bullying their son suffered.

As anniversary and protests fade, Ferguson looks ahead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 04:20

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, file photo, supporters of Michael Brown wear shirts with his picture and the message "Chosen 4 Change," as they participate in a remembrance ceremony at the spot where Brown was shot and killed, in Ferguson, Mo. As Ferguson protests fade, activists and the suburb are looking ahead. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — By Wednesday, police outnumbered protesters in the St. Louis suburb that launched the "Black Lives Matter" movement, signaling that the nightly demonstrations could be fading after the anniversary of Michael Brown's death. But Ferguson, and the issues that elevated it to national prominence, are sure to be closely watched in the months to come. A look at what's ahead:


Ohio man charged in quadruple murder arrested in Mississippi

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 04:16
An Ohio man charged with fatally shooting four people and wounding a fifth two months ago was arrested on Wednesday in rural Mississippi, Ohio police said. Police in Columbus, Ohio, had received several tips that Robert Lee Adams, 27, fled to Mississippi after the June 13 shootings, Columbus police spokesman Richard Weiner said. U.S. marshals and the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department raided two homes on Wednesday and found Adams “cowering in a bedroom closet, surrounded by piles of clothes,” the U.S Marshals Service said in a statement.