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Prosecutor describes commune leader's 15-year brutal reign

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 02:51
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors say a 55-year-old Kansas man accused of killing a member of his commune more than a decade ago was a brutal leader whose 15-year reign was marked by sexual violence and the deaths of six people.

Ex-medical researcher gets life term in wife's cyanide death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 02:39

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the Allegheny County District Attorney Dr. Robert Ferrante is shown. The former University of Pittsburgh medical researcher is scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 for first-degree murder in his wife's cyanide poisoning death. (AP Photo/Allegheny County District Attorney, File)PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former medical researcher was sentenced Wednesday to a mandatory life prison sentence without possibility of parole in the cyanide poisoning death of his neurologist wife.


Prosecution rests in trial of man with 5 bodies in yard

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 02:32
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A man charged with killing a Pennsylvania pharmacist and the pharmacist's girlfriend used plastic ties to restrain a jeweler during a 2003 home invasion and robbery — the same kind prosecutors say he had used to strangle his victims months earlier.

Commuter train accident is latest problem for Metro-North

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 02:32

File-This Dec. 2, 2013, file photo shows a backhoe clearing soil next to a derailed Metro-North train car, foreground, in the Bronx borough of New York. Federal regulators have reached their conclusions about what was behind the Metro-North derailment that killed four people in the Bronx. The National Transportation Safety Board says it will announce Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, the probable causes of the Dec. 1 derailment and four other Metro-North accidents. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)A commuter train slammed into an SUV on the tracks at railroad crossing about 20 miles north of New York City on Tuesday evening, killing the SUV's driver and five people aboard the train. The accident is the latest problem for Metro-North, the nation's second-busiest railroad. Here is a look at some of the others:


Ford Motor Co. to add 900 jobs at Missouri pickup plant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 02:14
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Officials say Ford Motor Co. will create an additional 900 jobs in Missouri to build the next-generation F-150 pickup.

1 dead, firefighter and 2 others hurt in massive Norristown apartment fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 02:13

1 dead, firefighter and 2 others hurt in massive Norristown apartment fireOne person is dead and 3 people, including a firefighter, were injured in a massive fire at an apartment building in Norristown.


NYC police seek man who slashed 3 in face with box cutter

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 02:12
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police are searching for a man who slashed a subway rider, a homeless man and another person in the face with a box cutter.

California to pay $2.5M in police excessive-force lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 02:11
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — California will pay $2.5 million to settle an excessive-force lawsuit filed by a black motorist who was shot multiple times by a white officer during a traffic stop.

Postmaster general: Agency looking for new revenue sources

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 02:08

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2011 file photo, Postmaster General Megan Brennan is seen in Washington. The nation’s new postmaster general says the U.S Postal Service is looking beyond its regular mail and package delivery for new sources of revenue. And that means building on what Megan J. Brennan calls its “core competency” _ the delivery of goods. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's new postmaster general says the Postal Service is looking beyond its regular mail and package delivery for new sources of revenue.


Taiwan plane crash kills at least 26 people; caught on video

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 02:00

Taiwan plane crash kills at least 26 people; caught on videoTaiwanese rescuers used a crane to hoist a wrecked TransAsia Airways plane from a shallow river in Taipei late Wednesday as they searched into the night for 20 people missing in a crash that killed at least 23 others.


Father arrested for shaking infant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 02:00

Father arrested for shaking infantA Delaware father is behind bars after police say he shook his two-month-old baby several times.


Teen rapist given 112-year sentence appeals to top court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 01:59

This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Brandon Moore. Moore was tried as an adult and convicted by a jury in the 2001 armed kidnapping, robbery and gang rape of a 22-year-old Youngstown State University student. Lawyers for Moore, a convicted rapist who claims a 112-year prison sentence imposed when he was 15 years old violates his constitutional rights want the Ohio Supreme Court to overturn the sentence. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 112-year prison sentence imposed on a convicted rapist should be overturned because it amounts to an unconstitutional life term for crimes he committed at age 15, the inmate's lawyer argued Wednesday before Ohio's highest court.


Fugitive treasure hunter to remain behind bars in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 01:54

This image from undated video provided by WSYX-TV shows the wanted billboard for fugitives Tommy Thompson and Alison Antekeier. The U.S. Marshals Service captured former fugitive Tommy Thompson at a Hilton hotel in West Boca Raton on Tuesday Jan. 27, 2015. Thompson had been on the lam for two years, accused of cheating investors out of their share of $50 million in gold bars and coins he had recovered from the 19th century shipwreck S.S. Central America. (AP Photo/WSYX-TV)WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A deep-sea treasure hunter was ordered Wednesday to remain behind bars in Florida while his extradition process is delayed and his former investors press for details on what happened to millions of dollars in gold he found in a historic shipwreck.


'Sister Wives' husband divorces one woman in his household, marries another

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 01:53

33155_Ep503_017(Reuters) - The husband in a household featured on reality show "Sister Wives" has legally divorced one of the four women he lives with and married another, a spokesman for the show said on Wednesday. Kody Brown and the four women he calls his spouses live in Nevada and have 17 children. Their life has been broadcast on the TLC cable channel since 2010. Brown and the women he calls spouses, Meri, Christine, Janelle and Robyn, are part of the Apostolic United Brethren, a Utah-based church that follows a plural marriage doctrine.


Trust fund awaits Guantanamo detainee for hand-written book

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 01:49
By Alistair Bell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Sunday Times in London has called it a “Must Read”. As the book appears in best-seller lists, funds from its sales will go to a trust fund “to help him rebuild his life,” when he eventually emerges from Guantanamo, said one of his lawyers, Hina Shamsi of the American Civil Liberties Union. "Any funds that come from the book sales are going to be held in trust for him and when he is finally freed they are going to be used to help him rebuild his life," said Shamsi.     Slahi's account describes the torture, humiliation and despair he says he underwent in U.S. captivity, most of it at the prison in Cuba where he has been held since 2002.     It recounts a desperate existence for the Mauritanian who was detained for alleged links to al Qaeda, deprived of sleep for days and at times sexually molested, force-fed seawater, chained to the floor in freezing cold rooms or subjected to a mock execution, according to his account.     The book reached ninth place on The Sunday Times best-seller list in Britain in late January following a celebrity-studded rollout in London.

AccuWeather: Snowfall during Thursday AM commute

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 01:45

 Snowfall during Thursday AM commuteMeteorologist David Murphy says a snow shower is possible this morning, with a few more likely Thursday morning.


Suspect sought for theft of 3 Fitbit devices in Toms River

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 01:44

Suspect sought for theft of 3 Fitbit devices in Toms RiverPolice in Toms River, New Jersey are looking for the man who swiped three Fitbit devices from a Kohl's store.


Police car crashes on way to house fire in Media

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 01:43

Police car crashes on way to house fire in MediaA police officer was injured in a crash while in route to a house fire in Delaware County Wednesday morning.


To catch a drone: Govts seek ways to counter tiny fliers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 01:39

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2014 file photo, the new Bebop Parrot drone flies past a Rome marble statue "August en Triomphateur" during a presentation to the press in Paris, France. Befuddled by a spate of small mystery drones flying over its nuclear plants, military installations, and even the presidential palace, France has asked its scientific minds to help devise a way to counteract small _ and so far harmless _ motorized menaces overhead. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)PARIS (AP) — What's the best way to counter an unwelcome drone: a bigger, faster drone, laser guns, sky-high netting or devices that block remote controls?


GOP senator: HHS chief's answers 'contemptuous'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 01:37

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Cornyn accused the Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell of being "contemptuous" of Congress on Wednesday by sidestepping about the Obama administration's preparations for a Supreme Court challenge to President Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Republican senator accused the Health and Human Services secretary of being "contemptuous" of Congress on Wednesday by sidestepping questions about Obama administration preparations for a Supreme Court challenge to President Barack Obama's health care law.