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Sandra Bland's family sues state trooper, wants answers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 08:36

The family of Sandra Bland holds a news conference Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Houston. Bland's family has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Tuesday against the officer and other officials, saying it was a last resort after being unable to get enough information about the case. Bland, a 28-year-old Chicago-area woman, was found dead in her Waller County jail cell in Hempstead, Texas on July 13. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)HOUSTON (AP) — The family of a black woman found dead in a Texas jail three days after a confrontation with a white state trooper filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Tuesday against the officer and other officials, saying it was a last resort after being unable to get enough information about the case.


Shackling video ignites debate on school discipline

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 08:32

In this image made from video taken in August 2014, and provided by the American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, an 8-year-old boy struggles and cries out as he sits in a chair with handcuffs around his biceps and his arms locked behind him while a school resource officer stands nearby, at an elementary school in Covington, Ky. The boy’s mother, along with the mother of a 9-year-old girl who was also handcuffed at the school, have filed a federal lawsuit against the school. The lawsuit says both children have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and school officials are aware of their disabilities. (American Civil Liberties Union via AP)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The boy sat in a chair, the sound of his whimpering interrupted briefly by the clank of metal handcuffs closing around his arms.


Official: Courthouse shooting suspect faced assault charge

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

Authorities investigate Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Canton Miss. A man fatally shot a defendant waiting in a small courtyard outside a criminal courthouse in Mississippi on Monday morning, and a suspect is in custody, law enforcement officials said. The suspect has been arrested and is in jail, Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker said, but he declined to identify him or the victim. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)CANTON, Miss. (AP) — The man accused in a Mississippi courthouse shooting was arrested in June on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a weapon after a fistfight, contradicting earlier statements by police that the suspect had never before been in serious trouble.


Mormon church publishes photos in push toward transparency

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 08:17

FILE - This Sept. 3, 2014, file photo shows flowers blooming in front of the Salt Lake Temple, at Temple Square, in Salt Lake City. The Mormon church is taking another step in its push to be more transparent, and is releasing more historical documents that shed light on how Joseph Smith formed the religion. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says the volume being scheduled to be released at a news conference Wednesday in Salt Lake City is a printer's manuscript of the Book of Mormon. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church took another step toward transparency Tuesday with the first published pictures of a small sacred stone it believes founder Joseph Smith used to help translate a story that became the basis of the religion.


2 airmen killed during parachute training in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 08:13
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) — Air Force officials have released the names of two special forces airmen killed in a parachute training accident in the Florida Panhandle.

Gray wolf possibly spotted in California, only second since 1924

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 08:06
California wildlife officials believe that a gray wolf has found its way across the border into the state from Oregon, becoming only the second gray wolf to have ventured into California since the 1920s. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), in a document released late on Monday titled "Evidence of a Wolf in Siskiyou County," said it began investigating after Californians reported seeing a wolf-like creature earlier this year. The department said it deployed a number of cameras along trails in remote areas of Siskiyou County, in northernmost California along the Oregon border, and captured images of the animal.

Eastbound Pa. Turnpike reopens hours after fiery crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 07:59

Eastbound Pa. Turnpike reopens hours after fiery crashTraffic is moving again along the Pennsylvania Turnpike after a car and tractor trailer collided, closing the eastbound lanes of the highway in Southampton for several hours.


NAACP chapter president says police used force on sister

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 07:55
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An NAACP chapter president says police in Eugene, Oregon, used excessive force on his sister after she tried to stop an officer from deploying a Taser stun gun on her 19-year-old son.

Man arrested after report of shooting on National Mall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 07:54

Members of the U.S. Park Police investigates the site of a reported shooting near the National Mall in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. U.S. Park Police say they believe someone fired shots from a vehicle on the National Mal, a broad expanse of parkland in the heart of the U.S. capital. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — Someone fired a gun inside a car on the National Mall after witnesses reported a fight inside the vehicle Tuesday afternoon, but there was no indication anyone was injured, police said.


Utah group to start Boy Scout troop welcoming gay leaders

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 07:49

Mark Lawrence, with the group Restore Our Humanity, speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Salt Lake City. The Utah group Restore Our Humanity, that backed the fight to overturn the state's ban on gay marriage, is preparing to start a Boy Scout troop, though activists say getting it off the ground could be an uphill battle in the conservative state where the majority of troops are affiliated with the Mormon church. Lawrence said that he's not sure if everyone is ready for the end of the blanket ban on gay leaders announced July 27. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Days after the Boy Scouts of America lifted a blanket ban on gay leaders, a Utah group that pressed for the legalization of gay marriage in the state announced Tuesday it will sponsor a Boy Scout troop.


Panel: Ending Oklahoma earthquakes will take research, time

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 07:44
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — It could take up to another year of research to determine what has caused a recent series of Oklahoma earthquakes and whether the state is doing enough to stop them, officials said Tuesday.

The Latest: Theater shooting victim's mom: 'I cry every day'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 07:42

In this image made from Colorado Judicial Department video, James Holmes, fifth from left in dark shirt, sits in court on the first day of penalty phase 3 in his trial, in Centennial, Colo., on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. The jury in the Colorado theater shooting trial will hear even more heart-wrenching testimony from those who lost loved ones in the attack, as prosecutors begin their final push to have Holmes sentenced to death. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):


Woman can go ahead with lawsuit alleging Facebook defamation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 07:38
NEW YORK (AP) — A teacher who said her ex-boyfriend broke into her Facebook account and sent malicious sexual statements can proceed with her lawsuit, a court decided Tuesday as it further defined how long someone can wait to bring computer-related claims.

San Diego man pleads guilty to threatening Muslim group

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 07:36
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego man accused of leaving a threatening voice mail at the office of a Muslim civil rights organization pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony charges.

Indicted Texas attorney general rode tea party to power

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 07:35

This handout photo provided by Collin County, Texas shows Texas Attorney General Kenneth Paxton, who was booked into the county jail Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in McKinney, Texas. A grand jury last week indicted Paxton on felony securities fraud charges. (AP Photo/Collin County via AP)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — That newly indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton may have broken securities law isn't news to voters who elected him: Blistering TV attack ads during the 2014 elections reminded them that the Republican had already admitted that.


Shots fired near Camp Shelby in Mississippi, no injuries

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 07:35
Shots were fired outside a military post in Mississippi where soldiers were training on Tuesday, and authorities were searching for the suspected shooter. No one was injured when the shots were fired in the direction of two soldiers at Camp Shelby, Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith said. Authorities were searching for a maroon pickup truck believed to have been driven by a man, Perry said.

Accused killer of Memphis police officer to be arraigned on Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 07:32
A man accused of fatally shooting a Memphis police officer is due to be arraigned on a first-degree murder charge on Wednesday, two days after he turned himself in and was jailed on a bond of almost $10 million. Tremaine Wilbourn, 29, surrendered to federal marshals on Monday after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation placed him on its top-10 fugitives list and started a manhunt. The arraignment before the Shelby County General Sessions Criminal Court Division will be through a video link.

Victim's grieving dad tells Holmes jury of devastating loss

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 07:30

Tom Sullivan, front, who lost his son in the 2012 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., heads to court to hear the reading in penalty phase 2 in the trial of James Holmes Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. Jurors declined to rule out death for Holmes as they moved toward sentencing the Colorado theater shooter.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jurors struggled to hold back tears Tuesday as a grieving father described how he returns now and then to the Colorado theater where his son was murdered.


Shackling video ignites debate on school discipline

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 07:23
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The boy sat in a chair, the sound of his whimpering interrupted briefly by the clank of metal handcuffs closing around his arms.

EB Pa. Turnpike closed in Southampton after crash

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

Eastbound Pa. Turnpike reopens hours after fiery crashA car and tractor trailer collided on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, closing the eastbound lanes of the highway in Southampton, Pa.