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Man pleads guilty in SUV crash that killed 3 relatives

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 09:34
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who was driving drunk when he caused an accident that killed three of his relatives has pleaded guilty to numerous charges, including aggravated manslaughter.

Former Alamo custodians sue for artifacts in collection

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 09:29

File - In this March 6, 2013, file photo, Dan Phillips, a member of the San Antonio Living History Association, patrols the Alamo during a pre-dawn memorial ceremony to remember the 1836 Battle of the Alamo and those who fell on both sides, in San Antonio. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas filed suit Monday, March 23, 2015, against the Texas General Land Office for control of more than 30,000 books and artifacts within the historic site’s library. AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A group that served as guardians of the Alamo for more than a century before the state of Texas announced it was taking over day-to-day management of the historic site is suing for control of more than 30,000 books and artifacts at its library.

Penn State social groups to be examined after photo scandal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 09:23

Protestors stand in silence against the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, in front of Penn State University's Old Main building, in University Park, Pa., Monday, March 23, 2015. The fraternity is accused of posting photos of nude or partly nude women, some asleep or passed out, on an invitation-only Facebook page. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A police investigation of a secret Facebook page with photos of nude and semi-nude women, some of whom appeared to be sleeping or passed out, has prompted a wide review of the role fraternities and sororities play at Penn State, the university's president announced Monday.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 09:04

Media listen as Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo speaks during a news conference Monday, March 23, 2015, in Charlottesville, Va. A five-month police investigation into an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia that Rolling Stone magazine described in graphic detail produced no evidence of the attack and was stymied by the accuser's unwillingness to cooperate, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Melody Robbins)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

Utah brings back firing squads if lethal drugs unavailable

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 09:04
By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a law on Monday that makes Utah the only U.S. state to authorize the use of firing squads for executions if lethal drugs are not available, his spokesman said. The Republican-sponsored bill, which was passed by the state Senate earlier this month, was introduced amid national concerns about the efficacy of lethal injections. "Those who voiced opposition to this bill are primarily arguing against capital punishment in general and that decision has already been made in our state," Marty Carpenter, spokesman for the Republican governor, said in a statement. Carpenter said the state preferred to use its primary method of lethal injection when a death penalty is issued.

No bond for millionaire Durst on New Orleans weapons charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 09:02

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 17, 2015 file, Millionaire Robert Durst is escorted from Orleans Parish Criminal District Court to the Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment in New Orleans. Durst is going back to court in New Orleans after nearly a week in a prison mental ward 70 miles away. At a preliminary hearing on weapons charges on Monday, March 23, his lawyers planned to argue that the 71-year-old Houston man should be released because he was illegally arrested on those charges and a Los Angeles County warrant accusing him of murdering a female friend. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst is a flight risk and a danger to others, a judge decided Monday after considering what FBI agents found in his hotel room: an elaborate disguise and other escape tools fit for a spy movie.

Report: Feds to exceed costs for cleaning up nuke waste

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 08:56
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The cost of cleaning up radioactive waste at one of the federal government's premier nuclear laboratories has already exceeded expectations and more cost overruns are expected, according to a report released Monday by a government watchdog.

Businessman who faked death arrested in North Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 08:56

In this image taken from video, federal agents execute a search warrant at the Sapphire, N.C., home of Jose Lantigua on Monday, March 23, 2015. Lantigua, a Jacksonville businessman reported dead two years ago in Venezuela, was arrested in North Carolina on Saturday, March 21, on alleged fraud charges after his life insurance companies filed a lawsuit alleging he was alive and they shouldn't be making payments. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz)SAPPHIRE, N.C. (AP) — A Florida businessman who authorities say faked his own death to dodge debts while reaping millions in life insurance benefits is sitting in a North Carolina jail after applying for a passport under another man's name.

Police: Customers skipping out on bill hit waitress with car

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 08:54
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Four people were arrested Monday on charges of assault with a deadly weapon after authorities said they rammed a waitress with their Volkswagen while leaving a restaurant without paying the bill.

Protesters march in Connecticut over black teen's violent arrest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 08:49
By Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of New Haven, Connecticut, on Monday following the release of a video showing a black teenaged girl being thrown to the ground by a white police officer. The March 15 incident was the latest in a string of contentious and sometimes deadly exchanges between white police officers and members of black communities across the United States. The 15-year-old girl, Teanadrea Cornelius, was treated for a concussion, black eyes and a fractured shoulder following her arrest during the city's St. Patrick's Day parade, her mother, Valerie Boyd, told local media. It depicts a white police officer throwing the handcuffed girl down and slamming her head to the pavement after police responded to a call about a fight between two teenagers.

Man wanted in Wisconsin abduction caught after shooting self

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 08:44

Authorities investigate the scene, after capturing a fugitive accused of abducting a woman from a southeastern Wisconsin hospital and fleeing in an exchange of gunfire, in the Village of Mount Pleasant outside Racine, Wis., Monday, March 23, 2015. The sheriff's office said in a news release that authorities tracked the suspect to the Village of Mount Pleasant, where he was hiding in bushes. (AP Photo/The Journal Times, Scott Anderson)VILLAGE OF MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) — After a daylong manhunt, a fugitive accused of abducting a woman from a southeastern Wisconsin hospital and fleeing from authorities in an exchange of gunfire shot himself Monday as officers closed in, police said.

Obama's niece threatened before college basketball game: USA Today

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 08:32

 NCAA Tournament-2nd Round-Princeton vs MarylandA phone message threatening President Barack Obama's niece, a player on the Princeton basketball team, prompted authorities to increase security at Monday night's NCAA women's tournament game between the Ivy League school and Maryland, USA Today reported. An eight-minute voicemail was received at the University of Maryland athletic department offices on Monday afternoon in which a woman said a man was driving on the College Park, Maryland, campus with a Glock handgun in his possession, the newspaper reported, citing a person with knowledge of the threat. The caller linked the man's appearance on campus to the game and Leslie Robinson, a freshman forward at Princeton and the daughter of Michelle Obama's brother, USA Today said. In addition to normal game security, undercover security officers were near the Princeton bench.

Penn State social groups to be examined after photo scandal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 08:29

Penn State social groups to be examined after photo scandalThe president of Penn State University says a task force will examine aspects of fraternity and sorority life as police investigate photos of naked and semi-nude women posted on a Facebook page linked to a university fraternity.

3 dead in scaffolding collapse at downtown Raleigh high-rise

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 08:21

Raleigh firefighters and other rescue personnel gather near the scene of a construction accident at the Charter Square building on the south end of Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, NC Monday, March 23, 2015. At least three workers were killed when a section of scaffolding fell to the ground Monday morning. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Scott Sharpe)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Workers were dismantling a scaffold at a high-rise construction project on Monday when a piece of it fell to the ground in downtown Raleigh, killing three men and sending another to a hospital.

Firefighters battle barn blaze in Burlington County

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 08:20

Firefighters battle barn blaze in Burlington CountyFire crews were called to the scene of a barn fire in Mansfield Township, New Jersey Monday morning.

Investigation outlines key events of alleged UVa gang rape

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 08:20
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The investigation of an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house discovered no evidence of the attack. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo detailed the probe at a news conference Monday. Here are some key events:

After 28 years on California's death row, inmate dies of natural causes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 07:59
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A California inmate sentenced to death 28 years ago died in hospice care this week, the state said Monday, bringing the total of condemned inmates who passed away from natural causes to 68 in a state that has not carried out an execution in years. The death of Teofilo Medina, Jr., 70, at a medical facility near Sacramento comes amid ongoing controversy in California over how the death penalty is administered, including a recent decision by a federal judge declaring the state's use of capital punishment unconstitutional, because inmates lingered on death row for years or even decades. "This is just another wake-up call to say that California's death penalty system doesn't work," said Ellen Kreitzberg, a death penalty expert at Santa Clara Law school near San Jose.

Police say Idaho man was involved in Arizona Wal-Mart melee

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 07:58
COTTONWOOD, Ariz. (AP) — An Idaho man and two juveniles are among six suspects arrested after a late-night brawl in north-central Arizona left one person dead and two others with gunshot wounds, including a police officer.

UN committee to vote on benefits for spouses of gay staffers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 07:51
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia has called for a vote Tuesday in the U.N. budget committee on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's plan to give benefits to the spouses of gay U.N. staffers who are legally married — regardless of the laws on same-sex marriage in their home countries.

Suspect killed, officer shot in Arizona Wal-Mart parking lot brawl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 07:44
One suspect was fatally shot and a policeman wounded during a brawl in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Arizona in which eight officers were assaulted and seven suspects were eventually arrested, officials said. The officers from the Cottonwood Police Department were responding to a call shortly before midnight on Saturday saying a female Wal-Mart employee had been assaulted inside the store by multiple suspects, authorities said. When they arrived, "the suspects were in the parking lot and immediately attacked the responding officers," the Arizona Department of Public Safety said in a statement. Authorities said Sergeant Jeremy Daniels, 31, was shot in the leg but should make a full recovery after being flown to a hospital in Flagstaff, about 45 miles to the northeast, for surgery.