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Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted cult leader Charles Manson, dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 23:47
Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted cult leader Charles Manson and members of his so-called "family" for seven murders, then turned to writing books that took on everyone from George W. Bush to God, has died aged 80, his son said on Monday. Bugliosi, whose book "Helter Skelter" about the Manson case became one of the best-selling true crime books of all time, died on Saturday evening at a Los Angeles hospital after a years-long battle with cancer, his son Vincent Bugliosi Jr. told Reuters. Bugliosi was a 35-year-old Los Angeles deputy district attorney in 1970 when he brought to trial Manson and several of his followers who were all accused in the murder of seven people in a two-night spree in August 1969.

Top New Hampshire court sides with parking-meter 'Robin Hooders'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 23:46
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - New Hampshire's highest court on Tuesday largely sided with a group of activists known as "Robin Hooders," finding that a city's efforts to crack down on their practice of feeding strangers' parking meters violated their free speech rights. The activists have regularly fed parking meters in downtown Keene, a small city in southwestern New Hampshire, and placed cards on windshields with a picture of Robin Hood stating: “Your meter expired! However, we saved you from the king's tariff!" The merry band has also followed and at times confronted the parking enforcement officers, all the while recording their activities.

New video released of suspect in off-duty officer robbery in Lawndale

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 23:44

New video released of suspect in off-duty officer robbery in LawndalePhiladelphia police have released new surveillance video of a suspect wanted for the robbery of an off-duty police officer.


School lockdowns lifted after West Philadelphia shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 23:41

 Suspect in West Philadelphia shooting used taxiTwo schools were on lockdown after a shooting in West Philadelphia on Tuesday morning.


2 schools on lockdown after West Philadelphia shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 23:39

 Suspect in West Philadelphia shooting used taxiTwo schools are on lockdown after a shooting in West Philadelphia.


Boston man sentenced to life in prison for woman's 2013 slaying

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 23:18
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A Boston man was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday after he was convicted of snatching a 24-year-old woman from her apartment in 2013 and stabbing her to death. Edwin Alemany, 30, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole a day after a jury convicted him of murdering Amy Lord during a spree in which he also attacked and tried to kill two other young women, according to court records. "The reality is, for us, there will never be closure," Cindy Lord, the victim's mother, said at a sentencing hearing for her daughter's killer.

California teen who ran away over SAT pressure returns home

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 23:15
A 16-year-old girl from a Los Angeles suburb who ran away over the weekend because she was overwhelmed with pressure when she went to take her college admission test has returned home, police said on Tuesday. Mira Hu called her family from a Los Angeles library on Monday night and asked to be picked up, said police in nearby San Marino, where the girl lives with her family. It appeared Hu was acting on her own volition and no one else was involved on Saturday when she ran away from a school where she had been dropped off to take her SAT test for college admission, San Marino police said in a statement.

Female same-sex nuptials far outnumber male in Massachusetts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 22:50

In this Thursday, June 4, 2015 photo married couple Linda Bailey-Davies, 69, left, and Gloria Bailey-Davies, 74, both of Orleans, Mass., walk on a beach near their home, in Orleans. As the U.S. Supreme Court ponders the future of same-sex marriage, Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage, offers a decade-long real world test of what happens when gay couples can legally marry. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — As the U.S. Supreme Court ponders the future of same-sex marriage, the nine justices could consider the experience in Massachusetts, the state with the longest-running real-world test of what happens when gay couples are allowed to tie the knot.


U.S. regulator seeks changes to curb speeding passenger trains

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 22:09

Emergency workers look through the remains of a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaThe U.S. Federal Railroad Administration has recommended passenger railroads take steps to prevent speeding trains following a deadly Amtrak accident in May in which a train derailed in Philadelphia after entering a curve at double the speed limit. The agency on Tuesday said railroads should identify locations where trains must reduce speed by more than 20 miles per hour in their approach to a bridge or curve and should modify automatic systems to meet speed limits.


New Jersey's top court sides with Christie on pensions, won't order him to put more into funds

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 22:06
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's top court sides with Christie on pensions, won't order him to put more into funds.

Southbound NE Extension work could last through PM rush

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 21:47

Southbound NE Extension work could last through PM rushEmergency repair work in the southbound lanes of the Northeast Extension (I-476) near Lansdale could be an all-day headache for commuters.


School superintendent drops graduation cheering charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 21:41
SENATOBIA, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi school superintendent who pressed charges against people for cheering at a high school graduation has now dropped the charges.

Wilmington officer arrested for breaking into home

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 21:39

Wilmington officer arrested for breaking into homeAuthorities say a Wilmington police officer has been placed on administrative duty after being charged with breaking into a stranger's home.


Father pleads guilty in death of 10-year-old girl in Georgia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 20:51
ATLANTA (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty in the death of his 10-year-old daughter whose emaciated and burned body was found in a trash bin.

Brother of unarmed man shot by officer: Indictment a victory

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 20:17

FILE - This April 7, 2015, file photo provided by the Charleston County, S.C., Sheriff's Office shows Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager. A grand jury in Charleston on Monday, June 8, 2015, affirmed the state of South Carolina's murder charge against Slager, who is accused of shooting an unarmed black man trying to run from a traffic stop. (AP Photo/Charleston County Sheriff's Office, File)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The brother of an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by a white South Carolina police officer says the murder indictment against Michael Slager is a small step on the road to justice.


Smoke in cabin forces emergency landing for Allegiant Air

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 20:12
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Passengers on an Allegiant Air plane that made an emergency landing minutes after taking off from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport will soon be heading to their original destination in Maryland.

Official: 8th E. Coli case linked to South Carolina day care

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 20:09
GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina health officials say an eighth case of E. coli has been traced to a daycare center that's now temporarily closed.

Protests follow video of officer drawing gun on black teens

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 19:21

The Craig Ranch neighborhood pool is shown on Monday, June 8, 2015, in McKinney, Texas. A McKinney police officer has been placed on administrative leave after a video was posted online showing him pushing a teenage girl in a swimsuit to the ground and pointing his gun at other teens. (AP Photo/John L. Mone)McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators marched Monday night to the pool where a white police officer pinned a black teenage girl to the ground and pulled a gun on others over the weekend. The protesters carried signs that included the phrases, "My skin color is not a crime" and "Fire Eric Casebolt."


Exclusive: Doctor who trained U.S. troops suspended for macabre techniques

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 19:16

Handout photo from 1989 shows U.S. Army Medical Corps retired Lt. Colonel John Hagmann is seen being presented an Outstanding Uniformed Educator Award during commencement ceremoniesBy John Shiffman WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Since retiring from the U.S. Army in 2000, Dr. John Henry Hagmann has helped train thousands of soldiers and medical personnel in how to treat battlefield wounds. The taxpayer-funded training has long troubled animal rights activists, who contend that Hagmann’s use of live, wounded pigs to simulate combat injuries is unnecessarily cruel. During instructional sessions in 2012 and 2013 for military personnel, Hagmann gave trainees drugs and liquor, and directed them to perform macabre medical procedures on one another, according to a report issued by the Virginia Board of Medicine, the state agency that oversees the conduct of doctors.


Missouri to execute convicted killer of girlfriend and her daughter

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 19:02
(Reuters) - Missouri is scheduled on Tuesday to execute a man convicted of fatally stabbing his girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter almost 15 years ago. Richard Strong, 48, is scheduled to die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. CDT at a Missouri state prison. According to court records, Strong had dark red stains on the pants of his knees and was sweating profusely when police responded to a 911 call at his girlfriend's home near St. Louis in October 2000.