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Man convicted of killing ex-wife whose 911 call was bungled

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 07:40
DALLAS (AP) — Jurors have found a Dallas man guilty of murder in the death of his ex-wife whose 911 call was mishandled by Dallas police.

Georgia trooper shoots traveler after speeding stop

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 07:33
TIFTON, Ga. (AP) — A traffic stop on a south Georgia freeway Friday morning ended with a state trooper shooting a passenger after getting into a confrontation with him as the driver was being taken into custody.

Two California men charged with seeking to help Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 07:30
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two Southern California men were charged on Friday with conspiring to travel to the Middle East to join the militant group Islamic State, U.S. prosecutors said, a day after one of the men was arrested at the Los Angeles airport. The arrests on Thursday of Anaheim residents Muhanad Badawi and Nader Elhuzayel, both 24, represent the latest case of U.S. authorities cracking down on individuals they believe are seeking to join the group, which is fighting in Syria and Iraq. Badawi and Elhuzayel were recorded talking to each other last month when they expressed support for Islamic State and said they wished to die on the battlefield, according to an affidavit filed in court.

Fire at old Sunoco refinery in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 07:24

Fire at old Sunoco refinery in South PhiladelphiaFire crews responded quickly to the scene of a fire at an old Sunoco refinery in South Philadelphia.


Drexel grad makes it big as UFC fighter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 07:15

Drexel grad makes it big as UFC fighterDespite his stature and his nickname "Fun-Size," Lehigh County native and Drexel grad Zach Mokovsky is a top ranked UFC fighter.


Arizona lawman calls for judge's removal in racial-profiling case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 07:10
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Lawyers for controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio asked on Friday that a federal judge be removed from overseeing a racial-profiling case against the lawman and his deputies. In a court filing, attorneys for Arpaio and one of his top aides, Gerard Sheridan, asked U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow to recuse himself after what they called a string of decisions that could be seen as biased.     The latest twist came before a second round of hearings in June to determine if Arpaio and four others should be held in civil contempt for violating court orders in the 2007 case.     They face possible punishments of fines, restitution for individuals harmed and increased oversight of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. Snow also has mentioned possible criminal contempt proceedings.

8 injured in car, SEPTA bus crash in Hunting Park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 06:57

8 injured in car, SEPTA bus crash in Hunting ParkAuthorities say eight people were injured in a crash involving a car and a SEPTA bus in Philadelphia's Hunting Park section.


Feds: Temple professor offered China data on US-made device

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 06:56

 Temple professor offered China data on US-made deviceA Temple University professor has stepped down as chairman of the physics department following his arrest in what prosecutors said was a scheme to provide U.S. technology secrets to China in exchange for prestigious appointments.


Milwaukee man pronounced dead, then moves limbs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 06:34

Milwaukee man pronounced dead, then moves limbsA man was pronounced dead after collapsing at his Milwaukee apartment, but began to move his limbs as he was about to be taken to the morgue, authorities say.


Pentagon plans long-range missile defense radar in Alaska

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 06:23
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department on Friday announced plans to deploy a new long-range radar in central Alaska that would help the U.S. missile defense system better discern potential enemy missiles launched by Iran or North Korea and increase the capacity of interceptors in the ground in Alaska and California. Raytheon Co, Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp are competing to build the new radar, which is expected to cost just under $1 billion. It said the new long-range discrimination radar (LRDR) will help the multi-layered U.S. ballistic missile defense system better address potential countermeasures that could be launched by potential foe to confuse U.S. defensive systems.

Woman found pushing dead 3-year-old son in swing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 06:23

Woman found pushing dead 3-year-old son in swingA woman was found in a Maryland park pushing her dead toddler in a swing, and authorities say she may have been there all night.


Mother found pushing dead toddler on swing in Maryland park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 06:22
(Reuters) - A Maryland mother was found early on Friday pushing her dead 3-year-old boy on a park swing, authorities said. Deputies responded to a call around 7 a.m. to check on a woman who witnesses said had been pushing a child for hours on a swing at Wills Memorial Park in La Plata, about 35 miles (55 km) south of Washington, D.C., said Charles County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson. When the officers arrived they found the 24-year-old woman still pushing the child in the swing, and they realized immediately that the boy was dead, Richardson said.

TLC pulls '19 Kids and Counting' from schedule following Josh Duggar molestation scandal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 06:13

TLC pulls '19 Kids and Counting' from schedule following Josh Duggar molestation scandalTLC has pulled "19 Kids and Counting" from its schedule following accusations that Josh Duggar molested girls as a teenager.


Rockefeller makes rare appearance ahead of 100th birthday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 06:11

David Rockefeller smiles as he greets family and friends at a ceremony, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Mount Desert, Maine, marking the gift of 1,000 acres of woodlands, streams, hiking trails and carriage roads abutting Acadia National Park. Rockefeller, the retired CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank and grandson of oil tycoon John Rockefeller Sr., is transferring family property at Little Long Pond in Seal Harbor to the Mount Desert Island & Garden Preserve, describing it as a "gift to all the people of Maine." (AP Photo/Michael C. York)MOUNT DESERT, Maine (AP) — David Rockefeller made a rare public appearance ahead of his 100th birthday to formally announce the donation of 1,000 acres bordering Acadia National Park in Maine.


Fire breaks out at old Sunoco refinery in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 06:09

Fire at old Sunoco refinery in South PhiladelphiaFire crews are on the scene of a fire at an old Sunoco refinery in South Philadelphia.


Mom accepts diploma in son's place after he dies in car crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 05:53

Mom accepts diploma in son's place after he dies in car crashAfter her son was tragically killed in a post-prom car accident, Kaye Jackson walked in her son's place at his high school graduation.


Ducklings rescued from storm drain at King of Prussia Mall

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 05:51

Ducklings rescued from storm drain at King of Prussia MallNine ducklings are safe and sound after falling into a storm drain.


Five plead not guilty to Kentucky bourbon heist

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 05:44
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Five people accused of stealing and selling more than $100,000 worth of expensive bourbons and other whiskeys as part of a years-long conspiracy pleaded not guilty on Friday in a Kentucky court. Gilbert "Toby" Curtsinger, a former worker at the Buffalo Trace distillery in Frankfort, denied charges that he organized the theft of barrels and bottles from Buffalo Trace and the Wild Turkey distilleries. Acting on a tip, Franklin County Sheriff's officers discovered stolen barrels behind a shed on Curtsinger's property, prosecutors said.

Newark NJ students call for local control of schools run by state

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 05:36
By Sebastien Malo NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) - Hundreds of Newark, New Jersey, students walked out of classes on Friday to protest policies of the city's top schools official, who was appointed by the state to overhaul the struggling education system. The protests are an effort to wrest control of Newark's schools from Superintendent Cami Anderson, whose appointment has met with bitter opposition from students, parents and teachers unions in New Jersey's largest city. Anderson's "One Newark" plan calls for some schools to be consolidated or shut, charter schools expanded and some students shifted to schools far from home.

Quadruple-murder suspect held without bond in Washington

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 05:04

Murder suspect Wint is pictured in police booking photographDaron Wint, 34, of Lanham, Maryland, is accused of holding construction business owner Savvas Savopoulos and the others captive until he got $40,000 in cash, then killing them and setting fire to their mansion, according to court documents. Acting U.S. Attorney Vincent Cohen Jr. said he was being held without bond.