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Families of Newtown massacre victims in $1.5 million settlement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 04:55

Mementos for 20 students and six educators, killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, hang from a tree in Newtown, ConnecticutThe families of 14 people killed in the 2012 massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School, and two survivors reached a $1.5 million legal settlement on Monday against the gunman's mother's estate, according to court records. The families of victims and two school employees who survived the attack will each receive a $93,750 share of an insurance policy on the Newtown, Connecticut, home where Nancy Lanza lived with her son, gunman Adam Lanza, according to filings at a Bethel, Connecticut, probate court. The 20-year-old gunman began his rampage on Dec. 14, 2012, by shooting and killing his mother with a Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle before driving to his former elementary school, where he gunned down 20 first-graders and six educators.


UN states set goal to end poverty, hunger in next 15 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 04:49
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The 193 member states of the United Nations have reached agreement on a new development agenda for the next 15 years that calls for eradicating poverty and hunger, achieving gender equality, improving living standards and taking urgent action to combat climate change.

Hitchhiking robot's cross-country trip in US ends in Philly

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 04:48

Hitchhiking robot's cross-country trip in US ends in PhillyA hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide met its demise in Philadelphia.


Suspect in blast near NAACP office pleads guilty to arson

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 04:41
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A man who set off a small explosion near the NAACP office in Colorado Springs pleaded guilty Monday to arson under an agreement with prosecutors, saying he was not targeting the nation's oldest civil rights organization.

Sheriff: Woman charged with killing her father and daughter

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 04:40
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A 25-year-old central Florida woman told detectives that she acted in self-defense when her father and 6-year-old daughter were fatally stabbed, according to an arrest affidavit released Monday, but detectives aren't buying her story and she's facing two counts of first-degree murder.

Man arrested for attacking police officer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 04:32

Man arrested for attacking police officerPolice in Delaware say they arrested a man who attacked an officer in Wilmington.


Jeb Bush unveils border security, immigration reform plan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 04:10

FILE - In this July 23, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush addresses guests during a town hall style gathering in Gorham, N.H. Bush and four other GOP presidential candidates are at a luxury Southern California resort speaking to the billionaire Koch brothers and other conservative donors. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)MIAMI (AP) — Jeb Bush outlined plans Monday to improve security of the nation's borders and enforcement of its existing immigration laws, calling both a requirement before any president could begin to address the status of the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally.


Hearse with Bobbi Kristina Brown's body arrives at cemetery

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 04:09

Hearse with Bobbi Kristina Brown's body arrives at cemeteryThe body of Bobbi Kristina Brown was carried by a hearse Monday to her final resting place next to her famous mother.


Police: Home rental scam was run out of Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 04:07

 Home rental scam was run out of DelawarePolice say they have uncovered a major home rental scam, with victims across the U.S., being run out of Smyrna, Delaware.


Here are the 17 new UN development goals for 2030

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:52
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The 193 member states of the United Nations have agreed on 17 new development goals to be achieved by 2030.

Police: Tourist from Texas took loaded guns to 9/11 memorial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:50

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2014 file photo, visitors to the Sept. 11 memorial view one of the two reflecting pools in New York. A tourist from Texas was arrested on Saturday Aug. 1, 2015 on charges she was packing two loaded handguns at the Sept. 11 memorial in New York City, authorities said. According to a criminal complaint, Elizabeth Enderli was visiting the site when she informed a police officer she had the weapons in her backpack. She was charged with criminal possession of a weapon before being released Sunday. Acording to friends, the 31-year-old military veteran has a permit to carry weapons in her home state and mistakenly believed the permit covered her visit to New York from the Houston area. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A tourist from Texas was arrested over the weekend on charges she was packing two loaded handguns at the Sept. 11 memorial in New York City, authorities said Monday.


Car theft suspect tries to chew off fingerprints

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:44
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in southwest Florida say a car theft suspect tried to chew his fingerprints off in an apparent attempt to avoid identification.

Jury in crane collapse case awards $48 million in damages

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:43
NEW YORK (AP) — A jury has decided the families of two men killed in a New York City construction crane collapse should get $48 million in punitive damages from the crane's owner and his companies.

Coast Guard: California oil slick created by natural seepage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:42
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Coast Guard says an oil slick that formed in the Pacific Ocean last week near Santa Barbara, California, was created by natural, ocean-floor seepage.

Retrial in case of missing boy Etan Patz set for next year

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:40

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2012, file photo, Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York where his trial as a suspect in the 1979 kidnapping and slaying of six-year-old Etan Patz ended after 18 days of deliberations with the jury deadlocked 11-1 in favor of guilt. On Monday Aug. 3, 2015 a judge in New York City scheduled jury selection in retrial of Hernandez for Feb. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A judge on Monday scheduled the retrial of a suspect in the 1979 kidnapping and slaying of Etan Patz for early next year.


Mother of slain 8-year-old doesn't fault mom of accused teen

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:35
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — The mother of a slain 8-year-old California girl said she doesn't fault the mom of the 15-year-old neighbor boy accused of the killing.

2 reporters arrested during Ferguson protests settle suits

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:29
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two journalists who were arrested while reporting on protests after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown have settled lawsuits against St. Louis County, the American Civil Liberties Union announced Monday.

Treasury sanctions Syrian government's energy networks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department on Monday targeted 11 companies and individuals suspected of providing energy products the Syrian government of Bashar Assad is using in the conflict there.

Man shot dead in front of Mississippi courthouse: police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:24
A man was shot to death on Monday in front of a courthouse in a suburb of Jackson, Mississippi, as he arrived for a hearing on drug charges against him, and the gunman turned himself in to the authorities, police said. Kendrick Brown was shot at point-blank range outside the Madison County Courthouse complex in Canton, about 30 miles north of Jackson, the state capital, authorities and Brown family members said. The shooter, William Wells, 24, walked up to Brown in front of the courthouse, shot him in the chest with a handgun, laid down his weapon and turned himself in, Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker said.

The Latest: Defense lawyer says Texas AG to plead not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:22

Rick Joosten, of Plano, holds a sign as he and others protest against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in front of the Collin County Courthouse, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Plano, Texas. Paxton turned himself in Monday to face charges that he misled investors and didn't disclose money he made for referring financial clients as part of his private business before becoming the state's top lawyer in January. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — The latest on Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been charged with felony securities fraud (all times local):