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Judge weighs videotaping James Holmes sanity exam

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:44

FILE - This June 4, 2013 file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is charged with the July 2012 Aurora shootings that killed 12 people and injured 70. Sunday, July 20, 2014 marks 2 years since theater massacre. Holmes' trial is scheduled to start Dec. 8, 2014 after three postponements. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater-shooting case said Tuesday that he will rule this week on whether a psychiatrist will be allowed to video-record the second sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes.


Most victims of fiery California bus crash died of smoke inhalation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:43

A FedEx truck drives past a makeshift memorial beside Interstate 5 in Orland, California(Reuters) - Most of the 10 people killed in a fiery crash of a bus full of college hopefuls in Northern California survived the initial impact and died of smoke inhalation from flames that engulfed the vehicle, the county coroner said on Tuesday. Seven of those who died after a FedEx truck crashed into the bus taking high school students to a college recruitment event in April succumbed to asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation, while two died of trauma sustained in the crash, the Glenn County Coroner's Office said. The dead in the crash in the city of Orland, an agricultural community north of Sacramento, included five Los Angeles-area students on their way to tour a Northern California university campus, as well as their chaperones and both drivers. While traveling south on Interstate 5, the FedEx truck gradually veered left and crossed a 58-foot-wide median before entering oncoming lanes of traffic, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report published in April.


Most victims of fiery California bus crash died of smoke inhalation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:43

A FedEx truck drives past a makeshift memorial beside Interstate 5 in Orland, California(Reuters) - Most of the 10 people killed in a fiery crash of a bus full of college hopefuls in Northern California survived the initial impact and died of smoke inhalation from flames that engulfed the vehicle, the county coroner said on Tuesday. Seven of those who died after a FedEx truck crashed into the bus taking high school students to a college recruitment event in April succumbed to asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation, while two died of trauma sustained in the crash, the Glenn County Coroner's Office said. The dead in the crash in the city of Orland, an agricultural community north of Sacramento, included five Los Angeles-area students on their way to tour a Northern California university campus, as well as their chaperones and both drivers. While traveling south on Interstate 5, the FedEx truck gradually veered left and crossed a 58-foot-wide median before entering oncoming lanes of traffic, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report published in April.


In chokehold death, NY police tactics clash with moves to mend relations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:40

A picture of Garner is seen on a newspaper at his memorial in Staten IslandBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - When Bill Bratton returned in January for a second stint as New York City's police commissioner, he often invoked two priorities - to mend relations with black and Latino citizens and to keep serious crime down with the same methods he used in the 1990s. Just months into the job, those two missions appear to have clashed violently in the death of Eric Garner outside a Staten Island beauty parlor last Thursday after police placed him in a chokehold. Bratton promised to reform relations between police and citizens, particularly the black and Hispanic young men who were stopped and frisked in the street in disproportionately large numbers, a practice that a federal judge ruled was unconstitutional last August. Garner, who was black and previously worked in gardening and maintenance for the city's parks department, was suspected of selling untaxed cigarettes, a relatively minor misdemeanor.


In chokehold death, NY police tactics clash with moves to mend relations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:40

A picture of Garner is seen on a newspaper at his memorial in Staten IslandBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - When Bill Bratton returned in January for a second stint as New York City's police commissioner, he often invoked two priorities - to mend relations with black and Latino citizens and to keep serious crime down with the same methods he used in the 1990s. Just months into the job, those two missions appear to have clashed violently in the death of Eric Garner outside a Staten Island beauty parlor last Thursday after police placed him in a chokehold. Bratton promised to reform relations between police and citizens, particularly the black and Hispanic young men who were stopped and frisked in the street in disproportionately large numbers, a practice that a federal judge ruled was unconstitutional last August. Garner, who was black and previously worked in gardening and maintenance for the city's parks department, was suspected of selling untaxed cigarettes, a relatively minor misdemeanor.


Senate, House on collision course on border money

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:39

In this July 12, 2014, photo, Central American migrants ride a freight train during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border in Ixtepec, Mexico. The last time so few people were arrested at the country’s borders was 1973, when the Border Patrol recorded just fewer than 500,000 arrests. And the volume of people being arrested at the border remains dramatically lower than the all-time high of more than 1.6 people in 2000. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats prepared Tuesday to whack $1 billion from President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded as their price for agreeing to any money. The developments pointed to a hardening stalemate over the crisis in South Texas with lawmakers preparing to leave Washington for their annual summer recess at the end of next week.


Collingdale road rage stabbing suspect in custody

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:38

Collingdale road rage stabbing suspect in custodyDelaware County authorities have a suspect in custody after an apparent road rage stabbing in Collingdale.


Helicopter crashes near Washington state community hit by mudslide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:38
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A helicopter crashed on Monday near a Washington state community in the Cascade foothills still reeling from a damaging mudslide, apparently injuring the pilot, according to authorities and media reports. The helicopter was lifting cedar blocks when it crashed near Larch Lake, 8-1/2 miles outside the devastated community of Oso, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer. In March, a mudslide near Oso killed 43 people.

Helicopter crashes near Washington state community hit by mudslide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:38
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A helicopter crashed on Monday near a Washington state community in the Cascade foothills still reeling from a damaging mudslide, apparently injuring the pilot, according to authorities and media reports. The helicopter was lifting cedar blocks when it crashed near Larch Lake, 8-1/2 miles outside the devastated community of Oso, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer. In March, a mudslide near Oso killed 43 people.

San Diego-area community expected to reject illegal immigrant shelter

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:36

Immigrants who have been caught crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllenBy Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A Southern California city will put itself at the center of a nationwide debate over illegal immigration on Tuesday evening when officials there are expected to reject a bid by the U.S. government to open a shelter for unaccompanied migrant children. The vote by planning commissioners in Escondido, 20 miles north of San Diego, comes amid a surge in children from Central America caught entering the United States, overwhelming federal processing facilities, threatening to swamp immigration courts and creating a backlash in border-state communities. Escondido commissioners voted tentatively last month to reject a bid by federal authorities to open the shelter following angry opposition from residents. "We have a legal and moral duty to treat these children with compassion," David Loy, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties, said at a news conference on Tuesday morning.


Drug cartel associates get 1-year prison sentence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:32
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two Mexican citizens associated to the Zetas drug cartel have been sentenced to one year and one day in prison for attempting to bribe a federal judge, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:32

 Hollywood," in which players walk red carpets, attend photo shoots and get dolled up like a Kardashian. An agency spokeswoman said the off-topic tweet was done by a temporary employee. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution got a splash of pop culture Tuesday, thanks to an Internet flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian.


Caesars Atlantic City reportedly robbed of $181,000

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:31

Caesars Atlantic City reportedly robbed of $181,000Authorities are investigating a robbery at Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City where reportedly more than $180,000 was stolen.


Town hopes for answers after missing teen returns

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:30

A sign that had been posted on the storefront window of the Naked Bohemian boutique is seen Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Conway, N.H. The sign now reads that Abigail Hernandez has been found. Hernandez disappeared Oct. 9, 2013 and Attorney General Joseph Foster said Abigail Hernandez was reunited with her family Sunday, July 20. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — After a 15-year-old girl returned safely to her family nine months after vanishing on the way home from school, townspeople who searched and prayed that she would return are relieved — and looking for answers about where she's been and how she got home.


Montana judge censured over rape comments

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:27

Judge G. Todd Baugh listens as Montana Chief Justice Mike McGrath begins censure proceedings against him in Helena, Mont., Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The state Supreme Court issued the reprimand for inappropriate comments Baugh made about a 14-year-old girl when he sentenced her rapist to 30 days in jail. (AP Photo)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday publicly reprimanded a judge who gave a lenient sentence to a rapist after suggesting the 14-year-old victim shared some of the responsibility for the crime.


Georgia man pleads guilty to faking allergy tests

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:26
ATLANTA (AP) — The owner of a laboratory near Atlanta has pleaded guilty to faking the results of patients' blood tests for food and environmental allergies.

Man stabbed in apparent road rage incident at Collingdale gas station

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:25

Man stabbed in apparent road rage incident at Collingdale gas stationDelaware County authorities have a suspect in custody after an apparent road rage stabbing in Collingdale.


Oregon recreational pot initiative qualifies for November ballot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:13

Marijuana plants for sale are displayed at the medical marijuana farmers market in Los AngelesAn initiative seeking to legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana in Oregon has qualified for the November ballot, the state said on its website on Tuesday. Only two U.S. states, Washington and Colorado, currently allow recreational marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law. Oregon's proposal will come before voters just two years after they rejected a similar measure. "This is a moment we've been waiting for, that we've worked months to get to," said Peter Zuckerman, spokesman for the campaign in favor of the Oregon initiative.


After 3-year probe, feds to monitor Newark police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:02

Officials walk with police dogs near a train with people on board at Newark Penn Station, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Newark, N.J. Business and political leaders headed to Washington on a trip that was postponed when the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce had to reschedule the annual "walk to Washington" because of a snowstorm in February. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Newark's police department will undergo independent monitoring after a three-year federal investigation released Tuesday found "a pattern of unconstitutional policing" that included excessive use of force and inadequate accountability.


Judge mulls overturning Colorado gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:57

FILE - In this July 10, 2014 file photo, Samantha Getman, right, and Victoria Quintana show their marriage license at the Denver Clerk's office. Colorado's Supreme Court has ordered an end to gay marriages while the state's ban against the unions remains in place. The state's high court on Friday, July 18, 2014, ordered Denver's clerk Debra Johnson to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples pending a ruling on the constitutionality of the gay marriage ban. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, file)DENVER (AP) — A Denver federal judge was hearing arguments Tuesday from lawyers for six gay couples seeking to overturn Colorado's same-sex marriage ban.