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Judge rules teenage girl sparked California wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:58

A home saved by firefighters from the Cocos Fire is shown atop a charred hillside in San Marcos, California(Reuters) - A California judge ruled on Tuesday that a teenage girl sparked a wildfire that scorched roughly 2,000 acres (800 hectares) and destroyed some 40 structures north of San Diego last May, officials said. A San Diego Superior Court judge issued true findings, equivalent to guilty verdicts in an adult court, on three counts of arson and one misdemeanor fire charge against the 14-year-old girl in connection with the so-called Cocos Fire, San Diego County District Attorney spokeswoman Tanya Sierra said.


Police search for therapist missing from California home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:40
VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — A 29-year-old California woman was kidnapped from her boyfriend's home and is possibly being held for ransom, police said Tuesday.

Plan to use former Showboat casino as Stockton campus falling apart

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:37

Plan to use former Showboat casino as Stockton campus falling apartOne of the few silver linings of Atlantic City's brutal casino contraction - the conversion of a shuttered casino into a college campus - is on the verge of falling apart.


Pedestrian struck and killed in Gloucester County

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:34

Pedestrian struck and killed in Gloucester CountyGloucester County officials are investigating a fatal pedestrian accident in Williamstown.


Tree sitter protesting new golf course falls onto ground

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:31
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man who had occupied a cypress tree for 11 days to block construction of a premier golf course in New Orleans' large public park has fallen and injured himself.

Man in custody after woman's body found in Frankford yard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:26

Man in custody after woman's body found in Frankford yardPolice say one person is in custody after a body was found in the backyard of a home in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.


Police name persons of interest in death of Colorado teen girl

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:24
By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - Utah police identified on Tuesday two people of interest in the death of a teenage Colorado girl who vanished in December and whose remains were found in a suitcase in a remote park area late last month. Kelly Mae Myers, 18, was reported missing in the mountain town of Grand Junction by relatives who said she might have been trying to hitchhike to visit friends in the Salt Lake City area. Authorities said on Tuesday that a study of Myers' social media accounts as part of a missing persons search had shown she last logged on from an IP address at a Country Inn and Suites in West Valley City, Utah. The West Valley City Police Department said detectives were told by hotel employees who cleaned the room she used there that they had found had a "foul odor" after the room was vacated.

Detroit mother arrested over children's bodies in freezer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:22
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - The bodies of an 11-year-old boy and a teenage girl were found in the freezer of a Detroit apartment on Tuesday and their mother was arrested as part of a homicide investigation, police said. A court officer and her crew, who were carrying out an eviction, found the bodies, according to a Detroit Police Department statement and media reports. After talking to neighbors, police tracked down the mother to another apartment in the complex, where her relatives lived, police spokeswoman June West said. Police Chief James Craig was quoted in the Detroit Free Press as saying the bodies appeared to have been frozen for some time and neighbors said they had not seen the children in about a year.

Philadelphia police responding to shooting scene fire at gunman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:22

Philadelphia police responding to shooting scene fire at gunmanPhiladelphia police responding to a report of a shooting Tuesday night fired at a man who pointed a weapon in their direction, authorities say.


Gamer convention could leave Indiana over religious freedom bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:10
(Reuters) - A major gaming convention, Gen Con, threatened on Tuesday to move its annual event out of Indiana if Gov. Mike Pence signs into law a controversial bill that would allow private businesses to deny service to homosexuals on religious grounds. Pence has signaled he will sign the bill, possibly this week, after the Republican-controlled Indiana Senate overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday a lower-house version of the bill and moved it to the Republican governor's desk. Both houses had previously passed the bill, which supporters say will keep the government from forcing business owners - such as bakeries and florists who don't want to provide services to gay couples - from acting in ways contrary to strongly held religious beliefs. The Indianapolis Star has reported that big employers in Indiana, including tech giant Salesforce, diesel engine maker Cummins and Eskenazi Health, have opposed the measure.

Woman in dismissed murder case: 'Victory is bittersweet'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:59

Debra Milke cries as she is embraced by Attorney Lori Voepel, right, during a news conference, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, Phoenix. Milke spoke out for the first time after spending two decades on death row in the killing of her son. Her case was dismissed earlier this week. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman who spent 22 years on death row in her son's killing before her conviction was thrown out said Tuesday she doesn't know why the 4-year-old was murdered and had nothing to do with his death, despite allegations from prosecutors.


Vermont cops tipped on Durst in '12 in student disappearance

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:41

FILE - An undated file photo provided by the Middlebury Police shows Lynne Schulze, who disappeared in 1971 from Middlebury College in Vermont. Police said Monday, March 23, 2015 that they've been investigating a link between the 1971 disappearance of Schulze and millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst. (AP Photo, File)MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — A 2012 tip led investigators to look into whether millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst played a role in the 1971 disappearance and presumed death of a Middlebury College freshman, police said Tuesday.


Idaho family named as suspects in fatal Arizona Wal-Mart brawl

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:34
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - The suspects in a fatal brawl with police outside an Arizona Wal-Mart have been identified as a family from Idaho who had apparently been living in a vehicle in the store's parking lot for days before the melee, authorities said on Tuesday. Five adults and one juvenile were booked on multiple charges stemming from the fight that erupted late on Saturday in Cottonwood after police responded to a report that a female Wal-Mart employee was assaulted by multiple suspects. Police said the officers were immediately attacked by the suspects in the parking lot and that during the fracas, 21-year-old Enoch Gaver was shot and killed, while his brother David Gaver, 28, was shot in the abdomen. One police officer, 31-year-old Sergeant Jeremy Daniels, was also shot and remains in a hospital in Flagstaff, about 45 miles away.

Man wounded in police-involved shooting in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:23
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia police officer has shot and wounded a man who allegedly pointed a gun at the officer, a day after the Justice Department issued a report on police shootings in the city.

Man arrested after woman's body found in Frankford yard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:49

Man in custody after woman's body found in Frankford yardPolice say one person is in custody after a body was found in the backyard of a home in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.


10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:41

In this Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 photo, Thai and Burmese fishing boat workers sit behind bars inside a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia. The imprisoned men were considered slaves who might run away. They said they lived on a few bites of rice and curry a day in a space barely big enough to lie down, stuck until the next trawler forces them back to sea. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


Officer behind wheel in fatal wrong-way crash had DUI in '13

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:41

In this undated photo provided by the Linden, N.J. Police Department, Police Officer Pedro Abad is shown. Abad, 27, is in critical condition after the car he was driving struck a truck head-on, while travelling in the wrong direction on a Staten Island N.Y., highway, Friday, March 20, 2015. The crash critically injured a fellow officer and killed another. A civilian travelling in the vehicle also died. (AP Photo/Linden N.J. Police Department)The off-duty New Jersey police officer who was behind the wheel during a wrong-way crash that killed another officer and a friend last week in New York City had previously had his driver's license suspended for driving under the influence, an official said Tuesday.


'Mad Men' star Hamm has treatment for alcohol addiction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:38

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, Jon Hamm, left, and Jennifer Westfeldt arrive at The People Magazine Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. A spokeswoman for the "Mad Men" star Hamm says the actor recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction. Hamm had the support of his longtime partner, actress-filmmaker Westfeldt, in his struggle, publicist Annett Wolf said in a statement Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction, his spokeswoman said.


Police open fire on shooting suspect in Tioga-Nicetown

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:32

Philadelphia police responding to shooting scene fire at gunmanPolice fired at a shooting suspect in the Tioga-Nicetown section of Philadelphia Tuesday night.


'Mad Men' star Jon Hamm has treatment for alcohol addiction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:30

'Mad Men' star Jon Hamm has treatment for alcohol addictionA spokeswoman for "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm says the actor recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction.