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Mom pleads guilty to killing 2 kids found in home freezer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 03:40

FILE - This June 4, 2015 file photo shows Mitchelle Blair during a custody hearing in Detroit. The Detroit woman, charged with first-degree murder, torture and child abuse, is accused of killing two of her children and storing their bodies in a freezer at her home. (Clarence Tabb Jr./Detroit News via AP, File) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — A Detroit woman pleaded guilty Monday to killing two of her children and storing their bodies in a home freezer, telling a judge that she had no remorse for beating and suffocating them.


Former Utah attorney general pleads not guilty to charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 03:34

Former Utah Attorney Gen.Mark Shurtleff leaves the courtroom Monday, June 29, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Shurtleff pleaded not guilty Monday to seven charges of obstructing justice, accepting improper gifts such as beach vacations, and other charges. If convicted, Shurtleff faces up to 30 years in prison. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff pleaded not guilty on Monday to seven charges of obstructing justice, accepting improper gifts such as beach vacations, and other counts.


Panel urges ex-Green Beret hero out of Army with VA benefits

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 03:30
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An Army officer who was accused of tracking down and killing an unarmed bomb-making suspect in Afghanistan is being recommended for an honorable discharge even though a military panel that looked into the case determined his conduct was unbecoming an officer.

Texas farmer killed by swarm of bees

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 03:26
A Texas farmer who disturbed an underground bee colony while plowing a field died after he was stung hundreds of times by a swarm that attacked him, a fire official said on Monday. Rogelio Zuniga, 53, was killed on Sunday in Rio Hondo, near the border with Mexico, said Raul Zuniga, Jr., the San Benito fire chief and a cousin of the victim.

Police identify man shot in the head in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 03:09

Police identify man shot in the head in WilmingtonAuthorities have identified the 20-year-old man who was shot and killed in Wilmington, Delaware last week.


13 states sue over rule giving feds authority on state water

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 03:09
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — More than a dozen states are challenging a new rule that gives federal authorities jurisdiction over some state waters.

California teen cleared of slaying arrested on same charge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 03:01
MERCED, Calif. (AP) — A teenager spent the night at a central California jail after he was arrested on a warrant for a murder charge a judge had cleared him of months earlier.

Chicago mayor turns down state cash advance to schools

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 02:57

Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel attends an opening ceremony for the Yelp Inc. offices in Chicago, IllinoisChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday turned down an offer by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to advance a fiscal 2016 state payment to the city's cash-strapped school system to help make a pension payment. "We appreciate the governor's gesture, but the use of this year's dollars to pay last year's pension payment follows the same path that got the schools into the current financial mess," said a statement from Emanuel's office. It added that a "real solution" was needed so that pension payments for all Illinois school districts are treated the same way.


Indian tribe recognition process overhauled

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 02:56

This undated handout photo provided by the Interior Department shows Assistant Interior Secretary Kevin Washburn. The Obama administration is making it easier for some Indian tribes to obtain federal recognition, addressing a longstanding grievance of many Native Americans. The new regulation updates a 37-year-old process that has been roundly criticized as broken because of the many years and mounds of paperwork that typically went into each application (Tami A. Heilemann/Department of the Interior via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Indian tribes may have a clearer path toward federal recognition under a new Obama administration rule that relaxes some requirements and speeds decision-making, potentially affecting hundreds of groups.


Kentucky clerks object to ruling, halt marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 02:51
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A few court clerks in Kentucky are refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couple as an objection to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.

'My life was wasted,' ex-Boston mob boss Bulger tells students: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 02:49

Former mob boss and fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger is seen in a booking mug combination photoLong-time Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger told a group of Massachusetts high school students who had written to ask him questions for a research project that his "life was wasted and spent foolishly," the Boston Globe reported. Bulger, 85, was convicted in 2013 of committing or ordering the murders of 11 people when he ruled Boston's criminal underworld in the 1970s and 1980s and is serving two consecutive life sentences in federal prison. Four students from Apponequet Regional High School in Lakeville, Massachusetts, had written to ask him questions for a research paper on leadership and got a terse, apologetic four-paragraph reply letter, the newspaper reported on Sunday.


Commissioner Bratton to City Council: NYPD can reform itself

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 02:40
NEW YORK (AP) — Police Commissioner William Bratton says the New York Police Department can reform itself.

South Texas farmer in field dies in bee attack near tractor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 02:38
RIO HONDO, Texas (AP) — A South Texas farmer has died after being stung by hundreds of bees while using a tractor on a field near Rio Hondo.

South Texas farmer in field dies in bee attack near tractor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 02:38
RIO HONDO, Texas (AP) — A South Texas farmer has died after being stung by hundreds of bees while using a tractor on a field near Rio Hondo.

Phillies hire MacPhail as team president

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 02:37

Phillies hire MacPhail as team presidentAndy MacPhail was introduced as the new president of the Philadelphia Phillies during a news conference Monday afternoon.


Phillies hire MacPhail as team president

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 02:37

Phillies hire MacPhail as team presidentAndy MacPhail was introduced as the new president of the Philadelphia Phillies during a news conference Monday afternoon.


Former Utah attorney general pleads not guilty to charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 02:36
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff pleaded not guilty on Monday to seven charges of obstructing justice, accepting improper gifts such as beach vacations, and other counts.

UN chief: Climate negotiations moving at a 'snail's pace'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 02:35
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says negotiations on a new climate pact to keep global warming from reaching dangerous levels are moving at a "snail's pace" and must be speeded up.

Phillies introduce Andy MacPhail as new team president

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 02:35

Phillies hire MacPhail as team presidentAndy MacPhail was introduced as the new president of the Philadelphia Phillies during a news conference Monday afternoon.


Phillies introduce Andy MacPhail as new team president

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 02:35

Phillies hire MacPhail as team presidentAndy MacPhail was introduced as the new president of the Philadelphia Phillies during a news conference Monday afternoon.