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Ohio pair charged with locking up adopted kids, abusing them

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 01:44
A husband and wife kept their two adopted daughters in northeastern Ohio locked in a bedroom for all but a few hours each day where they were beaten, given little to eat and sexually abused by the man over at least two years, prosecutors said.

White House task force calls for increased oversight of police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 01:43
By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A White House-commissioned task force released a report on Monday recommending increased oversight of local police forces in response to what President Barack Obama has described as "simmering distrust" between police and communities they serve. The task force called for police to report on the racial demographics of their departments and the citizens they stop, be more open to civilian scrutiny and seek consent before a search. Obama charged the group of law enforcement officials, academics and advocates with reviewing policing practices after nationwide demonstrations protesting a grand jury's decision not to indict a white Ferguson, Missouri police officer for last summer's fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager. The Justice Department's investigations into the officer, Darren Wilson, and the Ferguson Police Department are expected to conclude soon.

Federal study: Foster kids struggle to get health screenings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 01:29
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Some foster children are not getting their required medical screenings even though the visits are paid for by Medicaid, federal health investigators warn in a study released Monday.

Witnesses testify against white supremacist charged in Kansas murders

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 01:24

Frazier Glenn Cross appears in court on murder charges in Olathe, KansasBy Kevin Murphy OLATHE, Kan (Reuters) - A Kansas police officer testified on Monday about finding a young boy and his grandfather shot in the head outside a Jewish community center, the first witness of many planned for a hearing in the case of a white supremacist charged with killing three people in a Kansas City suburb last April. As many as 22 witnesses could be called to testify in the case against Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 74 as a judge weighs whether or not he should stand trial. Cross was known to law enforcement as a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan who had repeatedly expressed hatred for Jewish people when he showed up in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park on April 13 and went on a shooting spree. Cross, also known as Glenn Miller, is charged with capital murder in the killings of Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather William Corporon, 69, outside the Jewish center, and first-degree premeditated murder in the killing of Terri LaManno, 53, who was shot to death outside the nearby Village Shalom Jewish retirement home.

Brutality charges against NY prison guards dropped in plea deal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 01:00
By Caurie Putnam WARSAW, N.Y. (Reuters) - Three guards at New York's Attica prison pleaded guilty on Monday to official misconduct, and brutality charges against them in the beating of an inmate were dropped, prosecutors said. As part of their plea deal, the three guards resigned their posts at the maximum security prison in western New York, avoiding the possibility of a one-year prison term associated with the misdemeanor misconduct charge, the Wyoming County, New York District Attorney's office said. The case marked the first time criminal charges had been brought against state Corrections officers in New York for a non-sexual assault on an inmate, officials said. Jury selection in the trial of Keith Swack, Sean Warner and Matthew Rademacher had been slated to begin Monday morning in state Supreme Court in Warsaw, New York, some 45 miles east of Buffalo and about 14 miles southeast of Attica.

More snow, ice ahead for northern U.S.; Boston may break record

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:52

A man stands in falling snow at the shore of the Hudson River in the New York City suburban town of Nyack, New YorkWinter's relentless battering was poised on Monday to hit northern states across the nation with more snow and ice as the season's bitter weather stretched its reach into the early days of March. Icy travel conditions are expected in St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York and Boston, the weather website said. Three to four more inches of snow is likely with the next storm in Connecticut and Massachusetts, the National Weather Service said. Boston, which posted its coldest February on record and its second-snowiest ever, was likely to see two to four inches of new snow on top of the more than 102 inches recorded so far this winter.

Department of Justice to criticize Ferguson police in report due soon: NY Times

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:42

Demonstrators carry a banner through Grand Central Station during a protest against police violence towards minorities in New YorkThe U.S. Justice Department could release as soon as this week a report criticizing police in Ferguson, Missouri for unfairly targeting black residents with tickets and arrests in the years before an officer killed teenager Michael Brown, according to The New York Times. The police department's behavior created a tense racial environment and culture of animosity between black residents and police in Ferguson, the newspaper said, citing several officials who have been briefed on the report's conclusions. The Justice Department launched a pair of investigations into the police department after the shooting. Attorney General Eric Holder said after visiting Ferguson last year that many black residents expressed mistrust and fear of police.

Bill Gates repeats at top of Forbes' list of billionaires

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:41

FILE - In this May 5, 2014 file photo, Microsoft co-founder and Berkshire Hathaway board member Bill Gates speaks during an interview with Liz Claman on the Fox Business Network in Omaha, Neb. Forbes on Monday, March 2, 2015 said that Gates's net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year. That put him at the top of the magazine's list of the world's billionaires for the second consecutive year. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The world's richest person got even richer this year. And a basketball superstar-turned-owner made the list for the first time.

Arizona jury to resume deliberations in Jodi Arias death penalty case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:40

Jodi Arias sits in the Maricopa County Superior Courtroom in PhoenixA jury in Phoenix is due to resume deliberating on Monday whether Jodi Arias should be put to death for murdering her ex-boyfriend in 2008, after a penalty phase retrial ended last week in the closely watched case. Arias, a 34-year-old former waitress from Salinas, California, was convicted of the murder in 2013, but jurors at the original trial deadlocked on whether she should be executed. A new jury was seated in October. The defense pleaded with jurors for Arias' life at closing arguments last week, saying she was remorseful, has had a long struggle with mental illness and was emotionally and physically abused as a child.

NYC rent-stabilized leases off-limits in bankruptcy: court

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:38
A U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday that an elderly Manhattan woman's rent-stabilized lease could not be seized and sold to satisfy her creditors after she filed for bankruptcy, a decision that could affect more than 2 million New Yorkers. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Mary Santiago-Monteverde's lease, which she has had for more than four decades, qualified as a "local public assistance benefit" that state law places off-limits to bankruptcy creditors. Santiago-Monteverde, who is in her 80s and pays about $700 a month rent in the East Village, filed for bankruptcy in 2011 after her husband died because she could not pay off credit card debt, according to court papers. In November, the New York Court of Appeals, the state's top court, rejected claims by Santiago-Monteverde's bankruptcy trustee, John Pereira, that only cash payments from the government count as public assistance.

Ex-first lady of Virginia appeals corruption convictions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:37
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell has appealed her public corruption convictions.

U.S. judge rules Nebraska same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:36
By Carson Vaughan LINCOLN, Neb. (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday ruled Nebraska's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional in a decision that could allow same-sex couples to marry in the state within a week. U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon issued a preliminary injunction in the case brought by seven same-sex couples in the state, calling Nebraska's ban an "unabashedly gender-specific infringement of the equal rights of its citizens." Bataillon denied a state request to stay his decision but said his injunction would take effect on March 9 to assuage Nebraska officials' concerns of possible administrative turmoil. Nebraska state officials quickly appealed the ruling to the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. "The definition of marriage is an issue for the people of Nebraska, and an activist judge should not substitute his personal political preferences for the will of the people," Governor Pete Ricketts said in a statement.

Judge puts AG's attempt to investigate Google on hold

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:33
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi attorney general's attempt to investigate Google is on hold for at least four more months.

Google to offer own cellular network plan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:04

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, talks during a conference during the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Google will soon be offering cellular network plans in a bid to bridge the gap between the realms of Internet services and mobile device software it dominates.

4 missionaries detained in Venezuela expected home Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 23:55
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Four North Dakota missionaries caught up in escalating political tension between the U.S. and Venezuela are expected home on Tuesday after spending a couple of days on a Caribbean Island recovering from their ordeal.

4th person dies as result of shootings in North Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 23:53
TARBORO, N.C. (AP) — Another person has died from injuries suffered in a shooting spree in North Carolina, bringing the death toll to four, including the suspected killer.

Lawyers for Georgia woman set to be executed ask parole board to reconsider clemency request

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 23:31
ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers for Georgia woman set to be executed ask parole board to reconsider clemency request.

High court to consider bias claim on loan guarantees

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 23:29
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether a bank discriminated against the wives of two Missouri real estate developers by requiring them to guarantee their husbands' business loans.

Jury selection resuming in Alabama girl's running death

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 23:06
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Potential jurors are reporting for the capital murder trial of an Alabama woman charged in her granddaughter's running death.

Dearth of jobs a barrier to post-bankruptcy Detroit's growth

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 23:02

In a photo from Feb. 12, 2015, Alison Norris, 26, waits for a public bus in Detroit. Norris catches at least two buses during a 2-hour, one-way commute from Detroit to her restaurant hostess job in the city’s northern suburbs. She is among many Detroit residents without cars who often must travel long distances for low-paying positions in customer service or sales far outside the central city. Norris says there are too few jobs in the city. The city’s unemployment rate has been estimated at more than 18 percent. (AP Photo/Corey Williams)DETROIT (AP) — When Alison Norris couldn't find work in Detroit, she searched past the city limits, ending up with a part-time restaurant job that's 20 miles away but takes at least two hours to get to via separate city and suburban bus systems.