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Former Texas prosecutor disbarred for sending innocent man to death row

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:50
A Texas legal panel voted on Monday to disbar a former prosecutor for sending an innocent man to death row by presenting tainted testimony and making false statements that undermined the defendant's alibi. The Board of Disciplinary Appeals appointed by the Texas Supreme Court upheld a state licensing board's decision to disbar Charles Sebesta for his conduct in convicting Anthony Graves, who spent 18 years in prison on charges of setting a fire that killed six people before being freed. Graves, who spent 12 of those years on death row, had sought to have Sebesta disbarred.

Obama seeks funds to fight Zika; sees no cause for panic

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:41

Press briefing on the Zika virus at the White House in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton and Ben Hirschler WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will ask the U.S. Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funds to fight Zika at home and abroad and pursue a vaccine, the White House said on Monday, but he added there is no reason to panic over the mosquito-borne virus. Zika, spreading rapidly in South and Central America and the Caribbean, has been linked to severe birth defects in Brazil, and public health officials' concern is focused on pregnant women and women who may become pregnant. Obama's request to Congress includes $200 million for research, development and commercialization of new vaccines and diagnostic tests for the virus.


Police investigate shooting in Chester, Pa.; 1 dead, 1 hurt, family says

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:41

Delco D.A. investigating fatal police-involved shooting in ChesterPolice are on the scene of a shooting in Chester which family members say has left one man dead and another hospitalized.


Prosecutors to seek death in Memphis officer's shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:37
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors said Monday they will seek the death penalty in the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer last year.

More than 30 injured in Connecticut casino bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:26

In this image from a Connecticut Department of Transportation traffic camera, a bus lies on the shoulder of northbound Interstate 95 Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Madison, Conn. The charter bus on its way from New York city to the Mohegan Sun casino crashed during a snowstorm, leaving at least 30 people injured, several critically, and closed the northbound side of the highway. (Connecticut Department of Transportation via AP)MADISON, Conn. (AP) — A charter bus driving through a snowstorm to a casino flipped onto its side Monday, injuring more than 30 people and closing the northbound side of Interstate 95 in Connecticut.


Senator scrutinizes pharma links on government pain panel

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-ranking Senate Democrat is scrutinizing links between pharmaceutical companies and government advisers who recently criticized efforts to reduce painkiller prescribing.

The Latest: State, defense rest at hearing for 'Serial' case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:24
BALTIMORE (AP) — Here's the latest on the hearing for Adnan Syed, the convicted killer at the center of the "Serial" podcast who is asking a judge for a new trial. The hearing began last Wednesday and is now in its fourth day.

North Carolina seeks delay to fix 2 congressional districts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:21
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Attorneys for the state of North Carolina asked federal judges to delay an order requiring two congressional districts to be redrawn, saying absentee voting is already under way for the March 15 primary.

FBI agent says evidence manipulated in Baltimore 'Serial' hearing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:21

Convicted murderer Adnan Syed leaves the Baltimore City Circuit Courthouse in Baltimore, MarylandBy Donna Owens BALTIMORE (Reuters) - An FBI agent on Monday accused lawyers for a convicted murderer of manipulating cell phone records in their bid to win a retrial for the Maryland slaying made famous by the podcast "Serial." Adnan Syed, 35, is serving a life sentence for the 1999 strangulation of his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Syed's lawyers are seeking a new trial based on new evidence amid questions about the fairness of the case that were raised by the podcast in late 2014. During the fourth day of a hearing in Baltimore City Circuit Court, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Chad Fitzgerald said defense lawyers had shown him "manipulated evidence" of cell phone records when he was on the stand last week.


The Latest: Weather forecast called for storm-force winds

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:16

This image made available by Flavio Cadegiani shows damage to the deck of Royal Caribbean's ship Anthem of the Seas, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. The ship ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, forcing passengers into their cabins overnight. No injuries were reported and only minor damage to some public areas. The ship is turning around and sailing back to its home port in New Jersey. (Flavio Cadegiani via AP)MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on a cruise ship that was damaged in bad weather in the Atlantic Ocean (all times local):


Chipotle shuts U.S. stores for food safety meeting, rivals pounce

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:15

A sign is seen posted on the door of a Chipotle Mexican Grill in New YorkChipotle Mexican Grill closed all of its U.S. restaurants during prime lunchtime hours on Monday to hold staff meetings on food safety guidelines, sparking offers from rivals eager to poach customers of the burrito chain as it recovers from several food-borne outbreaks. More than 50,000 Chipotle employees crowded into rented movie theaters and other locations to hear live video feeds of co-Chief Executives Steve Ells and Montgomery Moran laying out their program to improve restaurant safety. Chipotle's shares have lost nearly a third of their value and sales have plunged about 30 percent since November, when first reports of E. Coli sickness linked to the chain emerged.


Professor gets more than 6 years in prison for child porn

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:12
PITTSBURGH (AP) — An award-winning contemporary literature professor was sentenced to 6 years and 4 months in federal prison for his massive child pornography collection that topped a half million images, a federal judge said on Monday.

Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic to reopen next week

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:11
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Planned Parenthood clinic where three people were killed in November will reopen next week even though repairs aren't finished yet.

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Monday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:02
U.S. stocks closed sharply lower on Monday following a steep sell-off in materials, financials and technology stocks. The market pared its losses by the end of the day but still ended down for the second day in a row. The Nasdaq composite index closed almost 20 percent below its record high last year.

DOJ agreement could cost Ferguson $3.7 million in first year

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:57

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets in Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson's cost of implementing reforms spelled out in a consent agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice could approach $4 million in the first year alone, according to new estimates that further raise questions about whether Ferguson can afford it. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson's cost of implementing reforms spelled out in a consent agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice could approach $4 million in the first year alone, according to new estimates that further raise questions about whether the community can afford it.


Reborn Maine mill town offers lessons amid refugee crisis

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:55

In this Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 photo, Austin Wing, left, and Abdi Shariff check out pictures on Shariff's phone at Lewiston High School in Lewiston, Maine. The two students were players on the state championship-winning soccer team. In Lewiston, white residents now see the black newcomers want the same things they do _ a safe place to raise a family, good schools, freedom and jobs, said Abdi Said, a refugee who was originally put in San Jose, California, before he moved to Lewiston. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The arrival of thousands of Somali refugees in this former mill city in the nation's whitest state sparked a backlash at first, complete with a rally of white supremacists and a pig's head rolled into the local mosque.


Despite defeat, NYC mayor vows to revive horse carriage deal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:48
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) is insisting that he will try to revive a plan to limit carriage horses.

Man on trial for chain-reaction crash that left officer dead

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:47
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A prosecutor urged a jury Monday to convict a suburban New York man of vehicular manslaughter, drunken driving and other charges in the death of a police officer, despite the fact that another driver was actually the one who struck and killed the highway patrolman.

Former Phillies outfielder Delmon Young charged with attacking attendant

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:47

Former Phillies outfielder Delmon Young charged with attacking attendantMajor League Baseball player and former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Delmon Young was arrested after authorities say he choked and threatened a parking attendant at a Miami hotel.


Chesapeake says it has no plans to file for bankruptcy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:42

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, file photo, two people walk past one of the entrances to the Chesapeake Energy Corporation campus in Oklahoma City. Chesapeake Energy sought to assure investors Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, that it is not planning to file for bankruptcy protection. The announcement came as Chesapeake’s stock plummeted following a news report that the company hired a law firm. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Chesapeake Energy sought to assure investors Monday that it is not planning to file for bankruptcy protection. The announcement came after a news report that said it hired a law firm spooked investors and sent its stock plummeting.