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Suspect in custody after woman found murdered at Bensalem motel

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 20:39

Suspect in custody after woman found murdered at Bensalem motelA Bucks County man is behind bars, accused of killing a woman whose body was found in Bensalem motel earlier this month.


Polls open for primary election in Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 20:02

Polls open for primary election in PennsylvaniaIt's primary election day in Pennsylvania. In Philadelphia, all eyes are on the race for mayor.


Man shot at point-blank range in Parkside

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 19:55

Man shot at point-blank range in ParksideA gunman is on the run after police say he executed a man in the Parkside section of Philadelphia.


Father charged after autopsy finds alcohol in baby's body

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 19:55
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A 22-year-old father has been charged with manslaughter in Connecticut after an autopsy showed there was a high level of alcohol in the system of his 5-month-old son.

GOP committee declines to ask Guinta to resign

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 19:27

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 file photo, then-fomer U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta, R-N.H., right, greets supporters at Saint Anselm College, in Manchester, N.H., before a live televised debate with his Democratic opponent Carol Shea-Porter. Guinta says he will continue to serve his New Hampshire constituents amid a suggestion by U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., that he consider resigning after the Federal Election Commission concluded he broke the law by accepting campaign donations from his parents. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Republican Party's Executive Committee has declined to ask U.S. Rep Frank Guinta to resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans that he step down after the Federal Election Commission found he broke the law by accepting campaign donations from his parents.


Psychologist to head Chicago jail, nation's second largest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 19:06

Inmates are processed at the Cook County Jail in ChicagoBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A clinical psychologist will be appointed head of Chicago's Cook County Jail, the nation's second-largest jail where a third of the inmates are mentally ill, officials announced on Tuesday. Nneka Jones Tapia will become executive director of the jail on May 26, county officials said. Tapia, who has been with the sheriff's office since 2013 and oversees mental health strategy, replaces Cara Smith, who will become chief strategy officer for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.


Judge to consider delaying lawsuit against cops who shot boy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 18:43
CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal judge will hold a hearing next month to determine whether to delay the lawsuit filed by relatives of a 12-year-old boy fatally shot by Cleveland police while the criminal investigation is pending.

Parents of BU fraternity pledge files wrongful death suit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 18:35
BOSTON (AP) — The parents of a Boston University freshman who died after becoming intoxicated at a 2013 pledge party are suing the fraternity and three members of the organization in federal court for wrongful death.

Tractor trailers, tour bus in fiery crash on NJ Turnpike in Woolwich Twp., N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 18:09

Tractor trailers, tour bus in fiery crash on NJ Turnpike in Woolwich Twp., N.J.A fiery crash involving 2 tractor trailers, a tour bus and a passenger vehicle has shut down traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike in Gloucester County.


BASE instinct: The thrill to fly carries risk with each jump

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 16:50
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The deaths of extreme athlete Dean Potter and his friend Graham Hunt in Yosemite National Park brought renewed attention to the risks of BASE jumping and its more dangerous offshoot, wingsuit flying.

Wingsuit flier thought he could manage the risk, avoid death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 16:03

In this Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 photo provided by Tomas Ovalle, extreme athlete Dean Potter stands in front of El Capitan after a speed climbing attempt up El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Potter, renowned for his daring and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, and his climbing partner Graham Hunt were killed Saturday, May 16, 2015 after jumping from a 7,500-foot promontory called Taft Point in Yosemite National Park. (AP Photo/Tomas Ovalle)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Extreme athlete Dean Potter faced the risk of flying off the vertical rock walls he was famous for scaling with little more than a parachute on his back and thin fabric wings.


Convicted murderer in 'Serial' podcast allowed to call new witness

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 16:00
(Reuters) - A Baltimore man serving life for murder, whose conviction was called into question by last year's "Serial" podcast, will get a chance to call a new witness who says she can give him an alibi. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals granted Adnan Syed an opportunity to call a woman who said in an affidavit she saw him at a library around the time of the murder of his ex-girlfriend and high school classmate, Hae Min Lee, on Jan. 13, 1999. Syed appealed his 2000 murder conviction arguing that his legal counsel was ineffective for not interviewing the witness, Asia McClain, and for not seeking a plea deal.

Despite protests, Arctic drill rig preparations continue

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 15:38

Protesters accompanied by Seattle police march at the Port of Seattle, Monday, May 18, 2015, in Seattle. Demonstrators opposed to Arctic oil drilling were showing opposition to a lease agreement between Royal Dutch Shell and the Port to allow some of Shell's oil drilling equipment to be based in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE (AP) — Neither a protest by hundreds of demonstrators nor a permit violation notice from the city will halt Royal Dutch Shell's use of a Seattle seaport terminal as it prepares for exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, spokesmen say.


Feds project Lake Mead below drought trigger point in 2017

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 15:31

Water intake pipes that were once underwater sit above the water line along Lake Mead in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Monday, May 18, 2015, near Boulder City, Nev. Federal water managers are projecting Lake Mead will drop to levels in January 2017 that could force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal water managers have released a report projecting that Lake Mead's water levels will fall below a point in January 2017 that would force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada.


Waco has long history of memorable events

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 15:16

Authorities investigate a shooting in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Waco, Texas. Authorities say that the shootout victims were members of rival biker gangs that had gathered for a meeting. (AP Photo/Jerry Larson)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Waco boasts some of the Lone Star State's most memorable recent history: the siege of the Branch Davidian compound, a tornado that leveled downtown and now a biker gang melee that left at least nine people dead and 18 wounded.


Scared bear spends week in central Louisiana neighborhood

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:31

A Louisiana black bear, a protected sub-species of the black bear, is seen from its perch in a water oak tree in a neighborhood of New Orleans, La., Sunday, May 17, 2015. The young bear’s search for a new home has brought him into a central Louisiana neighborhood where he’s spent the past week up one tree or another. The bear is among three to five that have wandered into populated parts of Louisiana in the past 10 days, said wildlife biologist Maria Davidson, head of the large carnivore program for the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) — A young black bear has been a backyard spectacle in a central Louisiana neighborhood where he has spent the past week up one tree or another as he searches for a new home.


No charges for St. Louis officer in shooting death of black teen

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:22
(Reuters) - The white off-duty St. Louis police officer who fatally shot a black teenager last October in a firefight will not face charges in the killing, the local prosecutor's office said on Monday. The shooting of 18-year-old VonDerrit Myers in a St. Louis neighborhood renewed intensity of demonstrations in the area after unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead in August by a white police officer in the suburb of Ferguson. Jennifer Joyce, the City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney, declined to bring criminal charges against the officer saying her office's independent investigation largely tracked with the police account that Myers was armed and fired on the officer before he returned fire in self-defense.

Charges filed against 170 motorcycle gang members in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:18

People leave a restaurant next to a Twin Peaks restaurant Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Waco, Texas. Waco Police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton told KWTX-TV there were "multiple victims" after gunfire erupted between rival biker gangs near the restaurants. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)WACO, Texas (AP) — About 170 members of rival motorcycle gangs were charged with engaging in organized crime Monday, a day after a shootout at a Texas restaurant that killed nine people and wounded 18.


US Marines say unique Osprey aircraft has good safety record

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:40

In this May 17, 2015 photo, a man and woman look toward smoke rising from a Marine Corps Osprey aircraft after making a hard landing on Bellows Air Force Station near Waimanalo, Hawaii. The fatal crash of the Marine Corps' new hybridized airplane-and-helicopter aircraft during a training exercise is renewing safety concerns about the machine. (Zane Dulin via AP)HONOLULU (AP) — The fatal crash of the Marine Corps' new hybridized airplane-and-helicopter aircraft during a training exercise in Hawaii over the weekend is renewing safety concerns about the machine.


President Obama visits Camden, talks community police initiatives

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:40

President Obama visits Camden, talks community police initiativesBarack Obama used his appearance in Camden, New Jersey to reveal that his administration will no longer allow federal agencies to provide certain military equipment, like bayonets and grenade launchers, to local police forces.