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Second investigator in probe of slain Texas deputy fired for misconduct

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:54

A statuette is seen near other mementos and messages left at the scene of a policeman's shooting in HoustonAn investigator in the fatal ambush shooting of a Houston-area deputy has been fired for inappropriate behavior, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said on Wednesday, making him the second person in the probe to be terminated. The office said it had fired Deputy M. DeLeon on Tuesday for being untruthful in the course of the investigation into the death of Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth. Goforth, 47, was fatally shot in a hail of bullets on Aug. 28 as he fueled a patrol car at a Houston-area gas station.


Jailed church official wins latest child-endangerment appeal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:53
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Roman Catholic church official could soon seek bail after a Pennsylvania appeals court refused to review a decision to throw out his child-endangerment conviction.

Rare weather event produces spontaneous snowballs in Idaho

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:50

This Jan. 30, 2016 photo provided by The Nature Conservancy shows a rare weather event that caused the spontaneous snowballs at The Nature Conservancy’s Silver Creek Preserve and surrounding fields near the tiny town of Picabo, Idaho. The National Weather Service says snow rollers are caused by an unusual combination of snowfall around a couple inches with the right water density and temperatures near freezing followed by strong winds. (Sunny Healey/The Nature Conservancy via AP)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Thousands of snowballs rolled in a flat central Idaho field look like the work of hundreds of ambitious kids — except there are no human tracks.


88 students sickened at Ursinus College, cause unknown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:36

88 students sickened at Ursinus College, cause unknownHealth officials say at least 88 students have been sickened at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Montgomery County.


Gun owner quells Pennsylvania teen melee that left officers hurt: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:33
The melee erupted on Friday in an outdoor corridor used by about 4,000 high school and middle school students. An officer was called to break up a fight between two teens and after taking one into custody another jumped on his back, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said on Wednesday. "I think in this particular case, this Good Samaritan probably saved the officer from significant injury and, God forbid, one of the students from getting hurt by police," Chitwood said.

The Latest: Pennsylvania AG vows to continue email probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:32

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2013 file photo, then-Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and others applaud Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, right, after she took her oath of office at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. On Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, Pennsylvania senators debated whether to remove Kane from office because her law license is suspended while she defends herself against criminal charges. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The latest on the Pennsylvania Senate's plan for a vote on Wednesday to remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane (all times local):


U.S. payday lending crackdown brings race car driver's arrest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:30
U.S. authorities on Wednesday launched a broad offensive against abusive online pay lenders, arresting three people tied to the industry, including a race car driver, for exploiting more than 5 million cash-strapped consumers. Prosecutors said Scott Tucker, who competes on U.S. and European racing circuits, ran a $2 billion enterprise that used sham tribal relationships to claim immunity from state enforcement actions over its abusive lending practices. An indictment filed in Manhattan federal court said Tucker earned hundreds of millions of dollars in profits through payday loans, spending on luxury homes, cars, jewelry, a private plane and his professional racing team, Level 5 Motorsports.

Former priest charged in 1960 rape, murder of Texas beauty queen

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:28

John Feit, 83, is shown in this Maricopa County Sheriff's Office photo tweeted after his arrest in ArizonaA former Catholic priest has been charged in a 55-year-old murder case in which he is suspected of beating and raping a beauty queen in south Texas shortly after taking her last confession, authorities said on Wednesday. John Feit, 83, was arrested on Tuesday evening in Arizona in connection with the 1960 slaying of Irene Garza, 25, in McAllen, Texas, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Arizona. During an initial court appearance Wednesday, Feit told a Maricopa County judge he will fight the return to Texas.


Fugitive jail inmate facing transfer back to Los Angeles

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:21

In this Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, booking photo released by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows California fugitive Steven L. Wright at the Henderson Detention Center in Las Vegas. Wright, a murder suspect mistakenly released from jail Jan. 30, 2016, was captured in Nevada. Detectives learned Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 that Wright might be hiding in a Boulder City hotel and requested assistance from the FBI and local police departments. Wright was taken into custody without incident. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP)HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — A murder suspect who was mistakenly released from a California jail told a judge Wednesday he won't fight his transfer in custody from southern Nevada back to Los Angeles for retrial on an overturned murder conviction.


Virginia House OKs electric chair as backup in executions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:17
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bill that would allow Virginia prison officials to execute inmates in the electric chair if lethal-injection drugs are unavailable sailed through the state's Republican-dominated House of Delegates on Wednesday.

Couple caught having sex on Las Vegas ferris wheel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:12

Couple caught having sex on Las Vegas ferris wheelTwo lovebirds are facing charges after they were allegedly caught having sex on a ferris wheel.


The Latest: 2nd child dies after stabbing at NYC hotel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:11

New York City police enter a hotel, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, while searching for a murder suspect in the Staten Island borough of New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the stabbing of a woman and three children on Staten Island (all times local):


Omaha man pleads guilty to killing mother, half brother

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:07
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing his mother and his 4-year-old half brother, avoiding the death penalty.

Yellen: Persistent economic weakness could slow rate hikes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:04

Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, before the House Financial Services Committee hearing on monetary policy and the state of the economy. Yellen said the U.S. economy faces a number of global threats that could hamper growth and compel the Fed to slow the pace of future interest rate hikes. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned Wednesday that global weakness and falling financial markets could depress the U.S. economy's growth and slow the pace of Fed interest rate hikes.


Burger King to add hot dogs to permanent menu in U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:03

A Burger King logo is pictured outside a restaurant in San Jose, Costa RicaBurger King is going back to its fast-food roots with the new menu item after its salads and healthier offerings struggled to tempt diners. The burger chain, a unit of Restaurant Brands International Inc, had Twitter sizzling after its announcement, on Wednesday but at least some did not relish the idea. "I pray that the Burger King selling hotdogs news is real.


Senate fails to reach votes to remove Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:03

Senate fails to reach votes to remove Pennsylvania AG Kathleen KanePennsylvania senators have rejected the motion to remove from office the state's attorney general because her law license is suspended while she defends herself against criminal charges.


Man caught having sex on Las Vegas ferris wheel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:00

Couple caught having sex on Las Vegas ferris wheelPhillip Panzica, of Houston, Texas, and Chloe Scordianos, of New York, are charged with committing sex acts in public.


At least 50 students sickened at Ursinus College, cause unknown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 03:57

88 students sickened at Ursinus College, cause unknownOfficials say at least 50 students have been sickened at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Montgomery County.


40 students sickened at Ursinus College, cause unknown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 03:53

88 students sickened at Ursinus College, cause unknownApproximately 40 students have been sickened at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Montgomery County.


Former L.A. County sheriff to plead guilty to corruption charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 03:15

File photo of Los Angeles County Sheriff Baca waiting to visiting inmates in the Men's Central Jail following a news conference to address the Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence report on his department's management of the jail system in Los AngelesFormer Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of lying to federal investigators who were conducting a corruption and civil rights probe of the county's jail system, the U.S. Attorney's Office said on Wednesday. Baca announced in January that he was retiring from office at the end of that month rather than seeking re-election. Baca joined the Sheriff's Department as a deputy in 1965 and was first elected in 1998 to lead the 10,000-member law enforcement agency that controls the largest county jail system in the United States, housing an inmate population of some 18,000 detainees.