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Georgia executes its oldest death row inmate for 1979 murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 14:09

Handout of Georgia's oldest death row inmate, 72-year-old Brandon Astor JonesATLANTA (Reuters) - The oldest inmate on Georgia's death row, a 72-year-old man convicted of murdering a convenience store manager in a 1979 robbery, was executed early on Wednesday, a state prison official said.


The Latest: Oldest death row inmate in Georgia executed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 14:07

This undated photo provided by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows Brandon Astor Jones in Georgia. Jones, a 72-year-old death row inmate, is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. He was convicted in the 1979 killing of a convenience store manager. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the execution of Georgia's oldest death row inmate (all times local):


APNewsBreak: NYC vets public-info requests for 'sensitivity'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 13:49

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2016, file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio testifies during a hearing in Albany, N.Y. New York City’s mayor has been screening many routine public record requests for “sensitivity” even though he has denied micromanaging his image last year.(AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio denied he was micromanaging his image last year when his lawyers issued a sweeping mandate to review all public records requests that could "reflect directly on the mayor."


Some University of Southern California faculty vote to unionize

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 13:44
About 100 instructors at two divisions of the school, focused on the arts and international students, voted to affiliate with the Service Employees International Union, spokesman Mike Long said. "What we're fighting for is not just better wages and decent living conditions, but also for the possibility of greater participation in the life of the school," said Noura Wedell, who teaches critical studies in the Los Angeles-based university's Roski School of Art and Design.

U.S. exonerations hit record high as more troubled cases probed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 13:38

Undated file booking photo of Steven AveryCriminal exonerations hit a record high in 2015 due largely to district attorneys in places such as Houston, Dallas and Brooklyn, New York, setting up units to review cases where the legal system may have acted unjustly, a report released on Wednesday found. There were 149 known exonerations in 2015, where the exonerated defendants served on average more than 14 years in prison, said the report from the National Registry of Exonerations. "There is a coming to terms that this is a regular problem, not just something that happens once in a while and unpredictably," said Samuel Gross, a law professor at the University of Michigan and editor of the registry.


Man arrested, charged in apparent road-rage killing in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 13:34
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A suspect has been arrested and charged in what investigators say was the apparent road-rage killing of a Fort Worth woman on a North Texas freeway.

Big freight railroads to miss safety technology deadline

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 13:30

FILE - In this June 4, 2014 file photo, a Norfolk Southern locomotive moves along the tracks in Norfolk, Va. Three of the biggest freight railroads operating in the U.S. have told telling the government they won’t make a 2018 deadline to start using safety technology intended to prevent accidents like the deadly derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia last May. Norfolk Southern, Canadian National Railway and CSX Transportation and say they won’t be ready until 2020, according to a list provided to The Associated Press by the Federal Railroad Administration. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Three of the biggest freight railroads operating in the U.S. have told the government they won't meet a 2018 deadline to start using safety technology intended to prevent accidents like the deadly derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia last May.


Report finds record number of US exonerations in 2015

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 13:16
HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2015, with nearly 40 percent of the cases involving individuals who were exonerated in homicides, a new report shows.

Californians want rum-crazy Cuba to start drinking wine

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 13:10

People attend the first California Wine Symposium in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. In a sign of changing times, California's largest winemakers hold a two-day tasting and trade show for Cuban restaurant owners in hopes of developing a new market in a country dominated by rum, weak beer and cheap South American wine. (Ismael Francisco/Cubadebate via AP)HAVANA (AP) — The 3.5 million tourists who flooded Cuba last year downed oceans of mojitos, lakes of daiquiris and rivers of thin, sour beer. Only an odd few accompanied their ropa vieja and croquetas with wine — mostly overpriced, low- to mid-grade vintages from Chile, Argentina and Spain.


San Diego settles harassment lawsuit against ex-mayor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:59

Benelia Santos-Hunter, who worked as former Mayor Bob Filner's executive assistant, speaks at a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in San Diego. The city of San Diego has agreed to pay Santos-Hunter $667,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit against Filner. (K.C. Alfred /The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITSAN DIEGO (AP) — The city of San Diego on Tuesday agreed to pay $667,000 to former Mayor Bob Filner's executive assistant, who said her boss repeatedly tried to hug and kiss her, locked her in a kitchen and proposed sex on a conference table.


Alleged phony priest accused of selling tickets to Pope's Philadelphia visit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:55

Alleged phony priest accused of selling tickets to Pope's Philadelphia visitA man who allegedly posed as a priest and officiated at Masses, funerals, confessions, and at least one marriage was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of selling thousands of dollars in phony tickets to see Pope Francis during last year's U.S. visit.


The Latest: California to extend water conservation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:52
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California drought (all times local):

Norristown residents heated over lack of blizzard cleanup

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:33

Norristown residents heated over lack of blizzard cleanupNorristown residents were looking for an apology Tuesday night as some of their streets are still covered in snow from last month's blizzard.


Hit-and-run injures mother, 2 children in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:28

Hit-and-run injures mother, 2 children in South PhiladelphiaThe search continues for the driver who struck a mother and her two children in South Philadelphia.


Police fire at man with gun in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:18

Police fire at man with gun in West PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia police opened fire on a gunman in West Philadelphia.


Former Montgomery Co. DA: Bill Cosby is shielded from prosecution

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:16

 Bill Cosby is shielded from prosecutionA former district attorney who decided not to charge Bill Cosby in a 2004 sexual assault case says he believes his decision is binding on his successors.


Official: Michigan should have required Flint to treat water

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:01
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan's top environmental regulator says the state should have required the city of Flint to treat its water for corrosion after elevated lead levels were first discovered in the city's water a year ago.

U.S. defense budget focuses on changing security environment: Carter

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:00

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks at the Economic Club of Washington winter breakfast in WashingtonBy David Alexander and Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON/NAVAL AIR WEAPONS STATION CHINA LAKE, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday the Pentagon would seek a $582.7 billion defense budget next year and reshape spending priorities to reflect a new strategic environment marked by Russian assertiveness and the rise of Islamic State. Carter, speaking to the Economic Club of Washington, said the funding request was in line with last year's congressional budget deal, with a clear focus on five big challenges facing the U.S. military: Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and Islamic State.


Trace elements of DNA found from Hawaii helicopter crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:48

FILE - This Jan. 15, 2016 file photo shows U.S. Marines walking on the beach at Waimea Bay in Haleiwa, Hawaii, close to where two military helicopters crashed into the ocean. The U.S. Marine Corps said Tuesday, Feb. 2, that trace elements of DNA have been found from Marines killed in a helicopter crash off Hawaii last month. (Mariana Keller via AP Photo)HONOLULU (AP) — Trace elements of DNA have been found from Marines killed in a helicopter crash off Hawaii last month, the Marine Corps said Tuesday.


2 LA County deputies convicted of jail beating cover-up

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:46
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two sheriff's deputies have been convicted of trying to cover up the beating of a handcuffed inmate at the Los Angeles County jail.