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L.A.'s 'Grim Sleeper' murder trial closing arguments underway

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 08:48

Defendant Lonnie Franklin Jr. listens while Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman details the prosecution's case against him during closing arguments in the so-called "Grim Sleeper" case a serial murder trial in Los AngelesA former Los Angeles sanitation worker charged with murdering nine women and a teenage girl was a serial killer who quietly blended into his community to in order to kill, prosecutors said on Monday as closing arguments began in the so-called "Grim Sleeper" case. The arguments bring to a close the nearly three-month trial in Los Angeles Superior Court of Lonnie David Franklin Jr., 63, who could face the death penalty if convicted of the 10 counts of first-degree murder against him. "The defendant is a serial killer who was basically hiding in plain sight," Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman told jurors, according to an account of the proceedings by City News Service.


Supreme Court rejects challenge to Seattle minimum wage law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 08:48

People celebrate with ice cream at Seattle City Hall after a Seattle City Council meeting in which the council voted on raising the minimum wage in SeattleThe Seattle law's supporters hailed the court's action, which left intact a lower court ruling backing the measure, as a defeat for "the big business lobby" that has taken aim at minimum wage hikes. The International Franchise Association and the businesses that challenged the measure did not target the actual wage hike. Instead, they argued that it was unfair for Seattle to exclude local franchises of big companies like McDonald's and Burger King from the small companies that the law gives three extra years to pay employees at least $15 per hour.


Ex-FBI agent pleads guilty to stealing suspected drug money

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 08:48
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A former FBI special agent pleaded guilty Monday to stealing more than $136,000 in suspected drug money, which led to criminal charges being dropped against more than a dozen people.

Mother of 2 children found in San Antonio child abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 08:41
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio authorities report they've located the mother of two of the eight children found unsupervised in a major child abuse case.

The Latest: Evidence speaks for Grim Sleeper's 10 victims

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:58
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the Grim Sleeper trial (all times local):

Video shows 7-year-old girl with autism survive 4-story fall from New York City building

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:50

Video shows 7-year-old girl with autism survive 4-story fall from New York City buildingA 7-year-old girl with autism survived a frightening four-story fall early Monday after climbing out her apartment building window.


4 arrested in slaying of Honduran environmental activist

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:49

Police arrest a suspect in the murder of indigneous leader and environmentalist Berta Caceres in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Monday, May 2, 2016. Honduran authorities have arrested four people in connection with Caceres' murder, including three who worked for a hydroelectric project she opposed. Caceres was shot dead by two unidentified men on March 3. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran authorities arrested four people Monday in the killing of environmental activist Berta Caceres, including an active duty army officer and at least one man who worked for a hydroelectric project she opposed.


Bodies pulled from LA River identified as 2 missing teens

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:47

Bodies pulled from LA River identified as 2 missing teensCoroner's officials have confirmed that two bodies found submerged in the Los Angeles River Sunday are that of 15-year-old Gustavo Ramirez and 16-year-old Carlos Daniel Jovel.


Fleeing suspect shot, wounded by police in South Florida

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:39
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a suspect in a stolen car was shot and wounded in South Florida while trying to flee police.

Man pleads guilty to setting store on fire during riots

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:28
BALTIMORE (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to setting a liquor store on fire during riots that rocked Baltimore last year in the wake of Freddie Gray's death after he was injured in police custody.

Wrestling body revokes ex-House Speaker Hastert's awards

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:28

File photo of former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert leaves the Dirksen Federal courthouse after his sentencing hearing in Chicago, IllinoisThe organization's board of governors unanimously voted for the revocation after an ethics committee found Hastert's actions to be "detrimental to the ideals and objectives" of the Wrestling Hall of Fame, according to a statement on its website. Lee Roy Smith, the body's executive director, said in the statement the board wanted to wait until Hastert's criminal case was over before making a decision. Hastert, 74, once one of the most powerful U.S. conservative politicians, was sentenced on Wednesday to 15 months in federal prison for a financial crime related to sexual abuse of high school wrestlers he coached decades ago.


Emotional return as first U.S. cruise in decades reaches Cuba

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:21

U.S. Carnival cruise ship Adonia arrives at the Havana bay, the first cruise liner to sail between the United States and Cuba since Cuba's 1959 revolution, CubaBy Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Hundreds of tourists and a handful of emotional Cuban-Americans arrived on the first U.S. cruise ship to sail to Havana in decades on Monday, spilling onto the cobbled streets of the old city where they were warmly greeted by residents. It was another first for the two countries since U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced a historic rapprochement in December 2014, and comes weeks after Obama's visit to the Caribbean island.     Carnival Corp's Adonia, a small ship carrying 700 passengers, slipped through the channel into Havana Bay in the morning under picture-perfect skies, then docked alongside the colonial quarter recently visited by Obama. "I’m nervous and excited at the same time, I left Cuba 48 years ago, when I was six years old.


CSX: Most cars that derailed in Washington back on tracks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:18

Several cars remain overturned after a CSX freight train derailed in Washington on Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — Train cars that derailed in the nation's capital over the weekend have largely been put back on the tracks, and workers on Monday finished offloading hazardous materials from two of the cars, CSX officials said.


Tennessee campus carry becomes law without Haslam signature

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:03
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill allowing staff and faculty at Tennessee's public colleges and universities to be armed on campus became law Monday without the Republican governor's signature.

Court gives green light to enforcement of Arizona ID laws

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:02
PHOENIX (AP) — Identity theft laws that Arizona used against workers in the country illegally were set to go back into effect after a federal appeals court said Monday they were used against U.S. citizens as well as immigrants who use false identities to get jobs.

Doctor files complaint, says support for abortion silenced

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 06:57
WASHINGTON (AP) — A physician who performs abortions at a Washington hospital filed a federal civil rights complaint Monday alleging that she's been unfairly barred from speaking publicly about her view that abortion is an essential procedure for women's health.

The Latest: Amtrak also affected Tuesday by CSX derailment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 06:46

Several cars remain overturned after a CSX freight train derailed in Washington on Sunday, May 1, 2016. near a Metro stop in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the CSX train derailment in Washington, D.C. (all times local):


Trial of father in toddler's hot SUV death will be moved

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 06:41

Justin Ross Harris arrives for his court appearance at Cobb Superior Court on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 in Marietta, Ga. The judge in the trial of Harris on Monday, May 2, 2016, granted a defense request to move the trial. Thirty-five-year-old Justin Ross Harris faces charges including murder in the June 18, 2014, death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper.He is accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die.(Kathryn Ingall/ The Marietta Daily Journal, Pool via AP, File)MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — The trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die will be moved, the judge said Monday, granting a defense request to hold it elsewhere because pretrial publicity has caused potential jurors to form strong opinions about the case.


Man accused in killing of camper, yoga teacher pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 06:35
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of three young transients accused of killing a Canadian who was camping during a music festival and a yoga teacher who was walking a dog pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Monday.

New Orleans sheriff: Federal takeover not the answer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 06:31
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans sheriff said Monday his department is doing a good job improving the city's jail and should get more time rather than face a federal takeover.