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Ex-jail guard cites poor legal help, gets sentencing delayed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:26
NEW YORK (AP) — A former jail guard convicted of ignoring the pleas of a dying inmate made a last-minute claim that his legal representation had been insufficient, leading a federal judge to postpone his sentencing on Thursday.

US presses Israel on talks for Middle East nuclear-free zone

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:22
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States has sent a top official to Israel amid an effort to revive talks on a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons, a central issue of a landmark treaty review conference that some fear will end Friday without progress on global disarmament.

California oil spill ignites array of protests against industry

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:22
By Nichola Groom LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - This week's oil spill in California has become a springboard for environmental groups to attack the oil industry, with calls ranging from a ban on fracking in the Golden State to a halt to drilling in the far-flung Arctic. Two days after a pipeline rupture began spilling 105,000 gallons of crude oil onto a beach and into the Pacific Ocean west of Santa Barbara, several environmental groups held a rally on the steps of the town's Spanish-style County Courthouse on Thursday to call for an end to fracking in California.

Massachusetts House speaker stuck in school during lockdown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:18
WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy whose boast of having a gun led to a lockdown at a Massachusetts high school during a visit by Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo and another lawmaker.

Q&A: California farmers with oldest water rights face cuts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:08
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Farmers in drought-stricken California with nearly guaranteed rights to water are bracing for historic orders to stop diverting water from rivers and streams. Regulators are expected to announce on Friday whether some farmers can avoid a total cut off if they voluntarily conserve.

Vermont man becomes keeper of cousin's Purple Heart

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:08

Paul Pike, left, of Roxbury, Vt., looks at a Purple Heart and other medals earned by his father's cousin, also named Paul Pike, who was killed during World War II, that he was presented on Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Worcester, Vt. Audrey Richardson, partially hidden, of the Worcester Historical Society, watches during a ceremony arranged by the society and the organization Purple Hearts Reunited. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)WORCESTER, Vt. (AP) — Paul Pike never knew his namesake but now is keeper of the man's legacy for whom he accepted the Purple Heart on Thursday.

Cousins shot at same Wilmington intersection weeks apart

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:00

Cousins shot at same Wilmington intersection weeks apartTwo cousins were shot, one fatally, at the same Wilmington intersection just weeks apart.

Cleanup of oil-fouled California beach could take months

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:50

Paige Thelen, 22, and Paige Craine, 22, pose for a photo at a protest calling for a ban on fracking and a phasing out of oil development in California, in Santa BarbaraBy Steve Gorman SANTA BARBARA (Reuters) - Cleanup crews labored through a third day to scoop up patches of crude oil from a pipeline spill that closed two California state beaches and fouled offshore waters, shattering an environmental balance that U.S. Coast Guard officials said on Thursday may take months to restore. Up to 2,500 barrels (105,000 gallons) of petroleum, according to latest estimates, gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific about 20 miles (32 km) west of Santa Barbara on Tuesday when an underground pipeline that runs along the coastal highway inexplicably burst. As much as a fifth of the amount was believed to have reached the ocean, leaving oil slicks that stretched for more than 9 miles (15 km) along the coast.

Judge: Gay couples across Alabama have right to marry

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:50
MONTGOMERY, Ala (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to marry in all Alabama counties, but placed her decision on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling on same-sex marriage.

Purple Heart recipient among bikers killed in Waco shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:45

A police officer recovers a shotgun while sweeping through the parking lot of a Twin Peaks restaurant Tuesday, May, 19, 2015, in Waco, Texas. A deadly weekend shootout involving rival motorcycle gangs at the restaurant apparently began with a parking dispute and someone running over a gang member's foot, police said Tuesday. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)WACO, Texas (AP) — One of nine bikers killed at a shootout outside a Texas restaurant was a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient whose family members dispute police claims he was in a criminal group.

Tribune Publishing completes purchase of San Diego paper

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:39
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tribune Publishing Co. said Thursday that it completed its purchase of San Diego's dominant newspaper from real estate developer Douglas Manchester for $85 million.

Former Virginia lawmaker plans to wed teenager involved in sex scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:38
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - A former Virginia Democratic lawmaker who became a pariah in the state legislature after a sex scandal involving a teenage receptionist has announced that he plans to marry the woman, a day after he acknowledged fathering her 9-week-old baby. Joseph D. Morrissey, 57, told a news conference on Thursday that the woman, Myrna Pride, gave birth to their baby about a week before she turned 19. "We're going to get married," Morrissey said, as Pride sat beside him.

Friends of man shot by deputy support outside investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:37
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Bringing in an outside prosecutor to investigate the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office will help restore the public's trust in an agency that's been hounded by criticism since a volunteer deputy fatally shot an unarmed and restrained man last month, according to those who knew the slain man.

Baltimore grand jury indicts police in death of Freddie Gray

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:34

File photo of Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby speaking on recent violence in BaltimoreA grand jury has brought charges against six Baltimore police officers in the death of a black man who suffered fatal neck injuries while in police custody, a case that touched off angry protests and a day of looting and arson in the Maryland city. The charges, including a count of second-degree murder against one of the officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray, were announced on Thursday by Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby. Mosby, a 35-year-old African American who took office in January, surprised many Baltimoreans early this month by announcing her swift decision to seek the charges.

Justice Department eyes voting reforms for American Indians

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:30
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking legislation that would require state and local election officials to work with American Indian tribes to locate at least one polling place on or near each tribe's land.

Washington state police officer shoots two men accused of stealing beer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:25
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A police officer in the Washington state capital of Olympia shot and wounded two unarmed black men suspected of trying to steal beer from a local supermarket on Thursday, law enforcement said. The two brothers, aged 21 and 24, were hospitalized, one of them in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds, Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts said at a news conference. Officer Ryan Donald, a three-year veteran of the Olympia Police Department, told authorities the men had no weapons but attacked him with a skateboard, and that he had issued a verbal warning before opening fire.

Colorado theater shooting jurors see graphic autopsy photos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:23
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting case on Thursday viewed autopsy photos of some of the 12 people who were killed in the attack, a graphic ending to the fourth week of the death penalty trial that is expected to run through the summer.

Man convicted of setting up wife's killing sentenced to life

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:22
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A New York City man convicted of setting up the fatal shooting of his wife while they were on a walk with one of their young sons in New Jersey was sentenced to life in prison Thursday.

Flavor Flav arrested in Vegas, suspected of impaired driving

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:19

This undated booking photo provided by the Clark County Detention Center shows William Drayton Jr. aka Flavor Flav after his arrest in Las Vegas. Authorities say they arrested the entertainer shortly after midnight on Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Las Vegas for driving under the influence, speeding, possessing less than an ounce of marijuana and having an open container of alcohol in the 2005 black BMW he was driving. (Clark County Detention Center via AP)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Flavor Flav was arrested in Las Vegas early Thursday on allegations of driving under the influence, speeding, possessing less than an ounce of marijuana and having an open container of alcohol in the 2005 black BMW he was driving, authorities said.