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2 women convicted of deadly OC nightclub beating

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:54
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An Orange County jury has convicted two women of kicking to death a third woman during a fight outside a Santa Ana nightclub.

Porch shooter: I didn't know gun was loaded

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:52

Theodore Wafer stands in court during his trial before Judge Dana Hathaway at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit on Thursday, July 24, 2014. The 55-year-old Wafer is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. He claims it was an act of self-defense. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday.

California attorney general asks lawyers to help immigrant children

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:52

Attorney General Harris speaks at the 2014 California Democrats State Convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los AngelesBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California's attorney general has personally asked several major law firms to provide pro bono services to unaccompanied immigrant children flooding the U.S. border with Mexico, a signal that California views the growing crisis as a humanitarian issue. The move comes amid escalating political tension in the United States over how to deal with the thousands of children fleeing violence in their Central American homelands. "We've convened a group of law firms to make sure these children, some of them as young as 8 years old, have access to due process," California Attorney General Kamala Harris said on Thursday. By the end of June, about 3,000 of the children had been sent to California, and more have come since.

'Boyhood': A movie 12 years in the making

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:44

 A movie 12 years in the makingWhat were you doing 12 years ago?

Prosecutor: Doctor fires back at hospital gunman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:42

A hospital worker views police activity near the scene of a shooting at a wellness center attached to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa., on Thursday, July 24, 2014. A doctor grazed by gunfire from a patient who had entered his office in a suburban hospital's psychiatric unit stopped him by returning fire with his own gun and injuring him, authorities said. (AP Photo)DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A psychiatrist who was grazed by gunfire from a patient at a hospital on Thursday helped stop the patient by apparently using his own weapon to shoot and wound him, but not before a caseworker was killed, authorities said.

Texas prosecutor seeks to clear convicted rapist

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:42
DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas man who said he pleaded guilty to a 1990 rape because his attorney advised him to avoid trial may soon be exonerated, the Dallas County district attorney said Thursday.

Alaska train to resume service after cars derail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:38
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A tourist railway in Alaska is set to resume operations after a derailment injured 23 people.

Milwaukee barber sentenced for role in Stradivarius violin theft

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:38

The 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was taken from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster in an armed robbery is pictured in Milwaukee, WisconsinBy Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A Milwaukee barber received a 3-1/2-year prison sentence on Thursday for supplying a stun gun used in the theft of a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin from a concert violinist. Universal Knowledge Allah, 37, was also sentenced by Milwaukee County Circuit Court to 3-1/2 years of extended supervision after his release for being party to felony robbery in the theft of the violin, which was made in 1715. "I just want to humbly apologize to you and everyone for making this mistake," Allah told the court before the sentence was handed down. Allah, who has been a barber for 18 years in Milwaukee, was found guilty of supplying the stun gun to Salah Jones, who faces trial on charges he incapacitated Frank Almond with the weapon as the musician left a performance in a Milwaukee suburb on Jan. 27.

Website lets donors pay Detroit residents' overdue water bills

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:34

People hold a banner against the mass water shut-offs to Detroit citizens behind in their payments, during a protest in downtown DetroitBy Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - Widespread water shutoffs in Detroit have led to the creation of a website that allows donors to anonymously pay the overdue bills of residents in the bankrupt city, a site organizer said on Thursday. Recent efforts by the cash-strapped municipal water authority to collect tens of millions of dollars in overdue bills has attracted international attention and critics say the disconnections are inhumane and unfair to the poor. The donor site,, was born from a Twitter conversation between programmer Tiffani Bell of Fayetteville, North Carolina and designer Kristy Tillman of Boston who were concerned about the water issue, Bell said in an email. Customers with delinquent bills share their account information with the site, where they are matched with donors.

States where immigrant children are released

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:20
States with established Central American immigrant communities have received the most unaccompanied children released to sponsors this year after they were arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Eau Canada: Caravan totes water to Detroit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:17

Mary Ellen Kavanaugh, and her children Abby, second from left, Grace and Owen, right, of Windsor, help carry water jugs to St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Detroit, Thursday, July 24, 2014, for a water station being set up to help Detroit residents who need water. A small group of Canadians brought 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of water from Windsor, Ontario, to Detroit to protest thousands of residential service shutoffs by Detroit's water department. (AP Photo)DETROIT (AP) — A caravan of Canadians bringing jugs with 1,000 liters of water arrived in Detroit on Thursday afternoon in a symbolic protest against the bankrupt city shutting off water to residents who haven't paid their bills.

Execution offers evidence against lethal injection

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:08

John Zemblidge, right, of Phoenix, leads a group of about a dozen death penalty opponents in prayer as they protest the possible execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood at the state prison in Florence, Ariz. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Arizona's highest court on Wednesday temporarily halted the execution of the condemned inmate so it could consider a last-minute appeal. The Arizona Supreme Court said it would consider whether he received inadequate legal representation at his sentencing. The appeal also challenges the secrecy of the lethal injection process and the drugs that are used. (AP Photo)ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation's third botched execution in six months offers more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, death-row lawyers and other opponents said Thursday.

Phoenix breaks temperature with record high of 116

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:04

Construction worker Ruben Roman drips water on his head during his lunch break, Thursday, July 24, 2014 at at job site in Phoenix. With Phoenix-area daytime highs hovering around 110 degrees, outdoor activity is minimal throughout the Valley. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX (AP) — The scorching weather in Phoenix has broken a record as the mercury hit 116.

Doctor fired back at gunman in hospital attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:01

A hospital worker views police activity around the scene of a shooting Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. Police in suburban Philadelphia are investigating a shooting at the hospital campus and say they have reports people have been injured and a suspect is in custody. (AP Photo)A doctor grazed by gunfire from a patient who had entered his office in a suburban hospital's psychiatric unit stopped him by returning fire with his own gun and injuring him, authorities said.

Suspect in 1992 slaying of Illinois teen arrested in California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:00
An elderly California man, long suspected in the unsolved killing of a Chicago-area youth 22 years ago, has been arrested in Los Angeles on a murder warrant from Illinois prosecutors, a spokeswoman for the Cook County state's attorney said on Thursday. Robert Serritella, 71, is wanted in the slaying of 15-year-old David Chereck, who vanished on Jan. 1, 1992, on the way home from a bowling alley in Skokie, Illinois, and was found strangled with his own scarf the next day in a nearby wooded area. Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for the Cook County state's attorney, said Serritella had been suspected of the killing by detectives who initially investigated the murder, but authorities lacked sufficient evidence to charge him until this week. She said Serritella, an Illinois native who relocated to the West Coast years ago, had a relative to lived in Skokie and was seen in the Chicago suburb around the time of the boy's death, possibly at the bowling alley where the victim had been playing video games with friends.

New videos add to scrutiny of N.Y. police use of choke holds

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 07:56

Gwendolyn Flagg-Carr, mother of Eric Garner, and Eric Snipes Garner, Jr., son of Eric Garner, leave his funeral service at Bethel Baptist Church on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Garner's death while in police custody has led to accusations of police misconduct. (AP Photo/The Daily News, James Keivom, POOL)It is a potentially deadly maneuver that New York police have been banned from using for 21 years, but on Thursday the force confirmed it was probing what seemed to be a second case of an officer using a choke hold within a single week. The investigation of the incident comes just days after videos emerged showing police using a choke hold on a Staten Island man, Eric Garner, as he was being arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes. While trying to handcuff the suspect, identified as Ronald Johns, a police officer can be seen in the videos punching him in the head and using an arm to grip Johns around his neck during a struggle on the station floor.

Arizona execution: Lawyer said inmate not in pain

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 07:49

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood. Wood took nearly two hours to die and gasped for about 90 minutes during his execution in Arizona on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File)FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — The nearly two-hour execution of a convicted murderer prompted a series of phone calls involving the governor's office, the prison director, lawyers and judges as the inmate gasped for more than 90 minutes.

Notorious drug smuggling ship towed to Seattle for scrapping

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 07:45
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A freighter seized off the coast of Washington state nearly four decades ago in one of the largest marijuana busts in the region's history was moved to Seattle on Thursday and will eventually be scrapped, local officials said. The Helena Star was towed from Tacoma to Seattle by state agencies and will be inspected and broken down over the next week, said Bob Redling of Washington's Department of Natural Resources. The drug smuggling ship made national headlines when it was seized by the Coast Guard in 1978 with 37 tons of marijuana on board. Helena Star's South American captain and eight crew members were arrested, and the flagless ship, en route to Canada, was docked in Seattle.

California inmates win class-action status in racial bias suit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 07:42
By Jennifer Baires SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A ruling that granted class-action status to a lawsuit accusing California prison officials of racial discrimination for keeping inmates of the same ethnicity in cells during lockdowns brings all state prisoners into the suit, an attorney said on Thursday. The ruling on Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley marks the first time in the state a suit of this kind has been cleared for class-action status, and it covers all 125,000 of the state's inmates, said Don Specter, a lawyer with the Prison Law Office who is representing the plaintiffs. Robert Mitchel, an African American and the lead plaintiff in the case, filed a complaint in 2008 alleging he was repeatedly confined to his cell in High Desert State Prison, a facility in the northeast part of the state, after incidents involving other prisoners of the same race. “And often they have had nothing whatsoever to do with the events that precipitated the lockdowns." Lawyers for the inmates argue these lockdowns violate inmates' constitutional rights under clauses of the U.S. Constitution that ensure equal protection and prohibit cruel and unusual punishment.

Indiana man charged in killing of police officer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 07:37

Carl Blount is seen in an undated picture released by the Gary, Indiana, Office of Communications.By Mary Wisniewski GARY Ind. (Reuters) - A 25-year-old Indiana man was charged on Thursday in the fatal shooting of a Gary, Indiana, police officer in his patrol car earlier this month, city officials said. Carl Blount of Gary was charged with the murder of Jeffrey Westerfield, 47, who had served on the Gary Police Department for 19 years and was on duty when he was shot. Westerfield's body was found in his patrol car by a fellow officer early on the morning of July 6. "I hope this brings a certain amount of relief to the family and the men and women of the Gary Police Department," said Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson in a statement.