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Susan Smith tells paper she never planned to kill sons

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:55

FILE - In this July 27, 1995 file photo, Susan Smith is escorted into the Union County Courthouse in Union, S.C. Smith sentenced to life in prison for killing her two young sons never planned to kill them and instead intended to end her own life, according to a letter she wrote to The State, a Columbia, S.C., newspaper, reported Wednesday, July 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Lou Krasky, File)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina mother sentenced to life in prison for killing her two young sons never planned to kill them and instead intended to end her own life, according to a letter she wrote to a Columbia newspaper.


Appeals court permanently blocks North Dakota 'heartbeat' abortion ban

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:54
The court upheld a U.S. District Court judge's decision that blocked the 2013 law before it took effect, finding that it must follow U.S. Supreme Court precedent, which holds that states may not prohibit pre-viability abortions. The 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals judges also said there were "good reasons" for the Supreme Court to reevaluate its jurisprudence, citing medical and scientific advances that show the concept of viability is subject to change. A legislative sponsor of the North Dakota law had said that 40 years of medical advancements should not be ignored, while opponents said a ban at six weeks would take effect before many women would know they were pregnant.

Senate GOP adds Dodd-Frank rewrite to $21B funding bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:53
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are trying to use a must-do spending bill to advance legislation significantly revising a landmark law that tightened regulation of the financial services industry after the 2008 financial crisis.

Florida man who landed gyrocopter at Capitol rejects plea deals

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:52

Douglas Hughes talks to reporters outside of courthouse in WashingtonA Florida man who flew a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds has rejected two plea deals and said on Wednesday his trial would be a forum on the need for campaign finance reform. Douglas Hughes, 61, a former mail carrier from Ruskin, Florida, said he expected two trials from his illegal flight - one in U.S. District Court and a second in public opinion as he fights lobbyists' influence in the U.S. capital. Hughes' lawyer, assistant federal public defender Tony Miles, said during a status hearing before District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly that Hughes had rejected a formal plea offer that would have put him in prison for 10 to 16 months.


Ex-sheriff's deputy indicted after child severely burned in raid

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:50
A federal grand jury in Georgia on Wednesday indicted a former sheriff’s deputy involved in a drug raid that left a 19-month-old child severely burned from a flash bang grenade explosion. The indictment charges former Habersham County deputy Nikki Autry, 29, with providing false information to a judge in order to obtain a search warrant for the raid, the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Georgia said.

Burn victim recovering, happy to have love sent his way

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:46
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man recovering in Taiwan after being severely burned in an explosion at a water park there last month says he's grateful for all the get-well wishes.

Dems, GOP senators push cyber bill for Homeland after breach

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:45
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators is pushing to strengthen the authority of the Homeland Security Department to thwart cyberattacks on government networks and websites after a massive government data breach.

UN official distracted from child sexual abuse case resigns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:43
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. rights official who admitted not following up for months on allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic has resigned.

FBI says still not known if Tennessee shooting suspect was radicalized

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:42

Military planes do a fly-over during a vigil for Marine Lance Cpl. Squire K. "Skip" Wells, one of the five military servicemen slain last week in Chattanooga in a domestic terror attack, at Sprayberry High School in MariettaThe FBI still has not determined whether the suspect in the fatal shootings of five U.S. servicemen in Tennessee last week was radicalized in the run-up to the rampage, the special agent in charge of the investigation said on Wednesday. "At this time, we’re treating him as a homegrown violent extremist," Reinhold said.


Washington Post takes case of jailed Tehran reporter to the U.N.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:29
The Washington Post stepped up a campaign for the release of its jailed reporter in Iran, Jason Rezaian, on Wednesday, appealing to the U.N. Human Rights Council to help secure his release after a year of what it called "arbitrary" detention. The newspaper filed a petition with the council's Working Group on Arbitrary Detention seeking action to press Tehran to free Rezaian, one of four Americans detained or missing in Iran whose release is being sought openly by the U.S. administration. Rezaian, 39, who was born in California and holds dual U.S. and Iranian citizenship, was arrested with his Iranian wife Yeganeh Salehi at their home on July 22, 2014.

Delaware sex offender arrested for raping 2 teen girls

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:28

Delaware sex offender arrested for raping 2 teen girlsA registered sex offender in Delaware was arrested for sexually assaulting two teenage girls.


Man hospitalized after being wedged beneath elevator at UCLA

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:24
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a man has been hospitalized after getting wedged beneath an elevator at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Man who landed gyrocopter at Capitol rejects 10 month deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:18

FILE - In this May 21, 2015 file photo, Douglas Hughes of Florida speaks to reporters outside federal court in Washington. Hughes, who flew a gyrocopter through restricted airspace before landing at the U.S. Capitol, is headed back to court to ask a judge to let him add another lawyer to his case. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who flew a gyrocopter through some of America's most restricted airspace before landing at the U.S. Capitol has rejected a plea deal that would have required him to spend 10 months in jail.


Appeals court hears arguments in 11-year church occupation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:16
BOSTON (AP) — Parishioners occupying a long-closed Catholic church south of Boston had their day before the state Appeals Court on Wednesday as they sought to overturn a judge's ruling that ordered them to end their nearly 11-year, round-the-clock protest vigil.

Some Special Olympics athletes forced to sleep on gym floor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:06
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Special Olympics competitors arriving in Southern California were greeted by a logistics mess that forced many to sleep on a gymnasium floor before they were finally shuttled to their host cities.

Man dies after being shot in Camden alleyway

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:05

Man dies after being shot in Camden alleywayPolice say a 40-year-old man died after being shot in an alleyway in Camden, New Jersey.


Utah teen charged with murder after luring girl, 12, from home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:01
(Reuters) - A 15-year-old Utah boy has been charged with aggravated murder after allegedly luring a 12-year-old neighbor from her home with a ruse about a lost cat, and then strangling her and dumping her body in a field, prosecutors have said.

IKEA offers repair kit; follows West Chester child's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 00:58

IKEA offers repair kit; follows West Chester child's deathIKEA is offering free wall anchors for nearly 27 million chests and dressers after two children died in tip-over accidents, including a boy from West Chester, Pa.


Police: Officer pepper-sprays passenger at Orlando airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 00:58
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Police say an officer pepper-sprayed an airline passenger who refused to comply with instructions to get off the plane for arguing about whether his oversized bag needed to be checked.

Small plane crashes at Wisconsin airport, 5 injured

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 23:34

This photo provided by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren shows emergency personnel the scene of a small plane crash Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at the Experimental Aircraft Association convention in Oshkosh, Wis. Officials say five people on board the single-engine Piper Malibu were injured when it crashed while landing at the convention. (Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/FlightGlobal via AP) MANDATORY CREDITOSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Five people on board a single-engine airplane are hurt after it crashed while landing at the Experimental Aircraft Association convention in eastern Wisconsin.