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Expert: No accident with gun in porch shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:20

Theodore Wafer pauses at the end of Day 3 of his trial, Monday, July 28, 2014, Detroit, Mich. Wafer is the Dearborn Heights homeowner charged in the shooting death of Renisha McBride. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)DETROIT (AP) — An expert says the shotgun used to kill a young woman on a porch in suburban Detroit wasn't accidentally fired by the homeowner.

Alabama man pleads not guilty in kitten killings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:17
ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man accused of killing kittens he found on a website pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty Tuesday and received a court-appointed lawyer to defend him during a trial set for later this year.

What FedEx knew of online pharmacies is key issue in drug case: judge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:17

FedEx delivery truck is seen in San Diego, CaliforniaBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. judge overseeing a criminal drug prosecution against FedEx Corp said one of the core issues will be what FedEx executives knew about illegal online pharmacies whose packages it shipped. At a hearing on Tuesday in San Francisco federal court, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer also said he would like the complex case to proceed to trial quickly. FedEx was indicted earlier this month on 15 criminal counts, including conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Instead of stopping the conduct, FedEx devised policies so it could continue, the filing said.

Poor employee training blamed for 2012 New Jersey Conrail derailment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:16
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Federal investigators on Tuesday blamed inadequate employee training at Conrail for a November 2012 freight train derailment and toxic spill in southern New Jersey that sickened residents and forced hundreds to flee the area. Four tank cars tumbled into the Mantua Creek in Paulsboro, New Jersey, where the train had crossed a pivoting bridge designed to swing open for boat traffic. The bridge displayed a red signal, but a Conrail conductor wrongly determined that locks on the bridge rails were engaged and got permission to cross, investigators said. National Transportation Safety Board investigators said Conrail relied on “on-the-job training” to teach conductors how to inspect locks on the bridge and that the conductor had never done such an inspection before.

Three of four Ethiopian athletes missing after U.S. track meet located

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:15
Three Ethiopian athletes who came to the United States for a track meet in Oregon and then failed to fly home with their teammates have been located and are safe after disappearing in a possible asylum bid, local officials said on Tuesday. The four athletes were reported missing on Saturday from University of Oregon in Eugene, where they were competing in the International Association of Athletics Federations World Junior Championships. Police launched a missing persons investigation, and three of the athletes were found staying with acquaintances on Monday in Beaverton, about 106 miles (170 km) away, said University of Oregon spokeswoman Julie Brown. The rest of the Ethiopian team left Eugene on Monday en route to their home country, McIver said.

Man convicted of murder in fatal sauce pan beating

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:04
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who said he was high on drugs and hearing voices when he fatally beat an elderly man with a sauce pan has been convicted of murder.

New Hampshire man held on $1M in teen's kidnapping

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:59

Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H. stands during his arraignment at Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Kibby was charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail after a brief court appearance Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man charged with kidnapping a teenage girl nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail Tuesday as the girl watched from the front row of the courtroom.

Judge delays his ruling against DC handgun ban

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:57
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge who struck down the District of Columbia's ban on carrying handguns outside the home has stopped his ruling from going into effect for about three months so city lawmakers can respond with new legislation.

NYC teen pleads guilty in crash that killed 4 pals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:56

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2012 file photo, a wrecked car is loaded onto a flatbed truck on the Southern State Parkway in West Hempstead, N.Y., after four people died in an early-morning accident. Joseph Beer, a New York City teenager who admitted being high on marijuana and speeding when he slammed into a tree, was convicted of four counts of vehicular manslaughter in the deaths of his friends, returns to court on Tuesday July 29, 2014 to hear if a prosecutor will retry him on aggravated vehicular homicide charges. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman, File)MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A teenager who admitted smoking marijuana and speeding before crashing into a tree on a Long Island highway in 2012, killing four of his friends and splitting his new car in half, could spend as little as four years in prison following a plea deal reached Tuesday.

Peace camp in US unites Israeli, Palestinian teens

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:56

FILE- In this June 24, 2009 file photo, Seeds of Peace campers from several countries sing the camp song at a flag-raising ceremony in Otisfield, Maine. The lakeside camp was built on the notion that person-to-person contact would cement relationships, which would in turn slowly lead to broader societal change. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)It's no surprise Noa Epstein worries about the safety of her husband, a reservist in the Israeli army called to duty as war smolders in the Gaza Strip. But, still carrying memories of a transformative summer camp experience nearly two decades ago, she knows there is another side to the conflict, and she is filled with concern for the Palestinians too.

US appeals panel strikes down Miss. abortion law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:54
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that a Mississippi law that would close the state's only abortion clinic is unconstitutional.

Man charged with car dealer's murder over bad sale

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:47
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A man accused of beating a Rhode Island junk-car dealer with a two-by-four over a deal gone wrong has been charged with his murder.

Alabama woman lit on fire by ex-boyfriend dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:45
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Officials say an Alabama woman who was doused in gasoline and lit on fire by her ex-boyfriend has died.

Business denies hiring Zimmerman for security

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:40

This image taken from a video released by attorney Howard Iken on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, shows George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted of murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, during an interview in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, March 7, 2014. The video was made by Iken who is representing Zimmerman in his divorce. In the video, Zimmerman says he’s trying to be a good person and he thinks he can help others after what he has gone through. (AP Photo/Howard Iken)The manager of a Florida business where George Zimmerman was questioned by police says Zimmerman was never hired to provide security, despite his claims to authorities.

Hawaii health care faces federal threat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:35

In this June 20, 2014 photo, Tom Matsuda, interim executive director of the Hawaii Health Connector, the state's health insurance exchange, speaks at board meeting in Honolulu. The state's Prepaid Health Care Act _ the only law of its kind in the country _ risks being undercut by the federal health care overhaul unless lawmakers come up with a solution to a financial problem threatening the system. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)HONOLULU (AP) — Janice Nakamura knows the financial burden of going without health care, and she's thankful for the Hawaii law that strictly mandates expansive, employer-provided coverage for her and her family.

Man cleared in killing seeks millions from state

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:35

In this Aug. 19, 2009, file photo, a smiling Kenneth Ireland leaves Superior Court in New Haven, Conn., after all charges were dropped against him in connection with the rape and murder of Barbara Pelkey. New DNA evidence proved he did not commit the crimes. Ireland filed a wrongful imprisonment claim against the state seeking up to $8 million, and a hearing begins Tuesday, July 29, 2014, to determine how much he should be compensated. (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man cleared of murder and rape charges after being imprisoned for two decades has appealed to a Connecticut claims official for millions in compensation.

North Carolina mother charged with biting child, breaking ribs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:22

North Carolina mother charged with biting child, breaking ribsPolice have charged a 34-year-old Raleigh mother with biting her 16-week-old baby and breaking the child's ribs and shoulder blades.

Operator: Stranded boat was in restricted area

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:17
BOSTON (AP) — A group of whale watchers expecting only an afternoon tour were forced instead to spend a long night at sea after their boat was snagged by a mooring cable off Massachusetts, officials and passengers said Tuesday.

Texas: Gay-marriage ban best for children

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:14
DALLAS (AP) — Texas' ban on same-sex marriage allows the state to promote the birth and upbringing of children in "stable, lasting relationships," the state's attorney general argued Tuesday while asking a federal appeals court to reinstate the ban.

American opinion of Arabs, Muslims is getting worse: poll

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:11
How Americans view Arabs and Muslims has gotten worse in recent years, with negative feelings strongest among Republicans and senior citizens, according to a poll released on Tuesday. Only 27 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Muslims, down from 35 percent in 2010, according to the Zogby poll, commissioned by the non-profit Arab American Institute. Favorable attitudes toward Arabs dropped to 32 percent from 43 percent in 2010. The poll also found that 42 percent of respondents believe an American Muslim's religion would influence his or her decision making in an important government job.