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Milwaukee to pay $6.5 million to man wrongly convicted of murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:13
By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A man, who spent 13 years in prison before DNA tests exonerated him of the murder of a teenage runaway, will receive $6.5 million from Milwaukee under an agreement approved on Tuesday unanimously by city lawmakers. Chaunte Ott, 41, was wrongly accused of killing 16-year-old Jessica Payne in Milwaukee in 1995, authorities said, adding they now believe Payne was the victim of a serial killer who died in prison.

Newspaper lawsuit against Palin stalled over confidentiality

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:12

FILE - In this April 27, 2014 file photo, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during a campaign rally in West Des Moines, Iowa. Emails show that Palin and North Jersey Media Group, publisher of The Record newspaper, settled on $15,000 over the former vice presidential candidate's political action committee's illegal use of a photo taken by a Record photographer at the World Trade Center, but attorneys for North Jersey Media Group say Palin's attorneys are demanding a confidentiality agreement. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A potential settlement between former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and a New Jersey newspaper over the use of a famous Sept. 11 photograph is stalled over confidentiality issues, court filings show.


Justice Department probing Louisiana police over detentions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:10
The U.S. Justice Department is investigating two Louisiana police departments on suspicion of engaging in a pattern of wrongly detaining people while conducting criminal investigations, the agency announced on Tuesday. The investigation will explore whether officers with the Ville Platte Police Department and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office, in central Louisiana, have engaged in the unconstitutional practice of using "investigative holds" to keep people locked up without charge, the agency said. "No individual should be detained without proper cause or arrested in violation of his or her civil rights," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. The Justice Department has conducted similar investigations that have led to changes in police departments elsewhere the country, it said.

Virginia court: Dad has rights after turkey-baster pregnancy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:04
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A woman who used a turkey baster to impregnate herself is on the losing side of a legal battle over parental rights.

Standoff at Ferguson home ends peacefully, man in custody

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:58
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A standoff involving Ferguson law enforcement officers and a man believed to have shot his brother in the head ended peacefully after hours of negotiations.

Prosecutor: All involved in FAMU hazing case were willing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:57
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The prosecutor in the case of three former band members charged with manslaughter in the hazing death of a Florida A&M University drum major told jurors Tuesday that all of those involved — even the victim — participated in a brutal act they knew was illegal.

Horseman beaten by California county lawmen to be paid $650,000

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:56
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Officials in a Southern California county said on Tuesday they would pay $650,000 to a man whose beating by sheriff's deputies following a failed getaway by horseback was caught on videotape, prompting an FBI investigation. A spokesman for San Bernardino County said in a written statement that the settlement with Francis Jared Pusok, 30, "acknowledges no wrongdoing" and settled all potential legal claims stemming from the April 9 incident. "The sole purpose of this agreement for both parties is to avoid the costs involved in litigation," James Ramos, chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, said in the statement.

Undergound blast in Wayne knocks out power, sends people running

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:53

Undergound blast in Wayne knocks out power, sends people runningVideo captured by an Action News viewer shows the moment of impact. The blast knocked out power to more than a dozen businesses and sent people running.


San Francisco board approves wild animal performance ban

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:52

A worker climbs to top of a circus tent in San Francisco in this file photoBy Emmett Berg SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Performances by wild and exotic animals, from the circus big top to movie and television sets, will soon be banned in San Francisco under an ordinance given final approval on Tuesday by the city's Board of Supervisors. Passage of the measure, opposed by the circus and motion picture industries, makes San Francisco the largest city to adopt such a sweeping prohibition on the commercial use of wild animals for public amusement, supporters said. The ordinance does not apply to domesticated animals, such as dogs, cats, horses and other livestock or pets. It does bar any public showing, carnival, fair, parade, petting zoo, ride, race, film shoot or other undertaking in which wild or exotic animals "are required to perform tricks, fight or participate as accompaniments for the entertainment, amusement or benefit of an audience." Wild and exotic animals are defined as any nondomestic or hybrid creature, whether or not it was bred in captivity.


Feds: Firm dropped part for SC nuclear plant, covered it up

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:46
ATLANTA (AP) — Federal regulators proposed an $11,200 fine Tuesday against Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. because its workers dropped a prefabricated section for a new nuclear power plant in South Carolina and then tried to cover it up, officials said.

Volunteer deputy heading to Bahamas amid manslaughter charge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:46

Robert Bates, center, leaves his arraignment in Tulsa, Okla., Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Bates, a 73-year-old Tulsa County reserve deputy who fatally shot a suspect who was pinned down by officers, pleaded not guilty to a second-degree manslaughter charge. With Bates are his daughter, Leslie McCreary, right, and an unidentified grandson at left. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A volunteer sheriff's deputy plans to vacation in the Bahamas while facing a second-degree manslaughter charge in Oklahoma, his attorneys told a judge Tuesday, drawing immediate criticism from the family of the man he killed.


Truck tips off roadway in Hockessin, Del.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:45

Truck tips off roadway in Hockessin, Del.Authorities are investigating what may have caused a flatbed truck carrying a piece of heavy equipment to tip off the side of the road in Hockessin, Delaware.


Lawmakers stand by New York Senate leader amid federal probe

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:42

Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, speaks in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. Republican lawmakers are backing Senate Leader Dean Skelos amid a federal investigation into whether he influenced Nassau County's decision to award a $12 million contract to a company that hired his son. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in New York backed Senate Leader Dean Skelos on Tuesday amid a federal investigation into whether he influenced Nassau County's decision to award a $12 million contract to a company that hired his son.


Jury ends day without verdict in Iowa spousal sex abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:40
GARNER, Iowa (AP) — Jurors didn't reach a verdict Tuesday after a day of deliberating the case of a former Iowa lawmaker accused of sexually abusing his wife, who suffered from dementia.

A primer on the bird flu affecting Midwest poultry flocks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:40

In this 2012 photo provided by Bethany Hahn is a flock of turkeys at a Minnesota poultry farm. Midwestern states are struggling to contain a virulent strain of bird flu that has doomed millions of turkeys and chickens since March. (Bethany Hahn via AP)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Scientists believe 70-degree temperatures will kill the deadly bird flu virus — and the change in weather can't come fast enough for producers in some Midwestern states struggling to contain a virulent strain that has doomed nearly 6.7 million turkeys and chickens since March. Here are some questions and answers about the outbreak:


Police: Indiana slaying part of elaborate scheme to get baby

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:40

This Tuesday, April 21, 205 photo shows the home where the body of a woman was found by police in Gary, Ind. Madison County prosecutors filed paperwork in Circuit Court on Monday charging Geraldine Jones, 36, of Gary in the death of 23-year-old Samantha Fleming of Anderson. Police investigating Fleming's disappearance on Friday found her body in Jones' home in Gary, about 165 miles northwest of Anderson. When police arrived Fleming's 3-week-old daughter was being held by Jones' sister, who told police she had been caring for her sister's child while her sister was in Texas. Police determined the child was Fleming's and the baby was returned to relatives in Indianapolis. (Michelle L. Quinn/Chicago Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT CHICAGO TRIBUNE; CHICAGO SUN-TIMES OUT; DAILY HERALD OUT; NORTHWEST HERALD OUT; THE HERALD-NEWS OUT; DAILY CHRONICLE OUT; THE TIMES OF NORTHWEST INDIANA OUT; TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALESSOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Samantha Fleming was asleep in the Indiana apartment she shared with her boyfriend and newborn daughter when the doorbell rang April 6. On the other side, police say, was a professionally dressed woman carrying a binder who introduced herself to Fleming's boyfriend as a Department of Child Services worker on a surprise visit.


Drug Enforcement Administration head Leonhart to retire: Justice Department

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:37
The embattled head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Michele Leonhart, will retire from the agency in mid-May, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. "I want to express my appreciation to Michele, not only for her leadership of the DEA since 2007, but also for her 35 years of extraordinary service to the DEA," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

Gov. Brown captures snake on trip to rural California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:35

In this undated photo taken by California first lady Anne Gust and posted to Gov. Jerry Brown's Twitter account on Saturday, April 18, 2015, California Gov. Jerry Brown poses with a rattlesnake, held with a snake stick, on land Brown’s family owns in rural Colusa county, near Williams, Calif. (Anne Gust via AP)WILLIAMS, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has received hundreds of comments and shares of a photo showing him posing with a snake.


Dispute over release of officer shooting video unresolved

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:32

This undated photo provided by The Slusser Law Firm shows David Kassick. Hummelstown Police Officer Lisa Mearkle is charged with criminal homicide in the February 2015 death of Kassick. Prosecutors say he was shot twice in the back as he lay face-down. (The Slusser Law Firm via AP)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A video that authorities say shows a police officer fatally shooting an unarmed man in the back remained out of public view Tuesday after a hearing on a request to keep prosecutors from releasing it.


Nissan launches production of redesigned Maxima sedan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:30

A redesigned version of the Nissan Maxima is displayed at the Japanese automaker's assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn., on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. The Japanese automaker is promoting the sporty nature of the new version of its flagship sedan. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) — Nissan on Tuesday launched the production of a redesigned version of its Maxima that the Japanese automaker hopes will revive struggling sales for its flagship sedan.