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Defense seeks mercy for Texan facing execution for revenge murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:08

Handout photo of Former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric WilliamsBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Defense attorneys for a former Texas justice of peace convicted of capital murder in a revenge plot against two prosecutors rested their case on Monday in the penalty phase, having asked jurors to invoke Jesus' mercy and spare him from execution. The same jury that convicted Eric Williams, 47, on Dec. 4 of murdering Cynthia McLelland in 2013 will likely begin deliberations on Tuesday in the penalty phase, with prosecutors seeking the death penalty. ...


Investigators seek to identify potential LA fire witnesses

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:03
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators want to question two potential witnesses who were near a downtown Los Angeles fire last week that reduced an apartment construction site to ashes.

VIDEO: Montgomery Co. DA press conf. on shooting spree

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:02

 Montgomery Co. DA press conf. on shooting spreeThe Montgomery County District Attorney RIsa Fermen Vetri briefed the media on the latest in the ongoing investigation.


VIDEO: David Henry has the latest on Souderton shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:59

 David Henry has the latest on Souderton shootingDavid Henry reports from Souderton, where at least two people were killed and a teenager was badly hurt.


UN blames South Sudan's leaders for 'catastrophe'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:57
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is blaming South Sudan's "man-made political, security and humanitarian catastrophe" and the threat of famine on its feuding leaders.

Suspect in six Pennsylvania killings is target of manhunt

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:53
By Daniel Kelley LOWER SALFORD, Penn. (Reuters) - An Iraq war veteran suspected of killing six family members in towns around Philadelphia was being hunted on Monday by Pennsylvania police, authorities said. The manhunt for Bradley William Stone, 35, was concentrated in and around Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, where residents were advised to remain indoors with their doors locked, the Montgomery County district attorney said. ...

Judge halts Alzheimer's drug swap until July

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:47
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered an Irish drug manufacturer to halt its plans to discontinue its widely used Alzheimer's medication, allegedly in an effort to drive patients to a newer patented drug.

VIDEO: Walter Perez reports on 2 dead in Lansdale

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:44

 Walter Perez reports on 2 dead in LansdaleThere were at least two victims in Lansdale. Walter Perez has been talking with neighbors there.


VIDEO: Annie McCormick reports on shooting in Lower Salford, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:38

 Annie McCormick reports on shooting in Lower Salford, Pa.The first victim was found Monday morning in Lower Salford Township.


Ex-Madoff account manager sentenced to 6 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:32
NEW YORK (AP) — A former account manager for Bernard Madoff was sentenced Monday to six years in prison for her role in his epic multibillion-dollar fraud, ending a series of proceedings for five former employees that resulted in prison terms dramatically below what prosecutors sought.

Bill Cosby's wife defends him from sex assault claims

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:25

Actor Cosby speaks at the National Action Network's 20th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards gala in New YorkLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Camille Cosby, the wife of comedian Bill Cosby, on Monday defended her husband from weeks-long accusations brought by more than a dozen women alleging that the groundbreaking entertainer sexually assaulted them decades ago. "He is a kind man, a generous man, a funny man, and a wonderful husband, father and friend," Camille Cosby said in the 210-word statement released by Cosby's publicist. "He is the man you thought you knew. ...


Attorneys seeking to halt Oklahoma executions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:18

File - This Oct. 9, 2014 file photo, shows an arm restraint on the gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. Attorneys for 21 death row inmates who will be in a federal court this week challenging Oklahoma's lethal injection procedure outlined their strategy in court documents that reveal grisly new details in the botched execution of an inmate in April, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorneys for 21 Oklahoma death row inmates head to federal court this week hoping that behind-the-scenes details of an execution gone awry will prevent a "bloody mess" from ever happening again.


New York bans cosmetic pet tattoos, piercings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:12
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Body art is not for animals, at least not in New York.

Appeals court upholds condom use in LA porn films

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:12
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles County ordinance requiring actors in pornographic films to use condoms does not violate the porn industry's First Amendment rights of free expression, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

Suspect in Montgomery County killing spree still loose; 6 dead

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:06

New details about 6 victims in Montgomery County killing spree; suspect looseAuthorities have identified the man sought in a Montgomery County killing spree that left six people dead at three separate locations.


Protesters chain themselves to Oakland police station doors

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:04

Demonstrators sit along a street as others block doors to the Oakland Police Department to protest against killings of unarmed black men by police officers in Oakland, CaliforniaBy Emmett Berg OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Protesters chained themselves to the doors of the police headquarters in Oakland, California, on Monday, prompting several arrests, and one demonstrator scaled a flagpole to hang a "Black Lives Matter" banner in front of the building. Oakland and neighboring Berkeley have been the site of demonstrations for more than a week over decisions by grand juries not to charge white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City. ...


Sydney siege ends; 3 dead, including gunman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:02

Sydney siege ends; 3 dead, including gunmanThe deadly siege began in the most incongruous of ways, on a sunny Monday morning inside a cheerful cafe in the heart of Australia's largest city.


Stronger start for Obama's health law this year

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:01

This Oct. 15, 2014 file photo, a screen shot shows the home page of HealthCare,gov, a federal government website managed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service. President Barack Obama's health insurance expansion faces the biggest test of its second year on Monday, the deadline to sign up for coverage that starts Jan. 1. Not only are Healthcare.gov and state websites preparing for heavy traffic, but the deadline also is a test of whether millions of current customers understood that they needed to come back and shop to keep their premiums in line. (AP Photo, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law is off to a stronger start this year. But it's not perfect, and Americans remain skeptical that the government's newest social program is right for the country.


Oregon protester, hit by vehicle, is cited by police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:52
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - A 19-year-old Oregon man who was struck by a vehicle last week after joining a crowd of demonstrators to block traffic in protest against the killings of black men by police has been ticketed for his actions, Portland police said on Monday. The driver of an Audi sports utility vehicle struck the protester on Saturday while he was trying to navigate a downtown Portland street filled with people chanting "Black Lives Matter," according to a police report. ...

Police: Woman bit off part of boyfriend's chin

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:45
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming woman faces a felony aggravated assault charge after police say she bit off part of her boyfriend's chin during an argument.