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NY judge weighs use of hypnotized witnesses in Etan Patz case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 03:25

Hernandez appears with his lawyer Fishbein in Manhattan Criminal Court in New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York judge is weighing whether the testimony of witnesses who were hypnotized can be used as evidence against a man who has confessed to killing Etan Patz, a 6-year-old boy who vanished from a New York City street more than three decades ago. The trial of the accused killer, Pedro Hernandez, is set to begin early next month. Patz's disappearance on May 25, 1979, as he walked unaccompanied for the first time to a school bus stop in Manhattan, drew national attention. ...


Man gets 80 years in teacher's oil-patch killing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 03:24

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2012 file photo, Lester Van Waters Jr. 50, one of two suspects charged with aggravated kidnapping in the disappearance of 43-year-old Sherry Arnold of Sidney, Mont., appears at a hearing in the Williams County Courthouse in Williston N.D. Waters faces sentencing Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 in the killing of Sherry Arnold, a Montana math teacher , during an attempted abduction. Waters of Parachute, Colo., pleaded guilty last year to a count of deliberate homicide by accountability. (AP Photo/Elijah Nouvelage,File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Colorado man has been sentenced to 80 years in prison for killing a Montana teacher in the Northern Plains oil patch.


LA County deputy sentenced in corruption case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 03:12
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to 1½ years in prison for trying to block a federal investigation of allegations of inmate abuse at county jails.

Century later, Jewish soldier may get top medal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 03:12

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2012 file photo Elsie Shemin-Roth holds a World War I photo of her father William Shemin at her home in Labadie, Mo. Nearly a century ago, Sgt. Shemin raced across a battlefield three times to pull wounded comrades to safety, survived a bullet to the head and led his unit to safety. The heroism should have earned him the Medal of Honor but didn't, possibly because discrimination was rampant _ and he was Jewish. Thanks to the efforts of his daughter, Shemin is on the cusp of finally being honored with a medal, 41 years after his death. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nearly a century ago, Sgt. William Shemin raced across a World War I battlefield three times to pull wounded comrades to safety. With all the senior leaders of the platoon wounded or killed, the 19-year-old survived a bullet to the head and led his unit to safety.


Firm to pay $2M fine in DC procurement fraud case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 03:08
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Maryland construction company has admitted to orchestrating phony partnerships to get millions in District of Columbia government contracts and agreed to pay a $2 million fine, ending a two-year fraud investigation.

US says halal food supplier misled Muslims on beef

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 03:07
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A food supplier for several years falsely marketed beef to Muslims around the world as meeting strict halal standards, exporting products that weren't slaughtered in accordance with Islamic law, federal prosecutors allege in a major fraud indictment.

IllRideWithYou: Aussies offer support to Muslims

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 03:00

Armed police stand at the ready close to a cafe under siege at Martin Place in Sydney, Australia, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. A gunman took an unknown number of people hostage inside a downtown Sydney chocolate shop and cafe at the height of Monday morning rush hour, with two people inside the cafe seen holding up a flag believed to contain an Islamic declaration of faith. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)Some Australian social media users sent a message of solidarity to Muslims as the Sydney cafe siege went on for almost a day, offering to accompany anyone who felt intimidated on public transit.


5 dead at 3 locations in Montco killing spree; suspect loose

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 02:45

5 dead at 3 locations in Montco killing spree; suspect looseAn ambulance was seen leaving the location of a barricade situation in Souderton, Pa. amid a killing spree in Montgomery County.


VIDEO: David Henry reports on shooting in Souderton

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 02:43

 David Henry reports on shooting in SoudertonDavid Henry has the latest on the deadly shooting in Souderton.


U.S. seeks to use letters from bin Laden raid at terror trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 02:31

A courtroom sketch shows Nazih al-Ragye known by the alias Abu Anas al-Liby as he appears in Manhattan Federal Court for an arraignment in New YorkBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors have asked a federal judge to allow them to use documents seized during the 2011 military raid that killed Osama bin Laden at the January trial of suspected al Qaeda figure Abu Anas al-Liby. In papers filed on Friday in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors said that six letters, written in 2010 and 2011 when bin Laden was "the most wanted man in the world," were "critically important evidence" of al-Liby's alleged role in al Qaeda conspiracies to kill Americans. ...


Top court rejects Arizona appeal over abortion drug law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 02:21

People wait in line to enter the U.S. Supreme Court in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday blocked Arizona from enforcing a state law that restricts access to abortion-inducing drugs by prohibiting off-label uses of RU-486, the so-called "abortion pill." The high court's refusal to hear the state's appeal means that an April ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that prevented the law from going into effect while litigation continued will remain intact. ...


Construction work cuts power to State Department: utility

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 02:17
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearby construction work cut power to the U.S. State Department on Monday, disrupting Internet and telephone services, but the building remained dark even after the utility said electricity had been restored. A State Department official said the building's phones and operations center were working again by mid-morning. PEPCO power company said construction work on private property in the area was to blame for the power disruption. The work caused an equipment failure and a cable was cut, said PEPCO spokesman Sean Kelly. Kelly said before 11 a.m. ...

Montco killings: Teen injured at Souderton scene; gunman loose

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 02:13

 David Henry reports on shooting in SoudertonAn ambulance was seen leaving the location of a barricade situation in Souderton, Pa. amid a killing spree in Montgomery County.


Police altering tactics after killings, protests

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

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2014, file photo, New York Police Department Officer Joshua Jones wears a VieVu body camera on his chest during a news conference in New York. Police departments across the country are altering policies and procedures to assuage concerns about police conduct and to protect their own officers. In New York, they'll make greater use of stun guns; and body cameras are becoming more common in all departments. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With tensions running high over the killings of blacks by police, departments around the country are changing policies and procedures to curb the use of deadly force, ease public distrust and protect officers from retaliation.


Police end Sydney hostage siege after 16 hours

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 02:03

Police end Sydney hostage siege after 16 hoursA swarm of heavily armed police stormed a cafe in the heart of Sydney early Tuesday, ending a siege by an Iranian-born gunman who had held an unknown number of hostages for more than 16 hours.


FedEx truck overturns on highway, spills packages

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 02:00
MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) — A FedEx truck has overturned in northern New Jersey, spilling dozens of packages on what is typically the delivery company's busiest day of the year.

Armed man shot, killed by officer in Mayfair, police say

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 01:47

Family identifies man who was shot, killed by officer in MayfairAn armed man was shot by Philadelphia Police early Monday morning.


Arias trial testimony resumes after weeklong break

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 01:44

Jodi Arias looks back during an evidentiary hearing regarding allegations of child porn on Travis Alexander's computer in the middle of the sentencing phase of her trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Arias was found guilty of first degree murder in the death of former boyfriend Travis Alexander, but the jury was hung on the penalty phase, life in prison or the death sentence. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALESPHOENIX (AP) — Testimony has resumed in the sentencing retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias after a weeklong break.


VIDEO: Walter Perez reports on shooting Lansdale, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 01:44

 Walter Perez reports on shooting Lansdale, Pa.Action News reporter Walter Perez reports from the shooting scene in Lansdale, Pa., where two victims were found.


No November global heat record, but hottest fall

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 01:43
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal meteorologists say last month was only the globe's seventh warmest November on record. That's the first time since July that a month hasn't broken the record for heat.