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Ohio teenager found guilty of two 'knockout game' robberies of $10

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:40
An Ohio teenager was found guilty after he pleaded no contest on Tuesday to two "knockout game" robberies in which he and two teenage accomplices stole a total of $10, prosecutors said. Deontae Howard, 17, faces up to 16 years in prison when he is sentenced on two felony robbery convictions for attacks in Dayton, Ohio, court documents showed. Prosecutors said Howard and two accomplices approached a victim in March from behind and punched him in the head. He tried to flee, but they chased him down and struck him in the head again and stole his wallet, which held $3, said Greg Flannagan, spokesman for the Montgomery County prosecutor.

Mississippi woman stands trial in fatal buttocks injection case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:29
By Therese Apel JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - A Mississippi woman accused of administering an unlicensed silicone buttocks injection to a patient who later died should be convicted of murder, prosecutors told jurors in a trial that commenced on Tuesday. Tracey Lynn Garner, 54, faces a charge of depraved-heart murder in the 2012 death of Karima Gordon, 37, in a case prosecutors say stems from a desire to make money. Garner faces a separate trial in the death of Marilyn Hale, an Alabama woman who authorities say died under similar circumstances two years earlier. Angelina Barber, a friend who accompanied Gordon to receive her injection, testified that Gordon fell ill almost immediately after the procedure.

Suspect in L.A. killings charged with two other shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:26
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of committing three apparently random shotgun slayings within a single hour on Sunday was formally charged on Tuesday with two other shootings, one of them fatal, police and prosecutors said. Alexander Hernandez, 34, was first identified as a suspect by animal cruelty investigators in connection with the fatal shootings of two dogs on Saturday near his home in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, police said. Los Angeles Police Department Commander Andrew Smith said evidence in the animal cruelty case led homicide detectives to suspect Hernandez in the deaths of two women and a man who were gunned down in quick succession on Sunday.

Some HealthCare.gov contractors see contract values rise: report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:21

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this photo illustrationBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three firms involved in the troubled Obamacare website HealthCare.gov have seen their contract values exceed initial estimates by more than a quarter-billion dollars, including the lead IT contractor at the time of the site's botched rollout, government data shows. Department of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) estimates the original value of 60 information technology (IT) contracts related to the Obamacare federal marketplace at $1.7 billion. The OIG report did not specify a total dollar value.


Kentucky leader pleads guilty in kickbacks scheme

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:14

FILE - In this March 5, 2012, file photo, snow falls on West Liberty, Ky., as the town of 3,400 prepares to clean up from Friday's devastating tornado. Judge-Executive Tim Conley, who lead the reconstruction after the tornado, received $120,000 to $200,000 to steer work to a contractor in a scheme that started three years before the tornado and continued while the town struggled to rebuild, prosecutors said. Conley could spend years in prison. (AP Photo/John Flavell, File)WEST LIBERTY, Ky. (AP) — Circular saws squealed and construction workers hammered away on buildings, part of this Appalachian area's painstaking recovery from a deadly 2012 tornado.


House fire kills 9 dogs, injures 2 firefighters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:10
CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) — A fire at a New Jersey home apparently operating without licenses as a pet-sitting business has killed at least nine dogs and injured two firefighters.

Miley Cyrus' date wanted by Oregon police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:06

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Miley Cyrus, front, hugs Jesse Helt, right, at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The young homeless man who accompanied Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon. Helt gained worldwide attention Sunday when Cyrus let him accept her award for video of the year. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon.


Mother says child porn found on new tablet purchased at North Carolina Kmart

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:02

Mother says child porn found on new tablet purchased at North Carolina KmartA North Carolina mother is outraged after she claims child pornography popped up on a new electronic tablet she purchased for her son at Kmart.


Ex-Marine pleads not guilty to killing lover

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:58

FILE-This undated photo released by the San Bernardino County, Calif., Sheriff's Department shows Erin Corwin. Alaska man charged with the murder of Corwin, a fellow Marine's pregnant wife, will make a first court appearance Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 to enter a plea. Christopher Brandon Lee, 24, was arrested in Anchorage, Alaska last week after sheriff's investigators in San Bernardino County, California found the body of missing 19-year-old Corwin 140 feet down an abandoned mine shaft. (AP Photo/San Bernardino County Sheriff, File)JOSHUA TREE, Calif. (AP) — A former Marine has pleaded not guilty to killing the pregnant wife of another Marine.


Poem Carried By Fallen Marine Stolen From Family

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:54
The family of a U.S. Marine who was killed in Afghanistan last year is heartbroken after a thief stole the only remaining memento he had with him when he was killed: a poem.

3 bodies of family members found in Oregon lake

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:46

This photo provided by the Washington County, Ore., Sheriff's Office shows a search underway Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, for family members of a child who apparently drowned Monday at Henry Hagg Lake, a reservoir in Gaston, Ore., west of Portland. "Deputies fear there may be additional drowning victims," the sheriff's office said in a press release. (AP Photo/Washington County Sheriff)Divers have recovered the bodies of a 40-year-old mother and her two children a day after another family member — a 3-year-old grandchild — was found drowned.


Detroit's $1.8 billion refunding bonds priced in muni market

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:41

A City of Detroit Water and Sewerage man-hole cover is seen along Jefferson Avenue in the Delray neighborhood of Detroit(Reuters) - Detroit completed the pricing on Tuesday of $1.8 billion of water and sewer refinancing bonds related to a tender offer aimed at dealing with a big chunk of the bankrupt city's debt. A day after receiving approval from a federal judge overseeing its historic bankruptcy case, Detroit offered the bonds in the U.S. Underwriters led by Citigroup priced $937 million of sewage disposal system senior lien bonds with a top yield of 5.10 percent for term bonds subject to the alternative minimum tax and due in 2044. Uninsured senior lien bonds were priced to yield 4.73 percent in 2034, and yields on insured second lien bonds reached 4.87 percent in 2036.


U.S. court will not block lawsuits over Connecticut SWAT raid

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:39
2nd Court of Appeals in New York clears the way for a judge to decide whether five suburban Connecticut police departments violated the constitutional rights of homeowner Ronald Terebesi by using excessive force. On May 18, 2008, a heavily armed SWAT - or special weapons and tactics - team unit knocked down Terebesi's door, threw stun flash grenades into his Easton home and fatally shot 33-year-old Gonzalo Guizan of Norfolk as the two men watched television. “The court ruling here is going to be relied upon in other courts throughout the country," Gary Mastronardi, a Bridgeport attorney who represents Terebesi, said on Tuesday.

Defense for Alabama murder suspect cites 'stand your ground' law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:38
(Reuters) - An Alabama man charged with stabbing his cousin to death inside the victim's home was lawfully standing his ground, his lawyers told jurors in a trial that concluded its second day on Tuesday, while prosecutors called him a murderer. Kenny Dewayne Adams, 36, is charged with one count of murder in the Dec. 31, 2012, death of Yancy Metz Foster, 34, who was his cousin and neighbor. Alabama is among more than 20 states that have enacted a "stand your ground" self-defense law since Florida's contentious measure took effect in 2005. Limestone County District Attorney Brian Jones said the incident appeared to stem from Adams lending Foster a DVD box set of the first two installments in "The Fast and the Furious" movie franchise that the defendant was eager to retrieve, Adams' true source of anger, however, may have been a suspected affair between his wife and the victim, Jones said.

Police: Plane stowaway arrested at Phoenix airport

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:34

 Plane stowaway arrested at Phoenix airportA woman accused of trying to sneak aboard multiple flights and sentenced to jail for one incident in California has been arrested at a Phoenix airport.


American man suspected of fighting with Islamic State is killed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:31

American Douglas McAuthur McCain Dies Fighting for ISIL in SyriaBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An American man suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State militants who have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria to the alarm of the Baghdad government and its allies in the West has been killed in Syria, a U.S. Citizen Douglas McAuthur McCain's presence in Syria and can confirm his death," U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement. A national security official who asked not to be named told Reuters that the FBI was investigating McCain's death, and a State Department spokeswoman said officials had been in contact with his family and were providing "all consular assistance." Family members told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that McCain's mother had been called by a State Department official to report that he had been killed in Syria over the weekend.


Police: Slain woman ID'd ex-deputy as her attacker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:27

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2014 file photo emergency personnel transport Andy Steele from his home in Fitchburg, Wis., where authorities said Steele's wife, Ashlee Steele and sister-in-law, Kacee Tollesfsbol, were found shot dead. Authorities said Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 that Tollefsbol called 911 around 1 p.m. Friday and said Andy Steele had shot her in the back. Andy Steele was arrested but hasn't been charged. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart, File)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A woman told police before she died that she had been shot by her brother-in-law, a newly retired Wisconsin sheriff's deputy suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, according to new court documents.


Detroit resumes shutting off water service

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:18

In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, a person who did not want to be identified, left, gives forms to the customers waiting in line outside the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department's Westside Customer Service Center in Detroit. Monday marked the end of the water shutoff moratorium, and the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department was expected to send crews out Tuesday to turn off service to customers who owe money and haven't made payment arrangements. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Robin Buckson) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — Bankrupt Detroit resumed shutting off water to people who have not paid bills after a month long suspension that followed international and local criticism that the practice was unduly harsh to residents of one of the nation's poorest cities.


Sternest charge over man's pot brownies dropped

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:18
GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped a first-degree felony drug charge that could have imprisoned a 19-year-old Texas man for life over brownies laced with marijuana and hash oil he's accused of making and selling.

Group files petition to idle coastal nuke plant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:17
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An environmental group asked federal regulators Tuesday to idle California's last operating nuclear plant to review whether its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.