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Woman accused of killing daughter smiles, winks at judge during hearing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:19

Woman accused of killing daughter smiles, winks at judge in hearingA woman accused of killing her 2-year-old child before trying to slit her teenage daughter's throat has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder.

Ex-doctor pleads guilty in overdose deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:09

William Valuck, right, a former pain management doctor, is pictured in a courtroom in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, after he pleaded guilty to eight counts of second-degree murder in connection to the drug overdose deaths of several patients, under a deal with Oklahoma County prosecutors, who agreed to drop dozens of drug charges. The deal calls for the 71-year-old Valuck to spend eight years in prison. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma doctor pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges on Wednesday in connection with the drug overdose deaths of several patients.

FBI agent testifies about ex-governor's debts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:06

FBI specialist David Hulser, right, leaves the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 after testifying in the corruption trial of former Gov. Robert McDonnell and former first lady Maureen McDonnell. (AP Photo/The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Joe Mahoney)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were swamped with heavy credit card debt and money-losing real estate investments when they turned to a wealthy businessman for financial help, an FBI agent testified Wednesday.

Police chief says officer in Missouri shooting was injured

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:05
By Nick Carey and Carey Gillam FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager last weekend in Ferguson, Missouri, was injured in the incident that has sparked racially charged protests, the city's police chief said on Wednesday. Police Chief Thomas Jackson told a news conference the unidentified officer was treated at a hospital for swelling on the side of his face, one of the few details released about events surrounding the Saturday night shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. In protests on Wednesday in the St. Louis suburb, about 150 demonstrators marched chanting "hands up, don't shoot" and carried signs including "Mike did not have to die." A handful of police in riot gear were in place at the end of the march.

Oklahoma ex-doctor pleads guilty to deaths from over-prescribed pills

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:03
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A former Oklahoma City doctor pleaded guilty in Oklahoma County District Court on Wednesday to over-prescribing medication that led to the deaths of eight people. William Martin Valuck, 72, will serve eight years in prison for eight counts of second-degree murder, according to court documents. The doctor had been working out of an office in Oklahoma City and surrendered his license to practice medicine in December as authorities were closing in on him after a year-long investigation, Oklahoma authorities said. Valuck was previously convicted in 2001 and sentenced to 70 months in prison on charges of money laundering and defrauding investors, according to Oklahoma court documents.

Maryland trooper stops man from jumping off bridge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 06:05
PORT DEPOSIT, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police say a trooper saved the life of a man who appeared about to jump off a 90-foot bridge.

Mexico: State firm gets 83 percent of oil reserves

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 06:01
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's state-owned oil company will retain rights to exploit 83 percent of the country's proven and probable reserves under the newly enacted opening of the energy business, although the company will form alliances with private firms in some of those fields, the government announced Wednesday.

Light rain helps fight some Northwest wildfires

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:59

A massive, dramatic dust storm moves toward a barn near Harrington Wash., Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014. More often associated with the Southwest the dust storm blew through Eastern Washington and north Idaho on Tuesday evening in advance of thunderstorms, lightning and rain. (AP Photo/Lacey Hirst)GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Light rain and cooler temperatures Wednesday helped dampen explosive wildfires in Northern California and southwestern Oregon that were threatening more than 1,000 scattered rural homes.

Ship strikes tanker, barge docked on Miss. River

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:56
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says a ship lost power and steering and collided with another ship and a barge docked on the Mississippi River near New Orleans.

No new cases for arrested Alabama federal judge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:54

This photo provided Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, shows U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller after his arrest on a misdemeanor battery charge in Atlanta. Fuller, known for sentencing a former Alabama governor to prison in a corruption case, was released from an Atlanta jail Monday after he was accused of hitting his wife when she accused him of infidelity. Atlanta police arrested Fuller early Sunday at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in downtown Atlanta after responding to a complaint from his wife, Kelli Fuller. (AP Photo/Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)ATLANTA (AP) — The wife of a federal judge told emergency dispatchers that she was being beaten and needed an ambulance before authorities arrested her husband and charged him with battery.

W-I-N-N-E-R! Oregon man crowned Scrabble champ

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:50

Conrad Bassett-Bouchard opens with the word "zilch" during the championship round Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at the 25th National Scrabble Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. Conrad went on to win the title. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Conrad Bassett-Bouchard started his championship Scrabble game Wednesday with the word "zilch" and finished with the opposite — the $10,000 prize and the title of national Scrabble champion.

Hundreds attend hearing on Alaska mine proposal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:45
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Hundreds of people turned out in Anchorage to comment on a proposal that would severely restrict development of a massive gold-and-copper mine in the Bristol Bay region.

Texas shuts company for running online high school 'diploma mill'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:45
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Texas has won court approval to close a Houston-based company the state said ran a fraudulent online program that offered high school diplomas for a flat fee and no course work, state officials said on Wednesday. Last week, a district judge ordered the company known as Lincoln Academy to stop accepting students, shut down its website and social media pages and phase out operations, the attorney general's office said. Lincoln Academy, described as "a diploma mill" by the state, claimed its program was nationally accredited and its diplomas were accepted by colleges, employers and the U.S. military, the office said."In the end, consumers pay hundreds of dollars for a worthless piece of paper that provides none of the promised benefits of a legitimate high school education," the state said in its lawsuit. Fort Worth resident Chelsea Moon, 25, enrolled in the program in June and was told she needed to complete a course before graduating, but that turned out to be only a test.

Man's trial starts in Michigan dismemberment case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:40

FILE- In an Aug. 20, 2012 file photo, Roger Bowling, right, is escorted into a courtroom by police and detectives for a preliminary examination at the 24th District Court in Allen Park, Mich. Jury selection is getting underway in the trial of Bowling is charged with killing a couple and dumping their body parts in the Detroit River. Bowling is charged in the deaths of 32-year-old Danielle Greenway and 42-year-old Chris Hall, who were killed in 2012 at their home in Allen Park. Trial is starting Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, with jury selection in Wayne County court. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Daniel Mears_File)DETROIT (AP) — The trial has started for a man accused of killing a Detroit-area couple and dumping their body parts into the Detroit River.

Philadelphia carjacking suspect seeks forgiveness; 4 dead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:39

Philadelphia carjacking suspect seeks forgiveness; 4 deadA teen carjacking suspect says he hopes for forgiveness for the July crash that killed a Philadelphia woman and her three children.

5 shot in New Castle County, Del. within an hour

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:37

5 shot in New Castle County, Del. within an hourPolice say five people were shot in New Castle County, Delaware within an hour Tuesday night.

2 found dead in car trunk at San Diego crossing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:34
SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. authorities on Wednesday filed smuggling charges against the driver of a car carrying two Mexican men found dead inside the trunk after it was inspected at a San Diego border crossing.

October court date set for Pittsburgh-area teen accused in stabbings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:33
Alex Hribal of Murraysville, Pennsylvania, is accused of entering Franklin Regional High School and wielding two kitchen knives, stabbing students and staff in his wake. Hribal has been held at the Westmoreland County juvenile detention facility since he was arrested at the school on April 9, according to his lawyer, Patrick Thomassey. His court date has been set for Oct. 6 at the Westmoreland County Courthouse, the lawyer said.

Hearing rescheduled for 2 charged in boy's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:31
DETROIT (AP) — A preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for a man and a teenager charged in the death of an 8-year-old boy who was shot while sleeping inside his Detroit home.

Lawyers: Teen suffered 'numerous' acts of violence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:31

FILE - Nathaniel Kibby listens during a court hearing in this Aug. 6, 2014 file photo, is Ossipee, N.H. Kibby is charged with kidnapping 14-year-old Abigail Hernandez as she walked home from high school. Lawyers representing the New Hampshire teenager who returned home nine months after she vanished on the way home from school put out a statement Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014 saying she "suffered numerous acts of unspeakable violence." (AP Photo/Conway Daily Sun, Jamie Gemmiti, Pool, File)CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire teenager who returned nine months after she vanished on the way home from school was violently abducted by a stranger and "suffered numerous acts of unspeakable violence" for many months, her lawyers said in a statement.