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Defense portrays teen as deeply troubled at murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 05:07
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The stepfather of a 13-year-old boy who killed another boy at a park said Wednesday that he beat the teen with a belt, testimony that was intended to reinforce an insanity defense during the murder trial.

Selfie sticks not allowed at pope's Philadelphia events

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 04:58
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If you want to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia later this month, you'll have to leave your selfie stick at home.

Pedestrian map, prohibited items released for papal visit to Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 04:58

Pedestrian map, prohibited items released for papal visit to PhiladelphiaThe United States Secret Service released a map on Wednesday detailing the pedestrian routes that will be open during Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia later this month, along with a list of prohibited items.

4 dead in Jersey shore house fire that may be murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 04:57

Police tape cordons off the area as officials investigate a house fire, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Long Branch, N.J. Authorities say the house fire reported late Tuesday night at the Jersey shore, in which four people died, does not appear accidental and could possibly be a murder-suicide. (Tom Spader/The Asbury Park Press via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITLONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — Authorities responding to a report of a house fire on the Jersey shore found a family of four mortally wounded inside a bedroom, and investigators believe they might be victims of a murder-suicide, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Backlogged rape kits in Detroit head for further investigation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 04:55
Most of the 11,000 rape-evidence kits left languishing in a Detroit warehouse have been analyzed since they turned up several years ago, with DNA matches leading to further investigation in 35 states, Michigan's governor said on Wednesday. The rape kits, which were found abandoned on a storage shelf in 2009, contain DNA samples from hair and swabs of bodily fluids recovered from victims. Since their discovery, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has lobbied to get the stockpiled kits processed.

Judge enters not guilty plea for Oklahoma politician's son

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 04:55

Christian Costello, 26, appears in a video arraignment before Oklahoma County Special Judge Russell Hall in connection with the stabbing death of his father, Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello. Christian Costello said nothing as Hall entered a not guilty plea on his behalf on a first-degree murder charge and appointed the Oklahoma County Public Defender's Office to represent him. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A judge entered a not guilty plea Wednesday on behalf of the son of Oklahoma's labor commissioner on a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of his father.

Arby's apologizes after worker refuses to serve officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 04:48
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — The Arby's restaurant chain is apologizing after an employee at a South Florida location refused to serve a police officer.

After chaotic year, New Jersey superintendent praised

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 04:42
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A year after a schools opening marked by protest and boycott, critics of the policies of the new superintendent in New Jersey's largest city said they're willing to give him a chance.

Parents want son with Down syndrome to attend local school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 04:41

Twelve-year-old Aiden Killoran, second left, poses with his parents Christian Killoran, left, and Terrie Killoran, and his 11-year-old brother, Christian Killoran Jr., Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 in Westhampton Beach, N.Y. Aiden's parents are seeking a federal court order forcing the Westhampton Beach School District to allow their son, who has Down syndrome, to attend classes at the district's middle school. They say Aiden has been told he can attend school in neighboring districts, but his parents want him to go to his local school. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — The parents of a 12-year-old New York boy with Down syndrome are going to federal court to try to force their school district to provide him a local education in a case that experts say happens frequently across the country.

Baltimore judge: Charges against police in Gray case can go forward

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 04:39

Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby leaves the courthouse after the first day of pretrial motions for six police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray in BaltimoreA judge on Wednesday rejected defense motions to drop charges against six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of a black man from an injury in custody, clearing the way for scheduled trial next month. Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams also rejected a defense motion calling for State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby and her office to recuse themselves from the Freddie Gray case. The death of Gray, 25, drew worldwide attention when it triggered protests and a day of rioting, arson and looting.

North America's tallest mountain gets new name _ and height

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 04:18

In this June 24, 2015, photo provided by Compass Data/USGS, Blaine Horner of CompassData probes the snow pack at the highest point in North America along with setting up Global Position System equipment for precise summit elevation data on top of Denali in Denali National Park, Ak. The U.S. Geological Survey announced Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, that the new official height for Denali has been measured at 20,310 feet, just 10 feet less than the previous elevation of 20,320 feet which was established using 1950’s era technology. (Blaine Horner/Compass Data/USGS via AP)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — North America's tallest mountain doesn't just have a new name. It also has a new elevation.

Obama's Iran Deal Now Officially Unstoppable in Congress

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 04:18
Obama has the 34 Senate votes needed to protect the deal.

Wrongly convicted brothers each get $750,000 in compensation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 04:07

Henry McCollum holds a framed copy of his pardon before a hearing on compensation by the state for his wrongful conviction on Sept. 2, 2015 in Raleigh, N.C. McCollum was the state's longest serving death row inmate when he was released in 2014 after three decades in prison after being wrongfully convicted in a girl's death. (AP Photo/Jonathan Drew)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When two brothers were released after three decades of wrongful imprisonment, they struggled to adapt to an outside world neither had experienced since they were teenagers. The older one has managed to adjust and keep his "head up high," but the younger one, according to his family, is a broken man.

Video shows mass baptism on high school football field

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 04:03
VILLA RICA, Ga. (AP) — A video of football players and a coach being dunked into a small tub of water during a mass baptism on a public high school football field is drawing criticism from a religious-freedom group, and officials in Georgia say they're investigating.

Man gets jail for writing racist graffiti on refugees' homes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 03:55
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has admitted scrawling racist graffiti on the homes of four African refugee families and will spend the next year in county jail.

Day care apologizes after workers accused of inciting fights

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 03:51
CRANFORD, N.J. (AP) — Officials at a day care center are apologizing to parents after two workers were charged with instigating scuffles among the young children as part of what police and prosecutors are calling a "Fight Club."

California man recounts tackling gunman on Paris-bound train

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 03:49

File-This Aug. 26, 2015, file photo shows Anthony Sadler, right, one of the three Americans that helped stop an alleged terrorist shooting aboard a Paris bound train, talking with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson as they leave City Hall after a a brief news conference in Sacramento,Calif. On "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015,Sadler says he initially was asleep when Ayoub El-Khazzani was spotted with an AK-47 and other weapons on Aug. 21. Sadler says his friends, U.S. Air Force Airman Spencer Stone and Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, charged the gunman and that he suddenly awoke and began grappling with him too. The audience began applauding when Fallon asked what happened next and Sadler replied they "beat him down a little bit." (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of three Americans who foiled an attack on a Paris-bound train said he and his friends did whatever they could to disarm the gunman.

Sheriff: Texas man killed by deputies appeared to hold knife

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 03:49

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau, with Chief Deputy Manuel Longoria, speaks during a news conference at the Bexar County Sheriff's office, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in San Antonio. Pamerleau said a second video of deputies fatally shooting a man whose hands were raised appears to show him carrying what investigators believe was a knife. She declined to release the video because the investigation is ongoing. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)DALLAS (AP) — A second video that captured Texas deputies fatally shooting a man whose hands were raised appears to show that he was holding a knife, a sheriff said Wednesday, declining to release the video because the investigation is ongoing.

US official in Nevada highlights kids in parks campaign

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 03:37

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell speaks at an event at the Red Rock National Conservation area Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, near Las Vegas. Jewell was at the conservation area to promote the Every Kid in a Park program which gives fourth grade students free passes to federal parks. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — The nation's top Interior Department official led a delegation of schoolchildren to a scenic national area outside Las Vegas on Wednesday to highlight a federal "Every Kid in a Park" campaign.

Tropical Storm Fred is weakening in the Atlantic

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 03:37
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Fred is weakening far out over the Atlantic.