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The Latest: Colorado theater jury to hear from families

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 05:07

Lonnie and Sandy Phillips, whose daughter Jessica Ghawi was killed in the 2012 Aurora movie theatre attack, walk together on the day of the reading of the verdict in penalty phase 2 of the James Holmes trial at the Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo., Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Jurors declined to rule out the death penalty Monday as they now move toward sentencing Holmes. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):


Obama power plant rules spark 2016 fight over climate change

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 05:07

President Barack Obama speaks about his Clean Power Plan, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in the East Room at the White House in Washington. The president is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's sweeping new power plant regulations are thrusting the divisive debate over climate change into the race for the White House, with candidates in both parties seeing an opportunity to capitalize.


Jury keeps death penalty as option for Colorado movie gunman Holmes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 05:00

Accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes listens during his arraignment in CentennialJames Holmes, the Colorado movie massacre gunman, could face the death penalty after jurors found on Monday that aggravating factors including the cruel nature of his crimes counted for more than mitigating ones such as mental illness. The panel of nine women and three men will now hear from victims of the July 2012 rampage at a midnight screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." They will then deliberate on whether the 27-year-old shooter should be executed by lethal injection. Holmes, who killed 12 people and wounded 70, showed no reaction as the verdicts were delivered, staring straight ahead, hands in pockets.


Indiana medical software company hack affected 3.9M people

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 04:59
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana medical software company has reported the private information of 3.9 million people nationwide was exposed when its networks were hacked earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Monday.

Prosecutors: New Jersey woman fatally beat family dog, bragged about it

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 04:55

 New Jersey woman fatally beat family dog, bragged about itA woman has been arrested on charges she used a shovel and claw hammer to fatally beat her family's dog, then bragged about it, authorities said.


Families of Newtown massacre victims in $1.5 million settlement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 04:55

Mementos for 20 students and six educators, killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, hang from a tree in Newtown, ConnecticutThe families of 14 people killed in the 2012 massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School, and two survivors reached a $1.5 million legal settlement on Monday against the gunman's mother's estate, according to court records. The families of victims and two school employees who survived the attack will each receive a $93,750 share of an insurance policy on the Newtown, Connecticut, home where Nancy Lanza lived with her son, gunman Adam Lanza, according to filings at a Bethel, Connecticut, probate court. The 20-year-old gunman began his rampage on Dec. 14, 2012, by shooting and killing his mother with a Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle before driving to his former elementary school, where he gunned down 20 first-graders and six educators.


UN states set goal to end poverty, hunger in next 15 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 04:49
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The 193 member states of the United Nations have reached agreement on a new development agenda for the next 15 years that calls for eradicating poverty and hunger, achieving gender equality, improving living standards and taking urgent action to combat climate change.

Hitchhiking robot's cross-country trip in US ends in Philly

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 04:48

Hitchhiking robot's cross-country trip in US ends in PhillyA hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide met its demise in Philadelphia.


Suspect in blast near NAACP office pleads guilty to arson

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 04:41
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A man who set off a small explosion near the NAACP office in Colorado Springs pleaded guilty Monday to arson under an agreement with prosecutors, saying he was not targeting the nation's oldest civil rights organization.

Sheriff: Woman charged with killing her father and daughter

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 04:40
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A 25-year-old central Florida woman told detectives that she acted in self-defense when her father and 6-year-old daughter were fatally stabbed, according to an arrest affidavit released Monday, but detectives aren't buying her story and she's facing two counts of first-degree murder.

Man arrested for attacking police officer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 04:32

Man arrested for attacking police officerPolice in Delaware say they arrested a man who attacked an officer in Wilmington.


Jeb Bush unveils border security, immigration reform plan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 04:10

FILE - In this July 23, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush addresses guests during a town hall style gathering in Gorham, N.H. Bush and four other GOP presidential candidates are at a luxury Southern California resort speaking to the billionaire Koch brothers and other conservative donors. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)MIAMI (AP) — Jeb Bush outlined plans Monday to improve security of the nation's borders and enforcement of its existing immigration laws, calling both a requirement before any president could begin to address the status of the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally.


Hearse with Bobbi Kristina Brown's body arrives at cemetery

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 04:09

Hearse with Bobbi Kristina Brown's body arrives at cemeteryThe body of Bobbi Kristina Brown was carried by a hearse Monday to her final resting place next to her famous mother.


Police: Home rental scam was run out of Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 04:07

 Home rental scam was run out of DelawarePolice say they have uncovered a major home rental scam, with victims across the U.S., being run out of Smyrna, Delaware.


Here are the 17 new UN development goals for 2030

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:52
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The 193 member states of the United Nations have agreed on 17 new development goals to be achieved by 2030.

Police: Tourist from Texas took loaded guns to 9/11 memorial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:50

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2014 file photo, visitors to the Sept. 11 memorial view one of the two reflecting pools in New York. A tourist from Texas was arrested on Saturday Aug. 1, 2015 on charges she was packing two loaded handguns at the Sept. 11 memorial in New York City, authorities said. According to a criminal complaint, Elizabeth Enderli was visiting the site when she informed a police officer she had the weapons in her backpack. She was charged with criminal possession of a weapon before being released Sunday. Acording to friends, the 31-year-old military veteran has a permit to carry weapons in her home state and mistakenly believed the permit covered her visit to New York from the Houston area. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A tourist from Texas was arrested over the weekend on charges she was packing two loaded handguns at the Sept. 11 memorial in New York City, authorities said Monday.


Car theft suspect tries to chew off fingerprints

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:44
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in southwest Florida say a car theft suspect tried to chew his fingerprints off in an apparent attempt to avoid identification.

Jury in crane collapse case awards $48 million in damages

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:43
NEW YORK (AP) — A jury has decided the families of two men killed in a New York City construction crane collapse should get $48 million in punitive damages from the crane's owner and his companies.

Coast Guard: California oil slick created by natural seepage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:42
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Coast Guard says an oil slick that formed in the Pacific Ocean last week near Santa Barbara, California, was created by natural, ocean-floor seepage.

Retrial in case of missing boy Etan Patz set for next year

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:40

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2012, file photo, Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York where his trial as a suspect in the 1979 kidnapping and slaying of six-year-old Etan Patz ended after 18 days of deliberations with the jury deadlocked 11-1 in favor of guilt. On Monday Aug. 3, 2015 a judge in New York City scheduled jury selection in retrial of Hernandez for Feb. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A judge on Monday scheduled the retrial of a suspect in the 1979 kidnapping and slaying of Etan Patz for early next year.