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Oregon gunman planned to kill 'bunch' of people

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:27

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2014 file photo, investigators leave the scene of a drive-by shooting at Bastendorf Beach, Ore. A gunman who fatally shot his father and then a man camping at an Oregon beach left a suicide note that said he was mentally ill and planned to "kill a bunch of other people" and then himself. Coos County District Attorney R. Paul Frasier released the notes Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/KCBY, Angelica Carrillo, File)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A gunman who fatally shot his father and then a man camping at an Oregon beach earlier this week left behind notes that said he was mentally ill and planned to "kill a bunch of other people" and then himself.


CDC director to visit Ebola outbreak countries

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:27

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014 file photo, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Tom Frieden testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing on "Combating the Ebola Threat." A CDC spokesman said Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, that Frieden wants to meet the African and international health leaders trying to control the outbreak, and to hear what help they need. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A top U.S. health official plans to travel to West Africa to see firsthand how the Ebola outbreak is unfolding.


Passenger charged in pre-flight cellphone dispute

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:26
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland authorities say a traveler who refused to turn off his cellphone and fought with flight attendants as a plane taxied for takeoff has been jailed and charged with aggravated disorderly conduct.

Embattled NY jail's investigations chief quits

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:21
NEW YORK (AP) — The head of internal investigations at the embattled Rikers Island jail complex resigned Friday amid intense scrutiny over civil rights violations and inmate deaths.

Former Texas teacher gets 10 years for killing boy in hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:18
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A former Texas school teacher was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison for killing a 6-year-old boy in a hit-and-run accident that prompted a highly publicized manhunt in 2013. Tammy Lowe, 54, was founded guilty and sentenced to eight years in the death of John Paul Raidy, who was struck in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie while crossing a street at an intersection with his mother as she pushed his younger sister in a stroller. The veteran Grand Prairie middle school teacher was also sentenced to 10 years for failure to stop and render aid. The sentences will run concurrently and she must serve at least five years before being eligible for parole, a spokesman for the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office said.

Friends: Jeffords took Vermont roots to Washington

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:17

The casket of the late U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords is carried from a church in Rutland, Vt., on Friday Aug. 22, 2014, followed by Jeffords' two children, Laura and Leonard and their families. Jeffords died Monday in Washington at age 80. Jeffords was known nationally for leaving the Republican Party in 2001, switching control of the Senate to the Democrats. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Sen. Jim Jeffords left his mark on the state and the nation during more than 30 years in Washington, but family and friends said he never lost his affinity for the Vermont countryside or let his position eclipse his love for his family and the simple things in life.


Owner gets stolen life-size statue of Obama back

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:59
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Police have returned a life-size statue of President Barack Obama that went missing from its owner's northeastern Pennsylvania porch and was found a few days later reclining on a nearby park bench with a six-pack of Twisted Tea.

Mom seeks stranger who saved her family

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:50

Mom seeks stranger who saved her familyA young mom is on a mission to find the stranger who ran toward danger to save her - and her two small children.


20 injured in crash involving truck, SEPTA bus

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:40

21 injured in crash involving truck, SEPTA bus21 people were injured when a SEPTA bus and a truck collided in Montgomery County.


2 parolees charged in suburban Chicago standoff

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:37
CHICAGO (AP) — Both suspects in this week's nearly 21-hour hostage situation in a Chicago suburb are parolees, and one is a convicted murderer who was under electronic monitoring.

Penn ex-justice won't have to send out photo of self in handcuffs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:37
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - A former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice is studying an appeals court ruling that upheld her corruption conviction but released her from a requirement that she send a photo of herself in handcuffs to other judges, her lawyer said on Friday. The former justice, Joan Orie Melvin, was found guilty last year of using public employees to work in her 2009 campaign for a seat on the Supreme Court. In upholding the conviction, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled on Thursday that a requirement that she send the photographs as part of her punishment went too far and was not authorized under the state’s sentencing code. “This condition was not imposed to promote her rehabilitation, but rather to shame and humiliate her in the eyes of her former colleagues in the judiciary,” Superior Court Judge Christine Donohue wrote.

2 kids hurt in fall from Ferris wheel

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:34

Patrons ride a Ferris Wheel at the Indiana State Fair Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Indianapolis. The fair comes to a close on Sunday, Aug. 17. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)CHELSEA, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two children are recovering from injuries after falling at least 15 feet from a Ferris wheel at a community fair in southeastern Michigan.


IDs of men found shot in adjacent yards released

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:31
MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say the shooting deaths of two men found in adjacent backyards in the San Francisco Bay Area appear to be a murder-suicide.

Washington Post editorial board no longer using word 'Redskins'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:25
The Washington Post editorial board will generally avoid using the word "Redskins" when referring to Washington's football team, it announced on Friday, saying the term denigrates Native Americans. A growing number of newspapers and sportswriters, including the Post's Mike Wise, have said they will no longer use the team's moniker. "While we wait for the NFL to catch up with public opinion and common decency we have decided not to use the slur ourselves except when it is essential for clarity or effect," the board said in a statement, referring to the National Football League. The editorial board controls only the paper's opinion pages and is separate from the Post's news-gathering side, which will continue to use the name, Marty Baron, the paper's executive editor, said.

15 injured in crash involving truck, SEPTA bus

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:19

20 injured in crash involving truck, SEPTA busAt least 15 people were injured when a SEPTA bus and a truck collided in Montgomery County.


1990 arson-murder rap tossed, man is set free

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:04

Han Tak Lee, 79, arrives at the federal courthouse with assistance from friends and supportersafter his release from a Pennsylvania prison, Friday, August 22, 2014, in Harrisburg, Pa. Lee was released on bail Friday while prosecutors decide whether to appeal a ruling that threw out his conviction in his daughter's 1989 death. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former New York businessman whose arson-murder conviction was overturned in the death of his daughter was freed from prison Friday after 24 years, following a judge's ruling that the case against him was based on now-debunked arson science.


Clerk shot at liquor store in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:55

Clerk shot at liquor store in WilmingtonA clerk was shot multiple times at a liquor store in Wilmington, Delaware.


Utah teen arrested after bomb threats shut down school

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:38
By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force and local police arrested a 16-year-old Utah boy accused of making bomb threats and ransom demands over Skype that shut down the first day of classes at his former high school, authorities said on Friday. The threats warned that unless a $10 million ransom were paid, multiple explosive devices would detonate on the Westlake High School campus in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday as some 2,200 students returned to class after the summer vacation. Police said the teen was arrested at his home late Thursday and is being held in a juvenile detention facility on suspicion of multiple felonies including making threats of violence and making terroristic threats involving weapons of mass destruction.

Islamic State backers under scrutiny in US

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:32
NEW YORK (AP) — Officially, the FBI agents who swarmed Donald Ray Morgan at Kennedy Airport this month were there to arrest him on a mundane gun charge. But they whisked him away to their Manhattan office and grilled him for two hours on an entirely different topic: Islamic State extremists.

Recalls this week: bean bag chairs, cribs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:29

This undated image provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows an Ace Bayou Bean Bag Chair. The chairs are being recalled because the zippers on the bean bag chairs can be opened by children who can then crawl inside, get trapped and suffocate or choke on the bean bag chair’s foam beads. (AP Photo/U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled following the deaths of two children who suffocated after they crawled inside the chairs. Other recalled products include convertible cribs with a defect that can create a hazardous gap.