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Jurors deliberating in poisoned doctor trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 06:52

Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, right, wipes her eyes after her defense attorney Derek Hollingsworth, left, finished his closing argument in her trial, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in Houston. Gonzalez-Angulo, a breast cancer doctor, is accused of spiking researcher George Blumenschein's coffee in 2013 with a chemical found in antifreeze. Blumenschein survived. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Melissa Phillip)HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas cancer researcher accused of poisoning a colleague who was also her lover was described by prosecutors on Wednesday as a devious and manipulative person who took extreme action when the man she'd become obsessed with rejected her.


Factbox: Central America plan highlights energy, transport projects

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 06:43
(Reuters) - A plan by Central American governments to boost economic growth in the region and cut illegal immigration to the United States foresees major spending on transportation and energy projects, according to a draft of the proposal seen by Reuters on Wednesday. The so-called "Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle," includes projects mostly in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. ...

Coatesville HS golfer gets hole in one - twice

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 06:39

Coatesville HS golfer gets hole in one - twiceA 16-year-old female golfer, from Coatesville Area High School, has accomplished the seemingly impossible - she hit a hole in one - not once but twice in a single match.


No charges for NASCAR driver Tony Stewart in fatal incident

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 06:33

File of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart during news conference in HamptonBy David Bailey (Reuters) - Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has been cleared by a grand jury investigating a dirt-track incident in upstate New York in August that killed a young driver, a county prosecutor said on Wednesday. Stewart, 43, one of the biggest names in auto racing, struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr., 20, during a non-NASCAR sprint-car race on Aug. 9 on a dimly lit part of the Canandaigua Motorsports Park track, about an hour's drive west of Syracuse. ...


1 dead, 2 injured after shootout in front of N. Philadelphia school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 06:33

1 dead, 2 injured after shootout in front of N. Philadelphia schoolOne person is dead and two others are injured after a shooting outside a North Philadelphia school.


Colorado students stage walkouts to protest proposed curriculum

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 06:33
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Hundreds of high school students in Colorado's second-largest school district staged a walkout on Wednesday to protest proposed changes to a history curriculum that would stress patriotism and discourage civil disobedience. Student protesters marched outside schools waving placards bearing slogans such as: "My School, My Education, My Voice!" and "Don't Make History a Mystery!" The demonstrations marked the third straight day of protests at six high schools in Jefferson County, a suburban Denver school district of 84,000 students. ...

F-22 Raptor makes debut combat flight

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 06:29
WASHINGTON (AP) — Envisioned in the 1990s as crucial to U.S. military superiority in the next century, the sleek, radar-evading F-22 Raptor has finally seen its first combat.

Tony Stewart will not face charges in deadly crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 06:27

Tony Stewart will not face charges in deadly crashA grand jury has decided against charging NASCAR star Tony Stewart in the August death of another driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York.


Lawyers for Florida quarterback, accuser discussed payment for her silence in rape case: report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 06:26
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - Lawyers involved in the case over rape accusations against Florida State University quarterback, Jameis Winston, said a financial payoff was discussed in exchange for the silence of his female accuser, but they disagreed over who initiated the idea, according to the Tampa Bay Times newspaper. The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback was asked to pay $7 million for the silence of the woman who claimed he raped her, Winston's lawyer said in a letter obtained on Wednesday by the Tampa Bay Times. ...

ACLU sues Mississippi county over long detentions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 06:25
By Jonathan Kaminsky (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against a Mississippi county for holding detainees for close to a year without formal charge or access to an attorney, a lawyer for the group said on Wednesday. The suit, filed on Tuesday in Jackson, names two plaintiffs but seeks class action status to include dozens more. It charges that Scott County, about 25 miles east of Jackson, has violated the U.S. Constitution by denying detainees a speedy trial, access to counsel and fair bail hearings. ...

No death penalty for dad charged in toddler death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 06:25

FILE - In a Thursday, July 3, 2014 file photo, Justin Ross Harris, the father of a toddler who died after police say he was left in a hot car for about seven hours, weeps as he sits at his bond hearing in Cobb County Magistrate Court, in Marietta, Ga. On Thursday,, Sept. 4, 2014, a Cobb County grand jury indicted Harris on multiple charges, including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children. The malice murder charge indicates that prosecutors believe that Harris intentionally left his son Cooper in the hot car to die. (AP Photo/Marietta Daily Journal, Kelly J. Huff, Pool, File)ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man accused of leaving his toddler son to die inside a hot car will not face the death penalty, a prosecutor said Wednesday.


Pennsylvania ambush suspect spotted several times, police say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 06:22

Handout of Matthew Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis, PennsylvaniaBy Joe McDonald BLOOMING GROVE Pa. (Reuters) - The suspect in the killing of a Pennsylvania trooper is playing a cat-and-mouse game in the deep woods of the Pocono Mountains, eluding capture even though trackers have spotted him several times since the Sept. 12 shooting, police said on Wednesday. The 31-year-old suspect, Eric Matthew Frein, has left some tantalizing clues in his path, said Lt. Col. George Bivens of the Pennsylvania State Police. ...


Kansas senator quits Eisenhower Memorial project

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 06:21

This undated handout image provided by Gehry Partners, LLP shows an aerial perspective of Eisenhower Square looking along Maryland Avenue, SW and Independence Avenue in Washington. Members of a federal commission planning a memorial near the National Mall to honor the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower are voting on how to proceed after years of controversy. The Eisenhower Memorial Commission met last week but didn’t have enough members present. So they are holding an electronic vote by the end of the day Wednesday on how to proceed. Architect Frank Gehry has presented a revised design for a proposed memorial park after objections from critics and Eisenhower’s family. The revised design eliminates two large, metal tapestries on the sides of the park. One long tapestry would remain as a backdrop, depicting the Kansas landscape of Ike’s boyhood home. (AP Photo/Gehry Partners, LLP)WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a decade of planning and millions spent to build a memorial near the National Mall honoring the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a key lawmaker who has helped oversee the project from the start is stepping away.


Marijuana legalization effort begins in California

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 06:20

FILE - This Feb. 1, 2011 file photo shows medical marijuana clone plants at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. The Marijuana Policy Project on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, will file paperwork with the California secretary of state’s office for a new committee that aims to put a pot legalization measure on the November 2016 state ballot, the group said. ( AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A national marijuana advocacy group took steps Wednesday to begin raising money for a campaign to legalize recreational pot use in California in 2016, a move with potential to add a dose of extra excitement to the presidential election year.


Jury seated in north Florida retrial of loud music shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 06:12
By Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE Fla. (Reuters) - A jury was seated on Wednesday in the north Florida retrial of a middle-aged white man charged with killing an unarmed black teenager during a dispute over loud rap music. On Thursday afternoon the jury will begin hearing the same first-degree murder charge against Michael Dunn that left another jury deadlocked in February. Dunn, 47, a software engineer, fired 10 rounds at an SUV carrying four black teens listening to music in a Jacksonville gas station parking lot in November 2012, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis. ...

Drill sergeant found guilty of sex assaults

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 06:11

In this photo provided by the U.S. Army is Staff Sgt. Angel Sanchez. Sanchez, 30, is accused of using his supervisory position with the 14th Military Police Brigade to threaten some of the women he was tasked with training. Most of the allegations involved women at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, but some involved women in Afghanistan and Fort Richardson, Alaska. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri drill sergeant is guilty of sexually assaulting and harassing several female soldiers, a military judge ruled Wednesday.


Jury seated in north Florida retrial of loud music shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 05:59

Defendant Dunn gestures on the stand during testimony in his own defense during his murder trial in Duval County Courthouse in JacksonvilleBy Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE Fla. (Reuters) - A jury was seated on Wednesday in the north Florida retrial of a middle-aged white man charged with killing an unarmed black teenager during a dispute over loud rap music. On Thursday afternoon the jury will begin hearing the same first-degree murder charge against Michael Dunn that left another jury deadlocked in February. Dunn, 47, a software engineer, fired 10 rounds at an SUV carrying four black teens listening to music in a Jacksonville gas station parking lot in November 2012, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis. ...


Illinois top court to review Philip Morris verdict

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 05:57
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - The Illinois Supreme Court agreed on Wednesday to hear Philip Morris USA's appeal of a $10.1 billion verdict accusing the Altria Group Inc unit of misleading consumers about the risks of smoking "light" cigarettes. Philip Morris, which makes Marlboro cigarettes, is seeking to overturn an intermediate state appeals court's April 30 reinstatement of the award, which had been imposed by a trial judge in 2003 and overturned two years later. The award has been on hold during the current appeal. A decision is not expected for at least several months. ...

Mass shootings on the rise in United States, FBI report finds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 05:56

A woman places flowers at a memorial at a sign for Sandy Hook Elementary School in Sandy HookBy Scott Malone (Reuters) - Mass shootings have occurred in the United States with increasing frequency over the past 14 years, with 486 people killed in 160 incidents, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation analysis released on Wednesday. There were an average of 16.4 active-shooter incidents from 2007 through 2013, more than double the 6.4 average from 2000 to 2006, the report found. ...


Appeals court overturns ruling that halted Wisconsin campaign probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 05:55

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker addresses campaign event in WisconsinBy Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday overturned an earlier ruling that had halted an investigation in Wisconsin into possible illegal coordination between Governor Scott Walker's campaign and special interest groups in 2011 and 2012 elections. A federal judge in May stopped the probe after the Wisconsin Club for Growth, a conservative organization, filed a lawsuit accusing investigators of sidelining it from political activities and violating its rights to free speech, association and equal protection. The 7th U.S. ...