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Suspect in VA hospital shooting pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 04:57
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man pleaded guilty Friday to assault with a dangerous weapon in a Veterans Affairs hospital shooting that wounded an employee.

Newtown donations created deep rift after shootings, official says

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 04:51
By Richard Weizel HARTFORD Conn. (Reuters) - The millions of dollars in donations and grants that poured into Newtown, Connecticut, in the aftermath of one of the worst school massacres in U.S. Decisions on distributing more than $40 million given to the small town since a gunman killed more than two dozen people, most of them small children, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School two years ago have led to wrenching conflicts, said First Selectman Patricia Llodra, Newtown's top elected official. “People so badly hurt in such horrific events need to be protected from that kind of conflict,” Llodra told the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, set up by Governor Dannel Malloy to investigate the December 2012 shooting. “Town government should not be put in the position to try and arbitrate those differences or be the conduit for funds – as happened in Newtown.” Llodra and School Superintendent Joseph Erardi Jr. were the last of dozens of experts and witnesses appearing before the commission over the past 15 months.

NFL: 3 in 10 ex-players face Alzheimer's, dementia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 04:51
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL estimates that nearly three in 10 former players will develop debilitating brain conditions, and that they will be stricken earlier and at least twice as often as the general population.

3 dead in Southern California canyon crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 04:41
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a truck veered off a Southern California road and plunged 200 to 300 feet down a canyon, killing three people and injuring two others.

Man gets 50 years for stabbing ex-wife 84 times

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 04:40
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Colorado candidate gets death threat after questioning Sandy Hook massacre

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 04:30
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A candidate for a county commission seat in Colorado said on Friday he received a death threat after questioning whether the 2012 school shooting that killed 20 children in Connecticut was a hoax. Thomas Ready, a Republican candidate for commissioner of Pueblo County, made the comments during a debate this week with his opponent, Democratic incumbent Sal Pace. A video of the exchange was posted online by the Pueblo Chieftain newspaper. Twenty school children and six adults were killed in the Dec. 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Rare snowstorm slams Rockies states, South Dakota

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 04:28

Mike West jogs with his baby after the season's first snow fell over Boulder, Colo., Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Boulder saw less than an inch of snow overnight, about a month earlier than the average first snow on the front range of the Colorado Rockies, according to the National Weather Service. (Brennan Linsley)It's still summer, but a snowstorm blanketed parts of Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana and Colorado, setting early snowfall records in some places, covering lawns and flower gardens and providing a preview of what is to come.


Wilmington man saved my mysterious Good Samaritan

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 04:27

Wilmington man saved my mysterious Good SamaritanA 76-year-old Wilmington man is alive thanks to the quick thinking of a Good Samaritan and now police want to find that hero and say 'Thank You.'


Police: Man found with homemade bombs, kids in car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 04:22
READING, Pa. (AP) — Police in eastern Pennsylvania say they arrested a man after finding him passed out in a parked car with two children and three homemade bombs.

Police: Zimmerman accused of threatening driver

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 04:18

This image taken from a video released by attorney Howard Iken on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, shows George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted of murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, during an interview in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, March 7, 2014. The video was made by Iken who is representing Zimmerman in his divorce. In the video, Zimmerman says he’s trying to be a good person and he thinks he can help others after what he has gone through. (AP Photo/Howard Iken)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A driver says George Zimmerman threatened to kill him, asking 'Do you know who I am?' during a road confrontation in their vehicles, a police spokeswoman said Friday.


Groom accused of touching off brawl pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 03:58
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A groom accused of touching off a brawl when he groped a pregnant waitress at his wedding reception pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Also, all charges were dropped against his brother, a state trooper who had been accused of assaulting police who intervened.

Obama, Clinton celebrate 20 years of AmeriCorps

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 03:11

President Barack Obama embraces former President Bill Clinton on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, after Clinton spoke at an event marking the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, which promotes volunteerism and community service. President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton joined forces Friday to mark the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps national service program, heralding the impact volunteering can have on both individuals and the nation. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton on Friday highlighted the benefits of volunteering as they celebrated the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps national service program and welcomed the newest class of volunteers.


Police: Boy, 14, caught dealing heroin

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 03:03

 Boy, 14, caught dealing heroinAuthorities in Newark, Delaware say they caught a 14 year old heroin dealer red handed.


Visit Philadelphia agency under investigation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 03:00

Visit Philadelphia agency under investigationThe well-known website and marketing agency "Visit Philadelphia" is under investigation for how it handled an embezzlement case.


Woman found in Massachusetts home with dead babies may be mentally ill: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:58

Erika Murray, who was arrested after the bodies of three dead infants were found in her home in the town of Blackstone, sits in the district court for her arraignment in UxbridgeBy Scott Malone BLACKSTONE Mass. (Reuters) - A 31-year-old Massachusetts woman found living with the bodies of three dead infants in a rodent-infested house in a quiet suburb may be suffering from mental illness, her court-appointed lawyer said on Friday. The woman, Erika Murray, did not speak during her brief appearance at Worcester District Course in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, where a not-guilty plea was entered on her behalf to a series of criminal charges. Neighbors expressed shock near the beige, one-story home in Blackstone, Massachusetts, about 40 miles southwest of Boston, where police found the bodies of three young infants and the skeletal remains of several animals.


Philadelphia woman who posed in Muslim garb guilty of child assault

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:57
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A former childcare worker accused of dressing in traditional Muslim garb to abduct a kindergartner from her Philadelphia school was found guilty of sexually assaulting the child after holding her overnight. After a shocking four-week trial, Christina Regusters, 21, was found guilty of aggravated assault, kidnapping, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and a slew of related offenses after a jury deliberated for two days. “She is a danger,” Erin O'Brien, an assistant Philadelphia district attorney told KYW-1060 radio.

Connecticut home invasion killer sues for Kosher meals on death row

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:55
By Barbara Goldberg (Reuters) - A man sentenced to death for a triple murder in a brutal home invasion in Connecticut is suing to demand a Kosher diet as a newly declared Orthodox Jew, saying the prison's resistance has forced him into "starvation." Steven Hayes, 51, invoked the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment in a handwritten lawsuit filed in federal court against officials at the Connecticut Department of Corrections. ...

Atlantic City casino revenues down 1.2 percent

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:46
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's casino revenue declined by 1.2 percent in August compared with a year ago as another gambling hall shut down at the end of the month.

Man taken to hospital after Queen Village collapse

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:46

Man taken to hospital after Queen Village collapseA man was taken to the hospital after a partial building collapse on Friday afternoon in the Queen Village section in Philadelphia.


California state senator gets jail time in voter fraud case, judge rules

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 02:39
By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California state senator convicted on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Friday in one of three ethics scandals involving Democratic lawmakers in the most populous U.S. Senator Roderick Wright of Los Angeles was convicted in January of lying about whether he lived in the district he sought to represent, the first in a string of criminal proceedings against three state senators this year that effectively cost Democrats their two-thirds majority in the California Senate. "This is not what I call a victimless crime," said Judge Kathleen Kennedy, who denied Wright's request for a new trial in Los Angeles Superior Court. She said Wright was no longer eligible to hold elective office in California.