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Police ID plane crash victims as Tennessee doctor, family

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 06:13

National Transportation Safety Board Air Safety Investigator Doug Brazy, left, and Plainville, Mass., Fire Chief Justin Alexander, right, walk away from a damaged home Monday, June 29, 2015, in Plainville, that was struck by a small plane Sunday, killing all three people on board. The plane, flying from Lancaster, Penn., to Norwood, Mass., struck the roof of the home and burst into flames Sunday. Four people in the structure, including two children, escaped unharmed. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)PLAINVILLE, Mass. (AP) — The three people killed when their small plane crashed into a Massachusetts home over the weekend have been identified tentatively as a Tennessee doctor, his wife and college-age daughter, authorities said Monday.

Protected Florida mangroves razed for boat show

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 06:13

Handout of red and black mangrove in MiamiBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI, Fla. (Reuters) - New revelations that a long strip of protected mangrove trees were illegally razed amid preparations for the 2016 Miami International Boat Show has outraged Florida environmentalists. The lost trees, critical to the marine ecosystem, were hacked away in mid-May by a Miami city contractor in advance of the five-day show expected to draw about 100,000 attendees and 1,500 boats. Environmental activists said in a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that staging the show in an environmentally sensitive region could violate a number of federal laws including the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act.

Bird camera fans watch eagle steal osprey chicks from nest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 06:09
BREMEN, Maine (AP) — Followers of a popular live bird camera are reeling from a rare glimpse of nature in the raw after witnessing an eagle pluck two osprey chicks from a nest.

Meeting to cover cleanup plan for former nuke missile site

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 06:02
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to hold a public meeting about a proposal to use vegetable oil to stimulate the growth of naturally occurring bacteria that would clean up groundwater at a former nuclear missile site.

Texas girl arrested for fight with classmate in viral video

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 06:00
A 13-year-old Texas girl was arrested on Monday after a video that went viral showed her beating a classmate who was holding a toddler at a Dallas-area elementary school earlier this month, police said. The one-minute video of the incident has had more than 1.2 million views on since it was posted on Thursday. Detective Cruz Hernandez told the Dallas Morning News that Rowlett police believe the attack was caused by a dispute during school hours.

Trooper had the law on his side when he shot unarmed escapee

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 05:53

Police stand over David Sweat after he was shot and captured near the Canadian border Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Constable, N.Y. Sweat is the second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York. His capture came two days after his escape partner, Richard Matt, was shot and killed by authorities. (AP Photo)NEW YORK (AP) — A state trooper had the law on his side when he shot unarmed prison escapee David Sweat, apparently in the back, as the convicted killer ran toward a forest near the Canadian border.

$5,000 reward in computer theft from West Philly school

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 05:49

$5,000 reward in computer theft from West Philly schoolA reward is now on the table for information leading to an arrest in a school break-in.

Agreement neared to release Fla. doctor tied to Menendez

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 05:44
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez appeared closer to being released from jail Monday as an agreement about his bond solidified.

Massachusetts officials detail multimillion-dollar heroin bust

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 05:42
The seizure of the drug, which was mixed with the painkiller fentanyl, comes as Northeastern states are struggling to contain a surge in overdose deaths related to heroin and other opioid drugs. The alleged trafficker, Jose Casellas, 37, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, was charged on Friday with two counts of trafficking heroin as well as firearms charges and ordered held on $2 million bail. "This defendant led a major heroin and fentanyl distribution operation, putting these lethal drugs onto our streets and into the hands of those struggling with addiction," Maura Healey, the state's attorney general, told reporters in Danvers, Massachusetts, north of Boston.

California bill to limit vaccine exemptions goes to governor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 05:41

Measles vaccine is seen at Venice Family Clinic in Los AngelesCalifornia lawmakers on Monday sent Governor Jerry Brown a bill to substantially limit vaccine exemptions for school children in the most populous U.S. state, following last year's measles outbreak at Disneyland that sickened more than 100 people. The bill, which would make California the third state to eliminate religious and other personal vaccine exemptions, passed the state Senate on a vote of 24-14 in its final form, which included amendments that would give some parents years to comply and make it easier for parents to obtain medical exemptions from doctors.

Co-worker recalls Colorado movie massacre gunman acting 'spaced out'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 05:40

File photo of James Holmes sitting in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialLawyers for Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes sought on Monday to build their case he was legally insane, calling a former co-worker who remembered him as quiet, antisocial and acting oddly. Two court-appointed psychiatrists have concluded Holmes was sane when he planned and carried out the attack. Jose Sanchez worked with the defendant for three or four months from the fall of 2010 at a pill- and capsule-coating factory in San Diego County, California.

AccuWeather: Higher Humidity, Unsettled Weather Returns

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 05:37

 Higher Humidity, Unsettled Weather ReturnsMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says today's dry, comfortable weather doesn't stick around much longer.

States with ties to drug implicated in flawed executions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 05:32

News stations report as the final decisions from the Supreme Court begin to come in, Monday June 29, 2015, in Washington. Decisions are expected in three remaining three cases; on the use of a drug implicated in botched executions, partisan influence in congressional redistricting and EPA limits on emission of mercury and other toxic pollutants from power plants. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)With the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that midazolam can be used in lethal injections, here's a look at the states where the sedative has been implicated in several flawed executions or where it is or has been listed in prison system protocols:

Trial for 5 white police supervisors moving to black suburb

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 05:30
CLEVELAND (AP) — The misdemeanor trial for five white Cleveland police supervisors accused of failing to control a high-speed car chase that led to two unarmed black people being killed in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire will be held in a predominantly black suburb, not in county court, prosecutors said Monday.

New Jersey man charged with plotting to support militants

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 05:29
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — FBI agents on Monday arrested another New Jersey man and charged him with plotting to support the Islamic State group.

Obama signs trade, worker assistance bills into law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 05:18

President Barack Obama signs H.R. 2146 Defending Public Safety Employees Retirement Act and H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, Monday, June 29, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The president signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare bipartisan scene at the White House, President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts.

Supreme Court temporarily blocks Texas abortion restrictions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 05:15

File photo of the U.S. flag flying in front of the Supreme Court in WashingtonThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to block temporarily parts of a strict new Texas abortion law that critics say is aimed at shutting down clinics that offer the procedure. The court granted a request by women's health providers to put a temporary hold on a June 9 ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court was divided 5-4, with conservative Anthony Kennedy joining the court's four liberals in granting the stay request.

Colorado's high court blocks school voucher program

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 05:14
DENVER (AP) — A school voucher program in suburban Denver violates the state constitution because it provides funding for students to attend religious schools, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday.

Ohio judge sentences man to death in sledgehammer slayings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 05:09
An Ohio judge on Monday sentenced a 20-year-old man to death for the April 2013 sledgehammer murder of his girlfriend's mother and also gave him a life sentence for killing her father, the Summit County prosecutor's office said. Shawn Ford was 18 when he murdered Jeffrey and Margaret Schobert 10 days after stabbing their daughter Chelsea, also 18, in the neck multiple times because she would not "be intimate" with him, prosecutors said. Ford was found guilty in October of multiple counts of aggravated murder in the parents' deaths and of felonious assault for the attack on Chelsea Schobert, who spent a month in the hospital recovering from her injuries.

Man convicted in sledgehammer slayings is sentenced to death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 05:05
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend's parents with a sledgehammer 10 days after stabbing their daughter was sentenced Monday to death.