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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.

In 2016 operation, Dr. Carson is outpacing many U.S. presidential rivals

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

Presidential Candidate Ben Carson laughs during his speach at the Western Conservative Summit in DenverBen Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon with no experience in the cutthroat world of Washington politics, is riding a surprising wave of support among conservatives that has placed him near the top of contenders for the Republican presidential nominee in 2016. The soft-spoken 63-year-old Carson, an African-American who only officially became a Republican last year, has found an opening in the wide-open race in which 13 candidates are running for the White House. In polls, Carson regularly outperforms most of his fellow candidates, who often have much bigger media profiles, much more political experience and in many cases have track records as governors or senators.


Recent spike in shark attacks reported off Carolinas coast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 05:02

Map locates Outer Banks, N.C.; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;Shark experts have a not-so-reassuring explanation for a recent spate of attacks along on the coast of the Carolinas: It's mainly because so many people are getting in the water.


New York formalizes ban on fracking, ending 7-year review

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:43
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas on Monday, concluding a seven-year environmental and health review that drew a record number of public comments.

A first: New guidelines back device for treating strokes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:37

This undated photo provided by Covidien shows their stent used to clear blood clots in the brain that cause strokes. The American Heart Association has endorsed using removable stents to open clogged arteries causing a stroke. It's the first new stroke treatment to be backed by the group in nearly 20 years and the first device ever recommended for this purpose. (AP Photo/Covidien, Stan Sholik)Many stroke patients have a new treatment option — if they seek help fast enough to get it. New guidelines endorse using a removable stent to open clogged arteries causing a stroke.


Woman killed, car missing in East Mt. Airy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:35

Police ID woman found dead with slashed throat in East Mt. AiryThe discovery of a woman deceased inside an East Mt. Airy home has Philadelphia homicide detectives on the hunt for the killer and the woman's vehicle.