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1990 arson-murder rap tossed, man is set free

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:15

1990 arson-murder rap tossed, man is set freeA 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.

Oklahoma City police dog recovering from stab wounds, suspect killed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:12
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma City police dog stabbed multiple times is expected to survive wounds it incurred while trying to subdue a suspect who led police on a high-speed car chase and then was shot dead by an officer, police said on Monday. "They say he's going to make it, but whether or not he (the dog) returns to duty remains to be seen," Oklahoma City Police Captain Dexter Nelson said. When the driver began running along a service road, the Oklahoma City K9 officer released his police dog to chase the suspect, catching the man who took out a knife and started stabbing the dog, police said.

Shooter at U.S. Army base in Virginia kills herself, sparks lockdown

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:11
The soldier entered the four-story Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters at about 8:45 a.m. EDT (0845 ET) and locked herself in an office. WRIC TV, an ABC affiliate in Richmond, quoted base officials as saying the soldier was a sergeant first class and a 14-year veteran. She had been at Fort Lee for three years. "We are sad for our soldier in arms that she faced those kinds of challenges that she thought she had to resort to those kind of actions," Major General Stephen Lyons, the base commander, said at a televised news conference.

Young boy hospitalized after cleaning chemicals found in Dairy Queen shake

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:08

Young boy hospitalized after cleaning chemicals found in Dairy Queen shakeA trip to a Dairy Queen didn't end as expected for one family after a young boy made a trip to a hospital.

Hunter hired by Washington state kills 1 wolf

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:08
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — One wolf has been killed by a hunter hired by Washington, a state where the animals have been regaining a foothold in recent years after being hunted to extinction in the early 1900s.

Pilots' union, UPS barred from probe of 2013 U.S. crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:05

NTSB handout shows inspectors survey the wreckage of a UPS Airbus A300 cargo plane which crashed near the airport in BirminghamNational Transportation Safety Board told United Parcel Service Inc and its pilots union on Monday that they can no longer take part in the investigation of a 2013 crash that killed two UPS pilots. The agency said in a statement that the Independent Pilots Association and UPS Airlines had violated a participation agreement by publicly commenting on the investigation into the Birmingham, Alabama, crash before the board's public meeting on its cause. The decision bars UPS and the union from the investigation into the crash of an A300-600 cargo plane as it tried to land in August 2013. Pilot Cerea Beal Jr. and first officer Shanda Fanning were killed.

Mourners gather in St. Louis for Brown funeral

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:56

Mourners gather in St. Louis for Brown funeralHundreds of people lined up in sweltering heat Monday to say goodbye to Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot and killed earlier this month in a confrontation with a police officer that fueled almost two weeks of street protests.

Helicopter crashes in Cape May County

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:52

Helicopter crashes in Cape May CountyEmergency crews responded to the report of a helicopter crash in Middle Township, New Jersey Monday morning.

Oldest US gay bookstore to reopen in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:41
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The nation's oldest gay bookstore will reopen next month in Philadelphia after closing three months ago due to financial problems.

Military: Soldier dies after shooting herself in head in barricaded Va. army office

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:38
FORT LEE, Va. (AP) — Military: Soldier dies after shooting herself in head in barricaded Va. army office.

Bankruptcy judge approves Detroit water/sewer bond plan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:38

A City of Detroit Water and Sewerage man-hole cover is seen along Jefferson Avenue in the Delray neighborhood of DetroitA bankruptcy court judge on Monday approved Detroit's proposal to repurchase nearly $1.5 billion of existing water and sewer revenue bonds tendered by investors and to refinance the debt to save money. The ruling by Judge Steven Rhodes, who is overseeing Detroit's historic bankruptcy case, clears the way for the sale of about $1.8 billion of refunding bonds to pay for the tender and raise $162 million for new projects. Treatment of the city's $5.2 billion of outstanding water and sewer bonds was a big hole in Detroit's plan to adjust $18 billion of debt after most investors in those bonds rejected the plan earlier this summer. Detroit, which filed the biggest-ever U.S.

Russian tourist charged in Brooklyn Bridge climb

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:33

Yaroslav Kolchin is arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Kolchin a Russian tourist has been accused of climbing to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge and is facing reckless endangerment and trespass charges. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Alec Tabak, Pool)A Russian tourist climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge to take pictures for fun in the landmark's second security breach in a month, authorities said Monday.

PHOTOS: Arrests in Phila. prostitution sting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:28

 Arrests in Phila. prostitution stingPhiladelphia police say eight more men have been arrested in yet another prostitution sting in the city.

Guilty plea in California meat-recall case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:25
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse accused of processing cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge.

Army: Barricaded in office, Ft. Lee soldier shot herself

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:25

 Barricaded in office, Ft. Lee soldier shot herselfThe Army says early reports indicated that a female soldier turned a gun on herself and fired one shot, injuring herself, at Fort Lee in Virginia.

Ohio landlords to pay $850,000 in housing discrimination case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:19
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio couple who own apartment buildings agreed to pay $850,000 to settle complaints they discriminated against both African-American renters and families with children, a spokesman for the United States Attorney's Office said Monday. John and Mary Ruth, owners of three apartment complexes located in Massillon, 20 miles south of Akron, agreed to pay $650,000 in damages and legal fees to multiple plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Stark County, former residents and employees.   The Ruths will also pay a $25,000 fine to the government and $175,000 in damages to 11 former residents and employees after agreeing to a consent order that resolves the lawsuit without trial and without the defendant admitting guilt in the matter, according to U.S. The federal lawsuit filed in 2011 claims that 10 of the couple's former employees testified that they were instructed to violate the Fair Housing Act (FHA) by allowing no more than one third of all apartment units be rented to African-Americans.   The Ruths told managers, "that African-American tenants were undesirable and decreased the value of the complexes" and that families with children were also not desirable and "should be restricted to basement or first floor units," according to court documents.   Former employees interviewed for the lawsuit said that existing tenants were given "discriminatory treatment in an effort to induce them to move out" and managers were pressured to manufacture grounds to evict them or be fired.   "It is a sad fact that decades after the passage of the Fair Housing Act, many people still face unlawful discrimination when looking for housing," said Molly Moran, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.

Prosecution questions Virginia ex-governor in corruption trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:17

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell testified on Monday that his finances were in good shape as he underwent prosecution questioning in the fifth week of his federal corruption trial. McDonnell, 60, testified under cross-examination that he did not need money from businessman Jonnie Williams Sr. The dietary supplement entrepreneur is alleged to have given McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, $177,000 in gifts and loans to promote his company. Attorney Michael Dry pointed to emails from Maureen McDonnell and the governor's sister expressing concern about financial problems. Dry then pointed to the $50,000 loan that Williams gave Maureen McDonnell and the $70,000 in loans to McDonnell through the corporation that McDonnell and his sister had set up to run beach properties.

Ferguson schools reopen, offer calm amid chaos

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:11

Normandy High School football players, students and parents observe a moment of silence for Michael Brown before the start of the first game of the school year, in Ferguson, MoFERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Schools in Ferguson welcomed back students from their summer breaks on Monday, providing the children with a much-needed break from the raucous street protests and police patrols that have gripped the St. Louis suburb since a white officer killed an unarmed black man more than two weeks ago.

Man arrested for shooting dogs suspected in three L.A. homicides

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:11
By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 34-year-old man who was arrested after shooting two dogs over the weekend is also considered a suspect in three homicides committed within an hour across Los Angeles' sprawling San Fernando Valley, police said on Monday. Alexander Hernandez of Sylmar was detained on animal cruelty charges after shooting two dogs to death on Saturday, Los Angeles Police spokeswoman Liliana Preciado said.    Hernandez was also a suspect in the fatal shootings of a man in his twenties or thirties, a woman about 50 years old, and a woman in her early twenties whose two family members were also wounded, Preciado said. Preciado said Hernandez was linked to the three killings because it appeared the same shotgun involved in the murders was used to shoot the dogs.   The suspect may have fired at the victims from a tan or gold SUV with tinted windows driving through a suburb outside of Los Angeles in the pre-dawn hours.    Los Angeles Police captain William Hayes told reporters at a press conference on Sunday evening that Hernandez barricaded himself in his home for an hour on Sunday night, after which a police SWAT team took him into custody.   “You have three grievous incidents, you have horrendous incidents,” Hayes said at the briefing outside Hernandez’s home.

Penn State student dies, possibly fell from crane

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 03:49

Penn State student dies, possibly fell from cranePolice in central Pennsylvania say a Penn State freshman died from a fall at a construction site on campus over the weekend.