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Maryland man surrenders in fatal 'stop whining' hit and run accident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 04:43
(Reuters) - A Maryland man accused in a fatal hit-and-run accident that drew national attention when a 911 operator told the victim's teenage daughter to "stop whining" has turned himself in, officials said on Thursday. Earl Teeter, 73, of Hyattsville, Maryland, was charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident involving a death and unsafe operation of a vehicle. The Feb. 1 crash on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, killed Rick Warrick, 38, of Washington, and his fiancée suffered extensive injuries, according to U.S. Park Police.Teeter was released under court supervision and ordered not to operate a vehicle.

Custody over abused horses heats up with court decision

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 04:38
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A legal battle over who gets custody of two abused Tennessee walking horses is heating up after a state appeals court said it's not willing to return the animals to their purported owners just yet.

Apple Watch isn't the only gadget out this week

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 04:37

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2015 file photo, two new Samsung phones, the Galaxy S6, top left, and Galaxy S6 Edge, top right, are on display at a special press preview in New York. Samsung's new Galaxy phones make their general U.S. debut on Friday, April 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The public will have its first chance to see, touch and buy the Apple Watch on Friday, as Apple stores in the U.S. and eight markets abroad start previews and online orders commence.

AccuWeather: Another Damp, Chilly Day

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 04:37

 Another Damp, Chilly DayMeteorologist David Murphy says temperatures soar on Friday, but late thunderstorms are possible.

Judge tosses cameraman from ex-NFL star's murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 04:30

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez sits after lunch break in the courtroom of the Bristol County Superior Court House in Fall River, MassachusettsBy Scott Malone FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - The judge in former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's murder trial on Thursday barred a local television cameraman from the trial after he drove a truck that followed a bus full of jurors, saying the incident could have led to a mistrial. The jury deliberated for a third day without reaching a verdict on whether Hernandez, 25, is guilty of murdering an associate, in the first of two murder trials he faces this year. After the jury in Fall River, Massachusetts, determines whether he killed semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, Hernandez will face a trial in Boston on charges of fatally shooting two Cape Verdean men outside a nightclub in 2012. Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh said two of the 15 jurors reported they had been followed by a truck from WHDH television, an NBC affiliate, and summoned the cameraman who had driven the truck, Robert Cusanelli, to court.

U.S. liable in death of lawyer Dershowitz's sister-in-law: judge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 04:26
(Reuters) - A Manhattan federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government is liable for the accidental death of the sister-in-law of prominent criminal defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz. Marilyn Dershowitz, 68, was crushed to death by a U.S. Postal Service truck while bicycling with her husband, Nathan, in Manhattan in 2011. The following month, the family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the government. In a ruling late on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Sarah Netburn said she had found the government "100 percent liable" for the fatal accident.

Connecticut man gets probation for infant son's death in hot car

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 04:22
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - A Connecticut man who pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide after his 15-month-old son died when he was left unattended in the man's car on a hot July day was sentenced to non-supervised probation on Thursday. Kyle Seitz, 37, of Ridgefield, Connecticut, was sentenced to two years conditional discharge, on the condition he is not arrested again on any other charge and goes to court-ordered counseling. "Mr. Seitz has endured a sufficient level of suffering," said Superior Court Judge Kevin Russo said.

Connecticut man spared prison in toddler son's hot car death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 04:17
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A judge on Thursday spared a Connecticut father from prison time in the death of a young son he left in a car on a hot day, saying the man had suffered enough.

Washington state police find family's stolen vacation cabin

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 04:17
A vacation cabin that disappeared off its foundation in eastern Washington state has been located several miles (km) away, apparently stolen using a flatbed truck by people who intended to live in it, a law enforcement official said on Thursday. The Stevens County Sheriff's Office said deputies found the missing log cabin in a rural area near Springdale after receiving information about its whereabouts. We do have suspects," said Steven County Sheriff Kendle Allen, who added that it appears the suspects had been living in the building. The cabin's owner, Chris-Haney Hempel, said she and her family discovered the building missing on Tuesday, about two weeks after they last used it.

Bill would make Bible official state book of Tennessee

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 04:16
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Despite concerns that giving the holy Bible the same status as a salamander is a little tawdry and could be unconstitutional, Tennessee lawmakers are forging ahead with plans to make it the official state book — something at least two other states have failed to do.

Man shot multiple times, killed in Camden

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 04:08

Man shot multiple times, killed in CamdenA man has died after being shot multiple times in Camden.

Woman dubbed 'Military Mistress' sought in fraud in 3 states

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 04:07

This undated law enforcement booking combination photo provided by the Marion County, Ore., Sheriff's Office shows Bobbi Ann Finley of Dallas, Ore., 39, and her husband Zackerie House, 27. Authorities are searching for the pair, saying Finley and her husband have been writing fraudulent checks in three states. Finley, dubbed the “Military Mistress,” got her nickname in 2010 when national news outlets spotlighted allegations she went from one military base to the next, marrying service members to gain access to their bank accounts. In all, she married 14 U.S. service members. (AP Photo/Marion County Sheriff's Office)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon authorities are searching for the woman they've dubbed the "Military Mistress," saying she and her husband have been writing fraudulent checks in three states.

Gay man ousted from Catholic school may have little recourse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 04:06
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Supporters of a teacher whose Omaha Catholic school contract will not be renewed because of his same-sex relationship say the school is discriminating against him based on his sexual orientation.

Man thought to be 'rat burglar' arrested, faces 72 charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 04:05
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Dover police say a man they believe to be the so-called "rat burglar" who cut holes to tunnel into buildings has been arrested in Maryland.

Judge tosses case seeking $10k in fees for late toll payment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 04:02
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A Virginia judge has dismissed a case against a woman who was charged more than $10,000 in fees and penalties for late payment of $12 in tolls.

Civil War: Lee's surrender at Appomattox, then and now

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 04:02

Thomas Lee Jessee, portraying Confederate General Robert E. Lee, front, tips his hat to Union officers on the porch of the McLean house as part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House in Appomattox, Va., Thursday, April 9, 2015. Lee left the house after meeting with Union General Ulysses S. Grant after signing the surrender documents. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) — The surrender of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant 150 years ago Thursday effectively ended the Civil War. This is a rolling account of commemorative events that include a re-enactment of Lee's last clash with Grant's troops, and of the Confederate surrender in a Virginia farmhouse on April 9, 1865. Interspersed are historical accounts from 150 years ago:

Small earthquake detected in northwest Alabama

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 04:00
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A barely detectable earthquake gently shook northwest Alabama.

L.A. launches 'Save the Drop' campaign in face of record drought

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 03:54
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti launched a "Save the Drop" campaign on Thursday, seeking to rally residents of California's most populous city behind water-saving measures in the face of a devastating, multi-year drought. The public relations push comes as state officials tighten already strict rules on water usage and ask cities and towns across California to enforce a 25 percent reduction in water usage before the hot, dry summer season begins. California is entering its fourth year of a severe drought that has left mountain snow pack, which generally provides about a third of the state's water, at its lowest level on record and forced farmers to fallow thousands of acres of cropland. In Los Angeles, Garcetti's campaign implores residents of America's second-largest city to save water with ads on buses and trash trucks and an educational programs at libraries and alerts them to programs such as rebates for replaces water-gulping grass lawns with drought-tolerant plants.

Jurors finish hearing evidence in missing NYC boy trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 03:50
NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors in New York City have finished hearing evidence in the case against Pedro Hernandez, who is charged with murder in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn PAYTS).

Q&A on AP investigation of perimeter security at US airports

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 03:43
A year ago, 15-year-old Yahya Abdi climbed the fence protecting the airport in San Jose, California, hoisted himself into a parked plane's wheel well and survived a long, freezing flight to Hawaii.