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Report: Man killed by Madison officer was high on mushrooms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:48

This combination made with file photos provided by the Madison, Wis. police department and Wisconsin Department of Corrections shows Madison Police officer Matt Kenny, left, and Tony Robinson, a biracial man who was killed by the officer. Kenny shot the unarmed 19-year-old in an apartment house on March 6. (Madison Police Department/Wisconsin Department of Corrections via AP)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced Tuesday that Madison police Officer Matt Kenny would not be charged in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Tony Robinson Jr.


Some LGBT residents critical of Utah anti-discrimination law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:41

FILE - In this March 12, 2015, file photo, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert stands after signing an anti-discrimination bill at the Capitol in Salt Lake City. A Mormon church-backed anti-discrimination law that protects gay and transgender people and religious rights took effect Tuesday, May 12, 2015, amid skepticism from LGBT residents over whether the legislation really lives up to its reputation. (Laura Seitz/The Deseret News via AP, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon church-backed anti-discrimination law that protects gay and transgender people and religious rights took effect Tuesday amid skepticism from some LGBT residents over whether it lives up to its promises.


Black professor regrets comments critical of white students

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:39
BOSTON (AP) — An incoming Boston University professor who called "white college males" a "problem population" and was publicly criticized by the university's president said on Tuesday she regrets making the remarks.

Saving lost souls on Skid Row with karaoke songs and coffee

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:35

In this Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 photo, sporting a red velvet jacket, 63-year-old Skid Row resident Vincent Washington sings a song at karaoke night at the Central City Community Church of the Nazarene on Skid Row in Los Angeles. As people harmonize on Beatles songs, they begin to lock out the ugliness outside, where a misdirected look can launch a knife fight in a second. Where across 50 square blocks on the edge of City Hall and other landmarks that represent the rich and powerful the streets reek with the smell of urine. Where some 1,700 people bed down on filthy sidewalks every night. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Darkness is falling on another long, depressing night in one of America's most marginal neighborhoods.


2 from Florida dead after chase from Colorado to New Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:35

A San Juan County Sheriff's Office deputy investigates, Monday, May 11, 2015, the scene of a fatal shooting off Bluff Road in Shiprock, N.M. Authorities say police shot and killed two people in Shiprock in connection with a chase that began in Cortez, Colo. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times via AP)SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — A Florida man and his 14-year-old niece were found dead with gunshot wounds to the head after a wild car chase across the Southwest in which multiple shots were fired at officers, New Mexico authorities said Tuesday.


California community outraged serial rapist will stay free

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:34
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge decided not to send a serial rapist back to a psychiatric hospital, outraging the California community where he has lived since his release last year and where some fear he will attack again.

Convict identified as suspect in Connecticut serial killings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:29

This undated booking photo provided by the Connecticut Department of Correction on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 shows inmate William Devin Howell. On Tuesday, a government official said Howell, 45, who has been behind bars for a decade for killing a woman is suspected in the slayings of seven people whose bodies were found buried in the woods behind a Connecticut shopping center. (Connecticut Department of Correction via AP)NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A man who has been behind bars for a decade for killing a woman is suspected in the slayings of seven people whose bodies were found buried in the woods behind a Connecticut shopping center, a government official said Tuesday.


Wisconsin officer will not face charges in killing of biracial teen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:28

Jordan King, right, chants while blocking traffic along Williamson Street after a prosecutor said that a police officer will not face charges in the fatal shooting of an unarmed 19-year-old biracial man, in MadisonBy Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - A Wisconsin police officer who fatally shot an unarmed biracial teenager in March, prompting several days of peaceful protests, will not be charged, a prosecutor said on Tuesday. Officer Matt Kenny used justified lethal force in the March 6 shooting of Tony Robinson, 19, who struck the 12-year police veteran in the head, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said. "I conclude that this tragic and unfortunate death was the result of a lawful use of deadly police force and that no charges should be brought against officer Kenny," Ozanne said in a 25-minute statement, during which he repeatedly mopped his face. The shooting in Madison, Wisconsin's capital, was one of a number of officer-involved deaths that have led to increased scrutiny of police use of force in the United States, particularly against young black men.


Navajo president pledges to walk road to true sovereignty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:21

Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez, left, and Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye receive blessings during their inauguration ceremony at Fighting Scouts Events Center in Fort Defiance, Ariz., Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Begaye easily beat former two-term President Joe Shirley Jr. in a special election last month for the post on the country's largest American Indian reservation. (Alexa Rogals/The Daily Times via AP)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The new president of the Navajo Nation was sworn in Tuesday at a ceremony in which he outlined a pro-business agenda and signed an agreement that includes moving forward with a tram that would shuttle tourists from cliff tops to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.


Texas executes man convicted of murdering three in Houston

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:21

Texas death row inmate Derrick Charles is seen in an undated handout pictureBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas on Tuesday executed a man convicted of murdering his girlfriend, her mother and grandfather in their Houston home in 2002 as he took revenge on the family for trying to cut off his relationship with the daughter. Derrick Charles, 32, was pronounced dead at 6:36 p.m. CDT after receiving a lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville, a prisons official said. Charles, who strangled the three, was the 525th inmate executed in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, with the state accounting for 37 percent of all executions in the country during that time. Prosecutors said he sought revenge on Brenda Bennett, 44, because she was trying to stop her underage daughter Myiesha Bennett, 15, from having sex with him.


Police: No signs of trauma on man who died in custody

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:20

This May 11, 2015 police booking photo shows Kyler L. Myers of Greenwood, Ind., who is charged with two counts of Possession of Paraphernalia and one count of Disorderly Conduct by the Greenwood Police Department. State police say the 19-year-old central Indiana man who died in police custody after being found unconscious in the back of a jail transport van was being taken to a hospital for an evaluation after he became "increasingly agitated." (Indiana State Police via AP)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An autopsy on a 19-year-old man who died in the back of a jail transport van in Indiana found no signs of trauma, investigators said Tuesday.


California man gets year in jail for beating poodle to death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:17
A Los Angeles-area man who prosecutors say beat his poodle to death last year was sentenced on Tuesday to a year in jail and ordered to attend anger management and animal cruelty classes. Jason Arnold Vaca, 35, pleaded no contest in March to a single felony charge of cruelty to an animal. A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said police responding to a 911 call of a man yelling and a dog being hit found blood inside Vaca's home and a lifeless poodle in his back yard.

Several Philadelphia police officers struck by fleeing car; suspect shot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:16

Several Philadelphia police officers struck by fleeing car; suspect shotFour Philadelphia police officers are hospitalized after they were struck by a fleeing suspect in the city's Olney section.


Verizon Wireless, Sprint settle allegations of bogus charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:07
WASHINGTON (AP) — Verizon Wireless will pay $90 million and Sprint $68 million to settle charges that the mobile giants allowed phony charges on their customers' monthly bills so they could keep a cut of the profit, federal regulators announced Tuesday.

Houston man convicted of killing 3 put to death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:05

Derrick Charles is seen in this undated handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Charles faces lethal injection Tuesday evening, May 12, 2015, for the 2002 slayings of his 15-year-old girlfriend, her mother and her grandfather at their home. His lawyers argue the 32-year-old Charles is mentally incompetent for execution and they need time and court-approved money to pursue those claims. State attorneys are opposing any delay in the punishment. Charles was 19 at the time of the crime. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate was executed Tuesday for the killings of his 15-year-old girlfriend, her mother and her grandfather nearly 13 years ago in Houston.


Moody's downgrades Chicago credit rating to junk bond status

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:57
CHICAGO (AP) — Moody's Investors Service announced Tuesday it has lowered Chicago credit rating to junk bond status, citing unfunded pension obligations and lagging tax revenue, in a move Mayor Rahm Emanuel called irresponsible.

Tulsa County officer to resign following shooting, memo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:54

FILE - This April 14, 2015 file photo provided by the Tulsa County, Okla., Sheriff's Office shows volunteer Deputy Robert Bates. The Tulsa County sheriff placed the agency's spokesman on administrative leave Monday, May 11, 2015, following last month's fatal shooting of a restrained man by Bates. Sheriff Stanley Glanz announced in a statement that Maj. Shannon Clark is on administrative leave, with pay, pending a performance evaluation. The move follows the April 2 shooting of Eric Harris by reserve deputy Robert Bates. Bates, 73, is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Eric Harris. (Tulsa County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A second top administrator in the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office resigned Tuesday in ongoing fallout from the shooting death of a restrained man by a volunteer deputy who said he mistook his weapon for a stun gun.


Nebraska officials investigating after deadly prison revolt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:52

Neb. Gov. Pete Ricketts, left, listens to Scott Frakes, director of the Nebraska Department of Corrections, during a news conference in Lincoln, Neb., Tuesday, May 12, 2015, as they discuss the aftermath of the weekend prison disturbance that left two inmates dead at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in southeast Nebraska. The Tecumseh State Correctional Institution remained on lockdown Tuesday, Frakes says the situation was under control. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials promised Tuesday a thorough investigation of a deadly prison revolt, including a review of the facility's staffing and emergency procedures and how exactly two sex offenders were killed.


Police seeking FBI help on North Vegas mayor computer images

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:44
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police decided Tuesday to ask the FBI to take over a mothballed investigation of how North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee obtained images on his computer that he told a newspaper he suspected showed child pornography.

Tracing the bird flu outbreak in North American poultry flocks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:39
(Reuters) - The United States is facing its worst outbreak on record of avian influenza as three deadly strains have hit North American poultry flocks since December, with the spread of infection picking up speed in the last few weeks. More than 32 million birds have been killed or are expected to be condemned, and three states - Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa - have declared a state of emergency. Exports, which totaled more than $6 billion last year, have been hit as buyers, including China and Mexico, slap bans on U.S. supplies. Below is a timeline of the spread of the viruses, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Canada's Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and responses by the industry and trade partners.