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Felon seen on Twitter holding guns gets 18 months

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:46

In this undated image released by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, Kwmaine Davis holds a firearm in a photo he posted on Twitter. Davis was sentenced Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, to 18 months in prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)BOSTON (AP) — In a photo he posted on Twitter, Kwmaine Davis had a big smile on his face as he held one gun in each hand at a shooting range. His message to his followers: "Yes, I'm really bout that action."

Puerto Rican pleads guilty to selling putrid pork

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:40
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Puerto Rico businessman has pleaded guilty to selling thousands of pounds (kilograms) of putrid pork in the U.S. territory for more than a year.

Obama outlining mission to fight Islamic militants

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:40

Obama outlining mission to fight Islamic militantsThe president will outline an expanded military and political effort to combat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, possibly including airstrikes in Syria.

Nutter set to sign bill, decriminalizing marijuana in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:37

Nutter set to sign bill, decriminalizing marijuana in PhiladelphiaPeople caught carrying small amounts of marijuana could soon avoid a criminal record.

Clarification: Oklahoma Girls Killed story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:34
OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — In a July 31 story about a man pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the 2008 deaths of two girls and the 2011 death of his fiancee, Ashley Taylor, The Associated Press identified Faye Taylor as Ashley Taylor's mother. Faye Taylor says she raised Ashley since Ashley was a young girl. Ashley's birth mother is named Patricia Taylor.

Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:33

This undated image provided by NASA shows the ozone layer over the years, Sept. 17, 1979, top left, Oct. 7, 1989, top right, Oct. 9, 2006, lower left, and Oct. 1, 2010, lower right. Earth protective but fragile ozone layer is finally starting to rebound, says a United Nations panel of scientists. Scientists hail this as rare environmental good news, demonstrating that when the world comes together it can stop a brewing ecological crisis. (AP Photo/NASA)WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth's protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare piece of good news about the health of the planet.

Colorado woman must aid FBI as part of terror plea

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:33

Ana and John Conley, parents of defendant Shannon Conley, exit the U.S. Federal courthouse following their daughter's plea hearing, at the U.S. Federal Courthouse, in Denver, Wednesday Sept. 10, 2014. Shannon Conley, a 19-year-old suburban Denver woman who federal authorities say intended to wage jihad has pleaded guilty under a deal that requires her to give authorities information about others with the same intentions. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — A 19-year-old Colorado woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to trying to help the militant Islamic State group under a plea deal in the terrorism case that requires her to give authorities information about other Americans with the same intentions.

Mississippi gambler accused of leaving toddler in car outside casino

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:30
(Reuters) - A Mississippi father was accused of child neglect after deputies said he left his 1-year-old toddler in the car while he gambled for an hour in a casino. Martin Bass, 45, of Sarah, Miss., was released on a $500 bond, according to the report. The case is one of a slew of recent incidents around the country in which parents have left their young children in cars with sometimes dire results. Justin Ross Harris, 33, was indicted for murder last week in Georgia after his 22-month-old son died strapped into a car seat on a day when the outdoor temperature reached above 90 F. Harris claimed he forgot to drop his son off at a daycare center, but prosecutors said he intentionally killed the boy to shed the responsibility of fatherhood.

Imprisoned former Pennsylvania minister sentenced for wife's murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:29
By David DeKok Harrisburg Pa. (Reuters) - A former Methodist minister serving life in prison in Pennsylvania for the murder of his second wife was sentenced on Wednesday to up to 40 additional years for killing his first wife as well. Schirmer, 66, was sentenced last year to life in prison for the murder of his second wife, Betty Jean Schirmer, when he was pastor at the United Methodist Church in Reeders, Pennsylvania. Investigators then looked into the death of his first wife, Jewel Schirmer, in 1999. Schirmer told authorities he came home to the parsonage of Bethany United Methodist Church in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, to find his wife had fallen down the basement stairs and hit her head.

Lawsuit filed over inmate's death in NYC cell

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:29

Beverly Ann Griffin, the mother of Bradley Ballard, tries to hold back tears as her lawyer, Jonathan Abady, speaks during a news conference in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 after Griffin filed a wrongful death lawsuit against New York City. Griffin said her 39-year-old son, who was mentally ill and diabetic, was denied medication, ignored and neglected by jail guards and medical staff. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Sobbing as she read a heart-wrenching hand-written letter about her son, the mother of a mentally ill and diabetic inmate who died after spending seven days locked inside a Rikers Island jail cell announced Wednesday that she had filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and its private jail health services contractor.

South Carolina man faces murder charges in deaths of his five children

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:27

Timothy Ray Jones Jr is seen in an undated picture provided by the Smith County Sheriff's Department in Smith County, MississippiBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - A man accused of killing his five children in South Carolina and driving their corpses through several states before dumping them in garbage bags in Alabama will be charged with murder, law enforcement authorities said on Wednesday. Timothy Ray Jones Jr., 32, confessed to the killings of the children, ages 8 and under, but did not reveal a motive, authorities said. "This case has been a nightmare," Lewis McCarty, sheriff of South Carolina's Lexington County, told a news conference on Wednesday. "In all my years of law enforcement, I have never seen a case like this." The children, whose names will not be released until autopsies are performed, were reported missing by their mother on Sept. 3 and were last seen with their father on Aug. 28, authorities said.

Jodi Arias no longer wants to represent herself

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:26
PHOENIX (AP) — Jodi Arias no longer wants to represent herself in the upcoming second penalty phase in her murder case, according to a court filing Wednesday.

Heatstroke killed Maryland woman, daughters found in car: coroner

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:25
ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) - (This version of the story first published on August 12 corects the age of the younger child in paragraph 2 to 5 months, not 9 months) A Maryland mother from Guyana and her two infant daughters found dead inside a car in June died of accidental heatstroke, the state medical examiner's office said on Tuesday. Police discovered Allison Pluck, 32, and her daughters Shameka Gill and Shania Gill, ages 5 months and 18 months, unresponsive in a vehicle outside a Hagerstown school on June 16. ...

In 5-week salmonella trial, defense takes 1 hour

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:21
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Defense attorneys took barely an hour Wednesday to rest their cases after more than a month of prosecution testimony in the federal trial of three people charged in a deadly national salmonella outbreak five years ago that authorities traced to a rural Georgia peanut plant.

No delay in Detroit cop's manslaughter trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:15

FILE -- In this May 18, 2010 file photo, Dominika Stanley, left, the mother of 7-year-old Aiyana Jones sits next to Aiyana's father Charles Jones in attorney Geoffrey Fieger's office in Southfield, Mich. A judge won't delay the trial of a Detroit police officer who accidentally killed 7-year-old Aiyana Jones during a raid, despite his attorney's concerns that a "media frenzy" following a police shooting in Missouri could harm his client's right to an impartial jury. Detroit Officer Joseph Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter. Wayne County Judge Cynthia Hathaway said Weekley's trial will start Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 as planned. This is Weekley's second trial. The first ended without a verdict in June 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)DETROIT (AP) — A judge won't delay the trial of a Detroit police officer who accidentally killed a 7-year-old girl during a raid, despite his attorney's concerns that a "media frenzy" following a police shooting in Missouri could harm his client's right to an impartial jury.

U.S. to alert retailers to bomb materials to counter home-grown threat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:12
By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The government plans to give U.S. On the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Jeh Johnson said the so-called home-grown or "lone wolf" attack like last year's Boston Marathon bombing was the hardest to detect and the one he worried about most. He said his department would issue a public advisory to retailers this week identifying the materials and suspicious behavior to look for in anyone buying large quantities of them. Homemade bombs in pressure cooker pots were placed at the finish line of the famous race in Boston on April 15, 2013, killing three people and injuring 176 others in the worst attack on U.S.

Vineland cabbies victims of violent robberies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:56

Vineland cabbies victims of violent robberiesTaxi drivers in South Jersey are facing, what they call, a dangerous trend. Several say they have been held up behind the wheel - guns pointed at their faces while the thieves demand cash.

Thousands attend Chick-fil-A owner's funeral

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:51

Andrew Cathy, grandson of Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy reads scripture during the funeral service for Cathy, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at First Baptist Jonesboro in Jonesboro, Ga. Cathy, 93, died on Monday. Cathy rose from poverty by building a privately held restaurant chain that famously closes every Sunday. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUTJONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Thousands of people attended a public funeral for Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, who died early Monday at 93.

University of California task force won't support divesting fossil-fuel holding

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:51
By Joaquin Palomino SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A University of California panel announced recommendations on Wednesday to combat climate change and make the university more sustainable, but declined to endorse shedding its fossil fuel holdings from its $91 billion invesment portfolio. The university's Task Force on Sustainable Investing suggested sinking more than $1 billion over a five-year period into climate change solutions, and greatly expanding its use of solar energy in an effort to make the university system carbon-neutral by 2025. “We are looking under every rock in the university system for ways to alleviate the effects of climate change,” said Dianne Klein, a spokeswoman for UC President Janet Napolitano. While the 11-person task force reached unanimous agreement on the importance of addressing climate change, the majority opposed divesting the university's $10 billion in fossil fuel-related companies and funds.

Detroit bankruptcy trial on hold after major deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:50

FILE - This July 12, 2012 file photo show the lanes entering the United States at the Detroit Windsor Tunnel. A judge on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, suspended Detroit's bankruptcy trial until next week to give lawyers time to work out the details of a settlement that would satisfy Syncora, a major creditor that opposed the city's plan to get on its feet again. The city reached a deal Tuesday with Syncora, a bond insurer that stood to lose about $400 million under Detroit's plan to get out of bankruptcy. Detroit would extend Syncora's lease on the Winsdor tunnel between the U.S. and Canada and grant it a long-term lease on a downtown parking garage, among other concessions. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — One of Detroit's fiercest opponents in bankruptcy once compared the city's fix-it plan to an automobile "lemon" fit for the "scrapyard."