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Life sentence upheld for U.S. Marine who killed prostitute

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:49
Marine Corps Pacific commander has approved the life sentence recommended by a court martial for a former U.S. Marine who murdered a Las Vegas prostitute in Hawaii, a spokesman said Tuesday. The military court found Nathaniel Cosby, a former Master Sergeant, guilty in April of murdering Ivanice "Ivy" Harris, 29, who was last seen alive outside a Waikiki bar on May 16, 2013. A social media page set up by friends after she disappeared identified Harris as a Las Vegas prostitute who was visiting Hawaii.

Islamic State says beheads U.S. journalist, holds another

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:39

In this Friday, May 27, 2011, file photo, journalist James Foley responds to questions during an interview with The Associated Press, in Boston. A video by Islamic State militants that purports to show the killing of Foley by the militant group was released Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Foley, from Rochester, N.H., went missing in 2012 in northern Syria while on assignment for Agence France-Press and the Boston-based media company GlobalPost. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)By Alexander Dziadosz and Oliver Holmes BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents released a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. The video, titled "A Message To America," was posted on social media websites.

PHOTOS: Fatal crash in Huntingdon Valley, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:36

 Fatal crash in Huntingdon Valley, Pa.One person was killed and another critically injured in an accident in Huntingdon Valley, Pa.

Man falls to his death just hours after his girlfriend agreed to marry him

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:18

Man falls to his death just hours after his girlfriend agreed to marry himA yoga instructor fell to his death while he scaled rocks during a climb in Yosemite National Park on Saturday, just after his girlfriend had his accepted his marriage proposal.

Ferguson residents try to get on with life after days of protest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:14
By Ellen Wulfhorst and Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Banners flutter along the main street of downtown Ferguson but instead of the protest signs that read "Hands Up Don't' Shoot," these are ads for everyday events like a local farmers market and a church fish fry. With nightly protests and police lobbing tear gas along West Florissant Avenue, locals in the small Missouri town of just 6 square miles (16 square km) are trying to get on with their normal lives. "Things are so disruptive." "I'm wishing it would all go away, but then I have to catch myself because a young man is dead and another man is being held up to all kinds of scrutiny." In the warren of residential streets lined with small single-story brick houses nearest to West Florissant, residents said they are growing exasperated by the violence and its fallout. You have to give the police time to do their job right." Waiting to get her car repaired in downtown Ferguson, 81-year-old Helen Robinson fretted that she couldn't make her regular drive down West Florissant, a major thoroughfare.

As Missouri violence flares, fingers point to outsiders

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:14
By Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - As darkness fell on Ferguson, Missouri, the crowd of several hundred people protesting the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen quickly and radically changed. By the end of another night of violence, dozens of people had been arrested, marking the latest outbreak of rancor in the St. Louis suburb where calls for peaceful protests have been overshadowed by episodes of looting, arson and clashes with police over the last 10 days. Civil rights leaders and police - at odds over much of what has occurred in this small, mostly black St. Louis suburb - agree on at least one hypothesis: Many of the perpetrators are not local residents. After Monday's violence, 56 people were arrested overnight, most on a charge of failure to disperse, according to the St. Louis County Justice Services Center.

Lawyer: Man shot trespasser he thought pointed gun

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:02
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 73-year-old former schoolteacher facing a murder charge in the death of an unarmed trespasser should have his $2 million bail reduced dramatically because he poses no flight risk and opened fire in self-defense when he thought the man pointed a gun at him, his new defense attorney said.

Two suspected bank robbers lead police on wild chase in Connecticut

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:59
By Richard Weizel WESTPORT Conn. (Reuters) - Two Connecticut men suspected of robbing a bank led police on a wild car and foot chase on Tuesday before being arrested, authorities said. Jermaine Cowan, 35, and Carmello DeKane, 30, face charges including second-degree robbery after holding up a bank in Westport, according to authorities. Police said the suspects then fled in a car, driving the wrong way down Merritt Parkway.

Singer Ray J denies crimes at Beverly Hills hotel

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:49

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2014 file photo, Ray J attends the Los Angeles premiere of "Sparkle" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, the singer pleaded not guilty to groping a woman at a Beverly Hills hotel bar and resisting arrest afterward. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Singer Ray J has pleaded not guilty to groping a woman at a Beverly Hills hotel bar and resisting arrest afterward.

NYC took quick precautions after in-custody death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:37

FILE - In this July 23, 2014 file photo, Eric Garner's body lies in a casket during his funeral at Bethel Baptist Church in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Garner died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold. Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan announced Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, that an extra grand jury will be impaneled to hear evidence next month in the July 17 death of Garner. Donovan says his decision is based on his office's investigation and the medical examiner's ruling that the death was homicide. (AP Photo/New York Daily News, Julia Xanthos, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The police killings of two unarmed black men came barely three weeks apart, generating immediate — and potentially volatile — outrage.

No photos: Parents opt to keep babies off Facebook

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:30

In this Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 photo provided by Wasim Ahmad, Ahmad, left, and his wife, Lakshmi Ramsoondar-Ahmad, pose with their newborn son in Merrick, N.Y. Two days after his son was born, Ahmad bought the website domain with his son’s name. “I’m going to make it a private website with a password so family can log in” to see updates, he says. “When he gets old enough, I'll probably give him the keys.”(AP Photo/Courtesy Wasim Ahmad, Scott Stamile)NEW YORK (AP) — Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook.

Grand jury could hear case against police officer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:26

A member of the Missouri National Guard stands guard at a police command post Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson's leaders urged residents Tuesday to stay home after dark to "allow peace to settle in" and pledged several actions to reconnect with the predominantly black community in the St. Louis suburb where the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)CHICAGO (AP) — A Missouri grand jury could begin hearing evidence as soon as Wednesday to determine whether any charges should be filed against the white suburban police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.

Former Penn State, NFL linebacker Tim Shaw reveals ALS diagnosis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:25

Former Penn State, NFL linebacker Tim Shaw reveals ALS diagnosisFormer NFL linebacker Tim Shaw has announced that he has ALS.

Lucrative Grand Canyon contract up for bid again

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:17

FILE - This Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, file photo, shows hikers on the South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz. One of the most lucrative contracts in the National Park Service is going out to bid for a third time, after Grand Canyon found the previous bids unacceptable. The successful bidder will provide lodging, food, retail and transportation services as well as mule rides on the South Rim. Those services are expected to bring in nearly $1 billion in gross revenue over 15 years. (AP Photo/Carson Walker, File)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A lucrative contract to operate some of the most iconic lodging and food locations at the Grand Canyon has been reopened for bidding in a process that will bring changes affecting the millions of people who visit the landmark each year.

California lawmakers pass bill banning inmate sterilizations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:13
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California lawmakers sent a bill to ban sterilization surgeries on inmates in California prisons to Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday, after media reports and a later audit showed officials failed to follow the state's rules for obtaining consent for the procedure known as tubal ligation from incarcerated women. “Pressuring a vulnerable population into making permanent reproductive choices without informed consent violates our most basic human rights.” The measure passed the Senate floor with a unanimous vote of 33-0 and now goes to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. An audit released in June showed that errors were made in obtaining informed consent from 39 women inmates out of 144 who had their tubes tied while incarcerated between 2005 and 2011. Prison rules make tubal ligation available to inmates as part of regular obstetrical care.

Expert: DNA evidence links suspect to killing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:12

FILE - In this Monday, March 4, 2013 file photo, Samuel Little appears at Superior Court in Los Angeles.Testimony is set to begin Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 in the trial of Little, accused of sexually assaulting and strangling three women in the 1980s. Prosecutors planned to call their first witnesses in their case against Little, 74, who faces life in prison for killing the three women who were found nude below the waist. Little was arrested in 2012 after detectives from Los Angeles found him living in a shelter in Kentucky.(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — DNA evidence taken from the clothing and body of Carol Alford a quarter-century after her death linked her slaying to a serial killing suspect with such certainty that no other person on Earth could have deposited the cells, an expert testified Tuesday.

Police: Sikh man called a terrorist, is mowed down

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:11
NEW YORK (AP) — A 55-year-old New York man accused of mowing down a Sikh man with his pickup truck after calling him a terrorist has been arrested on hate charges.

3 killed in car crash in Freehold; 1 in hospital

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:09

3 killed in car crash in Freehold; 1 in hospitalAuthorities say they are investigating a crash in Freehold that left three people dead and another person in critical condition.

Kroger in cross hairs as U.S. gun fight spills into its aisles

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:02
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA), backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is petitioning Kroger to prohibit guns in its more than 2,600 U.S. "We spend a lot of time with our kids at the grocery store.

NTSB: Crash wiped out signal that could hold clues

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 08:59

In this photo provided by the Lawrence County Sheriff, wreckage burns at the site of a railroad collision in Hoxie, Ark. on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Arkansas State Police said two Union Pacific train crew members were killed and two others injured in the early morning accident. It's at least the second head-on collision involving the company's trains since 2012, when two collided in the Oklahoma Panhandle that June, which killed three crew members and injured a fourth. (AP Photo/Lawrence County Sheriff via The Jonesboro Sun)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal investigator said Tuesday that a signal that would have given a final instruction to the crew of a railroad train involved in a fatal head-on collision was damaged in the accident but could still hold clues as to what happened.