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Jury still undecided in defamation case brought by Jesse Ventura

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:49

File photo of Ventura clapping during the Minnesota Timberwolves' NBA Western Conference semifinal playoff game against the Sacramento Kings, in MinneapolisBy Todd Melby ST PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - A jury deliberated for a second day on Wednesday without reaching a verdict in a defamation lawsuit brought by former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura alleging his reputation was sullied by claims in a former Navy SEAL's book about his involvement in a bar fight. In closing arguments a day earlier, defense lawyers said Ventura, a former professional wrestler, was a publicity seeker trying to grab headlines by filing a defamation case against the estate of a fellow ex-Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle, who died after serving his country with honor. In Kyle's book, "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History," he alludes to a bar fight in which he hits someone who made disparaging comments about Navy SEALs. They said their client was defamed by the section chronicling a bar fight between the two men.

Sketch of suspect in peacock killing released

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:49

This artist sketch provided by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Wendesday, July 23, 2014 shows a man who is suspected of shooting and killing a peacock from his Mercedes-Benz in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. on July 9, 2014. Witnesses say the bird was standing in a driveway and the man fired from the driver’s seat of the silver sedan. (AP Photo/SPCA)Officials have released a sketch of a man suspected of shooting and killing a peacock from his Mercedes-Benz earlier this month in Southern California.

Porch shooter's lawyer says he feared for his life

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:39

FILE - In this April 25, 2014, file photo, Theodore Wafer listens during a motion hearing in Judge Timothy Kenny's courtroom at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit. Jury selection starts Monday, July 21, 2014, in a trial that will put Wafer's self-defense claim to a tough test. The 19-year-old woman, Renisha McBride, was drunk but unarmed when she climbed the steps of his Dearborn Heights porch, 3 ½ hours after crashing her car a few blocks away. Roused from sleep by the sound of pounding in the wee hours, he grabbed his shotgun, opened the front door and blasted her in the face. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Eric Seals, File) DETROIT NEWS OUT; NO SALESDETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch was rocked out of sleep by a series of "boom, boom, boom" pounding sounds outside his home, causing him to grab a shotgun, open the front door and fire, a defense lawyer told jurors during opening statements Wednesday.

Wisconsin governor race remains in a dead heat despite probe -poll

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:38

Wisconsin Governor Walker speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition Spring Leadership Meeting at the Venetian Resort in Las VegasBy Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is seeking re-election in November, has not seen any significant drop in his support since the release of documents on a probe into possible illegal campaign financing, a poll showed on Wednesday. The first-term Republican governor received 46 percent support, while his likely Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, got 45 percent support, the Marquette Law School Poll taken from July 17 to 20 showed. In June, a U.S. appeals court unsealed hundreds of documents that showed state prosecutors accusing Walker and others of participating in a broad plan to circumvent the state's campaign finance laws during recall elections in 2011 and 2012.

Attorney: Accused Nazi from Philadelphia has died

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:37

 Accused Nazi from Philadelphia has diedAn 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect died in custody hours before a U.S. ruling Wednesday that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial.

Montana senator's thesis appears to plagiarize

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:33

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 26, 2014, file photo, U.S. Sen. John Walsh speaks to reporters in Helena, Mont. The Democrat's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4.(AP Photo/Matt Volz, File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers.

Firefighters hold line in Washington as experts warn of more fires

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:27

Smoke rises from the Carlton Complex Fire near WinthropBy Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Firefighters were holding the line on Wednesday against the largest wildfire in Washington state's history, as scientists warned that such blazes across the Western United States were becoming hotter, larger and more dangerous. The Carlton Complex fire burning east of the Cascade Mountains remained at 16 percent containment as crews cited progress installing lines around its 380 square mile (980 square km) perimeter, said Joni Quarnstrom, a spokeswoman for firefighting efforts. President Barack Obama has signed an emergency disaster declaration for areas ravaged by the fire, which was triggered by lightning July 14 and spread rapidly through the Methow Valley, 120 miles northeast of Seattle. Between 150 and 200 homes and dwellings have been destroyed by the fire, and two tiny communities of about a dozen homes in the Methow Valley, home to about 10,000 people, remained under highest-level evacuation orders.

US economy, though sluggish, may now be sturdier

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:26

In this Tuesday, July 8, 2014 photo, Mark Ahlemann, center, passes out papers to participants during a during a breakfast networking session hosted by Gray Hair Management at a restaurant in Elk Grove Village, Ill. By continuing to draw a paycheck, older workers pay taxes and that ought to reduce the budgetary pressures on younger generations, Gary Burtless, a senior economics fellow at the Brookings Institution, concluded in a 2013 paper. But in a sluggish recovery where job gains have not kept pace with population growth, the persistence of older workers has actually hurt younger generations (AP Photo/Matt Marton)WASHINGTON (AP) — Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged.

California lawmaker's bribery trial postponed until he leaves office

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:25

File photo of California State Senator Ron Calderon in Sacramento(Reuters) - California state Senator Ron Calderon's trial on bribery charges has been delayed until after he leaves office this year. U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder, in a court order on Tuesday, rescheduled the suspended Democratic lawmaker's trial to May 19 from Sept. 16, finding that not pushing the case back would deny Calderon's lawyers the time they need to prepare their defense. Calderon is one of three California state senators, along with Democrats Roderick Wright and Leland Yee, who were suspended over ethics charges, costing their party a cherished two-thirds legislative majority in the Senate during an election year. Calderon, who has been in the California Senate for 12 years and who had served four years in the state Assembly, is charged in a federal grand jury indictment with taking some $100,000 in cash bribes, along with plane trips, golf outings and jobs for his children, in exchange for influencing legislation.

Texas woman sentenced to life in prison for starving stepson to death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:22
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas woman was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison for her role in starving her 10-year-old stepson to death and then dumping his body in a creek bed. Elizabeth Ramsey, 33, was found guilty on Tuesday by a Dallas County jury in the death of Johnathan Ramsey in 2011 and given the life sentence by the same jury, which deliberated for an hour on her punishment. Ramsey's lawyers had asked jurors to find her guilty of a lesser charge, arguing that the boy's father and her husband, Aaron Ramsey, forced her to participate in the crime and prevented her from contacting law enforcement officials to save Johnathan. Aaron Ramsey was sentenced to life in prison last year in the boy's death.

Libyan al Qaeda suspect's legal defense financed by foreign government

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:21

A courtroom sketch shows Nazih al-Ragye known by the alias Abu Anas al-Liby as he appears in Manhattan Federal Court for an arraignment in New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A foreign government is paying for the criminal defense of alleged senior al Qaeda militant Anas al-Liby, his defense lawyer told a U.S. judge on Wednesday. Al-Liby, whose real name is Nazih al-Ragye, was captured in October in Libya by U.S. forces and brought to the United States to face terrorism charges in connection with the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. It was not immediately clear whether the government is Libya, which condemned the seizure as an unauthorized operation within its borders. Al-Liby’s lawyer, Bernard Kleinman, declined to disclose the identity of the governmental “entity” covering his fees during the court hearing in New York federal court.

Florida death row inmate's appeal wins backing from former prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:18
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A death row inmate's appeal for a new trial in Florida has won the backing of 14 former prosecutors and government attorneys who either sought or defended many death sentences in their careers. Clemente Aguirre, 33, was convicted in the 2004 stabbing murders of his neighbors at a Seminole County trailer park. New evidence since his 2006 conviction, especially DNA found in the trailer, point to a mentally ill relative of the victims who later confessed twice during mental breakdowns to the murders, according to Aguirre’s appeal to the Florida Supreme Court. “A new trial is warranted because the state’s circumstantial evidence no longer can exclude the very reasonable and credible hypothesis of innocence,” the lawyers wrote in a friend-of-the-court brief filed last week.

Doubts raised about Texas plan to send National Guard to border

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:17
By Jon Herskovitz and Jim Forsyth AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - As Texas prepares to send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure its border with Mexico, several sheriffs in the region are expressing doubts on whether the money spent for the deployment could be better used elsewhere. The National Guard said the troops were expected to be deployed in the next 30 days to support the state's border security operation and work with law enforcement officers to keep criminals from entering the United States.

Spokeswoman: Indiana teen pilot dies in crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:16

In this Thursday, June 19, 2014 photo, Babar Suleman and son Haris Suleman, 17, stand next to their plane at an airport in Greenwood, Ind. before taking off for an around-the-world flight. On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, a single-engine plane with two aboard crashed in waters off American Samoa, with a registration number matching the plane flown by the Indiana teen attempting to fly around the world in 30 days. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Robert Scheer)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana teenager who was attempting to set a record for an around-the-world flight has died in a crash over the Pacific Ocean, a family spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Clinton launches baby-talking campaign in Oakland

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:14

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, center, speaks to parents and children at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Clinton spoke at an Oakland hospital event, which was sponsored by the Clinton Foundation and other community groups, to encourage parents to talk, sing and read to their young children. (AP Photo/Pool)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton launched a new campaign Wednesday — to encourage parents to talk, read and sing to their babies.

40 bodies from jet solemnly returned to Dutch soil

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:04

Pallbearers carry a coffin towards a hearse during a ceremony to mark the return of the first bodies, of passengers and crew killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, from Ukraine at Eindhoven military air base, Netherlands, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. After being removed from the planes, the bodies were taken in a convoy of hearses to a military barracks in the central city of Hilversum, where forensic experts will begin the painstaking task of identifying the bodies and returning them to their loved ones. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind.

Criminal probe of Cuomo administration urged

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:02
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Political foes of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called Wednesday for prompt criminal investigation of his administration following a news report that his office thwarted attempts by his own special corruption commission to investigate groups with ties to him.

Police investigate flag switch on Brooklyn Bridge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:00

Police investigate flag switch on Brooklyn BridgePolice are searching for four or five people they believe scaled to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge's two towers in the dead of night.

Officials: Williston fire burned chemicals; air OK

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:59

Smoke rises from the site of a fire in an industrial area of Williston, N.D. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Authorities have set up an evacuation zone within a half-mile radius of Red River Supply, the site of the fire. No injuries were immediately reported. Red River Supply provides services to oil companies working in North Dakota's oil patch. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — An emergency manager says this week's fire at a Williston oil field supply company likely burned dozens of different chemicals that were stored there.

Reading woman to drug dealers: Stay away

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:59

 Stay awayA Reading woman is letting everyone on her block know she won't tolerate crime.