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NYC to pay $6.25 million to man cleared in 1989 killing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:04

FILE - In this April 18, 2014 file photo, Jonathan Fleming, who was exonerated of murder after almost 25 years behind bars, listens during a visit with his lawyer in New York. New York City has agreed to pay $6.25 million to Fleming the city comptroller said Tuesday, June 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has agreed to pay $6.25 million to a man who spent nearly 25 years in prison before being exonerated in a killing that happened while he was more than 1,000 miles away vacationing at Disney World, the city comptroller said Tuesday.


Former White House chef drowned while hiking in New Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:03
(Reuters) - A former White House chef who went missing after setting off alone on a hike near Taos, New Mexico, died of accidental drowning in a mountain stream, state police said on Tuesday.

House votes to kill health law's Medicare savings panel

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:01
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Tuesday to kill a federal panel that is supposed to find ways to curb Medicare spending, as Republicans ignored a veto threat and leveled their latest blow at President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Autopsy shows Freddie Gray died of 'high-energy injury': Baltimore newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 06:59

Residents watch celebrations on West North Avenue near the looted and burned CVS Pharmacy in BaltimoreThe spinal injury to Freddie Gray, whose death in April triggered protests and rioting, was most likely caused when the police van in which he was riding suddenly decelerated, the newspaper said. The state medical examiner's office concluded that Gray's death fit the medical and legal definition of an accident. Gray, 25, was arrested on April 12 following a foot chase by officers and suffered a severe spinal injury while in police custody.


Badly rotted beams identified in deadly balcony collapse

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 06:28
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A balcony that snapped off an apartment building and led to the deaths of six college students was supported by wooden beams that had been badly rotted by exposure to moisture, building inspectors in Berkeley, California, said Tuesday.

Tornado warning for Camden, Gloucester and Burlington counties CANCELLED

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 06:26

Tornado warning for Camden, Gloucester and Burlington counties CANCELLEDThe tornado warning for parts of Camden, Gloucester and Burlington counties has been cancelled.


U.S.-Canadian man charged for Cynk trades, $300 million fraud

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 06:24
A dual U.S. and Canadian citizen has been criminally charged with running a stock manipulation fraud that generated $300 million of illegal profit, and included a pump-and-dump scheme that caused the market value of little-known Cynk Technology Corp to rocket past $6 billion. Gregg Mulholland, 45, is charged with securities fraud and money laundering conspiracies following his arrest on Tuesday at Phoenix International Airport during a layover of his flight to Mexico from Canada. Mulholland's arrest and criminal charges were announced by Acting U.S. Attorney Kelly Currie in Brooklyn, New York.

Pickup sought in roadside killing, related shooting attempt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 06:24
LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — Investigators are looking for a vehicle believed to be connected with one of three apparently random roadside shootings in northern Colorado, along with a previously unreported attempted shooting.

Amazon, Google join retailers in banning Confederate flag

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 06:24
Google Inc joined Amazon.com Inc and eBay Inc on Tuesday in pulling Confederate flag merchandise from their shopping site, following brick and mortar retailers in reacting to last week's racially motivated mass shooting at a historic black South Carolina church. Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Sears Holdings Corp on Monday banned sales of products bearing the image of the Confederate battle flag. The "Stars and Bars" has become a lightning rod for outrage over the killing of nine black men and women at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston last Wednesday.

A look at calls to remove Confederate symbols across South

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 06:20

FILE This Thursday May 2, 2002 file photo shows a sample of the Sons of Confederate Veterans specialty Virginia state license plate in Richmond, Va. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Tuesday, June 23, 2015 that he's moving to have the Confederate flag banished from state license plates in the wake of a massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. (Mark Gormus/Richmond Times Dispatch via AP)Following a massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, a bipartisan mix of officials across the country is calling for the removal of Confederate flags and other symbols of the Confederacy.


Report: Autopsy finds 'high-energy injury' in Gray's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 06:12
BALTIMORE (AP) — An autopsy report obtained by The Baltimore Sun says a medical examiner has found Freddie Gray suffered a "high-energy injury" while riding in a Baltimore police van and the failure of officers to follow procedures makes the death a homicide.

Mistrial declared in Vanderbilt University rape case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 06:11
A Tennessee judge on Tuesday declared a mistrial in a rape case against two former Vanderbilt University football players because a juror had failed to disclose that he was himself a rape victim, according to court documents. Judge Monte Watkins set aside the January verdict against Cory Batey, 21, and Brandon Vandenburg, 22, who were convicted of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery for an assault on an unconscious female student. The case came at a time of heightened scrutiny of sexual assault on campus.

Prosecutors show 'nanny cam' footage in Connecticut assault case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 06:11
A Connecticut nanny charged with beating and burning a 3-year-old girl in her charge appeared on Tuesday in court where prosecutors showed video taken from a hidden camera depicting the girl being slapped and having her hands pressed to a stove. Lidia Quilligana, 32, of Danbury, has pleaded not guilty to charges including first-degree assault, risk of injury to a minor and third-degree criminal mischief. At a hearing before Superior Court Judge Kevin Russo in Danbury on Tuesday, prosecutors showed "nanny cam" footage in which a woman they said was Quilligana could be seen force-feeding the 3-year-old and pressing her hands and leg to a stove burner and striking her 1-year-old twin siblings.

SC lawmakers overwhelmingly vote to debate Confederate flag

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 06:10

A Confederate flag flies next to the Alabama Confederate Memorial on the grounds of the Alabama Capitol building in Montgomery, Ala., Monday, June 22, 2015. (Albert Cesare/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to consider removing the Confederate flag from their Statehouse grounds and other politicians took aim at Civil War-era symbols across the South, saying change is imperative after police said nine black churchgoers were slain in a hate crime.


TORNADO WARNING for parts of Camden, Gloucester and Burlington counties until 6:30 p.m.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 06:09

Tornado warning for Camden, Gloucester and Burlington counties CANCELLEDThere is a TORNADO WARNING for parts of Camden, Gloucester and Burlington counties until 6:30 p.m.


Colorado man wakes to find black bear nibbling ankle: local paper

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 06:03
A resident of a Colorado mountain town woke from a nap on his deck to find a black bear nibbling his ankle, but later rejected a request by wildlife officials to put a trap on his property, a local newspaper reported on Tuesday. Peter Rizzuto, 77, told The Aspen Times he thought at first the creature was a large dog. Rizzuto contacted the Colorado Parks and Wildlife department the following day, but then declined to place a bear trap in his backyard in the ski resort of Snowmass, near Aspen.

Funeral plans for South Carolina church shooting victims

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 06:00
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Several funerals and other services have been set for the nine people slain in a shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Police: Shotgun fire injures 7 in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 05:52

 Shotgun fire injures 7 in KensingtonSeven people were injured after a shooting on Monday afternoon in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, including an 11-year-old girl.


Charleston church gunman bought pistol near home: NBC

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 05:51

South Carolina shooting suspect Dylann Roof is escorted by police in a still image from a dash cam videoThe accused Charleston gunman, Dylann Roof, bought the semiautomatic pistol used in last week's church massacre at a South Carolina gun store about 25 miles from his home, according to NBC News, citing officials familiar with the sale. The purchase was legal despite Roof's arrest in February for illegal possession of prescription painkillers, officials told NBC. Roof's father gave him a .45-caliber Glock pistol for his birthday this year, his uncle told Reuters.


Severe Thunderstorm WARNING for Philadelphia and suburbs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 05:49

Tornado warning for Camden, Gloucester and Burlington counties CANCELLEDThere is a severe thunderstorm WARNING for Philadelphia and the surrounding counties.