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Police: Client arrested in escort's 2007 killing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 16:27

This undated law enforcement booking photo provided by the Mesa County, Colo., Sheriff's Office shows Lester Ralph Jones. Investigators said they have arrested Jones in the killing of a Colorado woman who led a double life as a devoted mom and a paid escort before she disappeared in 2007. Police on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 arrested Jones, 63, on charges of murder, kidnapping and arson in the death of 34-year-old Paige Birgfeld, of Grand Junction, Colo. Birgfeld's remains were found in a dry creek bed in 2012. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation's cold-case team was assigned the case. (AP Photo/Mesa County Sheriff's Office)DENVER (AP) — A single mother who vanished from western Colorado more than seven years ago led a double life as a paid escort with many unsavory clients, investigators say.


Classroom sex abuse case to cost nearly $140M

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 16:25

Plaintiffs' attorney John Manly, right, with co-counsel Luis Carrillo, left, talks to reporters outside Los Angeles Superior Court Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, following the settlement of litigation involving an elementary school teacher convicted of lewd conduct against his students. The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay $139 million to end all remaining litigation in the deal involving 81 students, ending a legal saga that began when Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt was arrested in 2012 and accused of blindfolding students and feeding them his semen on cookies. Plaintiff’s lawyers had planned to present evidence suggesting the school district was aware of sexual misconduct by Berndt three decades ago but failed to act until a photo processor at a pharmacy contacted police about film Berndt dropped off that showed pictures of blindfolded children and being fed some substance. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Once lawyers began digging into Mark Berndt's past, they discovered a three-decade pattern of odd behavior and complaints about the teacher that school administrators either missed or ignored.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 16:02
"In the days ahead, the people's house will rise to this challenge. We will not stand idle as the president undermines the rule of law in our country and places lives at risk. ... He's damaging the presidency itself." — House Speaker John Boehner as Republicans struggled for a response on President Barack Obama's plan to reform immigration policy.

Officials prepare for Ferguson grand jury decision, urge calm

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 14:39

Protesters gather for candle light vigil, protesting over the August 9 police shooting of Michael Brown, outside the Ferguson Police Department in FergusonBy Daniel Wallis FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Police and protest organizers laid the groundwork on Friday for steps to avert street violence once a St. Louis-area grand jury decides whether to indict the white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August. Against the backdrop of heightened tension, the FBI arrested two men suspected of buying explosives they intended to detonate during demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, a law enforcement official told Reuters. ...


Highlights from report on Newtown school shooter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 14:11
Some highlights from Friday's 114-page report from the Connecticut Office of Child Advocate that looked into the history of Newtown school shooter Adam Lanza:

Boy who fell from cliff wakes from induced coma

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:56
BODEGA BAY, Calif. (AP) — The father of a 4-year-old boy who survived a 230-foot fall from a seaside cliff in Bodega Bay says his child has awakened from an induced coma.

Teacher charged, on leave for dragging student

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:54
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — A Central California physical education teacher was charged with a misdemeanor and put on leave after he tried to drag a 14-year-old girl across the concrete and into the high school's pool.

Investigation: Dangers of overcrowded taxi cabs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:53

 Dangers of overcrowded taxi cabsAn Action News hidden camera investigation caught taxi drivers in Atlantic City overcrowding their cabs in an effort to make money. It's an illegal practice that could be putting passengers in a dangerous situation.


1 dead, 4 injured in Horsham crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:45

1 dead, 4 injured in Horsham crashAuthorities say one person was killed and four others injured in a crash in Horsham, Montgomery County.


Man passes out while working on scaffolding in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:28

Man passes out while working on scaffolding in South PhiladelphiaA man passed out while working on scaffolding at a chemical plant in South Philadelphia and had to be rescued.


Navajo Nation president approves junk-food tax

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:19
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The sales tax on cookies, chips, sodas and other junk food sold on the country's largest American Indian reservation is going up.

Dog stolen from parked car in South Philadelphia found

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:19

Dog stolen from parked car in South Philadelphia found'Louie' - a beloved dog that was stolen from his owner's car in South Philadelphia back in October has been found safe.


Pregnant woman, 3 others shot, killed; girl hurt

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:52
CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a pregnant woman and three others were shot and killed in a Cleveland, Ohio home, and a 10-year-old girl was wounded but expected to survive.

Federal judge denies sports betting in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:48
A federal judge ruled Friday night that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort to boost its struggling horse racing and casino industries, a finding Gov. Chris Christie's administration intends to appeal.

Marine with robotic leg braces gets Bronze Star

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:34

In this photo provided by the U.S. Marines, U.S. Marine Capt. Derek Herrera, center, 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, salutes during his awards and retirement ceremony at Camp Pendleton, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Herrera, who was left paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan, fulfilled a promise to himself on Friday and walked using robotic leg braces at the ceremony, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. (AP Photo/U.S. Marines, Sgt. Scott A. Achtemeier)SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Marine who was left paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan fulfilled a promise to himself on Friday and walked using robotic leg braces in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, where he was awarded a Bronze Star.


$139M deal reached in school sex abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:09

Plaintiffs' attorney John Manly, right, with co-counsel Luis Carrillo, left, talks to reporters outside Los Angeles Superior Court Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, following the settlement of litigation involving an elementary school teacher convicted of lewd conduct against his students. The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay $139 million to end all remaining litigation in the deal involving 81 students, ending a legal saga that began when Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt was arrested in 2012 and accused of blindfolding students and feeding them his semen on cookies. Plaintiff’s lawyers had planned to present evidence suggesting the school district was aware of sexual misconduct by Berndt three decades ago but failed to act until a photo processor at a pharmacy contacted police about film Berndt dropped off that showed pictures of blindfolded children and being fed some substance. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay more than $139 million to end remaining litigation involving an elementary school teacher convicted of committing numerous lewd acts on his students, according to the settlement announced Friday.


San Francisco window washer falls onto moving car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:08

A Toyota Camry has a caved in roof after a window washer fell at least 11 stories onto the moving vehicle in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Police say the San Francisco window washer survived the falling on Friday. (AP Photo/Lisa Leff)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A worker fell screaming 11 stories from the roof of a bank building Friday morning onto a moving car, crushing its roof and sending shattered glass flying into the street, police and witnesses said.


5 Disturbing Things We Learned About Sandy Hook Shooter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:03
Connecticut's Office of the Child Advocate issued a report about Adam Lanza.

Unarmed man killed by police in NY housing complex

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 10:36

A man who identified himself as a detective with the district attorney's office inspects the area in a stairwell where a man was allegedly shot by a police officer the night before at the Louis Pink Houses public housing complex, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Brooklyn borough of New York. A rookie police officer with his gun drawn shot to death 28-year-old Akai Gurley, an unarmed, innocent man in the darkened stairwell of the crime-ridden public housing complex, New York City police officials said Friday. The shooting appeared to be an accident, Police Commissioner William Bratton said at a news conference. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK (AP) — A rookie police officer walking with his gun drawn in a darkened stairwell of a crime-ridden public housing complex accidentally shot and killed a man who was leaving the building with his girlfriend, authorities said Friday.


$15,000 reward in shooting of Delaware State Trooper

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 10:36

$15,000 reward in shooting of Delaware State TrooperThe reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot a Delaware state trooper is now up to $15,000.