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Unusual extradition fight plays out over priests' slayings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 04:00

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2013 file photo, former El Salvadoran military Col. Inocente Orlando Montano departs federal court, in Boston. A court battle in North Carolina could determine whether prosecution will proceed for the notorious slayings of six Jesuit priests more than two decades ago during El Salvador’s civil war. An extradition hearing on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2014, for Morales represents the latest twist in a case that stretches back to 1989. Spain, the home country of five of the priests, is seeking to prosecute Montano there. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is the unlikely scene of a court battle that could determine whether a former Salvadoran military colonel is prosecuted for the notorious slayings of Jesuit priests more than two decades ago during El Salvador's civil war.


Court rejects inmate's challenge in 5 Ohio prison slayings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 03:35

This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows Keith LaMar. A federal appeals court has rejected the challenge of LaMar, an inmate convicted and sentenced to be executed for the slayings of fellow inmates during a 1993 prison riot in southern Ohio. LaMar was convicted of aggravated murder in 1995 in the deaths of five inmates during the riot at the Southern Ohio Correctional Institution in Lucasville, Ohio. A jury recommended the death penalty in four of the slayings. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections via AP)CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge by an inmate convicted and sentenced to be executed for the slayings of five fellow inmates during a 1993 prison riot in Ohio.


Detroit to equip police officers, squad cars with cameras

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 03:35

Detroit Police Officers stand along Woodward Avenue during a May Day protest against the Detroit Emergency Manager and the municipal Bankruptcy in downtown Detroit, MichiganAll Detroit police-marked squad cars will have dashboard cameras within a year and all officers will be equipped with body cameras within three years under a program intended to protect both citizens and officers, city officials said on Tuesday. Several U.S. states and cities have approved or expanded the use of body and dashboard cameras in the past year since a white officer fatally shot an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri, increasing public pressure to monitor police use of force. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said the city's goal is to build a police department where every officer-citizen interaction is recorded.


Bond hearing set for ex-officer charged in shooting death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 03:30
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A bond hearing has been set for a white former police officer charged in the death of a black South Carolina motorist who was shot as he ran away from a traffic stop.

FBI offers $20,000 reward for recovery of stolen Maine paintings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 03:27

Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Boston Division, Lisi, is joined by Portland, Maine Police Chief, Sauschuck at a news conference in BostonThe FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for tips leading to the recovery of two paintings by N.C. Wyeth stolen from a Maine collector two years ago in what officials on Tuesday called the most significant art theft in that state's history. Six oil paintings by Wyeth, the patriarch of a line of painters known for Maine seascapes, were taken in May 2013 from the home of a prominent real estate developer in the state. Four have been recovered in a Beverly Hills, California, pawn shop, Vincent Lisi, the special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Boston, told reporters.


Jimmy Carter to discuss cancer diagnosis on Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 03:16

Former President Jimmy Carter reaches to embrace his brother Billy's widow Sybil while greeting family Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, following service at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga. Carter's nieces Mandy Flynn, left, and Jana Carter are also pictured. Sunday at church was emotional because it was the first time many members had seen Carter since his announcement that he has cancer. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)ATLANTA (AP) — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter plans to discuss his recent cancer diagnosis, making his first comments since revealing he has the disease last week.


Family of slain California bank robbery hostage sues city

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 03:15
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police who shot and killed a bank robbery hostage in a hail of gunfire had been told to hold their fire before they shot indiscriminately, with no line of sight on the suspects or hostage, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the slain hostage's family.

2 inmates captured after escaping from van in Berks Co.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 03:02

2 inmates captured after escaping from van in Berks Co.Two prison inmates are back in custody after escaping from a transport vehicle in Berks County Tuesday afternoon.


California teenager dies after rave, following two similar deaths in state

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:59
A 15-year-old girl has died of a suspected drug overdose after attending a rave party in Central California, police said on Tuesday, marking the third fatality in the state this month tied to an electronic dance music festival. The latest rave death occurred as electronic dance promoters in California come under increased pressure to change how they operate their events, which authorities say too often result in participants suffering overdoses after taking the party drug ecstasy. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday was expected to receive a report on a proposal to prohibit raves on county property while officials examine measures to potentially make the marathon dance events safer.

Bridge safety measures sought after baby thrown to his death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:46
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — After a 7-month-old boy was thrown to his death last month, local officials have been considering safety improvements for a 90-foot-high span over the Connecticut River that has been known for decades as a destination for suicidal people.

Democrat Menendez announces opposition to Iran nuclear deal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:45

Sen. Bob Menendez addresses a gathering at Seton Hall University, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in South Orange, N.J. Menendez announced on Tuesday his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, the second Democratic senator to go against President Barack Obama, who is heavily lobbying for a congressional endorsement of the agreement. Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joins Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York in rejecting the deal. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez announced on Tuesday his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, the second Democratic senator to go against President Barack Obama, who is heavily lobbying for a congressional endorsement of the international accord.


Arizona man pleads not guilty to beheading wife, killing dogs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:41
An Arizona man accused of decapitating his wife and two puppies before cutting off part of his arm and gouging out one of his eyes pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder on Tuesday, court officials said. Kenneth Dale Wakefield, 43, a transient with a history of mental illness, also pleaded not guilty to two counts of animal cruelty during a hearing at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Asked for his name by court commissioner Julie Mata, Wakefield identified himself.

Officials identify Marine found dead near barracks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:36
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — Officials say a Marine was found dead near his barracks at Camp Lejeune.

GOP hopeful Scott Walker offers health plan with tax credits

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:26

Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker greets fairgoers during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker on Tuesday offered an alternative to President Barack Obama's health care law that would provide tax credits and restructure Medicaid, and took a swipe at GOP rivals in Congress for their inability to repeal the law.


Person of interest questioned in shooting of boy, 10, in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:23

Person of interest questioned in shooting of boy, 10, in WilmingtonAction News has learned that police are currently questioning a person of interest in a shooting that left a 10-year-old boy in critical condition.


Ex-beauty queen sorry for faking cancer, pocketing donations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:21
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania beauty queen accused of faking leukemia to benefit from fundraisers has apologized for her actions and has promised to pay all the money back.

Residents wake up to mound of trash in Mantua

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:14

Residents wake up to mound of trash in MantuaSome residents in Philadelphia's Mantua section woke up to a smelly situation Tuesday morning.


Thief steals 86 bras from Victoria's Secret at Oxford Valley Mall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:12

Thief steals 86 bras from Victoria's Secret at Oxford Valley MallAuthorities in Middletown Township, Bucks County are looking for a thief who swiped dozens of bras from a high-end retailer.


3 injured in Rt. 322 crash in Gloucester Co.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:09

3 injured in Rt. 322 crash in Gloucester Co.Police are investigating a crash that injured three people in Logan Township, New Jersey.


Texas man arrested for luring college students into prostitution

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 01:45
Police in San Antonio have arrested what they describe as a "smooth talking man" who preyed on college women who were financially vulnerable, convincing dozens of them to be part of his prostitution business, officials said on Tuesday. Steven Sumlin, 38, was arrested at his home in San Antonio on Monday and charged with felony aggravated promotion of prostitution, police said. Sumlin is suspected of going to college campuses in San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas and telling women they could make hundreds or thousands of dollars doing unspecified jobs in his business, according to San Antonio Police Officer Douglas Greene, a spokesman.