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Chicago officer who killed unarmed woman resigns from force

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 04:48

FILE - In this April 20, 2015, file photo, Chicago Police Detective Dante Servin listens as Judge Dennis Porter reads his decision at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on involuntary manslaughter charges in the March 2012 shooting death of Rekia Boyd. Servin, whom the department was trying to fire after he fatally shot Boyd, has decided to resign from the force rather than fight to retain his job. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed woman was one of a series of killings of young black people that shattered the public's trust has opted to quit rather than fight to keep his job.


Mom who poisoned, then drowned 2 kids gets 8 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 04:48
NEW YORK (AP) — A former teacher who laced her two young children's grape juice with windshield wiper fluid, then drowned them in a bathtub promised on Tuesday to raise awareness of postpartum depression before a judge sentenced her to eight years in prison.

Pfizer ban on lethal drug sales complicates executions in 20 states

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 04:34

The death chamber and the steel bars of the viewing room are seen at the state penitentiary in Huntsville, TexasMore than 20 U.S. states that use a combination of drugs to carry out lethal injections will find it harder to conduct executions due to Pfizer's ban on sales of its chemicals, but the move will have little impact on the handful that rely on a single drug. The pharmaceutical giant's move last week cuts off the last major U.S. source for drugs in the deadly mixes, and it adds to the difficulties of states that were already struggling to procure chemicals for lethal injections. Among the states affected are Florida and Oklahoma, which have been among the leaders in executions since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.


The Latest: Suspects to be extradited to Utah in kidnap case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 04:32
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a father and son suspected of tying up a woman and her teenage daughters in a Utah basement (all times local):

House bill would take budget power away from DC government

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 04:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee has approved a bill that would block the District of Columbia government from spending local tax dollars without approval by Congress.

NTSB: Amtrak engineer went 'from distraction to disaster' in seconds

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 04:31

 Amtrak engineer went 'from distraction to disaster' in secondsThe engineer of an Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia last year, killing eight people, went "from distraction to disaster" in a matter of seconds, investigators said.


Teen gets 30 years in Florida school bus shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 04:25
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida teen charged as an adult with shooting into a school bus and injuring two girls has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Texas grand jury does not indict officer who fatally shot naked teen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 04:18
A Texas grand jury has decided not to bring charges against an Austin police officer who fatally shot an unarmed and naked teenage male in February, a local prosecutor said on Tuesday. Officer Geoffrey Freeman was permanently suspended in March, a procedural step for firing, after he was found to have violated department policy by shooting black 17-year-old David Joseph a few seconds after confronting him. Freeman, who also is African American and has worked as an Austin police officer for 10 years, appealed the suspension.

Markets Right Now: Stocks sink, erasing a day-earlier rally

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 04:10
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

Westfield co-CEO talks about how he's adapting to change

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 04:09

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 20, 2006, file photo, Westfield Group managing director Steven Lowy participates in a news conference in Sydney. Lowy, co-CEO of Westfield Corp., one of the world's largest mall operators, said that shopping centers have to act more like technology companies in order to be relevant to the fast-changing consumer. Lowy was addressing a few thousand retailers, suppliers, venture capitalists and analysts on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, the second day of ShopTalk, a three-day technology and retail conference. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — The co-CEO of Westfield Corp., one of the world's largest mall operators, said that shopping centers have to act more like technology companies in order to be relevant to the fast-changing consumer.


Colorado babysitter robbed bank to pay debt in other theft case: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 04:07

Weld County, Colorado Sheriff's Office booking photo of Rachel EinspahrRachel Einspahr, 28, is being held on a $40,000 cash-only bond in the Weld County jail on suspicion of robbery and child abuse stemming from last week’s incident at a bank in Severance, about 55 miles north of Denver, authorities said. According to an arrest warrant affidavit filed by a detective with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office, Einspahr removed the license plates from her Nissan Pathfinder, picked up the two girls that she was hired to babysit, bought them candy and drove to the bank. The teller, Jeffrey Swanson, believed there were “lives in danger,” and gave her $500, police said, but he did not see a man inside the SUV as it drove away.


As many as 4 in 10 gay men have HIV in some Southern cities

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 04:04

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 file photo, a viewer casts a shadow while looking over some 800 AIDS memorial quilt panels on display as part of World AIDS Day at Emory University in Atlanta. A study by the university released on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 offers a new look at how common HIV is in different metro areas of the U.S. Southern metropolises top the list with HIV diagnosed in about 4 in 10 gay and bisexual men in Jackson, Mississippi, and 3 in 10 in El Paso, Texas; Augusta, Georgia; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (AP Photo/David Goldman)NEW YORK (AP) — Three out of every 10 gay or bisexual men in several cities in the U.S. South have been diagnosed with the AIDS virus, three times the national rate, according to a study about how common HIV infections are in metro areas.


White House opposes House Zika bill, calls funding inadequate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 04:04

A woman walks past a giant fake mosquito placed on top of a bus shelter as part of an awareness campaign about the virus in ChicagoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday said it strongly opposes a House bill to fight the Zika virus, saying its funding is "woefully inadequate" to support the public health response that is needed. The Obama administration has urged Congress to pass legislation that would direct $1.9 billion to fighting the Zika virus that is linked to birth defects including microcephaly. (Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Bernard Orr)


Court weighs uncle's statement in birthday cake beating

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 04:03

FILE - Jacob Barajas is seen in an undated file photo provided by the Hagerstown Department of Police. Barajas is due in court in Hagerstown, Md., Tuesday, May 17, 2016, for a pretrial hearing. He's charged with second-degree murder and first-degree child abuse resulting in Jack Garcia's death last July. Barajas told police he handcuffed the boy and Robert Wilson, boyfriend of Jack's mother, beat him to punish Jack for stealing a piece of cake belonging to Wilson's daughter. (Hagerstown Department of Police via AP, File) (Hagerstown Department of Police via AP)HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The uncle of a 9-year-old Maryland boy who was fatally beaten over a missing piece of birthday cake is asking a judge to throw out his statement to police.


Senior female executive at Bank of America sues over 'bro's club'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 03:58

A sign for a Bank of America office is pictured in Burbank, CaliforniaA senior female fixed-income banker at Bank of America Corp has filed a lawsuit accusing the bank of underpaying her and other women, and retaliating when she complained about illegal or unethical practices by her colleagues. In a complaint filed on Monday night, managing director Megan Messina said she was a victim of "egregious pay disparity" relative to male peers, and was paid less than half the salary of the man who shares her title as co-head of global structured credit products. Bank of America spokesman Bill Halldin said: "We take all allegations of inappropriate behavior seriously and investigate them thoroughly." He said Messina remains an employee of the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank.


Radio traffic likely distracted Amtrak engineer in 2015 crash: NTSB

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 03:45

Track workers and officials work at the site of a derailed Amtrak train in PhiladelphiaThe engineer driving a speeding Amtrak passenger train that crashed in Philadelphia in 2015, killing eight passengers, was likely distracted by radio traffic, U.S. safety officials said on Tuesday after a year-long investigation. The incident could have been prevented if the track had been fitted with positive train control, a safety system, the agency's report concluded. "We will delve into the most complicated and unpredictable part of the transportation system - the human being," he told NTSB board members at a hearing into the probable cause of the accident.


Former Connecticut gun executive sentenced to probation, fine

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 03:43

AR-15 rifles line a shelf in the gun library at the ATF National Tracing Center in Martinsburg, West VirginiaMark Malkowski, who resigned as president of Stag Arms LLC as part of his plea deal with prosecutors, agreed to have no further role in the firearms industry for violating U.S. laws requiring serial numbers on gun components. Malkowski sold Stag, which makes weapons including the AR-15 rifle, to Miami-based private equity firm White Wolf Capital in February for an undisclosed sum. Federal investigators had been probing Stag since 2007, and found about 3,000 weapon components lacking serial numbers and 62 machine guns and machine-gun components that were unregistered or improperly registered, according to prosecutors.


Mom sues school district to stop transgender bathroom use

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 03:39
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida parent is suing to stop schools from allowing students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identities.

Detroit OKs $5 million contract for police body and vehicle cameras

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 03:36

Barry Rizk, a Colorado Springs, Colorado police officer, poses with Digital Ally First Vu HD body worn cameras on his chest in downtown Colorado SpringsDetroit's city council unanimously approved the contract, which calls for Texas-based WatchGuard to supply cameras for 1,500 police officers and 450 vehicles, said Dan Austin, a spokesman for Mayor Mike Duggan. Initial installation of 50 body and 20 vehicle cameras will begin next month with a full rollout to be completed in the fall of 2017. "The most important thing we can have as a police department is the trust of the citizens we serve," Detroit Police Chief James Craig said in a statement.


Texas man's murder conviction dropped; released after 19 years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 03:28
A Texas man jailed for about 19 years on a murder conviction was freed from prison on Tuesday after compelling evidence came to light indicating that he did not commit the crime, officials said. "I feel blessed," John Nolley, 42, told reporters after hugging his family and leaving a courtroom. A judge in Tarrant County released him on bond and vacated his conviction for the 1996 murder of Sharon McLane, who was found stabbed to death in her home.