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Taped confession in New York boy's 1979 murder replayed for jury

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 03:50

Hernandez appears with his lawyer Fishbein in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York in this file photoBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Parts of Pedro Hernandez's videotaped confession about strangling a boy in 1979 were replayed at his murder trial on Thursday, this time by his own lawyer arguing it proves mental illness led him to confess to a crime he never committed. Hernandez, 54, is on trial for killing Etan Patz, 6, who vanished as he walked alone for the first time to a school bus stop in his Soho neighborhood on May 25, 1979.


Man accused of killing lover on hike sought $1M from insurer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 03:34
HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man accused of killing his girlfriend while they hiked in the Columbia River Gorge six years ago tried but failed to collect on her $1 million life insurance policy, court documents show.

Murder suspect dubbed 'Michelangelo of buttocks injections'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 03:30

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Padge Gordon, also known as Padge Victoria Windslowe. An aspiring rapper known as "the Black Madam," Windslowe is accused of killing a 20-year-old dancer from London during a procedure that involved silicone buttocks injections and Krazy Glue. Her third-degree murder trial is expected to start Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Gothic hip-hop artist who did illegal cosmetic surgery on the side boasted at her murder trial Thursday that her body sculpting work was so popular she was dubbed "the Michelangelo of buttocks injections."


U.S. FDA issues device safety alert following "superbug" outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 03:19
(Reuters) - The complex design of endoscopes that have been linked to a "superbug" outbreak at the UCLA Health System in California may hinder proper cleaning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned on Thursday. The bug may have contributed to the death of two patients, UCLA said. Makers of the devices, known as duodenoscopes, include Olympus Corp, Fujifilm Holdings Corp and Pentax Medical.

Tsarnaev lawyers ask US appeals court to move bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 03:18

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2015, file courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, is depicted beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors in a jury assembly room at the federal courthouse, in Boston. Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev have asked a judge three times to move his trial out of Massachusetts because of the emotional impact of the deadly attack. Three times, the judge has refused. On Thursday, Feb. 19, Tsarnaev’s defense team will ask a federal appeals court to take the decision out of the hands of O’Toole Jr. and order him to move the trial. They insist that Tsarnaev cannot find a fair and impartial jury in Massachusetts because too many people believe he’s guilty and many have personal connections to the marathon or the bombings. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pressed a federal appeals court Thursday to move his trial out of Massachusetts, citing "saturation publicity" about the case and the large number of people in the state who were personally affected by the deadly attack.


'Road Rage' Victim's Family Returns GoFundMe Money

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 03:16
The Las Vegas "road rage" victim's family says it is returning GoFundMe money after donors complained that the family had withheld key information about the encounter.

Healthful diet report: Sugary drinks out; coffee, eggs in

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 03:15

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, eggs for sale are seen in a Des Moines, Iowa grocery store. Drink less sugary soda, but an extra cup of coffee or two is OK. So are eggs. And as always, don’t forget your vegetables. A government advisory committee is recommending the first real limits on added sugars, but backs off stricter ones for salt and cholesterol intake. It calls for an environmentally friendly diet lower in red and processed meats. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — An extra cup or two of coffee may be OK after all. More eggs, too. But you definitely need to drink less sugary soda. And, as always, don't forget your vegetables.


Suge Knight taken to hospital before Los Angeles hearing: court official

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 02:56

Rap mogul Suge Knight stands in court during his arraignment on murder charges at the Compton Courthouse in ComptonRap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was taken by ambulance to a California hospital on Thursday before his scheduled court appearance in Los Angeles in a camera theft case, a court official said. Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Mark Zuckman said in court that Knight "suffered some medical condition and was taken via ambulance to an undisclosed hospital." Knight was picked up from the courthouse, Zuckman said, but he did not make an appearance in court.


Utah lawmakers kill bill to raise pay for tipped workers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 02:56
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers have rejected a proposal requiring that workers who depend on tips be paid the state's general minimum wage.

CSX plans to bypass crude train derailment site: state officials

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 02:51

Firefighters inspect derailed train cars after CSX Corp train derailed in Mount Carbon West VirginiaCSX has notified state officials of its plans to bypass the scene of a crude train derailment and continue delivering oil to a terminal on the Virginia coast, emergency management officials from Virginia and West Virginia said Wednesday. A train carrying North Dakota crude to an oil depot in Yorktown, Virginia, derailed on Monday in a small town 33 miles southeast of Charleston, causing 20 tank cars to catch fire. Early last year, the Obama administration ordered all rail operators to disclose their crude routes to local and state emergency management officials. CSX has notified West Virginia and Virginia officials of its plans to use other rail lines to deliver crude oil, state officials confirmed.


Hypothermia deaths prompt warning in Montgomery County

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 02:45

Hypothermia deaths prompt warning in Montgomery CountyRecent deaths due to the bitterly cold weather are prompting officials in one local community to issue a warning to all residents.


Police: Man steals $8,000 engagement ring from Zales

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 02:44

 Man steals $8,000 engagement ring from ZalesLimerick Township police are searching for the suspect who stole an $8,000 engagement ring from a jewelry store.


Man charged with swiping Reading mayor's car surrenders

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 02:40

Man charged with swiping Reading mayor's car surrendersA man charged with stealing the car belonging to the mayor of Reading has surrendered to police.


Winter weather both toasty and cold; a tale of 2 nations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 02:28

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2015 file photo, Diego Porto Carreri, left, and girlfriend Monica Ochoa enjoy the hot weather at the Whittier Narrows Recreational Area in El Monte, Calif. It may be hard to believe for a country that’s shivering from Maine to Miami, but 2014 has gotten off to a rather toasty start. Meteorologists said that last month was the second warmest January on record globally, behind 2007, with temperatures 1.4 degrees above 20th century average. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calculated that the United States in January was 2.9 degrees warmer than normal, making it the 24th warmest January since 1880. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — It may be hard to believe for a country that's shivering from Maine to Miami, but 2015 has gotten off to a rather toasty start.


Police: Man steals $8,000 ring from Zales

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 02:25

 Man steals $8,000 engagement ring from ZalesLimerick Township police are searching for the suspect who stole an $8,000 engagement ring from a jewelry store.


Grave site to be exhumed after Georgia burial mix-up

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 02:07
By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - The wrong man was buried during a closed casket funeral in Georgia, where officials on Thursday sought a court order to exhume the grave after a mix-up by the state crime lab in Atlanta. Johnny Morgan Lowe was believed to have been buried in a Dec. 8 ceremony featuring a closed casket and a memorial photo, according to Coroner Susan Salemi in Burke County, Georgia. "The family is absolutely devastated," said Salemi, who was asking a Georgia Superior Court to agree to exhume the grave site. Buried in his place was Louie Caldwell of Clayton County, Georgia, the coroner said.

Kurt Busch's ex-girlfriend breaks silence on assault

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 02:00

Kurt Busch's ex-girlfriend breaks silence on assaultThe ex-girlfriend of NASCAR driver Kurt Busch has broken her silence months after she says Busch assaulted her at his motor home in Dover.


TSA: 2 women had guns in handbags at JFK airport checkpoints

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 02:00
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal officials say two women with guns in their handbags have been stopped at checkpoints within 90 minutes of each other at John F. Kennedy Airport.

FDA issues warning as peanuts found in cumin spice

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 01:59
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in ground cumin spice — a life-threatening danger to some people with peanut allergies.

Accused bomber's lawyers say cannot get fair trial in Boston

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 01:57

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon explosion is pictured in this undated FBI handout photoBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Attorneys for the accused Boston Marathon bomber on Thursday asked a U.S. appellate panel to override a federal judge and order his trial moved out of the city, saying an impartial jury could not be seated so close to the site of the 2013 attack. U.S. District Judge George O'Toole has three times rejected pleas by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers to move the trial out of the city where the bombing killed three people and injured 264. "This attack was viewed as an attack on the marathon itself ... and an attack on the city of Boston," attorney Judith Mizner, representing Tsarnaev, 21, told the three-judge panel. Thousands of Boston-area residents were crowded around the race's finish line when twin bombs went off on April 15, 2013, and hundreds of thousands were ordered to remain in their homes four days later while police conducted a massive manhunt for Tsarnaev.