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U.S. judge stays Missouri execution of convicted killer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:15
A federal judge in Missouri on Tuesday stayed the impending execution of a 54-year-old man convicted of three drug-related murders after the inmate's lawyers lodged a series of appeals, including arguments he is mentally incompetent and innocent. John Middleton was scheduled to die by lethal injection in the execution chamber at the Missouri state prison in Bonne Terre at 12:01 a.m. CDT on Wednesday.     But U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry issued a stay in response to arguments by Middleton's attorneys that he is not competent to be executed.     The inmate made "a substantial threshold showing of insanity" and provided evidence showing he had been diagnosed with a variety of mental health disorders after a long history of abusing methamphetamine and other drugs, Perry ruled. Middleton is entitled to a hearing to present evidence about his mental status, the judge said in her ruling.     The Missouri Attorney General's Office filed a motion to vacate the stay with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that Middleton's claim of mental incompetency was not valid and was a last-ditch effort to create an "artificial time shortage" so he could gain a stay.

Police: Jersey City shootings part of job's danger

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:15

A makeshift memorial is seen for Jersey City Police officer Melvin Santiago, who was killed while on duty at the West District precinct, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. Officer Santiago was shot in the head while still in his police vehicle as he and his partner responded to an armed robbery call at about 4.a.m., on Sunday, July 13. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in Jersey City, already on edge following the ambush-killing of a rookie police officer over the weekend, said an officer shot a man Tuesday morning who authorities say had attacked him and his partner with a sharpened fence post.


Maryland insurance executive plotted to kill judge: court documents

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:11
By John Clarke ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) - A Maryland executive charged with lying to insurance regulators was allegedly plotting to kill a judge handling his case, according to federal court documents. Searches of the home, office and vehicle of Jeffrey Cohen turned up extensive evidence of the alleged plot and a cache of weapons, according to the documents filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Cohen, 39, former president of the Indemnity Insurance Corp, was arrested in June and charged with lying to Delaware insurance regulators.

Daughter's rep: Casey Kasem's body still unburied

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:09
SEATTLE (AP) — A spokesman for Casey Kasem's daughter says the famous radio host's unburied body remains at a funeral home in Tacoma, Washington, a month after his death.

Woman found dead in duffel bag identified

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:03

Woman found dead in duffel bag identifiedPhiladelphia police have identified the young woman found dead in a duffel bag on Monday afternoon.


Key points in case of ex-Utah attorneys general

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:59
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A timeline of events leading up to the arrest and bribery charges of two former Utah attorneys general, John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff, who have denied any wrongdoing:

California family saved at sea sues phone company

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:47
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A couple rescued with their sick 1-year-old from a disabled sailboat hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast are suing a satellite phone company, contending they lost their boat because their phone service was wrongly cut.

House GOP prepares response to border crisis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:46

Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, center, defends legislation he has authored with fellow Texan Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, to speed removals of tens of thousands of Central American kids flowing over the U.S.-Mexico border as Washington searched for a solution to the growing crisis, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, during a news conference onn Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Cornyn and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans announced Tuesday they will recommend dispatching the National Guard to South Texas and speeding Central American youths back home as their response to the immigration crisis that's engulfing the border and testing Washington's ability to respond.


California water use rises amid crippling drought

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:45

Eighi Hiastake, of the San Francisco Dept. of Public Works, washes a city sidewalk with a mixture of water and detergent on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in San Francisco. In one of the most drastic responses yet to California's drought, state regulators on Tuesday will consider fines of up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses. The rules would prohibit watering of landscaping to the point that runoff spills onto sidewalks or streets. Hosing down sidewalks, driveways and other hard surfaces would be prohibited, as would washing vehicles without a shut-off nozzle. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Californians increased water consumption this year during the severe drought, despite pleas from the governor to conserve, fallowed farm fields and reservoirs that are quickly draining, according to a report released Tuesday.


Suspect in scooter shooting pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:41

Jeffery Ellerbee appears in court Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Paterson, N.J. Ellerbee pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in the death of 12-year-old Genesis Rincon, who was killed by a stray bullet while riding a scooter. (AP Photo/Northjersey.com, Tyson Trish, Pool)PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — One of three men charged in the death of a 12-year-old girl who was killed by a stray bullet while riding a scooter pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder and weapons charges.


Storm update: Voorhees damage, no Burlco tornado

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:29

 Voorhees damage, no Burlco tornadoThe National Weather Service says it has determined that damage in Burlington County during strong storms on Monday evening was caused by straight-line winds, not a tornado.


2 die in home explosion; propane fuel suspected

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:29
DARLINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A husband and wife were killed Tuesday in an early-morning house explosion Tuesday in western Pennsylvania.

Groups seek ban of oil in older railroad tank cars

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:25
SEATTLE (AP) — Environmental groups asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to immediately ban shipments of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars, citing oil train wrecks and explosions and the agency's own findings that accidents pose an imminent hazard.

Review: Systematic errors led to bridge collapse

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:23

FILE - In this May 27, 2013 file photo provided by the Washington Department of Transportation, a crane removes a pickup truck from the wreckage of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River in Mount Vernon, Wash. Metal fatigue is evident in a steel truss bridge over Interstate 5 in Washington state, south of this similar steel truss that collapsed on May 23, 2013. The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday, July 15, 2014 that insufficient route planning, a distracted pilot driver and an inadequate permitting process by the state of Washington all played a part in the Interstate 5 bridge collapse north of Seattle last year. (AP Photo/Washington Department of Transportation, File)OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Insufficient route planning, a distracted pilot driver and an inadequate permitting process by the state of Washington all played a part in last year's Interstate 5 bridge collapse north of Seattle, which sent two cars into a river below, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.


No charges for marshal in Utah courtroom shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:21

FILE - In this April 21, 2014, file photo, police tape surrounds the Federal Courthouse, in Salt Lake City. Federal prosecutors say they will not file charges against a deputy U.S. marshal who shot and killed a defendant during a federal court trial in Salt Lake City, authorities said. The case was closed after the Department of Justice reviewed it and declined to prosecute, FBI officials said in a statement late Monday. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they will not file charges against a deputy U.S. marshal who shot and killed a defendant during a federal court trial in Salt Lake City, authorities said.


James MacGregor Burns, historian, dies at 95

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:20

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2007 file photo, historian James MacGregor Burns poses for a photo at his home in Williamstown, Mass. Burns, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and political scientist who analyzed the nature of presidential leadership and wrote candid biographies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at 95. Burns died at his home in Williamstown, his companion and fellow historian Susan Dunn said. (AP Photo/Nathaniel Brooks, file)BOSTON (AP) — James MacGregor Burns, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and political scientist who analyzed the nature of presidential leadership and wrote candid biographies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, died Tuesday at 95.


U.S. House passes $10.9 billion transportation funding extension

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:12

Night falls over U.S. Capitol Dome, as members of Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives deal with budget showdown with Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate, and possible government shutdown in WashingtonThe U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a $10.9 billion extension of U.S. transportation funding through May 2015, a measure aimed at averting cutbacks in August in federal money for road, bridge and transit projects. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that "as soon as I can get to it," the Senate would begin considering a similar, $10.8 billion measure with some alternate funding provisions in the coming days. Without new money for the Highway Trust Fund, the Department of Transportation has said it will start to cut back federal funding for projects by nearly a third starting on Aug. 1, the same day Congress begins a five-week summer recess. "If Congress fails to act, thousands of transportation projects across the country and hundreds of thousands of construction jobs will be at risk," said House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, a Pennsylvania Republican.


Ex-wife: Police officer joined KKK undercover

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:12
FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) — The ex-wife of a police officer who left the department after a report tied him to the Ku Klux Klan told investigators that the couple joined the group as part of an undercover operation, according to a report released Tuesday by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

BRICS nations agree to create own development bank

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:08

Leaders of the BRICS nations, from left, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, China's President Xi Jinping and South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, pose for a group photo during the BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The leaders of the BRICS nations are expected to officially create a bailout and development fund worth $100 billion. It's meant to be an alternative to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, which are seen as being dominated by the U.S. and Europe. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — The leaders of five emerging market powers said at a summit Tuesday that they gave final agreement to creating their own development bank worth $100 billion that will have its headquarters in China.


Collingdale hit-and-run suspect surrenders to police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:06

Collingdale hit-and-run suspect surrenders to policeA hit-and-run suspect, who police say intentionally ran down his victim, has surrendered to police in Collingdale, Pa.