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Marathon bombing jurors see autopsy photos, prosecutors rest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:20

In this March 5, 2015 file courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial in Boston. Prosecutors rested their case against Tsarnaev on Monday, March 30, 2015, after jurors saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by the three people who died in the 2013 terror attack. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by an 8-year-old boy killed in the 2013 terror attack.


Indiana to clarify 'religious freedom' law, Georgia, N.C. bills stall

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 09:58

Demonstrators gather to protest a controversial religious freedom bill in IndianapolisIndiana Republicans pledged on Monday to clarify a new "religious freedom" law, while similar proposals stalled in Georgia and North Carolina after businesses and activists said such measures could be used to discriminate against gays. Arkansas lawmakers, however, signaled they would move forward with their own bill, even after Indiana was rebuked by companies and executives including Wal-Mart Stores Inc , Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook, and Eli Lilly and Co . Indiana's law, signed by Governor Mike Pence last week, was perceived as going further than those passed in 19 other states, giving businesses a right to refuse services on religious grounds.


Missing UC Berkeley student found dead on Los Angeles freeway

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 09:54

Missing UC Berkeley student found dead on Los Angeles freewaySoccer players and organizations across the country are coming together in their grief after a UC Berkeley player was found dead after leaving a fraternity party near USC.


Jury awards $38.5 million-plus in fatal shooting at plant

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 09:52
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The families of two women killed by a co-worker at a northeast Philadelphia plant 4½ years ago were awarded $38.5 million in punitive damages from a security guard firm on Monday.

Parents of Colorado theater shooter pray for victims daily

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 09:36

File--In this file photograph taken on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, Robert Holmes, far right, father of theatre shooting suspect James Holmes, heads into a pre-trial readiness hearing in Centennial, Colo., in the murder trial of his son, who is charged with killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more in a shooting spree in a crowded theatre in Aurora, Colo., in July 2012. Bob Holmes and his wife Arlene, told the Del Mar Times in the couple's first interview since the theatre massacre that Arlene Holmes has written a book and says that she prays for the victims daily "by name and by wound." (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)DENVER (AP) — The mother of Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes writes in a new book that she prays for the victims daily, naming each of the 12 people who were killed and the 70 others who were injured.


Boston bombing jury hears of grisly deaths, defense calls first witness

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 09:32

News crews photograph pieces of shrapnel taken from the body of Boston Marathon bombing victim Krystle Campbell and presented as evidence in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The two youngest people killed by the Boston Marathon bombing were torn apart by one of the blasts that ripped through the crowd at the finish line, medical examiners testified on Monday as prosecutors wound up their case against accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and defense attorneys began calling witnesses. Massachusetts' Chief Medical Examiner Henry Nields showed the jury 8-year-old Martin Richard’s bloodstained gray New England Patriots T-shirt with holes that correlated with injuries to the child’s torso. On the 15th day of testimony in Tsarnaev's trial at Boston federal court, Nields said a piece of shrapnel appeared to have gone straight through Richard's body. Shrapnel from the same homemade pressure cooker bomb that killed Richard punched through Chinese exchange student Lingzi Lu's legs, causing the 23-year old to bleed to death within minutes, Boston medical examiner Katherine Lindstrom testified.


Prosecutors: Fmr. Philadelphia drug cops on trial looted millions in cash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 09:28

 Fmr. Philadelphia drug cops on trial looted millions in cashLawyers for six former police officers charged with stealing millions of dollars in cash and drugs while working undercover attacked the Justice Department case Monday as a fable crafted by 19 drug dealers and a dirty colleague.


Arizona governor vetoes bill shielding names of officers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 09:25

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2104 file photo, Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey speaks to supporters at the Republican election night festivities in Phoenix. Arizona’s governor Gov. Doug Ducey faces a deadline to sign or veto a bill requiring law enforcement agencies to keep the names of officers involved in shootings secret for two months. Ducey must act Monday, March 30, 2015, on the bill approved by the Arizona Legislature. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed legislation Monday requiring law enforcement agencies to keep the names of officers involved in shootings secret for two months, nixing a bill that was inspired by last year's events Ferguson, Missouri, and similar incidents around the country.


German co-pilot was once treated for suicidal tendencies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 09:22

Flags representing differents nations are deployed during ceremony with family members of victims in front of a stele, a stone slab erected as a monument, set up in memory of the victims in the area where the Germanwings jetliner crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France, Sunday, March 29, 2015. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountain Tuesday killed all 150 people aboard, and has raised questions about the mental state of the co-pilot. Authorities believe the 27-year-old German deliberately sought to destroy the Airbus A320 as it flew from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — How could someone once diagnosed with suicidal tendencies get a job as a commercial pilot, entrusted with the lives of hundreds of people? That's the question being asked after officials confirmed Monday that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz received lengthy psychotherapy before receiving his pilot's license.


Source: Darby Township man killed in house fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 09:02

Popular Darby Township man killed in house fireA Darby Township man was killed in a house fire, a source tells Action News.


10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 09:00

Rescue workers work at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, Monday, March 30, 2015. European investigators are focusing on the psychological state of a 27-year-old German co-pilot who prosecutors say deliberately flew a Germanwings plane carrying 150 people into a mountain, a French police official said Monday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, Pool)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:


US offer for climate treaty: Up to 28 percent emissions cut

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 09:00

FILE - In this March 19, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama, flanked by senior adviser Brian Deese, left, and Christina Goldfuss, managing director of the Council on Environmental Quality, speaks at Energy Department in Washington. In a highly anticipated announcement, the United States will pledge to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 28 percent as its contribution to a major global climate treaty nearing the final stages of negotiation, according to people briefed on the White House’s plans. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a highly anticipated announcement, the United States will offer a roughly 28 percent emissions cut as its contribution to a major global climate treaty nearing the final stages of negotiation, according to people briefed on the White House's plans.


Pharmacists' group discourages providing execution drugs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 08:31

FILE - This May 27, 2008 file photo shows the State of Texas execution chamber in Huntsville, Texas. A leading association for pharmacists on Monday has approved a proposal declaring that participation in lethal injection executions by compounding pharmacies would be a violation of core pharmacy values. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — A leading association for U.S. pharmacists adopted a policy Monday that discourages its members from providing drugs for use in lethal injections — a move that could make carrying out such executions even harder for states with the death penalty.


Worker killed in accident at Marcus Hook Sunoco refinery

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 08:13

Worker killed in accident at Marcus Hook Sunoco refineryA contractor was killed in an industrial accident Monday at the Sunoco Marcus Hook Industrial Complex in Delaware County.


No 'narsisstics': Music festivals ban fans' selfie sticks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 08:04

In this Friday, March 27, 2015 photo, a beachgoer using a cell phone on a stick snaps a selfie as the sun sets at Venice beach in Los Angeles. You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you’re going to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals. The sticks are banned this year at the events in Indio, California, and Chicago. Coachella dismissed them as “narsisstics” on a list of prohibited items. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)LOS ANGELES (AP) — You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you're planning to go to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals.


Ex-FBI agent sentenced to 10 years in Afghan kickback scheme

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 07:45

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2012 file photo, shows Robert G. Lustyik Jr., leaving the federal courthouse, in Salt Lake City. Lustyik, a former FBI agent accused of derailing a fraud investigation by making a suspect appear to be a key counterintelligence source is set to be sentenced in Salt Lake City Monday, March 30, 2015. Retired New York agent Lustyik, 52, pleaded guilty in September to fraud and conspiracy charges. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former FBI agent accused of trying to derail a Utah investigation into an alleged defense contractor kickback scheme was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday.


Sources: Mumia Abu-Jamal hospitalized in Pottsville, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 07:39

 Mumia Abu-Jamal hospitalized in Pottsville, Pa.Sources confirm to Action News that former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal was rushed to the Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.


Police: Auditor spokesman left note before apparent suicide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 07:36

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2002 photo is Robert "Spence" Jackson in Jefferson City, Mo. Jefferson City police said Monday, March 30, 2015 that Jackson, a spokesman for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, a month after the state auditor also killed himself. (AP Photo/Kelley McCall, File)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Spence Jackson provided the official confirmation a month ago that his boss, Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, was dead from what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


Obama: Politicians should carry themselves more like Kennedy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 07:30

President Barack Obama prepares to give Victoria Reggie Kennedy a kiss as he arrives to speaks at the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Monday, March 30, 2015, in Boston. The $79 million Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate dedication is a politically star-studded event attended by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and past and present senators of both parties. It sits next to the presidential library of Kennedy’s brother, John F. Kennedy. From left are, Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., the president, Vice President Joe Biden and Kennedy (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama summoned today's quarrelsome political leaders on Monday to emulate the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in the pursuit of compromise, and said a new institute that bears the longtime Massachusetts senator's name can be as much an antidote to political cynicism as the man once was.


Aunt of men accused in terror plot: They're 'not monsters'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 07:25
CHICAGO (AP) — An aunt of two suburban Chicago men accused of plotting a terrorist attack on a military facility in northern Illinois said Monday the allegations perplexed and devastated their extended family of Muslims and Christians.