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British woman extradited to US can go home within weeks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 02:57

Sandra Dunham, right, arrives at U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Md., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, for her sentencing. Dunham, a British woman extradited to the US with her husband to face fraud charges was to be sentenced Thursday in Maryland. She pleaded guilty in December to conspiring to commit wire fraud. A plea agreement calls for 30 days in jail and 30 days of home detention. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A British woman who with her husband lost a long and public fight against being extradited to the United States to face fraud charges will be able to return home within weeks.

As Boston digs out, kids rejoice and drivers stake claims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 02:56

AP10ThingsToSee - Frozen sea spray from a winter storm coats a house in Scituate, Mass., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. As Massachusetts continues digging out from the Blizzard of 2015, forecasters warn of a new round of storms that could dump several more inches of snow on Friday and again over the weekend. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — Boston continued to dig out from a historic storm that dumped over two feet of snow this week on Thursday, even as forecasters predict more snow on the way for Massachusetts and parts of southern New England in the coming days.

Opening statements to begin in decades-old case of missing NYC boy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 02:50

Hernandez appears with his lawyer Fishbein in Manhattan Criminal Court in New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Opening statements are due to begin on Friday in the trial of Pedro Hernandez, accused of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Etan Patz decades ago in a notorious case that ignited a national movement to find missing children. Selection of the jury to weigh the fate of the former deli worker concluded on Thursday before Judge Maxwell Wiley in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. His body was never found, but he was declared legally dead in 2001.    Hernandez, 53, confessed to the crime in 2012, but his defense attorney has said the confession was coerced and that Hernandez is mentally ill. Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi told them the case would not feature "high tech forensic evidence," but would take them back 35 years "to a time when the Brady Bunch was still on TV."  Patz' disappearance prompted President Ronald Reagan to sign into law the Missing Children’s Assistance Act, and Patz was one of the first missing children whose picture appeared on a milk carton.    In 2012, investigators received a tip from Hernandez's brother-in-law, who told police Hernandez allegedly confessed to the crime to a church prayer group in the 1980s.   Hernandez, in a videotaped confession to police, said he lured Patz to the basement of the deli where he worked near the child's home, strangled him and dumped him in an alley.

Oil producers push to export US crude even as prices drop

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 02:48

 Oil prices are as low as they have been at any point since 2009 and the height of the Great Recession. Depending on the projection, prices could drop further still with slowing economies across the world. Oil producers are playing a longer game, betting that long-term demand remains strong and new markets offer lucrative rewards for U.S. producers. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)WASHINGTON (AP) — Dropping oil prices aren't slowing a push from U.S. producers to ship their crude oil overseas and change a decades-long ban on exports.

Three American contractors killed in 'insider attack' in Afghan capital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 02:43
Three American contractors were killed and a fourth was wounded by an Afghan soldier at the military airport in the capital Kabul, an Afghan air force official told Reuters on Thursday. "It is unclear yet why he shot these advisers and no one else was there to tell us the reason," the official said, asking not to be named because he was not authorized to give statements to the media.

School bus involved in Feltonville accident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 02:43

School bus involved in Logan accidentPhiladelphia police are investigating an accident involving a school bus on Roosevelt Boulevard in Feltonville.

Black breast-feeding gatherings battle troubling health gaps

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 02:36

Volunteer Monet Williams, center, holds a friend's baby whose mother is in a breast-feeding class as she talks to another volunteer at a YMCA in Milwaukee. Breast-feeding is thought to help protect against higher rates of infant mortality and childhood obesity, to more breast cancer deaths and heart disease in adults - and it's much less common among U.S. black women than in whites and others. Rates have improved in recent years but the disparity remains. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)MILWAUKEE (AP) — Once a month, baby-toting young women gather in a YMCA conference room to share tips, talk about and demonstrate breast-feeding — an age-old yet sometimes shunned practice in their community.

Fourth person charged in fatal 2012 Indiana home explosion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 02:34
(Reuters) - Prosecutors on Thursday charged a fourth person with murder and arson in connection with a 2012 home explosion that killed a couple next door and damaged scores of homes in an Indianapolis neighborhood. Gary Thompson, 44, who denies causing the explosion that killed neighbors John and Jennifer Longworth, was charged with two counts of murder, conspiracy to commit arson and 46 counts of arson, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said. Monserrate Shirley and brothers Bob Leonard Jr. and Mark Leonard had been charged previously with murder and arson in the Nov. 10, 2012, explosion that destroyed the home where Shirley lived with Mark Leonard. Thompson, who had worked for Mark Leonard for several years, told detectives the man had offered him $5,000 to pour six cans of gasoline inside Shirley's home to start a fire on Oct. 27, 2012, according to a police affidavit.

Woman accused of recording adult film in university library

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 02:32
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — A 19-year-old woman has been accused of recording an adult film in the main campus library at Oregon State University.

Governors announce Super Bowl food bank donations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 02:22
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks-New England Patriots Super Bowl matchup is bringing cross-country donations into the food banks of each team's home state.

Pa. Treasurer Rob McCord resigns from post

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 02:06

Pa. Treasurer Rob McCord resigns from postPennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord gave two weeks notice Thursday that he's stepping down from his position.

Judge won't toss Boston bombing suspects' sister's NYC case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 01:59
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City judge says a harassment case against the sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects can proceed.

Cliven Bundy's son arrested, released in southern Utah

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 01:57

This undated photo released by the Iron County Sheriff's office, shows Ryan Bundy. The son of southern Nevada rancher and states' rights advocate Cliven Bundy said Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, he spent a night in a southern Utah county jail after sheriff's deputies accused him of resisting arrest when he appeared in a justice court for an unrelated code violation summons. (AP Photo/Iron County Sheriffs Office)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An adult son of southern Nevada rancher and states' rights advocate Cliven Bundy said he spent a night in a southern Utah jail after sheriff's deputies accused him of resisting arrest when he appeared in a justice court for an unrelated code violation summons.

Colleague-turned-lover charged in woman's 1991 death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 01:52
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say they have filed murder charges against the colleague-turned-lover of a Pennsylvania woman 23 years after she disappeared.

US court in Virginia hears 2 Somali pirates' appeals

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 01:51
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — One Somali pirate convicted of killing four Americans aboard a yacht claims he was abducted and coerced into joining the mission. Another says the United States illegally reached into Somalia's territorial waters to arrest him.

Brawl erupts at Missouri meeting over black teen killing case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 01:47
A meeting aimed at easing tensions between blacks and police in St. Louis erupted into a brawl on Wednesday night, underscoring the ongoing anger that persists in the area after the August police killing of an unarmed black teen. The meeting, held at St. Louis City Hall by the Public Safety Committee of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, was focused on seeking public comment for how and why a proposed civilian review board should provide oversight for police. A police union official who was wearing a wristband supporting Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson further antagonized some in the crowd, according to the reports. Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Aug. 9.

Montgomery Co. Courthouse threat forces evacuations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 01:46

Montgomery Co. Courthouse threat forces evacuationsA threat forced the brief evacuation of the Montgomery County Courthouse Thursday morning.

Head-on collision in US 93 in western Arizona kills 2

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 01:45
WICKENBURG, Ariz. (AP) — The main highway link between Las Vegas and Phoenix is temporarily closed in western Arizona because of a two-vehicle accident that killed two people.

2 dead, officer injured in South Philadelphia house fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 01:40
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two people died in an early morning fire in South Philadelphia.

NY man gets 40 to life for killing mom, stepdad with rock

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 01:39
TROY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for beating his mother and stepfather to death with a rock the size of a bowling bowl.