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Man accused of 'looking to kill a cop' charged with murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:57

Knox County prosecutor Chip McConville announces on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, a 10-count indictment against Herschel Ray Jones III, the suspect in the Jan. 17 slaying of a Danville policeman who was shot in the head, in Mount Vernon, Ohio. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko)MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — A man whose ex-girlfriend told police he left her house "looking to kill a cop" was charged Monday in the January death of an Ohio officer who was shot in the head, and the suspect could face the death penalty if convicted.

Four Oklahoma high school wrestlers charged with raping two boys

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:45
Four Oklahoma high school wrestlers were charged on Monday with raping two boys aged 12 and 16 after a wrestling tournament in January, police said. All suspects were members of the Norman North High School wrestling team. Three were charged as youth offenders and one was charged as an adult stemming from the Jan. 9 incident, police in Norman said.

North Dakota governor orders cuts amid $1B budget shortfall

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:43

Gov. Jack Dalrymple speaks to directors of state agencies and elected officials about the projected general fund revenue shortfall of more than $1 billion on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at the state capitol in Bismarck, N.D. Dalrymple ordered deep cuts to government agencies and a massive raid on state savings to make up for the shortfall due to depressed crude prices and a drop in oil drilling. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDITBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple ordered deep cuts to government agencies and a massive raid on the oil-rich state's savings on Monday to make up for a more than $1 billion budget shortfall due to a drop in oil drilling and depressed crude prices.

Ailing woman who sued to get out-of-state marijuana dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:37
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman who was suffering from late-stage cancer when she won permission to buy medical marijuana in Maine before it was available in her home state died Monday.

Amtrak engineer recalls opening throttle before fatal crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:35

Amtrak engineer recalls opening throttle before fatal crashThe last thing Amtrak engineer Brian Bostian remembers before last May's fatal crash in Philadelphia is pushing the throttle forward to pick up speed.

The Latest: Principals talk about students charged in death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:32

Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney Mary Pettitt, left, and Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson listen to questions during a news conference Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Blacksburg Va. Virginia Tech student, David Eisenhauer, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Nicole Madison Lovell, whose remains were found in North Carolina. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT; CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT; MANDATORY CREDITBLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the alleged abduction and slaying of a 13-year-old Virginia girl (all times local):

Powerful winds persist as winter storm lashes California

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:31

Firefighters work to remove a large tree that fell across multiple lanes of traffic, killing a motorist, in Pacific Beach, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. Powerful winds have downed dozens of trees and power poles and blown away rooftops as a winter storm moves across California. (John Gastaldo/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITLOS ANGELES (AP) — Powerful winds lashed Southern California on Monday at the tail end of a winter storm that also brought heavy rain and mountain snow.

Virginia Tech reels after two students charged in 13-year-old girl's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:30

Natalie Marie Keepers is pictured in this undated handout booking photoBy Colleen Jenkins BLACKSBURG, Va. (Reuters) - Students walking among the limestone-studded buildings on Virginia Tech's campus on Monday said they were rattled by the news of two engineering majors charged in the abduction and murder of a 13-year-old local girl from the college town of Blacksburg. "This guy lived under me?" said freshman Faraz Alam, 18, who lives in the same residence hall as one of the students charged. "It could have happened to any of my friends." First-year students David Eisenhauer, 18, and Natalie Keepers, 19, appeared in court on Monday in nearby Christiansburg but did not enter a plea and were being held in jail without bond.

Demotions overturned for VA officials accused in job scam

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:27

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2015, file photo, Veterans Affairs Department St. Paul Regional Office Director Kimberly Graves listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. A judge has overturned a decision by the Veterans Affairs Department to demote a senior official accused of manipulating the agency's hiring system for her own gain. The VA's acting inspector general said Graves and another senior executive, Diana Rubens, forced lower-ranking managers to accept job transfers and then stepped into the vacant positions themselves, keeping their senior-level pay while reducing their responsibilities. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal judges have overturned decisions by the Department of Veterans Affairs to demote two senior officials accused of manipulating the agency's hiring system for their own gain.

Delta apologizes for flight attendants' 'altercation'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:27
ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines is apologizing to passengers after a confrontation between two flight attendants last month led pilots to make an unscheduled landing halfway through the trip.

Chicago teachers' bargaining team rejects contract offer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:25
A bargaining team for the Chicago teachers' union on Monday unanimously rejected a contract offer from the financially troubled city, raising the possibility of a strike and possibly causing a new embarrassment for embattled Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The rejection means the union and Chicago Board of Education will enter a final stage of talks to avert a possible strike, which could come as early as May 23. Chicago Public Schools officials had been hoping to relay positive developments on its teachers' contract to potential buyers of its $875 million of bonds expected to sell this week.

Key events in the escape and hunt for 3 California inmates

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:24
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Key dates and events in the escape and hunt for three California inmates who broke out of a maximum security jail using a Google Earth map, cutting tools and a rope made of bed linens. Hossein Nayeri, 37, Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Bac Duong, 43, were all back in custody Saturday after Nayeri and Tieu were arrested in San Francisco. Duong turned himself in Friday.

Rick Williams in Iowa: New technology expected to help in caucuses

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:24

 New technology expected to help in caucusesMonday night is the first time the country will actually hear from voters as they hold their caucuses in the state of Iowa.

Congresswoman fighting "swatting" calls gets targeted by 1

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:22
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts congresswoman said she and her family were the victims of a so-called "swatting" attack — the very kind of bogus emergency call she has filed legislation to combat.

Prosecutors: Islamic State inspired N. Carolina man's plan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:20
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man killed his neighbor and stole the man's money so he could buy an assault rifle to carry out an Islamic State-inspired shooting at a concert or club, according to an indictment unsealed Monday.

Lawmaker withdraws pro-Confederacy bills after KKK remarks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:18
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia lawmaker criticized for recent comments about the Ku Klux Klan has withdrawn bills honoring the Confederacy.

Deputy says he'd shoot unarmed man again given circumstances

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:17
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy told a federal jury Monday that he would still shoot an unarmed 22-year-old black man, given the man's actions in the seconds before he fired.

Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter joins CNN

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:16

Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter joins CNNFormer Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has yet another job just a month out of office.

Exclusive: U.S. budget plan includes over $13 billion for new submarine - sources

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:08

Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, where he announced the latest in his Force of the Future reforms. Carter intends to double the length of fully paid maternity leave for female service members, and will also boost time off for paternity leave and adoptions (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)The Pentagon's next five-year budget proposal seeks over $13 billion in funding for a new submarine to carry nuclear ballistic missiles, plus orders for more Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp fighter jets, according to sources familiar with the plans. The plan also shifts the Navy's strategy for a new carrier-based unmanned drone to focus more on intelligence-gathering and refueling than combat strike missions, said the sources, who were not authorized to discuss it publicly before the budget's release. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter plans to map out his spending priorities for the $583 billion 2017 defense budget on Tuesday ahead of the official budget release on Feb. 9.

5 restaurant workers died in fire of boss-owned home

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:07

Police and fire officials investigate a house fire that killed five people at a home in Novi, Mich., Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. Authorities say five restaurant workers were killed in the house fire near Detroit. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. (Brandy Baker/Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDITNOVI, Mich. (AP) — Five men who appear to be from Mexico likely were overcome by thick smoke and died in a fire at a home owned by their boss, who owned a Chinese restaurant, authorities said Monday.