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UN Ebola chief says community action key to ending Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 05:40
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The goal set by the presidents of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea of reducing the number of new cases of the deadly disease to zero by April 15 can be reached — but only if local communities stop unsafe burials and healing practices that involve human contact, the U.N. Ebola chief said Wednesday.

Ex-girlfriend: 'American Sniper' defendant had temper

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 05:30
STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — The ex-girlfriend of a former Marine charged in the fatal shootings of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man has testified that he would become enraged over minor incidents.

Florida man gets nine years prison in New Jersey over global poison plot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 05:23
(Reuters) - A Florida man was sentenced on Wednesday to just over nine years in prison after having pleaded guilty to producing and selling deadly toxins to people outside the United States, and conspiring with a British woman to kill her mother. Jesse Korff, 20, of Labelle, Florida, was sentenced to a 110-month term by U.S. District Judge Anne Thompson in Trenton, New Jersey. Korff was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release and pay a $1,000 fine.

Prosecutor: Terror trial defendant eagerly served bin Laden

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 05:21

FILE- In this Jan. 20, 2015 courtroom sketch, Khaled al-Fawwaz, right, a defendant in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, is seated next to his defense attorney, Barbara O'Connor, during jury selection in Manhattan Federal Court. Prosecutors say al-Fawwaz, an early leader of al-Qaida, conspired in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. The attacks killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A Saudi Arabian on trial for allegedly conspiring to kill Americans made sure Osama bin Laden's messages were spread throughout the world before he was arrested in the wake of two deadly bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday at the start of closing arguments.

Snowbound Bostonians jump out windows, scale snow mountains

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 05:20

Three students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology jokingly use mountaineering gear to make their way down from a massive snow pile on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Mass., Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. The mountain of excess snow has been dubbed the "Alps of MIT" and is being used for climbing, sledding and posing. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — Thrill-seekers jumping out windows into snowbanks and posting videos of their feats online. Snowmobilers racing through normally busy Boston streets with snowboarders in tow. And college students skiing and sledding down a colossal snow pile dubbed "Mount MIT."

Oklahoma House panel OKs bill to punish licensing of gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 05:20
By By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma bill to punish any local or state employee who issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples will be heading to a vote in the state House of Representatives after a committee approved the legislation this week. It also says that those who issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples can be subject to removal from office. The bill's author, Representative Sally Kern, a Republican, said the measure is a response to U.S. courts overstepping their authority by forcing Oklahoma to recognize gay marriage. Representative Emily Virgin, a Democrat who voted against the measure in committee on Tuesday, said: "No other state in the union has seen more anti-LGBT legislation introduced during this legislative session.

U.S. university backtracks on excluding Iranian engineering students

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 04:50
A U.S. state university said on Wednesday it had reversed a decision to stop admitting Iranian students into its science and engineering programs after consulting with State Department officials and its own attorneys. The University of Massachusetts at Amherst early this month said it would stop admitting Iranian students into those programs, out of fears that doing so would put it at risk of violating a 2012 U.S. law prohibiting Iranians from studying science related to nuclear power or energy research at U.S. colleges. "We have always believed that excluding students from admission conflicts with our institutional values and principles," said Michael Malone, the university's vice chancellor for research and engagement. "It is now clear, after further consultation and deliberation, that we can adopt a less restrictive policy." The school said it would develop "individualized study plans" for Iranian students to ensure it did not violate U.S. laws.

Suspect questions man convicted in same al-Qaida conspiracy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 04:43

In this Jan. 7, 2013 file image, Abid Naseer, second from left, is arraigned in Brooklyn Federal Court where he pleaded not guilty through his attorney Steven Brounstein, center, to terrorism charges in an alleged al-Qaida plot against the New York City subways. Second from right is Assistant U.S. Attorney Zainab Ahmad. Naseer is expected to give an opening statement Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in federal court in New York City. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A terrorism suspect who's defending himself against allegations he was a would-be bomber took on an unusual task Wednesday at his trial: cross-examining a convicted terrorist who prosecutors say was part of the same al-Qaida conspiracy.

Mayor who suffered groundhog bite loses primary

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 04:40

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2015 file photo provided by Christopher Mertes, Sun Prairie Mayor Jon Freund, left, leans in for Jimmy's prognostication just before being bitten on ear by the groundhog during the Groundhogs Day celebration in Sun Prairie, Wis. While photos and video of Freund got plenty of notice, the incumbent mayor didn’t get the votes he needed in the Tuesday, Feb. 17 primary election. He finished third in a field of three and is out of the Sun Prairie mayor’s race. (AP Photo/The Star, Christopher Mertes, File) MANDATORY CREDITSUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) — It's been a rough month for the mayor of a central Wisconsin city.

Lawyer: Former exec to admit killing pair in suicide attempt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 04:37
NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — A former Fortune 500 executive who killed a pregnant woman and her fiance when he swerved his truck across a highway median in a botched suicide attempt will plead guilty to negligent homicide, his attorney said Wednesday.

Kansas commune leader found guilty of drowning woman in pool

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 04:36
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man who led a Kansas commune that collected millions of dollars in life insurance payouts from dead members was convicted of premeditated murder Wednesday in the 2003 drowning death of a female member.

SD's US attorney to resign, join firm with ND's prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 04:31

ADDS NAME OF PERSON AT LEFT - South Dakota U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson speaks during a press conference on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Sioux Falls, S.D. Johnson announced he will be stepping down as the U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota effective March 11, 2015. At left is First Assistant United States Attorney Randy Seiler who will take over the office until the Senate appoints a new U.S. attorney. (AP Photo/Argus Leader, Joe Ahlquist)SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's top federal prosecutor is joining his North Dakota counterpart in leaving those posts and opening local offices for a large law firm known for winning big settlements in high-profile litigation.

Gas leak forces students from Delaware school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 04:25

Gas leak forces students from Delaware schoolA gas leak caused the evacuation of 500 students at the Harlan School in Wilmington, Delaware Wednesday morning.

Florida man who produced and sold deadly ricin gets prison

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 04:11
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Florida man who admitted he produced and sold potentially deadly toxins and plotted to kill a woman in London has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison.

Coast Guard in Texas rescues family of 4 from grounded boat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 04:08
PORT MANSFIELD, Texas (AP) — The Coast Guard has rescued a couple and two children after their pleasure boat ran aground during chilly, gusty conditions in South Texas.

No citation for 92-year-old driver who hit 9 vehicles

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 03:51
MAYVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Police say a 92-year-old driver who struck nine vehicles in the parking lot of a Wisconsin grocery store won't be cited.

Muslims finding voice in wake of North Carolina slayings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 03:50
The circumstances were horrific, but Zahra Billoo was greatly encouraged by the vigil marking the slayings of three young Muslims near the University of North Carolina.

College student arrested in roommate's stabbing in dorm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 03:44

30 a.m. Wednesday at Santa Clara University. (AP Photo/Santa Clara Police Department)SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — A university student has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing and wounding his roommate in their dormitory on a Northern California campus.

U.S. deciding whether to extend Obamacare enrollment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 03:38

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the website in New York in this photo illustrationAmericans who have started enrolling for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act can still sign up, and the U.S. government is weighing whether to open a special enrollment period for those who missed Sunday's deadline, the health secretary said on Wednesday. So far, 11.4 million Americans have enrolled in private health insurance through the health reform law known as Obamacare during the open enrollment period that ended on Sunday, according to the White House. The Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to have health insurance or face a financial penalty. HHS will decide within the next two weeks whether to allow another special enrollment period for consumers, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told reporters in response to a question about those consumers amid the looming April 15 tax-filing deadline.

Lawsuit: State lost millions in cigarette tax because of UPS

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 03:27
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — UPS deprived New York of millions of dollars in revenue by shipping nearly 700,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes from Indian reservations to smokers statewide despite an earlier agreement to stop, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.