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Penalty phase opens in Boston Marathon bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 01:36

Penalty phase opens in Boston Marathon bombing trialThe life-or-death phase in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev got underway Tuesday.


Kansas man pleads not guilty to federal terrorism charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 01:33
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of trying to bomb an Army installation in support of a terrorist group on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to three federal charges.

Number of Iowa chickens to be killed due to bird flu lower

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 01:30
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The number of chickens at a northwest Iowa farm that will need to be killed because of the bird flu virus has been reduced to 3.8 million.

Critical-thinking counseling sought in Islamic State case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 01:20
CHICAGO (AP) — A lawyer for a suburban teenager accused of trying to join the Islamic State group has told a federal judge his client isn't dangerous and should be released to get counseling on critical thinking.

Corrections officer wounded by shot fired at California prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 01:13
LOS ANGELES - (Reuters) - A corrections officer at a California prison has been lightly wounded by a bullet fired at the facility from beyond its perimeter, authorities said on Tuesday. Multiple shots were fired on Monday evening toward North Kent State Prison in Delano, a community less than 130 miles north of Los Angeles, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. A bullet fired from beyond the prison's perimeter struck an officer who was standing in an exercise yard, said Lieutenant Tom Mattson, a spokesman for the prison. "I am extremely grateful that our officer was only slightly injured in this senseless attack and is expected to make a full recovery,” California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Jeff Beard said in a statement.

Voicemail leads to discovery of woman's body in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 01:11

Voicemail leads to discovery of woman's body in West PhiladelphiaA chilling voicemail led police to a gruesome discovery inside a West Philadelphia home, and now they're asking for the public's help in their search for an alleged killer.


White House says has concerns about Drug Enforcement Administration

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 01:09

DEA administrator Michele Leonhart testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in a hearing on sexual harassment and misconduct allegations at the DEA and FBI in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday that it still has concerns about the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration following a recent Justice Department report alleging agents had participated in sex parties. White House spokesman Josh Earnest did not comment on media reports that the agency's director, Michele Leonhart, is expected to soon resign. (Reporting By Julia Edwards)


Suspicious cylinders force evacuation of St. Louis City Hall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 01:04

St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed calls out to other members of the board to gather and be given the oath of office in a park across the street from City Hall Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in St. Louis. The swearing in was moved outside after City Hall was evacuated Tuesday when two suspicious cylinders and a bag were found at three entrances to the sprawling government building downtown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Three suspicious items that forced the several-hour evacuation of St. Louis' City Hall on Tuesday turned out to be two abandoned carbon dioxide canisters and a bag, all ultimately deemed harmless after their discovery forced the swearing-in ceremony of recently elected aldermen to be moved to a nearby park.


U.S. Somali recruiter not dead, still active in Syria: officials

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:56
By Alistair Bell and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Somali-American who joined Islamic State as a fighter is alive and still trying to recruit young men from Minnesota to join him, law enforcement officials and a Somali community leader said, despite a report that he might have been killed in Syria. Abdi Nur, 20, who left Minneapolis for Syria last year, is frequently in touch online with young Somalis in Minnesota to try to entice them to join IS, Twin Cities Somali community elder Omar Jamal said.

AccuWeather: Breezy and Pleasant Today

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:47

 Breezy and Pleasant TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says early, lingering showers and thunderstorms give way to a breezy, bright day.


DEA chief expected to resign soon: CBS, CNN

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:38

DEA administrator Michele Leonhart testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in a hearing on sexual harassment and misconduct allegations at the DEA and FBI in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is expected to resign soon following recent revelations that agents had engaged in "sex parties" with prostitutes in Colombia, television news outlets CBS and CNN reported on Tuesday. The DEA declined to comment. Last week, U.S. lawmakers said they lacked confidence in agency chief Michele Leonhart. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Lisa Lambert)


Atlanta test-cheating case judge may reconsider harshest sentences

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:37
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Three former Atlanta public school administrators who received the stiffest prison terms among educators convicted in a test cheating scandal involving thousands of students could see their sentences reduced next week. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter's office said on Tuesday he has set a re-sentencing hearing for April 30 for former regional directors Tamara Cotman, Sharon Davis-Williams and Michael Pitts, the three highest-ranking school officials found guilty earlier this month on conspiracy charges. A state investigation in 2011 found that 38 principals and 140 teachers in the Atlanta school district were involved in cheating on 2009 tests.

National Zoo plans to breed pandas living in US, China

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:33
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists at the National Zoo have traveled around the world to prepare for this year's giant panda breeding season.

Oklahoma reserve deputy pleads not guilty in shooting death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:26

Handout of Reserve Deputy Robert Bates provided by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office in TulsaBy Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma reserve deputy pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in the death of a man he said he accidentally shot with a gun instead of a Taser, a Tulsa County District Court clerk said on Tuesday. Robert Bates, 73, an insurance executive who serves as a volunteer deputy with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the April 2 death of Eric Harris, 44.


Pennsylvania judge to rule on releasing video of police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:19
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday considered publicly releasing a graphic video that may shed light on the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a police officer during an attempted traffic stop in February. Officer Lisa Mearkle, 36, a veteran of the Hummelstown Police Department, is charged with criminal homicide in the death of David Kassick, 59, on February 2. At a hearing before Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Deborah Curcillo, all sides noted the likelihood of intense interest in the video after a series of fatal shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers in the United States. Mearkle's lawyers argued against releasing the video, saying the surrounding publicity would make it difficult to select an impartial jury at trial.

Trial begins for three Florida band members in hazing death of drum major

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:18
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Three former members of the Florida A&M University marching band members went on trial on Tuesday for manslaughter and felony hazing in the 2011 death of a drum major. Prosecutors initially accused more than a dozen members of the school's acclaimed "Marching 100" band of subjecting Robert Champion, 26, to a ritual beating on the band's bus to gain respect. Benjamin McNamee, Aaron Golson and Darryl Cearnel are the last members of the band to go on trial in Champion's death and each face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. "These young people ... all knew this was illegal," prosecutor Jeff Ashton told jurors in his opening statement.

U.S. top court curbs police drug-sniffing dogs in routine traffic stops

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:15
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday placed a new limit on when police can use drug-sniffing dogs, ruling the dogs cannot be employed after a routine traffic stop has been completed if there is no reasonable suspicion about the presence of drugs in the vehicle. The court ruled 6-3 in favor of a driver, Dennys Rodriguez, who was stopped in Nebraska and found to be transporting a large bag of methamphetamine following a dog sniff. In an opinion by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the court held that a traffic stop lengthened purely to conduct a dog sniff without reasonable suspicion would violate the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. Conservative Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Anthony Kennedy dissented.

Names of suspended Baltimore police officers released

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:10
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police have released the names of six officers who have been suspended with pay after the death of a man who was critically injured during an arrest.

Prosecutors: 'Rogue' distillery workers, others indicted in massive theft of Kentucky bourbon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:07
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Prosecutors: 'Rogue' distillery workers, others indicted in massive theft of Kentucky bourbon.

Questions, answers about police officers who confuse weapons

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 23:59

FILE - In this April 14, 2015 file photo, volunteer sheriff's deputy Robert Bates, right, arrives at the Tulsa County Jail with his attorney, Clark Brewster, in Tulsa, Okla. Bates,who killed an unarmed suspect in Tulsa, apologized for the shooting but described the confusion as a common problem in law enforcement. Experts agree that this is a real but very rare phenomenon that probably happens less than once a year nationwide. (Matt Barnard/Tulsa World via AP, File)Robert Bates, the volunteer sheriff's deputy who killed an unarmed suspect in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on April 2, says he accidentally fired his handgun when he meant to deploy his stun gun. Bates apologized for killing Eric Harris last week but described his deadly mistake as a common problem in law enforcement, saying: "This has happened a number of times around the country. ... You must believe me, it can happen to anyone."