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6 charged in airport theft of mail containing $250,000 cash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 04:50
NEW YORK (AP) — Six people have been charged in a scheme to steal mail containing an estimated $250,000 in cash at New York's Kennedy Airport.

Minnesota man convicted of killing neighbor in feud

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 04:49
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man was convicted Tuesday of killing his neighbor in a long-running feud over deer feeding and other disputes that boiled over last year.

Lawyers stake out sides at New England prep school rape trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 04:40
Two very different versions of a sexual encounter last year between two pupils at an elite New Hampshire prep school emerged on Tuesday, the opening day of the rape trial of one of the students. A state prosecutor and an attorney for the defendant, Owen Labrie, 19, of Tunbridge, Vermont, made opening statements at Merrimack Superior Court in Concord, New Hampshire, where Labrie faces charges of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old freshman girl days before he graduated in 2014 from St. Paul's School. The trial is shining a spotlight on the culture of St. Paul's, and specifically a tradition described as a "senior salute," in which younger students have sexual encounters with graduating seniors.

Philadelphia archdiocese cancels LGBT program ahead of pope visit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 04:39

Pope Francis blesses the faithful during his Sunday Angelus prayer on the feast of the Assumption, the day Catholics celebrate Mary's rise into heaven, in VaticanWorkshops and other discussions around lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues were scheduled to be held at St. John the Evangelist Church on Sept. 26, the day the pope arrives in Philadelphia for a two-day visit. Pope Francis will attend a summit on families being held in the city, and LGBT Catholic groups have asked for an official presence at the gatherings to express their view that gays and lesbians should be more included in the Church. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has said he would allow the presence of openly gay and transgender Catholics at the World Meeting of Families but did not want the groups to lobby for their issues during the event.


Congressman Fattah pleads not guilty in racketeering case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 04:35

Congressman Fattah pleads not guilty in racketeering caseU.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, in his first court appearance on federal racketeering charges, proclaimed his innocence Monday and accused the Justice Department of making his family and friends collateral damage.


5 shot in 2 days on same block in Olney

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 04:31

5 shot in 2 days on same block in OlneyIt's been a violent couple of days on one particular Olney street. Five people have been shot since Sunday, and one of them is dead.


Idaho replaces mile marker 420 with 419.9 to thwart stoners

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 04:21

In this Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 photo, vehicles pass a 419.9 milepost just south of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Idaho joined Colorado in replacing milepost 420 signs with milepost 419.9 designations in an effort to thwart thievery. (Kathy Plonka/The Spokesman-Review via AP) COEUR D'ALENE PRESS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITBOISE, Idaho (AP) — If you're looking for milepost 420, you won't find it in Idaho.


De Blasio to act against nearly nude women in Times Square

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 04:21

In this photo taken on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, a tourist poses for a photo with two women clad in thongs and body paint in Times Square, in New York. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is promising to take action against women who pose nearly naked for photos in Times Square in exchange for cash. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is promising to take action against women who pose nearly naked for photos in Times Square in exchange for cash.


UN: Some sexual abuse charges against peacekeepers ignored

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 04:13

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2014, file photo, U.N. peace keeping troops take part in a ceremony in the capital city of Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR), to take over a regional African peacekeeping mission. In CAR, a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct have been received since the mission there was established in April 2014, the peacekeeping office in New York says. Stretched for resources with a record number of peacekeepers in the field, the U.N. has hesitated to upset member states by announcing the countries whose troops or police are accused of wrongdoing, until now. Last week, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced his intention to do so. (AP Photo, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The 12-year-old girl said she had been raped by a foreign soldier, one of many who had come to Central African Republic to calm sectarian violence. So the military commander brought her in front of a dozen of his soldiers and asked: Can you identify him?


US weighs more security, withdrawal option for Sinai forces

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 04:11

FILE - In this July 2, 2015 file photo, an Egyptian armored vehicle patrols next to a military watch tower on the Egyptian side of the border, seen from the south of the Gaza Strip. The Obama administration is quietly reviewing the future of America's three-decade deployment to the Sinai Peninsula, fearful the lightly equipped peacekeepers could be targets of escalating Islamic State-inspired violence. Options include beefing up their protection or pulling them out altogether. (AP Photo/Adel Hana, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is quietly reviewing the future of America's three-decade deployment to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, fearful the lightly equipped peacekeepers could be targets of escalating Islamic State-inspired violence. Options range from beefing up their protection or even pulling them out altogether, officials told The Associated Press.


Feds: Initially unsure man in X-ray weapon case was serious

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 04:10
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — FBI agents acknowledged Tuesday they didn't initially know if an upstate New York man was serious when he talked about assembling a mobile X-ray device to sicken or kill Muslims — or if he was even capable of it.

New Jersey governor, feds explore tunnel fixes amid train delays

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 04:03

New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie speaks with supporters after a town hall event in SandownThe meeting in Newark, New Jersey, which focused on pursuing a federal grant to address the plan, brought Christie and U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez of New Jersey together with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.


Unusual extradition fight plays out over priests' slayings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 04:00

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2013 file photo, former El Salvadoran military Col. Inocente Orlando Montano departs federal court, in Boston. A court battle in North Carolina could determine whether prosecution will proceed for the notorious slayings of six Jesuit priests more than two decades ago during El Salvador’s civil war. An extradition hearing on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2014, for Morales represents the latest twist in a case that stretches back to 1989. Spain, the home country of five of the priests, is seeking to prosecute Montano there. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is the unlikely scene of a court battle that could determine whether a former Salvadoran military colonel is prosecuted for the notorious slayings of Jesuit priests more than two decades ago during El Salvador's civil war.


Court rejects inmate's challenge in 5 Ohio prison slayings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 03:35

This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows Keith LaMar. A federal appeals court has rejected the challenge of LaMar, an inmate convicted and sentenced to be executed for the slayings of fellow inmates during a 1993 prison riot in southern Ohio. LaMar was convicted of aggravated murder in 1995 in the deaths of five inmates during the riot at the Southern Ohio Correctional Institution in Lucasville, Ohio. A jury recommended the death penalty in four of the slayings. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections via AP)CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge by an inmate convicted and sentenced to be executed for the slayings of five fellow inmates during a 1993 prison riot in Ohio.


Detroit to equip police officers, squad cars with cameras

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 03:35

Detroit Police Officers stand along Woodward Avenue during a May Day protest against the Detroit Emergency Manager and the municipal Bankruptcy in downtown Detroit, MichiganAll Detroit police-marked squad cars will have dashboard cameras within a year and all officers will be equipped with body cameras within three years under a program intended to protect both citizens and officers, city officials said on Tuesday. Several U.S. states and cities have approved or expanded the use of body and dashboard cameras in the past year since a white officer fatally shot an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri, increasing public pressure to monitor police use of force. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said the city's goal is to build a police department where every officer-citizen interaction is recorded.


Bond hearing set for ex-officer charged in shooting death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 03:30
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A bond hearing has been set for a white former police officer charged in the death of a black South Carolina motorist who was shot as he ran away from a traffic stop.

FBI offers $20,000 reward for recovery of stolen Maine paintings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 03:27

Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Boston Division, Lisi, is joined by Portland, Maine Police Chief, Sauschuck at a news conference in BostonThe FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for tips leading to the recovery of two paintings by N.C. Wyeth stolen from a Maine collector two years ago in what officials on Tuesday called the most significant art theft in that state's history. Six oil paintings by Wyeth, the patriarch of a line of painters known for Maine seascapes, were taken in May 2013 from the home of a prominent real estate developer in the state. Four have been recovered in a Beverly Hills, California, pawn shop, Vincent Lisi, the special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Boston, told reporters.


Jimmy Carter to discuss cancer diagnosis on Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 03:16

Former President Jimmy Carter reaches to embrace his brother Billy's widow Sybil while greeting family Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, following service at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga. Carter's nieces Mandy Flynn, left, and Jana Carter are also pictured. Sunday at church was emotional because it was the first time many members had seen Carter since his announcement that he has cancer. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)ATLANTA (AP) — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter plans to discuss his recent cancer diagnosis, making his first comments since revealing he has the disease last week.


Family of slain California bank robbery hostage sues city

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 03:15
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police who shot and killed a bank robbery hostage in a hail of gunfire had been told to hold their fire before they shot indiscriminately, with no line of sight on the suspects or hostage, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the slain hostage's family.

2 inmates captured after escaping from van in Berks Co.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 03:02

2 inmates captured after escaping from van in Berks Co.Two prison inmates are back in custody after escaping from a transport vehicle in Berks County Tuesday afternoon.