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Ex-US Speaker indicted over $3.5 million in payments

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 07:17

Ex-US Speaker indicted over $3.5 million in paymentsFederal prosecutors have announced bank-related charges against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.


Google offers unlimited free storage of photos, videos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 07:16

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, speaks during the Google I/O 2015 keynote presentation in San Francisco, Thursday, May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is willing to store and organize all of the world's digital photos and videos for free.


Hundreds seek safety from Texas floods, severe weather kills 16

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 07:16

Rescue personnel search the floodwaters along Brays Bayou in southwest HoustonBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Hundreds of people fled areas near Texas rivers that overflowed their banks on Thursday as the state reeled from severe storms this week that killed at least 16 people, flooded cities and set a record for the wettest month. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch on Thursday stretching from south of San Antonio to Dallas, through Oklahoma, where severe weather this week killed an additional six people, and into Kansas. The city of Wharton, about 60 miles (100 km) southwest of Houston, issued a voluntary evacuation notice for about 300 homes along the Colorado River, where water began spilling over the banks on Thursday afternoon and was expected to rise through Friday.


Guns, training gun found where police say sheriff shot woman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 07:14
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Investigators recovered multiple guns as well as a fake training gun from the empty model home where police said a Georgia sheriff shot and critically wounded a woman, according to law enforcement documents.

Team picked to build LaGuardia Airport's new main terminal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 07:13
NEW YORK (AP) — The agency that operates New York's LaGuardia Airport on Thursday selected a team to build a new main terminal.

Philadelphia lawmakers pushing for better parking garage security

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 07:12

Philadelphia lawmakers pushing for better parking garage securityLast week Action News spoke exclusively with a young woman who was beaten and sexually assaulted during broad daylight inside a Philadelphia parking garage. Since that report, members of city council have come forward demanding better security.


Virginia panel issues proposals to fight campus sex assaults

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 07:11

Virginia Attorney Gen. Mark Herring, right, gives a copy of the report by the Governors Task Force on Sexual Violence on college Campuses to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, left, during the final meeting of the group at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, May 28, 2015. The task force headed by Herring issued 21 recommendations to help combat sexual violence on college campuses. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Late last year, the University of Virginia became the epicenter in the debate over campus sexual assaults, sparked by a sensational national magazine story — later discredited — that claimed to give an account of a gang rape at a fraternity there.


Chip Kelly: LeSean McCoy is wrong, color has never been a factor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:53

 LeSean McCoy is wrong, color has never been a factorHead coach Chip Kelly says LeSean McCoy is wrong when it comes to comments the former Philadelphia Eagles running back made about his coaching decisions and getting rid of black players.


Mother gets 18 years for killing 8-year-old son in NYC hotel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:49

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2011, file photo, Gigi Jordan, the multimillionaire mother charged with killing her autistic 8-year-old son, appears in Manhattan Supreme court in New York. Jordan was sentenced Thursday, May 28, 2015, to 18 years in prison. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A self-made health care millionaire who fatally drugged her developmentally disabled child five years ago in a luxury New York City hotel room was sentenced on Thursday to 18 years in prison by a judge who said he disbelieved much of her defense and scolded her for not showing remorse.


Electrical problem temporarily closes Washington Monument

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:45
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service says an electrical problem has temporarily closed the Washington Monument.

Suspect in downtown Los Angeles arson case pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:42

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, second from left, surrounded by city authorities, comments on the arrest by the Los Angeles Police Department's anti-terrorism division of a suspect on suspicion of arson, during a news conference in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The arrest of Dawud Abdulwali, 56, of Los Angeles culminated a six-month investigation involving the Los Angeles Fire Department, LAPD and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. (AP Photo/Tami Abdullah)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges alleging he set a massive inferno that destroyed an unfinished apartment building and damaged nearby office towers in downtown Los Angeles, prosecutors said.


Washington subway bans 'issue' ads after request to run Mohammad cartoon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:41
(Reuters) - The Washington transit system on Thursday suspended all "issue-oriented" advertising after being asked to run a subway ad featuring a cartoon depiction of the Prophet Mohammad. The ban, approved unanimously by the board of directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, prohibits political, religious and advocacy ads through the end of the year, a spokesman said. The transit system had been asked by the American Freedom Defense Initiative to display the cartoon that won first prize at an event in Texas this month at which two gunmen opened fire near the venue and wounded a security guard before they were shot and killed by police.

New York socialite sentenced to 18 years in poisoning autistic son

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:40

Gigi Jordan, a wealthy New York socialite who was convicted in 2014 of first-degree manslaughter for the 2010 killing of her 8-year-old autistic son in a posh Manhattan hotel room appears in Manhattan Criminal Court for her sentencing hearing in New YorkBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A wealthy New York socialite was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Thursday after being convicted of killing her young autistic son at a luxury Manhattan hotel room in 2010. Gigi Jordan, 54, was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in November after admitting that she administered an overdose of prescription pills to 8-year-old Jude Mirra at the posh Peninsula Hotel on Fifth Avenue, using a crusher and syringe. Jordan's attorneys argued throughout the two-month trial that she had killed the boy in an act of mercy to prevent the boy's biological father from sexually abusing him, a scenario that prosecutors said was based on fiction.


Colorado movie gunman sane at time of mass shooting: psychiatrist

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:38

File photo of James Holmes sitting in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - James Holmes was sane when he opened fire inside a crowded Colorado movie theater in 2012, killing 12 and wounding dozens more, a court-appointed psychiatrist testified on Thursday in the 27-year-old gunman's murder trial. Psychiatrist William Reid said that while the onetime neuroscience graduate student has “serious psychiatric issues,” he knew right from wrong when he went on the July 2012 rampage. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder stemming from the shooting spree during a midnight screening of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises.” Prosecutors have indicated they will seek the death penalty for the California native if he is convicted.


Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert indicted on bank-related charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:38

Ex-US Speaker indicted over $3.5 million in paymentsFederal prosecutors have announced bank-related charges against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.


Security for papal visit tops agenda at Delco summit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:38

Security for papal visit tops agenda at Delco summitAn annual school safety summit in Delaware County took on a markedly different tone Thursday because of the upcoming visit of Pope Francis.


CDC: 150 possibly had contact with NJ man who died of Lassa Fever

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:36

 150 possibly had contact with NJ man who died of Lassa FeverFederal and state health officials have identified more than 150 people who possibly had contact with a patient who died of Lassa fever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.


Kenyan man pleads guilty in US terrorism support case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:26
MIAMI (AP) — A Kenyan man has pleaded guilty in the U.S. to terrorism support charges in a case that involved Internet chat room and other online communications with undercover FBI operatives.

Nebraska death penalty backers consider challenges to repeal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:22
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Death penalty supporters are looking to challenge the Nebraska Legislature's landmark repeal vote.

Former Massachusetts governor urges Harvard grads to be 'uneasy' about social ills

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:14

Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick stands to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the 364th Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in CambridgeBy Elizabeth Barber CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - Two-time Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick encouraged Harvard University graduates on Thursday to be "uneasy" enough about social ills that they are compelled to find solutions.  Patrick, a Democrat who held the governorship from 2007 through 2015, told the Ivy League university's class of 2015 that he was proud to return to a campus where students were actively protesting injustice, including Wall Street excesses and racial bias in policing. In the late 1970s, when Patrick was a Harvard undergraduate, students had scarcely advocated for anything besides their imperiled right to eggs and pancakes in their dormitories, he joked.  "I am grateful that students are putting far more important issues on the table than hot breakfast," he said.