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Father of Chattanooga gunman once investigated for 'terrorist' ties: NYT

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 08:19
(Reuters) - The father of a suspected gunman who killed four Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday was investigated several years ago for "possible ties to a foreign terrorist organization," the New York Times reported.

Sources: Drexel grad found dead in West Philadelphia was beaten, strangled

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 08:17

Drexel grad found fatally beaten, strangled in West PhiladelphiaPolice are investigating the suspicious death of a recent Drexel grad who was found dead in her West Philadelphia apartment.

Court: Airlines get leeway when someone references a bomb

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 08:08
NEW YORK (AP) — Airline employees cannot be held liable if they misinterpret a passenger's reference to a bomb as a threat when they report it to security authorities as long as their statements are not false on key facts, an appeals court said Thursday.

Texas court halts execution of man for murder of 93-year-old woman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 08:07
A Texas court on Thursday halted the execution of Clifton Williams several hours before he was to be put to death for murdering a 93-year-old woman about 10 years ago and then setting her body on fire in a robbery to support his drug habit. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted the stay to allow for a review of evidence in the case relating to DNA probability statistics that could have had an impact on his trial, the court said. Williams, 31, broke into the home of Cecelia Schneider in Tyler in July 2005.

California flexes muscles in water tussle with farmers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 08:00

FILE -- In this May 18, 2015 file photo, Gino Celli, who relies on senior water rights to water his crops, inspects a wheat field nearing harvest on his farm near Stockton, Calif. California issued its first cease-and-desist order on Thursday, July 16, telling an irrigation district to stop pumping water under this year's tightened drought regulations. Some senior water rights holders are challenging California regulators authority to tell them to stop drawing water from rivers running dry due to the drought. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,file)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators flexed their muscles on Thursday by ordering a group of farmers to stop pumping from a branch of the San Joaquin River amid an escalating battle over how much power the state has to protect waterways that are drying up in the drought.

Swiss extradite FIFA's Jeffrey Webb to the United States

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:59

FILE - In this May 27, 2015, file photo, two persons are reflected in the FIFA logo at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. Swiss authorities said Thursday, July 16, 2015, that one of the seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a U.S. corruption probe was extradited to the United States they day before. Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice didn't identify the FIFA official. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)Former FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb has been extradited to the United States following his arrest in Switzerland on racketeering and bribery charges filed by American prosecutors.

Los Angeles airport to become largest air hub with ride-sharing pickups

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:51
Los Angeles International Airport is set to become the largest U.S. airport to allow popular ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft to pick up passengers at curbside, following a vote by a local commission on Thursday. The Board of Airport Commissioners adopted the rule changes by a vote of 5-0, said Jeff Millman, a spokesman for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti who had pushed for allowing greater ride-sharing at the airport known as LAX.

Key elements in Colorado theater shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:49

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2012 file photo, Thomas and Caren Teves, right, whose son, Alex, was killed in the 2012 Aurora movie theatre massacre, join a news conference with families of victims of the Colorado theater shooting, in Aurora, Colo. Their son Alex, 24, had just earned a master's degree in counseling psychology when he was killed. His girlfriend, Amanda Teves, who changed her last name to Teves after the shooting, testified that when the gunfire began, Alex dived onto her to protect her. "He just kept shushing me and telling me it was going to be all right," she said. When she realized someone in their group had been shot, she screamed his name but heard no response. A friend yelled that they needed to leave, so Teves grabbed her boyfriend’s hand. "I wanted to try to take him with me,” she said. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider, file)Colorado theater shooter James Holmes was convicted Thursday of killing 12 people and wounding scores of others in a methodical attack on a midnight movie premier. Here's a look at the key elements of the case:

Timeline of events leading to James Holmes' guilty verdicts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:36

FILE - In this July 23, 2012 file photo, James Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more in a shooting spree in a crowded theatre in 2012, sits in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. On Thursday, July 16, 2015, a jury found Holmes guilty of murder in the methodically planned attack. The verdict means the 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student could get the death penalty for the shooting. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Key dates in the life of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes:

Suspected gunman blogged about Islam days before Tennessee shootings: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:31
By Rich McKay CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Reuters) - The 24-year-old man accused of gunning down four Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee, blogged on Monday that "life is short and bitter" and Muslims should not miss an opportunity to "submit to Allah," according to an organization that tracks extremist groups. The SITE Intelligence Group said a July 13 post written by suspected gunman Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez stressed the sacrifice of the Sahaba (companions of the Prophet) “fought Jihad for the sake of Allah." Reuters could not independently verify the blog postings. While treating the Thursday shootings as "an act of domestic terrorism", the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was too early to speculate on motives.

Colorado movie massacre gunman found guilty of multiple murders

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:30

Holmes stands in court as the verdict is read in DenverColorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes was found guilty on Thursday of multiple counts of first degree murder, a verdict that enables prosecutors to seek the death penalty for the former graduate student who killed a dozen people and wounded 70 at a midnight premiere of a Batman film in 2012. After a three-month trial in which they were presented with thousands of pieces of evidence and testimony from hundreds of witnesses, jurors deliberated for about a day and a half, then found Holmes guilty on all 165 counts against him. The panel of nine women and three men rejected the defense's claim that Holmes was legally insane.

Theater shooting victims included servicemen, 6-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:28

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2012 file photo, Chantel Blunk, center, the wife of Aurora, Colo. movie theater shooting victim Jonathan Blunk, holds their son Maximus, 2, and daughter Hailey, 4, right, as a U.S. flag is prepared to present to her during a graveside service in Reno, Nev. Jonathan Blunk, 26, a Navy veteran who had served three tours in the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea, had hoped to re-enlist to become a Navy SEAL. A friend who was injured in the theater shooting testified that Blunk threw himself in front of her and saved her life. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Twelve people were killed and dozens of others were wounded while attending a midnight movie premiere July 20, 2012, at a theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora. Here's a look at those who died:

Texan suspected of hitting cyclist, driving off with victim in windshield

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:16
A 19-year-old man has been charged in a hit-and-run death of a cyclist he is suspected of having struck with his car and then driven for more than one mile with the victim embedded in his windshield, Dallas police said on Thursday. Police said Silverio Alaniz struck the 54-year-old cyclist while making a turn on Wednesday evening in the Dallas area. The unidentified cyclist was discovered in a nearby alley, where police said Alaniz apparently dislodged the victim and drove away without providing assistance.

Oklahoma top court OKs grand jury probe of Tulsa sheriff's office

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:16
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Thursday said it would allow a grand jury investigation into the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, which has been under scrutiny since a white reserve sheriff's deputy fatally shot a black suspect in April. In a unanimous decision, the court dismissed a motion from Sheriff Stanley Glanz seeking to halt the grand jury, which a state judge in June ordered to be called after an activist group submitted a petition demanding it. The civil rights group called "We the People Oklahoma" wanted the panel to look into allegations of special treatment, questionable training and falsified records made in the aftermath of the April 2 death of Eric Harris, the suspect shot by Robert Bates, 73, a white insurance executive who served as a volunteer deputy.

Four Marines and gunman killed in Tennessee shootings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:15

Law enforcement work around the Chattanooga Police's bomb squad truck before leaving a staging area on Hixson Pike to investigate the nearby home of Mohammod Abdulazeez in ChattanoogaFour Marines were killed on Thursday by a gunman who opened fire at two military offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee, before being fatally shot in an attack officials called a brazen, brutal act of domestic terrorism. The FBI named the suspect as Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, but said it was too early to speculate on a motive for the rampage, which comes at a time when U.S. military and law enforcement authorities are increasingly concerned about the threat posed by "lone wolves" to domestic targets. "We are treating this as an act of domestic terrorism," Bill Killian, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, said earlier, adding that no official determination of the nature of the crime had yet been made and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has not ruled anything out.

A look at the history of Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:12

A look at the history of Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and PaulWhen Pope Francis celebrates mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in September, it will be just the latest significant chapter in this cathedral's rich history.

Sniper case leads to 20-year prison term for ex-US soldier

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:02
NEW YORK (AP) — A former U.S. Army soldier who participated in a conspiracy to kill a federal agent and a confidential informant has been sentenced in New York to 20 years in prison.

Sources: Woman found dead in West Philadelphia was beaten, strangled

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 06:51

 Drexel grad found dead in West Philadelphia was beaten, strangledPolice are investigating the suspicious death of a 27-year-old woman found dead in her West Philadelphia apartment.

US seeks extradition of British man charged with hacking

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 06:51
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A British man accused of hacking into U.S. government computer networks and stealing sensitive and confidential information was arrested in England, and U.S. prosecutors said they will attempt to have him transferred to New Jersey.

Obama says U.S. to be thorough, prompt in getting answers to Tennessee shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 06:43
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that U.S. officials would be thorough and prompt about getting answers after a suspected gunman opened fire at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing four Marines. Obama expressed his condolences to the victims' families. The suspected gunman was fatally shot in the incident. (Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Writing by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Peter Cooney)