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Grand jury indicts North Carolina man in killings of Muslims

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 04:36

Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, of Chapel Hill appears in a police booking photograph provided by the Durham County Sheriff(Reuters) - A grand jury indicted a North Carolina man on Monday for the shooting deaths of a newlywed Muslim couple and the wife's sister last week, a court official said. Craig Hicks, 46, of Chapel Hill, was charged by a grand jury with three counts of first-degree murder and one of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling, said Angela Kelly, an assistant clerk of the Durham County Superior Court.


Man indicted on 3 counts of murder in NC deaths of Muslims

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 04:06
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A grand jury in North Carolina indicted a man Monday on three counts of murder in the shootings of three young Muslims in what authorities have said was a dispute over parking spaces.

Rabbi accused of running divorce kidnap team heads to trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 03:59

FILE - In a Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 file photo, FBI agents remove evidence from the Brooklyn residence of Rabbi Mendel Epstein during an investigation, in New York. Several defendants, including Epstein and another rabbi, are accused by the FBI of plotting to kidnap and beat a man to force him to grant a religious divorce. Epstein’s trial starts Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in federal court in New Jersey. Several co-defendants have pleaded guilty and others will join him in court this week. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say that when a Jewish woman wanted to divorce an unwilling husband, Mendel Epstein was the rabbi who could gather a kidnap team to make it happen.


West Virginia train derailment sends oil tanker into river

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 03:56
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Emergency crews and environmental officials are responding to a train derailment in West Virginia that sent at least one tanker containing crude oil into a river and also caused a nearby house to catch fire.

Kayla Mueller's boyfriend: 'I came back to save her'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 03:48

FILE -- In this May 30, 2013 file photo, Kayla Mueller is shown after speaking to a group in Prescott, Ariz. Omar Alkhani, boyfriend of Mueller, spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, via webcam from Turkey in one of his first interviews. Alkhani talked about how he met Mueller in 2010 and the last time he saw her in 2013 as a prisoner of the Islamic State group. The U.S. government and Mueller’s family confirmed her death last week. (AP Photo/The Daily Courier, Matt Hinshaw, File) MANDATORY CREDITFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Kayla Mueller stood before her boyfriend in a Syrian detention cell, faced with a question that could have secured her freedom from Islamic State militants.


Reputed al-Qaida operative to represent himself at US trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 03:33

FILE - 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) — When the trial of reputed al-Qaida operative Abid Naseer begins this week, jurors are expected to hear an opening statement from the defendant himself, the latest terrorism suspect prepared to act as his own attorney in an American courtroom.


Mother: Baby's ashes stolen during Phoenix burglary

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 03:26
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona mother is asking thieves to return her baby's ashes stolen during a burglary.

UMass bans Iranians from some engineering, science programs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 03:17
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has banned Iranian nationals from admission to certain graduate programs in a move that school officials say aligns its policy with U.S. sanctions against Iran.

Gamblers' optimism? Casino money misses states' expectations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 03:08

 Ohio, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, shows that overall revenue is below baseline forecasts. Officials blame miscalculations of spending habits and new competition, but some also question how much the numbers reflected wishful thinking. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — For anyone betting on the Northeast's casino bonanza, the odds are long on projects hitting financial expectations.


17-year-old boy shot, killed during Russian roulette game

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 02:27
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — A 17-year-old boy shot and killed himself early Monday during what authorities are describing as a game of Russian roulette in his apartment with other teens.

Labor secretary to meet over West Coast ports dispute Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 02:07
U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez will travel to San Francisco on Tuesday to meet with both sides in a dispute between shipping companies and dock workers that has led to a partial shutdown of ports along the U.S. West Coast, his spokeswoman said on Monday. President Barack Obama, who is on a golf vacation in California, asked Perez to come to the state to try to broker an agreement on a new contract between dock workers and the group representing shippers and terminal operators.

Democrats seek relief from health law penalties

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 02:01

In this Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 photo, a laptop shows the HealthCare.com web site during an Affordable Care Act enrollment event at the Fort Worth Public Library in Fort Worth, Texas. For the second year in a row, millions of Americans have signed up for subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law. But as the 2015 sign-up season draws to a close Sunday, the future of the Affordable Care Act remains in doubt. (AP Photo/LM Otero)WASHINGTON (AP) — The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance.


Up to 2 dozen horses shot, dumped in Montana field

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 02:00
LODGE GRASS, Mont. (AP) — State livestock officials are among several agencies investigating after up to two dozen horses were shot dead and dumped in a hay field about a mile west of Lodge Grass on the Crow Indian Reservation.

AccuWeather: Bitter Cold Today, Snow Tonight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 01:52

 Bitter Cold Today, Snow TonightMeteorologist David Murphy says the Tuesday morning commute will be snowy and slow.


PHOTOS: West Philadelphia fire leaves buildings covered in ice

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 01:41

 West Philadelphia fire leaves buildings covered in iceA fire in West Philadelphia on Monday left buildings covered in ice as the water used by firefighters froze on contact.


Washington Monument shrinks slightly with new measurement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 01:38

Undated photo of Washington Monument taken from National Park Service helicopterThe Washington Monument, one of the landmarks of the U.S. capital, is officially 10 inches shorter under a new measurement announced on Monday's Presidents Day holiday. The obelisk on Washington's National Mall is 554 feet, 7 and 11/32 inches tall, smaller than its historical height of 555 feet, 5 and 1/8 inches, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a statement. The new measurement by NOAA's National Geodetic Survey is based on standards of the international Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats and was completed in December, the statement said. “Today’s elevation reflects the international standards for measurement of a building’s height as well as considerable technological improvements,” said Dru Smith, NOAA's chief geodesist.


'SNL' 40th anniversary bash watched by 23 million viewers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 01:34

Jimmy Fallon, left, and Justin Timberlake attend the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — The Nielsen ratings company says NBC's "Saturday Night Live" 40th anniversary bash has drummed up a huge audience. Preliminary figures indicate Sunday's retrospective special was seen by 23.1 million viewers.


Reputed al-Qaida operative to represent himself at US trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 01:27
NEW YORK (AP) — A reputed al-Qaida operative has opted to act as his own attorney at a U.S. terrorism trial.

Surveyors determine new height for Washington Monument in DC

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 01:23

FILE- In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, a photographer is silhouetted in the reflecting pool as he captures the sunrise behind the Washington Monument in Washington. Government surveyors have determined a new height for the Washington Monument that's nearly 10 inches shorter than what has been thought for more than 130 years, officials will announce Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Government surveyors have determined a new height for the Washington Monument that's nearly 10 inches shorter than what has been recorded for more than 130 years, officials said Monday.


Labor Secretary to meet over West Coast ports dispute Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 01:10
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez will travel to San Francisco on Tuesday to meet with both sides in a dispute between shipping companies and dock workers that has led to a partial shutdown of ports along the U.S. West Coast, his spokeswoman said on Monday. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Marguerita Choy)