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Some remains found in crash of military helicopter in Florida that killed 11

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 03:10

Shirley Walker reacts to seeing unidentified debris washed up as rescue crews search waters for a missing helicopter near PensacolaSearch teams found the wreckage of an Army Black Hawk helicopter reported missing during a training mission off Florida's Gulf Coast and were working to locate the bodies of 11 service members killed in the crash, U.S. officials said on Thursday. “At this point we are not hopeful for survivors, and we are transitioning our search and rescue operation to a recovery and safety investigation,” Air Force Colonel Monte Cannon told a news conference in Navarre, Florida. Seven Marines and four soldiers were on the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that plunged into the Santa Rosa Sound along the Florida Panhandle during a training exercise in foggy conditions Tuesday night. The Louisiana National Guard said on Thursday that two of the soldiers' bodies had been recovered and the other two were likely still underwater in the wrecked aircraft.


Child illegal migration to U.S. slows but still flowing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 03:09
By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The rush of Central American children entering the United States illegally has eased from last year's crisis levels but remains brisk, according to new government data, and immigration experts fear the onset of warm weather could bring another surge. More than 68,000 children traveling without parents, mainly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, were detained last year for entering the United States without immigration documents. "The situation has improved significantly," said Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman Marsha Catran.

Palestinian activist sentenced to 18 months for U.S. immigration fraud

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 03:08
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A Palestinian activist was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Thursday for immigration fraud for failing to tell U.S. authorities that she had been imprisoned in Israel for a 1969 supermarket bombing that killed two people. Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 67, also will be deported after serving her sentence as a result of last year's conviction in a Detroit federal court of unlawful procurement of naturalization. Before sentencing, Odeh had told U.S. District Court Judge Gershwin Drain, "I'm not a terrorist. I'm not a bad woman." But Drain said the offense is about lying to federal immigration official and under oath, and denied defense claims that the prosecution was political.

Fallen Marines remembered as dedicated, loving by relatives

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 03:07

Associated pastor Trey Rose holds up his hand as a candlelight memorial service honoring victims in an Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash is held Wednesday evening, March 11, 2015, at Navarre First Assembly of God in Navarre, Fla. Simultaneously, the search was continuing for any survivors after the Tuesday night crash off the Florida Panhandle. Seven Marines and four members of the Louisiana National Guard were on a routine nighttime training mission at Eglin Air Force Base. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mike Brantley)The Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in dense fog during a training mission in Florida was carrying seven Marines from Special Operations Command forces based in North Carolina, and four National Guard soldiers from Louisiana. All are presumed dead.


Man once convicted of spying pleads guilty to document theft

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:59
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland man whose espionage conviction made headlines in the 1980s acknowledged a more common crime Thursday: theft.

Lawyer: Convicting nun, others in nuke case was overreach

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:57
CINCINNATI (AP) — Catholic peace activists, including an 85-year-old nun, who painted slogans and splashed blood on a Tennessee bunker storing much of this country's bomb-grade uranium want an appeals court to overturn their sabotage convictions.

U.S. exports at risk as bird flu hits heart of poultry country

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:50

Chickens feed from a row of feed bins at C&A Farms in Fairmont, North CarolinaBy Tom Polansek and P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - Importers of U.S. poultry, including top chicken buyer Mexico, on Thursday widened trade restrictions after bird flu was found in the heart of America's poultry region a day earlier. Major producers, which saw their share prices sink on Wednesday, worked to distance themselves from the infection in Arkansas. Meat company JBS SA said the virus would have little to no financial impact on the company and Sanderson Farms Inc assured investors that none of its flocks had been affected. The U.S. government on Wednesday confirmed the infection of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian flu in turkeys in Arkansas, home to Tyson Foods Inc, the world's biggest chicken company.


Military: 2 soldiers' bodies recovered from helicopter wreck

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:50
NAVARRE, Fla. (AP) — Divers have found the military helicopter that crashed in dense fog during a Florida training mission, killing seven elite Marines and four experienced soldiers. More bad weather Thursday delayed the recovery of bodies and the flight recorder from wreckage 25 feet deep.

Lawyers: Cleveland officer lawfully fired last of 137 shots

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:49

In this Dec. 17, 2014 photo, suspended Cleveland Police patrolman Michael Brelo, center, watches during a court hearing in Cleveland. A motion filed Tuesday, March 10, 2015, asks a Cuyahoga County judge in Cleveland to dismiss two voluntary manslaughter charges against 30-year-old Brelo. The attorneys argue that Brelo is immune from prosecution because he believed his life was in danger when he jumped on the hood of the suspects’ car and fired as many as 15 rounds through the windshield following a high-speed chase in November 2012. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND (AP) — Charges against a police officer who jumped on the hood of a car and fired the final rounds of a 137-shot barrage that killed a pair of unarmed suspects should be dismissed because he believed his life was in danger, his attorneys said.


Study: Conservatives say they're happy, but liberals show it

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:48

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2013 file photo, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Conservatives say they are happier, but liberals show more cheer in smiles, word choice and even emoticon use, claims a new scientific study that is already being questioned by other researchers. That’s not the feeling at the office of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., where a sign above the congressman’s door reads “Fighting for Freedom and Having Fun.” (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives say they are happier, but liberals show more cheer in smiles, word choice and even emoticon use, claims a new scientific study.


Lawyers negotiating plea deal for Bartlett cemetery owner

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:46
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A plea agreement could be reached as early as Friday in the case of a Tennessee cemetery owner accused of burying multiple bodies in the same grave.

Officials could refuse to officiate marriage under new bill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:45
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers approved a bill on Thursday that would allow government officials to refuse to marry couples, including same-sex couples, for religious reasons. The measure would require a county clerk's office to designate someone to marry all couples if the clerk opts out.

Holder calls Ferguson attacker 'damn punk,' offers investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:43
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) stood ready to help find the person he called a "damn punk" for shooting two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, overnight. The officers were shot and wounded in what officials said was an ambush early on Thursday morning in the wake of a Justice Department report that found racial bias in the Ferguson police force and called for changes. "This was not someone trying to bring healing to Ferguson, this was a damn punk," Holder told reporters and Justice Department officials gathered for the Department's launch of a pilot program to build trust between law enforcement and the communities in six U.S. cities.

Officer pulls man from burning car, charges him with DWI

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:42

This Saturday, March 7, 2015 handout photo released by the Fairfax County Police Department, shows a burning car in the parking lot of the American Legion post in McLean, Va. A Maryland man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after being saved by a police officer from a burning car that had struck a tree. (AP Photo/Fairfax County Police Department)McLEAN, Va. (AP) — When Fairfax County, Virginia, police officer Sharif Issa (ISS'-eh) pulled up on the scene of a car in flames, he said to himself, "I'm glad there is no one in that car."


Man recalls 'terrifying' carjacking at Boston bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:38

A courtroom sketch shows accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during his trial at the federal courthouse in BostonBy Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A man carjacked by the accused Boston Marathon bombers shortly after prosecutors say they shot and killed a policeman on Thursday recalled the moment when one of the brothers jumped into his Mercedes and told him he was one of the bombers. Dun Meng testified that he had gone for a drive to relax after a long day at work on April 18, 2013, and had pulled over to check his phone when Tamerlan Tsarnaev tapped on his window, stepped into his car and pulled a gun. He told me, 'You know, I'm serious, so don't be stupid,'" Meng, who works at a tech company that develops cell phone apps for ordering food, said in federal court in Boston. "After that, he asked me, 'Do you know the Boston Marathon explosion?' I said, 'Yes, I know.' He asked, 'Do you know who did it?' I said, "No, I don't.' He said.


Injuries in bus crash involving Indiana college bowling teams

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:34
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - A bus carrying 21 people, including members of an Indiana college's bowling teams, overturned on Thursday resulting in multiple minor to serious injuries, officials said. The bus crashed on Interstate 65 in southern Indiana on the way to a competition in Tennessee, said the Indiana Institute of Technology web site. There were 21 people on the Excursions Trailways bus, including the driver and 16 members of Indiana Tech's men's and women's teams and coaching staff, the Fort Wayne-based school said.

Prosecutor: Sailors traded videos like Pokemon trading cards

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:31
MAYPORT NAVAL STATION, Fla. (AP) — A group of male submarine sailors traded illicit videos of female officers in various stages of undress as if they were Pokemon cards, a U.S. Navy prosecutor said Thursday.

New York City proposes plan to reduce violence at troubled Rikers jail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:30
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City is proposing to reduce violence among inmates at its troubled Rikers Island jail by limiting visitors, adding security cameras and separating rival gangs, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday. “Today we are taking aggressive steps to move Rikers Island from a culture of violence to a culture of safety," de Blasio said. De Blasio and Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte proposed a violence prevention plan, subject to approval by the department's oversight board, to be phased in by the end of 2018. Under the plan, inmates would have less contact with visitors and stricter guidelines on visitors would be imposed.

Sources: DeMarco Murray, Eagles verbally agree to $42M deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:20

 DeMarco Murray, Eagles verbally agree to 5 year $42M dealFree-agent running back DeMarco Murray and the Philadelphia Eagles have verbally agreed on a 5 year, $42 million deal, with $21 million guaranteed, a source confirms to Action News.


Police announce arrests in case of dog tied to train tracks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:15

FILE - In this March 4, 2015, file photo, Tampa Police Department Sgt. Rich Mills carries an injured female dog that was left tied to a railroad track in Sulfur Springs, Fla. The Tampa Police Department announced Thursday, March 12, 2015, that two Tampa teens have been arrested for shooting the dog that was found tied to the tracks. (AP Photo/Tampa Police Department, File)TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Cabela, a 1-year-old mixed breed dog who was rescued after being shot and tied to railroad tracks in Tampa, has captured a nation's heart, while police have announced four arrests in connection with the dog's abuse.