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Penalty phase of marathon bombing trial to start after race

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:33

FILE - This undated file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013, by the FBI shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convicted Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in federal court in Boston on multiple charges in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when twin pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the finish line. (AP Photo/FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — The second phase of the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin on April 21, after the second anniversary of the attack and the day after this year's race.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane ordered to explain prosecutor's firing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:26

Attorney General Kathleen Kane ordered to explain prosecutor's firingA new legal front opened for Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Friday.

Kansas man arrested in bomb plot in support of Islamic State: U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:25

 Justice DeptBy Lindsay Dunsmuir and Kevin Murphy WASHINGTON/KANSAS CITY (Reuters) - A U.S. man was arrested on Friday as part of a sting operation by the FBI in which he was plotting a suicide car bombing at Fort Riley army base in Kansas in support of the Islamic State militant group, prosecutors said. John T. Booker, Jr., 20, of Topeka, Kansas, had arrived at the base with two undercover FBI agents to detonate what he did not realize was an inert bomb, prosecutors said. Booker has been charged with three criminal counts including attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to Islamic State, a militant group that has captured parts of Iraq and Syria over the past year and has symphathizers in several countries.

Teacher suspended after class writes to Mumia Abu-Jamal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:21

Teacher suspended after class writes to Mumia Abu-JamalA teacher in New Jersey who assigned her third-grade class to write "get well" letters to a sick inmate convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer was suspended Friday, the school superintendent said.

Georgia to allow hormone therapy for transgender inmates

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:21
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Transgender inmates in Georgia will be eligible to receive hormone therapy treatments while in prison, Georgia corrections officials said on Friday as they contend with a lawsuit filed by a transgender prisoner denied hormones. Ashley Diamond, 36, filed a federal lawsuit against Georgia in January, challenging its refusal to provide her hormone treatments and asserting that she was placed in unsafe facilities with violent men. The U.S. Department of Justice last week sided with Diamond, arguing in legal papers that denying the hormone treatments amounted to cruel and unusual punishment that led to physical pain, muscle spasms and loss of breast mass. Courts across the United States have wrestled with the question of what treatment prisons must provide to transgender inmates.

Study finds Virginia leads nation in referring students to police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:16
Virginia leads the nation in the number of students it sends to police, and nationwide special needs and black children are disproportionately affected, a study released on Friday showed. Virginia followed by Delaware and Florida, sent students to law enforcement at nearly three times the national rate, according to the study by the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington-based non-profit investigative news organization. Special needs students make up 14 percent of U.S. school enrollment but account for 26 percent of students referred to law enforcement, it said.

Wyoming man steals train, goes on joyride, gets probation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:14

This photo provided by the Campbell County Sheriff's Office shows Derek Skyler Brux, who pleaded guilty to a federal charge in connection with taking two locomotives from a coal mine and crashing them into another train last fall. He faces sentencing Friday, April 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Campbell County Sheriff's Office)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man who stole a train from a coal mine and took it for a joyride because he was mad at his boss was sentenced Friday to serve probation and pay restitution.

N. Carolina high court orders new trial for death row inmate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 02:59
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for an inmate sentenced to die for the killing of a 17-year-old whose body was found in a South Carolina culvert.

Authorities: Sword-wielding man shot after attacking deputy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 02:57
NAVARRE, Fla. (AP) — A samurai sword-wielding man was fatally shot by police Thursday after threatening family members with knives and attacking a sheriff's deputy with the sword, authorities said.

New York woman with eight husbands denies fraud charges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 02:56

Barrientos appears in the Bronx Supreme Court in New YorkA New York City woman accused of being married to eight men at the same time pleaded not guilty in state court in the Bronx on Friday to two counts of felony fraud that prosecutors say stemmed from a scheme to gain U.S. citizenship for grooms from countries "red flagged" by the Department of Homeland Security. After Liana Barrientos, 39, married men from Egypt, Turkey, Georgia and other countries, she tied the knot an eighth time with Pakistani man Rashid Rajput, the Bronx District Attorney's Office said. Rajput was later deported to Pakistan in 2006 following an investigation into making threatening statements about the United States by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency's Joint Terrorism Task Force. ICE, part of the Department of Homeland Security, tags certain countries with red flags as part of efforts to prevent "illegal export of sensitive U.S. munitions and strategic technology" and protect "American technological accomplishment from adversaries," according to the State Department.

Cops: Reported gator in western Pa. river may never be found

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 02:22
BELLE VERNON, Pa. (AP) — An alligator reportedly spotted in a western Pennsylvania river may never be found — or even confirmed — but police continued to search for it Friday, the local police chief said.

2nd defendant pleads guilty in Tacony dungeon abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 02:21

2nd defendant pleads guilty in Tacony dungeon abuse caseA second defendant has pleaded guilty in an alleged disability-benefit scheme in which prosecutors say mentally disabled people were held captive and abused.

25 years after reform effort, poorest schools still lag

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 02:19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — It was late, and Bob Stephens needed a drink.

Georgia prison officials change transgender inmate policy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 02:14
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia prison officials are changing how they treat inmates with gender identity conditions, just days after the U.S. Justice Department weighed in on a lawsuit filed by a transgender prisoner.

Kansas study shows USDA land value surveys below market prices

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 02:10
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Actual farmland prices in Kansas, the top U.S. wheat state, generally run far higher than values shown from surveys of farmland owners conducted by the U.S. Agriculture Department, according to a study by a Kansas State University economist. The Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service (KASS), a USDA department, surveys farmers and landowners annually for their estimates of the market value of crop or pasture land they own. Taylor compared those averages with actual county land sales data from the Kansas Property Valuation Department (PVD) from 2010 through 2014. ...

Gap remains in video record of fatal SC police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 02:03

Gap remains in video record of fatal SC police shootingWhat remains a mystery is what happened during the minutes in between that led the polite officer to become a killer.

Q&A: What is listeria?

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 01:41
WASHINGTON (AP) — Large food recalls have forced consumers to throw away hummus and ice cream that may be contaminated with the same potentially deadly bacteria — listeria.

Air Combat Command vice commander reprimanded

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 01:35
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Air Force says it has reprimanded a vice commander for effectively attempting to restrict military personnel from communicating with members of Congress.

Burlington City graffiti suspect caught on camera

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 01:31

Burlington City graffiti suspect caught on cameraPolice are asking for the public's help finding a man suspected of several vandalism incidents in Burlington City, N.J.

Air Force general reprimanded over A-10 'treason' remark

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 01:25
By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Air Force major general has been formally reprimanded and removed from his job for telling a group of officers that talking to Congress in a bid to block retirement of the A-10 Warthog amounted to "treason," the Air Force said on Friday. An investigation of remarks by Major General James Post III, who was the vice commander of Air Combat Command, found that his words to some 300 airmen at Nellis Air Force Base on Jan. 10 may have had a "chilling effect" on some of them, convincing them not to speak with lawmakers. Representative Mac Thornberry, chairman of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, said the Air Force action against Post was "important and correct." "Members of Congress must be able to receive unfiltered facts and opinions from service members...," he said in a statement.