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Lawyer: Terror-case client is 'terminally ill'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 08:02
NEW YORK (AP) — The government is rushing to bring to trial a terminally ill Libyan man charged with a role in orchestrating al-Qaida's 1998 deadly bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, his lawyer told a judge Thursday.

Police: Human head found on Long Island

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 08:01
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Police are investigating what appears to be a human head found in a Long Island town where two severed arms were discovered about a week ago.

Body found in area of Northern California wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:57
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California fire officials say a body has been found in the area charred by a Northern California wildfire that has been burning since Friday.

Hate crime investigation grows in Mississippi

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:56

Deryl Paul Dedmon, the driver of the pickup truck, pleaded guilty to state charges involving James Craig Anderson's death and was sentenced to two life terms. Photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/The Clarion-Ledger, Joe Ellis)A three-year federal investigation into groups of suburban white teens crossing into Mississippi's capital city to attack blacks has grown to 10 indictments and six convictions.

Wake held for slain New Jersey police officer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:52

A makeshift memorial is seen for Jersey City Police officer Melvin Santiago, who was killed while on duty at the West District precinct, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. Officer Santiago was shot in the head while still in his police vehicle as he and his partner responded to an armed robbery call at about 4.a.m., on Sunday, July 13. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Mourners paid their respects Thursday to a rookie police officer who had requested an assignment in one of the toughest districts in New Jersey's second largest city and was killed in an ambush over the weekend.

Louisiana man pleads guilty in 1985 pet cemetery slaying

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:50

St. Bernard Sheriff's Office photo of Brandon NodierBy Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A Louisiana man who had long been a suspect in the brutal 1985 slaying of woman at a secluded pet cemetery where he worked as a groundskeeper pleaded guilty on Friday to manslaughter in her death, authorities said. Brandon Nodier, 60, agreed to a 10-year sentence as part of a plea agreement in the death of Dorothy Thompson, who was strangled in rural St. Bernard Parish, southeast of New Orleans, before her chained body was dumped in the Mississippi River, St. Bernard Sheriff's Office Colonel John Doran said. "Ten years is better than none." Thompson, who was 61 at the time of her death, had been the owner of the pet cemetery.

AP Interview: Ukraine blames Russia for crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:47
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukraine's U.N. ambassador said Thursday that the Malaysian airliner would not have crashed if Russia hadn't given pro-Russian separatists a sophisticated missile system that can hit planes.

Car submerged in New Jersey lake; driver dead

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:41
LAWRENCE, N.J. (AP) — An accident involving a dump truck and a car has sent both vehicles into a southern New Jersey lake, submerging the car and killing its driver.

Google's 2Q revenue gains eclipse earnings miss

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:38

In this June 5, 2014 photo, a man rides a bike through the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. Google reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's earnings rose modestly in the second quarter as the Internet company's expensive ambitions devoured most of a surprisingly strong gain in revenue.

Washington state says marijuana brownies OK, but no lollipops

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:37

Cookies shaped like marijuana leafs are pictured at the Cannabis Carnivalus 4/20 event in SeattleBy Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Marijuana stores in Washington state can sell marijuana in cookies, brownies and other approved baked goods but cannot put the drug in candies, lollipops or food items that might appeal to children, according to newly released rules. Washington became the second U.S. state to allow recreational sales of marijuana to adults on July 8 when its first retail stores opened under a heavily regulated and taxed system approved by voters in 2012. The state's Liquor Control Board, which regulates the fledgling sector, published the guidelines on Wednesday for the packaging and labeling of marijuana edibles. It prohibited any products, labels or packaging designed to be especially appealing to children, including lollipops and suckers, gummy candy and jelly beans.

Longtime Apple director steps down from board

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:34
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of the most trusted advisers to late Apple CEO Steve Jobs is retiring from the iPhone maker's board of directors.

NJ officer struck and killed by truck, driver arrested

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:30

NJ officer struck and killed by truck, driver arrestedA police officer in New Jersey was killed early Thursday morning in a traffic wreck while on duty, and the driver of the tractor-trailer that hit him has been charged.

Body discovered in area of Northern California wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:27
(Reuters) - A body has been discovered in an area where a wildfire allegedly started by a marijuana grower has charred 10,700 acres (4,330 hectares) in Northern California, officials said on Thursday. The so-called Bully Fire broke out last Friday in Shasta County near the town of Redding and has destroyed 18 structures, authorities said on a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal-Fire) website. The body was discovered on Wednesday near a home and the person appears to have died soon after the blaze broke out, Cal-Fire said in a statement. The fire's location in a remote canyon, along with high winds and dry conditions due to ongoing drought, made the Bully Fire difficult to fight, Cal-Fire officials said earlier in the week.

Official: Fewer kids detained recently at border

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:09

Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Patrol Agent Kevin Oaks speaks to reporters at the new intake facility built to help alleviate overcrowding at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's McAllen Station in McAllen, Texas on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/The McAllen Monitor, Joel Martinez)McALLEN, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol has detained fewer unaccompanied children entering South Texas illegally in the past 10 days, agency officials said Thursday.

Police: Body of girl, 5, in vacant trailer home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:50
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The body of a missing 5-year-old girl was found Thursday in a vacant mobile home near her apartment, and her death is being investigated as a homicide, Gulfport police said.

Ex-Black Panther sentenced to 20 years for 1980s hijacking

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:44

William Potts speaks to reporters outside Havana's Jose Marti International Airport, before boarding a plane to the U.S.By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A former member of the Black Panther Party who hijacked a commercial airplane and forced it to fly to Cuba nearly 30 years ago was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday by a federal judge in Florida. William Potts Jr., 57, will be eligible for parole in about seven years, under the ruling by U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore. Potts returned to the United States in November 2013 after spending almost three decades in Cuba, including 13 years in prison, after forcing a Piedmont Airlines flight to go to Havana in 1984. "He has served a very long sentence in a prison that is known for being one of the worst hell holes on the planet,” Potts' attorney, federal public defender Robert Berube, said.

2 Fla. cases of mosquito virus contracted in US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:41
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Health officials are reporting that for the first time, U.S. mosquitoes are spreading a virus that has been tearing through the Caribbean.

Warden fired over prisoner's 2012 scalding death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:37
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A warden and two of his assistants were fired because the investigation of an inmate who died in a scalding shower was taking too long, prison officials said Thursday.

Military did not support fixing Afghan exit date: U.S. commander

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:36

U.S. Army soldiers prepare to board a CH-47at Forward Operating Base Muqar, AfghanistanU.S. military officials would have preferred the United States not announce a date for ending its troop presence in Afghanistan, as the White House did in May, the outgoing commander of U.S. forces there said on Thursday. General Joe Dunford, commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, was asked at a Senate committee hearing whether President Barack Obama's announcement that almost all U.S. troops would be gone by 2017 had damaged morale among Afghan soldiers.

Wisconsin man pleads not guilty in suitcase bodies case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:35
By Brendan O'Brien ELKHORN Wis. (Reuters) - A former police officer pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of stuffing the bodies of two women into separate suitcases and dumping the luggage in a roadside ditch in Wisconsin. Steven Zelich, 52, is charged with two felony counts of hiding a corpse in Walworth County, about 50 miles (80 kms) southwest of Milwaukee, and investigations into the deaths of the women are continuing in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, and Olmsted County, Minnesota. Zelich did not appear in the courtroom during the brief hearing but through a closed-circuit video from Walworth County Jail, where he wore an orange jumpsuit. Zelich's attorney, Travis Schwantes, told reporters after the hearing: "There's still a lot more to be told.