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Defense contractor settles bribery charges for $9.5 million

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:54
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon-based defense contractor FLIR Systems Inc. has agreed to pay $9.5 million to settle bribery charges filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission that involved expensive trips and gifts given to Middle Eastern government officials.

Emanuel's re-election present: Chicago’s fiscal nightmare is just beginning

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:49

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks to the media after a campaign stop on election day in ChicagoBy Karen Pierog and Megan Davies CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rahm Emanuel may have been elected to a second term as Chicago's mayor on Tuesday but now he faces a stark choice: inflict pain on the city's population in the form of unpopular measures such as higher taxes or kick its problems further down the road and risk a fiscal crisis that could even lead to bankruptcy later. While voters appear to have seen President Barack Obama's former chief of staff as more able than labor union-backed challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia to deal with Chicago’s massive public pension liabilities, neither candidate squarely addressed what could be a fiscal nightmare for the city. The failure over many years to address the hole the city has dug for itself will finally catch up with Chicago if radical action isn’t taken soon to resolve the budget and pension problems, warn bankers, investors and fiscal policy experts. "The day there's no more dollars in the kitty, the day that the city is not going to be able to pay the next set of payrolls, that's the day everyone will all of a sudden understand: ‘Wow, we really have to address this because there is no longer an option,’” said David Tawil, president of hedge fund Maglan Capital which invests in distressed situations but does not own Chicago debt.


Son, 22, charged with shooting father during drive on Schuylkill Expressway

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:48

Son, 22, charged with shooting father during drive on Schuylkill ExpresswayA 22-year-old man has been charged with aggravated assault after state police say he shot his father in the face while traveling in a car on the Schuylkill Expressway.


Wisconsin board bans employees from global warming work

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:48
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin board has banned its employees from working on global warming issues on state time in what's become a bitter feud between a Republican board member and Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson's daughter.

Manhunt, arrests after shots are fired at Harrisburg police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:46
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania's capital say two people are in custody and they're searching for a third after someone fired at a patrol car, damaging it but missing the officer inside.

L.A. County to pay $5.3 million over police shooting of unarmed man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:44
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles County officials have agreed to pay $5.3 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit by the family of an unarmed man who was shot to death by sheriff's deputies more than two years ago following a car chase through the suburb of Compton. The settlement, which was approved by a vote of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, comes amid new nationwide scrutiny of fatal shootings by police officers, especially of young black men. In the Los Angeles case, family members of Jose de la Trinidad sued the county and sheriff's department over his fatal shooting by deputies shortly after 10 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2012. According to a summary of the incident released by the Board of Supervisors, two sheriffs deputies pulled over a car being driven by de la Trinidad's brother, Francisco, with de la Trinidad in the passenger seat, after they saw it speeding through Compton.

Key moments in death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:44

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)Here's a look at some of the most compelling moments in the government's case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convicted Wednesday of all 30 federal counts against him:


Funeral for a former slave takes center stage at Appomattox

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:38

Rev. Alfred L. Jones III poses with a period style pine box coffin that will be used to represent former slave Hannah Reynolds, who was the lone civilian death at Appomattox at the end of the war, at the Carver-Price Legacy Museum in Appomattox, Va., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Jones will deliver the eulogy for Reynolds whose death will be remembered during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's end. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) — A Civil War cannonball that ripped through Hannah Reynolds' master's cabin made her a footnote of misfortune, the lone civilian death at the Battle of Appomattox Court House. She died a slave at 60, hours before the war to end slavery unofficially came to a close.


Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:20
Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad:

Reaction to conviction of Tsarnaev in marathon bombings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:13

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Karen Brassard speaks outside federal court, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Boston where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on multiple charges in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when twin pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the finish line. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)BOSTON (AP) — Reaction to the conviction of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 others:


AccuWeather: Cooler, Damp Today

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:07

 Cooler, Damp TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says milder weather returns on Friday.


What footage shows in fatal shooting by police officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:03

In this April 4, 2015, frame from video provided by Attorney L. Chris Stewart representing the family of Walter Lamer Scott, Scott appears to be struggling with City Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager, right, in North Charleston, S.C. Slager was charged with murder Tuesday, hours after law enforcement officials viewed the dramatic video that appears to show Slager shooting a fleeing Scott several times in the back. (AP Photo/Courtesy of L. Chris Stewart)NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — An unidentified bystander recorded video footage of a white South Carolina police officer fatally shooting an unarmed black man as he ran away after he was pulled over for a traffic stop. The video was provided to the dead man's family and their lawyer, and released to media outlets.


Tenn. senator says vasectomy 'more stringent' than abortion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:03
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee state senator says a vasectomy is a "more stringent" medical procedure than an abortion.

Deep-sea treasure hunter accused of cheating investors pleads guilty to contempt of court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 04:58
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Deep-sea treasure hunter accused of cheating investors pleads guilty to contempt of court.

$10,000 reward in Center City jewelry store worker kidnapping

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 04:54

$10,000 reward in Center City jewelry store worker kidnappingA $10,000 reward is now being offered in the kidnapping and beating of a jewelry store worker over the weekend in Center City Philadelphia.


Break for California traffic scofflaws under proposed new bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 04:51
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Californians overdue in paying parking and traffic fines would get a break on escalating fees tacked on by the courts under a proposal introduced this week in the state legislature. The bill by Democratic state Senator Robert Hertzberg of Los Angeles would allow the poorest Californians to pay only 20 percent of the fees due on their tickets, a major break as some quickly escalate to more than $800 if not paid promptly. Hertzberg's plan would require the state to restore licenses to people whose driving privileges were suspended for failure to appear in court or failure to pay traffic fines for minor offenses if they pay the discounted amounts owed. The plan creates a legal framework for a traffic fine amnesty proposal by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.

Jury ends 2nd day of deliberations in Aaron Hernandez trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 04:51

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez appears in the court room of the Bristol County Superior Court House in Fall River, Ma., before the jury begin their deliberations, Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Hernandez is accused of the murder of Odin Lloyd in June 2013. Today is the first day of jury deliberations. (AP Photo/Faith Ninivaggi, Pool)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A jury ended deliberations for a second day Wednesday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who is charged in the shooting death of another man.


Family of Mississippi man found hanging to open independent probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 04:49
By Therese Apel PORT GIBSON, Miss. (Reuters) - The family of a black man found hanging from a tree in Mississippi is starting an independent investigation into his death, their attorneys told reporters on Wednesday, after the FBI said it had shared the initial autopsy results with them. Federal and local authorities have been investigating the death of Otis Byrd, 54, who was found last month hanging by a bed sheet in a wooded area about half a mile from his home in a rural part of western Mississippi. The FBI has not publicly released the results, but discussed them with his family just days after Byrd was found, Jackson-based FBI Special Agent in Charge Don Alway said on Wednesday. Family attorneys told reporters later in the day that the family did not believe Byrd had committed suicide, local media reported.

Real estate heir Durst indicted on Louisiana firearm charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 04:47

FILE - In this March 2015, file photo, Robert Durst is transported from Orleans Parish Criminal District Court to the Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment in New Orleans. Durst was indicted Wednesday, April 8, on the two weapons charges that have kept him in New Orleans even though his lawyers say he wants to go to Los Angeles as soon as possible to face a murder charge. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst was indicted Wednesday on the two weapons charges that have kept him in New Orleans even though his lawyers say he wants to go to Los Angeles as soon as possible to face a murder charge there.


SC video of fatal police shooting may have major impact

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 04:47
NEW YORK (AP) — Graphic videos have surfaced previously that kindled outrage over police use of force — the Rodney King beating in Los Angeles, last year's chokehold death in New York City. The new video from South Carolina is perhaps the most striking yet, its depiction of an unarmed black man being shot in the back by a white policeman so vivid that a murder charge came swiftly.