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4 terror plot suspects plead not guilty in NYC

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 04:46
NEW YORK (AP) — Four men accused of plotting to send U.S. residents overseas to fight for the Islamic State group appeared in court together for the first time Wednesday to face federal terrorism charges.

'Mockingbird' production at risk in Harper Lee's hometown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 04:45

The Mockingbird Players perform "To Kill a Mockingbird," in Monroeville, Ala. on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. From left are Caroline Williamson, 10, as"Scout," Jeff Brock as "Atticus Finch", John Farish as "Jim Finch" and Andrew Nettles as "Dill Harris." Each spring, volunteers join together annually to perform a stage version of Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" on the courthouse lawn in Monroeville, Ala. Yet the play may eventually be coming to an end. Organizers haven't been able to obtain rights to produce the play beyond 2015. (AP Photo/Sharon Steinmann)MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Each spring when the azaleas bloom, attorney Atticus Finch, daughter Scout and other characters from "To Kill a Mockingbird" come to life on the courthouse lawn in the Alabama hometown of author Harper Lee, who will release a sequel to her classic novel in July.


Feds add 2 more victims to priest's sexual tourism case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 04:37

FILE--This Sept. 29, 2014 file photo, Rev. Joseph Maurizo, left, a former priest at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Central City, Pa., is led by US Marshals into US federal court in Johnstown,Pa., for a detention hearing on charges of engaging in illicit sex in foreign countries and possession of child pornography. A new federal indictment returned Tuesday, April 7, 2015, adds two victims and charges that Maurizio sent $8,000 to a charity to help facilitate the trips which ended in 2009. None of the alleged victims are named, but all are under 18. (AP Photo/The Tribune-Democrat, John Rucosky, FILE) MANDATORY CREDITPITTSBURGH (AP) — A new federal indictment adds two more victims to the case of a Roman Catholic priest accused of traveling to Honduras to have sex with poor street children during missionary trips.


Seattle attempt to keep addicts out of jail shines in study

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 03:56

Seattle police Officer Matt Chase, right, talks to a woman sitting under a blanket in a downtown Seattle park, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. The area they patrol has been the source of many referrals to a first-of-its-kind program called Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, aimed at keeping low-level drug offenders and prostitutes out of jail and receiving services for housing, counseling and job training. A study released Wednesday, April 8, 2015 by the University of Washington found encouraging signs of the program's effectiveness, and other cities are hoping to start programs of their own. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE (AP) — Gailen Lopton was in a downtown alley two weeks ago, having a buddy jab him in the neck with a heroin-filled syringe, when he suddenly found himself in the company of Seattle's finest.


White House says it's always a target amid reports of hack

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 03:53
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's spokesman says the White House is always going to be a target for hackers.

Sharpton pledges support for family of man shot by officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 03:51

Rev. Al Sharpton, left, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio listen during the 16th National Action Network’s annual national convention opening, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in New York. The meeting is the first public convening of the nation's top civil rights leaders since a spate of police violence sparked unrest in cities across the nation. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — As an act of violence once again focuses the nation on relations between law enforcement and minorities, the Rev. Al Sharpton said Wednesday that his civil rights organization will stand with the family of the black South Carolina man fatally shot by a white police officer.


4 homes evacuated after southern Illinois mine collapse

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 03:51
BENLD, Ill. (AP) — Authorities have evacuated some southern Illinois homes in response to damage caused by sinking ground above a collapsed Macoupin County mine.

White House criticizes ruling on Obama's immigration action

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 03:49
HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge has wrongly prevented "common-sense policies" from taking effect by blocking President Barack Obama's executive action that seeks to shield millions of immigrants from deportation, and the federal government plans to continue its fight in a higher court, the White House said Wednesday.

Extradition sought for ex-Salvadoran colonel over slayings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 03:47

FILE - In an Aug. 22, 2013 file photo, former El Salvadoran military Col. Inocente Orlando Montano Morales departs federal court, in Boston. The U.S. government is working to extradite the former Salvadoran colonel to face charges that he helped plot the 1989 slayings of five Jesuit priests from Spain during El Salvador’s civil war, prosecutors said Wednesday, April 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. government is working to extradite a former Salvadoran colonel to face charges that he helped plot the 1989 slayings of five Jesuit priests from Spain during El Salvador's civil war, prosecutors said Wednesday.


Ex-Guantanamo detainee arrested in Uganda: U.S. State Department

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 03:47
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Wednesday said a former Guantanamo Bay detainee was among several people arrested in Uganda under suspicion of having links to the killing of a prominent prosecutor there. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said U.S. government personnel supported the Ugandan operation. She said a former Guantanamo detainee who was released in 2006 was detained. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Mom of 2 kids found in freezer removed after court outburst

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 03:47

Mitchelle Blair yells out at Alex Dorsey, father of one of the children found dead in a freezer in Blair's home, at Lincoln Hall of Justice in Detroit, Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Blair, charged with slaying two of her children, was removed from court after yelling at Dorsey during a parental rights termination hearing. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Daniel Mears)DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit mother charged with killing two of her children was removed Wednesday from court after confronting the father of one of her living children during a parental rights termination hearing.


Uzbekistan citizen in N.Y. pleads not guilty to plot to aid Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 03:37
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A citizen of Uzbekistan living in New York City pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to taking part in a plot to support Islamic State militants. Dilkhayot Kasimov, 26, appeared in Brooklyn federal court two days after being indicted along with three other previously charged men, all residents of Brooklyn, New York, for his alleged role in the conspiracy. He had been detained on immigration charges since February, when prosecutors first unveiled criminal charges against the three others, Akhror Saidakhmetov, Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev and Abror Habibov. Prosecutors have said that two of the men, Saidakhmetov of Kazakhstan and Hasanovich of Uzbekistan, planned to travel to Syria to fight on behalf of the radical group.

PHOTOS: The Boston Marathon Bombing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 03:18

 The Boston Marathon BombingSee photos from the day of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.


Russian man's lawyers: Hacking charges should be dismissed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 03:15
SEATTLE (AP) — Lawyers for a Russian man accused of hacking into U.S. restaurants and stealing credit card numbers have asked a federal judge to dismiss the indictment against him, arguing that the U.S. Secret Service overstepped its authority when agents took him into custody in the Maldives.

Talking turkey: How bird flu outbreaks are playing out

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 03:14
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A deadly strain of bird flu has reached the Midwest, killing or requiring hundreds of thousands of turkeys to be euthanized. Some questions and answers about the outbreak:

Surge in voter turnout gives blacks new voice in Ferguson, Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 03:12
A surge in voter turnout helped elect two new black city council members in Ferguson, a Missouri city found by the U.S. Justice Department to be rife with racial abuses in its police and court systems. After months of street protests, turnout in Tuesday's vote was 30 percent, or more than double recent municipal elections in the St. Louis suburb, which is two-thirds black but has had only two African-American council members in its 120 year history. Mayor James Knowles on Wednesday called the election a "milestone" for the city. The six-member city council will be split with three African-American and three white members.

Ex-U.S. Army colonel tied to Tilton equity firm reaches plea deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 03:07
A retired U.S. Army colonel has agreed to plead guilty to negotiating a job with financier Lynn Tilton's private equity firm while also taking steps to ensure a helicopter company it controlled got paid faster by the Department of Defense. A plea agreement for retired officer Norbert Vergez was filed on Tuesday in a federal court in Alabama. Vergez also agreed to admit to failing to disclose receiving $30,000 for relocation expenses from his future employer, court papers show. “Col. Vergez has fully accepted responsibility for his conduct," Vergez's lawyer, Lee Stein, said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

Most younger Americans support laws to protect LGBT people: poll

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 02:59
By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Most younger Americans are in favour of federal laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people from discrimination, paving the way for social change, according to a poll by a thinktank. A poll by policy institute, the Center for American Progress, found 65 percent of Americans aged 18 to 34 supported laws to prevent discrimination LGBT people still suffer in areas such as employment and housing. "These numbers show that America's rising electorate stands firmly on the side of basic fairness for all people," said Laura E. Durso, director of the Center's LGBT research and communication project. "In order to remedy the current reality of widespread legal discrimination against LGBT Americans, we will need millennials' leadership and passion to push Congress to enact comprehensive non-discrimination protections," she said.

Fired Ferguson clerk fired over emails says she's not racist

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 02:58
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ferguson's former municipal court clerk who was fired last month over racially charged emails linked to her says she's not a bigot and that she shared the messages as funny items she didn't consider offensive.