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Car jumps curb at Logan Airport, hits 3 people

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:07
BOSTON (AP) — A car has jumped a curb in the arrivals area of a Logan International Airport terminal and injured three people.

California state senator arrested in FBI sweep

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:55

File photo of California State Senator Leland Yee speaks about state budget impasse in San FranciscoBy Dan Levine and Sharon Bernstein SAN FRANCISCO/SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - A prominent California lawmaker was arrested on Wednesday in an FBI sweep that netted 26 people, a high-profile case that could affect statewide elections and brings to three the number of Democratic state senators who face criminal charges this year. Senator Leland Yee, a former San Francisco supervisor and one-time mayoral candidate, was criminally charged in federal court in San Francisco with two felony counts of conspiring to import and traffic in firearms, and six corruption counts. A criminal complaint posted online by the U.S. Attorney office for the Northern District of California alleges that Yee did favors for an undercover FBI agent in exchange for campaign contributions. The complaint alleges that Yee also offered to facilitate a meeting between the undercover agent and an arms dealer, and discussed the types of weapons that the undercover agent might need.


California state senator freed from jail on bond

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:42

FILE - In this May 25, 2012 file, State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, speaks at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Yee was arrested Wednesday, March 26, 2014, during a series of raids in the San Francisco Bay Area. FBI spokesman Peter Lee declined to discuss the charges, citing an ongoing investigation. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California state Sen. Leland Yee has been released from custody and his lawyer says the Democrat from San Francisco plans to plead not guilty to corruption and gun charges.


Nebraska dog dials 911 on owner's smartphone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:21
BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — When emergency dispatchers in Nebraska's Sarpy County picked up a recent call, all they heard were the sounds of breathing and scratching.

Arrest threat gone, locals risk lives to find Washington mud slide survivors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:20
By Jonathan Kaminsky DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - Hours after a Washington state mudslide buried a community, Dayn Brunner took his life in his hands and dashed into the expanse of cement-like muck in search of his sister. Brunner was among dozens of people who had defied threats of arrest to search for loved ones on their own after a 1,500-foot long section of rain-soaked hillside tumbled onto a river near the town of Oso on Saturday, smothering a state road and swallowing up dozens of homes. She was driving on the road when the slide came down," Brunner, 42, said in an interview. ... They've got the know-how, they've got the experience," Dan Rankin, mayor of Darrington, said after a town hall meeting late on Tuesday.

Senators concerned by Secret Service allegations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:18

The U.S. flag flies outside Hotel Huis ter Duin, the hotel where President Barack Obama stayed Monday night, in Noordwijk, western Netherlands, Wednesday March 26, 2014. A Secret Service agent found drunk by staff at an undisclosed Dutch hotel was recalled to the U.S. along with two of his colleagues, the day before President Barack Obama was set to arrive in the Netherlands. The Secret Service said the three agents were benched on Sunday for "disciplinary reasons" but declined to elaborate. U.S. newspaper The Washington Post reported that the incident happened at Hotel Huis ter Duin but the hotel denies that any such incident happened at the hotel. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and a senior Republican senator expressed concern Wednesday over an alleged incident involving a drunken Secret Service agent in connection with President Barack Obama's overseas trip to the Netherlands.


Windy snowstorm whips Northeast; whiteout on roads

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:16

Wind-driven waves come ashore in Scituate, Mass., Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Cape Cod and the islands were expected to bear the brunt of the spring storm that struck full force Wednesday. The storm could drop up to 10 inches of snow. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — An Atlantic storm created blizzard conditions in parts of the Northeast corridor on Wednesday while whipping Maine and Massachusetts with wind gusts that fanned a Boston brownstone fire that killed two firefighters. In West Virginia, two people were killed in a traffic pileup blamed on poor visibility caused by snow.


California state senator accused of gun charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:05

FILE - In this May 25, 2012 file, State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, speaks at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Yee was arrested Wednesday, March 26, 2014, during a series of raids in the San Francisco Bay Area. FBI spokesman Peter Lee declined to discuss the charges, citing an ongoing investigation. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A state senator who authored gun control legislation asked for campaign donations in exchange for introducing an undercover FBI agent to an arms trafficker, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.


Excerpts from FBI California corruption case docs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:59
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The FBI on Wednesday filed a 137-page affidavit outlining a detailed corruption case against a California state senator who is accused of asking for campaign donations in exchange for introducing an undercover agent to an arms trafficker. The affidavit names Sen. Leland Yee and 25 others, including Raymond Chow, a onetime gang leader with ties to San Francisco's Chinatown known as "Shrimp Boy," and Keith Jackson, Yee's campaign aide. Jackson is accused of multiple counts of fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud.

Authorities: Mudslide missing number drops to 90

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:35

Searchers walk into the scene of a deadly mudslide that covers the road, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Oso, Wash. Sixteen bodies have been recovered, but authorities believe at least 24 people were killed. And scores of others are still unaccounted for, although many of those names were believed to be duplicates or people who escaped safely. (AP Photo/Rick Wilking, Pool)DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Washington authorities on Wednesday reduced to 90 the number of people missing from a community wiped out by a mudslide, as the families and friends of those still unaccounted for begin to confront the reality that some may never be found.


Christie: Weight-loss surgery 'life-changing'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:34

FILE - In a March 25, 2014 , file photo New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks during a town hall meeting in Belmar, N.J. Christie says undergoing gastric bypass surgery more than a year ago was a "life-changing decision." (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, file)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says undergoing stomach banding surgery more than a year ago was a "life-changing decision."


2 firefighters die in smoky Boston brownstone fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:33

ADDS LAST SENTENCE - A firefighter, right, lowers his head at the scene of a multi-alarm fire at a four-story brownstone in the Back Bay neighborhood near the Charles River, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Boston. A Boston city councilor said two firefighters have died in a fire that ripped through a brownstone. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — A fire driven by strong winds raced through a brownstone on Wednesday, trapping and killing two firefighters in the basement, where their colleagues could not rescue them.


Tally of people missing from Washington state landslide falls to 90

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:22
Authorities searching for people missing in the deadly Washington state landslide said on Wednesday that at least 90 individuals remained missing four days after the disaster, down from 176 listed as unaccounted for earlier. Snohomish County's emergency management director, John Pennington, told reporters there may be as many as 35 more people whose fate remains uncertain but they are not being officially listed as missing.

Charlotte mayor resigns; accused of taking bribes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:20
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, who has been in office less than six months, resigned Wednesday, just hours after he was arrested and accused of taking more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen who wanted to do work with North Carolina's largest city.

Albuquerque police under new shooting scrutiny

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:16

This undated photo provided by the Redwine family shows Alfred "Lionel" Redwine at an Albuquerque housing complex. Police said Redwine was shot Tuesday night, March 25, 2014 after he opened fire on officers responding to a frantic call from a woman who said the suspect had pointed a gun at two girls. It was the second deadly encounter between Albuquerque police and civilians in the last 10 days. New Mexico Attorney General Gary King announced Wednesday his office has launched an investigation into both of the fatal shootings (AP Photo/The Redwine family)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque Police Department came under new scrutiny Wednesday after officers shot and killed a man outside a public housing complex in the second deadly encounter in the last 10 days.


Washington authorities: Number of fatalities in mudslide still 16; missing number drops to 90

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:13
DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Washington authorities: Number of fatalities in mudslide still 16; missing number drops to 90.

North Carolina mayor resigns; arrested on corruption charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:11

Handout of Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon addressing mayors and staffersBy Emily Harris CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) - The mayor of North Carolina's largest city resigned Wednesday after prosecutors said he had been arrested on federal public corruption charges that include accepting more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents. Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, 47, said his resignation was effective immediately in a letter he sent to City Manager Ron Carlee and City Attorney Bob Hagemann. Cannon faces charges of theft and bribery, wire fraud and extortion, which could carry up to 50 years in prison, according to the prosecutor's office for the Western District of North Carolina.


Report: Global executions up 15 percent in 2013

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:02

FILE - This May 27, 2008, file photo, shows the gurney in Huntsville, Texas, where Texas' condemned are strapped down to receive a lethal dose of drugs. A new report says the number of reported executions around the world rose almost 15 percent in 2013, and the United States was among the five countries putting the most people to death. The Amnesty International report released Thursday, March 27, 2014, says the 778 executions it was able to count last year don’t include the thousands of people put to death in China, where such information is a state secret. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The number of known executions around the world rose almost 15 percent in 2013, and the United States was among the five countries putting the most people to death, a new report says.


TSA wants police at checkpoints after LAX shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:55

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2013 file photo provided to the Associated Press, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, police officers stand near a weapon at the Los Angeles International Airport after a gunman opened fire in the terminal, killing one person and wounding several others. The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday March 26, 2014, that airports post armed law enforcement officers at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours. The recommendation was one of 14 determined after a nationwide review of security at airports prompted by the shooting at the airport last fall. (AP Photo, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that armed law enforcement officers be posted at airport security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours after a review of last year's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.


State senator in bribery scheme appears in court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:49

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2011, file photo, State Sen. Leland Yee poses beside a bowl of shark fin soup during a news conference to oppose a bill to ban the sale of shark fin soup in San Francisco's Chinatown. Yee was arrested Wednesday March 26, 2014, during a series of raids in the San Francisco Bay Area. Yee declined to discuss the charges, citing an ongoing investigation. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California state senator is being held on $500,000 bail after appearing handcuffed in shackled in federal court.