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Appeals court to hold hearing on Tsarnaev bid to move trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 04:03
BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday agreed to hold a hearing on a bid by lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to move his trial outside Massachusetts.

Man who made phone threats to Newtown residents gets prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 04:02
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Venezuelan man was sentenced Thursday to a year in prison for making threatening phone calls to Newtown residents in the days following the 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Amanda Knox to marry musician

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 04:01
SEATTLE (AP) — Amanda Knox is engaged.

Alabama county's refusal to wed gays goes to federal court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:50

Chilton County Probate Judge Bobby Martin discusses confusion over same-sex marriage in Alabama in his office in Clanton, Ala., on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. This week, Martin issued a license for a gay wedding, then stopped the practice, then resumed amid confusion over competing state and federal court directives. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge in Alabama says she will rule "soon" on three gay couples' request that she force a probate judge to issue a marriage license in Mobile County.


Fathers of slain Muslims: This was a hate crime

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:45

Namee Barakat, right, embraces his wife Layla Barakat during a news conference on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Raleigh, N.C. They are the parents of Deah Shaddy Barakat, a doctoral student at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Dentistry who was killed Tuesday in Chapel Hill, N.C., along with his wife Yusor Mohammad and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Robert Willett) MANDATORY CREDITCHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The fathers of the three Muslim students shot in their Chapel Hill, North Carolina apartment spoke with The Associated Press before their funeral on Thursday, calling on Americans to understand that they died in a hate crime.


West Coast ports undergo partial shutdown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:42

Cranes and containers are seen at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California in this aerial imageBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast were effectively closed to cargo freighters for the second time in less than a week on Thursday under a partial shutdown imposed by shipping lines and terminal operators in an escalating labor dispute with the dockworkers' union. The loading and unloading of cargo vessels was halted for 24 hours as of Thursday morning, and the companies said those operations will be suspended - as they were last weekend - again this coming Saturday, Sunday and Monday, unless a contract settlement with the union is reached.


Study sees even bigger longer droughts for much of US West

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:42

FILE - In this Feb. 4 2014 file photo, a warning buoy sits on the dry, cracked bed of Lake Mendocino near Ukiah, Calif. As bad as the drought in California and the Southwest was last year and in the Midwest a couple years ago, scientists say far worse historic decades-long dry spells are coming. “Unprecedented drought conditions” _ the worst in more than 1,000 years _ are likely to come to the Southwest and Central Plains near the end of this century and stick around because of global warming, according to a new study in the journal Science Thursday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SAN JOSE, California (AP) — As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse "megadroughts" are coming — and they're bound to last for decades.


Man pleads guilty in Ugandan counterfeiting, other scams

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:27
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty in a counterfeit money scheme based in Uganda, along with several other scams in which he was free on bond when he got caught passing a bogus $100 bill at a Pennsylvania coffee shop.

House GOP pushes tax cuts despite veto threat over cost

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:22
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are pushing through a series of tax cuts this week affecting millions of businesses and individuals, despite White House veto threats over the cost.

Town requests probe after prostitute steals sergeant's gun

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:20
KENSINGTON, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California town plans to request an independent investigation into how its police chief handled the probe of a sergeant who allegedly had his gun stolen by a prostitute at a Nevada hotel room, a newspaper reported.

Meet Amanda Knox's Rocker Fiance

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:19
Amanda Knox got an early Valentine's Day present this year as her father confirmed to ABC News that she is engaged to be married.

Correction: NC Shootings-Muslim Reaction story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:09

A woman places flowers at a makeshift memorial next to murder victim Deah Shaddy Barakat's car at the Finley Forest condominium complex Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 in Chapel Hill, NC . Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, of Chapel Hill, is accused of shooting Barakat, 23, Yusor Mohammad, 21, of Chapel Hill; and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh, the day before. Hicks is being held in the Durham County jail with no bond. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chuck Liddy)In a story Feb. 11 about reactions to the shootings of three Muslims in North Carolina, The Associated Press reported erroneously, based on incorrect information from Chapel Hill officials, the full name of one of the victims. The name of the newlywed wife was Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, not Yusor Mohammad.


Correction: Three Killed-North Carolina story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:06
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — In a story Feb. 11 about the shooting deaths of three Muslim students, The Associated Press erroneously reported, based on incorrect information from Chapel Hill officials, the full name of one of the victims. The name of the newlywed wife was Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, not Yusor Mohammad.

Utah mother pleads guilty to killing six newborns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:03

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2014, file photo, Megan Huntsman, accused of killing six of her newborn babies and storing their bodies in her garage, appears in court, in Provo, Utah. Huntsman appears set to take a plea deal Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. Prosecutors and attorneys for Huntsman have reached a resolution and requested a special setting for a hearing Thursday morning in Provo, Utah, online court records show. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool, File)PROVO, Utah (AP) — A Utah mother accused of killing six of her newborn babies and storing their bodies in her garage pleaded guilty to murder Thursday.


Study: World dumps 8.8 million tons of plastics into oceans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:02

Jenna Jambeck, an environment engineering professor at the University of Georgia, holds a plastic baggie with trash collected last fall from a clean up at Panama Beach, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) conference in San Jose, Calif. Each year about 8.8 million tons of plastic ends up in the world oceans, a quantity much higher than previous estimates, according to a new study that tracked marine debris from its source. (AP Photo/Seth Borenstein)SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Each year about 8.8 million tons of plastic ends up in the world oceans, a quantity much higher than previous estimates, according to a new study that tracked marine debris from its source.


Mexican boy with massive tumor now living in New Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 02:51

This Jan. 30, 2015 photo provided by Kristean Alcocer shows Jose Antonio Ramirez Serrano recovering from his surgery at his home in Rio Rancho, N.M. Ramirez Serrano, 11, who had portions of a massive tumor removed is living comfortably in Rio Rancho with his family as he prepares for more treatment. Kristean Alcocer of the First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho said Ramirez Serrano and his family are staying in a rented Rio Rancho home thanks to donations from church members. (AP Photo/Kristean Alcocer)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An 11-year-old Mexican boy who had portions of a massive tumor removed in New Mexico is living comfortably in an Albuquerque suburb with his family as he prepares for more treatment.


Lawmakers urge parties in port dispute to resolve issues

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 02:48
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Dave Reichert said he planned to introduce a resolution in Congress on Thursday to urge a swift end to the labor dispute that has throttled port activity on the West Coast. Another congressman, Kurt Schrader, suggested President Barack Obama step in if the parties cannot resolve the matter. Eighty-four members of Congress signed a Jan. 30 letter urging the parties in a labor dispute between dockworkers and shipping lines and terminal operators to resolve disagreements quickly. ...

Lawyer for accused 9/11 plotter alleges mistreatment at Guantanamo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 02:45
By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - An attorney for a Saudi man charged in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks accused his U.S. jailers at the Guantanamo Bay military prison on Thursday of mistreatment. The charges by defense attorney Walter Ruiz at a pretrial hearing at Guantanamo prompted arguments about whether the remaining 122 inmates at the prison in Cuba should be treated under standards of U.S. or international law. “Constitutional rights do not stop at a prison door,” said Ruiz, who is defending Mustafa al-Hawsawi, 46, against war crimes charges.

Utah mother pleads guilty to murdering six of her newborn infants

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 02:43

Megan Huntsman appears in court in ProvoA Utah mother pleaded guilty to charges she murdered six of her newborn babies over the course of a decade and stuffed their bodies in cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home. Megan Huntsman, who police said confessed to the killings while suffering from methamphetamine and alcohol addiction, will be sentenced April 20. Huntsman is not eligible for the death penalty because the murders, which took place between 1996 and 2006, predate changes in the law that would have made the offense a capital crime in Utah. She entered her plea as she stood downcast in a Provo, Utah, courtroom, her wrists shackled to her waist, her head bowed, softly uttering "guilty" to each of the six counts.


Winning tickets in $564 million Powerball bought at food mart, gas station

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 02:35

A powerball Lottery ticket is shown in this photo illustration after being purchased at a gas station in San DiegoA food mart in a small city north of Dallas, Texas, and a gas station in southern Puerto Rico were two of three places where winning tickets were sold in the estimated $564.1 million U.S. Powerball lottery, officials said on Thursday. Winning tickets were sold in Princeton, Texas, Ponce, Puerto Rico and North Carolina for the jackpot drawing Wednesday night, which was the third-largest in the game's history and one of the largest lottery jackpots ever in the United States. It is the first time Puerto Rico has a Powerball winner, but the ticket buyer has not come forward yet. "We've only been selling Powerball here for four months, and we've already been surprised with a good prize," said Enid Rodriguez, a lottery spokeswoman in Puerto Rico.