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Police couldn't watch Navy Yard surveillance video

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 09:43
WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal District of Columbia police report on the response to the Washington Navy Yard shooting says officers were hindered because they couldn't access live surveillance-camera footage of the shooter.

FBI: Utah man wanted to bomb police station

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 09:37
TREMONTON, Utah (AP) — Authorities arrested a 47-year-old Utah man Thursday that they say had been plotting to kill police officers and blow up a police station with the hope the attacks would cause an uprising against the government.

Joy fills streets of Cleveland as LeBron returns

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 09:34

Cleveland Cavaliers basketball fans celebrate in front of the house of LeBron James, in Bath, Ohio, after learning of James' decision to sign as a free-agent with the Cavaliers, Friday, July 11, 2014. The fans tossed powder in the air, like LeBron's pregame ritual. (AP Photo/Phil Long)CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland hasn't had this much good news since the first time LeBron James came to town.


Chinese man accused of hacking into US computers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 09:31
SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. authorities have charged a Chinese businessman with hacking into the computer systems of U.S. companies with large defense contracts, including Boeing, to steal data on military projects, including some of its latest fighter jets, officials said Friday.

ACLU asks Holder about Indiana gay marriages

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 09:29
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys on Friday asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to step in on behalf of hundreds of same-sex couples who were wed before a federal appeals court stayed an order striking down Indiana's gay marriage ban.

California high court softens 'three strikes' law

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 09:24
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California's highest court has softened implementation of the state's "three-strikes-and-you're-out" criminal sentencing law, marking the second time the rules for identifying and imprisoning career criminals have been loosened in recent years. "The voting public would reasonably have understood the 'Three Strikes' baseball metaphor to mean that a person would have three chances - three swings of the bat if you will - before the harshest penalty could be imposed," Associate Justice Kathryn Werdegar wrote in the court's opinion, released late on Thursday.

Utah gay couples who married could get benefits

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 09:22
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples who married in Utah after the state same-sex marriage ban was overturned could get benefits in 10 days after a favorable ruling from a federal appeals court.

Union leader derides Obama education chief

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 09:22

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten takes questions about U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan at an ATF convention in Los Angeles on Friday, July 11, 2014. The president of the nation's second-largest teachers union said Friday that President Barack Obama's education chief has turned his back on the concerns of educators and parents, but stopped short of calling for his ouster. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The president of the nation's second-largest teachers union said Friday that President Barack Obama's education chief has turned his back on the concerns of educators and parents, but she stopped short of calling for his ouster.


Accused Boston bomber spoke of martyrdom before attack: FBI

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 09:19

Courtroom sketch of defendants Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov appearing in front of Federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler, in BostonBy Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told his friends about martyrdom and bomb-building over lunch before the attacks last year, an FBI agent testified on Friday in the trial of one of the friends for obstruction. He is charged with removing evidence from Tsarnaev's room at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and throwing away a backpack containing fireworks casings as the FBI searched for the suspect, accused of killing three people and injuring 264 in the April 2013 bombings. FBI Special Agent Timothy Quinn said Tazhayakov told him that Tsarnaev had discussed martyrdom and his knowledge of bomb building during a conversation over lunch with Tazhayakov and his roommate and fellow Kazakh exchange student Dias Kadyrbayev before spring break last year. "Dzhokhar had explained that people who die in an act of martyrdom die with a smile on their face and go straight to heaven," said Quinn, who interviewed Tazhayakov in the days after the alleged visit to Tsarnaev's room.


2 more charged in death of girl riding scooter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 09:16

Jenny Calderon, center right, is hugged during a viewing service for her daughter, Genesis Rincon, 12, who was hit by a stray bullet while riding a scooter, in Paterson, N.J. on Friday, July 11, 2014. An assistant Passaic County prosecutor said Genesis was struck in the head around Saturday evening as she rode home to a family gathering. She was kept on life support until Monday when her organs were donated. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Hundreds of mourners gathered Friday evening for a funeral for a 12-year-old girl killed when she was hit by a stray bullet while riding a scooter in her neighborhood, and three young men faced charges in her death.


Utah to ask high court to delay same-sex benefits

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 09:05
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Attorney General's Office says it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to delay a court order requiring the state to grant benefits to more than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples who married after the state same-sex marriage ban was overturned.

Ex-cop in movie theater shooting released on bail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 09:04
DADE CITY, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida police captain charged in a fatal movie theater shooting has been released from jail.

San Francisco parking spot app shuts down service

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 09:02
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An Italian company whose mobile app allows San Francisco drivers to get paid for the public parking spaces they exit has temporarily shut down the service following an order from the city attorney.

Two more charged in slaying of 12-year-old NJ girl on scooter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 08:59
Two more suspects were charged in the killing of a 12-year-old New Jersey girl who was struck in the head by a stray bullet as she rode her scooter to a family gathering, authorities said on Friday. Jeffery Ellerbee, 21, and Marshae Anthony, 19, both of Paterson, New Jersey, were charged in connection with the killing of Genesis Rincon, the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office said. Ellerbee was charged with first-degree murder and two counts of illegal weapons possession, while Anthony was charged only with the two weapons crimes.

Armed citizen groups seek recruits to secure U.S. border

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 08:44
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Citizen groups in border states are seeking armed volunteers to patrol the U.S.-Mexico frontier alongside law enforcement officers who are struggling to deal with a surge of undocumented migrants from Central America. Southwestern states have seen a big influx of arrivals this year that has put a strain on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. Federal authorities say they do not support any private group taking matters into their own hands, and say it could have "disastrous" consequences. In a web posting on Thursday, The Minuteman Project, led by former U.S. Marine Jim Gilchrist, said it will take 10 months to organize the launch of "Operation Normandy." The group said it expected to attract 3,500 armed citizen volunteers to cover sections of the 2,000-mile (3,200-km) U.S. border from San Diego, California, via Arizona and New Mexico to Brownsville, Texas.

Dozens of gay-marriage licenses issued in Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 08:39

Jessie Finau, left and Stephanie Martinez talk after receiving their marriage license at the Pueblo County Courthouse, in Pueblo, Colo., Friday, July 11, 2014. Technically, their state still does not recognize gay marriages. But that hasn't stopped hundreds of gay Coloradans from getting marriage licenses from two county clerks who argue they still have the legal right to provide them to loving couples. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Julia Moss)DENVER (AP) — Dozens more gay couples received marriage licenses in Colorado on Friday as a third county began granting them in the midst of a legal fight to resolve the issue for good.


Arizona mom of missing baby released from prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 08:37

FILE - This undated file family photo provided by the Tempe, Ariz., Police Department shows missing eight-month-old Gabriel Johnson. Elizabeth Johnson the Arizona woman convicted in her young son Gabriel's disappearance nearly five years ago was released from prison Friday, July 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Tempe Police Department, File)PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman convicted in the disappearance of her young son was released from prison Friday without ever providing authorities details on the whereabouts of the missing boy.


Lightning kills one, injures seven in Colorado's Rocky Mountain park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 08:36
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A lightning strike killed a woman and injured seven other people on Friday as they hiked in the Rocky Mountain National Park northwest of Denver, a park official said. The group was at an elevation of 11,000 feet (300 meters) on the Ute Crossing Trail when they were hit by the bolt in the early afternoon, park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said. The woman, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene, two people were taken by ambulance to a hospital in nearby Estes Park, and five others drove themselves to the medical facility, Patterson said. Kerrie Hill, spokeswoman for the Estes Park Medical Center, said some of the injured were treated and released, but could not comment on the condition of the others or the extent of their injuries due to patient privacy laws.

Northern Liberties clothing store robbed at gunpoint

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 08:29

Northern Liberties clothing store robbed at gunpointAt least three suspects are being sought in connection with a robbery at a clothing store in the city's Northern Liberties section.


Texas slaying suspect voted school's class clown

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 08:13
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The man accused of killing six members of his ex-wife's family, including four children, in Texas this week is a graduate of a suburban Anchorage high school, where he was voted class clown and homecoming king.