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US announces indictment in New York-Russian spy ring case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 07:22
NEW YORK (AP) — A Russian citizen who worked in New York as a banker has been indictment on charges accusing him of participating in a Cold War-style Russian spy ring.

Boston-area transit, schools to shut Tuesday after record snowfall

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 07:20
By Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A record-setting run of snowstorms that has pounded the U.S. Northeast over the past two weeks has taken a heavy toll on Massachusetts, prompting officials to shut Boston's mass-transit service through Tuesday to allow time to clear the rails. Following a day that saw 48 commuters stuck on a snowbound train during the morning rush hour, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said all train service would shut down at 7 p.m. EST (2400 GMT) on Monday due to the snow and remain shut on Tuesday. The closure of Boston's transit system, as well as its schools, came after officials said 73.9 inches (1.9 meters) of snow had fallen on the city so far this season, making it the 10th snowiest winter on record. At least four buildings collapsed around Boston under the snow's weight, the National Weather Service said, though no injuries had been reported as a result of those incidents.

Two men found bound and killed execution-style in California garage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 07:19
By Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two men, bound with duct tape and gagged, have been found killed execution-style in a California garage, and authorities were searching for two suspects and a potential third victim who may have fled the scene, police said on Monday. Officers responding to a report of gunfire on Sunday evening in Montclair, 33 miles east of Los Angeles, discovered the victims, men in their 30s, dead inside a detached garage, Montclair police said. Bloodhounds were used overnight to track the possible victim, Sergeant Bryon Kelly told KTLA news.

Millersville Univ. student died of strangulation; boyfriend now charged with homicide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 07:18

Millersville Univ. student died of strangulation; boyfriend now charged with homicideA 19-year-old Kennett Square man is facing homicide charges after his girlfriend was found dead inside her central Pennsylvania university dormitory room.

APNewsBreak: Man charged in Megaupload case brought to US

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 07:17
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — An Estonian man was brought to the U.S. to face charges in what federal prosecutors say was a massive copyright-piracy scheme run through the now-defunct website Megaupload.

Oklahoma considers gas chamber to execute death row inmates

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 07:06
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With executions in Oklahoma on hold amid a constitutional review of its lethal injection formula, Republican legislators are pushing to make Oklahoma the first state in the nation to allow the use of nitrogen gas to execute death row inmates.

Slippery going on roads, driveways and sidewalks in Bucks County

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 07:04

Slippery going on roads, driveways and sidewalks in Bucks CountyIt was dicey going, particularly in the early morning hours, in Newtown and other Bucks County communities.

2 men, 3 women sought in Hunting Park homicide; nightclub video released

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 06:59

2 men, 3 women sought in Hunting Park homicide; nightclub video releasedPhiladelphia police are looking for two men and three women in connection to a homicide in the Hunting Park section.

Lawsuits: St. Louis County town jails are 'debtors prisons'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 06:59
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Federal lawsuits allege that jails in the St. Louis County towns of Ferguson and Jennings operate essentially as modern-day debtors' prisons, where minor traffic offenses can lead to extended periods behind bars.

Lawsuits claim Missouri towns jail poor people for profit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 06:58
Ferguson, Missouri and a second St. Louis suburb are being accused in separate lawsuits of operating a "debtors' prison scheme," illegally jailing poor people who are unable to pay traffic tickets or fines tied to other minor offenses. The lawsuits, filed on Sunday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis by 20 black residents, allege that officials in Ferguson and neighboring Jennings have routinely been abusing and exploiting impoverished individuals to boost city revenues. Plaintiffs also claim they were crowded into small jail cells without regular showers, adequate medical care or basic sanitation, and were regularly subjected to verbal abuse and taunting by jailers. The lawsuits accuse both cities of issuing and enforcing invalid arrest warrants and jailing people in "dangerous and inhumane conditions" for long periods when they cannot pay fines.

Republican-controlled Congress to vote to repeal NLRB rule

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 06:55
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans launched a drive Monday to repeal a recent National Labor Relations Board rule updating procedures for union representation elections, setting up a likely veto showdown with President Barack Obama.

Hearing for accused 9/11 plotters halted after infiltration charge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 06:50
By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - A U.S. military judge on Monday halted a pre-trial hearing for Guantanamo Bay inmates accused of plotting the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks after one of the accused said his interpreter had worked at a secret CIA prison. The allegation by Ramzi Binalshibh, a 42-year-old Yemeni, adds to contentions by the defense that the U.S. government is attempting to infiltrate its team. The Arabic interpreter is part of the defense team for the five detainees charged in the 2001 attacks that killed almost 3,000 people in the United States. Binalshibh said he recognized the interpreter, Louay Al-Nazer, from his time in a secret Central Intelligence Agency "black site." “The problem is I cannot trust him because he was working at the black site with the CIA and we know him from there,” Binalshibh said in English.

California formally opens large solar plant

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 06:48
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — One of the nation's largest solar projects was dedicated Monday in the Riverside County desert, as California rushes to expand its use of green power to meet the state's renewable energy requirements.

Boyfriend accused in beating death of Pennsylvania college student

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 06:47
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A 19-year-old Pennsylvania man was arrested on Monday for criminal homicide after an autopsy on his girlfriend showed she had been beaten and strangled in her Millersville University dorm room, a prosecutor said. Gregorio Orrostieta, who did not attend the state college about 85 miles west of Philadelphia, had phoned campus police around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday and reported that his girlfriend, Karlie Hall, 18, had suffered cardiac arrest. Orrostieta, who lives in Kennett Square, about 40 miles of Philadelphia, admitted to having quarreled with Hall whom he began dating a year earlier in high school, Stedman said.

Obama's labor 2-step: Fight on trade, embrace on wages

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 06:38

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama listens to a question during a meeting with leading CEOs to discuss ways to promote the economy and create jobs, at the Business Roundtable Headquarters in Washington. President Barack Obama's push for trade deals with Asia and Europe has angered organized labor, setting up a tense fight with a key element of his voting coalition. But Obama wants to keep the anger to a simmer by pitching economic initiatives straight out of labor's working class agenda. The result is a complicated alliance that has never had a strong bond. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — On a cold, overcast morning in January, President Barack Obama briefly delayed his departure for an Iowa day trip to huddle in the Oval Office with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams. The topic was Obama's upcoming State of the Union address.

Prosecutor visit divides Saint Louis University law school

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 06:37

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2011, file photo, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch speaks in St. Louis. A Feb. 20, 2015 law school lecture McCulloch is drawing criticism from some Saint Louis University students and professors who object to his handling of the fatal Ferguson police shooting investigation. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — An upcoming law school lecture by St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch is drawing criticism from some Saint Louis University students and professors who object to his handling of the investigation of Michael Brown's shooting death in Ferguson.

Gang leader who ran drugs from Baltimore jail sentenced to 12 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 06:34
(Reuters) - A Baltimore gang leader who prosecutors say dealt drugs and impregnated four guards while in jail was sentenced by a federal judge on Monday to 12 years in prison on a racketeering charge. Tavon White, 37, the head of the Black Guerrilla Family, drew national attention when the scandal at the Baltimore City Detention Center broke almost three years ago.

Box office top 20: 'SpongeBob' takes out 'American Sniper'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 06:34
NEW YORK (AP) — The three-week box office reign of Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" was brought to an end by an unlikely sharp-shooter: SpongeBob SquarePants.

Man charged with crashing truck into Michigan Coast Guard station

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 06:25
(Reuters) - A Michigan man who crashed a pickup truck through the gates of a U.S. Coast Guard station in western Michigan and claimed to have a bomb was charged on Monday with two felonies, police said. Matthew Krueger, 33, of Mears, Michigan, was charged with making a false report or threat of terrorism and malicious destruction of property in the early Sunday incident at the Coast Guard station in Grand Haven, Michigan, police said. No explosive was found and no one was injured in the incident, the Coast Guard said.

Mormon facing ouster says he's likely to be excommunicated

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 05:55
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon man who runs a website for church members questioning their faith said Monday that he expects to be excommunicated based the tenor of a disciplinary hearing Sunday night, but he may not find out for days.