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Pamela Smart's spokeswoman: She's paying for gunman's crimes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 00:21
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A spokeswoman for Pamela Smart says she's serving the life sentence that should have been given to her teen lover who killed her husband in 1990.

FBI chief warns of Islamic State recruits, lone wolf attacks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 00:20

FBI Director James Comey takes a question from reporter during a news conference at the FBI office in BostonBy Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The radicalization of Americans by Islamic State and other groups, particularly through sophisticated use of social media, is a top concern for the FBI as it grapples with evolving terrorism threats, Director James Comey said on Thursday. Like other militant groups, Islamic State, also known as ISIL, has called for lone wolf attacks in Western countries and has specifically encouraged attacks on soldiers, law enforcement officers and the intelligence community, Comey said at an appropriations subcommittee budget hearing. Comey referred to the group's efforts to recruit Americans to join Islamic State fighting in Syria and Iraq, then have them return to the United States to commit acts of terrorism. "ISIL's widespread reach through the Internet and social media is most concerning as the group has proven dangerously competent at employing such tools for its nefarious strategy," Comey told the panel as he presented his $8.48 billion budget request for fiscal year 2016.

Houston Ship Channel fully reopens after collision

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 00:16

Members of the United States Coast Guard view the damaged hull of the Carla Maersk a chemical tanker Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in the Houston Ship Channel. Three cargo tanks on the Danish-flagged Carla Maersk were ruptured when it collided with the Liberian bulk carrier Conti Peridot. A cause of the collision has not been determined. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Billy Smith II)LA PORTE, Texas (AP) — The Houston Ship Channel fully reopened Thursday morning after a collision between two vessels caused flammable gasoline additive to spill and forced a section of the major waterway to close for three days.

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 00:13

AP10ThingsToSee - A Marine salutes Air Force One as it departs with President Barack Obama and the first family on board Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

Man charged with murder after 3 found shot in burned home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 00:08

In this undated photo released by the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department, Corey Lee Lavalley is shown. Authorities say Lavalley, 32, fatally shot a woman and her two children before returning to their mobile home in Dorr Township, Mich., and setting it ablaze. The victims discovered Tuesday, March 10, 2015 were identified as Debra Sheppard, daughter Emma McComber and son Corey LaValley Jr. (AP Photo/Allegan County Sheriff’s Department)ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 32-year-old man fatally shot a woman and her two children before returning to their mobile home in western Michigan and setting it ablaze.

County spokesman: People taken in for questioning in Ferguson shooting of officers, no arrests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 00:05
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — County spokesman: People taken in for questioning in Ferguson shooting of officers, no arrests.

Secret Service Agents Accused of Crashing Into WH Barrier

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 00:02
President Obama is aware of the incident, officials said.

Raise minimum age to buy cigarettes to decrease use: U.S. study

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 00:01

Cigarette butts in an ashtray in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK (Reuters) - Raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 or 25 years old would significantly reduce their use and tobacco-related illnesses in the United States, a study published Thursday found, suggesting that states and local authorities should consider passing such laws. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which sponsored the report, cannot increase the minimum age to buy tobacco in the country from 18, but states and local authorities can do so. The report was presented to the FDA on Tuesday, said Richard Bonnie, chair of the report committee. Among people who smoked daily, 90 percent had tried their first cigarette before the age of 19 while the remaining 10 percent had tried tobacco products by 26, the study found.

Obama budget would shrink deficits by $1.2 trillion over 10 years: CBO

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 00:00

Copies of President Barack Obama's proposed 2016 budget are displayed for sale at the Government Printing Office in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget proposal would shrink U.S. deficits by $1.232 trillion over 10 years compared to those expected under current tax and spending laws, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday. The deficit reduction, although smaller than that claimed by the White House, is largely due to Obama's proposals for higher taxes on the wealthy, his plans for lower spending on military operations in Afghanistan and net savings from proposed immigration reforms, the CBO said. For fiscal 2016, the first full year under Obama's fiscal blueprint if Congress were to adopt it, the deficit would fall to $380 billion from $455 billion, the CBO's latest forecast under current laws. Under the analysis from the non-partisan CBO, near term deficits under Obama's proposal would be smaller than those forecast by the White House Office of Management and Budget, while deficits in later years are larger.

St. Louis County: Officers shot outside Ferguson police department released from hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 23:53
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County: Officers shot outside Ferguson police department released from hospital.

1 worker killed, 1 hurt in New Mexico oil field explosion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 23:46
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — An explosion at a New Mexico oil field site has killed one worker and injured another.

Police shot in Ferguson, Missouri, released from hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 23:23
(Reuters) - The two police officers who were shot in Ferguson, Missouri, during protests have been released from the hospital, St. Louis County Police Department spokesman Brian Schellman told Reuters on Thursday. (Reporting by Fiona Ortiz in Chicago; Editing by Bill Trott)

U.S. attorney general calls police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, 'heinous assault'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 22:54

Holder is questioned by reporters upon his arrival in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, was a "heinous assault" that threatens reforms under way in the city. The shootings occurred during protests after the announcement that Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson would resign following a scathing Justice Department report about racially biased practices used by Ferguson police. (Story refiles to add dropped word "a" in first paragraph) (Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Bill Trott)

Brother of man executed by Utah firing squad calls it brutal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 22:53

Randy Gardner, of Salt Lake City, the older brother of Ronnie Lee Gardner, the last inmate to be killed by firing squad in Utah in 2010, stands in front of the Utah State Capitol, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Utah is the only state in the past 40 years to carry out such a death sentence, with three executions by firing squad since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Randy Gardner still struggles four years later to talk about seeing his brother's bullet-ridden body at the mortuary after he was executed.

Timeline of events after fatal police shooting in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 22:44
FERGUSON, Missouri (AP) — A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed, black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Possible lead in shooting of officers in Ferguson: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 22:23
(Reuters) - St. Louis County's police chief said on Thursday there were possible leads in the search for the gunman who shot two officers during a protest in Ferguson, Missouri, and in future similar situations police may shoot back. Muzzle flashes were detected from about 125 yards away from the rally early Thursday, just hours after the city's police chief resigned in the wake of a scathing U.S. Justice Department report finding his force was rife with racial bias, Chief Jon Belmar told a press conference. Both officers were wounded, one with a bullet lodged behind his ear, Belmar said. ...

Gunman in Pamela Smart case: Parole doesn't alter what I did

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 22:21

FILE - In a Jan. 25, 2008 file photo, William Flynn, center, talks to his defense lawyer Cathy Green, right, at Rockingham Superior Court in Brentwood, N.H. Flynn, is serving a 28 years-to-life prison term for killing his lover Pamela Smart's husband as a teenager in the notorious murder case. He has a parole hearing scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, Pool, File)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The man who as a teen killed the husband of his lover and high school instructor, Pamela Smart, says his actions will always haunt him.

Virgin founder: Former cruise CEO's lawsuit without merit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 21:59
MIAMI (AP) — Virgin Group founder Richard Branson says a $300 million lawsuit filed against the company by a former cruise line executive has no merit.

Official: State police probe missing $1.8M donated to town

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 21:06
OXFORD, Conn. (AP) — The top elected officer in a Connecticut town says state police are investigating an attorney over the disappearance of $1.8 million intended to fund scholarships, a new library and open space acquisition.

Gunfire breaks out 3rd night in a row in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 20:33

Gunfire breaks out 3rd night in a row in Southwest PhiladelphiaResidents of a Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood are outraged after they say gunfire erupted for the third night in a row.