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Canadian diplomat's teenage son charged with first-degree murder in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:17
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A Florida grand jury charged the 15-year-old son of a Canadian diplomat with murder on Wednesday in connection with a drug-related shooting that killed his brother and a suspected drug dealer, according to state prosecutors in Miami. Marc Wabafiyebazu faces charges of first-and second-degree murder, as well as attempted murder, attempted armed robbery and illegal possession of a firearm by a minor, the indictment stated. The shootout happened after the brothers sought to buy two pounds (one kg) of marijuana worth an estimated $5,000 from drug dealers, according to Miami police.

Exxon: $8.9B sought in New Jersey pollution case 'not real'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:16
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Exxon Mobil's top lawyer said Wednesday that a heavily criticized $225 million pollution settlement with New Jersey was reasonable and that the nearly $9 billion initially sought by the state shouldn't be used as a barometer because it was calculated using faulty methodology.

Sources: Holmesburg raid a part of sex crimes investigation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:12

 Holmesburg raid a part of sex crimes investigationPolice raided a home in Northeast Philadelphia on Wednesday, and our cameras were there as they led several people away in handcuffs.


Bird flu outbreak could head eastward with fall migration

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:10
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eastern U.S. poultry producers are bracing for the potential arrival of a deadly bird flu virus outbreak that farmers in the Midwest have struggled to stop.

Man charged in killings of wife, their 2 young children

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:09

Defendant Timothy Fradeneck waits during his arraignment, Wednesday afternoon, April 15, 2015, in Eastpointe, Mich. Fradeneck, 38, is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of his wife and children, whose bodies were found Monday, April 13, in their Eastpointe home. He's also charged with child abuse. (Todd McInturf/Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT, HUFFINGTON POST OUT, MAGS OUT, MANDATORY CREDITEASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — A 38-year-old man accused of strangling his wife, their 2-year-old daughter and their 8-year-old son told a judge Wednesday that he wants to plead insanity.


Obama makes new push on middle-class tax proposals

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:08

President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall with women bloggers, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Charlotte, N.C. The president is drawing contrasts between his tax policies and those of the Republican leaders in Congress. Obama says he has proposed cutting taxes for working families while Republicans want to cut them for the wealthiest families. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama promoted his tax proposals Wednesday while criticizing congressional Republicans who are pushing to repeal the estate tax.


N.Y. man turned cooperating witness avoids prison for al Shabaab plot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:07
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York man whose testified against his childhood friend in a 2011 terrorism trial was spared prison on Wednesday for his role in a plot - that he abandoned midway - to aid the Islamic militant group al Shabaab. Sulejmah Hadzovic, 26, received five years of probation from U.S. District Judge John Gleeson in Brooklyn, who said the sentence should send a message to young men who walk away from militant causes and cooperate with authorities. Prosecutors, in a rare move in a terrorism case, made no recommendation for a sentence for Hadzovic, who faced 15 years in prison after pleading guilty in 2009 to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. Instead, Seth DuCharme, an assistant U.S. attorney, said Hadzovic's assistance was key to disrupting a possible attack by his friend, Betim Kaziu, that prosecutors had limited visibility into.

Tire fire causes tower of black smoke in Bucks County

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:04

Tire fire causes tower of black smoke in Bucks CountyFirefighters battled a smoky tire fire in Buckingham, Bucks County on Wednesday.


Famed Chicago chef Homaro Cantu found dead from suicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:04
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago avant garde chef Homaro Cantu, known for using science to create unique dining experiences at his Moto restaurant, committed suicide, officials said on Wednesday. Cantu, 38, was found to have hanged himself on Tuesday afternoon, police said, in a northwest side building where he had planned to open a brewery called Crooked Fork later this year. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that the cause of death was asphyxiation/hanging, and that it was a suicide. Cantu had worked for acclaimed Chicago chef Charlie Trotter before becoming a chef himself.

Minnesota governor orders missing Lindström umlaut restored

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:03
Something has been a little off in Lindström, Minnesota, since the town named after a 19th century settler from Sweden got new city limits signs following the 2010 U.S. census. The umlaut, two dots over the "o" in Lindström that indicate a specific Swedish pronunciation, was missing, a casualty of federal rules, the state Transportation Department said. The umlauted version of the town's name had graced the road signs for two decades. Governor Mark Dayton on Wednesday said he would sign an executive order requiring the Transportation Department to put the umlaut back in Lindström, whose motto is "America's Little Sweden." "Nonsensical rules like this are exactly why people get frustrated with government," Dayton said in a statement.

Church bells, kind acts mark 2 years since Boston bombings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:00

Boston Marathon survivor Jeff Bauman, right, walks past one of two blast sites with Carlos Arredondo, who helped save his life, near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Boston marked the second anniversary of the 2013 marathon bombings with a subdued remembrance that includes a moment of silence, the pealing of church bells and a call for kindness. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON (AP) — With a moment of silence, the tolling of church bells and a call for kindness, Boston marked the second anniversary of the marathon bombings Wednesday, the emotions clearly still raw from the devastating attack during one of this city's most cherished events.


Ex-FBI official: Agency is hiding evidence in anthrax case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:58
A former director of the FBI's anthrax investigation says the agency is concealing evidence that casts doubt on its conclusion that Army scientist Bruce Ivins sent the anthrax-filled letters that killed five people and sickened 17 others in 2001.

Audit finds wide mismanagement at Philadelphia VA

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:56
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unreasonable workloads and poor leadership at the Veterans Affairs facility in Philadelphia have led to mismanagement and delays in handling veterans' disability and pensions claims, according to a government audit released Wednesday.

Developments in tensions between police and communities

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:53
The killings of unarmed black men by white police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York City last year touched off protests and a national debate over police conduct that has continued with the recent deaths of black men at the hands of law enforcers in North Charleston, South Carolina, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. A police officer was injured by protesters in New York on Tuesday in one of several demonstrations targeting police brutality nationwide. Here are some recent developments amid the tension between police and communities.

Philadelphia police search for suspects in Northern Liberties shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:51

Philadelphia police search for suspects in Northern Liberties shootingWanted: Suspects for shooting in the 6th District


Mom receives frantic calls from missing daughter

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:51

Mom receives frantic calls from missing daughterThe mother of a missing 14-year-old girl tells Action News she has received phone calls from her daughter that have been cut off.


Pedestrian bridge falls onto train tracks, no one hurt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:50
BERWYN HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) — Transportation and emergency officials say no one was hurt after a pedestrian bridge fell onto commuter rail tracks in Maryland, just outside of Washington.

U.S. court upholds racial profiling injunction on Arizona lawman

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:50
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A federal court on Wednesday largely upheld an injunction blocking Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio and his Maricopa County Sheriff's Office from the unconstitutional practice of stopping and detaining anyone solely on suspicion of being an undocumented immigrant. Arpaio, 82, who bills himself as "America's Toughest Sheriff," has been found by a federal judge in Phoenix to have racially profiled Latino drivers following a class action lawsuit. The complaint, filed on behalf of the plaintiffs by the American Civil Liberties Union, alleged Arpaio's department conducted racially discriminatory traffic stops while also launching "crime suppression sweeps," known as "saturation patrols," targeting Hispanics. In Wednesday's order, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said a ruling by U.S. District Judge Murray Snow preventing traffic stops to verify drivers' immigration status was not over-broad and was aimed at remedying specific constitutional violations.

Hearing delayed for suspect in Nicki Minaj tour member death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:43

Hearing delayed for suspect in Nicki Minaj tour member deathA court appearance for a Philadelphia man accused of fatally stabbing a member of rapper Nicki Minaj's tour and severely wounding another has been postponed.


Police training drill near Independence Mall 5pm-9pm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:43

Police training drill near Independence Mall 5pm-9pmIf you see a large police presence on Independence Mall this evening, don't be alarmed: it's only a drill.