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Inmate at center of Baltimore jail scandal gets 12 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 03:18

This undated handout photo provided by the Anne Arundel County Police Department shows Tavon White, who prosecutors say oversaw a drug smuggling operation inside the Baltimore City Detention Center and used contraband cellphones to direct gang activity on the streets. White is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Baltimore, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, after pleading guilty to participating in the racketeering conspiracy. (AP Photo/Anne Arundel County Police Department)BALTIMORE (AP) — The same prosecutors who painted a gang member as the architect of a widespread drug and cellphone smuggling conspiracy said Monday during his sentencing that he actually made the prison safer despite impregnating four guards and directing crime on the streets while behind bars.


State says Obama is breaking promise on Arctic refuge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 03:15
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska political leaders who believed they had a federal government promise of "no more" wilderness designations in the state kept hammering away at President Obama's announcement that he will seek that designation for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Mumps outbreak linked to Idaho university spreads to Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 03:14
An outbreak of mumps that started at an Idaho university and infected 21 people across the state has now spread to neighboring Washington state, health officials said on Monday. The spread of mumps, a highly contagious virus that leads to painful swelling of the salivary glands, comes as a wider measles outbreak has infected more than 100 people in California and over a dozen more in 19 other U.S. states and Mexico since December. The mumps outbreak began in September at the University of Idaho campus in Moscow, near the border with Washington state, and later spread to the capital, Boise, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said. Mumps, which leads to painful swelling of the salivary glands, spreads easily from sharing saliva through kissing, shared eating utensils or water bottles, public health officials said.

Report says Casey Anthony's money should be paid to attorney

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 03:13
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The trustee handling Casey Anthony's bankruptcy said Monday that most of the $25,000 he has available to distribute should go to the trustee's attorney.

2-year-old fatally struck during ATV race in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 03:11
WILDWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say two all-terrain vehicles were racing each other when one of them swerved and hit people who were watching, including a 2-year-old boy who was killed.

Sheriff: Boy, 8, killed in Oklahoma stove explosion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 02:31
MULDROW, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in eastern Oklahoma say an 8-year-old boy has died and a 22-year-old man has been injured after another man placed an explosive in a stove and shot it with a high-powered rifle.

Newark man charged with shooting gun inside apartment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 02:30

Newark man charged with shooting gun inside apartmentA Newark man was arrested after police say he fired several shots inside his home, narrowly missing the family that lives next door.


Report: Automakers fail to fully protect against hacking

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 02:30

FILE - In this June 18, 2012 file photo, Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, according to an analysis of information that manufacturers provided to Sen. Markey. Markey asked automakers a series of questions about the technologies and any safeguards against hackers built into their vehicles. He also asked about how the information that vehicle computers gather and often transmit wirelessly is protected. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)WASHINGTON (AP) — Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, a member of the U.S. Senate is asserting.


Feds to seek death penalty against reputed head of drug gang

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 02:22
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New Jersey will seek the death penalty for only the second time against a man they say led a violent street gang charged in 2013 with six murders.

Merkel: Greece must offer sustainable way to pay debt

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 02:18
WASHINGTON (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) says Greece's new government must come up with a sustainable proposal to pay its debt in order to stay part of the eurozone.

Former Venezuelan judge sentenced to nearly seven years in Miami drug case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 02:13
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A former Venezuelan judge was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison in U.S. court in Miami on Monday after being accused of taking bribes from a South American drug cartel boss. Benny Palmeri-Bacchi pleaded guilty in November to money laundering, extortion and conspiring to obstruct justice. Prosecutors agreed to seek a lenient sentence for his cooperation with a U.S. push against prominent Venezuelan officials suspected of assisting Colombian drug traffickers. "I feel very remorseful and I ask for mercy," he told U.S. Judge Ursula Ungaro in Spanish, speaking through an English translator.

Man gets 2 years for killing his fiancee's family's cats

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 02:07
ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been sentenced to two years in prison for killing five cats belonging to his fiancee's family — a crime that animal rights advocates protested outside of court.

Ex-Venezuelan judge gets 6-plus years in prison in drug case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 02:02
MIAMI (AP) — A former Venezuelan judge who was arrested last year by U.S. authorities on the way to a Disney World vacation has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for his role in a major cocaine trafficking case linked to the government of former President Hugo Chavez.

Shot fired during Dunkin' Donuts robbery in Olney

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 02:00

Shot fired during Dunkin' Donuts robbery in OlneyA shot was fired during a robbery at a Dunkin' Donuts in the Olney section of Philadelphia on Monday morning.


2 of 3 critically hurt in mall shooting are expected to live

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 01:57

Tarod Thornhill is seen in an undated photo provided by the Allegheny County Police Department. Thornhill, 17,was arrested early Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at a residence in Brackenridge, Pa., and charged as an adult with aggravated assault, attempted homicide, and recklessly endangering other people in a Saturday shooting at a Pittsburgh-area mall. Police Chief Douglas Cole said two men and a woman were shot, including the man who was targeted. He said the two men were in critical condition, while the woman was in stable condition. (AP Photo/Allegheny County Police Department)MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Two of three people shot inside a Pittsburgh-area mall are still in critical condition but are expected to survive.


Puerto Rico to appeal ruling voiding bankruptcy law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 01:51
Puerto Rico on Monday said it would appeal a U.S. ruling that voided the island's restructuring law, saying it left the U.S. commonwealth in legal limbo. Late on Friday a U.S. federal judge ruled that Puerto Rico's so-called Recovery Act, which made some of its agencies eligible for court-supervised debt restructuring, violated the U.S. constitution by allowing a state government to modify municipal debt. "We believe that it is incorrect in law and has the effect of leaving Puerto Rico without a legal framework to allow our public corporations to comply with their obligations in an orderly manner without affecting the continuity of essential services that the citizenry receive," Puerto Rico Justice Secretary Cesar Miranda said in a statement.

Icy conditions lead to slip-and-fall accidents in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 01:51

Icy conditions lead to slip-and-fall accidents in New JerseyIcy conditions led to treacherous conditions in many New Jersey communities Monday morning.


Domestic violence charges against NFL's Hardy dropped

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 01:50
Domestic violence charges were abruptly dropped on Monday against Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy after his accuser could not be found to testify, prosecutors said. The jury trial for Hardy, 26, had been set to begin in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday. He was accused of assaulting his former girlfriend, Nicole Holder, and threatening to kill her. "The victim appears to have intentionally made herself unavailable to the state," the District Attorney's Office said in a statement.

Oklahoma boy dies after pot with explosive hit by bullet

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 01:40
An 8-year-old Oklahoma boy was killed after being struck with shrapnel when a pot containing an explosive blew up after it was shot with a high-powered rifle, a sheriff's office said on Monday. Two people, including the child and a 22-year-old man, were struck with metal shards from the pot, which had been placed on a stove outside in a yard and contained an explosive along the lines of Tannerite, Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart said about Sunday's incident.

Boyfriend charged after Millersville University student found dead in dorm room

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 01:32

Boyfriend charged after Millersville University student found dead in dorm roomThe boyfriend of a student found dead in a central Pennsylvania university dormitory room has been charged with aggravated assault.