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Minnesota man pleads guilty in Islamic State case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 09:44

FILE - In this December, 2015 photo provided by the Anoka County, Minnesota, Sheriff shows Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame, 20, of Eagan, Minnesota. Warsame was charged Dec. 10, 2015 with conspiracy to support Islamic State for allegedly trying to help other young men from Minnesota's Somali community travel to Syria to fight for the IS. (Anoka County Sheriff via AP,File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man accused of plotting to join the Islamic State group pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiring to provide material support and resources to the militant organization, saying he was attracted to the idea of fighting overseas to create an Islamic caliphate.

Revitalized El Paso ready to show off for papal tourists

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 09:42

In this Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 photo, cars pass through downtown El Paso, Texas, which is undergoing a major facelift as it tries to attract new residents and more visitors. The city is preparing for the Feb. 17 visit of Pope Francis to neighboring Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. City officials expect tens of thousands of visitors to the city even though the Pope will stay in Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan)EL PASO, Texas (AP) — No longer the desolate space it was a few years ago, downtown El Paso is ripe with new hotels, bars, restaurants — and bulldozers that herald the planned construction of a streetcar, a children's museum, a Mexican-American cultural center and new mixed-used buildings.

The Latest: Teen who killed family ordered to treatment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 09:40
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The latest on the case of a teen charged with killing his parents and three siblings in New Mexico (all times local):

Autopsy shows Missouri boy, 3, likely died of hypothermia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 09:37
IRONTON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old Missouri boy who was found dead hours after he was reported missing likely died of hypothermia.

Mother accused of abuse denies hurting baby

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 09:26

Mother accused of abuse denies hurting babyPolice charged a Raleigh mother with biting her 16-week-old baby and breaking the child's ribs and shoulder blades, but she says she didn't do it.

Feds charge California man in 7-state immigration scam

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 09:25

Benjamin Wagner, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California, discusses the federal charges filed against Helaman Hansen for allegedly running a scam that offered adult adoptions as a pathway to U.S. citizenships, at a news conference Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. Hansen, 63, of Elk Grove, was arrested Thursday and indicted on conspiracy and fraud charges.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal authorities charged a Sacramento man Thursday with running what they called an unusually creative scam that promised U.S. citizenships to hundreds of immigrants across at least seven states in return for fees as high as $10,000.

Exclusive: Oregon occupiers warn authorities of booby traps at refuge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 09:23

FBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing speaks to the media during a news conference in Burns, OregonArmed protesters who ended their 41-day standoff on Thursday at a wildlife refuge in Oregon told federal authorities they left behind booby traps but did not say whether the trip wires and other devices would trigger explosions, a law enforcement official told Reuters. "They spoke to us about booby traps. The official said law enforcement would use caution when moving into the refuge in remote eastern Oregon.

Puppy's collar likely caused Mississippi home's explosion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 09:18
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Blame the dog.

House panel approves plan to privatize air traffic control

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 09:16
A Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives panel approved legislation to privatize the U.S. air traffic control system on Thursday as part of a six-year bill to authorize funding for the Federal Aviation Administration. By a 32-26 vote along party lines, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee sent the measure to the floor for consideration by the full House. Republicans, including committee Chairman Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, say air traffic control must be transferred to the private sector to protect the system from deficit reductions and government shutdowns and to ensure timely upgrade of decades-old technology.

Massive gas leak near Los Angeles plugged after 16 weeks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 09:15

FILE - This Dec. 17, 2015 file photo provided by Earthworks shows an overhead aerial view of the relief well at the Aliso Canyon facility above the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles. The utility says it has stopped the natural gas leak near Los Angeles after nearly 4 months. (Pete Dronkers/Earthworks via AP,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A blowout at a natural gas well that leaked uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes was plugged Thursday, a utility said.

Arkansas man to appeal verdict in real estate agent's death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:58
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A man convicted of capital murder and kidnapping in the death of a central Arkansas real estate agent has filed notice that he plans to appeal.

Standoff over guns at Tennessee legislative office complex

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:49

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam answers questions during an interview Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Although the speakers of the Tennessee House and Senate want to allow people with handgun carry permits to be armed at the legislative office complex as soon as possible, Haslam said that he wants to maintain the gun ban for the Capitol, calling it a "secure building." (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If it's up to the Republican speakers of the state House and Senate, the more than half-million Tennesseans with permits will soon be able to carry guns inside the legislative office complex.

Man arrested in decapitation of couple appears in court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:41
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A 20-year-old man arrested in the shooting and decapitation of his grandmother and her husband at an Oklahoma City home where the three lived has pleaded not guilty to two murder complaints.

N.Y. policeman convicted of manslaughter in shooting of black man: media

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:40

New York City Police officer (NYPD) Peter Liang arrives at Brooklyn Supreme CourtNEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City police officer was convicted of manslaughter and official misconduct on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed black man in a darkened public housing stairwell in 2014, according to media reports.

Police officer dies after gun battle in suburban Atlanta

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:38

Police officers mill around the parking lot of the Villages on the River apartment complex on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, following a fatal police shooting, in Riverdale, Ga. (John Spink/Atlanta Joutal police shooting, rnal-Constitution via AP) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDITRIVERDALE, Ga. (AP) — A police officer in suburban Atlanta was shot twice and killed Thursday by a suspect who was also wounded during a law enforcement operation, authorities said.

Records: Man eyed in prison chief killing attempted break-in

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:36
DENVER (AP) — A man who was questioned but not charged in the killing of Colorado's prisons chief later brazenly tried to break into the home of a former corrections employee and exchanged gunfire with police, court documents unsealed Thursday show.

Couple charged with anti-fur campaign pleads to conspiracy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:34
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two anti-fur activists charged with waging a cross-country vandalism campaign have pleaded guilty to federal charges in San Diego.

Cleveland mayor apologizes for Tamir Rice ambulance claim

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:32
The city of Cleveland apologized on Thursday for its role in preparing a $500 ambulance services claim against the estate of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was fatally shot by police in 2014, and said it had dropped the demand. The invoice, dated Wednesday, is for Rice's "last dying expense" and included $450 for an ambulance and $50 for mileage, according to city documents. "Again, apologizing to the Rice family if in fact this has added to any grief or pain that they may have," Jackson told reporters.

The Latest: Cop guilty of manslaughter in stairwell shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:29

Police Officer Peter Liang, center, enters the courtroom after the lunch break in his trial on charges in the shooting death of Akai Gurley, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at Brooklyn Supreme court in New York. Jurors are scheduled to start discussing their views of Liang’s actions as soon as Tuesday. Closing arguments are expected in the morning, and deliberations are likely to begin in the afternoon. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a New York City police officer charged with fatally shooting a man in a darkened stairwell of a Brooklyn public housing complex (all times local):

Lawyer: Seizing beach by Christie brother's home cuts access

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:12
POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — A proposed dune project at the New Jersey shore could cut off access to the beach for 22 property owners, including the brother of Gov. Chris Christie, a lawyer for homeowners fighting the project said.