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Jurors to weigh U.S. charges against bin Laden relative

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:03

Suleiman Abu Ghaith's defense attorney Stanley Cohen speak to press outside Manhattan Federal Court house in New YorkBy Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Before the smoke had cleared from the attacks of September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden had asked a fiery Kuwaiti teacher and imam to recruit more fighters for al Qaeda, a U.S. prosecutor said in closing arguments of the man's trial on Monday. The preacher, Suleiman Abu Ghaith, then used his position as an al Qaeda spokesman to conspire to kill Americans, the U.S. government says. It says Abu Ghaith also provided and conspired to provide material support and resources to terrorists. "This man's purpose was to strengthen al Qaeda and solidify its future," the prosecutor, John Cronan, said in closing the government's case, repeatedly pointing at Abu Ghaith, who sat a few feet away.


U.S. Army delays decision on General Dynamics vehicle protest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 06:59
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army said on Monday that it would delay until April 4 making a ruling on a protest filed by General Dynamics Corp about a new competition for armored vehicles. General Dynamics filed a protest with the Army on February 14, arguing that the Army's rules for a competition to replace nearly 2,900 Vietnam-era M113 infantry carriers were skewed to favor BAE Systems Plc's Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The company is also pressing U.S. lawmakers to intervene in the Army's Armed Multi-purpose Vehicle (AMPV) competition and to mandate that a mixed fleet includes a version of both BAE's Bradleys and General Dynamics' wheeled Stryker vehicles. General Dynamics spokesman Pete Keating said the Army told his company it needed more time given "the complexity of the issues involved in the protest." Army spokeswoman Ashley Givens gave no details, but confirmed the ruling was now expected April 4.

Police: San Francisco shooting preceded by dispute

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 06:50
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police canvassed an area near downtown San Francisco on Monday to see if any surveillance cameras captured a drive-by shooting that wounded seven people.

Activists arrested after protest at Alabama immigration facility

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 06:40
Seven immigration activists were arrested in Alabama on Monday after blocking the entrance to a facility where the federal government houses immigrants it plans to deport. The activists chained themselves to the front doors of the Etowah County Detention Center in Gadsden, Alabama, to protest immigrant deportations, according to an immigrants rights group, the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice. Immigration rights advocates in Alabama have increasingly complained about the center, a federal facility where people held on immigration charges await deportation. "I personally know the feeling of being separated from family by deportation because my father was deported," said David Comparan, one of the activists who was arrested.

Energy Department OKs LNG terminal on Oregon coast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 06:26
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department gave conditional authorization Monday for liquefied natural gas to be exported from a proposed terminal in Coos Bay, on the Oregon coast.

Authorities confirm 5 bodies found in wreckage of plane that crashed into Colorado reservoir

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 06:25
RIDGWAY, Colo. (AP) — Authorities confirm 5 bodies found in wreckage of plane that crashed into Colorado reservoir.

Woman: Mudslide likely killed 4 family members

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 06:24

The massive mudslide that killed at least eight people and left dozens missing is shown in this aerial photo, Monday, March 24, 2014, near Arlington, Wash. The search for survivors grew Monday, raising fears that the death toll could climb far beyond the eight confirmed fatalities. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE (AP) — A Texas woman whose family members were in the area of the deadly landslide in Washington state says she has lost hope that they can be found alive in the rubble.


Houston ship lane to have 'tapered' reopening; Exxon cuts output

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 06:15

US Coast Guard photo shows barge loaded with marine fuel oil partially submerged in the Houston Ship ChannelBy Erwin Seba TEXAS CITY, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. authorities expected a "tapered" re-opening of the Houston Ship Channel, but gave no timeline on Monday of when vessels could start moving again after an oil barge spill shut the waterway for a third day, forcing the nation's second-largest refinery to curb production. "We will begin the process of a tapered ... not a floodgate resumption of marine traffic," Captain Brian Penoyer, commander of U.S. Coast Guard sector Houston-Galveston and captain of the Port of Houston, told reporters on Monday. "We anticipate re-opening the Houston Ship Channel as soon as we can," he said. Earlier on Monday, the Coast Guard had told ship operators that it should be able to reopen the waterway later in the day, resuming at least some supply of crude oil to more than one-tenth of the nation's refining capacity.


Ex-border inspector sentenced for corruption

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 06:13
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A longtime U.S. border inspector was sentenced Monday to 7 1/2 years in prison for corruption after a jury convicted him of working with smugglers who brought drugs and people into country for nearly a decade.

Lawyers paint opposing portraits of bin Laden kin

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 06:13

In this courtroom sketch Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, right, testifies at his trial Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in New York, on charges he conspired to kill Americans and aid al-Qaida as a spokesman for the terrorist group. Listening to testimony are Judge Lewis Kaplan, upper left, and clerk Andrew Mohan, center left, as an image of Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-professed architect of the Sept. 11 attacks, appears on a video monitor. In his surprise testimony, Abu Ghaith recounted the night of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, when bin Laden sent a messenger to drive him into a mountainous area for a meeting inside a cave in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)NEW YORK (AP) — After the Sept. 11 attacks, Osama bin Laden's son-in-law became a key player in al-Qaida's campaign of terror, a federal prosecutor told jurors Monday, while a defense lawyer argued that the government had no evidence against his client and was playing on the jury's fears.


Evangelical charity to hire married gay Christians

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 06:10
NEW YORK (AP) — The prominent Christian relief agency World Vision said Monday it will hire Christians who are in same-sex marriages, a dramatic policy change on one of the most divisive social issues facing religious groups.

BASE jumper found dead in Zion National Park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 06:06
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A BASE jumper has died in Utah's Zion National Park, officials said Monday, marking the third death by adventurers attempting to parachute from state cliffs this year.

Ex-President Carter fears US monitoring

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 05:58

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaks during an interview on Monday March 24, 2014 in New York. Carter said Monday that he doesn't support the Palestinian-led "boycott, divest, sanction" campaign against Israel but said products made in Israel-occupied Palestinian territories should be clearly labeled so buyers can make a choice about them. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday that U.S. intelligence monitoring has run out of control since the 9/11 terror attacks, and he now hand-writes and mails sensitive letters to foreign and American leaders because he can't trust his email or telephone to be secure.


Colorado court says lawyers can advise pot clients

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 05:57
DENVER (AP) — Colorado attorneys can advise marijuana businesses on how to navigate the industry's legal complexities without fear of punishment, the state's Supreme Court said Monday.

Lawyer hired by NC in spill probe represented Duke

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 05:54

FILE - This Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014 file photo shows state and federal officials dock after collecting sediment samples as coal ash surfaces on the water on the Dan River in Danville, Va. A coal ash spill from a break in a 48-inch storm water pipe at the Dan River Power Plant in Eden N.C. on Sunday released up to 82,000 tons of ash according to Duke Energy. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The lawyer hired to represent North Carolina's environmental agency during a federal investigation into its regulation of Duke Energy's coal ash dumps once represented the utility company in a different criminal probe.


Cooperation after marathon bombings is praised

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 05:53

 Lessons from the Boston Marathon" held at Boston University in Boston, Monday, March 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — In the moments after two bombs exploded near the finish line of last year's Boston Marathon, no one dared call it a terrorist attack. But after it became clear that these were not manhole cover explosions, "the word hung heavy in the air," Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Monday at a symposium on leading cities through crisis.


U.S. judge chastises Arizona sheriff's aide in racial profiling case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 05:49

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio watches as actor Steven Seagal addresses the media about a simulated school shooting in Fountain HillsBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A federal judge admonished Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and a chief deputy on Monday for critical remarks directed at a sweeping court ruling that found their deputies racially profiled Latino drivers. The judge warned Arpaio, a divisive figure in the national immigration debate, and Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan that he would not tolerate the type of behavior recorded in an October briefing that saw the top aide call the court order ludicrous and absurd. "I intend to have my order followed," said U.S. District Judge Murray Snow, who required Arpaio and Sheridan to attend the court hearing. Snow ordered Arpaio last year to stop using race as a factor when making law enforcement decisions, in response to a 2007 lawsuit that tested whether police could target unauthorized immigrants without also profiling U.S. citizens and legal residents of Hispanic origin.


Whispers, secrets and lies? Anonymity apps rise

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 05:49

David Byttow, left, and Chrys Bader-Wechseler, are photographed Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the South By Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, Texas. Byttow and Bader-Wechseler co-founded Secret, a new app that lets people share anonymous posts with their friends and friends of friends. (AP Photo/Barbara Ortutay)NEW YORK (AP) — At a time when Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are pushing people to put forward their most polished, put-together selves, a new class of mobile applications aims for a bit more honesty.


Union: Chicago train operator 'extremely tired'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 05:47

A Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O'Hare Airport station after it derailed early Monday, March 24, 2014, in Chicago. More than 30 people were injured after the train "climbed over the last stop, jumped up on the sidewalk and then went up the stairs and escalator," according to Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago. (AP Photo/NBC Chicago, Kenneth Webster) MANDATORY CREDITCHICAGO (AP) — The president of a Chicago transit union said Monday there are indications that the operator dozed off before the train jumped the tracks and scaled an escalator at one of nation's busiest airports, injuring 32 people.


Train derails, climbs escalator at Chicago airport

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 05:44

A Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O'Hare Airport station after it derailed early Monday, March 24, 2014, in Chicago. More than 30 people were injured after the train "climbed over the last stop, jumped up on the sidewalk and then went up the stairs and escalator," according to Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago. (AP Photo/NBC Chicago, Kenneth Webster) MANDATORY CREDITCHICAGO (AP) — The president of a Chicago transit union said Monday there are indications that the operator dozed off before the train jumped the tracks and scaled an escalator at one of nation's busiest airports, injuring 32 people.