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Jury told of Boston bomber's bright childhood

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 05:27

Defense attorney David Bruck presents his opening arguments during the first day of the defense's presentation in the penalty phase of the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in this court sketch in BostonBy Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Convicted Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was once a bright, hardworking child who won the adoration of his teachers and classmates alike, his former instructors testified on Wednesday for defense attorneys trying to spare him the death penalty. During the sentencing phase of Tsarnaev's trial in federal court in Boston, his lawyers have been trying to paint him as a mostly normal American kid who fell under the spell of his now-deceased older brother, ultimately joining him in the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon. Tracey Gordon, who taught Tsarnaev in fifth and sixth grade at a Cambridge school, described him as an exceptionally intelligent child who easily mastered English after arriving in the United States from Russia and "was eager to learn whatever school had to offer." "He was a person who you enjoyed being around,” Gordon testified, adding that he would "befriend anybody and help anybody in need." Jurors were also shown photos of a young Tsarnaev smiling as he learned how to dance, did classroom chores and cradled a teacher’s newborn.

Noting slower economy, Fed appears no closer to a rate hike

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 05:21

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2015 file photo, Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Federal Reserve issues a policy statement when its two-day meeting ends at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve downgraded its view of the U.S. economy Wednesday after a winter in which growth nearly froze. The Fed offered no sign that a rate increase might be coming soon.

Iran's foreign minister says nuke deadline not 'sacrosanct'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 05:20

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is interviewed by David Ignatius of the Washington Post, during his appearance, hosted by the Center on International Cooperation, at New York University, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — Iran's foreign minister says his country and world powers will meet Thursday to start bringing together the elements of a draft on a comprehensive nuclear deal, with meetings starting Monday in Europe to finalize all its elements.

McConnell suggests Obama plan to cut power emissions won't stick

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 05:18

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks to the media after a weekly Senate caucus luncheon on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate majority leader on Wednesday urged countries to go slowly on committing to cut carbon emissions in any global agreement later this year, in his latest effort to cripple President Barack Obama's clean power plan. Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, a Republican from coal-producing Kentucky, told a congressional panel that as long he is in charge of the Senate, "this body is not going to be signing off on any back door energy tax." "The failure of Congress to sign off should signal to other countries they should proceed with caution into the December 2015 climate talks in Paris," he added. Last month, the Obama administration submitted plans to the United Nations to cut emission up to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, seeking to take a leadership role ahead of the talks in Paris from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.

U.S. top court allows judicial campaign solicitations ban

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 05:11
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - States may bar judicial candidates from soliciting campaign contributions, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday in a decision rejecting a Florida candidate's assertion that such limits violate the Constitution's guarantee of free speech. Conservative Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's four liberals in a 5-4 decision that made it easier for states to regulate judicial elections. The ruling follows Supreme Court decisions in recent years lifting other campaign finance restrictions, but it affects only judicial elections and is unlikely to have a broader impact. As such, the ruling does not indicate the court is stepping away from its contentious 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling.

Coast Guard IDs 3rd victim in deadly sailboat disaster

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 05:10

This 2011 photo provided by Ravin Patel, shows Kris Beall. Beall, of Pineville, La., was swept away into the white-capped water during a fierce storm in Mobile Bay, only to be found dead later — one of two people confirmed killed in a marine tragedy that left four others missing. Amanda Allbritton Beall said Tuesday, April 28, 2015, her husband died trying to save others aboard his vessel. (Ravin Patel via AP)DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday identified the third person killed when a powerful storm struck a sailboat race off the Alabama coast and said they will search one more day for three boaters who remained missing.

Trial set for Ohio dad charged in toddler's starvation death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 05:06
CINCINNATI (AP) — The father of a 2-year-old girl who weighed 13 pounds when she died of starvation and blunt-force injury is scheduled for trial on murder charges next year in southwest Ohio.

More than 30 charged in two NJ drug busts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 05:06

More than 30 charged in two NJ drug bustsTwo massive drug investigations resulted in charges for more than 30 people, the Ocean County prosecutor announced on Wednesday.

A look at the knowns and unknowns in the Baltimore case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 05:00

Protestors demonstrate outside the State Attorney's office calling for the continued investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. Activists stressed that they will continue to press for answers in the case of Gray, the 25-year-old black man whose death from a spinal-cord injury under mysterious circumstances while in police custody set off the riots. (AP Photo/David Goldman)BALTIMORE (AP) — A week and a half after 25-year-old Freddie Gray died, there are still many unanswered questions about the explosive case. A look at some of the knowns and unknowns:

Kroger expands in central Indiana to create 3,400-plus jobs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 04:59
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kroger will build 11 new stores and expand or remodel 22 others in a $464.6 million central Indiana expansion that will create 3,440 permanent jobs, the retailer announced Wednesday.

Most weapons found in NYC jails are homemade, report shows

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 04:43
NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 80 percent of the 2,100 weapons recovered in New York City jails last year were shivs and shanks made from materials scrounged in the jailhouse, according to a new report that advocates say is at odds with the official view that smuggled razors are behind a recent surge in stabbings and slashings.

Boy, 4, left on school bus for hours

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 04:35

Boy, 4, left on school bus for hoursA family in New Jersey is looking for answers after a 4-year-old boy was left alone on a school bus, and it was several hours before anyone realized what happened.

Lawyers for Arizona sheriff object to judge's questioning

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 04:31
PHOENIX (AP) — Lawyers for Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio have objected to questioning of the lawman by a federal judge about a secret investigation into the judge's wife.

Police: Temple U. students robbed of drugs, cash in home invasion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 04:29

 Temple U. students robbed of drugs, cash in home invasionPolice are searching for the gunman who invaded a home and robbed Temple University students of drugs and cash late Tuesday night.

Special Report: Local dermatology practice accused of overcharging

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 04:29

 Local dermatology practice accused of overchargingA local dermatology practice has been named in a multi-million dollar federal suit.

Texas considers more abortion limits after clinic closures

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 04:28

Texas State Rep. Molly White, R-Belton, speaks with a reporter in her office at the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Austin, Texas. White is part of a bloc of Texas House ultraconservatives who are most aggressively pushing new abortion limits, while Gov. Greg Abbott and other Republican legislative leaders have not prioritized additional restrictions. (Tina Phan/Austin American-Statesman via AP)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two years after Texas adopted sweeping abortion restrictions despite Wendy Davis' star-making filibuster, Republicans are pushing a smaller encore of additional limits for new Gov. Greg Abbott to sign within the next month.

Envoy: UN wants Libya political agreement by Ramadan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 04:28
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations envoy on Libya said Wednesday the Security Council wants to see a political agreement on Libya before Ramadan, which begins in the middle of June, but he says he cannot be optimistic amid the country's chaos.

8 hospitalized in Hammonton hazmat situtation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 04:28

8 hospitalized in Hammonton hazmat situtationA hazmat situation at a South Jersey business left a number of people feeling sick.

Ohio governor: Police standards board 'will bridge this gap'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 04:28

FILE - In this March 24, 2015, file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio speaks at a Politics and Eggs Breakfast with state political activist and area business leaders hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, in Manchester, N.H. The panel commissioned by Kasich to study police and community relations in Ohio has emphasized accountability, trust, training and education. The task force planned to issue its final set of recommendations Wednesday, April 29, 2015, to Kasich for his consideration. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A first-ever Ohio police standards board will lay out rules for law enforcement over the proper use of deadly force, Gov. John Kasich announced Wednesday in a move sparked by a series of fatal police shootings, including the November death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland.

Supreme Court debates challenge to execution drug

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 04:27

FILE - This July 25, 2014 file photo shows bottles of the sedative midazolam at a hospital pharmacy in Oklahoma City. Supreme Court justices engaged in an impassioned debate on April 29, 2015, about capital punishment, trading unusually combative words in a case involving a drug used in several botched executions. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices engaged in an impassioned debate Wednesday about capital punishment, trading unusually combative words in a case involving a drug used in several botched executions.