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Feds condemn anti-police fliers in Albuquerque

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 04:22
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Less than a week after the U.S. Justice Department blasted Albuquerque police for a pattern of excessive force, the federal agency is condemning threats of violence against officers in anti-police fliers that have surfaced in the city.

Police: Suspects in killings wore GPS devices

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 04:16

CORRECTS FIRST NAME TO STEVEN-This combination of undated photos from the Megan's Law website shows suspects, Steven Dean Gordon, 45, left, and Franc Cano, 27, who were arrested on Friday, April 11, 2014, on suspicion of killing four women in Orange County, Calif. Anaheim police said detectives in Santa Ana and Anaheim launched a joint investigation after the naked body of Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21, was found in the conveyor belt of a recycling plant last month. The probe led detectives to connect the men to her slaying, and the disappearance of three women who frequented a Santa Ana neighborhood known for drug dealing and prostitution. (AP Photo/Megan's Law)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Two convicted sex offenders dutifully checked in with police every month and wore their GPS trackers around the clock — the rules of parole that are designed to tip off California authorities if a freed felon backslides.

Man in videotaped protest inside Supreme Court pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 04:12
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A protester who disrupted a Supreme Court proceeding in February, and whose shouts at the justices were secretly recorded on a video that was later posted online, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a misdemeanor offense. Noah Kai Newkirk, 33, entered his plea in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in Washington, according to court records. On February 26, Newkirk disrupted an oral argument by standing and speaking out against the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling by the high court that cleared the way for more independent corporate and union spending during federal elections. The next day, video footage of his protest appeared online.

Law grad gets life term in woman's torture, death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 04:11
NEW YORK (AP) — A University of Florida law school graduate was sentenced to life in prison without parole Tuesday in the torture and death of his girlfriend, who can be heard begging for her life after her cellphone apparently pocket-dialed a friend and recorded her dying words.

Judge considers staying Ohio gay marriage ruling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 04:10

Attorney Al Gerhardstein, left, stands with several same-sex couples at a news conference, Friday, April 4, 2014, in Cincinnati. Civil rights attorneys are arguing in Federal Court on Friday that a federal judge should prohibit Ohio officials from enforcing the state's ban on gay marriage. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)CINCINNATI (AP) — Attorneys for the state of Ohio asked a federal judge Tuesday to stay his decision ordering the state to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, a request the judge said he was inclined to grant.

Court upholds EPA emission standards

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 04:06
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

Obama commutes sentence of man mistakenly given extra jail time

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 04:02

U.S. President Obama makes remarks during an Easter prayer breakfast in the East Room of the White House in WashingtonPresident Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentence of a Texas man who was mistakenly sentenced to an extra three and a half years in jail due to a typographical error. Ceasar Huerta Cantu, of Katy, Texas, pleaded guilty in 2006 of charges related to drug trafficking and money laundering. The White House said a typographical error in Cantu's pre-sentencing report, however, mistakenly assigned him a prison sentence that was three and a half years longer than it should have been. As a result of Obama's action, Cantu's sentence will be reduced to 11 and a half years.

Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 03:55

FILE - This Sept. 12, 2103 file photo shows women linking their arms and sit in a circle to block the intersection of Independence Avenue SE and New Jersey Avenue SE outside the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washingto to protest Congress' inaction on comprehensive and inclusive immigration reform. They are all arrested soon after this images is taken. Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election if the president doesn’t curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain in the U.S. legally, including parents of children who were born in the U.S. or were brought to the country illegally. Many activists say Obama has been slow to grasp the anger and despair building within the Latino community. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S.

Suspects denied bail in kidnapping of N.C. prosecutor's father

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 03:48
Five people charged with kidnapping a North Carolina prosecutor's father in an elaborate plot orchestrated by an imprisoned gang member were ordered held without bail at a detention hearing on Tuesday, U.S. officials said. Frank Arthur Janssen, 63, was rescued by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in Atlanta last week, four days after being snatched from his home in Wake Forest, North Carolina and held hostage. Janssen's daughter was the assistant district attorney who prosecuted gang member Kelvin Melton in a case that sent him to prison for life without parole as a violent habitual felon in 2012, law enforcement officials said. Melton was charged on Friday in the kidnapping plot and accused of giving his five co-conspirators instructions on how to kill Janssen and dispose of his body, according to a statement from U.S. prosecutors.

Iran protests UN ambassador ban to United Nations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 03:47

In this Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 photo provided by the office of the Iranian President, Hamid Aboutalebi, an Iranian diplomat, who was recently named as Iran's ambassador at the United Nations, speaks at his office in Tehran, Iran. Iran has no plans to name a new diplomat to the United Nations, its Foreign Ministry said Saturday, after the United States blocked its pick in a rare rebuke that could stir fresh animosity at a time when the two countries have been seeking a thaw in relations. The Obama administration said Friday that the U.S. had informed Iran it would not grant a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, a member of the group responsible for the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. While U.S. officials had been trying to persuade Iran to simply withdraw Aboutalebi's name, the announcement amounted to an acknowledgement that those efforts had not been successful. (AP Photo/Iranian Presidency Office, Mohammad Berno)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran has formally protested Washington's refusal to grant a visa to its new U.N. ambassador, saying the move damages international diplomacy and sets a "dangerous" precedent.

Scientists find new sponge species off La Jolla

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 03:44

This 2013 photo provided by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute shows a manipulator arm on Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's remotely operated vehicle collecting a Cladorhiza caillieti sponge growing on a piece of carbonate crust on the seafloor off the coast of Southern California. Researchers at MBARI say they have discovered a new species of poisonous sponge, described as a twig-like carnivore that is able to survive on the dark, frigid ocean floor, just northwest of La Jolla, U-T San Diego reported. (AP Photo/Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Scientists using a remote-controlled robot submersible have discovered a new species of poisonous sponge in deep waters off San Diego.

Death toll in Washington mudslide rises to 37

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 03:41

A Washington State Patrol vehicle staffs the closure westbound of Highway 530, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, near Darrington, Wash. One more victim has been recovered from the mudslide that hit the nearby town of Oso, Wash., March 22, raising the death toll to 37, the Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Tuesday. Seven people remain on the missing list, the sheriff's office said. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — One more victim was recovered from the mudslide that hit the town of Oso, raising the death toll to 37, the Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Tuesday. The person's name has not been released.

Moment of silence marks Boston Marathon bombings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 03:33

Heather McDade, of Boston, right, reacts while watching a tribute ceremony with others on an over-sized outdoor monitor, Monday, April 14, 2014, on Boylston Street, in Boston. The ceremony is being held for those killed and injured in the bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon a year ago. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — Survivors, first responders and family members of those killed came together Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing with solemn ceremonies.

White supremacist charged with murder in Kansas shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 03:25
By Carey Gillam OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) - The suspect in the killing of three people at two Jewish facilities near Kansas City over the weekend could face the death penalty on state murder charges filed Tuesday, prosecutors said. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, who also goes by the name Glenn Miller, likely will face federal charges that also could carry the death penalty in the killings Sunday afternoon in Overland Park, Kansas, an upscale suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. Cross was known by law enforcement and human rights groups as a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan movement and someone who has repeatedly expressed hatred for Jewish people.

Voices of gratitude, defiance at Boston bombing memorial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 03:19
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, other leaders and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing shared messages of thanks and defiance on Tuesday at a tribute to the three people killed and 264 wounded in the attack exactly one year ago. From Patrick Downes, who lost a leg when a pair of homemade bombs ripped through the crowds at the race's finish line, to Biden, speakers recalled how those on the scene, from police officers to spectators, reacted immediately to help the wounded amid the chaos on April 15, 2013. Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who managed the response to the attack in the final year of his two decades in office, recalled the struggles of the families of Martin Richard, 8, Krystle Campbell, 29, and Chinese national Lu Lingzi, 23, who died in the largest mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001.

Authorities looking for suspects in NC kidnapping

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 03:19
ATLANTA (AP) — A federal prosecutor said agents were still looking for more suspects in the abduction of a North Carolina prosecutor's father as a judge denied bond Tuesday for five people arrested last week.

Officials: Massive San Francisco blaze accidental

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 03:13
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco fire officials say a massive blaze that barreled through an apartment building construction site last month was accidental, not arson.

Correction: Fatal Shooting-Victims story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 03:08
LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — In a story April 14 about victims of the shootings at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City, The Associated Press erroneously identified the mother of the 14-year-old victim as Mindy Losen. Her last name is Corporon.

US eyes more action against Russia if talks fail

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 02:59
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says the U.S. is eyeing a new round of sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, but any new move against Moscow is unlikely until after a diplomatic meeting later this week in Geneva.

Wife of bomb suspect got triple-slaying subpoena

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 02:53
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The attorney for the wife of the dead Boston Marathon bombing suspect says a federal grand jury asked her for items that belonged to one of the victims in a triple slaying in a Boston suburb nearly three years ago.