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Obama nominates Coast Guard vice admiral to head TSA

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 03:09
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday said he would nominate Coast Guard Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger to be administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the agency created to tighten travel security following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. Neffenger's 30-year career with the Coast Guard includes coordinating security at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, and the clean-up effort after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. ...

Connecticut man who kept mentally ill sister in 'dungeon' pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 03:06
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - A Connecticut man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to first-degree abuse and cruelty for keeping his mentally ill sister locked away for years in a padlocked room in her own urine and feces. Arthur Gauvin, 59, of Seymour, Connecticut, faces up to 10 years in prison for keeping his 57-year-old sister, Nancy Gauvin, in a room police described as a "dungeon" in his home. Dan Ford, Gauvin’s lawyer, said he will seek five years of incarceration. Officers found Nancy Gauvin in April 2014 covered in urine and feces inside a bedroom with an odor so strong they could not breathe, according to court documents.

Citadel investigation finds 19 cases of hazing among cadets

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 02:58
(Reuters) - Nineteen hazing cases have been confirmed out of 85 allegations of misconduct reported this year at The Citadel military college in South Carolina, according to findings released by the school on Tuesday. The investigation began in February after the school's commandant of cadets ordered all freshmen to report any possible hazing incidents they had experienced or witnessed.

Seattle black man arrested for walking with golf club sues city, officer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 02:46
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - An elderly black man arrested last summer while walking down a Seattle street with a golf club has sued the city and the officer who took him into custody, claiming the incident was racially motivated, his attorney said on Tuesday. William Wingate, 70, is seeking about $750,000 in damages for racial discrimination, violation of his civil rights and "substantial humiliation, mental and emotional distress," stemming from his July 2014 arrest by a white police officer, according to the complaint. The lawsuit says Seattle officer Cynthia Whitlatch targeted Wingate because of his race and lied about the circumstances of his arrest, including an allegation he swung the golf club at her.

Twenty officers injured so far in Baltimore unrest: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 02:32
(Reuters) - The number of police officers injured so far in civil unrest in Baltimore has risen to 20, Captain John Kowalczyk of the Baltimore City Police Department said on Tuesday. Arson fires set during riots also left one person injured in critical condition, Kowalczyk said at a news conference. (Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst)

Boston bomber's lawyers focus on brother's obsession with Islam

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 02:15

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonBy Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - The older brother of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev changed from a roisterous boxer known for flashy outfits into someone with a bushy beard and drab clothes and obsessed by Islam, following a trip to Russia in 2012, witnesses said on Tuesday. The testimony before a federal jury in Boston comes as lawyers for Tsarnaev build their argument that the 21-year-old ethnic Chechen was a pawn in his now-dead brother's scheme to bomb the race on April 15, 2013, and should be sentenced to life in prison, not death. Tsarnaev was convicted this month of killing three people and injuring 264 in the bombing, and shooting dead a police officer three days later alongside the older brother, Tamerlan, a 2009 New England boxing champion. Rogerio Franca, who lived near the Tsarnaevs in Cambridge, Massachusetts, told jurors Tamerlan was a partier before his trip to Russia, but transformed into someone more closely resembling a devout Muslim when he returned.


PHOTOS from the riots in Baltimore

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 02:13

PHOTOS from the riots in BaltimoreSee images of the violence in Baltimore.


House GOP bill blocks new air flights, cruise ships to Cuba

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 02:06
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans unveiled legislation on Tuesday to sharply curb the Obama administration's recent moves to ease restrictions on travel to Cuba.

NFL relinquishing tax-exempt status

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 01:49

FILE - In this March 25, 2015, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the media at a news conference at the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix. The National Football League is giving up its tax-exempt status. In a letter to team owners, Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league office and its management council will file tax returns as taxable entities for the 2015 fiscal year. Goodell says the NFL has been tax-exempt since 1942, though all 32 teams pay taxes on their income. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Football League is giving up its tax-exempt status, which Commissioner Roger Goodell called a "distraction."


Suspect in killing of Nicki Minaj crew member held on charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 01:46

Suspect in killing of Nicki Minaj crew member held on chargesPhiladelphia Police say the man arrested for the stabbings of two members of Nicki Minaj's tour crew will now be charged with murder.


Pfizer, despite dollar and generics fight, still impresses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 01:43

FILE - This May 4, 2014 file photo shows he Pfizer logo on the exterior of a former Pfizer factory in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Pfizer Inc. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)Cost-cutting and sales of new drugs helped Pfizer overcome a strong dollar and patent expirations to beat Wall Street projections for the first quarter, though it cut its outlook for the year, citing the unfavorable currency exchange rates.


HUD secretary announces 8 new Promise Zone designations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 01:16
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Six metropolitan areas, one rural region and one tribal community have been designated as Promise Zones under an Obama administration program that seeks to revitalize high-poverty communities.

Police standoff with suspect ends in arrest in West Philadelphia.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 01:05

Police standoff with suspect ends in arrest in West Philadelphia.A police standoff ended with an arrest Tuesday in West Philadelphia.


Labor leader urges presidential candidates to oppose trade deals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 01:02

Trumka takes part in an onstage interview during The Atlantic Economy Summit in WashingtonBy Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The leader of the largest federation of U.S. labor unions has called on Hillary Clinton and other presidential hopefuls to oppose an Obama administration trade pact. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Tuesday delivered his first address about the U.S. presidential election in November 2016, laying out criteria the federation's 56 member unions will use to assess candidates. "The TPP is the latest example of a long-term approach to trade that ... was designed to drive wages down, create special rights for corporations and export jobs," Trumka said, citing as another example a North America pact ratified under former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. "There is no middle ground." Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state, U.S. senator, first lady and the only Democrat who is formally campaigning for president, is considered the strong front runner for the party's nomination.


Man killed in Burlington Co. house fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 00:58

Man killed in Burlington Co. house fireOfficials in New Jersey say a house fire in Burlington County was deadly.


Nepal quake death toll tops 4,600; new mudslide hits village

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 00:54

Nepal quake death toll tops 4,600; new mudslide hits villageHelicopters crisscrossed the mountains above a remote district Tuesday near the epicenter of the weekend earthquake in Nepal that killed more than 4,600 people.


House collapse damages neighboring home in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 00:54

House collapse damages neighboring home in North PhiladelphiaA house under construction partially collapsed Tuesday morning in North Philadelphia.


Defense makes closing argument in rape trial of former Goldman banker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 00:53
By Edward Krudy RIVERHEAD, New York (Reuters) - A New York judge heard the defense's closing argument on Tuesday in the trial of a former Goldman Sachs banker accused of raping an Irish student on Long Island in the summer of 2013. Jason Lee, a former managing director, is accused of barging into a bathroom and raping the woman, who was 20 years old at the time, after a night of drinking at a popular night spot. In a presentation lasting more than an hour, defense attorney Andrew Lankler said prosecutors failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that sex was not consensual. The defense also argued that saliva matching the alleged victim's was found on Lee's shorts in an indication of consensual oral sex while injuries either occurred before the incident or were not inconsistent with consensual sex.

New Jersey governor sending 150 state police officers to Baltimore

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 00:42
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New Jersey will send 150 state police officers to riot-torn Baltimore later on Tuesday to help bring calm to the city, said New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican. Maryland officials requested the assistance, and the New Jersey police will initially stay for 72 hours, Christie said in several posts on Twitter. (Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Emily Stephenson)

Driver killed in fiery truck crash in Lower Providence Twp. identified

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 00:38

Driver killed in fiery truck crash in Lower Providence Twp. identifiedAuthorities have identified the truck driver killed in Monday's fiery head-on crash in Lower Providence Township.