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Victims to relive horror of marathon bombing as trial begins

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 05:25

Boston Police Special Operations officers use a bomb-sniffing dog while searching a vehicle on a street near the federal courthouse, in Boston, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. A panel of 12 jurors and six alternates was seated Tuesday after two months of jury selection for the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — In the two years since twin bombs tore through crowds at the Boston Marathon finish line, the case against suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has focused on arguments over where his trial should be held, who should sit on the jury and what evidence prosecutors should be allowed to use.

'Free-range' parents in Maryland found responsible for neglect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 05:20
(Reuters) - A Maryland couple who drew national attention for being "free-range" parents after police found their children walking home alone have been found responsible for child neglect, a state child protective services spokeswoman said on Tuesday. The finding of "unsubstantiated child neglect" means a CPS file will be kept open for five years on the family of Danielle and Alexander Meitiv. Police stopped the children on Dec. 20 while they were on a walk home from a park in the Washington suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland, said Paula Tolson, spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Human Resources and Montgomery County Child Protective Services. An unsubstantiated finding typically is reached when the agency has some information supporting a finding of child neglect,?? has conflicting credible reports, or does not have ?sufficient information to reach a more definitive conclusion, Tolson said.

Computerized school testing off to a rocky start in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 05:17
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Newly computerized state tests were suspended on Tuesday in some of Florida’s largest public school districts after students across the state struggled with faulty software. The 60-to-90-minute exams are a Florida version of the controversial Common Core standards that set national benchmarks for student performance. About half of Florida’s school districts reported problems with online testing on Monday, according Florida Department of Education Spokeswoman Meghan Collins. Miami-Dade County Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Marie Izquierdo called the Florida State Assessment tests on Monday an “epic fail” on Twitter, blaming the state for hastily rolling out an unproven computerized testing system.

Man charged with killing family dog after it bit 4-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 05:15
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Police say a New Hampshire man stuck his dog in a kennel and shot it dead with a hunting rifle after it bit a 4-year-old boy.

Nitrogen gas executions approved by Oklahoma House

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 05:14

Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Christian, R-Oklahoma City, gestures as he answers a question about his bill allowing the execution of inmates using nitrogen gas as an alternate method, if the state's current lethal injection method is declared unconstitutional, on the floor of the House in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma would become the first state to allow the execution of death row inmates using nitrogen gas under a bill overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday by the House of Representatives.

Los Angeles developer makes offer for shuttered Revel casino

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 05:12
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A Los Angeles developer involved in numerous projects there has made an 11th hour bid to buy Atlantic City's former Revel Casino Hotel.

U.S. Supreme Court checks in on hotel records privacy case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 05:09
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared unsure over how to resolve a privacy rights challenge by hotel operators to a Los Angeles city ordinance, intended to deter crimes including prostitution, that lets police view guest registries. The court heard a one-hour oral argument over an appeal brought by the city after the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the ordinance in December 2013. Hotel operators challenged the law, saying it violated their privacy rights under the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment. Some justices appeared supportive of the city, while others were more sympathetic toward the hotel operators.

Unions say they'll sue Christie again over pension payments

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 05:09
Fourteen unions representing state public-sector employees announced Tuesday that they intend to sue Republican Gov. Chris Christie again over planned contributions to government employees' pension funds.

Man gets death for attack on ex-girlfriend's family

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 05:08
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man convicted of killing the father and sister of his ex-girlfriend in a fiery attack on the family's Southern California home has been sentenced to death.

Killers sought in deaths of 300,000 chickens in South Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 05:03
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Revenge may be the motive for the killings in South Carolina of more than 300,000 commercial chickens worth about $1.7 million over the past two weeks, authorities said on Monday. Birds have been found dead of unnatural causes in 16 chicken houses at six farms that grow chickens for Pilgrims Pride Corp, the largest poultry producer in the United States, which laid off some 60 people right before the killings began, Clarendon County Sheriff Randy Garrett said. The company has a processing plant in Sumter, South Carolina. One farmer, W.L. Coker, lost the birds in eight chicken houses, or about 160,000 birds, he said.

Senate GOP tries to repeal NLRB rule on union elections

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 05:00
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the Senate moved Tuesday to try to reverse a new National Labor Relations Board rule that would shorten the time between a union's request for representation and the vote on whether to certify a union.

Georgia postpones executions over lethal injection drug

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:56
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Two executions in Georgia were indefinitely postponed on Tuesday to give the state time to analyze its lethal injection drug after corrections officials said a batch "appeared cloudy" hours before one of the death sentences was due to be carried out. The state's Department of Corrections said in a statement it was delaying the executions of inmates Kelly Renee Gissendaner and Brian Keith Terrell "out of an abundance of caution" while an analysis of the drug supply is conducted.

FCC head defends Internet neutrality rules on the road

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:55

Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and GSMA speaks on the impact of recent telecommunications regulation in the United States at the Mobile World Congress Wireless show, the world's largest mobile phone trade show, in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the Federal Communications Commission is taking the defense of new Internet regulations on the road.

Ex-Rhode Island Speaker Fox pleads guilty to federal charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:52

Ex-Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox stands on the steps of the federal courthouse speaking to members of the media after his initial appearance and plea hearing in front of a federal judge Tuesday March 3, 2015 in Providence, R.I. Fox, released on personal recognizance, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of bribery, wire fraud and filing a false tax return following an investigation . (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former House Speaker Gordon Fox pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of bribery, wire fraud and filing a false tax return following an investigation that included a dramatic federal raid on the Statehouse.

District of Columbia puts limits on newly legalized marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:49
By John Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The District of Columbia city council voted on Tuesday to limit newly legal marijuana use, banning smoking in bars and clubs and restricting it to private homes. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the council agreed that the bill was needed to clarify the new law that took effect last week allowing recreational pot use in the U.S. capital. Congress has oversight of the District of Columbia. Sale of marijuana is still prohibited.

Oregon woman heading home after six months stuck in East Timor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:45
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - An Oregon woman arrested on a drug charge while traveling in East Timor last September and who has maintained her innocence, has been allowed to leave the country after six months of diplomatic negotiations, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said on Tuesday. Stacey Addison, a 41-year-old veterinarian who was initially detained when a man with whom she shared a cab was arrested on drug charges, left East Timor on Monday night and is expected to arrive back home in Portland on Wednesday, Wyden's office said. Former East Timorese President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jose Ramos-Horta took up her cause, and housed her in guest quarters within his home as she sought permission to return home to the United States. Senator Jeff Merkley praised those negotiation efforts on Monday after her passport was returned: “This is terrific news for Stacey, for her family and for all the Oregonians who have followed Stacey’s story and helped her from afar,” Merkley said.

Survivor testifies about 2 friends stabbed, bound, drowned

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:44
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tam Voong was not supposed to survive the night he was beaten, bound, stripped, stabbed in the neck and kicked into the Schuylkill River.

Lawyer: Dash cam video will help federal wrongful-death case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:36
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lawyer for a mother who viewed Nevada state police dash cam video of the last moments of her son's life says he's confident it will help in a federal lawsuit stemming from the fatal shooting by U.S. Bureau of Land Management officers.

Commissioner Ramsey: Could take decades to heal mistrust

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:31

 Could take decades to heal mistrustThe police commissioner said Tuesday that recommendations he helped shape as co-chairman of a White House task force on modern policing would help officers build trust.

Illinois wife-killer cop pleads not guilty in murder-for-hire plot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:27

Police booking mug of former police sergeant Drew PetersonIn a hearing before Randolph County Circuit Judge Richard Brown, Drew Peterson, 61, waived his right to a preliminary hearing, where prosecutors would have had to reveal the evidence and demonstrate probable cause, according to a news release from the Illinois Attorney General's office. Rob Lowe played Peterson in a Lifetime television network movie about the case, called "Untouchable." Peterson's defense attorney Lucas Liefer said he and his client waived the hearing so that the public would not hear details ahead of trial, the Chicago Tribune reported. The murder-for-hire case is being tried in Randolph County, Illinois, about 45 miles south of St. Louis, Missouri, where Peterson is an inmate at the Menard Correctional Center. The formal charges are solicitation of murder for hire and solicitation of murder.