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Minnesota Catholic Archdiocese charged over sexual abuse by clergyman

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 06:28
By David Bailey MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Prosecutors in Minnesota brought criminal charges on Friday against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, accusing it of failing to protect children from a priest who pleaded guilty in 2012 to sexual abuse. Prosecutors found "a disturbing institutional and systemic pattern of behavior" over the course of decades at the highest level of leadership in the archdiocese, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said. "The facts that we have gathered cannot be ignored, they cannot be dismissed and are, frankly, appalling," Choi told a news conference.

Drone buzzes Southwest flight in Dallas, plane lands safely: FAA

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 06:18
A small drone flew within a few hundred feet of a Southwest Airlines flight about a mile from Love Field on Friday as the passenger plane was about to land at the Dallas airport, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said. Southwest Flight 28 landed without incident and the pilot did not need to take evasive action to avoid the quad-copter, FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said. "A controller in the Love Field Air Traffic Control Tower spotted the small, unmanned aircraft from the tower cab and notified the Dallas Police Department," Lunsford said.

Defense chief working on plan to close Guantanamo prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 06:17

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a joint news conference with Vietnam's Defence Minister Phung Quang Thanh in HanoiBy David Alexander ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - U.S Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday he was working with the White House to prepare a proposal for Congress on closing the Guantanamo prison for terrorism suspects, a long-time goal of President Barack Obama. The Senate is currently debating an annual defense policy bill that would permit closure of the prison, but only if the president first submits a plan that is approved by the Republican-led Congress. The U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay Naval base on Cuba was set up after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks for al Qaeda and Taliban detainees.


84-year-old man suffers 2,000 bee stings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 06:11
ORO VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — The condition of an 84-year-old Oro Valley man who was hospitalized after he was stung more than 2,000 times by bees is improving.

U.S. flight attendants seek mandatory training to spot human trafficking

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 06:08
By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Flight attendants in the United States are calling for the government to step up action against human trafficking by funding mandatory training to help them spot victims in the air. The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), the world's largest flight attendant union, said its 50,000 members from 18 airlines can act as a massive network of trained eyes in the skies, potentially saving millions of lives. The call came two years after U.S. authorities launched an anti-trafficking campaign called Blue Lightning to encourage airlines to train personnel on how to identify potential traffickers and report suspicious activity to police.

Tennessee bus driver was texting before deadly crash: police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 06:07
(Reuters) - The driver of a Tennessee school bus that crashed in December, killing two students and a teacher's aide, had been receiving and sending texts before the crash, police said on Friday. The driver, James Davenport, who was among the more than two dozen people injured in the crash, died as the investigation was nearing a conclusion, Knoxville police said in a statement. Davenport died on Monday, local media said, quoting the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

Charges filed against medical marijuana advocate in Kansas

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 06:00
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A medical marijuana advocate who at least temporarily lost custody of her 11-year-old son following comments he made during a drug education program at school now faces criminal charges.

2 friends of Boston Marathon bomber sentenced to prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 05:58

This undated photo added on April 18, 2013 to the VK page of Dias Kadyrbayev shows, from left, Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, from Kazakhstan, with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Times Square in New York. Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov, two college buddies of Tsarnaev, were jailed by immigration authorities the day after Tsarnaev's capture. They are not suspects, but are being held for violating their student visas by not regularly attending classes, Kadyrbayev’s lawyer, Robert Stahl said. They are being detained at a county jail in Boston. (AP Photo/VK)BOSTON (AP) — Two college friends of marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were sentenced Friday to prison after one tearfully apologized to the residents of Boston for impeding the investigation and the other had a show of support from former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.


Huntington Ingalls wins $4.3 billion in U.S. Navy carrier deals

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 05:55
Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc on Friday won two contracts worth a combined $4.3 billion to complete design work and construction of the USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier, the Pentagon said in its daily digest of major weapons contracts. The first contract, a fixed-price deal with an incentive fee, was worth $3.4 billion for design and construction work on the new warship, and runs through June 2022. A second contract, a cost-plus contract with an incentive fee, was worth $941 million and is a modification of a previously awarded contract.

Minneapolis repeals laws against spitting and lurking

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 05:47
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis wiped away ordinances Friday that banned lurking and spitting in the city, responding to critics who said the local laws unfairly targeted minorities.

Mourners pay respects to US vice president's son, Beau Biden

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 05:47

Family members of Beau Biden, including, facing camera, from top left, his brother Hunter Biden, widow Hallie Biden and parents Jill and Vice President Joe Biden, greet mourners at the viewing for the former Delaware Attorney General at St. Anthony of Padua in Wilmington, Del., Friday, June 5, 2015. Biden, the eldest son of Vice President Joe Biden, died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. (William Bretzger/The Wilmington News-Journal via AP, Pool)WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Mourners gathered at a Catholic church in Wilmington on Friday to pay their respects to former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer last week at the age of 46.


Woman loses freedom after loss of special van

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 05:45

Woman loses freedom after loss of special vanA young woman and her family are dealing with the aftermath of a nasty accident this week.


Mom who lost 2 children following Colorado motel fire dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 05:39
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A mother injured in a Colorado motel fire that killed two of her children has died.

Mom of abandoned quadriplegic found competent for trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 05:32
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A woman accused of dumping her quadriplegic son in the woods of a Philadelphia park for five days so she could visit her boyfriend in Maryland has been found competent to stand trial.

Mourners pay respects to US vice president's son, Beau Biden

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

Mourners pay respects to US vice president's son, Beau BidenMourners gathered at a Catholic church in Wilmington on Friday to pay their respects to former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer last week at the age of 46.


U.S. auto safety agency sets reforms after GM recall

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 05:29

Seats reserved for General Motors are pictured in a House committee room on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. safety regulators acknowledged shortfalls in their probe of a General Motors Co ignition switch defect linked to over 100 deaths, and unveiled plans on Friday for more aggressive enforcement of auto defects. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said its staff missed early signs of an ignition problem because they misunderstood the technology and failed to demand a clear account of events from the automaker. "GM's responses often contained very little information and included invocations of legal privilege.


U.S. lawmakers urge action on cyber bill after latest hacking

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 05:28
By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers urged Congress on Friday to pass legislation permitting sharing of cyber threat information between companies and the government, after one of the largest known cyber attacks on federal networks. "It's impossible to overstate this threat ... We need to act quickly," said Senator Dianne Feinstein, a co-sponsor of the "Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act" and the leading Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee. In April, the House passed a similar bill, called the "Protecting Cyber Networks Act. ...

Boston bomber's friends sentenced for hampering investigation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 05:20

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Two college friends of the Boston Marathon bomber were sentenced to prison on Friday for removing a backpack containing empty fireworks shells from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room amid a massive manhunt three days after the deadly 2013 attack. Kazakh exchange student Azamat Tazhayakov was sentenced to 3-1/2 years for obstructing justice by taking, with his roommate, Tsarnaev's pack and dropping it in a dumpster by the off-campus apartment they shared. Robel Phillipos, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, was sentenced to three years in prison for lying to investigators about the incident, which occurred in the hours after the FBI released images of Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, identifying them as suspects.


Police: Georgia man killed self during shootout with deputy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 05:12
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man who fatally shot two people inside a liquor store and wounded his parents killed himself during an exchange of gunfire with a sheriff's deputy, investigators said Friday.