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Patriots owner: Aaron Hernandez told me he was innocent

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:07

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft testifies during the murder trial of former Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is accused of killing Odin Lloyd in June 2013. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Aram Boghosian, Pool)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots team owner Robert Kraft testified Tuesday that his former star tight end Aaron Hernandez told him he was innocent when asked if he was involved in a 2013 killing.


Boston bombing defense rests after detailing brother's research

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:05

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonBy Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrapped up their case on Tuesday after calling only four witnesses over two days. By comparison, the prosecution presented 92 witnesses in the trial of Tsarnaev, 21, who is accused in the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three people and injured 264 people near the finish line of the famed race. In all, testimony in the guilt phase of Dzhokhar's trial took 16 days, less time than it took to pick the 12 jurors and six alternates. Digital forensics expert Mark Spencer testified about data found on three computers owned by the Tsarnaev brothers.


Family: Mumia Abu-Jamal treated for diabetes complications

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:04

 Mumia Abu-Jamal treated for diabetes complicationsFamily members and supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal say the former death row inmate was rushed to a Pennsylvania hospital to be treated for complications from diabetes.


Baby 4: Newborn spotted with endangered Puget Sound orcas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:03
SEATTLE (AP) — The endangered population of killer whales that spend time in Washington state waters is experiencing a baby boom with a fourth baby orca documented this winter.

Congo military leaders sign pledge to combat rape in war

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:00
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Congolese army commanders signed a declaration to combat rape in war, a move the United Nations welcomed Tuesday as an important step in the fight against sexual violence during conflicts.

Thousands of Detroit-area homeowners try to stop foreclosure

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 02:58

Protestor Henry Cole holds a sign outside the Wayne County Treasurer's office in Detroit on Tuesday March 31, 2015. More than 13,000 Detroit-area property owners have entered into payment plans hoping to avoid losing their homes to tax foreclosure, but another 16,000 living in their homes have yet to take advantage of the offer ahead of Tuesday's deadline. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Max Ortiz) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — More than 13,000 Detroit-area property owners have entered into payment plans hoping to avoid losing their homes to tax foreclosure, but another 16,000 living in their homes have yet to take advantage of the offer ahead of Tuesday's deadline.


Abused boy's ex-guardian apologizes, gets up to 17 months

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 02:48
MONROE, N.C. (AP) — A former social worker apologized for failing to protect the kids in her care as she was sentenced Tuesday to up to 17 months in prison over the abuse of a boy who was found handcuffed to her porch with a dead chicken around his neck.

Defense rests in 1st phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial after calling just 4 witnesses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 02:48
BOSTON (AP) — Defense rests in 1st phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial after calling just 4 witnesses.

Family clings to hope as remains from NY blast are processed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 02:45

A New York City Police Dept. Arson Explosion detective looks at the site of a building explosion in the East Village neighborhood of New York, Friday, March 27, 2015. Nineteen people were injured, four critically, after the powerful blast and fire sent flames soaring and debris flying Thursday afternoon. Preliminary evidence suggested that a gas explosion amid plumbing and gas work inside the building was to blame. (AP Photo/The New York Times, Nancy Borowick, Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — The brothers of a man missing in a New York building collapse say they're clinging to hope while DNA testing determines the identity of human remains found in the rubble.


Google, Microsoft battle drives down prices for PCs, tablets

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 02:43

This Monday, March 30, 2015 photo shows a Hisense Chrome laptop in San Francisco. Google and Microsoft are releasing cheaper laptops and tablets in an effort to reach students, budget-conscious families and overseas markets. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at $149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft's Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms.


Southwest diverts flight to Idaho over burning smell

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 02:33
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Southwest Airlines flight from Phoenix to Spokane, Washington, was diverted to Idaho after a burning electrical or smoke smell was reported in the passenger cabin.

Man accused in Ferguson police shooting denied lower bond

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 02:26

FILE - In this file photo provided by the St. Louis County Police Department on March 15, 2015 is Jeffrey Williams. Williams, 20, is accused of shooting two police officers on March 12, during an early-morning rally sparked by the resignation of Ferguson's police chief. (AP Photo/St. Louis County Police Department)CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge on Tuesday refused to reduce the bond of a 20-year-old man accused of shooting and wounding two police officers during a Ferguson protest, despite an attorney's insistence that the man was beaten by police into wrongly confessing.


Murder charges approved against girlfriend of slain Darby police officer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 02:25

Murder charges approved against girlfriend of slain Darby police officerPolice announced Tuesday that they are in the process of filing a warrant for murder charges against the girlfriend of a Darby Township police officer, who was killed Saturday inside his Glenolden home.


Prom day killing suspect faces another psychiatric review

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 02:21

FILE _ In this June 4, 2014, file phot, Christopher Plaskon, 17, center, appears in Superior Court in Milford, Conn. A judge on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, has ordered the Connecticut teenager, accused of stabbing a classmate to death on the day of their prom, to be examined by psychiatrists for the state, after his lawyers announced they were pursuing an insanity defense. (AP Photo/New Haven Register, Arnold Gold, Pool, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ordered a Connecticut teenager accused of fatally stabbing a classmate on the day of their prom to be examined by a psychiatrist hired by the state, after his lawyers announced they were pursuing an insanity defense.


Passover: Welcoming gentiles for Seder a strong tradition

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 02:17

In this Wed., March 25, 2015 photo provided by Matthew Christopher, participants attend Freedom Seder Revisited at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. The event embraces gentiles for an evening of storytelling, music and a taste of traditional Passover food and rituals as it honors the original interfaith Freedom Seder held in 1969 in Washington, D.C., on the first anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. (AP Photo/Courtesy Matthew Christopher)NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to Passover, Seder is hardly just for Jews at Lee Nelson's house.


IRS chief: Processing backlog of tax-exempt groups is gone

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 02:13
WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS has eliminated a huge processing backlog of groups seeking tax-exempt status, the agency's chief said Tuesday. Tea party organizations' claims that they were singled out for tough treatment when they applied for that designation were at the heart of a 2013 controversy over the agency.

Obama vetoes measure against swifter union elections

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 01:44

President Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, before signing a Memorandum of Disapproval Regarding S.J. Res. 8, a Joint Resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board relating to representation case procedures. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday vetoed a measure passed by the Republican-run Congress blocking the National Labor Relations Board from streamlining the process for union elections, saying government should not make it harder for workers to be heard in the workplace.


Obama vetoes Republican bid to block union election rules

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

Obama delivers remarks before signing a disapproval of S. J. Resolution 8, a joint congressional resolution that would block a National Labor Relations Board rule allowing faster union elections, in the Oval Office at the White House in WashingtonU.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday vetoed a measure by Republicans in Congress that would have blocked a government labor agency's rules designed to speed up the time it takes to unionize workers. The rules would shorten the period between a union filing a petition to represent workers and an election, from the current median of 38 days to as little as 14 days. Employers would be required to share workers' names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses with unions. The National Labor Relations Board adopted the rules last year and they are set to take effect April 14.


Woman convicted of killing gambler for $10K casino winnings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 01:39
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A woman has been convicted of killing a gambler she followed after he won $10,000 at a Southern California casino.

NYC man accused of scamming families of abducted children

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 01:16
NEW YORK (AP) — A nonprofit director who said he could help desperate parents recover children illegally taken from the United States during custody disputes was arrested Tuesday on charges accusing him of being a con man.