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U.S. judge rejects bid for new trial for Boston Marathon bomber

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 07:04

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge rejected on Friday a request for a new trial for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, saying the issues his attorneys raised had been resolved prior to his trial last year. Tsarnaev was sentenced last June to death by lethal injection for his role in the 2013 bomb attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260. The judge also ordered Tsarnaev to pay more than $101 million in restitution to victims.


U.S. judge rejects bid for new trial for Boston Marathon bomber

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 07:04

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge rejected on Friday a request for a new trial for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, saying the issues his attorneys raised had been resolved prior to his trial last year. Tsarnaev was sentenced last June to death by lethal injection for his role in the 2013 bomb attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260. The judge also ordered Tsarnaev to pay more than $101 million in restitution to victims.


Boston Marathon bomber Tsarnaev loses bid for new trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 07:04
BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has rejected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehvz) bid for a new trial and ordered him to pay victims of the deadly attack more than $101 million in restitution.

U.S. appeals court allows Trump casino to break pact with unions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 07:00

A man is placed in hand cuffs for an act of civil disobedience in blocking traffic to the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City New JerseyDonald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate and celebrity real estate developer, has said he no longer has a stake in the company he founded and which still bears his name. Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc in 2014 filed for bankruptcy and last year it convinced a U.S. bankruptcy judge that it had to impose a new lower-cost contract on unionized workers in order to secure a rescue deal with billionaire Carl Icahn.


Wal-Mart to shutter 269 stores, 154 of them in the US

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 07:00

In this Thursday, June 4, 2015, photo, shoppers walk from the checkout at a Wal-Mart Supercenter store in Springdale, Ark. Wal-Mart announced Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, that it is closing 269 stores, more than half of them in the U.S. and another big chunk in its challenging Brazilian market. The store closures will start at the end of January. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is doing some rare pruning.


Professor who abused disabled man gets 12 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:57

Rutgers University professor Anna Stubblefield, 46, of West Orange, is led in to Superior Court for her sentencing, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in Newark, N.J. Stubblefield, convicted of sexually assaulting a disabled man who she said had consented to the relationship by communicating on a keyboard, was sentenced to 12 years in prison. (Robert Sciarrino/NJ Advance Media via AP, Pool)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Rutgers University professor convicted of aggravated sexual assault on a disabled man who she claimed consented to the relationship through assisted typing on a keyboard was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday.


Firefighters battle blaze at Strawberry Mansion home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:56

1 injured in Strawberry Mansion house fireFire crews are battling a house fire in the city's Strawberry Mansion section.


1 alleged Powerball win may be a prank

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:51
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Workers celebrated at a Southern California nursing home when word spread that a co-worker had a winning ticket for this week's $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot.

Officer's civil, state cases loom after federal acquittal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:50
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A north Alabama police officer who was acquitted of using excessive force on an Indian man still faces state and federal charges, but legal experts said the outcome of the civil rights trial will likely influence the approach to the remaining cases.

Transgender California inmate ends lawsuit, awaits surgery

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:49
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A transgender California inmate is dropping her lawsuit against prison officials while they decide if she will be provided with state-funded sex-reassignment surgery.

Transgender California inmate ends lawsuit, awaits surgery

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:49
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A transgender California inmate is dropping her lawsuit against prison officials while they decide if she will be provided with state-funded sex-reassignment surgery.

NTSB: Excessive speed likely caused fatal Delaware bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:40
A federal agency says excessive speed and lack of traffic signs warning of an approaching curve were likely the causes of a 2014 tour bus crash in Delaware that killed three people and injured dozens.

The Latest: State AG apparently changes mind on Flint probe

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:40

Michigan Nation Guard Sgt. Steve Kiger, left, of Harrison, Mich., stacks cases of drinking water with Red Cross volunteer Franklin Dickerson of Pleasant Ridge Wednesday Jan 13, 2016 in Flint, Mich. Members of the Michigan National Guard began arriving in Flint on Wednesday for briefings on the drinking water crisis, ahead of a larger contingent of Guardsmen who will help distribute bottled water, filters and other supplies to residents. (Dale G. Young/Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDITFLINT, Mich. (AP) — The latest on the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan (all times local):


California residents to vent frustrations over state's biggest gas leak

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:40

Handout photo of the Aliso Canyon gas storage field that is leaking in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles, CaliforniaCalifornia residents sickened and forced to evacuate their homes because of the biggest methane gas leak in state history will have a chance Friday to voice frustrations and demand answers from top officials at a community meeting. Neither the state nor the utility have been able to stop the leak that has affected thousands of residents since it was detected on Oct. 23 at an underground natural gas storage field in Porter Ranch in northern Los Angeles. Environmental activists such as Erin Brockovich have called it the worst leak in the United States since the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


California residents to vent frustrations over state's biggest gas leak

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:40

Handout photo of the Aliso Canyon gas storage field that is leaking in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles, CaliforniaCalifornia residents sickened and forced to evacuate their homes because of the biggest methane gas leak in state history will have a chance Friday to voice frustrations and demand answers from top officials at a community meeting. Neither the state nor the utility have been able to stop the leak that has affected thousands of residents since it was detected on Oct. 23 at an underground natural gas storage field in Porter Ranch in northern Los Angeles. Environmental activists such as Erin Brockovich have called it the worst leak in the United States since the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


U.S. top court to hear Missouri church's religious rights case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:39

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen in WashingtonThe Supreme Court agreed on Friday to decide a religious rights case from Missouri in which a church contends the state violated the U.S. Constitution by denying it funds for a playground project due to a state ban on aid to religious organizations. Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, Missouri, which operates a daycare center, had wanted funds from a state program that awards grants for resurfacing playgrounds using recycled tires so it could replace its playground's rock surface. The church's legal argument is that Missouri's action effectively discriminates against religious groups by banning them from a program that is wholly secular.


U.S. top court to hear Missouri church's religious rights case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:39

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen in WashingtonThe Supreme Court agreed on Friday to decide a religious rights case from Missouri in which a church contends the state violated the U.S. Constitution by denying it funds for a playground project due to a state ban on aid to religious organizations. Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, Missouri, which operates a daycare center, had wanted funds from a state program that awards grants for resurfacing playgrounds using recycled tires so it could replace its playground's rock surface. The church's legal argument is that Missouri's action effectively discriminates against religious groups by banning them from a program that is wholly secular.


Tennessee couple with one of three winning Powerball jackpot tickets to keep jobs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:31
By Harrison McClary NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - A Tennessee couple holding one of three winning tickets for this week's record $1.6 billion U.S. Powerball lottery jackpot said on Friday they will keep their jobs because "you just can't sit down and do nothing." Lisa and John Robinson of Munford, Tennessee, appeared at a press conference at the Tennessee Lottery's offices with their adult daughter Tiffany and black and white dog Abby and said they would take their $528.8 million share in an immediate cash payment instead of annual payments over 29 years. "We're going to take the lump sum because we're not guaranteed tomorrow," John Robinson said.

Coroner IDs suspect who died while in police custody

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:30
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis authorities are investigating the death of a domestic violence suspect who was arrested "without incident," complained of chest pain, went into cardiac arrest and died.

Stock market slides again; worst two-week start to a year

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:27

Stock market slides again; worst two-week start to a yearNever before has Wall Street gotten off to a worse start to a year.