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Madoff fraud deliberations to go on with 11 jurors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 03:23
NEW YORK (AP) — A juror with an undisclosed ailment has been excused at the New York City trial of five former employees of jailed financier Bernard Madoff (MAY'-dawf).

AT&T to take orders Friday for new Samsung phone

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 03:23
NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T says it will start taking orders for Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone starting Friday.

Midshipman in Naval Academy sex case not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 03:17
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former U.S. Naval Academy football player was acquitted Thursday of sexually assaulting a classmate at a party, bringing to conclusion a case that began almost two years ago and drew wide attention at a time when the military is under scrutiny for how it handles sexual assault cases.

Army fugitive back in Kansas prison after 37 years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 03:16

FILE - In this photo provided by the Broward County, Fla., Sheriff's Office is James Robert Jones, 59, who walked away from the famed prison at Fort Leavenworth nearly 40 years ago. Jones returned to Kansas Tuesday, March 18, 2014 and is being housed at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks where he is expected to serve out the remaining time on a 23-year sentence for murdering a fellow soldier at Fort Dix, N.J., in 1974. (AP Photo/Broward County Sheriff's Office, File)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Nearly 40 years after James Robert Jones walked away from the famed prison at Fort Leavenworth, he returned to military custody this week to find the historic structure gone and the corrections system changed.


Winter's snowy barrage hammers US road budgets

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 03:14

Snow form past winter storms remaining in an area slated for improvements Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in Bethlehem, Pa. The city will delay a downtown streetscape project that would replace slate and brick sidewalks, urns, benches and trees, public works director Mike Alkhal said. The city has no choice after more than doubling its usual spending on winter maintenance, including a hefty overtime bill for road crews. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — In Michigan's way-up-north Keweenaw Peninsula, where 200 inches of snow in a single season elicits barely a shrug, officials know there's nothing in the budget more important than keeping the roads passable.


Sheriff: Man who killed deputy shot at civilian

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 03:14
CLEONE, Calif. (AP) — A California deputy and an Oregon man were killed after a crime spree that began with the carjacking of two people and was followed by an attack on an employee at a tourist attraction, authorities said.

Sheriff: Man who killed deputy shot at civilian

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 03:14
CLEONE, Calif. (AP) — A California deputy and an Oregon man were killed after a crime spree that began with the carjacking of two people and was followed by an attack on an employee at a tourist attraction, authorities said.

Cops: Teen eludes guard, reaches skyscraper spire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 03:03

FILE. - This Feb. 11, 2014 file photo shows pedestrians in front of the 1 World Trade Center building, left, in New York. A 16-year-old boy from Weehawken, N.J., is accused of bypassing security in the middle of the night and climbing a ladder to the spire of 1 World Trade Center to take pictures according the the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The teen was arrested on the premises at 6 a.m. Sunday March 16, 2014 and his camera and cellphone were seized after authorities obtained a search warrant. He was later released without bail. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A 16-year-old New Jersey boy described as a thrill-seeker bypassed an inattentive security guard in the middle of the night and climbed a ladder to the spire of 1 World Trade Center, where he apparently took pictures, authorities said Thursday.


Cops: Teen eludes guard, reaches skyscraper spire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 03:03

FILE. - This Feb. 11, 2014 file photo shows pedestrians in front of the 1 World Trade Center building, left, in New York. A 16-year-old boy from Weehawken, N.J., is accused of bypassing security in the middle of the night and climbing a ladder to the spire of 1 World Trade Center to take pictures according the the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The teen was arrested on the premises at 6 a.m. Sunday March 16, 2014 and his camera and cellphone were seized after authorities obtained a search warrant. He was later released without bail. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A 16-year-old New Jersey boy described as a thrill-seeker bypassed an inattentive security guard in the middle of the night and climbed a ladder to the spire of 1 World Trade Center, where he apparently took pictures, authorities said Thursday.


Phelps tested free speech with anti-gay protests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 02:57

This file photo shows Fred Phelps Sr. displays one of his many infamous protest signs. Phelps, the fiery founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, a small Kansas church, who drew international condemnation for outrageous and hate-filled protests that blamed almost everything, including the deaths of AIDS victims and U.S. soldiers, on America's tolerance for gay people, has died the family said Thursday, March 20, 2014. He was 84. (AP Photo/The Topeka Capital Journal)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Fred Phelps did not care what you thought of his Westboro Baptist Church, nor did he care if you heard its message that society's tolerance for gay people is the root of all earthly evil.


Attorney: Punishment for Army general a 'travesty'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 02:56

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, right, who admitted to inappropriate relationships with three subordinates, arrives at the courthouse with attorney Richard Scheff for sentencing Fort Bragg, N.C., Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Ellen Ozier)FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A lawyer representing the female captain at the center of an Army general's sexual misconduct case calls his punishment a travesty and serious misstep for the Army.


It's a drag: NYC mayors mock selves in annual show

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 02:55

FILE- In this March 1, 1997 file photo, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, right, dressed in drag as a role in "Victor/Victoria," sings with actress Julie Andrews at the New York Hilton during an event presented by the Inner Circle. On Saturday, March 22, 2014, newly elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will make his first appearance before the Inner Circle. The annual Inner Circle dinner is New York City’s answer to the White House Correspondents Dinner. (AP Photo/Joe DeMaria, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Rudolph Giuliani donning drag. Ed Koch stepping out of the mouth of a man-eating plant. Michael Bloomberg wearing a harness and flying 20 feet in the air while dressed as Spiderman.


NY judge approves Toyota-US deal, $1.2B penalty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 02:54
NEW YORK (AP) — Toyota's misleading statements presented a "reprehensible picture of corporate misconduct" as it failed to properly protect consumers from unexpected acceleration in its vehicles, a judge said as he nevertheless accepted a deal that lets the Japanese automaker escape prosecution with a $1.2 billion penalty.

Supreme Court may take up Va. sex registry case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 02:54
WASHINGTON (AP) — She was a 24-year-old swimming instructor who had a sexual affair with a male student under 16.

Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps dead at 84

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 02:52
Fred Phelps, the pastor who led a small Kansas church's vitriolic "God Hates Fags" anti-gay campaign across the United States, has died, the church said on Thursday. Phelps, whose Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, won a 2011 freedom-of-speech U.S. Supreme Court decision related to their anti-gay picketing, died on Wednesday in a Kansas hospice at the age of 84.

Judge drops sick juror from trial of Madoff aides

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 02:46

Daniel Bonventre, former back-office director for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, exits Manhattan Federal Courthouse in the Manhattan Borough of New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - After a two-day delay, the jurors considering whether to convict five former Bernard Madoff aides of helping him perpetuate his Ponzi scheme will resume deliberations on Friday with one fewer member. U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain in New York ruled on Thursday that the trial would move forward with only 11 jurors, after a juror fell sick on Tuesday and has not yet recovered. The five aides -- back-office director Daniel Bonventre, portfolio managers Annette Bongiorno and Joann Crupi and computer programmers Jerome O'Hara and George Perez -- have all denied the charges, saying they were fooled by Madoff into believing the business he ran was legitimate.


Ohio court grants stay for ex-cop who was freed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 02:26

FILE- In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 file photo, Doug Prade, a former Ohio police captain who has spent nearly 15 years in prison for his ex-wife's killing, answers questions from the media after being released from the Madison Correctional Institution in London, Ohio. An appeals court in Ohio says a judge was wrong to release Prade. The ruling released Wednesday, March 19, 2014, comes a little more than a year after Prade was freed from prison based on new testing of a bite mark. A judge in Akron ruled in January 2013 that new DNA test results proved Prade didn't kill his former wife. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's highest court is temporarily blocking a ruling that says a former police captain should have been kept in prison even after his conviction in his ex-wife's killing was overturned.


Christie: Aide fired for lies, role in traffic jam

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 02:19

Fred Kanter, a Boonton, N.J., businessman speaks with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a town hall-style meeting, Thursday, March 20, 2014, at St. Magdalen de Pazzi parish center in Flemington, N.J. Christie says his signature town hall meetings help keep him in tune with what average citizens are thinking. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)FLEMINGTON, N.J. (AP) — Asked for the first time at a town hall meeting about the political payback scandal that's ensnared his administration, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday that the aide he fired for lying about her involvement would have been dismissed even if she'd told the truth.