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Ex-CIA chief Petraeus to plead guilty in affair-related case

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 35 min ago

Former CIA director David Petraeus speaks at the University of Southern California in Los AngelesBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to a single charge relating to mishandling classified information in a case arising from the ex-U.S. Army General's extramarital affair with a female Army Reserve officer, the Justice Department said on Tuesday. Documents disclosing Petraeus's guilty plea were filed in federal court in Charlotte, North Carolina. A law enforcement source said Petraeus is pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge and is unlikely to be sentenced to serve prison time.


Man falls to death from paraglider, teen daughter survives

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 36 min ago
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a California man fell 1,000 feet to his death in a paragliding accident while his teenage daughter, who was flying in tandem with him, survived.

US: Ex-CIA chief admits mishandling classified information

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 40 min ago

FILE - In this June 23, 2011, file photo, CIA Director nominee Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Intelligence Committee during a hearing on his nomination. The Justice Department said Tuesday, March 3, 2015, that the former top Army general has agreed to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials. A statement from the agency says a plea agreement has been filed in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, N.C., the hometown of Paula Broadwell, the general’s biographer and former mistress. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose once-bright political future was all but destroyed over an affair with his biographer, has agreed to plead guilty to sharing classified material with her, the Justice Department said Tuesday.


Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 42 min ago

Federal agents enter an upscale apartment complex, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Irvine, Calif. Shortly after sunrise, federal agents swarmed the complex in the Orange County where authorities say a birth tourism business charged pregnant women $50,000 for lodging, food and transportation. The key draw for travelers is that the United States offers birthright citizenship. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Federal agents searched more than a dozen homes Tuesday in a crackdown on so-called maternity tourism operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the U.S., where their babies automatically become American citizens.


Investigation underway into 5-alarm fire at Upper Moreland sheet metal plant

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 47 min ago

Investigation underway into 5-alarm fire at Upper Moreland sheet metal plantThe building was rocked by a series of explosions. The Willow Grove fire chief says the explosions were caused by tanks of compressed natural gas.


Oklahoma House passes bill to use nitrogen gas for executions

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 48 min ago
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday allowing nitrogen gas as a means of execution, a measure that comes after a troubled lethal injection last year raised questions about how the state executes inmates. The bill, which passed by a vote of 85 to 10, authorizes nitrogen gas as an alternative form of execution if lethal injection is found to be unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. State Representative Mike Christian, a Republican who authored the bill, has said the process would be painless for inmates and affordable for Oklahoma. I believe the use of nitrogen hypoxia will be the thing of the future once it’s passed in Oklahoma," Christian said.

Jury selection set to start in Connecticut judge threat case

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 49 min ago
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man is headed toward trial to fight allegations that he made threatening comments about a state judge who was overseeing his divorce case.

3 officers in Skid Row killing had training on mentally ill

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 54 min ago

Los Angeles Police detective Meghan Aguilar points at photos released by police that could indicate evidence of a suspect holding a police officer's gun, seen in a video grab scene shot by a witness at the scene of the shooting of a homeless man on Skid Row of Los Angeles, displayed at a news conference at police headquarters Monday, March 2, 2015. Chief Charlie Beck says officers fatally shot a homeless man on Skid Row after he grabbed an officer's holster during a struggle. Three Los Angeles police officers shot and killed the man on Sunday, as they wrestled with him on the ground, a confrontation captured on video that millions have viewed online. Authorities say the man was shot after grabbing for an officer's gun. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The three Los Angeles police officers who fired their weapons in a videotaped struggle that left a homeless man dead were veterans of the Skid Row beat who had special training to deal with mentally ill and other people in the downtrodden area, police leaders said.


Body-camera maker has financial ties to police chiefs

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 4 min ago

In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, Rick Smith, chief executive officer and founder of Taser International, center, talks with Brant Garrick left, and Kenny Park of the Vallejo Police Department who attended the Taser tech summit at the California Highway Patrol Headquarters in Sacramento, Calif. Taser, the stun-gun maker, has become a leading supplier of body cameras for police and has cultivated financial ties to police chiefs whose departments have bought the recording devices. A review by The Associated Press shows Taser is covering airfare and hotel stays for police chiefs who travel to speak at marketing conferences. It is also hiring some recently retired chiefs as consultants, sometimes months after their cities signed contracts with Taser.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Taser International, the stun-gun maker emerging as a leading supplier of body cameras for police, has cultivated financial ties to police chiefs whose departments have bought the recording devices, raising a host of conflict-of-interest questions.


Jury has been seated in federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 5 min ago
BOSTON (AP) — Jury has been seated in federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

Nitrogen gas executions approved by Oklahoma House

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 6 min ago

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.


Parents who let kids walk alone to appeal in neglect case

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 9 min ago
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A Maryland couple who were investigated by state officials after letting their children walk home from a park without an adult say they will appeal a finding of "unsubstantiated child neglect" and will continue to let the children walk by themselves.

Wolf seeks billions in higher taxes for schools, tax revamp

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 10 min ago

Wolf seeks billions in higher taxes for schools, tax revampIn an ambitious first budget plan, Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday proposed more than $4 billion in higher taxes on income, sales and natural gas drilling to support new spending on schools and to cut property taxes.


Netanyahu assails Iran-nuclear talks in Congress address

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 13 min ago

Netanyahu assails Iran-nuclear talks in Congress addressIn a speech that stirred political intrigue in two countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that negotiations underway between Iran and the United States would "all but guarantee" that Tehran will get nuclear weapons.


Ohio gay rights activist charged with making hoax kidnap claim

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 17 min ago
An Ohio gay rights activist was charged early Tuesday with falsely claiming he had been kidnapped and his family was in danger, setting off a police search in the Cincinnati area, authorities said. Adam Hoover, 20, who is from Harrison, Ohio, posted on his Facebook and Twitter accounts that he was in the trunk of his 2000 Ford Escort and his abductors planned to kill his family. Law enforcement officials quickly found his car, but not Hoover, who was eventually found nearby unharmed and questioned by authorities, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Investigators concluded that the abduction never occurred and Hoover, who is co-president of Marriage Equality Ohio, was charged with making false alarms, a first degree misdemeanor, the sheriff's office said.

Philadelphia Eagles release cornerback Cary Williams

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 18 min ago

Philadelphia Eagles release cornerback Cary WilliamsAction News has learned that the Philadelphia Eagles have released cornerback Cary Williams.


Ferguson officials meeting with U.S. DOJ on police department probe

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 30 min ago
Ferguson city officials were meeting with the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday to go over the results of a federal probe of the city's police department, an investigation sparked by the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August. The meeting is widely expected to include harsh criticism of Ferguson's mostly white police department and its treatment of the small Missouri community's mostly black residents. "We don't know what is going to be said," said Ferguson spokesman Jeff Small said on Tuesday. Ferguson has not retained special legal counsel but may do so depending upon the DOJ's report, Small said.

U.S. trial of suspected al Qaeda operative heads to jury

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 32 min ago
Jury deliberations began Tuesday in the trial of a Pakistani man accused by U.S. authorities of participating in an al Qaeda plot to attack targets in Europe and the United States. A federal judge in Brooklyn dispatched the jury of six men and six women to consider the fate of Abid Naseer, who prosecutors say headed up a al Qaeda cell plotting to bomb a shopping center in Manchester, England, in April 2009. Naseer, 28, faces life in prison if convicted of providing and conspiring to provide material support to al Qaeda and conspiring to use a destructive device. The proposed attack was one of three plots al Qaeda cells were working on, along with attacks against the New York City subway system and a Copenhagen newspaper, prosecutors say.

Venture capitalist John Doerr to testify in sexism case

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 33 min ago
By Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Venture capitalist John Doerr, credited with backing Amazon.com Inc, Google Inc and many other technology companies, is set to testify on Tuesday in a gender discrimination trial involving his firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Doerr, viewed as the firm's leader, is likely to discuss his treatment of former partner Ellen Pao, his chief of staff before she joined the firm's digital team and then suing the firm in 2012. Nazre was promoted to senior partner in 2008 and the situation worsened, she has said in filings. Kleiner’s lawyer, Lynne Hermle, said in court last week that the firm treated women fairly and didn’t promote Pao because she lacked talent.     “She did not come close,” to the qualifications needed to take on a more senior role, Hermle said.     But Pao’s attorney, Alan Exelrod, said the firm systematically failed to promote women to senior investing partner.

U.S. House to vote on security bill without immigration provisions

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 36 min ago

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) arrives to speak at a news conferenceBy David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner cleared the way for a vote as soon as Tuesday on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security for the rest of the fiscal year, dealing a blow to conservative Republicans who wanted to include language blocking President Barack Obama's immigration actions. If successful, the vote would end a legislative standoff that began late last year over security funding and Obama's immigration actions, which have been put on hold by the courts. Obama and Democrats have backed a so-called clean funding bill passed by the Senate, and Senate Democrats have repeatedly blocked a House-passed bill that includes the immigration provisions.