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2 Zika virus cases in Pennsylvania, 1 in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 6 min ago

2 Zika virus cases in Pennsylvania, 1 in DelawareHealth officials in both Pennsylvania and Delaware have announced cases of the Zika virus.


Flint counsel says manslaughter charge harshest possible

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 9 min ago

From left, Sunridge Apartments employee Rex Robinson and Raymond Lavigne, of Dixmoor, Illinois, unload a truck that carried cases of bottled water from Thornton Township on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at Sunridge Apartments in Flint Township, Mich. Thornton Township in Illinois drove with 20 volunteers to donate bottled water to Flint Township. (Rachel Woolf/The Flint Journal/ MLive.com via AP)LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Flint's water crisis, after a switch in the source allowed dangerous levels of lead and potentially caused deadly cases of Legionnaires' disease, could result in criminal charges as serious as involuntary manslaughter, a top investigator said Tuesday.


Judge urges president to commute harsh sentence he imposed

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 9 min ago

FILE - In a Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005 file photo, members of Safer Choice stand in protest at the federal appeals court in Denver, where the court was hearing the appeal of Weldon Angelos of Salt Lake City. Angelos has been held up as an example of what’s wrong with mandatory sentences. Paul Cassel, a former federal judge who gave a Utah music producer 55 years in prison for bringing guns to marijuana deals asked the president to commute the sentence. Cassell, now a law professor, said in a letter Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, that he was deeply troubled by the lengthy sentence he was forced to hand down because of mandatory minimum sentencing laws. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former federal judge who gave a Utah music producer 55 years in prison for bringing guns to marijuana deals asked the president to commute the sentence Tuesday, the latest appeal in a case held up as an example of problems with mandatory minimum sentencing laws.


Prosecutor hands over hours of audio in Masonic temple case

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 10 min ago
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal prosecutor handed over hundreds of hours of audio recordings Tuesday to an attorney defending a man accused of plotting to shoot up a Milwaukee Masonic temple in the name of Islam.

The Latest: Jury sent home for day in NYPD officer's trial

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 11 min ago

New York City Police Officer Peter Liang, center, arrives for closing arguments at his Brooklyn Supreme Court trial in the shooting death of Akai Gurley, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Liang says he didn’t know anyone was in the pitch-black stairway when he unintentionally fired. The shot ricocheted off a wall and hit Gurley, who was taking the stairs down rather than wait for an elevator. (AP Photo/Bryan R. Smith)NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a New York City police officer who shot an unarmed man to death in a dark stairwell in 2014 (all times local):


Man, woman out on bond after arrest with Los Angeles inmate

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 13 min ago

In this Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, booking photo released by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows California fugitive Steven L. Wright at the Henderson Detention Center in Las Vegas. Wright, a murder suspect mistakenly released from jail Jan. 30, 2016, was captured in Nevada. Detectives learned Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 that Wright might be hiding in a Boulder City hotel and requested assistance from the FBI and local police departments. Wright was taken into custody without incident. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police say a man and woman accused of harboring a murder suspect who was mistakenly released from a Los Angeles jail last month are out on bond.


U.S. intelligence chief warns of 'homegrown' security threat

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 16 min ago

Director of U.S. National Intelligence James Clapper speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in New YorkBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attacks by "homegrown" Islamist extremists are among the most imminent security threats facing the United States in 2016, along with dangers posed overseas by Islamic State and cyber security concerns, the top U.S. intelligence official said on Tuesday. In his annual assessment of threats to the United States, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper warned that fast-moving cyber and technological advances "could lead to widespread vulnerabilities in civilian infrastructures and U.S. government systems." In prepared testimony before the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, Clapper outlined an array of other threats from Russia and North Korean nuclear ambitions to instability caused by the Syrian migrant crisis.


Officers oppose delay of their trials in Freddie Gray case

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 18 min ago
BALTIMORE (AP) — Two Baltimore police officers charged in the Freddie Gray case are opposing the state's motion to delay their trials until appellate courts decide whether another officer can be compelled to testify against them.

Groups sue for videos of Minneapolis police killing

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 22 min ago

Two marchers stop to admire the make-shift memorial on the site were Jamar Clark was killed sparking the protests by Members of the group Black Lives Matter in Minneapolis, MinnesotaActivists have been seeking the release of the videos since Nov. 15, when Jamar Clark, 24, was killed. A number of U.S. cities have been hit by protests against police killings, some of which were caught on video. "It's entirely consistent with our democratic values for the public to demand government accountability and transparency when police use force, especially if it results in a life being taken," Charles Samuelson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota, one of the parties bringing the lawsuit, said in a statement.


Man pleads not guilty for planned mass shooting in Milwaukee

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 22 min ago

Samy Mohamed Hamzeh appears in a police booking photo obtained from the Waukesha County Sheriff's DepartmentA Milwaukee man who authorities say planned to kill dozens of people in a mass shooting at a local Masonic temple pleaded not guilty to weapons charges in federal court on Tuesday. Samy Mohamed Hamzeh, 23, appeared in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where he is charged with possession of two machineguns and a silencer, according to online court records. Hamzeh made his not guilty plea in front of U.S. Judge David Jones.


The Latest: Michigan governor proposes $195M more for Flint

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 33 min ago

Lisa Epstein, right, the principal of Henry H. Lee Elementary School in Chicago, lifts a case of water with Flint resident Vanessa Pringle on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at the Slidell Senior Residence Apartments in Flint. Epstein grew up in Flint and returned to hand out bottled water donated from her school in Chicago. (Rachel Woolf/The Flint Journal/ MLive.com via AP)FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The latest on developments in the lead contamination of Flint's water (all times local):


Person found inside vehicle in Schuylkill River in Chester County

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 37 min ago

Person found inside vehicle in Schuylkill River in Chester CountyA person was found inside a car which was discovered underwater in the Schuylkill River in Chester County.


Obama seeks cybersecurity boost to replace 'ancient' tech

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 38 min ago

Obama seeks cybersecurity boost to replace 'ancient' techWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday he is asking Congress for $3.1 billion to update the government's archaic computers systems to protect them from cyberattacks as part of a new, centralized effort to boost cybersecurity.


FBI director says investigators unable to unlock San Bernardino shooter's phone content

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 44 min ago

FBI Director Comey speaks about terrorism at the NYPD Shield Conference in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Dustin Volz and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday that federal investigators have still been unable to access the contents of a cellphone belonging to one of the killers in the Dec. 2 shootings in San Bernardino, California, due to encryption technology. Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the phenomenon of communications "going dark" due to more sophisticated technology and wider use of encryption is "overwhelmingly affecting" law enforcement operations, including investigations into murder, car accidents, drug trafficking and the proliferation of child pornography. "We still have one of those killer's phones that we have not been able to open," Comey said in reference to the San Bernardino attack.


Vehicle found in lake in Chester County

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 45 min ago

Vehicle found in lake in Chester CountyOfficials were called to the scene of a vehicle found in water in Chester County.


ACLU files lawsuit seeking video from fatal police shooting

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 45 min ago
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Minneapolis NAACP filed a lawsuit Tuesday in hopes of forcing authorities to release video footage from the night a black man was fatally shot by police.

Alabama bill could stop removal of Confederate monuments

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 45 min ago
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — As some southern cities mull taking down the Confederate monuments that dot the Old South, an Alabama legislator wants to stop their ability to do so.

3 hospitalized after car slams into Wilmington home

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 48 min ago

3 hospitalized after car slams into Wilmington homeWilmington police are investigating an accident that has left three people injured and caused damage to a home.


2 college faculty fired in scandal over freshmen retention

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 49 min ago
A plan to identify freshmen most likely to fail has erupted into a scandal, faculty firings and a demotion at Mount St. Mary's University after the Catholic school's president reportedly likened the students to baby rabbits that should be killed.

Minnesota Gov. Dayton proposes paid family leave for state workers

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 49 min ago

Minnesota Gov Dayton speaks to mreporters after signing bills in St. PaulIf the legislature approves, Minnesota would join California, New Jersey and Rhode Island in having paid family leave, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. All 35,000 Minnesota state employees would be eligible for the benefit, which would amount to an average of $6,200 in wages workers would receive instead of having to take unpaid leave.