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Stiff sentence sought for Chicago woman in immigration case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 02:11

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2014, file photo, Rasmieh Odeh, of Chicago, speaks to the media outside federal court in Detroit. Federal prosecutors in Detroit are seeking at least five years in prison for Chicago activist Odeh, who didn't tell U.S. immigration officials about her conviction decades ago for bombings in Israel. Odeh returns to court on March 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)DETROIT (AP) — Federal prosecutors are recommending at least five years in prison for a Chicago activist who didn't tell immigration officials about her conviction decades ago for bombings in Israel, including one that killed two college students at a supermarket.

Study: parasite infecting Florida snails poses health danger

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 02:10
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A rare parasite found in snails and rats that can cause serious health problems in humans and animals is more pervasive in South Florida than previously thought, a new study has found.

Minnesota teen pleads guilty to trying to support terrorism

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 02:06
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis teenager accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group has pleaded guilty in federal court.

Emergency responders investigate possible Virginia Ebola case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 02:05
Medics, firefighters and a hazardous materials team investigated a possible case of the deadly Ebola virus in a Virginia suburb of Washington on Thursday, an official said. Emergency crews transported a patient from an apartment in the Clarendon section of Arlington County to Virginia Hospital Center using Ebola precautions, said Lieutenant Sarah-Maria Marchegiani of the county's fire department. Marchegiani said the patient had recently traveled to a country affected by Ebola and exhibited symptoms of the disease. The patient was unlikely to be suffering from the disease, Marchegiani said.

U.S. court restores $18 million award to man freed in NYC rape case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 01:58
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday restored an $18 million jury verdict against New York City and in favor of a man who sued after spending 22 years behind bars for a rape he did not commit. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the city intentionally or recklessly deprived Alan Newton of his due process rights by taking more than a decade to locate a rape kit that showed his DNA did not match samples from the victim. "It's a clear and unequivocal victory," Newton's lawyer John Schutty said in a phone interview. "The 2nd Circuit has unequivocally resolved a constitutional violation, and said the city should be liable." Newton, 53, has been free since July 2006, and is now a research associate with The City University of New York Black Male Initiative.

Police: Gunman linked to random Texas shootings; 1 died

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 01:51
HOUSTON (AP) — Police are searching for a Houston-area gunman they believe is responsible for a series of random shootings this month that left a man dead and three injured.

Navy chief urges more frequent exercises in Arctic

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 01:26

US Navy Chief of Staff Greenert testifies on military budgets before Senate Armed Services Committee in WashingtonThe U.S. Navy's top uniformed officer on Thursday called for annual or biannual submarine exercises in the Arctic, citing Navy estimates that warmer conditions could lead to reduced ice levels and greater activity in the area in less than a decade. The Navy currently sets up a temporary base on the Arctic ice and carries out submarine exercises every three years, but Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan Greenert said they should be held more frequently to ensure the Navy is ready for increased operations in the Arctic as weather conditions change. Greenert told the House Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee that it was critical to test the ability of U.S. submarines to operate and communicate in the harsh environment. Last year's Ice Exercise 2014 was cut short and the ice camp - essentially a small village with housing, a mess tent and various buildings where scientific and military exercises are carried out - was dismantled earlier than planned after cracks appeared in the ice.

Two street racing spectators killed in Los Angeles: local media

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 01:20
An out-of-control car in an illegal street race struck and killed two spectators and badly wounded a third person in Los Angeles early on Thursday, and the driver later fled the scene, Southern California media reported. "There are preliminary indications it was street racing," Los Angeles police Captain John McMahon told local television station KTLA. "This is something that's publicized as glamorous entertainment but street racing is criminal, it's deadly and often results in fatalities and serious injuries." KTLA and local television station KABC, citing police, reported that three spectators at the race were struck by a Ford Mustang and that two of the people died and another was badly hurt. Los Angeles police spokeswoman Rosario Herrera confirmed that two people died when they were struck by a vehicle traveling at high speed, but she could not immediately say if their deaths involved street racing.

No thanks! Companies reject "Shark Tank" deals, still thrive

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 01:18

In this Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 photo, Daniel Rensing, left and his wife Stephanie, owners of The Smart Baker, work in their warehouse in Rockledge, Fla. Annual revenue for their company is close to $1 million, up from $130,000 before their March 2012 appearance on the reality TV show "Shark Tank". (AP Photo/David Goldman)NEW YORK (AP) — With the cameras rolling, Daniel and Stephanie Rensing accepted an offer from a "Shark Tank" investor. But after they had time to think about it, they changed their minds.

Driver charged in San Diego Zombie Walk accident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 01:17
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A felony charge has been filed against a man who drove into a crowd at the annual Zombie Walk during San Diego's Comic-Con last summer, seriously injuring a woman.

Nebraska judge agrees to halt condemnations for Keystone XL

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 01:15
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska judge has issued a temporary order to stop a Canadian company from seizing access to land in one eastern county to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

Jury in Arizona deliberates on fate of convicted killer Jodi Arias

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 01:04

Jodi Arias speaks to defense attorney Jennifer Willmott in the Maricopa County Superior Courtroom in PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A jury in Phoenix debated on Thursday whether Jodi Arias should be put to death for murdering her ex-boyfriend in 2008, following a penalty phase retrial in a case that has drawn wide attention. Arias, a 34-year-old former waitress from California, was found guilty of the murder in 2013 but jurors at the original trial deadlocked on whether to give her the death penalty. The defense pleaded with jurors for Arias' life at closing arguments on Tuesday, saying she was remorseful, has had a long struggle with mental illness and was emotionally and physically abused as a child. During 18 days on the witness stand at the original trial, Arias testified that she killed her former partner Travis Alexander in self defense.

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 01:03

AP10ThingsToSee - An Afghan refugee girl carries laundry on her head on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

Boehner won't decide on Senate security bill until it passes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 01:01

Speaker of the House Boehner listens as his fellow Republicans speak to the media after a conference meeting with House RepublicansU.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday he was still waiting for the Senate to pass a Homeland Security funding bill before he decides whether to support a version of it without immigration restrictions. Senate Democratic and Republican leaders reached a tentative deal on Wednesday to proceed with a "clean" funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security.

Ag secretary: Smartphones could tell buyers what's in food

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 01:00

 use your smart phone. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offers this idea: Use your smartphone.

Ex-con tells judge he robbed bank to get sent back to prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 00:51
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An ex-convict who robbed a bank hoping he'd be sent back to prison told an Indiana judge he wanted to plead guilty only if he received the maximum 8-year sentence.

GOP claims paper shows fed aides' preps for health law loss

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 00:42
WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading House Republican claimed Thursday that he's been told of a 100-page document showing the Obama administration is preparing contingency plans in case the Supreme Court invalidates federal subsidies that help millions of Americans afford health care coverage.

Long investigation likely in 70-car pileup on Maine highway

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 00:26

In this photo provided by Maine State Police And Maine Emergency Management, emergency personnel respond to a multi vehicle pileup on Interstate 95 near Bangor, Maine, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. State police spokesman Steve McCausland says the pileup in Etna happened early Wednesday in heavy snow and involved many cars, a school bus and a tractor trailer. No fatalities were immediately reported but McCausland says some of the injuries were serious. (AP Photo/Maine State Police And Maine Emergency Management, Stephen McCausland)ETNA, Maine (AP) — State police say the investigation into a 70-car pileup that injured at least 17 people on a snowy interstate in Maine could take a while.

Former NYT executive editor Jill Abramson has book deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 00:23

FILE - In this April 19, 2010 file photo, Jill Abramson attends the 2010 Matrix Awards presented by the New York Women in Communications at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Abramson has a book deal for a work on the “creative disruption” caused by the rise of digital media. Simon & Schuster announced Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, that Abramson will write about the struggles of “legacy” companies as they compete with “net-native” organizations. The book is currently untitled and has no release date. It’s Abramson’s first book since she was fired last May by the Times, where she had been the paper’s first female executive editor (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson has a book deal for a work on the "creative disruption" caused by the rise of digital media.

Green groups divided on Hillary Clinton's oil interest ties

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 00:20

 2034 Instead of 2134 ?" at the Clinton Global Initiative 2014 (CGI) in New YorkBy Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton's connections to oil and gas interests has created a dilemma for some environmental groups, troubling activists for whom she would be the natural candidate to support for president. The presumptive Democratic presidential candidate's environmental record has come under renewed scrutiny after the Wall Street Journal reported that the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative have accepted large donations from major energy companies Exxon Mobil and Chevron. The groups also got money from foreign governments, including Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, and from an office of the Canadian government in charge of promoting the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would help transport crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico but is opposed by environmentalists. "It's hard to believe that they don't think they are getting something for their contributions," said Ben Schreiber, head of climate and energy at Friends of the Earth, one of the largest environmental groups in the United States.