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Man accused of killing California family hires attorneys

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 09:33

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2013, file photo, residents of Victorville, Calif., and surrounding communities place crosses near the graves where the McStay family was found in Victorville, Calif. Prosecutors are expected to reveal Tuesday, May 19, 2015, the evidence that led them to Charles "Chase" Merritt, the sole suspect in the case, at a preliminary hearing. A judge previously denied a media request to unseal investigative filings and authorities have said little about the murders of Joseph McStay, 40, his wife, Summer, 43, and their sons, 4-year-old Gianni and 3-year-old Joseph Jr. (James Quigg/The Victor Valley Daily Press via AP, File)SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A man charged with killing a California family of four who mysteriously disappeared from their home will no longer represent himself in court.

About 120 guns found at scene of deadly Texas gang fight

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 09:28

A motorcycle is seen on a wrecker before it is removed from the Twin Peaks restaurant, where nine members of a motorcycle gang were shot and killed, in WacoBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - About 120 guns and 160 knives were recovered from the scene of a deadly Sunday battle between rival motorcycle gangs in the Texas city of Waco that left nine people dead, police said on Wednesday as they sharply dropped their tally of weapons found. Gang members hid weapons in sacks of flour and bags of chips at the Twin Peaks restaurant, where they attacked each other in a fight that was likely set off by a smoldering turf battle, Waco Police said. Waco Police Sergeant Patrick Swanton told cable channel CNN: "These were vicious gang members that were in our city Sunday." The two main adversaries were motorcycle gangs the Bandidos, seen as the long-standing dominant gang in Texas and called a criminal organization by the U.S. Justice Department, and the Cossacks, which have been challenging them for power in the state, according to experts on the gangs.

3rd man charged with murder in nursing student's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 09:23
DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors say a third man has been charged with murder in the death of a Tennessee nursing student reported missing in 2011.

Bay Bridge to 'function as designed' despite broken rod -officials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 09:21
By Emmett Berg SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - One of the several hundred high-strength steel rods anchoring the tower of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge's new eastern span has broken, state officials said on Wednesday. "More than 99 percent of the bolts we have already tested in the Bay Bridge tower foundation are not broken," said Dr. Brian Maroney, Caltrans' chief engineer overseeing construction of the bridge. "This is really good news and there are only a few more left to test." The eastern span of the bridge, which opened in 2013, is considered a self-anchoring bridge notable for its single white tower, which the National Basketball Association's Golden State Warriors has adopted for their logo.  After more than 10 years of construction costing $6.4 billion, the new span replaced its predecessor, a multi-tower cantilever bridge built in 1936 that partly collapsed during the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.

DA: Both gunmen fired potentially lethal shots at officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 09:13

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Carlton Hipps. Two brothers charged with killing a Philadelphia police officer during a shootout inside a video game store each struck the officer with a potentially lethal shot, prosecutors said Wednesday, May 20, 2015, as the suspects waived their preliminary hearing. Hipps, 29, and half brother Ramone Williams, 25, together fired six bullets that struck Officer Robert Wilson. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two brothers charged with killing a Philadelphia police officer during a shootout inside a video game store each struck the officer with a potentially lethal shot, prosecutors said Wednesday as the suspects waived their preliminary hearing.

Facing child support, Minneapolis man joins the jihad

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 09:12
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Abdifatah Ahmed struggled for years to make ends meet.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 09:02

A translated copy of an application to join Osama bin Laden's terrorist network is photographed in Washington, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The document is among 100 realized by U.S. intelligence officials. U.S. intelligence officials have released more than 100 documents seized in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, including a loving letter to his wife and a job application for his terrorist network. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence says the papers were taken in the Navy SEALs raid that killed bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011.(AP Photo)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

Justice Department declines charges in Idaho prison scandal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 09:02

U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson, center, speaks to reporters on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Boise, Idaho. Olson announced the U.S. Justice Department would not press criminal charges in connection with a contract fraud investigation at a private Idaho prison. (AP Photo/Kimberlee Kruesi)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has declined to press criminal charges in connection with an investigation into allegations of contract fraud and public corruption at a private prison in Idaho.

Police use stun gun on man at Los Angeles airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 08:56

Police officers restrain a man they used a stun gun on at Los Angeles International Airport, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Airport police Sgt. Belinda Joseph said the man who was stunned had refused to cooperate with Transportation Security Administration officers at Terminal 6. (Alex Espinoza via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police at Los Angeles International Airport used a stun gun on an unarmed man who they say refused to cooperate at security.

Waco restaurant video shows bikers, others seeking cover

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 08:14

Waco police officers walk along the perimeter of Twin Peaks restaurant during an investigation Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in Waco, Texas. A deadly weekend shootout involving rival motorcycle gangs apparently began with a parking dispute and someone running over a gang member's foot, police said Tuesday. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald, via AP)WACO, Texas (AP) — As gunfire broke out in the parking lot of a Texas restaurant, dozens of motorcycle riders ran inside seeking cover and tried to guide others to safety, security video reviewed exclusively by The Associated Press showed Wednesday.

No charges against 15 teens in LA sex assault cases

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 08:12
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County prosecutors won't file criminal charges against 15 boys suspected of sexually assaulting two girls on and off a high school campus.

Oklahoma GOP roiled by infighting as conference looms

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 08:02
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As Republicans prepare for some of the party's biggest names to descend on Oklahoma for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, the state party is being rocked by infighting over its new chairman's decision to retain a staffer who pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge.

Feds trying to determine if Amtrak engineer was using phone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:53

In this aerial photo, emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train wreck, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Philadelphia. Federal investigators arrived Wednesday to determine why an Amtrak train jumped the tracks in a wreck that killed at least six people, and injured dozens. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Investigators are combing through phone records, locomotive data, radio transmissions and surveillance video to determine if the engineer in last week's deadly Amtrak derailment was using his cellphone while at the controls, federal authorities said Wednesday as union officials offered new details on how the engineer spent the hours before the crash.

Uniroyal celebrates 50th anniversary of giant tire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:48

Metal beams line the inside of the Giant Uniroyal Tire in Allen Park, Mich., Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The 80-foot-high, 12-ton tire is turning 50 and has stood alongside Interstate 94, near Detroit, since 1965, a year after it debuted at the New York World’s Fair. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Generations of motorists have passed by the world's largest tire, which sits alongside a busy stretch of Detroit-area freeway.

Woman arrested after bomb threat prompts LA evacuations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:46

A woman sits in front of the downtown Los Angeles Federal Building with a package Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Police Officer Tony Im said the woman was arrested Wednesday about three hours after making a bomb threat. The threat prompted two buildings to be evacuated and streets to be closed in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police have arrested a woman who they say made a bomb threat, prompting two buildings to be evacuated and streets to be closed in a bustling area of downtown Los Angeles.

A series of settlements in 2010 Gulf oil spill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:45
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A committee of lawyers representing businesses and individuals claiming damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill announced a $211 million settlement Wednesday with Transocean Ltd., owner of the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

Man tasered, arrested at Los Angeles International Airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:38
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An unarmed man who was not cooperating with Transportation Security Administration officers in a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport was tasered and arrested on Wednesday, an airport police spokeswoman said. The man was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment following the incident, Sergeant Belinda Joseph of the Los Angeles Airport Police said in a statement. As airport police responded to the scene the man continued to be uncooperative and pushed past an officer, she said.

U.S. Navy secretary says paying attention to cyber threats

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:19
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy is working hard to improve the cyber security of its computer networks and weapon and communications systems, while bracing for potential attacks on power grids and fuel supplies, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Wednesday. Mabus said cyber warfare was a clear threat given Russia's use of cyber attacks before its physical invasions of Crimea and Georgia. It's in every system because we are so networked." Mabus confirmed recent media reports that the Navy was looking at replacing IBM servers used for its Aegis combat system after International Business Machines Corp's $2.1 billion sale of its server division to China's Lenovo Group Ltd last year.

Minneapolis officer accused of assault, falsifying reports

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:11

In this March 15, 2007 photo, Minneapolis Police Department Academy graduate Michael Griffin pins his badge onto his uniform during a graduation ceremony in Minneapolis. An indictment Wednesday, May 20, 2015, accuses Griffin of assaulting several people while off-duty and filing false reports. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUTMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer who allegedly identified himself as an officer and assaulted at least four people while off-duty, then filed false reports, has been charged with federal civil rights violations and other counts in an indictment announced Wednesday.

NYC's One World Observatory offers panoramic views, painful memories

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:09

Time-lapse projection of the New York skyline through the years inside the Sky Pod Elevator on the way up to the One World Observatory observation deck on the 100th floor of the One World Trade center tower in New YorkBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's One World Trade Center on Wednesday treated invited guests to a sneak peek at the panoramic views from the observation deck atop the newly opened tower, which rises nearly a quarter of a mile (400 meters) above the streets of Lower Manhattan. The "pre-opening" of the three-floor aerie at the crown of the Western Hemisphere's tallest building marks the latest milestone in the rebuilding of the site where the Twin Towers were destroyed in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. "There's always the thought of 9/11 but you can't really think like that," said Robert Domino, a 20-year-old maintenance worker who has gone to the observatory to do cleaning work.