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American identifies cleric in US terrorism case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 07:02

FILE- In this Oct. 9, 2013 file courtroom drawing, defense attorney, Jeremy Schneider, left, represents accused terrorist Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, center, in Manhattan federal court, in New York. Opening arguments in Mustafa’s terrorism trial began in New York on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Federal prosecutors accused Mustafa of training and aiding terrorists in the 1990s while hiding in plain sight as the leader of a London mosque, while Mustafa’s attorney told jurors his client had never harmed Americans and did not participate in any of the acts charged in the case. (AP Photo/ Elizabeth Williams, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A man told a jury Friday that an Egyptian cleric on trial on terrorism charges is the "very angry" imam he met in London years ago.

U.S. further delays final decision on Keystone XL pipeline

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 07:01

A TransCanada Keystone Pipeline pump station operates outside Steele City, NebraskaBy Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration further delayed its decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project on Friday, with no conclusion now likely until after the U.S. mid-term elections in November. President Barack Obama has said he will have the final say on whether to allow the pipeline connecting Canada's oil sands region to Texas refiners, and several government agencies had been given until May to weigh in. But the State Department said on Friday it was extending that agency comment period, citing a need to wait until the Nebraska Supreme Court settles a dispute over what path the $5.4 billion TransCanada Corp project should take. "That pipeline route is central to the environmental analysis for the project and if there are changes to the route it could have implications," a senior State Department official told reporters.

Senate to debate rideshare regulations

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 06:57
PHOENIX (AP) — Among the major issues left to cover at the Arizona Legislature before the session ends is how to regulate the increasingly popular ridesharing programs like Uber and Lyft.

Calls against hate as victims of anti-Semitic gunman in Kansas mourned

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 06:52
By Carey Gillam and Kevin Murphy LEAWOOD, Kansas (Reuters) - Thousands of mourners filled a church in Kansas on Friday to remember a teenager and his grandfather who were shot dead outside a Jewish community center last week in a suspected anti-Semitic hate crime. Adam Hamilton, the senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, called on the more than 3,000 mourners to "stand in the gap" against evil and hatred as they paid tribute to Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather, William Corporon, 69. The two, who were not Jewish, were gunned down on their way into the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park where Underwood planned to audition for a singing competition. Overland Park, in the state of Kansas, is a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri.

Suspect in Kansas City highway shootings faces 18 felony counts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 06:52

Mohammed Pedro Whitaker is seen in an undated photo released by the Kansas City Police Department in Kansas City, MissouriBy Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - A man who went on a weeks-long shooting spree on Kansas City, Missouri, highways has been charged with 18 felony counts, including firing into vehicles and striking occupants, prosecutors said on Friday. Mohammed P. Whitaker, 27, who was arrested on Thursday at his home, is believed to have acted alone in the string of shootings, said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker. In a series of seemingly random attacks that left the Kansas City area on edge, Whitaker is accused of opening fire at cars in a dozen incidents on highways in and around Kansas City, 11 of them from March 18 to April 6. Armed with a .380 caliber handgun, Whitaker appears to have opened fire from his own vehicle by positioning it in the blind spots of his targets, prosecutors said.

Restitution ordered over dead, dying reptiles

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 06:51
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California exotic pet breeder who had 20,000 dead and dying rats and reptiles in a warehouse has avoided jail time but was ordered to pay more than $190,000 in restitution.

US puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 06:35

President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 18, 2014, where he presented the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy to the United States Naval Academy football team. The Obama administration is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely.

Year after blast, Texas town ponders new plant

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 06:05

The slab remains of an apartment complex, Thursday, April 17, 2014, in West, Texas, that was destroyed when a nearby fertilizer plant exploded. Today marks the one year anniversary of the explosion at a fertilizer plant that killed fifteen people, including 12 volunteer firefighters and others responding to the fire, and more than 200 were injured. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)WEST, Texas (AP) — Leaders in a Central Texas town that was devastated last year by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion are contemplating building a new facility, calling it a crucial step toward West's economic recovery.

Teck's Red Dog zinc mine still operating after quakes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 06:03
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Teck Resources said on Friday its Red Dog operation in Alaska, the world's largest zinc and lead mine, is operating as usual after two earthquakes struck a few miles from the site. Two extremely shallow earthquakes, a magnitude 5.6 and a magnitude 5.3, struck just minutes apart on Friday afternoon just a few miles (km) southeast of the mine in remote northwest Alaska, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Red Dog, located just over 100 miles above the Arctic Circle and employing 550 full-time staff, is expected to produce between 500,000 and 525,000 tonnes of zinc and 95,000-100,000 tonnes of lead in 2014, according to Teck's 2013 annual report.

Man sentenced in USC shooting that wounded 4

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 05:38
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who shot and wounded four people outside of a Halloween party on the University of Southern California campus was sentenced Friday to 40 years to life in prison.

Colorado deaths stoke worries about pot edibles

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 05:34

Edible marijuana products are pictured on display at a medical marijuana dispensary in Denver on Friday, April 18, 2014. Many of the items are far more potent than a single marijuana joint. Two recent deaths have raised concerns about Colorado's recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug, especially since cookies, candy and other pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a smoked joint. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)DENVER (AP) — A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy.

Deputies: Man smothered crying son over video game

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 05:30
HOMOSASSA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man suffocated his young, crying son so he could play video games on his Xbox and watch TV, sheriff's deputies said Friday.

Study: Half of jailed NYC youths have brain injury

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 05:29
NEW YORK (AP) — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that's the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among young offenders.

Second wave of milder flu hitting Northeast

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 05:16
NEW YORK (AP) — A second, milder wave of flu is hitting the Northeast.

Teck's Red Dog zinc mine 'operating as normal' after earthquakes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 05:15
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Teck Resources said on Friday its Red Dog zinc mine, the world's largest, in Alaska is operating as usual after two earthquakes struck a few miles from the site. "Mild tremors were felt at Red Dog operations. There were no safety concerns and the mine is currently operating as normal," a spokesman said in an email. (Reporting by Josephine Mason; Editing by Richard Chang)

Railroad says it's committed to hauling fertilizer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 05:04
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Canadian Pacific Railway told a federal oversight board Friday that moving fertilizer for spring planting does not present a "significant challenge" for the railroad.

Prosecutor: Body fits description of missing boy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 05:00

Massachusetts State Police stand along Interstate 190 where police said a child's body was found Friday, April 18, 2014, near Sterling, Mass. Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr., said the body has not been positively identified as Jeremiah Oliver, of Fitchburg, but that the height and weight of the body was consistent with Oliver's size. Jeremiah Oliver was last seen by relatives in September 2013 but wasn't reported missing until December. His mother Elsa Oliver and her boyfriend Alberto Sierra are both charged in the case. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Tom Rettig)WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A child's body found off a highway in central Massachusetts on Friday matches the height and weight of a 5-year-old boy who has been missing for seven months, and whose disappearance led to calls for changes in the state's child welfare agency, authorities said.

TransCanada CEO 'disappointed' with Keystone XL pipeline delay

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 04:55
(Reuters) - TransCanada Corp Chief Executive Russ Girling said on Friday he was "extremely disappointed and frustrated" with yet another delay in making a decision on a presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. The statement followed the decision by the U.S. State Department to extend the government comment period on the Keystone XL pipeline, a move that likely postpones a final decision on the controversial project until after the November 4 mid-term elections. By linking Canadian fields to refiners on the Gulf Coast, the 1,200-mile (1,900-km) Keystone XL pipeline would be a boon to an energy patch where oil sands are abundant but that produce more carbon pollution than many other forms of crude. Keystone opponents say that burning fossil fuels to wrench oil sands crude from the ground will worsen climate change, and that the $5.4 billion pipeline, which could carry up to 830,000 barrels per day, would only spur more production.

Eyewitness testimony no longer a gold standard

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 04:41
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant.

Former Blue Angels commander relieved of duty

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 04:40

FILE - This March 23, 2014 file photo shows the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels flying over during the national anthem before the NASCAR Sprint Series auto race in Fontana, Calif. The Navy says a California-based officer, Capt. Gregory McWherter, has been relieved of duty because of unspecified alleged misconduct while he was commanding officer of the Blue Angels precision flying team(AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy officer was relieved of duty Friday because of unspecified alleged misconduct while he was commanding officer of the Blue Angels precision flying team, the service said.