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Judge says gyrocopter pilot can travel as he campaigns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 07:16
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida man who pleaded guilty to landing a gyrocopter outside the U.S. Capitol as a political protest is getting a little bit more freedom as he awaits sentencing and works to plan a congressional campaign.

TV deal means Las Vegas fans won't miss Super Bowl after all

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 07:15

People ride an escalator at the Media Center for the upcoming NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas football fans won't miss the Super Bowl after all.


The Latest: Alibi witness in 'Serial' case ends testimony

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 07:12

Adnan Syed enters Courthouse East in Baltimore prior to a hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 in Baltimore. The hearing, scheduled to last three days before Baltimore Circuit Judge Martin Welch, is meant to determine whether Syed's conviction will be overturned and case retried. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP) WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT; MANDATORY CREDITBALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on a hearing for a convicted murderer seeking a new trial in a case that was examined in the podcast "Serial." (all times local):


Judge: Abuse reporting case against church elders can go on

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 07:11
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge says state officials can pursue a lawsuit against elders of a Jehovah's Witnesses congregation for failing to report suspected child abuse.

US official requires citizenship proof in 3 states

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 07:10
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal elections official has decided — without public notice or review from his agency's commissioners — that residents of Alabama, Kansas and Georgia can no longer register to vote using a federal form without providing proof of U.S. citizenship.

Suspect caught in DC after accessing Twitter during break-in

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 07:02
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington police have tracked down a man suspected of burglarizing businesses across the city after he logged into Twitter from one of his crime scenes.

Jindal lawsuit against Common Core scrapped by new governor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 07:00
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that he is ending Louisiana's lawsuit against President Barack Obama's administration over the Common Core education standards.

Florida extends health emergency over Zika amid growing U.S. concern

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:59

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, BrazilBy Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott expanded a public health emergency over the Zika virus on Thursday, adding a fifth county to the list of areas in the state with travel-related cases. Zika is spreading rapidly in the Americas, and has been linked to a spike in birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil. Florida's warm climate and nearly year-round mosquito season makes it particularly vulnerable to spreading, although so far all of the state's cases were acquired abroad, officials said.


Smirking Shkreli refuses lawmakers' questions, calls them 'imbeciles'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:58

Martin Shkreli, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals LLC, prepares to testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on "Developments in the Prescription Drug Market Oversight" on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Sarah N. Lynch and David Ingram WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former drug executive Martin Shkreli smirked and brushed off questions about drug prices then tweeted that lawmakers were imbeciles on Thursday, when he appeared at a U.S. congressional hearing against his will. Shkreli, 32, sparked outrage last year among patients, medical societies and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton after his company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, raised the price of the drug Daraprim by more than 5,000 percent to $750 a pill. At a hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Shkreli repeatedly invoked the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which says no person shall be compelled in any criminal case "to be a witness against himself." Wearing a sport jacket and collared shirt rather than his usual T-shirt, he responded to questions by laughing, twirling a pencil and yawning.


New UN stamp supports gay rights

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:56
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations Postal Administration on Thursday released six new postage stamps promoting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Oklahoma ex-patrolman to be arraigned for traffic-stop sexual assaults

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:52
An Oklahoma judge on Thursday allowed a case to proceed against a former Oklahoma Highway Patrol officer accused of pulling over three women at separate traffic stops and sexually assaulting them, a legal official said. Eric Roberts, 43, is set to be arraigned on Tuesday at a court in Sapulpa, southwest of Tulsa, on 11 criminal counts including sexual battery, indecent exposure, rape by instrumentation and second degree rape, the official said. During a hearing on Thursday, District Judge Douglas Golden dismissed a defense motion to quash the charges due to procedural matters.

Former DC mayor Gray begins comeback after investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:48

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2014 file photo, then-Washington Mayor Vincent Gray speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Gray has begun his political comeback after a lengthy federal investigation ended with no charges against him. The 73-year-old Democrat announced Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, that he will run for the D.C. Council in his home ward east of the Anacostia River. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Former District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray, whose sole term in office was dogged by a federal investigation that ended with no charges filed against him, began his political comeback Thursday, announcing that he will run for the D.C. Council.


Broken water main leads to traffic detours in Port Richmond

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:47

Broken water main leads to traffic detours in Port RichmondA water main break caused quite a mess in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.


Guard at N.Y.'s Rikers Island charged with smuggling drugs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:46

The City of New York City Department of Investigation photo of Mohammed SufianA correction officer at New York City's notorious Rikers Island jail complex has been charged with smuggling synthetic marijuana, also known as "K2," into the facility. Mohammed Sufian, 25, was arrested late on Wednesday after a drug-sniffing dog helped authorities find 61 grams of the narcotic wrapped in electrical tape and hidden inside his socks, according to the city's Department of Investigation. A search of Sufian's home yielded five similar packages, four containing synthetic marijuana and one containing tobacco, authorities said.


Florida jury awards $291,000 in lottery winnings to woman's ex

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:45
Money doesn’t buy happiness even when it is $1 million in lottery winnings, a sad lesson that a Florida couple who squabbled for years over a winning ticket learned the hard way. Howard Browning and Lynn Poirier, both 62, have been slugging it out in court since 2007 after she bought the lucky ticket and refused to split the booty with Browning, then her live-in boyfriend. “He’s ecstatic,” Sean Sheppard, a Fort Lauderdale attorney who represents Browning, said.

Charges brought against four protesters still occupying Oregon wildlife refuge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:44
Four anti-government activists still occupying a U.S. wildlife refuge in Oregon have been indicted along with 12 others previously arrested on charges of conspiring to impede federal officers during a month-long armed standoff at the compound. The indictment, returned by a federal grand jury in Portland on Wednesday and unsealed on Thursday, supersedes an earlier criminal complaint in the case. It accuses protest leader Ammon Bundy and others of plotting to prevent by "force, intimidation, and threats" agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the performance of their duties.

FBI's hands-off strategy in Oregon follows lessons learned

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:42

Protesters stand in front of the Harney County Courthouse in Burns, Ore., Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. Protesters were upset about the fatal police shooting of the spokesman for an armed group that has occupied a nearby wildlife refuge to protest land use policies.(AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)Federal officials have allowed the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge to drag on for more than a month as part of a strategy learned from past standoffs in Texas and Idaho that ended in bloodshed and spurred more government mistrust, experts say.


Activist behind Planned Parenthood video offered probation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:42

David Daleiden, center, one of the two anti-abortion activists indicted last week, addresses the media with attorney's Jared Woodfill, left, and Terry Yates after turning himself in to authorities Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Houston. Daleiden and Sandra Merritt are charged with tampering with a governmental record, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)HOUSTON (AP) — An anti-abortion activist's plan to reject a plea deal offering probation for charges related to making undercover Planned Parenthood videos likely means his goal is to use a trial as a public platform to criticize the nonprofit, according to legal experts.


Universal employee sues over lost job involving gun

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:41
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former worker is suing Universal Orlando, claiming he was illegally fired for having a gun in his car.

Young boy found wandering in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:36

Young boy found wandering in Southwest PhiladelphiaA little boy was found wandering the street alone in Southwest Philadelphia Thursday morning.