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DC mayor: City to legalize pot despite threat from Congress

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 05:28
WASHINGTON (AP) — Possession of marijuana will become legal in the nation's capital, Mayor Muriel Bowser reiterated Wednesday, defying a threat from Congress that she and other city leaders could face prison time for implementing a voter-approved initiative.

Trapped horse rescued from marsh in Wharton State Forest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 05:27
Crews worked for more than an hour to rescue a horse that got trapped in a marshy area of Wharton State Forest in New Jersey.

Ohio man accused of giving tablet denies supporting terror

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 05:24

This undated photo provided by Franklin County Sheriff’s Office shows Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud. Mohamud is due in court on charges of supporting terrorism and money laundering over the past year and a half. A prosecutor's motion to set a $2.5 million bond for Mohamud alleges he provided material support or resources or electronic devices to people engaged in Middle East terrorism and traveled there. (AP Photo/Franklin County Sheriff’s Office)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of providing a computer tablet and other support to terrorists overseas and laundering money to disguise his actions pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, and a judge set his bond at $1 million.

More than 70 vehicles in pileup on snowy Maine interstate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 05:21
AUGUSTA, Maine (Reuters) - More than 70 vehicles were involved in a major pileup on a snowy highway outside Bangor, Maine, on Wednesday, with at least 17 people injured, two seriously, state police said. Photos released by the state police showed uniformed rescue personnel working to remove people trapped in dozens of tangled vehicles on the section of Interstate 95, south of Bangor, where heavy snow was falling. One state trooper described the accident site as a "giant pile of metal." In all, some 50 vehicles were towed. ...

No charges for Georgia officer who shot handcuffed man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 05:20

District Attorney Meg Heap, left, speaks at a press conference Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, about a Chatham County grand jury report that evidence collected by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation does not support criminal charges against Savannah-Chatham police officer David Jannot in the Sept. 18 shooting death of Charles Smith. The grand jury found the detained man was armed with a gun that police missed during his pat-down. Cyrus Purdiman, assistant special agent in charge of the GBI’s Statesboro office, also spoke at the conference. (AP Photo/Savannah Morning News,Steve Bisson)SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A police officer who fatally shot a handcuffed man won't face criminal charges after a grand jury concluded Wednesday that the suspect was armed with a handgun police missed while patting him down.

Police: Fugitive father tried killing himself at time of arrest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 05:14
Three-year-old Elinor Trotta is back home with her mother in Delaware today after an Amber Alert tracked the girl to Massachusetts.

CEO sells programs to predict crime while battling own cases

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 05:12

This undated handout photo provided by Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office shows Sean B. Hosman. Hosman’s company has sold risk and needs assessment tools to governments from Florida to California. A repeat offender himself after battling addiction problems, Hosman has undergone such assessments. He said he has been clean since July 2012, and believes the tools can help reduce prison overcrowding. (AP Photo/Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The CEO of a Utah company that has emerged as a key player in a national movement to overhaul the justice system is a repeat offender himself.

U.S. counter terrorism official faces child sex charge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 05:08
An official in the State Department's counter terrorism bureau has been charged with soliciting a child for sex though the internet, police said on Wednesday. Police in Fairfax County, Virginia, which is west of Washington, said Daniel Rosen, 44, was arrested at his home in the capital on Tuesday and that he would be transferred from Washington to Virginia within ten days. The case was based on written messages Rosen exchanged online with a person who he thought was a juvenile but who in reality was a Fairfax County detective posing as a child, a police official said. A government official said Rosen was the director of an office in the State Department's counter terrorism bureau.

NY surveying banks on cyber security defenses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 05:06
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York financial regulators are considering tougher cyber security requirements for banks to mandate more complex computer sign-ins and certifications from the contractors of their cyber defenses, the state's top regulator said Wednesday.

Lawyer for truck driver says California train crash was accident

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 05:00
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - A lawyer for a driver whose truck was struck by a California commuter train in a wreck that injured 50 people said on Wednesday the crash was an accident and that his client left the scene only in a bid to help. (Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

Life or death for convicted killer Jodi Arias? Jury deliberates

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:59

Jodi Arias sits in the Maricopa County Superior Courtroom in PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - The jury in the case of convicted killer Jodi Arias began deliberations on Wednesday to determine whether she will be executed for murdering her ex-boyfriend in 2008, court officials said. The jury of eight women and four men began weighing the former waitress's fate after final instructions from Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens at the end of a five-month sentencing phase retrial in Phoenix. Arias, 34, was convicted in 2013 of killing Travis Alexander, 30, in his Phoenix-area home in the original trial, which was broadcast live. ...

House votes to expand college accounts Obama wanted to scrap

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:57
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Wednesday to expand the benefits of popular college savings plans that President Barack Obama failed to scale back.

GM cutting production at two North American car plants: source

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:55

File photo of a view of the General Motors headquarters at the Renaissance Center in DetroitGeneral Motors Co is cutting production at two of its North American car plants as supplies of vehicles including the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Regal rise, a person familiar with the company's plans said on Wednesday. Automotive News initially reported GM's plans for its plants in Lake Orion, Michigan, and Oshawa, Ontario, citing sources. GM scheduled downtime for March 9-13 at its Orion plant outside Detroit, where the Sonic and Buick Verano cars are made, to adjust for lower demand, said the person, who asked not to be identified. The plant was also idle last week and previously had scheduled a down week April 6-10, Automotive News said.

Crossing at scene of California rail crash was known rail hazard

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:51

An aerial view shows the scene of a double-decker Metrolink train derailment in Oxnard, CaliforniaBy Michael Fleeman OXNARD, Calif. (Reuters) - The rail crossing where a California commuter train plowed into a truck on Tuesday was a known transportation hazard and the scene of a fatal accident as recently as last year, raising questions about why a highway overpass has not been built there. Fifty people were injured in the fiery pre-dawn wreck in Oxnard, which flipped over three double-decker Metrolink rail cars and derailed two others. A car traveling southbound hit a train and there were also fatalities." Tuesday's crash, in which the driver appears to have turned accidentally onto the tracks in the pre-dawn darkness instead of crossing them, comes three weeks after a Metro-North commuter train struck a car at a crossing outside New York City and derailed, killing six people. Robert Sumwalt of the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the crash, said over 2,000 grade crossing accidents occur every year nationally, killing about 250 people.

Arrest of alleged Islamic State backers highlight need for Homeland Security funding: NYPD

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:44
(Reuters) - The arrest of three New York residents charged with conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State points to the need for Congress to fund the Department of Homeland Security, officials from the New York Police Department told a news conference on Wednesday. The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to clear a path for immigration restrictions to be stripped from a Department of Homeland Security funding bill, a key step toward averting a partial shutdown of the agency within days. (Reporting by Julia Edwards in Washington; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Appeals court: Former Bosnian prison guard can be extradited

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:41
RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — A federal appeals court says a former Bosnian prison camp guard living in Virginia is eligible for extradition to his native country to face war-crimes charges.

3 nabbed in NY, Florida in plot to join Islamic State group

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:31
Three men were arrested Wednesday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the U.S., and federal officials said one of them spoke of attacking President Barack Obama or planting a bomb on Coney Island.

Justices: Dentists unfair to limit teeth-bleaching providers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state regulatory board made up mostly of dentists violated federal law against unfair competition when it tried to prevent lower-cost competitors in other fields from offering teeth-whitening services.

PHOTOS: 32 suspects in suburban Philly drug ring

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:24
A total of 32 people were arrested after an investigation into an alleged drug ring in our area.

Judge says prosecutors can see passport in custody case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:19
NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire judge says prosecutors can view the passport of a woman charged with leaving the U.S. a decade ago with her then-8-year-old daughter amid a custody dispute.