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Manning's conviction, 35-year sentence upheld

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:28

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, file photo, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who now wishes to be known as Chelsea Manning, is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., after a hearing in his court-martial. The lawyer representing Chelsea Manning in her appeals says the soldier’s 35-year sentence for leaking classified information is out of proportion with her offenses. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)An Army general has upheld Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and 35-year prison sentence for giving reams of classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, the Army said Monday.


Flavor Flav takes plea deal in Vegas battery case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:19

FILE- This Oct. 17, 2012 file image released by the Las Vegas Police Department shows rapper Flavor Flav, also known as William Jonathan Drayton, Jr., in a police booking photo. A prosecutor and defense attorneys say the 55-year-old former rap music and reality TV star is scheduled to enter a plea Monday, April 14, 2014 in Clark County District Court in a plea deal that would avoid trial in a Las Vegas domestic violence case. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Police Department, file)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Entertainer Flavor Flav pleaded guilty Monday to reduced charges and was sentenced to probation and more counseling in a Las Vegas domestic violence case involving the teenage son of his longtime girlfriend.


CBO slightly lowers U.S. deficit estimates as health subsidies fall

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:18

Murillo reads a leaflet at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaBy David Lawder and David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will cost slightly less than previously thought, helping to slow down the forecast growth of U.S. deficits over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office said on Monday. The non-partisan CBO, in revisions to its annual budget estimates, said the reduced subsidy cost estimates partly reflect lower premiums now being charged in government-run "Obamacare" exchanges and accommodations that allow previously canceled health plans to be extended. The reduced health cost estimates made up the bulk of a $286 billion reduction in CBO's cumulative deficit forecast for fiscal years 2015 through 2024, compared with a forecast in February, to $7.62 trillion.


Murder suspects were sex offenders under scrutiny

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:17

A portrait of murder victim Martha Anaya, left, is displayed on a table as her mother Herlinda Salcedo cries Sunday April 13, 2014, while looking at a computer that she used to try and find her in Santa Ana. Anaya, a sex worker, is alleged to have been slain by a pair of serial killers. Anaya's family was heavily using social media in their efforts to discover her fate. (AP Photo/Orange County Register, Eugene Garcia)ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Two registered sex offenders arrested over the weekend on suspicion of killing four Southern California women over a five-month span have known each other since at least 2012, when they both cut their ankle bracelets and boarded a Greyhound bus to Las Vegas together using fake names.


Conjoined boys separated at chest to exit hospital

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:14
DALLAS (AP) — The conditions of conjoined twins separated last summer have steadily improved, and officials say they'll be released this week from a Dallas hospital.

Robert Rizzo, accused in Bell fraud, gets prison

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:04
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man authorities say masterminded a scheme that fleeced the small Los Angeles suburb of Bell out of millions of dollars was sentenced in federal court Monday to 33 months in prison for income tax evasion.

Gay couples wed in Michigan want state to recognize marriages

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:01

Bernie Liang and Ryan Hamachek show their rings after getting married outside Seattle City HallBy Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Ohio must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples wed legally outside the state, a federal judge ruled on Monday in the latest in a string of decisions supporting an expansion of gay rights. U.S. District Judge Timothy Black in Cincinnati had said earlier in April he expected to enter a ruling striking down Ohio's ban on recognizing legal same-sex marriages as a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has said he planned to appeal the decision once it was handed down. Black had previously entered narrower orders that required Ohio, which bans same-sex marriage, to allow two gay men to be listed as "spouse" on the death certificates of husbands they married outside Ohio.


Lawyer for bin Laden son-in-law pleads guilty to tax charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:57

Stanley Cohen, defense lawyer for Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, speaks to the media outside Manhattan Federal Court in New YorkA prominent New York defense lawyer who recently represented the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden has pleaded guilty to failing to file income taxes for six years. Stanley Cohen, 63, pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court in Syracuse, New York, to obstructing and impeding the Internal Revenue Service, according to court filings Prosecutors said Cohen failed to file tax returns between 2005 and 2010, and routinely accepted cash from clients and storing it in a safe deposit box at an upstate bank. Cohen operates a law office out of New York City but also has a home and office 100 miles to the north, in Sullivan County. According to the court filings, Cohen also agreed to plead guilty within the next 10 days in a separate tax-related case in Manhattan federal court, where he is charged with failing to file tax returns for his law office in 2006 and 2007.


SpaceX delays station delivery launch

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:55

FILE - This Tuesday, March 26, 2013 file photo provided by NASA shows the release of the SpaceX Dragon-2 spacecraft from the International Space Station. NASA is pressing ahead, on Monday, April 14, 2014, with the planned launch of a supply ship despite a critical computer outage at the International Space Station, promising the situation is safe. (AP Photo/NASA)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space station cargo ship will remain Earthbound for a while longer.


Lawyer for bin Laden son-in-law guilty in tax case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:55
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The lawyer who represented Osama bin Laden's son-in-law at his recent terrorism trial pleaded guilty Monday in Syracuse to a federal charge of impeding the IRS.

Army general upholds Manning's prison sentence in WikiLeaks case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:46
A U.S. Army general has denied clemency for Chelsea Manning and upheld the former soldier's 35-year prison sentence for providing secret files to WikiLeaks in the biggest breach of classified materials in U.S. history, the Army said Monday. Major General Jeffrey S. Buchanan's decision to uphold the findings of Manning's 2013 court-martial will automatically send the case to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, an Army statement said. The soldier, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad in 2010 when she gave the pro-transparency site WikiLeaks 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts.

Jail for dad who overdosed at McDonald's play area

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:41
CINCINNATI (AP) — A man who overdosed on heroin with his girlfriend at a McDonald's play area near Cincinnati was sentenced Monday to six months in jail for child endangering.

Teachers, staff return to Pittsburgh-area school where 22 stabbed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:39
Four critically injured boys remained hospitalized following the attack last Wednesday at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. A 16-year-old student at the school, Alex Hribal, has been charged as an adult with attempted homicide and aggravated assault. "As we begin our recovery phase, it is imperative that the district begins to create a normal and calm educational environment for our students who are currently on campus and for those who will be returning to Franklin Regional Senior High School," read a statement on the website. Hribal is scheduled to appear in Westmoreland County Magisterial Court on April 30 before Judge Charles Conway.

2014 Pulitzer winners in journalism and arts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:38
The 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, and the judges' comments:

Family: 2 shot in head at Kan. Jewish center

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:33

Will Corporon, left, and Tony Corporon, right, fight emotions while Mindy Losen, center, talks about her son and father during a news conference at their church in Leawood, Kan., Monday, April 14, 2014. Dr. William Corporon and his 14-year-old grandson were victims of Sunday's shooting at the Jewish Community Center. The three are sons and daughter of Dr. Corporon and Losen is the mother of the 14-year-old victim. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — Family members of a boy and his grandfather who were killed at a suburban Kansas City Jewish center say the pair were ambushed and shot in the head as they got out of their vehicle.


Jury chosen for US terror trial of Egyptian imam

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:18

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. Jury selection begins Monday, April 14, 2014, in the New York trial of the Egyptian Islamic preacher extradited from Great Britain on charges he conspired to support al-Qaida. (AP Photo/ Elizabeth Williams, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A jury was chosen Monday for the federal trial of an Egyptian Islamic preacher extradited from Great Britain on charges he conspired to support al-Qaida, setting the stage for the second major terrorism trial in Manhattan in two months.


Judge to Ohio: Recognize out-of-state gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:14

Attorney Al Gerhardstein, left, stands with several same-sex couples at a news conference, Friday, April 4, 2014, in Cincinnati. Civil rights attorneys are arguing in Federal Court on Friday that a federal judge should prohibit Ohio officials from enforcing the state's ban on gay marriage. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered Ohio to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, and civil rights attorneys and gay marriage supporters immediately began looking ahead to their next fight: a lawsuit seeking to force Ohio to allow gay couples to marry.


Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:11
NEW YORK (AP) — Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch" has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Washington Post, Guardian win Pulitzers in public service for coverage of NSA surveillance

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:06
NEW YORK (AP) — Washington Post, Guardian win Pulitzers in public service for coverage of NSA surveillance.

Bell scandal kingpin gets prison term in tax case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:03
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man authorities say masterminded a scheme that fleeced the small Los Angeles suburb of Bell out of millions of dollars has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for income tax evasion.