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Man who flew gyrocopter to U.S. Capitol faces up to nine and a half years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 05:01

The U.S. Capitol building is seen through a snow covered trellis at the start of the 114th Congress on the Capitol grounds in WashingtonThe Florida man who flew a gyrocopter onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in April faces up to 9-1/2 years in prison after being indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday. Douglas Hughes, a 61-year-old mail carrier from Ruskin, Florida, was indicted on six charges, including violation of the registration requirements involving an aircraft and violation of national defense airspace, the U.S. Justice Department said. Hughes was arrested after piloting the small, unauthorized aircraft from Pennsylvania and landing on the west lawn of the Capitol as police and tourists looked on.


Bin Laden fixated on attacking U.S. interests: documents

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 04:59

Members of the anti-terrorism squad are seen surrounding the compound where al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in AbbottabadBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden was fixated on attacking U.S. targets and pressured al Qaeda groups to heal local rivalries and focus on that cause, according to documents the United States says were seized in his hideout in Pakistan and released on Wednesday. The documents published by U.S. intelligence also contained details of purported negotiations between al Qaeda, its allies in the Pakistani Taliban and representatives of Pakistani intelligence, and what seemed to be an al Qaeda job application.


Obama calls climate change an 'indisputable' security threat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 04:54

President Barack Obama is introduced at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation in New London, Conn., Wednesday, May 20, 2015, before giving the commencement address. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — President Barack Obama has argued for action on climate change as a matter of health, environmental protection and international obligation. On Wednesday, he added national security.


Collection of early American coins sells for $25 million

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 04:47
NEW YORK (AP) — A trove of 128 American coins from the late 18th and early 19th centuries has sold for a total of $25.3 million at auction in New York.

DA: Both gunmen fired potentially lethal shots at slain Phila. Police Sgt.Robert Wilson III

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 04:41

 Both gunmen fired potentially lethal shots at slain Phila. Police Sgt.Robert Wilson IIITwo 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.


Ex-Madoff employee sentenced to 9 months of home detention

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 04:40
NEW YORK (AP) — A second-generation employee of Bernard Madoff who was one of the earliest government cooperators after the massive Ponzi scheme was revealed was sentenced Wednesday to nine months of home detention.

Scientists link dolphin deaths in Gulf to 2010 BP spill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 04:38

In this photo taken May 10, 2015, a dead dolphin washes ashore in the Gulf of Mexico on Grand Isle, La. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists stated in a report released Wednesday, May 20, 2015, that there are links between BP's catastrophic 2010 oil spill and a spate of dolphin deaths since the spill. The study is part of a wide-ranging assessment of ecological damage caused by the spill. BP has rejected that contention and said necropsies of dolphins and "other information reveal there is no evidence" to make the link between the spill and dolphin deaths. (AP Photo/Cain Burdeau)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a new study, a team of scientists says there's a definite link between the massive BP oil spill in 2010 and a record number of dolphin deaths along the northern Gulf of Mexico.


GOP primary for governor remains undecided in Kentucky

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 04:35

Supporters of Republican candidate for governor Matt Bevin express shock while watching primary race returns in Louisville, Ky., Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Bevin is locked in a tight race with Republican James Comer. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan)FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Republican nominee for governor could be in limbo for weeks following a close primary, but either possible winner will offer voters a stark contrast to Democrat Jack Conway in a rare off-year election.


Senators get creative to protect industries in trade debate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 04:30
WASHINGTON (AP) — In Congress' roiling debate over trade, one senator calls his efforts to protect the U.S. catfish industry a matter of averting "the dangers of exposure to foreign agriculture drugs."

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Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 04:28
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pilot who landed gyrocopter at US Capitol indicted on 6 charges, faces 9½ years in prison.

Judge temporarily halts fracking approvals in North Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 04:28

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2014, file photo, protesters gather and hold signs before a hearing on proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, oil and gas drilling, in Raleigh, N.C. A judge has halted the approval of fracking operations in North Carolina until a higher court weighs in on the legality of the appointment of several boards that manage state resources and the environment. (AP Photo/Jonathan Drew, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge has halted the approval of fracking operations in North Carolina until a higher court weighs in on the legality of the appointment of several boards that manage state resources and the environment.


Permanent Michael Brown memorial planned at shooting site

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 04:20

Michael Brown Sr. unwraps a plaque remembering his son, Michael Brown, to show volunteers as they remove items left at a makeshift memorial to Michael Brown Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. The memorial that has marked the place where Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in August has been removed and will be replaced with a permanent plaque. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The makeshift mid-street memorial that marked where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer last summer was cleared out Wednesday — what would have been his 19th birthday — amid plans to install a permanent plaque in his memory nearby.


Suspension advised for judge accused of punching attorney

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 04:20
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida judge's sharp tongue and hot temper might soon find him in the judicial penalty box.

NTSB has possession of Amtrak engineer's cell phone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 04:11

NTSB has possession of Amtrak engineer's cell phoneInvestigators 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.


NYC hammer suspect charged with assault from hospital bed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 04:04
NEW YORK (AP) — A mentally ill man who randomly attacked three people with a hammer and was later shot after he struck a New York City police officer with the tool in midtown Manhattan was charged Wednesday with assault and criminal possession of a weapon, authorities said.

Investigators pore over phone records of engineer in Amtrak crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 04:02
By Frank McGurty NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal investigators are analyzing the cell phone records of the engineer in last week's deadly Amtrak derailment to determine if he was making calls or texting when he was operating the train, officials said on Wednesday. Investigators are aware that engineer Brandon Bostian made calls and texts on the day of the May 12 crash in Philadelphia that killed eight and injured more than 200, but do not yet know if any of the activity was during the time he was operating the train, the National Transportation Safety Board said. Amtrak engineers are required to turn off their phones when behind the controls, officials have said.

Former Va. lawmaker says 19-year-old woman's baby is his

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 04:02
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia lawmaker who was accused of having sex with a 17-year-old employee says he is the father of her baby.

FBI joins probe in fatal shooting of Colorado bicyclist

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 03:58
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The FBI has joined an investigation into the fatal shooting of a bicyclist in a part of northern Colorado where a woman was recently hit by a bullet in the neck while driving, authorities said on Wednesday. A motorist discovered the body of John Jacoby, a part-time caretaker with the town’s parks department, on Monday alongside a rural road in the town of Windsor, police said. Last month, 20-year-old Cori Romero was driving along Interstate 25 northwest west of Windsor when her driver’s side window shattered, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Multi-state accord to aid consumers with credit report errors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 03:57
The three major U.S. consumer credit reporting agencies have agreed to improve their approach to fixing mistakes on consumers' reports and address disputes more effectively, under a settlement with 31 state attorneys general announced on Wednesday. The accord expands upon their March 9 agreement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to improve how they interact with consumers. Under Wednesday's settlement, the credit bureaus will more closely scrutinize companies that furnish them with data, and curb the marketing of credit monitoring products to consumers who dispute information on their reports.

Four Connecticut police officers cleared in fatal 2013 shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 03:53
By Richard Weizel BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (Reuters) - Connecticut prosecutors on Wednesday cleared four police officers in the 2013 shooting of a black suspect who died of wounds sustained while police tried to arrest him in a parking lot in Bridgeport, the state's largest city. The four officers, three of whom are white and one black, believed they needed to use deadly force to defend themselves when 23-year-old Carnell Williams pointed a gun at them while the driver of the car he was riding in attempted to crash through a circle of police officers. "I reviewed the case to the best of my ability and did not find race played a role in the shootings," said David Shepack, state's attorney for Connecticut's Litchfield district.