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APNewsBreak: Oklahoma court could face impeachment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 04:30
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A member of the Oklahoma House drafted a resolution Wednesday seeking the impeachment of state Supreme Court justices who granted a delay of execution to two death row inmates.

Sinkhole in Florida seems to be opening again

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 04:27
THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — A sinkhole that was plugged over the weekend between two houses in a sprawling Florida retirement community appears to be opening again.

Washington county delays decision on building ban after deadly mudslide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 04:24

Marine One carrying U.S. President Barack Obama tours the mud slide damage in OsoBy Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - A Washington state county where a mudslide killed at least 41 people last month delayed a decision on Wednesday on a proposed ban on construction in landslide-prone areas over concerns it could hamper rebuilding efforts. The five-member Snohomish County Council voted unanimously to table the issue of whether to impose a moratorium on construction within a half-mile of landslide hazard areas defined by the county, opting to take up the matter next Monday. The decision to delay action came after Councilman Ken Klein raised concerns that the moratorium could affect rebuilding efforts of people whose homes were flooded, but not destroyed, as a result of the mudslide. Council Chair Dave Somers said the county must more clearly define its goals in regulating development in areas prone to mudslides.

Russian social media CEO quits, flees country

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 04:18

A user of Russia’s leading social network internet site VKontakte, poses holding an iPhone showing the account page of Pavel Durov, the former CEO and founder of VKontakte, in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The network’s founder, Pavel Durov, described as Russia’s Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook), left his post as CEO on Tuesday April 22, 2014, and is reported to have left Russia, one week after he posted online what he said were documents from the security services demanding personal details from 39 Ukraine-linked groups on VKontakte.(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)MOSCOW (AP) — The founder of Russia's leading social media network — a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg — has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company's ownership.

UN seeks probe of alleged chlorine gas in Syria

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 04:18
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called for an investigation Wednesday into reports of alleged chlorine gas use in some Syrian towns, causing deaths and injuries.

Ex-L.A. sheriff deputies accused of planting guns at pot dispensary

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 04:17
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two ex-Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies accused of planting guns at a marijuana dispensary to justify an arrest have been charged with conspiracy and perjury, prosecutors said on Wednesday. The charges mark the latest blow to a sheriff's department that has been beset with allegations of civil rights violations and corruption as well as a federal investigation of its jails. Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca retired earlier this year rather than seek re-election. Prosecutors say former deputy Julio Cesar Martinez, 39, claimed in a report that he spotted a man make a drug deal in August 2011 while reaching for a gun in the front pocket of his shorts.

U.S. soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case granted name change

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 04:16

U.S. Army Private First Class Manning departs the courthouse at Fort Meade, MarylandFormer U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who is serving 35 years in prison for turning over classified files to WikiLeaks, can exchange the name Bradley for Chelsea to reflect her desire to be treated as a woman, a judge in Kansas ruled on Wednesday. Manning's name is legally changed to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning, according to the decision handed down by Leavenworth County District Judge David King. Manning will be issued a new birth certificate to reflect the name change.

Lawyers for Colorado theater shooter to appeal second sanity exam

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 04:14
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers defending the man charged with murdering 12 Colorado moviegoers in 2012 will appeal a judge's ruling that he undergo a second sanity examination, court documents made public on Wednesday show. Public defenders for James Holmes, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity for the shooting rampage that also left 70 people injured, said in a court filing that they will petition the Colorado Supreme Court to overrule the presiding judge. ...

US court revives European suit vs. R.J. Reynolds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 04:14
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday reinstated the European Union's 12-year-old lawsuit claiming that tobacco company R.J. Reynolds sponsored cigarette smuggling in Europe and orchestrated a global money laundering scheme with organized crime groups.

Bashtag: NYPD Twitter campaign backfires

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 04:12

This frame grab from a Twitter post from @OccupyWallStNYC shows a news photo of a New York City police officer wielding a baton during an Occupy Wall Street action in New York. The photo was posted in response to a Twitter request by the NYPD to offer up feel-good photos of people posing with police officers. NYPD Commissioner William Bratton on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 admits he was caught off guard by the harsh response to a harmless attempt at community outreach on Twitter, but says he has no plans to abandon social media. (AP Photo/Twitter)NEW YORK (AP) — To put it in social media terms, the New York Police Department got trolled.

Stowaway slept in wheel well of plane at California airport, FBI says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 04:08

A 16-year-old boy is carried on a stretcher in MauiA teenage stowaway who survived a flight to Hawaii in the wheel well of a passenger plane told investigators he spent the night sleeping in the jet's cramped compartment at a California airport before the flight took off, an FBI official said. The 15-year-old boy from the Northern California city of Santa Clara, whose name has not been released, is one of a fraction of stowaways to survive such a treacherous trip. His journey has raised concerns about airport security. The boy told investigators in Maui that he sneaked into the San Jose International Airport overnight and chose a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767 at random, climbing into its rear left wheel well and falling asleep, said FBI Special Agent Tom Simon.

Jailed U.S. contractor in Cuba warns of terminal hunger strike

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 04:07

Demonstrators gather during a rally for U.S. detainee Gross in WashingtonBy Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - The lawyer for jailed U.S. contractor Alan Gross told the press in Havana on Wednesday that his client planned to return from Cuba to his family within the year, dead or alive, and called on the Obama administration to do more to obtain his release. Attorney Scott Gilbert, in Cuba to discuss the case with his client and local authorities, said Gross, 64, was suffering from various ailments and angry at the U.S. government for not obtaining his release. He ended a 9-day hunger strike earlier this month at the urging of his 91-year-old mother. "Alan is a very determined individual ... He means that one year from now if this issue ... has not been resolved he will come home dead," Gilbert emphasized, referring to Gross's pledge to renew his hunger strike, which he said had also taken a toll on Gross's health.

Connecticut police charge man in Yale gunman hoax

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 03:34
A Connecticut man was charged Wednesday with threatening and reckless endangerment in connection with a hoax telephone call to Yale University last year claiming a gunman was going to shoot people at the Ivy League school, police said. Jeffrey Jones, 50, a homeless man who told police he was from Westbrook, turned himself into police on Tuesday after a five month investigation to determine the caller's identity, said Officer David Hartman of the New Haven Police Department. Jones was formally charged Wednesday with falsely reporting an incident, reckless endangerment, threatening, misuse of the emergency 911 system and breach of peace, Hartman said. If convicted of the most serious charges, including a felony count of reckless endangerment, he could face up around 10 years in prison, a court official said.

California mom, TSA settle breast milk lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 03:33
PHOENIX (AP) — A Southern California woman who was held at a Phoenix airport four years ago after refusing to have her breast milk X-rayed has reached a settlement with the Transportation Security Administration.

Study: Gene therapy may boost cochlear implants

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 03:30
WASHINGTON (AP) — Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing.

U.S. may charge ex-Blackwater guard with murder for Iraq massacre

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 03:27
By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is considering charging a former Blackwater Worldwide security guard with murder over his alleged role in a 2007 massacre of unarmed civilians in Baghdad, a federal prosecutor said on Wednesday. The Justice Department is weighing "all available options" against Nicholas Slatten including first-degree murder, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Asuncion said at a hearing in federal court in Washington. Three other former Blackwater security guards face manslaughter charges in connection with the September 16, 2007 shootings at Nisur Square in Baghdad, in which 17 civilians were killed and more than a dozen others wounded.

Soldier accused of killing unarmed teens in Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 03:23
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Washington (AP) — Two unarmed Iraqi brothers posed no threat as they herded cattle in a grove where a U.S. Army reconnaissance team was hidden one day seven years ago. But then a sergeant kneeled, leveled his rifle and killed them anyway, a prosecutor said Wednesday at a hearing in the soldier's case.

Home where 2 teens shot was outfitted to record

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 03:22

Byron Smith, center, makes his way through security at the Morrison County Courthouse, Monday, April 21, 2014, in Little Fall, Minn. The 65-year-old faces two counts of premeditated first-degree murder for the killings of Haile Kifer, 18, and Nick Brady, 17, who broke into his home on Thanksgiving Day 2012. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGAZINES OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT.LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities who searched the home of a Minnesota man who shot and killed two teens testified Wednesday that they found an audio recorder that was turned on, an operating surveillance system and a cellphone jamming device.

NYPD Twitter campaign backfires, thousands of negative tweets

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 03:18

NYPD graduate Lormel polishes her badge backstage before her induction ceremony in New YorkBy Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York Police Department campaign to burnish its image via social media instead produced a flood of pictures of apparent police brutality and tweets critical of the force being shared at a rate of thousands an hour. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said on Wednesday he would continue and expand the NYPD Twitter campaign a day after it backfired, triggering an outpouring of negative images including police violence at New York's Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, an NYPD officer pointing a gun at a dog, and an officer asleep in a subway car. "Most of those photos that I looked at are old news," said Bratton, appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to take over from Ray Kelly, who served for 12 years under de Blasio's predecessor, Michael Bloomberg.

Ex-CEO admits stealing from prominent NYC charity

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 03:13
NEW YORK (AP) — The politically connected former CEO of a prominent city charity admitted Wednesday he helped steal more than $9 million from the organization in an insurance scheme that authorities linked to campaign contributions.