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Boston police investigate 2 backpacks, clear area

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:29

A backpack that was left unattended on Boylston Street at the finish line of the Boston Marathon is picturedBOSTON (AP) — Police say they've taken a man into custody in connection with two unattended backpacks found at the Boston Marathon finish line.

Intel reports lower 1Q net income, higher revenue

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:24

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2014 file photo, Mooly Eden, senior vice president and perceptual computing general manager from Intel, talks to the media during the Intel news conference at the International Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. Intel Corp. reports quarterly earnings after the market close on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Intel's earnings fell in the first three months of the year amid a continued slump in the worldwide PC market, but revenue grew slightly because of solid demand for tablet processors and its data center services.

Judge lets conviction of Arkansas treasurer stand

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:59
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge Tuesday upheld the corruption conviction of Arkansas' former treasurer, saying prosecutors proved she illegally influenced interstate commerce and rejecting her argument that the case against her should have been heard by state authorities.

Brothers hurt in marathon bombing retrace route

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:46
BOSTON (AP) — Two Boston-area brothers who each lost a right leg in the Boston Marathon bombings have retraced the marathon route on the anniversary in a relay walk-and-ride with relatives and friends.

Texas candidate faces thorny death penalty choice

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:33

FILE - In this March 4, 2014, file photo, Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate General Greg Abbott, left, talks to supporters in San Antonio. Both Abbott and his Democratic opponent Wendy David are courting conservative voters and both support capital punishment. But Abbott is due, as attorney general, to issue a legal decision on whether the public can know where Texas gets its executions drugs. It's a dilemma that could put him in a difficult position with some voters _ and in a strange twist, one that Davis can't easily exploit. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The death penalty is like gun rights in Texas politics: Candidates don't dare get in the way of either. But Republican Greg Abbott, the favorite to succeed Gov. Rick Perry, must soon make a decision as attorney general that could disrupt the nation's busiest death chamber.

New York police end Muslim surveillance program

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:29

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2013, file photo, visitors socialize after a Jumu'ah prayer service outside the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge and mosque in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The New York Police Department targeted the mosque as a part of a terrorism enterprise investigation beginning in 2003, spying on it for years. On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the NYPD confirmed that it has disbanded the special unit that operated that surveillance program. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday.

NY City police disband unit that monitored Muslim communities: report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:27

New York Police Department officers stand outside of a midtown Manhattan office building after evacuating workers that had been overcome by fumes in New YorkThe New York Police Department has disbanded a surveillance unit that targeted and monitored Muslim communities, The New York Times reported on Tuesday. The unit, which began in 2003, has been largely inactive since the incoming Police Commissioner William Bratton took over the department in January, and its detectives have been reassigned, the report said. "Understanding certain local demographics can be a useful factor when assessing the threat information that comes into New York City virtually on a daily basis," Stephen Davis, the NYPD's chief spokesman, was quoted as saying. "In the future, we will gather that information, if necessary, through direct contact between the police precincts and the representatives of the communities they serve," he said.

Congress is giving states the transportation blues

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:13

This photo taken April 14, 2014 shows Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx speaking to the media and local government officials about federal transportation funding at the Montgomery County Commissioner's office in Dayton, Ohio. On the road in a tour bus this week, Foxx is urging Congress to quickly approve legislation to pay for highway and transit programs amid warnings that the U.S. government’s Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could threaten to set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay needed repairs and improvements. (AP Photo/Skip Peterson)DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay needed repairs and improvements.

New York judge: Jurors can hear imam praise 9/11

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:12
NEW YORK (AP) — An Egyptian Islamic preacher's statements that "everybody was happy" when the World Trade Center was hit by airplanes can be heard by a jury sitting just blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 attacks, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Car accident killed SD girls missing since 1971

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:04

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office shows a Studebaker with skeletal remains found in Brule Creek near Elk Point, S.D. Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson were last seen May 29, 1971, driving a 1960 Studebaker Lark on their way to a party. The attorney general, sheriffs from Union and Clay counties, and the Union County state's attorney scheduled a news conference Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Elk Point where they plan plan to release test results and update the investigation into the 1971 disappearance of the two girls near Alcester. (AP Photo/South Dakota Attorney General’s Office, File)ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) — Two South Dakota girls on their way to an end-of-school-year party at a gravel pit in May 1971 drove off a country road and into a creek where their remains lay hidden until last fall when a drought brought their car into view, authorities said Tuesday.

Ga. judge won't stop new Vidalia onion rule

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 06:54

File- In this May 10, 2011 file photo, a fieldworker snips onion bulbs on a Vidalia onion farm in Lyons, Ga. Delbert Bland, who grows Vidalia onions on about 3,000 acres in southeast Georgia, won the first round of a court battle with Commissioner Gary Black when a Fulton County judge ruled March 19, 2014, the commissioner overstepped his authority by ordering that no Vidalia onions could be packed for shipping before April 21. Black is telling growers he still plans to enforce the restriction while the state appeals. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)REIDSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia judge Tuesday refused to intervene in a legal battle between a prominent Vidalia onion farmer and the state's agriculture commissioner over a new regulation aimed at keeping unripe onions from reaching store shelves.

Man accused of abusing 2 girls in 'Maidens Group'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 06:44
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities were searching Tuesday for a self-professed minister accused of sexually abusing at least two girls in a "Maidens Group" at his religious fellowship in rural Minnesota, where he told one victim she would remain a virgin because he was a "man of God," according to a criminal complaint.

Mother says police failed to track sex offenders

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 06:42

CORRECTS FIRST NAME TO STEVEN-This combination of undated photos from the Megan's Law website shows suspects, Steven Dean Gordon, 45, left, and Franc Cano, 27, who were arrested on Friday, April 11, 2014, on suspicion of killing four women in Orange County, Calif. Anaheim police said detectives in Santa Ana and Anaheim launched a joint investigation after the naked body of Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21, was found in the conveyor belt of a recycling plant last month. The probe led detectives to connect the men to her slaying, and the disappearance of three women who frequented a Santa Ana neighborhood known for drug dealing and prostitution. (AP Photo/Megan's Law)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A mother has blamed authorities for failing to do enough to track two sex offenders who are charged in the death of her daughter.

Ex-radiology tech filed false mammogram results

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 06:28
PERRY, Ga. (AP) — An ex-radiology technician accused of filing inaccurate mammogram results at a Georgia hospital has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of reckless conduct and a charge of computer forgery.

Handless cleric's own words to be used against him in U.S. trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 06:26

Abu Hamza al-Masri, the radical Islamist cleric facing U.S. terrorism charges, stands with his legal team in Manhattan federal court in New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prosecutors can use radical preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri's own inflammatory words against him during his trial in New York on terrorism-related charges, including praise for Osama bin Laden and for the September 11, 2001, attacks, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. The decision came two days before opening statements are scheduled to take place in Manhattan federal court. Lawyers for Abu Hamza had argued that video and audio recordings of Abu Hamza justifying violence against non-Muslims would unfairly taint the jurors' emotions, making it impossible for him to have a fair verdict. But U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest said most of the tapes can be played for the jury to show Abu Hamza's state of mind and his willingness to provide aid to militant organizations.

Supremacist faces murder charges in Kansas deaths

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 06:15

Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, appears at his arraignment in New Century, Kan., Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Cross is being charged for shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City on April 13. At right is Michelle Durrett, attorney with the public defender's office. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, David Eulitt, Pool)OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A white supremacist charged in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City was brought into a video conference room in a wheelchair Tuesday to make his first court appearance.

Judge blocks Massachusetts ban on painkiller

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 06:11
BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has blocked Massachusetts from banning the powerful new painkiller Zohydro.

Americans increasingly prefer Democrats on healthcare: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 06:08

Esparza sleeps in the arms of her grandfather as they wait in line at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaBy Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans increasingly think Democrats have a better plan for healthcare than Republicans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after the White House announced that more people than expected had signed up for the "Obamacare" health plan. Nearly one-third of respondents in the online survey released on Tuesday said they prefer Democrats' plan, policy or approach to healthcare, compared to just 18 percent for Republicans. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius stepped down last week after overseeing the law's rollout, including the website's tumultuous first weeks, when many users were unable to access the system to purchase or research their insurance options.

Study finds signs of brain changes in pot smokers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 06:07
NEW YORK (AP) — A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say.

Study finds signs of brain changes in pot smokers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 06:07
NEW YORK (AP) — A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say.