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Boston bomb suspect influenced by Al Qaeda: expert witness

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:28

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonBy Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was heavily influenced by al Qaeda literature and lectures, some of which was found on his laptop, a counterterrorism expert testified at his trial on Monday. Matthew Levitt, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Studies, said some of Tsarnaev’s Twitter posts and parts of a note he scrawled inside a drydocked boat where he was captured several days after the deadly marathon attack resembled Islamist publications. "We see in them (concepts from) al-Awlaki’s statements and other writings from the radicalizers," Levitt said, referring to Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Al Qaeda figure who published lectures and a glossy English-language magazine about violent jihad found on Tsarnaev’s computer. Tsarnaev is accused of killing three people and injuring 264 with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, and with fatally shooting a police officer three days later as he and his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, tried to flee the city.

Lawyer: Husband beaten after rabbi's congregations got $60k

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:25
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The congregations of a rabbi who allegedly used brutal tactics to force unwilling Jewish husbands to divorce their wives received $60,000 before one man was attacked, a lawyer testified Monday.

Arizona girl, 16, arrested for smuggling 185 lbs of marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:23
(Reuters) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have arrested a 16-year-old Arizona girl and two women in their 20s who were with her when she allegedly tried to smuggle 185 pounds of marijuana into the United States from Mexico, authorities said on Monday. The three were stopped on Sunday as the teenager from Glendale drove a Volkswagen sedan through a checkpoint at the Port of Lukeville, about 100 miles west of Tucson, the Customs and Border Protection agency said in a statement. After she and her passengers were referred for a secondary inspection, a narcotics detection dog alerted officers to the presence of drugs, and 12 packages of marijuana worth an estimated $92,550 were found, the agency said.

UVa president: College supported student before rape article

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:22
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The president of the University of Virginia says the police investigation of an alleged gang rape shows the school helped the student long before a Rolling Stone article was published.

Deadly force report cites Philadelphia cops' poor training

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:21

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey holds a newly released report during a news conference, Monday, March 23, 2015, in Philadelphia. Poor training has left Philadelphia police officers with the mistaken belief that fearing for their lives alone is justification for using deadly force, the Justice Department said Monday in a review of the city’s nearly 400 officer-involved shootings since 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Poor training has left Philadelphia police with the mistaken belief that fearing for their lives alone justifies using deadly force, the Justice Department said Monday in a review of the city's nearly 400 officer-involved shootings since 2007.

Federal report recommends reform to Philadelphia Police policies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:18

Federal report recommends reform to Philadelphia Police policiesThe Department of Justice has released their recommendations for Philadelphia Police after federal officials reviewed a series of deadly shootings by officers.

2 injured in Mayfair ATV accident

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:12

2 injured in Mayfair ATV accidentAuthorities are investigating an accident involving an ATV in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia.

House Democrats unveil budget matching Obama's tax increases

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:07
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats Monday unveiled a $3.7 trillion budget plan for next year that mirrors President Barack Obama's call for $1.8 trillion in tax increases on wealthier people and corporations over the coming decade. But it would add almost $6 trillion to the national debt over that time.

'No Evidence' to Back Up UVA Fraternity Rape Allegations: Cops

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 03:55
The Charlottesville Police revealed the results of a rape investigation at UVA.

Three dead, one hurt in construction accident in North Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 03:52
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Three workers were killed and a fourth was injured on Monday after scaffolding collapsed at a high-rise building under construction in Raleigh, North Carolina, an emergency medical services spokesman said. The injured construction worker was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, said Jeffrey Hammerstein, spokesman for Wake County EMS. Workers were dismantling the scaffolding on the 11-story building's exterior when the incident occurred, said Mike Hampton, chief operating officer of Atlanta-based Choate Construction, the project's general contractor.

Teller: Hernandez sent $15K to man accused of selling guns

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 03:52

Former NFL football player Aaron Hernandez looks over his shoulder during his murder trial at Bristol County Superior Court, Monday, March 23, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, Dominick Reuter, Pool)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Testimony in the murder trial of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez focused on guns Monday, with a bank teller saying Hernandez asked her to send $15,000 out of his $1.8 million paycheck from the New England Patriots to a Florida man. Prosecutors say the money was used to buy guns.

Feds worry about contamination in bottles of sea-aged wine

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 03:47

FILE - In this May 6, 2014 file photo, Jim "Bear" Dyke, the owner of Mira Winery, hands a bottle of wine off a boat docked in Charleston, S.C. The wine had just been recovered after being aged in Charleston Harbor for six months as part of an ongoing experiment to gauge the effect of ocean aging on wine. The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau released an advisory on March 17, 2015 saying that the agency will now refer any label applications for products aged under the sea to the Food and Drug Administration to determine whether the wine is considered unadulterated under federal law. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — It seemed like a worthwhile experiment to a small winery: Submerge bottles of wine in sea water to see how they age. But a federal agency is concerned that ocean water could contaminate the wine.

Rooftop bar owners argue Chicago Cubs' signs would kill business

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 03:45
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Owners of rooftop venues with views into Chicago's historic Wrigley Field asked a federal judge on Monday to block the Chicago Cubs baseball team from putting up signs over right field, saying they would block views and destroy their businesses. They have permission under a 2004 contract which requires them to pay the Cubs 17 percent of their revenue. "We're out of business without this view," said Tom Lombardo, an attorney for the businesses, in a hearing before U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall. The businesses are Skybox on Sheffield and Lakeview Baseball Club.

Mother charged with fatally stabbing 3 children in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 03:44
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The third of three children who police say were stabbed by their mother in Florida has died.

Missing student found alive but injured in Yosemite National Park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 03:42
(Reuters) - A college student who went missing in Yosemite National Park over the weekend was found alive on Monday but suffering from multiple injuries, about a quarter mile from where he was last seen, park rangers said. Dahl was spotted in a large boulder field on Monday morning at about 11 a.m. by visitors on the Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, about a quarter mile away, Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman said. Yosemite is one of the most popular U.S. tourist destinations, attracting millions of visitors each year.

Texas boy, 12, in custody for fatal shooting of 13-year-old friend

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 03:38
A 12-year-old boy has been taken into police custody for the homicide of a 13-year-old who was shot when the two were playing with a gun in a suburban Dallas home last month, police said on Monday. Matthew Cisneros, 13, was found dead with a fatal gunshot wound at his family's home in Garland, with a pistol near the body, police said.

Arizona judge drops charges against ex-death row inmate Milke

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 03:11
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A judge in Arizona formally exonerated a woman on Monday who spent more than two decades on death row for the 1989 murder of her 4-year-old son before a federal appeals court tossed out the conviction. After a brief hearing, a Maricopa County judge dismissed all charges against Debra Milke, 51, after the state's highest court denied a last-ditch appeal by prosecutors last week seeking a retrial. Her son, Christopher, had been dressed in his best outfit and was told he was going to see Santa Claus with his mother's roommate, James Styers, shortly before Christmas. Milke was found guilty in 1990 of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, child abuse and kidnapping, but the conviction was overturned by a federal court in March 2013 based on prosecutorial misconduct.

Mexican laborer slain by police in U.S. faced swiftly crumbling life

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 03:09

A message in memorial to Antonio Zambrano-Montes is seen in front of businesses along Lewis Street in Pasco, WashingtonBy Eric M. Johnson PASCO, Wash. (Reuters) - The afternoon before Antonio Zambrano-Montes was shot dead by police after he pelted them with rocks, the farmworker had walked out of a Washington state jail a free man. The 35-year-old Mexican immigrant had just spent two days in jail for failing to pay fines related to a 2014 conviction for assaulting a police officer in a drug-fueled incident in which he heaved a mailbox at a patrolman who tried to subdue him. His Feb. 10 death, just a day after Zambrano-Montes' release from jail, sparked outrage in a Latino majority community that has likened his death to police slayings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York. Like many migrant workers, Zambrano-Montes arrived in Washington state's apple-growing belt seeking opportunity about a decade ago, but his life swiftly crumbled after a series of personal tragedies and drug use.

Fmr. middle school teacher pleads guilty to sex with student

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 03:03

Fmr. middle school teacher pleads guilty to sex with studentA former teacher at a Montgomery County middle school has pleaded guilty to having sex with one of her 14-year-old students.

Obama, wowed by young scientists, announces new STEM pledges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 03:03

President Barack Obama arrives to speak in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 23, 2015 during the 2015 White House Science Fair. The fair celebrated the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. This year’s Science Fair has a specific focus on diversity and includes many students. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — The small Lego machine inside the White House whirred, and in a moment it was turning the pages of a story book. One page flipped, then another, ever faster as President Barack Obama marveled at its efficiency.