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Ex-Ku Klux Klan leader charged in Kansas Jewish center killings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:56

Frazier Glenn Cross is led to a police car after his arrest following shooting incidents in Overland Park, south of Kansas CityBy Carey Gillam OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) - The suspect in the Passover Eve killings of three people at two Jewish community centers near Kansas City is a former Ku Klux Klan leader with a history of spewing vitriol against Jews, law enforcement officials said on Monday. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, faces local and federal prosecution on hate crime charges after his arrest on Sunday for a shooting spree that killed a teenager and his grandfather outside a Jewish community center, and a woman visiting her mother at a nearby Jewish retirement home. Both facilities are in Overland Park, Kansas, an upscale suburb outside Kansas City, Missouri.


Disgraced former city manager gets prison

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:51

Former Bell city manager Robert Rizzo, listens to questions from the media, as he leaves the Edward R. Roybal Federal building and United States courthouse Monday, April 14, 2014. Rizzo was sentenced to 33 months in prison for income tax evasion on Monday. On Wednesday Rizzo faces sentencing in state court on 69 counts of fraud, misappropriation of public funds and other charges for his role in the Bell scandal. He pleaded no contest in that case in October. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The disgraced former city manager who became the face of a multimillion dollar corruption scandal in the small Los Angeles suburb of Bell was sentenced in federal court Monday to 33 months in prison for income tax evasion.


Woman qualifies for execution in hammer killing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:49
PHOENIX (AP) — Jurors decided Monday that an Arizona woman convicted of killing her husband with a hammer qualifies for the death penalty because she carried out the killing in a cruel way.

7-year-old girl accidentally shot, killed at party

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:48
GASTON, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a 7-year-old girl was killed at a birthday party in South Carolina after a 5-year-old boy accidentally fired a gun that he thought was a toy.

7-year-old girl accidentally shot, killed at party

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:48
GASTON, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a 7-year-old girl was killed at a birthday party in South Carolina after a 5-year-old boy accidentally fired a gun that he thought was a toy.

Minnesota joins states raising minimum wage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:35

The crowd cheers after Governor Mark Dayton signed the minimum wage bill into law at a public bill signing ceremony Monday, April 14, 2014 at the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda in St. Paul. Minnesota goes from having one of the nation's lowest minimums to among the highest. With federal wage legislation stuck in Congress, states are rushing to fill the void. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Glen Stubbe) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUTST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Tens of thousands of Minnesota workers have big raises coming their way, courtesy of a new minimum wage law that Gov. Mark Dayton signed Monday, which will take the state from one of the nation's lowest rates to among the highest.


Jury selected for U.S. trial of one-eyed, handless Islamic cleric

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

Abu Hamza al-MasriBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Eight men and four women will decide the fate of Egyptian-born radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri at his trial on charges of assisting in a 1998 kidnapping in Yemen and plotting to establish a training camp for militants in the United States. The 55-year-old imam, who is using his birth name, Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, during the trial in federal court in New York, faces life in prison if convicted of the most serious charges against him. He was extradited from Britain in 2012 after spending several years in jail on charges of inciting his followers to kill non-believers. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest and lawyers for both the government and Abu Hamza settled on a jury of 12 and four alternates after several hours of questions intended to expose potential bias.


Kansas shooting suspect had no record of violence

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:08

In this Sunday, April 13, 2014 image from video provided by KCTV-5, Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, is escorted by police in an elementary school parking lot in Overland Park, Kan. Cross, 73, accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City, is a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. (AP Photo/KCTV-5) MANDATORY CREDITOVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Never one to keep his hatred to himself, Frazier Glenn Cross for decades sought out any soapbox to espouse his white-supremacist beliefs, twice running for federal office with campaigns steeped in anti-Semitism.


Social Security halts effort to collect old debts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:07

FILE - In this May 31, 2013, file photo, acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin, center, accompanied by Acting Labor Secretary Seth D. Harris, left, and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, speaks during a news conference about Social Security and Medicare in Washington. The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. Colvin said Monday, April 14, 2014, she has directed an immediate halt to the program while the agency does a review. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago.


Snowden says Pulitzer Prize is a 'vindication'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:02
NEW YORK (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says giving the Pulitzer Prize in public service to those who reported on the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance efforts is "vindication."

2 sex offenders charged with 4 rapes, murders

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:01

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 who have known each other since at least 2012 have been charged with raping and killing four Southern California women since last year.


Some Wyoming residents allowed back to slide zone

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:56
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Several of the 60 or so people evacuated from a slow-motion landslide area in Wyoming can return home but won't have access to emergency services or trash pickup, town officials said Monday.

Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer for 'Goldfinch'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:54

This photo provided by Little, Brown and Company shows the book cover of “The Goldfinch,” by Donna Tartt. Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction on Monday, April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Little, Brown and Company)NEW YORK (AP) — Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch," already among the most popular and celebrated novels of the past year, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. One of the country's top colonial historians, Alan Taylor, has won his second Pulitzer, for "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War In Virginia."


Globe wins Pulitzer for Boston bombing coverage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:54

In this photo released by The Boston Globe, editor Brian McGrory and members of the newsroom applaud after The Globe was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for coverage of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Monday, April 14, 2014, in Boston. Monday's announcement came as the city prepares for Tuesday's anniversary of the bombing. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Jessica Rinaldi)BOSTON (AP) — Journalists at The Boston Globe honored the victims of last year's marathon bombings Monday after being awarded a Pulitzer Prize in the breaking news category for the paper's coverage of the attack.


Israel irked by diplomat's tacit Nazi remark

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:54
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel's U.N. ambassador on Monday denounced a U.N. agency head for tacitly comparing the Jewish state to Nazi Germany and has demanded her suspension.

4 now charged in Australian college player's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:37
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A fourth person was charged Monday in the death of an Australian baseball player who was fatally shot as he jogged in a southern Oklahoma neighborhood last summer.

Questions linger year after Boston Marathon bombs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:36

FILE - This combination of file photos shows brothers Tamerlan, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with police several days later, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was captured and is held in a federal prison on charges of using a weapon of mass destruction. A year after the bombings, prosecutors said they have a trove of evidence to use against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, including surveillance video showing him placing one of the bombs just yards from Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy who died in the blast. (AP Photos/Lowell Sun and FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — A surveillance video shows a man prosecutors say is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev placing a bomb near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, just yards from where an 8-year-old boy was killed when it exploded.


Convict gets life sentence for plot to decapitate U.S. judge, prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:31
By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - A convict was sentenced to life in prison on Monday for plotting to have a judge and a prosecutor decapitated and their heads preserved in formaldehyde as souvenirs, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's office for the Western District of New York. District Judge John Keenan handed out the sentence to Joseph Romano, 51, for conspiring to murder District Judge Joseph Bianco and Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Gatz. Romano's lawyer, Michael Bachrach, said Monday that he plans to appeal Romano's conviction and sentence, but declined to comment further. After Romano was incarcerated for the scheme, he told another inmate at Nassau County Correctional Center that he wanted to hire a hit man to kill Bianco and Gatz, prosecutors said.

Two in three Americans do not plan to follow soccer's World Cup

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:31

United States fans cheer on their team against Mexico during the first half of their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match in ColumbusBy Lindsay Dunsmuir NEW YORK (Reuters) - When the U.S. men's soccer team lines up in Brazil to play their first game of the soccer World Cup in June, their home support may be tepid at best. It's been 20 years since the United States hosted the World Cup, an attempt at the time to bring soccer to a mass American audience. Two years later, a new professional league - Major League Soccer (MLS) - began. The arrival of international stars such as David Beckham and Thierry Henry to play for MLS teams in recent years has boosted the sport's popularity.


Once-conjoined twins to leave Texas hospital

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:27
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.