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Six L.A. sheriff's deputies sentenced to federal prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:17
By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Six current or former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who were convicted of conspiring to thwart an FBI probe into prisoner abuse and other misconduct inside the largest U.S. jail system were sentenced on Tuesday to prison terms of up to 41 months.  The sentences 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 reelection. ...

U.S. officials: Terrorist group was nearing attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:13

Army Lt. Gen. William Mayville, Jr., Director of Operations J3, speaks about the operations in Syria, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, during a news conference at the Pentagon. In a separate action from the air strikes against the Islamic State group, the U.S. bombed a cell of al Qaida militants in northwestern Syria after concluding they were close to attacking the U.S. or Europe, Pentagon officials say. Mayville, the Pentagon’s operations chief, said that the Khorasan Group was nearing “the execution phase of an attack either in Europe or the homeland." (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)President Barack Obama's decision to order airstrikes against an al-Qaida cell in Syria known as the Khorasan Group was based on intelligence suggesting that the group was close to carrying out a terror plot against the U.S. or Europe, administration officials said Tuesday.

Atlantic City's Revel casino heads to sale as late bids emerge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:11
By Tom Hals (Reuters) - At least two last-minute bids were received on Tuesday for Atlantic City's Revel casino, which closed this month, setting up an auction to challenge an agreed sale to a Florida developer. Bidding on the two-year-old casino, which cost $2.4 billion to build, will start at $94 million. Revel's owner obtained an initial, or stalking horse, cash bid of $90 million from Glenn Straub, a Florida developer. A stalking horse bid creates a floor for bids to be submitted at a court-supervised auction. ...

Woman bound in trunk of Los Angeles area car rescued after calling 911

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:10
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A woman bound in the trunk of her car in the Los Angeles area managed to call emergency responders on a cell phone to say she had been kidnapped, and was rescued with the help of a GPS tracker, an official said on Tuesday. California Highway Patrol officers located the car on an off-ramp from Interstate 10 freeway in Pomona, a short time after the woman made the call on Monday night, said Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Juan Galvan. The officers opened the trunk and found the woman with her hands and feet tied, Galvan said. ...

Obama's Syria war carries risks for him at home and abroad

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:06

U.S. President Obama meets in New York with representatives of Arab nations that contributed in air strikes against Islamic State targets in SyriaBy Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Appearing relaxed enough to crack a joke, U.S. President Barack Obama took to the world stage on Tuesday after launching airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants but he is still facing huge political risks at home and abroad. The reason for Obama's good humor? His diplomacy paid off this time, with military contributions from five Arab states. One of his first items of business after arriving in New York for meetings at the United Nations was to personally thank representatives from the five. ...

Manpower added to fight wildfire as winds expected

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:05

A firefighter with the Gabilan Camp crew hoses down hot spots during a controlled burn to fight the King Fire on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, near Placerville, Calif. Crews scrambled Monday to extend control lines around a massive Northern California wildfire threatening thousands of homes as they braced for strong, erratic winds similar to when the blaze doubled in size a week ago. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 2,000 firefighters were added Tuesday to battle a massive Northern California wildfire that threatened thousands of homes and fouled the air 50 miles away in Reno, Nevada, which was blanketed by smoke.

Fired UPS worker kills two supervisors, self, in Alabama shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:57

Police vehicles are seen outside a UPS service center following a deadly shooting in Birmingham, AlabamaBy Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - A recently-fired UPS employee on Tuesday shot dead two supervisors at the company facility where he had worked in Birmingham, Alabama before turning the gun on himself, police said. The gunman, who was wearing a brown UPS uniform, had been terminated earlier this month and had learned a day earlier that he had lost his appeal to get his job back, police said, adding that his motive was not immediately clear. Police had earlier said that the man was fired yesterday. The shooting occurred shortly before 9:30 a.m. ...

Connecticut man arrested after driving stolen car to meeting with cops

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:56
By Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN Conn. (Reuters) - A 26-year-old Connecticut man was in police custody on Tuesday after showing up to a phony probation meeting driving a car that police say he stole from a woman in a supermarket parking lot and later may have used to rob a bank. Gary Harding was arrested on Monday when he showed up at a state office in New Haven for what he thought was to be a meeting with his probation officer. "Thank God people aren't always very bright, it really does make our job a lot easier," said New Haven Police spokesman David Hartman. ...

Idaho woman accused of chewing up back seat of police car

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:56
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - An Idaho woman accused of chewing up the back seat of a police cruiser after being arrested in a pepper spray incident could face up to five years in prison if convicted of a felony charge linked to the damage, authorities said on Tuesday. Staci Spence, 42, is expected to enter a plea in coming days to a charge of malicious injury to property tied to allegations she gnawed through the upholstery and foam cushioning of the back seat of a patrol vehicle, according to Bonner County Sheriff's Deputy Josh Florea. ...

Judge dismisses snowboarder suit against ski area

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:56
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge in Utah on Tuesday tossed a lawsuit brought by snowboarders against one of the last ski resorts in the country to prohibit their sport, ruling that boarders don't have a constitutional right to practice their sport at the private resort.

Arizona inmate recaptured after climbing basketball hoop to escape

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:55
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Authorities have recaptured a physically fit felon who scaled a basketball hoop to escape from an Arizona detention center and was on the run for more than two months, a top law enforcement official said on Tuesday. Wade Cole Dickinson, a 29-year-old convict who listed his occupation as personal trainer, was taken into custody without incident on Monday at an apartment in Las Vegas, Nevada, said David Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona. ...

Pennsylvania police pull back near home of ambush suspect's parents

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:52

Handout of Matthew Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis, PennsylvaniaBy Joe McDonald CANADENSIS Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania police on Tuesday re-opened blockaded roads in the immediate vicinity of the house where the suspect in a fatal ambush of a state trooper lived until recently, scaling back a massive manhunt in the dense forests around the home. Nearly two weeks after a shooting that killed one officer and wounded a second, residents could again travel the roads leading to the Cape Cod-style house owned by Eric Matthew Frein’s parents in the Pocono Mountains community of Canadensis. ...

Florence residents upset over removal of hazardous trees

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:36

Florence residents upset over removal of hazardous treesIt just got a bit sunnier on Boulevard Street in Florence Township, Burlington County, but that's not a good thing according to residents.

U.S. security officials issue bulletin on Syria-based threat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:31
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. security agencies issued an intelligence bulletin on Tuesday about threats from Syria-based al Qaeda operatives, a Homeland Security spokeswoman said. The Department of Homeland Security and FBI alerted state, local and federal law enforcement to the latest threats, said to DHS spokeswoman Marsha Catron. "Recent intelligence indicated that senior Syria-based AQ operatives were nearing the execution phase for an attack in Europe or the homeland," she said. U.S. ...

Suspect sought in shooting that killed girl, 15, identified

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:28

Suspect in shooting that killed girl, 15, turns self inPolice have identified the suspect being sought in shooting that left a 15-year-old girl, and innocent bystander, dead.

2 men, 1 woman face charges in gay couple beating

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:27

3 to be charged in attack on gay couple in PhiladelphiaPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two men and a woman were being charged in the beating of a gay couple during a late-night encounter on a Philadelphia street, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Trial starts for Texas woman accused of 'black widow' murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:25
By Marice Richter FORT WORTH Texas (Reuters) - Prosecutors told a Texas court a woman shot her husband dead for insurance money and then launched a plot to frame someone else for the crime, as testimony started on Tuesday in a cased dubbed the "black widow" murder. Lawyers for the defendant, Michele Williams, said in opening statements that her husband, Greg Williams, committed suicide. Michele Williams, 45 and a mother of four, is on trial for murder and tampering with evidence. ...

Washington city council passes concealed-carry gun law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:23

A gun rights supporter carries his Ruger model SR9 pistol on his hip during a rally in support of the Michigan Open Carry gun law in RomulusBy Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Washington city council passed emergency gun legislation on Tuesday requiring residents and visitors to adhere to strict guidelines to carry a concealed weapon in the U.S. capital. The move came after a federal judge in July overturned the District of Columbia's ban on carrying handguns outside the home, saying it was unconstitutional. The judge's order was under a temporary stay, giving the city time to fashion a new law. "It's a situation where we don't really want to do this, but we have to," Councilman Marion Barry said before the vote. ...

Nine Cubans arrive on south Florida beach after 10 days in boat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:22
By David Adams KEY BISCAYNE Fla. (Reuters) - Nine Cubans came ashore in a homemade boat on a south Florida beach on Tuesday afternoon saying they had been at sea for 10 days, according to eyewitnesses. "They were very excited when they got onto the beach," said Cristina Plihal, who watched from her beachfront condo in Key Biscayne, a wealthy island village near downtown Miami. "When they jumped onto the sand they started screaming 'Cuba, Cuba,'" she added, before police arrived and they were escorted away. The nine Cubans, all men, told onlookers their journey had taken 10 days. ...

New York politicians criticize anti-Islam ads due to run on buses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:21
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City politicians and religious leaders on Tuesday criticized a series of anti-Islam advertisements due to appear on 100 city buses, with many critics calling for the campaign to be blocked. Melissa Mark-Viverito, the speaker of the City Council, and Comptroller Scott Stringer joined a rally outside City Hall organized by the Arab American Association of New York and other groups to criticize the display ads sponsored by a group run by Pamela Geller, who writes a blog criticizing Islam. ...