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US wants UN sanctions committee for South Sudan crisis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 05:08
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is proposing the creation of a U.N. sanctions committee for the South Sudan crisis and says an arms embargo is possible if the warring sides can't stick to a peace deal.

Woman accused of beating, shaming middle school student

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 05:06
BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Police say a Florida woman struck a child with a belt and sent her to school in a T-shirt marked with comments about her failing grades.

Woman accused of beating, shaming middle school student

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 05:06
BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Police say a Florida woman struck a child with a belt and sent her to school in a T-shirt marked with comments about her failing grades.

Lawyer: Throw out ex-Assembly speaker's bribery case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 05:03

 honest services mail fraud, honest services wire fraud and extortion under the color of his official duties. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's lawyers asked a judge to throw out a bribery case against him on Tuesday, saying the prosecutor went too far in discussing the case publicly.


U.S. offers highest-ever reward for Russian hacker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 05:02

Handout of Russian national Evengiy Bogachev is shown in this FBI Wanted PosterBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department and FBI on Tuesday announced a $3 million reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Russian national Evgeniy Bogachev, the highest bounty U.S. authorities have ever offered in a cyber case. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also issued a "Wanted" poster for Bogachev, who is charged in the United States with running a computer attack network called GameOver Zeus that allegedly stole more than $100 million from online bank accounts. Bogachev has been charged by federal authorities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with conspiracy, computer hacking, wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering in connection with his alleged role as administrator of GameOver Zeus.


NC considers exempting some from gay-marriage duties

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 05:02
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some North Carolina lawmakers say court officials should be exempt from carrying out duties related to marrying gay couples because of their religious beliefs.

NC considers exempting some from gay-marriage duties

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 05:02
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some North Carolina lawmakers say court officials should be exempt from carrying out duties related to marrying gay couples because of their religious beliefs.

Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:53
President Barack Obama has vetoed a Republican bill forcing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:53
President Barack Obama has vetoed a Republican bill forcing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Justices signal support for investors in 401(k) lawsuits

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:43
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared likely Tuesday to make it easier for participants in employee retirement plans to challenge companies' investment decisions that eat into retirement savings.

Justices signal support for investors in 401(k) lawsuits

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:43
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared likely Tuesday to make it easier for participants in employee retirement plans to challenge companies' investment decisions that eat into retirement savings.

Man accused of New York murder denied it, then confessed: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:42

Hernandez appears with his lawyer Fishbein in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York in this file photoBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - The man accused of killing New York boy Etan Patz three decades ago denied any involvement just hours before making a videotaped confession in the high-profile case, a detective testified on Tuesday. Pedro Hernandez had been under police questioning in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Patz for more than five hours when he denied any role, New York Police Detective David Ramirez testified at Hernandez' trial in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. Less than two hours later, Hernandez confessed to killing the boy, saying he lured him into a Manhattan deli where he worked with a promise of a soda, strangled him, stuffed him in a bag and dumped him in an alley, police say. Hernandez' defense attorneys say the confession, made in 2012, was coerced and that he is mentally ill and suffers hallucinations.


European cruise giant Viking plans Mississippi River tours

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:42
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — European river cruise giant Viking announced Tuesday that it will make its first North American home port in New Orleans, with Mississippi River cruises expected in 2017.

FBI seeking two suspects in Connecticut bank robbery bomb plot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:38
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation and police in Connecticut are seeking two men who forced a credit union executive to wear an explosive device in a complex robbery plot, police said on Tuesday. The incident began late Sunday night when two men confronted Matthew Yussman, 46, the financial officer of Achieve Financial Credit Union in New Britain, tied up his mother and placed a bomb-like device under her bed. Police found Yussman in a car outside his office with the device, which has been turned over the FBI for analysis, strapped on him.

Ohio Muslim man sues gym he said barred him from praying

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:37
(Reuters) - A Muslim man has sued an Ohio gym in federal court, alleging its employees violated his civil rights by telling him to stop praying in the locker room and threatening to kick him out if he did it again. Mohamed Fall, 28, has attended an LA Fitness in Cincinnati since October 2013, praying quietly after his workouts for about five minutes in a corner of the locker room, he said in the lawsuit filed on Monday. "Mr. Fall has observed others at LA Fitness engaged in religious prayer and related activities, such as making the sign of the cross," the lawsuit stated. "Upon information and belief, none of that behavior has ever been banned by LA Fitness.

Gun ownership rights appear to be moving target for U.S. justices

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:36
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared conflicted on Tuesday over the gun ownership rights of a convicted felon from Florida who wants to sell the 19 firearms he voluntarily surrendered to the FBI after he was arrested on drug charges. The court heard oral arguments in an appeal brought by Tony Henderson, a former U.S. Border Patrol agent who in 2007 pleaded guilty to distributing marijuana and other drug offenses and was sentenced to six months in prison. One option the high court has is the federal government's suggested compromise, which is that Henderson can sell the guns, but only through a federally registered gun dealer. Justice Antonin Scalia said the government was "drawing a very artificial line" by suggesting it was acceptable to sell guns via a dealer but not transfer ownership to anyone else.

Berkeley hosts national conference on college sex assaults

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:35
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — More than 500 university administrators, staff members and researchers from across the nation are convening in Berkeley, California, for a professional conference on preventing and addressing sexual assaults on college campuses.

'American Sniper' Kyle never saw it coming -expert testifies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:35

Eddie Ray Routh enters the court during his capital murder trial in StephenvilleBy Jon Herskovitz STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - Former U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, whose autobiography was turned into the blockbuster movie "American Sniper," was ambushed from behind when was fatally shot two years ago at a Texas gun range, a forensics expert told a Texas jury on Tuesday. Former Marine Eddie Ray Routh, 27, is accused of killing Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield at the range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth in February 2013 and then fleeing in Kyle's pickup truck. "He absolutely never saw this coming," said crime scene analyst Howard Ryan, who was called by prosecutors as a rebuttal witness.


Wearing wigs and makeup, MI5 officers testify in U.S. trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:11

Abid Naseer listens as Assistant U.S. Attorney Zainab Ahmad questions Najibullah Zazi during the first day or Naseer's trial, in this courtroom sketch in BrooklynBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - British MI5 officers, wearing wigs and makeup to hide there identities, testified in U.S. court on Tuesday about their surveillance of an accused al Qaeda operative who is charged with plotting an attack in England. The four men and one woman with Britain's domestic counter intelligence agency who testified in federal trial in Brooklyn, New York, of Pakistani-born Abid Naseer were not identified by name, only by number. The officers testified that as part of "Operation: Pathway," they in 2009 observed Naseer and others in Manchester, England, going to a mosque, cyber cafe and the city center. Prosecutors say Naseer, who was arrested that month, used a cyber cafe to send messages to a Pakistan-based al Qaeda facilitator to discuss a plot aimed at a shopping center in Manchester that was never carried out.


Historic snows causing headaches for real estate industry

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:03

 Septic system inspectors can't find buried tanks, sellers can't easily have furniture delivered to stage a home for sale, and owners who do manage to sell a home are having a difficult time moving out. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON (AP) — All that snow in New England may make your property look as pretty as a calendar shot, but it won't do you any favors if you're trying to buy or sell a house.