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Utah AG: Defense of marriage ban not about hate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 05:31
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said Friday during a rally of gay marriage opponents that his defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban in a federal appeals court is not motivated by hate.

U.S. asks if accused Boston bomber's lawyers to claim mental illness

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 05:29

FILE - This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the bombings on April 15, 2013 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. On Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder authorized the government to seek the death penalty in the case against Tsarnaev. (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. team prosecuting accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked defense attorneys on Friday to notify them by next month if they plan to make the 20-year-old defendant's mental faculties an issue at trial. In a filing in U.S. District Court in Boston, prosecutors asked a judge to require the defense to notify them by May 7 if they plan "to introduce expert evidence relating to a mental disease or defect or any other mental condition of the defendant which bears on either the issue of guilt or the issue of punishment." Attorneys for Tsarnaev, who could face the death penalty if convicted of the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured 264, could argue that the defendant is not wholly responsible for his actions or not deserving of execution, legal experts said. "There aren't a lot of directions you can go as a defense attorney," said Walter Price, a former federal prosecutor. "One of them is always mental and if you think you have the potential to argue that the defendant had diminished mental capacity or insanity, you have to prove it." Federal court rules require defense attorneys to notify prosecutors of their plans to mount such a defense to give the prosecution time to conduct its own expert review.

Alaska ad proudly ties Dem senator to 'Obamacare'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 05:22
WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of watching Democrats get hammered over President Barack Obama's health care law, friends of an embattled senator are fighting back by proudly linking him to "Obamacare."

Woman who threw shoe at Hillary Clinton released from jail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 05:19

Former U.S. Secretary of State Clinton looks towards the audience during her speech to members of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries in Las Vegas(Reuters) - A woman who threw a shoe at Hillary Clinton as the former U.S. secretary of state was delivering a speech in Las Vegas has been released from jail, and faces possible charges after her arrest for disorderly conduct, officials said on Friday. Alison Michelle Ernst, 36, was released on her own recognizance just before midnight on Thursday, said Tess Driver, a spokeswoman for the Clark County District Attorney's Office. Clinton was giving a speech on Thursday at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas when a protester who was not a ticketed guest and was being approached by Secret Service agents threw a shoe at her, said Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie Video news footage showed Clinton, 66, a potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, move to crouch as a flying object flew past her on stage.

Judge approves Detroit swaps deal with 2 banks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 05:15

In this July 16, 2013 aerial file photo, the downtown of the city of Detroit is shown. Federal Judge Steven Rhodes approved bankrupt Detroit's plan to settle a bad multi-million dollar pension debt deal with two banks on Friday, April 11, 2014. Rhodes signed off on the agreement to pay $85 million to UBS and Bank of America. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — Detroit can move ahead with a plan to settle a ruinous multimillion-dollar debt with two banks for $85 million, a judge said Friday as he also urged the bankrupt city and other creditors to reach more deals.

US levies more sanctions over Crimea takeover

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 05:09
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday sanctioned the former vice speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, six Crimean separatist leaders and a Crimea-based gas company over Russia's takeover of the Crimean Peninsula.

4 years after spill, questions on long-term health

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 05:08
CHALMETTE, Louisiana (AP) — When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons that spewed in what would become the worst offshore spill in U.S. history.

Connecticut ex-governor pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 05:04

Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland, right, arrives with attorney Reid Weingarten at federal court, Friday, April 11, 2014, in New Haven, Conn. A grand jury on Thursday returned a seven-count indictment alleging Rowland schemed to conceal involvement with congressional campaigns. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland pleaded not guilty Friday to conspiracy and other federal charges in an alleged pursuit of secret consulting roles with two congressional campaigns.

SeaWorld loses appeal in death by killer whale

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 05:04
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a regulatory safety finding against SeaWorld in the drowning of a trainer who was pulled under by a killer whale at the theme park.

Florida bill would allow guns with no permit in natural disasters

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 05:04
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - In a crisis situation or evacuation for natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires, people with no criminal record would be allowed to carry a firearm without a permit, under a bill approved Friday by the Florida House of Representatives. "The bells of liberty are surely ringing throughout Florida today," said Representative Heather Dawes Fitzenhagen, a Fort Myers Republican who sponsored the bill lifting permit requirements for concealed weapons in an emergency declared by the governor or local authorities. The Republican-run legislature has been undeterred by nationwide controversy over Florida's gun laws. Florida has some of the most lenient gun laws in the United States and state records show that about 8 percent of adults are licensed to carry a concealed weapon.

Police link 12 vehicle shootings in Kansas City area

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 05:02
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Police believe a dozen shooting incidents, in which three people have been injured over the past month mostly on highways and roads in Kansas City and surrounding areas, are connected, authorities said on Friday. Police have made no arrests in the investigation into 20 shootings since March 8 in Kansas City and nearby areas, but for the first time on Friday said they had found positive connections to confirm their suspicions in 12 cases. "This provides a broad foundation to build on and gives the community the sense we are making progress," Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte said in an interview. All but three of the shootings were in Kansas City, and most occurred on highways and at night, police have said.

Washington 911 outage leaves woman facing intruder

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 04:48
SEATTLE (AP) — Dispatchers who couldn't answer the 911 call of Washington woman facing an intruder are deeply troubled by the statewide system failure but relieved she wasn't injured, the dispatch center's executive director said Friday.

Chicago man pleads guilty in Zimbabwe case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 04:43
CHICAGO (AP) — A 72-year-old Chicago man has pleaded guilty to illegally lobbying U.S. lawmakers to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe's president and other members of his regime for a promise of $3.4 million.

Jury decides on sentence in shoe stabbing trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 04:36

FILE - In this April 8, 2014, file photo, Ana Trujillo reacts after being found guilty of killing her boyfriend in Houston. Trujillo, 45, was found guilty of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the stiletto heel of her shoe, hitting him at least 25 times in the face. Jurors have begun deliberating her sentence. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer, File)HOUSTON (AP) — Jurors say they have decided on a sentence for a Houston woman convicted of stabbing to death her boyfriend with the 5½-inch stiletto heel of her shoe.

Former Connecticut Governor Rowland pleads not guilty to campaign charges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 04:24

CONNECTICUT GOVERNOR ROWLAND MAKES RESIGNATION SPEECH.By Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (Reuters) - Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland, who was forced to resign from office a decade ago for corruption, pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges he violated campaign laws. Rowland, who spent 10 months in prison in 2005 and 2006, told the judge he understood the seven-count indictment filed on Thursday that accused the 56-year-old Republican of trying to conceal payments made to him by two congressional campaigns that he worked on in 2009 and 2012. The candidate in the 2012 campaign, Lisa Wilson-Foley, and her husband, last month pleaded guilty to charges involving illegal campaign contributions. Rowland's attorney, Reid Weingarten, told reporters after the arraignment that Rowland would "aggressively challenge" the charges.

Chicago archbishop: Church to seek successor

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 04:15

Chicago Cardinal Francis George speaks during a news conference Friday, April 11, 2013, in Chicago. The 77-year-old spiritual leader of the Archdiocese of Chicago's more than 2 million Roman Catholics Chicago's said the Roman Catholic Church has told him it will begin searching for his successor because of his "uncertain" health as he undergoes chemotherapy. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — Cardinal Francis George, the archbishop of Chicago who is being treated for cancer, said Friday that the Roman Catholic Church has agreed to begin formally searching for his successor as head of the nation's third-largest diocese.

Utah AG speaks at rally in favor of marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 04:13
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes says his defense of Utah's same-sex marriage ban in a federal appeals court is not motivated by hate.

Denver hires teachers who came to U.S. illegally as children

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 04:07
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The Denver Public School system is allowing immigrants who have resided illegally in the United States since they were children to teach in its classrooms under a relaxed employment policy advanced by the Obama administration, district officials said this week. Superintendent Tom Boasberg said in a statement that Denver schools were the first in the country to hire teachers under a directive signed by President Barack Obama in 2012. Under that directive, the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA), immigrants who came to the United States as children and meet certain other criteria can apply for a work permit for a renewable period of two years. "These teachers often are bi-lingual or multi-lingual and have a deep personal understanding of the challenges that many of our students face who similarly came to this country in undocumented status as young children," Boasberg said.

American imprisoned in Cuba ends hunger strike

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 04:06

FILE - This undated handout file photo provided by the Gross family shows Alan and Judy Gross. Gross, who has been imprisoned in Cuba for more than four years after illegally setting up Internet access on the island has suspended his hunger strike after more than a week. Gross said he was fasting to protest his treatment by the U.S. and Cuban governments. In a statement released through his lawyer he said he suspended his fast Friday. (AP Photo/Gross Family, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — An American imprisoned in Cuba for more than four years after illegally working to set up Internet access on the island suspended his hunger strike Friday after more than a week.

Family saved at sea asks critics to hold judgment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 04:04
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A family lifted from a disabled sailboat hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast with their sick 1-year-old thanked rescuers and defended their "maritime life" in their first public comments since returning to land.