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Connecticut priest who ran meth ring pleads for leniency

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:28
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A suspended Roman Catholic priest who authorities say dealt pounds of methamphetamine and bought a sex shop to possibly launder his drug money is asking a federal judge for leniency when he is sentenced next week.

4 arrested in Bucks Co. prostitution sting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:27

4 arrested in Bucks Co. prostitution stingFour women have been arrested following a prostitution investigation in Bucks County.


Former US Air Force Mechanic Charged With Trying to Join ISIS

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:23
Federal officials made the announcement today.

U.S. woman accused of killing mother in Bali gives birth

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:18
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago-area teenager imprisoned in Bali on accusations of killing her mother, has given birth to a baby girl, her lawyer said on Tuesday. Heather Mack, 19, gave birth to the baby via cesarean section on Tuesday in an Indonesian hospital, said Anthony Scifo, who is Mack's civil attorney. Mack and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer could face the death penalty if found guilty of murdering Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, whose battered body was found stuffed into a bloody suitcase outside a luxury hotel in August. Police in Indonesia said in September that Schaefer had confessed to killing Wiese-Mack in an argument.

State Dept unclassified computer network back online

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:17
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says portions of its unclassified computer network that it shut down last week are back online. That follows the completion of security upgrades in response to attempted hacking attacks.

Accused Boston bomber told friend about 'very strict' brother

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:15

Handout of a still image from surveillance video of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar TsarnaevBy Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told a high school friend his older brother was "very strict" and might not like him because he was not Muslim, the friend testified on Tuesday. Stephen Silva, who federal prosecutors contend loaned Tsarnaev the gun used in the shooting, said he had long been friends with the defendant but had never met his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, who died following a gunfight with police four days after the bombing. Defense lawyers opened the trial at U.S. District Court in Boston with the blunt admission that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had carried out the crimes he is charged with, focusing their hopes on the jury sentencing him to life in prison rather than the death penalty he could face if found guilty.


Father charged in baby's death in Trenton

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:10

Father charged in baby's death in Trenton21-year-old Javon Thomas has been charged with neglect after his 9-month-old girl died.


Ex-fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Grimm sentenced to three months in custody

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:04

Diana Durand, ex-girlfriend and former fundraiser for Republican U.S. Representative Michael Grimm exits the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in the Brooklyn Borough of New YorkBy Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - A woman who pleaded guilty to raising illegal campaign money for former U.S. Representative Michael Grimm of New York was sentenced on Tuesday to three months in custody. The sentence for Diana Durand, 48, was unexpected because prosecutors had not recommended anything more than probation. U.S. District Judge Sterling Johnson at a hearing in Brooklyn also ordered Durand to pay a $10,000 fine. Durand pleaded guilty in September to violating the Federal Election Campaign Act by directing more than $10,000 in campaign contributions to two candidates for the House of Representatives in 2010 through straw donors whom she reimbursed, avoiding federal caps on donations.


Britain's Prince Charles, Camilla to arrive in U.S. for four-day tour

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:01

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Duchess of Cornwall arrive for the Commonwealth Observance service at Westminster Abbey in LondonBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, arrive in Washington on Tuesday for a four-day U.S. goodwill visit that includes a meeting with President Barack Obama, the British Embassy said. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are seeking to boost Britain's partnership with the United States in such areas as climate change and encouraging corporate social responsibility, the embassy said. Charles, the 66-year-old heir to the British throne, and his wife arrive on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday and Thursday, they will tour monuments and historic sites including the Lincoln Memorial and Mount Vernon, home of the first U.S. president, George Washington.


Ex-drug officers lose bid to toss racketeering charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 00:58
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Six former Philadelphia narcotics officers charged with robbing and beating drug dealers in a gangland-style enterprise have lost a bid to halt their upcoming trial over claims that at least one accuser lied before the grand jury.

Charges dropped in case against accused rapist

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 00:56

This undated handout photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows Milton Thomas. Criminal charges against an accused rapist were dropped Tuesday due to concerns about the credibility of the victim as a witness, the prosecution said. Milton Thomas, 58, a parolee charged last year with raping a 70-year-old widow, figured prominently in a recent Associated Press investigation of a national movement to use surveys to predict which prisoners or ex-inmates will commit future crimes. Thomas, who was quoted in the AP investigation saying he was innocent, was assessed three times with three different outcomes. (AP Photo/Arkansas Department of Correction)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Criminal charges against an accused rapist were dropped Tuesday due to concerns about the credibility of the victim as a witness, the prosecution said.


Robert Durst back in court for 2nd straight day

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 00:53

Robert Durst back in court for 2nd straight dayAuthorities found nearly 150 grams of marijuana and a revolver in millionaire Robert Durst's hotel room when he was arrested over the weekend, a prosecutor said Tuesday.


First gay group marches in NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade, protests seek more

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 00:46

Protestors demonstrate advocating for the inclusion of gay marchers in the 254th New York City St. Patrick's Day parade as parade marchers make their way up 5th Avenue in the Manhattan Borough of New YorkBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shamrocks and rainbow banners waved on Tuesday over the first openly gay group to march in New York City’s main St. Patrick’s Day parade, but gay rights advocates and elected officials called for greater inclusion in the event. Organizers of the city's 254th parade to celebrate Irish heritage shifted their policy this year for the first time to allow Out@NBCUniversal, an organization of gay employees of NBCUniversal, the parade broadcaster, to march in the procession up Fifth Avenue. "I will not be marching, but I look forward to progress in the future," said de Blasio, noting the parade, said by organizers to be the oldest and largest such event in the United States, was still not "open to folks who would like to participate who don't happen to work for NBC." Two dozen protesters, some waving signs reading "Who said St. Patrick was straight?", rallied on the sidelines of the parade led by Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan, this year's grand marshal.


2,000 snow geese die from illness in Idaho wildlife areas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 00:22

FILE - In this May 9 2005, file photo, shows snow geese and Canada geese preparing to land on marsh at the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge near Merrill, Ore. Wildlife officials say 2,000 migrating snow geese have died in eastern Idaho likely because of avian cholera. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says staff and volunteers collected the dead birds over the last several days at the Mud Lake Wildlife Management Area near Terreton and the Market Lake Wildlife Management Area near Roberts. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard, File)MUD LAKE, Idaho (AP) — Some 2,000 migrating snow geese have died recently in eastern Idaho, likely from a disease that comes on quickly and can kill birds in midflight, wildlife officials say.


House Republicans take aim at Dodd-Frank in budget plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 00:14
Republican lawmakers took aim at the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law Tuesday, unveiling a plan that would gut regulators' authority to manage the collapse of big banks and give Congress direct control of the U.S. consumer finance bureau's budget. The effort to repeal parts of Dodd-Frank is part of a broader fiscal 2016 budget plan released by the House of Representatives budget committee that calls for eliminating deficits and also repealing the president's signature Affordable Care Act. Republicans have for years rallied against a measure in Dodd-Frank known as "orderly liquidation authority" which allows U.S. regulators to intervene in the event a large, risky bank collapses. In the past, Republicans were unable to get any traction repealing the measure, largely because the U.S. Senate was controlled by Democrats.

Budget fight: Obama claims the upper hand over Congress

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 00:10

In this March 16, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Bolstered by a spate of upbeat economic news, Obama is claiming the upper hand in the budget fight unfolding in Congress. He’s aiming to exploit recent Republican stumbles to give Democrats an advantage _ despite their status as a weakened minority. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Bolstered by a spate of upbeat economic news, President Barack Obama is claiming the upper hand in the budget fight unfolding in Congress, aiming to exploit recent Republican stumbles to give Democrats an advantage despite their status as a weakened minority. But while Obama retains full use of the bully pulpit, his leverage over matters of government spending may prove limited.


American Airlines jet lands safely at JFK after striking geese

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 00:09
An American Airlines jetliner with 126 passengers and 7 crew members on board made an emergency landing at a New York airport on Tuesday morning after striking "several geese," transportation officials said. No one was reported injured on Flight 1320, which returned to John F. Kennedy International Airport about 10 minutes after takeoff, when a pilot radioed the airport about a bird strike, a spokeswoman with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said. The passengers, bound for St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, will board another flight scheduled to depart at 2 p.m. local time, a spokeswoman with American Airlines said.

As Israel votes, Netanyahu takes swipe at Arabs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 00:06

As Israel votes, Netanyahu takes swipe at ArabsWith his political future in question, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday made a list-ditch appeal to hard-liners as the country went to the polls in a tight parliamentary election, saying that high Arab voter turnout was endangering his right wing party's dominance.


United flight diverted after man rushes toward cockpit: ABC News

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 00:04
A United Airlines flight to Denver returned to a Washington airport late on Monday when a passenger shouting about jihad rushed toward the cockpit before other passengers grabbed him, ABC News said. United Flight 1074, carrying 33 passengers and six crew members, returned to Washington Dulles International Airport when the passenger "failed to comply with crew instructions," airline spokesman Luke Punzenberger said in a statement. A spokesman for Washington's airport authority said the passenger was taken to a hospital for observation. Passenger Donna Tellam told ABC News, "At one point when his head was down he said there were jihadists in the cargo hold and he did say jihad a couple times." She said the man was held down by passengers until flight attendants put plastic restraints on his arms.

Video shows passenger subdued on United Airlines flight; plane forced to return to Dulles

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 00:00

Video shows passenger subdued on United Airlines flight; plane forced to return to DullesA United Airlines spokesman says a flight headed from Washington, D.C., to Denver had to return to Dulles International Airport after a passenger failed to comply with crew instructions.