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France attacks reinvigorate privacy versus security debate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 05:13

President Barack Obama listens as British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. In a show of trans-Atlantic unity, President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged a joint effort on Friday to fight domestic terrorism following deadly attacks in France. They also strongly urged the U.S. Congress to hold off on implementing new sanctions on Iran in the midst of nuclear talks. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama argued Friday that a resurgent fear of terrorism across Europe and the United States should not lead countries to overreact and shed privacy protections, even as British Prime Minister David Cameron pressed for more government access to encrypted communications used by U.S. companies.

Woman chokes up describing young marathon bombing victim

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:56
BOSTON (AP) — A prospective juror in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev choked back tears Friday as she spoke of the 8-year-old boy who was killed in the attack.

Twitter accounts of New York Post and news agency UPI hacked

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:55

This screen shot made on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, shows a United Press International Twitter account that was hacked Friday, displaying suspicious tweets on false economic and military news. A Twitter feed of the New York Post was also hacked. (AP Photo/United Press International via Twitter)NEW YORK (AP) — Some Twitter accounts of the New York Post and UPI, as well as the news agency's website, were briefly hacked Friday.

Correction: Sports Betting-Olympics story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:53

In this Jan. 14, 2015, photo, a man watches sports broadcast on screens at a sports book owned and operated by CG Technology in Las Vegas. CG Technology owns and operates sports books in Las Vegas and is asking the Nevada Gaming Control Board to allow more sports, such as the Olympics, to be wagered upon. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a Jan. 15 story about efforts by Las Vegas sports books to convince Nevada regulators to allow betting on Olympic events, The Associated Press erroneously reported the last name of an executive from CG Technology. The correct name is Jason Simbal.

After Paris, NYPD expanding 'active shooter' training

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:53

FILE - In this Thursday, July 28, 2011 file photo, police officers look at computer monitors in the operations center of the Lower Manhattan Security Coordination Center in New York. When news came of a terror attack in Paris in early January, the New York Police Department went on high alert. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, New York's police department is expanding training for what it sees as the most serious terror threat today — "active shooters," terrorists who, rather than detonating a homemade bomb in busy a location like Times Square, simply arm themselves with high-powered rifle and open fire.

US citizen settles lawsuit over post-9/11 arrest with FBI

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:51

FILE - This Feb. 14, 2011, file photo, shows Abdullah al-Kidd in Los Angeles. Al-Kidd, an American Muslim man, said he was wrongly imprisoned as a material witness in a terrorism case against another man. He has reached a settlement with the U.S. government after more than a decade of court battles. The American Civil Liberties Union, which represented al-Kidd in the lawsuit, announced the settlement Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A U.S. citizen who said he was wrongly arrested when the government rounded up Muslim men after the 9/11 terrorist attacks has settled his lawsuit against the FBI.

California community college deserves hearing on accreditation: judge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:49
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A college regulator violated the law by failing to give California's largest community college a fair hearing before deciding to terminate its accreditation, according to a tentative court ruling on Friday. The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges had planned to withdraw accreditation from City College of San Francisco, citing a lack of financial accountability and other longstanding problems, none directly related to educational quality. Lost accreditation would trigger funding cuts that would shutter the school, San Francisco's only community college, with more than 50 academic programs and over 100 occupational disciplines, from nursing to culinary arts and aircraft mechanics. The city of San Francisco sued, and a judge put the accreditation decision on hold pending a trial that took place last year.

CIA asset 'Merlin' testifies about mission at CIA leak trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:48
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Russian emigre who became a top CIA asset has described to jurors his role in a secret mission to disrupt Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions.

U.S. judge may unseal Epstein sex-crime plea deal records

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:47
A U.S. judge may allow sealed documents on financier Jeffrey Epstein's 2008 plea deal in a sex crime case to be made public. "Public policy favors judicial records being open to the public," Judge Kenneth Marra, of the Southern District of Florida, wrote on Thursday, ordering Epstein to explain why the plea negotiations should stay sealed. Epstein has also been linked to Britain's Prince Andrew and prominent U.S. attorney Alan Dershowitz, who were accused in a court filing last month of having sex with an underage girl they met through Epstein.

APNewsBreak: Company with chemical spill ties cited 8 times

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:47

In this Jan. 9, 2015 photo, the Lexycon LLC Lex Blend facility is shown in Nitro, W.Va. After Freedom Industries leaked chemicals into 300,000 people's drinking water last year, a company run by ex-Freedom employees is facing environmental violations a few towns away. (AP Photo/Jonathan Mattise)NITRO, W.Va. (AP) — A few towns over from the chemical plant that leaked a coal-cleaning mixture into the drinking water of 300,000 West Virginians last year, a new company run by some of the same people is being cited for similar environmental violations.

Newtown school panel to include proposed gun ban in report

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:40
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An advisory panel charged with looking at public safety in the wake of the deadly Newtown school shooting agreed Friday to include in its final report a recommendation to ban the sale and possession of any gun that can fire more than 10 rounds without reloading.

Conviction reversed in 2007 family killings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:26

FILE - This Nov. 17, 2011 file photo shows Vitaliy Krasnoperov, 25, before the start of his trial in Santa Ana, Calif. An appellate panel has reversed the conviction Krasnpperov in the killing of relatives of his friend's ex-girlfriend in a fiery attack on their Orange County home. A three-judge panel in Orange County ruled Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 that 29-year-old Krasnoperov did not get a fair trial when he was convicted of the murders of Jay Dhanak and his daughter Karishma in 2011. (AP Photo/Orange County Register, Paul Bersebach, File) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUTSANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An appellate panel has reversed the conviction of a man in the killing of the father and sister of his friend's ex-girlfriend in a fiery attack on their Orange County home.

Police: Suspect critical after traffic stop shootout with officers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:22

 Suspect critical after traffic stop shootout with officersWilmington police say a man is hospitalized after he allegedly opened fire on officers during a routine traffic stop.

Philadelphia man charged for fatal butt injection near DC

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:16

Philadelphia man charged for fatal butt injection near DCMaryland authorities have charged a Philadelphia man with second-degree murder in the death of a woman who was given injections to make her buttocks larger.

26 settle suit in Texas veterans parade crash that killed 4

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:16
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Twenty-six people who were hurt or had family members killed when a freight train struck a veterans parade float in Midland two years ago have settled their lawsuit against Union Pacific Railroad, both sides said Friday.

San Francisco train stations closed by anti-police protests

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:15

Demonstrators converge on a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) rail station in San FranciscoBy Dan Levine and Emmett Berg SAN FRANCISCO - (Reuters) - Activists protesting police shootings of young black men staged demonstrations at three San Francisco rail stations Friday, forcing officials to divert trains and sending morning commuters miles out of their way. No injuries were reported, and two people were arrested on misdemeanor charges of interfering with the operation of a rail system, Bay Area Rapid Transit police spokesman Jim Allison said. The protests, dubbed "BART Friday: No Business as Usual," targeted a commuter rail system that serves some 400,000 riders a day in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and surrounding suburbs.

U.S. woman accused of killing mother in Bali wins estate funds

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:13

U.S. citizen Heather Mack listens while sitting in a court in Denpasar, on the Indonesian resort island of BaliA U.S. judge on Friday ruled that a Chicago woman who is being tried in Indonesia for the murder of her mother on the resort island of Bali should be allowed access to a trust in her alleged victim's name to pay legal bills. The woman, Heather Mack, and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, could face the death penalty if found guilty of murdering Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose battered body was found in a bloody suitcase outside a luxury hotel in August. Mack is the sole beneficiary of the trust, administered by William Wiese, the dead woman’s brother, said her attorney, Anthony Scifo. Cohen said he wants to make sure that Mack's lawyer in Indonesia is qualified and also said he would appoint a retired judge as temporary trustee to oversee payments from von Wiese-Mack's assets, Jara said.

Judge denies bail to man accused of plotting U.S. Capitol attack

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:13

Christopher CornellBy Ginny McCabe CINCINNATI (Reuters) - A U.S. judge ruled on Friday that an Ohio man charged with plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol with guns and bombs be held without bail after prosecutors said he posed a threat to national security. Christopher Cornell, 20, of Cincinnati, was arrested on Wednesday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie Bowman granted their request to deny bail in a hearing that lasted less than 15 minutes.

Ohio man accused in Capitol terror plot held without bond

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:00

This Wednesday Jan. 14, 2015 photo made available by the Butler County Jail shows Christopher Lee Cornell. Cornell plotted to attack the U.S. Capitol in Washington and kill government officials inside it and spoke of his desire to support the Islamic State militant group, the FBI said on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Butler County Jail)CINCINNATI (AP) — A 20-year-old Ohio man charged with plotting an attack at the U.S. Capitol was ordered held without bond Friday after a federal magistrate concluded he was a danger to the community.

Minnesota Catholic archdiocese files for bankruptcy protection

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 03:58
By David Bailey MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday, saying the move will allow its finite resources to be distributed among victims and survivors of child sex abuse by clergy. The archdiocese, which has been criticized for its past handling of clergy abuse cases, is the 12th Catholic diocese in the United States to seek bankruptcy protection over sex abuse claims. "I make this decision because I believe it is the fairest and most helpful recourse for those victims/survivors who have made claims against us," Archbishop John Nienstedt said in a statement on the archdiocese's website. The archdiocese has faced numerous lawsuits raising claims of child sex abuse by clergy.