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Short prison terms for 2 linked to secret Navy silencer deal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 04:02
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Even in the Byzantine world of government contracting, this particular deal stood out: $1.7 million to build 350 untraceable assault-rifle silencers for the Navy, awarded on a no-bid basis to a race-car mechanic whose brother happened to be a senior naval official pushing the deal.

3 in custody after shot fired in Ben Franklin High School

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 03:08

3 in custody after shot fired in Ben Franklin High SchoolThree people are in custody after a shot was fired in a Philadelphia high school on Friday.


Truck crash, fire on I-476 SB near Broomall

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 03:04

Truck crash, fire on I-476 SB near BroomallPolice are on the scene of a truck crash on I-476 Southbound in Broomall, Pa.


Judge rejects challenge in FBI child porn website probe

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 03:03
U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan in Tacoma, Washington, on Thursday rejected arguments by Jay Michaud, one of 137 people facing U.S. charges in the probe, that a search warrant that enabled the FBI to conduct the sting was unconstitutional. The Federal Bureau of Investigation had in February 2015 seized the server hosting Playpen, a child porn website that operated on the Tor network, which is designed to facilitate anonymous online communication and protect user privacy. In order to identify its 214,898 members, authorities sought a search warrant from a Virginia judge allowing them to deploy a "network investigative technique" that would cause a computer to send them data any time a user logged on while the FBI operated the website for two weeks.

U.S. says Americans traveling to Iran risk arrest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 02:51
U.S. citizens traveling to Iran, particularly Iranian-Americans, risk arrest and detention in the Islamic republic, the U.S. State Department said in a travel warning on Friday. The notice, which largely echoes an August warning, was issued days after five Americans, including four dual Iranian nationals, were released by Iran in a prisoner swap coinciding with the lifting of economic sanctions on Iran as the implementation of a deal to curb its nuclear program began. The warning aims to "reiterate and highlight the risk of arrest and detention of U.S. citizens, particularly dual national Iranian-Americans, in Iran," the State Department said.

Iconic Chicago Ferris wheel rolling to the Missouri Ozarks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 02:50
An iconic 15-story Ferris wheel, which had been part of the Chicago skyline for 20 years, will be trucked across the Mississippi River and rebuilt like a "big Erector Set" at a Missouri amusement park, officials said on Friday. The Ferris wheel, modeled after the one built for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World's Fair, can hold 240 passengers on 40 gondolas. The wheel is going to The Track Family Fun Parks in the tourist-friendly town of Branson, Missouri, swapping a view of Lake Michigan for one of the Ozark Mountains, said Track Chief Executive Craig Wescott.

Legal fight over plane highlights property seizure debate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 02:45

This undated booking photo provided by the Park County, Wyo., Sheriff's Office shows Scott Michael Lewis. Federal prosecutors are pressing felony charges against two Colorado men accused of operating an unregistered airplane that authorities claim was involved in a criminal enterprise. The charges follow the government's seizure nearly two years ago of the Cessna airplane after it landed at the municipal airport in Cody, Wyo. Police also confiscated over $250,000 in cash from a Cody hotel room rented by Lewis, the pilot and a passenger. (Park County Sheriff's Office/Powell Tribune via AP)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The single-engine Cessna aroused suspicion at the Yellowstone Regional Airport even before it landed.


Judge allowing key evidence in hot SUV death case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 02:44
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A judge is allowing prosecutors to use key evidence collected by police in the case of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son to die in a hot SUV.

Conviction for molesting 2 girls at deaf school reversed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 02:37
BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland's second-highest court has reversed the conviction of a deaf-school aide charged with molesting two girls because he wasn't allowed to question an American Sign Language interpreter who assisted police.

Texas top court sides with cheerleaders in Bible banner suit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 02:32
HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court has ruled in favor of high school cheerleaders who argued that their free speech was trampled by their school district when it ordered them not to display banners emblazoned with Bible verses at football games.

56 members of MS-13 gang are charged in Massachusetts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 02:23
BOSTON (AP) — More than 50 members of the MS-13 gang in and around Boston have been indicted on federal racketeering charges, federal authorities announced Friday.

Cruz heads to tiny Iowa towns to complete 99-county trek

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 02:19

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, answers a question during a Republican presidential primary debate, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)RINGSTED, Iowa (AP) — For Ted Cruz, the path to victory in Iowa doesn't run through Des Moines or Davenport or other voter-rich parts of this sprawling, largely rural state.


Mardi Gras season kicks into high gear with parades

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 02:15
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The ladders where children will sit and catch beads are out. The fences are up to protect lawns and houses. The grandstands are assembled.

30 young officers take oath at graduation from Philadelphia Police Academy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 02:15

30 young officers take oath at graduation from Philadelphia Police AcademyFriday was a big day for 30 new recruits with the Philadelphia Police Department. They spent nearly nine months training at the Police Academy, and have finally graduated.


Police: Shot fired in Ben Franklin High School, not active shooter situation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 02:14

3 in custody after shot fired in Ben Franklin High SchoolPhiladelphia police confirm that one shot was fired inside Ben Franklin High school on Friday, but say this is not an active shooter situation.


'Affluenza' teen left in juvenile detention in Texas, for now

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 02:04

Ethan Couch is seen getting into a vehicle to be driven to the airport in Mexico CityA Texas judge ruled on Friday that America's so-called "affluenza" teenager should remain in custody for now at a juvenile detention center in Fort Worth, where he has been held since he was deported from Mexico on Thursday. Ethan Couch, 18, fled to Mexico last month with his mother after he apparently violated the probation deal reached in juvenile court that kept him out of prison for killing four people while driving drunk in 2013. Judge Timothy Menikos said he was considering a move to an adult prison for Couch.


Linking 3 cases, cops hunt serial predator in college town

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 02:04
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — The police chief of an Ohio college town said authorities are seeking a predator linked to sexual assaults on three women since 2006.

Crash involving school bus in Gloucester Twp., NJ

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 01:58

Crash involving school bus in Gloucester Twp., NJFirst responders are on the scene of a crash involving a school bus in Gloucester Township.


Book with connection to Salem witch trials being auctioned

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 01:57

This 2015 photo provided by Swann Auction Galleries shows the inside cover of the seventh edition of "The Bay Psalm Book." The book once belonged to Jonathan Corwin, a judge during the 1692 trials when 19 accused witches were hanged and another was crushed to death in Salem, Mass. It is scheduled to be auctioned on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (Swann Auction Galleries via AP)SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A psalm book once owned by a judge in the Salem witch trials is being sold.


Police find man's body inside Delaware home; suspect identified

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 01:50

Police find man's body inside Delaware home; suspect identifiedPolice investigating a suspicious death after finding a man's body inside a home in New Castle, Delaware have identified a suspect.