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Sheriff: Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez is a master manipulator

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 02:49

FILE - In this April 1, 2015 file photo, former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez listens as prosecution witness Alexander Bradley testifies during his murder trial, at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. The sheriff who had former Hernandez in custody for more than 18 months said Tuesday, April 21, 2015, that he's a master manipulator and will probably do fine in prison now that he has been sentenced to life for murder. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said Hernandez knows how to use his charm and manipulate better than anyone he has ever seen. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool, File)The sheriff who had former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in custody for more than 18 months said Tuesday that he's a master manipulator and will probably do fine in prison now that he has been sentenced to life for murder.


Police impersonator robs woman in Cobbs Creek

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 02:44

Police impersonator robs woman in Cobbs CreekPhiladelphia police are looking for a man who impersonated a police officer during a robbery in the city's Cobbs Creek section.


Cops: Woman arrested at JFK hid cocaine in girdle, underwear

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 02:40
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities quickly found out why an arriving passenger at Kennedy Airport was so nervous: She had 4 pounds of cocaine hidden in her girdle and underwear.

Police believe man killed ex-wife, girlfriend, then himself

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 02:32
CLEVELAND (AP) — Police in Cleveland say a preliminary investigation indicates that a man fatally shot his ex-wife and girlfriend before turning the gun on himself.

DEA head Leonhart expected to leave: Senior administration official

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 02:32

DEA administrator Michele Leonhart testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in a hearing on sexual harassment and misconduct allegations at the DEA and FBI in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Director Michele Leonhart is expected to leave her post, a senior administration official told Reuters on Tuesday. A recent report from the Justice Department revealed that DEA agents participated in "sex parties" with prostitutes in Colombia. (Reporting by Julia Edwards; Editing by Sandra Maler)


ICE targets 700 Miami firms for money laundering scrutiny

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 02:31
MIAMI (AP) — Federal investigators are targeting 700 businesses in the Miami area for enhanced scrutiny to detect trade-based money laundering schemes involving Latin American criminal organizations, authorities announced Tuesday.

Mother of abandoned quadriplegic man waives extradition

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 02:28

Mother of abandoned quadriplegic man waives extraditionThe woman accused of abandoning her quadriplegic son in the Philadelphia woods to visit her boyfriend in Maryland has waived extradition.


Actor William Shatner proposes pipeline to solve California drought

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 02:24

Actor Shatner speaks during a handprint and footprint ceremony honoring actor Plummer at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los AngelesLOS ANGELES - (Reuters) - William Shatner in full Captain Kirk mode is looking to marshal a crew for a project with an astronomical budget to deal with California's drought problems, although some might call it a pipe dream. The "Star Trek" star has told Yahoo! Tech journalist David Pogue he intends to start a crowdsource campaign on Kickstarter.com to raise $30 billion for a pipeline to bring water from the Seattle area for use by thirsty California. Already, the idea has run into one big obstacle: officials in Washington state are pouring cold water on it. "Frankly we found it highly illogical, to put it in 'Star Trek' terms," said Washington Department of Ecology spokesman Dan Partridge, using a catch phrase of "Star Trek" character Spock.


California county: Man beaten by deputies on video after fleeing on horse to get $650,000

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 02:18
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — California county: Man beaten by deputies on video after fleeing on horse to get $650,000.

St. Louis City Hall evacuated over suspicious packages

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 02:11
(Reuters) - The St. Louis, Missouri, city hall was re-opened on Tuesday afternoon, hours after it had been evacuated while authorities investigated three suspicious items, city officials said. The building and nearby streets were re-opened after St. Louis Police bomb and arson personnel secured two carbon dioxide tanks and one bag. All have been rendered safe, Maggie Crane, a spokeswoman for Mayor Francis Slay, posted on Twitter. Mayor Slay, in a post on Twitter, apologized for any inconvenience from the area's temporary closing.

Gunman outside California prison shoots, wounds guard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 02:01
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A guard on duty in the yard of a central California prison was shot by someone outside the facility, and a suspect is still at large, authorities said Tuesday.

AK-47 wielding suspects rob man in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 01:52

AK-47 wielding suspects rob man in Center CityPhiladelphia police are searching for two suspects who robbed a man with an assault rifle in the Society Hill section of Center City.


Penalty phase opens in Boston Marathon bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 01:36

Penalty phase opens in Boston Marathon bombing trialThe life-or-death phase in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev got underway Tuesday.


Kansas man pleads not guilty to federal terrorism charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 01:33
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of trying to bomb an Army installation in support of a terrorist group on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to three federal charges.

Number of Iowa chickens to be killed due to bird flu lower

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 01:30
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The number of chickens at a northwest Iowa farm that will need to be killed because of the bird flu virus has been reduced to 3.8 million.

Critical-thinking counseling sought in Islamic State case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 01:20
CHICAGO (AP) — A lawyer for a suburban teenager accused of trying to join the Islamic State group has told a federal judge his client isn't dangerous and should be released to get counseling on critical thinking.

Corrections officer wounded by shot fired at California prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 01:13
LOS ANGELES - (Reuters) - A corrections officer at a California prison has been lightly wounded by a bullet fired at the facility from beyond its perimeter, authorities said on Tuesday. Multiple shots were fired on Monday evening toward North Kent State Prison in Delano, a community less than 130 miles north of Los Angeles, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. A bullet fired from beyond the prison's perimeter struck an officer who was standing in an exercise yard, said Lieutenant Tom Mattson, a spokesman for the prison. "I am extremely grateful that our officer was only slightly injured in this senseless attack and is expected to make a full recovery,” California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Jeff Beard said in a statement.

Voicemail leads to discovery of woman's body in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 01:11

Voicemail leads to discovery of woman's body in West PhiladelphiaA chilling voicemail led police to a gruesome discovery inside a West Philadelphia home, and now they're asking for the public's help in their search for an alleged killer.


White House says has concerns about Drug Enforcement Administration

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 01:09

DEA administrator Michele Leonhart testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in a hearing on sexual harassment and misconduct allegations at the DEA and FBI in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday that it still has concerns about the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration following a recent Justice Department report alleging agents had participated in sex parties. White House spokesman Josh Earnest did not comment on media reports that the agency's director, Michele Leonhart, is expected to soon resign. (Reporting By Julia Edwards)


Suspicious cylinders force evacuation of St. Louis City Hall

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

St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed calls out to other members of the board to gather and be given the oath of office in a park across the street from City Hall Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in St. Louis. The swearing in was moved outside after City Hall was evacuated Tuesday when two suspicious cylinders and a bag were found at three entrances to the sprawling government building downtown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Three suspicious items that forced the several-hour evacuation of St. Louis' City Hall on Tuesday turned out to be two abandoned carbon dioxide canisters and a bag, all ultimately deemed harmless after their discovery forced the swearing-in ceremony of recently elected aldermen to be moved to a nearby park.