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California senator pleads not guilty to corruption

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 01:48

FILE - In this March 26, 2014 file photo, California state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, right, leaves the San Francisco Federal Building in San Francisco. Yee, a California state senator and more than two dozen others have been formally indicted in a sweeping San Francisco political corruption case, officials announced Friday April 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Margot,File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A suspended California state senator has pleaded not guilty to all charges for his alleged role in a San Francisco political corruption and organized crime case.

Lawyers: Man due to be cleared of 1989 NYC murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 01:38
NEW YORK (AP) — A man who has spent almost a quarter-century behind bars for murder is poised to be cleared of a killing that happened when he was 1,100 miles away on a Disney World vacation, his lawyers said Tuesday.

Two men charged in beating of motorist by mob in Detroit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 01:29
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A Detroit teenager was charged as an adult on Monday in the severe beating of a motorist who stopped to help a 10-year-old boy he accidentally struck last week, prosecutors said. Bruce Wimbush, 17, was charged with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm in the beating of Steven Utash, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement. Utash, 54, remained in critical condition at a Detroit hospital on Monday, police spokeswoman Jennifer Moreno said. A crowd of 10 or 12 bystanders, including Wimbush, attacked Utash last Wednesday after he struck the child, who had stepped off a curb into traffic, police said.

New York activist Al Sharpton blasts media portrayal as 'mob snitch'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 01:17
By Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton said on Tuesday that he had cooperated with a 1980's federal probe into New York organized crime but lashed out at media reports labeling him a mob turncoat, saying he had never been a criminal. Sharpton told reporters that the city's main tabloids, the Daily News and New York Post, were mistaken when they published cover stories that labeled him a "mob snitch" and "Rev Rat." "I was not and am not a rat, because I wasn't with the rats," Sharpton told reporters outside the Harlem headquarters of his group, the National Action Network. I chase rats." On Monday, The Smoking Gun website published documents that appeared to contain intelligence gathered by informants in an FBI sting into New York's Genovese crime family.

Officer, gunman wounded in Los Angeles police station

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 01:13
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire in a Los Angeles police station on Monday night, shooting an officer seven times in the arms and torso as he returned fire, leaving both men badly wounded, Los Angeles Police Department spokesmen said. The shooter walked into the lobby of the West Traffic Division at about 8 p.m. local time and told two officers at the desk that he had a complaint, then pulled a semi-automatic handgun and fired repeatedly at one of the officers, Los Angeles police officials said on Tuesday. The officer, a seven-year veteran, fired back, as did his partner, a policewoman with four years on the force, striking the gunman multiple times, police Commander Andrew Smith said. He said detectives were also looking into any possible connection between Monday night's attack and an unsolved shooting ambush last June outside the Los Angeles police's Wilshire Station a short distance away, although the two incidents did not immediately appear to be related.

Jimmy Carter speaking at Civil Rights Summit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 01:07

FILE - In this June 28, 2013 file photo, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaks in Atlanta. Carter will be the keynote speaker Tuesday, April 8, 2014 on the first day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Jaime Henry-White, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter will be the keynote speaker on the first day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas.

NTSB: Captain's error led to 2013 NYC ferry crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 01:01
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal investigators say a captain's error led to a ferry crash that injured 80 people last year in Lower Manhattan.

Wis. sheriff: Fingerprints tie Ill. man to slaying

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:56
RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin authorities have arrested a 36-year-old Illinois man whose fingerprints match those on a bag used to suffocate a teenage runaway 17 years ago.

After scandal, poker tourney gets high-tech chips

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:54
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A cheating scandal at a casino poker tournament has led to new security measures, including chips that are more intricate, have more colors and include an authentication element that can be checked under ultraviolet light.

EU court ruling boost privacy rights of citizens

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:40
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top court on Tuesday dealt a blow to law-enforcement agencies' spying on phone and internet records, saying the lives of citizens should not be "the subject of constant surveillance."

Obama to visit mudslide-site Oso on April 22

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:23

Rescuers watch carefully as an excavator combs through the large debris pile left by a mudslide in OsoPresident Barack Obama will visit the Washington state town struck by a deadly mudslide to meet families affected by the disaster and view the devastation, the White House said on Tuesday. Obama will stop in Oso, Washington, on April 22, before starting out on a week-long trip to Asia. Obama will "view the devastation from the recent mudslide and meet with the families affected by this disaster, as well as first responders and recovery workers," the White House said.

Suspect in police station shooting is critical

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:16
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A gunman who opened fire inside a Los Angeles police station, hitting one officer several times, was hospitalized early Tuesday in critical condition after he was wounded in the ensuing gunbattle, authorities said.

At-home mothers on the rise, new research shows

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:13
NEW YORK (AP) — More women are staying at home full-time to raise their children, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Tuesday.

Giraffe in surgery for terminal defect in Oklahoma

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:02

Six-month-old Kyah, a giraffe at the Oklahoma City Zoo, stands next to her mother, Ellie, at the zoo in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 4, 2014. Kyah will undergo surgery at Oklahoma State University to repair a vessel in her heart that has wrapped around her esophagus, making it difficult for her to eat solid foods, at a time when her mother is trying to wean her. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City Zoo officials say a 6-month-old female giraffe with a potentially terminal heart defect is headed into surgery.

Rhode Island to improve jobs for mentally disabled

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:00
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Residents with mental disabilities would no longer be forced to work long hours doing manual labor for little money and instead would be given the chance at regular employment that pays at least the minimum wage under a settlement announced Tuesday.

Suspect arraigned in Detroit mob beating of driver

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:59

Cars enter local business at the scene of an attack on Wednesday at the street corners of Morang and Balfour on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Detroit. A suburban Detroit man was in critical condition Thursday with severe head injuries after a neighborhood mob beat and kicked him when he stopped to check on a 10-year-old boy who stepped from a curb into the path of his pickup. The 54-year-old man, whose name was not released, was being treated at a Detroit hospital as police scoured the east side neighborhood where he was attacked Wednesday afternoon. The boy, David Harris, was expected to recover from his injuries, according to Desmond Key, who said he was the 10-year-old's uncle. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — A 17-year-old has been arraigned and two other men are charged in the beating of a suburban motorist who accidentally struck a 10-year-old Detroit boy with his pickup truck.

Closing arguments set in Texas shoe stabbing case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:44
HOUSTON (AP) — Closing arguments will soon begin in the trial of a Houston woman accused of stabbing to death her boyfriend with the 5½-inch stiletto heel of her shoe.

Guantanamo panel weighs transfer of suspected al Qaeda fighter

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:39

The Northeast gate marks the end of U.S. soil as the road leads into Cuba at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval BaseBy Ian Simpson ARLINGTON, Virginia (Reuters) - A suspected al Qaeda fighter held at Guantanamo Bay U.S. military prison could return to extremism if freed, a Pentagon assessment said at a parole-style hearing on Tuesday, but the man's defenders contended he was no threat to the United States. Ghaleb Nassar al-Bihani, a 34- or 35-year-old Yemeni, is suspected of having fought in Afghanistan for the al Qaeda extremist group, according to a U.S. Defense Department prisoner profile. A Defense Department profile read at the televised hearing of the Periodic Review Board contended that one of al-Bihani's brothers was a member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and six brothers had fought in Afghanistan. His family has close ties to high-ranking al Qaeda members "and almost certainly would induce YM-128 to reengage in extremist activities if he were repatriated to Yemen," the profile said, using al-Bihani's inmate number.

Death toll in Washington state mudslide rises to 34

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:34
(Reuters) - The death toll in a mudslide that devastated a rural Washington state community last month rose to 34 on Tuesday as one more body was extricated from the rubble, the Snohomish County medical examiner said. A rain-soaked hillside collapsed without warning above the north fork of the Stillaguamish River on March 22, unleashing a torrent of mud that engulfed some three dozen homes on the outskirts of the tiny community of Oso. Of the 34 people confirmed dead, 30 have been identified, the Snohomish County medical examiner's office said in a statement. At least half of the missing lived on Steelhead Drive, which the mudslide hit, according to the county.

U.S. contractor jailed in Cuba goes on hunger strike

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:23

Demonstrators gather during a rally for U.S. detainee Gross in WashingtonBy Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - The U.S. contractor sentenced to a 15-year prison term in Cuba for attempting to establish an illegal Internet service has gone on a hunger strike to protest his treatment by the Cuban and U.S. governments, his lawyer said on Tuesday. The lawyer also criticized the United States for putting Alan Gross's life in further jeopardy by launching a secretive "Cuban Twitter" after his arrest in 2009. Gross, 64, was a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) when he was arrested on his fifth trip to Cuba in an attempt to establish an online network for Jews in Havana. Those relations suffered another setback last week with the revelation that USAID had established a social network in Cuba that Havana saw as an attempt to subvert the communist government.