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Texas man who sought to blow up pipeline, wrote to Unabomber in plea deal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:09
By Jana J. Pruet DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas man accused of trying to blow up a gas pipeline and seeking guidance from Unabomber Ted Kaczynski reached a plea deal with prosecutors under which he will go to prison for an undisclosed term, court documents filed on Tuesday said. Anson Chi, 35, was facing four counts of firearms and weapons violations that could have brought as many as 30 years in jail if convicted. Prosecutors said in their indictment that he tried to destroy a suburban Dallas section of a natural gas pipeline with a bomb in June 2012. "The government and Anson Chi, defendant, have entered into a written plea agreement in relation to the pending charges," Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Stover said in a document filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Monica Lewinsky revisits 'humiliation' of Clinton affair in interview

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:07

A man reads the latest edition of Vanity Fair with an article on Monica Lewinsky on a news stand in New YorkMonica Lewinsky, the one-time White House intern whose affair with Bill Clinton in the 1990s nearly brought down his presidency, said she ended up feeling like "the most humiliated woman in the world." In her first television interview in a decade, Lewinsky, who became a constant punch line for late-night comedians, is part of a National Geographic documentary, "The ’90s: The Last Great Decade?" that airs on Sunday. In the National Geographic interview, she recalled the day in 1998 when special prosecutor Kenneth Starr issued a report on the scandal, including vivid details about her affair with Clinton, has one of the worst in her life. "I mean it was just violation after violation." Lewinsky largely dropped from sight after the scandal died out but her name resurfaced in U.S. political discourse in February, when former first lady and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton was quoted as calling her "a narcissistic looney-tune" in an article based on the papers of a Clinton friend.

Idaho university allows armed patrols as law takes effect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:05
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - Public safety officers armed with semi-automatic pistols will patrol Idaho State University for the first time on Tuesday to safeguard students and staff, in response to a new state law allowing concealed weapons on college campuses. Another Idaho university was considering a similar move. We are increasing our officers' capabilities to respond," Idaho State public safety director Steve Chatterton said in a statement. The Idaho gun law, passed this year by the state's Republican-controlled legislature, allows retired law enforcement officers and those with so-called enhanced concealed-carry permits to possess guns on university grounds, including some child-care centers but not in dormitories or football stadiums.

DealBook: A Grieving Father Pulls a Thread That Unravels BNP’s Illegal Deals

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:02
A bus bombing two decades ago — and a father’s quest for justice — set off a chain of events that led to a case against BNP Paribas for transferring money to blacklisted countries.

Washington legal pot effort has enough signatures for vote -chairman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:01

A participant practices rolling a joint at the Cannabis Carnivalus 4/20 event in SeattleBackers of legal marijuana in Washington have enough signatures to put the issue to a referendum that faces potential hurdles in Congress, the initiative's head said on Tuesday. Adam Eidinger, chairman of the DC Cannabis Campaign, said it had collected more than 55,000 signatures to put the measure on a Nov. 4 ballot in the U.S. capital, well above the 22,373 required by law. The referendum could face opposition from Congress, which under the U.S. Constitution has oversight power over the District of Columbia. The Republican-controlled Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives last week moved to block a District law that would decriminalize possession of up to an ounce (28 grams) of pot.