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Lawyers spar over moving Boston Marathon bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:32

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon explosion is pictured in this undated FBI handout photoBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber and federal prosecutors sparred in court papers on Tuesday over whether it would be possible to seat an impartial jury in the city where the deadly 2013 attack took place. Two days before a three-member panel of the First Circuit Court of Appeals is to hear argument on a defense request to move Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial out of Boston, the two sides painted contrasting pictures of what they had learned through six weeks of jury selection.

Exonerated man files $40 million lawsuit against Northwestern University

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:23
By Suzannah Gonzales CHICAGO (Reuters) - A wrongfully convicted man filed a $40 million lawsuit on Tuesday against Northwestern University, a former journalism professor, a private investigator and an attorney, accusing them of framing him for a double murder to get another man released. Alstory Simon, 64, of Ohio, claims in the lawsuit that he was the victim of unethical tactics by a team focused on freeing another man in what became a celebrated Illinois wrongful conviction case. Simon "has endured and will continue to endure immense and immeasurable, emotional and physical, pain and suffering, all of which was proximately caused by defendants' misconduct," said the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois. Another man, Anthony Porter, was originally convicted of the murders, and sentenced to death but was released after Simon's confession.

Federal judge stalls Obama's executive action on immigration

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:21

In this Feb. 4, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama meets with a group of "Dreamers" in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. A federal judge temporarily blocked Obama’s executive action on immigration Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Texas on Monday temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders.

Phoenix mom accused of leaving kids in hot car facing trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:21
PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix woman who left her two young sons alone in a hot car while she went for a job interview is scheduled to stand trial on March 31.

Dog sniffs way to find Iowa hospital where owner was

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:20
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A family says a dog who ran away from home turned up at an Iowa hospital, where her owner was recovering from surgery.

'Modern Family' to air episode that takes place only online

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:13

This photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox Television shows, from left, Claire Dunphy, Jay Pritchett, and Phil Dunphy, in a scene from the episode, "Connection Lost," of "Modern Family." ABC’s “Modern Family” airs an episode on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at 9 p.m. EST that takes place entirely online. (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Television)LOS ANGELES (AP) — How to keep the "modern" in "Modern Family" in its sixth season? Create an episode that plays out completely on a computer and in the realm of social media.

Faith leaders show solidarity after Islamic school defaced

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:04
WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — The community won't be divided by whoever tagged the Islamic School of Rhode Island with offensive graffiti, local faith leaders said Tuesday.

Drake's surprise album sets Spotify records

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:03

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, rapper Drake performs in concert at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The music streaming service Spotify said Tuesday that the rapper’s new album, “If You're Reading This It's Too Late,” set the record for most streams from an album in its debut week in the US. The album, released Friday, was streamed more than 17.3 million times in just three days. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Drake's surprise album has set records on Spotify.

Penn St. president endorses policies against sex misconduct

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:01
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State's president on Tuesday threw his support behind a set of policy changes that will remake how the university addresses sexual misconduct matters on campus.

NJ teacher indicted, accused of sex with 6 students

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:57

NJ teacher indicted, accused of sex with 6 studentsA northern New Jersey high school teacher accused of having sex with several male students is now facing a 40-count indictment.

Police: Suspect in family's killings tried to steal $20,000

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:54
EL RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A man suspected of killing a couple and their adult son nearly four years ago tried to steal $20,000 from the family who had previously let him stay in their home, according to court documents.

Authorities work to free humpback whale tangled near Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:52
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Poor weather and dangerous seas have hampered authorities in their efforts to free a humpback whale tangled in a strong synthetic line.

Arizona campus police who scuffled with professor resigns

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:40
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona State University police officer who faced termination proceedings after scuffling with a professor he had stopped for jaywalking last year has resigned, citing the impact of the saga on his family, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Stewart Ferrin had been on administrative leave since July following the May 20 struggle with ASU assistant English professor Ersula Ore, which was captured by a dashboard camera in Ferrin's car. "The lack of support, cooperation, and downright bias, coupled with an agenda to ruin my career, has become unbearable and I will not subject my family to this any longer," Ferrin told police chief Mike Thompson in his resignation letter. A preliminary probe by university police found claims by Ore and civil rights activists of excessive force or racial profiling as unfounded and asked the FBI to determine whether any civil rights were violated.

9-month-old found home alone in Crescentville

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:37

9-month-old found home alone in CrescentvillePhiladelphia police had to call in the fire department to help them rescue a baby left home alone Tuesday.

Ex-Pennsylvania treasurer pleads guilty to campaign extortion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:25

Former Pennsylvania state treasurer Rob McCord speaks on stage during the final debate among the democratic gubernatorial candidates in PhiladelphiaBy David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Former Pennsylvania state treasurer Rob McCord pleaded guilty to two counts of extortion on Tuesday in charges relating to his failed run to become the Democratic candidate for state governor last year. McCord, 55, admitted to repeatedly trying to extort upwards of $25,000 from an unnamed Philadelphia law firm and $100,000 from a property management firm in western Pennsylvania that both did considerable business with the state. He threatened to hurt their businesses through his position as state treasurer if they did not contribute the money to his campaign for governor in the spring of 2014, according to the federal prosecutors' account. Judge John Jones III released McCord, who lives in suburban Philadelphia, on his own recognizance.

Party ends with drunken teen in hospital, woman charged

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:24
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey mom was charged with child endangerment and suspended from her job as a first-grade teacher after an underage drinking party at her home last weekend ended with a drunken teenager being hospitalized.

Mississippi student improves after getting gored by bull in Spain

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:17
(Reuters) - A University of Mississippi student gored during the bull running at a festival in Spain has been transferred out of intensive care and is continuing to recover from his injuries, a hospital spokesman said on Tuesday. Benjamin Milley, a 20-year-old sophomore who is studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain, was badly injured by a bull on Saturday at a festival in Ciudad Rodrigo. "(Milley) had been gored in various places and had lost a lot of blood." The bull’s horns did not damage Milley's vital internal organs as initially feared, the spokesman said.

Toy museum announces hall of fame for video games

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:16
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The museum that houses the National Toy Hall of Fame announced Tuesday the creation of the World Video Game Hall of Fame to recognize the impact games like "Pong" and "Grand Theft Auto" have on culture and society.

Prosecutors to appeals court: Don't move Boston bombing case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:15
BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors have urged a federal appeals court to reject a bid to move the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) out of Massachusetts.

Feds halting preparations for challenged immigration program

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:00

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Homeland Security Department is ceasing preparations for a program designed to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. That decision comes as a result of Monday's federal court ruling temporarily halting it. Johnson says his agency will stop working on the program to protect parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents until further notice. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department will cease preparations for a program intended to protect millions of immigrants from deportation in the wake of a federal court ruling halting it, Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday.