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Witness IDs Tsarnaev as man near slain MIT officer's cruiser

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 07:12

FILE - This undated file photo released by the Middlesex District Attorney's Office shows Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Officer Sean Collier, of Somerville, Mass. Investigators said Collier was shot to death Thursday, April 18, 2013 on the school's campus in Cambridge, Mass., by Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a botched attempt to obtain his gun several days after the twin explosions. During testimony Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in the federal death penalty trial in Boston of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, MIT Police Chief John DiFava testified he told Collier to "be safe" about an hour before he was shot dead. Prosecutors said the Tsarnaev brothers killed Collier during an unsuccessful attempt to steal his gun. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyer said during opening statements that it was Tamerlan Tsarnaev who shot Collier.(AP Photo/Middlesex District Attorney's Office, File)BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate student on Wednesday identified Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as the man he saw leaning in to the police cruiser of an MIT officer who was fatally shot three days after the bombings.

Ferguson committed to retaining city police department: mayor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 07:11
(Reuters) - Ferguson, Missouri, is committed to maintaining its own police department, Mayor James Knowles told a news conference on Wednesday following the announcement that Police Chief Thomas Jackson resigned effective March 19. (Reporting by Carey Gillam in Kansas City, Mo.; Writing by David Bailey; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Man gets 4 years in transgender girl's stabbing on train

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 07:11
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Maryland man has been sentenced to more than 4 years in prison after prosecutors say he stabbed a transgender girl on a transit train in the nation's capital.

Toddler Submerged in Deadly Car Crash Released From Hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 07:05
The toddler who survived a night in frigid temperatures is released from the hospital.

Teen arrested over kidnap attempt caught on video in Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 07:01
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on kidnapping charges in Washington state stemming from an attempted abduction of a toddler that was caught on video and thwarted by the baby's young siblings and other witnesses, officials said on Wednesday. The teenager was taken into custody following several days of interviews, DNA testing and a search warrant on his home in Sprague, southwest of Spokane, where the kidnapping occurred, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said. He is accused of grabbing the 22-month-old boy from his stroller in a city park in broad daylight on Sunday and running off with the baby, in an incident caught on surveillance video by a local grocery store. The toddler and his older siblings, ages 8 and 10, had been left with a babysitter and were playing unattended in the park when the suspect approached and began talking to the children, the sheriff's office said.

Illinois pension reform faces skepticism in high court hearing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 06:55
By Karen Pierog and Hilary Russ SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Reuters) - A state lawyer defending the landmark 2013 pension reform law faced tough questions on Wednesday from an Illinois Supreme Court judge at a high-stakes hearing about whether the legislature had the right to cut benefits. “Aren’t we giving the state the power to modify its contractual obligations whenever it wants?” Justice Robert R. Thomas asked State Solicitor General Carolyn Shapiro.

Sam Bradford wants to earn starting role, recruiting DeMarco Murray

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 06:49

Sam Bradford wants to earn starting role, recruiting DeMarco MurraySam Bradford took to the podium Wednesday afternoon in his first press conference since being named quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Chip Kelly: You have to give something up to get something

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 06:40

 You have to give something up to get somethingPhiladelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly summed up the recent moves by the team by saying "you have to give something up to get something" during an afternoon press conference.

Pothole problems popping up

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 06:31

Pothole problems popping upPotholes are a common problem that pop up when the weather starts to warm following months of wintry weather.

Los Angeles men accused of running 'pay-to-stay' student visa scheme

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 06:28
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Three Los Angeles-area men who prosecutors say ran a "pay-to-stay" scheme in which hundreds of foreign nationals paid to use their schools as cover for U.S. student visas were arrested on Wednesday on a federal grand jury indictment. According to the indictment the defendants, who operated four Southern California schools, are accused of taking in as much as $6 million in phony "tuition" payments from the foreign nationals and creating false student records and transcripts to fool immigration authorities. Unannounced visits by federal agents to a language school owned and managed by defendant Hee Sun Shim, 51, found only three students there, prosecutors said. "Immigration fraud schemes potentially compromise national security and cheat foreign nationals who play by the rules,” Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie Yonekura said in a written statement released by her office.

Underground bunker in Washington state linked to arrested fugitive: FBI

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 06:22
Authorities in Washington state have discovered an underground bunker they believe was used by a convicted bank robber who fled police custody in 2009 and evaded arrest until last year, officials said on Wednesday. Bradley Steven Robinett, who was featured on the television programs "America's Most Wanted" and "Washington's Most Wanted," was arrested in Oregon in June after several close encounters with police, the FBI said. On Tuesday, authorities discovered an underground bunker in a heavily wooded area of Lake Sammamish, eight miles east of Seattle, believed to have been used by Robinett during his five years on the run, the FBI said.

Colonial Williamsburg may help guard Iraq relics imperiled by ISIS

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 06:19
Colonial Williamsburg, the living museum devoted to preserving early American history, has offered to help Iraqi cultural experts safely store relics threatened with destruction by Islamic State militants, a spokesman said on Wednesday. The museum in Williamsburg, Virginia, has drafted an offer to work with the Iraq State Board of Antiquities and Heritage and other Iraqi archaeological and historical organizations to help protect and preserve artifacts of historical and cultural importance that are at risk, according to spokesman Joe Straw. Colonial Williamsburg president Mitchell Reiss, a former senior U.S. diplomat, said the museum would accept all the Iraqi artifacts it can handle. “At Colonial Williamsburg, we well know that a nation’s past is a foundation for its future,” Reiss said in a statement.

Correction: Oil Train Derailment-Illinois story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 06:17
GALENA, Ill. (AP) — In a story March 5 about a train derailment in northern Illinois, The Associated Press erroneously reported the capacity of older tank cars involved in some accidents. The capacity is 30,000 gallons per car, not 70,000 gallons.

Search continues in military copter crash off Florida that left 11 presumed dead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 06:16

Military Helicopter Crash Florida Rescue crews search waters near Navarre BridgeSeven Marines and four soldiers were presumed dead after an Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed on a nighttime training mission off Florida's Gulf coast, where U.S. military officials continued a search-and-rescue operation on Wednesday afternoon. Some human remains had washed ashore, said a spokeswoman for Eglin Air Force Base in north Florida. Officials did not immediately release information on what caused the crash involving the Marines and four members of the Louisiana National Guard. A U.S. military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the 11 service members aboard were presumed to have died in what could be among the deadliest domestic military training accidents in years.

Ferguson police chief resigns: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 06:12
(Reuters) - Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson resigned on Wednesday, the latest official in the Missouri city to step down in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report on police abuses, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper reported on Wednesday. (Reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Resigning Ferguson police chief to get severance payment: city

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 06:12
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson resigned on Wednesday, effective March 19, and will receive a severance payment and one year of health insurance, the city said on Wednesday in a statement. The city statement said it planned to launch a nationwide search for a new police chief. (Reporting by Carey Gillam in Kansas City; Writing by David Bailey; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Ferguson police chief resigns after scathing Justice Dept. report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 06:12

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2014 file photo, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson releases the name of the the officer accused of fatally shooting Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. On Friday, March 6, 2015, Jackson is still on the job, two days after a government report criticized his department for years of racial profiling. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - The police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, resigned on Wednesday, following a scathing U.S. Justice Department report that found widespread racially biased abuses in the city's police department and municipal court. The resignation of Chief Thomas Jackson, which the city announced in a brief statement, is the latest in a string of departures since the Justice Department announced on March 4 that a months-long probe had uncovered a range of unlawful and unconstitutional practices. Protesters had called for Jackson's removal since the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9. Jackson's departure follows those of Ferguson City Manager John Shaw and Municipal Judge Ronald Brockmeyer earlier this week.

Alabama child dies after drinking laced grape soda

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 06:12
BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — Alabama police say a toddler has died after drinking from a bottle of grape soda believed to be laced with methadone.

APNewsBreak: 5 inmates stabbed, slashed after jail lockdown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 06:07
NEW YORK (AP) — In the week since New York City jail officials took the rare step of locking down four of Rikers Island's largest facilities for 34 hours to stop gang violence, four inmates have been slashed and a fifth stabbed, according to jail statistics obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

Noncombat crashes involving the Blackhawk helicopter

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 06:06
Here is a list of some of the noncombat crashes of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, the model that crashed during a nighttime training mission off the Florida coast, killing seven Marines and four soldiers.