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Man sentenced to 70 years in German exchange student's death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 04:06

Markus Kaarma stands in Missoula County District Court while Judge Ed McLean sentences him to 70 years in prison for the shooting death of German exchange student Diren Dede on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 in Missoula, Mont. Kaarma shot 17-year-old Dede, who was unarmed, last year after he was alerted by motion sensors in his garage. Witnesses said Kaarma fired at the teen four times. (AP Photo/The Missoulian, Kurt Wilson)MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana homeowner was sentenced Thursday to 70 years in prison, with no parole for at least 20 years, in the shotgun killing of a German exchange student who was trespassing in his garage.


Firefighters burn down Florida home where girl was killed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 04:06
ORANGE PARK, Fla. (AP) — Firefighters have burned down a northeast Florida home where 7-year-old Somer Thompson was killed in 2009.

Los Angeles officer shoots boy, 15, after seeing replica gun

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 04:05
By Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles police were investigating on Thursday the shooting of a 15-year-old boy who was shot and wounded by a police officer who saw a person next to the teenager pointing what turned out to be a replica gun, police said. The Los Angeles police department said officers from a gang homicide unit had been conducting a follow-up investigation on Tuesday when they encountered several people, including one carrying what appeared to be a gun. "Officers saw that individual pointing the firearm at another individual," a police statement said. The individual ignored the officer's commands and an officer-involved shooting occurred." The 15-year-old, who was not identified, was shot once in the upper back, while the person who had been holding the replica was not injured.

Appeals court to hold hearing on Tsarnaev bid to move trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 04:03
BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday agreed to hold a hearing on a bid by lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to move his trial outside Massachusetts.

Man who made phone threats to Newtown residents gets prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 04:02
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Venezuelan man was sentenced Thursday to a year in prison for making threatening phone calls to Newtown residents in the days following the 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Amanda Knox to marry musician

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 04:01
SEATTLE (AP) — Amanda Knox is engaged.

Alabama county's refusal to wed gays goes to federal court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:50

Chilton County Probate Judge Bobby Martin discusses confusion over same-sex marriage in Alabama in his office in Clanton, Ala., on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. This week, Martin issued a license for a gay wedding, then stopped the practice, then resumed amid confusion over competing state and federal court directives. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge in Alabama says she will rule "soon" on three gay couples' request that she force a probate judge to issue a marriage license in Mobile County.


Fathers of slain Muslims: This was a hate crime

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:45

Namee Barakat, right, embraces his wife Layla Barakat during a news conference on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Raleigh, N.C. They are the parents of Deah Shaddy Barakat, a doctoral student at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Dentistry who was killed Tuesday in Chapel Hill, N.C., along with his wife Yusor Mohammad and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Robert Willett) MANDATORY CREDITCHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The fathers of the three Muslim students shot in their Chapel Hill, North Carolina apartment spoke with The Associated Press before their funeral on Thursday, calling on Americans to understand that they died in a hate crime.


West Coast ports undergo partial shutdown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:42

Cranes and containers are seen at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California in this aerial imageBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast were effectively closed to cargo freighters for the second time in less than a week on Thursday under a partial shutdown imposed by shipping lines and terminal operators in an escalating labor dispute with the dockworkers' union. The loading and unloading of cargo vessels was halted for 24 hours as of Thursday morning, and the companies said those operations will be suspended - as they were last weekend - again this coming Saturday, Sunday and Monday, unless a contract settlement with the union is reached.


Study sees even bigger longer droughts for much of US West

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:42

FILE - In this Feb. 4 2014 file photo, a warning buoy sits on the dry, cracked bed of Lake Mendocino near Ukiah, Calif. As bad as the drought in California and the Southwest was last year and in the Midwest a couple years ago, scientists say far worse historic decades-long dry spells are coming. “Unprecedented drought conditions” _ the worst in more than 1,000 years _ are likely to come to the Southwest and Central Plains near the end of this century and stick around because of global warming, according to a new study in the journal Science Thursday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SAN JOSE, California (AP) — As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse "megadroughts" are coming — and they're bound to last for decades.


Man pleads guilty in Ugandan counterfeiting, other scams

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:27
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty in a counterfeit money scheme based in Uganda, along with several other scams in which he was free on bond when he got caught passing a bogus $100 bill at a Pennsylvania coffee shop.

House GOP pushes tax cuts despite veto threat over cost

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:22
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are pushing through a series of tax cuts this week affecting millions of businesses and individuals, despite White House veto threats over the cost.

Town requests probe after prostitute steals sergeant's gun

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:20
KENSINGTON, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California town plans to request an independent investigation into how its police chief handled the probe of a sergeant who allegedly had his gun stolen by a prostitute at a Nevada hotel room, a newspaper reported.

Meet Amanda Knox's Rocker Fiance

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:19
Amanda Knox got an early Valentine's Day present this year as her father confirmed to ABC News that she is engaged to be married.

Correction: NC Shootings-Muslim Reaction story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:09

A woman places flowers at a makeshift memorial next to murder victim Deah Shaddy Barakat's car at the Finley Forest condominium complex Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 in Chapel Hill, NC . Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, of Chapel Hill, is accused of shooting Barakat, 23, Yusor Mohammad, 21, of Chapel Hill; and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh, the day before. Hicks is being held in the Durham County jail with no bond. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chuck Liddy)In a story Feb. 11 about reactions to the shootings of three Muslims in North Carolina, The Associated Press reported erroneously, based on incorrect information from Chapel Hill officials, the full name of one of the victims. The name of the newlywed wife was Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, not Yusor Mohammad.


Correction: Three Killed-North Carolina story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:06
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — In a story Feb. 11 about the shooting deaths of three Muslim students, The Associated Press erroneously reported, based on incorrect information from Chapel Hill officials, the full name of one of the victims. The name of the newlywed wife was Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, not Yusor Mohammad.

Utah mother pleads guilty to killing six newborns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:03

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2014, file photo, Megan Huntsman, accused of killing six of her newborn babies and storing their bodies in her garage, appears in court, in Provo, Utah. Huntsman appears set to take a plea deal Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. Prosecutors and attorneys for Huntsman have reached a resolution and requested a special setting for a hearing Thursday morning in Provo, Utah, online court records show. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool, File)PROVO, Utah (AP) — A Utah mother accused of killing six of her newborn babies and storing their bodies in her garage pleaded guilty to murder Thursday.


Study: World dumps 8.8 million tons of plastics into oceans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 03:02

Jenna Jambeck, an environment engineering professor at the University of Georgia, holds a plastic baggie with trash collected last fall from a clean up at Panama Beach, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) conference in San Jose, Calif. Each year about 8.8 million tons of plastic ends up in the world oceans, a quantity much higher than previous estimates, according to a new study that tracked marine debris from its source. (AP Photo/Seth Borenstein)SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Each year about 8.8 million tons of plastic ends up in the world oceans, a quantity much higher than previous estimates, according to a new study that tracked marine debris from its source.


Mexican boy with massive tumor now living in New Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 02:51

This Jan. 30, 2015 photo provided by Kristean Alcocer shows Jose Antonio Ramirez Serrano recovering from his surgery at his home in Rio Rancho, N.M. Ramirez Serrano, 11, who had portions of a massive tumor removed is living comfortably in Rio Rancho with his family as he prepares for more treatment. Kristean Alcocer of the First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho said Ramirez Serrano and his family are staying in a rented Rio Rancho home thanks to donations from church members. (AP Photo/Kristean Alcocer)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An 11-year-old Mexican boy who had portions of a massive tumor removed in New Mexico is living comfortably in an Albuquerque suburb with his family as he prepares for more treatment.


Lawmakers urge parties in port dispute to resolve issues

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 02:48
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Dave Reichert said he planned to introduce a resolution in Congress on Thursday to urge a swift end to the labor dispute that has throttled port activity on the West Coast. Another congressman, Kurt Schrader, suggested President Barack Obama step in if the parties cannot resolve the matter. Eighty-four members of Congress signed a Jan. 30 letter urging the parties in a labor dispute between dockworkers and shipping lines and terminal operators to resolve disagreements quickly. ...