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Prosecutor chided for calling escapee 'Hannibal Lecter'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 09:53

This undated booking photo provided by the Orange County, Calif., Sheriff's Department on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, shows 37-year-old Hossein Nayeri, one of three jail inmates charged with violent crimes, who escaped from the Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana, Calif. The men include 20-year-old Jonathan Tieu, who is charged with murder; Nayeri, charged with kidnapping and torture; and 43-year-old Bac Duong, charged with attempted murder. Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said Saturday that the inmates were last seen at 5 a.m. and could have escaped anytime between then and late Friday night. (Orange County Sheriff's Department via AP)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Orange County's district attorney on Tuesday rebuked one of the prosecutors in his office for referring to one of three escaped Southern California inmates as "Hannibal Lecter."


Virginia resident who traveled abroad tests positive for Zika virus

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 09:35

Handout image shows a transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of the Zika virusA Virginia resident who traveled outside the United States has tested positive for the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus, state health officials said on Tuesday. The adult resident had recently traveled to a country where Zika virus transmission was ongoing and the infection was confirmed through testing by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Virginia Department of Health said in a statement. "Zika virus is acquired through the bite of an infected mosquito.


Mutilation-torture suspect among three escapees from California jail

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 09:10

Escaped inmates seen in undated photo released by the Orange County Sheriff's Department in CaliforniaA Southern California sheriff on Tuesday acknowledged lapses in security at the jail where three inmates escaped over the weekend, one of them a convicted killer wanted for the mutilation torture of a victim. Authorities remained tight-lipped about details of the manhunt as the County Board of Supervisors increased the reward for information leading to the escapees' capture, to $200,000 from $50,000. One of the escapees, Hossein Nayeri, 37, had been jailed in Orange County since he was extradited to California from Prague in 2013 after fleeing to Iran to avoid kidnapping and torture charges.


Person critically injured in Bensalem shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 09:09

Person critically injured in Bensalem shootingOne person was critically injured during a shooting in Bensalem, Bucks County.


Design accepted for World War I Memorial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:56
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal commission has selected a design for a World War I memorial to be built in Washington.

Cleveland firing 6 officers involved in 137-shot barrage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:54

CORRECTS SPELLING OF LAST NAME OF POLICE OFFICE TO BRELO INSTEAD OF BRILO - FILE - In this April 7, 2015 file photo, assistant prosecuting attorney Erica Barnhill points out locations of shell casings in photographs taken by BCI's special agent Dan Winterich during his testimony during the trial of Cleveland police officer, Michael Brelo in Cleveland. Cleveland officials said Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, that they're firing six police officers involved in a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed people after a high-speed chase. The high-speed chase involved 62 police cruisers and more than 100 officers. Russell was hit by 24 shots, Malissa Williams by 23. (John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer via AP, Pool, File)Cleveland officials said Tuesday they're firing six police officers involved in a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed black people after a high-speed chase.


Milwaukee man charged with weapons possession, allegedly planned mass shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:50
A Milwaukee man who authorities said was planning to kill dozens of people in a mass shooting at a Masonic temple has been arrested and charged with possession of two machine guns and a silencer, federal officials said on Tuesday. Samy Mohamed Hamzeh, 23, told two people who turned out to be FBI confidential sources that he planned to carry out the shooting at a Masonic temple in Milwaukee in an attack that would be "known the world over" and in order to "ignite broader clashes," the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement.

FBI: Man plotted machine gun attack on Masonic temple

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:47

Samy Mohamed Hamzeh is seen in an undated photo provided by the Waukesha County (Wis.) Sheriff’s Department. Federal prosecutors charged 23-year-old Samy Mohamed Hamzeh on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, with unlawfully possessing a machine gun and receiving and possessing firearms not registered to him. Federal agents said Tuesday that Mohamed Hamzeh wanted to storm a Masonic temple with a machine gun and kill at least 30 people in an attack he hoped would show "nobody can play with Muslims" and spark more mass shootings in the United States. (Waukesha County (Wis.) Sheriff’s Department via AP)MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee man wanted to storm a Masonic temple with a machine gun and kill at least 30 people in an attack he hoped would show "nobody can play with Muslims" and spark more mass shootings in the United States, federal agents said Tuesday after the man's arrest.


Maid service owner charged with overbilling for bad reviews

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:37
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The owner of two California maid service companies has been charged with double-billing customers who wrote negative online reviews.

Testimony: Disposable phones used to aid polygamous leader

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:34

Willie Jessop, a former spokesperson and head of security of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints before leaving the sect in 2011, leaves the Sandra Day O'Connor United States District Court after a day of testifying during a federal civil rights trial against two polygamous towns on the Arizona-Utah line, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX (AP) — A key witness in a trial against two polygamous towns in Arizona and Utah described Tuesday the elaborate steps the church and communities took to avoid outside law enforcement and help their leader while he was a fugitive, including using "burner" cellphones, encrypted radios and hidden all-terrain vehicles.


Deputy shot during New Orleans drug raid; suspect arrested

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:28

Officials work the scene where a sheriff's deputy was shot in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A deputy who was part of a wide-ranging federal crackdown on drugs across New Orleans was shot five times as he and a team tried to serve a warrant at a home Tuesday, police said.


Texas renews bid for court-imposed refugee restrictions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:27
DALLAS (AP) — Texas is doubling down on its push for court-imposed restrictions on the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state.

The Latest: Wisconsin Masons head disturbed by alleged plot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:25
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a 23-year-old man accused of planning to attack a Masonic temple in Milwaukee. Samy Mohamed Hamzeh was charged Tuesday in federal court (all times local):

Hot yoga founder ordered to pay nearly $6.5M in damages

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:22

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2003, file photo, Bikram Choudhury, front, founder of the Yoga College of India and creator and producer of Yoga Expo 2003, leads what organizers hope will be the world's largest yoga class at the Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. A Los Angeles jury on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, ordered Choudhury to pay $924,500 in compensatory damages after finding he had subjected a lawyer to harassment and retaliation. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The founder of Bikram yoga on Tuesday was ordered to pay nearly $6.5 million to his former legal adviser who said he sexually harassed and wrongfully fired her for investigating another woman's rape allegation.


Major mine expansions in West test moratorium on coal sales

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:20

FILE - In this April 4, 2013 file photo, a mechanized shovel loads coal onto a haul truck at the Cloud Peak Energy's Spring Creek mine near Decker, Mont. An Obama administration effort to overhaul coal sales from public lands will be put to its first test as companies seek to advance two major mining projects in the Western U.S. Federal and state officials are meeting Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, to consider the request. Cloud Peak Energy and Lighthouse Resources Inc. wants to mine a combined 644 million tons of coal from government-controlled reserves in Montana and Wyoming. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An Obama administration move to overhaul coal sales from public lands will be put to its first test this week as companies seek to advance two major mining projects in the Western U.S.


Democratic presidential candidates get chance for seventh debate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:20

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Clinton speaks as she discusses issues with O'Malley and Sanders at the NBC News - YouTube Democratic presidential candidates debate in CharlestonBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. news channel and a newspaper will host a debate for the Democratic presidential contenders in New Hampshire a few days before the state's primary election, but it remained unclear whether the party will relax its rule banning candidates from non-sanctioned debates. The news channel MSNBC and the New Hampshire Union Leader will hold the debate on Feb. 4 in New Hampshire, the second state in the nation to vote for parties' presidential nominees following the Iowa caucuses on Monday, the Union Leader said on its website on Tuesday. Spokesmen for Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state who leads most polls, and Martin O'Malley, a former Maryland governor, said their candidates would be happy to take part, at least in theory.


Democratic presidential candidates get chance for seventh debate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:20

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Clinton speaks as she discusses issues with O'Malley and Sanders at the NBC News - YouTube Democratic presidential candidates debate in CharlestonBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. news channel and a newspaper will host a debate for the Democratic presidential contenders in New Hampshire a few days before the state's primary election, but it remained unclear whether the party will relax its rule banning candidates from non-sanctioned debates. The news channel MSNBC and the New Hampshire Union Leader will hold the debate on Feb. 4 in New Hampshire, the second state in the nation to vote for parties' presidential nominees following the Iowa caucuses on Monday, the Union Leader said on its website on Tuesday. Spokesmen for Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state who leads most polls, and Martin O'Malley, a former Maryland governor, said their candidates would be happy to take part, at least in theory.


Virginia resident tests positive for Zika virus: AP

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:17
A Virginia resident who traveled outside the United States has tested positive for the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday, citing health officials. Virginia Health Commissioner Dr. Marissa Levine said the resident traveled to a country where the Zika virus transmission is ongoing, according to AP. Levine said this person poses no risk to other residents, because it is not mosquito season in Virginia, AP reported.

U.S. judge rules against Louisiana abortion restrictions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:16
A federal judge on Tuesday found unconstitutional a 2014 law that imposed tough restrictions on Louisiana abortion providers and threatened to close four of the state's five clinics. The law requires physicians who perform the procedure to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles (48 km) of the place where the abortion is performed. U.S. District Judge John deGravelles granted a preliminary injunction sought by abortion providers, finding that the law violated women's rights to obtain an abortion.

Experts: Activists' indictment shows disapproval of videos

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:13

This Oct. 22, 2015, photo shows a Planned Parenthood in Houston. A grand jury investigating undercover footage of Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, by the abortion provider, and instead indicted anti-abortion activists involved in making the videos that targeted the handling of fetal tissue in clinics and provoked outrage among Republican leaders nationwide. The footage from the clinic in Houston. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDITHOUSTON (AP) — A grand jury's decision to indict two anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos about Planned Parenthood might be less about sending someone to jail than about expressing disapproval for how the pair conducted their investigation, legal experts said Tuesday.