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Preliminary report on NY train-car collision due this month

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 05:13
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Federal investigators said Thursday that they expect to issue a preliminary report in about two weeks on the fiery collision between a commuter train and an SUV that killed six people in the New York City suburbs.

Agency: Sage grouse spending to top $750 million by 2018

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 05:11
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Spending on a government-sponsored initiative to help struggling sage grouse populations in the West is projected to exceed $750 million by 2018.

Buffalo NAACP: Stop naming things after Millard Fillmore

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 05:10
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo's celebration of former President Millard Fillmore as a hometown hero is evident throughout the city and suburbs — in the street, college and hospital that bear his name, in the statue that rises outside City Hall and in the landmark status of the house he built.

Police: Bobbi Kristina Brown was in traffic wreck days before bathtub incident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 05:08

 Bobbi Kristina Brown was in traffic wreck days before bathtub incidentWhitney Houston's daughter was involved in a traffic accident that injured two people days before she was hospitalized, according to a report obtained by The Associated Press.

Venezuelan gets jail time for threats after Sandy Hook massacre

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 04:12

Handout photo of Wilfrido Cardenas Hoffman, 30, from VenezuelaBy Richard Weizel MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - A Venezuelan national who made dozens of threatening phone calls to residents of Newtown, Connecticut, in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook School massacre there was sentenced on Thursday to a year in prison, followed by deportation. Wilfrido Cardenas Hoffman, 31, had pleaded guilty in December to making more than 90 calls to residents in which he claimed to be Adam Lanza, the man who killed 20 children and 6 staff at the school in 2012 in one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history. Deirdre Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, said the calls "compounded the collective suffering of all of the citizens of Newtown and needlessly stressed law enforcement resources at a critical time." Cardenas Hoffman's lawyer argued he had suffered mental health issues before the calls. U.S. District Judge Michael Shea on Thursday credited Cardenas Hoffman with time served since his arrest at an airport in Miami in June, but said he will have to serve at least three more months of imprisonment.

Four sentenced to jail for Virginia students' hazing deaths

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 04:07
By Gary Robertson CHESTERFIELD, Va. (Reuters) - Four men pleaded guilty and were sentenced to jail on Thursday for the 2013 hazing deaths of two Virginia State University students who drowned during an initiation ritual. "I take full responsibility,” Mackey told the families of the 19-year-old victims, Marvell Edmondson and Jauwan Holmes.

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.