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2 women charged in NYC bomb plotting case plead not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 02:56

FILE- In this April 2, 2015 courtroom sketch, defendants Noelle Velentzas, left and Asia Siddiqui, appear at federal court in New York. The two women arrested last month for plotting to build a homemade bomb and wage jihad in New York City pleaded not guilty Thursday, May 7, 2015, during a brief court appearance in a Brooklyn federal courthouse.(AP Photo/Jane Rosenberg, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Two women arrested last month for plotting to build a homemade bomb and wage jihad in New York City pleaded not guilty Thursday during a brief court appearance in a Brooklyn federal courthouse.


Cost for Cleveland police body camera program could rise

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 02:53
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland's move to buy 1,500 police body cameras and data storage could cost up to $3.3 million over five years, a higher price tag than previously known and an illustration of the long-term costs of such programs.

Air Force demonstration plane makes emergency landing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 02:51
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fighter plane belonging to the U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron has made an emergency landing at Albuquerque's international airport.

Friend picks up $100K watch left behind at airport security

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 02:51

This May 5, 2015 photo provided by the Transportation Security Administration shows a diamond-encrusted Cartier watch that was left behind at a security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. Guards got a surprise when they looked in a bin and discovered the watch valued at more than $100,000 when a real estate entrepreneur from Japan left it behind as he boarded a flight back home in Terminal C on Tuesday, May 5. A Transportation Security Administration officer put the watch under lock and key. (Transportation Security Administration via AP)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man who left his $100,000 diamond-encrusted watch at a Newark Liberty International Airport security checkpoint is getting it back via special delivery.


Brooklyn cabbie gets life in U.S. prison over Pakistan 'honor killings'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 02:49
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Brooklyn cab driver was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for arranging the "honor killings" of two family members of a man who helped his daughter flee from Pakistan to the United States to escape an arranged marriage. Mohammad Ajmal Choudhry, 62, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William Kuntz in Brooklyn, New York, following his conviction last year on charges including conspiring to commit murder in a foreign country. Kuntz said Choudhry had orchestrated a "calculated, cold-blooded" scheme after his daughter, with the help of the man she wanted to be with, fled her husband in Pakistan, who she was forced to marry so he could obtain a U.S. visa. Prosecutors said that for more than three years, Choudhry's daughter, Amina Ajmal, was held against her will by relatives in Pakistan at her father's direction, and forced into the arranged marriage.

Feminist group accuses college of failing to act on threats

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 02:47
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A feminist group on the campus of the University of Mary Washington accuses the school of failing to act on sexual and violent cyberthreats made against its members, according to a complaint filed Thursday.

De Blasio tells Rolling Stone New Yorkers don't appreciate him

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 02:45

De Blasio and Schumer take a photo with commuter Zilla Kasimov as they ride the R subway train during morning rush hour from Brooklyn to City Hall in ManhattanMayor Bill de Blasio said New Yorkers don't appreciate his "very special" accomplishments since he took office in January 2014, and criticized the actions of his predecessors and even President Barack Obama, according to a Rolling Stone interview. De Blasio, who has fulfilled a campaign promise to establish universal pre-Kindergarten education and is pressing forward with other reform programs, was quoted as saying out-of-towners see his administration' more clearly than his own constituents. "A lot of people outside New York City understand what happened in the first year of New York City better than people in New York City," de Blasio said in the interview, published online on Wednesday. "While big-picture successes can sometimes be overshadowed by short-term headlines, it is these important priorities for New Yorkers that should be the focus," Kadushin said.


Police: Toddler slammed to death in mimicked wrestling move

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 02:44
JERSEY SHORE, Pa. (AP) — A man said he was mimicking a professional wrestling move when he inadvertently slammed his girlfriend's toddler to the floor, causing head injuries that killed the boy, police said.

Kelly Drive closes for Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 02:44

Kelly Drive closes for Aberdeen Dad Vail RegattaThere's a traffic alert for people who use Kelly Drive in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.


Tractor trailer overturns on SB Rt. 55 in Mullica Hill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 02:40

Tractor trailer overturns on SB Rt. 55 in Mullica HillA tractor trailer overturned on Route 55 in Mullica Hill, New Jersey Thursday afternoon.


NHC says 80 percent chance of cyclone near southeast coast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 02:04
(Reuters) - A low pressure system located about 210 miles south-southeast of the South Carolina-North Carolina border has an 80 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday.

Study: Vaccination against measles may have other benefits

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 02:01
LOS ANGELES (AP) — New research suggests the measles shot comes with a bonus: By preventing that disease, the vaccine may also help your body fight off other illnesses for years.

Bald eagle statue stolen from New Hampshire vets memorial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 01:59
WEBSTER, N.H. (AP) — A concrete statue of a bald eagle has been stolen from a New Hampshire veteran's memorial.

Woman charged with running over man last summer in NE Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 01:57

Woman charged with running over man last summer in NE PhiladelphiaPolice say they have charged a woman who was allegedly under the influence when she mowed down a man on a sidewalk in Northeast Philadelphia last summer.


St. Louis man charged in student's death appears in court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 01:55

This undated booking photo released by the St. Louis County Jail, shows Michael Gordon. Gordon is due in court Thursday, May 7, 2015, and is being held in jail in lieu of $1 million bond. The 24-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Taylor Clark, a sophomore engineering student at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, who went missing while trying to sell his sports car on Craigslist. (St. Louis County Jail via AP)CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis man made his first court appearance Thursday on charges that he shot to death a 19-year-old Illinois college student whom he had contacted about buying a sports car advertised on Craigslist.


University of Rhode Island police to start carrying guns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 01:53
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — University of Rhode Island campus police will start carrying guns Friday, making it the final public university in the nation to arm its officers.

Georgia sheriff arrested after shooting pledges to stay on job

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 01:51
Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, 50, was arrested on Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of reckless conduct and released from the Gwinnett County jail after posting bail, police said. He is accused of wounding Gwenevere McCord, 43, a friend and real estate agent, by shooting her in the abdomen in an Atlanta subdivision’s model home on Sunday. “While focused on the recovery and healing of Gwenevere, I will simultaneously continue with my duties and responsibilities as the sheriff of Clayton County,” Hill said in a statement posted on Thursday on his department's Facebook page. Because Hill faces a misdemeanor charge rather than a felony, Georgia law does not allow Governor Nathan Deal to appoint a committee of elected officials to recommend whether the sheriff should be suspended while the case is pending, said Deal spokesman Brian Robinson.

Police standards group looking into shooting by sheriff

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 01:50

This undated photo provided by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department shows Victor Hill. The Atlanta-area sheriff was charged with a misdemeanor Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in the shooting of a real estate agent at a model home. (Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department via AP)JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia police standards group says it's opening an investigation into an incident in which authorities say a woman was shot and critically wounded by a sheriff.


NY homeless in public areas drops 5 percent under Mayor de Blasio

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 01:47

A homeless man makes his way through the Brooklyn bridge during low temperatures at Lower Manhattan in New YorkFewer than 3,200 people were found living in public spaces during a daylong count in February 2015, down from 3,357 people counted in a single day the previous year, Gilbert Taylor, commissioner of the New York City Department of Homeless Services, said in a statement. New York City, like other major U.S. cities, uses a count of people living on its streets and in alleys, parks and subways to estimate program needs, allocate resources and educate the public on issues facing the poorest residents. This year's results were released the same day de Blasio, who took office in January 2014 and has backed affordable housing initiatives and other social services for the poor, is set to announce that the city will allocated an addition $7 million toward homeless services.