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Ex-general, CIA chief Petraeus gets probation, $100,000 fine in leak case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:02

Former CIA director David Petraeus arrives at the Federal Courthouse in CharlotteBy Colleen Jenkins CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Reuters) - Former U.S. military commander and CIA director David Petraeus was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a$100,000 fine but was spared prison time on Thursday after pleading guilty to mishandling classified information. He agreed under a plea deal to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material. U.S. Magistrate Judge David Keesler raised the fine from the $40,000 that had been recommended to the maximum possible financial penalty for that charge, noting it needed to be higher to be punitive and reflect the gravity of the offense. He resigned from the CIA in 2012 after it was revealed that he was having an affair with the biographer, Army Reserve officer Paula Broadwell.


Colorado driver shot in neck; similar incidents investigated

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:56
WINDSOR, Colo. (AP) — A 20-year-old woman was shot in the neck while driving on a major highway in Colorado and investigators were trying to determine if the attack was related to three similar incidents in the area, authorities said Thursday.

Judge in Colorado movie massacre case denies request to move trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:54
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The judge overseeing Colorado's movie theater massacre case denied a request by lawyers for James Holmes to move his upcoming trial out of the county where he fatally shot 12 people, court papers showed on Thursday.

Utah sex offender stole school bus, tried to lure kids -police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:52
By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A convicted sex offender in Utah stole an empty school bus and tried to pick up children in a small town before residents called police and he was arrested, authorities said on Thursday. Patrick James Fredericksen, 30, found a list of names and directions aboard the vehicle when he stole it in Cleveland on Monday, said Janalee Luke of the Emery County Sheriff's Office. Fredericksen then asked a woman for directions to another child's house, but she also thought he looked suspicious and called authorities, police said. In jail, he broke a water pipe in his cell, flooding it and the booking area, police said.

Indiana trio charged with stealing $2M lottery ticket

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:51
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A scam to claim a $2 million Hoosier Lottery scratch-off ticket has landed a central Indiana man, his wife and his brother behind bars on charges of theft, fraud and forgery, authorities said Thursday.

Bill to ban fining Californians who let lawns go brown in drought

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:50
"It is completely irresponsible for a municipality to penalize its residents for conserving water," said Democratic Assembly member Cheryl R. Brown of San Bernardino, the bill's author. The legislature took up Brown's bill, which was initially introduced last year, after Governor Jerry Brown ordered California's first-ever statewide mandatory cutbacks in water use earlier this month. Cheryl Brown said that residents of the Southern California communities of Glendale, Upland and San Bernardino had said they received anti-blight citations. California is entering its fourth year of a catastrophic drought that has forced farmers to fallow land and cost the state's economy an estimated $2.2 billion last year.

Man shot in the face in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:47

Man shot in the face in South PhiladelphiaAuthorities say a man was shot in the face in South Philadelphia.


Applause, skepticism greet NYC mayor's anti-poverty plan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:45
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City aims to lift 800,000 people out of poverty's clutches within a decade — nearly as many people who live in San Francisco — by launching a program that has drawn both applause for its ambition and skepticism about its feasibility.

Ballistic armor installed in Lawrence Township council chambers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:37

Ballistic armor installed in Lawrence Township council chambersWhen Mayor Cathleen Lewis and council members in Lawrence Township meet, they are now protected by ballistic armor strategically placed in their chambers.


Amazon's Web Services boosts 1Q revenue

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:36

This Sept. 6, 2012 photo shows an Amazon logo at the introduction of the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite personal devices, in Santa Monica, Calif. Amazon will report earnings Thursday April 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's profitable cloud-computing services business is growing by leaps and bounds.


Burglar confronted by homeowner in Radnor Township

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:32

Burglar confronted by homeowner in Radnor TownshipDetectives in Radnor Township are looking for the brazen burglar who was confronted by the homeowner he was targeting.


No verdict after days of deliberations in 1979 N.Y. child murder case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:24

Stanley Patz, father of Etan Patz, arrives at the state Supreme Court in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors considering a murder charge against the man who confessed to killing Etan Patz in 1979 ended a seventh day of deliberations on Thursday without reaching a verdict in one of the most vexing disappearances in New York history. Pedro Hernandez, 54, is charged in state Supreme Court in Manhattan with kidnapping and murdering the 6-year-old boy, who disappeared on May 25, 1979, as he was walking alone for the first time to his school bus stop. Hernandez, who worked in a deli near Patz's Manhattan home, confessed to police in 2012 that he lured the boy into the store's basement with the offer of a soda, strangled him and left his still moving body in a box in an alley. His lawyers have said the real culprit is Jose Ramos, long a prime suspect in the disappearance.


New York banana mogul sentenced in fatal, drug-fueled sex romp

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:23
Thomas Hoey Jr., 47, was sentenced to more than 12-1/2 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan. “Now I’ve lost everything, my business, my family, my freedom.” But Castel handed down what he described as a “stiff” prison sentence, fined him $250,000 and ordered three years of supervised release. “Thomas Hoey sees himself as a good guy,” the judge said. “In truth Thomas Hoey Jr. is a self-obsessed, self-pitying, selfish man who is a danger to the community.” Hoey’s attorney, Ronald Fischetti, said he would appeal.

Jaws meets kangaroo? Rare, cute pocket shark found in deep

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:22

This photo provided by Michael H. Doosey at Tulane University, shows a photo of a rare pocket shark in October 2013 in Belle Chasse, La., taken out of the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, and discovered in a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration freezer and identified as the rare species in 2013. This is only the second such shark, which has two pockets next to its front fins, ever seen. The first was seen off the coast the Peru 36 years ago. (Michael H. Doosey/Tulane University via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Think Jaws meets a kangaroo, with maybe a touch of cute kitten, and you've got the aptly named pocket shark — the newest and rarest species found off the U.S. coast.


Petraeus sentenced to 2 years' probation for military leak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:21

FILE - In this Friday Oct. 15, 2010 file photo, Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S and NATO commander addresses RUSI members on ‘The International Mission in Afghanistan', at the United Services Institute in central London. Former CIA Director Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was expected to be sentenced Thursday April 23, 2015 in federal court in Charlotte for giving her classified material while she was working on the book. (AP Photo/Dan Kitwood, Pool, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was sentenced Thursday to two years' probation and fined $100,000 for giving her classified material while she was working on the book.


Idaho firefighters rescue ducklings from storm drains

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:20
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Springtime in southwestern Idaho means flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and ducklings are falling into storm drains.

Chief defends officer's takedown of drunken woman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:16
ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — A Texas police chief is denying that one of his officers used excessive force when he tackled a drunken woman in a parking lot.

Proposed ban on ivory sale links old pianos, terrorism

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:15
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A debate in Vermont over a proposed ban on the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horns in the small New England state is bringing home much wider issues of international terrorism and animal extinction.

Google's 1Q reassures investors despite earnings miss

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:13

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 23, 2010 file photo, the Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Brussels. Google will report earnings Thursday April 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is still flexing its moneymaking muscle even as a technological upheaval nibbles at its dominance in Internet search and European antitrust regulators question some of the company's practices.


Judge: Minnesota man accused of killing son can't see body

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:12
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has refused to allow a Minnesota man accused of killing his 10-year-old son to see his boy's body before the funeral.