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AG Kane's lawyer, special prosecutor spar before high court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:55

AG Kane's lawyer, special prosecutor spar before high courtA special prosecutor investigating an alleged grand jury leak by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane argued to the state's highest court Wednesday that Kane is challenging his appointment late in the game only to avoid criminal charges.

Hung jury in sex assault re-trial of Phila. priest Andrew McCormick

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:52

Hung jury in sex assault re-trial of Phila. priest Andrew McCormickAction News has learned that the child sex assault re-trial against accused Philadelphia priest Andrew McCormick has ended in a hung jury.

Yacht washes ashore at Navy base near San Diego

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:51
CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — The Navy says negotiations are underway to decide what to do with a 50-foot yacht that washed ashore at a base near San Diego.

1 Black Hawk crashed in fog, killing 11; Another turned back

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:50
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) — Searchers struggled Wednesday to find the seven Marines and four soldiers killed when a helicopter crashed, hampered by the same fog that plagued a nighttime training mission.

Email controversy may overshadow Clinton presidential launch

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:49

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a news conference at the United Nations in New YorkBy Susan Heavey and Alistair Bell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Controversy over emails could overshadow the launch of Hillary Clinton's expected presidential campaign after an influential Republican on Wednesday raised the prospect of congressional hearings into her use of personal email for work when she was America's top diplomat. Representative Trey Gowdy said he would like Clinton to testify in Congress by April about using a personal email address instead of a government one while she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. Clinton defended the practise on Tuesday, saying it was a "convenience" so that she wouldn't have to carry two mobile devices. Republicans likened Clinton's email habits to the secretive practices they say characterized President Bill Clinton's years in office.

Grandmother charged with murder after baby killed with power saw

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:48

Grandmother charged with murder after baby killed with power sawManuela Rodriguez, 52, is charged with first degree murder in the death of 7-month-old Rose Herrera in Chicago.

Demonstrators protest police shooting in Madison, Wisconsin

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:40

Candles are piled in the snow outside the home of Tony Robinson Jr. during a candlelight vigil on Williamson StreetBy Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - About 1,500 people, some banging plastic pails or blowing whistles, marched on Wednesday afternoon to the Wisconsin corrections department in Madison to protest the fatal police shooting last week of an unarmed biracial young man. The shooting of Tony Robinson, 19, in Wisconsin's capital by a veteran white Madison police officer on Friday was the latest in a string of officer-involved deaths around the country that have heightened concerns about racial bias in U.S. law enforcement. Activists are questioning the use of force against Anthony Hill, a 27-year-old black man, who was naked and unarmed when he was shot and killed by a white police officer in an Atlanta suburb on Monday. The mostly young Wisconsin protesters carried signs calling for "Justice for Tony." Robinson's mother, Andrea Irwin, said her "wonderful" son would be in awe of the crowd's support, and that she wanted no violence done in his name.

Boston bombing jury hears 'officer down' police radio call

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:25

A blood-stained message that prosecutors say Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote is shown to jurors in BostonBy Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer who found a colleague in his squad car covered in blood three nights after the Boston Marathon bombing frantically repeated two words into his radio "officer down, officer down." A recording of that radio call was played to jurors hearing the trial of accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, on Wednesday, as prosecutors turned to the charge that the defendant and his older brother murdered MIT police officer Sean Collier on April 18, 2013, in an unsuccessful attempt to steal his gun. Collier's death marked the start of a chaotic 24 hours that saw the brothers carjack a man and hurl explosives at police during a shootout that ended when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev roared off in a car, running over and killing 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev before disappearing into a drydocked boat in the Boston suburb of Watertown. Police found him the next evening, after a day-long lockdown of much of the Boston area when hundreds of thousands of people hid in their homes.

FTC sues DirecTV, alleges hidden fees and deceptive ads

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:25

FILE - In this May 6, 2010 file photo, a DirecTV satellite dish is attached to a roof at a home in Palo Alto, Calif. The government is taking the nation's biggest satellite TV provider to court, accusing DirecTV of misleading millions of consumers about the cost of its programming. The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that its complaint charges DirecTV Inc. with deceptively advertising a discounted 12-month programming package. Consumers weren't clearly told that the package requires a two-year contract, the commission said. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is taking the nation's biggest satellite TV provider to court, accusing DirecTV of misleading millions of consumers about the cost of its programming.

U.S. Army: $500 million spent on empty buildings as troops cut

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:24
By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army is spending half a billion dollars a year to maintain empty or unused facilities, even as it faces budget cuts that could force it to slash 60,000 more troops, top Army officials told lawmakers on Wednesday. Army Secretary John McHugh said the Army faced a "dark and dangerous future" unless Congress took action this year to end the "ill-conceived and inflexible budget cuts" it approved in 2011. McHugh and General Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, appealed for lawmakers to support the president's request for a $534 billion 2016 Pentagon base budget that would exceed federal spending caps by some $35 billion. McHugh said the Army's share of the request would be $126.5 billion, which is $5.4 billion above what Congress approved for 2015 and $6 billion above the 2016 spending limits.

New Hampshire lawmakers vote for bill decriminalizing marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:23

A fully budded marijuana plant ready for trimming is seen at the Botanacare marijuana store ahead of their grand opening on New Year's day in Northglenn, ColoradoState representatives in New Hampshire on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly for a bill that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, although the measure is likely to face resistance from the senate and the governor. The measure would bring New Hampshire in line with other New England states that have relaxed marijuana possession laws in recent years. The House has passed several decriminalization bills in past years, but they have failed to make it out of the Senate. Governor Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, has said she would veto a decriminalization bill.

Childcare center instructors in California pricked kids with pins, suit says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:22
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Parents who say their toddler children had thumb tacks pricked into their legs as a form a discipline at a California daycare center have sued the facility's former operators over abuse they said was perpetrated by two teachers. The civil suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, says the teachers involved in the abuse, which occurred between 2013 and 2014 at a Tutor Time franchise, were fired after their actions came to the attention of management, but that the daycare center concealed their actions from parents. The suit follows an investigation by state authorities who cited the center in Agoura Hills, west of Los Angeles, after finding at least one instructor "used tactics to intimate and scare children," according to documents from the state Department of Social Services.

Local students react to fraternity firestorm following racist chant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:19

Local students react to fraternity firestorm following racist chantA fraternity firestorm ignited at the University of Oklahoma after members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon were caught singing racist chants.

Kensington teen fatally shot, victim's friend ID'd as murder suspect

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:13

Friend charged as adult in shooting death of Kensington teenA Kensington teenager has died after being shot and authorities have identified the victim's friend as the suspect charged in his murder.

Apple reopens iTunes, App stores after lengthy outage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:11

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, file photo, the Apple logo is illuminated in the entrance to the Fifth Avenue Apple store, in New York. Apple’s widely used iTunes and app stores suffered a rare breakdown Wednesday, March 11, 2015, frustrating millions of music lovers and mobile device owners around the world. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has restored service to its widely used iTunes and app stores.

Truck driver in Amtrak crash in NC has history of violations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:05

A truck passes over the train tracks near a sign listing an emergency number for railroad problems on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Halifax, N.C. A train collided with a truck, Monday injuring 55 people. The truck with a state trooper escort become stuck in the crossing but no calls were made to Amtrak about the problem, even though the sign should have been visible to the truck driver. (AP Photo /Jonathan Drew)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The truck driver whose failure to maneuver an oversized rig through a railroad crossing derailed an Amtrak train and injured 55 people this week is a convicted felon with a long history of traffic citations, court records show.

Fugitive who fatally shot deputy U.S. marshal in Louisiana dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:04
A fugitive who authorities say shot and killed a deputy U.S. marshal during a gun battle at a Louisiana motel died of his wounds early on Wednesday, the local coroner's office said. A law enforcement task force had come to a Baton Rouge motel early on Tuesday to arrest Jamie Croom, 31, in the shooting deaths last month of a brother and sister outside a nightclub in nearby New Roads. When Croom engaged the officers in gunfire, deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells, 27, was shot and died at a local hospital shortly after being taken there by his partner. Wells' remains were being returned to his native Mississippi on Wednesday, Baton Rouge-based U.S. Marshal Kevin Harrison said.

Pennsylvania inmates argue state has illegal execution plans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:02
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A lawyer for five inmates on Pennsylvania's death row argued before a state court on Wednesday that the Corrections Department did not have legal authority to change state execution procedures from a two-drug to a three-drug protocol.

Oklahoma fraternity linked to racist song is closed and vacated

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:02

Oklahoma City Pastor John A. Reed, flanked by NAACP leaders and pastors of Oklahoma City African-American churches speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma CityBy Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The University of Oklahoma fraternity linked to a video showing students singing a racist song has been shut down and its house vacated, school officials said on Wednesday. The university has expelled two students who were leading the song and closed the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house. University President David Boren has said the school would have zero tolerance for racism. "As of midnight last night, the house has closed," said Corbin Wallace, press secretary for Boren's office.