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ACLU sues Idaho for 'repeated failures' in its public defender system

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 10:25
The American Civil Liberties Union sued Idaho on Wednesday for "enormous and repeated failures" in its public defense system, saying that indigent defendants have been forced to go before judges for bail hearings and even to enter guilty pleas and be sentenced without a lawyer present. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Idaho on behalf of four criminal defendants who qualified for public defenders based on their income, says Idaho is violating the constitutional guarantees of adequate legal representation and due process. The suit, which also names Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter as a defendant, says elected officials intentionally failed to provide funding and oversight needed to upgrade a public defense program known to be seriously flawed.

U.S. White House hopeful Paul backs 14.5 percent federal flat tax

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 09:59

Senator Paul takes question at news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to unveil "The Transparency for the Families of 9/11 Victims Act"Republican U.S. presidential candidate Rand Paul is proposing that businesses and individual Americans pay a federal flat tax of 14.5 percent in a plan that would cut the government's tax revenue by more than $2 trillion over 10 years. The Kentucky senator's plan, which he describes in a Wall Street Journal's opinion piece being published on Thursday, would establish a 14.5 percent flat-rate tax applied equally to all personal income, including wages, salaries, dividends, capital gains, rents and interest. Paul said the first $50,000 of income for a family of four would not be taxed and that for low-income working families, the plan would retain the earned-income tax credit.

Experts spar in Virginia court over status of accused Russian fighter for Taliban

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 09:56
Attorneys for a former Russian army officer charged with terrorism and conspiracy for his role in a Taliban attack on U.S. forces in Afghanistan argued in federal court in Virginia on Wednesday that the case should be dismissed because he was a war combatant. Irek Hamidullin, who is believed to be in his early 50s, is the first military prisoner from Afghanistan to appear in a federal court. A U.S. grand jury indicted Hamidullin in 2014 on charges that he joined the Taliban in a 2009 attack on an Afghan police base.

Exclusive: U.S. regulators detail alleged Fiat Chrysler recall failings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 09:36

Fiat Chrysler assembly workers work on a partially assembled minivan at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario,The document, an official draft of a notice to be published in the Federal Register, contains the most strongly worded language to date by regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and expands from 20 to 22 the number of recalls that NHTSA intends to scrutinize at a public hearing on July 2. The automaker could face more than $700 million in fines and be required to buy back or replace vehicles if regulators find that it failed in its legal recall obligations. NHTSA and FCA did not respond to inquiries seeking comment.

No charges for mom whose son, 3, killed himself with her gun

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 09:16
CINCINNATI (AP) — A woman whose 3-year-old son accidentally killed himself with her gun won't face any charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

SPLC settles private probation suit with Alabama city

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 09:12
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Southern Poverty Law Center says it has settled a lawsuit against the city of Clanton, Alabama, related to a contract with a private, for-profit probation company.

Pa. man sentenced to 339-690 years for child sex abuse

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 09:08

Pa. man sentenced to 339-690 years for child sex abuseA judge in Chester County sentenced a man to 339 to 690 years behind bars for sexually abusing children.

Pa. man sentenced to 339-690 for child sex abuse

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 09:05

Pa. man sentenced to 339-690 years for child sex abuseA judge in Chester County sentenced a man to 339 to 690 years behind bars for sexually abusing children.

No death penalty sought against soldier in woman's killing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 09:03
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania prosecutor says he won't seek the death penalty against a soldier accused of conspiring with his teenage girlfriend to kill her mother.

Shark bites boy in Florida, inflicts minor injuries

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 08:56
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a shark bit the calf of a 10-year-old boy, but he received only minor injuries.

Atlantic City casino workers arrested in protest over benefit cuts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 08:50

A woman is placed in hand cuffs one of 70 union members arrested for an act of civil disobedience in blocking traffic to the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic CityHundreds of workers mobilized by their union protested on Wednesday outside the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where nearly 70 demonstrators were arrested as they denounced court-approved cuts to benefits for employees at the hard-hit casino, officials said. The protest over the cuts sought by billionaire investor Carl Icahn in exchange for keeping the establishment open comes at a time when the Jersey Shore resort city is suffering as gambling revenue drops and casinos close. Atlantic City casinos generated about $2.74 billion in betting revenue last year, down 4.5 percent for the year and well below the $5.2 billion peak in 2006 before neighboring states allowed casinos to open.

Oklahoma man denies charges in Kenya child sex abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 08:47

Kyle Durham, left, and Melissa Durham, second from left, hold hands as they leave the Federal Courthouse in Oklahoma City, following another day of testimony in the federal trial of their son, Matthew Lane Durham, Monday, June 15, 2015. At right are their other two sons, Josh Durham, right, and Zac Durham. Matthew Lane Durham is accused of 17 counts of sexual misconduct with children in Nairobi, Kenya. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma man accused of sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya testified Wednesday about his Christian faith and his onetime belief that he was possessed by a demon that made him "do evil" as he denied allegations that could send him to federal prison for the rest of his life.

Amputee children from Tanzania get new hope in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 08:15

Amputee children from Tanzania get new hope in PhiladelphiaFive children, victims of horrific acts, are beginning the path to a better life at a Philadelphia hospital.

New firm set to run Yosemite park sites in $2 billion deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:56

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2015, file photo, shows El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Park officials say they have selected a new company to take over hotels, restaurants and outdoor activities under the national park system's largest single contract for services. Ranger Scott Gediman said Wednesday, June 17, 2015, that Aramark is being offered the 15-year contract valued at $2 billion. If the deal is approved, Aramark would replace Delaware North of New York early next year. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A new company has been selected to take over hotels, restaurants and outdoor activities at Yosemite National Park under the national park system's most lucrative single contract for services, officials said Wednesday.

Obama, leading Republicans mounting rescue effort on trade

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:54

FILE - In this June 12, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. leave meeting with House Democrats on Capitol Hill in Washington to discuss the global trade talks. The president will meet with pro-trade Democrats from Senate and House, trying to salvage trade agenda. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and top Republicans in Congress joined forces Wednesday on a quick, bipartisan rescue attempt for the administration's trade agenda, left for dead in the House last week in a revolt carried out by Democrats and backed by organized labor.

U.S. House moves to revive Obama's Pacific trade pact

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:51

Speaker of the House John Boehner walks to the House Chamber where members of congress were voting on a package of trade bills in the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Richard Cowan and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives plans to bring legislation central to President Barack Obama's Pacific Rim trade agreement back to the floor for debate on Thursday, giving lawmakers a chance to deal with it in a different format. After a major setback last week, a measure that would give Obama "fast-track" authority over his 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement would be considered again by the House, under the plan hatched by Republican leaders. The House Rules Committee on Wednesday approved the rules for the debate.

Two jets rolled at each other on takeoff in Chicago: officials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:46
The near-miss occurred on Tuesday night when a Southwest Airlines flight was cleared for takeoff on one runway and an air traffic controller noticed that a Delta Air Lines plane was rolling without proper clearance on another runway, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. The air traffic controller told the Delta crew to come to an immediate stop, and the Southwest crew chose to put on the brakes as well, the FAA statement said. Trebor Banstetter, a spokesman for Delta Air Lines, said the company was cooperating with the FAA on its investigation, but he declined further comment.

Lightning sparks new wildfires in hot, dry Alaska

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:40

This Monday, June 15, 2015, aerial photo released by the Alaska Division of Forestry shows the Card Street Fire burning on the Kenai Peninsula, between the Sterling Highway and the Kenai River near Sterling, Alaska. The fire doubled in size Tuesday, June 16, 2015, to about 4 square miles and had pushed east into the uninhabited Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska's most popular sport-fishing venue. (Alaska Division of Forestry via AP)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Lightning sparked nearly a dozen new wildfires in Alaska as firefighters struggled Wednesday to keep up with two major fires threatening rural highway communities.

Mom, stepdad plead guilty to fleeing country with daughter

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:38

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, Genevieve Kelley arrives for a hearing in Coos County Superior Court in Lancaster, N.H. Kelley had been charged with fleeing the country with her then-8-year-old daughter Mary Nunes during a custody dispute in 2004. During a pretrial hearing Wednesday, June 17, 2015, she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of custodial interference and felony charges were dropped. She will spend 10 months in jail. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — A mother and stepfather entered guilty pleas Wednesday to charges they fled the country more than a decade ago with her daughter amid a custody dispute.

Theater shooting: Things to know as prosecutors wrap up case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:36

FILE - This Aug. 30, 2012 file photo Dr. Lynne Fenton, the University of Colorado psychiatrist who was treating suspected theater shooter James Holmes is seen through a window leading to a district courtroom in Centennial, Colo. Fenton who treated Holmes before he attacked a Colorado movie theater said Tuesday, June 16, that she would have called police and had him detained if she had known his plans. Fenton testified that Holmes acknowledged he was having homicidal thoughts as often as three or four times a day but never let on that he was assembling an arsenal and planning a mass killing. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — After eight weeks of often dramatic and emotional testimony, prosecutors are wrapping up their case against Colorado theater gunman James Holmes.