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U.S. prosecutors, lawyers for plotter seek sentencing delay

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:38
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Jose Padilla, who in 2007 was convicted of terrorism-related crimes, asked to delay sentencing for a fourth time after an appeals court in 2011 ruled his initial 17-year sentence too lenient. United States District Court Judge Marcia Cooke in Miami in 2008 rejected prosecutors' argument that Padilla, a former Chicago gang member turned al Qaeda recruit, deserved a life sentence. Padilla’s past 17 arrests and murder conviction make him a career criminal who deserves "at or near the maximum term," according to a Feb. 5 motion filed by prosecutors. Then-President George W. Bush ordered him to be held as an "enemy combatant" and interrogated in a South Carolina military prison.

Gunman robs Wynnefield Heights tavern

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:38

Gunman robs Wynnefield Heights tavernA Wynnefield Heights tavern was robbed by a lone gunman Tuesday morning.


Legal marijuana goes on sale in Washington

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:37

00 a.m. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment.


FBI: Tsarnaev's friend agreed to toss evidence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:29

In this courtroom sketch, defendant Azamat Tazhayakov, left, a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is depicted listening to testimony by FBI Special Agent Phil Christiana, right, during the first day of his federal obstruction of justice trial Monday, July 7, 2014 in Boston. Tazhayakov, of Kazakhstan, is accused with another friend of removing items from Tsarnaev's dorm room, but is not charged with participating in the bombing or knowing about it in advance. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — An FBI agent says a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) agreed with another friend to get rid of a backpack containing fireworks found in Tsarnaev's dorm room.


Washington state issues retail pot licenses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:16

Marijuana is seen in the hand of a person after the law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana went into effect in Seattle, WashingtonBy Jimmy Lovaas SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state took the final step in legalizing recreational marijuana use on Monday when officials began issuing retail licenses to stores that could start selling cannabis 24 hours later. The Washington State Liquor Control Board has said many applicants failed final inspections, and some municipalities also have banned retail pot sales. Washington is the second state after Colorado to allow retail sales of recreational marijuana to adults under a heavily regulated and taxed system that voters approved in November 2012. Possession of marijuana is illegal under federal law, but the U.S. Justice Department has said it will not intervene in states with "strong and effective regulatory and enforcement systems." Once a retailer receives a marijuana license, the business is cleared to place an order with a licensed processor that must quarantine the product for 24 hours before delivering it to stores.


Man dies at South Dakota hot dog eating contest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:13
CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — A Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in western South Dakota turned tragic when a contestant choked to death.

Suspect sought for attempted bank robbery in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:03

Suspect sought for attempted bank robbery in North PhiladelphiaPolice and FBI need your help in identifying a suspect who attempted to rob the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union in North Philadelphia Monday.


Ford recalling 100,566 vehicles for safety issues

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 23:56
DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling 100,566 vehicles in North America for various safety defects.

Baltimore hospital, workers reach tentative wage accord

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 23:47
(Reuters) - A tentative agreement has been reached between Johns Hopkins Hospital and 2,000 service employees threatening to strike over wages in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said on Tuesday. The 1199 Service Employees International Union had called the current pay rate "poverty wages" and had sought a $15-an-hour minimum wage for service workers with at least 15 years of experience. Under the agreement, service workers, including maintenance and grounds crews and service technicians, at Hopkins will get a $15-an-hour minimum wage that will apply immediately to all employees with 20 years of service. “Johns Hopkins Hospital sets the standard for healthcare in our city and that standard has just been raised,” said John Reid, the union's regional executive vice president.

NYPD: Mother of abandoned baby says she's homeless

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 23:37

In this Monday, July 7, 2014 surveillance camera image provided by the New York Police Department, a woman, top right, pushes her baby girl in a stroller at the Columbus Circle subway station in New York. The 20-year-old woman, who is suspected of abandoning the baby at the Manhattan station, was in police custody on Tuesday. (AP Photo/NYPD)NEW YORK (AP) — A woman accused of abandoning her baby at a Manhattan subway station told police on Tuesday that she is homeless and felt she could no longer take care of the little girl.


15 Crumbs cupcakes we will miss

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 23:30

15 Crumbs cupcakes we will missSo long Crumbs and so long to these delicious and unique cupcake creations.


Man hit by stray bullet during temple opening

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 23:18
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A stray bullet struck and injured a man selling food at the opening of a Cambodian Buddhist temple in Charlotte over the weekend, and police said appears to have come from celebratory Fourth of July gunfire.

Legal marijuana goes on sale in Washington, second state to allow pot without doctor's note

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 23:07
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Legal marijuana goes on sale in Washington, second state to allow pot without doctor's note .

Containment increases on California wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 23:04

This Saturday, July 5, 2014, photo provided by the Utah State Parks shows the fire from the Taylor Mountain Road Fire near Vernal, Utah. Authorities say a 5-square-mile wildfire north of Vernal has burned three structures but is now 25 percent contained. Utah fire officials say they plan to continue putting a perimeter around the Taylor Mountain Road Fire on Monday. Rangers say Steinaker State Park remains closed as crews use it as a staging area. (AP Photo/Utah State Parks)WINTERS, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 2,000 firefighters are getting the upper hand on a wildfire in rugged and steep terrain in rural Northern California.


Washington poised to start legal marijuana sales

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 22:58

George Vargas, left, takes a seat next to first-in-line customer Deb Greene in front of the recreational marijuana store Cannabis City Monday, July 7, 2014, in Seattle. The store will be the first and only store initially in Seattle to legally sell recreational pot when sales begin Tuesday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Marijuana growers loaded trucks with boxes of packaged pot on Tuesday as lines of customers grew outside a handful of stores poised to be the first to sell recreational cannabis legally in Washington state.


Mississippi River rising, but break in sight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 22:58
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Mississippi River is continuing its slow rise at several Missouri and Illinois towns, but there is reason for optimism after overnight rainfall wasn't as bad as predicted.

U.S. urges countries to combat foreign fighters going to Syria

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 22:57
By Aruna Viswanatha and Gwladys Fouche WASHINGTON/OSLO (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged countries in Europe and elsewhere on Tuesday to do more to keep their own citizens from traveling to Syria to fight, saying the world cannot allow Syria to become a training ground for violent extremists. In a speech in Norway, Holder said other countries could learn from U.S. efforts to conduct undercover sting operations and use laws against preparing to commit attacks, tactics he said have helped confront the threat in the United States. Speaking at the U.S. ambassador's residence in Oslo, Holder also urged Europeans to share information about travelers to Syria with the United States, which does not require visas for travelers from European Union countries. "We have a mutual and compelling interest in developing shared strategies for confronting the influx of U.S.- and European-born violent extremists into Syria," Holder said, according to prepared remarks.

Soda tax's last stand? Bay Area preps for showdown

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 22:51

In this July 7, 2014 photo, a man drinks out of a coffee cup as he walks under a sign opposed to taxes on sugary drinks posted in the window of Casa Thai Market in San Francisco. San Francisco and Berkeley are aiming to become the first U.S. cities to pass per-ounce taxes on sugary drinks. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)WASHINGTON (AP) — If two of the most progressive U.S. cities don't pass a tax on sugary drinks, will the idea finally fizzle out?


Riders stranded for hours on California coaster

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 22:35
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A roller coaster hit a tree branch at the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park, dislodging the front car, leaving four people slightly injured and keeping nearly two dozen summer fun-seekers hanging 20 to 30 feet in the air for hours as day turned to night.

Suspect sought in Olney armed robbery

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 22:34

Suspect sought in Olney armed robberyPhiladelphia Police are looking for the suspect wanted for a violent armed robbery in the city's Olney section on Sunday.