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Bin Laden son-in-law should get 15 years in prison: defense lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 04:45
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A defense lawyer for the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden convicted on terrorism-related charges in New York federal court said on Thursday that his client should serve no more than 15 years in prison. Kuwaiti-born Suleiman Abu Ghaith, 48, faces up to life behind bars after a jury convicted him in March of conspiring to kill Americans, conspiring to provide material support for terrorists, and providing such support. The trial, which featured testimony from Abu Ghaith himself, offered an unusual glimpse into bin Laden’s actions in the days following al Qaeda’s attacks in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, that killed nearly 3,000 people. Prosecutors accused Abu Ghaith of serving as an al Qaeda mouthpiece, recording inflammatory videos that the group used in recruiting.

Missouri governor names black security chief for Ferguson protests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 04:41

TENSION RISING IN FERGUSON(Reuters) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Thursday named a black Missouri Highway Patrol captain to oversee security in Ferguson, Missouri, where protesters have clashed with police officers following the police killing of an unarmed black teenager last weekend. Nixon named Captain Ronald Johnson to direct security in the racially charged community.


Dropbox helps police nab sexual predator in Reading

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 04:39

Dropbox helps police nab sexual predator in ReadingPolice in Berks County say an online file sharing service helped them catch a sexual predator.


Arab Bank called Hamas 'paymaster' as trial opens in New York

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 04:27
By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Arab Bank Plc served as "paymaster" of funds supporting Hamas, lawyers for a group of Americans suing the bank for compensation stemming from attacks by the Palestinian militant group told a jury on Thursday as a long-anticipated civil trial got under way. In opening statements in U.S. federal court in Brooklyn, lawyers for the plaintiffs said the Amman, Jordan-based bank provided "extensive and substantial" material support to Hamas. A lawyer for Arab Bank told jurors the evidence will show it did not knowingly support the Islamist group, which runs Gaza and is currently locked in a military conflict with Israel. Close to 300 U.S. citizens who were the victims or the family members of victims of 24 attacks allegedly carried out by Hamas in Israel and the Palestinian territories between 2001 and 2004 sued the bank in 2004.

US victims' lawyer: Arab Bank financed terrorists

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 04:18

Gary Osen, an attorney for the plaintiffs in a case against Jordan-based Arab Bank, talks with reporters outside federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Families of about 140 American victims of two dozen terror attacks in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank during a Palestinian uprising from 2001 to 2004 went to court in an effort to force Jordan-based Arab Bank to pay for allegedly helping Hamas finance a "death and dismemberment benefit plan" for martyrs. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — A large Jordan-based bank funneled tens of millions of dollars to the families of suicide bombers and terrorist operatives with ties to Hamas during a deadly Palestinian uprising from 2001 to 2004, lawyers for American terror victims said Thursday at a federal trial in Brooklyn.


Missouri governor says State Highway Patrol will take over supervision of security in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 04:17
NORMANDY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri governor says State Highway Patrol will take over supervision of security in Ferguson.

Missouri governor says State Highway Patrol will take over supervision of security in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 04:17
NORMANDY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri governor says State Highway Patrol will take over supervision of security in Ferguson.

Hernandez excused from hearing in Boston murders

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 04:14

Judge Jeffrey Locke addresses the court during a pretrial hearing for former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. Prosecutors allege that Hernandez ambushed and shot to death two men in 2012 after a chance encounter inside a Boston nightclub. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, Pool)BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was excused from a pre-trial hearing Thursday in his Boston double homicide case.


New Orleans clears out homeless camp of 160 people

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 04:13

Rose Frazier, who is homeless and lives with up to 150 others under the Pontchartrain Expressway overpass, sits among her possessions in New Orleans, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The city’s health department put up notices Monday giving the estimated 150 homeless people 72 hours to leave the area, citing health hazards. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — City workers wearing gloves — and a few in face masks — threw sofas, armchairs and quilts into garbage trucks Thursday, clearing out a homeless encampment of about 160 people. Officials said it attracted rats and called it a public health hazard.


Arizona teacher cited for being drunk in class

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 04:05

This Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 photo shows bottles of alcoholic beverages and juice found in the classroom of Kathleen Jardine, a teacher at Poston Butte High School in San Tan Valley, Ariz. Authorities say Jardine showed up to class drunk on Wednesday and continued drinking throughout the day. Pinal County Sheriff's officials say students at the school called the main office after she began cursing at them. Jardine, of Chandler, Ariz. was cited for one count of consumption of alcohol in public but could face disorderly conduct charges. (AP Photo/Pinal County Sheriff's Office)PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona school teacher showed up to class drunk and continued drinking throughout the day, authorities said Thursday.


Man gets life for killing, raping college student

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 04:03

Bob Marriott holds a large photo of his daughter Elizabeth "Lizzy" Marriott as he looks at Seth Mazzaglia, seated left, during a sentencing hearing in Strafford County Superior Court, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Dover, N.H. Mazzaglia was convicted of killing Elizabeth Marriott and was sentenced to life in prison. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)DOVER, N.H. (AP) — The photograph of a beaming Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott was taken on Mother's Day 2011, a frog she rescued from the family's pool cupped in her hand. A year and a half later, Seth Mazzaglia raped her, killed her and threw her body in a river after she rebuffed his sexual advances.


Dropbox helps police nab sexual predator in Reading

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 04:02

Dropbox helps police nab sexual predator in ReadingPolice in Berks County say an online file sharing service helped them catch a sexual predator.


New Orleans police: Arrests in weekend shootings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 03:59
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say they have arrested two suspects in connection with a weekend drive-by shooting that left two people dead and five injured.

Guide to developments in Missouri police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 03:47

This undated family photo provided by the Brown Family and held by Michael Brown Sr., shows Michael Brown Sr., at right, his son, Michael Brown, top left, and a young child. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo, on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — After an unarmed black teenager was shot by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, the city north of downtown St. Louis has been the scene of violent protests. Here's a look at the key elements of the shooting and the unrest that's followed:


Guantanamo judge weighs separate trial for 9/11 suspect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 03:44
By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE Md. (Reuters) - A U.S. military war crimes tribunal heard arguments on Thursday on whether to order a separate trial for a Saudi man charged with helping organize and finance the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi, 46, argues his alleged participation in the attacks was less than his four co-defendants' roles and joint prosecution would violate his rights to a fair trial and to confront his accusers. “We’re seeking an independent assessment of guilt,” Walter Ruiz, Hawsawi’s attorney, said in the pre-trial hearing at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He told Judge Army Colonel James Pohl that prosecutors were lumping Hawsawi’s case with the other defendants as a strategy of seeking “a greater chance of convictions by association.” Brigadier General Mark Martins, the chief prosecutor, argued the defendants should be tried together because they had joined efforts in a conspiracy.

Education reformer Rhee to leave advocacy group she founded

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 03:43
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Education reform advocate Michelle Rhee is stepping down from the nonprofit advocacy group she founded, saying she will focus on her family and the political career of her husband, former NBA star and current Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. Rhee's move from StudentsFirst, founded after she spent three years as chancellor of the Washington, D.C., schools, comes amid retrenchment at the organization and rising political success for Johnson, who won national attention for recent efforts to keep the Kings basketball team in Sacramento and serves as president of the United States Conference of Mayors. I am excited to continue working side by side on these new opportunities we have." Rhee, who took Johnson's name last year but still uses her own name professionally, did not elaborate on the new opportunities, and Johnson still has more than two years to go on his second term as mayor of Sacramento, California's capital. Rhee started StudentsFirst in 2010, using it to push ideas that had led to considerable controversy during her time with the Washington schools, including tying teacher evaluations to student test scores and making it easier to fire teachers deemed incompetent.

UN to vote on measure to combat al-Qaida fighters

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 03:27
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Diplomats say U.N. Security Council members have reached agreement on a draft resolution that would punish recruitment and financing of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria and demand that all al-Qaida-linked groups disarm and disband immediately.

Obama appeals for 'peace and calm' in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 03:19

Obama appeals for 'peace and calm' in FergusonAppealing for "peace and calm," President Barack Obama on Thursday said there is no excuse for excessive use of force by police in a St. Louis suburb.


Pope again tells someone he'll visit Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 03:19
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The pope has again told someone he would be visiting Philadelphia, but the archdiocese says he has yet to confirm his plans.

New Jersey man removes Islamic group-linked flag

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 03:11
GARWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man took down a black flag with Arabic letters he's been flying outside his home for 10 years after complaints arose on Twitter about its association with Islamic militants.