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Court says Chuck Yeager can sue Utah gun safe company

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 09:12
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court says record-setting test pilot Chuck Yeager can sue a Utah gun safe company that named a line of safes after him.

U.S. gunman kills three young Muslims; motive disputed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 09:11

Namee Barakat and his wife Layla Barakat, parents of shooting victim Deah Shaddy Barakat, react as a video is played during a vigil in Chapel HillBy Colleen Jenkins CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (Reuters) - A gunman who had posted anti-religious messages on Facebook and quarreled with neighbors was charged with killing three young Muslims in what police said on Wednesday was a dispute over parking and possibly a hate crime. Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, a full-time paralegal student from Chapel Hill, was charged with first-degree murder in Tuesday's shootings around 5 p.m. two miles (three km) from the University of North Carolina campus. The victims were newlyweds Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, a University of North Carolina dental student, and his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and Yusor's sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19.


Victim fatally shot in New Castle apartment complex ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:59

Victim fatally shot in New Castle apartment complex ID'dAuthorities have identified the man who they was was fatally shot inside an apartment complex in New Castle, Delaware.


Judge rules federal interstate handgun transfer ban unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:53
(Reuters) - A U.S. ban on the interstate sales of handguns by federal firearms dealers to buyers from other states violates the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge in Texas ruled on Wednesday. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor stemmed from a challenge to the ban brought by a Texas firearms dealer and a couple from the District of Columbia in July 2014. The federal law prohibits a dealer from transferring a handgun, but not a rifle or shotgun, to an individual who does not live in the state in which the dealer's business is located. "While we expect the government to appeal, we are confident that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will agree with Judge O'Connor's sound ruling," attorney William Mateja, who represented the challengers, said in a statement.

4 dead in plane crash in rural part of southern Florida

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:53
MIAMI (AP) — Florida authorities say a twin-engine propeller plane crashed in a rural part of Miami-Dade County shortly after takeoff Wednesday, killing all four people aboard.

War hero now leading Univ. of Texas faces political reality

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:48

File - In this Aug. 21, 2014, file photo, U.S. Navy Adm. William McRaven, the next chancellor of the University of Texas System, addresses the Texas Board of Regents, in Austin, Texas. Barely a month on the job, retired Adm. McRaven has staked out positions on guns, immigration and tuition rates that put him at odds with the Legislature's new conservative leadership on some of the thorniest issues of the session. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When the University of Texas System sought a new chancellor, it turned away from the ivory tower candidates of academia and hired a war hero: the man who coordinated the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.


Shooting deaths of young Muslims leave North Carolina community reeling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:34

A makeshift memorial for Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad and Yusor's sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, who were killed by a gunman, is pictured inside of the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, in Chapel HillBy Colleen Jenkins CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (Reuters) - In post-9/11 America, Aya Zouhri and her fellow Muslim female friends who cover their heads with scarves say they are used to getting occasional dirty looks or ugly comments from strangers. "The way he said it was very much like, 'I'm actually worried something could happen to you,'" the senior global studies major recalled outside a room at the university where Muslim students gathered for afternoon prayers. Several Muslim students who attend the university said they have always felt safe and accepted in Chapel Hill, a college town about 30 miles (48 km) from Raleigh that is known for basketball and affordable higher education. Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, was a University of North Carolina dental student, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, was preparing to start at the dentistry school in the fall, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, was a sophomore at nearby North Carolina State University, where the couple were both alumni.


Judge awards $500,000 to immigrant shot by Border Patrol

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:32
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A former U.S. Border Patrol agent who shot and wounded a Mexican man intentionally used excessive force and was not justified in opening fire, a federal judge said as he awarded the victim half a million dollars in a lawsuit.

Illinois says 11 now diagnosed with measles

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:27
ELGIN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois public health officials are now reporting 11 people have diagnosed with measles.

UN: 10,000 US-supported civilians needed to fight Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:27
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Ebola chief says U.S. troops being withdrawn from Liberia have done their job of building desperately needed treatment centers but that more than 10,000 civilians working in West Africa and supported by the United States are still essential to combating the deadly disease.

Bosnian immigrants plead not guilty in terror financing case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:23

Paul J. D'Agrosa, attorney for Sedina Hodzic, speaks outside federal court following a hearing Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in St. Louis. Sedina Hodzic and her husband Ramiz Hodzic have pleaded not guilty to federal charges of funneling money and military supplies to extremist groups in Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS (AP) — An immigrant couple from Bosnia pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal charges of funneling money and military supplies to extremist groups in Iraq and Syria.


Woman accused of killing her newborns set to take plea deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:21

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2014, file photo, Megan Huntsman, accused of killing six of her newborn babies and storing their bodies in her garage, appears in court, in Provo, Utah. Huntsman appears set to take a plea deal Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. Prosecutors and attorneys for Huntsman have reached a resolution and requested a special setting for a hearing Thursday morning in Provo, Utah, online court records show. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman accused of killing six of her newborn babies and storing their bodies in her garage appears set to take a plea deal Thursday.


Victim of 1987 killing in Arizona identified as Spokane teen

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:11
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) — It's been almost three decades since a decomposed body was found in a culvert underneath a southern Arizona freeway.

Boston-area transit system head resigns after snow delays

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:07

 Josh Reynolds/AP)BOSTON (AP) — The head of the Boston-area public transit system resigned Wednesday amid commuter frustration over service disruptions during a spate of recent snowstorms that have pounded the region.


Police: Baby killed by mug thrown during parents' argument

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:04

 Baby killed by mug thrown during parents' argumentAn Ohio man, accused of throwing a coffee mug that hit his 2-month-old son in the head and killed him, has been jailed on $2.1 million bond.


Police: Man arrested in bizarre Nevada road-rage incident

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:53

In this Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, provided by the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, Cesar Romero, 20, poses for a mug shot in Reno, Nev., after he was booked on several charges accusing him of shooting a man in a road-rage incident on a suburban street in neighboring Sparks. Police say the other driver he allegedly shot in the chest wrestled the revolver away from him and beat him with a baseball bat before driving himself to the hospital in Romero's pickup truck. (AP Photo/Washoe County Sheriff's Office)SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada man has been arrested on allegations that he shot another man in a bizarre road-rage incident that ended with the victim driving himself to the hospital in the suspect's pickup.


New England snows may hold up roses and valentines

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:51

Commuters walk past piles of snow in front of Au Chocolat, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in downtown Boston. With streets boxed in by mountains of snow, delivery drivers in the region are struggling to deliver daily supplies to downtown stores, as well as Valentine's Day flowers and edibles. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)BOSTON (AP) — Have a heart if your Valentine's Day card and flowers from your beloved arrive a little late: Florists and other delivery drivers in Boston and surrounding parts of New England are having a hard time getting through the snow-choked streets.


Mom sues after suicidal inmate son kills himself at Rikers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:49

FILE - In this June 25, 2014 file photo, Desdemona Offley, center, holds a picture of her deceased son Quanell Offley, as she poses for a photo with two of her other children Quanmonique, left, and Isiah in New York. On Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, Desdemona Offley filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of New York over Quannell Offley’s November 2013 death from a suicide attempt while incarcerated at the Rikers Island. Offley hanged himself in his cell after a guard allegedly dared him to do so. He died in the hospital days later. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The mother of a suicidal New York City inmate who hanged himself in a Rikers Island solitary confinement cell in 2013 after repeatedly threatening to do so — and was even dared by one guard to do it — has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city.


Kanye West rolls back diss of Beck, calls Grammys a joke

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:39

 "It was kind of a joke like the Grammys themselves." (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Kanye West says he has nothing but respect for Beck. The Grammys? Not so much.


Convicted killer says state won't let him practice religion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:36
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A convicted killer has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the state of Connecticut, saying he's not allowed to practice his religion in prison.