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'American Sniper' murder trial to open in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 20:12

Eddie Ray Routh walks into court for a pretrial motion hearing in Stephenville, TexasBy Jon Herskovitz STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - Lawyers for an Iraqi war veteran will argue at the start of his trial on Wednesday that he was insane when he fatally shot former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, whose best-selling autobiography was turned into the hit movie "American Sniper." Eddie Ray Routh, 27, is charged with murdering Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield in 2013 at a shooting range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth. Legal experts have said it is a tough task to obtain a verdict of innocence by reason of insanity in Texas.

$485M Powerball jackpot drawing tonight; 5th largest in US history

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 20:01
The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $485 million, making Wednesday night's drawing the fifth largest prize in U.S. history.

Troubleshooters: Kitchen makeover ends in cabinet crisis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 19:59

 Kitchen makeover ends in cabinet crisisAction News Troubleshooters tackled a cabinet crisis in South Jersey.

Pennsylvania residents want return of Paterno statue: poll

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 19:07

Workers wrap the statue of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno as they prepare to remove the statue outside Beaver Stadium in State College PennsylvaniaBy Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Pennsylvania residents overwhelmingly support restoration of the Joe Paterno statue on Penn State's campus, according to a new survey by Quinnipiac University. In a poll of 1,023 residents, 59 percent support putting the statue of the famed football coach in a “place of prominence," while 25 percent oppose such a move. Paterno was a legendary figure on Penn State's campus, who saw his reputation left in tatters in the wake of child sex abuse charges against Jerry Sandusky, his former defensive football coach. Officials at Penn State, including Paterno, drew withering criticism for not taking action after being alerted that Sandusky was sexually abusing children, sometimes in locker room showers.

Big Powerball jackpot up for grabs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 18:35

$485M Powerball jackpot drawing tonight; 5th largest in US historyWednesday's Powerball jackpot is one of the largest in that multi-state lottery's history.

LA school district lawyers free to help minors facing deportation: LA Times

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 18:20
(Reuters) - Attorneys for the Los Angeles Unified School District will be allowed to assist students who are facing possible deportation under a new program for unaccompanied minors approved on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported. The country's second largest school system and the LA Board of Education, which approved the plan, could not be immediately reached for comment. A report filed to the board by the district in support of the project said that some 3,000 unaccompanied minors detained by immigration officials last year were released to sponsors in Los Angeles County and many enrolled in district schools. "There are not enough attorneys representing unaccompanied youth in deportation proceedings, and thousands of children who might otherwise qualify for legal residency are being taken out of their schools in the United States and sent back to the violence and persecution they fled," the report said.

U.S. aid worker remembered as 'free spirit' with empathy for others

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 17:47

Kayla Mueller, 26, an American humanitarian worker from Prescott, Arizona is pictured in this undated handout photoBy David Schwartz PRESCOTT, Ariz. (Reuters) - Kayla Mueller, the young U.S. aid worker who died while a captive of militants of the Islamic State group in Syria, was remembered by family and friends in her hometown on Tuesday as a "free spirit" driven by her enormous empathy for human suffering. The White House said Mueller's family received a message from her captors containing information that was authenticated by U.S. intelligence analysts who verified her death. President Barack Obama also publicly acknowledged in an interview with the news website Buzzfeed that Mueller was among the hostages whom U.S. commandos were sent to rescue but failed to find in an operation he ordered last year. Outside the county courthouse in her hometown of Prescott, Arizona, two of Mueller's maternal aunts joined one of her childhood friends and a local pastor to deliver a tearful tribute to the Northern Arizona University grad.

Driver injured in 2-vehicle crash in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 17:47

Driver injured in 2-vehicle crash in Northeast PhiladelphiaA driver was injured after a two vehicle crash on Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia early Wednesday morning.

Trial opens for ex-Marine accused in 'American Sniper' death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 17:40

Eddie Ray Routh walks into court for a pretrial proceeding, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in Stephenville, Texas. The former Marine is accused of killing Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield at a gun range on Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero, Pool)STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas rodeo store has temporarily run out of baseball caps honoring Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL depicted in the blockbuster movie "American Sniper." A roadside sign outside Grumps Burgers next door proclaims support for the families of Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield, who were slain two years ago at a gun range.

Charity to invest $75 million to reduce U.S. jail population

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 17:11
(Reuters) - The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation said on Wednesday that it will invest $75 million over five years in an attempt to reduce the number of people in the country's jails. "Jails too often serve as warehouses for those too poor to post bail, nonviolent offenders, or people with mental illness," said Julia Stasch, MacArthur's president, in a statement. Also on Wednesday, the Vera Institute of Justice released a report entitled, "Incarceration's Front Door: The Misuse of Jails in America," which said there are roughly 12 million admissions to the country's 3,000 jails annually, with some 731,000 people in jail any given day.

News guide: Eating right still at core of dietary guidelines

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 16:32

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2009, file photo, strips of sizzling bacon crown a breakfast platter with fried eggs and potatoes at a diner in Arlington, Va. Dietary advice can be confusing. Is it OK to eat meat and eggs? Is fat in or out? What about grains? How much salt? The dietary guidelines are issued every five years. The federal government uses them to set standards for school lunches and other federal feeding programs, and they serve as the basis for information on the nutrition facts panel on the backs of food packages. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Dietary advice can be confusing. Is it OK to eat meat and eggs? Is fat in or out? What about grains? How much salt?

ACLU sues Border Patrol for records on 'roving patrols'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 16:31

Agent Manny Villalobos suits up for his night patrol along the international border between Mexico and the United States near San DiegoBy Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Border Patrol for records on the agency's practice of "roving patrols". The lawsuit stems from an unanswered July 2014 request submitted under the Freedom of Information Act to the department and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for information on the patrols, which have resulted in people being stopped as far as 100 miles (160 km) from the U.S.-Mexico border. "The Border Patrol operates as a rogue agency, claiming extra-constitutional powers that extend far from any border, and operating with no effective oversight," said Adrienna Wong, attorney with the ACLU Foundation of Southern California in a statement.

Judge sides with government in lawsuit over surveillance

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 16:22
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday sided with the government in a lawsuit alleging the National Security Agency is illegally engaging in the bulk collection of Internet and telephone records in the hunt for potential terrorists.

Colorado's pot tax tally has lessons for other states

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 15:41

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2012, file photo a caregiver picks out a marijuana bud for a patient at a marijuana dispensary in Denver. The Department of Revenue has posted its first full year of pot tax data for 2014 on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)DENVER (AP) — Marijuana makes money. But legalizing it doesn't eliminate the black market or solve a state's budget problems.

Missouri man executed for killing neighbor in 1990

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 15:18

In this Jan. 1, 2012 photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is Walter Storey of St. Charles, Mo., who faces the death penalty for killing Jill Frey in 1990. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A man convicted of breaking into his neighbor's home in a St. Louis suburb and slitting her throat 25 years ago was executed early Wednesday.

Suspect surrenders in shooting of San Diego TV sportscaster

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 15:16

Police examine the scene following a shooting Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in San Diego. CBS affiliate KFMB-TV says sports anchor Kyle Kraska was attacked Tuesday afternoon in the Scripps Ranch area of the city. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego television sportscaster was shot and wounded outside his home, and the man suspected of shooting him surrendered to a SWAT team after a manhunt of several hours, police said.

Jury talks to resume in trial of man with bodies in yard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 15:14
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A jury is scheduled to resume deliberations in the trial of a Pennsylvania man who allegedly used plastic ties to strangle a pharmacist and his girlfriend in 2002, then buried their bodies in his yard.

Missouri executes man convicted of 1990 murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 15:10

Missouri Department of Corrections photo of Missouri death row inmate Walter StoreyMissouri on Wednesday executed a man convicted of murdering a neighbor in 1990, officials said, amid scrutiny of the secrecy surrounding the state's lethal injection protocols. Walter Storey, 47, was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m. local time on Wednesday after receiving a lethal injection at a state prison in Bonne Terre, Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman Mike O'Connell said in a statement. Storey, the first prisoner to be executed in the state this year, was convicted of beating and stabbing his neighbor, Jill Frey, to death in February 1990. "Jill Frey's loved ones waited a quarter-century for the closure and finality of justice that came early this morning," said Attorney General Chris Koster in a statement.

Jury selection set to resume in marathon bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 15:10
BOSTON (AP) — After two days off due to heavy snow, jury selection is set to begin again in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv).

U.S. Navy censures three rear admirals over corruption scandal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 15:06
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy has censured three rear admirals over a widening bribery scandal centered on a Singapore-based contractor who admitted to showering officers with cash, gifts and prostitutes to further his firm's interests, the Navy said on Tuesday. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus issued letters of censure to Terry Kraft, Michael Miller and David Pimpo over their roles in the Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA) corruption case, he said in a statement.