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Head of Eisenhower Memorial Commission to step down

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 01:30
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the commission working to build a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower plans to resign and says a Kansas senator should lead the effort.

Boston Marathon bombing jury reaches verdict on suspect's guilt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 01:28
The jury hearing the Boston Marathon bombing trial on Wednesday reached a verdict on the guilt of suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged with killing three people and injuring 264 in the 2013 attack, according to federal prosecutors. If he is found guilty of capital crimes, the same jury will decide whether to sentence him to death or life in prison without possibility of parole.

Extradition sought for ex-Salvadoran colonel over slayings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 01:24
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal authorities are seeking to extradite a former Salvadoran colonel to Spain on charges related to the 1989 slayings of five Jesuit priests during El Salvador's civil war.

Houston-area teacher faces punishment over anti-Islam handout

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 01:22
A Houston-area high school teacher is facing punishment from his school district for allegedly handing out material in a class that called Islam an ideology of war and said it is responsible for beheadings and kidnappings. "We're disappointed to learn one teacher made independent changes to a lesson plan, resulting in information being given that didn't follow subject matter, or state and local curriculum plans," Mike Rockwood, executive director of community relations for the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, said on Wednesday.

New York woman gets 20 years to life for killing son with salt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 01:07

Lacey Spears is pictured in this undated handout booking photoBy Barbara Goldberg WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Reuters) - A suburban New York mother who blogged about motherhood was sentenced by a judge to 20 years to life in prison on Wednesday for murdering her young son with a salt overdose so she could bask in social media attention about his mysterious illness. The sentence imposed on Lacey Spears, 27, who chronicled her 5-year-old son's illnesses on a personal blog called "Garnett's Journey" and other social media, was less than the maximum penalty of 25 years to life requested by the prosecution. "By not imposing the maximum, I'm exhibiting something you didn't show your son - namely mercy," said Judge Robert Neary in the Westchester County Courthouse in Valhalla. Assistant District Attorney Doreen Lloyd described Garnett as a normal, healthy child whose illnesses were induced by his mother, who eventually killed him by putting a lethal amount of salt into the hospitalized boy's feeding tube, all the while blogging and posting pictures to Facebook.

Real estate scion Robert Durst indicted on weapons charges in New Orleans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 01:07

Real estate heir Robert Durst appears in a New York criminal courtroomBy Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Robert Durst, the real estate scion awaiting extradition to California to face a murder charge, was indicted on weapons charges in New Orleans on Wednesday, the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office said. Durst, recently featured in the HBO documentary "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," has been charged with the 2000 murder of a longtime friend in Los Angeles County and has sought a swift extradition to face that charge. He was indicted by a grand jury on two Louisiana gun charges for illegally possessing a firearm as a felon and for carrying a weapon with a controlled substance, said Assistant District Attorney Christopher Bowman, a spokesman for Orleans Parish District, declining further comment. Durst, 71, was arrested at a New Orleans hotel, where he was staying under an alias.

NBA player Chris Copeland, wife stabbed outside New York City club

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:59

New York Knicks' Chris Copeland in May 2013.NBA player Chris Copeland of the Indiana Pacers and his wife were stabbed during a dispute outside a New York City nightclub early on Wednesday and hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police and the team. The Pacers forward, 31, was stabbed in the abdomen and the elbow and is in stable condition, the team said, and media reports said his wife, Katrine Saltara, 28, was also stabbed. Another woman, 23, was also slashed in the abdomen, the New York Police Department said.

Cash 5 ticket worth over $1M sold in Montgomery County

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:59

Cash 5 ticket worth over $1M sold in Montgomery CountyA winning Cash 5 ticket worth over $1 million was sold at a Montgomery County gas station.

Rights group sues DEA over bulk collection of phone records

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:52
Opening another front in the legal challenges to U.S. government surveillance, a human rights group has sued the Drug Enforcement Administration for collecting bulk records of Americans' telephone calls to some foreign countries. Lawyers for Human Rights Watch filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. The lawsuit asks a judge to declare unlawful the DEA program, which ended in September 2013 after about 15 years, and to bar the DEA from collecting call records in bulk again. U.S. spying programs have come under court scrutiny since former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked details of them in 2013.

Alaska Airlines refunds fares for California cancer patient removed from flight

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:41
(Reuters) - A Northern California cancer patient whose removal from an Alaska Airlines flight caused outrage online said on Wednesday that the carrier refunded her family's airfare, which will be donated to research. In a video posted on her Facebook page, Elizabeth Sedway said she was asked to leave the flight from Lihue Airport in Kauai, Hawaii, to San Jose on Monday after an Alaska Airlines employee said she would need a doctor's note to ensure that it was safe for her to fly. Does anybody wonder how I got to Hawaii?" Sedway said she had been sitting in a handicapped section waiting for her flight when an Alaska Airlines employee asked her if she needed any help. Alaska Airlines apologized for the incident but said the employee had Sedway's health in mind.

Massive plant that waited 80 years to flower is taken down

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:40
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An American agave's job is to flower once and then die.

Texas volunteer firefighters charged with sexual assault

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:36
DALLAS (AP) — Volunteer firefighters south of Dallas have been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a man at their fire station in what a prosecutor described as a "rite of initiation."

Charges pending against son after father shot on Schuylkill Expressway

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:30

Charges pending against son after father shot on Schuylkill ExpresswayA 22-year-old man is in custody and awaiting arraignment, after state police say he shot his father in the head while traveling in a car on the Schuylkill Expressway.

Officer charged in shooting death of unarmed SC driver caught on video

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:29

Officer charged in shooting death of unarmed SC driver caught on videoA South Carolina police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man Saturday was formally charged with murder Tuesday night.

Pacers' Copeland, wife stabbed outside NYC nightclub

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:24

Pacers' Copeland, wife stabbed outside NYC nightclubIndiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland, his wife and another woman were stabbed outside a Manhattan nightclub early Wednesday following an argument on the street near a Chelsea club that also led to the arrest of two Atlanta Hawks players, authorities said.

Canoe used to rescue 90-year-old woman from sinking car

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:22
PITTSFIELD, N.H. (AP) — Police say quick-thinking good Samaritans grabbed a canoe from a neighbor's yard and rescued a 90-year-old woman from her sinking car after she drove into a river in New Hampshire.

Fact sheet: 2015 Chevrolet Trax

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:07
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Florida grand jury to mull charges against Canadian diplomat's son

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 23:31
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A Florida grand jury will decide whether to bring criminal charges against a Canadian diplomat's 15-year-old son who was arrested after a drug-related shooting that killed the teenager's brother and a suspected drug dealer, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Marc Wabafiyebazu appeared in a Miami juvenile court alongside his mother Roxanne Dube, Canada's former ambassador to Zimbabwe and the nation's current consul general in Miami. Prosecutors announced plans to convene a grand jury to decide on charges against Wabafiyebazu, initially arrested on felony murder charges that could lead to life in prison if he were tried as an adult. The diplomat's son was arrested on March 30 after he and his 17-year-old brother Jean called drug dealers seeking to buy two pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $5,000, according to an arrest report from Miami police.

U.S. immigration agents arrest 976 gang members in sweep

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 23:15
Nearly 1,000 gang members and associates from 239 different gangs were arrested across the United States in an operation headed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, the agency said on Wednesday. The sweep, dubbed "Project Wildfire" and led by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations unit, was aimed at criminal gangs that work across international borders, ICE said in a statement. During the operation, 976 gang members and associates were arrested in 282 cities. Two hundred and thirty-one other people were arrested for federal or state criminal violations and immigration violations, it said.

Mother of SC man shot to death by officer: 'I pray that this never happen to another person'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 22:13

 'I pray that this never happen to another person'Judy Scott, whose 50-year-old son Walter was shot to death Saturday by a police officer now charged with murder, told ABC News, "This has got to stop."