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Boston bomb suspect's friend to plead guilty to obstruction: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:32

Runners continue to run towards the finish line as an explosion erupts at the finish line of the Boston MarathonBy Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - A friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of removing evidence from Tsarnaev's dormitory room, has agreed to plead guilty to charges of obstructing the investigation into the blasts, his attorney said on Wednesday. Dias Kadyrbayev, a Kazakh national, is one of three college friends of Tsarnaev charged with hampering the probe into the blasts, which killed three people and injured more than 260 near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. His attorney, Robert Stahl, wrote in an email on Wednesday that Kadyrbayev "will plead tomorrow," but that the details had not yet been made public. He wrote that he will provide further details on Thursday, when a previously scheduled hearing will be held at federal court in Boston.

U.S. Ex-Im Bank backers pin hopes on temporary reauthorization

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:19
Export-Import Bank said on Wednesday they hope the institution's charter will be extended temporarily while Congress hashes out a longer-term reauthorization of the bank, which some lawmakers are bent on closing. "We still have our fingers crossed that we might be able to get votes in both the House and Senate, but... more likely it will be a process that's going to extend," said John Hardy, president of the Coalition for Employment through Exports, a trade association that supports U.S. "It's not unusual, particularly these days, that a bill that has been as contentious as this one has required these sorts of extensions." Since Congress is in session for only part of September, a short-term extension could give lawmakers more time - perhaps two or three months - to negotiate a reauthorization bill that could pass both houses of Congress and be signed into law by the president, Hardy told reporters on a conference call.

UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malware

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:17
Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores in 24 states.

NYC mayor turns to clergy to heal rift over police choke hold

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:16

Reverend Sharpton speaks next to Cardinal Dolan and New York City mayor de Blasio during a news conference after interfaith roundtable meeting in ManhattanBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio turned to the city's religious leaders on Wednesday to help heal relations between minority communities after a black man on Staten Island died last month after police put him in a choke hold. De Blasio held a private meeting with his police commissioner and a dozen Jewish, Christian and Muslim clergymen. Afterwards they held a press conference that at times sounded more like a prayer service, with repeated paeans to the importance of unity. The event was in some ways a do-over for de Blasio, whose seven-month-old mayoralty faces its first civil-rights test in the death of Eric Garner.

Lawyer: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl wants to attend college

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:15

FILE - In this file image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who spent nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, wants to attend college once the investigation into how he was captured by the Taliban is finished, his attorney said Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video, File)HOUSTON (AP) — An Army sergeant held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years wants to attend college once the investigation into how he was captured by the Taliban is finished, his attorney said Wednesday.

SeaWorld drops appeal in safety ruling over dead orca trainer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:11

Visitors are greeted by an Orca killer whale as they attend a show featuring the whales during a visit to the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, CaliforniaBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - SeaWorld Entertainment has ended its appeal of a federal safety agency's citation in connection with the 2010 death of one of its killer whale trainers, the company has told investors. Trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed in front of horrified spectators at a SeaWorld show in Orlando, Florida, when a 29-year-old male orca named Tilikum dragged her under water. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a ruling that SeaWorld had violated its duties as an employer by exposing trainers to "recognized hazards" when working with killer whales. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to require SeaWorld to limit the interactions trainers have with killer whales.

Prosecutor: Gunman camped out before killings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:11

A road block closes access to Bastendorf Beach outside Coos Bay, Ore., on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, where authorities say a drive-by gunman shot five vehicles, killing a Michigan man as he slept, then shot and killed himself. Authorities say they have reason to believe the gunman, Zachary Levi Brimhall, 34, of Dillard, Ore., may also have "done harm" to his father, whose vehicle was found in another rural area of Coos County. The investigation was slowed by the discovery of explosives in Brimhall's vehicle. (AP Photo/Angelica Carrillo/KCBY)Zachary Levi Brimhall called his father from the Coast Range in Southern Oregon on Monday to say his car had broken down and to ask for help. When Ray Brimhall arrived, his 34-year-old son shot him repeatedly, killing him.

Holder discusses police mistrust outside Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:10

Attorney General Eric Holder during his meeting at the FBI building in St. Louis, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Holder has told Ferguson community leaders that he has assigned the federal government's "most experienced agents and prosecutors" to the investigation of a white police officer's fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has told members of the Ferguson community that as a black man he understands why many African-Americans mistrust the police.

Texas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:10

This image provided by the Austin Police Department shows Texas Gov. Rick Perry while being booked at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin, Texas, for two felony indictments of abuse of power on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Austin Police Department)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of leveraging his power to try to oust a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunken driving, according to court documents obtained Wednesday.

Maryland trooper suspended after accused of being naked in bar

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:08
A Maryland State Police trooper has been put on administrative suspension after sheriff's deputies responded to a call reporting a naked man drinking at a bar in a barbecue restaurant, authorities said on Wednesday. Harford County sheriff's deputies arrived around 11 p.m. on Saturday at the bar in Jarrettsville, 32 miles north of Baltimore, and located two men who identified themselves as state troopers. The trooper in question appeared intoxicated and denied that he had been naked, sheriff's deputy spokeswoman Christie Kahler said. After an internal investigation by the Maryland State Police, one trooper was placed on administrative suspension, state police spokeswoman Elena Russo said.

Of 51 recent arrests in Ferguson, 1 is a resident

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:08
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County police say 51 people were arrested from mid-day Tuesday through early Wednesday in Ferguson — all but one of them from out of town.

Bodies of 3 climbers retrieved from Mount Rainier

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:03

FILE -- In this file photo taken June 19, 2013, Mount Rainier is seen from a helicopter flying south of the mountain and west of Yakima, Wash. Officials on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, said that the bodies of three climbers have been retrieved from a glacier on the mountain in the same area where six went missing in May. A crew on a training flight spotted the bodies in an avalanche debris field after they were exposed by melting snow. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)SEATTLE (AP) — A helicopter equipped with a mechanical claw plucked the bodies of three climbers from a glacier on Mount Rainier, in the same area where six went missing in late May, the National Park Service said Wednesday.

Police interest in wearable cameras spikes after Ferguson shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:01
Digital Ally Inc has been busy fielding a rush of enquiries from U.S. Interest in these tiny video cameras, which can be pinned to shirts, belts or eye-glasses, has surged as pressure mounts on the police for a transparent investigation into the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri. Larger rival Taser International Inc, best known for its stun guns, said it did not have data yet to gauge interest in the past 10 days. Up to Tuesday's close, Digital Ally's shares nearly doubled since Aug. 8, a day before the fatal shooting.

Woman sentenced in plot to steal U.S. nuclear secrets

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:00
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - A 71-year-old former contractor at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison after admitting conspiring with her physicist husband to sell U.S. Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni pleaded guilty last year to plotting to pass classified nuclear weapons data to a person they believed to be a Venezuelan government official. Her husband Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, 79, has also pleaded guilty. According to court documents, Pedro Mascheroni, a Ph.D. physicist, worked as a scientist at the facility in New Mexico from 1979 to 1988.

Ohio clinic to halt surgical abortions due to 2013 state law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 05:52
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A suburban Cincinnati clinic will stop performing surgical abortions as a result of a 2013 state law that bars agreements to move women needing emergency care to public hospitals, an attorney for the clinic said on Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Health had ordered Women’s Med in Sharonville, also known as Lebanon Road Surgery Center, closed after it could not procure a required transfer agreement with a non-publicly financed hospital. The clinic decided not to appeal, according to clinic attorney Dorothea Langsam. Women’s Med is the only clinic within 100 miles that provided abortions between 18 and 22 weeks of pregnancy, which often address fetal anomalies and high-risk pregnancies, clinic spokeswoman Valerie Haskell said in a statement.

U.S. attorney general visits Missouri town for meetings on fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 05:51

A demonstrator protesting against the shooting of Michael Brown talks to the police in Ferguson, MissouriAttorney General Eric Holder met with community members in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday and vowed a thorough civil rights probe into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager that has set off 11 nights of racially charged unrest. Holder, the first African-American to head the Justice Department, met with students and then community leaders at a community college during a visit to Ferguson for a briefing on a Justice Department investigation into the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Drug czar promotes treatment, tells personal story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 05:49

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo, Michael Botticelli, then the deputy director in the Office of National Drug Control Policy, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The acting drug czar was in North Dakota this week to talk about the administration's northern border strategy and focus on combating drug crimes in the oil patch. During an interview with the Associated Press Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, Botticelli said he promoting a shift to treatment-driven strategy by telling his own story about addiction. He has been sober for a quarter of a century. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)MINOT, N.D. (AP) — As the nation's drug czar continues to warn people about the potential death and destruction from substance abuse, he's also encouraging them to tell their stories about treatment and recovery. Usually he starts with himself.

Oregon authorities look for motive after gunman kills father, tourist

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 05:39
By Lee van der Voo PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Authorities in Oregon sought on Wednesday to fathom why a 34-year-old man shot and killed his father before driving to a coastal camping area where he opened fire on parked vehicles, killing a Michigan tourist asleep in his car. "We have no idea at this point why he did this," Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier told Reuters. The shooter, identified as Zachary Brimhall, apparently lured his father to his death by feigning car trouble and asking his father to pick him up from a remote location, Frasier said. The body of 58-year-old William Ray Brimhall of Dillard, Oregon, was found with multiple bullet wounds, officials said.

California law aims to protect rights of sperm donors, surrogates

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 05:39
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A bill aimed at protecting the parental and adoptive rights of non-traditional families in California was sent to Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday in an effort to close gaps in a state law that have led to at least one high-profile legal case. The measure by San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, a Democrat, would require sperm donors, surrogate mothers and the people with whom they work to have a child to fill out a series of forms detailing the rights and responsibilities of each person. “My bill represents an opportunity to have state law keep pace with the changes in reproductive technology,” Ammiano said. “With a few simple changes, we can help families thrive without needless legal battles or expensive court actions.” Legal issues around the parental rights of sperm donors have made headlines recently over a debacle involving actor Jason Patric, who donated sperm to a now-former girlfriend and is suing for the right to be part of the child's life.

Ambulance carrying patient crashes in East Mt. Airy; 6 injured

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 05:32

Ambulance carrying patient crashes in East Mt. Airy; 6 injuredWitnesses say an SUV pulled around a red Chevrolet that was stopped, and right into the path of the ambulance.