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Boston bomber's brother voiced a 'rage of hatred,' court hears

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 03:25

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's brother frightened at least one relative during a visit to Russia in 2012 when he espoused radical Islamist beliefs, a family member said on Monday. Several of Tsarnaev's relatives appeared in federal court in Boston to testify at the second phase of his trial, where a jury will determine whether Tsarnaev is sentenced to death for killing three people and wounding 264 in the April 15, 2013, bombing attack on Boston's best-attended sporting event. Defense attorneys have been trying to paint the 21-year-old bomber as a secondary player in an attack conceived and led by his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died after a gunfight with police four days after the bombing. Naida Suleimanova, a cousin of the brothers, said she was scared when she learned Tamerlan had adopted extremist views.

Judge upholds life sentence for Chicago man imprisoned as teen

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 03:14
By Tracy Rucinski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A judge on Monday upheld a life sentence without parole for a Chicago man sent to prison as a teenager more than two decades ago, in the first Illinois re-sentencing after a Supreme Court decision to outlaw mandatory life sentences for juveniles. The 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision opened the door for states to choose whether to apply the new rules retroactively, and Illinois was among the 10 states that decided to do so. This raised hopes for Adolfo Davis, who was given natural life in prison for his involvement in a 1990 gang-related homicide when he was 14.

UN confirms Ban will visit Moscow for WW2 Victory Day

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 03:08
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon will go to Moscow to attend Victory Day events this weekend, the world body announced Monday, amid criticism that Russia should not be rewarded after annexing Crimea from Ukraine.

Police: Georgia sheriff shot woman, would not give statement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 02:54

FILE -In this Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005 file photo, Newly sworn-in Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, foreground, stands with arms folded after speaking to his deputies in Jonesboro, Ga. Hill, who was acquitted three years ago in a major public corruption case is now accused of shooting a woman, Sunday, May 3, 2015, in a subdivision near the suburb of Lawrenceville, Ga. he shooting was "reported as accidental," police said late Sunday in a statement, which did not elaborate on who characterized it that way. (Zach Porter/Clayton Daily News, File via AP)ATLANTA (AP) — Sheriff Victor Hill has been a lightning rod for controversy since he fired 27 deputies on his first day in office a decade ago and then used a military tank on drug raids in suburban Atlanta's Clayton County.

Police: Crash that injured Pa. lawmaker may be DUI case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 02:47

 Crash that injured Pa. lawmaker may be DUI caseA motorcycle crash on an eastern Pennsylvania interstate that injured a powerful state senator is being investigated as a possible case of driving under the influence, authorities said.

McDonald's challenge: Make it simpler, but add choices

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 02:39

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2014 file photo, a man walks by a McDonald's logo in front of its restaurant in Tokyo. McDonald’s is set to unveil its latest plans to revive its sputtering business on Monday, May 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's wants to simplify, simplify, simplify — but also add a bunch of choices for customers to avoid growing stale.

City Hall official: NYPD officer shot this weekend dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 02:36

NYPD officer shot in the head this weekend pronounced deadA 25-year-old police officer shot in the head over the weekend while attempting to stop a man suspected of carrying a handgun has died from his injuries.

1 dead after 2 tractor trailers collide on the NE Extension

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 02:35

1 dead after 2 trucks collide on the NE ExtensionOne person is dead after two tractor trailers collided in the northbound lanes of the Northeast Extension just before the Lehigh Valley exit.

New York Senate leader Skelos, son charged with corruption

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 02:35

New York State Senator Skelos hugs his son Adam while they arrive at the Jacob Javits Federal Building in New YorkBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal authorities charged New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son on Monday with engaging in a corruption scheme, in the latest of a string of criminal cases against politicians in the state's capital of Albany. Skelos, a 67-year-old Republican, and his 32-year-old son, Adam, were named in a six-count criminal complaint filed in Manhattan federal court that included charges of conspiracy and extortion. Prosecutors said Skelos pressured a real estate developer and an environmental technology company to pay his son more than $200,000 in exchange for his support on infrastructure and legislation.

Wisconsin man opens fire on family after fight with girlfriend

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 02:34
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A Wisconsin man, who had just been in a fight with his girlfriend, armed himself with two guns, cycled to a scenic bridge and opened fire, killing a father and his daughter along with another man before taking his own life, police said on Monday. Sergio Daniel Valencia del Toro, 27, killed Jonathan Stoffel, 33, his daughter Olivia, 11, and Adam Bentdahl, 31, and critically wounded Erin Stoffel, 32, police said. The shooting happened on Sunday evening on the Trestle Trail bridge in Menasha, about 35 miles southwest of Green Bay, Menasha Police Chief Tim Styka said.

Cisco CEO Chambers to step down, Robbins named successor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 02:10

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2014 file photo, Cisco chairman and CEO John Chambers speaks during a keynote address at the International Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. Chambers plans to step down after more than 20 years as the CEO of Cisco Systems Inc., the company announced Monday, May 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Veteran tech executive John Chambers plans to step down after more than 20 years as CEO of Cisco Systems Inc., a major supplier of computer networking gear that makes the Internet work.

Florida trial set for 2016 for doctor tied to Sen. Menendez

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 01:52
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez will face a trial early next year in a separate case charging him with Medicare fraud, a federal judge said Monday.

Study: Cutting carbon dioxide saves 3,500 US lives a year

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 01:28

FILE - In this Tuesday Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. The Obama Administration’s hotly debated plan to cut the amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide coming out of the nation’s power plants will save about 3,500 lives a year from also reducing other types of pollutions, a new independent study concludes. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama Administration's hotly debated plan to reduce heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the nation's power plants will save about 3,500 lives a year by cutting back on other types of pollution as well, a new independent study concludes.

Ex-Christie aide, ally plead not guilty in N.J. 'Bridgegate' scandal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 01:25

New Jersey Governor Christie's former deputy chief of staff Kelly stands outside Mercer County Criminal Court in TrentonBy Sascha Brodsky NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) - A former top aide and a former ally to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges related to the George Washington Bridge closure scandal that has stained the prominent Republican's image. Bridget Kelly, his former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, face a nine-count federal indictment that includes conspiracy and wire fraud. David Wildstein, a former senior Christie appointee to the Port Authority, pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy stemming from the political scandal known as "Bridgegate." The charges are the first stemming from the September 2013 shutdown in Fort Lee, New Jersey, of access lanes to the world's busiest bridge which spans the Hudson River between Fort Lee and upper Manhattan in New York City.

3 dead after house fire in Chester County

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 01:18

3 dead after house fire in Chester CountyThree people are confirmed dead after a house fire on Monday afternoon in West Caln Twp., Chester County.

Starfish babies offer glimmer of hope amid mass die-off

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 01:14

In this photo taken April 9, 2015, a mature sea star clings to a concrete wall surrounded by barnacles on Washington’s Hood Canal near Poulsbo, Wash. Researchers say that there’s evidence that juvenile sea stars, while not entirely immune, may be less susceptible to a virus fingered as the likely culprit of the sea star wasting disease, a sickness that has devastated about 20 species of sea stars from Alaska to Baja California since it was first reported off the Washington coast in June 2013. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)LOPEZ PASS, Wash. (AP) — Emerging from a recent dive 40 feet below the surface of the Puget Sound, biologist Ben Miner wasn't surprised by what he found: The troubling disease that wiped out millions of starfish up and down the West Coast had spread to this site along the rocky cliffs of Lopez Island.

Florida man injured after falling from bridge while changing tire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 01:13
A Florida man changing a flat tire on a freeway bridge lost his balance and plunged 30 feet into the water below, sustaining minor injuries before authorities fished him out, police said on Monday. Reginald White, 43, had been driving on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, a section of Interstate 275 spanning Tampa Bay, when his sport utility vehicle got a flat tire on Sunday evening, police said. After he tumbled into the water, officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission retrieved him and took him to an area hospital for treatment, authorities said. It was not clear whether alcohol played a role in the incident, the Florida Highway Patrol said in a statement.

Ex-Christie allies plead not guilty in bridge case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 01:05

Ex-Christie allies plead not guilty in bridge caseTwo former political allies of Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie entered not guilty pleas Monday after they were charged for their alleged involvement in politically motivated lane closures of the George Washington Bridge in 2013.

AccuWeather: Very Warm Again Today

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 01:04

 Very Warm Again TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says thunderstorms are possible Tuesday afternoon.

School bus driver accused of ignoring gun pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 00:59
BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky bus driver accused of not alerting school officials that two boys had guns in their backpacks has entered a not guilty plea.