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Pentagon chief fires military assistant, cites misconduct allegations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 07:36

U.S. Secretary of Defense Carter speaks with service members aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier in the South China SeaU.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter removed his senior military assistant, Lieutenant General Ron Lewis, from his position on Thursday over allegations of misconduct that Carter said he learned of this week. Carter has referred the matter to the inspector general of the Defense Department, he said in a brief statement on Thursday. After the inspector general's investigation is complete, the Army may take action, a senior defense official said.

The Latest on ex-Subway pitchman: Fogle seeking 5 years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 07:32
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The latest on the case against former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle (all times local):

Crew spoke about weather before deadly Ohio jet crash: officials

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 07:27
Thirty minutes of cockpit audio recording recovered from a business jet in Ohio revealed that crew members were discussing weather conditions and landing before a crash that killed all nine people on board, federal officials said on Thursday. The left wing of the jet hit the ground and the aircraft clipped electrical power lines before it crashed through a four-unit apartment block in Akron on Tuesday, destroying the residence. National Transportation Safety Board vice chairman Bella Dinh-Zarr said investigators have listened to about 30 minutes of "poor quality" audio from a data recorder and removed two turbine engines from the scene of the jet crash.

Utah judge orders foster child removed from married lesbian couple

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 07:24
A married lesbian couple in Utah are reported to be readying a legal challenge to a judge's decision ordering them to relinquish custody of a foster child because of their sexual orientation. Beckie Peirce and April Hoagland, licensed as foster parents earlier this year, have cared for the infant girl over the past three months while the biological mother, who has asked them to adopt the child, goes through proceedings terminating her parental rights, local media have reported. The judge's order, which the Salt Lake Tribune and other outlets said they had confirmed with the court, gave the Utah Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) seven days to find the year-old girl another home.

Philly students hit the streets for Million Student March

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 07:15

Philly students hit the streets for Million Student MarchProtesters from Philadelphia colleges took part in Thursday's "Million Student March."

Woman says trial delays led to attack on Vegas DUI defendant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 07:12
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A great-grandmother said Thursday she attacked a defendant in a Las Vegas courthouse hallway because she was frustrated by postponements in his trial in the March 2014 vehicle death of her son.

Bond denied for 2 accused of plotting church attacks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 07:04

These undated photos provided by the Henrico County, Va., Sheriff's Department show Ronald B. Chaney III, left, Robert C. Doyle, center, and Charles D. Halderman. Chaney III and Doyle, who are facing weapons charges after an FBI investigation into a plot to attack synagogues and black churches, were denied bond by a judge on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. Halderman, who was charged with conspiring to rob a jeweler to raise money to support the alleged plot, has a preliminary hearing set for Friday. (Henrico County Sheriff's Department via AP) MANDATORY CREDITRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia men accused of trying to buy guns and explosives to use in attacks on synagogues and black churches are too dangerous to release while they await trial, a judge ruled Thursday.

Aging mobster acquitted in 1978 heist retold in 'Goodfellas'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:57

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 1978, file photo, a police car is parked beside a stolen black van discovered in the Brooklyn borough of New York as forensics experts examine the vehicle, believed used in a robbery at Kennedy Airport. The government used opportunistic Mafia turncoats to make its case against aging mobster Vincent Asaro in the decades-old airport heist immortalized in the hit gangster movie "Goodfellas," a defense attorney said in closing arguments on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at Asaro's racketeering trial. (AP Photo/Ken Murray, File)NEW YORK (AP) — An aging mobster who stayed mostly in the shadows for decades by adhering to the Mafia's strict code of silence was acquitted Thursday of charges he helped plan a legendary 1978 Lufthansa heist retold in the hit film "Goodfellas."

4 national groups to oppose laws allowing guns on campuses

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:56
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Four national groups representing college educators and trustees said Thursday they would fight a growing push in state legislatures to allow people to carry concealed guns on campuses.

UN condemns Burundi killings, threatens possible sanctions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:49
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday condemning killings in Burundi and threatening sanctions, while international leaders urgently called for the government and opposition to meet amid fears that the African nation is at risk of genocide.

Police: NJ man impersonated soldier on Veterans Day

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:48

 NJ man impersonated soldier on Veterans DayA New Jersey man has been arrested for allegedly impersonating a soldier on Veterans Day.

2 vehicles collide in Hamilton Township, Mercer County

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:44

2 vehicles collide in Hamilton Township, Mercer CountyHamilton police are investigating after two vehicles collided in Mercer County.

Regulators OK plan to dismantle Hudson PCB cleanup plant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:44
FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — Federal regulators have approved General Electric's plan to dismantle a Hudson River PCB cleanup plant used during six years of dredging, which concluded this fall.

Sheriff indicted after a shooting that he called an accident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:44

This undated photo provided by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department shows Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill. Hill was indicted by a Gwinnett County grand jury Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, on a reckless conduct charge after he shot and critically wounded a woman in what he described as an accident. (Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department via AP)LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — An Atlanta-area sheriff who has long been a magnet for controversy was indicted Thursday on a reckless conduct charge after he shot and critically wounded a woman in what he described as an accident.

Reputed New York mobster, 80, cleared in 1978 'Goodfellas' heist

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:43

Reputed Bonanno crime family leader Vincent Asaro smiles after departing Brooklyn Federal Court in New YorkVincent Asaro, whose arrest more than 35 years later had supposedly closed one of the most infamous unsolved crimes in the United States, was cleared of murder, extortion and other crimes by a jury in Brooklyn federal court. The verdict is a surprising rebuke to prosecutors in what may be one of the last major Mafia trials stemming from organized crime's heyday in New York decades ago. Prosecutors said Asaro waited in a decoy car with another gangster, Jimmy Burke, about a mile from John F. Kennedy International Airport on Dec. 7, 1978, as a group of masked men stole $6 million in cash and jewels from a Lufthansa Airlines cargo building.

Officer in fatal college shooting had 25 years of experience

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:42
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A police officer at a small South Carolina college who shot and killed a student from a nearby school had been a law enforcement officer for 25 years, but was only hired on campus less than two months ago, authorities said Thursday.

Missouri man, charged with threat to shoot black students, denied bail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:42

Hunter Park is pictured in this undated booking photo provided by Boone County Sheriff's DepartmentA 19-year-old white Missouri man charged with making terrorist threats on social media to shoot black students at the University of Missouri campus was denied bond on Thursday, and court documents said he expressed a "deep interest" in a recent Oregon school massacre. Hunter M. Park, of Lake St. Louis, Missouri, appeared in Boone County Circuit Court days after two of the school's top administrators resigned after protests over their handling of racial incidents at the main Columbia campus.

Illinois university settles with professor who criticized Israel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:40
The University of Illinois said on Thursday that it would pay $875,000 to settle a lawsuit by a professor who lost out on a tenured position after he made Twitter postings critical of Israel. Steven Salaita, 40, had sued the university for violation of his rights to free speech, saying that donors had pressured trustees to withdraw their offer due to public criticisms he made about Israeli military strikes in Gaza. The settlement includes $275,000 for Salaita's attorneys.

Aunt questioned amid Brendan Creato death mystery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:36

Aunt questioned amid Brendan Creato death mysteryAction News has confirmed investigators questioned the aunt of 3-year-old Brendan Creato, the boy found dead last month in Haddon Township, New Jersey.

Mormons to resign in Utah protest at church's gay marriage stance

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:35
The policy, approved last week by leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, added same-sex marriage to the list of acts considered to be a renunciation of the Mormon faith and thus subject to church discipline, including excommunication. At least 650 demonstrators plan to gather on Saturday at a park across the street from the headquarters complex of the Utah-based church, said organizer Lauren Elise McNamara. On a Facebook page created for the event, a woman in a same-sex marriage wrote that she grew up Mormon and feared the new church policy would lead her relatives to disavow her.