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U.S. judge delays sentencing for Tsarnaev friends over Supreme Court case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 04:57

Courtroom sketch of defendants Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov appearing in front of Federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler, in BostonBOSTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has delayed sentencing hearings for two friends of Boston bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, citing a pending Supreme Court case that could affect what is considered "tangible evidence." Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev were convicted on charges they obstructed justice by removing a backpack containing opened fireworks from Tsarnaev's dorm room, days after two homemade bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon last year. ...


Retrial ordered in crash that killed 2 librarians

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 04:50
DENVER (AP) — An appeals court ordered a new trial for a Denver woman convicted in a 2009 drunken-driving crash that killed two Connecticut librarians.

Judge rules Missouri ban on gay marriage violates Constitution

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 04:50

Breeden places a ring on the finger of Peairs during their wedding ceremony at City Hall in St. Louis, MissouriBy Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - A federal judge ruled on Friday that Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution in a decision that would extend the right of gay couples to marry across the Midwestern state. U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith found that the Missouri ban ran afoul of the Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law. But Smith delayed his ruling from going into effect immediately pending possible appeals. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, a Democrat, said the state would appeal. ...


Chicago activist denies immigration crime

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 04:43

Rasmieh Odeh stands with supporters outside the federal courthouse in Detroit on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 Odeh, associate director at Chicago's Arab American Action Network, is charged with failing to tell U.S. immigration about her conviction for bombings in Israel in 1969 that killed two people at a supermarket. (AP Photo/Ed White)DETROIT (AP) — A prosecutor told jurors Friday it's "ridiculous" to believe that a Chicago activist didn't think she had to disclose convictions for bombings in Israel when she applied for U.S. citizenship in 2004.


Wisconsin man stabs himself at 'Ax Murder House' in Iowa

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 04:35
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A Wisconsin man stabbed himself early Friday during a paranormal investigation at a southwestern Iowa house where two adults and six children were killed with an ax in 1912, authorities said. Robert Laursen, 37, was conducting the investigation at the "Villisca Ax Murder House," a tourist attraction in the small town when he stabbed himself in the chest at about 12:45 a.m. Central Time, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. ...

Details released in Utah boys' homicide-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 04:33
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A teenage boy was so distraught after accidently killing his friend while playing with a stolen gun that he turned the weapon on himself at a suburban Salt Lake City home last year, police said.

Obama authorizes 1,500 more troops for Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 04:33

Obama authorizes 1,500 more troops for IraqPresident Barack Obama is authorizing the U.S. military to deploy up to 1,500 more troops to Iraq as part of the mission to combat the Islamic State group.


VIDEO: Judge berates man who killed his own family

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 04:27

 Judge berates man who killed his own familyThis New York judge didn't mince words during the sentencing for a man who pleaded guilty to killing his family.


U.S. military to boost training, advising mission with Iraqi forces

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 04:25
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military will boost its effort to help Iraqi forces confront Islamic State militants in the coming weeks, deploying 1,500 more troops to the country and establishing sites to train a dozen Iraqi military brigades, the Pentagon said on Friday. All U.S. forces will be in non-combat roles, the Pentagon said in a statement. In addition to establishing the training sites, they will create two new centers outside Baghdad and Arbil where U.S. troops will advise Iraqi units at the brigade level. (Reporting by Phil Stewart and David Alexander; Editing by Eric Beech)

Trial set for Arizona mom charged with leaving children in hot car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 04:22

Shanesha Taylor is pictured in this handout booking photoBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona prosecutors will go to trial to press felony child abuse charges against a woman who drew national attention when she left her two young sons in a hot car while attending a job interview, a county attorney's spokesman said on Friday. Shanesha Taylor missed another deadline on Thursday to deposit $40,000 into court-mandated trust funds for her boys, which would have spared her the charges under a plea agreement struck earlier this year with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, said the spokesman, Jerry Cobb. ...


New York City cuts speed limit to 25 mph to curb pedestrian deaths

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 03:59

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announces a new citywide speed limit of 25mph in New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - The default speed limit on the streets of New York City dropped to 25 mph from 30 mph on Friday, the centerpiece of Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to reduce pedestrian deaths in the country's largest city and one of its most crowded. The de Blasio administration, which took office in January, has argued that the speed reduction, while small, can have important safety consequences. Pedestrians are half as likely to die when hit by a car traveling at the lower speed, according to the city. Even so, New Yorkers may need a little time to grow accustomed the change. ...


Hurt hiker rescued from cliff edge in Grand Canyon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 03:59

In this photo photo taken on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, and provided by the Coconino County Sheriff, a search and rescue team member helps a fallen hiker out of the Grand Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz. A Tucson woman, injured when she fell off a trail in the Grand Canyon on Sunday, was rescued Monday after being stranded for about eight hours on a slope above an 80-foot cliff. The unidentified hiker would start to slide further down the slope when she tried to move, so she remained still as fellow hikers used a satellite emergency notification device to summon help. (AP Photo/Coconino County Sheriff)GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona woman injured when she fell off a trail in the Grand Canyon was rescued after being stranded for about eight hours on a slope above an 80-foot cliff.


Chimpanzee at New Mexico zoo gives birth to twins

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 03:54

This Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 photo provided by the ABQ BioPark Zoo shows "Elaine," a 38-year-old chimpanzee relaxes in the sun with her twin babies at the ABQ BioPark Zoo in Albuquerque, NM. Keepers arriving on Tuesday found that Elaine had given birth to two healthy babies. The zoo didn't specify the twins' gender. (AP Photo/ABQ BioPark Zoo)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A chimpanzee at a New Mexico zoo has given birth to twins.


Man charged with killing California couple, young sons

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 03:47

Handout photo of Charles Ray Merritt as he is taken into custody by San Bernardino County SheriffBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A lone suspect has been arrested and charged with four counts of murder in the slaying of a couple and their two young sons whose skeletal remains were found buried last year in the California desert, police and prosecutors said on Friday. The accused, Charles "Chase" Merritt, was described as a business associate of the father, Joseph McStay, whose family was reported missing in February 2010 from their Southern California home, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said. ...


Volunteers keep aging WWII planes flying

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 03:43

Retired World War II bombardier Robert Scroggins, 92, stands in front of a B-17 bomber “Aluminum Overcast,” Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Montgomery, Ala. Keeping the old warbirds in the air is an unusual challenge for crews who maintain the planes that are currently touring the Southeast. "I'm excited to fly in a plane where I'm not being shot at," Scroggins said. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — World War II veterans are aging, and so are the airplanes they flew.


Mexico reopens bidding on high-speed rail project

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 03:42
MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Enrique Pena Nieto has canceled a $3.7 billion high-speed rail concession granted this week to a Chinese-led consortium amid criticisms that it was the only bidder.

NYC man gets prison for killing wife, 2 toddlers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 03:37
NEW YORK (AP) — A man was sentenced Friday to 45 years in prison for fatally stabbing his wife in a rage triggered by jealousy and then killing their two toddlers.

National Guard names 2 killed in copter crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 03:36

A coroners van drives toward the crash siteBOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two chief warrant officers were killed when their Apache attack helicopter crashed during a training mission near the Boise airport, the Idaho Army National Guard said Friday.


YouTube amends copyright form after German dispute

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 03:27
BERLIN (AP) — YouTube has amended a form used to resolve copyright disputes after the operators of a German web channel received death threats.

Suit: Bad meatloaf killed ex-WVa delegate, husband

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 03:25
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit blames a restaurant's bad meatloaf for the deaths of a former West Virginia state lawmaker and her husband.