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U.S. government watchdog criticizes probe into student detained for days

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 09:18
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A federal government watchdog criticized the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday for assigning agents suspected of misconduct to investigate the near death of a college student left in a holding cell for five days without food or water. The student, Daniel Chong, says he survived by drinking his urine and spent three days in intensive care after the incident. His lawyers said he reached a $4.1 million settlement with the DEA last year. The Office of the Inspector General said on Tuesday it was a conflict of interest for the DEA's San Diego Field Division to appoint to the investigation the same supervisor and case agents who were responsible for Chong's detention.

Shooting victim crashes car in Grays Ferry

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 09:13

Shooting victim crashes car in Grays FerryAuthorities say a gunshot victim, after leaving the scene of a shooting, crashed into another vehicle in Grays Ferry.

Ex-roommate: Tsarnaev seemed normal after bombings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 09:03

In this undated law enforcement agency photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office and presented as evidence Tuesday, July 8, 2014, during the trial of Azamat Tazhayakov in U.S. District Court in Boston, name tags are affixed to the former dorm room door of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. Tazhayakov, a friend of Tsarnaev, is on trial on obstruction of justice charges, accused with another friend of removing items from Tsarnaev's dorm room. He is not charged with participating in the bombing or knowing about it in advance. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev did not seem nervous or agitated in the days after the deadly attack, his former college roommate testified Tuesday during the trial of a Tsarnaev friend accused of obstructing the investigation.

U.S. judge declines to dismiss charges against ex-Connecticut governor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 08:58
By Richard Weizel MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss charges that former Connecticut Governor John Rowland violated campaign finance laws while working as an adviser to congressional campaigns after leaving office. District Court Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven ruled that a jury must decide whether the charges against Rowland, a Republican who was forced to resign in 2004, are justified. Rowland, 57, pleaded not guilty in April to charges of conspiracy, falsifying records in a federal investigation, causing false statements to be made to the Federal Election Commission and causing illegal campaign contributions while working as a campaign adviser from 2009 to 2012. The new case against Rowland involves former Republican congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband, Brian Foley, who prosecutors say agreed to pay Rowland $35,000 under an illegal contract when he worked as a political consultant.

NYPD arrests mother of baby left in subway station

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 08:52

In this Monday, July 7, 2014 surveillance camera image provided by the New York Police Department, a woman, top right, pushes her baby girl in a stroller at the Columbus Circle subway station in New York. The 20-year-old woman, who is suspected of abandoning the baby at the Manhattan station, was in police custody on Tuesday. (AP Photo/NYPD)NEW YORK (AP) — Security video showed nothing amiss when Frankea Dabbs — wearing dark glasses, pushing a baby stroller and pulling a rolling suitcase — entered a busy Manhattan subway station Monday night.

Ex-Minnesota Governor Ventura alleges 'American Sniper' defamed him

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 08:26
By Todd Melby ST. PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - A late Navy SEAL accused of defamation by former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura described an alleged altercation between the two men in 2006 in a videotaped deposition played for jurors in a federal trial that began on Tuesday. The issue of whether that confrontation happened is at the heart of Ventura's case against Chris Kyle, who was killed in 2013 at a Texas shooting range. Ventura, himself a former Navy SEAL, contends his reputation was damaged by Kyle's best-selling 2012 book, "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History," and subsequent public statements. Ventura sued Kyle in 2012, and his lawsuit now names as defendant his widow, Taya Kyle, the executor of Kyle's estate.

Iraq: 'Terrorists' seize ex-chemical weapons site

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 08:22

Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic State, stand at attention as they gather in BaghdadThe Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad, where remnants of 2,500 degraded chemical rockets filled decades ago with the deadly nerve agent sarin are stored along with other chemical warfare agents, Iraq said in a letter circulated Tuesday at the United Nations.

AP PHOTOS: Brazil fans in shock after 7-1 loss

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 08:22

A Brazil soccer fan wearing contact lenses that mimic the Brazilian flag reacts as she watches her team play Germany in a World Cup semifinal game via live telecast inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)The sadness, frustration and disappointment were palpable as Brazil fans watched Germany score goal after goal after goal (after goal after goal after goal after goal) at the World Cup semifinals in Belo Horizonte. Germany's 7-1 winning margin over the home team was the largest ever in a World Cup semifinal.

404 Memphis police officers call in sick

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 08:17
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis police say hundreds of officers have called in sick in the past week in what appears to be a deliberate action to protest planned health care cuts.

NYC museum's giant blue whale gets a dusting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 08:17

Brittany Janaszak vacuums the dust off of a life-size model of a blue whale at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — The American Museum of Natural History's popular blue whale is getting its annual dusting.

Remembering game-changing Grand Canyon plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 08:15

A plaque marking the designation of a 1956 commercial airliner collision over the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona is displayed on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. About 200 people gathered at the canyon to attend the unveiling of the plaque. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Visitors peered through binoculars and spotting scopes into the depths of the Grand Canyon, straining to see the spot where two commercial airliners crashed after colliding in mid-air nearly 60 years ago. Family members of the victims gazed out over the east rim of the canyon Tuesday, trying to imagine their loved ones' final moments in a disaster that helped overhaul U.S. aviation safety.

Protest erupts after deputy cleared in boy's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 08:09

File - This Nov. 4, 2013 file photo shows Rodrigo Lopez, left, and Sujay Cruz, parents of Andy Lopez, as they walk to a news conference in San Francisco. Prosecutors said Monday, July 7, 2014, that they will not file criminal charges against a Northern California sheriff's deputy who shot and killed Andy Lopez, an unarmed 13-year-old boy, whose death last year sparked protests and criticism that the officer acted too quickly. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, file)SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Protesters on Tuesday denounced a Northern California prosecutor's decision not to file criminal charges against a sheriff's deputy who fatally shot a 13-year-old boy after mistaking the teen's pellet gun for an assault rifle.

APNewsBreak: Police give motive in dead baby case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 08:08

FILE - This April 13, 2014 file photo shows police tape in front of the scene where seven infant bodies were discovered and packaged in separate containers at a home in Pleasant Grove, Utah. On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, authorities said DNA results confirm that the biological father of Megan Huntsman's seven dead babies is her estranged husband. The 39-year-old Huntsman is charged with six counts of first-degree murder. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)Authorities say a Utah mother's motive for killing six of her newborns was that she was addicted to methamphetamine and other drugs and didn't want to deal with the responsibility.

Jury begins hearing Ventura's defamation case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 08:00

Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, right, makes his way out of the Warren E. Burger Federal Building during the first day of jury selection in a defamation lawsuit, Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in St. Paul, Minn. Ventura filed the defamation lawsuit against the Chris Kyle estate, claiming that Kyle's account of a bar fight in a book he wrote was false. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUTST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jesse Ventura brought his defamation lawsuit before home-state jurors Tuesday in a bid to punish the estate of late "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle, who bragged in an autobiography that he decked the former Minnesota governor during a barroom scrap almost a decade ago.

NYC borough won't prosecute low-level pot offenses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:47
NEW YORK (AP) — Many of the thousands of people arrested on low-level marijuana possession charges in Brooklyn will likely get the cases dropped before even having to go to court, District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced Tuesday in a novel move to address the heavy toll of pot arrests in the nation's largest city.

House Republican proposes $10.9 billion transport funding extension

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:32

U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Camp questions outgoing acting IRS Commissioner Miller during a hearing on the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative groups on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp on Tuesday unveiled a $10.9 billion plan to extend U.S. transportation funding through May 31, 2015, a measure that would avert an August slowdown of funding for construction projects. With the Highway Trust Fund rapidly dwindling, the U.S. Department of Transportation is planning to sharply reduce the amount of federal money it distributes to states to fund road, bridge and rail construction projects on Aug. 1. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has said this would result in a 30 percent reduction in available transportation funds, causing delays in projects and layoffs of hundreds of thousands of construction workers.

4 injured, including baby, in I-95 crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:31

4 injured, including baby, in I-95 crashAuthorities say four people, including a 7-month-old child, were injured in a two-vehicle crash on I-95 in Southwest Philadelphia.

Acura to recall vehicles in U.S. over defective headlights

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:29
(Reuters) - Acura, the luxury division of Japanese automaker Honda Motors Co Ltd, said it would recall 14,078 model-year 2013-2014 ILX vehicles to replace their halogen projector beam headlights. The car manufacturer said if a vehicle is parked with the engine running with the low-beam headlights on for a long time, the headlights could melt plastic components, resulting in a fire. There was one fire reported but there were no related crashes or injuries, Acura said in a statement. ( Last week Honda expanded to the state of California its U.S. ...

'Free the weed': Scenes from Washington pot sales

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:26

Julian Rodriguez, right, of Everson, Wash., holds his two-gram packet of recreational marijuana outside Top Shelf Cannabis, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash., on the first day of legal sales. At left is Tom Beckley, the owner of the store. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)As employees worked frantically to prepare the shelves and assess their inventory at Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham, Washington, 22-year-old Zoe Wainwright was among the dozens in line early Tuesday waiting for legal marijuana sales to begin.

Jury in NY acquits ex-hedge fund founder's brother

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:13

Rengan Rajaratnam, left, exits Manhattan federal court in New York with his attorney Daniel Gitner Tuesday, July 8, 2014 after he was acquitted of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. Prosecutors had alleged that Rajaratnam, 43, joined with his brother, Raj Rajaratnam, to cheat in the stock market in 2008 on the securities of two technology companies. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister)NEW YORK (AP) — The brother of an imprisoned ex-billionaire hedge fund founder was acquitted of conspiracy on Tuesday, handing Manhattan prosecutors their first loss after dozens of insider trading convictions in prosecutions that relied heavily on wiretaps and the testimony of those who pleaded guilty.