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Training accident injures 22 Marines at base in California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:30
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Twenty-two U.S. Marines were injured on Thursday in a training exercise at Twentynine Palms military base in Southern California, when a fire extinguisher system accidentally discharged inside an amphibious vehicle, officials said. The Marines who needed medical treatment were taken to local medical facilities and are listed in stable condition, the U.S. Marine Corps said in a statement. Local television station KNBC, citing hospital officials at the base, reported the service members came in with inhalation exposure. ...

Washington city sees 4 police killings in recent months

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:25

In this still frame taken from a cell phone video provided by Dario Infante and taken on Feb. 10, 2015, Antonio Zambrano-Montes, left, turns to face police officers while running from them in Pasco, Wash. Moments later, Zambrano-Montes was shot and killed. Pasco police said he threw multiple rocks, hitting two officers, and refused to put down other stones. (AP Photo/Dario Infante)PASCO, Wash. (AP) — Four people have been shot and killed by police in recent months in this agricultural city of 68,000 in southeastern Washington, and the most recent death of an orchard worker accused of throwing rocks at officers has sparked protests after witnesses said he was running away.

Former U.S. exchange student Amanda Knox is engaged: reports

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:21

Amanda Knox sits before being interviewed on the set of ABC's "Good Morning America" in New YorkFormer U.S. exchange student Amanda Knox, back in Seattle after being acquitted in the slaying of her British roommate in Italy and then being convicted again in absentia, got engaged last week to a rock musician she has known since middle school, U.S. media reported on Thursday. Two sources close to Knox, who is 27, confirmed the engagement to Reuters but were unable to provide details. According to a Seattle Times newspaper column, Knox is engaged to Colin Sutherland, whom she has known since her school days and moved to Seattle from New York, though no date has been set for the wedding.

Police: Actor Emile Hirsch put woman in chokehold in Utah

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:08

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2015 file photo, actor Emile Hirsch poses at the premiere of "Ten Thousand Saints" during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Authorities say Hirsch put a woman in a chokehold during an altercation at a Utah nightclub that occurred on Jan. 25, 2015, during the Sundance Film Festival. He faces a felony charge of aggravated assault. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Actor Emile Hirsch was charged Thursday with assault after police said he put a studio executive in a chokehold and dragged her across a nightclub table while he was in Utah for the Sundance Film Festival.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:01

In this Feb. 12, 2015, photo, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, left, joins hands with European Council President Donald Tusk during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels. The Obama administration is taking a wary, wait-and-see approach toward the new Ukraine peace agreement, which was reached without direct American input and while the U.S. considers whether to give defensive weapons to Ukraine and slap fresh sanctions on Russia. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

Alabama official ordered to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 09:37

Supporters of same-sex marriage hold a rainbow flag and a rainbow umbrella outside Jefferson County Courthouse in BirminghamBy Jonathan Kaminsky MOBILE, Ala. (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday ordered an Alabama official to start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples in compliance with an earlier order, but couples in most counties were still unable to obtain licenses. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade's order clarified that Mobile County Probate Court Judge Don Davis was compelled to adhere to her previous ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban despite a contravening order from Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore that led many state judges to refrain from issuing licenses to gay couples. Granade's directive marked the latest twist in the controversy over gay marriage in Alabama, where probate judges have faced conflicting orders from federal and state courts.

2-year-old boy struck and killed by trolley in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 09:35
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A witness says a 2-year-old broke free from his mother's grip before he was struck and killed by a trolley in Philadelphia.

Prosecution rests in Jodi Arias' sentencing retrial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 09:34

Jodi Arias leaves the courtroom during her resentencing trial at Maricopa County Superior Court ,Thursday, Feb 12, 2015, in Phoenix. Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in May 2013 in the 2008 killing of former boyfriend Travis Alexander. However, jurors deadlocked on her punishment. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans, Pool)PHOENIX (AP) — The prosecution in the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial has rested its case.

Global news organizations urge safety plan for freelancers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 09:30
NEW YORK (AP) — Global journalism organizations are urging protections for freelance and local correspondents as they face increasingly deadly dangers in the field, with the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto by Islamic State extremists the latest example.

May trial for girl, 15, boyfriend, 23, in family death plot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 09:21
PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A judge in Detroit has scheduled a May 13 trial start for a 15-year-old area girl and her boyfriend on accusations they plotted to kill her family.

Judge orders civil contempt hearing for Arizona lawman Arpaio

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 09:20

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio watches as actor Steven Seagal addresses the media about a simulated school shooting in Fountain HillsBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Controversial Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio and his top lieutenants will face a civil contempt-of-court hearing in April for repeatedly ignoring judicial orders arising from a 2007 racial-profiling case, a federal judge ruled on Thursday. U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow ordered the evidentiary hearing to be conducted after determining there was sufficient evidence to move ahead with the proceeding that could result in penalties against Arpaio, four other individuals, and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. "After an appropriate hearing, the Court will determine whether these individuals have committed contempt of court and the sanctions for any such violations," Snow's order read. Snow, who had become increasingly frustrated with the sheriff and his office, set the hearing to take place April 21-24 in a federal courtroom in Phoenix.

Sheriff who sold vehicles found guilty of corruption charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 09:15
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A sheriff accused of pocketing cash by selling county vehicles to a salvage yard and spending thousands of public dollars on clothes and restaurant meals was found guilty on Thursday of using his office for his own benefit.

Kentucky court takes case involving juvenile sex offender

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 09:04
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's highest court considered on Thursday whether teen-age couples should be treated as criminals when they have sex and send nude photos to each other. If so, a third of America's teenagers could be exposed to felony sex-offense charges, the 15-year-old boy's lawyer said.

4-year-old loses foot, part of leg in police dog attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 08:49
HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) — A 4-year-old Southern California boy who was bitten by his father's police dog had to have his leg amputated below the knee, and the canine probably will be euthanized, police said Thursday.

Court nixes faith-based birth control mandate challenge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 08:31

FILE--In this file photo from Oct. 5, 2011, Bishop David Zubik of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh answers questions after a news conference in Pittsburgh. Zubik responded on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, to a federal appeals court decision that reversed lower court victories that challenged birth control coverage mandates as part of federal health care reforms. Zubik said that the church is no longer free to practice what it preaches. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, FILE)PITTSBURGH (AP) — An appeals court has ruled that the birth control coverage required by federal health care reforms does not violate the rights of several religious groups because they can seek reasonable accommodations.

Goldman ex-programmer sues FBI agents, claims rights violations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 08:29
A former Goldman Sachs Group Inc computer programer on Thursday sued the FBI agents who investigated him in connection with allegations he stole secret code from the bank's computers, contending they violated his constitutional rights. Sergey Aleynikov, the former programer, filed his lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New Jersey less than two months before he faces an April 1 jury trial in a related criminal case in a New York state court in Manhattan. His lawsuit contends the FBI agents engaged in a "malicious" federal prosecution and violated constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure. Aleynikov was convicted at trial but later won an appeal.

Montana lawmakers shelve indecent exposure bill amid bias charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 08:25
Montana lawmakers have shelved a bill that would have broadened the definition of what constitutes indecent exposure, but which opponents said could be used to target women wearing revealing tops or form-fitting garments like yoga pants.  The Republican lawmaker who crafted the legislation said it was designed to outlaw events such as an organized bike ride last fall near the University of Montana campus in Missoula that saw naked men and women cycling on city streets. Montana Representative David Moore said he was among local residents who were offended by the "Dare to be Bare" event.

Turkey's Erdogan chides Obama for silence on Chapel Hill Muslim murders

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 08:15
By Alberto Fajardo MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday criticized U.S. President Barack Obama for his silence following the killings of three young Muslims in North Carolina this week, in the latest sign relations between the two leaders have become strained. Speaking alongside Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto during a state visit to Latin America's No. 2 economy, Erdogan said the silence of Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry was "telling" and they should take a position following such acts. The three Muslims were shot dead on Tuesday near the University of North Carolina campus in an incident police said was possibly a hate crime. Newlywed Deah Barakat, 23, a University of North Carolina dental student, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19, a student at North Carolina State University, were gunned down on Tuesday in a condominium about two miles (three km) from the UNC campus in Chapel Hill.

Mourners remember slain North Carolina Muslims; fresh calls for hate probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 08:15

A makeshift memorial for Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad and Yusor's sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, who were killed by a gunman, is pictured inside of the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, in Chapel HillBy Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Thousands of mourners attended the funeral prayers on Thursday for three young Muslims killed in North Carolina, and the father of two of the victims urged U.S. authorities to probe whether religious hatred was a motive for the murders. Newlywed Deah Barakat, 23, a University of North Carolina dental student, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19, a student at North Carolina State University, were gunned down on Tuesday in a condominium about two miles (three km) from the UNC campus in Chapel Hill. Police charged the couple's neighbor, Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, with murder. The FBI said it was opening its own preliminary inquiry, separate from local police investigations.

Judge says $178 million Detroit bankruptcy fee tab 'reasonable'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 08:05

A man walk past graffiti in DetroitThe federal judge who oversaw Detroit's historic bankruptcy case ruled on Thursday that the nearly $178 million charged to the city by law firms and consultants for fees and expenses was reasonable. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes said he based his decision mainly on the complexity of the bankruptcy case filed in July 2013 as well as substantial reductions that the firms agreed to make in their bills. The biggest bill in the biggest-ever U.S. municipal bankruptcy came from law firm Jones Day, which had employed Kevyn Orr before he was tapped by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder as Detroit's emergency manager in March 2013.