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FBI releases sketch of man seen at blast near NAACP office

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 11:17

FBI spokeswoman Amy Sanders holds up a sketch of a person of interest in the bombing of the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP after a press conference with local and national law enforcement agencies Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at the Colorado Springs Police Operations Center. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities on Friday released a composite sketch of the man they believe detonated an explosive near the offices of the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP.

University of Oregon sued over rape accusation involving athletes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 11:16
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - A University of Oregon student who says she was raped by three players on the school's basketball team has sued the university, saying officials had known one of the men was suspended from another college over sexual misconduct claims, lawyers said on Friday.  The woman, still a student at the University of Oregon, filed the lawsuit on Thursday in U.S. federal court in Eugene, Oregon. She is seeking monetary damages that include payment of her tuition and compensation for emotional pain and suffering, among other things. ...

Report: New Media completes $280 million purchase of Halifax

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 10:51
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — One of its newly acquired newspapers is reporting that New Media Investment Group Inc. has completed the purchase of the Halifax Media Group.

Officer struck as he saves boy from out-of-control car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 10:50
YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) — Police say an officer kept a teenager from being hit by a car as the youth walked along a suburban New York highway, but the officer ended up being hit himself.

FBI releases sketch of 'person of interest' in Colorado NAACP bombing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 10:29
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The FBI released a sketch on Friday of a man possibly linked to a homemade bomb that exploded behind NAACP offices in central Colorado earlier this week, but investigators would not speculate on a motive for the blast. On Tuesday, an improvised explosive device detonated against an exterior wall of a building that houses offices of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Colorado Springs, about 70 miles south of Denver. ...

U.S. prosecutors recommend criminal charges against Petraeus - N.Y. Times

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 10:12

CIA Director David Petraeus (L) speaks to members of a Senate (Select) Intelligence hearing on "World Wide Threats" on Capitol Hill in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI and Justice Department prosecutors have recommended bringing criminal charges against former CIA chief David Petraeus for improperly providing classified information to a female Army Reserve officer with whom he was having an affair, the New York Times reported on Friday. The newspaper cited officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. The Justice Department investigation focuses on whether Petraeus gave the woman, Paula Broadwell, access to his CIA email account and other highly classified information. The Times said officials have recommended felony charges. ...

Islamic cleric gets life in plot to kidnap tourists in Yemen

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 10:06

In this courtroom sketch Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, 56, makes a statement to the judge, flanked by his defense attorneys, Sam Schmidt, left, and Lindsay Lewis address the court during Mustafa's sentecing Friday, Jan 9, 2015, in New York where Mustafa, an Islamic cleric convicted of terrorism charges in a 1998 kidnapping that killed four tourists in Yemen and in failed plans to build a terrorist training camp in the U.S. was sentenced to life in prison. Mustafa's lawyers had urged the judge to take into account that he is missing hands and forearms from what he described from the witness stand as a 1993 engineering accident involving explosives. He also suffers from psoriasis, diabetes and high blood pressure. But U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest said she will not prejudge the ability of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to properly evaluate Mustafa's needs and to designate an appropriate prison. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)NEW YORK (AP) — An Egyptian-born cleric who turned a London mosque into a training ground for extremist Islamists was sent to prison for life on Friday by a judge who cited his lack of remorse for "barbaric" acts that included aiding kidnappers who killed four tourists in Yemen in 1998 and sending two men to the United States to open a terrorist training camp in Oregon.

Oklahoma death row inmates seek emergency stays of execution

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 09:46

FILE - This June 29, 2011 photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Charles Warner. Warner is scheduled to be executed Jan. 15, 2015 for the 1997 killing of his roommate's 11-month-old daughter. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorneys on Friday asked a federal appeals court to delay the executions of four Oklahoma inmates while the court considers their joint appeal.

Bishop faces charges in hit-and-run that killed NJ native

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 09:43

Bishop faces charges in hit-and-run that killed NJ nativeThe second-highest leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland will be charged in a hit-and-run crash that killed a New Jersey native.

French security forces kill gunmen, end terror rampage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 09:31

French security forces kill gunmen, end terror rampageWith explosions and gunfire, security forces ended a three-day terror rampage around Paris.

California man accused of smuggling endangered fish to Asia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 09:31
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles-area man has been arraigned on charges of smuggling millions of dollars' worth of fish, including some that are endangered.

Judge denies gag order in rape case against Virginia abduction suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 09:04
By John Clarke WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) - A Virginia judge denied a gag order request on Friday in a rape and attempted murder case against Jesse Matthew, the man also charged with abducting Hannah Graham, a Virginia student whose body was discovered in October on a farm after a five-week search. Fairfax County Judge David Schell denied a request by Matthew's defense attorney to ban all parties involved in the case from talking to the media. "The public has the right to be informed," Schell said. "It's important to facilitate an appropriate flow of information. ...

Prosecutor in NY chokehold case running for Congress

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 08:58
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York prosecutor who handled the case in which a white police officer was cleared in the chokehold death of a black man said Friday he's running in a special election for Congress.

1 killed as small plane crashes on Los Angeles street

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 08:53

15 p.m. shortly after takeoff from Van Nuys. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A small plane crashed Friday in a Los Angeles intersection just south of Van Nuys Airport, killing the one person aboard, authorities said.

Parties take step toward settlement for oil train victims

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 08:49
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Parties involved in a proposed $200 million settlement fund for victims of a fiery train disaster that killed 47 people asked a Canadian judge Friday to give them until September to pin down the details.

California governor plans big budget with downturn in mind

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 08:45

Gov. Jerry Brown references a chart showing the increase in school funding in the past four years as he unveiled his proposed 2015-16 state budget plan at a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Brown's record $113 billion state spending plan provides $120 million boost to the University of California system but didn't provide as much funding as the 10-campus system wanted because Brown said California's budget is precariously balanced. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ever mindful that the next economic downturn could be right around the corner, Gov. Jerry Brown released a record $113 billion California spending plan on Friday that resists calls for expanding social services and instead dedicates billions for paying down debt and saving for a rainy day.

Remembered: CES founder 'Analog Jack' Wayman

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 08:43
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The man who started the Consumer Electronics Show in 1967 was known affectionately as "Analog Jack" by family and friends.

Commissioner: NY cops slowed arrests, stopped ticketing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 08:37
NEW YORK (AP) — Enough New York police officers stopped writing tickets and making low-level arrests in the weeks since two officers were fatally shot that the number of summonses plummeted 90 percent, the city's police commissioner said Friday.

No charges against NJ cop who struck, killed boy with car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 08:35

No charges against NJ cop who struck, killed boy with carNew Jersey authorities say they will not file charges against a police officer who struck and killed a 10-year-old boy with his squad car last month.

Kansas gun store owner dies after shootout during robbery attempt

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 08:34
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - The owner of a gun store died on Friday in a shootout with four men who were attempting to rob the business in Shawnee, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, police said. The violence took place at She's A Pistol LLC store. Major Dan Tennis of the Shawnee Police Department said the owners, a husband and wife, opened fire on the four men. Three of the suspects were wounded in the gun battle, police said. Store owner John Bieker, 44, died after being rushed to a hospital, while Bieker’s wife was punched and injured in the incident, Tennis said. ...