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Oklahoma Capitol briefly closed after suspicious letters found

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 06:19
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The Oklahoma Capitol was briefly closed on Wednesday after four suspicious letters arrived at the building, police and lawmakers said. Initial reports that the letters contained a powdery substance had been incorrect and no harmful material was discovered, said Captain Paul Timmons, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety. "There was no powdery substance found in any of the envelopes," Timmons said. State Senator David Holt wrote on his Twitter feed: "The OK Capitol was briefly locked down, but we're back at work now." Local news reports said at least one of the four letters was sent to the office of Governor Mary Fallin.

Police: Upper Darby man with potato-filled toilet pulls fire alarm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 06:16

 Upper Darby man with potato-filled toilet pulls fire alarmAn Upper Darby man is facing charges after pulling a fire alarm to get help unclogging his toilet that was filled with potatoes, police say.


Son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy gets prison for probation violations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 06:15

Handout showing Cliven Lance Bundy in Las Vegas(Reuters) - An adult son of the Nevada rancher who was at the center of an armed standoff with federal agents last year in a dispute over cattle grazing rights has been sentenced to two to eight years in prison for probation violations, a court spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Cliven Lance Bundy, 35, son of rancher Cliven Bundy, appeared in Clark County District Court to face sentencing for missing a required drug treatment program and parole violations stemming from two 2013 felony convictions for burglary and theft of a weapon, the official said. Judge Carolyn Ellsworth sentenced Bundy on Wednesday to two to eight years in prison for missing required court dates and other conditions of his parole, and returned him to state custody, the court spokeswoman said. The Bundy family ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada, some 80 miles (130 km) northeast of Las Vegas, was the site of an armed protest against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management last April.


Trenton police detective struck, injured; suspect arrested after chase identified

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 06:15

Trenton police detective struck, injured; suspect arrested after chase identifiedA Trenton police detective is recovering from minor injuries after being struck by a motorist who led officers on a chase before crashing in Hamilton Township.


'Suge' Knight still in hospital after murder case hearing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 06:12

Marion "Suge" Knight joined by his attorney David Kenner, left, during his arraignment, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, in Compton, Calif. Knight, 49, pleaded not guilty on to murder, attempted murder and other charges filed after he struck two men with his truck last week. (AP Photo/Paul Buck, Pool)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight on Wednesday remained in a hospital where he was taken a day earlier for chest pains after pleading not guilty to a murder charge.


Three children rescued from padlocked, filthy Washington state home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 06:07
Three children, including an infant, have been rescued from a crumbling home north of Seattle where they were left without food and surrounded by animal feces, with their parents arrested on suspicion of mistreating them, authorities said on Wednesday. The children, an 11-month-old infant, a 3-year-old and a 7-year-old, were found on Saturday by police investigating a report of possible child neglect at a home in Lake Stevens, a small city near Everett. "It is unknown how long the children were left unattended, but the parents did not show up at the residence and had to be tracked down by investigators," the police statement said. The children were taken to an area hospital where one was treated for hypothermia and dehydration with a core body temperature of 94 degrees Fahrenheit, police said.

Girl says she agreed to sex with 1 teen, then group attacked

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 06:03
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — A sixth teen has been arrested in a sexual assault at a suburban Denver party, where a girl said she agreed to have sex with one of the boys before he and five others attacked her.

Prospective jurors cite conflicts in marathon bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 05:58

FILE - This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The process of finding "death qualified" jurors has slowed down jury selection in federal case against Tsarnaev, who is charged with setting off two bombs that killed three people and injured more than 260 during the 2013 marathon. (AP Photo/FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — In a quest to find impartial jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the middle school language arts teacher seemed to fit the bill.


Police officers say race not a factor in fatal Utah shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 05:50

Attorney Heather White, representing Saratoga Springs and two of its police officers, speaks at a news conference held in response to a civil rights lawsuit against the officers, on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, in Salt Lake City. White said 22-year-old Darrien Hunt, who was killed by police while wielding a samurai sword, was not shot because of his skin color, but because of his reckless actions. To her left is a photo of the sword Hunt was carrying when he was shot. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUTSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A young man killed by police while wielding a samurai sword was not shot because of his skin color, but because of his reckless actions, said an attorney Wednesday representing a Utah city and two of its officers.


Second defeat for GOP on Homeland, immigration bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 05:50

President Barack Obama meets with a group of "Dreamers" in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. The president is accusing opponents of his immigration action of failing to think about the "human consequences." The president spoke during an Oval Office meeting Wednesday with six of young immigrants who would be subject to eventual deportation under a bill passed by the House. The legislation would overturn Obama's executive actions limiting deportations for millions here illegally and giving them the ability to work. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans put Democrats on record for a second time Wednesday against legislation combining Homeland Security funding with rollbacks of President Barack Obama's immigration policies. But there was little evidence Congress was any closer to a solution to fund the department past Feb. 27 as that deadline approaches.


Runaway mom's daughter can be questioned, judge rules

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 05:49

FILE - In this Thursday Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, Genevieve Kelley arrives for a hearing in Coos County Superior Court in Lancaster, N.H. Kelley, charged with fleeing the country with her young daughter during a custody dispute in 2004, is scheduled back in court for hearings Wednesday Feb. 4, 2015, before her trial. (AP Photo/Jim Cole/FILE)NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — An 18-year-old girl who fled with her mother a decade ago in a custody case can be questioned by prosecutors, a judge ruled Wednesday, but the teen is in hiding and it's not clear how or when she would come forward.


No fast or slow lanes for Internet? New rules proposed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 05:47

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler speaks during new conference in Washington. Internet service providers, including those selling wireless connections, would be prohibited from slowing down or speeding up web traffic, under rules proposed Wednesday by a top U.S. regulator that would subject the broadband industry to unprecedented regulation. In an op-ed to Wired magazine posted online, Wheeler said his plan would regulate Internet service much like phone service or any other public utility by applying Title II of the 1934 Communications Act. Wheeler said he would not use the new regulations to tell broadband providers how much to charge customers or to impose tariffs. Industry has fought against this approach, contending that it would only be a matter of time before the rules grow more stringent and discourage investment. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the Internet critical for the nation, a top U.S. regulator on Wednesday proposed an unprecedented expansion of federal power to ensure providers don't block or slow web traffic for America's countless users.


Government uses terrorism laws to investigate seed thefts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 05:44
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawyers for two employees of a Chinese biotechnology company accused of stealing patented seed corn from companies in the United States are fighting the government's use of laws established to fight terrorism and espionage to gather evidence against them.

Schuylkill Expressway WB in Upper Merion shut down after truck crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 05:33

I-76 WB in Upper Merion shut down after truck carrying Girl Scout Cookies crashesThe westbound lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway have been shut down following an earlier tractor trailer crash.


Supreme Court's new health law case cuts both ways

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 05:15

FILE - In this March 28, 2012 file photo, Janis Haddon of Atlanta holds her glove high outside the United States Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 28, 2012, as the court concludes three days of hearing arguments on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Nearly five years after President Barack Obama signed his health care overhaul into law, the Supreme Court will again get to decide its fate. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking another look at President Barack Obama's health care law, and this time it's not just the White House that should be worried.


With black bear population on rise, Florida may allow hunts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 05:14

FILE - On this May 6, 2014 file photo, a black bear perches on a tree in Panama City, Fla. With Florida's black bears rebounding from near extinction, clashes with humans are on the rise, and the state is considering a limited hunting season as part of the solution. (AP Photo/News Herald, Andrew Wardlow, File)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — With Florida's black bears rebounding from near extinction, clashes with humans are on the rise, and the state is considering a limited hunting season as part of the solution.


Chicago-area cop acquitted in beanbag gun death of World War Two vet

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 05:07
A Chicago-area police officer was acquitted on Wednesday of charges of reckless conduct stemming from the fatal beanbag gun shooting of a 95-year-old World War Two veteran in a nursing home, the State's Attorney's Office said. Cook County Associate Judge Luciano Panici found that Craig Taylor, 44, a police officer in the suburb of Park Forest had not used excessive force in the 2013 incident. Prosecutors had argued at the bench trial, which takes place before a judge instead of a jury, that Taylor could have found other ways to subdue John Wrana, who was wielding a knife and had threatened to kill people. Wrana did not drop the knife when ordered to do so by other police officers who were at the scene.

Investigators examine burned-wreckage in deadly train crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 05:01

Investigators examine burned-wreckage in deadly train crashThe baffling behavior of a woman whose SUV stopped between the crossing gates on a railroad track came under scrutiny Wednesday as investigators sought clues to a fiery commuter train crash that killed six people.


Michigan to recognize 300 same-sex marriages performed last year

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 04:58
(Reuters) - Michigan will recognize about 300 same-sex marriages performed last year in the short window after a federal judge struck down the state's ban on gay marriage and a U.S. appeals court put the decision on hold, Governor Rick Snyder said on Wednesday. A federal judge in January ordered Michigan to recognize the marriages and the Republican governor said on Wednesday he would not appeal that ruling and noted that the U.S. Supreme Court would address the larger question later in 2015. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith ruled on Jan. 15 that the couples acquired a fundamental right under the U.S. Constitution when they were wed even though a U.S. appeals court had reversed the original decision and upheld Michigan's law. Goldsmith stayed his ruling for 21 days to give Michigan time to appeal.

Pittsburgh medical professor sentenced to life in wife's poisoning

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 04:55
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A University of Pittsburgh neurological surgery professor was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday after his first-degree murder conviction in the poisoning death of his wife, who was also a doctor. Dr. Robert Ferrante, 66, appeared before Judge Jeffrey Manning at the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pennsylvania but did not speak on his own behalf, according to one of his lawyers, Wendy Williams. "It's just sad," she added.  Ferrante was accused of poisoning his wife, Dr. Autumn Klein, 41, by lacing her dietary supplement drink with cyanide ordered through his research lab at the university. A Pittsburgh jury found him guilty of first-degree murder in November, making him subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.  Shortly after his conviction, a second woman, who like Klein was an employee of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, was found dead of cyanide poisoning.