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Vietnamese man extradited from UK to face US terror charge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 03:20
NEW YORK (AP) — A Vietnamese man extradited from the United Kingdom will be arraigned Wednesday on charges he provided material support to al-Qaida in Yemen after telling his wife he was going to Ireland, authorities said.

Mentally ill British man near plea deal in U.S. terror case: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 03:14
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A mentally ill Briton is near a plea deal to resolve U.S. terrorism charges that he conspired with radical London cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon in 1999, his lawyer said Tuesday. Haroon Aswat, who faces charges including conspiracy to provide support to al Qaeda and providing such support, has reached an "agreement in principle" to plead guilty, defense lawyer Peter Quijano said in Manhattan federal court. "We're very close." A deal could be reached within two weeks, Quijano told U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest, resolving the case ahead of a June 1 trial date. A spokeswoman for Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara declined to comment.

Georgia puts executions on temporary hold to examine cloudy drug that postponed inmate's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 03:11
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia puts executions on temporary hold to examine cloudy drug that postponed inmate's death.

Former Rhode Island speaker pleads guilty to corruption charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 03:11
The former speaker of Rhode Island's statehouse pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal charges relating to alleged corruption, admitting he used campaign funds to buy baubles at Tiffany and accepted more than $50,000 in bribes, according to officials and court papers. Democrat Gordon Fox has accepted a plea deal under which he will serve three years in federal prison for bribery, wire fraud and filing a false tax return during his two decades in office, a tenure that ended abruptly in March 2012 when he resigned three days after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his home and office. "His corrupt conduct has resulted from his removal from high office, and deservedly so," Peter Neronha, the U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island, told reporters on Tuesday. "When you violate the public trust, you shouldn't get a second chance." Fox used some $108,000 in donations to his campaign fund to make payments on his mortgage and car loan, as well as to shop at retailers including Tiffany & Co, Urban Outfitters and Wal-Mart, Neronha said.

Andrew Lack in talks to return to NBC

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 03:08
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC Universal is in talks to bring back Andrew Lack to its troubled news operation, which would be the first high-level shake-up following several rough months culminating in the six-month suspension of "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams for misleading viewers about his experiences covering the Iraq War.

The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks-US

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:56
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US running out of room to store oil; price collapse next?

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:55

This March 13, 2012 photo shows older and newly constructed 250,000 barrel capacity oil storage tanks at the SemCrude tank farm north of Cushing, Okla. For the past seven weeks, the United States has been producing and importing an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day than it is consuming. That extra crude is flowing into storage tanks, especially at the country's main trading hub in Cushing, pushing U.S. supplies to their highest point in at least 80 years, the Energy Department reported Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Michael Wyke) KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUT; TULSA ONLINE OUTNEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.


Federal agents raid 20 suspected 'maternity hotels' in California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:52
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Federal agents raided about 20 Southern California locations on Tuesday suspected of involvement in "maternity tourism" schemes offering travel and lodging services to pregnant foreign women seeking to give birth in the United States, U.S. immigration officials said. Authorities say the so-called maternity hotels targeted in the sweep catered largely to women from China who paid $15,000 to $50,000, depending on services provided, in hopes of obtaining U.S. citizenship for their children. The locations searched included apartment complexes and other sites in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties that were suspected of housing foreign clients, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, or ICE. No criminal arrests were anticipated from Tuesday's raids, which were carried out by federal agents and local law enforcement, the agency said.

Federal agents still likely looking at siblings in IS case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:50

FILE - This undated passport photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago shows Mohammed Hamzah Khan. A status hearing is scheduled Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Chicago for Khan, who is facing federal charges of trying to travel with his siblings to Syria to join the Islamic State group. FBI agents raided his family home in Bolingbrook, Ill., for a second time days before the scheduled hearing. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney’s Office, File)CHICAGO (AP) — A lawyer for a Chicago-area man charged with trying to join the Islamic State group says a recent FBI search of the suspect's family home appeared to focus on his younger siblings.


Vietnamese man charged with helping Yemeni militants extradited to U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:45
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Vietnamese man charged with helping militants in Yemen affiliated with al Qaeda has been extradited to the United States from the United Kingdom, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday. Minh Quang Pham, 32, arrived in the United States on Thursday and made his first appearance before a Manhattan federal magistrate judge on Monday, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. Prosecutors said Pham in December 2010 traveled from the United Kingdom to Yemen and took an oath of allegiance to the militant group.

NC prosecutor seeks death for suspect in killing 3 Muslims

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:43
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Prosecutors plan to seek the death sentence for a man accused of killing three young Muslims in North Carolina in a case that garnered national attention and calls to investigate a potential hate crime.

Top U.S. officials brief House Democrats on Pacific trade pact

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:42
By Krista Hughes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior U.S. officials on Tuesday briefed Democrats in the House of Representatives on a Pacific trade pact, as the administration pushed to overcome skepticism about trade deals among members of President Barack Obama's own party. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and National Economic Council Director Jeff Zients updated Democrats on negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and plans for further meetings with lawmakers, some of those present said. "He laid out the subjects in TPP and how we are going to become engaged in the full caucus in looking at them, where they are now, and where this administration intends to go," said Michigan Representative Sander Levin, the top Democrat on the House Committee on Ways and Means Committee.

AccuWeather: Snow and Ice arrive this afternoon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:32

 Snow and Ice arrive this afternoonA WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued for 3pm today until 1am tomorrow for snow and ice.


2 in custody following a pursuit on I-95 in Delaware Co.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:28

2 in custody following a pursuit on I-95 in Delaware Co.Two people are in custody following a pursuit on I-95 in Delaware County.


Fire ravages historic church in Hainesport, NJ

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:26

Fire ravages historic church in Hainesport, NJFire heavily damaged a historic church in Hainesport, Burlington County early Tuesday morning.


Pennsylvania governor proposes tax system revamp in $29.9 billion budget

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:24

Tom Wolf delivers speech after being sworn in as 47th Governor of Pennsylvania during inauguration at the State Capitol in Harrisburg,By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Penn. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf proposed a $29.9 billion budget on Tuesday that includes $2.5 billion of net tax increases for fiscal 2016. Wolf's sweeping revamp of the state's tax system would raise sales and personal income taxes while lowering property and corporate taxes, he said during his address to lawmakers. "Pennsylvania will not improve until it rebuilds the middle class," Wolf said. Wolf's speech attempted to address myriad problems facing the state, from a sluggish economy to pension underfunding and a $2.3 billion budget deficit.


ACCUWEATHER MAPS: Tuesday's Wintry Mix

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:22

 Tuesday's Wintry MixAccuWeather is tracking a mix of snow, sleet and rain expected to impact the Tuesday afternoon commute.


Camera captures robbery attempt inside Chinese restaurant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:20

Camera captures robbery attempt inside Chinese restaurantPhiladelphia Police want your help finding a man who tried to rob a woman while she was ordering dinner.


Restaurant pays 101-year-old for his birthday breakfast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:20
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A restaurant's policy to give customers a percentage off their bill on their birthday actually became a 7-cent refund for man who turned 101.

Engineer from California train derailment has died, police say

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:16
A 62-year-old train engineer who was hospitalized after a train crash and derailment last week in Southern California has died, in the first fatality from the incident that left about 50 people injured, police said on Tuesday. The Feb. 24 crash in Oxnard, California, occurred when a train operated by the Metrolink agency struck a Ford pickup truck. Oxnard police spokesman Miguel Lopez identified the train engineer as Glen Steele and said he died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Steele was transferred in critical condition last week from Ventura County Medical Center to another hospital for more specialized care, a spokeswoman for the Ventura hospital said at the time, without naming the other facility.