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A look at what prospective jurors say in Tsarnaev trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 04:17
BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge continued questioning prospective jurors Thursday in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Those questioned included people who said they cannot be impartial because they already believe Tsarnaev is guilty, people who said they could not impose the death penalty under any circumstances and a woman who said she thought it would be "cool" to be on a jury.

Man wanted for Ohio murders arrested in Arizona after chase

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 04:11

Robert Roy Clark is pictured in this undated booking photo provided by the Mohave County Sheriff's Office(Reuters) - A man wanted in the murders of an elderly Ohio couple and a string of armed robberies in three other states was arrested on Thursday after a car chase in Arizona, authorities said. Robert Roy Clark, 29, formerly of Dennison and Canton, Ohio, was captured early on Thursday near Kingman, in western Arizona, along with Tabatha Marie Hazel, 27, another suspect in the robberies, the FBI said. A third person, Jeffrey Caley Jr., 28, was arrested several hours later in the same area, the FBI and police said.

Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman 'ecstatic' over baby boy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 04:05

 Super Bowl XLIX-New England Patriots vs Seattle SeahawksSeattle Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman said he was "ecstatic" on Thursday after his girlfriend gave birth to his son, and pointed out the coincidence of the boy being born on "2/5" to a dad who wears the number "25" on his jersey. "My son sure does know how to make an entrance! 2/5/15 ... Is it a coincidence or is he just that clever?! Either way I'm ecstatic," Sherman, one of the National Football League's best-known defensive players, said on Twitter early on Thursday morning. "Haven't felt anything better than this!" His girlfriend Ashley gave birth four days after Sherman's team suffered a heart-stopping loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. "So happy for you bud!!!," Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tweeted.

Oklahoma judge threatens to jail mental health commissioner

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 04:00
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County judge threatened to jail the state's mental health commissioner for ignoring a written order to commit an inmate to a state mental health facility.

Five charged in ID theft ring that bought Apple gift cards

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 03:58
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Five people accused of running an identity theft ring in the New York City area have been charged in a 394-count indictment with stealing personal information from hundreds of dental patients to buy Apple gift cards. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance on Thursday said the ring bought $700,000 worth of gift cards after fraudulently obtaining "instant credit" that Apple had offered online in conjunction with Barclays Plc's Barclaycard, and then used the cards to buy Apple products. The alleged ringleader was Devin Bazile, a former Apple sales associate. Prosecutors said he recruited Apple store employees to misuse names, addresses, birth dates and Social Security numbers that were stolen by defendant Annie Vuong from more than 250 patients at a Manhattan dental office where she worked as a receptionist.

US Supreme Court blocks scheduled Texas execution next week

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 03:51

In this photo taken Jan. 7, 2015, Texas death row inmate Lester Bower, 67, is photographed in an interview cage at the visiting area of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Polunsky Unit near Livingston, Texas. Bower, set to be executed next week for fatally shooting four men at an airplane hangar more than 30 years ago, won a reprieve Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, from the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices gave no reason for the reprieve, saying only that it would be lifted automatically if they deny an appeal or act on it. (AP Photo/Michael Graczyk)HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas inmate set to be executed next week for fatally shooting four men at an airplane hangar more than 30 years ago won a reprieve Thursday from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ex-lawmaker seeks to make foreign policy a GOP 2016 priority

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 03:40
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Michigan congressman appeared in Iowa Thursday to unveil an effort to promote more foreign policy discussion among Republican presidential hopefuls.

Police: 2 dead in apparent murder-suicide in shooting on University of South Carolina campus

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 03:37
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Police: 2 dead in apparent murder-suicide in shooting on University of South Carolina campus.

Body of ex-NFL star Hernandez's alleged victim had wallet, keys: witness

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 03:36

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez glanced towards the media during his murder trial in Falls RiverBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - The man who Aaron Hernandez is charged with murdering had a wallet, cash and two sets of keys in his pockets when his body was found near the Massachusetts home of the former New England Patriots star, a police officer testified on Thursday. North Attleborough Police Captain Joseph DiRenzo said the body of semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd was also found with a Boston Red Sox baseball hat, a towel, a marijuana cigar known as a blunt and five shell casings strewn nearby at an industrial park in the town on the evening of June 17, 2013. About two dozen law enforcement officers reported to the scene where Lloyd's body was found by a teenage jogger, DiRenzo said, recalling that they covered Lloyd's body with a tarp and canopy because thunderstorms were setting in that evening. "We made a decision that it was best to preserve evidence on the ground as best as possible." Hernandez sat quietly next to one of his attorneys during the testimony.

Coach out at New Jersey football program hit by hazing case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 03:34

Coach out at New Jersey football program hit by hazing caseThe coach of the New Jersey high school football program that had its season canceled amid hazing and sexual assault allegations won't be back on the sideline this year.

U.S. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to step down

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 03:30

File photo of Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, speaking during the 2013 Reuters Health Summit in New YorkBy Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dr. Margaret Hamburg, who as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for almost six years has overseen public health initiatives ranging from tobacco control and food safety to personalized medicine and drug approvals, is stepping down, the agency said on Thursday. Hamburg, one of the longest-serving FDA commissioners in the modern era, told Reuters in an interview that her decision was prompted by the heavy demands of the job and the sheer length of time she has held the position. "This is a very challenging job full of opportunities to make a huge and enduring difference," she said, "but it is 24/7 and there are really really difficult decisions to make." The 59-year-old, nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in May 2009, was last year named the world's 51st most powerful woman by Forbes magazine. Hamburg's resignation comes at a crucial time for the FDA as Congress pushes initiatives to speed new drug development, and food safety advocates, backed by Obama, back the creation of a separate agency combining the food safety functions of the FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Philadelphia Police search for suspects wanted for robbing pizza shop in Logan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 03:27

Philadelphia Police search for suspects wanted for robbing pizza shop in LoganPhiladelphia Police are asking for the public's help to identify suspects who robbed pizza shop in Logan.

University of South Carolina: No longer a threat on campus after public health school shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 03:24
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — University of South Carolina: No longer a threat on campus after public health school shooting.

Two Philadelphia police officers charged in beating of motor scooter rider

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 03:17
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A grand jury has criminally charged two Philadelphia police officers with knocking a man from his motor scooter, beating him and then falsely accusing him of assault, in the latest case of alleged police misconduct in the United States. Officers Sean McKnight, 30, and Kevin Robinson, 26, were charged with aggravated assault and related offenses in the May 2013 incident which occurred after a traffic stop in a gritty section of north Philadelphia, said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. The victim, Najee Rivera, said he fled in fear on his scooter after officers exited their vehicle with their batons extended.

UN chief: More peacekeepers for Central African Republic

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 03:13
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general is asking for more than 1,000 additional peacekeepers for the Central African Republic to help bring violence between Christians and Muslims under control outside the capital of the Texas-sized country.

Former Connecticut police officer sentenced for beating suspect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 03:12
By Richard Weizel BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (Reuters) - A former 12-year veteran Connecticut police officer caught on video tasering and kicking a Hispanic suspect in a city park was sentenced on Thursday to three months in prison for violating the suspect's civil rights. U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey Meyer imposed the sentence on former Bridgeport police officer Elson Morales, who pleaded guilty to federal civil rights charges after being among three officers accused of stomping and beating Orlando Lopez-Soto on May 20, 2011 after a high speed car chase through the state's largest city. Despite pleas by Morales, his crying wife, and more than a dozen officers who came to court in a show of support for Morales, 43, defense attorney Michael Fitzpatrick's request to spare his client from serving time in prison was denied.

Police: Mayo-plastic bag lice remedy apparently killed girl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 03:08
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts police are investigating the death of an 18-month-old child who suffocated, apparently because of a home remedy for head lice involving mayonnaise and a plastic bag.

Army veteran charged with threatening U.S. Capitol shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 03:07
A U.S. Army veteran from Maryland who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder has been charged with threatening to shoot his wife and others at the U.S. Capitol building, prosecutors said on Thursday. The suspect, Michael Bogoslavski, 33, of Cheverly, Maryland, was charged in U.S. District Court with using interstate commerce on Monday to make a threat, Maryland's U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement. Bogoslavski allegedly said in a text message to his wife, who works in the Capitol, that he would go to Washington to shoot her, a Capitol Police officer and others, according to an affidavit. "I'm going to die, suicide by cop," Bogoslavski said in a phone call to his wife overheard by a Capitol Police agent, the affidavit said.

Gap in death rate narrows for blacks, whites with HIV

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 03:04
NEW YORK (AP) — For many years, black Americans infected with the AIDS virus have died at much higher rates than whites. But the gap appears to be closing.

Boyfriend scalded toddler in bathtub on purpose, police say

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 03:01

Boyfriend scalded toddler in bathtub on purpose, police sayDelaware county authorities have arrested a Chester man in a disturbing case of child abuse.