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Judge dismisses potential jurors from Colorado shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:13

In this courtroom sketch, James Holmes, left, and defense attorney Tamara Brady are depicted, as they sit in court on the first day of jury selection in Holmes' trial, at the Arapahoe County Justice Center, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes, whose attorneys acknowledge opened fire at a midnight "Batman" movie back in 2012, is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 70 others. (AP Photo/Jeff Kandyba)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A judge released another 100 people on Thursday from jury selection in the Colorado theater shooting trial, as the difficult task of finding people to determine the fate of gunman James Holmes ended its third day.

Prosecutors: Ex-CIA man had motive to leak classified info

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:00
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A disgruntled ex-CIA officer was the only person with the knowledge, motive and opportunity to leak details of a classified operation against Iran to a New York Times reporter, prosecutors said Thursday.

Christie appoints emergency managers for Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 05:56

Christie appoints emergency managers for Atlantic CityNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie has called on a corporate turnaround specialist to act as Atlantic City's emergency manager.

Ohio man pleads not guilty to charges in Capitol terror plot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 05:54
CINCINNATI (AP) — A man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol and kill federal officials and workers there pleaded not guilty Thursday to all the charges against him.

Magnificent blue glow of Hong Kong seas also disturbing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 05:53

This Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 photo made with a long exposure shows the glow from a Noctiluca scintillans algal bloom along the seashore in Hong Kong. The luminescence, also called Sea Sparkle, is triggered by farm pollution that can be devastating to marine life and local fisheries, according to University of Georgia oceanographer Samantha Joye. Noctiluca itself does not produce neurotoxins like other similar organisms do. But its role as both prey and predator tends can eventually magnify the accumulation of toxins in the food chain, according to R. Eugene Turner at Louisiana State University. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water glimmering off Hong Kong's seashore are magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic, marine biologists say.

Man hospitalized after South Philadelphia shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 05:51

Man hospitalized after South Philadelphia shootingPolice are investigating a shooting in South Philadelphia.

Guantanamo Navy base commander relieved of duties amid probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 05:43
By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The commander of the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay has been relieved of his duties after an investigation uncovered evidence of an inappropriate relationship between him and a civilian woman whose husband was found dead earlier this month, a U.S. official said on Thursday. The U.S. Navy said Captain John Nettleton, commander of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay since June 29, 2012, was relieved on Jan. 21 because of a loss of confidence in his ability to command. The Navy declined to provide further details, citing the ongoing investigation. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, responding to a question at a news conference on Thursday, confirmed the commander had been relieved of his duties but declined to elaborate, saying it would be inappropriate for him to comment because of the investigation.

Campus officer shoots and wounds one at California community college

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 05:42
A campus police officer shot and wounded a person on Thursday in a parking lot at a Southern California community college after a report of a possible hostage situation, a school representative said. The circumstances of the shooting at El Camino College in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance were not immediately clear, although the shooting followed a report of a hostage situation, the representative said. The person shot was taken by ambulance to a hospital, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Sergeant Carmen Arballo. El Camino College, which according to a state website has about 27,000 students, was never placed on lockdown as a result of the incident, the school representative said.

New York man facing third trial for murder in wife's disappearance

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 05:42
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jury selection began on Thursday for a wealthy New York father of four being tried for a third time for the suspected murder of his estranged wife, who disappeared with little trace more than a decade ago. Two separate juries have found Cal Harris, a 53-year-old businessman from Tioga County in western New York, guilty of second-degree murder his wife, Michele, in 2001, but both verdicts were later thrown out. Jury selection for the third trial began on Thursday at the Schoharie County Court, spokesman Christian Spies said. Michele Harris was 35 years old when she went missing sometime between the evening of Sept. 11, 2001, and early the next morning, when her van was found empty at the end of her driveway.

Ohio man accused of plotting government attack pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 05:39
By Ginny McCabe CINCINNATI (Reuters) - An Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol with guns and bombs pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges in federal court on Thursday. Christopher Cornell, 20, of Cincinnati, is being held without bail after prosecutors said he posed a threat to national security. The charges against Cornell include attempted murder of government officials, possession of a firearm to commit a crime and solicitation to commit a violent crime. Cornell, in gray prison garb, answered "yes" in a soft voice to U.S. Magistrate Stephanie Bowman's questions about whether he understood the charges.

Writer tied to Anonymous hackers sentenced to prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 05:38
DALLAS (AP) — An activist and writer linked to the hacking collective Anonymous was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday for threatening an FBI agent and helping share stolen data, marking the end of a criminal case criticized by free-speech advocates.

Boy who brought loaded gun to Michigan school gets probation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 05:35
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An 11-year-old boy who brought a loaded gun to his northern Michigan school has been placed on probation for two years.

Landfill could be one of last to tap methane for power

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 05:34

Officials attend the ground breaking ceremony the F R Bowerman Landfill, owned and operated by the Orange County Waste and Recycling, a landfill gas-to-electric power generation project at a massive Orange County landfill in Santa Ana, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. The $60 million plant is expected to generate 20 megawatts of electricity when it opens in a year, enough to power 14,500 homes, and will be about four or five times bigger than most garbage-to-power projects. Bowerman Power, which is owned by Montauk, will pay the county a royalty for the right to convert the landfill's methane and has a contract to sell the electricity to Anaheim Public Utilities. The financing does not include any tax breaks, subsidies or other incentives. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — When most Californians think about the source of renewable energy flowing into their homes, they picture wind turbines and solar panels — not garbage.

Kansas bill would allow concealed carry without gun permit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 05:30
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Reuters) - Kansas residents would be allowed to carry concealed weapons without permits under a proposed measure endorsed by a majority of state senators, the bill's author said on Thursday. Kansas would join Alaska, Vermont, Wyoming and Arizona as states that allow residents to carry concealed weapons statewide without a permit, according to the National Rifle Association, which supports such legislation. The bill introduced on Wednesday would eliminate background checks, gun training and other requirements that go along with a permit for concealed carry of firearms, Republican state Senator Terry Bruce said.

U.S. agency plans to add automatic brakes to auto safety assessment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 05:27

A 2014 Ford Explorer XLT vehicle crashes during a full frontal crash test at the Ford Motor Development Center in Dearborn, MichiganBy Eric Beech WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. auto safety regulator plans to change its vehicle safety ratings program to include automatic emergency braking systems, putting pressure on automakers to add those features to new cars and trucks, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said on Thursday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)will add the braking systems to the recommended safety features included in its New Car Assessment Program, which awards up to five stars for vehicles based on safety.

State of Indian Nations speech underlines US-tribe relations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 05:25

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2014 file photo, President of National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and Chairman of the Swinomish Tribe Brian Cladoosby, joins other native Americans and lawmakers during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Tribes must insist the federal government honor its commitments and create partnerships with them based on deference, not paternalism, Cladoosby said Thursday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Tribes must insist the federal government honor its commitments to them and create partnerships with them based on deference, not paternalism, the president of the National Congress of American Indians said Thursday.

US: Long-awaited Ebola vaccine study coming soon in Liberia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 05:23

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2014, file photo, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony Fauci speaks about the Ebola outbreak during a National Press Club luncheon in Washington. U.S. officials say a long-awaited major study of possible Ebola vaccines is set to begin in Liberia within a couple of weeks. New infections are falling, but Fauci says it's not too late for the vaccine study. Clusters of cases continue, and he says some participants would undergo special testing to see how their immune systems respond to the vaccine. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-awaited studies of two possible Ebola vaccines are set to begin in West Africa in a couple of weeks, starting in Liberia, U.S. officials said Thursday.

Police: Child left in freezing car while mom walked home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 05:21

 Child left in freezing car while mom walked homeA Washington state mother is facing serious charges after police say she left her child in a car for hours in below freezing temperatures.

Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush moving toward clash in New Hampshire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 05:21

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2015 file photo, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks during the Republican National Committee's winter meeting aboard the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. As he decides whether to run for president a third time, Romney has accepted an invitation to speak at Jacksonville University’s spring graduation in the key presidential battleground of Florida. Romney also will receive an honorary degree on April 25, the private school announced. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Mitt Romney launched his last campaign for president at a New Hampshire farm, relied upon a New Hampshire victory to fuel his strategy to win the nomination and even posed the photos of his last family Christmas card on the shores of a New Hampshire lake where he still owns a home.

Ex-Philadelphia homicide detective accused of hiding girlfriend after slaying

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 05:19

Ex-Philadelphia homicide detective accused of hiding girlfriend after slayingIt started with a murder and a search for a suspect. And police say as the case moved forward, one of their own stopped them from solving the case.