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Accused Boston bomber spoke of martyrdom before attack -FBI

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 03:12

Courtroom sketch of defendants Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov appearing in front of Federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler, in BostonBy Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told his friends about martyrdom and bomb-building over lunch before the attacks last year, an FBI agent testified on Friday in the trial of one of the friends for obstruction. He is charged with removing evidence from Tsarnaev's room at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and throwing away a backpack containing fireworks casings as the FBI searched for the suspect, accused of killing three people and injuring 264 in the April 2013 bombings. FBI Special Agent Timothy Quinn said Tazhayakov told him that Tsarnaev had discussed martyrdom and his knowledge of bomb building during a conversation over lunch with Tazhayakov and his roommate and fellow Kazakh exchange student Dias Kadyrbayev before spring break last year. "Dzhokhar had explained that people who die in an act of martyrdom die with a smile on their face and go straight to heaven," said Quinn, who interviewed Tazhayakov in the days after the alleged visit to Tsarnaev's room.

Republicans wage uphill battle to win over black voters

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 03:08
By John Whitesides CHARLOTTE N.C. (Reuters) - After losing the 2012 presidential election, Republicans vowed to expand their appeal beyond their shrinking base of white males. Since opening an African-American engagement office in North Carolina last fall, Republicans have courted black business leaders, visited barber shops and churches and gone door-to-door in black neighborhoods to sell the Republican message. The swing state, one of 11 where the Republican National Committee has hired staff to reach black voters, hosts one of the country's most important Senate races in November's midterm elections.

8 hospitalized after tour bus crash in Wyoming

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 03:05

This Thursday, July 10, 2014 photo provided by the Grand Teton National Park shows a bus that flipped on its side in Grand Teton National Park. Officials say about two dozen people were taken to a hospital after a bus flipped on its side. Authorities say no other vehicles were involved. It wasn't clear who owned the bus or whether it was on a tour. (AP Photo/Michael Nash, Grand Teton National Park)A bus carrying Asian tourists flipped on its side on a busy highway in Grand Teton National Park, and eight people were hospitalized, officials said.

New Jersey teen pleads not guilty in girl's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 03:03
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A teen charged in the deadly shooting of a 12-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet while riding a scooter in New Jersey pleaded not guilty Friday, while the girl's family prepared for her funeral.

Judge challenges prosecutors on terror case claim

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 02:58

FILE - This Nov. 9, 2012 photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office shows Babar Ahmad, extradited in October 2012 with Syed Talha Ahsan to the United States from Britain on charges of supporting terrorists through websites. Barbar pleaded guilty in December 2013 to supporting terrorists through websites that sought to raise cash, recruit fighters and solicit items such as gas masks for the Taliban. On Friday, July 11, 2014, a federal judge in New Haven, Conn., challenged prosecutors on their claim that his support extended to al-Qaida, saying support for the Taliban regime in Afghanistan didn't necessarily mean he supported al-Qaida. He is set to be sentenced during the following week. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office, File)NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge preparing to sentence a British citizen for supporting terrorists in Afghanistan challenged U.S. prosecutors Friday on their claim that the defendant supported al-Qaida.

9 inmates hurt in fight at prison in Mississippi

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 02:46
WALNUT GROVE, Miss. (AP) — Nine inmates have suffered cuts and stab wounds during a fight at a privately run prison in central Mississippi.

Body of girl, 3, found buried in Arizona backyard

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 02:45
THATCHER, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say the body of a 3-year-old girl has been found buried in the backyard of a southeastern Arizona home.

Pediatric doctor in child porn case gets prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 02:41
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former top pediatric cancer doctor was sentenced to a year and one day in federal prison Friday following his guilty plea to a charge of accessing child pornography.

Spanish citizenship offer appeals to US Jews

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 02:36

In this June 20, 2014 photo, Elias Barrocas, left, chats with Genie Milgrom at her home in Miami. Barrocas grew up thinking of Spain as a beloved ancestral home, but one that painfully rejected his Jewish family five centuries ago. Now, he is waiting expectantly for a long overdue homecoming. The Spanish government presented a bill last month that would grant citizenship to Jews forced into exile from Spain by the Inquisition in 1492. Milgrom has been able to traced her her Jewish roots back 22 generations through her maternal line. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI (AP) — Elias Barrocas grew up thinking of Spain as a beloved ancestral home, but one that painfully rejected his Jewish family five centuries ago.

Authorities: Man set fire at California airport

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 02:33
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A man is in custody on suspicion of arson after authorities say he set fire to cardboard inside a baggage claim area at a San Francisco Bay Area airport.

Police: Underage drinking party at school, 1 arrested

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 02:25

 Underage drinking party at school, 1 arrestedA member of the Penns Grove Board of Education was arrested after a confrontation with police at an alleged underage drinking party at a school.

Kitten thrown off Georgia bridge, swims to shore

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 02:21
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Animal control officers say a 10-week-old kitten that was thrown off a bridge and survived is recovering at an animal shelter, and police are seeking the person who tossed him.

Ohio priest convicted of murder has church funeral

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 02:19
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A few nuns joined about 200 mourners for the funeral of a Roman Catholic priest convicted of killing an Ohio nun in 1980.

Popping stalled truck's hood yields scaly surprise

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 02:17
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — When a woman's pickup stalled on a street in Santa Fe, New Mexico, local chef Jackson Ault stopped to lend a hand.

Philadelphia mayor rebuked for response to fire that killed four children

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 02:14

Philadelphia Mayor Nutter participates in panel discussion during Peterson Foundation 2012 Fiscal Summit in WashingtonBy Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Relatives of at least two of the four children killed in a weekend fire that destroyed eight homes in Philadelphia staged a sit-in at City Hall on Wednesday, demanding the mayor apologize for comments about the blaze they decried as insensitive. Mayor Michael Nutter accused some in the mainly Liberian immigrant neighborhood of spreading misinformation when he was confronted by claims from community members that firefighters were slow or inept in responding to Saturday's blaze. “I will not tolerate under any set of circumstances, incorrect information, allegations, innuendo or lies suggesting that members of the Philadelphia Fire Department did anything less than perform admirably in their service," Nutter told reporters on Monday. Patrick Sanyeah, a Liberian native whose 4-year-old son and newborn infant were among the four children who perished, called the mayor's remarks disrespectful.

3 victims of triple shooting in Bristol Twp. ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 02:05

2nd victim dies after triple shooting in BristolThe three people who were shot inside a home in Bristol Township early Tuesday morning have been identified.

PHOTOS: 9 charged in Philadelphia prostitution sting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 01:58

 9 charged in Philadelphia prostitution stingThese nine people have been arrested on prostitution charges in Philadelphia.

Big hail shatters windows, flattens Nebraska crops

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 01:52
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — Calls have gone out to glass and siding companies and insurance agents after a barrage of hail left a trail of broken windows, damaged houses and ravaged farm fields in parts of western and central Nebraska.

California court clarifies 3 strikes law in ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 01:47
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court ruled that two felony convictions stemming from a single act cannot be counted as separate strikes under the state's three strikes sentencing law.

Teacher tenure fight gains momentum with ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 01:32
NEW YORK (AP) — A month after a California judge ruled that job protections for teachers violated children's constitutional rights, one lawsuit making the same claim has been filed in New York, another has been announced and critics of teacher tenure in other states say they are preparing litigation as well.