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Judge in LA says he can't release 94-year-old prisoner

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 07:53
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge in Los Angeles says he doesn't have the authority to free one of the oldest inmates in the federal prison system.

US lawyer charged with forging immigration document

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 07:49
SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney was charged Wednesday after authorities say he forged a document to make it look like a Mexican citizen who wanted to stay in the United State was not eligible to do so.

The Latest: Sides clash on what led to agent's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 07:45
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The latest on the capital murder trial of an Arkansas man accused in the kidnapping and killing of a real estate agent (all times local):

Chicago drops opposition to release of police shooting videos

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 07:44

Protesters lie down on Chicago's Michigan Avenue in front of the Disney Store during a protest march against police violence in ChicagoThe city of Chicago, which has seen weeks of protests calling for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's resignation over police shootings of black citizens, said on Wednesday it had dropped its opposition to the release of videos showing the killing of a black teenager. The videos, which could be released on Thursday, show the shooting death of Cedrick Chatman, 17, in January 2013. Chatman's mother sued the city in federal court, and a judge was set to rule on Thursday on whether or not to allow the release of the videos.


Man pleads not guilty in Houston court to U.S. terror charges: newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 07:33

Aws Mohammed Younis al-Jayab is shown in this courtroom sketch appearing in federal court in SacramentoOmar Faraj Saeed Al-Hardan, 24, was charged with offering his services and material support to the militant group, according to an indictment unsealed last week. Al-Hardan was granted legal permanent residency status in the United States in August 2011, though he is not yet a U.S. citizen.


Pa. Lottery selling 16,000 Powerball tickets per minute for $1.5 billion jackpot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 07:32

Pa. Lottery selling 16,000 Powerball tickets per minute for $1.5 billion jackpotA lottery official says the estimated Powerball jackpot remains at $1.5 billion, still the largest lottery jackpot in the world.


University professor pleads guilty to smuggling ivory

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 07:32
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A college professor pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegally smuggling items made of elephant ivory and agreed to pay a $500,000 fine that prosecutors say should be a deterrent to such activity.

Oregon rancher says he didn't let armed group remove fence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 07:30

A Dont Tread On Me flag flies at the entrance of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, near Burns, Ore. A small, armed group has been occupying the remote national wildlife refuge in Oregon for a week to protest federal land use policies. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)BURNS, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon rancher whose cattle graze next to the national wildlife refuge that an armed group is occupying says he didn't give them permission to enter his property and remove part of a fence.


Crime up across board in LA; homicides, rapes rise 9 percent

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 07:24

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, center at podium, and police chief Charlie Beck, center left, are among officials reporting about crime in the city at a downtown news conference Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. Although crimes including murder and rape are up across the board in Los Angeles, the city is still far less violent than it has been in the past, city leaders said, as they released citywide statistics for 2015. (AP Photo/Amanda Myers)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although crimes including murder and rape are up across the board in Los Angeles, the city is still far less violent than it has been in the past, city leaders said Wednesday as they released citywide statistics for 2015.


The Latest: No drugs, some alcohol in theater shooter's body

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 07:22
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The latest on Wednesday's release of the investigative report into the Louisiana theater shooting last summer (all times local):

Suspended Neshaminy High School basketball coach charged with harassment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 07:19

Suspended Neshaminy High School basketball coach charged with harassmentThe Neshaminy High School basketball coach placed on administrative leave last week after a physical confrontation with a referee has been charged with a summary harassment offense.


Stocks plunge as a dismal start to 2016 gets worse

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 07:16
The dismal start to 2016 on Wall Street got a lot worse Wednesday.

U.S. Air Force shelving plans to retire A-10 'Warthog': report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 07:15
The U.S. Air Force is shelving plans to retire the aging A-10 "Warthog" aircraft, a heavily armored tank killer, because of its role in the fight against Islamic State, online publication Defense One reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed Pentagon officials. The 40-year-old ground attack aircraft is popular with soldiers, Marines - and some U.S. lawmakers. Defense One quoted the Air Force officials as saying that, while the A-10 would still need to be retired, the service would put aside immediate plans to take it out of service because of the important role it is playing in combating Islamic State.

Sanders congressional record under scrutiny by Clinton

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 07:06

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters during a campaign stop at the Charles and Romona Myers Center at University of Dubuque on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Dubuque, Iowa. (Nicki Kohl/Telegraph Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDITKEENE, N.H. (AP) — Bernie Sanders casts himself as the voice of anti-establishment politics, fueling his insurgent rise in the Democratic primaries as a principled fighter unwilling to compromise for political gain.


Louisiana theater shooter's journal calls US a 'filth farm'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 07:05

Dylann Roof listens to proceedings with defense attorney William Maguire during a hearing in Charleston, South CarolinaBATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The mentally unstable gunman who shot up a Louisiana movie theater last summer left a rambling, hate-filled journal in which he called the U.S. a "filth farm," railed against women, gays and blacks, and thanked a man accused of killing nine churchgoers in South Carolina for his "wake up call."


US Navy sailors held by Iran are released with their boats

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 07:02

US Navy sailors held by Iran are released with their boatsLess than a day after 10 U.S. Navy sailors were detained in Iran when their boats drifted into Iranian waters, they and their vessels were back safely Wednesday with the American fleet.


Fate of Florida death row inmates in limbo after U.S. Supreme Court ruling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 07:01

The Supreme Court stands in WashingtonThe fate of the 390 inmates on Florida's death row was uncertain after the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the state's capital punishment sentencing process. Two upcoming executions, scheduled for February and March, could be affected as the Florida Supreme Court agreed to consider arguments on whether the ruling by the U.S. high court applied retroactively. The American Bar Association said Florida should hold off on pending executions until the courts and lawmakers have addressed the fallout from the ruling.


Kentucky man pleads not guilty in kidnapping, death of girl

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 06:58
SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A south-central Kentucky man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he killed a 7-year-old girl who disappeared from a youth football game.

Correction: Deadly Wreck-Affluenza-The Latest story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 06:57

Deputies escort Tonya Couch, front right, to the defense table before her bond reduction hearing Monday, Jan 11, 2016, in court in Fort Worth, Texas. Couch, the mother of a Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense for a deadly wreck, could soon leave jail after a judge on Monday sharply reduced her bond. (David Kent/Star-Telegram via AP, Pool)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — In a story Jan. 12 about developments in the case of Tonya Couch, The Associated Press reported erroneously that her son is contesting his extradition from Mexico. Ethan Couch is contesting his deportation from Mexico.


Minnesota college professor pleads guilty to ivory smuggling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 06:57
A Minnesota philosophy professor pleaded guilty on Wednesday to trafficking in rhinoceros horn and elephant ivory in violation of U.S. laws that protect endangered species, prosecutors said. Yiwei Zheng, 43, a St. Cloud State University professor, was accused of importing and exporting horns and ivory and objects made from ivory, sometimes acquiring the items through online auctions and selling them to buyers in China, prosecutors said. Sentencing is scheduled for May 9 in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.