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Former US Marine, released from Iran, back home in Michigan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 07:18

Amir Hekmati waves after arriving on a private flight at Bishop International Airport, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Flint, Mich. The 32-year-old Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine who was released from an Iranian prison as part of a deal with Iran is returning to home to Michigan. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A former U.S. Marine recently released from Iran in a prisoner-swap deal returned to his home state of Michigan on Thursday, saying shortly after his airplane landed that he had endured "a very long road."


Former fugitive pastor in Vegas child sex case found guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 07:11
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former Las Vegas area pastor who fled the country after he was accused of sexually assaulting girls as young as 7 in his congregation has been found guilty.

Ohio native accused of sending al Qaida money wants release

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 07:09
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has heard arguments about whether an Ohio native should stay behind bars pending trial on allegations that he and three others sent money to a prominent al-Qaida leader.

$341K in Honolulu police overtime for Obama family vacation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 07:08
HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Police Department says it spent about $341,000 in overtime costs to help protect President Barack Obama and his family during their annual winter vacation.

NY's Cuomo nominates lawyer, ex-staffer as top financial regulator

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 07:04

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at a press conference to announce major transportation initiatives in the Manhattan borough of New YorkVullo's nomination as superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) comes eight months after former superintendent Benjamin Lawsky left the agency. Under Lawsky the NYDFS earned a reputation as an aggressive regulatory body that used creative new tactics to extract hefty fines from global banks and other financial institutions.


Virginia man accused of trying to join ISIS to remain jailed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 07:02
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man accused of trying to join the Islamic State and fight in Syria has been ordered to remain in jail pending trial.

PECO workers trim trees, chances of storm power outages

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 06:58

PECO workers trim trees, chances of storm power outagesPECO contractors were busy Thursday trimming trees in Delaware County, cutting away branches from power lines that could trigger a real problem with the forecast calling for a lot of heavy, wet snow - the kind that causes power outages.


Reviled pharma exec would decline congressional questioning

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 06:56

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, file photo, Martin Shkreli, center, the former hedge fund manager under fire for buying a pharmaceutical company and ratcheting up the price of a life-saving drug, is escorted by law enforcement agents in New York after being taken into custody following a securities probe. U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, said a lawyer for Shkreli indicated he has not sought permission from a New York judge to appear at a congressional hearing Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, on drug prices, despite receiving a subpoena. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, reviled for hiking the price of a life-saving drug, would decline to answer questions if forced to appear before Congress, according to correspondence with lawmakers.


PECO workers cut trees, chances of storm power outages

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 06:55

PECO workers trim trees, chances of storm power outagesPECO contractors were busy Thursday trimming trees in Delaware County, cutting away branches from power lines that could trigger a real problem with the forecast calling for a lot of heavy, wet snow - the kind that causes power outages.


South Philadelphia residents getting storm essentials: Bacon and whiskey?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 06:52

 Bacon and whiskey?In South Philadelphia, residents are getting ready.


Ohio still looking into fatal overpass collapse year later

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 06:50

FILE - This Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 file photo shows work continuing in the aftermath of the bridge collapse on Interstate 75, in Cincinnati. A state analysis of a highway overpass collapse that killed a construction worker in southwestern Ohio has yet to be completed a year later and lawsuits over the accident continue as the man's family struggles with his loss. (Liz Dufour/The The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — A state analysis of a highway overpass collapse that killed a construction worker in southwestern Ohio has yet to be completed a year later and lawsuits over the accident continue as the man's family struggles with his loss.


FERC's Clark won't seek reappointment when term ends

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 06:29
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Tony Clark says he won't seek reappointment when his term ends June 30.

For third time, Colombian drug kingpin pleads guilty in U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 06:29

Police escort Colombian drug trafficker Daniel 'El Loco' Barrera as he is brought before the media, before being extradited to the U.S., at an airport in an anti-narcotics base in BogotaBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - For the third time in 15 months, a Colombian drug kingpin pleaded guilty on Thursday to U.S. charges that he conspired to manufacture and distribute hundreds of tons of cocaine annually that he trafficked throughout the world. The plea in Manhattan federal court clears the way for sentencing Daniel Barrera, who authorities say was one of the most prolific drug traffickers of the last two decades before his capture in Venezuela in 2012 following years in hiding. Barrera, also known as "Loco" (Crazy), was extradited from Colombia in July 2013 to face three indictments filed in federal courts in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Miami, and pleaded guilty in 2014 in the New York cases.


US program aims to get immigrants into court to track cases

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 06:23
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With tens of thousands of Central American immigrants arriving on the U.S.-Mexico border in the last two years, federal authorities are launching a program Thursday to encourage more of them to show up for their hearings in immigration court.

Report: Ohio suspect had threatened to kill officer before

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 06:21
DANVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A police report says a man accused of gunning down an Ohio village policeman had threatened to kill an officer three months ago.

Brazil economy shed 1.5 million payroll jobs in 2015

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 06:18
Brazil lost 1.5 million payroll jobs in 2015 amid a contracting economy that has led to high inflation and layoffs in the manufacturing and service sectors, the labor ministry said Thursday. The ministry ...

The Latest: Ex-officer's victim says justice was done

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 06:16

Daniel Holtzclaw, left, is escorted out of his sentencing in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was convicted of raping and sexually victimizing eight women on his beat. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The latest in the sentencing of a former Oklahoma City officer convicted of rape and sex assaults (all times local):


Ex-Oklahoma officer gets 263 years for rapes, sex assaults

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 06:15

Daniel Holtzclaw, center, stands with his attorneys Robert Gray, left, and Scott Adams, during his sentencing in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was convicted of raping and sexually victimizing several women on his beat. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former police officer convicted of raping and sexually victimizing women while on his beat in a low-income Oklahoma City neighborhood was ordered Thursday to spend the rest of his life in prison.


Leader of armed group at wildlife refuge is speaking to FBI

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 06:12

Renee Irvin holds a sign during a rally against the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by Ammon Bundy and his armed followers, while joining the rally at the Federal Building in Eugene, Ore., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. With the armed takeover of the national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon in its third week, Bundy and his armed group are still trying to muster up broad community support, so far without much luck. (Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard via AP) MANDATORY CREDITPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The leader of an armed group that for nearly three weeks has occupied a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon has begun speaking with the FBI.


U.S. tightens visa waiver rules for visitors after Paris attacks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 06:12

A traveler has his passport scanned as he passes through U.S. Customs and Immigration after using the Cross Border Xpress pedestrian bridge between San Diego and the Tijuana airportThe United States on Thursday began implementing restrictions to its Visa Waiver Program under a law passed after last year's Paris attacks that makes it harder for citizens of some countries to visit. Several of the Islamic State attackers who killed 130 people in France held European passports that would have allowed them to easily enter the United States under the former system. Citizens of the 38, mainly European, countries in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP), who were previously able to travel to the United States for up to 90 days without a visa, must now obtain one if they have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria since March 1, 2011.