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California lawmaker's bribery trial postponed until he leaves office

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:25

File photo of California State Senator Ron Calderon in Sacramento(Reuters) - California state Senator Ron Calderon's trial on bribery charges has been delayed until after he leaves office this year. U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder, in a court order on Tuesday, rescheduled the suspended Democratic lawmaker's trial to May 19 from Sept. 16, finding that not pushing the case back would deny Calderon's lawyers the time they need to prepare their defense. Calderon is one of three California state senators, along with Democrats Roderick Wright and Leland Yee, who were suspended over ethics charges, costing their party a cherished two-thirds legislative majority in the Senate during an election year. Calderon, who has been in the California Senate for 12 years and who had served four years in the state Assembly, is charged in a federal grand jury indictment with taking some $100,000 in cash bribes, along with plane trips, golf outings and jobs for his children, in exchange for influencing legislation.

Texas woman sentenced to life in prison for starving stepson to death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:22
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas woman was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison for her role in starving her 10-year-old stepson to death and then dumping his body in a creek bed. Elizabeth Ramsey, 33, was found guilty on Tuesday by a Dallas County jury in the death of Johnathan Ramsey in 2011 and given the life sentence by the same jury, which deliberated for an hour on her punishment. Ramsey's lawyers had asked jurors to find her guilty of a lesser charge, arguing that the boy's father and her husband, Aaron Ramsey, forced her to participate in the crime and prevented her from contacting law enforcement officials to save Johnathan. Aaron Ramsey was sentenced to life in prison last year in the boy's death.

Libyan al Qaeda suspect's legal defense financed by foreign government

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:21

A courtroom sketch shows Nazih al-Ragye known by the alias Abu Anas al-Liby as he appears in Manhattan Federal Court for an arraignment in New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A foreign government is paying for the criminal defense of alleged senior al Qaeda militant Anas al-Liby, his defense lawyer told a U.S. judge on Wednesday. Al-Liby, whose real name is Nazih al-Ragye, was captured in October in Libya by U.S. forces and brought to the United States to face terrorism charges in connection with the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. It was not immediately clear whether the government is Libya, which condemned the seizure as an unauthorized operation within its borders. Al-Liby’s lawyer, Bernard Kleinman, declined to disclose the identity of the governmental “entity” covering his fees during the court hearing in New York federal court.

Florida death row inmate's appeal wins backing from former prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:18
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A death row inmate's appeal for a new trial in Florida has won the backing of 14 former prosecutors and government attorneys who either sought or defended many death sentences in their careers. Clemente Aguirre, 33, was convicted in the 2004 stabbing murders of his neighbors at a Seminole County trailer park. New evidence since his 2006 conviction, especially DNA found in the trailer, point to a mentally ill relative of the victims who later confessed twice during mental breakdowns to the murders, according to Aguirre’s appeal to the Florida Supreme Court. “A new trial is warranted because the state’s circumstantial evidence no longer can exclude the very reasonable and credible hypothesis of innocence,” the lawyers wrote in a friend-of-the-court brief filed last week.

Doubts raised about Texas plan to send National Guard to border

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:17
By Jon Herskovitz and Jim Forsyth AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - As Texas prepares to send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure its border with Mexico, several sheriffs in the region are expressing doubts on whether the money spent for the deployment could be better used elsewhere. The National Guard said the troops were expected to be deployed in the next 30 days to support the state's border security operation and work with law enforcement officers to keep criminals from entering the United States.

Spokeswoman: Indiana teen pilot dies in crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:16

In this Thursday, June 19, 2014 photo, Babar Suleman and son Haris Suleman, 17, stand next to their plane at an airport in Greenwood, Ind. before taking off for an around-the-world flight. On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, a single-engine plane with two aboard crashed in waters off American Samoa, with a registration number matching the plane flown by the Indiana teen attempting to fly around the world in 30 days. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Robert Scheer)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana teenager who was attempting to set a record for an around-the-world flight has died in a crash over the Pacific Ocean, a family spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Clinton launches baby-talking campaign in Oakland

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:14

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, center, speaks to parents and children at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Clinton spoke at an Oakland hospital event, which was sponsored by the Clinton Foundation and other community groups, to encourage parents to talk, sing and read to their young children. (AP Photo/Pool)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton launched a new campaign Wednesday — to encourage parents to talk, read and sing to their babies.

40 bodies from jet solemnly returned to Dutch soil

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:04

Pallbearers carry a coffin towards a hearse during a ceremony to mark the return of the first bodies, of passengers and crew killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, from Ukraine at Eindhoven military air base, Netherlands, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. After being removed from the planes, the bodies were taken in a convoy of hearses to a military barracks in the central city of Hilversum, where forensic experts will begin the painstaking task of identifying the bodies and returning them to their loved ones. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind.

Criminal probe of Cuomo administration urged

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:02
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Political foes of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called Wednesday for prompt criminal investigation of his administration following a news report that his office thwarted attempts by his own special corruption commission to investigate groups with ties to him.

Police investigate flag switch on Brooklyn Bridge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:00

Police investigate flag switch on Brooklyn BridgePolice are searching for four or five people they believe scaled to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge's two towers in the dead of night.

Officials: Williston fire burned chemicals; air OK

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:59

Smoke rises from the site of a fire in an industrial area of Williston, N.D. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Authorities have set up an evacuation zone within a half-mile radius of Red River Supply, the site of the fire. No injuries were immediately reported. Red River Supply provides services to oil companies working in North Dakota's oil patch. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — An emergency manager says this week's fire at a Williston oil field supply company likely burned dozens of different chemicals that were stored there.

Reading woman to drug dealers: Stay away

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:59

 Stay awayA Reading woman is letting everyone on her block know she won't tolerate crime.

Indiana teen dead, dad missing after crash ends world flight bid

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:58

Rescue personnel load a body recovered from a plane crash in the waters near American Samoa into an ambulanceA teenager from Plainfield, Indiana, who was trying to fly around the world in 30 days, is dead and his father is missing after their small plane crashed on Tuesday night near American Samoa, an official told Reuters on Wednesday. Haris Suleman, 17, and his father Babar were attempting a flight around the globe in a single-engine plane to raise funds for schools in Pakistan, according to a website where followers could track their progress. The airplane took off at 9:58 p.m. local time on Tuesday and crashed in the ocean at 10:15 p.m. in good weather, said Iuniasolua Savusa, director of Homeland Security for American Samoa.

Man linked to gun said 'bomber' was best friend

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:57

This combination made with Nov. 21, 2013 Massachusetts Bay Transit Police booking photos released Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by the Dorchester District Court in Boston shows Stephen Sergio Silva, after he was arrested and charged with selling marijuana at a Boston train station. Silva was arrested Monday, July 21, 2014 on federal charges of heroin trafficking and possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial number. The same gun was used to kill MIT police Officer Sean Collier during a manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, according to two people with knowledge of the case who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. (AP Photo/Massachusetts Bay Transit Police)BOSTON (AP) — A man linked to a gun used to kill a university police officer days after the Boston Marathon bombings told police he smoked marijuana every day because, in his words, "my best friend was the bomber," according to court documents.

New York Governor Cuomo's office intervened in corruption probe: NY Times

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:57

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference to announce a tentative contract agreement in Midtown Manhattan in New YorkNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office meddled with a commission he created to root out corruption in state politics, pushing back whenever it focused on groups tied to Cuomo, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. Now the commission's scrapped probes, which included hundreds of emails, subpoenas and internal documents from politicians and state agencies, are being investigated by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, the Times said.

Exclusive: Obama sends team to Texas to assess need for National Guard deployment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:56

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks before signing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act at the White House in WashingtonBy Jeff Mason SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has sent a team to Texas to assess whether a U.S. National Guard deployment would help to handle an immigration crisis at the Mexican border, White House officials told Reuters on Wednesday, having so far resisted Republican calls for such a move. The team, made up of officials from the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, departed on Tuesday and will be on the ground through Thursday. The White House had previously resisted calls from Republicans to deploy the National Guard to fight the onslaught of migrants from Central America because most of the unaccompanied minors and others making the crossing were turning themselves in voluntarily.

Long wait for Metro Silver Line coming to an end

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:51

The McLean station of Metro's Silver Line, on June 23, 2014, in McLean, Va. The $2.9 billion extension will open Saturday to passengers after decades of planning and questions about whether the project was worthwhile. (AP Photo/Matthew Barakat)McLEAN, Va. (AP) — In some spots, the train tracks rise 40 feet above some of Virginia's priciest real estate, held aloft by massive concrete trestles. In one tiny stretch, the tracks dive underground through the heart of Tysons Corner, northern Virginia's commercial hub.

Lanes open after truck crash near Ben Franklin Bridge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:51

Lanes open after truck crash near Ben Franklin BridgeAn overturned tractor-trailer is slowed traffic near the entrance of the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon.

Man charged in slaying of 5-year-old Miss. girl

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:45
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been charged with capital murder in the slaying and sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl who was taken from an apartment complex last week.

UN chief 'alarmed' at rockets put at UN Gaza site

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:40
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general says he is "alarmed" to hear that rockets were placed in a U.N.-run school in Gaza and that "subsequently these have gone missing."