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In Illinois homecoming, Obama calls for improved tone in U.S. politics

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 05:43

U.S. President Barack Obama greets supporters after speaking at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield, IllinoisPresident Barack Obama paid a nostalgic visit on Wednesday to the place that launched his political career and made a renewed call for better relations between Republicans and Democrats to create a more positive tone in U.S. politics. Obama won the White House in 2008 partially on a promise to overcome partisan divides in Washington. On the ninth anniversary of his 2007 announcement in Springfield that he was running for president, Obama addressed Illinois lawmakers at the state Capitol where he once worked as a state senator in what he described as a collegial, friendly atmosphere.

Clothing salesman convicted of killing New York shopkeepers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 05:19
NEW YORK (AP) — A clothing salesman on trial for the serial slayings of three New York City shopkeepers has been convicted of murder.

Oklahoma man charged with decapitating his grandmother

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 05:18
An Oklahoma man has been arrested on first-degree murder charges on suspicion of shooting his grandmother and her husband, and then cutting off their heads at their home, which is also used as a daycare center, police said on Wednesday. Quinton Laster, 20, was arrested on Tuesday on charges of murdering Sharon Reed, 59, and her husband James Reed, 78, at their Oklahoma City home.

Former L.A. County sheriff to plead guilty to corruption charge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 05:12

File photo of Los Angeles County Sheriff Baca waiting to visiting inmates in the Men's Central Jail following a news conference to address the Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence report on his department's management of the jail system in Los AngelesFormer Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has agreed to plead guilty to lying to federal investigators conducting a corruption and civil rights probe of the nation's largest county jail system, the U.S. Attorney's Office said on Wednesday. U.S. Attorney Eileen Decker said the plea agreement with prosecutors, if approved by a judge, calls for the former sheriff to serve a maximum sentence of six months in jail.

Search finds 2nd plane in ocean off Los Angeles coast

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 05:12
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Searchers have recovered the second of two small planes believed to have collided over the ocean outside the port of Los Angeles last week.

Pennsylvania attorney general survives vote to remove her

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 05:11

FILE - In this June 23, 2014 file photo, Pennsylvania state Attorney General Kathleen Kane releases the results of a probe into the Jerry Sandusky child molestation investigation during a news conference in Harrisburg, Pa. On Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, Pennsylvania senators debated whether to remove Kane from office because her law license is suspended while she defends herself against criminal charges. (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower, File)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's embattled attorney general survived a Senate vote to remove her from office on Wednesday as all but one of her fellow Democrats stood by her, defeating a resolution that said her lack of a valid law license had rendered her unable to perform her official duties.

Unruly passenger diverts Boston-San Diego flight to Denver

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 05:10
DENVER (AP) — A plane heading to San Diego was diverted to Denver after witnesses say a passenger started yelling threats.

Woman, 2 daughters fatally stabbed at NY hotel; 3rd kid hurt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 05:09

New York City police enter a hotel, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, while searching for a murder suspect in the Staten Island borough of New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — A man repeatedly stabbed his girlfriend and all three of her children Wednesday morning at a hotel that was being used for homeless housing, killing her and two of her daughters, authorities said.

Nebraska man pleads guilty, gets two life sentences in murders

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 05:07
Roberto Martinez-Marinero, 25, also had faced a kidnap charge for allegedly throwing his 11-month-old half-brother in a dumpster. Ismenia Marinero was fatally stabbed and beaten with a baseball bat and the 4-year-old boy was thrown from a bridge over the Elkhorn River, according to the Omaha World-Herald. Martinez-Marinero also pleaded guilty to one count of using a weapon to commit a felony, Kleine said.

Prosecutors: Charges upgraded in airline gun smuggling case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 05:06
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors have upgraded charges in a gun trafficking case in which they allege at least two Delta Air Lines employees helped take guns on commercial flights in carry-on luggage from Georgia to New York.

Michigan governor seeks $300 million for Flint water, Detroit schools

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 05:06

Flint Mayor Weaver and Flint School District Superintendent Tawwab await to testify before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on the Flint, Michigan lead water crisis in WashingtonThe Republican governor, who has come under fire for the health crisis in Flint due to unsafe drinking water and for the financial crisis at DPS under emergency managers he appointed, told lawmakers that resources to address the problems are available due to the state's improving economy.

Carly Fiorina Suspends 2016 Presidential Campaign

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:56
Fiorina announced today she's suspending her campaign.

Second investigator in probe of slain Texas deputy fired for misconduct

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:54

A statuette is seen near other mementos and messages left at the scene of a policeman's shooting in HoustonAn investigator in the fatal ambush shooting of a Houston-area deputy has been fired for inappropriate behavior, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said on Wednesday, making him the second person in the probe to be terminated. The office said it had fired Deputy M. DeLeon on Tuesday for being untruthful in the course of the investigation into the death of Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth. Goforth, 47, was fatally shot in a hail of bullets on Aug. 28 as he fueled a patrol car at a Houston-area gas station.

Jailed church official wins latest child-endangerment appeal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:53
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Roman Catholic church official could soon seek bail after a Pennsylvania appeals court refused to review a decision to throw out his child-endangerment conviction.

Rare weather event produces spontaneous snowballs in Idaho

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:50

This Jan. 30, 2016 photo provided by The Nature Conservancy shows a rare weather event that caused the spontaneous snowballs at The Nature Conservancy’s Silver Creek Preserve and surrounding fields near the tiny town of Picabo, Idaho. The National Weather Service says snow rollers are caused by an unusual combination of snowfall around a couple inches with the right water density and temperatures near freezing followed by strong winds. (Sunny Healey/The Nature Conservancy via AP)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Thousands of snowballs rolled in a flat central Idaho field look like the work of hundreds of ambitious kids — except there are no human tracks.

88 students sickened at Ursinus College, cause unknown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:36

88 students sickened at Ursinus College, cause unknownHealth officials say at least 88 students have been sickened at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Montgomery County.

Gun owner quells Pennsylvania teen melee that left officers hurt: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:33
The melee erupted on Friday in an outdoor corridor used by about 4,000 high school and middle school students. An officer was called to break up a fight between two teens and after taking one into custody another jumped on his back, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said on Wednesday. "I think in this particular case, this Good Samaritan probably saved the officer from significant injury and, God forbid, one of the students from getting hurt by police," Chitwood said.

The Latest: Pennsylvania AG vows to continue email probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:32

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2013 file photo, then-Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and others applaud Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, right, after she took her oath of office at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. On Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, Pennsylvania senators debated whether to remove Kane from office because her law license is suspended while she defends herself against criminal charges. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The latest on the Pennsylvania Senate's plan for a vote on Wednesday to remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane (all times local):

U.S. payday lending crackdown brings race car driver's arrest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:30
U.S. authorities on Wednesday launched a broad offensive against abusive online pay lenders, arresting three people tied to the industry, including a race car driver, for exploiting more than 5 million cash-strapped consumers. Prosecutors said Scott Tucker, who competes on U.S. and European racing circuits, ran a $2 billion enterprise that used sham tribal relationships to claim immunity from state enforcement actions over its abusive lending practices. An indictment filed in Manhattan federal court said Tucker earned hundreds of millions of dollars in profits through payday loans, spending on luxury homes, cars, jewelry, a private plane and his professional racing team, Level 5 Motorsports.

Former priest charged in 1960 rape, murder of Texas beauty queen

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:28

John Feit, 83, is shown in this Maricopa County Sheriff's Office photo tweeted after his arrest in ArizonaA former Catholic priest has been charged in a 55-year-old murder case in which he is suspected of beating and raping a beauty queen in south Texas shortly after taking her last confession, authorities said on Wednesday. John Feit, 83, was arrested on Tuesday evening in Arizona in connection with the 1960 slaying of Irene Garza, 25, in McAllen, Texas, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Arizona. During an initial court appearance Wednesday, Feit told a Maricopa County judge he will fight the return to Texas.