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Jury deliberations begin in 'American Sniper' killing trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:06
Prosecutors in the murder trial of an ex-Marine accused of killing "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man told jurors Tuesday before they began deliberations that they should disregard the insanity defense of the defendant's attorneys.

Police say jury has reached verdict in 'American Sniper' trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:06
STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Police say jury has reached verdict in 'American Sniper' trial.

Rescued sea turtle flown from Oregon to California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:56

Solstice, a rescued endangered olive ridley sea turtle, lies in a crate as she arrives Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Coronado, Calif. The turtle, who was rescued from frigid Northwest waters and treated at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, Ore., caught a ride back to California Tuesday on a Coast Guard training flight. The turtle was dehydrated with a body temperature 15 degrees below normal when she was found Dec. 21 on the Long Beach Peninsula in southwest Washington. She will undergo rehabilitation at Sea World in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — A sea turtle that was rescued from frigid Northwest waters and treated at the Oregon Coast Aquarium has caught a ride back to California on a Coast Guard training flight.

More cold, snow, ice, wintry mix expected Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:55

A man photographs the frozen Schuylkill River, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)States of emergencies have already been declared and schools have already been closed ahead of wintry weather mix that is expected to continue to batter a wide swath of the country on Wednesday.

Alaska quietly becomes 3rd state to legalize marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:31

In this Feb. 20, 2015 photo, Peter Lomonaco, co-founder of the Alaska Cannabis Club, and CEO Charlo Greene share a joint at their medical marijuana dispensary in Anchorage, Alaska. On Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, Alaska will become the third state in the nation to legalize marijuana. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska on Tuesday became the third U.S. state to legalize marijuana. But the historic day passed with little public acknowledgement in a state with a savvy marijuana culture that has seen varying degrees of legal acceptance of the drug for 40 years.

In a bind, Republicans offer vote on Homeland Security bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:21

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., accompanied by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., right, meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, to talk about his move to disentangle one of two contested immigration measures from the Homeland Security budget and debate the issues separately, as the Senate faces an impasse over provisions attached to the spending bill aimed at blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — A partial agency shutdown looming, Senate Republicans offered Tuesday to permit a vote on Homeland Security funding legislation stripped of immigration provisions backed by conservatives but strongly opposed by President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats.

Wisconsin Senate panel advances right-to-work bill as unions rally

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:18
By Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - A Wisconsin Senate committee on Tuesday advanced a proposal to make Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state after hours of public testimony and a rally by a couple of thousand union members opposed to the bill. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a potential Republican candidate for president in 2016, will sign a bill if it makes it to his desk, a spokeswoman has said. Walker backed a law to limit the power of public sector unions shortly after taking office in 2011, and in 2012 he survived a recall election sought by Democrats and union members, making him a favorite of conservatives nationally. Supporters say a right-to-work law could attract businesses to Wisconsin, while opponents contend such a law would be an assault on organized labor.

Highly skilled immigrant spouses can soon work in US

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:04
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — When Neha Mahajan's husband got a job transfer from New Delhi to New Jersey, she was excited to come along. But the thrill faded when the television reporter realized there was no way she could get a job in the United States because immigration rules barred her from working.

Ohio police chief's brother killed; girlfriend shoots self

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:58
The brother of Cleveland's police chief was fatally shot in the city, and the brother's girlfriend, suspected in his death, later shot herself when troopers stopped her vehicle along a western Pennsylvania highway, authorities said Tuesday.

Fireball seen in night sky in U.S. West was likely Chinese rocket

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:54
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A fireball spotted streaking across the night sky late on Monday in the western United States was almost certainly the body of a rocket used by China in December to launch a satellite, an astronomer said Tuesday. Residents in Rocky Mountain states such as Idaho, Utah and Montana reported seeing the rocket as it disintegrated in the atmosphere about 70 miles (113 km) above Earth, said Chris Anderson, manager of the Centennial Observatory at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls. An organization that studies orbital debris, or space junk, and attempts to pinpoint when and where objects will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere had earlier predicted that the rocket which began its descent last year after sending a Chinese satellite into orbit would likely be seen about 2 a.m. local time in northern Russia, Anderson said.

NYC, Orthodox Jews reach deal on circumcision suction ritual

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:37

In this Feb. 11, 2015 photo, Abraham Romi Cohn is handed a scalpel during the bris, or ritual circumcision, of Yosef Sananas in New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is negotiating a medical protocol that would allow for religious freedom as it navigates health officials' concern over the practice of oral suction during ultra-Orthodox circumcision ceremonies, in which a rabbi sucks blood from a wound on the penis. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — The city said Tuesday it has reached a tentative agreement with members of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community over a tradition known as oral suction circumcision.

Autistic boy goes to hospital after school cafeteria beating

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:34
LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — The parents of a Missouri sixth-grader with autism says he was severely beaten by another student in a school lunchroom.

Christie's budget proposes pension overhaul, benefit cuts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:28

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his budget address, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Trenton, N.J. Christie, who is considering a run for president in 2016, announced that the New Jersey Education Association — the state's largest teachers union and long one of his main political foils — has signed onto a "road map" for further reforms. He'll call on state lawmakers to join with him. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is considering a run for president in 2016, on Tuesday proposed a massive restructuring of the public employees' pension system as he unveiled a $33.8 billion state budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year.

'American Sniper' Case Handed Over to the Jury

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:26
The "American Sniper" murder trial has been handed over to the jury after both the defense and prosecution concluded their closing arguments.

Oregon police seize Native American relics headed for black market

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:06
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon State Police have seized dozens of Native American artifacts, some more than 5,000 years old, that were collected illegally and likely bound for the black market, authorities said on Tuesday. Among the items seized from a house in Klamath Falls were articles used during Indian funeral ceremonies and other items of cultural significance, Oregon State Police Sergeant Randall Hand said. No human remains were discovered. A prolonged drought has dried up parts of a regional watershed in the Klamath Basin in southern Oregon and Northern California, exposing archaeological areas normally concealed by water, Hand said. Hand said members of Oregon's Klamath Tribes had helped in a seven-month investigation into the archaeological disappearances from public lands.

Reddit, Google crack down on posting nude pics

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:03
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Reddit and Google are taking a tougher stance against nudity to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows.

Police: Driver of truck in California train crash arrested on felony hit-and-run charge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:02
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Police: Driver of truck in California train crash arrested on felony hit-and-run charge.

House, Senate GOP looking at food stamp overhaul

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:59
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are laying the groundwork for an overhaul of the nation's food stamp program, trying again after an unsuccessful attempt two years ago.

Senior admiral reiterates U.S. Navy commitment to F-35 warplane

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:54
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy remains committed to its plans to buy the carrier-based variant of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet and declare it ready for initial combat use by 2018, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michelle Howard said on Tuesday. Howard said there was no doubt the Navy would need tactical and strike aircraft based on aircraft carriers, and it was counting on the F-35 Lightning II to carry out that mission. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert said earlier this month that the next fighter after the F-35 would likely rely less on speed and stealth than current aircraft, saying "stealth may be overrated." His remarks revived lingering questions about the Navy's commitment to the $400 billion F-35 program, especially given its continued support for Boeing Co's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, and its electronic attack variant, the EA-18G, which are both due to end production after 2017.

Defense asks jurors to spare Jodi Arias' life in closing arguments

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:54

Jodi Arias sits in the Maricopa County Superior Courtroom in PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Defense lawyers pleaded for the life of convicted murderer Jodi Arias on Tuesday as closing arguments began in Arizona in a penalty phase retrial to decide whether the former waitress will be put to death for killing her ex-boyfriend in 2008. Arias, 34, was found guilty of the murder in 2013 after a trial packed with lurid details and graphic testimony that drew widespread attention. Defense lawyer Kirk Nurmi showed photographs of Arias throughout her life and portrayed her as a remorseful person who struggles with mental illness and who suffered emotional and physical abuse while growing up. "Starting the day of her birth, the cards were stacked against her," Nurmi told the Maricopa County Superior Court.