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White House says has concerns about Drug Enforcement Administration

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 01:09

DEA administrator Michele Leonhart testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in a hearing on sexual harassment and misconduct allegations at the DEA and FBI in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday that it still has concerns about the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration following a recent Justice Department report alleging agents had participated in sex parties. White House spokesman Josh Earnest did not comment on media reports that the agency's director, Michele Leonhart, is expected to soon resign. (Reporting By Julia Edwards)


Suspicious cylinders force evacuation of St. Louis City Hall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 01:04

St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed calls out to other members of the board to gather and be given the oath of office in a park across the street from City Hall Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in St. Louis. The swearing in was moved outside after City Hall was evacuated Tuesday when two suspicious cylinders and a bag were found at three entrances to the sprawling government building downtown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Three suspicious items that forced the several-hour evacuation of St. Louis' City Hall on Tuesday turned out to be two abandoned carbon dioxide canisters and a bag, all ultimately deemed harmless after their discovery forced the swearing-in ceremony of recently elected aldermen to be moved to a nearby park.


U.S. Somali recruiter not dead, still active in Syria: officials

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:56
By Alistair Bell and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Somali-American who joined Islamic State as a fighter is alive and still trying to recruit young men from Minnesota to join him, law enforcement officials and a Somali community leader said, despite a report that he might have been killed in Syria. Abdi Nur, 20, who left Minneapolis for Syria last year, is frequently in touch online with young Somalis in Minnesota to try to entice them to join IS, Twin Cities Somali community elder Omar Jamal said.

AccuWeather: Breezy and Pleasant Today

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:47

 Breezy and Pleasant TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says early, lingering showers and thunderstorms give way to a breezy, bright day.


DEA chief expected to resign soon: CBS, CNN

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:38

DEA administrator Michele Leonhart testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in a hearing on sexual harassment and misconduct allegations at the DEA and FBI in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is expected to resign soon following recent revelations that agents had engaged in "sex parties" with prostitutes in Colombia, television news outlets CBS and CNN reported on Tuesday. The DEA declined to comment. Last week, U.S. lawmakers said they lacked confidence in agency chief Michele Leonhart. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Lisa Lambert)


Atlanta test-cheating case judge may reconsider harshest sentences

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:37
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Three former Atlanta public school administrators who received the stiffest prison terms among educators convicted in a test cheating scandal involving thousands of students could see their sentences reduced next week. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter's office said on Tuesday he has set a re-sentencing hearing for April 30 for former regional directors Tamara Cotman, Sharon Davis-Williams and Michael Pitts, the three highest-ranking school officials found guilty earlier this month on conspiracy charges. A state investigation in 2011 found that 38 principals and 140 teachers in the Atlanta school district were involved in cheating on 2009 tests.

National Zoo plans to breed pandas living in US, China

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:33
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists at the National Zoo have traveled around the world to prepare for this year's giant panda breeding season.

Oklahoma reserve deputy pleads not guilty in shooting death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:26

Handout of Reserve Deputy Robert Bates provided by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office in TulsaBy Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma reserve deputy pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in the death of a man he said he accidentally shot with a gun instead of a Taser, a Tulsa County District Court clerk said on Tuesday. Robert Bates, 73, an insurance executive who serves as a volunteer deputy with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the April 2 death of Eric Harris, 44.


Pennsylvania judge to rule on releasing video of police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:19
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday considered publicly releasing a graphic video that may shed light on the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a police officer during an attempted traffic stop in February. Officer Lisa Mearkle, 36, a veteran of the Hummelstown Police Department, is charged with criminal homicide in the death of David Kassick, 59, on February 2. At a hearing before Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Deborah Curcillo, all sides noted the likelihood of intense interest in the video after a series of fatal shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers in the United States. Mearkle's lawyers argued against releasing the video, saying the surrounding publicity would make it difficult to select an impartial jury at trial.

Trial begins for three Florida band members in hazing death of drum major

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:18
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Three former members of the Florida A&M University marching band members went on trial on Tuesday for manslaughter and felony hazing in the 2011 death of a drum major. Prosecutors initially accused more than a dozen members of the school's acclaimed "Marching 100" band of subjecting Robert Champion, 26, to a ritual beating on the band's bus to gain respect. Benjamin McNamee, Aaron Golson and Darryl Cearnel are the last members of the band to go on trial in Champion's death and each face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. "These young people ... all knew this was illegal," prosecutor Jeff Ashton told jurors in his opening statement.

U.S. top court curbs police drug-sniffing dogs in routine traffic stops

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:15
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday placed a new limit on when police can use drug-sniffing dogs, ruling the dogs cannot be employed after a routine traffic stop has been completed if there is no reasonable suspicion about the presence of drugs in the vehicle. The court ruled 6-3 in favor of a driver, Dennys Rodriguez, who was stopped in Nebraska and found to be transporting a large bag of methamphetamine following a dog sniff. In an opinion by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the court held that a traffic stop lengthened purely to conduct a dog sniff without reasonable suspicion would violate the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. Conservative Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Anthony Kennedy dissented.

Names of suspended Baltimore police officers released

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:10
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police have released the names of six officers who have been suspended with pay after the death of a man who was critically injured during an arrest.

Prosecutors: 'Rogue' distillery workers, others indicted in massive theft of Kentucky bourbon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:07
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Prosecutors: 'Rogue' distillery workers, others indicted in massive theft of Kentucky bourbon.

Questions, answers about police officers who confuse weapons

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 23:59

FILE - In this April 14, 2015 file photo, volunteer sheriff's deputy Robert Bates, right, arrives at the Tulsa County Jail with his attorney, Clark Brewster, in Tulsa, Okla. Bates,who killed an unarmed suspect in Tulsa, apologized for the shooting but described the confusion as a common problem in law enforcement. Experts agree that this is a real but very rare phenomenon that probably happens less than once a year nationwide. (Matt Barnard/Tulsa World via AP, File)Robert Bates, the volunteer sheriff's deputy who killed an unarmed suspect in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on April 2, says he accidentally fired his handgun when he meant to deploy his stun gun. Bates apologized for killing Eric Harris last week but described his deadly mistake as a common problem in law enforcement, saying: "This has happened a number of times around the country. ... You must believe me, it can happen to anyone."


15 to 20 dead dogs found along Ohio River near Pittsburgh

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 23:53
ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) — Fifteen to 20 dead dogs have been found along the Ohio River near Pittsburgh, and police are investigating it as foul play.

Attorneys aim to get founder of ultra-rich club released

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 23:45

FILE - In this April 29, 2009, file photo, Tim Blixseth arrives at the federal courthouse in Missoula, Mont. A federal judge ordered the founder of a Montana mountain resort for the ultra-rich back to jail Monday, April 20, 2015, saying he failed to disclose what happened to $13.8 million from a Mexico resort sale. (AP Photo/Mike Albans, File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for the founder of a luxury Montana club planned Tuesday to file an emergency request with a federal appeals court seeking to free him after he was jailed for failing to disclose what happened to $13.8 million from the sale of a Mexican resort.


Cleveland officers want delay in lawsuit over boy's shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 23:17
CLEVELAND (AP) — Two Cleveland police officers involved in the deadly shooting of a 12-year-old boy who was carrying a pellet gun requested Monday that a judge delay the family's lawsuit against them.

Eritrea, North Korea called world's most censored states

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 22:35
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The small African nation of Eritrea tops even North Korea in its restrictions on the media, a new global report says.

Amnesty International condemns U.S. failure to act on torture report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 22:13
Amnesty International on Tuesday accused President Barack Obama's administration of granting "de facto amnesty" to people involved in a CIA program that detained and tortured militants captured after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. The human rights group said that since the release in December of a Senate report on the use of what the Central Intelligence Agency called "enhanced interrogation techniques," the administration had done nothing to end impunity for those who mistreated prisoners. Amnesty researcher Naureen Shah said the administration was effectively granting immunity from prosecution by failing to thoroughly investigate conduct that came to light in the five-year investigation.

U.S. Catholic bishop in child pornography case resigns

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 21:56
By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City, who remained in office for three years after he was convicted in 2012 of shielding a priest who took pornographic pictures of girls, has resigned, the Vatican said on Tuesday. "Pope Francis's removal of (Finn) is a good step but just a beginning," said Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org, a resource center for sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church. A judge in Kansas City convicted Finn in 2012 of failing to report suspected child abuse after a technician found pictures of young girls' genitals on a computer owned by Shawn Ratigan, a former priest of his diocese.