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Court upholds conviction of ex-FBI agent tied to gangster 'Whitey' Bulger

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 01:17

Former mob boss and fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger is seen in a booking mug combination photoA Florida appeals court on Wednesday reinstated the 2008 murder conviction of Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger's longtime FBI handler for providing information the gangster used to carry out a 1982 hit. The state's full Third District Court of Appeals reversed its own decision of a year ago, which had found that the former agent, John Connolly, had been wrongly convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison for his role in the murder of John Callahan, the president of sports betting operation World Jai-Alai. Bulger's notorious Winter Hill gang had targeted Callahan for death because it wanted to take over the highly profitable operation.


Multi-vehicle crash on WB Pa. Turnpike in Lower Moreland

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 01:12

Multi-vehicle crash on WB Pa. Turnpike in Lower MorelandOne person was hurt in a multi-vehicle crash Wednesday morning that tied up traffic on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.


The Latest: Coast Guard: Search for missing boaters ongoing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 01:11

Andrew Grubowski, 10, of Palm City, Fla., releases a lantern during a vigil for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Stuart, Fla. The two teenagers have been missing since last Friday when they went out on a boat to go fishing from Tequesta, Fla. A search continues for the boys from the Atlantic waters off Daytona Beach, Fla, north through Savannah, Ga. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)TEQUESTA, Fla. (AP) — The latest on the search for the two Florida teens who went missing while on a fishing trip off Florida's Atlantic coast:


2 sought in Montgomery County identify theft spree arrested

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 01:10

2 sought in Montgomery County identify theft spree arrestedA man and a woman accused of identity theft, stealing well over $100,000, have been arrested.


Shooting at Delaware Park Racetrack

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 01:09
Police are investigating a shooting at Delaware Park Racetrack in Stanton, Del.

Teacher accused of sex with students pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 01:07
PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) — A teacher in the Iberville Parish school district accused of having sex with students has pleaded not guilty.

Cincinnati officer who fatally shot driver in traffic stop is indicted on murder charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 01:04
CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati officer who fatally shot driver in traffic stop is indicted on murder charges.

AccuWeather: Excessive Heat Warning Today

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 01:04

 Excessive Heat Warning TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says strong thunderstorms arrive Thursday afternoon.


Police boss' son pleads not guilty in plot to aid IS group

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 00:56
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Boston police captain's son accused of plotting an attack on a college campus in support of the Islamic State group pleaded not guilty Wednesday to weapons and assault charges.

Large fire forces evacuations in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 00:52

Large fire forces evacuations in KensingtonInvestigators are working to determine what sparked a large fire that forced evacuations in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.


Pelosi says charges against Rep. Fattah 'deeply saddening'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 00:52
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday that Justice Department charges against U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah were "deeply saddening." Pelosi said Fattah, a Pennsylvania Democrat, had stepped down from his leadership position on an appropriations subcommittee. U.S. prosecutors charged Fattah and four associates with bribery and other crimes related to his 2007 unsuccessful run for mayor of Philadelphia. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson)

Only a drill: Rescuers practicing at Philly sports complex

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 00:50

 Rescuers practice at Philly sports complexPhiladelphia's Office of Emergency Management said emergency workers will be conducting exercises around the South Philadelphia sports complex.


Activists rappel off Oregon bridge to stop Shell icebreaker

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 00:48

Activists hang from the St. Johns bridge in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, July 29, 2015, to protest the departure of Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica, which is in Portland for repairs. The icebreaker is a vital part of Shell's exploration and spill-response plan off Alaska's northwest coast. Greenpeace officials say the activists have enough water and food to last for days, and can hoist themselves to allow other marine traffic to pass. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Environmental activists rappelled off Portland's tallest bridge early Wednesday in an effort to stop a Shell Oil Arctic icebreaker from leaving the city.


Oklahoma governor to move daughter’s mobile home from mansion grounds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 00:47

Fallin speaks at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma CityBy Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A mobile home belonging to the daughter of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin will be removed from its parking spot on the grounds of the governor’s mansion after it was found to be in violation of zoning laws, the governor said on Wednesday. Christina Fallin, 28, has been living in the travel trailer near the state capitol since April and will vacate the property by Sunday.


New York state man charged with supporting Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 00:41
U.S. authorities arrested a man in western New York and charged him with supporting Islamic State by traveling to Turkey to help the militant group, the Justice Department said on Wednesday. Arafat Nagi, 42, of Lackawanna, New York, was charged with attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) discovered he had purchased military equipment and traveled to Turkey twice to meet with members of Islamic State.

TSA chief vows to close security gaps at U.S. airports

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 00:11

A Transportation Security Administration arm patch and shield is seen at Los Angeles International AirportBy Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new leader of the Transportation Security Administration said on Wednesday his top priority would be to close security gaps at airport checkpoints where an internal report showed 96 percent of undercover tests failed. Peter Neffenger, the agency's new administrator, told a congressional panel that front-line TSA employees would be trained by September to avoid the pitfalls that led to those failures. "My highest priority is to ensure solutions to the recent covert testing failures," Neffenger said.


Prosecutor to release video on University of Cincinnati police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 23:57
The prosecutor is due to announce at noon local time on Wednesday the decision of a grand jury that was looking into whether to bring charges against Ray Tensing, the University of Cincinnati police officer involved in the fatal shooting of Samuel Dubose, 43. It was not immediately clear whether the video was from a body camera worn by Tensing or another officer.

Man says he petted zoo cougars after calling 'Here, kitty'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 23:57
DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — A man who jumped a fence to pet cougars at the Columbus zoo and posted video of it on YouTube says he jokingly called "Here, kitty" and moved closer when the animals seemed to respond.

Appeals court upholds ex-FBI agent's murder conviction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 23:53
MIAMI (AP) — A divided appeals court on Wednesday upheld the murder conviction of a former FBI agent in the 1982 slaying of a Florida gambling executive in a case connected to imprisoned New England mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger.

Mass. man accused of plotting college bombing pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 23:52
The son of a Boston police captain arrested this month and accused of planning to bomb a college cafeteria on behalf of the Islamic State militant group pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to criminal charges. Alexander Ciccolo, 23, did not speak during his federal court appearance other than to enter his plea. Ciccolo told an informant that he wanted to build bombs similar to those detonated at the Boston Marathon in 2013 and federal agents saw him buy a pressure cooker similar to the ones used in that attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260, according to federal prosecutors.