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Tsarnaev lawyers ask again to move trial outside Boston

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:54

FILE - This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The focus of the Boston Marathon bombing trial figures to be as much on what punishment Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face as on his responsibility for the attack. With testimony expected to start later in January 2015, the Justice Department has given no indication it is open to any proposal from the defense to spare Tsarnaev's life, pushing instead toward a trial that could result in a death sentence. (AP Photo/FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are making a third push to move his trial outside Massachusetts, citing a large number of prospective jurors who already believe he's guilty and the personal connections many have to the attack.


N.Y. state Assembly speaker charged with fraud in corruption probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:49

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is surrounded by reporters as he leaves Federal court, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in New York. Silver, who has been one of the most powerful men in Albany for more than two decades, was arrested Thursday on public corruption charges. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)By Nate Raymond and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, one of the state's most powerful politicians for more than two decades, was charged on Thursday with pocketing $4 million from bribery and kickback schemes. Silver, a Democrat who has served as the highest-ranking state assemblyman since 1994, was accused in a federal criminal complaint in New York, as authorities moved to seize $3.8 million in proceeds tied to the alleged corruption. The 70-year-old Silver, a licensed lawyer who represents Manhattan's Lower East Side, is known as one of Albany's three most powerful men, alongside Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. He became the latest addition to a long line of New York politicians implicated in corruption scandals.


Police: Man robbing grocery store suffers fatal heart attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:48
EDGEWOOD, Md. (AP) — Police say a man suffered a fatal heart attack as he was robbing a grocery store in Maryland.

Ruling made in Philadelphia teacher contract dispute

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:47

Ruling made in Philadelphia teacher contract disputeCommonwealth court has ruled that the School Reform Commission cannot cancel the contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.


College wants mountain namesake for role in Colorado history

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:42
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The way the College of William and Mary sees it, if not for its alumni, most of modern-day Colorado may never have been sold by France.

Mom of slain pharmacist says he trusted his accused killer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:39
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Hours after her pharmacist son and his girlfriend disappeared, Geraldine Kerkowski turned to his best friend for help.

Connecticut school massacre suit moved to U.S. federal court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:38

The car driven by Adam Lanza is pictured at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, ConnecticutBy Richard Weizel MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Gunmaker Remington won a bid to move a lawsuit by families of the victims of the Sandy Hook school massacre from state to federal court, officials said on Thursday. The move could help Remington by taking the suit out of the hands of a state system that might be influenced by local issues, said Timothy Lytton, a professor at Albany Law School. "The defendants must believe they have a better chance of stopping the lawsuit in federal court than in state court," he said, adding that federal courts have a track record of rejecting gun manufacturer liability cases. Ten families of the victims of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, filed suit in state court in December against Remington, owner of Bushmaster Firearms International, which manufactured the AR-15 rifle used in the attack.


Got Battery? Lots of low battery hacks but no quick fix

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:38

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2014, photo, travelers use a charging station at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. While the common lithium-ion battery that’s used to power laptops, cellphones and tablet computers has improved in recent years, the demand that us gadget addicts are placing on these batteries has soared. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)NEW YORK (AP) — At a cozy watering hole in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, bartender Kathy Conway counted four different phone chargers behind the bar. Call it the scourge of the red zone, call it battery anxiety. Smartphone users are tired of begging to charge devices behind bars or hunting for hidden electrical outlets in airports and train stations. Where, oh where, is a better battery?


AccuWeather: Snow/rain mix possible Saturday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:28

 Snow/rain mix possible SaturdayMeteorologist David Murphy says a snow and rain mix arrives before dawn on Saturday.


Woman says prison guards forced her to prove menstruation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:26
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A woman visiting an inmate at a privately run Tennessee prison says guards forced her to expose her genitals to prove she was menstruating when she tried to take a sanitary napkin into the facility, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

Pennsylvania court halts any action against attorney general

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:24
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's high court has at least temporarily blocked a prosecutor from taking action on a grand jury recommendation that the state attorney general be charged criminally in an investigation of alleged leaks of secret investigative material by her office.

Video shows student attacked by man on SEPTA trolley

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:24

Video shows student attacked by man on SEPTA trolleyPolice are investigating the attack of a female student by an adult male on a SEPTA trolley that was caught on cellphone video.


Massive New Jersey apartment fire displaces hundreds

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:17

Massive New Jersey apartment fire displaces hundredsHampered by winds and frigid temperatures, firefighters battled a huge fire Wednesday night at a New Jersey apartment complex that sent flames sky high and smoke visible from New York City across the Hudson River.


ECB unleashes its most aggressive effort to revive economy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:15

President of European Central Bank Mario Draghi speaks during a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, following a meeting of the ECB governing council. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe's ailing economy will get a major dose of stimulus from the European Central Bank — a bond buying program designed to make loans and exports cheaper so companies can hire and expand.


Pa. Supreme Court halts any action against attorney general

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:14

Pa. Supreme Court halts any action against attorney generalPennsylvania's high court has at least temporarily blocked a prosecutor from taking action on a grand jury recommendation that the attorney general be charged criminally in an investigation of alleged leaks of secret investigative material by her office.


MLK estate drops lawsuit against King Center over licensing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:13

Rev. Bernice King, daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., speaks during a service honoring King at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King preached, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Atlanta. Rev. Bernice King, urged those gathered to act out against injustice. But she also said they should remember his message of nonviolence. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — With the dismissal of one of two lawsuits that effectively pitted them against each other, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children took a step Thursday toward resolving the issues that have divided them in recent years.


Judge dismisses potential jurors from Colorado shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:13

In this courtroom sketch, James Holmes, left, and defense attorney Tamara Brady are depicted, as they sit in court on the first day of jury selection in Holmes' trial, at the Arapahoe County Justice Center, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes, whose attorneys acknowledge opened fire at a midnight "Batman" movie back in 2012, is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 70 others. (AP Photo/Jeff Kandyba)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A judge released another 100 people on Thursday from jury selection in the Colorado theater shooting trial, as the difficult task of finding people to determine the fate of gunman James Holmes ended its third day.


Prosecutors: Ex-CIA man had motive to leak classified info

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:00
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A disgruntled ex-CIA officer was the only person with the knowledge, motive and opportunity to leak details of a classified operation against Iran to a New York Times reporter, prosecutors said Thursday.

Christie appoints emergency managers for Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 05:56

Christie appoints emergency managers for Atlantic CityNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie has called on a corporate turnaround specialist to act as Atlantic City's emergency manager.


Ohio man pleads not guilty to charges in Capitol terror plot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 05:54
CINCINNATI (AP) — A man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol and kill federal officials and workers there pleaded not guilty Thursday to all the charges against him.