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Accused ISIS plotter in North Carolina charged with earlier murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 06:31
Justin Nojan Sullivan, 19, of Morganton, North Carolina, is charged with murder in the December 2014 slaying of John Bailey Clark, said Burke County District Attorney David Learner. Sullivan also faces seven federal charges related to supporting Islamic State and plotting murders, according to an 11-page federal indictment unsealed Monday. Islamic State is a militant group that controls parts of Syria and Iraq and has vowed attacks on the West.

Truck driver charged in Tracy Morgan crash pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 06:26

Truck driver charged in Tracy Morgan crash pleads not guiltyA truck driver accused of crashing into a limo van carrying comedian Tracy Morgan, injuring him and killing one of his comic friends, pleaded not guilty Monday.

Judge puts all capital murder trials on hold in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 06:20
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A judge has halted all trials and penalty hearings in Delaware capital murder cases while the state's Supreme Court mulls the constitutionality of the state's death penalty law.

Asian elephant found dead at Oklahoma zoo; second to die in months

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 06:20
An Asian elephant that was moved from Seattle to an Oklahoma zoo died over the weekend, renewing debate over whether 37-year-old Chai should have been retired to a California wildlife sanctuary instead. The Oklahoma City Zoo is conducting a necropsy on Chai, who arrived in May from Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo along with 48-year-old female elephant Bamboo. The elephants were moved because the Seattle zoo was closing its elephant exhibit.

Violent robbery, stabbing in Logan caught on video

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 06:17

Violent robbery, stabbing in Logan caught on videoA violent robbery in the Logan section of Philadelphia has left the victim hospitalized in critical condition.

Man shot and killed by police after fatally stabbing K-9

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 06:16
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man fatally stabbed a police dog while brawling with officers at a busway in the Pittsburgh suburbs before police opened fire and killed the suspect, authorities said.

The Latest: Heavy snow likely won't hit Iowa during caucuses

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 06:13

Flagstaff resident Audrey Reichstadt of Flagstaff, Ariz. on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. A storm dropped snow and rain on the region, shuttering schools and making travel difficult. (AP Photo/Josh Biggs)DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a storm system moving across the West (all times local):

Ex-Maryland judge pleads guilty to ordering defendant shocked in court

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 06:10
The defendant fell to the floor screaming in pain after the electrical charge ordered by then Charles County Circuit Court Judge Robert Nalley, Jr in July 2014, the U.S. Attorney's Office for Maryland said. Nalley ordered the deputy sheriff to activate the stun cuff, which delivered an electrical jolt for about five seconds.

Indicted Texas attorney general denied OK to use donors

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 06:09

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2015 file photo, Texas Attorney Gen. Ken Paxton, second left, arrives at the Tarrant County Courthouse for a hearing on his felony securities indictment, in Fort Worth, Texas. Paxton, who says he won’t resign despite criminal charges of defrauding investors and a separate investigation into a profitable land deal, may soon let supporters cover his costly legal bills, an arrangement that would skirt the general ban on using donor money for personal use. Texas. A state ethics board is expected to decide Monday, Feb. 1 if the Republican can lean on supporters to cover what will likely be a lengthy and expensive courtroom battle. (Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison via AP)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State ethics regulators denied Texas' attorney general their blessing Monday to let political donors pay his criminal defense, a surprise decision that could intensify pressure on the state's top prosecutor.

1 killed, 1 injured in small plane crash near Houston

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 06:06
ARCOLA, Texas (AP) — A flight instructor is dead and a student hospitalized after a small plane crashed at a private Houston-area airfield during a training flight.

Martial arts hold used on teen before detention center death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 06:04
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A martial arts hold was used on a teenager hours before she was found dead at a Kentucky detention center, according to the state Department of Juvenile Justice.

Exclusive: Pentagon to hike spending request to fund fight versus Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 06:01

Obama speaks at the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act event in WashingtonPresident Barack Obama's administration will seek a significant increase in funding for the fight against Islamic State as part of its 2017 defense budget request, U.S. officials say, in another possible sign of U.S. efforts to intensify the campaign. The fiscal year 2017 Pentagon budget will call for more than $7 billion for the fight against Islamic State, a roughly 35 percent increase compared with the previous year's request to Congress, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is due to disclose his spending priorities for the $583 billion 2017 defense budget on Tuesday in an address to the Economic Club of Washington.

US seeks to nix charges against Iranian man in prisoner swap

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 05:54
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government urged a Manhattan judge on Monday to drop charges against an Iranian man to satisfy the terms of a prisoner swap between the countries.

Amtrak engineer recalls opening throttle before fatal crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 05:36

This photo provided by the National Transportation Safety Board shows one of the final frames from the onboard video recorder on the Amtrak train that crashed on a turn as it was leaving Philadelphia on its way to New York on May 12, 2015. The image is part of a large number of documents released by the NTSB on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, as part of their investigation into the crash that killed eight people and injured nearly 200 others. (NTSB via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — The last thing Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian remembers before last May's fatal crash in Philadelphia is pushing the throttle forward to pick up speed and then braking when he felt the train going too fast into a sharp curve, according to a transcript of his interview with federal accident investigators.

Oakland port files for bankruptcy after tenant ends lease

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 05:36

A tug boat passes in front of a freighter at the Port of Oakland in OaklandOakland's Outer Harbor Terminal filed for Chapter 11 protection on Monday, two weeks after one of its biggest tenants said it was terminating a 50-year lease with the northern California port. Last month, Ports America, one of the largest marine cargo operators in the country, said it was shifting its business from the Oakland port to other cities along the West Coast, including Los Angeles and Long Beach. In a Chapter 11 petition filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, Outer Harbor Terminal, which operates part of the Oakland port, listed both assets and liabilities of between $100 million and $500 million.

The Latest: Couple suspected in hotel robbery, abduction

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 05:31
VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the search for two suspects in the abduction of a woman from her Alabama home (all times local):

Approaching snow, wind likely won't disrupt Iowa caucuses

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 05:28
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Heavy snow and strong winds are expected to move into Iowa, but likely not until after voters gather for the state's leadoff presidential caucuses. However, possible blizzard conditions could complicate candidates' plans to leave the next day.

Bret Hart, WWE Hall of Famer, reveals battle with cancer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 05:26

Bret Hart, WWE Hall of Famer, reveals battle with cancerThe "Hit Man" announced Monday he has prostate cancer.

Man jailed 7-plus years in Vegas gets 30 months' probation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 05:24
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A two-time ex-felon who had been jailed for more than seven years in Las Vegas without being convicted in a child sex assault case was sentenced Monday to 30 months of probation in a plea deal that had the sex charges against him dropped.

Wisconsin mayor tries to avoid replay of Groundhog Day attack

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 05:22
Mayor Paul Esser said the Madison suburb will also have a person in a groundhog costume on hand to make Sun Prairie's annual celebration on Tuesday safer and more humane. Groundhog Day celebrations will be held on Tuesday across North America.