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NY inmate who sparked 3-week manhunt gets more prison time

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:21
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A convicted killer already serving life behind bars was ordered Wednesday to pay restitution and sentenced to additional prison time for his daring escape last year from a maximum-security prison in northern New York.

Convicted Maryland killer in 'Serial' podcast seeks new trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:19

SyedA Maryland man whose 2000 murder conviction was thrown into question by the popular "Serial" podcast was in court on Wednesday to argue he deserved a new trial because his lawyers had done a poor job with his case. Adnan Syed, 35, appeared in a prison jumpsuit in a courtroom packed with family members, supporters and the producer of the podcast. On the first day of a hearing expected to run through Friday, defense attorney C. Justin Brown asked Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Martin Welch for a new trial for Syed.

Snyder calls for $30M in state help for Flint water bills

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:19

FILE - In a Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 file photo,Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Snyder has released some, but not all, of his government emails related to Flint’s water emergency. The 274 pages cover 2014 and 2015. That includes the 18-month period during which the city switched its water source while under state financial management until it reconnected to Detroit’s system because of lead contamination blamed on state regulatory failures. Snyder has withheld the emails of others in the executive office along with his own emails from earlier. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislative leaders said Wednesday they are open to spending $30 million to help pay the water bills of Flint residents facing an emergency over a lead-contaminated water supply, though a top Democrat said the proposed state funding should be doubled.

New lawyer silences bad-boy ex-pharma CEO Martin Shkreli

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:15

Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, left, and his new lawyer Benjamin Brafman arrive at court in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Shkreli, who has become the poster child of pharmaceutical-industry greed after hiking the price of an anti-infection drug by more than 5,000 percent, is scheduled to appear at a congressional hearing on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Bad-boy ex-pharmaceutical company CEO and prolific social media user Martin Shkreli has been muzzled.

Ailing media mogul Sumner Redstone resigns as chair of CBS

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:13

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2011 file photo, Sumner Redstone arrive at the premiere of "Footloose" in Los Angeles. CBS says media mogul Redstone has resigned as chair of the company’s board, replaced by the company’s CEO, Leslie Moonves. The company says Redstone’s resignation took effect Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, and he now serves as chairman emeritus. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Sumner Redstone, the ailing 92-year-old media mogul who controls media giants CBS and Viacom, has stepped down as executive chairman of CBS amid a courtroom battle over his health and mental capacity. CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves will replace him as chairman.

Suspect in Ohio policeman's fatal shooting pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:13
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting a central Ohio policeman with a stolen pistol pleaded not guilty Wednesday and was jailed without bond in the potential death penalty case.

The Latest: Suspect in Ohio officer's death has 3 attorneys

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:12
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the slaying of an Ohio policeman (all times local):

Lawmakers propose bill to privatize air traffic control

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:08

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2008, file photo an air traffic controller stands beneath a radar screen in the control tower at Washington's Reagan National Airport. House Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. Bud Shuster, R-Pa., is launching a push this week to take control of that system away from the government and hand it to a non-profit corporation directed by the airlines, airports, and labor unions, among others. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Responsibility for the nation's air traffic control operations would shift from the government to a private, nonprofit corporation under legislation introduced Wednesday as part of an overhaul of how Washington oversees the aviation system.

U.S. Capitol temporarily shuts its police gun firing range

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:06
It seems even the U.S. Capitol Police are not immune. The law enforcement agency has a brand new firing range in the basement of one of the sprawling House of Representatives' office buildings adjacent to the U.S. Capitol. "The range designers are looking at operational design concerns, so it is the design of the range," spokeswoman Tasha Jamerson told Reuters.

Obama visits a mosque to send pointed message to non-Muslims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:05

Obama waves farewell to students after his remarks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque in Catonsville, MarylandBy Roberta Rampton CATONSVILLE, Md. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama made his first visit to a U.S. mosque on Wednesday, in an effort to allay the fears of Americans accustomed to pop-culture portrayals of Muslims as terrorists, and to reassure Muslim American youth about their place in the nation. Obama, declaring that attacks on Islam were an attack on all religions, decried the "inexcusable political rhetoric" against Muslims from Donald Trump and other Republican presidential candidates. "When any religious group is targeted, we all have a responsibility to speak up." Trump, the Republican front-runner, called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States after authorities described a California couple who killed 14 people last December as radicalized Muslims inspired by Islamic State militants.

Obama to seek 1.6 percent pay raise for federal government workers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:01

Obama delivers remarks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque in Catonsville, MarylandThe Obama administration next week will propose a 1.6 percent pay increase for federal employees, an administration official said on Wednesday. The proposal will be included in President Barack Obama's budget proposal for fiscal year 2017, which is set to be unveiled on Tuesday. The pay raise would apply to military and civilian personnel, the official said in a statement.

After execution, Georgia already planning for the next one

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:00

This undated photo provided by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows Brandon Astor Jones in Georgia. Jones, a 72-year-old death row inmate, is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. He was convicted in the 1979 killing of a convenience store manager. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — After carrying out the execution of its oldest death row inmate this week, Georgia is already preparing for the next lethal injection.

Flooding concerns after record snow in Lehigh Valley

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:56

Flooding concerns after record snow in Lehigh ValleyThe concern has moved from the record amount of snow from the blizzard to flooding in Palmer Township, Northampton County.

U.S. lawmakers chastise officials at all levels over Flint crisis

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:55

The front of the Flint Water Plant is seen in Flint,U.S. lawmakers criticized environmental officials at a hearing on Wednesday for not acting sooner when they saw a report that drinking water in Flint, Michigan was polluted with dangerously high levels of lead. "I never thought this could happen in America," and in a state, "surrounded by fresh water of the Great Lakes," Brenda Lawrence, a Democrat of Michigan, said at a House Oversight panel examining the water crisis in Flint, a city of 100,000. Thousands of children are believed to have ingested the polluted water in Flint, a mostly African American and Latino suburb near Detroit.

Philadelphia police van with shooting victims crashes in Grays Ferry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:54

Philadelphia police van with shooting victims crashes in Grays FerryPhiladelphia police officers taking shooting victims to the hospital were involved in a crash in Grays Ferry.

Federal jury awards $23.1 million to unarmed black man shot, paralyzed by Florida sheriff's deputy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:53
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Federal jury awards $23.1 million to unarmed black man shot, paralyzed by Florida sheriff's deputy.

Rick Santorum's campaign schedule on hold

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:53

Rick Santorum's campaign schedule on holdRepublican presidential candidate Rick Santorum's campaign schedule is on hold, according to the director of his South Carolina campaign.

Flint crisis reaches Capitol Hill, and it's a blame game

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:50

Flint, Mich. resident Glaydes Williamson holds up water from Flint and hair pulled from her drain, during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing to examine the ongoing situation in Flint, Mich., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Michigan should have required the city of Flint to treat its water for corrosion-causing elements after elevated lead levels were first discovered in the city's water a year ago, the state's top environmental regulator says in testimony prepared for congressional hearing. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)WASHINGTON (AP) — Government officials tangled on Wednesday over who was to blame for the crisis in Flint, Michigan, that allowed lead-contaminated water to flow to thousands of residents at a combative congressional hearing that devolved into a partisan fight over witnesses and no-shows.

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:47
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks staged a rapid comeback in late-afternoon trading to close solidly higher Wednesday, helped by a surge in the price of oil and a decline in the U.S. dollar.

DA in Bill Cosby case says non-prosecution deal is invalid

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:46

DA in Bill Cosby case says non-prosecution deal is invalidThe prosecutor in the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby argued Wednesday that his predecessor had no legal authority to make a deal a decade ago that would shield the comedian from ever facing charges.