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Woman: Ex-beau charged in Facebook killing told me he did it

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 17 min ago
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The ex-girlfriend of a man accused of using Facebook to lure a 15-year-old to her death testified Monday that he confessed to committing the killing.

Washington school won't reopen cafeteria where students shot

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 21 min ago
MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A high school in Washington state won't reopen the cafeteria where a student fatally shot four friends and wounded another before killing himself last October.

Florida group to sue FBI in death of friend of Boston bombing suspect

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 27 min ago

Elena Teyer speaks to reporters following a pre-trial conference for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the federal courthouse in BostonBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida Islamic group announced on Monday it has filed a formal notice with the FBI that it plans to sue the agency for $30 million in the death of Ibragim Todashev, a friend of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Todashev, 27, a Muslim Chechen immigrant, was killed in an Orlando apartment in May 2013 during FBI questioning about his links with the Boston suspects. The FBI said the agent shot Todashev after he attacked him. The notice was filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida (CAIR-Florida), a civil rights group, on behalf of Todashev's parents who accused the FBI in a statement on Monday of killing their son "in cold blood." Thania Diaz Clevenger, civil rights director for CAIR Florida, said the group was "seeking answers and justice for someone who was shot seven times by an FBI agent in his own home after hours of interrogation." An FBI spokesman said Monday the agency does not comment on pending litigation.

Midday Glance: Silver companies

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 31 min ago
Shares of some top silver companies are mixed at 1 p.m.: Hecla Mining Co. unchanged at $3.32. Pan American Silver Corp. rose $.03 or .3 percent, to $9.70. Silver Standard Resources Inc. fell $.17 or 3.2 ...

Jury back to deciding life for death for killer Jodi Arias

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 44 min ago
PHOENIX (AP) — Jurors are again considering whether convicted murderer Jodi Arias should get the death penalty or life in prison for killing her boyfriend.

Longtime South Carolina journalist John Shurr dies

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 48 min ago

John Shurr, long time South Carolina Associated Press bureau chief, is seen in a 2004 photo. Shurr, a longtime journalist and open government advocate who was The Associated Press' bureau chief in South Carolina for 20 years, died Sunday morning, March 1, 2015, said Bill Rogers, executive director of the South Carolina Press Association, and a longtime friend. He was 67. (AP Photo)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — John Shurr, a longtime journalist and open government advocate who was The Associated Press' bureau chief in South Carolina for 20 years, has died. He was 67.

HP's big deal: Tech giant buys Aruba Networks for $2.7B

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 51 min ago

FILE - This Nov. 14, 2011 photo, shows the company logo on a Hewlett-Packard keyboard at the Micro Center computer store in Santa Clara, Calif. Hewlett-Packard is buying wireless networking company Aruba Networks for about $2.7 billion, the biggest acquisition by HP in recent years, the company announced Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard is buying wireless networking company Aruba Networks for about $2.7 billion, in what amounts to HP's first major acquisition since its disastrous purchase of a British software company in 2011.

Prosecutors to seek death penalty for N.C. man in Muslims' killings: TV report

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 59 min ago

A makeshift memorial for Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad and Yusor's sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, who were killed by a gunman, is pictured inside of the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, in Chapel HillWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A North Carolina district attorney's office will seek the death penalty against a man indicted in the shooting deaths of three young Muslims in Chapel Hill last month, television station WTVD reported on Monday. Craig Hicks, 46, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of a newlywed couple who were his neighbors and the wife's sister at a condominium complex, killings that drew international attention. The Durham County District Attorney's Office could not be immediately reached for comment on Monday about plans to pursue the death penalty against Hicks should he be convicted. WTVD tweeted a photo of the office's notice of intent to seek the death penalty, which was dated Feb. 25.

Alzheimer's patient won't be charged in killing before exam

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 59 min ago
LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors will not file charges against an 87-year-old Alzheimer's patient accused of killing his roommate at an assisted living facility until they know if he is competent to stand trial.

New York lifts years-long ban on cellphones in public schools

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 1 min ago

A boy attends class at his elementary schoolBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's 1.1 million public school students were allowed for the first time in years to take their cellphones to school on Monday, when a controversial ban on them was lifted. Mayor Bill de Blasio said in January that he would seek to end the ban, which was imposed under his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, and was in effect since at least 2006. "I think it's way past time for this ban to be lifted," said Mona Davids, who heads the New York City Parents Union. Davids and other parents have complained that New York's old policy endangered students by making it difficult for them to call for help in emergency situations and to connect with their parents before and after school.

Ohio pair charged with locking up adopted kids, abusing them

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 4 min ago
A husband and wife kept their two adopted daughters in northeastern Ohio locked in a bedroom for all but a few hours each day where they were beaten, given little to eat and sexually abused by the man over at least two years, prosecutors said.

White House task force calls for increased oversight of police

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 4 min ago
By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A White House-commissioned task force released a report on Monday recommending increased oversight of local police forces in response to what President Barack Obama has described as "simmering distrust" between police and communities they serve. The task force called for police to report on the racial demographics of their departments and the citizens they stop, be more open to civilian scrutiny and seek consent before a search. Obama charged the group of law enforcement officials, academics and advocates with reviewing policing practices after nationwide demonstrations protesting a grand jury's decision not to indict a white Ferguson, Missouri police officer for last summer's fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager. The Justice Department's investigations into the officer, Darren Wilson, and the Ferguson Police Department are expected to conclude soon.

Federal study: Foster kids struggle to get health screenings

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 18 min ago
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Some foster children are not getting their required medical screenings even though the visits are paid for by Medicaid, federal health investigators warn in a study released Monday.

Witnesses testify against white supremacist charged in Kansas murders

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 24 min ago

Frazier Glenn Cross appears in court on murder charges in Olathe, KansasBy Kevin Murphy OLATHE, Kan (Reuters) - A Kansas police officer testified on Monday about finding a young boy and his grandfather shot in the head outside a Jewish community center, the first witness of many planned for a hearing in the case of a white supremacist charged with killing three people in a Kansas City suburb last April. As many as 22 witnesses could be called to testify in the case against Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 74 as a judge weighs whether or not he should stand trial. Cross was known to law enforcement as a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan who had repeatedly expressed hatred for Jewish people when he showed up in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park on April 13 and went on a shooting spree. Cross, also known as Glenn Miller, is charged with capital murder in the killings of Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather William Corporon, 69, outside the Jewish center, and first-degree premeditated murder in the killing of Terri LaManno, 53, who was shot to death outside the nearby Village Shalom Jewish retirement home.

Brutality charges against NY prison guards dropped in plea deal

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 48 min ago
By Caurie Putnam WARSAW, N.Y. (Reuters) - Three guards at New York's Attica prison pleaded guilty on Monday to official misconduct, and brutality charges against them in the beating of an inmate were dropped, prosecutors said. As part of their plea deal, the three guards resigned their posts at the maximum security prison in western New York, avoiding the possibility of a one-year prison term associated with the misdemeanor misconduct charge, the Wyoming County, New York District Attorney's office said. The case marked the first time criminal charges had been brought against state Corrections officers in New York for a non-sexual assault on an inmate, officials said. Jury selection in the trial of Keith Swack, Sean Warner and Matthew Rademacher had been slated to begin Monday morning in state Supreme Court in Warsaw, New York, some 45 miles east of Buffalo and about 14 miles southeast of Attica.

More snow, ice ahead for northern U.S.; Boston may break record

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 56 min ago

A man stands in falling snow at the shore of the Hudson River in the New York City suburban town of Nyack, New YorkWinter's relentless battering was poised on Monday to hit northern states across the nation with more snow and ice as the season's bitter weather stretched its reach into the early days of March. Icy travel conditions are expected in St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York and Boston, the weather website said. Three to four more inches of snow is likely with the next storm in Connecticut and Massachusetts, the National Weather Service said. Boston, which posted its coldest February on record and its second-snowiest ever, was likely to see two to four inches of new snow on top of the more than 102 inches recorded so far this winter.

Department of Justice to criticize Ferguson police in report due soon: NY Times

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 6 min ago

Demonstrators carry a banner through Grand Central Station during a protest against police violence towards minorities in New YorkThe U.S. Justice Department could release as soon as this week a report criticizing police in Ferguson, Missouri for unfairly targeting black residents with tickets and arrests in the years before an officer killed teenager Michael Brown, according to The New York Times. The police department's behavior created a tense racial environment and culture of animosity between black residents and police in Ferguson, the newspaper said, citing several officials who have been briefed on the report's conclusions. The Justice Department launched a pair of investigations into the police department after the shooting. Attorney General Eric Holder said after visiting Ferguson last year that many black residents expressed mistrust and fear of police.

Bill Gates repeats at top of Forbes' list of billionaires

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 7 min ago

FILE - In this May 5, 2014 file photo, Microsoft co-founder and Berkshire Hathaway board member Bill Gates speaks during an interview with Liz Claman on the Fox Business Network in Omaha, Neb. Forbes on Monday, March 2, 2015 said that Gates's net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year. That put him at the top of the magazine's list of the world's billionaires for the second consecutive year. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The world's richest person got even richer this year. And a basketball superstar-turned-owner made the list for the first time.

Arizona jury to resume deliberations in Jodi Arias death penalty case

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 8 min ago

Jodi Arias sits in the Maricopa County Superior Courtroom in PhoenixA jury in Phoenix is due to resume deliberating on Monday whether Jodi Arias should be put to death for murdering her ex-boyfriend in 2008, after a penalty phase retrial ended last week in the closely watched case. Arias, a 34-year-old former waitress from Salinas, California, was convicted of the murder in 2013, but jurors at the original trial deadlocked on whether she should be executed. A new jury was seated in October. The defense pleaded with jurors for Arias' life at closing arguments last week, saying she was remorseful, has had a long struggle with mental illness and was emotionally and physically abused as a child.

NYC rent-stabilized leases off-limits in bankruptcy: court

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 10 min ago
A U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday that an elderly Manhattan woman's rent-stabilized lease could not be seized and sold to satisfy her creditors after she filed for bankruptcy, a decision that could affect more than 2 million New Yorkers. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Mary Santiago-Monteverde's lease, which she has had for more than four decades, qualified as a "local public assistance benefit" that state law places off-limits to bankruptcy creditors. Santiago-Monteverde, who is in her 80s and pays about $700 a month rent in the East Village, filed for bankruptcy in 2011 after her husband died because she could not pay off credit card debt, according to court papers. In November, the New York Court of Appeals, the state's top court, rejected claims by Santiago-Monteverde's bankruptcy trustee, John Pereira, that only cash payments from the government count as public assistance.