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European cruise giant Viking plans Mississippi River tours

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:42
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — European river cruise giant Viking announced Tuesday that it will make its first North American home port in New Orleans, with Mississippi River cruises expected in 2017.

FBI seeking two suspects in Connecticut bank robbery bomb plot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:38
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation and police in Connecticut are seeking two men who forced a credit union executive to wear an explosive device in a complex robbery plot, police said on Tuesday. The incident began late Sunday night when two men confronted Matthew Yussman, 46, the financial officer of Achieve Financial Credit Union in New Britain, tied up his mother and placed a bomb-like device under her bed. Police found Yussman in a car outside his office with the device, which has been turned over the FBI for analysis, strapped on him.

Ohio Muslim man sues gym he said barred him from praying

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:37
(Reuters) - A Muslim man has sued an Ohio gym in federal court, alleging its employees violated his civil rights by telling him to stop praying in the locker room and threatening to kick him out if he did it again. Mohamed Fall, 28, has attended an LA Fitness in Cincinnati since October 2013, praying quietly after his workouts for about five minutes in a corner of the locker room, he said in the lawsuit filed on Monday. "Mr. Fall has observed others at LA Fitness engaged in religious prayer and related activities, such as making the sign of the cross," the lawsuit stated. "Upon information and belief, none of that behavior has ever been banned by LA Fitness.

Gun ownership rights appear to be moving target for U.S. justices

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:36
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared conflicted on Tuesday over the gun ownership rights of a convicted felon from Florida who wants to sell the 19 firearms he voluntarily surrendered to the FBI after he was arrested on drug charges. The court heard oral arguments in an appeal brought by Tony Henderson, a former U.S. Border Patrol agent who in 2007 pleaded guilty to distributing marijuana and other drug offenses and was sentenced to six months in prison. One option the high court has is the federal government's suggested compromise, which is that Henderson can sell the guns, but only through a federally registered gun dealer. Justice Antonin Scalia said the government was "drawing a very artificial line" by suggesting it was acceptable to sell guns via a dealer but not transfer ownership to anyone else.

Berkeley hosts national conference on college sex assaults

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:35
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — More than 500 university administrators, staff members and researchers from across the nation are convening in Berkeley, California, for a professional conference on preventing and addressing sexual assaults on college campuses.

'American Sniper' Kyle never saw it coming -expert testifies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:35

Eddie Ray Routh enters the court during his capital murder trial in StephenvilleBy Jon Herskovitz STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - Former U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, whose autobiography was turned into the blockbuster movie "American Sniper," was ambushed from behind when was fatally shot two years ago at a Texas gun range, a forensics expert told a Texas jury on Tuesday. Former Marine Eddie Ray Routh, 27, is accused of killing Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield at the range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth in February 2013 and then fleeing in Kyle's pickup truck. "He absolutely never saw this coming," said crime scene analyst Howard Ryan, who was called by prosecutors as a rebuttal witness.

Wearing wigs and makeup, MI5 officers testify in U.S. trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:11

Abid Naseer listens as Assistant U.S. Attorney Zainab Ahmad questions Najibullah Zazi during the first day or Naseer's trial, in this courtroom sketch in BrooklynBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - British MI5 officers, wearing wigs and makeup to hide there identities, testified in U.S. court on Tuesday about their surveillance of an accused al Qaeda operative who is charged with plotting an attack in England. The four men and one woman with Britain's domestic counter intelligence agency who testified in federal trial in Brooklyn, New York, of Pakistani-born Abid Naseer were not identified by name, only by number. The officers testified that as part of "Operation: Pathway," they in 2009 observed Naseer and others in Manchester, England, going to a mosque, cyber cafe and the city center. Prosecutors say Naseer, who was arrested that month, used a cyber cafe to send messages to a Pakistan-based al Qaeda facilitator to discuss a plot aimed at a shopping center in Manchester that was never carried out.

Historic snows causing headaches for real estate industry

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:03

 Septic system inspectors can't find buried tanks, sellers can't easily have furniture delivered to stage a home for sale, and owners who do manage to sell a home are having a difficult time moving out. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON (AP) — All that snow in New England may make your property look as pretty as a calendar shot, but it won't do you any favors if you're trying to buy or sell a house.

Rothman replaces Pascal as film chief at Sony

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:03

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2013 file photo, Thomas Rothman arrives at the AFI Fest premiere of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" in Los Angeles. Rothman has been named co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, replacing the recently departed Amy Pascal. Sony Pictures co-chairman and chief executive Michael Lynton announced Rothman’s promotion Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Since 2013, Rothman has been running TriStar Productions at Sony. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Former 20th Century Fox chief Tom Rothman has been named chairman of Sony's Motion Picture Group, replacing Amy Pascal as studio head and effectively concluding Sony's shake-up following the damaging hacking scandal.

Christie proposes $33.8 billion budget for next fiscal year

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:02
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is proposing a new round of major pension and health benefit cuts for public employees in his budget address Tuesday, a day after a judge ordered his administration to restore $1.57 billion in delayed payments to the state's pension system.

Officer investigated after pushing, slapping homeless man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:00

Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderly addresses the media about a Fort Lauderdale police officer who pushed and slapped a man during an arrest after a video surfaced showing the incident, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A criminal investigation has been launched against a police officer who was videotaped pushing and slapping a homeless man at a downtown bus terminal, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Susan Stocker ) MAGS OUTFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Police have opened a criminal investigation into an officer who was videotaped pushing and slapping a homeless man at a bus terminal in downtown Fort Lauderdale — a city that made national headlines for its ban on feeding homeless people in some public areas.

Alaska allows recreational marijuana as legalization campaign spreads

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 03:50

A participant practices rolling a joint at the Cannabis Carnivalus 4/20 event in SeattleBy Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - Smoking, growing and owning small amounts of marijuana became legal in Alaska on Tuesday as a growing decriminalization movement reached the United States' northwest frontier. Alaska, which narrowly passed the measure in November, followed Colorado and Washington among states allowing recreational use, reflecting a rapidly shifting legal landscape for the drug. In the District of Columbia, Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Tuesday the U.S. capital would go ahead with legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana and pot plants despite opposition from Congress. In Maryland, the state legislature began hearings on Tuesday on a measure to legalize marijuana.

Homeless people need libraries, and libraries need them, too

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 03:47

In this Feb. 19, 2015 photo, Larry Lawrence, left, who slept on the street the night before, works at a computer at the Nashville Public Library in Nashville, Tenn. As cuts to social services and mental health programs continue to drive the homeless and disadvantaged to use libraries as day shelters, some libraries are beginning to view services for that population as an important part of their mission. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jeffery Bailey spends nearly every day at his public library.

Wisconsin lawmakers debate right-to-work bill as unions rally

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 03:46
By Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - A hearing into a Republican-led drive to make Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state opened on Tuesday as union members, some in hard hats and overalls, rallied at the state Capitol Building in opposition to the measure. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a potential Republican candidate for president in 2016, will sign a bill if it makes it to his desk, a spokeswoman has said. Walker backed a law to limit the power of public sector unions shortly after becoming governor four years ago and in 2012 survived a recall election sought by Democrats and union members, making him a favorite of conservatives nationally. A committee in the Republican-controlled Senate is expected to vote later on Tuesday after the hearing to send the proposed measure to the full Senate for a vote as soon as Wednesday.

New York court dismisses lawsuit over Occupy Wall Street arrests

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 03:44
A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters who were arrested on New York's Brooklyn Bridge in 2011 at the height of the movement against income inequality and wealth distribution in the United States. In a ruling released late on Monday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit of Appeals in New York reversed its own August 2014 decision allowing the class action over alleged police misconduct to proceed. The 2011 lawsuit was filed against New York City police officers involved in arresting some 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters three days earlier during a march over the Brooklyn Bridge.

Ex-substitute teacher pleads to booze charges in sex case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 03:42
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former substitute teacher accused of having sex with two 18-year-old students while her husband was away has pleaded guilty to giving them alcohol but not having sex with them.

Judge: Tsarnaev supporters can demonstrate near court entry

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 03:42

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2015, file courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, is depicted beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors in a jury assembly room at the federal courthouse, in Boston. Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev have asked a judge three times to move his trial out of Massachusetts because of the emotional impact of the deadly attack. Three times, the judge has refused. On Thursday, Feb. 19, Tsarnaev’s defense team will ask a federal appeals court to take the decision out of the hands of O’Toole Jr. and order him to move the trial. They insist that Tsarnaev cannot find a fair and impartial jury in Massachusetts because too many people believe he’s guilty and many have personal connections to the marathon or the bombings. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)BOSTON (AP) — A judge on Tuesday refused to bar demonstrators from gathering outside court during the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, rejecting a request from his lawyers who worry that "self-appointed supporters" who believe the attacks were a government plot could hurt his chances for a fair trial.

14 injured after house explosion in Stafford Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 03:39
A total of 14 people were injured after a house explosion in Stafford Township, New Jersey on Tuesday.

Cops: Credit union boss strapped with possible bomb in plot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 03:30
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two robbers wearing ski masks and goggles strapped what looked like a bomb onto a credit union executive and ordered him to withdraw money from one of his company's branches while they stayed at his home with his mother, police said Tuesday.

Hawaii will be 1st US stop for solar round-the-world journey

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 03:13
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii will be the first destination in the United States for a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft attempting to fly around the world.