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Police: 5 Mexicans who died in house fire in US illegally

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:32

Police and fire officials investigate a house fire that killed five people at a home in Novi, Mich., Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. Authorities say five restaurant workers were killed in the house fire near Detroit. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. (Brandy Baker/Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDITNOVI, Mich. (AP) — The five Mexican nationals who died in a weekend house fire in suburban Detroit were neither U.S. citizens nor in the country legally, authorities said Wednesday.


Kansas man pleads guilty to plotting suicide car bombing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:31
A 21-year-old Kansas man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to plotting a suicide car bombing at a U.S. Army base in support of Islamic State. John T. Booker, Jr. of Topeka pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Topeka to one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and one count of attempted destruction of government property by fire or explosion, prosecutors said. “If this defendant had succeeded, American soldiers would have died,” said U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom of Kansas said in a statement.

Manhunt continues for Los Angeles inmate mistakenly freed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:27

In this undated photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows Steven Lawrence Wright. Los Angeles County authorities say they've accidentally released Wright who was awaiting trial for a gang-related murder. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office said Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, that Wright was mistakenly released from Inmate Reception Center (IRC) custody on Saturday, Jan. 30. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators scrambling to recapture a Los Angeles County murder suspect accidentally released from jail have been notifying potential targets of his freedom, interviewing those who know him best and chasing down tips from the public.


Texas wildfire in Big Bend National Park blamed on downed power line

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:23
A fire that has consumed nearly 2,000 acres in the sprawling Big Bend National Park in west Texas was sparked by a downed electrical line that started the blaze that was spread by strong winds, the National Park Service said on Wednesday. Dozens of firefighters, including a squad from northern Mexico dubbed "Los Diablos," are battling what has been called the "Powerline Fire," in the park that covers about 800,000 acres.

Suspect arrested in 1996 slaying, will be tried in Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 04:59

In this photo provided by Clay County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Office, Lloyd Harris is shown in a police booking photo Jan. 29, 2016, in Liberty, Mo. Harris is charged in the 1996 slaying of Stacy Lynn Hoffmaster, 15, of Frederick, Md. (Clay County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Office via AP).FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Police say a Missouri man has been charged in the 1996 slaying of a 15-year-old Maryland girl, and he has waived extradition and will return to face trial in Frederick.


Stocks stage a late-day turnaround, helped by weaker dollar

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

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, file photo, a Wall Street street sign is framed by a giant American flag hanging on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stock markets were having another lackluster day Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, amid ongoing worries over the state of the world economy, which has piled the pressure on oil prices in particular. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are staging a rapid comeback in late-afternoon trading Wednesday, helped by a surge in the price of oil and a decline in the U.S. dollar. Chipotle Mexican Grill fell sharply as the company disclosed a federal investigation into its E. coli outbreak, and Yahoo sank as the troubled Internet company announced layoffs and plans to sell businesses.


Cumberland County teacher charged with possession of child pornography

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 04:45

Cumberland County teacher charged with possession of child pornographyA Cumberland County high school teacher has been charged with possession of child pornography.


Mobster Bulger's girlfriend could face life in prison: judge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 04:38

Booking mug handout of Catherine Greig, long time girlfriend of former mob boss and fugitive James "Whitey" BulgerFormer Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger's longtime girlfriend could spend the rest of her life in prison for refusing to say whether anyone helped the couple during their 16 years on the run, a judge warned on Wednesday. Catherine Greig, 64, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to contempt of court charges for refusing to cooperate with investigators pursuing anyone who may have aided the pair. U.S. District Judge Dennis Saylor told Greig that federal law placed no limits on a sentence for contempt of court.


Suspect arrested in Georgia basketball player's shooting death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 04:24
Police arrested one man and searched for a second suspect on Wednesday in the killing of a Mercer University basketball player who was gunned down in a convenience store parking lot in Macon, Georgia. Jibri Bryan, 23, was shot in the head about 4 p.m. on Tuesday near a busy intersection, said Lieutenant Randy Gonzalez of the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. Police said Jarvis Clinton Miller, 24, the wounded suspect, ran from the scene but was found nearby.

Kansas man pleads guilty in Islamic State bomb plot: Justice Department

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 04:21
(Reuters) - A Kansas man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to attempting to detonate a car bomb on the Fort Riley military base in Manhattan, Kansas, in support of Islamic State, the Justice Department said.

Ex-officer rejects deal to let him keep K-9 but work unpaid

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 04:15
MARIETTA, Ohio (AP) — A recently retired police officer says he has rejected an offer from the southeastern Ohio city where he worked that would allow him to keep his K-9 partner Ajax if he agrees to work on a volunteer basis, according to news media reports.

Correction: California Drought story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 04:14

Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, crosses a snow covered meadow after conducting the second manual snow survey of the season at Phillips Station near Echo Summit, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. The survey showed the snowpack at 130 percent of normal for this site at this time of year. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — In a story Feb. 2 about California water conservation, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the average monthly water use declined from 76 gallons for each person in November to 67 gallons in December. The figures were for daily consumption, not monthly use.


Anti-abortion activists in covert videos head to Texas court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 04:13
One of two anti-abortion activists indicted for using a fake government ID to aid secret filming inside Planned Parenthood facilities appeared at a Texas court on Wednesday while the other will do so a day later, legal officials said. David Daleiden, indicted in January by a Houston-area grand jury, will appear at Harris County District Court in Houston on Thursday and then go through booking, lawyer Jared Woodfill said. Daleiden will likely seek to have charges against him thrown out, he added.

Toyota discontinues Scion after years of slumping sales

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 04:09

FILE - In this Saturday, April 16, 2005, file photo, a solar yellow Scion limited-production xB Release Series 2.0 is parked in Manhattan as part of a corporate promotion in New York. Toyota announced Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, that it is discontinuing its Scion brand, aimed at younger car buyers, after years of slumping sales. Scion owners can still visit Toyota service departments for maintenance and repairs. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)DETROIT (AP) — Toyota is killing its Scion brand after years of slumping sales.


Trial delayed for Charleston church shooting suspect friend

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 03:48
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge has granted a delay in the trial for Joey Meek, the friend of the man charged in the Charleston church shootings.

Captured hotel clerk shares glimpse of captors' life on run

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 03:44

This composite document released by Perry, Ga., Police Department shows photos of Blake Fitzgerald and Brittany Nicole Harper of Joplin, Mo., who are wanted in connection with a series of robberies and kidnappings in Georgia and Alabama. (Perry Police Department via AP)BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama hotel clerk abducted at gunpoint says his captors shared glimpses of their life on the run, telling him they hope to make it to Florida to get married and start a new life.


Laser imaging helps UNH researchers see forest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 03:43
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — University of New Hampshire researchers are looking at data from laser imaging of forests with the goal of helping foresters and landowners track tree inventories to save them from the time-consuming practice of heading into the woods with tape measures.

Obama visits US mosque, says impression of Muslims distorted

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 03:39

Obama visits US mosque, says impression of Muslims distortedPresident Barack Obama sought Wednesday to correct what he called a "hugely distorted impression" of Muslim-Americans as he made his first visit to a U.S. mosque. He said those who demonize all Muslims for the acts of a few are playing into extremists' hands.


Latest: Kansas man pleads guilty to 2 counts in bomb plot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 03:38
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The latest on a Kansas man charged in an alleged plot to bomb an Army post (all times local):

Boston mobster's longtime love pleads guilty to contempt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 03:35

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows Catherine Greig, longtime girlfriend of Whitey Bulger, who was captured with Bulger in 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif. Greig already is serving an eight-year prison term for helping Bulger avoid capture. She is expected to plead guilty in federal court in Boston Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, to a criminal contempt charge for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating whether other people helped Bulger during his 16 years on the run. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service, File)BOSTON (AP) — The woman who spent 16 years on the run with Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger has pleaded guilty to a criminal contempt charge for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating whether other people helped him as a fugitive.