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Judge puts Mississippi AG's investigation of Google on hold

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 7 min ago
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi attorney general's attempt to investigate Google is on hold for at least four more months.

Man gets 4 to 10 years in prison in Vegas puppy shop fire

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 13 min ago

File - In this March 12, 2014 file photo, Kirk Bills stands in court at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Bills, a one-time boxer who’s been jailed for more than a year, is due to learn how much prison time he’ll serve for setting a fire in a pet shop in January 2014 at sentencing on Monday, March 2, 2015, in Clark County District Court. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, Steve Marcus, file)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Apologies didn't sway a Nevada judge who sentenced a man on Monday to four to 10 years in prison for setting fire to a pet shop where 27 puppies and dogs were rescued after sprinklers doused flames.

Civil rights group to sue FBI over Chechen man's death

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 16 min ago
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Leaders of a civil rights group said Monday that they plan to sue the FBI for $30 million on behalf of the family of a Chechen man who was fatally shot while being questioned about a Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

Jordan, 2 other NBA owners join Forbes' billionaire list

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 22 min ago

FILE - This is an April 16, 2014, file photo showing Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan watching during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Bobcats and the Chicago Bulls in Charlotte, N.C. Michael Jordan and two other NBA owners have joined Forbes’ annual list of the world’s billionaires. Forbes said Monday, March 2, 2015, that Jordan’s net worth is estimated at $1 billion, thanks to his well-timed investment in the Charlotte Hornets. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Jordan and two other NBA owners have reached new heights, making Forbes world list of billionaires.

U.S. concerned after Venezuela says Americans detained: State Department

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 27 min ago
The United States is concerned with the situation in Venezuela following President Nicolas Maduro's announcement over the weekend that his government had detained U.S. citizens, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Monday. Venezuela summoned the U.S. charge d'affaires for a meeting with its foreign minister and others, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters, adding that she had no other details. On Saturday, Maduro said Venezuela detained U.S. citizens, including a pilot, on suspicion of espionage.

Ferguson News Guide: No charges expected for policeman

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 40 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal investigation of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, is expected to allege patterns of racial bias in the city's mostly white department. But the probe, nearing release, is likely to stop short of charging the officer whose shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old touched off weeks of protests

War court judge orders replacement for overseer of Guantanamo cases

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 44 min ago
By Lacey Ann Johnson FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - A military commander overseeing tribunals for al Qaeda suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, exercised "unlawful influence" to speed up trial proceedings and must relinquish his authority over the cases, a military judge ruled on Monday. The allegations about the commander arose last week during a pretrial hearing for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi charged with orchestrating the 2000 suicide bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen that killed 17 sailors. The top Pentagon official overseeing the war court, retired Marine Corps Major General Vaughn Ary, exercised unlawful influence in deciding military judges must relocate to the naval base in Cuba, Judge Air Force Colonel Vance Spath said in his ruling on Monday. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work signed the relocation order in January, but it was rescinded by the U.S. Defense Department on Friday in light of the unlawful influence allegations.

Philadelphia Fed names Patrick Harker as Plosser's successor

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 47 min ago
The Philadelphia Federal Reserve on Monday named Patrick Harker, one of its directors and the head of the University of Delaware, as its president and the newest U.S. monetary policymaker. Harker, 56, begins the job July 1 and succeeds Charles Plosser, an outspoken and hawkish Fed official who retired on Sunday after more than eight years at the helm. Relatively unknown on the national economic scene, Harker sat on the Philadelphia Fed board's committee that conducted the search for a new president. A spokeswoman for the regional Fed bank said he recused himself from the process once he became a candidate, but did not give further details.

North Dakota woman accused of locking children in dog kennel

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 55 min ago
GRAFTON, N.D. (AP) — A woman is accused of locking four young children in a dog cage in a North Dakota basement and turning out the lights as punishment.

U.S. justices raise doubts about Arizona redistricting commission

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 22 sec ago
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday appeared skeptical of a voter-approved plan that stripped Arizona state lawmakers of their role in drawing congressional districts in an bid to remove partisan politics from the process. The nine-justice court's conservative majority, including regular swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy, asked questions during a one-hour oral argument that indicated there could be a majority willing to find that the ballot initiative violated the U.S. Constitution's requirement that state legislatures set congressional district boundaries. The state's Republican-controlled legislature objected to a 2000 ballot initiative endorsed by Arizona voters that set up an independent commission to determine the U.S. House of Representatives districts.

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

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 3 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 - 10 hours 7 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 - 10 hours 13 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 - 10 hours 17 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 ...

Longtime South Carolina journalist John Shurr dies

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 34 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 - 10 hours 37 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 - 10 hours 45 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 - 10 hours 45 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 - 10 hours 47 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 - 10 hours 50 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.