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Jury deliberates for second day over accused Boston bomber friend

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:27

Robel Phillipos, a friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is charged with lying to investigators, leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in his case in BostonBy Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - A jury deliberated for a second day on Wednesday over whether a friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect was too high on marijuana to have intentionally lied to investigators about his role in the aftermath of the 2013 attack. Federal prosecutors said Robel Phillipos, 21, repeatedly lied when questioned by the FBI after two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the race, killing three people and injuring more than 260 - the worst attack in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001. ...


Doctors differ on preteen suspect's mental state

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:19

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2014 file photo, one of the two girls accused of stabbing another girl is led into the courtroom during court proceedings at Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Mich. A Wisconsin judge is deciding whether one of two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fictional online horror character is mentally fit to stand trial. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool, file)WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Doctors disagree over whether the second of two 12-year-old girls charged with stabbing a classmate to please the fictional horror character Slender Man is fit to stand trial, a judge and attorneys said Wednesday.


Wisconsin judge orders competency hearing for girl in 'Slenderman' case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:17
By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A judge on Wednesday ordered a competency hearing for one of two Wisconsin pre-teen girls accused of stabbing a friend in an attempt to please the fictional Internet character "Slenderman." A Wisconsin Forensic Unit psychiatrist had already concluded that Anissa Weier was competent to stand trial, according to the results of mental evaluations disclosed in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Wednesday. ...

Experts: Autopsy shows close-range wound for Brown

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:13

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Brown family is Michael Brown, 18, who was shot and killed in a confrontation with a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Brown Family, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Brown's official autopsy shows the 18-year-old was shot in the hand at close range during a struggle with the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot him, two experts said in a published report Wednesday.


Bobcat that escaped from New Jersey home captured

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:07

Bobcat that escaped from New Jersey home capturedA pet bobcat has been recaptured after its latest escape from its owner's southern New Jersey home.


Police: Soldier shot at war memorial in Ottawa

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:59

Canadian soldier shot at war memorialA gunman shot a Canadian soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday, police said. Witnesses said the gunman entered Parliament and shots rang out.


Suspects at large after home invasion, robbery in Logan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:56

Suspects at large after home invasion, robbery in LoganPolice are looking for two suspects following a home invasion and robbery in the Logan section of Philadelphia.


German firm wins appeal in Spain thalidomide case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:54
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court on Wednesday accepted a German pharmaceutical company's appeal against a ruling that had ordered it to pay compensation to 22 Spaniards who blame their disabilities on the drug thalidomide.

Ohio mother held dead baby while talking to police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:44
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities believe that a woman was holding her dead baby as she spoke to unwitting police and paramedics hours before she killed herself by running in front of a tractor-trailer on a busy interstate.

Crash shuts down Martin Luther King Drive, 2 injured

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:35

2 injured in Martin Luther King Drive crashTwo people are injured after an accident that has closed a section of Martin Luther King Drive in Fairmount Park.


Snowplow driver says he didn't see Total CEO's jet

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:35

In this image made from video provided by Russian State Television Rossiya, an investigator works at the wreckage of a private jet which collided with a snowplow at Vnukovo airport in Moscow, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. The head of French oil giant Total SA and three French crew members were killed at Vnukovo airport when a corporate jet, the French-made Dassault Falcon 50, collided with a snowplow, Russian investigators said Tuesday. (AP Photo) TV OUTMOSCOW (AP) — The driver of the snowplow that apparently caused the plane carrying the Total CEO to crash at a Moscow airport says he neither saw nor heard the private jet as it sped toward him down the runway in the dark.


Display of gruesome photos opens Arias retrial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:13

Jodi Arias sits in the Maricopa County Superior Court room of Judge Sherry Stephens in Phoenix, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, as the opening statements in her penalty phase retrial begins. The 34-year-old Arias was convicted of murder last year, but the first jury was deadlocked on whether to give her the death penalty or life in prison. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, Pool)PHOENIX (AP) — Jurors at the sentencing retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias saw a series of gruesome photos that showed her ex-boyfriend's dead body crammed into a shower at his house — his throat slit.


Total acts swiftly to replace CEO killed in crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:10
PARIS (AP) — French oil giant Total SA has named Patrick Pouyanne as chief executive to replace Christophe de Margerie, who was killed earlier this week in a plane crash in Moscow.

Wanted sex offender was hiding in homemade fort

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:57
BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A convicted sex offender wanted on charges he molested a 3-year-old girl in West Virginia has been found hiding in a homemade fort in the Pennsylvania woods.

Jim Gardner One-on-One with Malala Yousafzai

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:48

Jim Gardner One-on-One with Malala Yousafzai tonight on Action NewsTune in to Action News at 6 and 11 as our own Jim Gardner sits down with Liberty Medal and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai.


NYC subway breaks record with more than 6 mln daily rides

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:41

A man rests his face in his hands while riding a subway in New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - More people rode the New York City subway than ever in September, with the number of trips exceeding a record-breaking 6 million on five separate days over the month, transit officials said on Wednesday. There were 6,106,694 trips on the subway on Sept. 23, the highest number since daily figures were first recorded in 1985, and likely the highest since the late 1940s, when the system had more elevated lines and far fewer people owned cars. Four other days in September also exceeded 6 million trips, the Metropolitan Transportation Agency said. ...


Schools reopen as ambush suspect manhunt continues

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:38

A Pennsylvania State Police Trooper patrols the cemetery at St. Paul's United Church of Christ on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Swiftwater, Pa., during the ongoing search for suspected killer Eric Frein. With two possible sightings in four days, Frein, 31, who's charged with opening fire outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks on Sept. 12, killing a trooper and seriously wounding another, appears to have moved out of the deep woods and into a more heavily trafficked area of the Pocono Mountains. (AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, Butch Comegys)SWIFTWATER, Pa. (AP) — Schools in a northeastern Pennsylvania district have reopened after authorities did a precautionary search to make sure they weren't harboring the suspect in last month's deadly ambush of a state police barracks.


Transit agency weighs court bout vs. mobster's kin

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:30
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit is considering whether to continue to fighting a mobster's family over a land deal.

Central Pennsylvania fire kills scores of snakes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:30
EAST BERLIN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say an early morning fire in a central Pennsylvania home that killed scores of snakes doesn't appear suspicious in origin.

Social Security benefits to go up by 1.7 percent

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:22

FILE -In this May 8, 2008 file photo, blank U.S. Treasury checks are seen on a roll at the Philadelphia Financial Center, which disburses payments on behalf of federal agencies, in Philadelphia. Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday. It’s the third year in a row the increase will be less than 2 percent. The annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, affects payments to more than 70 million Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees. That’s more than a fifth of the country. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday.