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Convicted al Qaeda supporter, U.S. face off in medical malpractice trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 07:11
A New York man serving a 15-year prison sentence for providing support to al Qaeda is urging a federal judge to award him $7 million because of a medical condition he says went untreated while in U.S. custody. Lawyers for Wesam El-Hanafi, 40, and the U.S. government made their closing arguments on Friday in a week-long medical malpractice trial over whether the prison system failed to timely diagnose and treat a blood clot in a deep vein in his calf. El-Hanafi, a Brooklyn-born man who U.S. prosecutors say facilitated surveillance of the New York Stock Exchange, contends his symptoms began shortly after his arrest in Dubai in 2010.

Man indicted in shooting of deputy in New Orleans drug raid

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 07:10
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a New Orleans man accused of shooting a Louisiana sheriff's deputy who was leading a federal drug raid on his home.

New York crane collapse revives worksite safety issues

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 07:09
By Laila Kearney and Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The deadly collapse of a construction crane in lower Manhattan on Friday highlights New York's failure to adequately address a safety "crisis" at hundreds of worksites across the city, an official watchdog said. The sharp criticism of the New York City Department of Buildings was made by the office of Comptroller Scott Stringer, who released the results of an updated audit just hours after the accident. Stringer painted a picture of crane safety that appeared to be at odds with the more sanguine view offered by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said the company that operated the collapsed crane appeared to be following the rules to the letter.

Huge construction crane collapses in Manhattan, one killed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 07:09

Emergency responders respond to the scene of a 565-foot-tall crane that toppled and flipped upside down, stretching along nearly two city blocks in downtown Manhattan in New YorkAt the time, workers were lowering the crane to secure it as winds approached 25 miles per hour, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference. An investigation was underway and the crane operator was being interviewed, de Blasio said. Manhattan resident David Wichs, 38, was killed in the collapse, police said.


Texas authorities move 'affluenza' teen to adult jail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 07:04
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck was transferred to an adult jail on Friday, a week after a judge initially refused to do so.

Man pleads guilty in plot to attack churches, start race war

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 07:04
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man charged with plotting to shoot up or bomb synagogues and black churches has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and firearms charges.

California doctor gets 30 years to life in landmark overdose case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 07:01
A Southern California doctor was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison on Friday for over-prescribing drugs that caused the fatal overdose of three patients in a murder case capped by the first conviction of its kind in the United States. The case against Dr. Hsiu Ying "Lisa" Tseng, 46, comes amid what public health officials describe as a national epidemic of drug abuse. A Los Angeles jury in October convicted Tseng of three counts of second-degree murder in a case prosecutors said showed she put greed above patients' wellbeing.

Six dead in Chicago home were from one family

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 06:57
The six people found dead on Thursday in a south-side Chicago home were a Mexican couple, their son and daughter and her two young sons, police and other sources said on Friday. Chicago had more than 480 murders in 2015, up from 407 a year earlier, and there were 51 murders in January, the highest number for any month of January since 2000. According to a GoFundMe Internet page started by family member Azucena Martinez in Texas, the dead were Rosa Hernandez, Noe Martinez, Noe Martinez Jr., Herminia Martinez, and her sons Alexis and Leonardo.

Report: Captain drank with his Navy crew, harassed women

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 06:56
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A former commanding officer could be dismissed from the Navy over numerous misconduct allegations after a night of heavy drinking with his crew while he was in charge of the guided missile cruiser the USS Anzio.

Sexting charges against coach puts school under scrutiny

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 06:45

The entrance to Park Tutor High School is shown Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Indianapolis. Federal prosecutors have charged the former boys basketball coach at the exclusive private school with trying to entice a 15-year-old female student into a sexual relationship. Prosecutors filed the charges Thursday against former Park Tudor coach Kyle Cox, who resigned Dec. 15. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An exclusive private school in Indianapolis is under scrutiny over how it handled the allegations that a coach who led the high school boys basketball team to back-to-back state titles sent sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old female student. Court documents say Park Tudor School officials notified the state child welfare agency the same day the coach quit, but also allowed him to temporarily keep a school computer.


Rapper Meek Mill avoids jail time; gets 3 months house arrest for parole violation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 06:42

Rapper Meek Mill avoids jail time; gets 3 months house arrest for parole violationA Philadelphia judge is giving Robert Williams at least three months to earn back his status as rapper Meek Mill.


N.J. woman sentenced to 21 years for role in drug ring

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 06:40

N.J. woman sentenced to 21 years for role in drug ringA Cherry Hill woman was sentenced to 21 years for her involvement with an international drug ring.


New England sees first serious snowfall of the season

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 06:39

An SUV makes tracks through fresh falling snow during a winter storm in East Derry, N.H., Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. What started off as rain Friday morning quickly turned to sticky, heavy snow. Many school districts in the region closed for the day, including in some in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON (AP) — A winter storm packing heavy, wet snow gave New England its first real taste of winter Friday, toppling trees and knocking out power to more than 180,000 customers and threatening to cover some spots a foot deep.


Florida 'Facebook killer' gets life in prison for wife's murder

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 06:37

Miami-Dade Police Department handout photo of Derek MedinaA Florida man convicted of second-degree murder after killing his wife and posting a photo of her blood-spattered body on Facebook was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. "You foretold your future," said Florida circuit court Judge Yvonne Colodny before handing down the sentence. A jury late last year rejected his contention that he was acting in self-defense when he killed his wife, 27-year-old Jennifer Alfonso, in the kitchen of their Miami-area residence.


Texas 'affluenza' teen transferred to adult jail, held without bail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 06:22

Ethan Couch is seen in a booking photo released by the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department in Ft Worth, TexasThe Texas teenager who was derided for an "affluenza" defense for killing four people while driving drunk was transferred to an adult jail on Friday from the juvenile center where he has been held since he was deported from Mexico in late January. Ethan Couch, 18, was in custody in a single cell, for his own protection, at an adult jail in Tarrant County, Sheriff Dee Anderson said.


AccuWeather: Snowy Start, Nice Finish Today

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 06:13

 Snowy Start, Nice Finish TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says our nuisance wet snow ends early and gives way to a bright, blustery afternoon.


Can Cruz legally be president? Ivy League scholars debate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 06:12
BOSTON (AP) — Two legal scholars squared off in a public debate on Friday to settle whether Republican Ted Cruz is eligible to become president. Spoiler alert: They didn't settle it.

Many see cause for optimism despite slower US job growth

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 06:12

Many see cause for optimism despite slower US job growthWASHINGTON (AP) — Consider looking past January's so-so job growth.


The Latest: Man gets maximum for transients' beating deaths

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 06:09
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The latest on the sentencing of a man convicted of beating two homeless men to death (all times local):

2 police officers shot at Melrose Houses in the Bronx; officers expected to survive

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 06:09

2 police officers shot at Melrose Houses in the Bronx; officers expected to surviveIt happened at 320 E. 156th Street, the Melrose Houses, just after 8 p.m. The officers were performing vertical patrols when they encountered the suspects.