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Wife of gyrocopter pilot: 'Very brave,' but he broke the law

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 09:52

A Capitol Police officer flashes a thumbs up after inspecting the small helicopter a man landed on the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Police arrested a man who steered his tiny, one-person helicopter onto the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, astonishing spring tourists and prompting a temporary lockdown of the Capitol Visitor Center. Capitol Police didn't immediately identify the pilot or comment on his motive, but a Florida postal carrier named Doug Hughes took responsibility for the stunt on a website where he said he was delivering letters to all 535 members of Congress in order to draw attention to campaign finance corruption. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)RUSKIN, Fla. (AP) — A Florida postal worker who piloted a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol lawn to call attention to his belief that campaign finance laws are too weak is a patriot, his wife said in a brief interview Friday.


Judge OKs bail for 2 accused of supporting Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 09:47
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge in St. Louis has approved the release on bail of two people who are accused of supporting Islamic State fighters overseas.

University of Kentucky student fatally shot near campus

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 09:42
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE (Reuters) - A University of Kentucky student was fatally shot early on Friday during a street robbery near the campus in Lexington, and authorities charged two men in the killing, police said. Jonathan Krueger, 22, a photo editor for a student newspaper at the university, was walking with another person about a block from the campus in Lexington when he was shot, police said. Police said they have charged 18-year-old Justin Smith and 20-year-old Efrain Diaz with murder and robbery. University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto issued a statement offering university counseling for students and faculty.

2 arrests made in fatal shooting of university student

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 09:09

This Jan. 20, 2015 photo shows Jonathan Krueger, at the University Kentucky NCAA basketball game against Vanderbilt in Lexington, Ky. Krueger, the photo editor at the University of Kentucky newspaper and a junior in the College of Communication and Information, was shot in the chest around 2 a.m. Friday, April 17, 2015, while walking home. Lexington police responded to a report of shots fired and found Krueger in the street near Transylvania Park. Police believe he was the victim of a robbery gone awry. (Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A 22-year-old University of Kentucky student was shot and killed a block from the Lexington campus Friday morning in what police believe was a random robbery gone awry.


Court: Navajo presidential election cannot be held Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 08:57
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Navajo Nation judge has ruled that election officials cannot move forward with Tuesday's belated presidential contest, but the decision is likely to be appealed.

Authorities remove 5 bodies from Phoenix home after shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 08:44

Phoenix Police Department officers stand out in front of a home where authorities say five people were killed inside after a shooting Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Phoenix. The names and ages of the three men and two women weren't immediately released, but police said they all were adults. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities removed five bodies from a Phoenix home Friday where they say a man shot and killed his mother, two brothers and one of their wives before taking his own life.


Family wins back seized gold coins that could be worth $80M

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 08:34
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A family was awarded the rights to 10 rare gold coins possibly worth $80 million or more on Friday after a U.S. appeals court overturned a jury verdict.

New York Citi Bikes soon to allow riders to count calories

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 08:32

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2015, file photo, a Citbike cyclist picks up his ride near Grand Central Terminal, background right, in New York. New Yorkers may soon be able to count calories burned and miles traveled while pedaling Citi Bikes, the popular bicycle-sharing program with a troubled history that is undergoing a major overhaul under new leadership. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers may soon be able to count calories burned and miles traveled while pedaling Citi Bikes, the popular bicycle-sharing program with a troubled history that is undergoing a major overhaul under new leadership.


Ex-police commander accused of torture decries reparations

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 08:30
CHICAGO (AP) — Disgraced Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge says he finds it hard to believe the city is establishing a fund to compensate alleged victims of torture by him and his officers.

Workers claim Wal-Mart closed California store in retaliation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 08:29
Some employees accused Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Friday of closing a location in the Los Angeles area for six months in retaliation for workers demanding for better wages and benefits. The closures include a location in Pico Rivera, California, that has been a center of protests by workers in recent years. Wal-Mart had not requested any city plumbing permits for the Pico Rivera store, the workers and city officials said. Pico Rivera City Manager Rene Bobadilla described the sudden manner in which the company closed the store as "abnormal" but said the city had offered its help to expedite the work needed to be done to get the store open again.

Ex-Iowa lawmaker testifies he didn't sexually abuse wife

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 08:24
GARNER, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa lawmaker accused of sexually abusing his wife who suffered from dementia testified Friday that he and his wife held hands, prayed and kissed at her nursing home on the evening in question, but that they had no sexual contact.

Pa. man pleads guilty in case over daughter's rotten teeth

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 08:14

Pa. man pleads guilty in case over daughter's rotten teethThe father of a 6-year-old girl whose teeth were so rotten her life was endangered pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment on Friday.


Man gets 100-year term in murder of teacher in oil boom town

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 08:14

Michael Keith Spell, 25, sits in state District Court in Sidney, Mont., Friday, April 17, 2015. He awaits sentencing for the 2012 murder of a 43-year-old local teacher in the booming Bakken oil patch of Montana and North Dakota. Spell, who is mentally disabled, pleaded guilty to killing teacher Sherry Arnold when he attempted to abduct her as she was jogging. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — A mentally disabled Colorado man was sentenced to 100 years in prison Friday for the murder of a Montana teacher whose death highlighted the downsides of an oil boom that's sweeping across the remote Northern Plains.


Authorities close to revealing details of bourbon theft

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 08:11
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The mystery of who's been spiriting away barrels of Kentucky bourbon might soon have a resolution, as authorities seem close to revealing details about a possible theft ring.

FBI ruse violated rights of Vegas hotel guest, US judge says

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 08:10

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, Wei Seng Phua walks into federal court in Las Vegas. A federal judge says the FBI violated the rights of Phua, a wealthy Malaysian businessman, when agents posed as Internet repairmen to get into his Las Vegas suite during the World Cup soccer tournament last summer. A lawyer for Wei Seng "Paul" Phua is calling the Friday, April 17, 2015 ruling by U.S. District Judge Andrew Gordon a victory for freedom in the United States. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — The FBI violated the rights of a wealthy Malaysian businessman when agents posed as Internet repairmen to get into his Las Vegas hotel suite to search for evidence of wrongdoing during the World Cup soccer tournament last summer, a federal judge ruled Friday.


Common Core tests OK, but Nevada gives leeway to schools

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:58
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Limited testing was successful Friday in Nevada for the troubled Common Core assessments, but now the state is offering school districts leeway that could present an unprecedented challenge to the federal testing mandate.

2 convicted of desecrating Illinois cemetery get prison time

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:56
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has sentenced two brothers to prison for digging up graves, dumping human remains and reselling plots at a suburban Chicago cemetery.

Pa. state police find litter of kittens in impounded car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:53

Pa. state police find litter of kittens in impounded carPennsylvania state police were surprised to find a litter of kittens, believed to be only a few days old, inside an impounded car.


Oklahoma teen convicted in slaying of Australian player

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:47

Chancey Luna is led from the courtroom to the jail in shackles and handcuffs after being convicted in the death of Christopher Lane in Duncan, Okla, Friday, April 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma teenager whose attorney said he only meant to scare an Australian college baseball player by firing a shot at him was convicted Friday of first-degree murder.


Senator: Decade-old Gulf oil leak is 'unacceptable'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:33
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A U.S. senator from Florida is pressing federal officials to disclose technical data and other information about a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, after an investigation by The Associated Press revealed evidence that the spill is far worse than a company or government regulators have publicly reported.