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Prosecutor: Bombings defendant was top Osama bin Laden aide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 03:50

Security watch over the entrance to a federal courthouse in New York, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Opening statements are expected to begin Thursday after jury selection is completed in the trial of a man charged with conspiring in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. The attacks killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans. . (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor at a terrorism trial said Thursday that a Saudi Arabian defendant was a top al-Qaida terrorist who sought to spread Osama bin Laden's call to kill Americans while a defense lawyer described him as a dissident waging a peaceful campaign against corruption in his native country.


Buck County family charged in $20M insurance fraud scheme

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 03:49

Bucks County family charged in $20M insurance fraud schemeFive members of a Bucks County family are accused of conspiring to defraud insurance companies in excess of $20 million to live an "excessively extravagant lifestyle," Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced Thursday.


Underdog gives Chicago Mayor Emanuel a run for his money

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 03:46

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks during the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade Investment Luncheon Program in ChicagoBy Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - Billing himself as a champion of the poor, a Hispanic candidate with a catchy nickname could force well-funded Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a run-off election in the financially troubled city. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, a county commissioner and former state senator, is tapping into perceptions that Emanuel has an authoritarian style and has governed for the rich. Emanuel has amassed a re-election fund of more than $10 million from big-name contributers such as Hollywood director Steven Spielberg.


Buck County family charged in house fire insurance fraud

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 03:44

Bucks County family charged in $20M insurance fraud schemeFive members of a Bucks County family are accused of conspiring to defraud insurance companies in excess of $20 million to live an "excessively extravagant lifestyle," Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced Thursday.


3rd trial set for NY man accused of killing estranged wife

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 03:44
SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — Jury selection began Thursday for the murder trial of a New York man whose two previous convictions for killing his estranged wife were reversed by appeals courts.

PHOTOS: Suspects in Bucks County insurance fraud

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 03:42

 Suspects in Bucks County insurance fraudFive members of a Bucks County family and two others are accused of conspiring to defraud insurance companies in excess of $20 million to live an "excessively extravagant lifestyle," Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said.


Officer who carried dying girl comforts grieving father

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 03:37

In this Jan. 13, 2015 photo, Ian Sullivan closes the hood of his custom racing Subaru, at home in Evergreen, Colo. Sullivan's has struggled daily to cope emotionally ever since 2012, when a heavily armed gunman opened fire in a movie theater where his six year old daughter Veronica and Sullivan's x-wife were watching a movie, leaving 12 dead, including his daughter Veronica. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)EVERGREEN, Colo. (AP) — Every year on his daughter's birthday, Ian Sullivan visits the grave of the child he lost when a gunman slipped into a Colorado movie theater and fatally shot the 6-year-old as she sat with mother in the fourth row.


Whale carcass washes up underneath busy Seattle ferry dock

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 03:31
A dead gray whale has floated underneath a busy commuter ferry terminal in downtown Seattle, sending a putrid odor wafting onto the dock and diverting some passenger ferries to another slip, a transportation official said on Thursday. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration planned to remove the carcass later in the day and perform tests to determine the cause of death, said Susan Harris, a spokeswoman with Washington State Ferries. The whale carcass, which Harris described as "a little bit smelly," was estimated at between 25 and 35 feet (7.6 and 10.6 meters) long and had apparently drifted in from open waters, lodging under the busy Colman Dock in Seattle. There has been no impact on ferry service, used by thousands of commuters each day to reach jobs in Seattle, though only two of the three slips at Colman Dock were operating until the whale could be removed, transportation officials said.

Cops: Twins, 9, left mostly alone for months, parents abroad

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 03:27
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Twin 9-year-old boys were left mostly alone in their New Hampshire apartment for four months after their parents took three siblings to Nigeria and left an uncle to care for them, authorities said Thursday.

Pats Coach 'Totally Unaware' of Under-Inflated Balls

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 03:26
The New England Patriots' head coach speaks out about Deflate-gate.

Christie appoints emergency managers for Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 03:14

This photo taken on Sept. 8, 2014, shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaking in Atlantic City N.J., after the first summit meeting he convened on the struggling gambling resort's future. Christie will hold the third such meeting on Thursday Jan. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Trying to dig Atlantic City out of "an enormous hole," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday appointed a corporate turnaround specialist as the city's emergency manager, and tabbed the man who led Detroit through its municipal bankruptcy as his assistant.


US Steel to lay off more than 350 at Indiana tin mill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 03:02
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Steel says it will lay off more than 350 workers in East Chicago, Indiana, as it plans to temporarily close its tin mill.

Police use patrol car to stop pit bull rampage in California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 02:56
SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) — A police officer in California resorted to hitting two pit bulls with his patrol car to stop a neighborhood rampage in which the dogs attacked several people, including a city sanitation worker, and charged a woman pushing two children in a stroller.

Prosecutors ask appeals court to deny bail for ex-Va. gov

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 02:53
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's appeal of his corruption convictions isn't strong enough to allow him to remain free on bail while he appeals.

Deputies fatally shoot man they say killed police dog

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 02:36
SAN JACINTO, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies fatally shot a man they believe killed a police dog during standoff at a Southern California home.

Atomic Scientists: We're getting even closer to doomsday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 02:28

Climate scientist Richard Somerville, a member, Science and Security Board, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, unveils the new Doomsday Clock in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. The clock advanced two minutes, an indication of how near the Earth is to destruction (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists says Earth is now closer to human-caused doomsday than it has been in more than 30 years because of global warming and nuclear weaponry. But other experts say that's way too gloomy.


Two California firefighters dismissed, 13 punished in ethics probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 02:19
Two California firefighters were dismissed and 13 others punished, following an investigation into a former fire chief who was accused of stabbing his fiancée to death and then going on the run for two weeks, officials said on Thursday. Police say Orville "Moe" Fleming confessed to stabbing his live-in girlfriend Sarah Douglas at their Sacramento home. After Fleming's estranged wife alleged that firefighters were having sex with prostitutes at the state fire academy, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection asked the California Highway Patrol to launch an ethics investigation. The accusations about prostitutes were found to be baseless, Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said on Thursday, but the probe uncovered unrelated cases of employees violating departmental policies, ranging from dishonesty to misuse of state equipment and misuse of state time.

Wisconsin governor touts drug testing for aid recipients

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 02:13
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Medicaid recipients in Wisconsin would be required to undergo drug testing and could be limited in how long they can receive benefits under measures proposed Thursday by Gov. Scott Walker, who is positioning himself as a reformer as he eyes a 2016 presidential run.

New York City subway, bus fares to increase

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 02:07

A couple embraces as a subway train arrives in the station in New YorkNew York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted on Thursday to increase subway and bus fares on the nation's largest mass transit system in March. The cost of riding a subway or bus will increase to $2.75 from $2.50 and riders will get an 11 percent bonus by putting $5.50 or more on a Metrocard, which is used for access to the system, the MTA said. The increases will help maintain reliability and security for the transit system and its passengers, MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast said at a news conference. The Riders Alliance, an advocacy group, said Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature must find sources of revenue other than fare hikes to fund the MTA's capital needs.


DA: Ex-homicide detective hid girlfriend after slaying, lied

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 02:05

In this undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department Detective Ronald Dove is show. Authorities say the veteran Philadelphia homicide detective stashed his girlfriend out-of-state while colleagues sought her in the slaying of her ex-husband. Dove was indicted on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, on charges that include obstruction, evidence tampering, flight and conspiracy. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A veteran Philadelphia homicide detective stashed his girlfriend out-of-state and hid her car while colleagues sought her in the slaying of her ex-husband, an indictment charged Thursday.