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Suspects arrested in shooting near California college campus

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 03:13
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two young men were taken into custody in an attempted robbery and shooting at the apartment of two University of California students, less than a year after a violent rampage at the Santa Barbara campus, police said on Tuesday. James Joshua Taylor, 22, was arrested after being subdued by residents of an apartment in the community of Isla Vista on Monday night shortly after the 7 p.m. incident, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. Jose Guadalupe Gutierrez, 19, fled but was taken into custody when he arrived at a Santa Barbara hospital for treatment of a head wound suffered during the fracas, the sheriff's department said. Two of the apartment's residents suffered apparent gunshot wounds, the sheriff's department said.

Ohio man pleads not guilty to new charge in US Capitol case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 03:05
CINCINNATI (AP) — A 21-year-old man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of Islamic State extremists pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the latest federal charge against him.

Patriots get set to prepare for rare stint without Brady

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:57
(Reuters) - The New England Patriots drafted quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo last year with an eye on readying for life without Tom Brady, but the reigning Super Bowl champions never anticipated that time would come so soon. Brady, 37, was suspended four games by the National Football League on Monday for his role in Deflategate and if his appeal is unsuccessful, Garoppolo will likely be under center when New England open their regular season on Sept. 10. Garoppolo, taken 62nd overall by New England, completed 70.4 percent of his 27 pass attempts for 182 yards and a touchdown in relief of Brady last season and did not take a snap during the team's playoff run. After New England drafted Garoppolo, there was plenty of debate about whether it was with the intention of replacing former Patriots backup Ryan Mallett or seeking an eventual successor to Brady.

Prosecutors say they've shown impact of boy's bombing death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:56
BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors have urged a judge to reject a request by lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) to strike one of the aggravating factors used to argue he deserves the death penalty.

Washington rabbi who admitted voyeurism seeks to avoid prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:54
By John Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An attorney for the prominent Washington rabbi who pleaded guilty to secretly videotaping dozens of women naked during ritual baths asked a judge to sentence him to community service, not prison, according to court records. Prosecutors are seeking a 17-year prison term for Rabbi Barry Freundel, 63, who will be sentenced on Friday. He pleaded guilty in February to recording the women between early 2009 and October 2014, using devices installed in two changing rooms for the National Capital Mikvah, next to the Kesher synagogue in the upscale Georgetown neighborhood. Freundel attorney Jeffrey Harris, in a memo filed on Friday in response to the prosecutor's request, said Freundel has been punished enough by being publicly humiliated and losing his job.

6 Philadelphia police officers hurt, including 2 struck by fleeing car in Olney

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:53

Several Philadelphia police officers hurt, including 2 struck by fleeing car in OlneyTwo Philadelphia police officers have been transported to Einstein Hospital after being struck by a fleeing motorist.


University of Virginia official sues Rolling Stone over rape story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:53
A University of Virginia official filed a $7.85 million libel suit against Rolling Stone magazine, its parent company and a reporter on Tuesday over a now-debunked story of a gang rape on the U.S. campus. The suit claimed that Nicole Eramo, associate dean of students, was defamed by Rolling Stone, Wenner Media and reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely in the November 2014 article about an alleged 2012 gang rape at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. The article, "A Rape On Campus," created an uproar at the Virginia school and sparked a national debate about sexual violence at U.S. colleges.

94-year-old man finishes college after starting 75 years ago

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:45

In this Monday April 27, 2015 photo provided by West Virginia University, 94-year-old Anthony Brutto blows out the candles on a birthday cake as his daughter, Lisa Bridges, looks on in his home in Morgantown, W. Va. Brutto will be one of the oldest graduates in the history of West Virginia University when he receives his diploma Sunday, May 17. (Brian Persinger/West Virginia University via AP)MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A 94-year-old man will be one of the oldest graduates in the West Virginia University history when he receives his diploma Sunday.


Inmate hurt in blast at California sheriff's gun range dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:44

FILE - This April 17, 2015 file photo, Pacific Gas & Electric crews respond after a gas line was ruptured in Fresno, Calif. A jail inmate who was injured in the gas pipeline explosion at a central California sheriff’s gun range last month has died, authorities said. Jeremiah Espino, 52, of Sanger, suffered severe injuries in the April 17 blast and died at a hospital on Monday, May 11, 2015, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP, File)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A jail inmate who was injured in a gas pipeline explosion at a central California sheriff's gun range last month has died, authorities said.


Mayweather-Pacquiao sets PPV mark with 4.4 million buys

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:38

FILE - In this May 2, 2015 file photo, Manny Pacquiao, left, from the Philippines, trades blows with Floyd Mayweather Jr., during their welterweight title fight in Las Vegas. Pacquiao lost his biggest fight in the ring, but that won’t stop him from plotting a bigger comeback - in the political arena that is. Some fans still want a rematch because they felt cheated by the lackluster Pacquiao-Mayweather bout billed by promoters as the “Battle for Greatness,” though boxing analyst Ed Tolentino calls it the “Fiasco of the Century.” (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao proved a box office smash, even if their welterweight title fight didn't live up to the hype.


3 al-Shabab recruits plead guilty to US terror charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:28
NEW YORK (AP) — Three Somalia-born men pleaded guilty Tuesday to U.S. charges they were members of the al-Qaida offshoot that has claimed responsibility for a series of deadly attacks in East Africa, including those on an upscale shopping mall and college in Kenya.

Boston bomber's lawyers, prosecutors spar over youngest victim

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:25

Guests leave a flower at the newly dedicated memorial for Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier at MIT in CambridgeBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday rejected a claim by the Boston Marathon bomber's lawyers that they had not proven that the death of the attack's youngest victim took a heavy enough toll on his family to influence a jury to sentence bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death. The prosecution's statement, in a filing in U.S. District Court in Boston, comes a day before the two sides are to give their closing arguments. On Monday, defense attorneys had argued that prosecutors had not shown evidence to back up the claim that the death of 8-year-old Martin Richard was one of the "aggravating factors" that the jury could take into account in making its decision on Tsarnaev's fate. None of the Martin family was called to testify in the trial's sentencing phase after they asked federal prosecutors in a statement published on the front page of the Boston Globe newspaper to drop their quest for the death penalty.


US Airways likely to stop flying this fall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:21

FILE - In this April 8, 2010 file photo, a US Airways plane takes off from Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. American Airlines on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 said it plans to shut down the venerable carrier over a 90-day stretch that could begin as soon as July, which would mean a final departure around October. (Cheryl Evans/The Arizona Republic via AP) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALESFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — After more than 75 years of flying, the end is near for US Airways.


States vary in success at improving high school grad rates

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:19
WASHINGTON (AP) — The record high American graduation rate masks large gaps among low income students and those with disabilities compared to their peers.

Suspect sought in hammer attacks in New York City; three wounded

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:14
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police were on the lookout on Tuesday for a hammer-wielding man who hit three people on the head, wounding them, in tourist-packed areas. In one of the three attacks on Monday, a 28-year-old Manhattan woman sitting on a bench in Union Square Park that evening noticed a man sitting across from her, smoking cigarettes, a New York Police Department spokeswoman said. As she walked toward a park exit, he took a hammer out of a bag and struck her with it, police said. The victim, a 20-year-old man, had been crossing a street when he was hit in the head with a hammer, police said.

TV food star Sandra Lee says she has breast cancer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:12

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 30, 2013, file photo, Sandra Lee attends the Can Do Awards Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Lee says she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The popular lifestyle personality and live-in girlfriend of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo divulged the news on ABC's "Good Morning America" in an interview aired Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Food Network television star Sandra Lee announced Tuesday that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will soon undergo a double mastectomy.


English proficiency on rise among Latinos living in U.S.: study

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:11
(Reuters) - English proficiency is on the rise among Latinos in the United States and a record 33.2 million Hispanics, or about two-thirds of the nation's Hispanic population, are now competent in the language, a Pew Research Center study showed on Tuesday. The study, which analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data, also found that the share of Latinos who say they speak Spanish at home has been declining over the last 13 years. Despite this decline, a record 35.8 million Hispanics speak Spanish at home, the study said, adding that the number continued to increase as the nation's Hispanic population grows. The study said the shifts had coincided with U.S.-born Hispanics comprising a growing share of the overall U.S. Latino population, and with a slowdown in immigration to the United States from Latin America.

2 arrested after students shot near California university

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:05

In this Monday, May 11, 2015 photo, paramedics attend to an unidentified victim in front of the apartment complex where an armed robbery occurred in Isla Vista, near Santa Barbara, Calif. Two people were shot and a third was assaulted Monday night in an attack near the University of California, Santa Barbara in the same neighborhood where a man staged a killing rampage last year. Three men in their early 20s were taken to a hospital with moderate injuries after county sheriff's deputies and campus police answered a domestic disturbance call outside a home in Isla Vista, according to fire and sheriff's officials. (Kenneth Song/Santa Barbara News-Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDITSANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities said Tuesday that two men were arrested in the shooting of two students near the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the same community where a stabbing and shooting rampage left six students dead a year ago.


Detroit delays bond sale related to bankruptcy exit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:04
(Corrects May 11 story to correct title of John Naglick in paragraph 5) (Reuters) - Detroit's public sale of $275 million of bonds that financed the city's exit from bankruptcy has been delayed but should take place no later than early August, a city official said on Monday. Detroit is taking advantage of a new law that should give the bonds investment-grade ratings that could save the city between $20 million and $30 million over the life of the issue, according to the office of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican. The law took effect in April and places a specific statutory lien on Detroit income tax revenue pledged to pay off the debt. The city is hoping the stronger payment pledge on the bonds will result in lower interest rates.

Businesses at Philadelphia International Airport seeking workers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:01

Businesses at Philadelphia International Airport seeking workersMore than 600 jobs at Philadelphia International Airport are up for grabs. On Tuesday, dozens of employers offering those jobs were at Temple University looking for qualified employees to hire.