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Federal judge takes nuanced approach in US terrorism cases

Yahoo! National News - 21 hours 57 min ago

In this photo taken July 8, 2015, U.S. District Judge Michael Davis poses in his chambers his Minneapolis chambers. Davis, who became chief judge of the Minnesota district in 2008, and recently stepped down from that post, will turn 68 later this month, but hasn’t said whether he’ll reduce his caseload. Several men and women have been prosecuted on terror charges in Minnesota since 2009, and all of them have eventually landed in front of Davis. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. District Judge Michael Davis had seen this in his courtroom before — a young Somali-American who hadn't previously been a troublemaker was now accused of conspiring to leave the U.S. and join the Islamic State group.

Judge leaves Katy Perry's bid to buy convent in limbo

Yahoo! National News - 22 hours 29 min ago

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2015 file photo, Katy Perry arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. A Los Angeles judge is scheduled to hear arguments on Thursday, July 30, 2015, about who has the right to sell a hilltop convent that is the subject of competing offers from pop superstar Perry and a local businesswoman. The dispute has pitted Los Angeles’ Catholic archbishop against an order of elderly nuns with only five surviving members, at least two of whom oppose selling their former home to Perry. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katy Perry's dream of owning a hilltop convent near Hollywood is going to have to wait a while longer.

California man who helped kidnap busload of kids paroled after 37 years

Yahoo! National News - 22 hours 44 min ago
One of three men who kidnapped a busload of school children more than three decades ago and left them in a van hidden in a California quarry was granted parole on Thursday, state officials said. Although the 26 children and their bus driver all survived the ransom plot, kidnapper James Schoenfeld, now 63, has been in prison for 37 years for the 1976 abduction in the Central California town of Chowchilla. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials granted parole approval in April.

Several blazes thrust Northern California into fire season

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:41

A helicopter flies over Willow Creek Canyon as a wildfire continues burning in the Sierra near Bass Lake, Calif., Monday, July 27, 2015. More wildfires have torn across California so far this year compared with the same period of 2014, but firefighters said Monday that efforts to confine and extinguish the latest blazes have been more successful than in the past. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Triple-digit temperatures and gusty winds thrust Northern California into full-fledged wildfire season Thursday with several new blazes flaring up, forcing hundreds of people from their homes.

Woman jailed for outburst during Colorado movie massacre trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:50
A woman protesting against capital punishment stood up in court on Thursday and shouted "Don't kill him!" before bailiffs tackled her during the penalty phase of James Holmes' mass murder trial in Colorado. The disturbance by spectator Deborah Cave came as the district attorney addressed jurors who will ultimately decide whether Holmes, convicted of fatally shooting 12 people in a movie theater in 2012, will be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole. It is mental illness!" Caves cried as she climbed over rows of seats toward Holmes, 27, in the crowded courtroom at the Arapahoe County Justice Center on the outskirts of Denver.

Wild turkey sparks hunt for angry bird at University of Michigan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:48
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A wild turkey is ruffling feathers at the University of Michigan, chasing pedestrians and cyclists, sneaking into dorms and even causing traffic delays by lying down in the middle of streets. The turkey, which has been living on the Ann Arbor school's North Campus for months, is now the target of a bird hunt because of its aggressive behavior, a campus official said. "The challenge with turkeys is they can become very angry and aggressive," said University of Michigan police spokeswoman Diane Brown.

Chinese professor accused of spying by U.S. released on bail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:45
A Chinese professor charged in the United States with economic espionage has been released on bail, U.S. court records show, and his family said he was confident of clearing his name. Zhang Hao was one of six Chinese nationals charged by the U.S. government in May with economic espionage. U.S. authorities said they stole secrets from two companies that develop technology often used in military systems.

AccuWeather: Storms Bring Relief from the Humidity

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:40

 Storms Bring Relief from the HumidityMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says Friday will be hot, but much less humid.

Phillies fans react to news of Cole Hamels trade

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:37

Phillies fans react to news of Cole Hamels tradeIt's the news Phillies fans knew was coming.

Shell's Arctic icebreaker threads human barricade as it departs Oregon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:06
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - An icebreaking vessel key to Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic departed Portland, Oregon, late on Thursday, navigating between a narrow gap of environmental activists dangling from a bridge after a two-day human blockade. Several Greenpeace activists appeared to bow to orders from police to lower themselves into watercraft in the Willamette River after spending more than 40 hours suspended from a bridge as temperatures soared over 100 F (30 C). Shell aims to return to the Arctic for the first time since 2012, when it experienced a series of mishaps including the grounding of an oil rig.

Governor allows parole for California school bus hijacker

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:03

This is a Jan. 12, 2012 photo released by the California Department of Corrections showing James Schoenfeld. Schoenfeld is one of three men convicted in the kidnapping of 26 children and their school bus driver nearly 40 years ago in Chowchilla, Calif. California Gov. Jerry Brown has until midnight Thursday, July 30, 2015 to decide to allow the recommended parole to go forward after parole officials recommended in April that he grant parole to the 63-year-old Schoenfeld. (California Department of Corrections via AP)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The governor of California on Thursday allowed parole for one of three men convicted in the 1976 kidnapping of 26 children and their school bus driver who were held captive in a buried trailer.

Dwayne Johnson says of Hulk Hogan: 'We've all talked trash'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:53

 'We've all talked trash'Dwayne Johnson says he was disappointed when he heard about a tape of Hulk Hogan using racial slurs.

Arctic-bound ship leaves Portland after oil drilling protest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:51

Activists hang from the St. Johns bridge in an effort to block the Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica from leaving for Alaska in Portland, Ore., Thursday, July 30, 2015. The icebreaker, which is a vital part of Shell's exploration and spill-response plan off Alaska's northwest coast, stopped short of the hanging blockade, turned around and sailed back to a dock at the Port of Portland. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker that was the target of environmental protesters left Portland, Oregon, on Thursday bound for an Arctic drilling operation after a tense standoff ended with kayakers and activists who had dangled from a bridge to block its path.

Albuquerque Fire Department dispatcher's license suspended

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:43
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque Fire Department dispatcher who told a 911 caller trying to help a teenage shooting victim to "deal with it yourself" before hanging up has had his emergency medical dispatch license suspended.

Hunting club that suspended U.S. hunter donates to top lawmakers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:42

Girl holds sign at the doorway of Bloomington's River Bluff Dental clinic in protest against the killing of a famous lion in ZimbabweBy Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A hunting club that suspended a Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe has given money to the campaigns of numerous U.S. politicians, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, a watchdog group's records show. Safari Club International said it had suspended member Walter Palmer and called for an inquiry into the death of a lion known as Cecil. The Arizona-based club, which advocates for hunters' rights, has raised funds over the years in support mostly of Republicans, according to the website of the Center for Responsive Politics, a campaign finance watchdog group.

Clinton charity donors surge amid Hillary Clinton's campaign

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:21

Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures with a smile after speaking during a private fundraiser at the home of long time supporter Virginia McGregor in the Green Ridge section of Scranton, Pa., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The event was closed to the media. (Butch Comegys /The Times & Tribune via AP) WILKES BARRE TIMES-LEADER OUT; MANDATORY CREDITWASHINGTON (AP) — A new list of donors to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation shows a marked surge in donations and the numbers of contributors to the family charity in the first half of this year — at the same time that Hillary Rodham Clinton ramped up her campaign for the presidency.

Scientist: Oil slick likely from natural seafloor seepage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:09

In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County, Calif., Fire Department, Henry Duncan, left, and Bob Seiler, legs covered in oil, foreground, stand in the Goleta Beach parking lot with their oil-covered kayaks, on the truck at rear, in Goleta, Calif., Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The pair encountered a large oil sheen and called the fire department to investigate. The Coast Guard is investigating this new oil slick off the Southern California coast about a dozen miles from where a broken pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of crude into the ocean in May. (Mike Eliason/ Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coast Guard officials say it will likely be a couple more days before they can definitively say what caused a miles-long oil slick to materialize off the Santa Barbara County coast this week, but an expert said Thursday it was more than likely the result of ocean-floor seepage.

APNewsBreak: Kidnapping suspect's sister files claim vs. FBI

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:04

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2013 file photo, Hannah Anderson positions a photo of her mother, Christina Anderson, and brother, Ethan Anderson, on an easel at the memorial service in Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Santee, Calif. The sister of James DiMaggio, who was killed in the Idaho wilderness after he was suspected of kidnapping Hannah Anderson and killing Christina Anderson and Ethan Anderson, has filed a claim Thursday, July 30, 2015, seeking $20 million from the FBI. (Howard Lipin/U-T San Diego via AP, Pool, File)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The sister of a man killed in the Idaho wilderness after he was suspected of kidnapping a teen girl and killing her mother and brother in California has filed a claim seeking $20 million from the FBI.

2 injured in New Jersey Turnpike collision

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:59

2 injured in New Jersey Turnpike collisionAt least two people were injured in a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Kurt Cobain's family wants death-scene photos kept sealed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:51

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 1993 file photo, Nirvana band members, Chris Novoselic, from left, Dave Grohl, and Kurt Cobain pose, with an unidentified man, right, after receiving an award for best alternative video for "In Bloom" at the 10th annual MTV Video Music Awards in Universal City, Calif. Cobain’s widow and daughter are urging a Seattle judge not to release death-scene photos and records that a lawsuit claims will prove the Nirvana frontman was murdered more than 20 years ago. Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle is set to hear arguments Friday, July 31, 2015, over whether to proceed with a trial after Richard Lee, who runs a Seattle public access TV show, sued the city and the Seattle Police Department for the material he says will show Cobain didn’t die of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1994, The Seattle Times reported. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)SEATTLE (AP) — Kurt Cobain's widow and daughter are urging a Seattle judge not to release death-scene photos and records that a lawsuit claims will prove the Nirvana frontman was murdered more than 20 years ago.