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Texas executes man who fatally shot game warden in gunfight

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 08:54

Texas Department of Criminal Justice photo of Texas Death Row Inmate James FreemanTexas on Wednesday executed a man who led game wardens on a high-speed chase in 2007 before getting into a gun battle and fatally shooting one of them. James Freeman, 35, was pronounced dead at 6:30 p.m. after receiving a lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville, a prisons official said. The execution was the second in Texas this year and the 533rd in the state since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

Ammon Bundy asks holdouts at Oregon wildlife refuge to go home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 08:54

Ammon Bundy asks holdouts at Oregon wildlife refuge to go homeThe attorney for the leader of an armed group occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge says the man wants those remaining at the refuge to "please stand down" and go home.

California Governor Brown backs sentencing reform plan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 08:53

California Governor Brown attends a meeting during the COP21 at Le Bourget, near Paris, FranceGovernor Jerry Brown on Wednesday threw his support behind a proposal to give judges greater discretion on whether minors should be tried as adults in California courts. The measure, which would go before voters in November if enough signatures are gathered to put it on the ballot, would undo a provision of state law that allows juveniles as young as 14 to be tried as adults for numerous serious crimes - including murder, rape and torture - without the approval of a judge. Elizabeth Calvin, senior children’s rights advocate at Human Rights Watch, said the changes to the way juveniles are handled in the court system would be dramatic if the measure passes.

Islamic State-linked hacker makes first U.S. appearance in federal court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 08:46

A man types on a keyboard in front of the logo of "Kosova Hackers Security" in this photo illustration taken in SarajevoA Kosovar citizen accused of hacking the personal data of more than a thousand U.S. officials and sending it to Islamic State militants in Syria appeared in U.S. federal court in Virginia on Wednesday. It was the first time Ardit Ferizi, 20, had publicly appeared in the United States since being extradited from Malaysia, where he was detained in October on a U.S. provisional arrest warrant. Ferizi, who is believed to be the leader of a Kosovar Internet hacking group, hacked the computer server of a U.S. online retailer and stole the personal identification information of 1,351 U.S. military personnel, according to charging documents.

Rancher killed in standoff vowed to die before going to jail

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 08:37

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2016 file photo, LaVoy Finicum, a rancher from Arizona, speaks to the media after members of an armed group along with several other organizations arrive at the at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore. The FBI and Oregon State Police arrested the leaders of an armed group that has occupied a national wildlife refuge for the past three weeks during a traffic stop that prompted gunfire — and one death — along a highway through the frozen high country. The Oregonian reported that Finicum was the person killed, citing the man's daughter. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)BURNS, Oregon (AP) — A member of an armed anti-government group who was killed in a traffic stop in Oregon vowed a few weeks ago that he would die before spending his life behind bars.

Donald Trump's Plans for Debate Night

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 08:30
Trump said he won't appear at the Fox News debate tomorrow.

RAW VIDEO: Super Bowl City taking shape in San Francisco

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 08:26

 Super Bowl City taking shape in San FranciscoStreets are closed, construction is well underway, and Super Bowl City is starting to take shape in San Francisco. Here's a look from Sky7 HD of the work being done on Wednesday, January 27, 2016.

Bay Area's Super Bowl 50 could be most profitable sports event in US

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 08:26

Bay Area's Super Bowl 50 could be most profitable sports event in USSuper Bowl 50 is expected to draw one million visitors to the Bay Area and could become the most profitable sporting event ever in the U.S.

Snyder pledges help to Flint amid mistrust of government

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 08:15

Registered Nurse Brian Jones draws a blood sample from Grayling Stefek, 5, at the Eisenhower Elementary School, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 in Flint, Mich. The students were being tested for lead after the metal was found in the city's drinking water. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Flint residents coping with lead contamination will be cleared to drink unfiltered water again only when outside experts determine it is safe, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday, acknowledging their mistrust of government officials while saying a full replacement of the city's pipes is not imminent.

Raccoon attacks New Jersey boy walking to school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 08:06

Raccoon attacks New Jersey boy walking to schoolPolice say a raccoon jumped on a 6-year-old and attacked him as he walked to school with his mother in northern New Jersey.

No injuries as fire closes New Orleans' historic Canal St.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 08:00

Firefighters battle a fire on Canal Street in downtown New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A stubborn fire that blanketed part of the city in smoke and forced the closure of historic Canal Street is not believed to be the result of arson, the city's fire chief said Wednesday.

Texas urges Supreme Court to uphold abortion law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 08:00
The state of Texas on Wednesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold its restrictions on abortion providers, citing the case of a Philadelphia doctor convicted in 2013 of murdering babies at his abortion clinic. Lawyers for Texas were responding to court papers filed by abortion providers who challenged the 2013 state law. The Texas brief includes prominent mentions of Kermit Gosnell, who is serving three life sentences in prison for murdering babies during late-term abortions and other crimes committed at his Philadelphia clinic.

Chinese man pleads guilty for plot to steal U.S. corn secrets

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 07:57
A Chinese man charged with conspiracy to steal high-tech U.S. corn seeds pleaded guilty in federal court in Iowa on Wednesday for participating in the theft of the patented seeds with the intention of transporting them to China, court documents show. Federal authorities began investigating Mo Hailong, 46, for conspiring to steal corn seeds from DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto after DuPont security staff noticed his suspicious activity. Hailong was employed as director of a Chinese conglomerate that runs a corn seed subsidiary.

Atlantic City Airport situation 'under control' after evacuation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 07:56

Atlantic City Airport situation 'under control' after evacuationAuthorities say the situation is under control following an evacuation order at the Atlantic City International Airport Wednesday evening.

Drug abuse bill raises hopes for election-year achievement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 07:46

Michael Botticelli, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on attacking America’s epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a testy election year likely to see scant collaboration between Republicans and Democrats, there's a glint of hope in Congress for a bipartisan bill aimed at fighting heroin and opioid addiction — a deadly, growing problem that afflicts states both red and blue.

Ferguson, Missouri releases details of proposed consent decree

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 07:43

Girl carries an upside down U.S. flag during a protest march in FergusonBy Julia Harte WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The city of Ferguson, Missouri, released details on Wednesday of a tentative deal with the U.S. Justice Department to reform its police department and resolve a federal probe following the 2014 fatal shooting of a black teenager that ignited national protests. The shooting of 18-year-old, unarmed Michael Brown by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson exposed tension between the city government and the largely black community outside St. Louis that erupted into violent protests after a grand jury chose not to indict the officer. It was one of a series of highly publicized killings of black men mostly by white police officers that set off a nationwide debate about the use of police force, especially against minorities.

Florida ex-officer indicted for excessive force, four others plead guilty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 07:37
A former Florida sheriff's deputy has been indicted by a federal grand jury for using excessive force during a 2014 arrest where five white law enforcement officers were involved in the beating of a black man, U.S. Justice officials said on Wednesday. Former Marion County sheriff's deputy Jesse Terrell, 33, was indicted late on Tuesday on a charge of depriving the man, identified by sheriff's officials as Derrick Price, of his civil rights. The other officers previously pleaded guilty to that offense, court records show.

Some schools to remain closed Thursday after big storm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 07:11

Some schools to remain closed Thursday after big stormMany school districts in Pennsylvania have reopened following closures due to the massive weekend storm, but schools in some areas will remain closed.

Obama to seek $12B from Congress for child nutrition

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 07:10

FILE - This Sept. 11, 2012 file photo shows a healthy chicken salad school lunch, prepared under federal guidelines, sitting on display at the cafeteria at Draper Middle School in Rotterdam, N.Y. President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for $12 billion over a decade to help feed schoolchildren from low-income families during the summer. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for $12 billion over a decade to help feed millions of schoolchildren from low-income families during the summer, the White House said Wednesday.

U.S. Air Force confirms sending Lockheed F-35 jets to UK air shows

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 07:09

Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet is seen in its hanger at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in MarylandThe U.S. Air Force on Tuesday confirmed that it will send a pair of F-35A fighter jets to two air shows in Britain this summer, joining two U.S. Marine Corps jets and at least one British jet that are also slated to appear. The two F-35 jets from Luke Air Force Base will be on static display at both the annual Royal International Air Tattoo and the Farnborough air show outside London in July, and one will participate in so-called "heritage flights" with vintage warplanes at RIAT, said Air Force spokeswoman Major Kelley Jeter.