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Three Texas police officers shot while trying to serve warrant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:12
(Reuters) - Three police officers were shot in the coastal Texas city of Corpus Christi on Thursday as they were attempting to serve a warrant at a home as part of a drug investigation, police said. "As officers were making entry, suspects from within the home opened fire on our SWAT team members," police Commander Mike Alanis said.  "Three of the officers on the SWAT team were injured by the gunfire," he said.

Lottery audit: Winners used dead people's IDs to collect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:10
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Forty-six New Jersey lottery winners from July 2013 to July 2014 used Social Security numbers of dead people to collect their winnings, the state auditor said.

Police say they have arrested a suspect in the road-rage killing of Las Vegas mother

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:01
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police say they have arrested a suspect in the road-rage killing of Las Vegas mother.

Wesleyan University frat sues over demand it become coed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 04:56
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Members and alumni of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Wesleyan University have filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Connecticut school over a recent decision that requires all residential fraternities to become coed within three years.

Leon Kent, hero of Battle of the Bulge, dies at 99

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 04:51

WWII BATTLE OF THE BULGEBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Leon Kent, who led a group of American soldiers that knocked out five German tanks and held up the enemy advance during the Battle of the Bulge, has died. He was 99.


Driver falls off bridge after stopping to help crash victims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 04:51
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman who stopped to help people involved in a car accident has died after falling off a highway bridge.

Washington rabbi pleads guilty to voyeurism charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 04:42
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON(Reuters) - A prominent Washington rabbi charged with secretly videotaping dozens of women during ritual baths pleaded guilty to 52 misdemeanor counts of voyeurism on Thursday. Rabbi Barry Freundel, 63, was accused of installing video cameras to spy on women in the bathing area for his Orthodox synagogue, Kesher Israel Congregation, in Washington’s upscale Georgetown neighborhood. Prosecutors said Freundel recorded the women between early 2009 and October 2014 using devices installed in two changing rooms for the National Capital Mikvah, which is next to the Kesher synagogue.

New York assembly ex-speaker Silver indicted on corruption charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 04:41
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A grand jury indicted Sheldon Silver, the former New York State Assembly speaker and one of the state's most powerful politicians for two decades, on federal corruption charges on Thursday, federal prosecutors said. Silver, who resigned as speaker after his arrest last month but remains the assemblyman for Manhattan's Lower East Side, was indicted on one count of honest services mail fraud, one count of honest services wire fraud and one count of using his office for extortion. Silver's lawyers said in a statement on Thursday he was not guilty. "We can now begin to fight for his total vindication," Joel Cohen and Steven Molo, Silver's lawyers, said in a statement.

Las Vegas police: Suspect in woman's killing in road-rage shootout is being taken into custody

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 04:28
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police: Suspect in woman's killing in road-rage shootout is being taken into custody.

Immigrants feel stuck after judge blocks Obama orders

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 04:26

In this Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 photo, Brenda Armendariz, originally from Mexico, sits in her mobile home, in Tucson, Ariz. Armendariz came to the United States with two young children and has since given birth to two others who are American citizens. Her Mexican-born children were disappointed they would not be able to apply for a program by President Barack Obama that would shield them from deportation. Armendariz also would have qualified for a new program that allows parents of U.S. citizens who lack legal status to obtain a work permit and be protected from deportation. An expansion of the program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was put on hold Monday, Feb. 16, by a federal judge in Texas. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Brenda Armendariz, her husband and their two Mexico-born children were hoping to resolve their constant fears of being deported after President Barack Obama issued his latest executive orders on immigration.


Hazmat team responds to Los Angeles courthouse over suspicious letters

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 04:17
A hazardous materials team was sent to a Los Angeles courthouse on Thursday over suspicious letters mailed to court personnel, but no evacuation was ordered and business continued without interruption, officials said. The hazardous materials team from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident at the downtown courthouse, the department said in a statement. No evacuation was ordered at the courthouse and business continued without interruption, according to a Los Angeles Superior Court spokeswoman. Suspicious envelopes with a non-toxic white substance have also been sent recently to locations in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles and the city of Burbank, and the FBI is leading several agencies in investigating the incident, said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Officer Jeffrey Dohlen.

Minnesota man charged with conspiring to support Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 04:13
A Minnesota man pulled off an airplane bound for Turkey last year has been indicted on charges of conspiring to support Islamic State and lying to federal agents investigating recruitment by militant groups, prosecutors said on Thursday. Hamza Ahmed, 19, and three other young Minnesota men were stopped from taking international flights from New York on Nov. 8 after traveling by bus from Minneapolis, prosecutors said. He has been detained since he was charged in early February with making a false statement to federal agents and is also charged with attempting to provide material support to Islamic State militants, prosecutors said in a statement.

Jury begins deliberations in Tennessee armory shooting trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 04:11
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A jury has begun deliberating in the trial of a Tennessee National Guard recruiter charged with trying to kill four superiors in an armory shooting north of Memphis.

Revenge porn operator agrees to plea to criminal charges in Los Angeles

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 04:07
(Refiles story dated February 18, correcting first name of defendant to Hunter instead of Michael in second paragraph) By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man who posted explicit photos of women on his so-called revenge porn website, some taken from hacked email accounts, has agreed to plead guilty in Los Angeles to hacking and identity theft charges, prosecutors said on Wednesday. The plea agreement between Hunter Moore, 28, and federal prosecutors comes nearly three years after BBC News called him "The net's most hated man" and reported that he was known to post the full name and location of people whose naked photos he featured on his site. Revenge porn, which involves posting online photos of women or men without their consent, typically by jilted ex-lovers, has drawn the attention of lawmakers in several states who have approved legislation intended to stop the practice.

Defense: Terrorism defendant wanted peaceful reform

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 03:59

FILE- In this Jan. 20, 2015 courtroom sketch, Khaled al-Fawwaz, right, a defendant in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, is seated next to his defense attorney, Barbara O'Connor, during jury selection in Manhattan Federal Court. Prosecutors say al-Fawwaz, an early leader of al-Qaida, conspired in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. The attacks killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A Saudi Arabian defendant described by prosecutors as one of al-Qaida's early leaders sought peaceful reform in his home country and was shocked by Osama bin Laden's turn toward violence, his attorney told a jury Thursday.


Kidnapped dogs found inside stolen van in Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 03:56

Kidnapped dogs found inside stolen van in ChicagoSeven dogs that were inside a doggy day care van when it was stolen at gunpoint in Chicago's River North neighborhood have been located. All appear to be OK, officials said.


Man guilty of killing 2, burying them regrets not testifying

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 03:51

Hugo Selenski, center, is led out of the Luzerne County Courthouse on Wednesday evening, Feb. 18, 2015, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. A jury on Wednesday spared the life of Selenski, convicted of strangling pharmacist Michael Kerkowski and his girlfriend, Tammy Fassett, during a robbery at the pharmacist's home in 2002 and burying their bodies in his yard. He will serve life without parole. (AP Photo/The Citizens' Voice, Christopher Dolan) MANDATORY CREDITWILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man convicted of strangling a pharmacist and his girlfriend and burying their bodies in his yard says he wishes he'd taken the witness stand in his own defense.


Taped confession in New York boy's 1979 murder replayed for jury

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 03:50

Hernandez appears with his lawyer Fishbein in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York in this file photoBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Parts of Pedro Hernandez's videotaped confession about strangling a boy in 1979 were replayed at his murder trial on Thursday, this time by his own lawyer arguing it proves mental illness led him to confess to a crime he never committed. Hernandez, 54, is on trial for killing Etan Patz, 6, who vanished as he walked alone for the first time to a school bus stop in his Soho neighborhood on May 25, 1979.


Man accused of killing lover on hike sought $1M from insurer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 03:34
HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man accused of killing his girlfriend while they hiked in the Columbia River Gorge six years ago tried but failed to collect on her $1 million life insurance policy, court documents show.

Murder suspect dubbed 'Michelangelo of buttocks injections'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 03:30

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Padge Gordon, also known as Padge Victoria Windslowe. An aspiring rapper known as "the Black Madam," Windslowe is accused of killing a 20-year-old dancer from London during a procedure that involved silicone buttocks injections and Krazy Glue. Her third-degree murder trial is expected to start Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Gothic hip-hop artist who did illegal cosmetic surgery on the side boasted at her murder trial Thursday that her body sculpting work was so popular she was dubbed "the Michelangelo of buttocks injections."