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Flight returns to Dulles after passenger becomes violent

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 02:30
A flight from Washington to Denver had to return to Dulles International Airport after a pilot reported that a passenger became violent, ran toward the cockpit and had to be restrained.

Man convicted in German student's death responds to lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 02:10

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2015 file photo, Markus Kaarma stands in Missoula County District Court during his sentencing in Missoula, Mont. Kaarma, who is serving a 70-year prison sentence for killing a German exchange student in his garage last spring has denied any negligence in response to a lawsuit filed by the teen’s family. Kaarma also argued he was immune from civil damages because he was acting in defense of his house and family last April 27 when he shot 17-year-old Diren Dede. (AP Photo/The Missoulian, Kurt Wilson,File)MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who is serving a 70-year prison sentence for killing a German exchange student in his garage last spring has denied any negligence in response to a lawsuit filed by the teen's family.

Major solar storm hits Earth, may pull northern lights south

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 02:03
WASHINGTON (AP) — A severe solar storm smacked Earth with a surprisingly big geomagnetic jolt Tuesday, potentially affecting power grids and GPS tracking while pushing the colorful northern lights farther south, federal forecasters said.

Texas' unusual grand jury system gets new scrutiny

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:59

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2005 file photo, Alfred Dewayne Brown, left, is seated next to defense attorney Robert Morrow, right. Brown was convicted and sentenced to death for the 2003 killing of a Houston police officer, but grand jury testimony shows a police officer who was included on the panel may have persuaded one of Brown’s alibi witnesses to change her story. Brown’s appeal is ongoing. With support from judges, attorneys and a prominent district attorney, the Texas Legislature is considering a set of bills that would end the so-called key-man system, where prospective jurors are nominated, and allow only randomly selected jurors to consider whether prosecutors have sufficient evidence to seek charges. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Jessica Kourkounis, File)HOUSTON (AP) — Grand juries in Texas are chosen like no other place in the country.

U.S. FAA ineffective to ensure compliance on hazardous materials: study

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:55
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lacks the skills to ensure that U.S. air carriers comply with rules governing the safe transport of hazardous materials including lithium batteries, a government watchdog said on Tuesday. A report released by the U.S. Transportation Department Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that the FAA lacks the training and guidance necessary to enforce Bush-era regulations that allow carriers to disclose hazardous material violations voluntarily, without incurring civil penalties. The OIG report surfaced a week after aircraft maker Boeing Co said that high-density packages of lithium batteries, like those used in cell phones and laptops, should not be carried on passenger planes because they pose fire risks. In 65 percent of hazardous material cases, OIG investigators found that the FAA did not obtain sufficient evidence to ensure that carriers fixed reported problems.

Attorney General Holder honors slain deputy US marshal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:52
MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says a deputy U.S. marshal who was killed in a shootout in Louisiana was a leader who carried on his family's legacy in law enforcement.

UN moves closer to pulling peacekeepers from troubled Darfur

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:46

File-In this photo June 11, 2014, file photo released by the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), women and their children sit outside their tents at the Zam Zam refugee camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in North Darfur, Sudan. While the International Criminal Court scolds the U.N. Security Council to make sure a defiant al-Bashir stands trial on charges of orchestrating genocide in the Darfur region, the United Nations appears to be giving in to pressure from his government, opening talks with Sudan last month on a plan for a large peacekeeping mission to leave Darfur. The council on Tuesday, March, 17, 2015, will discuss that plan and how an eventual departure will affect a conflict that once drew the world’s outrage. (AP Photo/UNAMID, Albert Gonzalez Farran,File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — It was an awkward reminder of the world's failure to hold to account a president accused of war crimes: A group photo from Egypt's economic summit over the weekend shows U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry standing just behind Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir.

Canada safety board says tank car standards needed sooner

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:37
TORONTO (AP) — Canada's transportation safety board says the government needs to implement tougher new standards for oil trains earlier than a 2025 target.

W.Va. residents displaced by slide get OK to begin returning

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:29
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Yeager Airport officials say people displaced by a landslide can start moving back into their homes.

Connecticut priest who ran meth ring pleads for leniency

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:28
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A suspended Roman Catholic priest who authorities say dealt pounds of methamphetamine and bought a sex shop to possibly launder his drug money is asking a federal judge for leniency when he is sentenced next week.

4 arrested in Bucks Co. prostitution sting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:27

4 arrested in Bucks Co. prostitution stingFour women have been arrested following a prostitution investigation in Bucks County.

Former US Air Force Mechanic Charged With Trying to Join ISIS

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:23
Federal officials made the announcement today.

U.S. woman accused of killing mother in Bali gives birth

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:18
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago-area teenager imprisoned in Bali on accusations of killing her mother, has given birth to a baby girl, her lawyer said on Tuesday. Heather Mack, 19, gave birth to the baby via cesarean section on Tuesday in an Indonesian hospital, said Anthony Scifo, who is Mack's civil attorney. Mack and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer could face the death penalty if found guilty of murdering Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, whose battered body was found stuffed into a bloody suitcase outside a luxury hotel in August. Police in Indonesia said in September that Schaefer had confessed to killing Wiese-Mack in an argument.

State Dept unclassified computer network back online

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:17
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says portions of its unclassified computer network that it shut down last week are back online. That follows the completion of security upgrades in response to attempted hacking attacks.

Accused Boston bomber told friend about 'very strict' brother

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:15

Handout of a still image from surveillance video of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar TsarnaevBy Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told a high school friend his older brother was "very strict" and might not like him because he was not Muslim, the friend testified on Tuesday. Stephen Silva, who federal prosecutors contend loaned Tsarnaev the gun used in the shooting, said he had long been friends with the defendant but had never met his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, who died following a gunfight with police four days after the bombing. Defense lawyers opened the trial at U.S. District Court in Boston with the blunt admission that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had carried out the crimes he is charged with, focusing their hopes on the jury sentencing him to life in prison rather than the death penalty he could face if found guilty.

Father charged in baby's death in Trenton

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:10

Father charged in baby's death in Trenton21-year-old Javon Thomas has been charged with neglect after his 9-month-old girl died.

Ex-fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Grimm sentenced to three months in custody

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:04

Diana Durand, ex-girlfriend and former fundraiser for Republican U.S. Representative Michael Grimm exits the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in the Brooklyn Borough of New YorkBy Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - A woman who pleaded guilty to raising illegal campaign money for former U.S. Representative Michael Grimm of New York was sentenced on Tuesday to three months in custody. The sentence for Diana Durand, 48, was unexpected because prosecutors had not recommended anything more than probation. U.S. District Judge Sterling Johnson at a hearing in Brooklyn also ordered Durand to pay a $10,000 fine. Durand pleaded guilty in September to violating the Federal Election Campaign Act by directing more than $10,000 in campaign contributions to two candidates for the House of Representatives in 2010 through straw donors whom she reimbursed, avoiding federal caps on donations.

Britain's Prince Charles, Camilla to arrive in U.S. for four-day tour

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:01

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Duchess of Cornwall arrive for the Commonwealth Observance service at Westminster Abbey in LondonBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, arrive in Washington on Tuesday for a four-day U.S. goodwill visit that includes a meeting with President Barack Obama, the British Embassy said. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are seeking to boost Britain's partnership with the United States in such areas as climate change and encouraging corporate social responsibility, the embassy said. Charles, the 66-year-old heir to the British throne, and his wife arrive on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday and Thursday, they will tour monuments and historic sites including the Lincoln Memorial and Mount Vernon, home of the first U.S. president, George Washington.

Ex-drug officers lose bid to toss racketeering charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 00:58
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Six former Philadelphia narcotics officers charged with robbing and beating drug dealers in a gangland-style enterprise have lost a bid to halt their upcoming trial over claims that at least one accuser lied before the grand jury.

Charges dropped in case against accused rapist

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 00:56

This undated handout photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows Milton Thomas. Criminal charges against an accused rapist were dropped Tuesday due to concerns about the credibility of the victim as a witness, the prosecution said. Milton Thomas, 58, a parolee charged last year with raping a 70-year-old widow, figured prominently in a recent Associated Press investigation of a national movement to use surveys to predict which prisoners or ex-inmates will commit future crimes. Thomas, who was quoted in the AP investigation saying he was innocent, was assessed three times with three different outcomes. (AP Photo/Arkansas Department of Correction)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Criminal charges against an accused rapist were dropped Tuesday due to concerns about the credibility of the victim as a witness, the prosecution said.