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Judge rejects bid for hearing on moving Boston bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:05
BOSTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday denied a request by lawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber to hold a hearing on their request to move the trial out of the city where the attack occurred, saying he would decide based on prior court filings. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, could face execution if he is convicted of killing three people and injuring more than 260 with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs on April 15, 2013, and with fatally shooting a university police officer three days later as he and his older brother, Tamerlan, attempted to flee the city. ...

Million dollar lottery ticket in Philly could go unclaimed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 04:30

Million dollar lottery ticket in Philly could go unclaimedSomeone could be a million dollars richer today. But the clock is ticking for them to collect their fortune.

Murder suspect wears 'Crime Pays' T-shirt to court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 04:30
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia judge wants to know why a murder suspect appeared in court in a T-shirt that read, "Crime Pays."

Scotland votes on independence from United Kingdom

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 04:24

Scotland votes on independence from United KingdomExcitement vied with apprehension as Scottish voters went to the polls Thursday in a referendum on becoming an independent state.

JetBlue flight makes emergency landing at California airport, four hurt

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 04:22

JetBlue Airways aircraft are pictured at departure gates at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New YorkBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Four people were injured on Thursday when a JetBlue plane carrying 147 people made an emergency landing at the Long, Beach, California, airport, because of an engine issue, an airport spokeswoman said. JetBlue Flight 1416, which had just departed for Austin, Texas, returned to Long Beach after pilots got an overheating warning for one of the engines, Long Beach Airport spokeswoman Stephanie Montuya-Morisky said. She said all 142 passengers were evacuated from the plane by slides after it landed at 9:30 a.m. PDT. ...

Brother of man charged in Bobo case arrested

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 04:22
DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The brother of a man accused of kidnapping and killing a 20-year-old nursing student has been charged with tampering with evidence in the case.

UN calls Ebola a threat to international peace

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 04:21
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is calling the Ebola outbreak in Africa "a threat to international peace and security" and is urging all countries to provide health experts, field hospitals and medical supplies to combat the rapidly accelerating disease.

Jury hears arguments in terror finance trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 04:20
NEW YORK (AP) — In a high-stakes legal offshoot of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a U.S. jury was asked Thursday to decide whether executives at Jordan-based Arab Bank should be held responsible for a wave of suicide bombings in the early 2000s that left several Americans dead or wounded.

New York offers illegal immigrants zoo trips, museum tours with ID cards

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 04:14

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio answers questions during a news conference at City Hall in New YorkBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio offered free access to some of his city's famed cultural destinations on Thursday in a bid to coax illegal immigrants to join an identification card program aimed at helping them do ordinary things like sign a rental lease. Among the perks offered by the Democratic mayor were free or reduced-price admission to places like the Bronx Zoo, New York City Ballet, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Carnegie Hall for all of next year. New York is joining other U.S. ...

A glance at disputed passages in Three Cups of Tea

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 04:06
Greg Mortenson's best-selling book "Three Cups of Tea" came under intense scrutiny after 60 Minutes, author Jon Krakauer and some people in the book said some of the stories were fabricated. Here is a glance at some of those stories, what is being disputed and Mortenson's response in a recent interview with The Associated Press.

Federal appeals judge: Argentina's bullying a bank

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:59
NEW YORK (AP) — Judges on a federal appeals panel in New York say they suspect Argentina has gone rogue, ignoring court orders and bullying a U.S. bank to try to prevent it from obeying a court order.

French president quizzed over domestic failures

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:59

French President Francois Hollande waits for questions during a press conference at the Elysee Palace, Thursday, Sept.18, 2014. Hollande said he agreed to Iraq's request for air support at a meeting of his top defense and security advisers earlier Thursday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande sought Thursday to stake out a forceful position on international affairs, even as his failures on the domestic stage continue to mount.

Rochester, N.Y., store manager pleads not guilty to aiding Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:58

Mufid Elfgeeh in Monroe County Sheriff's Office photoNEW YORK (Reuters) - A convenience store manager from western New York accused of trying to provide material support to the Islamic State militant group pleaded not guilty in federal court on Thursday, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office said. Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, was indicted on seven counts earlier this week, with charges ranging from helping people to travel to Syria to fight for Islamic State, which has seized swaths of Iraq and Syria, to plotting to murder American soldiers. ...

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen out for period of time

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:57

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen out for period of timePhiladelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen will not play for a period of time due to blood clots in his lower right leg and in both lungs, the team announced Thursday afternoon.

Group aims to redo neglected site on National Mall

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:45

This artist rendering provided by the Trust for the National Mall shows Constitution Gardens as it would be redesigned. After holding a design competition to improve spaces on the mall in 2011, the nonprofit Trust for the National Mall selected the little-known Constitution Gardens for a major rehabilitation over the next five years, officials with the group told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Trust for the National Mall)WASHINGTON (AP) — Lakeside gardens, model boats and fine dining overlooking the nation's monuments could one day redefine a site on the National Mall that has languished for years with fetid water, dying fish and crumbling walkways.

Police: Cardinals RB Dwyer head-butted wife for refusing sex

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:33

 Cardinals RB Dwyer head-butted wife for refusing sexArizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, police said Thursday.

U.S. court rules Navy wrongfully monitored computers in child porn probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:31
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court has thrown out evidence against a Washington state man charged with possession of child pornography, saying his conviction revealed that naval intelligence agents were improperly peering into both civilian and military computers. In a strongly worded decision made available electronically on Thursday, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. ...

CDC tells healthy adults not to forget flu vaccine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:25

Kroger Pharmacist Ralph Winston removes air bubbles from a flu vaccineWASHINGTON (AP) — It's time for flu vaccine again and while it's important for the whole family, this year health officials have some different advice for different ages: Certain kids should opt for the ouchless nasal spray. Seniors, expect to get a new kind of pneumonia shot along with that flu jab.

Judge doubts Oklahoma ready for Nov. 13 execution

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:24
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge said Thursday he is concerned Oklahoma will not be able to implement new guidelines and training for executions before three inmates are scheduled to die this fall.

New evacuations ordered as California wildfire doubles in size

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:22
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - More residents of Northern California mountain communities were told to leave their homes on Thursday after an out-of-control wildfire doubled in size overnight, scorching more than 100 square miles of drought-parched timber and brush. Nearly 3,700 firefighters struggled to stop the forward march of the King Fire, the largest and most dangerous of 11 major wildfires raging across California, but had managed to cut containment lines around just 5 percent of the flames as of Thursday morning, officials said. ...