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Lawyer: Rabbi in DC voyeurism case doesn't deserve prison

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 04:55
WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for a once-prominent Orthodox rabbi who pleaded guilty to secretly videotaping scores of women in a changing room of a Jewish ritual bath says he shouldn't go to prison.

NJ Governor Christie racked up big tab entertaining guests: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 04:54

NJ Gov. Chris Christie addresses Leadership Forum in McLean, VirginiaBy Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - During his first few years in office, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie racked up a big tab for entertaining guests, including during sporting events in the state's luxury boxes at MetLife Stadium and other venues, according to a report on Monday. In particular, he spent $82,594 on 58 occasions during the 2010 and 2011 NFL football season at the East Rutherford stadium, the report from the nonprofit New Jersey Watchdog said. Like other New Jersey governors, Christie has access to what is now a $95,000 annual spending account and house seats in New Jersey's professional sports stadiums. The discretionary account can be used to pay for hosting events in the governor's official capacity, whether at the State House, the governor's residence or a sporting venue, spokesman Kevin Roberts said in an emailed statement.


Body found at Pennsylvania port, believed to be African stowaway

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 04:50
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A body found on a container ship at a U.S. cocoa import facility in Pennsylvania on Monday could be a stowaway who had traveled from West Africa, a Port Authority official said. The body was discovered as workers unloaded a cargo ship carrying cocoa beans that docked in the Philadelphia port on Thursday but had taken days to unload, said Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Pennsylvania Regional Port Authority.  Police could not yet identify the corpse or determine cause of death. "But it's been a long time since the last time that we've had a stowaway, either alive or dead," he said.

Tracing the bird flu outbreak in North American poultry flocks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 04:48
(Reuters) - The United States is facing its worst outbreak on record of avian influenza as three deadly strains have hit North American poultry flocks since December, with the spread of infection picking up speed in the last month. Nearly 30 million birds have been killed or are expected to be condemned, and three states - Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa - have declared a state of emergency. Exports, which totaled more than $6 billion last year, have been hit as buyers, including China and Mexico, slap bans on U.S. supplies. Below is a timeline of the spread of the viruses, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Canada's Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and responses by the industry and trade partners.

Mother of 3 missing Michigan boys now believes they're dead

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 04:48
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The mother of three Michigan boys missing since Thanksgiving 2010 says she now believes they're dead.

Police arrest 9 people in suburban Boston beach brawl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 04:45
REVERE, Mass. (AP) — State police say nine people, including eight juveniles, were arrested after a large disturbance at a suburban Boston beach.

Texas, Arkansas tornadoes kill at least 4, shatter homes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 04:44

A young boy rests his head in his hands in front of a house which was destroyed after a tornado swept through the area in Van, TexasBy Lisa Maria Garza and Steve Barnes VAN, Texas/LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Emergency crews were cleaning up on Monday from tornadoes that killed at least four people and injured 50 others in Texas and Arkansas that were part of a twister series to hit central states overnight, flattening buildings and snapping power lines. A husband and wife were killed near a trailer park in Van, Texas, about 70 miles (115 km) southeast of Dallas, a town of about 2,500 people where scores of homes were reduced to splinters. The National Weather Service said an EF3 tornado packing winds of around 140 mph (225 kph) hit the town. Near the west Arkansas town of Nashville, a baby girl about 18 months old was pulled from the wreckage of a mobile home where her parents died in a tornado there.


Woman arrested after TVs hit with hatchet at Alaska store

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 04:43
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A woman smashed seven flat-screen TVs at a store in Alaska with a hatchet and later told police that people on the televisions were watching her, according to police and court documents obtained Monday.

New charge for Aaron Hernandez: witness intimidation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 04:41

 witness intimidation. The Suffolk County district attorney's office said Monday, May 11, 2015, that a grand jury indicted Hernandez on Friday. They say Hernandez shot a witness to the Boston killings on Feb. 13, 2013, after the witness made a remark about the killings. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool, File)BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez has been charged with trying to silence a witness in a double murder case against him by shooting him in the face and leaving him for dead, prosecutors said Monday.


Attorney: George Zimmerman not seriously hurt after shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 04:38

 George Zimmerman not seriously hurt after shootingA bullet missed George Zimmerman's head when he was involved in a shooting Monday in Florida, but the former neighborhood watch volunteer wasn't seriously hurt, his attorney said.


Head-on crash in Bensalem, 1 injured

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 04:36

Head-on crash in Bensalem, 1 injuredAt least one person has been seriously injured during a head-on crash in Bensalem, Bucks County.


NY governor creates task force to conduct nail salon probes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 04:29

File-This June 4, 2013 file photo shows New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking about his Women's Equality Act during a news conference in the Red Room at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. New York would become the 21st state to allow medical use of marijuana under a proposal Gov. Cuomo will unveil this week. Cuomo plans to use administrative powers rather than legislative action to allow a limited number of hospitals to dispense marijuana for certain ailments. He will formally announce his plans in his state of the state speech Wednesday, Jan. 8. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said he was creating a task force to investigate nail salons and crack down on worker abuse following a report of widespread exploitation and health problems of manicurists.


U.S. airline consumer complaints soared in March: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 04:23
Complaints among U.S. air travelers soared more than 55 percent in March from a year earlier, mainly due to flight problems, a federal government report said on Monday. The 53-page report by the U.S. Transportation Department recorded 1,733 complaints about U.S. and airlines, travel agents and tour operators for the month, which reflects the most recent data available. Among the carriers facing the largest number of flight-problem complaints were American Airlines, United Airlines, Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines, according to the report.

Stowaway found dead on cocoa bean ship in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 04:20

Stowaway found dead on cocoa bean ship in South PhiladelphiaOfficials are investigating the discovery of a body of a stowaway on a ship in a South Philadelphia port Monday.


Ex-CIA officer in NY Times leak case gets 42 months in prison

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 04:08
A former CIA officer was sentenced on Monday to 42 months in prison for leaking classified information to a New York Times reporter about a failed U.S. effort to undermine Iran's nuclear weapons program, the Justice Department said. Jeffrey Sterling, 47, was convicted of disclosing national defense information and obstructing justice in January in federal court in Virginia. "For his own vindictive purposes, Jeffrey Sterling carelessly disclosed extremely valuable, highly classified information that he had taken an oath to keep secret," said Dana Boente, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. The Justice Department said that in 2003, Sterling gave information about the clandestine program to a reporter for The New York Times.

Ex-NFL star Hernandez charged in 2013 shooting of witness

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 04:02

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez arrives in the courtroom at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall RiverFormer New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who was convicted last month of murdering an acquaintance in 2013, was charged on Monday with the non-fatal shooting of a man believed to be a witness to another murder of which Hernandez is accused. Prosecutors in Boston on Monday charged Hernandez, 25, with violating Massachusetts witness intimidation for shooting a man in the face in February 2013 after the man made a remark about a 2012 double shooting, according to the Suffolk County prosecutor's office. Hernandez, who was sentenced to life in prison for murdering semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, is awaiting trial on charges he shot dead two Cape Verdean nationals outside a Boston nightclub in 2012 after one of them inadvertently spilled a drink on him.


Vehicle trapped under UPS tractor trailer on Northeast Extension

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 03:58

Vehicle trapped under UPS tractor trailer on Northeast ExtensionA serious accident involving a UPS tractor trailer has shut down several lanes of the Northeast Extension near Bethel Road in Lansdale, Montgomery County.


Different bird flu strain detected in Indiana backyard flock

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 03:46
COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (AP) — Bird flu has been found in a backyard poultry flock in northeastern Indiana, and it's the first time the specific strain in question has been detected in the central U.S., animal health officials said Monday.

Jurisdiction question stalls sentencing for drug conspirator

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 03:45
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Lawyers for a man convicted of working for one of the world's most notorious drug cartels said Monday the U.S. had no jurisdiction to bring the case because the drugs weren't intended for distribution in or through the country.

Feds OK Montana college town's police rape response changes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 03:44
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Missoula Police Department has made all of the changes required after federal investigators found the city and University of Montana failed to properly respond to reports of sexual assault, U.S. Department of Justice officials said Monday.