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Friend says he gave Boston Marathon bomber a handgun

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:57

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center seated, is depicted between defense attorneys while the boat in which he was captured in sits on a trailer for observation during his federal death penalty trial, Monday, March 16, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring more than 260 people. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev borrowed a gun two months before the 2013 attack and "kept coming up with excuses" for not returning it, a close friend testified Tuesday.


Bucks County woman, 94, is on the pothole patrol

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:51

Bucks County woman, 94, is on the pothole patrolPotholes have been a big complaint of drivers this winter.


House leaders work on $213B plan on doc Medicare payments

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:50
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan House leaders are working on a $213 billion plan to permanently change how doctors are paid for treating Medicare patients, a costly problem that's vexed Congress for years, a document circulating among lawmakers showed Tuesday.

Mo'ne Davis hits a triple with book, sneaker, movie deal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:49

Mo'ne Davis hits a triple with book, sneaker, movie deal9 months ago we met South Philadelphia pitching Phenom Mo'ne Davis.


Missouri executes man for 1996 killing of sheriff's deputy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:36

In this March 6, 2015 photo provided by The Missouri Department of Corrections is Cecil Clayton, 74, Missouri's oldest death row inmate. Clayton was convicted of gunning down Christopher Castetter, a sheriff's deputy in rural southwest Missouri's Barry County in 1996. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's oldest death row inmate was executed Tuesday for the shooting death of a sheriff's deputy, after the U.S. Supreme Court and the state's governor declined to spare the 74-year-old who attorneys said had a diminished mental capacity because of a brain injury.


4-alarm fire in Northeast Philadelphia under control, 100 displaced

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:20

4-alarm fire in Northeast Philadelphia under control, 100 displacedApproximately 100 people have been displaced after a 4-alarm fire at a Northeast Philadelphia apartment building.


Workers at largest U.S. refinery OK deal; Tesoro making progress

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:15

Workers and their supporters picket outside the Motiva Enterprises crude oil refinery in Port Arthur TexasMore than 700 union workers at the largest U.S. refinery unanimously approved a new contract in a vote at their union hall in Port Arthur, Texas, on Tuesday night, said union officials. The United Steelworkers union (USW) also said workers at three Tesoro Corp refineries on the West Coast were making progress in finalizing contracts.


Supreme Court denies execution reprieve for Missouri inmate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:12

In this March 6, 2015 photo provided by The Missouri Department of Corrections is Cecil Clayton, 74, Missouri's oldest death row inmate. Clayton was convicted of gunning down Christopher Castetter, a sheriff's deputy in rural southwest Missouri's Barry County in 1996. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's oldest death row inmate was executed Tuesday night for the 1996 shooting death of a sheriff's deputy after the state's governor and the U.S. Supreme Court denied last-minute appeals to spare his life. Attorneys for 74-year-old Cecil Clayton had argued that Clayton has brain damage from a 1972 sawmill accident and worsening dementia.


Pentagon sets up panel to study electronic warfare requirements

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:31

US Defense Acquisition Chief Frank Kendall speaks to journalists at a news conference at the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, southern EnglandBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department on Tuesday set up a new panel to address shortfalls in U.S. electronic warfare capabilities across the U.S. military and to ensure the United States retains its competitive edge. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work signed a memo creating a new "Electronic Warfare Executive Committee" to be chaired by Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall and Admiral James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Work told a conference hosted by McAleese & Associates and Credit Suisse that the United States still had greater capabilities in the electromagnetic spectrum than potential adversaries, but other countries were investing heavily. In the memo, Work said he created the panel after the Defense Science Board found the Pentagon had "lost focus on electronic warfare at the programmatic and strategic level." He said the committee would oversee and coordinate electronic warfare programs, strategy and acquisition, while balancing budget and capability needs.


10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:28

Media members gather outside of the office of Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., as a staff member enters his office after Schock announced his resignation from Congress on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Schock abruptly resigned following a monthlong cascade of revelations about his business deals and lavish spending on everything from overseas travel to office decor in the style of "Downton Abbey." (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


Missouri executes man for 1996 killing of sheriff's deputy; attorneys say inmate had dementia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:26
BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri executes man for 1996 killing of sheriff's deputy; attorneys say inmate had dementia.

Secret Service Testing Letter to White House for Cyanide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:08
The Secret Service was trying to determine tonight whether a letter sent to the White House contained cyanide.

Missouri man charged with threatening to shoot President Obama

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

FILE - In this March 9, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama listens during his meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. For the second consecutive year, the Obama administration more often than ever censored government files or outright denied access to them under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)(Reuters) - A Missouri man was charged on Tuesday with threatening several times to shoot U.S. President Barack Obama in meetings with an informant and an undercover officer who posed as a member of a white supremacist group, prosecutors said. Cameron James Stout, 24, of Stover was arrested on Tuesday and remains in custody after an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Jefferson City, Missouri's capital, prosecutors said. An informant told a Morgan County sheriff's deputy that Stout had asked him on Thursday for a high-powered rifle and assistance in a plan to shoot the president in the next few weeks, an affidavit attached to the criminal complaint said.


Federal review of San Diego police urges more supervision

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 09:54
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Lack of supervision and failure to hold officers accountable contributed to a rash of misconduct involving San Diego police officers, a U.S. Justice Department review released Tuesday says.

Envelope mailed to White House tests 'presumptive positive' for cyanide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 09:52

The White House is seen in front of the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial in WashingtonAn envelope mailed to the White House tested "presumptive positive" for cyanide and will undergo more testing to confirm the results, the U.S. Secret Service said on Tuesday. The agency charged with protecting the president said the envelope, which was received on Monday at the White House Mail Screening Facility, initially tested negative. Biological testing on Tuesday "returned a presumptive positive for Cyanide," the Secret Service said in a statement, adding the sample was then sent to another facility to confirm the results.


Teacher accused of calling Muslim student a Taliban

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 09:44
WESTON, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida high school teacher is being suspended without pay for a week after being accused of calling a Muslim student a Taliban.

Letter sent to White House tentatively tests positive for cyanide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 09:42

Letter sent to White House tentatively tests positive for cyanideThe Secret Service says an envelope addressed to the White House has tentatively tested positive for cyanide. Initial biological testing was negative. The agency says additional testing Tuesday returned a "presumptive positive" for cyanide. The Secret Service is responsible for President Barack Obama's security.


A look at California's emergency drought water restrictions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 09:41

FILE - In this July 15, 2014, file photo sprinklers water a lawn in Sacramento, Calif. California residents have to turn off their sprinklers, and restaurants won't give customers water unless they ask under new drought regulations approved Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Amid a historic drought, the California State Water Resources Control Board voted Tuesday to extend and expand restrictions on water use.


Arizona top court rejects bid to retry ex-death row inmate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 09:38
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona's highest court denied last-ditch appeals by prosecutors on Tuesday seeking to retry a Phoenix woman who spent more than 22 years on death row for the 1989 murder of her 4-year-old son before a federal appeals court tossed out her conviction. Debra Milke, 51, had initially been sentenced to death for the murder of her son, Christopher, who was dressed in his best outfit and was told he was going to see Santa Claus with his mother's roommate, James Styers, just days before Christmas. Milke was freed from prison in 2013 after a federal appeals court threw out the conviction based on prosecutorial misconduct and on Tuesday the Arizona Supreme Court rejected a series of legal moves by prosecutors who want to retry her. Styers and his accomplice, Roger Scott, remain on death row.

U.S. Presbyterian Church approves same-sex marriage amendment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 09:25

Rev. Paul Mowry leads a Sunday service at Sausalito Presbyterian Church in SausalitoThe U.S. Presbyterian Church on Tuesday approved a change in the wording of its constitution to include same-sex marriage, a move which threatens to further splinter one of the largest U.S. mainline Protestant denominations. A majority of the 171 regional "presbyteries," or local leadership bodies of the church, have now voted to change the wording of the constitution to define marriage as a commitment "between two people, traditionally a man and a woman." That change in the Louisville, Kentucky-based church's constitution was recommended by its General Assembly last year and required a simple majority of 86 votes, achieved on Tuesday, the church said. The church, also known as PCUSA, has more than 1.7 million members, but has lost more than 500,000 over the past decade. "Let us pray that we can allow the Spirit to continue to create in us a common call to follow Christ while respecting each other's convictions," Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the General Assembly, said in a statement.