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

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 17:39
An 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.

Letter to White House returns presumptive positive for cyanide

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 16:41

The Secret Service was trying to determine Tuesday night whether a letter sent to the White House contained cyanide.

Clinton criticizes House GOP budget plan

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 16:41

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is offering tough words for congressional Republicans, saying a GOP budget plan "fails Americans" on investments in jobs and economic growth, would cut college aid for students and undermine President Barack Obama's health care law.

Satisfaction over prospect of accused U.S. killer Durst facing justice

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 16:06

By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - With accused murderer Robert Durst set to spend at least six days in a Louisiana jail awaiting extradition to California, law enforcement officials and friends of possible victims expressed satisfaction on Tuesday over the prospect of the real estate scion facing justice. Durst, 71, the subject of a six-part HBO documentary series called "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," was picked up by a filmmaker's microphone saying he "killed them all," apparently acknowledging his crimes, in footage that aired on Sunday. He was arrested on Saturday by FBI agents at a New Orleans hotel, where he was staying under an alias and was deemed a risk to flee the country, after Los Angeles County issued a warrant for his arrest in the 2000 killing of longtime friend Susan Berman. Long estranged from his powerful family with its major New York real estate holdings, the eccentric Durst was acquitted in 2003 in the dismemberment and killing of a male neighbor in Texas, and was a suspect in the disappearance of his wife, Kathleen Durst, in 1982.

Ferguson shooting suspect gave false confession: lawyer

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 15:00

The suspect charged with shooting two police officers during a demonstration in Ferguson, Mo., last week is now recanting a confession that he was the gunman, his lawyer told Yahoo News on Tuesday.

California tightens water restrictions amid drought

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 13:31
The California State Water Resources Control Board is meeting to expand regulations for water conservation during the state’s crisis, as citizens look for ways to contribute to the cause.

Former U.S. Air Force mechanic charged with trying to join IS

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:01

A veteran has been arrested by the FBI for allegedly trying to join ISIS, the brutal terrorist group wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq.

U.S. Air Force veteran accused of trying to assist Islamic State

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 10:34
By Lindsay Dunsmuir and Nate Raymond WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. Air Force veteran has been charged with trying to provide support for the Islamic State militant group, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday. A federal grand jury in New York City indicted Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh for attempting to provide material support to the group and attempted obstruction of justice. Pugh, 47, of Neptune, N.J., is to be arraigned Wednesday morning in federal court in Brooklyn. Michael Schneider, a court-appointed lawyer for Pugh, said his client would plead not guilty.

Congressman Aaron Schock resigns

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 10:32

The Illinois Republican has been under fire for lavish spending.

First gay group marches in NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade, protests seek more

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 08:19
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shamrocks and rainbow banners waved over the first openly gay group to march in New York City’s main St. Patrick’s Day parade on Tuesday, but gay rights advocates and elected officials called for greater inclusion in the event. Organizers of the city's 254th parade to celebrate Irish heritage shifted their policy this year for the first time to allow Out@NBCUniversal, an organization of gay employees of NBCUniversal, the parade broadcaster, to march in the procession up Fifth Avenue. "I will not be marching, but I look forward to progress in the future," said de Blasio, noting the parade, said by organizers to be the oldest and largest such event in the United States, was still not "open to folks who would like to participate who don't happen to work for NBC." Two dozen protesters, some waving signs reading "Who said St. Patrick was straight?", rallied on the sidelines of the parade led by Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan, this year's grand marshal.

Boat owner details moment he found Tsarnaev hiding

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 07:46

David Henneberry testified that he "kept fixating" on a pool of blood that he discovered on the deck of his boat, the "Slipaway II," that was in his backyard. When he climbed a ladder, he "saw a body in the boat," Henneberry told the court, also describing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's shoes, pants and hooded sweatshirt. Tsarnaev also scrawled a long message in pencil branded with the name of David Henneberry's stepson's company, according to the prosecution. Tsarnaev faces the death penalty for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people.

As Israel votes, Netanyahu takes swipe at Arabs

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 07:09

With his future in question, Israel's leader made a last-ditch appeal to hard-liners.

Violent passenger restrained by fellow flyers on United flight

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:50

A United Airlines flight had to return to Washington, D.C., after a passenger became violent and ran "toward the cockpit."

Republican budget aims to end deficits in 2024 with deep cuts

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:43
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a budget that seeks to eliminate deficits by 2024 through deep cuts to social safety net programs, domestic spending and another attempt at repealing "Obamacare" health reforms. The plan from House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price proposes $5.468 trillion in spending cuts and interest savings over 10 years compared to current tax and spending policies. To gain support in a divided Republican caucus, Price's plan nominally adheres to "sequester" spending caps next year. But it seeks to boost U.S. ...

Boston Marathon bombing trial to focus on suspect's arrest

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:29

The trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Tuesday was expected to focus on the suspect's arrest following a daylong lockdown of much of the metropolitan area following the attack that killed three people and injured 264. Tsarnaev, 21, could be sentenced to death if he is convicted of charges that also include the fatal shooting of a police officer three days after prosecutors contend he and his older brother carried out the April 15, 2013, attack. They contend that 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev was the driving force behind the attacks, and that his younger sibling followed along out of a sense of subservience. In its first seven days of testimony, the trial at U.S. District Court in Boston has moved along at a blistering pace, with prosecutors working their way trough 58 witnesses and defense attorneys declining to cross-examine most who testified.

Alabama federal judge declines to lift gay marriage order

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 00:49

(Reuters) - The battle over gay marriage in Alabama heightened on Monday when a federal judge refused to stay her order to a county judge that he start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade said in a five-page order that Mobile County Probate Court Judge Don Davis must comply with her previous ruling, which found the state's gay marriage ban to be unconstitutional. Alabama's all-Republican Supreme Court had contravened that ruling earlier this month.

Durst's letter helped prosecutors bring murder charge

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 23:15

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Robert Durst's mumblings about how he "killed them all" provided the dramatic kick to a documentary about the millionaire's troubled life and connection to three slayings, but it was words he penned that helped lead to his arrest on a murder charge, a law enforcement official said.

NYC tour bus firms agree to $7.5 million anti-trust settlement

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 22:33
Two New York City tour bus companies have agreed to pay $7.5 million and forfeit about 50 stops, including highly prized locations in Manhattan, to settle an anti-trust lawsuit brought by state and federal prosecutors, officials said on Monday. Coach USA Inc, City Sights LLC and their joint venture, Twin America LLC, which was created by the two former rivals in 2009, were accused of monopolizing the market, the U.S. Justice Department and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement. "The largest operators of New York City's iconic double-decker tour buses were able to raise prices and deprive city visitors of the benefits of a free and fair market," Schneiderman said in the statement. Coach USA and City Sights both run open-topped, double-decker buses that ferry tourists around the city, but will have to give up stops at Times Square, the Empire State Building and elsewhere under the settlement, the statement said.

'King Bibi's' reign challenged in Israeli election

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 22:27

Benjamin Netanyahu's march toward becoming Israel's longest-serving leader could be halted.

Twenty-four hour Missouri standoff ends, police find three dead

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 22:12
(Reuters) - A 24-hour standoff at a Missouri apartment complex ended on Monday evening, when police broke into the home and found the dead bodies of a man and two of his children, officials said. The Springfield Police Department said in a statement that officers breached the apartment door and found 51-year-old William Williams, who appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and the bodies of his daughter and son, aged 2 and 4-years-old. A police spokeswoman could not be immediately reached to provide details.