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Boston Marathon bomber Tsarnaev sentenced to death for 2013 attack

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:30

By Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by a U.S. jury on Friday for helping carry out the 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded 264 others in the crowds at the race's finish line. After deliberating for 15 hours, the federal jury chose death by lethal injection for Tsarnaev, 21, over its only other option: life in prison without possibility of release. The same jury found Tsarnaev guilty last month of placing a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs on April 15, 2013, as well as fatally shooting a policeman. William Richard, the father of bombing victim Martin Richard, described the decision to leave his 8-year-old son to die of his wounds so that he could save the life of his daughter, Jane, who lost a leg but survived.

House panel to hold Amtrak hearing; Schumer blasts Boehner

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 14:11

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. House committee announced Friday it would hold a hearing on the deadly Amtrak crash while U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer launched another push to get Congress to pay for train safety technology and infrastructure improvements in the wake of the derailment.

Jury sentences Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:39

More than two years after the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, admitted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to the death penalty.

Seattle teens missing after Nepal quake presumed dead, families say

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:28

The families of two Seattle teenagers missing in Nepal say there is no chance the girls survived a massive April earthquake, and the $51,000 that had been donated by Friday to fund a search mission will now go to the country's recovery. The families of Bailey Sage Meola and Sydney Jo Schumacher, both 19, posted a message on social media on Thursday announcing that they believe the girls died while hiking in Nepal's Langtang Valley when a 7.8 magnitude quake struck on April 25. Another quake, of 7.3 magnitude, rocked Nepal on Tuesday. In the days after the first earthquake, friends and family of Meola and Schumacher set up a crowdfunding campaign on seeking money to help pay for a search-and-rescue mission to try to find the girls in the high-altitude, remote area of the Himalayas where they were hiking.

Mark Everson ran the IRS. Now he wants to be president.

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 08:17

There comes a moment in the career of many government bureaucrats when they sit across the table from a high-ranking elected official — the president, even—and think, You know, I’m just as smart as these guys. “You understand they’re just another person,” says Mark Everson, who served in the Reagan administration and as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service under George W. Bush. “You ask yourself, Do you like this? Do you think you qualify?” The answers he arrived at — yes and yes — led him, after a long period of soul-searching, to the Lincoln Dinner of the Linn County (Iowa) Republican Committee on May 1, where he shared a dais with the only other presidential candidate who showed up, an Indiana contractor named Mike Petyo. Because the hard truth about presidential politics is that while you may be just as smart as the guys who win, you almost certainly aren’t as famous, charismatic or rich.

Saudi man gets life in U.S. prison for ties to Africa embassy bombings

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 08:08

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Saudi man whom U.S. authorities described as a top Osama bin Laden deputy was sentenced to life in prison on Friday in connection with the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Khalid al-Fawwaz was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan after being convicted of four conspiracy counts in New York in February. Instead, prosecutors said he was bin Laden's "bridge to the West" in London, disseminating the al Qaeda leader's violent messages to media outlets and sending supplies to the group's members in Africa. "I worship the same God you say you do," said Ellen Karas, an embassy worker left permanently blind by the August 7, 1998, bombing in Nairobi.

Bin Laden top aide sentenced to life in embassy bombing plot

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:05

Khaled al-Fawwaz was convicted of conspiring in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.

IS seizes government HQ in Iraq's Ramadi

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 05:38

Islamic State fighters seized the government compound in the city of Ramadi on Friday and edged closer to what would be their biggest victory in Iraq this year, officials said. The loss of the capital of Anbar province, which Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had said would be the next target of government forces after wresting back Tikrit last month, would be a major setback for Baghdad. IS has threatened to take control of Ramadi for months and the breakthrough came after a wide offensive on several fronts in the province, including an assault using several suicide car bombs in Ramadi on Thursday. The jihadists seized the government complex at around 2:00 pm (1100 GMT) and raised the black flag, a police officer said, giving them nearly full control over Anbar's capital.

Boston Marathon bomber's life in balance as jury deliberates

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 04:55

The jury in the Boston Marathon bombing trial on Friday began its third day of deliberations over whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death or to life in prison without the possibility of release. Three days later, he and his 26-year-old brother shot a police officer to death, carjacked a Chinese businessman and hurled bombs at police, triggering a day-long lockdown of most of the Boston area as police searched for Tsarnaev. Federal prosecutors say that Tsarnaev, who moved with his family to Cambridge, Massachusetts, from Russia a decade before the attack, was an adherent of al Qaeda's militant Islamist ideology, and wanted to "punish America" with the attack.

What Marco Rubio's stumble on immigration says about his ability to lead

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 02:27

No one doubts Rubio's raw talent. But there are doubts about his readiness for the presidency.

Nepal rescuers find 3 bodies near crashed US Marine chopper

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 23:17

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's Defense Secretary Iswori Poudyal says army rescuers have found three bodies at the site where the wreckage of the U.S. Marine helicopter was found.

Blues legend B.B. King dies at age 89

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 22:36

The legendary singer and guitarist died peacefully in Las Vegas, his lawyer says.

Two Florida students shot, wounded while riding school bus

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 20:04
(Reuters) - Two teenage girls riding on a Florida school bus full of students were shot and wounded on Thursday when a person opened fire at the vehicle, officials said. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office provided limited details about the shooting, which occurred around 4 p.m. local time, but said two girls, aged 14 and 15, were struck and authorities were searching for two male suspects. "When I got word of the shooting there was a deep anger that permeated my whole being," said Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti.

Philadelphia train crash engineer lays low as scrutiny heats up

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 19:55

By Jarrett Renshaw and Laila Kearney PHILADELPHIA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A portrait of the engineer at the helm of a speeding Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia began to emerge on Thursday as the man's lawyer said his client could not remember the crash, and rescuers pulled an eighth body from the wreckage. With the engineer facing intense scrutiny over his role in the accident, Philadelphia police said they launched a criminal investigation into Tuesday's crash of the New York-bound train. In the latest revelation of circumstances surrounding the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the train had inexplicably sped up from about 70 mph to 100-plus mph in the last 65 seconds before the crash, according to video from the locomotive's front-facing camera. The NSTB on Wednesday disclosed that the engineer, identified as Brandon Bostian, 32, had fully engaged the train's emergency braking system seconds before the wreck.

Four dead at home that burned in Washington: local media

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 14:28
Four people were found dead in a home in northwest Washington after a fire on Thursday that the chief of police said was "suspicious" in nature. At a news conference outside the home in an upscale section of the nation's capital, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said firefighters responding to the blaze found three adults and one child dead. Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters there were no obvious signs of forced entry but that "the nature and origin of the fire is very suspicious." She said the identities of the victims had not yet been confirmed. The home is not far from the U.S. Naval Observatory grounds, where the vice president's residence is located, and the Washington National Cathedral.

Obama: Gulf allies support Iran nuke talks

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 14:23

The president says a deal that blocks Iran's pathway to a nuclear weapon would serve everyone's interests.

House passes bill for Congress to review Iran nuclear deal

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 13:12

Lawmakers overwhelmingly approve a measure that gives them the power to potentially reject a nuclear deal with Tehran.

White House on lockdown after drone incident

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:19

A man apparently trying to fly a remote-controlled drone over the White House fence was detained by Secret Service agents Thursday.

American flight returns to LA after possible bird strike

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:18
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An American Airlines flight bound for St. Louis from Los Angeles returned safely to Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday after its crew reported a possible bird strike shortly after take off, according to a spokesmen for the airline. The Airbus A319 aircraft landed without incident and been taken out of service for maintenance, while other flights have been arranged for its 127 passengers, spokesman Andrew Christie told Reuters in an email. (Reporting by Jim Christie; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Bernadette Baum)

8th passenger confirmed dead in Philadelphia train derailment

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 09:03
At least eight people died in the tragic train derailment in Philadelphia.