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Listeria traced to 2nd Blue Bell ice cream production plant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:32
DALLAS (AP) — A foodborne illness that contributed to the deaths of three people has been traced to a second production facility operated by Blue Bell Ice Cream, a company spokesman and health officials said Tuesday.

Recordings show police response to murder-suicide at winery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:32

FILE - In this March 18, 2015 file photo, a 1926 Model T Ford truck is parked at the entrance to Dahl Vineyards in Yountville, Calif. A police dispatcher told police that a man later identified as a Silicon Valley investor had been shot and wounded while an assailant chased him through a California vineyard, according to the 911 recordings released Tuesday, March 24, 2015. The tapes show police arrived at Dahl Vineyards shortly before noon, four minutes after the initial 911 call and just moments before authorities say vintner Robert Dahl shot Emad Tawfilis in the head at close range. Tawfilis died at the scene. Dahl then led police on a brief, high-speed chase through Napa Valley wine country before stopping and committing suicide with a shot to the head. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)NAPA, Calif. (AP) — A police dispatcher told deputies that a man later identified as a Silicon Valley investor had been shot and wounded while an assailant chased him through a California vineyard, recordings released Tuesday showed.


Prosecution challenges defense bid to blame earlier suspect in New York child murder case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:31

Hernandez appears with his lawyer Fishbein in Manhattan Criminal Court in New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prosecutors in the trial of a man accused of the decades-old murder of a New York City boy tried in court on Tuesday to undermine arguments by the defense that an earlier suspect committed the crime. Pedro Hernandez, 54, a former grocery clerk, is accused of kidnapping and murdering 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 after telling police in 2012 that he choked the boy, stuffed him in a box and left him in a New York alley.


Former SPD assistant chiefs get new assignments

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:31
After a recent shake-up in the Seattle Police Department’s top command, four recently demoted assistant chiefs have been reassigned to new jobs.

More spinach recalled for listeria fears, including Wash.

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:30
Twin City Foods of Stanwood has recalled more frozen spinach that may be contaminated with listeria after the Snohomish County firm received the product from a California supplier.

YouTube’s ‘Sunshine Girl’ Comes to Print

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:28
Paige McKenzie, known for her YouTube series “The Haunting of Sunshine Girl,” is trying to extend her brand with a series of novels.

ArtsBeat: ‘The X-Files’ to Return for Six-Episode Limited Series

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:28
The stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will reprise their roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

Authorities: Man deliberately set on fire outside restaurant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:23
SPANAWAY, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a man who was found ablaze outside a fast-food restaurant in Washington state this month was deliberately set on fire.

Federal workers owe more than $3.5 billion in unpaid taxes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:19
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal workers and retirees owed more than $3.5 billion in unpaid taxes last year, a $200 million increase over the previous year, the IRS said Tuesday.

New York’s LaGuardia may get cross-country flights

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:16
The airport, which is desperately in need of upgrades, currently limits flights Sundays through Fridays to a distance of 1,500 miles.

Level 1 sex offender charged with voyeurism

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:16
An Auburn sex offender was charged last week with voyeurism, accused of photographing a 17-year-old girl in the restroom of a Federal Way restaurant. Previously convicted of exposing himself to two young sisters, Jason Halter has repeatedly violated his community supervision.

Many with health-plan subsidies will need to pay some back

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:10
The first year that tax returns need to account for health insurance is demonstrating that it has been difficult for many health-exchange insurance customers to estimate their income for the year, an estimate that determined subsidies they may have received.

VA says it will relax 40-mile rule for private medical care

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:08

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2014, file photo, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Responding to pressure from Congress and veterans groups, the Department of Veterans Affairs is relaxing a rule that makes it hard for some veterans in rural areas to prove they live at least 40 miles from a VA health site. "We’ve determined that changing the distance calculation will help ensure more veterans have access to care when and where they want it," McDonald said in a statement. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to pressure from Congress and veterans groups, the Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it is relaxing a rule that makes it hard for some veterans in rural areas to prove they live at least 40 miles from a VA health site.


Highlights of bipartisan House plan on Medicare doctor fees

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:08
WASHINGTON (AP) — Highlights of the compromise released Tuesday by House Republican and Democratic leaders to permanently avoid yearly cuts in reimbursements for physicians treating Medicare patients. Cost figures were not released but are based on interviews with lawmakers, lobbyists and congressional staff:

Friend of Boston Marathon bomber pleads guilty to lying

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:07

FILE - In this May 30, 2014 file courtroom sketch, Khairullozhon Matanov, right, stands with attorney Paul Glickman in federal court in Boston, facing obstruction of justice charges in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings. Matanov is scheduled to appear Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in federal court in Boston for a change of plea hearing. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)BOSTON (AP) — A friend of one of the Boston Marathon bombers has pleaded guilty to misleading investigators.


Google imports new CFO Ruth Porat from Wall Street

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:03

This 2012 photo provided by Morgan Stanley shows outgoing Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat. Morgan Stanley on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 announced that Porat is leaving the New York investment bank for the same job at Google. (AP Photo/Camera 1 via Morgan Stanley, Larry Lettera)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has lured away Morgan Stanley's chief financial officer, Ruth Porat, to be its CFO at a time when the Internet search leader and its Silicon Valley peers are under fire for hiring and promoting too few women.


Major trials prompt calls for cameras in federal courtrooms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:02

FILE--In this March 4, 2015 file photo, members of the media wait outside federal court in Boston on the first day of the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The crimes terrorized Boston, but with cameras banned from the federal courts, ordinary Bostonians have been denied the chance to see for themselves the 2013 trial of convicted mobster Whitey Bulger and ongoing trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)BOSTON (AP) — High-profile cases playing out in federal court are prosecuted on behalf of the American public, but the public has been largely barred from watching them. In Boston, reporters have mobbed the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev but can't take photos or videos inside the courtroom. The same was true of the New York trial and conviction last month of Khaled Al-Fawwaz for conspiracy in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. In both cases, the public had to rely on the drawings of courtroom artists. Some are calling on the courts to reconsider the camera ban.


Jeb Bush Returns to the Washington Fund-Raising Well

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:01
Even as the former Florida governor positions himself as a Washington outsider, he seems to have mastered the skill of tapping into the money-raising clout of the city’s lobbyists, political operatives, lawyers and business leaders.

West Chester University on alert after recent assaults

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:01

West Chester University on alert after recent assaultsStudents at a local college are on edge following two assaults close to the school.


Oklahoma man pleads in slaying of Australian baseball player

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:54
DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of a college baseball player from Australia.