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Death penalty sought for Pennsylvania man accused of killing six in fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 03:44
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Pennsylvania prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a man accused of intentionally setting a house fire that killed a family of six last year, the district attorney said on Tuesday. Ryan Williams, 25, is accused of walking into neighbor Keith Egenlauf's unlocked house in a Pittsburgh suburb on Oct. 18 and throwing a flaming roll of toilet paper onto a couch, starting the fatal blaze. In court papers, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala said he would seek the death penalty for reasons including that the suspected crime was in retaliation against a witness in an investigation and Williams' prior criminal record. J. Richard Narvin, Williams' attorney, said it would not be fair to seek the death penalty against his client, who has said he believed Egenlauf lived alone.

Blues legend B.B. King tells fans he's leaving hospital

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 03:39

FILE - In this May 27, 2014 file photo, B.B. King performs in concert at the Tennessee Theater, in Knoxville, Tenn. The Blues patriarch King is telling fans he’s feeling better and will be released from a Las Vegas hospital on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. The 89-year-old musician had been hospitalized since the weekend for what his daughter Claudette King, told the Los Angeles Times was treatment of dehydration caused by Type 2 diabetes. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Blues patriarch B.B. King is telling fans he's feeling better and will be released from a hospital Tuesday.

New cracks, more settlement found on viaduct

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 03:34
The latest inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct found new cracks, wider cracks and more ground settlement, near where tunnel-machine Bertha is set to be repaired.

Official: No known link to terrorism in DC power outages

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 03:27

 No known link to terrorism in DC power outagesWidespread power outages affected sites across Washington and its suburbs Tuesday afternoon.

Kenya al-Shabab attack: Who are the victims?

BBC World News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 03:23
Kenyans remember the 148 university attack victims
Categories: BBC World News

Florida prisons chief: Unaware of any further KKK activity

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 03:21
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida prisons chief Julie Jones says she knows of no further Ku Klux Klan activity by Florida prison officials, beyond two guards and a former guard arrested last week on charges of plotting to kill a black inmate.

Need a cheaper flight to Europe? Get creative

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 03:17
Research budget carriers and trains within Europe, and consider using different airports (such as Milan instead of Rome).

Italy police 'tortured' G8 protester

BBC World News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 03:16
Italian police's treatment of a protester during the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa amounted to "torture", the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.
Categories: BBC World News

Plea deal offered NY couple in kidnapping of 2 Amish girls

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 03:14
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A couple accused of kidnapping two Amish girls from a northern New York produce stand and sexually exploiting them has been offered a possible plea agreement that a prosecutor says could settle state and federal cases and would spare the girls and potentially other victims from testifying in court.

Deal closes on sale of ex-Revel casino; Straub new owner

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 03:12

Deal closes on sale of ex-Revel casino; Straub new ownerRevel, the multibillion-dollar resort bust that was once widely viewed as the potential savior of Atlantic City's struggling casino industry, is getting a second chance.

Seven people killed in Illinois crash of small airplane

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 03:10
(Reuters) - A small private airplane crashed early on Tuesday on approach to a runway at a central Illinois airport, killing all seven people on board including two members of the Illinois State University athletic department, officials said. Torrey Ward, the associate head coach for Illinois State's men's basketball team, and Aaron Leetch, the deputy director of Athletics for external operations, died in the plane crash, the university said. "Words cannot fully express the grief that is felt in the wake of such a tragedy," Illinois State President Larry Dietz said in a statement. The airplane had left Indianapolis, about 160 miles to the east just after midnight Eastern Time and crashed near Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Illinois, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

Mayweather may use $25,000 mouthguard

BBC World News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 03:08
Floyd Mayweather buys a $25,000 mouthguard - stuffed with $100 notes - ahead of his fight with Manny Pacquiao.
Categories: BBC World News

Rand Paul's campaign website accepts bitcoin donations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 03:07
By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supporters of Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul have the option of making donations to his campaign using the digital currency bitcoin. Paul was in his home state of Kentucky on Tuesday to launch his 2016 White House bid. Paul, a libertarian, supports a flat income tax, cutting government spending to balance the budget, lessening the authority of the Federal Reserve and preserving personal liberties. His campaign slogan is: "Defeat the Washington Machine." Bitcoin users favor the digital currency due to low transaction costs and instantaneous transfer.

Turkey social media ban raises censorship fears

BBC World News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 03:02
Turkey's social media ban raises spectre of censorship
Categories: BBC World News

Bird flu hits 2nd farm in Minnesota's top turkey county

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 02:59
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A second turkey farm in Minnesota's top turkey-producing county has been hit by an outbreak of a deadly bird flu strain, raising the number of outbreaks across the state to eight.

Police: Utility records sought in poisoning of family of 8

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 02:58

Sheets are held as a body is removed from a residence where police say seven children and one adult have been found dead Monday, April 6, 2015, in Princess Anne, Md. Officers were sent to the home Monday after being contacted by a concerned co-worker of the adult. (AP Photo/The Daily Times, Joe Lamberti)PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) — A divorced kitchen worker and his seven children were accidentally poisoned by carbon monoxide from a generator they used to keep warm after their electricity was cut off, police said Tuesday.

SiriusXM to broadcast some live performances from Coachella

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 02:50

FILE - In this April 13, 2014 file photo, Coachella festivalgoers walk through the Empire Polo Field on the third day of the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. SiriusXM will live broadcast some of the performances from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival for the first time. The satellite radio service announced Tuesday, April 7, 2015, it would broadcast performances from Jack White, Alabama Shakes and others when the festival kicks off Friday. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — SiriusXM will live broadcast some of the performances from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival for the first time.

Categories: Yahoo! Music News

Letter could open door to more church sex abuse lawsuits

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 02:49
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A newly revealed letter indicating Roman Catholic Church officials knew about allegations that a priest was abusing children in 1956 opens the door to additional lawsuits against the Diocese of Portland by victims who previously were shut out by the state's statute of limitations, a lawyer said Tuesday.

Flaw in reporting tribal cases stymies gun background checks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 02:48

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2014, file photo, an Indian-style blanket hangs along with flowers, notes, and a stuffed animal at a growing memorial at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash., where Jaylen R. Fryberg, 15, a student at the school and a member of the Tulalip Tribes, opened fire Oct. 24, 2014, in the school cafeteria. A glitch in the reporting system between tribal courts and criminal databases allowed Fryberg's father to purchase the handgun that was later used by his son in the fatal shooting. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)SEATTLE (AP) — A flawed reporting system between tribes and outside authorities allowed a man to buy a handgun later used by his son to kill four classmates and himself in Washington state — a problem state and federal agencies have long known about but haven't fixed.

Boston bomb jury considers verdict

BBC World News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 02:47
Jurors in Boston are pondering whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is guilty of carrying out the deadly bombing of the 2013 city marathon.
Categories: BBC World News