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Missouri prepares to execute killer of teenage girl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 19:00
By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Missouri officials were preparing Tuesday to execute a man convicted of abducting, raping and strangling a teenage girl who was working as a gas station attendant. Jeffrey Ferguson, 59, was convicted twice for killing 17-year-old Kelli Hall, kidnapping her with an accomplice as she ended her evening shift at a metropolitan St. Louis service station on February 9, 1989. Ferguson is scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. local time on Wednesday at a state prison in Bonne Terre, Missouri. He would be the third man executed in Missouri this year.

VIDEO: Afghanistan's long distance doctors

BBC World News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 19:00
Doctors are using the internet and basic software to help improve the treatment and diagnosis of patients in remote areas of Afghanistan.
Categories: BBC World News

Morning links: WSU coaching search enters Week 2

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 19:00
A week ago Washington State fired coach Ken Bone after five years with the Cougars.

Carter: Russian invasion of Crimea 'inevitable'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:52

In this photo provided by CBS, former President Jimmy Carter, left, talks with David Letterman on "Late Show with David Letterman," Monday March 24, 2014. Carter said during the broadcast that the Crimean annexation was "inevitable" because Russia considers it to be part of their country and so many Crimeans consider themselves Russian. But he says Russian President Vladimir Putin shouldn't be permitted to go any further. (AP Photo/CBS, Jeffrey R. Staab)NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter says the Crimean annexation was "inevitable" because Russia considers the peninsula to be part of its country and so many Crimeans consider themselves Russian.

Obama says he has plan to end NSA bulk data collection Top Stories - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:51
Obama in January called for new rules, gave aides until March 28 to develop legislation.

Disney to buy YouTube video producer Maker Studios

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:43

File-In this Dec. 16, 2011 file photo, crew members work on a costume at the Maker Studios in Culver City, Calif. Disney said Monday March 24, 2014, that it is buying YouTube channel operator Maker Studios for $500 million as the family entertainment giant aims to stay in front of younger audiences who are increasingly watching short videos online. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney said Monday that it is buying YouTube channel operator Maker Studios for $500 million as the family entertainment giant seeks to stay in front of younger viewers who are increasingly watching short videos online.

Air pollution 'killed seven million'

BBC World News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:43
Seven million people died as a result of air pollution in 2012, the World Health Organization estimates.
Categories: BBC World News

Q. and A.: Supreme Court Hears Cases on Contraception Rule

New York Times Headlines - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:41
The justices are considering challenges to a part of the health care law from the owners of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, who say they try to run their businesses on religious principles.

Convicting 5, jury nixes Madoff claim he was alone

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:40

Daniel Bonventre, right, former director of operations for investments for imprisoned financier Bernard Madoff, leaves federal court on Monday, March 24, 2014, in New York. Bonventre is among five former employees of Madoff convicted of fraud that enriched them and cheated investors out of billions of dollars. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Imprisoned financier Bernard Madoff's claim that he carried out a nearly $20 billion fraud by himself has been firmly rejected by a jury that convicted five of his former top employees of all charges that they aided his crimes.

Wednesday's forecast: Monster storm hits New England Top Stories - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:40
Find out the weather where you are and get a few tidbits of weather history.

Two killed in shooting at Navy base in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:38

Tourists watch the USS Mahan, an Arleigh Burke class destroyer, as it heads out to the Atlantic Ocean through the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel complex near Virginia Beach in this file photoA civilian shot dead a sailor aboard a ship at a U.S. Navy base in Norfolk, Virginia, late on Monday before being killed by base security forces, naval officials said. Security services briefly shut down Naval Station Norfolk after the incident involving the two men, which occurred on board the USS Mahan destroyer while it was docked at the base's Pier 1, Navy spokeswoman Beth Baker said. The civilian had been carrying a firearm on the base in violation of rules that only allow security personnel to do so, Baker said. The sailor was an active-duty member and Navy officials were looking into the "access and credentials" of the civilian, who did have authorization to be on the installation, Baker said.

Toyota case shows it's hard to prosecute execs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:37

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. left, accompanied by Attorney General Eric Holder, talks about a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota over its disclosure of safety problems, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Efforts to conceal the extent of dangerous car defects at Toyota Motor Corp. were so pervasive, prosecutors say, that an exasperated employee at one point warned that "someone will go to jail if lies are repeatedly told."

Bodleian handed Trollope manuscripts

BBC World News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:32
Best-selling British novelist Joanna Trollope donates the manuscripts of her works to Oxford's Bodleian Library.
Categories: BBC World News

Camera used on moon landing sold for $758,489

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:31
It was put on auction as a camera that made it to the moon and back. And it had its price -- nearly $760,000.

Big climate report: Warming is big risk for people

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:31
If you think of climate change as a hazard for some far-off polar bears years from now, you're mistaken. That's the message from top climate scientists gathering in Japan this week to assess the impact of global warming.

UN: 2013 extreme events due to warming Earth

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:31
The head of the U.N. weather agency said Monday that recent extreme weather patterns are "consistent" with human-induced climate change, citing key events that wreaked havoc in Asia, Europe, the U.S. and Pacific region last year.

NRA backs Sen. Thad Cochran over Tea Party foe Top Stories - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:29
NRA endorses Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., as he faces toughest election in 30 years.

Brazilians protest World Cup in song 'I'm Sorry, Neymar' Top Stories - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:23
The song points out the billions spent on the World Cup while poor Brazilians still struggle.

How cops stumbled on 115 hostages in Texas home (Newser) Top Stories - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:22
A worried grandmother tipped them off to the Houston area stash house.

Girl's act of compassion violates school dress code Top Stories - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:20
Student told her shaved head in support of friend battling cancer is not allowed.