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California court won't review Jackson doctor case

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 48 min ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to review the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor, rejecting his lawyer's petition without comment.

Witness: Iraqi teens posed no threat before death

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 50 min ago
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Washington (AP) — Two unarmed Iraqi brothers posed no threat as they herded cattle in a palm grove where a U.S. Army reconnaissance team was hidden one day seven years ago, a former soldier said Wednesday at a preliminary hearing.

Vermont leading US in GMO labeling campaign

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 50 min ago
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont could likely be the first state in the country to require labels on genetically modified foods, under a bill approved by both legislative chambers and favored by the governor.

White supremacist pleads guilty in Pacific Northwest killing spree

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 56 min ago

David (Joey) Joseph Pedersen, 31 is shown in this undated police mug shot released to ReutersA white supremacist convicted of killing two people and accused of killing two more during a violent road trip across the Pacific Northwest pleaded guilty on Wednesday in federal court in Oregon to two counts of carjacking resulting in death, his attorney said. David Joseph Pedersen, 33, is already serving a life sentence in Washington state after pleading guilty in 2012 to first-degree murder for the shooting death of his father and the stabbing death of his stepmother in the Puget Sound city of Everett. Pedersen and his girlfriend, Holly Ann Grigsby, were arrested in 2011 in northern California after a bloody, two-week crime spree that began in Everett with the slaying of the elder Pedersens. The three-state road trip, during which the duo are also accused of killing a middle-aged black man and a 19-year-old stranger singled out because they thought he was Jewish, ended with Grigsby allegedly telling police she and Pedersen were on their way to "kill more Jews" in Sacramento, California.


Correction officer held by inmates at Ohio jail

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 5 min ago
WARREN, Ohio (AP) — A correction officer has been taken hostage by inmates at an Ohio county jail.

Oregon gay marriage ban gets day in court

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 13 min ago
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Lawyers for four gay and lesbian couples and the state of Oregon urged a federal judge Wednesday to strike down Oregon's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

Probe of Gacy serial killings resolves unrelated 1978 Illinois murder

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 23 min ago
Illinois investigators trying to put names to the last unidentified victims of executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy have solved the unrelated 1978 disappearance of another man, officials said on Wednesday. Edward Beaudion, 22, was killed the night he was last seen in July 1978 and dumped in a Cook County Forest Preserve area southwest of Chicago by a man police questioned at the time, the Cook County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Beaudion's disappearance is one of four decades-old cold cases solved because the sheriff launched an effort in 2011 to identify eight Gacy victims, the office said.

Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 39 min ago

FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2013 file photo, a woman using a phone walks past Apple's logo near its retail outlet in Beijing. Apple reports quarterly earnings on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is doling out more of its cash to shareholders and preparing to split its stock for the first time in nine years in an attempt to win back investors fretting about the iPhone maker's slowing sales growth and pace of innovation.


Airport official: Teen had no clue he was in Maui

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 46 min ago

A 15-year-old boy who stowed away in the wheel well of a flightHONOLULU (AP) — Long flights can leave anyone a little unsteady, but a teenager who defied the odds, surviving a flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner's wheel well, was disoriented, thirsty and could barely walk after the freezing, low-pressure ordeal, airport officials who reviewed video of his arrival said Wednesday.


Archaeologists, tribe clash over Native remains

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 48 min ago
LARKSPUR, Calif. (AP) — Archaeologists and Native Americans are clashing over Indian remains and artifacts that were excavated during a construction project in the San Francisco Bay Area and then reburied at an undisclosed location, a newspaper reported.

Soldier accused of killing teens in Iraq

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 2 min ago
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) — The two unarmed Iraqi brothers posed no threat as they herded cattle in a palm grove where a U.S. Army reconnaissance team was hidden one day seven years ago. But then-Staff Sgt. Michael Barbera took a knee, leveled his rifle and killed them — from nearly 200 yards away, a former fellow soldier said Wednesday at a preliminary hearing in the case.

Former AP reporter Robert Heard dies at age 84

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 4 min ago

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 1966, file photo, Robert Heard, Associated Press staffer in Austin, Texas, is attended by his nurse, Annie Worley, at Brackenridge Hospital, where he is recovering from gunshot wounds suffered while he was covering a shooting spree at the University of Texas tower, in Austin. Heard, who reported on Texas state government, politics and sports for The Associated Press and a groundbreaking series on race and integration of Longhorns football, has died. He was 84. Heard died April 15, 2014, from complications after surgery to repair a broken hip, said widow Betsy Heard. (AP Photo/DO, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Robert Heard, who reported on Texas state government, politics and sports for The Associated Press, including the 1966 University of Texas tower shootings and a groundbreaking series on race and integration of Longhorns football, has died. He was 84.


Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 10 min ago

FILE - This Dec. 30, 2013 file photo shows a fireball going up at the site of an oil train derailment in Casselton, N.D. An effort by government and industry to make the tank cars used to ship crude oil and ethanol safer, spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, is becoming mired in squabbling and finger-pointing. The Department of Transportation, concerned about the potential for catastrophic accidents involving oil and ethanol trains that are sometimes as many as 100 cars long, is drafting new tank car regulations aimed at making the cars less likely to spill their contents in the event of a crash. But final regulations aren’t expected until the end of the year at the earliest, and it is common for such government rulemakings to drag on for years. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they're needed and if so, who should pay.


Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 10 min ago

This 2013 image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a multi-beam sonar profile view of the shipwreck of the iron and wood steamship City of Chester. In 1888 on a trip from the San Francisco bay to Eureka, the Chester was split in two by a ship more than twice its size, killing 16 people and becoming the bay's second-worst maritime disaster. Now, more than a century later, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration team has found the shipwreck. The team came upon the wreckage in 217 feet of water just inside the Golden Gate while it was charting shipping channels. (AP Photo/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists.


Explosion rocks natural gas plant in Wyoming, no injuries reported

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 24 min ago
(Reuters) - An explosion rocked a natural gas-processing plant in southwestern Wyoming on Wednesday, causing no injuries but prompting the evacuation of the facility and a nearby town, a company spokeswoman said. The explosion in an apparatus called a turbo expender at the Williams Companies plant in Opal, Wyoming, touched off a fire that was still burning several hours later, company spokeswoman Michele Swaner said. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department referred calls regarding the incident to Williams. The explosion marked the second safety incident for Williams Companies Inc in the last few weeks.

Man charged with murder in nursing home deaths

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 29 min ago

This booking photo provided by the Houston Police Department on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, shows Guillermo Correa. Police say, Correa, 56, a resident of a Houston nursing home will face capital murder charges for using the armrest of his wheelchair to beat two of his roommates to death. (AP Photo/Houston Police Department)HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston nursing home resident accused of using the armrest of his wheelchair to beat two of his roommates to death is facing a capital murder charge, police said Wednesday.


Florida executes man convicted in 1990 murder of two relatives

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 33 min ago

Death row inmate Robert Eugene Hendrix is seen in an undated photo from the Florida Department of CorrectionsBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - A man convicted of killing his cousin and the man's wife to prevent his cousin from testifying against him in a burglary case was executed in Florida on Wednesday, a state prison official said. Robert Eugene Hendrix, 47, was pronounced dead at 6:21 p.m. local time from a lethal injection, said Jessica Cary, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections. Hendrix was convicted of shooting, stabbing and beating Elmer Scott and his wife, Michelle Scott, at their mobile home in Sorrento, central Florida. Hendrix and Elmer Scott had been involved in a home burglary, for which Scott was caught and given a reduced sentence in exchange for his testimony against Hendrix.


Death row case puts Oklahoma in legal bind

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 44 min ago

This photo combo of images provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner. Lockett and Warner, two death-row inmates who want to know the source of drugs that will be used to execute them, have placed Oklahoma’s two highest courts at odds and prompted aggravated members of the Legislature to call for the impeachment of Oklahoma Supreme Court justices. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two death row inmates who want to know the source of drugs that will be used to execute them have placed Oklahoma's two highest courts at odds and prompted calls for impeaching justices on the Oklahoma Supreme Court.


Photos explore dynamics of youths' sexual identity

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 8 min ago

In this photo taken on Monday, April 21, 2014, photographer Carolyn Sherer, left, looks at her new exhibit featuring images of young people with varied sexual identities and preferences during the installation work in Birmingham, Ala. From second left, Foster Noone, 17; Lauren Jacobs, 22; and Ali Massoud, 20, are among a dozen young people who posed for the photos in the exhibit, which opens Wednesday, April 23, at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — For many, it's difficult to understand Foster Noone's sexual identity. The 17-year-old uses the labels of bisexual, trans and gender neutral all at once.


Gacy probe helps solve unrelated Chicago-area case

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 9 min ago

This undated photo provided by the Edward Beaudion family shows 22-year-old Edward Beaudion of Chicago. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled to announce Wednesday, April 23, 2013, they have identified the remains found in a forest preserve in 2008 as those of Beaudion. He was identified after his relatives came forward to submit DNA samples as part of the effort to identify several of serial killer John Wayne Gacy 1970s victims. Authorities believe Missouri resident Jerry Jackson killed Beaudion in 1978. But without a body at the time, they never charged him. Jackson died last year at age 62. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Edward Beaudion family)MAYWOOD, Ill. (AP) — Ruth Rodriguez didn't want to believe her brother was one of more than 30 young men and boys John Wayne Gacy lured into his Chicago-area house and strangled, but she was willing to provide her DNA to find out.