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Missouri man facing execution denied clemency

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 09:35

01 a.m. Wednesday. He was sentenced to death for killing 62-year-old Grace Lewis in 1993 and was sentenced to life in prison for killing her 67-year-old husband. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declined a death row inmate's clemency request Tuesday evening, clearing the way for his execution hours later barring an unforeseen development in the case.


UN committee takes no action on Iran envoy dispute

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 09:26
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. committee took no action Tuesday on the U.S. refusal to grant a visa to Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations after hearing from both sides.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 09:05

Jose Alvarenga, center, BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) national organizer, and others protest the Supreme Court ruling on the campus of the University of Michigan Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Mich. The justices ruled 6-2 that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution in 2006 to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates ) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT, MANDATORY CREDITYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


Jet stowaway undetected for hours before departure

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 09:01

A plane takes off at Mineta San Jose International Airport, Monday, April 21, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. A 16-year-old boy scrambled over a fence at the airport, crossed a tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii, Sunday. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said the teen did not remember the flight from San Jose. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)HONOLULU (AP) — A 15-year-old stowaway who survived a flight over the Pacific in a jet's wheel well spent seven hours undetected in what is supposed to be a highly secure area of San Jose International Airport before the flight departed, according to an official briefed on the investigation.


The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 08:53

FILE - This Sept. 15, 2012 file photo released by Point Foundation shows Robin Thicke performing at "Voices On Point" Concert & Gala in Los Angeles. Thisck's “Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. & Pharrell was the top selling song on iTunes for the week ending June 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Point Foundation, Colin Young-Wolff)iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending April 21, 2014:


The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 08:50
App Store Official Charts for the week ending April 21, 2014:

Duke: Moving coal ash would cost up to $10 billion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 08:33
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy told North Carolina lawmakers Tuesday that removing all of the company's coal ash away from the state's rivers and lakes would take decades and cost up to $10 billion, with its electricity customers likely footing nearly all the bill.

Arizona high court rules pot users must be impaired for DUI charge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 08:32
(Reuters) - Arizona prosecutors cannot charge pot users for driving under the influence of marijuana simply because traces of the drug remain in their bloodstream, without evidence of actual impairment, the state Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. The 4-1 decision by the Arizona Supreme Court comes as states are increasingly moving toward liberalizing marijuana rules following voter initiatives in Colorado and Washington state in 2012 that legalized the drug for recreational purposes. Many more states, including Arizona, allow medicinal marijuana and are grappling with how to prevent driving under the influence of pot, which can remain in the body even after users are no longer impaired. In Tuesday's ruling, the Arizona Supreme Court found in favor of a driver, Hrach Shilgevorkyan, who was pulled over in Maricopa County and later admitted to smoking weed the night before.

New Jersey police officer, suspect wounded during drug buy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 08:22
A police detective and a suspect were wounded on Tuesday when gunfire erupted during an undercover drug deal in Garfield, New Jersey, a prosecutor said. The undercover officer, part of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Narcotic Task Force, was shot during a $400 marijuana purchase at a strip mall parking lot, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli told a news conference. Rafael Angel Vasquez Pena, 25, of Passaic, New Jersey, is suspected of shooting the unarmed officer in the right hip and left foot during a robbery attempt, he said.

Man seeks to hide 'murder' tattoo before trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 08:16
GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man charged with first-degree murder is afraid the tattooed mirror-image letters spelling out the word "murder" across his neck might prejudice a jury, so he is asking for a professional tattoo artist to remove or cover it up.

Cause of death at issue in death of Hawaii child

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 08:15
HONOLULU (AP) — A defense lawyer for a former soldier accused of punching his 5-year-old daughter to death said Tuesday an autopsy showed evidence of lasting injuries that weakened the girl before she died.

Man convicted in 1957 Illinois death appeals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 08:12
CHICAGO (AP) — One of the oldest unsolved crimes in U.S. history to go to trial ended in 2012, when a man was convicted of abducting a 7-year-old schoolgirl from a northern Illinois street, then choking and stabbing her to death nearly 60 years earlier.

Albuquerque police officer fatally shoots woman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 08:08
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 19-year-old woman suspected of stealing a truck was shot and killed during a chase with Albuquerque police, making her the third person in five weeks to be killed by officers and the first since the department was put under federal orders to reduce the use of deadly force and reform a culture of abuse and aggression.

Obama visits mudslide-hit community in Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 08:01

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to first responders after touring the mudslide damage in Oso, WashingtonPresident Barack Obama on Tuesday visited the Washington state community slammed by a deadly mudslide last month, offering condolences to the families of victims, encouragement to rescue workers, and promises of government support. After viewing the mudslide from the air, Obama met for over an hour with relatives of victims in a small chapel. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said the remains of 41 victims had been recovered from the slide that buried a river valley neighborhood in the Cascade mountain foothills last month. The president's helicopter hovered not far above the site of the mudslide for about 15 minutes on Tuesday.


Feds: New laws, oversight needed after Texas blast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 08:01

FILE - In this April 18, 2013 aerial file photo are the remains of a nursing home, left, apartment complex, center, and fertilizer plant, right, destroyed by an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. It has been a year since the deadly explosion that killed 15 people, yet despite investigations that have yielded new information about safety deficiencies at the plant in West and voluntary safety steps taken by the fertilizer industry, there hasn't been a single state or federal law passed since the explosion requiring change. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)WEST, Texas (AP) — Federal investigators and experts say Texas and federal agencies have a long way to go to prevent another disaster like the catastrophic fertilizer plant blast that killed 15 people a year ago.


Rape-killing suspect returned to Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 07:39
SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. authorities have extradited a Mexican man wanted for allegedly raping two women and strangling one of them more than a decade ago.

Indictment: Prosecutor targeted in kidnapping plot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 07:35
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina prosecutor was the intended target of an elaborate kidnapping plot, but the kidnappers looked up the wrong address on the Internet and abducted the prosecutor's father instead, according to an indictment released Tuesday.

Teen who stowed away on flight to Hawaii remains hospitalized

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 07:31

A 16-year-old boy is carried on a stretcher in MauiA teenage boy who stowed away on a flight from California to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived wheel well of a passenger jet remained hospitalized on Tuesday, two days after his death-defying jaunt over the Pacific Ocean, a Hawaii official said. The teenager, whose name has not been released, is "resting comfortably" at a hospital in Hawaii, spokeswoman Kayla Rosenfeld of the state's Department of Human Services said in a statement. The boy, who is from Santa Clara, California, is in the custody of the department's Child Welfare Services division, and officials were working to ensure his safe return to California, she said. He ran away from home on Sunday and traveled as a stowaway in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767 on a more than five-hour flight from San Jose International Airport to Kahului Airport in Maui, the FBI said.


Advocates vow to revive Navajo junk-food tax

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 07:29

FILE - In this April 2011, file photo, professional golfer Notah Begay III talks to students in Albuquerque, N.M., about his mission to combat diabetes among Native American youth. The latest effort on the Navajo Nation, the country's largest reservation, is to use the tax system to spur people to ditch junk food. A proposed 2 percent sales tax on chips, cookies and sodas failed Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in a Tribal Council vote. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Facing a high prevalence of diabetes, many American Indian tribes are returning to their roots with community and home gardens, cooking classes that incorporate traditional foods, and running programs to encourage healthy lifestyles.


Missouri plans execution after Oklahoma stay over drug secrecy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 07:27

Death row inmate William Rousan seen in a photo released by the Missouri Department of CorrectionsBy Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stay the execution of a death row inmate in Missouri whose attorneys had argued that Missouri's secrecy around its lethal injection drugs could result in undue suffering. The high court's decision not to take the case comes a day after the Oklahoma Supreme Court stopped two executions there over similar issues. William Rousan, 57, is scheduled for execution at 12:01 a.m. Central Time (1.01 a.m. ET) on Wednesday.