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Charlotte has 4th new mayor since last spring

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 03:18
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dan Clodfelter has been sworn in as the fourth mayor of Charlotte since last spring.

Man charged with 9 contract killings in California

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 03:01

This undated photo provided by the Tulare County, Calif., District Attorney shows Jose Manuel Martinez. Prosecutors are calling this Central California man a contract killer and have charged him with murdering nine people in three counties. Tulare County Assistant District Attorney Anthony Fultz said Tuesday, April 8, 2014, that Martinez, 51, carried out a killing spree between 1980 and 2011, targeting victims in Tulare, Kern and Santa Barbara counties. Martinez is now being held in Alabama, awaiting trial in a 2013 killing, and Fultz said officials in Florida also want him on suspicion of committing two murders there in 2006. (AP Photo/Tulare County District Attorney)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A suspected contract killer charged with killing nine people in three California counties over several decades is being investigated in connection with other unsolved slayings across the country, according to prosecutors.


Prosecutors: Ads for rape posted in revenge scheme

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 02:44
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego woman distraught over losing out on her family's dream house carried out a perverse revenge scheme to have the home's new owner raped, prosecutors said.

2 convicted in beating death of 96-year-old deacon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 02:43
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Two men were convicted of murder Wednesday in the death of a 96-year-old church deacon, who was fatally beaten during a home break-in caught in part on surveillance cameras at his New York residence.

Woman who left baby on car roof gets probation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 02:27
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman who left her 5-week-old baby in a car seat on the roof of her car when she drove off has been sentenced to 16 years of supervised probation.

Toyota recalls 1.8M vehicles in the US

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 02:27

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2013 file photo, the emblem of a Toyota car shines at Toyota Motor Corp.'s showroom Toyota Mega Web in Tokyo. Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and other places. No injuries or crashes have been reported related to the recalls announced Wednesday, April 9, 2014. But two fires have been reported related to one of the problems, a defective engine starter that can keep the motor running. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File)TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 1.8 million vehicles in the U.S. for various safety problems, including air bags that may fail to deploy.


Anti-censorship awards go to White House, feds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 02:25
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The White House and the federal government have won the dubious honor of a "Jefferson Muzzle" for snooping on the news media and limiting access.

Details of charges against suspected killer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 02:21
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Suspected contract killer Jose Manuel Martinez has been charged with killing nine people in three California counties since 1980. Authorities released these details about the slayings:

Body found in lake confirmed as missing Michigan doctor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 02:19

Teleka PatrickBy David Bailey and Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A body recovered on Sunday from a northwestern Indiana lake has been confirmed as that of a Michigan doctor who went missing early in December and likely drowned, authorities said on Wednesday. Teleka Patrick, 30, missing since December 5, was found not far from the spot where police came across her car with a flat tire parked along an interstate highway at night, Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller told a news conference. Investigators said that on several previous occasions Patrick had urgently departed from Kalamazoo, staying away for a day or more and typically checking into a hotel. Patrick was a first-year psychiatry resident at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine and worked at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.


Feds say oil trains should have two-man crews

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 02:08

FILE - This July 6, 2013 file photo shows a worker, wearing protective gear moving though the wreckage of the oil train derailment and explosion in in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Responding to a series of fiery train derailments, federal regulators said Wednesday they will propose that trains transporting crude oil have at least two-man crews and requirements aimed at preventing parked train cars from coming loose and causing an accident like one in July that killed 47 people. The Federal Railroad Administration had asked a freight rail industry advisory committee to make recommendations on whether two-man crews should be required, but the industry officials were unable to reach a consensus after working on the issue for months. Federal officials said they decided to move ahead with the two-crew member requirement anyway. (AP Photo/Ryan Remiorz, File, Pool)WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to a series of fiery train derailments, federal regulators said Wednesday they will propose that trains transporting crude oil have at least two-man crews and requirements aimed at preventing parked train cars from coming loose and causing an accident like one in July that killed 47 people.


Child welfare official accused of nudity

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 02:02
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Police say an associate director of a national child welfare organization has been charged with exposing himself to some teenage girls at a Nebraska hotel when he came out of his room in only a T-shirt and yelled at them for being too loud.

Charges reduced for woman who drove kids into ocean off Florida

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 01:52
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A pregnant woman who drove a minivan with her three children into the ocean off a Florida beach no longer faces charges that she had planned to kill them, court papers filed on Tuesday show. The reduced charges of attempted second degree murder require prosecutors to show Ebony Wilkerson, 32, acted with a depraved state of mind, but no plan. She was originally charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder which carry a presumption of a thought-out plan to kill her children aged 3, 9 and 10, who survived the incident off Daytona Beach, Florida last month. Wilkerson remains charged with three additional counts of child abuse.

Search resumes for 2 missing in Mississippi River

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 01:52
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities resumed a search Wednesday for two men reported missing in the Mississippi River after a barge carrying tons of steel coil flipped and sank while moored at a terminal in northeast Arkansas.

Stabbing spree at high school leaves 20 injured

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 01:46

A woman walks onto the campus of the Franklin Regional School District where several people were stabbed at Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and being questioned. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A 16-year-old armed with two knives went on a stabbing and slashing spree at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, leaving 20 people injured, including a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal, authorities said.


Marine shooting death at North Carolina base appears accidental: spokesman

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 01:44
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - A "negligent discharge" by a U.S. Marine on guard duty is likely to blame for the shooting death of a fellow sentry at a base in North Carolina, a military spokesman said on Wednesday. A sentry at Camp Lejeune died Tuesday evening from a single gunshot to the chest after another sentry discharged an M4 rifle inside the guard shack at the main gate of the base, officials said. The sentry who discharged the gun remained in custody as military law enforcement officials investigate the incident further, base spokesmen said, but information about possible criminal charges was being withheld. Though the shooting appears to have been accidental, "it will take several weeks of forensic examination to confirm this with absolute certainty," said Camp Lejeune spokesman Nat Fahy.

Search narrowed for missing Minnesota hikers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 01:42
IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Rescue teams looking for a father and son from Minnesota who went missing last week near a Colorado mountain have received help from a military electronics investigation team who tracked cellphone signals that came from a campground.

Guns found in carry-on bags at DC-area airports

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 01:40
LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) — Authorities say two men were recently arrested in separate cases at Washington-area airports after loaded handguns were found in their carry-on bags at security checkpoints.

NYPD commissioner: Officer died saving others

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 01:14

This undated photo provided by the New York City Police Department shows Officer Dennis Guerra. Guerra died, Wednesday, April 9, 2014 after responding to a mattress fire Sunday at a Brooklyn apartment building. Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City is "hurting" after the death of Guerra, and praised him as an "exemplary" officer who was trying to "save people in need." (AP Photo/NYPD)NEW YORK (AP) — A police officer who was critically injured last weekend while responding to a mattress fire in a Brooklyn apartment building succumbed to his injuries Wednesday, Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said, noting that the father of four "died trying to save others."


GOP derails gender pay gap bill in Senate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 01:12

FILE - This Aug. 1, 2013 file photo shows Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., flanked by Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., left, and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic bill Wednesday curbing paycheck discrimination against women, an effort that even in defeat Democrats hoped would pay political dividends in this fall's congressional elections. Wednesday's vote was 53-44 to halt GOP tactics aimed at derailing the legislation, but that fell six short of the 60 Democrats needed to prevail. Mikulski stood up after the vote and said supporters were disappointed but that they would fight on. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic bill Wednesday curbing paycheck discrimination against women, an effort that even in defeat Democrats hoped would pay political dividends in this fall's congressional elections.


Pentagon: Shooting at NC base likely accidental

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 01:04
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday that the fatal shooting of a Marine on guard duty by a colleague at a North Carolina base appears to have been an accident.