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Man convicted of hurling daughter, 4, off California cliff in 2000

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 06:23
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury found Cameron Brown, 53, guilty of first-degree murder after about a day and a half of deliberations, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. It marked the third time Brown had stood trial on murder charges in connection with his daughter Lauren's death on Nov. 8, 2000. Brown's attorneys maintain that his daughter accidentally fell to her death in the upscale seaside community of Rancho Palos Verdes, near Los Angeles.

Exterminator convicted in slaying of Philadelphia doctor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 06:20
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An exterminator accused of strangling a pediatrician who questioned his work and then tying her up with equestrian gear and setting her body on fire has been convicted of first-degree murder, arson and related offenses.

Utah man gets 25 years to life for punching baby to death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 06:20
(Reuters) - A Utah man who pleaded guilty to aggravated murder for punching and squeezing to death the baby daughter of his girlfriend in an act of frustration was sentenced on Wednesday to 25 years to life in prison, prosecutors said. Adam Joseph Barney, 24, received the sentence after pleading guilty to the crime in March with the understanding that prosecutors would not seek the death penalty, said Weber County Attorney Chris Allred. Barney committed the killing in August 2014 at a long-term- stay hotel in Ogden, a community about 30 miles (48 km) north of Salt Lake City, where he was looking after 14-month-old Kenzie La Buy and her two young siblings. He later confessed that he attacked the baby girl out of frustration, punching her in the stomach and squeezing her, said Weber County prosecutor Dean Saunders.

Dead cubs prompt state to ban chocolate as bear hunt bait

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 06:13
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire officials on Wednesday banned the use of chocolate as bait starting next season after four bears were found dead at one bait site last fall.

Drilling begins 3 miles from epicenter of BP oil spill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 06:10

FILE - In this April 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. Deep-water drilling is set to resume near the site of the catastrophic BP PLC well blowout that killed 11 workers and caused the nation's largest offshore oil spill five years ago off the coast of Louisiana. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Just 3 miles from the catastrophic BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a Louisiana company is seeking to unlock the same oil and natural gas that turned into a deadly disaster.


The Latest in Madison: At least 25 arrested during protest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 06:01

Demonstrators walk in a tunnel under the Monona Terrace Convention Center while making their way along John Nolen Drive during a rally for Tony Robinson in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Tuesday, May 12, that he wouldn't file charges against Madison Officer Matt Kenny in the March 6 death of Robinson, saying the officer used lawful deadly force after he was staggered by a punch to the head and feared for his life. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — 4:50 p.m.


Facebook pushes to improve benefits, pay for contractors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 05:52
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is pushing for higher pay and improved benefits for the janitors, cooks and other workers who support its employees.

Regulators: More delays possible for Georgia nuclear plant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 05:49

FILE- This June 13, 2014, file photo, shows construction on a new nuclear reactor at Plant Vogtle power plant in Waynesboro, Ga. Regulators say there's a "high probability" the nuclear plant under construction will see a delay longer than the three years already disclosed by its owners. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Regulators say there's a "high probability" a nuclear plant under construction in Georgia will be delayed even longer than the three years already announced by its owners, according to an analysis obtained by The Associated Press.


Backlash in Austin over man's advice about female officials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 05:46

Members of the Austin city council listen to city manager Marc Ott during a news conference at City Hall, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Austin's female-majority City Council is fuming after a consultant warned municipal staff that elected female officials like to ask lots of questions and tend to tune out financial arguments. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — They ask lots of questions that can require patience, they tend to tune out financial arguments — and with Hillary Clinton running for president, more are probably on the way.


7 killed in Philadelphia Amtrak crash; officials say speed a factor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 05:43

7 killed in Philadelphia Amtrak crash; speed a possible factorPreliminary information shows that an Amtrak train was going more than twice the speed limit when it derailed in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, leaving seven people dead.


Cereal maker Post says bird flu squeezing its egg supply

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 05:42
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. says the Midwest's deadly bird flu outbreak is affecting more of its egg supply.

U.S. Naval Academy midshipman, AP staffer among dead in Amtrak crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 05:37

U.S. Naval Academy midshipman, AP staffer among dead in Amtrak crashA U.S. Naval Academy midshipman and an Associated Press staffer are among those who are confirmed dead in the Amtrak train crash on Tuesday night.


Missouri passes right-to-work bill, but governor's veto expected

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 05:34
(Reuters) - Missouri Republican lawmakers passed a bill on Wednesday that would stop workers from being required to join a union or pay dues, but without enough votes to override an expected veto by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon. By a 92-66 vote, the Missouri House of Representatives approved the measure that would allow Missouri to join 25 other states with "right-to-work" laws. The Missouri Senate passed the bill on Tuesday by a 21-13 vote. The votes in both chambers lack the two-thirds' majority needed to overcome a veto, and some Republicans joined Democrats in opposing the measure.

CEO of Philly company, who was on derailed train, is missing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 05:31

CEO of Philly company, who was on derailed train, is missingThe CEO of a Philadelphia company is missing after the Amtrak train derailment on Tuesday night in Port Richmond.


Engineer braked just seconds before fatal Amtrak derailment: NTSB

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 05:28
(Reuters) - The engineer of the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia killing seven applied emergency brakes just moments before the fatal accident, a U.S. transportation safety investigator said on Wednesday. "Just moments before the derailment, the train was placed into engineer-induced braking, and this means that the engineer applied full emergency brake applications," National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt told a news conference in Philadelphia.

Judge lets Russian man charged with hacking fire his lawyers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 05:25
SEATTLE (AP) — A Russian man who prosecutors say made millions as a prolific computer hacker and credit card thief was allowed to fire his lawyers on Wednesday, just minutes before the start of a two-day hearing to decide whether his arrest in the Maldives was legal.

A nail in the eye, a lucky landscaper left without a scratch

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 05:24

This undated image provided by the New England Journal of Medicine on May 12, 2015 shows a CT scan with a nail in the eye of a patient. Boston doctors removed the nearly 3-inch nail after it hurtled into the eye of a 27-year-old landscaper when he accidentally hit it with a weed-whacking tool. A checkup eight weeks later showed his vision had returned to normal. (AP Photo/New England Journal of Medicine)There must have been a four-leaf clover in those weeds. A 27-year-old landscaper escaped with barely a scratch after a nearly 3-inch nail hurtled into his eye when he accidentally hit it with a weed-whacker.


Seven people dead in Philadelphia Amtrak crash; some unaccounted for

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 05:16

7 killed in Philadelphia Amtrak crash; officials say speed a factorOfficials say seven people were killed in the Amtrak train crash in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia on Tuesday night, and more than 200 people have been treated at local hospitals.


Appeals court skeptical of fairness of trader's conviction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 05:15
NEW YORK (AP) — An appeals court panel on Wednesday expressed doubts about the fairness of a prosecution that led to a prison sentence for a man convicted of defrauding a government bailout program.

Smokers have better luck quitting when own money wagered

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 05:11

 Few people were willing to bet on themselves. Nearly everyone who was offered the rewards-only option, though, signed up for a stop smoking program. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to offering cash to get smokers to quit, more people go for the carrots than the stick — but the stick gets better results.