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Ex-Iowa lawmaker testifies he didn't sexually abuse wife

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 08:24
GARNER, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa lawmaker accused of sexually abusing his wife who suffered from dementia testified Friday that he and his wife held hands, prayed and kissed at her nursing home on the evening in question, but that they had no sexual contact.

Pa. man pleads guilty in case over daughter's rotten teeth

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 08:14

Pa. man pleads guilty in case over daughter's rotten teethThe father of a 6-year-old girl whose teeth were so rotten her life was endangered pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment on Friday.


Man gets 100-year term in murder of teacher in oil boom town

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 08:14

Michael Keith Spell, 25, sits in state District Court in Sidney, Mont., Friday, April 17, 2015. He awaits sentencing for the 2012 murder of a 43-year-old local teacher in the booming Bakken oil patch of Montana and North Dakota. Spell, who is mentally disabled, pleaded guilty to killing teacher Sherry Arnold when he attempted to abduct her as she was jogging. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — A mentally disabled Colorado man was sentenced to 100 years in prison Friday for the murder of a Montana teacher whose death highlighted the downsides of an oil boom that's sweeping across the remote Northern Plains.


Authorities close to revealing details of bourbon theft

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 08:11
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The mystery of who's been spiriting away barrels of Kentucky bourbon might soon have a resolution, as authorities seem close to revealing details about a possible theft ring.

FBI ruse violated rights of Vegas hotel guest, US judge says

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 08:10

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, Wei Seng Phua walks into federal court in Las Vegas. A federal judge says the FBI violated the rights of Phua, a wealthy Malaysian businessman, when agents posed as Internet repairmen to get into his Las Vegas suite during the World Cup soccer tournament last summer. A lawyer for Wei Seng "Paul" Phua is calling the Friday, April 17, 2015 ruling by U.S. District Judge Andrew Gordon a victory for freedom in the United States. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — The FBI violated the rights of a wealthy Malaysian businessman when agents posed as Internet repairmen to get into his Las Vegas hotel suite to search for evidence of wrongdoing during the World Cup soccer tournament last summer, a federal judge ruled Friday.


Common Core tests OK, but Nevada gives leeway to schools

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:58
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Limited testing was successful Friday in Nevada for the troubled Common Core assessments, but now the state is offering school districts leeway that could present an unprecedented challenge to the federal testing mandate.

2 convicted of desecrating Illinois cemetery get prison time

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:56
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has sentenced two brothers to prison for digging up graves, dumping human remains and reselling plots at a suburban Chicago cemetery.

Pa. state police find litter of kittens in impounded car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:53

Pa. state police find litter of kittens in impounded carPennsylvania state police were surprised to find a litter of kittens, believed to be only a few days old, inside an impounded car.


Oklahoma teen convicted in slaying of Australian player

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:47

Chancey Luna is led from the courtroom to the jail in shackles and handcuffs after being convicted in the death of Christopher Lane in Duncan, Okla, Friday, April 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma teenager whose attorney said he only meant to scare an Australian college baseball player by firing a shot at him was convicted Friday of first-degree murder.


Senator: Decade-old Gulf oil leak is 'unacceptable'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:33
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A U.S. senator from Florida is pressing federal officials to disclose technical data and other information about a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, after an investigation by The Associated Press revealed evidence that the spill is far worse than a company or government regulators have publicly reported.

Former U.S. Marine charged in 2011 murder of companion in Panama

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:28
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A former U.S. Marine was charged on Friday with murdering a woman who went missing in 2011 after traveling with him to Panama and whose dismembered remains were found in the remote jungle two years later. Brian Brimager, 37, is accused in a federal grand jury indictment of killing and dismembering 42-year-old Yvonne Baldelli and then engaging in an elaborate cover-up of the crime that included sending emails from the dead woman's account to her friends and family members. Family members of the slain woman said after the hearing that they were grateful to prosecutors for "finding a way to charge" Brimager with the murder. "He put a lot of effort and energy into getting away with this," Baldelli's sister, Michelle Faust, told Reuters in an interview.

Officer who rammed armed man with car details encounter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:25

This undated photo provided by the Marana, Ariz., Police Department shows Marana police officer Michael Rapiejko. Dramatic dash cam videos of an arrest in Arizona put the public in the driver's seat as Rapiejko plowed his cruiser into a rifle-toting robbery suspect at high speed. Policing experts on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, called Rapiejko's tactics unconventional and even outrageous, but justified, given the circumstances. Prosecutors cleared Rapiejko of any wrongdoing after he swerved around another officer who had been cautiously tailing the robbery suspect, then accelerated and rammed into the man's back on Feb. 19. (Marana Police Department via AP)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona police officer Michael Rapiejko felt he had no option but to run over an armed man walking down a busy business corridor, according to an audio recording of an interview with a prosecutor following the Feb. 19 incident that went viral this week.


Global finance leaders see economy strengthening

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:25

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew speaks during a news conference during the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings in Washington, Friday, April 17, 2015. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)WASHINGTON (AP) — Financial officials from the world's major economies on Friday welcomed modest improvements in the global economy while side-stepping fears rattling global financial markets that Greece will default on its bailout loans.


Washington governor repeats call for state auditor to resign

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:16

Washington state Auditor Troy Kelley listens to a question from a reporter, Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Tacoma, Wash. Earlier in the day, Kelley entered a not guilty plea to a federal grand jury indictment on charges of filing false tax returns, attempted obstruction of a civil lawsuit and possession of stolen property. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday repeated his call for embattled state Auditor Troy Kelley to resign following his indictment by a federal grand jury.


Worker burns face, neck in explosion at Ohio chemical plant

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:15
MONROE, Ohio (AP) — A chemical explosion at a manufacturing plant in southwest Ohio has injured a worker.

American Boychoir School in Princeton may be forced to close

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:10

American Boychoir School in Princeton may be forced to closeThe American Boychoir School in Princeton will be singing a sour note unless $350,000 can be raised to save their school from closing.


Rescue Mission of Trenton celebrates 100th anniversary

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:07

Rescue Mission of Trenton celebrates 100th anniversaryThe Rescue Mission of Trenton is celebrating 100 years of helping the homeless with food, clothing and other resources.


Alabama officials: 'Military mistress' released by mistake

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:02

Bobbi Ann FinleyMOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama sheriff's deputy released a woman dubbed the "Military Mistress," who is wanted in three states, because a radio dispatcher failed to pass along that there were warrants out for her arrest, the agency said Friday.


Denver teacher's third grade assignment goes viral online

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 06:48
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado teacher who posted notes from her third grade class online and started a social media whirlwind under the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew said on Friday the assignment had been a revelation for her. Kyle Schwartz, 26, asked the eight- and nine-year-olds at her Denver inner city school to write down something they wished she knew about them, partly as a writing exercise, and partly as a way for her to learn about her pupils. Schwartz, a self-described suburban girl who has taught at southwest Denver's Doull Elementary for three years, said she has conducted the exercise each year, in part because she wanted to underline the issue of poverty in U.S. inner cities.

Prosecutor: Reputed mobster discussed stolen Boston artwork

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 06:46

FILE - In this May 10, 2012 file photo, law enforcement agents dig in the front yard of the home of Robert Gentile in Manchester, Conn. The reputed Connecticut mobster, linked to artwork stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in 1990, was arrested Friday, April 17, 2015, on a gun charge and was due in federal court in Hartford that afternoon, according to the U.S. attorney's office. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A reputed Connecticut mobster suspected of a connection to the artwork stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 discussed the paintings with an undercover FBI agent, a prosecutor said Friday.