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Apple says Samsung knew iPhone would be big seller

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:59

In this Aug. 27, 2012 photo, the Apple iPhone 4s, left, is displayed next to the Samsung Galaxy S III at a store in San Francisco. Apple already has won nearly $1 billion in judgments against Samsung over patent infringements involving older-model devices. Now Apple is alleging Samsung’s newest devices, such as its Galaxy S III, also copied Apple technology. Jury selection for the case begins Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Samsung knew Apple's iPhone would be a big seller when it first went on the market, but the South Korean company didn't have a product that could compete so it stole Apple's technology, an attorney for Apple told jurors on Tuesday.


Indiana Guardsman pleads guilty in Ohio bomb case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:52
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Indiana Guardsman who pleaded guilty Tuesday to having homemade explosive devices in his vehicle in Ohio played the role of an enemy fighter when he helped train troops departing for war zones and wanted to make the job as real as possible, his attorney said.

Split decision in gay couple lawsuit over photo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:50
DENVER (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit filed by a gay New Jersey couple whose engagement photo was used in campaign attack mailers in Colorado.

Manchin tells company to remove him from UBB film

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:42
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is demanding his name and interview be removed from a documentary funded by former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. The documentary "Upper Big Branch - Never Again" released Monday and its credits clearly state it is "a film by Don Blankenship." The film's opening disclaimer, however, says people's participation in the documentary via interviews "is not in association or affiliation with Don Blankenship." In the letter sent to Adriot Films Tuesday, Manchin states, "Your fraudulent behavior in securing the interview and your misrepresentation of my interview are actionable offenses." He goes on to state the company's failure to indicate the film was funded by Blankenship was a "gross misrepresentation of the true purpose of your film." The explosion on April 5, 2010, killed 29 miners.

Pa. tree trimmer goes to hospital with saw in neck

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:41
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A tree trimmer is recovering after he was rushed to a Pittsburgh hospital with a chain saw blade embedded in his neck.

FBI searches legislative office of arrested state senator

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:40

Suspended California State Senator Leland Yee departs the U.S. courthouse following a hearing in San FranciscoBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - FBI agents searched a legislative office in California's capital on Tuesday that was used by staff of state Senator Leland Yee, who faces charges of corruption and gun trafficking, a senate official said. Yee, a San Francisco Democrat who was the senate's first Chinese-American member, is the third state senator to face criminal charges this year, the latest in a spate of legal problems that has cost Democrats a precious two-thirds majority in the legislature. The office that was searched is located across the street from the state capitol building and was used by Yee's San Francisco district staff when they were working in Sacramento, a spokesman for senate Democratic leader Darrell Steinberg said.


Re-entry to nuke dump postponed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:34
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has postponed plans to get a crew underground to begin investigating a radiation leak from the federal government's nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.

Congress seeks answers on delay in GM recall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:32

Family members of victims of the GM recall failure place photos of loved ones prior to a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing in WashingtonWASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is demanding answers from the new CEO of General Motors and the head of the nation's auto safety watchdog about why it took at least a decade to recall cars with a defective part that is now linked to 13 deaths.


White House: 7 million signed up for health care

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a key milestone for the 4-year-old health care law, the Obama administration says more than 7 million people signed up for health care through insurance exchanges, surpassing a threshold once seen as unattainable.

Accused ‘Craigslist killer' makes Pennsylvania court appearance

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:11

Miranda Barbour is led into court by sheriff deputies in Sunbury PennsylvaniaBy David DeKok SUNBURY, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - The woman dubbed the "Craigslist killer" suspect appeared on Tuesday in a Pennsylvania courtroom, where legal arguments focused largely on the online activities of the man she is accused of murdering. The appearance in Northumberland County Court of Common Pleas was the first by Miranda Barbour, 19, since she began making controversial claims that she is a serial killer with at least 22 victims. Barbour and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, have pleaded not guilty to the stabbing and strangling in November of Troy LaFerrara, 42, whose body was found dumped in an alley in Sunbury. Prosecutors say the couple used the Craigslist classified ad website to lure him to a meeting, offering sex, in a shopping mall parking lot.


Man accused in SXSW festival killings faces additional assault charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:01

Austin Police Department booking photo of Rashad Charjuan OwensA man facing capital murder charges for plowing his car into a crowd at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin last month, killing four and injuring nearly two dozen others, has been charged with an additional 20 counts of aggravated assault. Prison records posted on Tuesday show Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, from Killeen, Texas, has had the charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon added to his detention booking. Each count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon can bring up to life in prison while a conviction on capital murder carries the possibility of the death penalty. Jamie West, 27, from Austin, and Steven Craenmehr, 35, of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, died at the scene.


Opening arguments underway in Apple-Samsung case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:00

In this Aug. 27, 2012 photo, the Apple iPhone 4s, left, is displayed next to the Samsung Galaxy S III at a store in San Francisco. Apple already has won nearly $1 billion in judgments against Samsung over patent infringements involving older-model devices. Now Apple is alleging Samsung’s newest devices, such as its Galaxy S III, also copied Apple technology. Jury selection for the case begins Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Opening statements are underway in the latest patent fight over mobile devices between Apple and Samsung, the world's largest cellphone manufacturers.


Soros wins partial dismissal of suit filed by ex-girlfriend

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:00

George Soros speaks on stage at the Annual Freedom Award Benefit Event hosted by the International Rescue Committee at the Waldorf-Astoria in New YorkBy Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - George Soros won a bid on Tuesday to dismiss a $50 million claim by an ex-girlfriend who claimed he reneged on a promise to buy her a pricey Manhattan apartment, but the appeals court did not dismiss an assault claim against the 83-year-old billionaire. A New York state appellate court dismissed claims by Brazilian former actress Adriana Ferreyr, 30, seeking damages for fraud, infliction of emotional distress and other claims.


GM, safety agency face Congress over recalls

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 01:55

File-This photo taken Jan. 23, 2014, shows General Motors CEO Mary Barra addressing the media during a roundtable meeting with journalists in Detroit. Barra will be asked by two Congressional subcommittees why it took GM a decade to recall cars with faulty ignition switches that the company says are now linked to 13 deaths. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress will press General Motors' new CEO at a hearing Tuesday about why GM sold cars with an ignition switch that failed to meet its own specifications, and then failed to heed the recommendations of engineers to fix the part.


Suspended Conn. priest charged with sex assault

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 01:45
ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A suspended Roman Catholic priest who is accused of giving guns and explosives to a juvenile has been arrested on allegations he sexually assaulted a minor.

More than seven million people signed up for Obamacare: Pelosi

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 01:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Tuesday that the Obama administration would announce more than 7 million people had signed up for the healthcare program known as Obamacare. Pelosi, speaking to reporters at the White House after a meeting with President Barack Obama, noted that the figures were not yet official. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Feds won't reopen Pittsburgh police rights probe

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 01:34

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2010 file photo, Jordan Miles, then an 18-year-old high school student, talks about his hopes to go to college to study crime scene investigation at his home in Pittsburgh. Three white officers accused in a federal civil rights lawsuit of beating Miles falsely arrested him but didn't use excessive force, a jury found Monday, March 31, 2014, awarding him $119,000 in damages. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal prosecutor won't reopen a criminal civil rights investigation into three white Pittsburgh police officers who were successfully sued by a young black man for wrongful arrest.


Judge won't block new Arizona abortion drug rules

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 01:32
PHOENIX (AP) — The most stringent restrictions in the nation on the use of abortion drugs were allowed to take effect in Arizona on Tuesday by a federal judge's ruling in the latest in a series of court fights over the state's abortion laws.

Convicted Ohio Amish leader says evidence weak

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 01:32
CINCINNATI (AP) — The leader of 16 Ohio Amish men and women found guilty of hate crimes for cutting the hair and beards of fellow members of their faith is arguing in a new court filing that federal prosecutors are assassinating his character in the face of weak evidence.

Officer questions crying in shoe stabbing case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 01:06

Houston Woman Charged With Murder Claims Self-DefenseHOUSTON (AP) — A police officer has told jurors he questioned whether a woman accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with her stiletto heel was truly crying in the moments after he arrived at the bloody crime scene in Houston.