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Wyoming man steals train, goes on joyride, gets probation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:14

This photo provided by the Campbell County Sheriff's Office shows Derek Skyler Brux, who pleaded guilty to a federal charge in connection with taking two locomotives from a coal mine and crashing them into another train last fall. He faces sentencing Friday, April 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Campbell County Sheriff's Office)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man who stole a train from a coal mine and took it for a joyride because he was mad at his boss was sentenced Friday to serve probation and pay restitution.


N. Carolina high court orders new trial for death row inmate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 02:59
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for an inmate sentenced to die for the killing of a 17-year-old whose body was found in a South Carolina culvert.

Authorities: Sword-wielding man shot after attacking deputy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 02:57
NAVARRE, Fla. (AP) — A samurai sword-wielding man was fatally shot by police Thursday after threatening family members with knives and attacking a sheriff's deputy with the sword, authorities said.

New York woman with eight husbands denies fraud charges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 02:56

Barrientos appears in the Bronx Supreme Court in New YorkA New York City woman accused of being married to eight men at the same time pleaded not guilty in state court in the Bronx on Friday to two counts of felony fraud that prosecutors say stemmed from a scheme to gain U.S. citizenship for grooms from countries "red flagged" by the Department of Homeland Security. After Liana Barrientos, 39, married men from Egypt, Turkey, Georgia and other countries, she tied the knot an eighth time with Pakistani man Rashid Rajput, the Bronx District Attorney's Office said. Rajput was later deported to Pakistan in 2006 following an investigation into making threatening statements about the United States by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency's Joint Terrorism Task Force. ICE, part of the Department of Homeland Security, tags certain countries with red flags as part of efforts to prevent "illegal export of sensitive U.S. munitions and strategic technology" and protect "American technological accomplishment from adversaries," according to the State Department.


Cops: Reported gator in western Pa. river may never be found

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 02:22
BELLE VERNON, Pa. (AP) — An alligator reportedly spotted in a western Pennsylvania river may never be found — or even confirmed — but police continued to search for it Friday, the local police chief said.

2nd defendant pleads guilty in Tacony dungeon abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 02:21

2nd defendant pleads guilty in Tacony dungeon abuse caseA second defendant has pleaded guilty in an alleged disability-benefit scheme in which prosecutors say mentally disabled people were held captive and abused.


25 years after reform effort, poorest schools still lag

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 02:19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — It was late, and Bob Stephens needed a drink.

Georgia prison officials change transgender inmate policy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 02:14
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia prison officials are changing how they treat inmates with gender identity conditions, just days after the U.S. Justice Department weighed in on a lawsuit filed by a transgender prisoner.

Kansas study shows USDA land value surveys below market prices

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 02:10
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Actual farmland prices in Kansas, the top U.S. wheat state, generally run far higher than values shown from surveys of farmland owners conducted by the U.S. Agriculture Department, according to a study by a Kansas State University economist. The Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service (KASS), a USDA department, surveys farmers and landowners annually for their estimates of the market value of crop or pasture land they own. Taylor compared those averages with actual county land sales data from the Kansas Property Valuation Department (PVD) from 2010 through 2014. ...

Gap remains in video record of fatal SC police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 02:03

Gap remains in video record of fatal SC police shootingWhat remains a mystery is what happened during the minutes in between that led the polite officer to become a killer.


Q&A: What is listeria?

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 01:41
WASHINGTON (AP) — Large food recalls have forced consumers to throw away hummus and ice cream that may be contaminated with the same potentially deadly bacteria — listeria.

Air Combat Command vice commander reprimanded

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 01:35
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Air Force says it has reprimanded a vice commander for effectively attempting to restrict military personnel from communicating with members of Congress.

Burlington City graffiti suspect caught on camera

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 01:31

Burlington City graffiti suspect caught on cameraPolice are asking for the public's help finding a man suspected of several vandalism incidents in Burlington City, N.J.


Air Force general reprimanded over A-10 'treason' remark

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 01:25
By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Air Force major general has been formally reprimanded and removed from his job for telling a group of officers that talking to Congress in a bid to block retirement of the A-10 Warthog amounted to "treason," the Air Force said on Friday. An investigation of remarks by Major General James Post III, who was the vice commander of Air Combat Command, found that his words to some 300 airmen at Nellis Air Force Base on Jan. 10 may have had a "chilling effect" on some of them, convincing them not to speak with lawmakers. Representative Mac Thornberry, chairman of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, said the Air Force action against Post was "important and correct." "Members of Congress must be able to receive unfiltered facts and opinions from service members...," he said in a statement.

NYC woman pleads not guilty in fake-marriages case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 01:14
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York woman is accused of having fake marriages with 10 men as part of an immigration scam.

Kentucky Wildcats' top seven scorers heading to NBA draft

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 01:10
Kentucky's seven top scorers -- Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Dakari Johnson, Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison -- are heading to the NBA draft.

After four days, no verdict in ex-NFL star Hernandez's murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 01:10

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez sits with defense attorney Charles Rankin before the jury began deliberations in his murder trial at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall RiverThe jury in the murder trial of former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez finished its fourth day of deliberations on Friday without a verdict. Hernandez, 25, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, is accused of fatally shooting semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd in an industrial park near Hernandez's Massachusetts home in June 2013. If convicted of first-degree murder, Hernandez would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


Caught on video: Woman walks on busy freeway

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 01:06

 Woman walks on busy freewayHorrified bystanders pleaded with a woman to get out of traffic as she walked down a busy freeway in San Diego, California.


Photo released of girls wanted in movie theater attack

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 00:51

Photo released of girls wanted in movie theater attackAction News has learned new information about an assault in the Poconos from earlier this week.


Ohio college basketball player who had rare brain tumor dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 00:39
Lauren Hill, the Indiana native who scored the first basket of the Mount St. Joseph University women's basketball season in November while suffering from a rare inoperable brain cancer, died on Friday at age 19, officials said. "We are forever grateful to have had Lauren grace our campus with her smile and determined spirit," university President Tony Aretz said in a statement. Demand was so strong for tickets that the team's Nov. 2 game against Hiram College was moved to Xavier University's arena, where more than 10,000 saw Hill score the game's first basket. Mount St. Joseph won 66-55.