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'Still Alice' writer-director Richard Glatzer dies at 63

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 08:49

In this image released by Sony Pictures Classics, actress Julianne Moore, left, and director Richard Glatzer appear on the set during the filming of "Still Alice." Glatzer died Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Los Angeles after a four-year battle with ALS. He was 63. (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Classics, JoJo Whilden)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Glatzer, who co-wrote and directed the Alzheimer's drama "Still Alice" alongside his husband, Wash Westmoreland, while battling ALS, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 63.


Judge OKs dismissal of charges in US employee hacking case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 08:37
CINCINNATI (AP) — Charges have been dismissed against a National Weather Service employee accused of illegally accessing a restricted federal computer database containing information about the nation's dams, stealing information and lying to investigators.

Seattle man kills girlfriend, drives her body to psychiatric hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 08:36
A Seattle-area man was charged on Wednesday with killing his girlfriend and then driving her body to a local psychiatric facility where he admitted to the crime and asked to be taken in as a patient, the King County prosecutor's office said. Attila Richards, 29, was being held on $2 million bail for one count of second degree murder in the fatal stabbing of his 24-year-old girlfriend on March 8 in north Seattle, the prosecutor's office said. Richards told police that he killed the woman, whom he had been dating for one week, after an argument. Shortly after the crime, Richards drove to Western State Hospital, a psychiatric facility in the suburb of Lakewood, and asked staff to commit him as a patient, prosecutors said.

Kentucky students get hard lesson in politics from lawmakers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 08:31

Gentry Fitch, 17, and Nicole Fielder, 18, speak to reporters at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in Frankfort. The seniors at West Jessamine High School in Nicholasville are among a group of students who filed a bill that would allow school officials to appoint high school students to superintendent screening committees. (AP Photo/Adam Beam)FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A group of bright-eyed, clean-cut high school students whose ideas of government were shaped by "Schoolhouse Rock" wrote a bill and watched it sail through the Kentucky state legislature this year in the type of feel-good story that had parents beaming.


State board suspends school accountability on Common Core

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 08:22
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Board of Education suspended the state's school accountability system on Wednesday for one year to give teachers and students time to adjust to new standardized tests aligned with Common Core standards.

A look at how some states handle execution drug shortage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 08:20

FILE - In this June 18, 2010, file photo, the execution chamber at the Utah State Prison is seen after Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed by firing squad, in Draper, Utah. Four bullet holes are visible in the wood panel behind the chair. Gardner was convicted of aggravated murder, a capital felony, in 1985. Lawmakers have passed a bill that would make Utah the only state to allow firing squads for carrying out a death penalty if there is a shortage of execution drugs. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Trent Nelson, Pool, File)Utah, the only state in the past 40 years to carry out a death sentence by firing squad, is poised to bring back the executions if the state cannot find a supply of the drugs used in lethal injections. Here's a look at how some other states are dealing with the nationwide shortage:


U.S. Army sergeant pleads guilty to sex ring charges at Texas base

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 08:18
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. Army soldier accused of running a prostitution ring at Fort Hood, one of the largest Army bases in the country, pled guilty on Wednesday to 15 charges related to the accusation, officials said on Wednesday. Sergeant 1st Class Gregory McQueen is expected to be sentenced as early as Thursday at the court-martial after pleading guilty to charges including conspiracy to solicit prostitution, adultery and dereliction of duty, the base said in a statement.

5 questions about Silicon Valley gender bias case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 08:18

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2015, file photo, Ellen Pao, right, leaves the Civic Center Courthouse along with her attorney, Therese Lawless, left, during a lunch break in her trial in San Francisco. Plaintiff Pao testified Monday, March 9, 2015, that female employees were treated disrespectfully at the firm of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and some were not even invited, when the company held a series of events. Pao also told the jury at the civil trial that she complained to management about the atmosphere at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers after learning a female colleague had complained about alleged sexual harassment. The investigator hired by the firm to investigate Pao's complaint concluded there was no gender discrimination at the firm. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ellen Pao testified for a third day on Wednesday in her lawsuit claiming gender bias kept her from advancing at a major Silicon Valley venture capital firm and that she was fired after she complained.


Friend charged as adult in shooting death of Kensington teen

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 08:11

Friend charged as adult in shooting death of Kensington teenA Kensington teenager has died after being shot and authorities have identified the victim's friend as the suspect charged in his murder.


Brown students protest handling of sex assault allegations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 08:08

Hundreds of Brown University students march across campus, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in Providence, R.I., to protest how the college handled recent sexual assault allegations. (AP Photo/Amy Anthony)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Hundreds of Brown University students silently marched across campus Wednesday to protest the college's handling of recent sexual assault allegations, saying the school is trying to protect its reputation rather than the victims of assault.


Texas executes gang hit man for killing woman over drug tax

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 08:05

This undated handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Manuel Vasquez. He is scheduled for execution Wednesday, March 11, 2015 for the ordered murder of a San Antonio woman who ignored a 10 percent street tax on drugs _ known as a “dime.” (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Mexican Mafia hit man convicted of beating and strangling a San Antonio woman because she didn't pay the gang's 10 percent tax on her illegal drug sales was executed Wednesday evening.


Texas executes gang enforcer Vasquez for murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 07:59

Manuel Vasquez is pictured in this undated handout photoBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas on Wednesday executed a 46-year-old gang member convicted of murdering a woman because she would not pay extortion money demanded by the Mexican Mafia criminal organization. Manuel Vasquez received a lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville and was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m. CDT, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. Vasquez became the 522nd prisoner executed in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state. Vasquez and two co-defendants were convicted of strangling Juanita Ybarra, 51, in 1998 for not paying a 10 percent cut of her drug sales to the Mexican Mafia, the attorney general's office said.


Baby rescued from river after crash released from hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 07:59

In this March 7, 2015 photo, officials respond to a report of car in the Spanish Fork River near the Main Street and the Arrowhead Trail Road junction in Spanish Fork, Utah. An 18-month-old girl survived a car crash in a frigid Utah river after being strapped in a car seat upside-down for some 14 hours before being found by a fisherman, but her 25-year-old mother, Lynn Groesbeck, of Springville, was found dead in the car, police said Sunday. (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Sammy Jo Hester)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah toddler rescued from a car 14 hours after it crashed into a frigid river was released from a hospital Wednesday, days after the accident that killed her mother.


Toddler rescued from car in Utah river released from hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 07:57
By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A toddler rescued from a car that plunged into a Utah river last week was released from a Salt Lake City hospital on Wednesday, four days after she was found alive and dangling upside down in her car seat some 14 hours after the crash, the hospital said. The girl, 18-month old Lily Groesbeck, was found by a fisherman on Saturday in a car seat inside the upturned vehicle alongside the body of her 25-year-old mother, Lynn Jennifer Groesbeck, who was killed in the accident, police said. The toddler was in the back seat of the car where police said water was just inches away from her face, and was rushed to Primary Children's Hospital. A hospital spokeswoman said on Wednesday the child had been released.

Catalog retailer LL Bean to triple domestic stores by 2020

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 07:53

FILE - In this March 8, 2012, file photo, shoppers arrive at the L.L. Bean retail store in Freeport, Maine. L.L. Bean officials said Wednesday, March 11, 2015, the company plans to make a bigger push into retail stores by more than tripling the number of locations over the next five years. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean, known for selling its trademark boots via catalog for more than a century, plans to make a bigger push into brick-and-mortar retail by more than tripling the number of domestic stores over the next five years, officials said Wednesday.


Texas executes 46-year-old man for gangland murder of woman

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 07:47
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas on Wednesday executed a 46-year-old man, who was a gang member convicted of murdering a woman because she would not pay extortion money demanded by the Mexican Mafia criminal organization. Manuel Vasquez received a lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville and was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m. CDT, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Cops: Man took woman's body to hospital, said he killed her

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 07:28
SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state man who police say drove his girlfriend's body to a psychiatric hospital and told staff he killed her has been charged with second-degree murder.

Union signals possible proposal coming to end U.S. refinery strike

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 07:18
The United Steelworkers union (USW) signaled that lead refinery owner representative Shell Oil Co may offer a possible settlement in the coming days that could end the largest refinery strike in 35 years. "Bargaining is continuing," the USW said in the message. "Shell and the USW continue to talk," said Shell spokesman Cameron Yost "We remain committed to negotiating a mutually satisfactory agreement." The national agreement being negotiated by the USW and Shell Oil, the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, will set the floor on pay and benefits as well as set standards on some safety issues.

U.S. probing report Secret Service agents drove car into White House barrier

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 07:12
Two senior U.S. Secret Service agents are under investigation for allegations they drove a government car into White House security barricades last week after drinking at a late-night party, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. A Secret Service spokeswoman said the agency was aware of the allegations against the two agents and that "if misconduct is identified, appropriate action will be taken based on established rules and regulations." The Post said one of the agents included a top member of President Barack Obama's protective detail. The Secret Service spokeswoman said in a statement that its director, Joseph Clancy, had been briefed on the allegations and that the investigation had been turned over to the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General.

Witness IDs Tsarnaev as man near slain MIT officer's cruiser

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 07:12

FILE - This undated file photo released by the Middlesex District Attorney's Office shows Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Officer Sean Collier, of Somerville, Mass. Investigators said Collier was shot to death Thursday, April 18, 2013 on the school's campus in Cambridge, Mass., by Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a botched attempt to obtain his gun several days after the twin explosions. During testimony Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in the federal death penalty trial in Boston of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, MIT Police Chief John DiFava testified he told Collier to "be safe" about an hour before he was shot dead. Prosecutors said the Tsarnaev brothers killed Collier during an unsuccessful attempt to steal his gun. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyer said during opening statements that it was Tamerlan Tsarnaev who shot Collier.(AP Photo/Middlesex District Attorney's Office, File)BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate student on Wednesday identified Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as the man he saw leaning in to the police cruiser of an MIT officer who was fatally shot three days after the bombings.