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Ex-LA deputy gets 9 years in prison for rape

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 06:21
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to nine years in prison for raping a woman while on duty and trying to get another to have sex with him.

U.S. judge refrains from making GM 'park' recalled cars

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 06:14

Surviving family member Leo holds a photo of his deceased daughter Kelly as his wife Mary Theresa holds up photos of Kelly's wrecked 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt, before start of Senate subcommittee in WashingtonDistrict Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos at a hearing in Corpus Christi, Texas, said she would need more time to study briefs submitted by attorneys for two owners of a recalled GM car and receive documents from the carmaker's lawyers. Since February, GM has recalled 2.6 million cars equipped with the switch. So far this year, GM has recalled a total of nearly 7 million vehicles, or about the same number recalled in the previous four years combined. GM has said it would take a charge of $750 million in the first quarter, mostly for the recalls announced in that period, including ones linked to the defective ignition switch.

'Verbal altercation' may have led to Fort Hood rampage: Army

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 06:10

A view shows the family home of U.S. Army soldier Ivan Lopez in southwestern Puerto RicoBy Lisa Maria Garza and Eileen O'Grady FORT HOOD, Texas (Reuters) - The suspected gunman at Fort Hood in Texas argued heatedly with fellow soldiers before going on a shooting spree that left three dead and 16 injured at the expansive U.S. Army base, a military investigator said on Friday. The suspected shooter Ivan Lopez, a 34-year-old soldier battling mental illness, then turned the gun on himself in the second mass shooting at the base in the last five years. "We do have credible information he was involved in a verbal altercation with soldiers from his unit just prior to him allegedly opening fire," Christopher Grey, of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, told a news conference, without offering further details. Investigators from the military, Texas Rangers and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have interviewed more than 900 people to gather details of the crime scene that played out over an area covering about two city blocks, Grey said.

NC judge denies Duke motion to seal coal ash docs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 06:10
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge on Friday denied Duke Energy's motion seeking to shield records related to groundwater pollution leaching from 33 coal ash dumps in the state while a separate federal criminal investigation is ongoing.

Harrisburg mayor spoke to grand jury on city finances

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 06:09
The mayor of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, said on Friday he recently testified before a grand jury investigating how the city's finances declined to near bankruptcy under its previous administration. Mayor Eric Papenfuse confirmed media reports that he had been subpoenaed and testified. He said the city was cooperating with Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office, including handing over documents. "I've never felt more confident that we will have accountability for Harrisburg," he was quoted by the Roxbury News as saying.

Ex-ethics chief in Ga. wins retaliation lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:56

With her testimony over, a relieved Stacey Kalberman (center), former executive director of the state ethics commission, gets a hug from her friend Terri Cohen in her lawsuit at the Fulton County Courthouse on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Atlanta. Closing arguments will start on Friday. Kalberman claims she was forced from her position as executive director of the state ethics commission after investigating Governor Nathan Deal's campaign. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUTATLANTA (AP) — Jurors awarded the former director of Georgia's ethics commission $700,000 on Friday, ruling in her favor in a lawsuit in which she said her salary was cut and a deputy removed for investigating complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.

US Probation Office sued over New York child rape

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:52

FILE - In this July 17, 2013, file photo, David Renz, 29, right, stands next to his defense attorney Ken Moynihan in Onondaga County Court in Syracuse, N.Y. A young girl raped by Renz, who was released from jail while awaiting a child pornography trial is suing the federal government for $110 million. A lawyer representing David Renz's victim says in court papers the U.S. Probation Office failed to follow its own policies for monitoring a criminal defendant released with an electronic ankle bracelet in the months before the attack last March. The suit claims that allowed Renz to rape the 10-year-old suburban Syracuse girl and kill her mother. (AP Photo/The Syracuse Newspapers, Post-Standard, Dick Blume)SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A young girl raped by a child pornography suspect sued the federal government for $110 million Friday, claiming the U.S. Probation Office failed to properly monitor the man who assaulted her and stabbed her mother to death.

US finally regains the jobs lost in the recession

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:48

FILE - In this Thursday March 13, 2014, file photo, job seekers line up to attend a marijuana industry job far in Downtown Denver. The government issues the March jobs report on Friday, April 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy has reached a milestone: It has finally regained all the private-sector jobs it lost during the Great Recession.

Remembering Fort Hood's fallen

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:48

This undated family photo provided by Glen Welton shows U.S. Army Sgt. Tim Owens, left, of Effingham, Ill., with his cousin Glen Welton. Owens was one of three people killed by a shooter at Fort Hood, Texas on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The shooter, identified as Ivan Lopez, also wounded 16 others before shooting himself, according to authorities. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Owens family)(Reuters) - The three soldiers who died in the shooting rampage at Texas' Fort Hood this week were all men in their 30s, according to new details from friends and family that emerged on Friday, two days after the attack at the massive Army base. Details on the three victims follows: Sergeant First Class Daniel Ferguson, 39, has been described as the hero of Fort Hood, for physically holding a door shut, preventing the gunman from entering a room full of military personnel. "He held that door shut because it wouldn't lock," fiance and fellow soldier Kristen Haley told WTSP, a CBS TV affiliate in Tampa, Florida. Sergeant Timothy Owens, 37, died after apparently being shot in the chest at close range, his mother-in-law, Darlene Owens, told the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper.

Man gets 25 to life for 1995 Orange County killing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:43
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man who spent 16 years on the run after beating to death his ex-lover in Orange County will spend 25 years to life in prison.

Judge in porch shooting case won't step down

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:36

FILE - In a Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, Theodore Wafer, left, listens to his attorneys while appearing at his preliminary examination in district court in in Dearborn Heights, Mich. The 55-year-old awaits trial on second-degree murder charges for fatally shooting a young, unarmed woman through the screen door on his front porch. His lawyers are seeking to have the Wayne County Circuit Court trial judge take herself off the case because of her ties to prosecutors. A hearing is scheduled Friday, April 4, 2014. Defense attorneys say he feared for his life, but prosecutors say the shooting of Renisha McBride, 19, was not justified. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — A judge denied on Friday a request to remove herself from the case of a Detroit-area man who fatally shot an unarmed woman on his porch, a move that triggers a review by the chief criminal judge that will delay the case.

Washington man gets life in prison in son's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:32

Jeremy Cramer, 38, center, is shown in court in Anaconda, Montana, after a judge sentenced him on Friday, April 4, 2014, to life in prison without parole. Cramer previously pleaded guilty to taking his son from their home in Lacey, Wash., driving to Montana and killing and dismembering the 3-year-old boy in a field. (AP Photo/Matt Volz)ANACONDA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge sentenced a Washington state man Friday to life in prison without parole for killing and dismembering his 3-year-old son after his wife threatened to leave him and take the child.

Ohio newspaper sues as staffers detained at plant

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:29
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio newspaper has filed a federal lawsuit against the government after a reporter and a photographer were detained and had cameras confiscated at a tank plant.

Full court review sought on Michigan gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:29
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette (SHOO'-tee) wants an entire federal appeals court to take a look at a decision overturning the state's ban on gay marriage.

Judge: Lawsuit on Missouri executions may continue

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:24
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit to move forward that challenges Missouri's refusal to provide the name of the pharmacy where it acquired the drug for executions.

Connecticut ex-governor again caught up in scandal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:20

FILE - In this July 2, 2010 file photo, former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland sits in studio as a talk show host on WTIC AM radio in Farmington, Conn. Rowland resigned from office in 2004 amid a corruption scandal. He eventually was sentenced to serve time in a federal prison, but again is in the crosshairs of federal investigators. On Monday, March 31, 2014, a former Republican Congressional candidate and her husband pleaded guilty in a scheme to create a phony contract to hide the consulting role Rowland played in her campaign. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Once a heavy hitter in Republican politics, first as a congressman and then as governor of Connecticut, John G. Rowland suffered the ultimate political defeat nearly a decade ago when he resigned from office amid a corruption scandal, eventually ordered to serve time in a federal prison.

Police: NYC officer detained in India over bullets

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:19
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer has been detained in India on a weapons charge after authorities there discovered three bullets he accidentally packed in his luggage, police officials said Friday.

Internet companies' growing ambitions spook 51 percent of Americans: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:16

File photo of a security personnel answering a call at the reception counter of the Google office in the southern Indian city of HyderabadBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The personal data gathering abilities of Google, Facebook and other tech companies has sparked growing unease among Americans, with a majority worried that Internet companies are encroaching too much upon their lives, a new poll showed. Google and Facebook generally topped lists of Americans' concerns about the ability to track physical locations and monitor spending habits and personal communications, according to a poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos from March 11 to March 26. The survey highlights a growing ambivalence towards Internet companies whose popular online services, such as social networking, e-commerce and search, have blossomed into some of the world's largest businesses. Now, as the boundaries between Web products and real world services begin to blur, many of the top Internet companies are racing to put their stamp on everything from home appliances to drones and automobiles.

No charges for snowboarder who triggered killer Montana avalanche

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:07
A snowboarder who inadvertently triggered a deadly avalanche that engulfed a Montana home in February will not face charges for riding a mountain slope that was closed to the public at the time, prosecutors said on Friday. The avalanche that tore down a mountainside and into a Missoula neighborhood leveled the two-story house of an elderly couple several blocks from the University of Montana campus, burying them and two neighbor children in snow. All four were found alive in the massive debris field, but 68-year-old textile artist Michel Colville later died of her injuries. An investigation by the West Central Montana Avalanche Center found the avalanche was triggered by a snowboarder who was able to ride the slide to safety.

Factbox: The footprint of Internet companies is getting larger

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:04
By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Internet companies are no longer limited to the Web browser as they look for new ways to grow their businesses. In recent years, the top Internet companies have increasingly expanded the scope of their activities and ambitions, raising the prospect of exciting new technologies - but also new privacy concerns. Here are some prominent examples of the growing reach of the big Internet players: GOOGLE: Google Inc built its business with its Web search engine, but more than any other Internet company, it has led the way in expanding to new horizons. In February, Google announced plans to acquire Nest, which makes smart thermostats and smoke alarms.