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U.S. factory activity expands in April, pace stalls

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 21:52

An overall view of the assembly line where the BMW X4 is made at the BMW manufacturing plant in SpartanburgThe U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in April though the rate of growth was slightly lower than expected as inventories fell, but factory output growth hit its fastest pace in three years, an industry report showed on Wednesday. Financial data firm Markit said its preliminary or "flash" U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index dipped to 55.4 in April from 55.5 in March.


Memory Lane: Traveling through time on Google maps

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 21:25

This illustration provided by Google highlights a new Google Maps Street View snapshots feature, which allow users to see what specific neighborhoods and landmarks looked like at different periods during the past seven years that Google Inc. has been dispatching camera-toting cars to take pictures for its maps. This image shows what the Howard Theater in Washington looked like in July 2009, left, and after renovation in May 2012, right. (AP Photo/Google)MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Trips down memory lane are now available on Google's digital maps.


Memory Lane: Traveling through time on Google maps

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 21:25

This illustration provided by Google highlights a new Google Maps Street View snapshots feature, which allow users to see what specific neighborhoods and landmarks looked like at different periods during the past seven years that Google Inc. has been dispatching camera-toting cars to take pictures for its maps. This image shows what the Howard Theater in Washington looked like in July 2009, left, and after renovation in May 2012, right. (AP Photo/Google)MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Trips down memory lane are now available on Google's digital maps.


Splashy plan for pool in NYC's East River unveiled

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 21:06

This artist's rendering provided by Plus Pool, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, shows the proposed floating pool which is to be positioned in New York's East River close to the Brooklyn shore. The pool, which is scheduled to open in 2016, would be the first of its kind because it's made of filtration material designed to make dirty river water safe for swimming. The Manhattan skyline is in the background. (AP Photo/Plus Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — Forget schlepping to Jones Beach or down the Jersey Shore. A Brooklyn design team said Tuesday that New York's East River could be the next great place for a summer swim.


APNewsBreak: Clemency after 10 years in prison?

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 21:04
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will begin considering clemency applications from nonviolent federal inmates who have behaved in prison, have no significant criminal history and have already served more than 10 years behind bars, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Florida woman denied flight in NC with oxygen tank

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 20:09
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A Florida woman says an airline worker at a North Carolina airport refused to allow her to fly home with an oxygen tank because she didn't have the proper paperwork.

Material on Australian shore examined in jet hunt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 20:01

Material on Australian shore examined in jet huntUnidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia and is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane is unlikely to have come from the jet, an official said Wednesday. The ...


APNewsBreak: Gacy case helps solve unrelated death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 19:32

John Wayne Gacy's police arrest photo from Dec. 21, 1978.CHICAGO (AP) — Four decades after John Wayne Gacy lured more than 30 young men and boys to his Chicago-area home and strangled them, his case has helped authorities solve another killing — one he didn't commit.


Feds: New laws, oversight needed after Texas blast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 19:13
The Texas fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people a year ago could have been prevented — and agencies at all levels haven't done enough to change the circumstances that led to the catastrophe, ...

Bon Jovi helps open low-income housing in Philly

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 19:03

Jon Bon Jovi takes part in a ribbon cutting ceremonyJon Bon Jovi's hit tune "Who Says You Can't Go Home?" took on new meaning Tuesday as the rock star cut the ribbon on a namesake housing development for low-income residents and the formerly homeless ...


9 indicted in kidnapping of NC prosecutor's father

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:57

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, Kelvin Melton is shown. A North Carolina prosecutor was the intended target of an elaborate kidnapping plot, but the kidnappers looked up the wrong address on the Internet and abducted the prosecutor's father instead, according to an indictment released Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Authorities have said the kidnapping was retaliation for Colleen Janssen's prosecution of Melton for his involvement in a 2011 shooting. Melton, a high-ranking member of the Bloods gang, orchestrated the abduction from behind bars using a cellphone, the indictment said. (AP Photo/Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As the kidnappers pulled into a quiet, upscale golf course community, they thought they were about to abduct an assistant district attorney who sent a high-ranking gang member to prison for life, authorities said.


Delay sought in loud music killing trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:48
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for a Florida man charged with murder in the killing of a teenager during an argument over loud music are asking that his retrial be delayed.

Finalists named in Bloomberg European city contest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 17:58
NEW YORK (AP) — Amsterdam wants to create an online game to get unemployed young people engaged in finding jobs across Europe. Schaerbeek, Belgium, envisions using geothermal mapping to give households personalized rundowns of steps to save energy. Gdansk, Poland, is proposing to require officials to debate ideas from citizens.

Washington state county eyes building ban after deadly mudslide: reports

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 17:21

Rescue workers work in a debris field left by a mudslide in OsoSnohomish County was on Wednesday to consider a six-month ban on new construction in landslide-prone areas countywide after a slide last month that killed 41 people, local media reported. A rain-soaked hillside collapsed above the Stillaguamish River on March 22 unleashing a torrent of mud that swallowed up a stretch of state highway and about three dozen homes near the small community of Oso, about 55 miles northeast of Seattle. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said the remains of 41 victims had been recovered from the slide that buried the river valley neighborhood in the Cascade mountain foothills. U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday visited the site, offering condolences to the families of victims, encouragement to rescue workers and promises of government support.


Dead teen's mother claims negligence in deadly California crash: report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 17:04

A makeshift memorial sits beside Interstate 5 in Orland, California(Reuters) - The mother of a 17-year-old student who was among 10 people killed in a highway crash in northern California earlier this month has sued FedEx Corp for negligence, California-based City News Service reported. More than 30 others were injured when a FedEx tractor-trailer crossed a highway median and slammed into a bus on Interstate 5 about 90 miles north of Sacramento. FedEx and the family's attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment. "We remain focused on providing support to those affected and cooperating with the authorities as they conduct their investigation," FedEx said in a statement, according to CNS.


Missouri executes convicted killer in 1993 cattle-stealing plot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:27

Death row inmate William Rousan seen in a photo released by the Missouri Department of CorrectionsBy Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Missouri on Wednesday executed a man who had been convicted in 1993 of murdering an elderly farming couple in a plot to steal their cattle, a state official said. William Rousan, 57, was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m. (1.10 a.m. EDT) at a state prison in Bonne Terre, said Mike O'Connell, a spokesman for the state's Department of Public Safety. Rousan was sentenced to death for the murder of 62-year-old Grace Lewis and life in prison without parole for the murder of her 67-year-old husband Charles. Authorities said he was the mastermind in a siege that included his son and his brother, Robert, a spokeswoman for Missouri's top lawyer said.


Missouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:03

01 a.m. Wednesday. He was sentenced to death for killing 62-year-old Grace Lewis in 1993 and was sentenced to life in prison for killing her 67-year-old husband. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri executed an inmate early Wednesday only a few miles from the farm where prosecutors say he orchestrated the 1993 killing of a couple whose cows he wanted to steal.


Fugitive killed in Oregon had 'moveable dungeon'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 14:54

In this combo made from photos taken Jan. 21, 2014, left, and Nov. 6, 2013, and supplied by the Clackamas County Sheriff's office shows Kelly Vern Swodoba. A grand jury transcript released Monday, April 21, 2014, reveals that Swodoba, killed last month in a gunfight with Portland police, had stalked over a dozen girls, rating them by number, and prepared his van as a "moveable dungeon'' or "torture chamber'' with chains mounted to the floor, ropes, zip ties, a box of latex gloves, and teen pornography. (AP Photo/Clackamas County Sheriff)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man fatally shot by a Portland officer last month had been stalking young women in a van that he converted into a "moveable dungeon" with chains and handcuffs after one of his victims managed to escape from it in January.


FedEx sued over deadly California bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 14:42

FILE - In this Thursday, April, 10, 2014, file photo, massive flames engulf a tractor-trailer and a tour bus just after they collide on Interstate 5, near Orland, Calif. The mother of a 17-year-old honors student who was among 10 people killed in the fiery Northern California bus crash sued FedEx on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, alleging that its trucks have a history of catching fire. (AP Photo/Jeremy Lockett, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mother of a 17-year-old honors student who was among 10 people killed in a fiery Northern California bus crash sued FedEx on Tuesday, alleging that its trucks have a history of catching fire.


Soldier faces hearing in killings of Iraqi boys

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 14:16
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) — A U.S. soldier accused of deliberately killing two unarmed teenage boys as they herded cattle in Iraq seven years ago is due in military court.