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Christie's lawyer to issue traffic scandal report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 22:14

FILE - In a March 25, 2014 , file photo New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks during a town hall meeting in Belmar, N.J. Christie says undergoing gastric bypass surgery more than a year ago was a "life-changing decision." (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, file)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The lawyer hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to review a traffic-blocking scandal that has engulfed Christie's administration plans to release his findings.


AP PHOTOS: Popes meetings with US presidents

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 22:04

FILE - In this June 13, 2008, file photo, Pope Benedict XVI and US President George W. Bush walk in the Vatican Gardens during their meeting at the Vatican. President Obama is scheduled to meet Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Filippo Monteforte, pool)President Barack Obama met with Pope Francis for the first time at the Vatican on Thursday, holding a nearly hourlong audience with the pontiff. The president and pope both appeared tense at the start of the meeting, but they were all smiles by the end.


Taco Bell's new ads star 'Ronald McDonald'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 20:17

This frame grab from video provided by Taco Bell via Taylor Strategy shows Ronald McDonald of Oak Ridge, N.C., in a Taco Bell commercial. The fast-food chain will begin airing ads Thursday, March 27, 2014, that feature everyday men who happen to have the same name as the McDonald's mascot. The marketing campaign is intended to promote Taco Bell's new breakfast menu, which features novelties like a waffle taco. (AP Photo/Taco Bell via Taylor Strategy)NEW YORK (AP) — Taco Bell is name-dropping an unlikely clown to promote its new breakfast menu — Ronald McDonald.


Thousand-mile relay to bring donations to Boston Marathon victims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 20:00
That distance is a jog around the block compared with what a group of Tennessee runners will undertake next month when they set off on a 1,075-mile relay to Boston, where they plan to deliver more than $50,000 in donations to charities that help victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The plan for 26 runners to run that distance in continuous, alternating 6-mile shifts was the brainchild of Matt Ryerson, head of the Cleveland, Tennessee, branch of the United Way charity. Accompanied by support vehicles, that will provide runners with a place to rest between relay legs and shuttle them to hotels and meals, the group plans to spend eight days on the road, passing through major cities including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York along the way before arriving in Boston on April 20, the day before this year's marathon. At the end of their road, they plan to present checks totaling at least $50,000 to Boston's One Step Ahead Foundation, which is helping children who lost limbs when the pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs went off at the finish line last year, as well as Dream Big, a Boston-based charity that provides equipment and funds that enable girls from low-income families to participate in sports.

Investigators probe cause of Boston blaze that killed two firefighters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 19:46

Firefighters battle a nine-alarm blaze in Boston's Back Bay neighborhoodInvestigators continued on Thursday to probe the cause of a nine-alarm fire in a four-story apartment building in Boston's historic Back Bay neighborhood that killed two firefighters a day earlier. The Suffolk County District Attorney's office said it had assigned an investigator to work with Boston Fire Department officials to determine what had triggered the afternoon fire, as tributes poured in for the slain officers, Lieutenant Edward Walsh, 43, and Firefighter Michael Kennedy, 33. "These brave men gave their lives in the line of duty, putting the public safety ahead of their own interests," said Boston's Roman Catholic Cardinal, Sean O'Malley, in a statement.


30 minutes of 'Spider-Man 2' shown at CinemaCon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 19:45

This photo provided by Sony Pictures shows Jamie Foxx, as Max Dillon, left, and Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, in Columbia Pictures' "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." Sony Pictures debuted 30 minutes of 3-D footage of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” at the movie-theater convention, CinemaCon, in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Sony Pictures, Niko Tavernise)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sony Pictures debuted 30 minutes of 3-D footage of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" at movie-theater convention CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.


California case challenges teacher job protection laws

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 19:02
Closing arguments were set to begin Thursday in a closely watched California legal case that could change the way public school teachers are hired and fired in the most populous U.S. state. "We're asking the court to declare that these five education codes are unconstitutional and that they violate the equal protection clause," said Marcellus A. McRae, one of several attorneys arguing the case before a judge in Superior Court in Los Angeles. "They place students into two groups - those getting effective teachers and those who are not getting effective teachers," he said. The group behind the lawsuit, Students Matter, was founded by Silicon Valley businessman David Welch and boasts the firepower of the Los Angeles law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which mounted a team of many of the same attorneys to successfully overturn California's anti-gay marriage initiative, Proposition 8.

Montana bride accused in husband's cliff death to be sentenced

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 19:01

Jordan Graham leaves U.S. District court in Missoula, MontanaA Montana bride who shoved her husband of eight days off a cliff at Glacier National Park is due to be sentenced on Thursday, and a judge was expected to rule on a defense motion to withdraw her guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge. Attorneys for 22-year-old Jordan Graham on Tuesday asked a federal judge to rescind her guilty plea from December, alleging prosecutors are overreaching by seeking a life sentence and reneging on an agreement that they expected to involve less prison time. Federal prosecutors wrote in documents submitted on Wednesday that Graham's request to withdraw her plea was without merit and should be denied. In exchange for Graham pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the July 7 death of her husband of eight days, 25-year-old Cody Johnson, prosecutors dropped a first-degree murder charge, which alleges premeditation and carries a mandatory life sentence.


Texas set to execute man who killed food delivery woman with bat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 19:01
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas is set to put to death convicted murderer Anthony Doyle on Thursday as it keeps steady its pace of executions while other states have had to postpone capital punishments because they cannot obtain drugs used in lethal injections. He is scheduled to die by lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville at 6 p.m. CDT. Texas, which has executed more people than any other state since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, has obtained a fresh batch of its execution drug pentobarbital, the Department of Criminal Justice said this month, without revealing the source. Many other U.S. states have been struggling to obtain drugs for executions after pharmaceutical firms, mostly in Europe, imposed sales bans because they object to having medications used in lethal injections.

Taco Bell's new TV ads star 'Ronald McDonald'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 18:53

This frame grab from video provided by Taco Bell via Taylor Strategy shows Ronald McDonald of Oak Ridge, N.C., in a Taco Bell commercial. The fast-food chain will begin airing ads Thursday, March 27, 2014, that feature everyday men who happen to have the same name as the McDonald's mascot. The marketing campaign is intended to promote Taco Bell's new breakfast menu, which features novelties like a waffle taco. (AP Photo/Taco Bell via Taylor Strategy)NEW YORK (AP) — Taco Bell is name-dropping an unlikely clown to promote its new breakfast menu — Ronald McDonald.


Hospital ratings show sharp differences in safety, chance of dying

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 18:02

A surgical tech prepares an operating room in a file photo.  REUTERS/Jonathan BachmanBy Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - An analysis of government data on hospital safety, including how likely patients are to die of avoidable surgical complications, shows that hospitals vary markedly on these measures and that patients are at higher risk in some nationally-known facilities than at tiny hospitals little known outside their rural communities. The safety ratings of 2,591 hospitals, released by Consumer Reports magazine on Thursday, come at a time when estimates of the number of Americans killed by hospital errors is soaring. According to the 1999 report by the Institute of Medicine that first put a spotlight on the issue, the death toll from medical mistakes in hospitals was at least 98,000 then. In 2010, however, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) inspector general said that poor hospital care contributed to 180,000 deaths every year - and that was only among Medicare patients, those 65 or older.


Arrests, warrants in bag theft case at LA airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 17:29
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police served more than two dozen search warrants and made multiple arrests as part of a months-long investigation into baggage theft at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said.

Jury convicts Gulfport man of felony DUI

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 17:27
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Harrison County jury found Terrance Richard Campbell guilty of felony DUI.

Charlotte mayor faces corruption charges, resigns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 16:23

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2013 file photo, then candidate for Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon speaks to students at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. Cannon, now mayor of Charlotte, was arrested Wednesday, March 26, 2014, on public corruption charges. U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins says that Cannon solicited and accepted bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as real estate developers who wanted to do business in Charlotte. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Mayor Patrick Cannon was getting ready to close the deal with the big-time developer, but was reluctant to take a briefcase containing $20,000 while sitting in his city office.


Samsung 'puzzled' as smartphone launch upstaged

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 16:22

A woman walks by the advertisement of Samsung's Galaxy S5 smartphone at a mobile phone shop in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 27, 2014. The global launch of Samsung's latest smartphone is being upstaged by South Korean mobile network companies. SK Telecom, South Korea's largest mobile carrier, said it will start selling the Galaxy S5 on Thursday, two weeks before the scheduled sales launch on April 11. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The global launch of Samsung's latest smartphone has been upstaged by South Korean mobile network companies.


Peace Corps aims to boost recruiting, diversity

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 16:19
DETROIT (AP) — The leader of the Peace Corps elaborated on the group's plans to simplify the application process for prospective volunteers and to expand and further diversify the applicant pool during a speech Wednesday at the Michigan university where the agency traces its roots.

Ex-BP engineer seeks sentencing delay

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 15:02
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP engineer has asked for a delay in his sentencing on an obstruction of justice charge related to the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

Bride faces sentencing for Glacier park killing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:58

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 file photo, Jordan Graham, center, is flanked by defense attorneys Michael Donahoe, left, and Andy Nelson, as she leaves court in Missoula, Mont. The Montana woman who was to be sentenced Thursday for pushing her new husband to his death in Glacier National Park wants to withdraw her guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge, her lawyer said Tuesday March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephan Ferry, File)MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana woman who admitted to pushing her husband off a cliff eight days after they were married is due to be sentenced Thursday, even as she attempts to retract her guilty plea to avoid a potential life prison sentence.


California drought spurs mini gold rush in Sierra

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:52
COLFAX, Calif. (AP) — There's gold in them dry hills!

US official: NY terror case a win for civil courts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:44

In this courtroom sketch, from left, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith stands next to his attorney, Stanley Cohen, as courtroom deputy Andrew Mohan, reads the verdict and Judge Lewis Kaplan, right, listens, Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at federal court in New York. Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and the voice of fiery al-Qaida propaganda videotapes after the Sept. 11 attacks, was convicted Wednesday of conspiring to kill Americans for his role as the terror group's spokesman. The verdict came after about six hours of deliberation over two days in the case against Abu Ghaith, the highest-ranking al-Qaida figure to face trial on U.S. soil since the attacks. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)NEW YORK (AP) — A jury's conviction of the al-Qaida spokesman who warned Americans that the "storm of airplanes" would not stop after the Sept. 11 attacks prompted Attorney General Eric Holder to claim victory for the civil court system, signaling terror suspects arrested in the future in the U.S. or abroad will routinely face justice in civil courts rather than military tribunals.