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Fort Hood gunman's attack mystifies hometown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 06:00

Puerto Rico National Guard handout photo shows U.S. soldier SPC Lopez in the Sinai Peninsula during his service with the 295th Infantry of the PR National GuardGUAYANILLA, Puerto Rico (AP) — He grew up in Puerto Rico and played percussion in his high school band. He spent a decade working as a police officer and serving in the National Guard, part of that time as a peacekeeper in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. And then he joined the U.S. Army.

NYC warden transferred after inmate cell death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 05:53
NEW YORK (AP) — The warden of the 2,100-inmate New York City jail where a mentally ill veteran "baked to death" in an overheated cell in February has been demoted and transferred to another unit that doesn't house mentally ill inmates.

Hillary Clinton promotes 2030 anti-poverty effort

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 05:45

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah prepare to embrace after she delivered the keynote address at the launch of the U.S. Global Development Lab, on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in New York. Clinton has helped launch a campaign aimed at ending extreme global poverty by 2030. The U.S. Agency for International Development is undertaking the anti-poverty effort with 32 partners from private industry and the academic world. Shah announced the campaign in New York on Thursday. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton has helped to announce a new campaign that aims to harness science and technology to end extreme global poverty by 2030.

New Jersey man guilty of murder in daughter's car-seat drowning death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 05:36
A New Jersey man was found guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday for tossing his toddler daughter, strapped in her car seat weighted down by a tire jack, into a frigid creek, prosecutors said. Arthur Morgan III, 29, faces life in prison without parole for the murder committed during a court-approved visit with 2-year-old Tierra Morgan-Glover in November 2011. Two days after Morgan failed to bring the girl back to her mother, the child's body was found submerged in a stream by a group of teenagers playing in Shark River Park, about 35 miles west of Trenton, New Jersey. The prosecutor said the girl was alive when the car seat hit the water.

Factbox: Fort Hood shooting is the latest at U.S. military bases

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 05:35
(Reuters) - A U.S. Army soldier on Wednesday opened fire in two administration buildings on the Fort Hood Army base in Texas, killing three service members and injuring 16 others before taking his own life. March 24, 2014 - Jeffrey Tyrone Savage, 35, a civilian truck driver, shot dead a sailor aboard the USS Mahan destroyer at a U.S. Navy base in Norfolk, Virginia, before being killed by base security forces. September 16, 2013 - Aaron Alexis, 34, who worked for a defense contractor, killed 12 people and wounded four others in a shooting spree at the Navy Yard in Washington before he was slain by police. November 5, 2009 - Major Nidal Hasan killed 13 people and injured more than 30 at Fort Hood, Texas, gunning down unarmed soldiers in a medical building with a laser-sighted handgun in what he later called retaliation for U.S. wars in the Muslim world.

Growing demand for US apartments pushing up rents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 05:27

In this Thursday, March, 27, 2014 photo, Marc Caswell, who recently moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles, poses for a photo in front of his newly rented apartment in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles. Rising rents in San Francisco compelled Marc Caswell to move to Los Angeles in September. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)These are good times for U.S. landlords. For many tenants, not so much.

FBI still reviewing Indiana man's artifacts stash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 05:23
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — FBI agents on Thursday were still removing thousands of artifacts ranging from arrowheads to shrunken heads and Ming Dynasty jade from a house in rural central Indiana.

Senate panel votes to release CIA torture report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 05:15

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. speaks after a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 3, 2014, as the panel votes to approve declassifying part of a secret report on Bush-era interrogations of terrorism suspects puts the onus on the CIA and a reluctant White House to speed the release of one of the most definitive accounts about the government's actions after the 9/11 attacks. Members of the intelligence community raised concerns that the committee failed to interview top spy agency officials who had authorized or supervised the brutal interrogations. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to release parts of a hotly contested, secret report that harshly criticizes CIA terror interrogations after 9/11, and the White House said it would instruct intelligence officials to cooperate fully.

Argument may have preceded shooting at Fort Hood

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 05:14
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A Fort Hood official says there is a "strong possibility" that the gunman who killed three people and wounded 16 others at the Texas military base argued with one or more soldiers immediately before the shooting.

Utility bosses sell $18M in stock after rate deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 05:06
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two top executives at Edison International pocketed $17.7 million by selling company stock after Edison reached a major settlement involving the defunct San Onofre nuclear power plant in California.

Fort Hood gunman used same gun store as Hasan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 05:06
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A Fort Hood official confirms the soldier who killed three people and wounded 16 others bought his gun at the same nearby gun shop as the shooter convicted in the 2009 rampage on the military base.

Student charged after shot fired at Kent State

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 04:58

This undated photo provided by the Kent State Police Department shows Quavaugntay Tyler. Tyler, a Kent State University freshman, prompted a campus lockdown when he shot himself in the hand during a domestic dispute remained jailed Thursday, April 3, 2014 on a concealed weapon charge, campus police said. The man fired only once Wednesday night during some sort of dispute with two female students, Police Chief John Peach said. No one else was hurt. (AP Photo/Kent State Police Department)KENT, Ohio (AP) — The Kent State University freshman who prompted a campus lockdown when he shot himself in the hand during a domestic dispute remained jailed Thursday on a concealed weapon charge, campus police said.

Islamic group gets OK to cut crosses off NY church

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 04:56
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A city board on Thursday gave a Muslim group the go-ahead to remove six crosses from the roof and spires of a century-old former Catholic church so the now-vacant Gothic structure can be used as a mosque.

Diplomats: Syria can meet chemical weapons target

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 04:55
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the mission charged with destroying Syria's chemical weapons told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that Syria can still meet the April 27 deadline to remove all chemical agents from the country even though shipments have been halted for two weeks because of worsening security, U.N. diplomats said.

House GOP moves against health care law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 04:51
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans renewed their election-year assault on President Barack Obama's health care law Thursday, their opposition undimmed just days after Obama celebrated news that more than 7 million Americans had signed up for coverage under the law.

U.N. panel to weigh dangers of oil-by-rail cargo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 04:51
By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - International rules for handling the kind of petroleum shipments involved in several recent fiery derailments may need to be revised, the United Nations said, in a move that could rattle the fast-growing oil-by-rail sector. A U.N. panel for shipping hazardous materials this week said that it accepted a request from U.S. and Canadian experts to revisit rules that govern shipping the kinds of fuel produced in energy areas such as North Dakota's Bakken. Specifically, the panel will examine whether rules for shipping crude oil properly account for dangerous pressure and volatile gases. "Unprocessed crude oil may present unique hazards based on the specific gas content, posing different hazards in transport," the U.N. panel on transporting dangerous goods said in a statement seen by Reuters.

Lawsuit: Feds retaliating against hunger strikers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 04:51
SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has retaliated against about 20 immigrant hunger strikers and supporters at a Washington detention facility by sticking them in solitary confinement, activists said Thursday, and two legal groups sued to halt the practice.

Fort Hood gunman showed no prior sign of violence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 04:50

Bob Gordon works on a memorial for the victims of Wednesday's shooting at Fort Hood, Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Central Christian Church in Killeen, Texas. A soldier opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The soldier who killed three people at Fort Hood may have argued with another service member shortly before the attack, and investigators believe his unstable mental health contributed to the rampage, authorities said Thursday.

Bystander helps woman who fell on Chicago tracks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 04:43
CHICAGO (AP) — A man jumped in front of a train in Chicago to help a woman who fell onto subway tracks.

Family: 1 Fort Hood victim was Illinois sergeant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 04:39
TEMPLE, Texas (AP) — Relatives say a U.S. Army sergeant from Illinois was one of the soldiers killed in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas.