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Detroit manager seeks city's bankruptcy exit by October 15

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 02:40

A man rides his bike past graffiti in DetroitDetroit's emergency manager, Kevin Orr, on Thursday said in testimony before a U.S. bankruptcy court that he wants the city to exit bankruptcy by October 15, just weeks after his 18-month term as state-appointed emergency manager is scheduled to end. The city's Chapter 9 bankruptcy case, the biggest in U.S. history, was filed in July 2013 amid high hopes expressed by the Kevin Orr that the bankruptcy would speed along. Instead, the case has largely limped along as scores of city creditors objected to pension cuts and other critical proposals.

Ex-Va. attorneys general: Drop McDonnell's charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 02:37
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Five former Virginia attorneys general have asked a federal judge to consider their argument that public corruption charges against ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell should be dismissed.

Vast ocean found beneath ice of Saturn moon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 02:31

This undated photo provided by NASA on April 2, 2014 shows Saturn's moon Enceladus. The "tiger stripes" are long fractures from which water vapor jets are emitted. Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of the moon, they announced Thursday, April 3, 2014. Italian and American researchers made the discovery using Cassini, a NASA-European spacecraft still exploring Saturn and its rings 17 years after its launch from Cape Canaveral. (AP Photo/NASA, JPL, Space Science Institute)CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of Saturn's little moon Enceladus.

Turkish government lifts Twitter ban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 02:20
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's government lifted its ban on Twitter on Thursday — a day after the country's highest court ruled that the block was a violation of freedom and must be restored.

Death toll in Washington mudslide rises to 30

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 02:17

Dennis Peterson, Snohomish County Medical Examiner's office deputy director, talks about the tented area behind him used for decontaminating bodies just outside an intake area at the office, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Everett, Wash. The ME's office is processing the remains of victims from the March 22 mudslide in nearby Oso, Wash., that has killed at least 29. Another 13 people are unaccounted for. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The number of confirmed deaths in the Washington state mudslide has risen to 30 with the release of two more victim names.

Doctor: No more deaths expected from Fort Hood

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 02:16
TEMPLE, Texas (AP) — A hospital physician says he doesn't expect any more fatalities resulting from the shooting at Fort Hood that left four dead and wounded 16 others.

Alabama lawmakers send new abortion restriction bills to governor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 02:11
By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - Alabama measures to extend an abortion waiting period and tighten rules for minors seeking the procedure are headed to the governor's desk, but a move to ban abortions based on evidence of a fetal heartbeat appears stalled in the legislative session that ends on Thursday. The state Senate approved a bill on Thursday that requires a parent or guardian's approval before an abortion. That came a day after the state Senate passed another abortion measure that would lengthen the 24-hour waiting period to 48 hours before the procedure can be performed. "The governor is pro-life and is in support of those bills," spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis said.

Ga. soldiers plead guilty in 2011 militia slayings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 02:01

U.S. Army Pvt. Christopher Salmon, left, accompanied by his attorney, Gabrielle Amber Pittman, listens during a hearing Thursday, April 3, 2014, in a Long County, Ga. courtroom. Salmon pleaded guilty to malice murder charges in the killing of former military colleague Michael Roark, and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. (AP Photo/Lewis Levine)LUDOWICI, Ga. (AP) — Two Army soldiers pleaded guilty Thursday to fatally shooting a former military colleague and his teenage girlfriend to protect what one defendant described as an anti-government militia group formed by disgruntled troops at neighboring Fort Stewart.

University of Connecticut issues all-clear after bomb threat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 01:58
(Reuters) - Police found no evidence of explosive devices in a search of a building on the University of Connecticut's campus outside Hartford following a bomb threat earlier on Thursday, and students and staff were cleared to return to the premises. The administrative building had been evacuated following the threat, received at 9:12 a.m. EDT, and a police search of the premises yielded "no credible threat," according to a posting on the university Web site. Spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said the threat had come outside the university and that the building contained no classrooms or dorms.

Brother on life support in bathtub drowning

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 01:58

ADDS DATE PHOTO WAS MADE - This Tuesday, April 1, 2014 booking photograph released by the Allegheny County Police shows Laurel Michelle Schlemmer, who is charged with drowning her 3-year-old son and leaving his 6-year-old brother in critical condition Tuesday morning after she allegedly pushed the boys underwater in a bathtub, then sat on them at their McCandless, Pa. home. Schlemmer, 40, was jailed without bond after arraignment early Wednesday on charges including criminal homicide, aggravated assault and child endangerment. (AP Photo/Allegheny County Police)MCCANDLESS, Pa. (AP) — The 6-year-old brother of a boy who drowned in a bathtub has no brain activity and is on life support, according to the prosecutor's office that says their mother caused the injuries by sitting on them.

US: Will stand by allies in disputes with China

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 01:57
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States cautioned China Thursday that it will meet its defense commitments to allies as tensions mount over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

US charges 25 in Fla. in ID theft, tax fraud case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 01:56
MIAMI (AP) — Twenty-five people accused of using thousands of stolen identities to claim $36 million in fraudulent tax refunds have been arrested in the latest South Florida sweep, federal authorities said Thursday.

Ex-Va. attorneys general: Drop corruption charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 01:31
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Five former Virginia attorneys general are asking a federal judge to consider their argument that public corruption charges against former Gov. Bob McDonnell should be dismissed.

European parliament adopts 'net neutrality' law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 01:23
AMSTERDAM (AP) — The European Parliament voted Thursday to stop Internet providers from charging for preferential access to their networks — a step cheered by consumer groups and startups but bemoaned by the telecommunications industry.

Army: Fort Hood gunman showed no previous violence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 01:19
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The soldier who killed three people before committing suicide in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009 had shown no recent risks of violence, authorities said Thursday.

DC police end search for missing girl in park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 01:10
WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say they have concluded their search of a large Washington park where they thought they might find the body of a missing 8-year-old girl.

Engineered salmon may be a tough sell

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:52

This undated 2010 handout photo provided by AquaBounty Technologies shows two same-age salmon, a genetically modified salmon, rear, and a non-genetically modified salmon, foreground. Don't expect to find genetically modified salmon on store shelves any time soon. The Obama administration has stalled for more than four years on deciding whether to approve a fast-growing salmon that would be the first genetically modified animal approved for human consumption. (AP Photo/AquaBounty Technologies) NO SALESWASHINGTON (AP) — Don't expect to find genetically modified salmon — or any other engineered fish or meat — on store shelves anytime soon.

NJ's largest paper, Star-Ledger, cuts 40 news jobs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:46

Newspaper printing press circa 1940New Jersey's largest newspaper is cutting about 170 jobs, including 25 percent of its newsroom positions, as it moves to consolidate operations and cut costs. The Star-Ledger reported Thursday on ...

Texas set to execute inmate convicted of killing 13-year-old girl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:44
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A suspected serial killer convicted of killing a 13-year-old girl and attempting to kill another girl is scheduled to be executed on Thursday in Texas, a day after an appeals court rejected his challenge regarding the drugs to be used in his lethal injection. The state, which executes more people than any other in the United States, is set to execute Tommy Lynn Sells, 49, at 6 p.m. CDT (2300 GMT) at a prison in Huntsville. On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit overturned a temporary stay of execution for Sells. A federal judge hours earlier had granted that stay, finding that Texas had hidden information about the supplier of the drugs.

NY police officer cleared in accidental shooting of Hofstra student

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:37
A police officer who accidentally shot dead a student at a suburban New York university, while responding to an armed robbery at her apartment, has been cleared of all wrongdoing, authorities said. Nassau County policeman Nikolas Budimlic was justified in shooting at an armed robber who was using Hofstra University student Andrea Rebello as a shield, a report by the county district attorney said on Wednesday. The fact that Budimlic accidentally shot and killed Rebello, 21, did not change his justification, the report found. Police headed to the apartment in Uniondale, east of New York City, early on May 17, 2013, after getting a call about an armed robber holding people hostage.