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More abuse counts filed in child starvation case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:59
SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — More charges have been filed against two California women accused of starving an 8-year-old girl and chaining her to the floor to prevent her from getting food.

Rare tornado damages homes in North California city

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:57
By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A rare tornado has damaged about a dozen homes in Northern California, sending roof tiles and solar panels flying and leaving residents of the city of Roseville in shock over the unusual event, officials said on Thursday. The twister descended late on Wednesday in a residential area of Roseville, about 18 miles north of the state capital, Sacramento, and ripped through a distance measuring some 100 yards, a Roseville Fire Department spokesman said. "It kind of touched down pretty quickly and went back up," said the spokesman, Rob Baquera. ...

Tornadoes touch down in Northern California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:46
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tornadoes touched down during storms in Northern California, including one twister near Sacramento that damaged a dozen homes and left a path of debris about 300 yards long.

Faulty state Obamacare exchanges weigh joining

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:44

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the website in New York in this photo illustrationA few U.S. states whose newly created Obamacare insurance exchanges were stalled by technology failures may join the federal government's marketplace for next year, while only two states that relied on the administration plan to go it alone. Exchange officials in Oregon, Maryland and Massachusetts are weighing whether to enlist new private technology contractors or to turn to the federal government after faulty exchanges slowed enrollment in their states to the lowest rates in the country. The reshuffle would mean the federal government would continue to remain responsible for enrolling millions of people in coverage under President Barack Obama's healthcare law in most of the country next year, a far cry from its goal of independent marketplaces in all 50 states. Republicans have sought to defund it, even shutting down the government last year in an attempt to do so.

$270M chocolate plant proof of US's sweet tooth

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:43

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, left, Victoria Mars and Debra Sandler, right, push a button that starts production at the Mars Chocolate North America Topeka Plant near Topeka, Kan., Thursday, March 27, 2014. Victoria Mars is the Chairman of the Board, Mars Inc., and Sandler is president of Mars Chocolate North America. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Americans aren't losing their taste for chocolate. Need proof? Look to Kansas, where candy giant Mars Inc. is operating its first new plant in 35 years to churn out millions of sweets every day.

Houston worker thanks firemen who saved him from building inferno

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:42
A worker who escaped a blaze at a Houston construction site by climbing onto a fire truck's ladder seconds before part of the building collapsed thanked his rescuers on Thursday. As Tuesday's fire consumed the building in the luxury apartment complex, construction supervisor Curtis Reissig swung from the fifth floor to a fourth floor balcony to escape raging flames above and behind him.

Fugitive nabbed after dining in same restaurant as marshal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:41
By Kevin Murphy Kansas City, Missouri (Reuters) - Former fugitive Virgil Tillman will have plenty of time to contemplate his unfortunate choice of restaurants as he sits in jail. Wanted on weapons and drugs charges by three counties in two states, Tillman was spotted at a pricey restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri, by a fellow diner - an off-duty deputy U.S. marshal who had been pursuing him for two months, said acting chief deputy U.S. marshal for Kansas, Matt Cahill, on Thursday. The marshal, who just happened to pick the same place to have dinner on Sunday night, recognized Tillman from photos, Cahill said. He also recognized Tillman's dining companion, a woman he had interviewed about the fugitive who denied knowing his whereabouts, Cahill said.

Digital billboards aiding in search for 8-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:36

This undated handout image provided by the FBI shows the wanted poster for Kahlil Malik Tatum. Washington D.C. police are searching for 8-year-old Relisha Tenau Rudd, below, who was reported missing last week, and Tatum, who is charged with killing his wife in Maryland. Law officers issued arrest warrants for Tatum after he was charged with first-degree murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. (AP Photo/FBI)WASHINGTON (AP) — Digital billboards along the East Coast from Georgia to Maryland are displaying photographs of a slaying suspect from the Washington, D.C., area and a missing girl authorities say could be with him.

Microsoft unveils Office for iPad

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:31
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is unveiling Office for the iPad, a software suite that includes programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and works on rival Apple's hugely popular tablet computer.

Ga. soldier convicted in death of pregnant wife

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:27
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — An Army soldier accused of strangling his pregnant wife so he could pocket $500,000 in benefit money was convicted Thursday by a military judge in a case that hinged on dueling medical experts who couldn't agree on how the woman died.

House approves bill to stop cut to Medicare docs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:25

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2013, file photo, the U.S. Capitol dome is silhouetted by the sunrise. Doctors who treat Medicare patients would get a last-minute reprieve from a scheduled 24 percent cut in their reimbursements from the government under a bill that’s on track to pass the House. It would be the 17th time Congress has stepped in with a temporary fix to a poorly designed Medicare fee formula that dates to a 1997 budget law. House action comes after efforts to permanently fix the formula appear to have fizzled. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday passed legislation to give doctors a yearlong reprieve from a looming 24 percent cut in their payments from Medicare.

Arizona man pleads not guilty in killing of boy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:22
PHOENIX (AP) — A 27-year-old Arizona man has pleaded not guilty in the fatal stabbing of his 12-year-old half-brother.

NC regulators missed crack in Duke coal ash dam

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:22

NC regulators missed crack in Duke coal ash damPhotos taken earlier this month show that North Carolina regulators apparently failed to notice a large crack opening in an earthen dam holding back millions of tons of Duke Energy's coal ash near the ...

Soldier convicted of murder in death of pregnant wife at apartment on Georgia base in 2011

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:16
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — Soldier convicted of murder in death of pregnant wife at apartment on Georgia base in 2011.

Six arrested in crackdown on luggage thefts at Los Angeles airport

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:16
A crackdown on theft by luggage handlers at Los Angeles International Airport has netted six arrests along with jewelry, electronics and clothing stolen from passengers' baggage, law enforcement officials said on Thursday. The arrests came after airport police and the Los Angeles Police Department served 25 search warrants late on Wednesday as part of an investigation focused on current and former employees of companies hired by airlines to handle luggage, police said. "It's a disappointment, but a fact of life, that sometimes a few people will succumb to the temptations at LAX," Los Angeles Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon said in a statement. Of the six people arrested, four were taken into custody on suspicion of receiving stolen property and two were held on outstanding warrants, said Los Angeles Airport Police spokeswoman Sergeant Belinda Nettles.

Polygamist sect leader Jeffs out of hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:14

FILE - This Aug. 9, 2011, file photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows polygamist leader Warren Jeffs in Huntsville, Texas. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says Jeffs is no longer hospitalized and has been returned to prison in East Texas. Agency spokesman Robert Hurst confirmed Thursday, March 27, 2014, that Jeffs was discharged from Hospital Galveston, a TDCJ facility southeast of Houston. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice, File)GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs is no longer hospitalized and has been returned to prison in East Texas.

Turkey moves to block YouTube

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:09
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish authorities were moving to block access to YouTube on Thursday following similar action against Twitter, the country's state-run news agency said.

Space station awaits for Russian craft after delay

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:00

The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-12M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. The Russian rocket carries U.S. astronaut Steven Swanson, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Russian spacecraft carrying three astronauts is on track to arrive at the International Space Station after a delay.

Mudslide crews face daunting task in body search

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:54
DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Firefighter Jeff McClelland uncovered a body on the moon-like surface that blankets what used to be the community of Oso. Suddenly, he realized the dead man's son and brother were among the volunteers scouring the debris field.

Mexican restaurants in U.S. squeezed by surging lime prices

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:51
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Mexican restaurants in the United States are being squeezed by a sudden jump in the price of limes, an essential ingredient, which has led managers in places like San Antonio that are a hotbed for the cuisine to alter recipes. "Mexico received some heavy rains that destroyed a large amount of the lime crop, so with limited supplies we are seeing lime prices skyrocket," Bryan Black, director of communications for the Texas Department of Agriculture, said on Thursday. John Berry, who runs La Fonda, a prominent Mexican restaurant in San Antonio, said on Thursday the price he pays for a case of limes has jumped to nearly $100 from $14 last year. Serving a margarita without a lime garnish is burning at the heart of Louis Barrios, who runs the family-owned Mexican restaurant chain "Los Barrios." But he's doing without.