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U.S. official says several killed in Fort Hood shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 08:43
HONOLULU (Reuters) - A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday that several people appeared to have been killed in the shooting incident at Fort Hood military base in Texas, but he declined to offer specific numbers. (Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Appeals court allows Texas executions to proceed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 08:33

The death chamber is seen through the steel bars from the viewing room at the federal penitentiary in Huntsville, TexasBy Jon Herskovitz and Heide Brandes AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court overturned a temporary stay of execution on Wednesday for two Texas inmates challenging the state's lack of disclosure about the supplier of the drugs to be used in their lethal injections this month. The decision puts back on track an execution scheduled for Thursday evening that had been suspended temporarily earlier on Wednesday by a federal judge in Houston, who found that Texas has hidden information about the supplier of the drugs. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore ordered the state to disclose, under seal, information regarding its execution drug, finding that Texas had provided information about the process by which the inmates would be executed and "masked information about the product that will kill them." The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit said the case might be different if the state were using a drug never before used or unheard of, whose efficiency was completely unknown, which was not the case.

Hagel says people killed, wounded in 'terrible tragedy' at Fort Hood

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 08:30
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday that people had been killed and wounded in a "terrible tragedy" at Fort Hood in Texas, which was the scene of a mass shooting in 2009. "It's a terrible tragedy. We know there are casualties, both people killed and injured," Hagel told a news conference in Honolulu, where he was meeting with Asian defense ministers.

Autopsy rules Oklahoma man's death a homicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 08:26
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The death of a man who struggled with police outside an Oklahoma movie theater was ruled a homicide on Wednesday, but the chief medical examiner said the injuries alone didn't cause the death.

New York doormen take off gloves, rally for raises

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 08:18

Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) march out of Central Park onto 5th Avenue during a protest in support of a new contract for apartment building workers in New York CityBy Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - A sea of New York City doormen marched along one of Manhattan's wealthiest strips of luxury buildings on the Upper East Side in a rally for higher wages on Wednesday, and authorized their union to strike if their demands are not met. "With record high rents across the city, it's time for our raise," Hector Figueroa, president of 32BJ SEIU, the New York arm for property service workers affiliated with the Service Employees International Union, said in a speech to workers on Wednesday at a rally that took up two blocks of New York's storied Park Avenue.

Chain saw found in home in Nevada double slaying

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 08:11

Sheldon Jacobs and his wife Nicole Jacobs walk in front of a home on the 6100 block of Stibor Street in North Las Vegas on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Police in North Las Vegas think a family member may be responsible for a double-slaying at this home where officers sent to check on a missing 53-year-old mother and her 33-year-old daughter found a bloody crime scene. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Justin Yurkanin) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; LAS VEGAS SUN OUTLAS VEGAS (AP) — Police discovered a legless corpse in a bathtub, a bloody chain saw in the kitchen, a plastic-wrapped body in the living room and an overwhelming odor of incense inside a North Las Vegas home where a man is accused of killing his mother and sister, according to court documents made public Wednesday.

Grand Canyon seeks ways to manage bison herds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 08:05

This undated photo provided by Arizona Game and Fish Department shows Bison roaming along the northern reaches of the Grand Canyon. The bison were introduced to the area in 1906 as part of a ranching operation to crossbreed them with cattle. The state of Arizona owns and maintains the bison on land outside the national park, but the animals have been spending a majority of their time within Grand Canyon boundaries causing headaches for park staff. (AP Photo/Arizona Game and Fish Department)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The herds of bison roaming the northern reaches of the Grand Canyon are causing headaches for park staff as the animals graze in pristine meadows, trample vegetation, damage cliff dwellings and pollute water sources.

One killed, 14 wounded in Fort Hood shooting incident: official

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:56

Undated photograph of the U.S. Army post at Fort Hood, TexasWASHINGTON (Reuters) - One person was killed and 14 were wounded on Wednesday in a shooting incident at the Fort Hood military base in Texas, a U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The official, who noted the information was preliminary, said he could not confirm the status of the shooter. (Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Los Alamos resumes nuclear-waste shipments

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:53

In this photo taken on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, and provided by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a truck hauls a shipment of nuclear waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is under a tight deadline to get nuclear waste off its northern New Mexico campus before wildfire season peaks, has begun trucking the remainder of the waste to Texas. (AP Photo/Los Alamos National Laboratory)LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is under a tight deadline to get nuclear waste of its northern New Mexico campus before wildfire season peaks, has begun trucking the remainder of the waste to Texas.

Official: 1 dead, 14 injured in Fort Hood shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:50

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, file photo, an entrance is shown to Fort Hood Army Base in Fort Hood, Texas. Fort Hood says there's been a shooting at the Texas Army base and that there have been injuries, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — One person was killed and 14 injured in a shooting Wednesday at Fort Hood, and officials at the base said the shooter is believed to be dead.

Florida officials investigate possible lottery scam

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:48
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida authorities removed all lottery equipment and tickets from three convenience stores on Wednesday after an investigation by local newspaper found that store owners and clerks may have stolen millions of dollars in winning tickets and cashed them. The investigation, by The Palm Beach Post, found unusual patterns of lottery winnings in recent years, including more than 200 people who cashed tickets each worth more than $600 at least 30 times at different stores. Many of the big winners were store owners and clerks at stores that sold tickets, the Post reported. David Bishop, a Florida lottery spokesman, said lottery officials are investigating operations at each of the three stores for possible criminal activity.

Appeals court overturns ruling on execution drugs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:41

File - In this Sept. 21, 2011 file photo, a corrections officer keeps watch outside the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit in Huntsville, Texas. On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, a federal judge issued a temporary injunction halting the executions of Tommy Lynn Sells, a convicted serial killer who was set to die Thursday April, 3, 2014, and Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, another inmate scheduled to die April 9, 2014. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore declared that the state's prison system must disclose to defense attorneys more information about the supplier of a new batch of lethal-injection drugs. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out a ruling requiring the Texas prison system to disclose more information about where it gets lethal-injection drugs, reversing a judge who had halted an upcoming execution.

Federal regulators feel wrath of Oregon over limits on refillable wine jugs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:41
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - Federal regulators are feeling the wrath of the entire Oregon congressional delegation over a ruling that threatens to crush a new state law allowing grocery stores and restaurants to sell refillable wine jugs. The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau ruled last month that Oregon businesses selling bulk wine on-the-go would have to apply for status as wine bottling houses, which would require them to label and keep the same records as large-scale wineries. That rankled many in Oregon, which last year became one of the first U.S. states to allow consumers to buy wine in refillable jugs called wine growlers, said Jana McKamey, government affairs manager of the Oregon Winegrowers Association. Tom Hogue, tax and trade bureau spokesman, said the agency was looking at the federal law to find a solution in the next couple of weeks, if not sooner.

Grim duty: Team works nonstop to ID remains

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:39

A tattered flag, found in the debris of a deadly mudslide, is flown at a staging area for emergency workers on Highway 530 near the debris field, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Oso, Wash. Officials have so far confirmed the deaths of 29 people, although only 22 have been officially identified in information released Wednesday morning by the Snohomish County medical examiner's office. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Members of the medical examiner's office in a Washington county devastated by a mudslide work around the clock to identify bodies. Of the 29 sets of remains delivered so far just one is still a mystery.

Medicare to release billing data for 880K doctors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:38
WASHINGTON (AP) — Patients may soon get an unprecedented look at how their doctor compares to other physicians, after Medicare announced Wednesday it plans to publicly post billing data for more than 880,000 practitioners.

Advocacy groups plan new lawsuit against Texas abortion limits

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:38
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Advocacy groups filed a new lawsuit on Wednesday to challenge restrictions in Texas that have caused a third of abortion clinics there to close. It was filed in an Austin federal court by the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of Whole Woman's Health and other abortion providers, the groups said on Wednesday. The lawsuit seeks to block provisions in the Texas law that are due to go into effect later this year to impose surgical center standards on abortion clinics, according to the plaintiffs. "It's sad that we have to turn to the courts to fight this battle but Whole Woman's Health will do what it takes to do right by the women who need us across the state," founder Amy Hagstrom Miller told reporters on a conference call.

Interrogation shown in Texas shoe stabbing trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:35

Prosecutor John Jordan sets down a stiletto shoe entered into evidence during the trial against Ana Lilia Trujillo Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Houston. Trujillo, 45, is charged with murder, accused of killing her 59-year-old boyfriend, Alf Stefan Andersson with the heel of a stiletto shoe, at his Museum District high-rise condominium in June 2013. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer) MANDATORY CREDITHOUSTON (AP) — A Houston woman accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with her stiletto heel told detectives that her boyfriend had attacked her first and she didn't realize she had hurt him until she saw blood on the floor, according to a police interrogation video played for jurors on Wednesday.

Judge warns ex-soldier in Hawaii murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:35
HONOLULU (AP) — The judge presiding over the capital murder trial of a former Hawaii-based soldier accused of killing his 5-year-old daughter said Wednesday that it seems he was coached on how to testify.

Washington gas blast threw metal pieces 300 yards

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:33
Authorities said Wednesday the explosion that hit a liquefied natural gas storage facility in Eastern Washington earlier this week threw 250-pound pieces of steel up to 300 yards through the air.

Official: Fort Hood shooter believed to be dead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. law enforcement official says the suspected gunman at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas is now believed to be dead.