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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.

NYC Council to address death of inmate in hot cell

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:25
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawmakers plan on asking Department of Correction officials at a budget hearing about a mentally ill inmate who a city official told The Associated Press "basically baked to death" last month in a New York City jail cell that was at least 100 degrees, two of the committee's members said.

Washington mudslide brings tales of heroism, loss

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:25

Robin Youngblood, right, smiles after embracing Snohomish County helicopter crew chief Randy Fay, who helped rescue her from the scene of a deadly mudslide days earlier, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Arlington, Wash. Youngblood was home when the mudslide hit, moving her house a quarter-mile where she was able to find her way out of the rubble. Sixteen bodies have been recovered, but authorities believe at least 24 people were killed. Scores of others are still unaccounted for. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — As the search for Washington state mudslide victims entered its fifth day Wednesday, rescuers and residents at the scene brought back tales of heroism, loss and the dangers that remain. Here are a few of their stories:

Mudslide: 911 callers ranged from calm to frantic

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:23
SEATTLE (AP) — Audio recordings of 911 calls made in the moments after a massive, deadly mudslide struck the tiny Washington state town of Oso ranged from a frantic woman who reported people screaming for help to a caller who described her amazement that the landslide had pushed a house all the way across a highway.

Christie's lawyer to issue traffic scandal verdict

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:07
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.

College athletes can unionize, federal agency says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:53

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2014, file photo, Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, right, speaks while College Athletes Players Association President Ramogi Huma listens during a news conference in Chicago. In a Wednesday, March 26, 2014, landmark ruling, a federal agency has given football players at Northwestern University the green light to unionize. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)CHICAGO (AP) — In a stunning ruling that could revolutionize a college sports industry worth billions of dollars and have dramatic repercussions at schools coast to coast, a federal agency said Wednesday that football players at Northwestern University can create the nation's first union of college athletes.

Some of 90 missing in mudslide may not be found

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:32

Searchers walk into the scene of a deadly mudslide that covers the road, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Oso, Wash. Sixteen bodies have been recovered, but authorities believe at least 24 people were killed. And scores of others are still unaccounted for, although many of those names were believed to be duplicates or people who escaped safely. (AP Photo/Rick Wilking, Pool)DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Becky Bach watches and waits, hoping that search crews find her brother and three other relatives who are missing in Washington state's deadly mudslide.

U.S. database for tracking Medicaid frauds falls short, auditor says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:03
A federal data-sharing system meant to prevent healthcare providers banned from one state's Medicaid program from billing another state's program isn't working as intended, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General. Two years after its creation, the data-sharing system contained no records from 17 states or the District of Columbia of doctors, nurses or other healthcare providers who had been "terminated," or banned from billing Medicaid, for fraud or other offenses, the independent auditor said in a report to be released Thursday. The report also said that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that maintains the data-sharing system, made no effort to require states to report banned providers, though it is legally empowered to do so, and that when states did report them, the data was often unreliable or incomplete. CMS started operating the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program State Information Sharing System in 2011, as required by the Affordable Care Act.

Rescuer reunited with woman he saved from U.S. mudslide with her painting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:02
By Bryan Cohen ARLINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - In the terrifying moments after she somehow emerged alive from the wall of mud and debris that swallowed her house, the only possession that Robin Youngblood managed to salvage was a painted portrait that once hung in her now-flattened home. She and crew chief Randy Fay of the Snohomish County helicopter rescue team embraced in a tearful reunion during an afternoon news conference in the town of Arlington, site of a command post for search teams looking for scores more people still missing in the slide that engulfed dozens of homes near the river valley hamlet of Oso.

Boston Marathon report details 'missed opportunities' among law enforcement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:38

Runners continue to run towards the finish line as an explosion erupts at the finish line of the Boston MarathonBy Peter Cooney WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A congressional report issued on Wednesday on the Boston Marathon bombings urges more cooperation among law enforcement agencies, saying a "greater sharing of information might have altered the course of events." The report by the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee outlined what it called "missed opportunities" that potentially could have prevented the attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260. Two Chechen brothers who lived in the Boston area, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, are suspected of carrying out the bombings last April 15 at the Boston Marathon. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 23, died after a gunfight with police while he and his brother were trying to flee Boston several days after the attack. The report investigated the U.S. probe of Tamerlan Tsarnaev following a warning to the FBI by Russian authorities in 2011 that he had become radicalized and might return to Russia to join extremist groups there.

Car jumps curb at Logan Airport, hits 3 people

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:07
BOSTON (AP) — A car has jumped a curb in the arrivals area of a Logan International Airport terminal and injured three people.

California state senator arrested in FBI sweep

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:55

File photo of California State Senator Leland Yee speaks about state budget impasse in San FranciscoBy Dan Levine and Sharon Bernstein SAN FRANCISCO/SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - A prominent California lawmaker was arrested on Wednesday in an FBI sweep that netted 26 people, a high-profile case that could affect statewide elections and brings to three the number of Democratic state senators who face criminal charges this year. Senator Leland Yee, a former San Francisco supervisor and one-time mayoral candidate, was criminally charged in federal court in San Francisco with two felony counts of conspiring to import and traffic in firearms, and six corruption counts. A criminal complaint posted online by the U.S. Attorney office for the Northern District of California alleges that Yee did favors for an undercover FBI agent in exchange for campaign contributions. The complaint alleges that Yee also offered to facilitate a meeting between the undercover agent and an arms dealer, and discussed the types of weapons that the undercover agent might need.

California state senator freed from jail on bond

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:42

FILE - In this May 25, 2012 file, State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, speaks at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Yee was arrested Wednesday, March 26, 2014, during a series of raids in the San Francisco Bay Area. FBI spokesman Peter Lee declined to discuss the charges, citing an ongoing investigation. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California state Sen. Leland Yee has been released from custody and his lawyer says the Democrat from San Francisco plans to plead not guilty to corruption and gun charges.

Nebraska dog dials 911 on owner's smartphone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:21
BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — When emergency dispatchers in Nebraska's Sarpy County picked up a recent call, all they heard were the sounds of breathing and scratching.

Arrest threat gone, locals risk lives to find Washington mud slide survivors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:20
By Jonathan Kaminsky DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - Hours after a Washington state mudslide buried a community, Dayn Brunner took his life in his hands and dashed into the expanse of cement-like muck in search of his sister. Brunner was among dozens of people who had defied threats of arrest to search for loved ones on their own after a 1,500-foot long section of rain-soaked hillside tumbled onto a river near the town of Oso on Saturday, smothering a state road and swallowing up dozens of homes. She was driving on the road when the slide came down," Brunner, 42, said in an interview. ... They've got the know-how, they've got the experience," Dan Rankin, mayor of Darrington, said after a town hall meeting late on Tuesday.