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Yahoo chooses to stay with Microsoft in updated search deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:10

This Feb. 19, 2015 photo, Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer delivers the keynote address at the first-ever Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference in San Francisco. Yahoo and Microsoft will keep working together on search, but Yahoo is getting more control over the how its search page looks and works. An agreement announced Thursday, April 16, 2015 extends a search partnership that Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. forged in 2009 while they were being led by different CEOs. Yahoo had an option of ending the relationship. The two are trying to chip away at Google’s dominance of Internet search. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo and Microsoft will keep working together on Internet search, but Yahoo is getting more control over the how the search results are presented.

U.S. Air Force sees next step for rocket launch contest by June

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:09
By Andrea Shalal COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force plans to ask satellite launch providers and engine makers next month or in early June to explain how they would partner up to develop a new launch vehicle powered by a U.S.-built engine, a top Air Force general said on Thursday. General John Hyten, who heads Air Force Space Command, told Reuters the Air Force was finalizing its strategy for spending $220 million in funds set aside by Congress in the fiscal 2015 budget, and would issue a request for proposals soon. Hyten said Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center aimed to publish the document by the end of May, but that might slip to early June since there was "a lot of work left to do." The Air Force is racing to end reliance on the Russian-built RD-180 engine that powers the first stage of the Atlas 5 rocket built by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture run by Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co. Congress last year passed a law banning use of the Russian engines for national security launches after 2019, given Russia's annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine.

Owner of mining claim urges armed supporters to stand down

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:08

People stand ready to check in volunteers Thursday, April 16, 2015, outside Grants Pass, Ore., where a local chapter of the constitutional activist group the Oath Keepers is recruiting people to help provide security for a gold mine on federal land where the claimholders are in a dispute with federal regulators. Rick Barclay, who owns the gold-mining claim, said Thursday that he hoped to prevent his fight with federal regulators from turning into the kind of high-profile standoff at a Nevada ranch last year. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A man who owns a gold-mining claim on federal land in southwestern Oregon asked for help defending it after U.S. authorities ordered him to stop work, but he is now telling his armed supporters to back off.

SEC questions LA Unified on use of bonds for iPad project

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:04
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Securities and Exchange Commission recently questioned Los Angeles Unified School District officials as part of informal inquiry into whether they properly used bond funds for a beleaguered $1.3 billion project to provide an iPad for every student.

Durst wants his money back; police have $161K

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:02
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawyers for jailed millionaire Robert Durst say he wants authorities to return more than $161,000 in cash now held by New Orleans police.

Ex-sailor says he confessed to end grueling interrogation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:01
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former sailor testified Thursday that he falsely confessed to a 1997 rape and murder because he wanted the 11 hours of grueling interrogation by aggressive police detectives to end.

Q&A: Who is this flying mailman with a message for Congress?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 06:58

A member of a bomb squad checks a small helicopter after a man landed on the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Police arrested a man who steered his tiny, one-person helicopter onto the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, astonishing spring tourists and prompting a temporary lockdown of the Capitol Visitor Center. Capitol Police didn't immediately identify the pilot or comment on his motive, but a Florida postal carrier named Doug Hughes took responsibility for the stunt on a website where he said he was delivering letters to all 535 members of Congress in order to draw attention to campaign finance corruption. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)RUSKIN, Fla. (AP) — Many questions surround the political stunt of a postal worker charged Thursday with violating national airspace and operating an unregistered aircraft by landing his gyrocopter on Capitol Hill.

Rape accuser sues football star Jameis Winston in Florida court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 06:57
By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - College football star Jameis Winston, a contender for the top pick in the upcoming National Football League draft, was sued on Thursday in Florida court by a woman who claims he raped her in 2012, highlighting concerns about his off-the-field reputation. The lawsuit seeks financial damages from the quarterback at a sensitive time for the NFL, which has come under scrutiny for its handling of allegations of rape and domestic violence by its players. Winston did not face criminal charges in the alleged rape and was cleared of any conduct code violations as a student at Florida State University. The woman filed the lawsuit in a state court in Orlando, in part seeking to force Winston to answer questions under oath about what happened, said her attorney, John Clune.

Tennessee Senate shelves bill that would name Bible as state book

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 06:55
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - A proposal to make the Bible the official state book of Tennessee, a measure the state attorney general had said would be unconstitutional, was effectively dropped for the year on Thursday by the state Senate, officials said. The bill had been approved by the state House of Representatives on Wednesday over objections by Governor Bill Haslam, who called it disrespectful. Attorney General Herbert Slatery III, religious leaders and others said the measure violated the separation of church and state under both the U.S. and Tennessee Constitutions. Republicans, who hold strong majorities in the state House and Senate, were divided over the proposal, and the Senate on Thursday referred the proposal to its Judiciary Committee, which is not scheduled to meet again this session.

Accused kidnapper of NY Amish sisters to attend change-of-plea hearing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 06:50
By Matthew Liptak SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Reuters) - A man who has pleaded not guilty in the alleged kidnapping and sexual exploitation of two Amish sisters in northern New York will appear at change-of-plea hearing next month, prosecutors said on Thursday, raising the possibility that he would strike a deal on at least some of the charges against him. Stephen Howells II and his girlfriend, Nicole Vaisey, both from Hermon, New York, are accused of abducting the two girls, aged 12 and 7, from a roadside farm stand in the rural Amish community of Oswegatchie, near the Canadian border, and then sexually exploiting them to make child pornography. John Duncan, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Syracuse, would not say whether Howells intended to plead guilty to any or all of the charges he faces. The St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office said Howells and Vaisey had lured the two sisters into a car on Aug. 13 with an offer to pet a dog and had the intent to enslave them.

Driver who hit toddler starts events that leave 4 dead

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 06:50

In this Feb. 6, 2012 photo provided by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections is Ricky Chiles III. Milwaukee police said Thursday, April 16, 2015 that Chiles, suspected of fatally shooting two people Sunday at the scene of a traffic accident that killed his 2-year-old nephew, shot himself with his gun as police closed in on him at a hotel in the Chicago area. Police suspect Chiles of killing 40-year-old Archie Brown Jr., who had struck and killed Chiles' nephew in the accident. (Wisconsin Department of Corrections via AP)MILWAUKEE (AP) — Damani Terry just wanted to join a group of girls dancing in a park across the street. The 2-year-old stepped into the road — right into the path of an oncoming van.

Top US lawmakers strike deal to fast-track trade deals

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 06:49

FILE - In this March 5, 2014, file photo, the Senate Finance Committee ranking member Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Top lawmakers struck a bipartisan agreement on Thursday to allow President Barack Obama to negotiate trade deals subject to a yes-or-no vote from Congress without the possibility of changes. The "fast-track" legislation comes as Obama seeks a sweeping trade deal with 11 Pacific nations. The Trans-Pacific Partnership proposes a trade agreement involving the United States, Japan, Vietnam, Canada, Mexico and seven other Pacific-rim nations. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Top congressional lawmakers struck a long-sought, bipartisan agreement Thursday for the broadest trade policy pact in years, allowing President Barack Obama to negotiate trade accords for Congress' review and move forward with talks on a sweeping partnership with Pacific nations.

Double homicide suspect in Milwaukee commits suicide: police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 06:12
By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Reuters) - A man suspected of fatally shooting two people, including a motorist who had struck and killed a toddler on a Milwaukee street, killed himself on Thursday after police found him at a Chicago-area motel, authorities said. Chicago police and U.S. Marshals had tracked Rick Ricardo Chiles III, 27, to a motel room in a Chicago suburb where he was staying with his girlfriend, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn told a news conference. Chiles had been suspected of fatally shooting motorist Archie Brown, 41, and Rasheed Chiles, 15, who was believed to be his nephew, after Brown struck and killed 2-year-old Damani Terry on Milwaukee's northwest side Sunday evening. The suspect also shot Rasheed Chiles, Terry's brother, who later died at an area hospital, police said.

IRS says prominent Texas businessman, late brother owe $3B

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 06:10
DALLAS (AP) — The IRS wants $3.2 billion to cover back taxes that it says are owed by a prominent Texas businessman and his late brother who the IRS says hid income by setting up overseas trust funds.

Ohio man accused of plot to attack US military base, prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 06:07

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2015 file photo, Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, left, speaks with his defense attorney, Sam Shamansky, during a hearing to set bond on charges of money laundering and providing support for terrorism in Columbus, Ohio. A Thursday, April 16 indictment says Mohamud left the country a year ago to train and fight with terrorists in Syria. The indictment says Mohamud, who was arrested in Columbus earlier this year, weighed which extremist group in Syria was more effective before his travels. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man traveled to Syria and trained alongside terrorists, then returned to the U.S. with plans to attack a military base or a prison, according to a federal indictment announced Thursday.

UN chief set to nominate new special envoy to Yemen

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 06:04

FILE - Assistant UN Secretary-General, Special Adviser to Secretary-General on Yemen, Jamal Benomar, speaks to a reporter during an interview with The Associated Press in Sanaa, Yemen, in this Nov. 18, 2013 file photo. The U.N.'s special envoy to Yemen has stepped down after four years of efforts at a peaceful political transition in the Arab world's poorest country fell apart amid a Shiite rebel uprising and Saudi-led airstrikes. A U.N. statement late Wednesday April 15, 2015 said Jamal Benomar "has expressed an interest in moving on to another assignment" and that his successor will be named "in due course." (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday is expected to nominate the head of the U.N. Ebola mission as the new special envoy to Yemen, the country's U.N. ambassador said Thursday.

Christie: Pension dispute a state budget matter, not court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 06:03
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says his plan to lower contributions to public employee pension funds is a state budget matter and no business of the courts.

WikiLeaks creates online archive of hacked Sony documents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 05:56

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2014, file photo, Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, left, and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speak during a news conference inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Whistleblower site WikiLeaks has put hundreds of thousands of emails and documents from last year's Sony hack into a searchable online archive. Assange says that its database includes more than 170,000 emails from Sony Pictures Entertainment and a subsidiary, plus more than 30,000 other documents. (John Stillwell/Pool Photo via AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Sony's hacking problems aren't over yet.

EXCLUSIVE: Fugitive roundup nabs violent offenders in Camden

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 05:54

 Fugitive roundup nabs violent offenders in CamdenThousands of violent offenders are off the streets after they were captured by U.S. Marshals around the country, including New Jersey.

Work plan possibly ignored in accident that killed family

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 05:52

In this undated photo provided by Pastor James Ludlow, Josh and Vanessa Ellis pose with their son Hudson at the Eastpointe Foursquare Church in Bonney Lake, Wash., where the couple served as youth pastors. All three were killed Monday, April 13, 2015, when a concrete slab fell from a highway overpass and crushed their vehicle as they drove below it. (Courtesy James Ludlow/EastPointe Foursquare Church via AP)BONNEY LAKE, Wash. (AP) — Officials in the Washington city where a concrete slab fell from an overpass and killed a young family in a pickup below say they would've closed the roadway if they had known heavy work was being performed on the structure.