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Texas set to execute man convicted of 2001 triple murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:11
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Texas is set to execute a man by lethal injection on Wednesday who was convicted of stabbing his girlfriend, her child and her mother to death after a cocaine binge in 2001. Jose Luis Villegas Jr., 39, is scheduled to be put to death with a lethal dose of drugs after 6 p.m. CDT at the Texas death chamber in Huntsville, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. If his execution is carried out, Villegas would be the seventh person executed in Texas this year and the 17th in the United States, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, an organization that tracks executions. Villegas confessed that the day of the killings he had consumed about $200 of cocaine with his 24-year-old girlfriend, Erida Perez Salazar, at the home she shared with her parents, according to court documents.

AP PHOTOS: Hikers take to mountains for winter fix

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 18:56

In this Friday, April 4, 2014 photo, climbers make their way up Mount Adams in New Hampshire. While mud season is underway at lower elevations, above the tree line, deep snow lingers well into spring in the White Mountains. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)MOUNT ADAMS, N.H. (AP) — Joe Murdzek was leading a group of friends when he encountered a short, steep snowfield about a mile and a half below the summit of Mount Adams, the Northeast's second-loftiest peak.


End of NYPD Muslim surveillance program applauded

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 18:21

protesting the NYPD's program of infiltrating and informing on Muslim communitiesNEW YORK (AP) — Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terrorism threats, but they said there were concerns about whether other problematic practices remained in place.


At Boston Marathon, a chance to finally finish

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 18:09

In this photo taken March 29, 2014, amputee marathon runners Jeff Glasbrenner, left, Chris Madison, center, and Andre Slay go through an exercise where they remove their running legs and adjust fittings in Little Rock, Ark. the runners must stop periodically in a race and try to loose as little time as possible. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Just one tiny misstep at mile 15 of the Boston Marathon last spring ruined any chance of amputee runner Jeff Glasbrenner breaking four hours.


Obama to announce $600 million U.S. job-training initiative

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 18:05

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the National Action Network's 16th Annual Convention in New YorkBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will announce an initiative on Wednesday to devote $600 million to address a central challenge of today's economy: How to train workers for skills they need for jobs that are open but hard to fill. American companies will need 522,000 software developers and computer programmers over the next 10 years as well as nearly 110,000 pharmacists, 224,000 electricians and 941,000 customer service representatives, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To try to fill the void, Obama will announce during a visit to Oakdale, Pennsylvania, a plan to use $500 million in existing Labor Department funds to pay for a competition. Another $100 million will be drawn from a Labor Department fund to support programs aimed at training apprentices in new fields with fast-growing occupations such as information technology, healthcare and advanced manufacturing.


Obama to announce $600 million U.S. job-training initiative

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 18:05

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the National Action Network's 16th Annual Convention in New YorkBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will announce an initiative on Wednesday to devote $600 million to address a central challenge of today's economy: How to train workers for skills they need for jobs that are open but hard to fill. American companies will need 522,000 software developers and computer programmers over the next 10 years as well as nearly 110,000 pharmacists, 224,000 electricians and 941,000 customer service representatives, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To try to fill the void, Obama will announce during a visit to Oakdale, Pennsylvania, a plan to use $500 million in existing Labor Department funds to pay for a competition. Another $100 million will be drawn from a Labor Department fund to support programs aimed at training apprentices in new fields with fast-growing occupations such as information technology, healthcare and advanced manufacturing.


Man charged with hoax near marathon finish line

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 17:46

Boston Marathon's finish line on TuesdayBOSTON (AP) — A man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line late Tuesday, the anniversary of the deadly pressure cooker bombings, had a rice cooker in his backpack and was being charged with possession of a hoax device, police said.


Voices of gratitude, defiance at Boston bombing memorial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 16:48

Dignitaries, including U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, survivors and first responders participate in a flag raising ceremony at the finish line in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, local leaders and officials and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing shared messages of thanks and defiance on Tuesday at a tribute to the three people killed and 264 wounded in the attack exactly one year ago. From Patrick Downes, who lost a leg when a pair of homemade bombs ripped through the crowd at the race's finish line, to Biden, speakers recalled how police officers, spectators and others on the scene reacted immediately to help the wounded amid the chaos on April 15, 2013. Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who managed the response to the attack during the final year of his two decades in office, recalled the struggles of the families of Martin Richard, 8, Krystle Campbell, 29, and Chinese national Lu Lingzi, 23, who died in the largest mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001. First birthday without your beloved son, first holiday without your daughter, first July 4 where the fireworks scared you." Downes, who had been standing near the finish line with his wife when the bombs went off, causing each to lose a leg, told the crowd of about 2,500 people that he had been impressed by the city's outpouring of support for the wounded.


Security Council sees grim images of Syrian dead

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 15:10

UN Syria Torture PhotosUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council fell silent Tuesday after ambassadors viewed a series of ghastly photographs of dead Syrian civil war victims, France's ambassador said. The pictures showed people who were emaciated, with their bones protruding, and some bearing the marks of strangulation and repeated beatings, and eyes having been gouged out.


Sharper challenges his no-bail status in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 15:01
PHOENIX (AP) — A judge in Phoenix will hold a hearing Wednesday in which lawyers for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will challenge the evidence used to keep him in jail without bail on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women in Arizona.

Two vessels collide, others grounded amid gusting winds off Virginia coast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 13:59
(Reuters) - A rig vessel and a container ship collided in a shipping channel in the Chesapeake Bay, off the Virginia coast, on Tuesday amid gusting winds blamed for causing a bulk carrier to run aground and a dozen other ships to drag anchor, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The 79-foot (24-meter) rig vessel, Petite, and a 1,065-foot container ship, MSC Charleston, "reportedly collided due to weather" at about 7.30 p.m., the Coast Guard said in a statement. "There was no initial report of damage, pollution or injuries to either vessel, and both are safely anchored pending a Coast Guard investigation," it said. The winds gusting to 70 mph at Cape Henry caused 12 ships anchored in the Lynnhaven vicinity to drag anchor and caused a 751-foot bulk carrier, Ornak, to run aground at about 8.35 p.m., the Coast Guard said.

Alleged serial killings highlight GPS limits

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 13:53

CORRECTS FIRST NAME TO STEVEN-This combination of undated photos from the Megan's Law website shows suspects, Steven Dean Gordon, 45, left, and Franc Cano, 27, who were arrested on Friday, April 11, 2014, on suspicion of killing four women in Orange County, Calif. Anaheim police said detectives in Santa Ana and Anaheim launched a joint investigation after the naked body of Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21, was found in the conveyor belt of a recycling plant last month. The probe led detectives to connect the men to her slaying, and the disappearance of three women who frequented a Santa Ana neighborhood known for drug dealing and prostitution. (AP Photo/Megan's Law)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon proved not once, but allegedly twice, that GPS trackers — the electronic leashes worn by 100,000 freed criminals in the U.S. — aren't foolproof.


2 ships collide, cargo ship grounded in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 13:44

The uninspected towing vessel Todd Michael is grounded on Lake Pontchartrain, Tuesday April 15, 2014. The Coast Guard rescued three crewmembers from the vessel after receiving the report from the UTV Todd Michael. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans)NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two vessels collided in a main shipping channel and a 751-foot cargo ship ran aground in the lower Chesapeake Bay on Tuesday in high winds gusting up to 70 mph, the Coast Guard said.


Detroit strikes 2nd deal with its other retirees

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 13:10

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, file photo, Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Detroit. The city of Detroit has reached a deal with retired police officers and firefighters that would preserve current pensions but trim annual cost-of-living payments — the first major agreement with retirees in the bankruptcy case, mediators announced Tuesday, April 15, 2014. A spokesman for Orr, who took the city into bankruptcy last summer, didn't immediately respond to a message Tuesday from The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit reached tentative agreements to preserve pensions for retired police office and firefighters but cut monthly payments for other former employees, key deals that could accelerate the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history, officials said Tuesday.


Michigan, White House discuss federal money for bankrupt Detroit: report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:58

A man walk past graffiti in Detroit(Reuters) - Michigan officials and President Barack Obama's Administration are discussing a plan to free up $100 million in federal money to aid Detroit's retired city workers, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday. Citing two people familiar with the talks, the newspaper said the talks were centered around federal money flowing to Michigan for blight removal. Under the plan, $100 million would be earmarked for Detroit, reducing the $500 million the city's emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, plans to use to eliminate blight over the next 10 years. A spokeswoman for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declined to comment on the report.


Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:28

Boston Marathon's finish line on TuesdayBOSTON (AP) — Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience in the face of a terror attack.


2 ships collide in Va. shipping channel

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:23
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Coast Guard says two ships have collided in a main shipping channel off the Virginia coast while a 751-foot cargo ship ran aground in high winds gusting up to 70 mph.

2 ships reportedly collide in

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:21
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Coast Guard says two ships have collided in a main shipping channel off the Virginia coast while a 751-foot cargo ship ran aground in high winds gusting up to 70 mph.

751-foot ship grounded in Chesapeake Bay

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:01
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A large ship has gone aground in the lower Chesapeake Bay and the Coast Guard says it has received reports of other ships dragging anchor due to high winds.

Today in History

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:01
Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year.