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Case of NYC boy's 1979 murder likely to go to jury next week: judge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 07:31

Hernandez appears with his lawyer Fishbein in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York in this file photoBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - The jury hearing the high-profile case of a former grocery worker accused of murdering a New York City boy in 1979 is expected to begin its deliberations early next week, the judge said on Tuesday. Pedro Hernandez, 54, is on trial for kidnapping and murder in a case that hinges on his confession to police in 2012 that he choked 6-year-old Etan Patz, stuffed him in a box and left him in a New York alley. Judge Maxwell Wiley said in state Supreme Court in Manhattan that summations by the prosecution and defense are expected on Monday. The jury would begin deliberations soon after.


Ex-Army colonel pleads guilty to breaking law in job hunt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 07:30
WASHINGTON (AP) — A retired Army colonel has pleaded guilty to negotiating his post-military employment with a helicopter company that did business with the Defense Department office he managed while he was still in uniform, according to court records filed Tuesday by U.S. government attorneys.

Kansas becomes first state to ban a second trimester abortion procedure

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 07:28

Anti-abortion sign is seen as demonstrators march during the Ninth Annual Walk for Life West Coast rally in San FranciscoKansas became the first state to ban a common second trimester abortion procedure when Governor Sam Brownback, a Republican, on Tuesday signed into a law an act to halt what lawmakers said are "dismemberment abortions." The law that goes into effect on July 1 prohibits the use of dilation and evacuation. Supporters in Kansas have called the procedure horrifying while women's healthcare groups have said it is considered the safest way to terminate a pregnancy in the second trimester. Republican-controlled Kansas has taken a leading role in imposing restrictions on abortions, with more than 20 measures being enacted since Brownback took office in 2011, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports the right to abortion but whose research is cited by both sides in the debate.


Kansas becomes first state to ban a second trimester abortion procedure

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 07:28

Anti-abortion sign is seen as demonstrators march during the Ninth Annual Walk for Life West Coast rally in San FranciscoKansas became the first state to ban a common second trimester abortion procedure when Governor Sam Brownback, a Republican, on Tuesday signed into a law an act to halt what lawmakers said are "dismemberment abortions." The law that goes into effect on July 1 prohibits the use of dilation and evacuation. Supporters in Kansas have called the procedure horrifying while women's healthcare groups have said it is considered the safest way to terminate a pregnancy in the second trimester. Republican-controlled Kansas has taken a leading role in imposing restrictions on abortions, with more than 20 measures being enacted since Brownback took office in 2011, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports the right to abortion but whose research is cited by both sides in the debate.


Sanctions, higher costs considered under California drought plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 07:25

Pedestrian snaps a photograph while reflected in a rain puddle along The Embarcadero in San FranciscoBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California may require communities to pay for water according to how much they use and impose sanctions on those who do not conserve, in the state's first-ever mandatory cutbacks in urban water use because of ongoing drought, regulators said Tuesday. The tactics and issues under consideration for a still- developing conservation plan were distributed at a meeting of the State Water Resources Board on Tuesday, just days after Governor Jerry Brown ordered mandatory 25 percent cutbacks in urban water use as the state's devastating drought enters its fourth year.


Power line break puts out the lights in Washington, D.C

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 07:22

Visitors wait for the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum to re-open after it was evacuated following a power failureBy Lisa Lambert and Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A power line broke loose at an electrical substation near Washington on Tuesday, briefly dimming the White House, emptying museums and cutting electricity to government buildings and the U.S. Capitol for hours. The Justice Department and State Department were among thousands of customers whose power was cut in the early afternoon, along with the University of Maryland and some World Bank offices.


1 person shot on Schuylkill Expressway in West Conshohocken

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

1 person shot on Schuylkill Expressway in West ConshohockenPennsylvania State Police are investigating a shooting on the Schuylkill Expressway.


Police: Father tried to kill his 2 kids with carbon monoxide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 07:11
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a Northern California man who is accused of trying to kill himself and his two children with carbon monoxide.

Police: Father tried to kill his 2 kids with carbon monoxide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 07:11
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a Northern California man who is accused of trying to kill himself and his two children with carbon monoxide.

17-year-old NY student accepted at all 8 Ivy League schools

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 07:09

Harold Ekeh, a senior at Elmont Memorial High School, listens during an interview, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in New York. Ekeh has been accepted to all 13 colleges he applied to, including the eight Ivy League schools. Ekeh, who plans to study medicine, has until May 1 to decide where he'll go. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — Elmont High School senior Harold Ekeh had a plan — he would apply to 13 colleges, including all eight Ivy League schools, figuring it would help his chances of getting into at least one great school.


Senator John McCain to seek sixth term in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:54

U.S. Senator John McCain speaks during dedication ceremonies for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in BostonBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona, declaring "I've got a lot of energy left in me," announced plans on Tuesday to seek a sixth term in office in 2016. McCain, the Republican presidential nominee in 2008 and now the powerful chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, vowed to face down any challenger. He had defeated a strong challenge from a tea party conservative candidate in 2010 in the Republican primary election and coasted to re-election over a Democratic opponent. "I think you have to be prepared for any challenge," he told Reuters in a telephone interview from Arizona.


Mom accused of setting baby afire indicted on murder charge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:49
MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman accused of dousing her newborn baby with accelerant, setting her on fire and leaving her in the middle of a road has been indicted on a murder charge.

4 injured in banister collapse at New York City building

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:48

In this photo provided by Kaitlyn Ford, emergency personnel work the scene where authorities said four construction workers suffered serious injuries in a partial wall collapse inside a commercial building near Grand Central Terminal, in New York. The cause of the partial collapse is under investigation. No other details were immediately available. (AP Photo/Kaitlyn Ford)NEW YORK (AP) — Four construction workers were hurt Tuesday at a building being demolished near Grand Central Terminal when an interior marble banister collapsed and they tumbled to the ground floor, authorities and the building owner said.


U.S. tracked phone calls for two decades in anti-drug program: USA Today

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:48
The U.S. government started keeping secret records of international phone calls made by Americans in 1992 in a program intended to combat drug trafficking, USA Today reported on Tuesday, citing current and former intelligence and law enforcement officials. The program, run by the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration, was halted by Attorney General Eric Holder in 2013 amid the fallout from revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden about NSA data collection, the paper reported.

Possible shooting on Schuylkill Expressway in West Conshohocken

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:47

1 person shot on Schuylkill Expressway in West ConshohockenPennsylvania State Police are investigating reports of a possible shooting on the Schuylkill Expressway.


Obama says climate change is harming Americans' health

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:46

President Barack Obama speaks at Howard University in Washington, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Obama visited the university's medical center to discuss the impact of climate change on public health and steps his administration is taking to reduce the health impacts of climate change on communities. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming isn't just affecting the weather, it's harming Americans' health, President Barack Obama said Tuesday as he announced steps government and businesses will take to better understand and deal with the problem.


Shooting victim who arrived at Plymouth Twp. gas station dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:43

Shooting victim who arrived at Plymouth Twp. gas station diesPolice in Montgomery County have a mystery on their hands after two shooting victims drove to a Plymouth Township gas station.


Ex-firefighter charged with holding 4 others hostage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:43
ELKINS PARK, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in suburban Philadelphia have filed charges against a just-terminated volunteer firefighter who they said held four firefighters hostage at gunpoint last week, firing one shot into a wall before surrendering an hour later.

Community College of Philadelphia makes tuition free for motivated students

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:35

Community College of Philadelphia makes tuition free for motivated studentsThe Community College of Philadelphia is joining what's becoming a nationwide trend and making tuition free to motivated students.


Brown releases sexual assault task force's final report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:35
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University has released the final report of the school's Sexual Assault Task Force with recommendations for handling sexual and gender-based harassment and violence.