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Justices deadlocked in billionaire assault case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 05:07
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A teenager who accused a billionaire heir to the SC Johnson fortune of sexually abusing her for years can't testify at his trial unless she agrees to release her medical records, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, reversing a decision it issued last year.

Greenpeace takes P&G palm oil protests worldwide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 05:07
CINCINNATI (AP) — Greenpeace activists who staged a daring demonstration at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters in Cincinnati have taken their message worldwide with protests in five more countries.

Family disputes Albuquerque police shooting story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 05:04
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The family of a man who was fatally shot by Albuquerque police is disputing Police Chief Gorden Eden's claims that the man had a gun and shot at officers.

Three firefighters hurt in historic Boston neighborhood blaze

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:42

In this photo released by the Boston Fire Department via Twitter, firefighters tend a colleague at the scene of a multi-alarm fire at a four-story brownstone in the Back Bay neighborhood near the Charles River Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Boston Fire Department)At least three Boston firefighters were injured, one seriously, on Wednesday when a fire broke out in a four-story building in the city's historic Back Bay neighborhood, drawing a large-scale emergency response, local officials said. All residents of the apartment building escaped unharmed, said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald. He described the blaze as a nine-alarm incident, the department's highest level of severity, with more than 150 firefighters at the scene. "It's a very unstable condition right now with the flames that are through the roof, and it's hard fighting it from the outside." Of the three firefighters brought to area hospitals, one was listed in serious condition while the injuries to the other two were not believed to be life-threatening, MacDonald said.


Sentencing postponed for man-on-car murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:39

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 file photo, Sherry Wilkins appears in Los Angeles Superior Court in Torrance, Calif. The substance-abuse counselor who drove 2 miles through a Los Angeles suburb with a dying man on her windshield faces a maximum prison term of 45 years to life at her sentencing scheduled for Wednesday March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Daily Breeze, Brad Graverson, Pool, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sentencing has been postponed for a substance-abuse counselor who drove 2 miles through a Los Angeles suburb with a dying man on her windshield.


Burger King Baby finds birth mom, feels 'pure joy'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:39
A woman who, as a newborn, was abandoned in the bathroom of a Pennsylvania fast-food restaurant said she has found her birth mother just three weeks after launching a search that garnered worldwide attention, and as her mother prepared to look for her.

Political instability, weather spur wheat prices

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:37

In this March 24, 2014 photo winter wheat grows near Wichita, Kan. Political instability in Ukraine _coupled with potential freeze damage to winter wheat in the United States and a deepening drought in some major wheat producing countries _ are conspiring to significantly drive up wheat prices, economists said Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher)WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Political instability in Ukraine —coupled with potential freeze damage to winter wheat in the United States and a deepening drought in some major wheat producing countries — are conspiring to significantly drive up wheat prices, economists say.


Prosecutors: Woman lacks grounds to withdraw plea

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:35

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)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Montana woman does not have grounds to withdraw her guilty plea to second-degree murder in the death of her husband, who was pushed off a cliff in Glacier National Park last summer.


Sober smartphone app aids boozers' recovery: Study

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:35
CHICAGO (AP) — A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found.

'Candy Crush' maker's stock falls in public debut

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:27

FILE - In this March 24, 2014 file photo, a detail from the online game "Candy Crush Saga" is shown on a computer screen in New York. King Digital Entertainment, the maker of the popular "Candy Crush Saga" makes its stock market debut on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A crush it isn't.


U.S. Air and Space museum shut briefly for suspicious package

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:24
Washington's National Air and Space Museum was briefly evacuated on Wednesday after a suspicious package and an unconscious man were found in the building, police said. The package in the northwest corner of the museum's second floor was removed by a Washington police bomb squad, police spokeswoman Sergeant Lelani Woods said.

U.S. agency wants armed police at airport checkpoints, counters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:18
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration recommended on Wednesday that armed law enforcement officers be posted at airport checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours. An agency review, prompted by a deadly Los Angeles airport shooting incident last fall, called for setting standards in airports that allow officers at checkpoints and ticket counters to roam rather than hold set positions. The review by the Transportation Security Administration, a unit of the Department of Homeland Security, in part called for increased training and exercises to deal with shooting incidents. The agency also has increased the visibility of uniformed police officers around airport security checkpoints, boosted grief counseling for employees, and shifted specialized security teams to airports, the review said.

Worker says Houston fire left him no time to spare

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:17

In this image taken from video provided by Karen Jones, a worker lowers himself from a fifth floor balcony before swinging down to the one below as firefighters battle a five-alarm fire at a construction site Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Houston. The cellphone video, shot by Karen Jones from her nearby office, shows the dramatic rescue of the worker from the burning apartment complex that was under construction. (AP Photo/Karen Jones) NO SALESHOUSTON (AP) — A Houston construction worker whose harrowing rescue from a burning building was caught on video says he knew he had to act quickly when he realized he was trapped on a fifth-floor balcony.


Conn. court: Horse owners must prevent injuries

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:17
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Owners of horses and other domestic animals must try to prevent their animals from causing foreseeable injuries, the state's highest court ruled Wednesday in a decision that avoided the larger issue of whether horses are inherently vicious while siding with a family whose child was bitten by one.

Chicago train operator had dozed off on job before

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:14

FILE - In this March 24, 2014 file photo, a Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O'Hare Airport station after it derailed early in the morning, injuring more than 30 people, in Chicago. Had the crash occurred during the day, when the trains are often full and the escalator packed with luggage-carrying travelers, far more people likely would have been injured, some even killed, said Joseph Schwieterman, a transportation expert at DePaul University. (AP Photo/NBC Chicago, Kenneth Webster, File) MANDATORY CREDITCHICAGO (AP) — The operator of a Chicago commuter train that crashed at O'Hare International Airport acknowledged she dozed off before the accident and told investigators she had fallen asleep at the controls one other time recently — even overshooting a station platform, a federal investigator said Wednesday.


APNewsBreak: TSA recommends armed law enforcement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:14

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2013 file photo provided to the Associated Press, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, police officers stand near a weapon at the Los Angeles International Airport after a gunman opened fire in the terminal, killing one person and wounding several others. The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday March 26, 2014, that airports post armed law enforcement officers at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours. The recommendation was one of 14 determined after a nationwide review of security at airports prompted by the shooting at the airport last fall. (AP Photo, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that armed law enforcement officers be posted at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours in the aftermath of last year's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.


Woman faces sentence for man-on-car murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:06

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 file photo, Sherry Wilkins appears in Los Angeles Superior Court in Torrance, Calif. The substance-abuse counselor who drove 2 miles through a Los Angeles suburb with a dying man on her windshield faces a maximum prison term of 45 years to life at her sentencing scheduled for Wednesday March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Daily Breeze, Brad Graverson, Pool, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A substance-abuse counselor who drove 2 miles through a Los Angeles suburb with a dying man on her windshield faces a maximum prison term of 45 years to life at her sentencing scheduled for Wednesday.


FBI: California State Sen. Leland Yee arrested

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:00

State Senate sergeant-at-arms Leroy Hamer, right, and a California highway patrol officer stand outside the office of Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, at the state Capitol, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. FBI spokesman Peter Lee said Yee was arrested Wednesday, he declined to discuss the charges, citing an ongoing investigation. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California state senator who was lauded for his efforts to make government more transparent was arrested Wednesday along with a onetime gang leader known as "Shrimp Boy" during a series of raids by the FBI in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area, authorities said.


Report: NY schools are most racially segregated

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

In this April. 1, 2011 photo, New York City fifth graders enter PS321, a public elementary school in the Brooklyn Borough of New York. New York state has the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates, according to a report released Wednesday, March 26, 2014, by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — New York state has the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates, according to a report released Wednesday.


Millions could get extra time for health sign-ups

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:49

FILE - This Jan. 14, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama, accompanied by Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, speaking to the media before his Cabinet meeting, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, allowing the administration to boost sign-ups and the political fortunes of Democrats under attack over the program’s troubles. The Health and Human Services department Wednesday posted two documents that detail “special enrollment periods” for broad groups of people to access the new health insurance markets. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama's health care law. That would let the administration boost sign-ups and aid Democrats under attack over the program's troubles.