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Judge halts 2 Texas executions over drug secrecy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:52

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2011, file photo, a corrections officer keeps watch outside the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit in Huntsville, Texas. On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, two days before Texas is scheduled to execute convicted killer Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, its first inmate with a new batch of lethal injection drugs obtained last month, the state prison agency again is seeking to keep the source of the drugs secret, citing threats of violence to pharmacies that sell drugs used in lethal injections. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas attorney general's office says it is appealing a federal judge's order stopping the state from executing two condemned inmates until prison officials disclose information about the supplier of a new batch of drugs that would be used to kill them.


Los Alamos resumes nuclear-waste shipments

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:51

In this photo taken on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, and provided by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a truck hauls a shipment of nuclear waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is under a tight deadline to get nuclear waste off its northern New Mexico campus before wildfire season peaks, has begun trucking the remainder of the waste to Texas. (AP Photo/Los Alamos National Laboratory)LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Los Alamos National Laboratory, under a tight deadline to get nuclear waste off its northern New Mexico campus before wildfire season peaks, has begun trucking containers to temporary storage in west Texas while the government's only permanent nuclear dump remains shuttered by a radiation leak.


Former U.S. analyst sentenced to 13 months in rare leak case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:48
By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge sentenced a former State Department analyst on Wednesday to 13 months in prison for sharing classified information about North Korea with a reporter in 2009 without authorization. Stephen Kim, 46, told U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly at a hearing that he took full responsibility for violating a law designed to protect national defense information and that he planned to restart his life after prison. "He is rightly being held accountable for his criminal conduct," Michael Harvey said in court. Since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, prosecutors have brought charges in eight cases for disclosing information to a newspaper, blog or other media outlet.

Former U.S. analyst sentenced to 13 months in rare leak case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:48
By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge sentenced a former State Department analyst on Wednesday to 13 months in prison for sharing classified information about North Korea with a reporter in 2009 without authorization. Stephen Kim, 46, told U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly at a hearing that he took full responsibility for violating a law designed to protect national defense information and that he planned to restart his life after prison. "He is rightly being held accountable for his criminal conduct," Michael Harvey said in court. Since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, prosecutors have brought charges in eight cases for disclosing information to a newspaper, blog or other media outlet.

Woman tells police about fatal shoe stabbing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:47

Prosecutor John Jordan sets down a stiletto shoe entered into evidence during the trial against Ana Lilia Trujillo Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Houston. Trujillo, 45, is charged with murder, accused of killing her 59-year-old boyfriend, Alf Stefan Andersson with the heel of a stiletto shoe, at his Museum District high-rise condominium in June 2013. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer) MANDATORY CREDITHOUSTON (AP) — A Houston woman accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with her stiletto heel told police that her boyfriend started attacking her when he thought she was going to leave him.


Judge's order halting 2 Texas executions appealed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:44

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2011, file photo, a corrections officer keeps watch outside the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit in Huntsville, Texas. On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, two days before Texas is scheduled to execute convicted killer Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, its first inmate with a new batch of lethal injection drugs obtained last month, the state prison agency again is seeking to keep the source of the drugs secret, citing threats of violence to pharmacies that sell drugs used in lethal injections. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas attorney general's office has appealed a federal judge's order stopping the state from executing two condemned inmates until prison officials disclose information about the supplier of a new batch of drugs that would be used to kill them.


Judge's order halting 2 Texas executions appealed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:44

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2011, file photo, a corrections officer keeps watch outside the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit in Huntsville, Texas. On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, two days before Texas is scheduled to execute convicted killer Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, its first inmate with a new batch of lethal injection drugs obtained last month, the state prison agency again is seeking to keep the source of the drugs secret, citing threats of violence to pharmacies that sell drugs used in lethal injections. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas attorney general's office has appealed a federal judge's order stopping the state from executing two condemned inmates until prison officials disclose information about the supplier of a new batch of drugs that would be used to kill them.


Tenn. twins' autopsies show no signs of foul play

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:42

Tenn. twins' autopsies show no signs of foul playCHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Autopsies have helped identify 63-year-old twin brothers who were found dead last weekend in their Chattanooga home.


House panel gets Benghazi hearing, but few answers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:34

Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morrell is sworn-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, prior to testifying before the House Intelligence Committee. Morrell, who edited the widely debunked talking points on the 2012 Benghazi attack, answered questions from the House intelligence committee in a rare open session. The hearing provides Morrell with a chance to explain why he deleted references to al-Qaida. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA's former deputy director said Wednesday he deleted references to terrorism warnings from widely disputed talking points on the deadly 2012 Benghazi attack to avoid the spy agency's gloating at the expense of the State Department.


House panel gets Benghazi hearing, but few answers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:34

Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morrell is sworn-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, prior to testifying before the House Intelligence Committee. Morrell, who edited the widely debunked talking points on the 2012 Benghazi attack, answered questions from the House intelligence committee in a rare open session. The hearing provides Morrell with a chance to explain why he deleted references to al-Qaida. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA's former deputy director said Wednesday he deleted references to terrorism warnings from widely disputed talking points on the deadly 2012 Benghazi attack to avoid the spy agency's gloating at the expense of the State Department.


EPA was concerned about NC deal on Duke ash dumps

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:33
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Agency expressed concern last year that a proposed deal between North Carolina regulators and Duke Energy to settle pollution violations at two of the company's coal ash dumps was too lenient.

Advocacy group files 2nd lawsuit challenging a new provision in Texas' strict abortion law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:32
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Advocacy group files 2nd lawsuit challenging a new provision in Texas' strict abortion law.

Advocacy group files 2nd lawsuit challenging a new provision in Texas' strict abortion law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:32
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Advocacy group files 2nd lawsuit challenging a new provision in Texas' strict abortion law.

Hawaii tsunami advisory canceled

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:30
HONOLULU (AP) — A tsunami advisory for Hawaii is being canceled after a large earthquake that struck off the coast of Chile.

Newtown residents want gunman's house torn down

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:28

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2012, file photo, a police cruiser sits in the driveway as crime scene tape surrounds the home of Nancy Lanza in Newtown, Conn. Nancy Lanza was killed there by her son Adam Lanza, before he forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Dec. 14, 2012 in Newtown, where he killed 26 children and adults. Some Newtown residents said in a survey released Monday, March 31, 2014, that they want the home torn down and the property turned into a park or nature preserve. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some Newtown residents are calling for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter's home to be torn down and replaced with a park or nature preserve, according to a new community survey.


Obama calls for higher wage with Senate candidate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:18

President Barack Obama gives the thumbs up as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, April 2, 2014, en route to the University of Michigan to speak about his proposal to raise the national minimum wage. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — President Barack Obama has said his call for a higher minimum wage is good policy and good politics in this midterm election year, and he's putting that theory to work for a Michigan Senate candidate who is the rare Democrat to appear with the embattled president.


Jindal: GOP needs 'Obamacare' alternative

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:11
WASHINGTON (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, on Wednesday offered a Republican alternative to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, saying states should play a greater role in containing health care costs while giving consumers more flexibility in choosing insurance plans.

Majority of Americans want to treat, not jail, drug users: survey

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:09
While people are still worried about the extent of drug abuse, especially in their schools and neighborhoods, those surveyed supported less harsh punishment for non-violent offenders, especially marijuana users, the Pew Research Center found. Two thirds also said they supported the growing movement among some U.S. states to back away from mandatory sentences for minor drug crimes, according to the nonpartisan group's survey. The poll, conducted from February 14 through February 23, comes as policy makers and top U.S. law enforcement officials reexamine the nation's drug policy to allow judges greater discretion in sentencing offenders, although some prosecutors have balked at the effort. American's relaxing attitude toward marijuana use was particularly clear: 44 percent of those polled said the medical use of the drug should be legal and 39 percent backed its legalization for personal use.

Ukraine businessman, Indian official charged in U.S. corruption case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:07

Firtash, one of Ukraine's richest men, is seen in KievBy Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ukrainian industrialist Dmitry Firtash, a member of India's parliament and four others were indicted by a U.S. grand jury for their suspected role in an international corruption scheme, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday. The indictment, which was returned under seal in June 2013, was made public on Wednesday, a few weeks after prosecutors said they planned to ask Austria to extradite Firtash. Firtash, who is one of Ukraine's most influential oligarchs, Indian lawmaker K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao, and the other defendants participated in a scheme to bribe Indian government officials in order to gain access to minerals used to make titanium-based products, prosecutors said. U.S. prosecutors said they have jurisdiction over the case because the defendants used U.S. financial institutions to transfer the bribes and because the defendants had planned to sell the titanium products to an unnamed American company based in Chicago.


High court limits suits over frequent flier miles

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 01:57
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a Minnesota rabbi who complained about an airline's frequent flier program is out of luck.