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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.


Senator 'troubled' by Secret Service allegations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:46

The U.S. flag flies outside Hotel Huis ter Duin, the hotel where President Barack Obama stayed Monday night, in Noordwijk, western Netherlands, Wednesday March 26, 2014. A Secret Service agent found drunk by staff at an undisclosed Dutch hotel was recalled to the U.S. along with two of his colleagues, the day before President Barack Obama was set to arrive in the Netherlands. The Secret Service said the three agents were benched on Sunday for "disciplinary reasons" but declined to elaborate. U.S. newspaper The Washington Post reported that the incident happened at Hotel Huis ter Duin but the hotel denies that any such incident happened at the hotel. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee said Wednesday he's troubled by an alleged incident involving a drunken Secret Service agent in connection with President Barack Obama's overseas trip to the Netherlands.


NTSB issues safety alert on wrong airport landings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:43
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal agency overseeing transportation safety is warning pilots to take extra precautions after a pair of recent plane landings at the wrong Midwest airports.

Air and Space Museum reopens after evacuation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:39
WASHINGTON (AP) — Museum officials say the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum has reopened after being evacuated when a suspicious briefcase was found near an unconscious person in one of the galleries.

Albuquerque police gun down man in shootout

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:37
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Just hours after hundreds took to the streets to protest Albuquerque police fatally shooting a homeless camper, a man who opened fire on police was shot dead by officers, authorities said.

Court seems likely to block Secret Service case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:35
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared likely Wednesday to block a group of protesters from bringing free-speech claims against two Secret Service agents who were guarding President George W. Bush during a 2004 visit to Oregon.

Exclusive: U.S. to require casinos to vet high rollers' funds - sources

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:33

People play at slot machines inside Resorts World Casino, owned by Malaysian gaming company Genting, in Queens borough of New YorkBy Brett Wolf ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - U.S. casinos may soon have to vet where their high rollers' funds come from under a requirement being developed by the U.S. Treasury Department, according to two people familiar with the matter. Under current law, casinos are required to report suspicious activity. The new rule, which is being considered by Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) unit and would make such obligations explicit, is in the early stages and may take a year or more to complete, the people familiar with the proposal said. FinCEN spokesman Steve Hudak declined to comment on "any potential rule making," but said the Treasury bureau "continually examines its rules, and periodically considers updates, to ensure their continued effectiveness".


Cadillac takes on Tesla with plug-in ELR

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:29

This undated photo made available by Cadillac shows the 2014 Cadillac ELR. (AP Photo/Cadillac, Richard Prince)Finally, there's an electric car that rivals Tesla's eye-catching Model S.


Young salmon trucked downstream because of drought

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:26
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The severe drought in California is prompting state and federal wildlife officials to mount an unusual rescue operation involving millions of 6-month-old salmon that are at risk of dying in depleted rivers and streams.

New thrill ride to debut at Busch Gardens

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:20

This artist’s rendering supplied by Busch Gardens shows Falcon’s Fury, a new thrill ride opening May 1 at the theme park in Tampa, Fla. The ride will seat riders upright, take them to the top of a 335-foot tower, then pivot seats 90 degrees so riders face straight down as they plunge 60 mph in a six-second free fall. (AP Photo/Busch Gardens Tampa)TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Thrill ride developers at Busch Gardens acknowledge that the park's newest attraction might not be everyone's idea of a good time.


Native Hawaiians protest name of STD 'Hula' app

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:14
HONOLULU (AP) — A new dating app designed to provide proof someone is free from sexually transmitted diseases is drawing criticism from Native Hawaiians.

Newfound pink world lurks at solar system fringes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:59

This combination of images provided by the Carnegie Institution for Science shows a new solar system object dubbed 2012 VP113, indicated by the yellow arrow, that was observed on November 2012 through a telescope in Chile. New research published in the journal Nature reveals it’s the second object to be discovered in the far reaches of the solar system far beyond the orbit of Pluto. (AP Photo/Carnegie Institution for Science, Scott S. Sheppard)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peering into the far reaches of the solar system, astronomers have spied a pink frozen world 7½ billion miles from the sun.


U.S. Air and Space museum evacuated for suspicious package

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:58
Washington's National Air and Space Museum was evacuated on Wednesday after reports of a suspicious package, and one person was found unconscious in the building, authorities said. A Washington police bomb squad is investigating the package in one of the museum's galleries, said a Smithsonian Institution spokeswoman. A police spokeswoman said officers have blocked off streets around the museum on the National Mall, just a few blocks from the White House.

Hospital infections less common, new report says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:50
NEW YORK (AP) — A new report suggests hospital infections are not as common as previously thought — but still 1 in 25 patients are infected.

Suit filed over abduction from Philly school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:48
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The family of a kindergartener abducted from her Philadelphia classroom and found shivering and partially clothed at a playground the next day accused the school district of "reckless indifference" in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

State official investigating Albuquerque shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:46
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Attorney General's Office is launching an investigation of the latest fatal shootings by Albuquerque police.

Michigan won't recognize gay marriage benefits, pending appeal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:43
(Reuters) - Same-sex marriages performed last week, after a federal judge overturned Michigan's ban on gay marriage, were valid but the benefits conferred have been suspended as the ruling has been stayed, pending an appeal, Governor Rick Snyder said Wednesday. Clerks in four Michigan counties issued hundreds of marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Saturday after a federal judge in Detroit ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage adopted by voters in 2004 violated the U.S. Constitution. Michigan's attorney general, Bill Schuette, appealed the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which issued a stay on the decision Saturday afternoon and has extended the stay until the court rules on his appeal. Snyder said the same-sex unions performed from the time of U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman's ruling until the stay was granted on Saturday were valid when entered into.