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Police say Utah mom gave birth at home before killing infants

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:36

The former home of Megan Huntsman in Pleasant Grove, UtahBy Derek Jensen SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A Utah mother accused of slaying six of her own infant children over the course of a decade secretly gave birth to each of the babies without medical assistance at home and then immediately killed them, police said on Wednesday. Megan Huntsman, 39, was ordered held in lieu of $6 million bail on Monday on suspicion of murdering six newborn babies whose tiny bodies were found rolled up in shirts, towels and plastic bags and stashed inside separate cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home. Police in the Salt Lake City suburb of Pleasant Grove, Utah, say Huntsman has admitted under questioning that she strangled or suffocated the six babies just after they were born in a rare case of serial infanticide that ran from 1996 to 2006.


Texas executes man convicted of 2001 triple murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:15

Death row inmate Jose Luis Villegas Jr is seen in an undated photo released by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in HuntsvilleBy Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Texas executed by lethal injection on Wednesday a man 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, was pronounced dead at 7:04 p.m. CDT (8.04 p.m. ET) after receiving a lethal dose of drugs at the Texas death chamber in Huntsville, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. Villegas was the seventh person executed in Texas this year and the 17th in the United States, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, which tracks executions. The U.S. Supreme Court denied a last-minute appeal to halt the execution by Villegas' lawyers, who argued that he was developmentally disabled and should not be executed.


Number of missing in Washington mudslide drops

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:10

A road sign advising the closure of Highway 530 stands in view of a flag still at half-staff Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Darrington, Wash. One more victim has been recovered from the mudslide that hit the nearby town of Oso, Wash., March 22, raising the death toll to 37, the Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Tuesday. Seven people remain on the missing list, the sheriff's office said. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The number of people missing in the massive Washington state landslide has dropped to six.


Detroit pension deal approved by one retirement system

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:10

Detroit's emergency manager Kevyn Orr gestures as he speaks during an interview with Thomson Reuters in New YorkThe board of Detroit's General Retirement System on Wednesday approved economic terms of a settlement with the city that include cuts to pension benefits, putting in place another key component of Detroit's effort to exit bankruptcy by October. The city also has reached a tentative pact with the city's other pension fund, the Detroit Police and Fire Retirement System, whose board is expected to vote later this week. Together, the two pension funds represent some 23,000 active members and retirees. The settlements were incorporated into a new draft of the city's bankruptcy plan, filed with the federal bankruptcy court late Wednesday, hours before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes was scheduled to hear objections to the proposed restructuring.


One dead, three injured in blast at Tennessee ammunition plant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:10
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - One person has died and three others were injured on Wednesday after an explosion at an ammunition plant in central Tennessee that touched off small brush fires nearby, authorities said. The explosion happened Wednesday afternoon at the Rio Ammunition plant in McEwen, Tennessee, about 56 miles west of Nashville, said Odell Poyner, Humphreys County director of emergency management. All four people were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville with blast injuries, two by helicopter, hospital spokesman Craig Boerner said.

Freight train industry to miss safety deadline

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:08
WASHINGTON (AP) — Only one-fifth of its track will be equipped with mandatory safety technology to prevent the most catastrophic kinds of collisions and derailments by the deadline set by Congress, the freight railroad industry said Wednesday.

Portland, Oregon flushes water reservoir after man urinates in it

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:04
By Teresa Carson PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - Portland, Oregon is flushing 38 million gallons (143 million liters) of drinking water down the drain because a 19-year-old man urinated in an open reservoir early on Wednesday morning, city water officials said. Three teens were observed at the reservoir in a Portland park at about 1:00 a.m. Wednesday, Portland Water Bureau spokesman David Shaff said, and one of them was filmed urinating through an iron fence into the water. "That water goes directly into people's homes," David Shaff, Portland Water Bureau administrator said. The Federal government has mandated that Portland and all other cities cover their water reservoirs, Shaff said, and this group of Portland reservoirs will be finished by December 2015.

Man executed for killing 3 members of Texas family

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:04

In this photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is death row inmate Jose Villegas, 38, who was convicted of capital murder in the deaths of his ex-girlfriend, Erida Salazar, her 3-year-old son, Jacob, and her mother, Alma Perez, 51. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years ago at a home in Corpus Christi was executed by Texas prison officials Wednesday.


Texas executes man convicted in triple murder after drug binge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:02
(Reuters) - Texas executed by lethal injection on Wednesday a man 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, was pronounced dead at 7:04 p.m. CDT (8.04 p.m. ET) after receiving a lethal dose of drugs at the Texas death chamber in Huntsville, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. (Reporting by David Bailey and Brendan O'Brien; Editing by Eric Walsh)

Hopes high Negro Leagues stadium makes comeback

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:56

Larry Doby, Jr., the son of Larry Doby, a baseball player who integrated Major League Baseball's American League in July 1947, just months after Jackie Robinson broke the National League's color barrier, stands outside of Hinchliffe Stadium, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Paterson, N.J. Hinchliffe Stadium, where Doby Sr. played high school football before playing in the Negro League with the Newark Eagles, was once home to the New York Black Yankees, the New York Cubans and other Negro League baseball teams. Eleven members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame played there, including Larry Doby. The crumbling Art Deco stadium was granted national historic landmark status in 2013. Lawmakers are pushing to designate it as part of the nearby Great Falls National Historical Park. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — The light touch of a paint roller is enough to dislodge a chunk of plaster from the crumbling walls of Hinchliffe Stadium.


Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:56

FILE - In this Friday, March 1, 2013 file photo, Chan Lai Ly, right, has his mouth examined by Honghue Duong, a physician's assistant, as part of a regular check-up related to his diabetes at International Community Health Services in Seattle. Over the last two decades, the rates of heart attacks and strokes among diabetics fell by more than 60 percent, a new federal study shows. The research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was reported in the Thursday, April 17, 2014 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. The drop is mainly attributed to better screening, medicines and care. The improvements came even as the number of U.S. adults with diabetes more than tripled in those 20 years. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)NEW YORK (AP) — In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.


Troopers issue report on fatal Fla. day care crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:49
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — When a car crashed into a central Florida day care last week, it slammed through the playroom where it hit three children — killing one of them and seriously injuring two others — and left 10 more people injured by flying debris, the Florida Highway Patrol reported Wednesday.

Experts say video doesn't show Earhart wreckage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:40

FILE - In this undated file photo, Amelia Earhart stands next to a Lockheed Electra 10E, before her last flight in 1937 from Oakland, Calif., bound for Honolulu on the first leg of her record-setting attempt to circumnavigate the world westward along the Equator. American aviator Earhart’s disappearance in 1937 is among aviation’s most enduring mysteries. Earhart, the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean, vanished over the Pacific with Fred Noonan during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Seven decades later, people are still transfixed with the mystery. Theories range from her simply running out of fuel and crashing to her staging her own disappearance and secretly returning to the U.S. to live under another identity. (AP Photo/File)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific yields no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.


Hopes high Negro League stadium will make comeback

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:36

Larry Doby, Jr., the son of Larry Doby, a baseball player who integrated Major League Baseball's American League in July 1947, just months after Jackie Robinson broke the National League's color barrier, stands outside of Hinchliffe Stadium, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Paterson, N.J. Hinchliffe Stadium, where Doby Sr. played high school football before playing in the Negro League with the Newark Eagles, was once home to the New York Black Yankees, the New York Cubans and other Negro League baseball teams. Eleven members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame played there, including Larry Doby. The crumbling Art Deco stadium was granted national historic landmark status in 2013. Lawmakers are pushing to designate it as part of the nearby Great Falls National Historical Park. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — The light touch of a paint roller is enough to dislodge a chunk of plaster from the crumbling walls of Hinchliffe Stadium.


Pro-Russian gunmen make inroads in eastern Ukraine

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:33

A combat vehicle with pro-Russian gunman on top runs through downtown Slovyansk on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The troops on those vehicles wore green camouflage uniforms, had automatic weapons and grenade launchers and at least one had the St. George ribbon attached to his uniform, which has become a symbol of the pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a hero's welcome.


West slams Russia 'fantasy narrative' on Ukraine

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:30
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Western countries on the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday slammed what they called Russia's "fantasy narrative" on the crisis in Ukraine after a new report on the human rights situation there.

IBM posts lower 1Q earnings amid hardware slump

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:19

FILE - This Tuesday, July 16, 2013, file photo, shows an IBM logo in Berlin, Vt. IBM reports quarterly financial results after the market close on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)NEW YORK (AP) — IBM's first-quarter earnings fell and revenue came in below Wall Street's expectations amid an ongoing decline in its hardware business, one that was exacerbated by weaker demand in China and emerging markets.


Apology for UN refusal to stop Rwanda genocide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:15

In this photo provided by the United Nations, former New Zealand ambassador Colin Keating addresses an open session of the United Nations Security Council at United Nations Headquarters, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Keating, who was president of the Security Council in April 1994, apologized Wednesday for the council's refusal to recognize that genocide was taking place in Rwanda and for doing nothing to halt the slaughter of more than one million people. (AP Photo/United Nations, Evan Schneider)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The diplomat who was president of the U.N. Security Council in April 1994 apologized Wednesday for the council's refusal to recognize that genocide was taking place in Rwanda and for doing nothing to halt the slaughter of more than one million people.


3 school staffers on leave in Vegas cheating probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:09
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Three Clark County School District employees are on leave after a state investigation concluded adults altered the answer sheets on standardized tests at a Las Vegas elementary school, leading to skyrocketing scores from one year to the next.

Fire truck rams California eatery; 14 injured

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:59
MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — Two fire trucks answering a call have collided in a Los Angeles suburb, sending one careening into a restaurant and leaving 14 people, including several firefighters, injured, one critically.