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Michelle Obama generates Internet comment after Tibetan lunch

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:37
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama lunched at a Tibetan restaurant in China's Sichuan province on Wednesday, prompting murmurs about "political overtones" on the country's active Internet social networks. Obama, her two daughters and mother visited the city of Chengdu as part of a week-long trip to China, where she has sought to promote education and boost cultural ties. China has criticized the White House for its support for exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama, denounced by Beijing as a separatist "wolf in sheep's clothing".

Deal allows Tesla to sell cars in Ohio

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:36
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio auto dealers have struck an agreement that will allow Tesla Motors to sell its electric cars in the state.

3 Secret Service agents benched before Obama trip

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:24
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before President Barack Obama's arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel.

Revenue growth seen slowing at Indian casinos

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:56

In this June 29, 2012 file photo, patrons gamble on the main gaming floor at the Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland. An industry report released Wednesday, March 26, 2014 said 2012 revenue growth by commercial casinos, such as Horseshoe Casino, outpaced that by Indian-owned casinos for the first time in nearly 20 years. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Spending by gamblers slowed at U.S. Indian casinos in 2012, as revenue growth fell behind non-tribal casinos for the first time in nearly two decades, according to a report released Wednesday.


NASA measures snowpack in California, Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:19

In this frame grab from video, scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory fly over the Tuolumne River Basin of California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range in a de Havilland Twin Otter plane to measure the snowpack on Sunday, March 23, 2014. The new Airborne Snow Observatory measures the snowpack’s depth and water content with precision amid California’s drought. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The snowpack atop mountain peaks in California and Colorado has a new set of eyes watching from high above to better gauge the amount of water that will rumble down rivers and streams each spring as runoff.


LA-area woman faces sentence for man-on-car murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:11

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.


Report details killing of bombing suspect's friend

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:36

FILE- This May 4, 2013 file photo provided by the Orange County Corrections Department in Orlando, Fla., shows Ibragim Todashev after his arrest for aggravated battery in Orlando. A report released Tuesday, March 25, 2014, determined that an FBI agent was justified in fatally shooting Todashev, who became violent after he had agreed to give a statement about his involvement in a triple slaying in Massachusetts last May. (AP Photo/Orange County Corrections Department)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Chechen mixed-martial-arts fighter grew increasingly agitated as he wrote a confession about his role in a 2011 triple slaying that got renewed attention after the Boston Marathon bombing, flipping a coffee table at an FBI agent and charging a Massachusetts State Police trooper with a pole before the agent shot him dead, according to an investigative report.


Hunt for Flight 370 resumes in calmer seas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:33
PERTH, Australia (AP) — The desperate, multinational hunt for Flight 370 resumed Wednesday across a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean after fierce winds and high waves that had forced a daylong halt eased considerably.

Hawaii lawmaker, police agree to prostitution ban

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:50
HONOLULU (AP) — A key Hawaii lawmaker considering an anti-prostitution bill says he and Honolulu police have agreed to get rid of a longtime exemption that allowed officers to have sex with prostitutes.

Mo. man executed for raping, killing teen in 1989

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:34

In this March 17, 2014 photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is Jeffrey Ferguson. Ferguson was sentenced to die for killing a 17-year-old St. Charles County girl in 1989. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A man convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing a 17-year-old girl in suburban St. Louis more than two decades ago was executed Wednesday in Missouri, marking the state's fifth execution in as many months.


Q&A: Staring at a big price hike for health plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:32

FILE - This March 1, 2014, file photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov as photographed in Washington. The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and the problems they're running into as the March 31 deadline approaches to sign up for coverage in new insurance markets.


Officials: Senate considered phone company option

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:31

FILE - This June 6, 2013, file photo, shows a sign outside the National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Senate Intelligence Committee three years ago secretly considered, but ultimately rejected, alternate ways for the National Security Agency to collect and store massive amounts of Americans’ phone records, The Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Intelligence Committee three years ago secretly considered — but ultimately rejected — alternate ways for the National Security Agency to collect and store massive amounts of Americans' phone records, The Associated Press has learned.


Winds whip small fire, apartment complex leveled

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:28

Houston firefighters work to extinguish a five-alarm fire at a construction site Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Houston. Fire officials said more than 200 emergency personnel were at the scene Tuesday afternoon and were working to protect nearby buildings. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Eric Kayne) MANDATORY CREDITHOUSTON (AP) — Gusty winds turned what had been a small rooftop fire into a massive blaze that destroyed a large apartment complex under construction near downtown Houston, authorities said.


Testers say federal health care website runs slow

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:20

This March 25, 2014, photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov as photographed in Washington. If you’re waiting until the last minute to sign up for coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, a little extra patience might come in handy. HealthCare.gov, the online portal to taxpayer-subsidized health insurance, runs slowly when compared with major private health insurer websites. That’s according to an analysis for The Associated Press by Compuware, a Detroit company that measures website performance. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)WASHINGTON (AP) — If you're waiting until the last minute to sign up for coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, a little extra patience might come in handy.


Judge to decide if murder suspect fit for trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:20

Defense attorney Al Avignone, right, speaks with Richland County Attorney Mike Weber, center, at the competency hearing for murder suspect Michael Keith Spell on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 in Sidney, Mont. Deputy County Attorney T.R. Halvorson, left, looks on. A state psychiatrist testified that Spell is fit for trial. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — Sharply divergent images of a Colorado man charged with killing a Montana teacher during a random abduction attempt emerged during a hearing Tuesday to determine whether the suspect is fit for trial.


Speed up to 94 singled out in actor's deadly crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:18

FILE - In this April 29, 2011 file photo, actor Paul Walker poses during the photo call of the movie "Fast and Furious 5," in Rome. Crash investigators have determined that the Porsche was traveling approximately 90 mph when it lost control on a city street and smashed into a light pole, killing the actor and his friend Roger Rodas. A person who has reviewed the investigators’ report told The Associated Press that it concluded unsafe driving, not mechanical problems, caused the crash. The person requested anonymity because the report has not been officially released yet.AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker and friend Roger Rodas were going up to 94 mph in a 45 mph zone in a Porsche with two 9-year-old tires when they lost control, hit a light pole and died immediately when the car burst into flames, according to a new investigation of the November accident.


Missouri executes killer of teenage girl

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:17
By Carey Gillam BONNE TERRE, Missouri (Reuters) - Missouri officials executed a man early on Wednesday who was convicted of abducting a teenage girl at the gas station where she worked, then raping and strangling her. Jeffrey Ferguson, 59, was pronounced dead at 12:11 a.m local time at a state prison in Bonne Terre, said Mike O'Connell, a spokesman for the Missouri Department of Public Safety. He was the third man executed in Missouri this year. Ferguson was twice convicted of killing 17-year-old Kelli Hall, whom he kidnapped with an accomplice as she ended her evening shift at a metropolitan St. Louis service station on February 9, 1989.

Teen's age at issue in Ohio school shooting appeal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 14:28

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 19, 2013 file photo, T.J. Lane smirks as he listens to the judge during his sentencing in Chardon, Ohio. The age of Lane, a teen gunman in a school shooting two years ago in northeastern Ohio, is at the center of an appeal over his life sentences. Lane's defense attorneys and prosecutors will go before an appeals court on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/The News-Herald, Duncan Scott, Pool, File)A teen who pleaded guilty to shooting and killing three students in a high school cafeteria is challenging an Ohio law that allowed him to be tried as an adult, hoping to persuade an appeals court to throw out his sentence of life without parole.


Deliberations resuming in al-Qaida spokesman trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 14:11
NEW YORK (AP) — Deliberations are set to resume in the New York trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law on charges he conspired to kill Americans in his role as al-Qaida's spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Montana bride seeks to drop guilty plea in husband's cliff death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 13:16

Jordan Graham approaches the entrance to U.S. District court in Missoula, MontanaA Montana bride accused of pushing her husband off a cliff to his death at Glacier National Park asked a judge on Tuesday to withdraw a guilty plea she entered as part of a deal with prosecutors to avoid a life sentence, court records show. The bride, 22-year-old Jordan Graham, in December pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the July 7 death of her husband of eight days, Cody Johnson. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a first-degree murder charge, which alleges premeditation and carries a mandatory life sentence. The sentence sought by prosecutors exceeded the prison term recommended by a pre-sentencing investigative panel, which advised a term of 24 to 30 years, according to court documents.