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Study: Breast cancer overtreatment costs US $4B a year

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 04:01
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report estimates that the U.S. spends $4 billion a year on unnecessary medical costs due to mammograms that generate false alarms, and on treatment of certain breast tumors that are unlikely to cause problems.

Longtime Associated Press photo editor Madge Stager dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 03:53

FILE - In this 2003, file photo, former Associated Press photo editor Madge Stager smiles for a picture, in New York. Stager, 61, who retired in 2009 after 37 years with The AP, died at at a New York hospital on Saturday, April 4, 2015, after a brief illness. As a New York-based photo editor, Stager was a familiar, straight-talking voice to journalists around the world, assisting them in chronicling such stories as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, numerous Olympic Games and the Sept. 11 terror attacks. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Madge Stager, a former New York-based photo editor for The Associated Press who helped direct coverage of the biggest stories around the world over four decades, has died. She was 61.


W.Va. man pleads guilty to possessing stolen explosives

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 03:51
ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to possessing stolen explosives that authorities said he planned to use to blow up a federal courthouse.

Missing sailor: I survived by staying inside, rationing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 03:50

A still image from U.S. Coast Guard video shows Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevacs Louis Jordan of South Carolina from motor vessel Houston Express off the North Carolina coastCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The man rescued from a disabled sailboat off the North Carolina coast responded to critics of his story on Monday, explaining that he avoided sunburn and blisters by staying in the vessel's cabin and that he survived by rationing food and water.


Defendant in teacher's maiming by rock starts jail early

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 03:47

FILE- In this Oct. 21, 2014 file photo, Sharon Budd speaks with her husband Randy after being discharged from Geisinger Health South Rehabilitation Hospital in Danville, Pa. Budd was struck by a rock dropped from a bridge overpass onto her vehicle in July of 2014. Brett Lahr, one of four defendants in the highway rock-throwing incident that left Budd severely injured, is in jail Monday, April 6, 2015, after he opted to start serving time before his sentence has been determined. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — One of four defendants in a highway rock-throwing incident that left an Ohio teacher severely injured is in jail after he opted to start serving time before his sentence has been determined.


Big retailers pull Blue Bell products linked to Okla. plant

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 03:45
DALLAS (AP) — Some of the largest retailers in the country have decided to pull from their shelves Blue Bell Ice Cream made at an Oklahoma production plant that the company has temporarily closed.

Judge allows live video coverage of Jodi Arias' sentencing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 03:38

FILE - This Jan. 9, 2013 file photo shows Jodi Arias appearing for her trial in Maricopa County Superior court in Phoenix. A judge will permit live video coverage of convicted murderer Jodi Arias’ sentencing on April 13, 2015. But Maricopa County Superior Court spokeswoman Karen Arra said in an email Monday, April 6, 2015, that some footage could be excluded because some witnesses may not want to be photographed. Judge Sherry Stephens will decide whether Arias will spend the rest of her life in prison for killing her lover or be eligible for possible release after serving 25 years. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)PHOENIX (AP) — A judge will permit live video coverage of convicted murderer Jodi Arias' sentencing April 13.


NY village wants to give its Lucille Ball statue a makeover

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 03:37

FILE - In this May 1987 file photo, actress and comic legend Lucille Ball is shown. A bronze sculpture of Ball displayed in Lucille Ball Memorial Park in the village of Celoron, N.Y. , has been criticized because they say it bears little or no likeness to the popular 1950s sitcom actress and comedian. Village officials say they want the sculptor to fix it for free, but the artist wants as much as $10,000 to alter the statue. So the village has started a fundraising effort to pay for the sculpture's makeover. (AP Photo, File)CELORON, N.Y. (AP) — They may have loved "I Love Lucy" but many in Lucille Ball's western New York hometown have no affection for her life-size statue in a local park.


Clemson disciplines fraternity over gang-themed 'Cripmas' party

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 03:35
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Clemson University has placed a fraternity on disciplinary probation for two years after some of its members threw a gangster-themed Christmas party in December that was seen as racially insensitive, the school said on Monday. The off-campus party, billed as "Clemson Cripmas," was held by Sigma Alpha Epsilon, whose chapter at the University of Oklahoma was shut down last month after a video surfaced showing members using a racial epithet and chanting a vow to never admit black students to the fraternity. At the party hosted by some members of SAE's chapter at Clemson, people who attended wore bandanas, oversized T-shirts and low-slung pants and were shown in photos on social media making what appeared to be gang signs.

Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper pleads not guilty to federal charges of drugging women

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 03:34

Former NFL star Darren Sharper and his attorney Leonard Levine appear at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los AngelesNEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Former NFL star Darren Sharper pleaded not guilty on Monday in New Orleans to federal charges that he drugged women with the intent to rape them. Sharper, 39, last month pleaded guilty or no contest to rape or attempted rape in three states as part of plea bargains prosecutors have said will land him at least nine years in federal prison. (Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky; Editing by Sandra Maler)


Study: Brain scans may identify concussion-related disease

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 03:28

This combination of PET scans provided by UCLA on April 2, 2015 shows, from left, a normal brain scan, suspected Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) subjects, and a subject with Alzheimer's disease. In a report released on Monday, April 6, 2015, researchers say this brain-scanning technique might one day help doctors identify people with CTE, a disease linked to concussions in football and other sports, an illness now diagnosed after death. These images are from the article "In vivo Characterization of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) using FDDNP-PET Brain Imaging," first author Jorge R. Barrio. (AP Photo/PNAS/David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA)NEW YORK (AP) — A brain-scanning technique might one day help identify people with a disease linked to concussions in football and other sports, an illness now diagnosed only after death, a small study suggests.


Accused Boston bomber followed brother's lead, defense argues

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 03:27

A courtroom sketch shows prosecutor Aloke Chakravarty addressing the jury during closing arguments in the trial for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the federal courthouse in BostonBy Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev followed his older brother's lead in carrying out the 2013 bombing that killed three people, rather than acting on his own motivation, one of his attorneys argued on Monday. Tsarnaev, 21, could be sentenced to death if a jury finds him guilty of carrying out the April 15, 2013, attack and fatally shooting a police officer three days later as he and his brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, tried to flee the city. Following the prosecution's closing argument, that the ethnic Chechen defendant was an extremist who had "wanted to punish America" with the bombing attack, Tsarnaev's lawyers argued that he had been in the thrall of his older brother. Defense attorney Judith Clarke, who opened the trial last month by admitting that her client had committed all the crimes of which he is accused, repeated that assertion on Monday.


Ex-convict pleads not guilty to deadly Phoenix-area rampage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 03:27

FILE - This undated file booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Ryan Giroux, 41, who Mesa police say committed a string of crimes that included a motel shooting, a carjacking and a home invasion that ended with the suspect's arrest on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Giroux pleaded not guilty on Monday, April 6, 2015 to killing one person and wounding five others in a suburban Phoenix rampage that included multiple shootings, a carjacking and a home invasion. (AP Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office,File)PHOENIX (AP) — An ex-convict has pleaded not guilty to killing one person and wounding five others in a suburban Phoenix rampage that included multiple shootings, a carjacking and a home invasion.


Exclusive: Safety concerns rise at big Texas refinery a decade after disaster

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 03:26
By Erwin Seba TEXAS CITY, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. workplace regulators are probing accident data reported by Marathon Petroleum Corp at its huge Texas refinery, as laborers and union representatives raise concerns that safety practices implemented a decade ago following a deadly explosion are being rolled back. The inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration at Marathon's Galveston Bay Refinery, where the worst U.S. refining accident of the last 30 years occurred under former owner BP Plc, came "in response to a complaint regarding the recording of workplace injuries and illnesses," a Labor Department official said. BP sold the plant, which used to be known as the BP Texas City refinery, to Marathon in 2013 as part of a $2.4 billion deal. Marathon, the country's third-largest refiner with seven plants nationwide, confirmed "OSHA initiated an investigation regarding the proper classification of a handful of incidents." OSHA investigations are fairly common at the nation's 142 refineries and the launch of a probe does not necessarily mean the agency believes there has been wrongdoing.

College watch list a 'caution light'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 03:21
By Liz Weston LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Regulators recently made public a once secret watch list of around 550 colleges under scrutiny for financial irregularities. The list gained attention because of the Corinthian Colleges collapse last year. The education department placed Corinthian on the "heightened cash monitoring" watch list over concerns about the for-profit chain's practices and finances, and then last summer restricted its access to federal financial aid, including loans, grants and work study. Until last week, though, the education department kept the list a secret, citing concerns that revealing a school's regulatory status could cause it "competitive injury," said Michael Stratford, a reporter with trade publication Inside Higher Ed who filed repeated FOIA requests over several months for the information to be made public.

Truck flips on NJ Turnpike in Bordentown

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 03:21

Truck flips on NJ Turnpike in BordentownA tractor trailer flipped on the New Jersey Turnpike in Hamilton Township on Monday afternoon.


Ex-convict pleads not guilty in fatal Arizona shooting rampage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 03:20
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A former Arizona convict accused of an hours-long shooting rampage that killed one person and wounded five others in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa last month pleaded not guilty on Monday to multiple felony charges. Ryan Giroux, 41, shackled and wearing faded, striped jail clothing, denied 23 counts including first-degree murder, attempted murder and aggravated assault, during a brief arraignment in Maricopa County Superior Court. Giroux, who was flanked at the appearance before Commissioner Casey Newcomb by his two county public defenders, is being held without bond for parole violation. A county grand jury indicted him on March 27, nine days after the shooting spree that began in a Mesa motel room and ended in his arrest by a police SWAT team in a vacant condominium.

Key players in Rolling Stone magazine's U.Va. rape story

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 03:18
The Columbia Graduate School of Journalism identified several key players involved in Rolling Stone magazine's discredited article, "A Rape on Campus," about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity.

States ask U.S. Congress to launch inquiry of herbal supplements

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 02:44
By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - A group of 14 state attorneys general on Thursday asked the U.S. Congress to investigate the herbal supplements industry after a New York probe of the products turned up ingredients that were not listed on labels and raised safety concerns. The group, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, also asked Congress to consider giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration more oversight of herbal supplements. "We believe the safety and efficacy of these supplements is a matter of deep public concern across the country," the attorneys general said in the letter, urging "swift action." In February, four major retailers, GNC Holdings Inc, Target Corp, Walgreens and Wal Mart Stores Inc, halted sales of certain supplements after being subpoenaed by the New York attorney general.

FBI investigating 2 attacks with alleged Ferguson references

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 02:43
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The FBI is investigating whether hate crimes were committed during two St. Louis area attacks where suspects allegedly made reference to Ferguson, including the assault of former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Curt Ford, investigators said Monday.