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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.


Bride wants to withdraw guilty plea in man's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:23

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 file photo, Jordan Graham, center, is flanked by defense attorneys Michael Donahoe, left, and Andy Nelson, as she leaves court in Missoula, Mont. The Montana woman who was to be sentenced Thursday for pushing her new husband to his death in Glacier National Park wants to withdraw her guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge, her lawyer said Tuesday March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephan Ferry, File)MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana woman who was to be sentenced Thursday for pushing her new husband to his death in Glacier National Park wants to withdraw her guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge, her lawyer said Tuesday.


At Cold War missile factory, elite rescuers drill for disaster

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:20

Rescue specialists for USA-1 examine the scene of a mock disaster area during a training exercise at the Guardian Center in PerryBy John Shiffman PERRY, Georgia (Reuters) - On a cloudless, windswept Georgia morning 100 miles south of Atlanta, a rescuer dangled 30 feet in the air, secured by rappelling ropes, wielding a jackhammer, as he drove the drill into a massive concrete slab designed to mimic the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City. Nearby more rescuers stood by a replica of an apartment building damaged during the 2010 Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake. Not far from the collapsed buildings, rescuers prepared to work inside a life-size mock subway collapse. "I've seen a lot of sites around the world - this is the most complex site I've ever seen," said Chris Schaff, a Fairfax County Fire Department battalion chief and task force commander for USA-1, the elite international urban search and rescue team that is based outside Washington, D.C. "This is Disney for rescuers." This week of field training, the first of its kind at the Guardian Center to be open to the media, began Monday with the arrival of USA-1 from Fairfax.


Agents protecting Obama abroad sent home for disciplinary reasons

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:59
Three members of the U.S. Secret Service detail that protects President Barack Obama were sent home from Amsterdam for disciplinary reasons, a Secret Service spokesman confirmed on Tuesday. The spokesman, Brian Leary, declined to provide further details. The agents were disciplined after going out for a night of drinking, the Washington Post reported. None of the agents were supervisors, a Secret Service source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

2 more bodies recovered from Washington mudslide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:56

A flag, put up by volunteers helping search the area, stands in the ruins of a home left at the end of a deadly mudslide from the now-barren hillside seen about a mile behind, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Oso, Wash. At least 14 people were killed in the 1-square-mile slide that hit in a rural area about 55 miles northeast of Seattle on Saturday. Several people also were critically injured, and homes were destroyed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Rescuers slogging through muck and rain Tuesday in an increasingly desperate search for survivors of a massive mudslide instead recovered two bodies and believe they have located another eight, Washington state officials said.


Honolulu police: Outlaw sex with prostitutes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:27
HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police told a key Hawaii lawmaker Tuesday that they're OK with making it expressly illegal for officers to have sex with prostitutes, as long as undercover officers can still say they'll have sex so they can make arrests.

Architects unveil plans for school to replace site of Newtown massacre

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:06

Alana Konefal, a senior designer with Svigals + Partners architecture firm presents an updated design concept for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in NewtownBy Richard Weizel NEWTOWN, Connecticut (Reuters) - Architects on Tuesday unveiled designs for a new elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, filled with sunlight, connections to nature - and new security measures - to replace the building where a gunman killed 26 people, mostly young children, in 2012, one of the worst such attacks in U.S. history. The proposal calls for the $50 million Sandy Hook Elementary School building in the suburb to be set on a hill, further from roads and parking lots than its predecessor, to improve security without creating a fortress-like environment, architects told a school commission on Tuesday evening. "Children are not unlike plants, they need light and they need nature," Barry Svigals, an architect from Svigals & Partners, of New Haven said. "To enhance safety and create a cozy, secure environment the new school will be further back in the woods with buffer areas between cars and classrooms with lots of light and trees right outside," Robert Mitchell, chairman of the town's Public Building and Site Commission, said in a phone interview.


2 more bodies recovered from Washington mudslide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:01

A flag, put up by volunteers helping search the area, stands in the ruins of a home left at the end of a deadly mudslide from the now-barren hillside seen about a mile behind, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Oso, Wash. At least 14 people were killed in the 1-square-mile slide that hit in a rural area about 55 miles northeast of Seattle on Saturday. Several people also were critically injured, and homes were destroyed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Rescuers slogging through muck and rain Tuesday in an increasingly desperate search for survivors of a massive mudslide instead recovered two bodies and believe they have located another eight, Washington state officials said.


At Cold War missile factory, elite rescuers drill for disaster

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:47

Rescue specialists for USA-1 examine the scene of a mock disaster area during a training exercise at the Guardian Center in PerryBy John Shiffman PERRY, Georgia (Reuters) - On a cloudless, windswept Georgia morning 100 miles south of Atlanta, a rescuer dangled 30 feet in the air, secured by rappelling ropes, wielding a jackhammer, as he drove the drill into a massive concrete slab designed to mimic the 1985 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City. Nearby more rescuers stood by a replica of an apartment building damaged during the 2010 Christ Church, New Zealand earthquake. Not far from the collapsed buildings, rescuers prepared to work inside a life-size mock subway collapse. "I've seen a lot of sites around the world - this is the most complex site I've ever seen," said Chris Schaff, a Fairfax County Fire Department battalion chief and task force commander for USA-1, the elite international urban search and rescue team that is based outside Washington, D.C. "This is Disney for rescuers." This week of field training, the first of its kind at the Guardian Center to be open to the media, began Monday with the arrival of USA-1 from Fairfax.


3 Secret Service agents benched before Obama trip

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:45
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service says three agents were sent home from Amsterdam for disciplinary reasons on Sunday.

Honolulu police: Outlaw sex with prostitutes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:42
HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police told a key Hawaii lawmaker on Tuesday that they're OK with making it expressly illegal for officers to have sex with prostitutes, as long as undercover officers can still say they'll have sex so they can make arrests.

House majority leader elected Rhode Island speaker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:25

Democrat Nicholas Mattiello, of Cranston, R.I., speaks after being sworn in as the new House Speaker by the Rhode Island House of Representatives at the Statehouse in Providence, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Mattiello was elected after the abrupt resignation of Gordon Fox, one of the most powerful figures in state government, after his home and Statehouse office were raided as part of a criminal probe. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's House majority leader has been elected speaker in a lopsided vote days after the abrupt resignation of one of the state government's most powerful figures.