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Woman now in wheelchair testifies at Boston bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 07:14

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right, and defense attorney Judy Clarke are depicted watching evidence displayed on a monitor during his federal death penalty trial Monday, March 9, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring 260 spectators. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — A woman testifying from a wheelchair Monday in the Boston Marathon bombing trial recalled shielding her husband from the sight of his mangled leg, being pushed to the ground by a bystander frantically trying to extinguish the flames on her body and coming to grips with becoming a double amputee.

New video shows Washington state landslide's aftermath

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 07:14
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A rain-soaked hillside that collapsed in Washington state last March, killing 43 people, was so saturated it continued to slough huge pieces of mud more than 10 minutes after it gave way, a newly released video showed on Monday. This is crazy," a woman's voice can be heard saying on the video, filmed by a resident and posted on YouTube by the Everett Herald newspaper. Elizabeth Honnerlaw, who shot the video, had been driving in the area with daughter Jaclyn when they paused to capture the unfolding disaster near the community of Oso, about 55 miles northeast of Seattle. “When we went into the field, we could still see some of the mountain coming down,” Jaclyn Honnerlaw told the newspaper.

U.S. to investigate livestock research center over animal abuse reports

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 07:12
By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Agriculture Department's Office of the Inspector General has assembled an audit team and plans to begin field work this month in an inquiry of the government's key livestock study center amid media reports of animal welfare abuse, the agency told Reuters on Monday. OIG officials currently are "determining the scope and objectives of their planned audit inquiry" into the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) facility in Nebraska, the agency said.

Wisconsin family, protesters seek justice for teen shot by police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 06:56
By Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - Close to 2,000 students marched in Wisconsin's capital on Monday to protest the fatal police shooting of an unarmed biracial teenager, while his family demanded justice and the police chief apologized. Students crowded into the rotunda of the state Capitol in the morning, chanting and waving signs to protest the death of Tony Robinson, 19, shot on Friday by a white police officer. Later, Turin Carter, Robinson's uncle, said his family was calling for a thorough investigation and was concerned about the "systematic targeting of young black males," but did not endorse blanket anti-police sentiments. "We are not proponents of anti-police (attitudes)... We understand that law enforcement is necessary and mandatory and we need to change our mindset about the police," Carter said at a news conference outside the house where Robinson was shot.

Rising price of heroin-overdose antidote worries advocates

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 06:55

In this March 2, 2015 photo, Alicia Gibbons holds an empty bottle of naloxone that she used to save the life of her daughter Ashley at their home in Mays Landing, N.J. Officials across the country are agreeing that it makes sense to hand out the antidote to police, families of addicts and drug users themselves but price of naloxone, sold in the U.S. under the brand name Narcan, has doubled in the past year. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Price hikes are curtailing access to a popular form of an antidote to heroin overdoses, with costs doubling in the past year and the manufacturer's stock price rising by 70 percent since it went public.

Case opens against Alabama woman accused of running granddaughter to death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 06:54

Joyce Hardin Garrard is seen in a booking photo released by the Etowah County Sheriff?s OfficeBy Sherrel Wheeler Stewart GADSDEN, Ala. (Reuters) - An Alabama woman accused of killing her granddaughter acted like a military drill instructor when she forced the 9-year-old to run back and forward in a yard carrying wood for almost three hours as punishment for lying about having eaten forbidden chocolates, a prosecutor said at her trial on Monday. Joyce Garrard, 49, is accused of forcing Savannah Hardin to run nonstop at her home in Etowah County in northeast Alabama in February 2012 before she collapsed, went into seizures and died days later in hospital from dehydration and low sodium, authorities have said. During opening statements, Etowah County assistant district attorney Marcus Reid told the jury that Garrard acted like Sergeant Vince Carter, the drill instructor in the TV series Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. "When paramedics arrived, little Savannah was in a T-shirt and panties, soaking wet, but cold to the touch," Reid said.

American flag ban on college campus draws lawmakers' rebuke

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 06:51

Accompanied by fellow GOP lawmakers and veterans, State Sen. Janet Nguyen, R-Garden Grove, announces a proposed constitutional amendment to block publicly funded universities from banning the American flag, at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, March 9, 2015. The proposal comes after a student council at the University of California, Irvine last week, banned the display of all flags. A higher student panel has since overturned the ban.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When a California college student council banned the display of the American flag from a common area in the student government offices, the action was quickly denounced by the student body president and a higher student panel overturned it two days later.

Missouri appeals judge named to take over Ferguson court following Justice Department report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 06:48
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri appeals judge named to take over Ferguson court following Justice Department report.

Parents of Ga. teen found dead in gym mat accused of slander

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 06:47
ATLANTA (AP) — A pair of teenage brothers and their father are accusing the parents of a Georgia teen found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat of libel and slander, according to a court filing.

Apple Watch moves Internet out of your pocket

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 06:42

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about the new Apple Watch during an Apple event on Monday, March 9, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple wants to move the Internet from your pocket to your wrist.

Area roads pocketed with potholes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 06:41

Area roads pocketed with potholesWhile warmer weather is good news for many who are tired of winter, it's also bad news for drivers and their cars.

New York releases new plan for mute swans with less killing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 06:37
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A revised plan for dealing with non-native mute swans, the majestic white water birds, in New York involves less shooting and more management.

Boxing champ's daughter doing well after heart transplant

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 06:35

Boxing champ's daughter doing well after heart transplantLocal boxing champ Steve Cunningham is preparing for a big fight this weekend in Montreal but just a few months ago his young daughter was in the fight of her life.

Colorado police say black man fatally shot last week was unarmed: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 06:31
Police in the Denver suburb of Aurora said on Monday that an individual who was fatally shot by an officer during an incident on Friday was an unarmed 37-year-old black man, the Denver Post newspaper reported. Aurora Police Commander Paul O'Keefe said the individual was a parolee who had removed a Department of Corrections ankle monitor on March 2, the Denver Post reported. The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office named the deceased as Naeschylus Vinzant, said in a statement on Monday that he died from a gunshot wound to the chest during a confrontation with police officers," and classified the death as a homicide.

Babysitter says ex-NFL star came on to her day before murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 06:30

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez sits during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall RiverBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez made sexual advances toward his babysitter after driving her and the man he allegedly killed the following day to an apartment in Franklin, Massachusetts, the babysitter testified on Monday. Jennifer Fortier, 28, said she and a friend got into a black SUV Hernandez was driving after they left a Boston nightclub around 2 a.m. on June 16, 2013. Joining them in the SUV and in the apartment was a man she later recognized from news reports as Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating Hernandez's sister. He is being tried on murder and firearms charges at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Defense expert: Utah doctor's ex-wife likely wasn't murdered

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 06:20

Johnny Brickman Wall listens to testimony during his murder trial, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Wall, a former Utah pediatrician, is accused of killing his ex-wife, Uta von Schwedler, in 2011. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann, Pool)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The death of a Utah doctor's ex-wife looks like an accident or a suicide rather than a homicide, a forensic expert for the defense testified during the murder trial of John Brickman Wall on Monday.

2 people shot outside North Philadelphia elementary school

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 06:14

1 dead, 1 critical in shooting outside North Philadelphia elementary schoolPhiladelphia police are investigating a double shooting outside a North Philadelphia elementary school.

UN chief urges equality for women by 2030, says men are key

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 06:09
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon challenged all governments Monday to reach the goal of equality for women by the year 2030, saying the key is getting men to change their "mindsets."

Court: Judge erred on Milwaukee archdiocese fund

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 06:00
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge made a mistake when he ruled a $55 million cemetery trust fund off-limits in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's bankruptcy case, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

Icahn deal to keep Donald Trump's name on Taj Mahal Casino

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 05:55

Icahn deal to keep Donald Trump's name on Taj Mahal CasinoThe Donald Trump name will stay in Atlantic City.