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Customer refunds proposed in nuke-plant deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:47
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Utility customers would see an estimated $1.4 billion in savings, including $600 million in refunds, in a proposed settlement over costs tied to the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California, officials said Thursday.

Texas must tell attorneys execution drug supplier

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:44
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A judge ordered Texas prison officials Thursday to disclose the supplier of a new batch of lethal injection drugs to attorneys for two inmates set to be executed next month, but she stopped short of revealing the identity of the manufacturer to the public.

Judge: Bride showed no remorse in husband's death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:44

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 was sentenced Thursday to more than 30 years in prison for killing her husband of eight days by pushing him from a cliff in Glacier National Park after they argued over her regrets about the marriage.

Navy's Sikorsky helicopters cancellation would cost government $250 million: Levin

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:39
The U.S. Navy's plan to cancel an order for 29 MH-60 Sikorsky helicopters under a current five-year agreement would trigger termination fees of at least $250 million and raise the cost of Army helicopters covered by the same contract, a top U.S. senator said Thursday. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, criticized the Navy's plan to "break" the multi-year purchase agreement during a hearing on the Navy and Marine Corps budget requests. Levin dismissed the Navy's claim that scrapping the fiscal 2016 order of helicopters was related to the planned retirement of the USS George Washington aircraft carrier, noting that each carrier had only five MH-60 helicopters on board. The Navy had no immediate comment on the amount of the projected termination fee.

Crews preparing to enter underground nuke dump

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:29
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The Department of Energy said Thursday it expects to get underground next week to begin investigating the cause and extent of a mysterious radiation leak from the government's nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.

Probe: Errors let autistic boy slip from NY school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:22

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2013, file photo, a missing poster displayed in a New York subway station asks for help in finding Avonte Oquendo, an autistic 14-year-old who was last seen on Oct. 4 walking out of his Queens school toward a park overlooking the East River. Avonte's remains were found near the East River on Jan. 16, 2014. A report released Thursday, March 27, 2014, says many factors led to Avonte walking out of his New York City school to his death — including a safety agent distracted by a hug and a principal who didn't want to alarm children with a lockdown. (AP Photo/Barbara Woike, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A tragic confluence of errors including a school safety agent being distracted by a hug and a principal refusing to order a lockdown led to an autistic boy's disappearance from his school and his death, an investigator said Thursday.

5 victims of Colorado crash recovered, identified

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:20

This photo released by Ouray County, shows Ouray County, federal officials and Beegles Aircraft Service Inc. of Greeley, Colo., preparing salvage operations to recover the victims and plane, Thursday March 27, 2014, at the Ridgway Reservoir near Ridgway, Colo., at the site of a downed aircraft, The plane crashed on Saturday, March 22, 2014, killing five people from Alabama. (AP Photo/Ouray County, William Woody)DENVER (AP) — The bodies of five people from Alabama were pulled from a southwestern Colorado reservoir on Thursday, five days after a single-engine plane crashed into the cold, murky water.

Chief: 25 could be detained in airport bag thefts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:18

A passenger enters the terminal Thursday March 27, 2014 at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. Police say six people were arrested Wednesday March 26, 2014, after officers served more than two dozen search warrants after a months-long investigation into baggage theft at Los Angeles International Airport. Officials say those arrested were primarily employees or ex-employees of contracting companies hired to handle luggage and do not work for the airport itself. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say as many as 25 baggage handlers at Los Angeles International Airport could be detained by the end of an investigation into the theft of thousands of dollars in valuables from luggage.

U.S. appeals court upholds restrictive Texas abortion law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:10
By Jon Herskovitz and Lisa Maria Garza AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court upheld a Texas law on Thursday that places restrictions on abortions, saying a provision requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital was a reasonable regulation. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit found on Thursday that a federal judge erred last year in blocking the law. The U.S. Supreme Court allowed it to go into effect but had sent parts of the case back to the appeals court for review. The law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges, the ability to admit a patient for treatment at a hospital usually by being recognized as a doctor who can use hospital facilities, at an adequately equipped hospital within 30 miles of their practice.

Texas man put to death for delivery woman slaying

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:57

This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Anthony Doyle. Attorneys for Doyle, who is was sentenced to death for Thursday, March 27, 2014, for the fatal beating a food delivery person, Hyun Mi Cho, are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop his punishment. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas has executed a Dallas-area man convicted in the robbery and slaying of a woman attacked while delivering food to his parents' home 11 years ago.

Indicted California state senator ends Secretary of State campaign

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:55

File photo of California State Senator Leland Yee speaks about state budget impasse in San FranciscoBy Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A prominent state senator withdrew from a race for California Secretary of State on Thursday, a day after he was arrested by FBI agents and charged with corruption and conspiring to import and traffic firearms, his attorney said. Democratic state Senator Leland Yee said he would end his campaign to become California's chief elections officer in a letter submitted to Secretary of State Debra Bowen's office on Thursday, his attorney Paul DeMeester told reporters. "This is what he wanted to do in relation to that election for office given the circumstances of the federal case." Prosecutors criminally charged Yee, a child psychologist, in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday with two felony counts of conspiring to import and traffic in firearms and six corruption counts. Yee's arrest deals a blow to California Democrats, whose two-thirds majority in the state Senate was eroded when fellow senators Ron Calderon, indicted on corruption charges, and Rod Wright, found guilty of voter fraud, took paid leaves of absence earlier this year.

PG&E: Federal criminal charges likely in gas blast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:54

File-In this Sept.10, 2010 file photo firefighters and rescue crews work amongst damage caused by a pipeline explosion and an ensuing massive fire in a residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Thursday March 27, 2014, the company will likely face federal criminal charges for its role in this fatal gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu,File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Thursday the company will likely face federal criminal charges for its role in a fatal gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Amid scandal, some seek alternative to DC mayor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:48

D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser, one of seven Democrats trying to unseat the incumbent District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray in next week's primary, leaves a house, as she goes knocking door-to-door campaigning on Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington, Thursday, March 27, 2014. Loyalists are rallying around the mayor, and few are writing him off. But his troubles have provided an opening for one of his challengers, and D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser appears to be taking advantage. Two polls released a week before the primary showed Bowser in a statistical tie with Gray. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — The defining moment of a bizarre election season in the nation's capital wasn't provided by Mayor Vincent Gray or any of the seven Democrats trying to unseat him in next week's primary. Instead, it came from the city's top prosecutor.

Christie cleared in his own probe, but others loom

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:42

Attorney Randy Mastro answers questions at a news conference, in New York, Thursday, March 27, 2014. A law firm hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday that the governor was not involved in a plot to create gridlock near a major bridge as part of a political retribution scheme. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration said Thursday the governor was not involved in the plot to create traffic jams last fall, a conclusion that left the lead lawyer defending the integrity of his report, which came ahead of the results of separate and ongoing federal and legislative investigations.

Home demolitions turn Detroit into blank canvas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:26

Debris from a home that was torn down is shown in Detroit’s Brightmoor area Monday, March 24, 2014, in Detroit. For years, Brightmoor area residents pleaded with the city to demolish vacant homes that scavengers have stripped of wiring and plumbing and anything of value. Some structures are already gone, and now officials aim to do much more, possibly tearing down as many as 450 empty houses each week across more than 20 square miles of this bankrupt city _ a vast patchwork of rotting homes comparable to the size of Manhattan. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — The families of Detroit's Brightmoor area are delighted that the day is finally approaching when bulldozers will arrive to level more of their neighborhood. After that, their community's future will be like the cleared landscape — a blank canvas.

Former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:25

Former Secretary of Defense Schlesinger speaks at Council on Foreign Relations in New York in this file photoWASHINGTON (AP) — Onetime economics professor and longtime nuclear strategist James R. Schlesinger was a political man for all seasons, holding a long string of Cabinet and other high-level posts through three administrations. He was hired — and dismissed — by presidents of both parties.

Lawmakers press Obama administration on Sallie Mae contract renewal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:23
By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers on Thursday grilled an Obama administration official on the government's decision to renew a contract with student loan servicing company SLM Corp, the subject of numerous government investigations. "Sallie Mae has repeatedly broken the rules and violated its contracts with the government, and yet Sallie Mae continues to make millions on its federal contracts with the Department of Education," Warren said of SLM, popularly known as Sallie Mae. A spokeswoman for Sallie Mae, Patricia Christel, commented in an email to Reuters: "Americans with federal loans serviced by Sallie Mae are 30 percent less likely to default than others. Sallie Mae, the largest U.S. student loan provider, serviced 5.7 million student loan accounts on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education as of December 2013, according to a company spokeswoman.

Turkey moves to block YouTube but attempt fails

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:22

FILE - In this March 23, 2014 file photo, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses supporters of his Justice and Development Party during a rally in Istanbul, Turkey. Erdogan has been ensnared in a corruption scandal that has toppled four Cabinet ministers. He has provoked outrage at home and abroad with an attempt to block Twitter and YouTube. His incessant us-against-them rhetoric and conspiracy theories have alienated allies. Meanwhile, the Turkish Lira has fallen, interest rates are up and the Turkish economy has fallen off a cliff. It all might be enough to oust any leader. But as Turks prepare to vote in local elections Sunday, it’s all about Erdogan. His wife Emine Erdogan is at the left.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish authorities pressed Thursday to block access to YouTube following similar action against Twitter, a move sure to provoke further outrage in a country where social media is widely used.

Christie: Never considered quitting over scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:19
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he never considered resigning because aides shut down traffic leading to the George Washington Bridge.

Gun control advocates: Lawmaker arrest is setback

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:13
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gun-control groups said Thursday they were trying to find a new legislative leader to champion firearms restrictions after one of their most outspoken supporters was charged in a federal gun-trafficking case.