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Possible source of fumes uncovered at nuclear site

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 06:11
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A contractor has identified two possible sources of fumes that have sickened 18 workers during the past two weeks at the nation's most contaminated nuclear weapons site in Washington state.

Jeremiah Denton, Vietnam War POW and U.S. senator, dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 06:08

Handout photo of retired rear admiral Jeremiah A. Denton Jr. in WashingtonBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jeremiah Denton, a former U.S. senator who was held as a prisoner of war by North Vietnam for more than seven years and revealed his treatment by blinking the word "torture" in Morse code during a televised interview, died on Friday at age 89. Denton died at a hospice facility in Virginia Beach, Virginia, from a heart ailment, his family said. The retired Navy rear admiral was elected in 1980 as Alabama's first Republican senator in 112 years and earned a reputation as one of the Senate's most conservative members before being defeated in his 1986 re-election bid. President Ronald Reagan lauded him that year as "a national treasure." President Barack Obama said in a statement that Denton "leaves behind a legacy of heroic service to his country." "The valor that he and his fellow POWs displayed was deeply inspiring to our nation at the time, and it continues to inspire our brave men and women who serve today," Obama said.

1st brief filed after Virginia gay marriage ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 06:04
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge who struck down Virginia's gay marriage ban usurped the state's authority to decide whether same-sex unions should be allowed, a lawyer defending the ban said Friday.

Jet diverts safely to NYC with damage from bird

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 06:00
NEW YORK (AP) — A seagull put a hole in the nose of a JetBlue airliner shortly after the plane took off from a suburban New York airport Friday, but the jet and its 142 passengers landed safely at nearby Kennedy International.

Accused school shooter competent to stand trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 05:59
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A Roswell judge concluded Friday that the 12-year-old boy accused of opening fire in his middle school gym and injuring two students is competent to stand trial.

FBI most wanted fugitive arrested in murder of NY mother, toddler

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 05:57

Juan Elias Garcia, an alleged member of the MS-13 gang, seen in picture released by FBIAn accused gang member put on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list this week was arrested on Friday for his role in the 2010 killing of his girlfriend and her toddler son, federal authorities said. Juan Elias "Cruzito" Garcia, 21, a reputed member of the murderous international gang known as MS-13, was taken into custody when he voluntarily returned to the United States to face criminal prosecution, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a press release. Garcia, who has ties to El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Panama, is accused in the execution-style shooting of the mother and child in Central Islip, New York, authorities said. His surrender on Friday - just two days after being put on the most wanted list - was the result of a coordinated effort between Nicaraguan authorities and U.S. law enforcement, which sent aircraft to bring Garcia to New York, the FBI said.

How Washington officials count mudslide victims

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 05:54

Workers comb through debris at the site of a deadly mudslide, Friday, March 28, 2014, in Oso, Wash. Besides the 26 bodies already found, dozens more people could be buried in the debris pile left from the mudslide nearly one week ago. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson, Pool)ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Authorities on Friday kept the official death toll from the Washington mudslide at 17, even though they have acknowledged a total of at least 25 bodies have been located. Here is a breakdown on how they are counting the victims:

NJ mom who lived with sons in storage is sentenced

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 05:50
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The mother of two children who were living periodically in a 5-by-10-foot unit at a New Jersey storage facility has been sentenced to probation.

Chemical spill injures nine at Rolls-Royce plant in Indiana

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 05:48
(Reuters) - Nine employees were injured Friday in a release of nitric acid from a 250 gallon tank at a Rolls-Royce aviation engine plant in Indianapolis, authorities said. Eight of the injured people were taken to hospitals and one person was treated at the scene, the Wayne Township Fire Department said on its twitter feed. A "pressurized release" of nitric acid occurred on the manufacturing floor in one of the Rolls-Royce plants, company spokesman Joel Reuter said. Nitric acid is a toxic liquid that can cause serious burns.

Lawyers for accused Boston bomber seek secret data on dead brother

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 05:36

Family members of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev leave the federal courthouse in BostonLawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber on Friday asked a judge to order U.S. prosecutors to hand over more information, including surveillance data, on his late older brother in order to assess the relative blame of each man in the attack. Dzohkhar Tsarnaev, who is charged with killing three people and injuring 264 with homemade bombs at the April 15, 2013, marathon and shooting dead a university police officer a few days later, faces the threat of execution if convicted of the worst mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001. Defense attorneys said any evidence that suggests older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died after a gunfight with police while the pair were preparing to flee Boston a few days after the attack, could boost the 20-year-old surviving Tsarnaev's chances of avoiding the death penalty if convicted. "Any evidence tending to show that Tamerlan supplied the motivation, planning, and ideology behind the Boston Marathon attack, and that his younger brother acted under his domination and control, is 'material,'" defense attorneys said in one of a series of a filings in U.S. District Court in Boston.

Ex-FAMU band member gets 1 year in hazing death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 05:36
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida A&M band member on Friday became the first person to be sentenced to jail time for his role in the hazing death of a drum major.

Texas Supreme Court halts release of drug supplier

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 05:28
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas' new supplier of execution drugs will remain a secret — at least for now — after the state Supreme Court on Friday temporarily blocked a ruling that the prison agency must disclose the information to attorneys for two death row inmates.

Louisiana faced with revealing lethal injection details to inmate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 05:27
The Louisiana Department of Corrections does not plan to appeal a U.S. Court decision this week that compels it to reveal to inmates on death row the content and maker of drugs used in lethal injections, a prisons official said on Friday. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday was one in a series in favor of inmates who have sought delays for their execution while they seek information about the contents of lethal injection cocktails and clarity on who would be supplying the drugs. The decisions are likely to delay executions across the country as lawyers for inmates in other states launch similar efforts on their behalf in states looking to develop new means of lethal injection after supplies of drugs they have once used have run dry. "The state will not appeal the decision," Darryl Campbell, the executive management officer of the Louisiana Department of Corrections, told Reuters.

Marathon suspect asks for surveillance records

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 05:25
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NY'-ehv) have asked a judge to order prosecutors to disclose whether they plan to use evidence obtained through secret surveillance.

Mudslide death toll poised to soar despite dearth of details

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 05:22
By Eric M. Johnson ARLINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - The death toll from a catastrophic mudslide in Washington state appeared poised to climb dramatically as rescue teams drenched by steady rains on Friday clawed through thick muck searching for more victims nearly a week after a disaster that has left 90 people missing. Authorities already have said that some of those killed might never be found, and on Thursday braced the public for news - still yet to come - that the number of dead would "increase substantially" in the next 24 to 28 hours.

3 California state senators' legal troubles

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 05:19
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — So far in 2014, each month has brought news of another arrest or conviction of a Democratic California state senator. Legislators voted to suspend all three senators on Friday, though they will continue to receive their salaries. Here is some background about their legal troubles:

Voter rights groups appeal Kan. citizenship ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 05:12
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Voting rights groups filed an appeal Friday of a judge's order that federal election officials must help Kansas and Arizona enforce state laws requiring new voters to provide documentation proving their U.S. citizenship.

Newly developed Cobain photos show suicide scene

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 05:08
SEATTLE (AP) — Police say recently developed photos show the greenhouse room above a garage where grunge rock icon Kurt Cobain killed himself 20 years ago.

Ex-Illinois judge gets 2-year term in drug scandal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 04:59
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A disgraced Illinois judge at the center of a courthouse drug scandal that included a fellow jurist's cocaine death was sentenced Friday to two years in federal prison on heroin and weapons charges.

Court finds fault with federal water transfer regulation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 04:57
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday threw out a federal regulation that allowed government agencies to transfer water between different water bodies, such as rivers and lakes, without needing to safeguard for pollution. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas of the Southern District of New York ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to go back to the drawing board on one aspect of the 2008 regulation. The regulation, known as the water transfers rule, exempts transfers from the national water discharge permit program that is administered by the EPA.