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Chris Christie Administration Facing New Criminal Investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 09:34
Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into NJ Gov. Chris Christie and members of his administration, a man at the center of the investigation said.

Lawmakers want tougher vaccine exemptions amid measles outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 09:26

Demand For Measles Vaccine Increases As Outbreak Started At Disneyland In California SpreadsBy Eric M. Johnson and Shelby Sebens SEATTLE/PORTLAND, Ore (Reuters) - Several U.S. states are considering laws to make it harder for parents to legally opt out of vaccinating their children, as health officials fight a measles outbreak that has sickened some 120 people in more than a dozen mostly West Coast states. Lawmakers in California, Oregon, and Washington state, which have all had recent measles cases, want to remove exemptions based on personal beliefs, while farther afield, Ohio recently extended a law that covers those entering childcare.


Navy plans more intensive review of H-53 helicopters

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 09:21

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter departs the USS Makin Island amphibious assault ship near KuantanThe U.S. Navy on Thursday said it was launching a more intensive effort to ensure that any wiring or fuel line problems with its CH-53E and MH-53E heavy-lift helicopters are corrected as quickly and effectively as possible. The Navy first ordered inspections of the Sikorsky Aircraft helicopters in February 2014 to find and fix any sign of the damaged fuel lines and wires that caused a January 2014 crash of an MH-53E Sea Dragon that killed three crew members. The helicopters were built by Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp and first entered service in the 1980s.


Minnesota man bound for Turkey accused of lying to federal agents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 09:14
A Minnesota man pulled off an airplane bound for Turkey last year has been charged with repeatedly lying to federal agents investigating the recruitment of young U.S. residents to join Islamist militant groups, prosecutors said on Thursday. Hamza Ahmed, 19, and three other young Minnesota men took a bus to New York from Minneapolis where authorities stopped them from leaving on international flights on Nov. 9, FBI Special Agent Daniel Higgins said in court papers. The charge of making false statements against Ahmed, a Minneapolis resident, was unsealed on Thursday.

Attorney general: Use debate on force to aid relations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 09:09

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a building community trust roundtable discussion with law enforcement, elected officials and community leaders Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. Sitting alongside Holder from left are Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. Holder talked about law enforcement and community relations in Oakland, a city that experienced violent demonstrators against police abuse last year. Oakland is the sixth and last city the attorney general has conducted these police-community relations since unarmed black men were killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri and New York. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that law enforcement and other leaders should use the national debate over the use of force to improve relations with the communities they serve.


911 call in 'Suge' Knight murder case is released

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 09:03

Marion "Suge" Knight appears in a court during his arraignment, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 in Compton, Calif. Knight, 49, pleaded not guilty on to murder, attempted murder and other charges filed after he struck two men with his truck last week. (AP Photo/Paul Buck, Pool)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 911 recording was released Thursday in which a shaken witness reported seeing two men run over in Compton after a fight — an incident that led to murder and other charges against former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight.


RadioShack files for bankruptcy, plans deal with Sprint

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 08:58

FILE - This Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 file photo shows a RadioShack store in Dallas. The electronics retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A diminished RadioShack will live on, but its future may lie with Sprint.


California woman battles Navajo Nation over husband's body

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 08:43
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman who was ordered to return her husband's body to the country's largest American Indian reservation for burial said she's not ready to stop fighting to have his remains laid to rest at a California veterans cemetery.

Chris Christie Facing New Criminal Investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 08:38
Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into NJ Gov. Chris Christie and members of his administration, a man at the center of the investigation said.

New York train was not speeding before crash with car

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 08:35
By Sebastien Malo TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (Reuters) - The New York commuter train that plowed into a car stopped on a crossing this week was traveling just below the speed limit and no problem was found with the signals or traffic barriers at the site of the deadly crash, a federal investigator said on Thursday. The fiery crash that followed killed the SUV driver and five train passengers in the deadliest rail accident in the New York area in more than three decades. The driver of the vehicle behind the Mercedes told NTSB investigators on Thursday that traffic was "edging along" at the railway crossing in Valhalla, an affluent town north of New York City, Robert Sumwalt, an NTSB member, said at a news conference. The Mercedes came to a stop on the crossing, Sumwalt said.

Brothers separated for nearly 60 years reunited in Fresno

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 08:34

Brothers separated for nearly 60 years reunited in FresnoTwo brothers separated since their childhoods were finally reunited this week in Fresno.


Hackers see rewarding targets in health care companies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 08:33

The Anthem logo hangs at the health insurer's corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Hackers broke into the company's database storing information for about 80 million people in an attack bound to stoke fears many Americans have about the privacy of their most sensitive information. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Health care is a treasure trove for criminals looking to steal reams of personal information, as the hacking of a database maintained by the second-largest U.S. health insurer proves.


Riders, sad and fearful, return to line where train crashed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 08:31

A train passes through the intersection where an SUV was struck by a Metro-North Railroad train in Valhalla, N.Y., Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. An investigation into what caused a fiery crash that killed a motorist and five rail riders is focusing on how a mother of three described by friends as safety conscious ended up between two crossing gates in her SUV as a commuter train barreled toward her. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — Julie Garla took the 5:29 p.m. train out of Grand Central Terminal on Tuesday. Her husband took the 6:13. In between, there was tragedy.


Witness says accused killer of missing New York boy confessed in 1979

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 08:27
By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former member of a New Jersey church group testified on Thursday that a deli worker accused of kidnapping and murdering a New York City boy in 1979 confessed the crimes to him during a religious retreat that year. Pedro Hernandez is accused of the kidnapping and murder of 6-year-old Etan Patz, who vanished on May 25, 1979 while walking to a school bus stop in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood. The case ignited a national movement to find missing children, and Patz was one of the first missing children whose picture appeared on a milk carton. Hernandez, 54, was arrested in 2012 after police got a tip that he had confessed at a church group.

SUV inside train gates for about 30 seconds before NY crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 08:26

A train passes through the intersection where an SUV was struck by a Metro-North Railroad train in Valhalla, N.Y., Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. An investigation into what caused a fiery crash that killed a motorist and five rail riders is focusing on how a mother of three described by friends as safety conscious ended up between two crossing gates in her SUV as a commuter train barreled toward her. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — An SUV was in the danger zone inside railroad crossing gates for about half a minute before a suburban commuter train crashed into it, killing the driver and five train passengers, investigators' preliminary findings indicate.


North Korea defector to world: Look beyond 'beatings, camps'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 08:10
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A North Korean defector whose memoir describes his meeting with Kim Jong Il says the world's intense focus on the regime's human rights record fails to see the full scope of its inhumanity to its people.

Washington state teen gets 20 years for murder of WWII veteran

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 08:06
A Washington state teenager was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for the murder of an 88-year-old World War Two veteran who was beaten to death during a robbery outside a Spokane fraternal lodge. Kenan Adams-Kinard, 17, changed his plea to guilty in January in connection with the August 2013 incident in which he and an accomplice were accused of assaulting Delbert "Shorty" Belton as he sat in his vehicle. During Thursday's sentencing in Spokane County Superior Court, Adams-Kinard, dressed in a suit and tie, asked for leniency and read a prepared statement in which he quoted from the Bible and Greek mythology. In their remarks to the court, Belton's family members described him as a patriot with a big heart who would have given his assailants money had they asked.

Doctor dead after plane hits guy-wire of West Texas TV tower

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 08:03
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A Lubbock doctor was killed after the small plane he was piloting crashed into a guy-wire attached to a TV tower as he approached an airport in West Texas, authorities said Thursday.

Harvard bans professors from having sex with undergraduates

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 08:01
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University has instituted a total ban on professors having sex with undergraduate students, strengthening language it said didn't reflect its expectations on appropriate relationships between faculty members and students.

NY judge asked to release grand jury chokehold death details

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:57

Police Chokehold DeathNEW YORK (AP) — Civil liberties lawyers urged a state judge on Thursday to reverse a district attorney's attempt to keep secret the grand jury testimony concerning the police chokehold death of an unarmed man, saying the public needs to reconcile a widely watched video of the arrest with the decision not to indict the officer involved.