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New York governor says deal protects Tesla sales

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 07:14
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says an agreement has been reached to let Tesla Motors keep its five retail locations in the state as part of a compromise to strengthen auto dealer franchise protections while allowing Tesla's direct sales.

Flight 370 search shifts after new look at data

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 07:12

Royal Australia Air Force C-17 lands at RAAF Base Pearce to deliver a Sea Hawk helicopter to help with the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, in Perth, Australia, Friday, March 28, 2014. Australian officials moved the search area for the lost Malaysian jetliner 1,100 kilometers (680 miles) to the northeast Friday, following a new analysis of radar data, and a plane quickly found objects that a ship set out to investigate. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)PERTH, Australia (AP) — Three weeks into the mystery of Flight 370, investigators relying on newly analyzed satellite data shifted the search zone yet again, focusing on a swath of Indian Ocean where better conditions could help speed a hunt that is now concentrated thousands of miles from where it began.

FBI investigating police shooting of camper

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 07:04
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The FBI has opened an investigation into the recent police shooting of a homeless camper as he appeared to be surrendering, officials said Friday.

Acid tank explosion injures 9 at Indiana plant

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 07:00
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Nine workers at a Rolls-Royce aircraft-engine assembly plant near the Indianapolis International Airport were injured Friday when a tank of nitric acid exploded and filled the building with a cloud of corrosive vapor, officials said.

After days of searching, volunteer pulls sister's body from Washington mudslide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 06:59
By Jonathan Kaminsky DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - Days after risking his own life and defying arrest by joining the search for Washington state mudslide victims in a vast, mucky debris field near Oso, Dayn Brunner retrieved the body of the No. 1 person he had been looking for - his sister. Brunner, 42, recounted the tragic coincidence in an interview with Reuters on Friday, two days after it unfolded on the enormous mound of mud and rubble left by last Saturday's disaster, which has claimed at least 26 lives and left 90 people still missing. Brunner said he was on the mud pile on Wednesday afternoon when other rescue workers found a blue object and called him over to the spot. It was the same color as the car his sister, Summer Raffo, 36, was known to have been driving through the area when the slide struck.

Voter rights groups appeal documentation ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 06:56
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.

Texas screens jurors for trial of man charged with killing prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 06:48
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas court on Friday began screening thousands of potential jurors to serve in the October trial of a case that dominated headlines last year, when a man was accused of shooting dead three people, including two prosecutors. Nearly 3,000 people have been summoned to come to the Rockwall County court for the jury panel in the trial of Eric Williams, a former Kaufman County justice of the peace and attorney accused of murdering District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, Cynthia, and Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, according to Rockwall County officials. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Eric Williams, 46. McLelland and Hasse had prosecuted Eric Williams for the theft of office computer monitors, which cost him his job and law license.

Colorado is advised against creating state aerial firefighting fleet

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 06:45

An aircraft releases a fire-retardant solution to help stop the spreading of the burning fires at Black Forest, ColoradoBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado needs to strengthen efforts to combat wildfires to prevent future destructive blazes but need not create its own state-run aerial fleet of water-dropping planes, a firefighting agency recommended on Friday. The agency‘s director, Paul Cooke, said in a statement that firefighting efforts should focus on early detection and suppression before blazes rage out of control. A series of wildfires burned almost 250,000 acres and killed six people in Colorado in 2012, making it the state's worst wildfire season on record. Last year, the state's single most destructive wildfire destroyed nearly 500 homes and killed two people on the outskirts of Colorado Springs.

NJ Gov. Christie on major push to shed scandal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 06:45

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pauses before answering a question Friday, March 28, 2014, in Trenton, N.J., about the lane closures near the George Washington Bridge, during his first news conference since his nearly two-hour back and forth with reporters in January, a day after documents revealing that the traffic jams were politically motivated were made public. Investigations led by federal authorities and New Jersey legislators are continuing to delve into the lane closures near the George Washington Bridge, even as Gov. Chris Christie's own probe has concluded that he was not involved in the plot to block traffic. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Christie has spent the past few days putting down traffic cones to separate himself from scandal.

Dallas man found dead in home filled with clutter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 06:44
DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas house was so jammed with clutter that it took two days before the homeowner's body was finally discovered amid the debris, authorities said Friday.

Lawyer for fired aide criticizes Christie's report

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 06:34
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A lawyer for an aide fired by Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for ordering traffic to be blocked near the George Washington Bridge says the only credible investigation into the lane closings is being conducted by the U.S. attorney's office.

Navy gunman once faced murder charge in NC

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 06:28

This undated photo released by the Mecklenburg (N.C.) County Sheriff's Office, shows Jeffrey Tyrone Savage, who, according to the Navy on Thursday, March 27, 2014, is the civilian who shot and killed a sailor aboard a guided-missile destroyer at the Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va., earlier this week. Savage was killed by Navy security forces aboard the USS Mahan on Monday, March 24, after he disarmed the ship's petty officer of the watch and used her gun to shoot Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Mayo. (AP Photo/Mecklenburg (N.C.) County Sheriff's Office via The Virginian-Pilot)NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The civilian truck driver the Navy says killed a sailor aboard a ship in Virginia once faced a murder charge in North Carolina but ended up pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was out of prison less than two years later, court records show.

Grenade found, removed from NY Long Island street

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 06:28
SOUTH FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Police say they've successfully removed a hand grenade from the curb of a Long Island street in New York after a pedestrian spotted the explosive and called 911.

Museum items can't be seized to pay Iran judgment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 06:27

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2008 file photo, Matt Stolper, director of the Persepolis Fortification Archive at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute, examines a tablet that is part of a collection that provide a top-to-bottom look at life in the Persian empire 2,500 years ago. On Friday, March 28, 2014, a federal judge in Chicago ruled that survivors of a 1997 terrorist attack blamed partly on Iran can't seize museum pieces in U.S. collections to help pay a $412 million judgment against Iran. The ruling stems from a long-running legal battle that museum officials elsewhere watching closely. They feared their own collections could be put at risk if the judge had allowed collections of Persian antiquities at Chicago's Field Museum and the University of Chicago to be seized. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Survivors of a 1997 terrorist bombing blamed partly on Iran can't seize thousands of relics from U.S. museums to pay a $412 million judgment against the Iranian government, a federal judge in Chicago ruled Friday.

Nuke test cheating linked to flawed leadership

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 06:11

Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) Commander Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson speaks to reporters at the Pentagon, Thursday, March 27, 2014. The Air Force is firing nine mid-level commanders and disciplining dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base in response to an exam-cheating scandal that spanned a far longer period than originally reported. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)WASHINGTON (AP) — A basic contradiction lies at the root of an exam-cheating scandal that decimated the ranks of an Air Force nuclear missile group, investigators say: Commanders were demanding perfection in testing and ethics but also tacitly condoned rule-bending or even willfully ignored cheating.

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.