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2 boaters found dead in Lake Erie; 2 more missing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 04:55
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The bodies of two of four missing boaters were recovered in western Lake Erie on Thursday, a day after the group left for an afternoon of fishing.

FBI: Another arrest made in NC kidnapping case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 04:49
ATLANTA (AP) — Another arrest was made in the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor's father, federal investigators said Thursday.

Signs of healing in Texas town a year after deadly plant blast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 04:48

Texas State Troopers block a railway line leading towards a fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, near Waco, TexasBy Lisa Maria Garza WEST, Texas (Reuters) - Still healing from multiple broken bones after the force of a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant lifted him out of his boots a year ago, one first responder has begun to address the anguish of losing his team members. Volunteer firefighter Robert Payne said there were challenges that went far beyond physical rehabilitation in recovering from the April 17, 2013, blast that killed 15 people, most of them first responders. In many ways, the tiny, central Texas city of West looks much like it did before the fertilizer plant explosion leveled the surrounding neighborhood and injured hundreds. Texas Governor Rick Perry said late Wednesday that the state will award West an additional $4.8 million to repair the city's infrastructure, including water treatment and storage, on top of the $3.2 million in disaster relief already received.


Public, media barred from theater shooting hearing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 04:47
DENVER (AP) — For the second time, the media and other members of the public will be barred from a pretrial hearing in the Colorado theater shooting case.

Iraqi immigrant convicted of murdering wife, whose death was first thought to be a hate crime

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 04:44
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — Iraqi immigrant convicted of murdering wife, whose death was first thought to be a hate crime.

Judge: Ex-gov can't keep filings from prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 04:42
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge says former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell can keep some court filings from the public, but not from prosecutors in his public corruption case.

Investigators reconstruct bus crash in California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 04:42
ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — Accident investigators with the California Highway Patrol are reconstructing how fast a bus carrying high school students was going before its fiery collision with a FedEx truck that left 10 people dead.

Live free or die: New Hampshire moves to decriminalize adultery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 04:40
New Hampshire lawmakers on Thursday voted to scrap an ancient law that makes cheating on your spouse a criminal offense in the New England state whose motto is "Live Free or Die." Governor Maggie Hassan is expected to sign the bill into law, making adultery legal in the Granite State for the first time in hundreds of years. Back in 1791, being unfaithful in New Hampshire earned you an hour of public embarrassment on the gallows, as many as 39 lashes, a one-year prison sentence, and a big fine. A spokesman for the state Senate said the bill to repeal the crime of adultery passed Thursday with a voice vote.

Ex-honor student gets 5 years in terrorism case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 04:37
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An immigrant teen who had earned a scholarship to an elite U.S. college but helped solicit support for Jihadists he met online was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.

After Nevada ranch stand-off, emboldened militias ask: where next?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 04:32

An armed man stands watch as protesters gather by the Bureau of Land Management's base camp near Bunkerville, NevadaHe was part of a 1,000-strong coalition of armed militia-men, cowboys on horseback, gun rights activists and others who rallied to Cliven Bundy's Bunkerville ranch, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, in a stand-off with about a dozen agents from the federal Bureau of Land Management. Citing public safety, the BLM retreated, suspending its operation and even handing back cattle it had already seized. No shots were fired during the stand-off, which Bundy's triumphant supporters swiftly dubbed the "Battle of Bunkerville," but the government's decision to withdraw in the face of armed resistance has alarmed some who worry that it has set a dangerous precedent and emboldened militia groups. "Do laws no longer apply when the radical right no longer agrees?" said Ryan Lenz, a writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors militia group activity.


Judges question attorneys at gay marriage hearing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 04:30

Oklahomans for Equality gather at Tulsa International Airport with their signs for a send off celebration in support for the plaintiffs in the Oklahoma Marriage Equality lawsuit as they head to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Wednesday April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Brandi Simons)DENVER (AP) — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States sharply questioned whether Oklahoma can legally prevent the marriages.


Two dead, two missing in Lake Erie boat incident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 04:27
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Two women are dead and two men missing after their boat apparently struck a submerged reef in Lake Erie during a fishing trip, authorities said on Thursday. Authorities launched a search for the missing boaters after family members said they had failed to check in on Wednesday after a trip out on the lake. One of the women was found early Thursday by a private vessel and a second about noon by a U.S. Coast Guard vessel roughly two miles from the first, officials said. A Coast Guard rescue boat found debris and a partly submerged motorboat about 5 miles from a marina where a boat trailer and a truck belonging to the boaters were found, authorities said.

Salmonella decline seen in food poisoning report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 04:26

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2013 file photo, an oyster cultivator holds oyster seed before spreading it into the waters of Duxbury Bay in Duxbury, Mass. A Thursday, April 17, 2014 report from the Centers of Disease Control says there was in increase in infections from vibrio bacteria found in raw shellfish. In 2013, cases were up 32 percent from the previous three years and 75 percent from about five years ago. But the numbers remain very small - only 242 of the 20,000 foodborne illnesses recorded in 10 states. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)NEW YORK (AP) — The government's latest report card on food poisoning shows a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. The report counts cases in only 10 states for some of the most common causes of foodborne illness, but is believed to be a good indicator of national food poisoning trends. Highlights from Thursday's report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:


Fish found with mercury in remote Western regions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 04:23
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Federal scientists have found high amounts of mercury in fish caught in remote areas of national parks in the West and Alaska, according to a study released Thursday.

NYC to change maligned Sandy rebuilding program

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 04:19

FILE- In this April 11, 2013, file photo, a home in the process of being raised is seen in the Broad Channel section of Queens, New York. About 24,000 families have signed up for New York City's Build-It-Back program, which will help pay for repairs, elevate their homes and reimburse them for repairs that have already completed on the damage left behind by Superstorm Sandy. On Thursday, April 17, 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced changes to the program. Criticizing the program as "overly complex," de Blasio said that the city will reform the program by providing financial relief to homeowners and engaging local communities in the rebuilding process. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examined New York City's recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes.


Openings begin in US trial of Egyptian preacher

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 04:17

FILE - In this March 28, 2003 file photo, radical Muslim cleric Mustafa Kamel Mustafa prays in a street outside his Mosque in north London. Mustafa faces charges he conspired to support al-Qaida by trying in 1999 to set up a terrorist training camp in Bly, Ore., and by helping abduct two American tourists and 14 others in Yemen in 1998. Jury selection for his terrorism trial begins in New York on Monday, April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The imam of a London mosque used his influential position in the late 1990s to train and aid terrorists and used the cover of his religion to hide in plain sight, a prosecutor told jurors in his opening statement Thursday before a defense attorney promised that the defendant will explain himself during the trial.


Prosecutors win appeal in 1989 son killing case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 04:11
PHOENIX (AP) — A retired detective who refused to take the stand again, asserting his right against self-incrimination, will be forced to testify at the retrial of an Arizona mother charged with having her son killed in 1989, the state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

House Republican leaders holding up immigration reform: Obama

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 04:09

A woman holds a cluster of U.S. flags during a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony in OaklandPresident Barack Obama on Thursday called on the Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which he said was being held back by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives. "There is bipartisan support for comprehensive immigration reform," Obama said at a news conference. The Congress should act. "Right now what's holding us back is House Republican leadership not willing to go ahead and let the process move forward." Obama said there were Republicans in both the House and Senate who know immigration reform "is the right thing to do." "I also know it's hard politics for Republicans because there are some in their base that are very opposed to this," he said.


U.S. barbecues grow pricier as beef, pork reach record highs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 04:07

Beef and pork ribs lie on a grill at The Outdoor Grill in Culver City, Los AngelesWith the Chicago weather finally getting a little nicer, Chris Anderssen wanted to grill some burgers outside for a group of family and friends. When she got to the meat aisle at her local Jewel-Osco supermarket, a case of sticker shock made her change the menu: extra lean ground beef was $4.99 a pound. Retail beef and pork prices reached all-time highs last month, according to Bill Hahn, agricultural economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service. That's prompting some consumers to pivot to less expensive protein sources and driving the grocery, packaged food and restaurant industries to adjust portion sizes, tweak their menus and roll out new products in a bid to address higher food costs without driving customers away.


Mercury found in remote national park streams

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 04:04
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Federal scientists have found high amounts of mercury in fish caught in remote areas of national parks in the West and Alaska.