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As military sex cases end, more calls for change

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 16:38

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, right, who admitted to inappropriate relationships with three subordinates, arrives at the courthouse with attorney Richard Scheff for sentencing Fort Bragg, N.C., Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Ellen Ozier)FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — At nearly the same time Thursday, sexual assault cases against an Army general and a former Naval Academy football player came to a close, and neither produced a conviction on that charge.

Oklahoma cities reeling from sudden bridge closure

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 16:03

Workers repair the underside of the James C. Nance Memorial Bridge, which links Purcell, Okla. and Lexington, Okla., near Purcell, Okla., Monday, March 17, 2014. Purcell and Lexington are about 4,000 feet apart, but with the bridge closure, travel between the communities requires a 40 mile drive. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)PURCELL, Okla. (AP) — Kay Collett once enjoyed a commute that would be the envy of many: cross a river, hang a left at the end of the bridge and walk into the bank branch she can see from her back porch. Total travel time: two minutes, maybe three if there's traffic.

Q&A: Am I stuck in my $$$ workplace health plan?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 15:15

FILE - This March 1, 2014, file photo shows part of the website for as photographed in Washington. The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and the problems they're running into as the March 31 deadline approaches to sign up for coverage in new insurance markets.

Phelps' hate seen as helping cause of gay rights

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 14:11

FILE - In this March 19, 2006 file photo, the Rev. Fred Phelps Sr. preaches at his Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. Phelps, the founder of the Kansas church known for anti-gay protests and pickets at military funerals, died late Wednesday, March 19, 2014, his family said. He was 84. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Fred Phelps Sr. led his small Topeka church for more than two decades in a bellicose crusade against gays and lesbians, declaring that the U.S. was doomed because of its tolerance of homosexuality.

Allegations of racehorse abuse being investigated

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 14:10

FILE - In this April 28, 2004, file photo, trainer Steve Asmussen, right, leads Kentucky Derby hopeful Quintons Gold Rush and exercise rider Scott Blasi off the track after a morning workout at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Thoroughbred racing regulators in New York and Kentucky are investigating allegations of mistreatment of horses by the Hall of Fame-nominated trainer and his top assistant. The states' racing commissions said Thursday, March 20, 2014, investigations were launched after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals provided video evidence from an undercover investigation of Asmussen and associates. (AP Photo/Daniel P. Derella, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Racing Hall of Fame-nominated trainer Steve Asmussen and his top assistant are being investigated by thoroughbred racing regulators in New York and Kentucky after an animal rights group alleged they mistreated horses.

Navajo woman family's last link to monument land

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 14:07

In this March 10, 2014 photo, Stella Peshlakai speaks about her family history at the Wupatki National Monument, Ariz. The Peshlakai descendants are fighting to gain residency rights on land their ancestors settled before the creation of the monument. Decades before an expanse of grassland and pueblo ruins in northern Arizona was declared a national monument, it was home to hundreds of Navajo who lived amid the sandstone rocks, canyons and scrub brush. As they left the land over the years, Peshlakai became the sole Navajo tenant. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)WUPATKI NATIONAL MONUMENT, Ariz. (AP) — Before an expanse of grassland and pueblo ruins in northern Arizona was declared a national monument, it was home to hundreds of Navajos whose ancestors returned to settle the area after a forced march to an eastern New Mexico internment camp.

Police release new photos from Kurt Cobain suicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 14:05

This April 1994 photo provided by the Seattle Police Department shows items found at the scene of Kurt Cobain's suicide, in Seattle. The image has never before been released. Police spokeswoman Renee Witt said Thursday, March 20, 2014, that several rolls of undeveloped film were found when a detective re-examined the Cobain case recently. (AP Photo/Seattle Police Department)SEATTLE (AP) — With the 20th anniversary of the suicide of Kurt Cobain coming up next month, Seattle police knew they'd be getting plenty of questions about the Nirvana frontman.

Conn. chimp attack victim to appeal to legislators

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 14:02
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The woman mauled by a friend's chimpanzee in 2009 is expected to make a personal plea to Connecticut legislators, hoping they'll allow her to sue the state for $150 million in damages.

Helicopter crash investigation gets takeoff video

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 13:53
SEATTLE (AP) — Investigators trying to learn what caused a fiery helicopter crash near the Space Needle that killed two men on board and burned a third on the ground now have surveillance video footage that shows the aircraft taking off from a helipad, a National Transportation Safety Board official said Thursday.

Illinois Supreme Court strikes down eavesdropping law as too broad

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 13:35

A commuter uses his mobile phone in New YorkThe Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday struck down as unconstitutional a state eavesdropping law, one of the strictest in the United States, saying it criminalized recording a sweeping array of innocent behavior such as fans cheering at an athletic event. The ruling is a big blow to the 1961 Illinois Eavesdropping Act, which had made it a felony to record audio of conversations unless all parties consented, a deeply controversial restriction in an age of ubiquitous mobile phones. Illinois' top court, in twin unanimous rulings on related cases dealing with audio recording, said the state's provision was overly broad and a violation of constitutional guarantees of free speech and due process. The law criminalized recording conversations "that cannot be deemed private," such as a loud street argument, a political debate on a college campus and screaming fans at an athletic event, among other scenarios, the court said.

Mt. Gox finds 200,000 of its missing bitcoins

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 13:13
Bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox says it found 200,000 bitcoins, which were previously thought stolen, in disused electronic wallets. Another 650,000 bitcoins still remain unaccounted for.

High unemployment still haunting military veterans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 11:46

Job fair for military personnel, veterans and spouses in WashingtonUnemployment among U.S. military veterans eased last year, government data showed on Thursday, but remained far higher than the national average rate for the civilian population. The unemployment rate among veterans who had joined the military after September 11, 2001, averaged 9.0 percent last year, down from 9.9 percent in 2012, the Labor Department said. That was about 1.6 percentage points above the rate for the civilian population. Joblessness among this group is set to worsen as the war in Afghanistan winds down.

Florida executes man who used hammer to kill two female co-workers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 11:43
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida man convicted of bludgeoning two women to death with a hammer and setting them on fire more than 26 years ago was executed on Thursday, a state prison official said. Robert Lavern Henry, 55, was pronounced dead at 6:16 p.m. after receiving a lethal injection, said Misty Cash, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections. Henry was convicted of two counts of murder in the November 1987 killings of his co-workers, Janet Cox Thermidor and Phyllis Harris. The three worked at a Florida fabric store, where Henry, a custodian, attacked the women and stole $1,269 from the store, according to testimony at the trial.

Naval Academy midshipman acquitted in sex assault case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 11:43

Midshipman Joshua Tate leaves with an unidentified friend after being acquitted of sexually assaulting a Naval Academy classmate at Washington Navy Yard courtBy Tom Ramstack WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A judge acquitted a former Naval Academy football player on Thursday of sexually assaulting a drunken female midshipman, one of a number of sexual misconduct cases roiling the U.S. military. Midshipman Joshua Tate, a senior from Nashville, Tennessee, had been accused of assaulting the 22-year-old woman at an alcohol-fueled off-campus party in April 2012. Marine Colonel Daniel Daugherty found Tate, who resigned from the academy on Thursday, not guilty of aggravated sexual assault after two days of testimony by more than a dozen witnesses at Washington's Navy Yard. Asked by reporters how much of the trial had been motivated by the military wanting to show it was tough on sexual misconduct, Tate's attorney Jason Ehrenberg said: "All of it." "That's the system we have.

Guantanamo board reviews case of 'Dirty 30' bin Laden bodyguard

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 11:42

The exterior of Camp Delta is seen at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo BayBy Ian Simpson ARLINGTON, Virginia (Reuters) - A suspected Osama bin Laden bodyguard held at Guantanamo Bay military prison for 12 years on Thursday faced a U.S. national security board weighing whether he should remain in detention there. Ali Ahmad al-Razihi, 33, is suspected of having been part of what U.S. intelligence officials called the "Dirty 30" security detail around bin Laden, a founder of al Qaeda who was killed in 2011 by U.S. forces in Pakistan. Razihi's hearing before the Periodic Review Board was to re-examine whether he should continue to be held without charge at Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. military prison in Cuba, or be transferred, possibly home to Yemen. One of the two U.S. military representatives for Razihi read a statement to the panel that said Razihi was focused on returning to Yemen, getting married and helping with the family fruit and vegetable business.

Army general gets fine, no jail in sex case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 11:41

U.S. Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair address the media outside of the courthouse after sentencing in his court-martial case at Fort Bragg in FayettevilleBy Kelly Twedell FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - An Army general who admitted to an adulterous sexual affair and other improper relationships with junior female officers was spared jail and dismissal from the service on Thursday, a sentence critics decried as a failure of military justice. The case that derailed the 27-year Army career of Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair ended with a reprimand and $20,000 in forfeited pay as punishment after a plea deal in the rare court-martial of a top officer absolved him of sexual assault charges. The one-star general's defense team said they were grateful for the sentence ordered by the trial judge, Colonel James Pohl. They argued that Sinclair was unfairly portrayed as a sex offender when he was guilty of far lesser wrongdoing.

Microsoft says it snooped on Hotmail to track leak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:43
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft Corp., which has skewered rival Google Inc. for going through customer emails to deliver ads, acknowledged Thursday it had searched emails in a blogger's Hotmail account to track down who was leaking company secrets.

Police: Man who killed deputy suspect in 2nd case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:21
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — On Tuesday night, George Bundy Wasson, a retired educator, was recounting legends of his Coquille Tribe in a storytelling session at the University of Oregon.

Hawaii man to get 2nd shot at gun license request

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:08
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal appeals court is giving a Hawaii man another chance to argue that he should be allowed to carry a gun in public — a privilege rarely given to people in the state.

Regulators say Duke pumped coal ash into NC river

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 09:48
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators say Duke Energy illegally pumped 61 million gallons of contaminated water from a coal ash pit into the Cape Fear River, marking the eighth time in less than a month the nation's largest electricity company has been cited for environmental violations.