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Judge won't dismiss Naval Academy sex assault case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:58

FILE - This July, 24, 2013 file photo provided by the U.S. Naval Academy shows Midshipman Joshua Tate, a former U.S. Naval Academy football player accused of sexual assault. Lawyers are expected to give opening statements Tuesday in the court-martial of Joshua Tate of Nashville, Tenn. Opening statements had been scheduled for Monday but were delayed because of snow. (AP Photo/U.S. Naval Academy, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A military judge is keeping the sexual assault case against a former Naval Academy football player alive following a motion by his lawyers that could have ended the trial.

Texas GOP candidate opposes easier equal pay suits

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:57

FILE - In this March 4, 2014, file photo, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott talks to supporters during his victory party in San Antonio, after he won the Republican nomination for Texas governor. Abbott would not sign a measure to make it easier for women to bring pay discrimination lawsuits in state court if he were governor, a spokesman said Wednesday, March 19, 2014, hoping to get past an issue that has dogged the campaign for weeks. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A campaign spokesman says Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott would veto a measure to make it easier for women to bring pay discrimination lawsuits in state court.

NY coke plant fined $12.5 million for polluting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:52
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An industrial plant that knowingly released hundreds of tons of the carcinogen benzene into the air over a five-year span and improperly handled hazardous sludge on the ground was fined $12.5 million on Wednesday, and a manager was sentenced to a year in jail.

APNewsBreak: NYC inmate 'baked to death' in cell

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:46

In this March 12, 2014 photo, Alma Murdough and her daughter Cheryl Warner hold a photo of Murdough's son, at her home in the Queens borough of New York. Jerome Murdough, a mentally ill, homeless former Marine arrested for sleeping in the roof landing of a New York City public housing project during one of the coldest recorded winters in city history, died last month in a Rikers Island jail cell that multiple city officials say was at least 100 degrees when his body was discovered. Murdough, 56, was found dead in his cell in a mental observation unit in the early hours of Feb. 15, after excessive heat, believed to be caused by an equipment malfunction, redirected it’s flow to his upper-level cell, the officials said. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK (AP) — Jerome Murdough was just looking for a warm place to sleep on a chilly night last month when he curled up in an enclosed stairwell on the roof of a Harlem public housing project where he was arrested for trespassing.

Organizer apologizes for Nazi items at party

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:40
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The organizer of a World War II party that included Nazi flags and men in SS uniforms apologized Wednesday after a photo of the event in Minneapolis provoked outrage on the Internet.

Judge orders parties to settle Vegas puppy case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:35
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge blocked a planned puppy raffle for at least 45 days, imposed a gag order, and told lawyers Wednesday to settle their ownership tug-of-war over 27 dogs rescued from a Las Vegas pet shop fire more than seven weeks ago.

U.S. Army seeks to dismiss general who admitted affair

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:32

U.S. Army Brigadier General Sinclair arrives at the courthouse in Fayetteville, North CarolinaBy Kelly Twedell FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - A U.S. Army general who pleaded guilty to mistreating a junior female officer during one of several inappropriate relationships should be dismissed from the service for the harm caused by his criminal acts, military lawyers argued on Wednesday. Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair used the power of his rank to exploit women for personal gratification, breaking the trust given to him as a top officer, said Major Rebecca DiMuro, a special victims prosecutor. "This is not honorable service," DiMuro said during the government's closing argument at Sinclair's court-martial in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. "When given the ultimate trust, he abused it." Sinclair's defense lawyers argued the 27-year Army veteran who served five combat tours should be allowed to retire at a reduced rank rather than lose out on his military pension and benefits if dismissed.

Minnesota court reverses ex-nurse's convictions for suicide advice

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:30

William Melchert-Dinkel walks to the Rice County Courthouse to enter a not guilty plea in internet suicides case in MinnesotaThe Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed a former nurse's convictions for coaxing two depressed people to kill themselves, ruling that parts of a state law making it a crime to encourage or advise a suicide are unconstitutional. William Melchert-Dinkel, 51, was convicted in 2011 of encouraging and advising a British man and a Canadian woman to kill themselves within days of chatting online or exchanging emails with him. The state Supreme Court upheld a part of the state law that makes it a crime to assist a suicide, finding that it was drawn narrowly enough to focus on an individual, and returned the case to the trial judge for further proceedings. Melchert-Dinkel's attorney, Terry Watkins, said Wednesday there was encouragement and advising, but no evidence in the case that his client had assisted the suicides.

Toyota to pay $1.2B to settle criminal probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:25

Attorney General Eric Holder, left, accompanied by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, announces a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota over its disclosure of safety problems, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle an investigation by the U.S. government, admitting that it hid information about defects that caused Toyota and Lexus vehicles to accelerate unexpectedly and resulted in injuries and deaths.

Illinois voters say 'no' to candidates who were convicted, indicted

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:22
Chicago may have a long and colorful history of political corruption, but voters will only take so much. In Tuesday's Democratic primary, a Chicago candidate who served a prison term for bribery and another due to go on trial on similar charges this spring both lost their races, despite predictions of local political observers, according to results available Wednesday. "It appears there is a firm red line in Illinois politics and that is convicted felons don't get elected to higher office." The candidates who lost their races included Isaac "Ike" Carothers, a former Chicago alderman who was sentenced to 28 months for bribery and tax fraud. Carothers lost his bid for Cook County commissioner to attorney Richard Boykin.

Prosecutors recommend life sentence for bride

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:19
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are recommending a life sentence for a woman who pleaded guilty to pushing her new husband off a Glacier National Park cliff last year.

Half of US adults 40 to 75 eligible for statins

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:04

FILE - This 2011 photo provided by Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. shows bottles of Atorvastatin Calcium tablets, a generic form of Lipitor which is sold under a deal with Pfizer. Half of Americans ages 40 to 75 and nearly all men over 60 qualify to consider cholesterol-lowering statin drugs under heart disease prevention guidelines issued in November 2013, a new analysis concludes. It was published online Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by the New England Journal of Medicine. (AP Photo/Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc., Bill Gallery)Almost half of Americans ages 40 to 75 and nearly all men over 60 qualify to consider cholesterol-lowering statin drugs under new heart disease prevention guidelines, an analysis concludes.

Toyota's $1.2 billion settlement may be model for U.S. probe into GM

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 04:45

A showroom staff member works under the logo of Toyota Motor Corp, between cars displayed at its showroom in TokyoBy Aruna Viswanatha, David Ingram and Ben Klayman WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp will pay a record $1.2 billion to resolve a criminal probe into safety issues, in a deal that could serve as a template for how U.S. authorities approach a similar investigation into General Motors Co. The settlement between the Justice Department and Toyota includes an admission by the auto manufacturer that it misled American consumers about two different problems that caused cars to accelerate even as drivers tried to slow them down. GM last month recalled more than 1.6 million vehicles 13 years after first noticing the issue. The payment Toyota agreed to marks the largest such penalty levied by the United States on an auto company, officials said. "My hope and expectation is that this resolution will serve as a model for how to approach future cases involving similarly situated companies," Attorney General Eric Holder told a news conference.

Plan to restore section of 7 Mile Bridge in Keys

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 04:32

This aerial photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau shows the historic Seven Mile Bridge, right, in the Florida Keys near Marathon, Fla., Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The Monroe County Commission Wednesday ratified an agreement between the Florida Department of Transportation, the City of Marathon and the county to begin a 30-year, $77 million restoration and maintenance program on a 2.2-mile segment of the century-old span between Marathon and Pigeon Key. The bridge that once supported Henry Flagler's Florida Keys OverSea Railroad was retired in 1982, after the new span, left, opened to traffic. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A portion of the historic Seven Mile Bridge, a Florida Keys icon, is to be saved for future generations after officials on Wednesday approved a $77 million restoration and maintenance program that is to continue for the next 30 years.

FAA says Boeing 787's design, manufacture safe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 04:31

This photo taken May 29, 2013 shows a line of Boeing 787 jets sitting on the floor nearing completion at the company's production plant in Everett, Wash. Federal aviation officials say Boeing’s design and manufacture of its cutting-edge 787 jetliner is safe despite the many plane’s many problems since its rollout. A report issued jointly by the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing on Wednesday says the plane was soundly designed, and that the government had effective processes in place to identify and correct issues that emerged before and after certification. The report makes seven recommendations for further improvements by Boeing and FAA. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)WASHINGTON (AP) — Boeing's design and manufacture of its cutting-edge 787 jetliner is safe despite the many problems encountered since the plane's rollout, including a fire that forced a redesign of the its batteries, according to a report issued jointly Wednesday by the Federal Aviation Administration and the aircraft maker.

North Dakota oil train crash cleanup almost done

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 04:24

FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2013, file photo, a fireball goes up at the site of an oil train derailment in Casselton, N.D. State Environmental Health Chief Dave Glatt says cleanup after the BNSF train derailed and caught fire in the small southeastern North Dakota town "is all but complete." Federal investigators determined that 400,000 gallons of oil was lost in the derailment. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy, File)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Cleanup of an oil train derailment on the outskirts of a small southeastern North Dakota town "is all but complete," a state health official said Wednesday.

Judge tosses class-action push for Google suit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 04:21
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge has tossed out an effort to win class-action status for a lawsuit accusing Google of violating the privacy terms of email users.

Oprah chai tea to be sold at Starbucks stores

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 04:19

Howard Schultz, left, chairman and CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company, sits and drinks tea with Oprah Winfrey, right, to announce their partnership to offer Teavana Oprah Chai tea, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Starbucks' annual shareholders meeting in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE (AP) — Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz brought Oprah Winfrey on stage Wednesday at the shareholders meeting in Seattle to announce a drink named after the media mogul.

Sale of Maine railroad in fatal derailment delayed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 04:14
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The sale of a Maine-based railroad responsible for a derailment that killed 47 people in Quebec has been delayed.

Mormon church bars women's group from male-only gathering

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 04:11
By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A group of Mormon women seeking access to a male-only session of the faith's semi-annual conference with church leaders have been rebuffed and warned that they may be kept off church grounds if they try to get in. Ordain Women, which has pressed the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to ordain female members to the priesthood, sought 250 tickets to the meeting, which is part of a weekend devotional held at the faith's headquarters in Salt Lake City. "The priesthood session of general conference is designed to strengthen men and boys as they receive specific instruction about their roles and responsibilities; The women were invited instead to watch the proceedings on television, on the Internet, or by satellite feeds, and to participate in a separate women-only conference that will precede the General Conference, scheduled for April 5 and 6.