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Justice Dept. broadening criteria for clemency

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 06:19
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is broadening the criteria it will use in evaluating clemency petitions from certain federal prisoners and expects the changes to result in thousands of new applications, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday.

Law school graduate in Macon, Georgia, admits killing classmate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 06:11
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A 28-year-old law school graduate in Georgia pleaded guilty on Monday to killing and dismembering a fellow graduate and disposing of her remains in a trash dumpster outside an apartment building where they both lived. Prosecutors said Stephen Mark McDaniel faces life in prison for killing 27-year-old Lauren Giddings in Macon in central Georgia in June 2011, the same year that both graduated from the Mercer University School of Law in the city. In a statement in Macon-Bibb County court on Monday, a week before his trial was to begin, McDaniel said he entered Giddings' apartment in the early morning hours wearing a mask. McDaniel and Giddings lived in neighboring apartments across the street from the law school.

USDA establishes rural business investment program

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 05:57
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday a new $150 million program designed to provide investment capital to help small agriculture-related business in rural areas with cash needed to expand.

Gang trial defendant fatally shot in Utah court by U.S. marshal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 05:49

Siale Angilau is seen in a picture provided by the Utah Department of CorrectionsBy Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - An accused street gang member standing trial in federal court in Salt Lake City was shot to death by a deputy U.S. marshal on Monday as the defendant attacked a witness who was testifying against him, federal law-enforcement officials said. Siale Angilau, 25, lunged at the witness wielding what appeared to be a pen or pencil in his hand, prompting a federal officer in the courtroom to open fire to halt the attack, according to Melodie Rydalch, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office. It is routine practice for federal trial defendants to be unrestrained when appearing before a jury, Rydalch said, and Angilau was not handcuffed. The FBI said Angilau, who was struck in the chest by the marshal's gunfire, was still breathing when he was removed from the courtroom by stretcher, but later died of his wounds at a local hospital.


12 states ban sodomy a decade after court ruling

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 05:49
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A dozen states still have anti-sodomy laws on the books 10 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled they are unconstitutional.

AP Exclusive: Kentucky inmate starves to death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 05:42

This Sept. 10, 2007, photo shows, the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville, Ky. One doctor has been fired and another is in the midst of being dismissed from penitentiary, after an inmate, James Kenneth Embry, went on a hunger strike and died Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Daniel R. Patmore)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A prison doctor has been fired and two other staffers are in the midst of being dismissed after an inmate at the Kentucky State Penitentiary starved himself to death, a case that has exposed lapses in medical treatment and in how hunger strikes are handled at the facility. Prison officials have asked prosecutors to investigate after The Associated Press began asking questions about the inmate's death.


MARATHON WATCH: Silence, then exultation in Boston

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 05:38

Meb Keflezighi, of San Diego, Calif., celebrates his victory with an American flag after the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)A look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon. For further updates, visit http://bigstory.ap.org.


Alaska lawmakers vote to formally recognize indigenous languages

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 05:38

Newly inaugurated Alaska Governor Sean Parnell waves to crowd after being sworn in at the annual Governor's Picnic in FairbanksBy Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - Alaska lawmakers gave final approval on Monday to a bill that would officially recognize the state's 20 indigenous languages in a symbolic move that gives a nod to tribal efforts to save Native American tongues at risk of dying out. The move would make Alaska only the second U.S. state, after Hawaii, to officially recognize indigenous languages, although English would remain the official language and the state would not be required to conduct business in any other tongue. "Here is a chance that we have to show respect for these language groups," Alaska state senator Fred Dyson said in an address to his colleagues before the bill passed the state Senate 18-2. The state House had already passed the bill, 38-0, so it now awaits Governor Sean Parnell's signature.


Salaries rising for fundraisers at top charities

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 05:35
WASHINGTON (AP) — Raising money for charity has become lucrative work.

UAW drops appeal of defeat in Volkswagen vote

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 05:18
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers dropped its appeal of a worker vote against unionizing at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, a move that the union said should put pressure on Republican politicians to quickly approve incentives the German automaker is seeking to expand its lone U.S. assembly plant.

No contest plea expected in football rape case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 05:09
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A former volunteer coach whose house was the scene of an underage drinking party before the 2012 rape of a girl by two high school football players plans to plead no contest to charges connected to the case, law enforcement officials said Monday.

Lawyer appointed for Utah mother accused of killing six newborns

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 05:04

Booking photo of Megan Huntsman in Pleasant Grove, UtahA Utah mother accused of killing six of her newborn babies over the course of a decade made her first appearance in court on Monday and was appointed a public defender after telling the judge she has not earned an income in two years. Megan Huntsman, 39, was ordered to return to court in a week for a resumption of proceedings against her, giving police more time to assemble evidence authorities said they need to bring formal charges, Utah County Attorney Jeff Bunham said. "The judge's expectation is that we'll have charges by then," Bunham told Reuters after the brief hearing in Provo, Utah, south of Salt Lake City. Huntsman was arrested April 13 on suspicion of murdering six newborns whose bodies were found rolled up in shirts, towels and plastic bags and stashed inside cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home in Pleasant Grove, just north of Provo.


Man seeks green card after US husband dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 05:00
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 72-year-old Australian man widowed by his American husband of more than three decades is renewing his pitch for a green card since the Obama administration eased policies on gay marriage.

UAW ends withdraws appeal of Volkswagen union vote

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 04:55
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers dropped its appeal of a worker vote against unionizing at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, a move that the union said should put pressure on Republican politicians to quickly approve incentives the German automaker is seeking to expand its lone U.S. assembly plant.

UAW ends withdraws appeal of Volkswagen union vote

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 04:55
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers dropped its appeal of a worker vote against unionizing at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, a move that the union said should put pressure on Republican politicians to quickly approve incentives the German automaker is seeking to expand its lone U.S. assembly plant.

Russians inspect Montana nuclear launch facilities

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 04:52
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Russian nuclear inspectors visited the U.S. amid heightened tensions between the two nations to verify that 18 nuclear missile launch facilities had been demolished as part of a 2011 arms control treaty, Air Force officials said Monday.

Russians inspect Montana nuclear launch facilities

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 04:52
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Russian nuclear inspectors visited the U.S. amid heightened tensions between the two nations to verify that 18 nuclear missile launch facilities had been demolished as part of a 2011 arms control treaty, Air Force officials said Monday.

Stowaway teen stirs concern about airport security

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 04:46

A 16-year-old boy, seen sitting on a stretcher center, who stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui is loaded into an ambulance at Kahului Airport in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2014. The boy survived the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on Sunday night that the boy was questioned by the FBI after being discovered on the tarmac at the Maui airport with no identification. "Kid's lucky to be alive," Simon said. (AP Photo/The Maui News, Chris Sugidono)SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy scrambled over an airport fence, crossed a tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii — a misadventure that stirred concern about possible weak spots in the security system that protects the nation's airline fleet.


US rules against Mexico, Turkey in steel dispute

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 04:38
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's administration on Monday sided with American steel producers in a politically charged international trade dispute, ruling that imported steel reinforcing bar from Mexico and Turkey unfairly undercuts U.S. prices.

Boy Scouts ban church that let gay man lead troop

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 04:36

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 1, 2014, file photo, Geoff McGrath displays a vintage Boy Scout Handbook given him as a gift by one of the boys in the Seattle troop he led in Bellevue, Wash. The Boys Scouts of America has revoked the charter of a Seattle church because it allowed a gay adult to continue leading a troop. A Boys Scouts of America attorney told Rainier Beach United Methodist Church last week that it could no longer hosts troops under the Boys Scout name. McGrath, who earned the rank of Eagle Scout, has been leading Seattle Troop 98 since its application was approved last fall. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)SEATTLE (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America has revoked its charter agreement with a Seattle church that refused to remove a gay troop leader after the organization withdrew his membership.