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Alaska lawmaker to Washington: Target Boeing before Shell

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 08:21
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — If officials in Washington state wind up not allowing Royal Dutch Shell to base its Arctic drilling fleet in Seattle over environmental concerns, members of the Alaska Legislature suggest another business decision for its neighbor to the south.

2 women sentenced in slaying of Mississippi black man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 08:11
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In a hearing that lasted more than five hours Thursday, a federal judge sentenced two women to the maximum prison terms for their roles in the 2011 death of James Craig Anderson, the last of a series of white-on-black attacks.

NBA player stabbed in New York vows to make 'a full recovery'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 08:08

New York Knicks' Chris Copeland in May 2013.(Reuters) - Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland was recovering at a New York hospital on Thursday after undergoing surgery on his abdomen and elbow from knife wounds and said he would "work hard to make a full recovery." Copeland, 31, and his former fiancée Katrine Saltara, 28, were stabbed at about 4 a.m. on Wednesday outside a nightclub in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. Also injured in connection with the incident was Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha, who is out for the season. In a statement, Copeland, a three-year NBA veteran, thanked his fans, teammates and others for their support and apologized for being out late. "I also want to apologize to everyone, particularly the NBA and the Pacers for my bad choice at being out at that time," he added.


Private investigator claimed Scientology hired him to spy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 08:01
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A private detective arrested two years ago in Wisconsin claims he spied for the Church of Scientology on the father of the church's leader.

Disabled man may be released from Connecticut prison after court ruling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 08:00
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - A disabled man who has spent a quarter century in prison for rape and murder is expected to be released on Friday after Connecticut's highest court questioned his confession and ruled he had been deprived of a fair trial. The state Supreme Court last month ruled that his admission was extracted under duress and that he was deprived of a fair trial because prosecutors failed to disclose evidence that supported his alibi.

Gunman barricaded after shooting guard at U.S. Census Bureau in Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 07:59
(Reuters) - A gunman is believed to have barricaded himself inside the U.S. Census Bureau headquarters in Maryland after shooting a security guard at one of the outside gates on Thursday evening, a fire official said. Emergency personnel were called to the scene in Suitland, Maryland, about 10 miles from Washington, D.C., at about 6:30 p.m. The guard was shot in the upper body and taken to a local hospital in "extremely critical condition," said Mark Brady, spokesman for the Prince George's County Fire Department. ...

Texas executes man who killed two in convenience store robbery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 07:59
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas on Thursday executed a man who fatally shot a convenience store customer and a responding police officer during a 2002 robbery, a prisons spokesman said. Kent Sprouse, 42, was put to death by lethal injection and pronounced dead at 6:33 p.m. CDT at the state's execution chamber in Huntsville. He became the 523rd inmate executed in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state. Sprouse entered a convenience store in Ferris, about 20 miles south of Dallas, with a shotgun slung over his shoulder in October 2002.

Court takes Albuquerque prosecutor off police shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 07:59
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge has removed the prosecutor from the case of two Albuquerque police officers charged in the shooting death of a homeless man last year.

Oklahoma poised to allow nitrogen gas for executions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 07:51

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 file photo, Oklahoma state Sen. Anthony Sykes, R- Oklahoma City, is pictured before the State of the State in Oklahoma City. With U.S. death penalty states scrambling for alternatives to lethal injection amid a shortage of deadly drugs, Oklahoma legislators believe they've found a foolproof and humane method - nitrogen gas hypoxia. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With U.S. death penalty states scrambling for alternatives to lethal injection amid a shortage of deadly drugs, Oklahoma legislators believe they've found a foolproof and humane method — nitrogen gas hypoxia.


Activists want to remove California judge over abuse case sentence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 07:49
By Tori Richards SANTA ANA, Calif. (Reuters) - Activists including O.J. Simpson's former sister-in-law launched a bid on Thursday to recall a California judge over what they say was an unconscionably light sentence he gave to a man convicted of sexually abusing a 3-year-old girl. Orange County Superior Court Judge Marc Kelly has been roundly criticized for sentencing Kevin Jonas Rojano-Nieto last week to 10 years in prison when the state statute recommends a minimum of 25 years to life behind bars. Rojano-Nieto was convicted in December of sodomizing his half-sister in the family’s Santa Ana garage after the girl wandered in while he was playing video games. Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has said he would appeal that sentence.

Fundraising for kidney donor raises questions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 07:48
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The director of an organ transplant program said Thursday he doesn't view a fundraising effort to cover the expenses of a potential kidney donor and other costs as a "deal breaker," although questions surrounding the effort have delayed the procedure.

Tsarnaev's lawyer faces perhaps her biggest challenge yet

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 07:46

Defense attorneys Judy Clarke, left, and David Bruck leave federal court Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Boston where their client Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on multiple charges in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when twin pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the finish line. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's attorney is renowned for keeping her high-profile clients off death row, but Judy Clarke could face her most daunting challenge yet in trying to save the Boston Marathon bomber from execution.


Bird flu found on at least 15 turkey farms in Midwest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 07:32

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2005 file photo, turkeys are pictured at a turkey farm near Sauk Centre , Minn. A deadly strain of bird flu has reached the Midwest, killing or requiring hundreds of thousands of turkeys to be euthanized. (AP Photo/Janet Hostetter,File)SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A bird flu strain that's deadly to poultry has been confirmed in a second commercial turkey flock in eastern South Dakota and preliminary tests have confirmed the presence of some form of bird flu at a North Dakota farm, bringing to at least 15 the number of Midwest farms infected in the latest outbreak.


Flooding, ice close highway to Alaska's North Slope oilfields

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 07:27
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU (Reuters) - Alaska's lone road to North Slope oilfield operations has been shut for days while emergency crews divert flood waters from an adjacent river and oil companies fly provisions to the Arctic region, state and company officials said on Thursday. The road closure, however, has not affected oil production on the North Slope. Alaska Governor Bill Walker declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, opening up state funds for some emergency response costs and repair work. There was no projection for when the highway would reopen, said Meadow Bailey, Department of Transportation and Public Facilities spokeswoman.

Trial opens for Chicago police officer in fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 07:14

Chicago police Detective Dante Servin listens during his manslaughter trial in ChicagoBy Tracy Rucinski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago police officer charged with involuntary manslaughter went on trial on Thursday in the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old black woman that became part of the national debate over police use of deadly force, especially against young black people. Dante Servin, who is Hispanic, shot and killed Rekia Boyd while off duty near his home in March 2012. He is the first Chicago police officer in more than 15 years to be charged in a fatal shooting. Servin has chosen to allow Cook County Judge Dennis Porter, rather than a jury, decide his guilt or innocence.


Utah prison chief: Someone could be fired over inmate death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 07:11

This image provided by the Utah Department of Corrections shows inmate Ramon C. Estrada, the prison inmate who died of an apparent heart attack related to renal failure after a dialysis provider didn't show up for a scheduled treatment for two days in a row, according to a prison official, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Utah Department of Corrections)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's prison director said Thursday that he'll fire someone if needed after he investigates the death of an inmate who went without dialysis for two days when providers failed to show up for treatment.


Whistleblowers: Little UN protection for exposing wrongdoing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 07:09
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — High-profile whistleblowers have joined forces for the first time in demanding that the United Nations change a global system they say deters its thousands of staffers from exposing crime, corruption and other wrongdoing.

New video shows South Carolina man fleeing traffic stop before shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 07:06

A still image taken from police dash cam video allegedly shows Walter Scott running from his vehicle during a traffic stop in North CharlestonBy Harriet McLeod NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A video captured by a South Carolina police cruiser's dashboard camera surfaced on Thursday showing a black man fleeing after what appears to be a routine traffic stop by a white officer who would eventually pursue and fatally shoot him in the back. The footage, released by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and aired by CNN, was taken minutes before a bystander's video recorded North Charleston Patrolman Michael Slager gunning down 50-year-old Walter Scott as he ran. The new video clip, which lasts just four minutes, shows Slager, 33, approaching a black Mercedes-Benz and asking the driver, Scott, for his license and proof of insurance.


Power plant shuts off service at Revel casino

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 06:58

Power plant shuts off service at Revel casinoGlenn Straub's welcome to Atlantic City hasn't exactly turned out the way he had hoped.


Report: Big Morocco donation to Clinton foundation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 06:56

FILE - In this March 23, 2015 file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton leaves after speaking in Washington. A phosphate exporting firm owned by the Moroccan government will give the Clinton Foundation a donation of at least $1 million in advance of a May meeting hosted in Morocco by the charity, Politico reported Thursday. The gift adds to the Clinton family charity’s reliance on contributions from foreign nations as Hillary Rodham Clinton prepares to enter the 2016 presidential race. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A phosphate export firm owned by the Moroccan government will give the Clinton Foundation a donation of at least $1 million in advance of a May meeting the charity is to host in Morocco, Politico reported Thursday. The gift adds to the Clinton family charity's reliance on contributions from foreign nations as Hillary Rodham Clinton prepares to enter the 2016 presidential race.