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Survivor of USS Arizona from Pearl Harbor attack dies at 100

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 12:20

Joseph LangdellYUBA CITY, Calif. (AP) — The oldest living crew member of the battleship USS Arizona to have survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has died in Northern California at the age of 100.

Boyfriend charged with homicide in college student's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 12:19

Gregorio Orrostieta, is seen in an undated photo provided by the Lancaster County Prison. Orrostieta, 19, was arraigned Monday,Feb. 9, 2015, on an aggravated assault charge and jailed in lieu of $1.5 million bail in the death of his girlfriend, Millersville University freshman Karlie Hall, 18. Orrostieta told officers he had shoved Hall, causing her to fall to the ground and hit her head on a chair, and then gave her a "back hand" to her face causing her to become unresponsive, an affidavit said. (AP Photo/Lancaster County Prison via, Pa. (AP) — The boyfriend of a college freshman found dead in her dorm room was charged Monday with homicide after an autopsy found she had been severely beaten and strangled, during a struggle in which a prosecutor said she "fought for her life."

Marine facing trial a decade after vanishing in Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 11:31

In this Aug. 21, 2014, file photo, defense attorneys 1st Lt. Brittaney Bennett, left, and Haytham Faraj, right, escort Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, center, to his Article 32 hearing at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Prosecutors could have a difficult time proving the desertion case against Hassounm a U.S. Marine who vanished from his unit in Iraq a decade ago, according to a military report. Hassoun's attorney cites the difficulty in producing witnesses in his request this week for another chance to dissuade the Marines from taking the case to trial. (AP Photo/The Jacksonville Daily News, John Althouse)CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A U.S. Marine who vanished from his post in Iraq a decade ago and later wound up in Lebanon chose Monday to have his case decided by a military judge instead of a jury.

Last officer from Pearl Harbor battleship USS Arizona dies at 100

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 11:13

Olsen shares a light hearted moment with USS Arizona survivor Langdell during the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in HonoluluBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The last surviving officer of the USS Arizona, the ship that was bombed in the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, has died at 100 at a nursing facility in Northern California, his son said on Facebook. Joseph Langdell was a 27-year-old ensign who was sleeping in quarters on shore when bombs rained down on the Arizona on Dec. 7, 1941, an attack that would draw the United States into the Second World War, according to a biography posted on a historical website honoring those who served aboard the ship. "Rushing outside, he witnessed the Arizona sink in just nine minutes," the website said. He and his wife Libby raised two sons, John Mark, a retired Navy Commander, and Ted, who posts regularly about his father on Facebook and co-wrote the biography on the USS Arizona website.

US Rep. Nunnelee remembered as public servant, family man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 11:05

Gov. Phil Bryant, center, and the rest of the pallbearers carry the casket of Rep. Alan Nunnelee following the funeral ceremony on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo, Miss. More than 1,200 people packed the church to remember the third-term Republican congressman who died of a brain tumor Friday. He was 56. (AP Photo/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells)TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The late U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee was a state senator for 15 years before being elected to Congress in 2010, but his greatest source of pride didn't come from a political office.

Jury selection completed in West Tenn. armory shooting trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 11:03
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A jury has been selected in the trial of a Tennessee National Guard recruiter charged with attempting to kill four of his superiors inside an armory north of Memphis.

Qualcomm to pay $975M fine over Chinese anti-monopoly claim

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 10:35
China has fined chipmaker Qualcomm 6 billion yuan ($975 million) in the biggest of a wave of anti-monopoly penalties that have rattled foreign companies.

Ohio girl, 11, charged with murder in 2-month-old's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 10:25

Wickliffe Police Chief Randy Ice speaks at a news conference, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 in Wickliffe, Ohio. An 11-year-old girl from a Cleveland suburb has been charged with murder in the beating of a 2-month-old who was staying overnight with the girl and her mother to give the baby's mom a break. Ice said that the 11-year-old, her mother and the baby girl, Zuri Whitehead of Cleveland, were on a couch downstairs when the mother fell asleep at about 3 a.m. Friday. The mother was awakened less than an hour later by her daughter, who was holding the badly injured infant. Ice said the 11-year-old took the infant upstairs. When she returned downstairs, the infant was bleeding and her head was badly swollen, he said. (AP Photo/Northeast Ohio Media Group, Ryllie Danylko) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDITCLEVELAND (AP) — An 11-year-old suburban girl has been charged with murder in the beating death of a 2-month-old who was staying overnight with her and her mother to give the baby's mom a break.

Ex-school official gets 10 years for abusing 2 students

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 10:14
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A onetime California school official was sentenced Monday to 10 years in state prison for sexually assaulting two women when they were her students, including a woman who confronted her in a recorded phone call that went viral on YouTube.

Plane evacuated after making emergency landing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 10:09
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An American Airlines jet has been evacuated after it made an emergency landing at Tulsa International Airport following a report of fumes in the cockpit.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 10:00

Jessica Seals, left, and Sherry Tonini pose for a photo after they were married at the Madison County Courthouse, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in Huntsville, Ala. Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday despite an 11th-hour attempt from the state's chief justice to block the weddings. (AP Photo/, Eric Schultz)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

U.S. government, conservationists launch drive to save monarch butterfly

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:50

Monarch butterflies cling to a plant at the Monarch Grove Sanctuary in Pacific GroveBy Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and conservation groups launched a $3.2 million campaign on Monday to save the habitat of the embattled orange-and-black spotted monarch butterfly, whose numbers have plummeted in recent years. The population of monarch butterflies, which peaked in the late 1990s at roughly 1 billion specimens, has fallen by 90 percent in recent years, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. "Known for its beautiful orange color, fascinating life cycle and remarkable annual migration, the monarch butterfly is the most iconic butterfly in North America," Democratic U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, who backs the effort, said in a statement. The campaign led by the Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Wildlife Federation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation includes a conservation fund dedicated to habitat restoration that will involve planting native milkweed and nectar plants, which the butterfly depends on for food and breeding.

Deadly crash involving Bruce Jenner: questions and answers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:48

Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies investigate the scene of a car crash where one person was killed and at least seven other's were injured, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner was in one of the cars involved in the four-vehicle crash on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif., that killed a woman, Los Angeles County authorities said. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sheriff's officials on Monday dug deeper into a weekend chain-reaction crash on Malibu's Pacific Coast Highway that involved Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner and left one woman dead.

Trial begins for U.S. Marine accused of twice deserting to Lebanon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:41
(Reuters) - A U.S. Marine accused of deserting the military in Iraq in 2004 before turning up in Lebanon claiming to have been kidnapped and then deserting again the following year decided on Monday to have a military judge decide his fate instead of a jury. Corporal Wassef Hassoun, 35, is being tried at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on charges of desertion, destruction of government property and larceny, according to the Marine Corps. He reappeared a month later in Lebanon and claimed that he had been kidnapped by militants, the military said. Before military legal proceedings could start against him, Hassoun failed to report for duty at Camp Lejeune in January 2005, fled the United States and again went to Lebanon, the Marines said.

Jury seated in slaying of 'American Sniper' author

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:38

In this Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 photo, a sign welcomes visitors to the Rough Creek Lodge resort near Glen Rose, Texas. Eddie Ray Routh, the Iraq war veteran who was battling post-traumatic stress disorder and other personal demons is scheduled to stand trial in nearby Stephenville, Texas, this week in the slayings of two men who were trying to help him, one of them former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, subject of the Hollywood blockbuster "American Sniper." (AP Photo/LM Otero)STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A jury was seated Monday in the trial of a man charged with killing the former Navy SEAL depicted in the Oscar-nominated movie "American Sniper," with the judge estimating no more than two dozen people were dismissed from service because of publicity about the case.

Faulty heater leads to building evacuation in Radnor Township

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:30

Faulty heater leads to building evacuation in Radnor TownshipA faulty heater is being blamed for high levels of carbon monoxide at the Radnor Township municipal building.

Same-sex marriage begins in parts of Alabama, thwarted in others

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:25

Greg and Roger kiss after getting married in a park outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in BirminghamBy Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - Same-sex couples began marrying in parts of Alabama on Monday, acting on the strongest signal yet from the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of gay marriage ahead of an expected ruling, but numerous state judges avoided granting marriage licenses to gay couples in apparent defiance of the high court. The Supreme Court earlier in the day cleared the way for Alabama to become the 37th state where gay marriage is legal by refusing a request by the state's Republican attorney general to keep weddings on hold until it decides later this year whether laws banning gay matrimony violate the U.S. Constitution.

Illinois governor makes union dues voluntary for some state workers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:15
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a strike against public employee unions, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on Monday signed an order eliminating union dues for some state employees who do not want to pay to support union activities. Rauner, a Republican and political neophyte who came into office in January, has been vocal about his problems with public labor unions and their political power. The order, which would eliminate so-called "fair share dues," affects 6,500 state workers who are represented by a union but have chosen not to join. “Forced union dues are a critical cog in the corrupt bargain that is crushing taxpayers," Rauner said in a statement.

Murder trial of ex-NFLer Aaron Hernandez off until Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:12

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez sits with his defense attorney Charles Rankin during the afternoon session of his murder trial Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd. The jury toured several sites related to the case earlier in the day, including Hernandez's home, Lloyd's home, and the industrial park where Lloyd's body was found. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The latest winter storm has forced a further postponement in the murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez.

Gay marriage comes to Alabama over chief judge's objections

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:11
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's chief justice built his career on defiance: In 2003, Roy Moore was forced from the bench for disobeying a federal court order to remove a boulder-size Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse.