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APNewsBreak: Texas finds new execution drug supply

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 13:23

FILE - This May 27, 2008 file photo shows the gurney in Huntsville, Texas, where Texas' condemned are strapped down to receive a lethal dose of drugs. Texas prison officials say they’ve secured a new supply of pentobarbital that will allow the nation’s most active death penalty state to continue executions. Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark also said the prison agency is not identifying the source of the new drug inventory because of threats made against previous suppliers when they were identified as a provider of lethal injection drugs. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)HOUSTON (AP) — Texas has obtained a new batch of the drugs it uses to execute death row inmates, allowing the state to continue carrying out death sentences once its existing supply expires at the end of the month.

NYC mayors turn to comedy at annual show

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 13:12

In this March 10, 2014 photo provided by the New York City Mayor's Office, Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, and actor Steve Buscemi lift weights during the production of a video to promote the city's annual Inner Circle dinner, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The video portrays de Blasio training with Steve Buscemi to get in shape for the black-tie fundraiser in Manhattan this Saturday, March 22. It features a show by political reporters that pokes fun at the year in politics, followed by the mayor's performance, which often features a Broadway cast. This will be de Blasio's debut performance at the roast. (AP Photo/New York City Mayor's Office, Ed Reed)NEW YORK (AP) — Rudolph Giuliani donning drag. Edward Koch stepping out of the mouth of a man-eating plant. Michael Bloomberg wearing a harness and flying 20 feet in the air while dressed as Spiderman.

Cat behaviorist heading to Oregon after attack

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 13:03

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 11, 2014 file photo, Lux, the family cat of Teresa Barker and her boyfriend Lee Palmer and their 8-month-old son, Jesse, hides under a bed at the family's home in Portland, Ore. Cats don't become ferocious felines that turn on their families for no reason, says the cat behavior expert Jackson Galaxy, star of Animal Planet's "My Cat from Hell", who is heading to Portland soon to work with the 4-year-old part-Himalayan pet named Lux. Galaxy will film the visit for his show's fifth season, which kicks off April 26. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Stuart Tomlinson, File) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; THE MERCURY OUT; WILLAMETTE WEEK OUT; PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUTLOS ANGELES (AP) — The large cat that attacked a baby and trapped an Oregon family in a bedroom touched off an Internet uproar that worries Jackson Galaxy, star of Animal Planet's "My Cat from Hell."

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

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 12:50

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.

Flight simulators used by enthusiasts worldwide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 12:28

FILE - Journalists wait at a main gate of Zaharie Ahmad Shah's house, the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in this March 16, 2014 file photo. Malaysian authorities have asked the FBI Wednesday March 19, 2014 to help analyze data from a flight simulator found at the home of Zaharie Ahmad Shah, the Malaysia Airlines pilot whose plane has been missing since March 8. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin, File)Malaysian authorities have asked the FBI to help analyze data from a flight simulator found at the home of Zaharie Ahmad Shah, the Malaysia Airlines pilot whose plane has been missing since March 8.

Longtime Washington power broker Robert Strauss dies at 95

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 12:19
By Peter Cooney WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Robert Strauss, who once headed the Democratic National Committee, served as U.S. trade representative and ambassador to Moscow, and advised presidents from both parties, died in Washington on Wednesday at age 95. "We can confirm that Robert Strauss passed away peacefully on March 19," the law firm he helped found, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld, said in a statement. Strauss died of natural causes at his home in Washington, the Dallas Morning News reported.