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New Mexico revamps training amid police shootings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 03:11

Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden discusses a gun found on a man shot by police during a news conference, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Albuquerque Police headquarters in Albuquerque, N.M. The Albuquerque Police Department came under new scrutiny after officers shot and killed Alfred Redwine, 30, outside a public housing complex in the second deadly encounter in the last 10 days. Eden said Redwine fired at officers and police returned fire. However, Redwine's family said that Redwine was not armed and only had a cellphone in his hand. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Faced with a rash of questionable police shootings across New Mexico, the state's main law enforcement academy has changed its cadet curriculum aimed at helping reduce deadly force encounters between officers and suspects.


Tumbleweeds plague drought-stricken American West

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 03:11

Tumbleweed surround a car in FountainBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Forty-eight hours after a recent windstorm blew a wall of tumbleweeds into his community on the high plains of Colorado, Robert McClintock and his neighbors were still working to clear away heaps of the spiny plant. Some piles were more than 10 feet high," said McClintock, 38, as he and other residents in the town of Fountain, 15 miles southeast of Colorado Springs, toiled to rake up and bag stacks of the thorny weed in the subdivision. Prolonged drought, punctuated by bursts of high winds and untimely rain, has created an explosion of tumbleweeds on the rolling plains of southeastern Colorado, portions of New Mexico and the Texas panhandle this year, federal land managers say. Tangled clusters of tumbleweeds clog drainage culverts, block rural roads, and plaster the walls of buildings, at times trapping residents in their homes.


Montana bride who pushed husband off cliff gets more than 30 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 03:06
MISSOULA, Montana (Reuters) - A Montana bride who pushed her newlywed husband off a cliff was sentenced on Thursday to more than 30 years in prison at a federal court hearing in Missoula, Montana. "She had no concern about the man she killed, his family, his church members and friends, just herself," U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy said. (Reporting by Lori Grannis in Missoula, Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

CORRECTS: Newlywed gets 30 years in prison for pushing husband off cliff at national park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 03:04
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — CORRECTS: Newlywed gets 30 years in prison for pushing husband off cliff at national park. (Corrects APNewsAlert that had incorrect prison sentence )

White House unveils plan to end NSA's bulk collection of phone data

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 03:02

A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, about 25 miles (40 kms) south of Salt Lake CityBy Roberta Rampton and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Thursday announced details of its plan to end the government's vast bulk collection of data about phone calls made in the United States, including new procedures to get judicial approval before asking companies for such records. Under the plan, phone companies would have to provide data from their records quickly and in a usable format when requested by the government, a senior administration official told reporters on condition of anonymity. Under the Administration's plan, instead of telephone metadata being collected and stored in bulk from telephone companies by the National Security Agency, companies themselves would hold the data and be required to respond to specific, court-approved queries about it from the NSA. However, officials familiar with current laws and regulations governing how telephone companies handle such data said that Obama's plan raises, but does not answer, significant practical questions about how companies would collect and store such data.


Gay couples find uneven access to health insurance

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 03:01

In this March 23, 2014 photo, Carl Bechdel, left, and his husband Dan Miller, pose for a photograph at their home in Harrisburg, Pa. It took two months of near daily phone calls and emails to an insurer for Bechdel and Miller to get family coverage under the federal health law. The couple was initially told their application was not processed because Pennsylvania doesn't recognize their marriage. Gay couples are finding that access to such family plans is not guaranteed, as the Obama administration seeks belatedly to ensure equitable coverage is available for same-sex spouses. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nearly every day for three months, Carl Bechdel had to make calls or send emails to try to get family insurance coverage for his husband and himself under President Barack Obama's landmark health law.


Nobel Peace Prize auctioned for $1.16M in Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 02:59

Bidder Ole Bjorn Fausa, of Norway, holds the 1936 Nobel Peace Prize in Baltimore, Thursday, March 27, 2014, the second Nobel Peace Prize ever to come to auction. The prize sold for a winning bid of $950,000 at auction, and an additional buyer’s commission brought the final sale price to $1.16 million. The recipient was Argentina's foreign minister, Carlos Saavedra Lamas, who was honored for his role in negotiating the end of the Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — A 1936 Nobel Peace Prize discovered at a South American pawn shop has been sold at auction in Baltimore for $1.16 million.


Obama hears Vatican's concerns over health care, invites Pope to US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 02:58
By Philip Pullella and Jeff Mason VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama heard the Catholic Church's concerns over his health care plan while on a visit to the Vatican on Thursday, but drew a cheerful response from Pope Francis when inviting him to visit Washington. The president appeared at ease and joked during the parts of his meeting with the pope that were open to a few reporters, but a brief Vatican statement issued later indicated that Obama's private talks there had a more serious side. The statement said Obama, who was accompanied by Secretary of State John Kerry, was told of the Vatican's concern about "the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection" in the United States. Obama later told a news conference in answer to a question that the pope "did not touch in detail" on the health care act but that it was discussed more in a separate meeting with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Energy boom spurs growth west of the Mississippi

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 02:58

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2013, file photo, a man steadies himself as he and others work on framing new houses, in Odessa, Texas. America’s energy boom is fueling population growth west of the Mississippi River. New 2013 census information released Thursday, March 27, 2014, showed that six of the 10 fastest-growing metropolitan areas and eight of the 10 fastest-growing counties in the country are located in or near the oil- and gas-rich fields of the Great Plains and Mountain West. More and more oil and gas drilling is being done in those regions, drawing people from around the nation looking for work, the Census Bureau said. Neighboring cities Odessa and Midland, Texas, show up as the second and third fastest-growing metro areas in the country. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — America's cities are still growing, with the population boom fueled by people picking up and moving to find jobs in energy production across the oil- and gas-rich areas west of the Mississippi River.


Newlywed gets 10 years in husband murder case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 02:56

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 file photo, Jordan Graham, center, is flanked by defense attorneys Michael Donahoe, left, and Andy Nelson, as she leaves court in Missoula, Mont. The Montana woman who was to be sentenced Thursday for pushing her new husband to his death in Glacier National Park wants to withdraw her guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge, her lawyer said Tuesday March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephan Ferry, File)MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana woman was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for killing her husband of eight days by pushing him from a cliff in Glacier National Park while they argued about her second thoughts about the marriage.


Bride gets 10 years for pushing husband off cliff

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 02:52

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 file photo, Jordan Graham, center, is flanked by defense attorneys Michael Donahoe, left, and Andy Nelson, as she leaves court in Missoula, Mont. The Montana woman who was to be sentenced Thursday for pushing her new husband to his death in Glacier National Park wants to withdraw her guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge, her lawyer said Tuesday March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephan Ferry, File)MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana newlywed who pleaded guilty to charges she pushed her husband to his death in Glacier National Park has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.


Wandering wolf's signal ready to fade

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 02:49

FILE - This Nov. 14, 2011 file photo from a hunter's trail camera appears to show OR-7, the young male wolf that has wandered more than 1,000 miles across Oregon and Northern California looking for a mate and a new home. This wolf dubbed OR-7 has long exceeded his 15 minutes of fame. And despite intense public interest, he could soon fade from the spotlight. The Global Positioning System collar that has sent regular electronic pulses to reveal his travels for the past three years has eclipsed its normal life span, and state and federal biologists don’t plan to replace it. (AP Photo/Mail Tribune, via Allen Daniels, File)MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — The wandering wolf dubbed OR-7 has enjoyed well over his 15 minutes of fame. But even with continued public interest, he could soon fade from the spotlight.


1 church diocese sues another over accused priest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 02:48
NEW ULM, Minnesota (AP) — In a rare legal move, a Roman Catholic diocese in Minnesota is suing a diocese in Ireland, alleging it transferred a priest to Minnesota without warning that the man had been accused of sexual abuse.