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Conn. chimp attack victim to appeal to legislators

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 14:02
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The woman mauled by a friend's chimpanzee in 2009 is expected to make a personal plea to Connecticut legislators, hoping they'll allow her to sue the state for $150 million in damages.

Helicopter crash investigation gets takeoff video

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 13:53
SEATTLE (AP) — Investigators trying to learn what caused a fiery helicopter crash near the Space Needle that killed two men on board and burned a third on the ground now have surveillance video footage that shows the aircraft taking off from a helipad, a National Transportation Safety Board official said Thursday.

Illinois Supreme Court strikes down eavesdropping law as too broad

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 13:35

A commuter uses his mobile phone in New YorkThe Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday struck down as unconstitutional a state eavesdropping law, one of the strictest in the United States, saying it criminalized recording a sweeping array of innocent behavior such as fans cheering at an athletic event. The ruling is a big blow to the 1961 Illinois Eavesdropping Act, which had made it a felony to record audio of conversations unless all parties consented, a deeply controversial restriction in an age of ubiquitous mobile phones. Illinois' top court, in twin unanimous rulings on related cases dealing with audio recording, said the state's provision was overly broad and a violation of constitutional guarantees of free speech and due process. The law criminalized recording conversations "that cannot be deemed private," such as a loud street argument, a political debate on a college campus and screaming fans at an athletic event, among other scenarios, the court said.