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Ex-prosecutor of exonerated death row inmate pens apology

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:20

In a March 19, 2015 photo, A.M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor and lead attorney in the Glenn Ford case, sits for an interview with The Times of Shreveport in his Shreveport, La., office. Stroud III drew national attention over the weekend with an anguished, open letter of apology published in the paper. (AP Photo/The Shreveport Times, Douglas Collier) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT SHREVEPORTTIMES.COM; NO SALESNEW ORLEANS (AP) — It was a long journey of conscience for a former Louisiana prosecutor. He went from celebrating a death sentence with rounds of drinks three decades ago to writing an anguished, open letter of apology after the convicted man was recently declared innocent and set free.


Senate panel eyes bill to abolish Delaware death penalty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:19

Senate panel eyes bill to abolish Delaware death penaltyA bill reviving attempts to abolish capital punishment in Delaware after an earlier failed effort is teed up for its legislative hearing.


Lawyer expects plea deal in Chicago terrorism case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:17
CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney for a suburban Chicago man accused of seeking to join al-Qaida-affiliated fighters in Syria has told a federal judge the defense expects to seal a plea agreement.

American, Russian leaving Earth for year at space station

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:15

Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-16M that will carry a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) is photographed at the launch pad in Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The new Soyuz mission is scheduled for Saturday, March 28. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut will leave Earth this week and move into the International Space Station for an entire year, all in the name of science.


Afghan president says his country owes America a 'profound debt' for its sacrifices

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:11
WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghan president says his country owes America a 'profound debt' for its sacrifices .

Thief swipes $1,000 in surf & turf from South St. Whole Foods

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:10

Man swipes $1,000 in surf & turf from Philly Whole Foods, police saySouth Detectives are looking for the man who stole meat and seafood from the South Street Whole Foods.


Board to monitor changes after Philadelphia police shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:08
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has created an independent oversight board to monitor the implementation of recommendations from a Justice Department team that studied the city's nearly 400 officer-involved shootings in the last eight years.

Thief caught on camera stealing meats from Whole Foods

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:00

Thief caught on camera stealing meats from Whole FoodsPhiladelphia police are searching for a thief who was caught on surveillance video stealing several packages of meat and seafood from Whole Foods on South Street.


Two Americans on Germanwings Plane, Official Says

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 22:37
The black box voice recorder from the Germanwings Airbus that crashed in the French Alps Tuesday was damaged, according to the French minister of the interior.

U.S. losing 'information war' to Russia, other rivals: study

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 22:23
By Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is losing an information war to Russia, Islamic State and other rivals, says a new report that calls for a strengthening in U.S. counter-propaganda efforts and an overhaul of the government's international broadcasting arm. The study is the latest to highlight problems in the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), a federal agency created in 1994 which also is tasked with maintaining a firewall between the State Department and government-funded news operations. Among them are the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, widely credited with countering Soviet influence behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War.

PHOTOS: Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 22:18

 Germanwings plane crash in the French AlpsA Germanwings passenger plane crashed in the French Alps Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board.


AP tracked supply chain of slave caught fish to US

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 22:03

In this Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 image from video, a former slave from Myanmar who goes by the name Mozet, center, one of several slaves who escaped or ran away while Thai trawlers were docked at the Benjina port, cuts planks from a tree to earn money for food. Because the men were brought to Indonesia illegally - many after being tricked, sold or kidnapped by Thai brokers - they do not have any official documents and live in constant fear of being arrested. (AP Photo/APTN)A yearlong investigation into forced labor and trafficking in Southeast Asia's fishing industry led an Associated Press team to Benjina, a small town that straddles two islands in the far reaches of eastern Indonesia. There journalists interviewed more than 40 current and former slaves, mostly from Myanmar, also known as Burma. Many said they had been forced to work on boats overseen by Thai captains under extremely brutal conditions. They were paid little or nothing at all, and some were at sea for months or years at a time.


2nd bald eagle egg hatches in Pennsylvania nest on video

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:57
HANOVER, Pa. (AP) — A second bald eagle egg has hatched in a Pennsylvania nest on live-streaming video that thousands of people have watched.

Suspect dead after shooting that killed California police officer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:53
A suspected shooter in the San Francisco Bay Area city of San Jose was found dead from a gunshot wound following an exchange of gunfire with police on Tuesday night that killed one officer, local authorities said. The suspect, identified as Scott Dunham and said to be in his 50s, was dead on the balcony of his apartment when police found him early Wednesday morning, the San Jose Police Department said on Twitter. Veteran officer Michael Johnson was killed in the gunfire exchange, officials said. A standoff ensued, with San Jose Police Chief Larry Esquivel telling a late-night news conference that Dunham was likely still in his home.

Neil Alexander, Live Like Lou founder, dead of ALS at 49

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:42
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A financial planner who worked with the University of Pittsburgh to create the Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research, has died of the disease he fought to cure. Neil Alexander was 49.

1 of last Howard Johnson's eateries sold, ending 57-year run

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:30
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — One of the three remaining Howard Johnson's restaurants still in business has been sold and will close after a nearly 60-year run in a New York village.

Vermont city losing 600K-plus gallons of water daily in leak

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:28
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The city of Rutland, Vermont, is losing more than 600,000 gallons of water a day because of a leak.

Picasso valued at $140M heading to NYC auction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:23
NEW YORK (AP) — A radiant masterpiece by Pablo Picasso from the 1950s will lead an auction in May where it could top $140 million.

Ford recalls over 220,000 vehicles in North America for three issues

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:10

Ford Motor Co unveils the new 2011 Ford Explorer outside the Ford Motor World Headquarters in DearbornFord Motor Co said on Wednesday it is recalling more than 220,000 vehicles in North America for potential issues with door handles, vacuum pump relays and sensors. The No. 2 U.S. automaker said it is recalling 212,911 Ford Explorer SUVs and Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicles from model years 2011 to 2013 because a spring that controls the interior door handle may become loose and cause the door to become unlatched in a side-impact crash, increasing the risk of injury. Affected are 194,484 vehicles in the United States and its territories, 12,392 in Canada and 6,035 in Mexico, the company said. Dealers will inspect all four interior door handle assemblies and repair or replace at no cost as needed.


'Stand by Me' among 25 records being preserved at US library

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:03

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2011 file photo, American soul singer Ben E. King speaks during a news conference in Tokyo. One of the most broadcast songs of the 20th century, Ben E. King's "Stand by Me," has been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress, along with recordings from Joan Baez, The Righteous Brothers, Steve Martin and the darker sounds of the band Radiohead. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the most broadcast songs of the 20th century, Ben E. King's "Stand by Me," has been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress, along with recordings from Joan Baez, The Righteous Brothers, Steve Martin and the darker sounds of the band Radiohead.