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Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, sixth man to walk on moon, dies at 85

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 09:18

Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell is seen in an undated picture released by NASAMitchell died in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday, on the eve of the 45th anniversary of the lunar landing, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said. On his only space flight, Mitchell joined Apollo 14 commander Alan Shephard, Jr., the first American in space, in the lunar module Antares when it landed on Feb. 5, 1971.


N.J. 'Bridgegate' defendants can subpoena Christie papers: reports

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 09:17
Two former officials indicted in New Jersey's so-called Bridgegate scandal won court approval on Friday to subpoena a law firm for emails and other documents it gathered during an investigation commissioned by Governor Chris Christie, according to media reports. Christie, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, saw his reputation tarnished by the scandal, which involved the politically motivated closure of several lanes at the George Washington Bridge in 2013. Prosecutors say the closures were political payback for a local New Jersey mayor who refused to endorse Christie’s re-election bid.

The Latest: 6-year-old hit by falling tree limb dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 09:10

The motorcade of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., drives through a snow storm on Interstate 93, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. What started off as rain Friday morning quickly turned to sticky, heavy snow. Many school districts in the region closed for the day, including in some in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on a winter storm that dropped more than a foot of snow on some areas of the Northeast (all times local):


Exclusive: Obama to propose $2.5 billion tax credit for community college investment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 09:01

U.S. President Obama answers a reporter's question after delivering a statement on the economy in the press briefing room at the White House in WashingtonPresident Barack Obama will propose a $2.5 billion tax credit over five years for businesses that invest in programs at local community colleges and hire their graduates, administration officials said on Friday. The proposal, dubbed the Community College Partnership Tax Credit, would require businesses to donate funds for equipment, instruction, or internships related to programs in areas such as healthcare, energy and information technology. Employers that hire students from such programs would get a one-time, $5,000 tax credit per individual brought aboard.


As fix nears for gas leak, residents worry about return home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 08:45
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With a possible end in sight to a massive 15-week gas leak, anxious residents displaced from a Los Angeles neighborhood are skeptical a fix is near and worry they may be forced to return too soon to unhealthy homes.

No one submits verified claim for $63 million lotto jackpot

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 08:37

 Where’s the winning California Lottery ticket - the one sold last Aug. 8, that is - and why hasn’t somebody cashed it? Whatever the reason, it won’t be a good enough excuse if the 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 deadline passes and nobody produces the ticket at a lottery office. The ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven store in the Chatsworth neighborhood of Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Lottery officials said Friday that nobody has stepped forward with the winning ticket for the record $63 million SuperLottoPlus jackpot — but it's too early to call a forfeit.


Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, 6th man on moon, dies in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 08:35

FILE - In a Sept. 5, 2007 file photo, former astronaut Edgar Mitchell arrives for the premiere of the "In the Shadow of the Moon," at the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History in New York. Apollo 14 astronaut Mitchell, who became the sixth man on the moon when he and Alan Shepard helped NASA recover from Apollo 13's "successful failure" and later devoted his life to exploring the mind, physics and unexplained phenomena such as psychics and aliens, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at a West Palm Beach, Florida, hospice after a short illness. He was 85. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, File)MIAMI (AP) — Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who became the sixth man on the moon when he and Alan Shepard helped NASA recover from Apollo 13's "successful failure" and later devoted his life to exploring physics, the mind, and unexplained phenomena such as psychics and aliens, has died in Florida. He was 85.


10 arrested on drug charges tied to Indiana HIV outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 08:29
SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (AP) — Ten people were arrested Friday on charges alleging they distributed drugs that helped fuel the worst HIV outbreak in Indiana history, authorities said.

Dems ready for long, pricey primary between Clinton, Sanders

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 08:25

A snowman built by supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stands outside the Verizon Wireless Center, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (AP) — Just one week into primary voting, Democrats are preparing for a long and expensive head-to-head battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that could go deep into the spring or even beyond.


The Latest: Building owners 'saddened' by NYC crane collapse

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 08:20

This photo courtesy of Paul Leys shows a crane collapse in Lower Manhattan on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 in New York. The accident was reported around early Friday in the Tribeca neighborhood. The crane landed across several parked cars, smashing their roofs. (Paul Leys via AP) NO SALESNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a deadly crane collapse in New York (all times local):


Alibi testimony could have been key in Maryland 'Serial' case: witness

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 08:17

Convicted murderer Adnan Syed leaves the Baltimore City Circuit Courthouse in Baltimore, MarylandLawyers seeking a new trial for a man they say was wrongly convicted of murder in a case made famous by the popular "Serial" podcast argued on Friday that his original defense attorney failed him by not contacting an alibi witness. Adnan Syed, 35, is serving a life sentence for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, 18. Syed's lawyers want a retrial based on new evidence amid questions about the fairness of the case that were raised by the podcast in late 2014.


Lawyer: New York-born man was mistreated after terror arrest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 08:16
NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyer for a New York City-born man serving a 15-year prison sentence for supporting al-Qaida urged a judge Friday to find the U.S. government liable for failing to quickly diagnose a medical condition after his 2010 arrest, but a federal prosecutor said he was treated properly.

Parole recommended for former California Mexican Mafia chief

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 08:15

FILE - This undated file photo from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Rene "Boxer" Enriquez, a former leader of the Mexican Mafia prison gang who now helps law enforcement. State parole commissioners are again recommending parole for Enriquez, a convicted murderer, who has been in prison since 1993. Gov. Jerry Brown rejected parole for Enriquez last year and could reject it again.(AP Photo/California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Acting amid extra tight security, parole commissioners on Friday again recommended the release of a former leader of the Mexican Mafia prison gang who now helps law enforcement, Board of Parole Hearings spokesman Luis Patino said.


Widow of slain American missionary headed back to Africa

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 08:11

Amy Riddering, center, widow of Michael Riddering, an American missionary, killed by al-Qaida fighters in Africa last month, smiles as her brother-in-law Jeff Riddering relates a story about him during a news conference at the Hollywood Community Church, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Hollywood, Fla. Amy Riddering said Friday that she will return this month to Burkina Faso and the orphanage and women's center she ran with her husband. She said she believes that is God's plan for her. At right is Pastor Brian Burkholder. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — The widow of an American missionary said Friday that she believes it is God's plan for her to return to the African country where al-Qaida fighters killed her husband last month, and she has no hesitation about doing so.


Calif. attorney joins effort to recover Nazi-looted painting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 08:07
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's attorney general is asking a federal appeals court to reverse a ruling allowing a priceless 19th century painting to remain in a Spanish museum rather than going to the heirs of a Jewish woman forced to hand it over to the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Court rejects AG Kane's request to reinstate law license

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 07:58
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's law license will remain suspended after the state's highest court on Friday denied her request to have it reinstated while she fights criminal charges of leaking secret grand jury material and lying about it.

Lawyer: Omission of witness crippled 'Serial' case's defense

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 07:47

Adnan Syed enters Courthouse East in Baltimore prior to a hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 in Baltimore. The hearing, scheduled to last three days before Baltimore Circuit Judge Martin Welch, is meant to determine whether Syed's conviction will be overturned and case retried. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP) WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT; MANDATORY CREDITBALTIMORE (AP) — An attorney told a Baltimore judge Friday that a witness who could have provided an alibi for the convicted killer at the center of the popular "Serial" podcast would have been "critical" in the man's first trial, had she been contacted by his original defense team.


Trading algorithm shows how mass shootings, politics boost gun shares

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 07:46
With the benefit of hindsight, the Boston-based hedge fund Quantopian examined how a theoretical investor would have fared by investing equal amounts in Smith & Wesson Holding Corp and Sturm Ruger & Co after 20 events that impacted the companies’ sales or stock prices.

Special Report: Why Obama and other gun control advocates own stock in firearms makers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 07:46

File photo of an exhibit booth for firearms manufacturer Smith & Wesson on display at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in ChicagoBy Tim McLaughlin and Peter Eisler WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Barack Obama might seem an unlikely investor in the firearms industry. Although Obama’s stake is minuscule, worth no more than $30, it reflects a much larger surge of investment. The president is among millions of Americans buying into gun companies - often unwittingly - as mutual funds have increased such holdings to record levels, according to a Reuters analysis of institutional investment in firearms companies.


Doctor sentenced after victims die from pain drugs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 07:44

FILE - In this March 16, 2012 file photo Dr. Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng sits in a Los Angeles courtroom during her arraignment. Tseng, convicted of murder for prescribing "crazy, outrageous amounts" of painkillers that killed three patients, faces a life sentence Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, after her conviction on second-degree murder charges in a landmark case.(AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles-area doctor convicted of second-degree murder for prescribing pain killers that killed three patients was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in prison in a landmark case that many in the medical community believe will create a chilling effect among physicians across the country.