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Killer in 1991 Smart trial in New Hampshire seeks time with wife

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:57
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - The killer at the center of a sensationalized 1991 murder trial in New Hampshire has applied for weekend prison furloughs with his wife as he prepares for the next chapter of his life. William "Billy" Flynn was 16 when he was charged with shooting to death the husband of Pamela Smart, who was his lover and an employee of the school he attended. At the conclusion of a lurid trial, a jury found Pamela Smart guilty of first-degree murder for orchestrating the killing. Flynn and a friend, Patrick Randall, who held Smart's husband at knifepoint, were convicted of second-degree murder.

Woman who drank toxic tea hopes restaurants reform

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:53

Jan Harding speaks with reporters in Salt Lake City on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Harding, the Utah woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals spoke publicly for the first time Friday, saying she hopes the incident is a wake-up call for restaurants. She spent almost two weeks in a Salt Lake City hospital after drinking a single sip of iced tea at Dickey's Barbecue in South Jordan, a Salt Lake City suburb. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals spoke publicly for the first time on Friday, describing the incident that she hopes is a wake-up call for restaurants.


Good Samaritans save runner in cardiac arrest along Schuylkill River

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:49

Good Samaritans save runner in cardiac arrest along Schuylkill RiverAn athlete went into cardiac arrest during a jog along the Schuylkill River but the quick work of a group of Good Samaritans, including a doctor, helped save his life.


Somber mood in Atlantic City as Showboat Casino set to close this weekend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:48

Somber mood in Atlantic City as Showboat Casino set to close this weekendThe Showboat Casino-Hotel is shutting its doors for good this weekend. It's the first of three Atlantic City casinos set to close and the pain is hitting employees hard.


Talking bird helped break school abduction case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:42
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia detective has testified about a foul-mouthed bird that helped lead police to the woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old from school.

Man who killed son now charged in 1st wife's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:29
WATERLOO, N.Y. (AP) — A man imprisoned in New York for killing his son to collect on his life insurance is now charged with murdering his first wife in 1991 for the same reason.

Terminally ill Wisconsin ex-deputy sheriff charged with double murder

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:20
(Reuters) - A terminally ill former Wisconsin deputy sheriff was charged on Friday with murder in connection with the fatal shootings of his wife and her sister in his home last week, court documents showed. Andrew Steele, 39, was charged in Dane County Circuit Court with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the Aug. 22 deaths of his wife, Ashlee Steele, and her sister, Kacee Tollefsbol, in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin State Journal identified his illness as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Steele's lawyer, Jessa Nicholson, said she was exploring whether there were medical or psychological factors in the shootings.

Old City firehouse reopens after damaging blaze

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:13

Old City firehouse reopens after damaging blazeNearly a year after a fire put an Old City firehouse out of commission, firefighters were able to return to a newly renovated facility.


Pratt halted F-35 engine shipments in May over titanium

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:12

US Air Force handout photo of Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II fighter jetUnited Technologies Corp's Pratt & Whitney unit briefly suspended delivery of the engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet in May because of questions about titanium provided to a parts supplier. Pratt said on Friday it discovered conflicting documentation in late May that raised questions about the origin of the titanium, which was also used in parts for engines made by its Pratt & Whitney Canada division. The Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 strike fighter is the Pentagon's costliest weapons program. Pratt determined very quickly that the material did not pose a flight safety risk, company spokesman Matthew Bates said in an emailed statement.


Teen drowns in Kennett Square reservoir

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 05:51

Teen drowns in Kennett Square reservoirOfficials say a 17-year-old died after drowning in a reservoir in Kennett Square, Chester County.


Foul ball leaves girl with fractures to skull, nose

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 05:49

Foul ball leaves girl with fractures to skull, noseA New Jersey family wants to see better measures to protect fans at the ballpark after their own scare.


Casino hostess banned from contact with ex-clients

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 05:45
BALTIMORE (AP) — A casino hostess accused in a lawsuit of stealing a list of high-rolling clients from a Maryland casino where she used to work has been banned from contacting the customers until further notice.

Yoko Ono publicist sues Batali eatery in NYC over 'homophobic' flap

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 05:45

An employee arranges pricetags at a vegetables work bench during the opening day of upmarket Italian food hall chain Eataly's flagship store in downtown MilanYoko Ono's publicist is suing Eataly, celebrity chef Mario Batali's New York food emporium, claiming the bouncers at the popular Manhattan eatery shouted homophobic slurs at him and hurled him through a glass window. Kip Kouri suffered a gash on his leg that required stitches, cuts on his head and injuries to both knees in the assault on July 17, his lawyer, Richard Klass, said on Friday. An Eataly spokeswoman denied anyone used homophobic slurs and said security guards had to forcefully remove Kouri from the restaurant, the New York Daily News reported. "While doing so, the whole group banged into the glass window, which crashed, injuring all involved, including our guards," Cristina Villa was quoted as saying in the News story.


Orbitz says American Airlines fares back on its websites

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 05:40
American Airlines Group Inc airfares went back on Orbitz Worldwide Inc websites on Friday, after the two companies patched up a dispute that caused American to pull the information on Tuesday. "We are pleased that our long-standing relationship with American Airlines allowed us to quickly resolve business matters," Orbitz.com President Sam Fulton said in a statement. Orbitz, based in Chicago, sells through Orbitz.com, CheapTickets.com and other sites. Its Orbitz for Business service for corporate customers wasn't affected by the dispute.

Ex-FBI director: Grateful for support after crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 05:34

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2011 file photo, former FBI director Louis Freeh, speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia. Freeh was airlifted to a hospital Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, after a single-car crash in Vermont, authorities said. Freeh issued a statement Friday, Aug. 29, giving thanks the agents and employees of the FBI. He said, "Their devotion, vigilance and prayers have sustained me and my family." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Former FBI Director Louis Freeh said Friday he was grateful for the care and support he has received since he was injured this week in a Vermont car crash.


IMF board expresses confidence in Lagarde

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 05:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — The executive board of the International Monetary Fund expressed confidence Friday in IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde after receiving a briefing on a French corruption probe in which Lagarde is being investigated.

Mexico's Pemex says production to increase in 2015

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 05:31
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos estimates its crude production will increase to 2.4 million barrels per day in 2015, compared with the 2.35 million barrels per day it expects to produce this year, a company official said Friday.

Funeral held in Israel for Lakewood man Aharon Sofer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 05:29

Funeral held in Israel for Lakewood man Aharon SoferMourners have buried a religious school student from New Jersey who disappeared while hiking on the outskirts of Jerusalem.


Utah university removes Reid's name from center

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 05:27
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Southern Utah University President Scott Wyatt acknowledged he was under pressure from a group of conservatives to remove Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's name from a center on campus, but he insisted politics had nothing to do with his decision to do so.

Leader of Bakken drug ring gets 20 years prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 05:02

FILE-This file photo provided by Washington State Department of Corrections shows Robert Farrell Armstrong, who was arrested on drug charges. Armstrong, also known as “Dr. Bob,” has been sentenced as the leader of an interstate drug ring to 20 years in prison for his role in a trafficking operation that stretched from western Washington to the oil fields of the Northern Plains. (AP Photo/Washington State Department of Corrections,File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge sentenced the leader of an interstate drug ring to 20 years in prison Friday for his role in a major trafficking operation that stretched from western Washington to the Bakken oil fields of the Northern Plains.