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Walking, 'talking' drilling rigs aim to modernize fracking

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 18:45
By Ernest Scheyder WEST CHESTER, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - The backbreaking life of a roughneck, the iconic worker bees of oilfield drilling rigs, is getting a little easier. Schramm Inc, which built the drilling rig that four years ago helped rescue 33 trapped Chilean copper miners, has designed a 500,000-pound rig for the oil and natural gas industry that can walk, rotate 360 degrees, be operated with a remote control, and load pipe automatically. More than 200 sensors monitor pneumatics, oil flow and myriad other processes, "talking" via satellite or Wi-Fi to Schramm's Pennsylvania headquarters and signaling any problems. Riding the global boom in fracking - the practice of injecting sand, water and chemicals deep underground to release oil and gas - Schramm's latest rig, although pricey, allows producers to sharply reduce labor costs, the company says.

AP PHOTOS: AP revisits Boston bombing sites

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 18:15

This combination of April 15, 2013 and April 14, 2014 photos shows medical workers aiding injured people on Boylston Street near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following two bomb explosions, and nearly a year later traffic flowing on the same street as preparations are being made for the 2014 Boston Marathon in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)Life has resumed on the streets of Boston.


Hockey title puts tiny Union on the sports map

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 17:55

Accepted students and their parents tour Union College on Monday, April 14, 2014, in Schenectady, N.Y. Tiny Union, enrollment 2,200, defeated Minnesota, enrollment 48,000, Saturday for its first NCAA hockey title. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — After tiny Union College toppled the heavyweights of hockey for the national title, its president, Stephen Ainlay, couldn't resist a little cheerleading.


Two California men charged with serial killings of prostitutes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:20
Two Southern California men have been charged with murder in the slayings of four women over the last six months, after the body of one victim was found on the conveyor belt of a recycling center in the city of Anaheim, police said on Monday. The two suspects, Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, both registered sex offenders from Anaheim, were booked on suspicion of murder late on Friday and remained held without bail, Anaheim police Lieutenant Bob Dunn said. The investigation began after employees at a recycling facility in Anaheim, about 25 miles south of Los Angeles, found the body of a woman from Oklahoma left slain on a conveyor belt, Dunn said.

US anti-Semitic attacks down before Kan. shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 13:39

In this Sunday, April 13, 2014 image from video provided by KCTV-5, Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, is escorted by police in an elementary school parking lot in Overland Park, Kan. Cross, 73, accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City, is a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. (AP Photo/KCTV-5) MANDATORY CREDITOVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A group monitoring anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. cautiously noted a sharp decline in such incidents less than two weeks before the fatal shootings over the weekend outside two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City.


UN Security Council to view photos of Syrian dead

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 13:00
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council will meet privately to view projected slides of Syrians tortured and killed in the country's civil war.

Chief: Suspects wore GPS devices during killings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:51

This combination of undated photos from the Megan's Law website shows suspects, Stephen Dean Gordon, 45, left, and Franc Cano, 27, who were arrested on Friday, April 11, 2014, on suspicion of killing four women in Orange County, Calif. Anaheim police said detectives in Santa Ana and Anaheim launched a joint investigation after the naked body of Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21, was found in the conveyor belt of a recycling plant last month. The probe led detectives to connect the men to her slaying, and the disappearance of three women who frequented a Santa Ana neighborhood known for drug dealing and prostitution. (AP Photo/Megan's Law)ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Two parolees raped and killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday.


Police: Utah mom admitted to killing her 6 babies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:36

Megan HuntsmanPLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) — Megan Huntsman was clear about what she did with six of her newborn babies.


Police: Utah mom admitted to killing her 6 babies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:36

Megan HuntsmanPLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) — Megan Huntsman was clear about what she did with six of her newborn babies.


U.S. healthcare usage and spending resumes rise in 2013: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:06

Devices used to take blood pressure, temperature, and examine eyes and ears rest on a wall inside of a doctor's office in New YorkAmericans used more health services and spent more on prescription drugs in 2013, reversing a recent trend, though greater use of cheaper generic drugs helped control spending, according to a report issued on Tuesday by a leading healthcare information company. While that was far less than the double-digit increases seen in previous decades, it was a rebound from a 1 percent decline in 2012, the report by IMS Health Holdings Inc. found. Among factors driving the increased spending were the cost of new medicines, price increases on some branded drugs, a $10 billion reduced impact of patent expirations compared with 2012, and the first rise in the use of healthcare services in three years, IMS found. IMS compiles and provides data on prescription drug use and trends for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry.


CBO lowers U.S. deficit estimates as health subsidies fall

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:10

Murillo reads a leaflet at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaBy David Lawder and David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will cost slightly less than previously thought, helping to slow down the forecast growth of U.S. deficits over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office said on Monday. The non-partisan CBO, in revisions to its annual budget estimates, said the reduced subsidy cost estimates partly reflect lower premiums now being charged in government-run "Obamacare" exchanges and accommodations that allow previously canceled health plans to be extended. The reduced health cost estimates made up the bulk of a $286 billion reduction in CBO's cumulative deficit forecast for fiscal years 2015 through 2024, compared with a forecast in February, to $7.62 trillion.


Bail set at $6 million for Utah woman suspected of infant killings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:10

Booking photo of Megan Huntsman in Pleasant Grove, UtahPolice said Megan Huntsman, 39, has admitted during questioning that she strangled or suffocated her infant children immediately after she gave birth to them, following pregnancies that she apparently kept secret. Huntsman was arrested on Sunday and booked into the Utah County jail in Provo on six counts of murder in connection with the deaths of six babies born to her between about 1996 to 2006 at her former home in the town of Pleasant Grove, 35 miles south of Salt Lake City. The body of a seventh infant also was found at that address, but authorities believe that child was stillborn, Pleasant Grove Police Captain Michael Roberts said. At a detention hearing on Monday, District Judge Steven Hansen set bail for the mother at $1 million for each count of murder, court spokeswoman Nancy Volmer said.


Details on the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:06

After the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service was awarded to The Washington Post, reporters and editors gather in the newsroom in Washington, Monday, April 14, 2014, as contributing writer Barton Gellman describes the effort that went into a series of stories on the government’s massive surveillance program based on information leaked by National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden. The disclosures showed that the NSA has collected information about millions of Americans’ phone calls and emails based on its classified interpretations of laws passed after the 2001 terrorist attacks. The Pulitzer Prizes, journalism’s highest honor, are given out each year by Columbia University on the recommendation of a board of journalists and others. This is Gellman’s third Pulitzer honor. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Details and reaction on the winners of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes:


SD jury sentences man to death in carjack killing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:05

FILE - In this March 31, 2014 file photo, James McVay is escorted into Minnehaha County Court in Sioux Falls. S.D. McVay, a man with a history of mental illness, was sentenced to death by a jury on Monday, April 14, 2014, for killing a South Dakota hospice nurse as part of a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Argus Leader, Elisha Page, File)SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man with a history of mental illness was sentenced to death by a jury on Monday for killing a South Dakota hospice nurse as part of a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama.


Alabama man sentenced in murder-for-hire plot to kill neighbor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:52
An Alabama man who tried to hire members of the Ku Klux Klan to torture and murder his African-American neighbor was sentenced on Monday to six years in prison. Allen Wayne Densen Morgan, 30, pleaded guilty in October to charges of using interstate facilities in an attempt to commit a murder for hire. Prosecutors said Morgan spoke with an FBI agent posing as a Ku Klux Klan member and offered to pay him if he killed his neighbor. Morgan falsely suspected the neighbor of having an affair with his wife.

AP PHOTOS: 4 heroes of the Boston Marathon bombing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:45

FILE - In this Monday, April 15, 2013, file photo, Boston EMT Paul Mitchell, left, bystander Carlos Arredondo, in cowboy hat, and Boston University student Devin Wang push Jeff Bauman in a wheelchair after he was injured in one of two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Bauman and his three rescuers, became one of the most recognizable and powerful symbols of Boston's resilience after the April 15 attacks. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)An EMT. A volunteer. A spectator in a cowboy hat.


2 sex offenders charged with rapes, killings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:41

This combination of undated photos from the Megan's Law website shows suspects, Stephen Dean Gordon, 45, left, and Franc Cano, 27, who were arrested on Friday, April 11, 2014, on suspicion of killing four women in Orange County, Calif. Anaheim police said detectives in Santa Ana and Anaheim launched a joint investigation after the naked body of Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21, was found in the conveyor belt of a recycling plant last month. The probe led detectives to connect the men to her slaying, and the disappearance of three women who frequented a Santa Ana neighborhood known for drug dealing and prostitution. (AP Photo/Megan's Law)ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Two registered sex offenders who have known each other since at least 2012 have been charged with raping and killing four California women since last year.


Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:22

FILE - A Sunday, June 9, 2013, file photo provided by The Guardian newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the U.S. National Security Agency, in Hong Kong. A report that revealed the massive U.S. government surveillance effort is among the top finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. The stories were based on thousands of documents handed over by Snowden. The reports were published by Barton Gellman of The Washington Post and Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewan MacAskill of The Guardian. (AP Photo/The Guardian, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance programs in a blockbuster series of stories based on secret documents supplied by NSA leaker Edward Snowden.


Christie 'nervous' when scandal linked to aides

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:21

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks during a town hall meeting at Winston Churchill Elementary School, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Fairfield, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie was "nervous" about the possibility more of his aides were involved in a politically motivated traffic jam scandal, according to interview notes released Monday by lawyers the governor's office hired to conduct an internal investigation.


10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:04

A Pro-Russian activist stands during the mass storming of a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka Monday, April 14, 2014. Several government buildings have fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: