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Fire truck rams California eatery; 14 injured

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:59
MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — Two fire trucks answering a call have collided in a Los Angeles suburb, sending one careening into a restaurant and leaving 14 people, including several firefighters, injured, one critically.

Home sales of $10 million rise in Connecticut town

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:55

This photo provided by David Ogilvy & Associates shows Copper Beech Farm. The 12-bedroom waterfront estate on 50 acres in wealthy Greenwich has been sold for $120 million. Even though that's $70 million under Copper Beech Farm's initial listing price, real estate agent David Ogilvy tells the Greenwich Time he believes the sum is the most ever paid for a residential property in the United States. The paperwork finalizing the sale to a limited liability company was filed Friday April 10, 2014.NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's Gold Coast is living up to its name, with a record $120 million sale of a waterfront estate in Greenwich leading an increase in sales of homes for more than $10 million.


Navy delays submarine commissioning, says more work needed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:46
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Navy on Wednesday said it would delay the commissioning of the North Dakota, a new Virginia-class submarine that was due to enter active service on May 31, to carry out more design work and resolve quality problems with certain components. The submarine, built jointly by General Dynamics Corp and Huntington Ingalls Industries, is returning to drydock for the additional work, according to the submarine's Facebook site. Colleen O'Rourke, spokeswoman for Naval Sea Systems Command, said the Navy decided to delay the commissioning because the ship needed additional design and certification work on its redesigned bow, and because of "material issues" with certain vendor-assembled and delivered components. O'Rourke said the lessons learned from work on the North Dakota were already being applied to the other follow-on ships in the next batch of submarines being built.

UN chief: 1 million South Sudanese may face famine

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:28
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Wednesday up to a million people could face famine in conflict-torn South Sudan in the coming months unless the world takes immediate action.

Fire truck rams California eatery; several injured

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:24
MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — Police say two fire trucks have collided in a Los Angeles suburb, slamming one engine into a restaurant and causing several injuries, some of them critical.

Ex-official leaves huge debt for California city

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:19

Robert Rizzo, left, leaves court after being sentenced, Wednesday April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles. Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small, blue-collar city. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison — less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind.


Consumer groups win appeal to reveal Company Doe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:09
WASHINGTON (AP) — We soon could know the identity of the manufacturer — only known now as "Company Doe" — in a product safety case that has been linked to a child's death.

New Jersey mother charged with driving teens into Delaware River

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:05
By Dave Warner (Reuters) - A New Jersey mother of three teenagers was charged on Wednesday with attempted murder and endangering the welfare of children after allegedly driving her minivan into the Delaware River with them inside, authorities said. Joann Smith, 49, is accused of driving the minivan off a boat ramp in Florence, about 18 miles south of Trenton, New Jersey, according to authorities. Smith and her three children, ages 13, 14 and 15, escaped from what authorities described as the partially submerged vehicle with the help of an area man, who was not identified. ...

Philadelphia chocolate store closed over tax spat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:55
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A popular Philadelphia chocolate maker and candy store has been shuttered by the city days before Easter.

New Mexico to eliminate conjugal visits for prisoners

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:47
By Joseph J. Kolb ALBURQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) - New Mexico will end conjugal visits between inmates and their spouses next month, officials said Wednesday, in a move that will leave the once-widespread practice in place in only three U.S. states. In addition to addressing concerns over pregnancies, the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and smuggled contraband, eliminating the program will save the state about $120,000 per year, New Mexico Department of Corrections spokeswoman Alex Tomlin said. The debate over conjugal visits has pitted political conservatives who view the practice as inconsistent with the ethic of punishment against some prison officials who say the visits improve inmate behavior and maintain family bonds, said Stewart J. D'Alessio, a criminal justice professor at Florida International University who has studied the issue. Once a common practice in U.S. prisons, soon only California, Washington state and New York state prisons will permit conjugal visits.

Fake grenade in luggage disrupts New York airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:44
NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A fake hand grenade in a passenger's luggage has disrupted operations at an airport in New York's Hudson Valley.

Suspect found guilty in 4 Omaha shooting deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:41

Nikko Jenkins, charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the slayings of four Omaha people last summer, is led to court by a Douglas County deputy in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Jenkins was found guilty on all charges. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man described by one prison psychiatrist as a "psychopath" and "one of the most dangerous people" the doctor had ever evaluated was found guilty Wednesday of four counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of four Omaha people last summer.


Judge stays recognition of most Ohio out-of-state gay nuptials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:40

A protester from Ohio carries a flag outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in WashingtonOhio will not be required to recognize the legal marriage of gay couples statewide, pending appeal of a ruling that struck down a state ban, but it must recognize the unions of the couples who challenged the law, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. Judge Timothy Black on Monday struck down Ohio's ban on recognizing the marriage of same-sex couples wed legally outside the state, but did not address the state's ban on same-sex marriage within the state. Black's ruling in Ohio was the latest by a federal judge supporting an expansion of gay rights since the U.S. Supreme Court last year ruled that legally married same-sex couples are eligible for federal benefits. The federal appeals courts need to rule, as does the United States Supreme Court," Black wrote in an order.


Colorado socialite killed by blunt force to head

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:39
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A socialite who was found dead in her home in this Colorado resort town was killed by a blunt force injury to her head, the Pitkin County coroner said Wednesday.

Portland officer wounded, dog killed in shootout

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:37
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland, Ore., police dog sicced on a burglary suspect was fatally shot early Wednesday, and his handler was wounded.

Detroit still needs $350M from state lawmakers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:23

FILE- In this Oct. 23, 2013 file photo, Dennis Marton walks with protesters at a rally outside The Theodore Levin United States Courthouse in Detroit. The city of Detroit reached tentative agreements to preserve pensions for retired police office and firefighters but cut monthly payments for other former employees, officials said Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT (AP) — Pressure was building Wednesday for Michigan lawmakers to commit $350 million to Detroit pensions, a day after the city reached tentative agreements with pension funds and a retiree group to reduce payouts.


Sales of homes for more than $10 million increase

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:21

This photo provided by David Ogilvy & Associates shows Copper Beech Farm. The 12-bedroom waterfront estate on 50 acres in wealthy Greenwich has been sold for $120 million. Even though that's $70 million under Copper Beech Farm's initial listing price, real estate agent David Ogilvy tells the Greenwich Time he believes the sum is the most ever paid for a residential property in the United States. The paperwork finalizing the sale to a limited liability company was filed Friday April 10, 2014.NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's Gold Coast is living up to its name, with a record $120 million sale of a waterfront estate in Greenwich leading an increase in sales of homes for more than $10 million.


Indiana faces deadline on new education standards

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:11

FILE - Glenda Ritz, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, shown in this June 10, 2013 file photo, as she talks about interruptions experienced by students taking ISTEP tests. Indiana education leaders are rapidly approaching a deadline to approve new education standards to replace the national Common Core standards, which lawmakers and Gov. Mike Pence agreed to ditch. But infighting between state schools chief Glenda Ritz and the state Board of Education is putting new standards at risk. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As the first state to drop the national Common Core learning standards, Indiana is rushing to approve new state-crafted benchmarks in time for teachers to use them this fall, and education leaders from across the nation are closely watching.


Holder urges use of overdose-reversal drug

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:06

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2014 file photo, Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. A spokesperson for the New York City Medical Examiner announced on Friday, Feb. 28, that Hoffman’s death an accident. The Oscar-winning actor’s body was found on Feb. 2 with a needle still in his arm. Officials say he died from a toxic mix of heroin and other drugs. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday called on first responders to use an overdose-reversal drug to help save lives amid a nationwide resurgence in heroin abuse, a public health scourge claiming the lives of celebrities and young people alike. (AP Photo/Victoria Will/Invision/AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday urged first responders to use an overdose-reversal drug to help save lives amid a nationwide resurgence in heroin abuse, a public health scourge claiming the lives of celebrities and young people alike.


Nebraska man could face execution after conviction in 4 killings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:00
By Katie Knapp Schubert OMAHA, Nebraska (Reuters) - A Nebraska man was convicted on Wednesday of killing four people during a 10-day murder spree last summer within days of his release from prison and could face the death penalty in a state that has not carried out an execution since 1997. Nikko Jenkins, 27, was found guilty of first-degree murder, use of a weapon to commit a felony and felon in possession of a weapon in each of the four killings by Douglas County District Court Judge Peter Bataillon, court officials said. Jenkins had pleaded no contest during a court hearing in Omaha to the charges that he killed Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz and Juan Uribe-Pena on August 11, Curtis Bradford on August 19, and Andrea Kruger on August 21. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine has said he likely would seek the death penalty for Jenkins.