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Man seeks green card after American husband dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:38
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Australian man widowed by his American husband of more than three decades made a renewed pitch Monday for a green card after the Obama administration eased policies on gay marriage.

Families' hopes for ferry victims painfully humble

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:36

A relative of a passenger aboard the sunken ferry Sewol prays as she waita for her missing loved one at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Monday, April 21, 2014. Divers continued the grim work of recovering bodies from inside the sunken South Korean ferry Monday, securing a new entryway into the wreck, as a newly released transcript showed the ship was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing. The transcript suggests that the chaos may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)JINDO, South Korea (AP) — Lee Byung-soo says he knew, when he saw his 15-year-old son's body in the tent. It could not have been more horrifically obvious. But he wanted so much for him to be alive.


Lucey tops in Iowa's 'Beautiful Bulldog' event

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:27

Lucey sits on the throne after being crowned the winner of the 35th annual Drake Relays Beautiful Bulldog Contest, Monday, April 21, 2014, in Des Moines, Iowa. The pageant kicks off the Drake Relays festivities at Drake University where a bulldog is the mascot. Lucey is owned by Tiffany Torstenson of Waukee, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lucey is a slobbering 18-month-old pooch whose human family dreams of making her a therapy dog.


Okla. Supreme Court stays executions of 2 inmates in drug secrecy challenge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:23

Execution Drug Oklahoma LawsuitOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has stayed the execution of two death row inmates who have challenged the state's secrecy protocol surrounding the source of lethal injection drugs.


In show of defiance, 32,000 run Boston Marathon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:19

Double amputee Celeste Corcoran, center, a victim of last year's bombings, reaches the finish line of the 118th Boston Marathon, Monday, April 21, 2014, in Boston, with the aid her sister Carmen Acabbo, left, and daughter Sydney, right, who was also wounded last year. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — Some ran to honor the dead and wounded. Others were out to prove something to the world about their sport, the city or their country. And some wanted to prove something to themselves.


First U.S. drone research center will focus on soil studies: FAA

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:14
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The first of six U.S. test sites chosen to perform unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research will start flight operations during the week of May 5, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday. The site in North Dakota will begin using a Draganflyer X4ES small UAS, with the initial goal to agricultural research including checking soil quality and the status of crops. (Reporting by Ros Krasny; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

Obama to visit site of Washington State landslide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:09

A rescue worker takes a break while working in a debris field left by a mudslide in OsoThe White House said President Barack Obama is due to meet with the families of victims of a deadly mudslide in Washington State on Tuesday afternoon before leaving for a four-country tour of Asia. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said on Monday that 41 victims have been recovered from the slide that buried a river valley neighborhood in the Cascade mountain foothills last month. Obama is due to deliver remarks after meeting with families of victims, emergency workers, and others involved in the recovery effort.


U.S. jurors hear radical cleric's praise for September 11 attacks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:01

Islamist cleric al-Masri is seen in this courtroom sketch during a court appearance in Manhattan Federal Court in New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - In a video of radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri shown to jurors at his trial on Monday, he did not hesitate when a television interviewer asked him about the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people. "Everyone was happy when the planes hit the World Trade Center," Abu Hamza said in the undated film played in a U.S. court where the former imam of the Finsbury Park Mosque in London faces terrorism-related charges. Prosecutors have accused the one-eyed, handless Abu Hamza of trying to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon, giving assistance to militants who took 16 Western tourists hostage in Yemen in 1998, a kidnapping that ended with the deaths of three Britons and an Australian, and raising money and supplies for al Qaeda in Afghanistan. If convicted of the most serious charges, the Egyptian-born Abu Hamza would face life in prison.


Man dies after being shot at federal courthouse

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 06:59

Police tape surrounds the Federal Courthouse Monday, April 21, 2014, in Salt Lake City. A U.S. marshal shot and critically wounded a defendant on Monday in a new federal courthouse after the man rushed the witness stand with a pen at his trial in Salt Lake City, authorities said. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Defendant Siale Angilau was listening to a witness describe gang initiation rituals on Monday when authorities said he grabbed a pen, rushed toward the witness and lunged at him.


Baseball star stands accused in journey from Cuba to big leagues

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 06:52

Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig attempts to make a diving catch of a fly ball off the bat of Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips during their MLB Cactus League spring training baseball game in GlendaleAs young Cuban slugger Yasiel Puig is earning millions on the baseball field with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a bizarre story of how the talented player escaped from the Communist-ruled island country is unfolding in U.S. court documents. Puig ran a gauntlet of fast boats, Mexican drug smugglers and even death threats in his 2012 flight from Cuba, according to a $12 million lawsuit filed by a man who accuses the ballplayer of informing on him to Cuban authorities. Puig has declined to comment on the allegations and his lawyer has filed a motion to have the case dismissed. "I'm only focused on being a productive teammate and helping the Dodgers win games," Puig was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his agent.


Woman accused in babies' deaths appears in court

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 06:41

Megan Huntsman, accused of killing six of her babies and storing their bodies in her garage, appears in court Monday, April 21, 2014, in Provo, Utah. A state judge granted county prosecutors a week to sort through evidence and ensure they choose the proper charges. Huntsman is being held on $6 million bail. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool)PROVO, Utah (AP) — Prosecutors have been granted more time to determine what charges to file against a Utah woman accused of killing six of her babies and storing their bodies in her garage.


Damage claims filed in Washington state over mudslide disaster

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 06:28

A flag flies at half staff as workers look out over the mud and debris as search work continues from a massive mudslide that struck Oso near DarringtonBy Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - The widow of a man killed in the Washington state mudslide has filed damage claims asserting that official inaction contributed to the disaster that took more than 40 lives. Thomas Durnell, 65, was at home on March 22 when the mudslide hit and is among the 41 confirmed fatalities. Deborah Durnell, Thomas' widow, filed the claims on Friday against Snohomish County and the state's Department of Natural Resources (DNR), asserting $3.5 million in damages. The county, said her attorney, Corrie Yackulic, knew that the area where the Durnells bought their home in 2011 was prone to mudslides but failed to properly warn those living there.


Shooting reported in mall parking lot near Atlanta

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 06:23

Shooting reported in mall parking lot near AtlantaATLANTA (AP) — Police around Atlanta were searching for a suspect Monday after a woman was shot in the middle of the afternoon in a mall's parking lot.


Gates-funded student data group to shut down

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 06:20
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The student data processing organization inBloom will shut down in the coming months, its chief executive officer said Monday following criticism that led to the recent loss of the startup's last active client — New York state.

Justice Dept. broadening criteria for clemency

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 06:19
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is broadening the criteria it will use in evaluating clemency petitions from certain federal prisoners and expects the changes to result in thousands of new applications, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday.

Law school graduate in Macon, Georgia, admits killing classmate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 06:11
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A 28-year-old law school graduate in Georgia pleaded guilty on Monday to killing and dismembering a fellow graduate and disposing of her remains in a trash dumpster outside an apartment building where they both lived. Prosecutors said Stephen Mark McDaniel faces life in prison for killing 27-year-old Lauren Giddings in Macon in central Georgia in June 2011, the same year that both graduated from the Mercer University School of Law in the city. In a statement in Macon-Bibb County court on Monday, a week before his trial was to begin, McDaniel said he entered Giddings' apartment in the early morning hours wearing a mask. McDaniel and Giddings lived in neighboring apartments across the street from the law school.

USDA establishes rural business investment program

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 05:57
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday a new $150 million program designed to provide investment capital to help small agriculture-related business in rural areas with cash needed to expand.

Gang trial defendant fatally shot in Utah court by U.S. marshal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 05:49

Siale Angilau is seen in a picture provided by the Utah Department of CorrectionsBy Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - An accused street gang member standing trial in federal court in Salt Lake City was shot to death by a deputy U.S. marshal on Monday as the defendant attacked a witness who was testifying against him, federal law-enforcement officials said. Siale Angilau, 25, lunged at the witness wielding what appeared to be a pen or pencil in his hand, prompting a federal officer in the courtroom to open fire to halt the attack, according to Melodie Rydalch, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office. It is routine practice for federal trial defendants to be unrestrained when appearing before a jury, Rydalch said, and Angilau was not handcuffed. The FBI said Angilau, who was struck in the chest by the marshal's gunfire, was still breathing when he was removed from the courtroom by stretcher, but later died of his wounds at a local hospital.


12 states ban sodomy a decade after court ruling

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 05:49
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A dozen states still have anti-sodomy laws on the books 10 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled they are unconstitutional.

AP Exclusive: Kentucky inmate starves to death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 05:42

This Sept. 10, 2007, photo shows, the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville, Ky. One doctor has been fired and another is in the midst of being dismissed from penitentiary, after an inmate, James Kenneth Embry, went on a hunger strike and died Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Daniel R. Patmore)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A prison doctor has been fired and two other staffers are in the midst of being dismissed after an inmate at the Kentucky State Penitentiary starved himself to death, a case that has exposed lapses in medical treatment and in how hunger strikes are handled at the facility. Prison officials have asked prosecutors to investigate after The Associated Press began asking questions about the inmate's death.