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'I thought ... I was dead': dancer maimed in Boston bombing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 04:29

U.S. District Judge George O'Toole speaks during the sentencing phase of the murder trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a courtroom sketchBy Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - When ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis heard a blast as she stood at the finish line of the Boston Marathon two years ago, she knew it was no accident and suspected another explosion would follow. "I couldn't hear myself scream," Haslet-Davis on Wednesday told the jurors who will determine if convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is sentenced to death or life in prison. "I thought that because I couldn't hear myself scream, I was dead." Federal prosecutors called a series of witnesses who described what they lost when the 21-year-old ethnic Chechen and his brother set off a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013. Haslet-Davis, 34, was among them.

SkyWest plane with sick passenger makes emergency landing in Buffalo, N.Y.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 04:24

Skywest planeA SkyWest Airlines flight made an emergency landing on Wednesday in Buffalo, New York, after a passenger lost consciousness, the airline said. Flight 5622, a United Airlines Express flight operated by SkyWest and bound for Hartford, Connecticut, landed safely at Buffalo International Airport, SkyWest said on Twitter. SkyWest said earlier media reports that a cabin door had opened and that several passengers lost consciousness were not true. It also said there was no indication of a pressurization issue, which also had been reported.

Pentagon chief warns sexual assault problem could deter recruits

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 04:19

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter answers reporters' question during a joint news conference with his South Korean counterpart Han Min Koo at the Defense Ministry in SeoulBy David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned on Wednesday that the military's sexual assault problem could drive away new recruits, and urged a group of officer trainees to have the courage to speak out against behavior that contributes to sexual misconduct. Carter's remarks to reserve officer trainees at Georgetown University came ahead of the Pentagon's annual report to Congress on sexual assault and prevention efforts, which is expected in the next few weeks. The U.S. defense chief noted that the department had achieved some success in dealing with the problem, implementing 150 congressional and Pentagon directives in recent years to curb sexual assault and encourage reporting of the crime.

Cops: Teacher ID'd pupil who accused co-worker of sex crime

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 04:18
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A high school teacher identified a student who accused another teacher of a sex crime by pointing at her in front of her classmates and saying he missed school so he could be interviewed by detectives "because of her," police said Wednesday.

U.S. Marshals Service reviewing incident of deputy smashing citizen's phone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 04:11
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The U.S. Marshals Service is reviewing an incident after a video posted on the Internet appeared to show one of its deputies snatching away and smashing the cell phone of a woman who was filming police and federal agents making arrests in a Los Angeles suburb. Video taken by another bystander at Sunday's confrontation in the South Gate suburb in southeast Los Angeles and posted on YouTube showed the woman standing on a sidewalk aiming her phone at two officers a short distance away. The woman can be heard saying, "You are making me feel unsafe, and I have a right to be here," just before a deputy marshal armed with a rifle comes into view and wrestles the device out of her hands as she protests. In the video, the officer appears to throw the phone to the ground and stomp or kick it, then tells her, "There's your phone." Paez told the CNN network that she began filming when she saw law enforcement officers pointing automatic weapons at the heads of about eight people on a lawn near her home.

AccuWeather: Rain, wind as storm passes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 04:01

 Rain, wind as storm passesAccuWeather is tracking the storm as it moves through our area.

Subaru goes rear-wheel drive with sporty 2015 BRZ coupe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 03:52

This photo provided by Subaru shows the Subaru BRZ. The base price 25,696 for base Premium; $27,695 for Limited with manual. (Subaru via AP)Subaru's all-wheel drive passion aside, the automaker crafts a fun, rear-wheel drive, sport coupe. The 2015 Surbaru BRZ is surprisingly affordable, too, with a starting retail price of less than $26,500.

Prosecutor to call grand jury in 2013 police killing in Va.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 03:45
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia prosecutor says he will convene a special grand jury to hear evidence in the police killing of a man in his doorway in 2013.

Police: Boy dies after father got drunk, left him in hot car

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 03:44

This undated booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff shows James Koryor, 41, who was arrested on manslaughter and child abuse charges after police said he left his toddler son in a hot car during a day of heavy drinking in the southwestern city of Phoenix.Koryor made an initial court appearance Tuesday, April 21, where a judge set a $50,000 bond and assigned the case to the public defender's office. Prosecutors argued for higher bail, saying Koryor has extensive ties to Liberia, Ivory Coast and Ghana and could flee. (Maricopa County Sheriff via AP)PHOENIX (AP) — A father wept at a court hearing after police say he left his toddler son in a hot car during a day of heavy drinking and the boy later died.

FBI, local prosecutors raid California city's government offices

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 03:44
Local prosecutors and FBI agents raided city government offices in Beaumont, California, and the premises of a management consulting firm that has worked with the city on Wednesday as part of an investigation that authorities declined to describe. "I can confirm that search warrants have been served as part of an ongoing investigation. Search warrants have been served at both Beaumont City Hall and the Urban Logic office," Riverside County District Attorney's spokesman John Hall said. "The investigation is being conducted by the Riverside County D.A.'s Office and the FBI," Hall said.

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for parts of the area

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 03:25

 Rain, wind as storm passesSevere Thunderstorm Warnings have been issued for parts of the area until 4:00 p.m.

Hello? 8M phone calls unanswered as IRS cut taxpayer service

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 03:23

FILE - In this April 15, 2015 file photo, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The IRS’s overloaded phone system hung up on more than 8 million taxpayers this filing season as the agency cut millions of dollars from taxpayer services. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS' overloaded phone system hung up on more than 8 million taxpayers this filing season as the agency cut millions of dollars from taxpayer services to help pay to enforce President Barack Obama's health law.

Judge in Philly OKs 65-year deal over NFL concussions; could cost $1B

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 03:16

Judge in Philly OKs 65-year deal over NFL concussions; could cost $1BA federal judge has approved a potential $1 billion plan to resolve thousands of NFL concussion lawsuits filed by retired players.

Would-be Reagan assassin seeks expanded freedom in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 03:11

FILE PHOTO OF JOHN HINCKLEY JR.By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Would-be U.S. presidential assassin John Hinckley Jr. should be allowed to reside full time away from the mental hospital where he has lived since shooting Ronald Reagan in 1981, his lawyer argued in federal court on Wednesday. In his opening statement, Hinckley's lawyer Barry Levine requested he be granted convalescent leave, the equivalent of outpatient status, so he could live full time with his 89-year-old mother. "There is no dispute that Mr. Hinckley is clinically ready for the next step in treatment, which is convalescent leave," Levine told U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman. The government opposed Levine's request, with prosecutor Colleen Kennedy saying the provisions suggested for expanded release were inadequate for a would-be presidential assassin.

Can government squeeze raisin growers? Justices have doubts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 03:06
WASHINGTON (AP) — A post-World War II-era program that forces raisin producers to give part of their annual crop to the government could soon be a relic of history.

Noble Energy agrees to settle Colorado air pollution case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 02:45
DENVER (AP) — Large oil and gas driller Noble Energy has agreed to a settlement over alleged air-pollution violations north of Denver, a deal federal officials say could cost the company up to $73.5 million.

Jury asks to see testimony from Etan Patz's best friend

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 02:40
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York jury deliberating in the murder trial of a man accused of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts) in 1979 has asked to hear the testimony of the boy's best friend.

Streets near White House closed over suspicious package: Washington Post

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 02:34

 Washington Post(Reuters) - Streets around the White House were shut down because a suspicious package, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. Police were investigating a package found several blocks east of the White House at 15th Street and F Street NW, the newspaper said. Nearby streets were closed to vehicles. (Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales; Editing by Fiona Ortiz and Sandra Maler)

Smoking inside bars is officially off-limits in New Orleans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 02:31

Barry Rutherford smokes a cigarette inside Kajun's Pub, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in New Orleans. Starting at midnight Tuesday, smoking will no longer be permitted in bars, gambling halls and many other public places such as hotels, workplaces, private clubs and stores. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — City Council members who led the push to ban smoking in bars and gambling venues in this notoriously libertine city hailed the start of the smoke-free ordinance Wednesday as a historic step in making the city healthier.

UPDATED PHOTOS: More suspects in local child predator sweep

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 02:27

 More suspects in local child predator sweepThe Pennsylvania Attorney General's office has announced 6 more arrests from a sweep of suspected child predators in our area.