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Texas paid $2.2M for Garcia Marquez archive

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:57

FILE - In this March 6, 2014 file photo, Gabriel Garcia Marquez greets fans and reporters outside his home on his birthday in Mexico City. The University of Texas’ literary archive says it paid $2.2 million for the works of Nobel laureate Marquez, a price the school sought to keep secret until ordered by the state attorney general’s office to make it public. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas' literary archive said Wednesday it paid $2.2 million for the works of Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a price the school sought to keep secret until ordered to make it public by the state attorney general's office.


Life-saving train design is rarely used

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:40

In this Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, file photo, Workers stand near a Metrolink train that hit a truck and then derailed in Oxnard, Calif. Three cars of the Metrolink train tumbled onto their sides, injuring dozens of people in the town 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Engineers have figured how to blunt the deadly force of a train smashing into a truck on the tracks. Yet few U.S. rail systems have adopted the technology, which is believed to have played a significant role in the remarkably low number of serious injuries from Tuesday's commuter rail crash in California. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the collision between a Southern California commuter train and a truck abandoned on the tracks was this: No one died and only eight people on board were admitted to hospitals.


Snow falls in the South as another storm hits region

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:33

Icicles hang from a car license plate in a Raleigh, N.C., parking lot on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. The state is bracing for several more inches Wednesday. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)Snow fell on the Deep South on Wednesday as another storm brought nasty weather to the region, walloping places that were hit hard just last week.


Missouri public safety director resigns 6 months into job

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:29

In this Aug. 27, 2014 file photo, Dan Isom, right, speaks with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon after being named the director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety in St. Louis. The state senator who sponsored Isom when he was appointed amid the fallout from the Ferguson police shooting say Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2014 he's decided to resign. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach, File) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUTJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's public safety director, appointed amid fallout from the fatal Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown, on Wednesday announced plans to resign only six months into the job.


Spacewalking astronaut safe after water leaks into helmet

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:28

In this image made from video provided by NASA, astronaut Terry Virts points to his helmet as he sits inside the International Space Station on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 during an inspection for water in his suit. Virts reported the water while he waited in the air lock for Wednesday's spacewalk to formally conclude. (AP Photo/NASA)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A spacewalking astronaut ended up with unwanted water in his helmet Wednesday after breezing through a cable and lube job outside the International Space Station.


Police fired 17 times at Mexican farm worker in Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:27
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Police officers who fatally shot a Mexican farm worker in Washington state after he pelted them with rocks fired 17 shots at the man, striking him five or six times, police said on Wednesday, in an incident that has fueled protests. Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35, an unemployed orchard worker from Mexico's Michoacan state, was killed earlier this month in Pasco, a city of 68,000 residents in Washington state's agricultural heartland, in a shooting captured on video. Police said that officers responding to a report of a man throwing rocks at passing cars shot Zambrano-Montes after he began pelting them with rocks and ignored commands to surrender. Kennewick Police Sergeant Ken Lattin, a spokesman for a special unit investigating the case, told reporters on Wednesday that all three of the officers involved in the incident had fired their weapons.

Judge orders Oracle to keep hosting Oregon's Medicaid system

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:27
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon judge has ordered technology giant Oracle Inc. to continue hosting Oregon's Medicaid health insurance system for low-income Oregonians even after the company's contract expires this weekend.

Pregnant store owner gets 5 years in puppy arson case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:23

FILE - In a Wednesday, March 12, 2014 file photo, pet shop owner Gloria Lee appears in court at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Lee was sentenced Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, to 5 to 14 years in state prison for setting fire to the business where 27 puppies and dogs were rescued. Lee stunned the courtroom when she told Clark County District Court Judge David Barker on Wednesday that she's three months pregnant. Prosecutor Shanon Clowers says Lee will have her baby in prison. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, Steve Marcus, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former Las Vegas pet shop owner who was caught on surveillance video torching her business before 27 puppies and dogs were rescued last year failed to sway her sentencing judge with a courtroom announcement Wednesday that she was three months pregnant.


Opening statements in Boston Marathon bombing trial set for next week

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:23
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Formal seating of a jury and opening statements in the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are expected to begin in the middle of next week, a court official said on Wednesday. Tsarnaev, 21, an ethnic Chechen and naturalized U.S. citizen who was a student at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, is charged in federal court with killing three people and injuring 264 in the April 15, 2013, attack. Besides charges stemming from the marathon attack, Tsarnaev is accused of fatally shooting a police officer three days after the bombing as he and his older brother, Tamerlan, prepared to flee the Boston area. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died that night following a gun battle with police.

Confident Obama predicts success in immigration appeal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:18

President Barack Obama gets off Air Force One upon his arrival at Miami International Airport in Miami, Wednesday, Feb,. 25, 2015. Obama is taping an immigration town hall hosted by Telemundo and MSNBC at Florida International University. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama urged immigrants thrown into limbo by legal wrangling to keep planning for eventual relief, professing confidence Wednesday that his deportation directives won't be thrown out in court.


Nickelodeon debuts mobile service Noggin for the pre-K set

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:12
NEW YORK (AP) — Nickelodeon is creating brand-new content and resurrecting old shows for a mobile subscription service aimed at preschoolers.

Video cameras on commuter train recorded California wreck, official says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:50
OXNARD, Calif. (Reuters) - Video recorders on a Southern California commuter train that struck a truck on Tuesday, sparking a wreck that injured 50 people, captured the crash, a federal official said on Wednesday. The recorders from the collision in Oxnard, about 45 miles (72 km) northwest of Los Angeles, have been sent to Washington, D.C., for analysis, said National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt. "We can say that the forward-facing cameras did record the accident sequence, they recorded the actual collision," he said. ...

Experts: Insanity case as in 'American Sniper' hard to win

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:47

Former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh stands during his capital murder trial at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth, Pool)STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — The former Marine convicted of killing "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man was hospitalized multiple times for psychiatric treatment and was prescribed medication to treat schizophrenia. He spoke of pig-human hybrids and the apocalypse and was described by Kyle himself as "straight-up nuts."


Opening statements next week in marathon bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:46
BOSTON (AP) — Opening statements in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be held next week, a court official announced Wednesday after the judge qualified enough prospective jurors to move on to the final stage of jury selection.

No prison for key informant in major insider trading case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:44
NEW YORK (AP) — A former hedge fund manager who wore a wire to help prosecutors build a massive insider trading case was spared a prison sentence Wednesday after the government called his cooperation extraordinary.

U.S. Senate votes to clear path for security agency funding

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:39

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) steps to the podium to speak about funding for the Department of Homeland Security during a news conference on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate on Wednesday moved to avert a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency this weekend, voting to clear the way for a funding bill free of contentious immigration issues. Hurdles remained, with conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives still opposed, and procedural negotiations threatening to delay final votes beyond a Friday funding deadline for the Department of Homeland Security. Homeland Security encompasses the Coast Guard and Transportation Security Administration as well as border, immigration and several other federal agencies.


Officer in gay pride parade incident speaks out

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:29

In this photo taken Feb. 24, 2015, former Salt Lake police officer Eric Moutsos gives an interview to the Deseret News. Moutsoso was put on leave and later resigned after he objected to riding in the motorcycle brigade at the front of last year's gay pride parade and is speaking out against what he believes was a violation of his religious liberties. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G Winterton) MAGAZINES OUT; SALT LAKE TRIBINE OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUTSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Salt Lake City police officer who was put on leave and later resigned after he objected to riding in the motorcycle brigade at the front of last year's gay pride parade is speaking out against what he believes was a violation of his religious liberties.


Man shoots co-worker at Indiana body shop, then kills self

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:29
PAOLI, Ind. (AP) — A dispute between co-workers at a southern Indiana auto body shop Wednesday escalated into a shooting that left one employee dead from a self-inflicted injury and the other wounded, police said.

AP: Trayvon Martin's mother says killer got away with murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:27

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, speaks with the Associated Press in Miami, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. The U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, that George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer will not face federal charges in the shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Martin. Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013 of second-degree murder. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)MIAMI (AP) — The mother of Trayvon Martin says she's disappointed that federal prosecutors decided not to charge a neighborhood watch volunteer with a hate crime for killing her son three years ago.


Businessman: Mississippi's ex-prison chief sought bribes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:21

Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps leaves the U.S. Courthouse in Jackson, Miss., on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, after pleading guilty to two federal charges. (AP Photo/Joe Ellis, The Clarion-Ledger)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A businessman says a former Mississippi prison official solicited the first in a series of bribes that eventually mounted to $1.5 million.