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Report: Russia withheld intel before Boston attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:43

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, asks a questions on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, during the committee's hearing about the Boston Marathon Bombings leading up to the year anniversary of the attack. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — A yearlong review of information the U.S. intelligence community had prior to the Boston Marathon bombing found that the investigation could have been more thorough, but the intelligence agencies' inspectors general said it is impossible to know whether anything could have been done differently to prevent the attack.

Feds: 'Excessive force' used by Albuquerque police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:31

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry speaks to reporters Thursday April 10, 2014, after the U.S. Justice Department released a report in response to a series of deadly Albuquerque police shootings. The report pointed to patterns of excessive force by the Albuquerque Police Department, serious constitutional violations and a lack of training and oversight of its officers. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A scathing report by the U.S. Justice Department released Thursday revealed a troubling pattern of excessive force by the Albuquerque Police Department and recommended that New Mexico's largest city become the latest municipality to adopt reforms aimed at cleaning up its police force.

Ex-city official gets nearly 12 years in scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:30

Former Bell assistant city administrator Angela Spaccia appears in court on Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Los Angeles. Spaccia was sentenced Thursday to nearly 12 years in prison for bilking the Bell's city coffers of thousands of dollars through an exorbitant salary and a pair of six-figure loans of taxpayer money. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Mark Boster, Pool)LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the architects of a massive corruption scandal that nearly bankrupted the modest Los Angeles suburb of Bell was sentenced Thursday to nearly 12 years in prison by a judge who called her a con artist.

Organizers back out of Evel Knievel festival

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:28

FILE - In this July 28, 2006 file photo, daredevil Evel Knievel and his son and fellow daredevil Robbie embrace at the top of the landing ramp prior to Robbie's successful 180-ft jump during the fifth annual Evel Knievel Days in Butte, Mont. A struggle for control over the festival, that draws thousands of stuntmen, wannabes and fans paying homage to Evel Knievel in his Montana hometown, has led organizers to turn over the event to the famous daredevil’s family. Chad Harrington, executive director of Evel Knievel Week Inc., said the group decided Tuesday, April 8, 2014 to cut ties with the Evel Knievel Days event. (AP Photo/The Montana Standard, Walter Hinick, File)BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A struggle for control over a festival that draws thousands of stuntmen, wannabes and fans paying homage to Evel Knievel in his Montana hometown has led organizers to turn over the event to the famous daredevil's family.

Who else was worthy of 'Late Show' prize?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:26

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, Ellen DeGeneres accepts the award for favorite daytime TV host at the 40th annual People's Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, in Los Angeles. CBS announced Thursday, April 10, 2014, that Stephen Colbert will succeed David Letterman as "Late Show" host, but there were other performers who could have been contenders, including DeGeneres, Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Louis C.K., Neil and Patrick Harris. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Congratulations, Stephen Colbert, on winning CBS' "Late Show" gig. You're brilliantly funny, you've proven yourself in the Comedy Central farm leagues, and odds are you will be a worthy successor to David Letterman.

Dozens evacuated in Wyoming town as ground slips

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:25
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Local officials and dozens of evacuees kept anxious watch Thursday on a slowly sliding hillside that threatened to take out several homes and businesses in this resort town.

Court: Flood victim families right in law reading

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:20
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court sided Thursday with relatives of the 20 people killed in flash floods at the Albert Pike campground in 2010, agreeing with their interpretation of a state law the federal government is trying to use to strike down lawsuits over the deaths.

Pennsylvania officials seek motive for school stabbing rampage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:12
By Elizabeth Daley MURRYSVILLE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Pennsylvania officials sought a motive on Thursday for what may have driven a 16-year-old student to turn on his classmates with two kitchen knives, stabbing startled victims in the stomach and back and leaving nearly two dozen wounded. Sophomore Alex Hribal was charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault after allegedly using 8-inch steel blades in a stabbing frenzy through the hallways of Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville near Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Three teenage boys remained hospitalized in critical condition with stab wounds, while other survivors and witnesses struggled on Thursday to find an explanation for the attack.

Suspect surrenders in deadly Florida day care center car crash

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

Robert Corchado seen in a booking photo from the Orange County Jail in Orlando, FloridaBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida man suspected of involvement in a hit-and-run car crash that killed a 4-year-old girl and injured 14 people at an Orlando-area day care center surrendered to authorities on Thursday, police said. Robert Corchado, 28, turned himself in at the Orange County Jail, said Cindy Williams, a spokeswoman for the Florida Highway Patrol. The second car, a Toyota Solara, jumped the curb before going through the parking lot and into the front of the KinderCare day care center, striking several children and stopping at the back of the building.

Fungal disease fatal to bats spreads to half of US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:09

In this Oct. 2008 photo provided by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation is a little brown bat with fungus on its nose in New York. Michigan and Wisconsin wildlife officials said Thursday, April 10, 2104 that tests have confirmed the presence of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, which has killed millions of bats in the U.S. and Canada. The disease has now been confirmed in 25 states following today's announcements in Michigan and Wisconsin. (AP Photo/New York Department of Environmental Conservation, Ryan von Linden)TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A fungal disease that has killed millions of North American bats is spreading and now has been detected in half of the United States, officials said Thursday.

Researchers using math to whittle away at jet lag

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:09
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lots of apps claim they can help you fight jet lag. Now Michigan researchers say mathematical formulas suggest it's possible to adjust to new time zones a bit faster than previously thought, and they created their own free app to help.

More than 100 passengers sick on cruise off California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:09
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A cruise ship with more than 100 passengers and crew suffering from a gastrointestinal ailment caused by Norovirus, have arrived in San Diego, a cruise line spokeswoman said on Thursday. The Crown Princess, carrying 3,141 passengers in all, docked in San Diego and planned to continue on to Los Angeles on its normal itinerary along the coast of California and Northern Mexico. Onboard testing proved the presence of Norovirus, said Princess Cruises spokeswoman Karen Candy. Outbreaks of Norovirus have been reported by nearly a dozen cruise lines sailing from U.S. ports in recent years, including Holland America, Celebrity, Cunard Line and a National Geographic cruise on Lindblad Expeditions.

Judges in Utah gay marriage case question lawyers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:03

Plaintiffs challenging Utah's gay marriage ban Derek Kitchen, right, and his partner Moudi Sbeity hug after leaving court following a hearing at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 10, 2014. The court is to decide if it agrees with a federal judge in Utah who in mid-December overturned a 2004 voter-passed gay marriage ban, saying it violates gay and lesbian couples' rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Sharp questioning Thursday by a divided panel of appellate judges considering Utah's ban on gay marriages showed that, while same-sex marriage has had a remarkable winning streak lately, its legal status remains uncertain.

Feds: Sinaloa cartel member cooperating with US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:01

FILE - In this March 19, 2009 file photo, alleged drug trafficker Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla is presented to the media after his arrest in Mexico City. Documents unsealed Thursday, April 10, 2014, by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago show Zambada, a high-ranking member of the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in April 2013 and has been cooperating with authorities. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)CHICAGO (AP) — A high-ranking member of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel and son of one of the drug ring's leaders pleaded guilty to drug trafficking a year ago and has been cooperating with authorities, federal prosecutors in Chicago announced Thursday.

Feds investigate chopper crash on hospital roof

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:01
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal investigators spent Thursday scouring the rooftop of New Mexico's only top-level trauma center in search of clues as they tried to determine what caused a medical helicopter to crash while taking off from the roof.

Shooting near Ohio grade school leads to lockdown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 05:44
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A school district spokesman says a shooting on a street in front of a central Ohio elementary school led to a precautionary lockdown of the building, but no children were injured or involved in the shooting.

Ex-college instructor accused of lying over degree

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 05:41
NORTH SCITUATE, R.I. (AP) — A former instructor at the University of Rhode Island has been charged with forging his credentials to get a consulting deal, then lying under oath about them.

Feds OK pot background checks by Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 05:33
SEATTLE (AP) — After a year of requests, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday it is giving Washington state access to an FBI database so it can conduct nationwide background checks on people who apply to run legal marijuana businesses.

Dieters move past calories, food makers follow

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 05:27

FILE - This Jan. 31, 2006 file photo, boxes of Kellogg's Special K cereal are on display at a supermarket in an Omaha, Neb. The fixation on calorie counts that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients. The shift is chipping away at the popularity of products like Diet Coke, Lean Cuisine, Special K and Yoplait Light, which became dieting staples primarily by virtue of being calorie-stripped alternatives to people’s favorite foods. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Obsessing over calories alone has left dieters with an empty feeling.

Obama to nominate new head of Humanities Endowment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 05:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will nominate Colby College President William "Bro" Adams to be the next chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.