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2 sex offenders charged with 4 rapes, murders

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:01

A portrait of murder victim Martha Anaya, left, is displayed on a table as her mother Herlinda Salcedo cries Sunday April 13, 2014, while looking at a computer that she used to try and find her in Santa Ana. Anaya, a sex worker, is alleged to have been slain by a pair of serial killers. Anaya's family was heavily using social media in their efforts to discover her fate. (AP Photo/Orange County Register, Eugene Garcia)ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Two registered sex offenders who have known each other since at least 2012 have been charged with raping and killing four Southern California women since last year.


Some Wyoming residents allowed back to slide zone

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:56
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Several of the 60 or so people evacuated from a slow-motion landslide area in Wyoming can return home but won't have access to emergency services or trash pickup, town officials said Monday.

Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer for 'Goldfinch'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:54

This photo provided by Little, Brown and Company shows the book cover of “The Goldfinch,” by Donna Tartt. Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction on Monday, April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Little, Brown and Company)NEW YORK (AP) — Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch," already among the most popular and celebrated novels of the past year, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. One of the country's top colonial historians, Alan Taylor, has won his second Pulitzer, for "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War In Virginia."


Globe wins Pulitzer for Boston bombing coverage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:54

In this photo released by The Boston Globe, editor Brian McGrory and members of the newsroom applaud after The Globe was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for coverage of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Monday, April 14, 2014, in Boston. Monday's announcement came as the city prepares for Tuesday's anniversary of the bombing. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Jessica Rinaldi)BOSTON (AP) — Journalists at The Boston Globe honored the victims of last year's marathon bombings Monday after being awarded a Pulitzer Prize in the breaking news category for the paper's coverage of the attack.


Israel irked by diplomat's tacit Nazi remark

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:54
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel's U.N. ambassador on Monday denounced a U.N. agency head for tacitly comparing the Jewish state to Nazi Germany and has demanded her suspension.

4 now charged in Australian college player's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:37
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A fourth person was charged Monday in the death of an Australian baseball player who was fatally shot as he jogged in a southern Oklahoma neighborhood last summer.

Questions linger year after Boston Marathon bombs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:36

FILE - This combination of file photos shows brothers Tamerlan, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with police several days later, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was captured and is held in a federal prison on charges of using a weapon of mass destruction. A year after the bombings, prosecutors said they have a trove of evidence to use against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, including surveillance video showing him placing one of the bombs just yards from Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy who died in the blast. (AP Photos/Lowell Sun and FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — A surveillance video shows a man prosecutors say is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev placing a bomb near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, just yards from where an 8-year-old boy was killed when it exploded.


Convict gets life sentence for plot to decapitate U.S. judge, prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:31
By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - A convict was sentenced to life in prison on Monday for plotting to have a judge and a prosecutor decapitated and their heads preserved in formaldehyde as souvenirs, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's office for the Western District of New York. District Judge John Keenan handed out the sentence to Joseph Romano, 51, for conspiring to murder District Judge Joseph Bianco and Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Gatz. Romano's lawyer, Michael Bachrach, said Monday that he plans to appeal Romano's conviction and sentence, but declined to comment further. After Romano was incarcerated for the scheme, he told another inmate at Nassau County Correctional Center that he wanted to hire a hit man to kill Bianco and Gatz, prosecutors said.

Two in three Americans do not plan to follow soccer's World Cup

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:31

United States fans cheer on their team against Mexico during the first half of their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match in ColumbusBy Lindsay Dunsmuir NEW YORK (Reuters) - When the U.S. men's soccer team lines up in Brazil to play their first game of the soccer World Cup in June, their home support may be tepid at best. It's been 20 years since the United States hosted the World Cup, an attempt at the time to bring soccer to a mass American audience. Two years later, a new professional league - Major League Soccer (MLS) - began. The arrival of international stars such as David Beckham and Thierry Henry to play for MLS teams in recent years has boosted the sport's popularity.


Once-conjoined twins to leave Texas hospital

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:27
DALLAS (AP) — The conditions of conjoined twins separated last summer have steadily improved, and officials say they'll be released this week from a Dallas hospital.

Central Ohio mumps outbreak tops 200 cases

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:26
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Public health officials say a mumps outbreak in central Ohio has grown to more than 200 confirmed cases.

Israel irked by UN's tacit Nazi/Israel remark

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:21
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel's ambassador is calling on the United Nations chief to suspend a U.N. agency head for tacitly comparing the Jewish state to Nazi Germany.

Unruly man forces Southwest jet to divert flight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:09
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man removed from a California-bound Southwest Airlines aircraft after he allegedly tried to open a door during flight was charged Monday with interfering with the crew.

Police: School stabber apparently behind threats

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:04

A bouquet of flowers is taped to a stairway rail near the closed entrance to Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh, on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Murrysville, Pa. A knife wielding student injured over 20 people in a stabbing attack there on April 9. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Detectives believe a boy charged with stabbing 21 other students and a security guard at his Pittsburgh-area high school threatened two students by phone before the attack, according to a search warrant. Neither was one of the victims.


Study: Snack might help avoid fight with spouse

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:57

This undated handout photo provided by Ohio State University shows an all purpose voodoo doll. A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study involving voodoo dolls is right. Psychology researchers monitored the nightly blood sugar levels of 107 married couples for three weeks, asking them to stick pins in a voodoo doll representing their spouses to measure aggression. They found that the lower the blood sugars, the higher the crankiness, and the more pins pushed into the voodoo doll, according to a study released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The people with the lowest glucose scores pushed twice in general as many pins on average as those with the highest blood sugar levels, the researchers said. (AP Photo/Jo McCulty, Ohio State University)WASHINGTON (AP) — A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right.


CBO: Deficits to drift lower on lower health costs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:56
WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional report released Monday predicts slightly smaller deficits both this year and over the coming decade, with lower spending on federal health care spending being the main reason.

4th person charged in Australian man's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:31
DUNCAN, Oklahoma (AP) — A fourth person is charged in the death of an Australian baseball player in southern Oklahoma.

Unruly man charged after jet diverts to Nebraska

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:30
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man removed from a California-bound Southwest Airlines aircraft after he allegedly tried to open a door during flight was charged Monday with interfering with the crew.

Manning's conviction, 35-year sentence upheld

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:28

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, file photo, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who now wishes to be known as Chelsea Manning, is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., after a hearing in his court-martial. The lawyer representing Chelsea Manning in her appeals says the soldier’s 35-year sentence for leaking classified information is out of proportion with her offenses. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)An Army general has upheld Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and 35-year prison sentence for giving reams of classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, the Army said Monday.


Flavor Flav takes plea deal in Vegas battery case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:19

FILE- This Oct. 17, 2012 file image released by the Las Vegas Police Department shows rapper Flavor Flav, also known as William Jonathan Drayton, Jr., in a police booking photo. A prosecutor and defense attorneys say the 55-year-old former rap music and reality TV star is scheduled to enter a plea Monday, April 14, 2014 in Clark County District Court in a plea deal that would avoid trial in a Las Vegas domestic violence case. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Police Department, file)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Entertainer Flavor Flav pleaded guilty Monday to reduced charges and was sentenced to probation and more counseling in a Las Vegas domestic violence case involving the teenage son of his longtime girlfriend.