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Student struggles to recount fatal truck-bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 16:13

File - In this April 10, 2014, file photo, massive flames engulf a tractor-trailer and a tour bus just after they collide on Interstate 5 near Orland, Calif. Authorities are releasing 911 calls made after a FedEx struck slammed into a tour bus carrying high school students last week, killing 10 people. The crash is under investigation by state and federal officials who are trying to determine why the truck driver careened across an Interstate-5 median and struck the bus, leaving no tire marks to suggest he tried to brake. (AP Photo/Jeremy Lockett, File)ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — Most of the 911 calls from witnesses to last week's fiery truck-bus collision that killed 10 were matter of fact. Then there was the one from a passenger: With shrieks in the background, the student struggled to recount how a truck came roaring toward them.


Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 15:45

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 17, 2014. The president spoke about health care overhaul and the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.


White House updating online privacy policy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 15:45

This Screen grab from the website WhiteHouse.gov taken Friday April 18, 2014 shows the screen explaining a new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explaining how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain. (AP Photo/WhiteHouse.gov)A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain.


Court chaos: Iraqi man convicted in wife's murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 15:34

Murder suspect Kassim Alhimidi reacts to being found guilty for the murder of his wife Shaima Alawadi, Thursday April 17, 2014. Alhimidi shook his head as the verdict was read Thursday. He was charged with murdering his 32-year-old wife, Shaima Alawadi, in El Cajon, home to one of the largest enclaves of Iraqi immigrants in the U.S. (AP Photo/John Gastaldo,Pool)EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — What began as a hate crime investigation two years ago has led to the murder conviction of an Iraqi immigrant, whose wife was found badly beaten with a threatening note labeling her a terrorist.


Fourth U.S. Navy official charged in bribery investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 13:52
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The fourth U.S. Navy official charged in the widening corruption investigation of a Singapore-based defense contractor made his first court appearance on Thursday, accused of accepting gifts of cash, electronics and luxury hotel stays. Petty Officer First Class Dan Layug, 27, is charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, according to a complaint unsealed on Thursday. He is accused of accepting payments of $1,000 a month, plus expensive electronic gadgets and luxury hotel stays, in exchange for information he provided on Navy ships' schedules to Glenn Defense Marine Asia, the company at the center of the scandal. The company's CEO, native Malaysian businessman Leonard Glenn Francis, is charged with plying Navy officials with cash, concert tickets, prostitutes and other gifts to win business.

Fourth U.S. Navy official charged in bribery investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 13:52
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The fourth U.S. Navy official charged in the widening corruption investigation of a Singapore-based defense contractor made his first court appearance on Thursday, accused of accepting gifts of cash, electronics and luxury hotel stays. Petty Officer First Class Dan Layug, 27, is charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, according to a complaint unsealed on Thursday. He is accused of accepting payments of $1,000 a month, plus expensive electronic gadgets and luxury hotel stays, in exchange for information he provided on Navy ships' schedules to Glenn Defense Marine Asia, the company at the center of the scandal. The company's CEO, native Malaysian businessman Leonard Glenn Francis, is charged with plying Navy officials with cash, concert tickets, prostitutes and other gifts to win business.

Suspect arrested in Kansas City highway shootings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 13:45
GRANDVIEW, Mo. (AP) — Police arrested a suspect Thursday in a string of random vehicle shootings on Kansas City-area highways over the past few weeks that have wounded three motorists and frightened many more.

Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:51

President Barack Obama speaks about health care, Thursday, April 17, 2014, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. The president said eight million have signed up for health insurance under Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.


Texas town honors 15 killed in year-ago explosion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:27

Brad Pustejovsky is hugged by his wife Dolores as he answers a reporters question about his brother Joey Pustejovsky, Thursday, April 17, 2014, in West, Texas. Joey was a volunteer firefighter in West, who was killed one year ago fighting a fire at a fertilizer plant that would later explode. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)WEST, Texas (AP) — Rev. Terry McElrath heard the deafening boom. The pastor spun around and saw a column of smoke billowing into the sky above his small Texas town. He immediately thought, "Somebody has died tonight."


Venture investments highest since 2001

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:12
NEW YORK (AP) — Funding for U.S. startup companies soared 57 percent in the first quarter to a level not seen since 2001, as venture capitalists piled more money into a growing number of deals, according to a report due out Friday.

Racist online forums linked to deadly U.S. hate crimes: rights group

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:01
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A white supremacist charged with killing three people near two Jewish community facilities in suburban Kansas City this week posted more than 12,000 messages on a racist website which carries the slogan "No Jews, Just Right," according to an organization that tracks hate groups. The online activity by Frazier Glenn Cross follows a trend in which prolific posters on hate online forums are becoming "disproportionately responsible" for racist murders and mass killings, according to a report released on Thursday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit civil rights organization. The report said nearly 100 people in the last five years have been murdered by frequent users of one white supremacist website, Stormfront. The site describes itself as a community of "White Nationalists" and "the voice of the new, embattled White minority." "It has been a magnet for the deadly and deranged," said Heidi Beirich, author of the report.

Signs of healing in Texas town a year after deadly plant blast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:48

Texas State Troopers block a railway line leading towards a fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, near Waco, TexasBy Lisa Maria Garza WEST, Texas (Reuters) - Still healing from multiple broken bones after the force of a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant lifted him out of his boots a year ago, one first responder has begun to address the anguish of losing his team members. Volunteer firefighter Robert Payne said there were challenges that went far beyond physical rehabilitation in recovering from the April 17, 2013, blast that killed 15 people, most of them first responders. In many ways, the tiny, central Texas town of West looks much like it did before the fertilizer plant explosion leveled the surrounding neighborhood and injured hundreds. Texas Governor Rick Perry said late Wednesday that the state will award West an additional $4.8 million to repair infrastructure, including water treatment and storage, on top of the $3.2 million in disaster relief already received.


US: Forfeiture deal over Iran assets sets record

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:39
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has approved plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran nationwide in what will be the largest terrorism-related forfeiture ever, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Police: Man ate pot candy before shooting wife

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:17

This undated photo provided by the Denver Police Department shows of Richard Kirk. Kirk is being held for investigation of first-degree murder in the death of his wife in their Denver home. Police officers arrived just after Kristine Kirk was shot in the head Monday, April 14, 2014, about 15 minutes after she called 911. Police are investigating whether marijuana played a role in the killing. (AP Photo/Denver Police)DENVER (AP) — A Denver man accused of killing his wife while she was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher ate marijuana-infused candy before the attack, according to search warrants released Thursday.


Neighbors rushed in vain to help in California bus crash that killed 10

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:58

A FedEx truck drives past a makeshift memorial beside Interstate 5 in Orland, CaliforniaBy Sharon Bernstein ORLAND, California (Reuters) - Newly released recordings of 911 emergency calls revealed the helplessness of stunned residents in the California town of Orland who witnessed the aftermath of last week's fiery crash between a FedEx truck and a tour bus that killed 10 people. The California Highway Patrol made the recordings public on Thursday as investigators returned to the scene of the accident, painstakingly driving a pristine white tour bus back and forth over the charred and bubbled surface of Interstate 5 in an effort to reconstruct the April 10 collision. I'm running over to see what it is." Five high school students and five adults, including the two drivers, died when the FedEx tractor trailer swerved across the highway median and slammed head-on into a motor coach filled with about 50 Los Angeles-area teenagers on their way to visit Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. A blast unleashed by the impact was so loud that it was heard throughout nearby Orland, an agricultural community about 90 miles north of Sacramento.


911 calls capture chaos after truck-on-bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:34

In This Photo Provided By The University Of La Verne, Trish Arzola, the mother of Arthur "Tury" Arzola, Jr. is hugged by her sons David and James at a candlelight vigil, as family, friends and colleagues gathered for a memorial service on Wed. April 16, 2014 at The University of La Verne. The La Verne graduate student was one of the 10 people killed in the tragic crash when a FedEx truck collided into a busload of students, chaperones and advisors who were heading to Humboldt State University. Arzola was a recruiter for Humboldt State University, and part of the close-knit University of La Verne community. (AP Photo/University Of La Verne, Nancy Newman) Nancy Newman Photography (714) 317-1518 NancyNB@earthlink.netORLAND, Calif. (AP) — With shrieks in the background, a shocked passenger struggled to recount to an emergency dispatcher how a FedEx tractor-trailer smashed into a tour bus carrying high school students. In other 911 calls released Thursday, other witnesses described explosions after the fiery wreck that left 10 people dead.


California cross-border airport clears key hurdle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:26
SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday that it has reached agreement with an investor group to clear the way for construction of the nation's first cross-border airport terminal connecting San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.

Jury convicts husband in Iraqi woman's death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:07

Murder suspect Kassim Alhimidi reacts to being found guilty for the murder of his wife Shaima Alawadi, Thursday April 17, 2014. Alhimidi shook his head as the verdict was read Thursday. He was charged with murdering his 32-year-old wife, Shaima Alawadi, in El Cajon, home to one of the largest enclaves of Iraqi immigrants in the U.S. (AP Photo/John Gastaldo,Pool)EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — An Iraqi immigrant was convicted Thursday of bludgeoning his wife to death in a case that initially was considered a hate crime because a note found next to her body said: "This is my country, go back to yours, you terrorist."


Kansas City police arrest man suspected in highway shootings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:56
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - A man suspected in a recent spate of seemingly random shootings that left three people wounded in and around Kansas City, Missouri, mostly on highways and roads, was arrested on Thursday but not formally charged, Police Chief Darryl Forte said. The announcement came nearly six weeks after the first in a string of about 20 shootings - a dozen of which police said they believed were connected - that have put the Kansas City area on edge since March 8. Forte praised investigators for achieving a break in the case in a "very short period of time." "We wanted to make sure the residents and those people who travel through Kansas City know they are safe," he said. In a Twitter message posted a short time earlier announcing the arrest for the first time, the chief said: "Highway shooter suspect in custody." All but three of the shootings occurred in Kansas City, and most occurred on highways and at night.

Chelsea Clinton expecting first child this fall

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:48

FILE - In a Dec. 9, 2013, file photo Chelsea Clinton speaks in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Chelsea Clinton says she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year. The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced at a Clinton Foundation event in New York that she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are "very excited" to be having their first child later this year. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, file)WASHINGTON (AP) — For the Clintons, 2014 is the year of the baby.