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APNewsBreak: UN officials let child sex abuse claims linger

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:45

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2006, file photo, Anders Kompass, the U.N. High Commission for Human Rights representative in Guatemala, speaks with members of the media during a news conference in Guatemala City. For months, the U.N.’s top human rights officials knew about allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic, collected by their own staff. But they didn’t follow up because they assumed French authorities were handling it. When the allegations were first publicly reported, part of the uproar was over the suspension of the Geneva-based U.N. human rights staffer who first informed French authorities, Kompass. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — For months, the U.N.'s top human rights officials knew about allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic, collected by their own staff. But they didn't follow up because they assumed French authorities were handling it, statements marked "strictly confidential" show, even as France pressed the U.N. for more information about the case.


3 burglars share tips of trade in crime prevention video

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:13

 Adam Taylor, left, Joel David Hamlin, center, and William Coffman. The Columbus Police Department recruited the inmates with the help of the state prisons agency to produce an educational YouTube video for the public in which the offenders shared their how-to tips on how to prevent burglaries. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police looking to educate the public about ways to prevent break-ins turned to the experts — a trio of convicted burglars.


18-year-old gets 25 years for grandparents' deaths in fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:12
STANFORD, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky woman who killed the grandparents who cared for her apologized and said she'll feel guilt for the rest of her life as a judge handed down a 25-year sentence.

Study peeks into healthy brains to hunt Alzheimer's culprit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:12

In this photo taken May 19, 2015, Judith Chase Gilbert, of Arlington, Va., is loaded into a PET scanner by Nuclear Medicine Technologist J.R. Aguilar at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. Gilbert shows no signs of memory problems but volunteered for a new kind of scan as part of a study peeking into healthy brains to check for clues about Alzheimer's disease. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking.


$42 million 'nose-to-tail' upgrade for 2 hurricane hunters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:10

Technicians remove the forward radar cover of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's P-3 turboprop aircraft "Miss Piggy" Friday, May 15, 2015, at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. While best known as “hurricane hunters,” NOAA’s four-engine WP-3D turboprops support a wide variety of national and international meteorological, oceanographic, and environmental research and monitoring programs in addition to hurricane research and reconnaissance. Projects range from air chemistry, climate, and ocean heat content studies to satellite data validation. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The hurricane planes known affectionately as "Miss Piggy" and "Kermit" are getting new Rolls-Royce engines, new wings and better radar.


Obama offers federal support to Texas in wake of floods

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:09
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that he had spoken with Texas Governor Greg Abbott and assured him he could count on help from the federal government as the state recovers from deadly floods. Abbott has declared a state of disaster in 24 Texas counties affected by flash flooding that left at least six people dead. Obama made the remarks to reporters in the Oval Office. (Reporting By Julia Edwards and Jeff Mason; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

'Come back, daddy': Four-year-old boy's heartbreaking plea at grave of Marine father

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:08

 Four-year-old boy's heartbreaking plea at grave of Marine fatherA 4-year-old boy made a heartbreaking plea at the grave of his soldier father on Memorial Day.


Mom found with dead son in swing; child's death a mystery

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 23:48

Mom found with dead son in swing; child's death a mysteryFurther investigation and toxicology tests are needed to determine what caused the death of a Maryland child who was found dead in a park swing.


Sinkhole closes runway at DFW airport

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 23:32
A sinkhole has closed a runway at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, which may delay flights at one of the largest transit hubs in the United States. The sinkhole was found in a safety area adjacent to one of the airport's main runways, a spokesman wrote Tuesday on the airport's Twitter page. The runway will stay closed until repairs are completed, according to the post.

Navy medical research lab in Connecticut gets new commander

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 23:25
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A psychiatrist with lengthy service aboard submarines, Navy Capt. Steven Wechsler for the past three years has led a little-known medical research laboratory in Groton, where teams of scientists work to better understand the wellness of sailors serving in the undersea fleet.

Two people killed in Houston flooding: mayor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 23:24
HOUSTON (Reuters) - At least two people have been killed in flooding that hit Houston in the past day and left parts of the city under water, Mayor Annise Parker said on Tuesday. Parker has also requested the city, the fourth most populous in the country, be declared a disaster area. She added that large parts of Houston are high and dry. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

French bill seeks to boost renewable energy, cut nuclear use

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 23:18

FOR STORY SLUGGED FRANCE PRESIDENT'S EX BY SYLVIE CORBET - In this photo taken Friday, April 10, 2015 French President Francois Hollande attends a signature of agreements ceremony by India, and French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Segolene Royal, who signs a raft of business deals at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Segolene Royal is the French president’s ex-partner and mother of his four children, who is a prominent government minister, and she is increasingly appearing alongside President Hollande during important official functions. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon/Pool, FILE)PARIS (AP) — France's lower house of parliament has approved a bill aimed at boosting renewable energy and reducing the country's reliance on nuclear power, among other environment-friendly measures.


French diplomat doesn't see Iran nuke deal by end of June

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 23:11
WASHINGTON (AP) — France's ambassador in Washington says world powers and Iran will probably miss an end-of-June deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement.

GPS directs 2 DUI suspects to Montco police station

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 23:08

 GPS directs DUI suspects to Montgomery County police stationA man and woman have been charged with drunk driving after their GPS directed them straight to a Montgomery County police station.


Reactor back 2 online weeks after fire at NY nuke plant

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 22:49
BUCHANAN, N.Y. (AP) — A reactor that was shut down during a transformer fire two weeks ago at a suburban New York nuclear power plant has returned to service.

Supreme Court sides with KBR in false claims dispute

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 22:47
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of defense contractor KBR Inc. in a whistleblower lawsuit over claims that the company overbilled the government for work in Iraq.

Did woman sabotage kayak to kill her fiance?

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 22:45

Did woman sabotage kayak to kill her fiance?Police allege a woman killed her fiancé by sabotaging his kayak, all in a scheme to collect insurance money.


Small business jet rolls partly off runway at Baltimore

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 22:39
BALTIMORE (AP) — Aviation officials say a small business jet rolled partly off a runway at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Protest against Baltimore youth jail shuts down highways

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 22:37
(Reuters) - Baltimore protesters marching against a planned $30 million juvenile jail shut down highways on Tuesday in the latest demonstration over the city's justice system, motorists and organizers said. The protesters shut down exits from Interstate 395, Key Highway and other roads as many residents were returning from the Memorial Day holiday, according to Twitter posts and pictures from motorists on a Baltimore Sun blog. "We are not going nowhere until the juvenile jail does," one of the organizers, the Reverend Jamal Bryant, said in a Twitter post.

PHOTOS: Woman accused of murdering fiancé

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 22:34

 Woman accused of murdering fiancéPhotos from the case of Angelika Graswald, accused of tampering with his fiance's kayak, killing him.