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Records: Parents of slain Ohio boys rejected state care plan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:11
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The parents of three boys whose mother is suspected of suffocating them rejected the state's care plan for the family earlier this year, according to records released Thursday shedding light on the state's inability to refer the couple for psychological assessments.

Buzz Aldrin joins university, forming 'master plan' for Mars

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:10

FILE - In this July 20, 1969 file photo, astronaut Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. stands next to a U.S. flag planted on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first men to walk on the lunar surface. During a ceremony in Melbourne, Fla. on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, Aldrin announced he is teaming up with the Florida Institute of Technology to develop "a master plan" for colonizing Mars within 25 years. (Neil A. Armstrong/NASA via AP)MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Buzz Aldrin is teaming up with Florida Institute of Technology to develop "a master plan" for colonizing Mars within 25 years.


Prosecutors: Lottery scam leader deserves severe sentence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:08

FILE - This April 27, 2015 file booking photo provided by Burleigh County Sheriff's Department in Bismarck N.D., shows Sanjay Williams, of Montego Bay, Jamaica. Federal prosecutors say the sentence for Williams, who was convicted May 7 by a North Dakota jury for leading a Jamaican lottery scam should reflect the "severe mental anguish" he caused his victims. Williams faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. Sentencing is Oct. 5. (Burleigh County Sheriff's Department via AP, File)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — U.S. prosecutors say the sentence for a man convicted in North Dakota of leading a Jamaican lottery scam should reflect the "severe mental anguish" he caused his victims.


Feds: Arizona man helped student get Islamic State training

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:07
NEW YORK (AP) — An Arizona man was indicted Thursday on charges that he helped a New York college student join the Islamic State in Syria, where the student underwent religious and military training earlier this year.

Obama lauds New Orleans' progress since Katrina, says more to be done

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:02

U.S. President Barack Obama sits for lunch at Willie Mae's restaurant near downtown during a presidential visit to New OrleansBy Jeff Mason NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday heralded the progress New Orleans has made rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina battered the area 10 years ago but said more needed to be done to overcome poverty and inequality. On his ninth trip to the city that made worldwide headlines in 2005 after a devastating flood was exacerbated by a slow government response, Obama toured a neighborhood of colorful new houses and a new school and community center. "Just because the houses are nice doesn't mean our job's done," Obama told reporters after shaking hands with residents and greeting children from the community.


How to disable video autoplay in Facebook, Twitter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 05:57

How to disable video autoplay in Facebook, TwitterAs some highly disturbing videos of the shooting during a Virginia TV station's live report began circulating on social media, some people watched in horror as the videos played right in front of them.


Grieving station comes together for newscast after deaths

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 05:57

WDBJ-TV7 meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner, right, wipes his eyes during the early morning newscast as anchors Kimberly McBroom, center, and guest anchor Steve Grant deliver the news at the station in Roanoke, Va., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed during a live broadcast Wednesday, while on assignment in Moneta. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Just one day after two of its own were killed, the news team at Virginia station WDBJ-TV regrouped, gathered together and leaned on one another for the live broadcast of its "Mornin'" show.


Texas judge wants $10M set aside in 'Fifty Shades' case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 05:50

This Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2015 photos shows British author EL James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" and its two companion novels on a book shelf in Chicago. A Texas judge on Wednesday told lawyers for an Australian woman and her publishing company to set aside $10 million for a former business partner who says she was defrauded out of her rightful share from the sale of the best-selling trilogy. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)DALLAS (AP) — A Texas judge has told lawyers for an Australian woman and her publishing company to set aside $10 million for a former business partner who says she was defrauded out of her rightful share from the sale of the erotic best-seller "Fifty Shades of Grey" and two companion novels.


Boeing wins $1.49 billion order for 13 P-8A aircraft

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 05:49

The Boeing logo is seen at their headquarters in ChicagoBoeing Co has won a contract worth $1.49 billion to build 13 more P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft, and buy titanium and other materials needed for work on 20 further planes in coming years, the Pentagon announced on Thursday. The contract covers production of nine P-8A aircraft to be built for the U.S. Navy, and four aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force, the Defense Department said in its daily digest of major weapons contracts. It also includes funding for titanium and other parts needed for the manufacture of 16 additional P-8A aircraft for the U.S. Navy and four more Australian planes, the department said.


Shark attack turns victim into a hunter and then an advocate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 05:48

In this Aug. 5, 2015, photo, Al Brennaka, 57, poses for a photograph in Pompano Beach, Fla. Brennaka lost half his arm at age 19 after being attacked by a shark while surfing off Daytona Beach. Despite his injury, Brennaka is one of more than a dozen attack survivors who have become shark advocates, trying to educate the public about sharks' declining populations and their importance to ocean ecosystems. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Forty years ago, "Jaws" thrilled Al Brenneka like any other moviegoer, but he figured his chances of encountering a shark in the ocean were slim to none.


Sprint offers DirecTV customers free year of phone service

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 05:40

FILE - In this July 29, 2013, photo, a Sprint logo is displayed on a smart phone in Montpelier, Vt. Sprint is offering DirecTV customers one free year of cellphone service in a bold move aimed at the satellite TV company’s new owner, AT&T. AT&T, which bought DirecTV for $48.5 billion in July, 2015, has been promoting a bundle that knocks $10 a month off a combined bill for video and wireless phone service. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Sprint is offering DirecTV customers one free year of cellphone service in a bold move aimed at the satellite TV company's new owner, AT&T.


Planned Parenthood alleges 'smear' in letter to Congress

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 05:39

FILE- In this July 28, 2015 file photo, Erica Canaut, center, cheers as she and other anti-abortion activists rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas to condemn the use in medical research of tissue samples obtained from aborted fetuses. Planned Parenthood Federation of America held a conference call Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, to discuss what it calls a “smear campaign” against the organization and its affiliates by a California-based anti-abortion group. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Planned Parenthood Federation of America defended its practices Thursday in a lengthy letter to congressional leaders and included a report by experts it hired who found undercover videos of officials discussing fetal tissue for research were heavily altered by anti-abortion activists.


Virginia TV station vows to move forward from journalists' shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 05:37
By Gary Robertson ROANOKE, Va. (Reuters) - The Virginia television station that was home to two journalists shot dead during a live broadcast is trying to move forward while still mourning their deaths, executives said on Thursday. Kelly Zuber, news director at Roanoke's WDBJ7, said she had come across news anchors weeping over the Wednesday slayings of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward by a disgruntled former station employee. The killings in Roanoke, a city of 100,000 people about 200 miles (320 km) southwest of Washington, have generated an outpouring of support from journalists around the world and the local community, including donations of food and flowers, said General Manager Jeffrey Marks.

U.S. prosecutors join probe into New York inmate's death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 05:36
Federal prosecutors have joined an investigation into the death of a New York prison inmate who was involved in a confrontation with guards in April. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said on Thursday that his office was working with the local district attorney in Dutchess County, New York, to investigate the April 21 death of Samuel Harrell at the Fishkill Correctional Facility. Lawyers for Harrell's family have said that he was beaten to death by corrections officers.

Deal to develop parkland near dunes riles conservationists

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 05:09

In this Aug. 10, 2015, photo, visitors relax at The Dunes State Park pavilion beach front in Chesterton, Ind. A deal with investors to privatize and refurbish the pavilion, an aging-yet-iconic structure with sweeping views of Lake Michigan, is raising questions about the privatization of public resources. (AP Photo/Christian K. Lee)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The parkland surrounding Indiana's towering dunes was intended to keep industry away from a geological marvel molded over thousands of years at the southern tip of Lake Michigan.


$80,000 worth of jewelry stolen from Mercer County store

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 04:59

$80,000 worth of jewelry stolen from Mercer County storeA Mercer County jewelry store is reeling after two thieves broke in, smashing display cases, and making off with thousands of dollars worth of diamonds.


Jury: Cable company largely responsible in fatal blast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 04:51

FILE - In a Feb. 19, 2013 file photo, firefighters are on the scene of a gas explosion and massive fire at JJ's restaurant at the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. Jurors ruled Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, that Time Warner Cable must pay nearly $6 million as part of a lawsuit alleging it was largely responsible for a fatal natural gas explosion that leveled the upscale Kansas City restaurant, JJ's. Brothers David and Jimmy Frantze's lawsuit was among several that were filed following the February 2013 explosion, which killed restaurant worker Megan Cramer and injured more than a dozen other people.(Tammy Ljungblad/The Kansas City Star via AP)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Time Warner Cable must pay nearly $6 million as part of a lawsuit alleging it was largely responsible for a fatal natural gas explosion that leveled an upscale Kansas City restaurant, jurors ruled Thursday.


Deliberations begin in New Hampshire prep school rape trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 04:49

Looking in the direction of the victim's family, former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie, right, enters the courtroom with his defense attorney J.W. Carney for closing remarks in Labrie's rape trial at Merrimack Superior Court Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Concord, N.H. Labrie is charged with raping a 15-year-old freshman as part of Senior Salute, in which seniors try to romance and have intercourse with underclassmen before leaving the prestigious St. Paul's School in Concord. The defense contends the two had consensual sexual contact but not intercourse. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, Pool)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Jurors deliberating the fate of a former prep school senior charged with raping a freshman were left to decide Thursday who was more credible: the defendant, who credited "divine inspiration" with helping him end their escalating sexual encounter, or the accuser, who couldn't recall telling a friend what sex acts she was prepared to perform.


Company: Settlement reached in lawsuit over Gulf oil leak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 04:48
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans energy company said Thursday it has reached a settlement agreement with environmental groups in a lawsuit stemming from the company's failed efforts to stop a decade-old, slow-motion oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Slain TV reporter, cameraman were eager young journalists

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 04:43

A television photographer takes video of a memorial for the two slain journalist in front of the studios of WDBJ-TV7 in Roanoke, Va., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward from the station were killed during a live broadcast Wednesday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Alison Parker seemed destined for the anchor chair. Adam Ward was upbeat, the kind of cameraman everyone wanted to work with in the wee hours of the morning.