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Robber who lived productive life seeks release

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 27 min ago

This undated photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections shows Cornealious Anderson. Anderson was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, sentenced to 13 years in jail and told to await instruction on when to report to prison. Those instructions never came and he went on about his life until the clerical error was caught in 2013. Anderson's attorney says Anderson was not a fugitive, was never on the run and has filed an appeal seeking the release of the married father of three he described as a model citizen. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)ST. LOUIS (AP) — After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came.


Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 41 min ago

FILE - This April 2, 2014 file photo shows Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, right, accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., left, and others, urging approval for raising the minimum wage, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. When the Senate debates a Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage, some workers won’t benefit even if lightning strikes and the long-shot effort prevails. More than a dozen categories of workers are exempt from the current $7.25-an-hour minimum, running from casual babysitters to some workers with disabilities to crews on fishing ships. The bill by Harkin, would gradually raise the minimum to $10.10 by 2016 but doesn’t close any loopholes, which also include live-in companions for the elderly, staffs of state and local elected officials and jobs at summer camps and seasonal amusement parks. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Some low-paid workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law.


Officials investigate response time in 911 killing

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 41 min ago

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) — Authorities are investigating whether Denver police responded quickly enough to a woman who was fatally shot nearly 15 minutes into a 911 call about her husband, who she said was hallucinating and asking her to shoot him.


California city ex-manager gets 12 years in prison for corruption

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 46 min ago

Robert Rizzo, the former manager of scandal-plagued Bell, California, attends his sentencing at Los Angeles Superior CourtBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The former city administrator of Bell, California, who came to represent local government corruption when news surfaced of his annual salary of nearly $800,000, was sentenced on Wednesday to 12 years in prison, officials said. An apologetic Robert Rizzo, 60, who pleaded guilty last year to 69 state criminal counts - from perjury to misappropriation of public funds - also was ordered to pay $8.8 million in restitution to the city, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. He will serve the sentence concurrent with a 33-month federal sentence imposed earlier in the week for a tax-fraud scheme designed to conceal part of his large, publicly funded income, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy ruled. The revelations of the inflated salaries for Rizzo and other officials in Bell, a working-class municipality near Los Angeles, fueled statewide debate over public pay.


Uruguay's leader declares $322,883 in wealth

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 51 min ago

Uruguay's leader declares $322,883 in wealthUruguayan President Jose Mujica says his wealth adds up to $322,883. Nearly a third of that is cash, kept in three bank accounts that he didn't previously declare. Mujica's insistence on living simply ...


As newspapers struggle, Los Angeles gets another daily

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 55 min ago

Los Angeles Register managing editor Donna Ware hands out the debut issue of their newspaper to commuters at Union Station in Los AngelesBy Jennifer Saba NEW YORK (Reuters) - Los Angeles residents who still pass a newsstand on their way to work on Wednesday will find an unusual sight there: a new daily print newspaper. The Los Angeles Register is the latest offering to roll off the presses of California-based Freedom Communications, the publisher of the Orange County Register, The Press-Enterprise in Riverside and the Long Beach Register. Aaron Kushner, who owns Freedom, is attempting to dominate local news coverage in Southern California, a competitive area with distinctly different communities. "Los Angeles is a large and vibrant market," Kushner said in a phone interview, arguing that the Los Angeles Register can thrive among other daily newspapers in the city that includes the Los Angeles Times and Digital First's Los Angeles Daily News.


Police: Utah woman gave birth at home

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 18 min ago

This photo provided by the Utah County jail shows Megan Huntsman, who was booked into the Utah County jail on suspicion of killing six of her newborn children over the past decade. Seven dead babies were found in a garage at a Pleasant Grove home where Huntsman lived up until 2011. (AP Photo/Utah County Jail) Courtesy Utah County JailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman accused of concealing seven pregnancies before strangling or suffocating her newborns gave birth each time in her home, authorities said Wednesday.


Cargo ship runs aground in windy Chesapeake Bay

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 21 min ago

A person walks along the beach Wednesday, April 16, 2014, near where the 751-foot bulk carrier Ornak ran aground Tuesday night in the lower Chesapeake Bay near First Landing State Park, in Virginia Beach, Va. There were no reports of injuries, damage or pollution from the grounding, and the vessel was not blocking other water traffic, said Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer First Class Brandyn Hill. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley) MAGS OUTVIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A thunderstorm with wind gusts of more than 70 mph ripped a cargo ship's anchors from the seafloor and caused it to run aground just a few hundred feet from a beach, drawing onlookers from nearby condos and apartments Wednesday morning.


Road grading may have caused Wyoming hill slide

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 25 min ago
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Road-grading projects over a number of years may have contributed to a slow-moving landslide that has displaced residents of four homes and two small apartment buildings and cut off road access to dozens of other homes, according to a consultant for the town.

Judge stays most of Ohio gay marriage ruling

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 26 min ago

Attorney Al Gerhardstein, left, stands with several same-sex couples at a news conference, Friday, April 4, 2014, in Cincinnati. Civil rights attorneys are arguing in Federal Court on Friday that a federal judge should prohibit Ohio officials from enforcing the state's ban on gay marriage. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio officials must immediately recognize the same-sex marriages of four couples who sued over the state's gay marriage ban, a federal judge said Wednesday, while staying the broader effects of his ruling to avoid "premature celebration and confusion" in case it's overturned on appeal.


Feds: Bomb suspect not entitled to '11 murder file

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 34 min ago

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) — Federal prosecutors have told a judge they have no evidence that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev knew about his brother's alleged role in a triple slaying in Waltham two years before the bombings.


Former New York Mayor Bloomberg to spend $50 million on gun control

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 34 min ago

New York Mayor Bloomberg speaks to reporters after his meeting regarding gun violence with U.S. Vice President Biden, at the White House in WashingtonFormer New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ramped up his efforts to fight gun violence on Wednesday with a plan to spend $50 million on a grassroots network to organize voters on gun control. The initiative's political target is the powerful pro-gun lobby, including the National Rifle Association, that spends millions of dollars each year to back gun-rights supporters. Bloomberg's group, called Everytown for Gun Safety, will focus on state and local lawmakers, corporate boards, and state and federal elections - "fields of play formerly occupied almost solely by the gun lobby," according to a statement. The billionaire Bloomberg told NBC's "Today" show he did not view his $50 million investment as a "heavy political lift." "Thirty-one thousand Americans either get murdered or commit suicide with illegal guns.


Ex-California city leader gets 12 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 47 min ago

FILE - This April 14, 2014, file photo shows former Bell city manager Robert Rizzo, as he leaves court at the Edward R. Roybal Federal building in Los Angeles. Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, Calif., has been sentenced to 12 years in state prison Wednesday April 16, for a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small city just outside Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former city manager of Bell was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small, blue-collar city.


Psychiatric evaluation ordered for man charged in Boston bomb hoax

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 52 min ago

Kevin Edson arraigned in Municipal Court and charged with possession of a hoax device and making a false bomb threat in BostonA Boston man who was arrested on Tuesday for walking through the finish area of the Boston Marathon hooded and carrying a black backpack was formally charged on Wednesday with a bomb hoax and ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation, officials said. The man, 25-year-old Kevin Edson, was arraigned on charges including making a false bomb threat and possession of a hoax device after telling police officers that he was carrying a "rice cooker," prompting the evacuation of a crowded downtown street that hours earlier had been the site of a memorial for the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. In that attack, homemade pressure cooker bombs left in backpacks near the finish line killed three people and injured 264.


Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 56 min ago

Kate McClintock, 12, left, Kate Green, 13, and Lilly Bond, 13, look at their smartphones at Lilly's home in Evanston, Ill. on Thursday, April 3, 2014. The friends are seventh-graders at Haven Middle School in Evanston, which has been at the center of a controversy over its dress code. Parents and students, including these girls, complain that the school's restrictions on girls' attire, including leggings, is inconsistent and targets girls with certain body types. The district is reviewing the school and district policies. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — They're called leggings — popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others.


Federal judge strikes down North Dakota 'heartbeat' abortion law

Yahoo! National News - 13 hours 24 sec ago
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday permanently blocked North Dakota from enforcing the country's most restrictive abortion law, a ban on ending a pregnancy once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks after conception. North Dakota's only abortion clinic had challenged the law approved by the state legislature in 2013, and U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland last July had temporarily blocked it from taking effect. "The state of North Dakota has presented no reliable medical evidence to justify the passage of this troubling law," Hovland wrote in a 25-page opinion released on Wednesday. Hovland said the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized the constitutional right of women to end a pregnancy before the fetus is determined to be viable for more than 40 years and the federal court is obligated to uphold that precedent.

Family is key to understanding accused Boston bomber: attorney

Yahoo! National News - 13 hours 5 min ago
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The accused Boston Marathon bomber's relationship with family, and particularly with his slain older brother who prosecutors contend helped plan the attack, is key to understanding his case, defense lawyers argued on Wednesday. Attorneys for 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev argued in federal court that the defendant should be able to meet with his sisters without being monitored by an FBI agent cooperating with prosecutors, and needs access to more information investigators have gathered on his dead brother to mount a full defense to charges that carry the threat of execution. Tsarnaev is accused of planting two homemade bombs with his brother at the finish line of the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264 and, three days later, in the shooting death of a university police officer. "Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is the youngest of three children.

Midday Glance: Silver companies

Yahoo! National News - 13 hours 15 min ago
Shares of some top silver companies are down at 1 p.m.: Hecla Mining Co. fell $.03 or 1.0 percent, to $3.14. Pan American Silver Corp. fell $.14 or 1.1 percent, to $13.12. Silver Standard Resources Inc. ...

4th Mexican cartel associate charged in Chicago

Yahoo! National News - 13 hours 17 min ago
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal court documents show that an associate of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was arrested in Las Vegas in January and brought to Chicago.

Man charged with marathon hoax held on high bail

Yahoo! National News - 13 hours 43 min ago

Boston Marathon's finish line on TuesdayBOSTON (AP) — The man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the bombings was sent to a state psychiatric facility for an evaluation Wednesday following his initial court appearance.