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Ohio geologists link small quakes to fracking

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:31
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest.

SC judge honored; wrote separate is not equal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:19

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during the dedication of a statue of U.S. District Judge Waties Waring outside the federal courthouse in Charleston, S.C., on Friday, April 11, 2014. Holder said, Waring, the first federal judge to write an opinion challenging separate but equal decades after the policy was declared the law by the U.S. Supreme Court, was morally right and historically gutsy. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, speaking Friday in the city where the Civil War began, said the first federal judge to write an opinion challenging the doctrine of separate but equal decades after it was the law of the land "was morally right and historically gutsy."

Feds not alleging Marathon suspect shot officer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:09
BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they won't try to prove Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev shot Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Officer Richard Donohue, but say he's still responsible for the officer's injuries.

Detroit driver awake nine days after mob beating

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:07
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A truck driver beaten unconscious by a Detroit mob when he tried to assist a child he accidentally hit with his pickup nine days ago has begun to regain consciousness and is breathing on his own, his daughter said on Friday. Steve Utash, 54, has been taken off a ventilator and is starting to speak, his daughter said in a post on GoFundMe, a crowdfunding website where more than $161,000 has been raised to help pay for Utash's medical bills. "This is a long road ahead, but the end of the road will be worth it," Manti Utash wrote on Friday. About a dozen bystanders attacked Utash on April 2, after he got out of his truck to check on a 10-year-old boy he hit accidentally after the child darted into the street, police said.

Rules lag to help passengers escape crashed buses

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:02

Massive flames engulf a tractor-trailer and a tour bus just after they collide on Interstate 5, Thursday April, 10, 2014, near Orland, Calif. At least 10 people were killed in the crash, authorities said. (AP Photo/Jeremy Lockett)WASHINGTON (AP) — Safety standards to make large buses easier for passengers to escape after a crash have not been adopted 15 years after accident investigators called for new rules.

Arkansas to appeal ruling on abortion restriction law

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:00
By Lisa Bose McDermott TEXARKANA, Arkansas (Reuters) - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said on Friday he would appeal a federal judge's decision striking down a state law that bans most abortions starting at 12 weeks of pregnancy, one of the most stringent such statutes in the United States. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright ruled last month that the Arkansas law violated the U.S. Supreme Court decision that a woman has the right to an abortion until the fetus is viable outside the womb, which medical experts say is around the 23-to-24-week mark A number of states have recently enacted restrictive bans on abortion, including North Dakota, Arizona and Texas, setting off a round of court battles. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, a Democrat, vetoed the law after it was passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature in March 2013, citing its conflict with Supreme Court doctrine, but his veto was overridden. As enacted, the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act would have banned most abortions at or after 12 weeks of pregnancy, if a fetal heartbeat could be detected by standard ultrasound.

Murder charge for teen in police officer's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 06:56

FILE- This undated file photo provided by the New York City Police Department on April 9, 2014, shows Officer Dennis Guerra. Prosecutors in New York have indicted a 16-year-old boy on a second-degree murder charge for setting the April 6 fire that killed Guerra and critically injured his partner as they responded to the blaze set in a Coney Island apartment building. Marcell Dockery faces up to 25 years-to-life in prison if convicted. (AP Photo/NYPD, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A 16-year-old boy accused of setting a mattress fire that led to the death of a veteran police officer was indicted on a murder charge on Friday.

Texas woman sentenced to life in stiletto-heel killing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 06:50
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas jury sentenced a woman on Friday to life in prison for stabbing her boyfriend to death with the 5-1/2-inch stiletto heel of her shoe during an argument after an alcohol-fueled night out last year. Ana Trujillo, 45, was convicted on Tuesday of killing University of Houston professor Stefan Andersson, 59, who had been stabbed about two dozen times in the face and head during an altercation at his upscale condominium. "I didn't mean to kill him," Trujillo told Judge Brock Thomas after hearing the sentence. Jurors took less than two hours to convict Trujillo of murder and the same jury deliberated for several hours on Friday before deciding that she should serve life in prison.

UN conference provokes heated gay rights debate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 06:48
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Many countries at this week's U.N. population conference are objecting to the idea of enshrining the right of women to make their own sexual decisions, fearing it would tacitly condone same-sex relationships, the U.N. population chief said.

Reporters who broke Snowden story return to U.S. for first time

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 06:20

Poitras, and Greenwald smile as they receive the George Polk Awards in New YorkBy Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, the U.S. journalists who reported on spy agency analyst Edward Snowden's leaks exposing mass government surveillance, returned to the United States on Friday for the first time since revealing the programs in 2013. Greenwald and Poitras flew into New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on the same flight from Frankfurt, Germany, to receive a George Polk journalism award for their reports on how the U.S. government has secretly gathered information on millions of Americans, among other revelations. Their reporting on the leaks, which began last June, has sparked international debate over the limits of government surveillance and prompted President Barack Obama to introduce curbs to the spying powers of the National Security Agency earlier this year. "I really didn't expect anything to happen, which is why we finally came," Greenwald told reporters after embracing his partner, David Miranda, who had earlier said he was nervous as he waited for Greenwald to pass through airport security.

'Divergent' film finale to be released in 2 parts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 06:08

This image released by Summit Entertainment shows Shailene Woodley, left, and Theo James in a scene from "Divergent." Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. says the final book of its "Divergent" trilogy will be made into two parts, following the lucrative formula it has used for "Twilight" and is repeating for "The Hunger Games." (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Jaap Buitendijk, file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. says the final book of its "Divergent" trilogy will be made into two parts, following the lucrative formula it has used for "Twilight" and is repeating for "The Hunger Games."

Occupy activist's police-assault trial opens in NY

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 06:07
NEW YORK (AP) — An Occupy Wall Street activist charged with assaulting a police officer went on trial Friday, with her lawyers saying she was wrongly accused in one of few still-lingering criminal cases that sprang from the protest movement.

Feds issue warning: Hackers trying to exploit 'Heartbleed' bug

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 05:59

PasswordHackers are targeting vulnerable networks in an attempt to exploit the "Heartbleed" bug, the U.S. Government warned on Friday.

Virginia AG files brief supporting gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 05:54
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Same-sex couples have the same right to marry as interracial heterosexual couples, Virginia's attorney general said Friday in papers urging an appellate court to uphold a judge's ruling that the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.

Obama taps budget guru, technocrat for health job

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 05:52

Current Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama's nominee to become Health and Human Services Secretary, smiles in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 11, 2014, where President Barack Obama made the announcement. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sylvia Mathews Burwell, nominated to run "Obamacare," would bring a wealth of expertise in economics and government management to one of Washington's toughest jobs, even though she has little direct experience in the health care industry.

Detroit closer to exiting bankruptcy after swaps deal approval

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 05:46

A man rides his bike past graffiti in DetroitBy Cherie Curry DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit's plan to get out of bankruptcy cleared a major hurdle on Friday when a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge approved the cash-strapped city's third attempt at settling costly interest-rate swap agreements with two investment banks. The banks join a growing list of supporters for Detroit's plan to adjust $18 billion of debt and other obligations. In his bench ruling, Judge Steven Rhodes warned creditors fighting the plan that the city may now be eligible for a so-called cramdown judgment in which the court could confirm the plan without any further agreements by creditors. Orr, who has said he hopes to have the bankruptcy wrapped up by October 15, also urged creditors to get on board.

Investigators focus on wreckage in deadly California crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 05:44
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - A probe into a California crash that killed 10 people focused on Friday on whether the truck driver lost consciousness, his vehicle had mechanical failure or another collision caused him to swerve across a median and slam into a bus full of students. Those killed in Thursday's crash include five high school students, the drivers of both vehicles and a college recruiter on their way to Humboldt State University in Northern California as part of a program to help disadvantaged college hopefuls. The powerful explosion that followed the collision was so loud it was heard throughout the nearby community of Orland, about 90 miles north of Sacramento, said Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones. "We don't know whether the Fed-Ex driver had fallen asleep, whether he experienced a mechanical failure with his vehicle or whether there was a separate collision on the southbound side that caused him to lose control," said Lieutenant Scott Fredrick, lead investigator for the California Highway Patrol.

'Affluenza' teen's family to pay $1,200 a month

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 05:43
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The family of a Texas teenager sentenced to probation after killing four people in a drunken-driving wreck will pay for only a fraction of his court-ordered treatment.

Utah AG: Defense of marriage ban not about hate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 05:31
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said Friday during a rally of gay marriage opponents that his defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban in a federal appeals court is not motivated by hate.

U.S. asks if accused Boston bomber's lawyers to claim mental illness

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 05:29

FILE - This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the bombings on April 15, 2013 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. On Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder authorized the government to seek the death penalty in the case against Tsarnaev. (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. team prosecuting accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked defense attorneys on Friday to notify them by next month if they plan to make the 20-year-old defendant's mental faculties an issue at trial. In a filing in U.S. District Court in Boston, prosecutors asked a judge to require the defense to notify them by May 7 if they plan "to introduce expert evidence relating to a mental disease or defect or any other mental condition of the defendant which bears on either the issue of guilt or the issue of punishment." Attorneys for Tsarnaev, who could face the death penalty if convicted of the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured 264, could argue that the defendant is not wholly responsible for his actions or not deserving of execution, legal experts said. "There aren't a lot of directions you can go as a defense attorney," said Walter Price, a former federal prosecutor. "One of them is always mental and if you think you have the potential to argue that the defendant had diminished mental capacity or insanity, you have to prove it." Federal court rules require defense attorneys to notify prosecutors of their plans to mount such a defense to give the prosecution time to conduct its own expert review.