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Two killed in southern California street racing crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:40
(Reuters) - Two onlookers were killed and one injured on Thursday after a driver taking part in an illegal street race near Los Angeles lost control of his sports car and plowed into the crowd, police said. Henry Gevorgyan, 21, was racing his gray Ford Mustang around 2:05 a.m. local time in Chatsworth when the incident occurred, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. Two pedestrians, 26-year-old Eric Siguenza and another unidentified person, were killed in the accident, police said.

Parents of slain journalist James Foley: US should do more

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:20
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The government — and the press — failed to do enough to save the life of the freelance journalist who was the first American killed by Islamic State militants, James Foley's parents said at a university forum Thursday.

Investigators find 32,000 emails in IRS probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:10

FILE - This March 5, 2014 file photo shows former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner on Capitol Hill in Washington. Investigators said Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, they have recovered 32,000 emails related to the former IRS official at the heart of the agency’s tea party scandal. But they don’t know how many of them are new. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators said Thursday they have recovered 32,000 emails related to a former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party scandal.


Pot fight between DC Mayor, Congress could cost the city

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:02

01 a.m. Thursday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The new mayor of the nation's capital was hoping to get along fine with Republicans on Capitol Hill.


$150K dress worn by Lupita Nyong'o at Oscars reported stolen

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:58

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, actress Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the Oscars wearing a dress made of pearls at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Los Angeles sheriff's detectives are investigating the theft of the $150,000 custom Calvin Klein dress worn by Nyong'o at the 2015 Academy Awards. The dress was reported stolen from Nyong'o's West Hollywood hotel room late on Wednesday Feb. 25, 2015. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The theft of a $150,000 pearl-covered gown worn by Lupita Nyong'o at the Oscars doesn't surprise Hollywood stylists who have personally experienced the seedy side of red carpet fashion.


Union, Shell discuss meeting on U.S. refinery strike: sources

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:40

Workers from the USW union walk a picket line outside the Shell Oil Deer Park Refinery in Deer Park, TexasThe United Steelworkers union (USW) and representatives for several U.S. refineries discussed on Thursday a possible resumption of face-to-face negotiations to settle a 26-day strike, two people familiar with the discussions told Reuters. No date had been set as of Thursday for resuming direct meetings with Shell Oil Co, which is representing the refiners, the sources said. "The USW continues to be ready and willing to resume negotiations with Shell at any time," said union spokeswoman Lynne Hancock. "Other than that, I don't have any information on when talks will resume." Shell Oil Co, the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc , confirmed making contact with the union.


Walker: Protesters prepared him to confront global terrorism

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:35

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker runs onstage to address the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday that his experience taking on thousands of protesters in his state helped prepare him to take on terrorists across the world.


Los Angeles police ID suspect in fatal street race

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:35

Car skid marks are visible along a street in the Chatsworth section of Los Angeles, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. A souped-up car that was illegally street racing lost control and careened onto a sidewalk, killing two spectators and critically injuring another before its driver ran away early Thursday, police said. All three victims were struck by a silver, late-model Mustang that hit a curb, bounced onto the sidewalk, spun around and crashed into a utility pole, Los Angeles police Detective Bill Bustos said. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police on Thursday asked for the public's help to find the suspected driver of a Ford Mustang that veered out of control during a street race in the San Fernando Valley and plowed into spectators, killing two men and critically injuring a third.


Police call death of Missouri auditor an 'apparent suicide'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:16

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Missouri Republican Auditor Tom Schweich announces his candidacy for governor in St. Louis. Schweich, 54, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, a staff member told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who had recently launched a Republican campaign for governor, fatally shot himself Thursday in what police described as an "apparent suicide," minutes after inviting reporters to his suburban St. Louis home for an interview.


Black Madam: I've done thousands of buttocks injections

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:06
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Gothic hip-hop artist who called herself "the Michelangelo of buttocks injections" testified at her murder trial on Thursday that she got into body sculpting 20 years ago to help transgender friends and has since performed thousands of procedures.

Guantanamo court holds closed session over U.S. military influence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:54
(This Feb 26 story is corrected to make clear in paragraph 2 that session was closed for administrative reasons, and drops reference to commanders in paragraphs 1 and 3) By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - A U.S. military court at Guantanamo Bay met in closed session on Thursday as the judge assesses whether the head of the Guantanamo trials is exerting so much influence that a fair trial for accused al Qaeda extremists cannot be ensured. Thursday's administrative scheduling session was part of pretrial proceedings for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi charged with plotting the 2000 suicide bombing of the USS Cole at Aden, Yemen. Defense attorneys for Nashiri have said that efforts by the Pentagon convening authority overseeing the trials to reduce costs by speeding up the years-long proceedings is exerting "undue influence" over the trials. Their main complaint is about a Jan. 7 order from Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work telling judges overseeing the trials to drop their other duties and relocate to Guantanamo Bay.

6 women accuse hot yoga founder of sex assaults, groping

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:52

FILE - This Sept. 27, 2003 file photo Bikram Choudhury, front, founder of the Yoga College of India and creator and producer of Yoga Expo 2003, leads a yoga class at the Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. A half-dozen women claim Choudhury, the founder of the popular hot yoga studios that bear his name groped, harassed or sexually assaulted them. The most recent case filed this month claims that Choudhury raped a former student in 2010. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A yoga guru who founded a rigorous routine of exercises practiced in steamy rooms around the world is facing lawsuits by six women who claim he sexually assaulted them.


New York Daily News, tabloid NYC paper, may be up for sale

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:30

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2014 file photo, Mort Zuckerman, owner and publisher of The New York Daily News, attends Bloomberg Businessweek's 85th Anniversary celebration at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York. Zuckerman sent a memo to employees on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 that said he was approached about a potential sale of the tabloid newspaper a few weeks ago. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Daily News may be up for sale.


Officials: Stolen Picasso smuggled into US, labeled 'craft'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:26

This undated photo provided by the United States Department of Justice, shows a cubist painting entitled “The Hairdresser” by Pablo Picasso. Authorities say the painting worth millions of dollars was stolen in France and smuggled into the U.S. by someone who falsely labeled it as an "art craft" worth about $37 when it was shipped. U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch filed a civil forfeiture complaint Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, over the painting. (AP Photo/U.S Department of Justice)NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a Pablo Picasso painting worth millions of dollars was stolen in France and smuggled into the U.S. by someone who falsely labeled it as an "art craft" worth about $37 when it was shipped.


10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:14

Apple co-founder with Steve Wozniak stands up and joins others in the audience in applauding the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote on Net Neutrality during an open hearing at the FCC in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The FCC has agreed to impose strict new regulations on Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T. The regulatory agency voted 3-2 Thursday in favor of rules aimed at enforcing what's called "net neutrality." That's the idea that service providers shouldn't intentionally block or slow web traffic, creating paid fast lanes on the Internet.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


Correction: Missing Baby-California story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:13
KNIGHTS LANDING, Calif. (AP) — In a story Feb. 25 about a missing 20-day-old baby boy whose body was found in a swampy region in Northern California, The Associated Press erroneously reported the baby's first name. His name is Justice Rees, not Justin Rees.

Couple married 67 years holds hands in final hours together

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:12

In this March 2014 photo provided by Cynthia Letson, Floyd and Violet Hartwig pose together in a yard in Easton, Calif. The Hartwig's marriage spanned 67 years, but their love for one another appears timeless. Sensing that the couple was close to death, their children pushed their two hospice beds together and gently placed their father's hand in the mother's palm. Floyd, 90, died first. Violet, 89, followed five hours later. They had a good life and died Feb. 11, 2015, at home, just as they had wished, the family said. (AP Photo/Cynthia Letson)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — After spending 67 years together as devoted husband and wife, there was no question how Floyd and Violet Hartwig would end their lives — together.


Up to two police bullets hit migrant from behind in Washington state: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 09:59
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Mexican farmworker fatally shot by police in Washington state after he pelted them with rocks and tried to flee was struck as many as seven times, including two shots from behind, contrary to police accounts, a family attorney said on Thursday. Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35, an unemployed orchard worker from Michoacan state, was killed earlier this month in the city of Pasco in Washington state's agricultural heartland, in a shooting captured on video. A video of the incident posted online shows Zambrano-Montes running from officers and then briefly turning and raising his arm before he was killed. Charles Herrmann, a lawyer who represents Zambrano-Montes' wife and daughters, said a second autopsy, requested by the family, showed he was shot as many seven times, with bullets hitting him in the chest and face.

Some Mexicans to be given another chance to stay in US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 09:58
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Mexicans who were expelled from the country by immigration officials in Southern California will be allowed to return for a chance to make their case to stay in the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday.

Grand jury: SC father strangled 4 children, beat 1 to death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 09:53
LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Grand jury indictments indicate that four of the five South Carolina children who allegedly died at the hands of their father were strangled and one was beaten.