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Australian PM confident sounds are from Flight 370

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:49

FILE - In this Thursday, April 3, 2014 file photo, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks as Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak, left, looks on during a breakfast with crew members from different countries involved in the search for wreckage and debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in Perth, Australia. Abbott said in Shanghai, China, Friday, April 11, that authorities are confident that a series of underwater signals detected in a remote patch of the Indian Ocean are coming from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, Pool, File)PERTH, Australia (AP) — Authorities are confident that a series of underwater signals detected in a remote patch of the Indian Ocean are coming from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane's black boxes, Australia's prime minister said Friday.


Nirvana, Kiss lead new class in Rock Hall of Fame

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:40

FILE - This Dec. 13, 1993 file photo shows Kurt Cobain of the Seattle band Nirvana performing in Seattle, Wash. Nirvana, which changed music and fashion in the 1990s with the punk rock-inspired grunge sound, is joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a class with Kiss, Peter Gabriel and Hall & Oates. Nirvana is being inducted in its first year of eligibility. The trio's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" hit like a thunderclap upon its 1991 release, briefly making the Pacific Northwest rock's hottest scene before the band ended abruptly with singer Kurt Cobain's suicide in 1994. (AP Photo/Robert Sorbo, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Nirvana, who set music and fashion trends with their grunge sound but whose career was cut short by leader Kurt Cobain's suicide 20 years ago, led inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday.


Slow-moving landslide prompts evacuations in Wyoming resort town

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:17
A slow-moving landslide prompted the evacuation of dozens of homes in the upscale Wyoming community of Jackson amid reports the mass was gaining speed and could dislodge a hillside neighborhood, a city manager said. More than 70 people living at the base of a hill were told to leave on Wednesday night, and a nearby Walgreens store ordered shut on Thursday, as the landslide inched down, shifting soil and other material 50 ft below ground, said Roxanne Robinson, the town's assistant manager. It's creeping now but it could slide all at once, and the disaster in Washington state shows us we have to be ready," Robinson said. Fractures first appeared last week when a city pump house next to the Walgreens shifted and a water main ruptured.

Detroit holds vigil for driver beaten by mob

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:14

Cars enter local business at the scene of an attack on Wednesday at the street corners of Morang and Balfour on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Detroit. A suburban Detroit man was in critical condition Thursday with severe head injuries after a neighborhood mob beat and kicked him when he stopped to check on a 10-year-old boy who stepped from a curb into the path of his pickup. The 54-year-old man, whose name was not released, was being treated at a Detroit hospital as police scoured the east side neighborhood where he was attacked Wednesday afternoon. The boy, David Harris, was expected to recover from his injuries, according to Desmond Key, who said he was the 10-year-old's uncle. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — Several hundred people gathered at a Detroit church Thursday to pray for racial peace and for the health of a white motorist who was brutally beaten by a black mob after he stopped to help a child he accidentally struck with his pickup truck


CIA's 'harsh interrogations' exceeded legal authority: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:52

The logo of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is shown in the lobby of the CIA headquartersA classified U.S. Senate report found that the CIA's legal justification for the use of harsh interrogation techniques that critics say amount to torture was based on faulty legal reasoning, McClatchy news service reported on Thursday. The report also concluded that the CIA used interrogation methods that were not approved by its own headquarters or the U.S. Justice Department, impeded White House oversight and actively evaded oversight both by Congress and its own Inspector General. The CIA also provided false information to the U.S. Justice Department, which used that information to conclude that the methods would not break the law because those applying them did not specifically intend to inflict severe pain or suffering, the report added. "The report's findings appear to show that the CIA systematically misled Congress, the White House, and the Department of Justice about its brutal and unlawful interrogation program," said Raha Wala, senior counsel at Human Rights First in Washington.


9 killed in three-vehicle crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:14

Rescuers tend to walking wounded after a fiery crash involving several vehicles, Thursday, April 10, 2014, just north of Orland, Calif., that left at least nine dead. Authorities said it is not yet clear what caused the crash but that it involved a tour bus, a FedEx truck and a Nissan Altima. (AP Photo/The Chico Enterprise-Record, Dan Reidel)ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — Nine people were killed Thursday in a three-vehicle crash involving a bus carrying high school students on a visit to a college.


5 charged in kidnapping of NC prosecutor's father

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:02
WAKE FOREST, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man whose daughter prosecutes violent crimes was rescued by an elite FBI team after he was kidnapped and terrorized for five days in what authorities described as act of retaliation involving the Bloods street gang.

Judge restores $120 million in tobacco settlement to Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:37
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A Philadelphia judge on Thursday set aside most of an arbitration ruling that could have cost the state of Pennsylvania some $180 million from a landmark 1998 settlement with the nation's tobacco companies. The decision restores $120 million of the $180 million in payments from tobacco companies that Pennsylvania was set to lose when a September 2013 arbitration found that it and five other states failed to enforce part of an agreement that was part of the settlement. In a statement hailing the decision by Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas Judge Patricia McInerney, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said the ruling showed "what can happen when government works together for the people". "While we were not able to win the entire amount," Kane said, "we are excited for this victory and what it means for the future of important smoking cessation, medical research and health programs that depend on this money." A spokesman for the tobacco companies could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday evening.

Giffords gunman made online rants before killing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:27

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2014 file photo, former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords testifies before a Washington state House panel in Olympia, Wash. Jared Lee Loughner carried out the shooting rampage in Tucson that killed six people and wounded Giffords and 12 others on Jan. 8, 2011. Newly released law enforcement documents show how Loughner was unraveling in the month before the rampage, including issuing paranoid, expletive-filled Internet rants about killing and the government. The FBI released the documents Thursday, April 10, 2014, in response to media requests for the investigative files into the shooting. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)PHOENIX (AP) — The man who shot former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was unraveling in the months before the rampage, issuing paranoid, expletive-filled Internet rants about government conspiracies, suicide and killing police, according to new law enforcement documents released Thursday.


2 people injured in shooting near Ohio school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:24
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A teenager and a man were shot Thursday afternoon outside an elementary school close to when its students were to be dismissed.

Man who says he killed 40 won't divulge associates

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:11

This undated photo provided by the Tulare County, Calif., District Attorney shows Jose Manuel Martinez. Prosecutors are calling this Central California man a contract killer and have charged him with murdering nine people in three counties. Tulare County Assistant District Attorney Anthony Fultz said Tuesday, April 8, 2014, that Martinez, 51, carried out a killing spree between 1980 and 2011, targeting victims in Tulare, Kern and Santa Barbara counties. Martinez is now being held in Alabama, awaiting trial in a 2013 killing, and Fultz said officials in Florida also want him on suspicion of committing two murders there in 2006. (AP Photo/Tulare County District Attorney)FRESNO, California (AP) — A man in an Alabama jail who has confessed to killing dozens across the country did not name the drug cartels he said employed him, a detective said.


U.S. Navy looks to leverage submarine work to keep costs down

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:06

US Navy handout photo of the USS Hawaii in Subic BayBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy hopes to save money and time by leveraging industry investments as it replaces its Ohio-class nuclear-armed submarines with the Virginia-class attack submarines now built by General Dynamics Corp and Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. Navy chief weapons buyer Sean Stackley told the Senate Armed Services Committee's seapower subcommittee on Thursday that Navy officials were studying ways to drive down the cost of the new submarine, including a combined purchase that would include another batch of Virginia-class submarines. The congressional Government Accountability Office estimated last month that it would cost $95 billion to develop and build a dozen new submarines to replace the current fleet of Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines as they begin to retire in 2027.


Los Angeles County deputies shoot unarmed man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:31
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot to death a hostage who was fleeing from a knife-wielding attacker at a West Hollywood apartment, authorities announced Thursday.

Los Angeles County deputies shoot unarmed man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:31
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot to death a hostage who was fleeing from a knife-wielding attacker at a West Hollywood apartment, authorities announced Thursday.

Woman in shoe stabbing case describes killing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:15

Ana Trujillo reacts after being found guilty of killing her boyfriend, after the jury deliberated less than two hours, on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Houston. Trujillo, 45, was found guilty of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the stiletto heel of her shoe, hitting him at least 25 times in the face. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer)HOUSTON (AP) — A woman convicted of fatally stabbing her Swedish-born boyfriend with a 5 ½-inch (14-centimeter) stiletto heel told jurors Thursday that she killed him to save her own life during a lengthy fight in which she was chased down, knocked into a wall and thrown over a couch.


Hillary Clinton dodges shoe during Las Vegas speech

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:08

Former U.S. Secretary of State Clinton looks towards the audience during her speech to members of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries in Las VegasA woman hurled a shoe at Hillary Clinton on Thursday as the former secretary of state was delivering a speech at a Las Vegas hotel, but Clinton dodged it and continued with her remarks, a U.S. Secret Service spokesman said. Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie said the protester was not a ticketed guest for Clinton's speech at the Mandalay Bay hotel and had been spotted by Secret Service agents and hotel security guards before the incident.


Judge: California mistreating mentally ill inmates

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:00
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Thursday that California's treatment of mentally ill inmates violates constitutional safeguards against cruel and unusual punishment through excessive use of pepper spray and isolation.

Los Angeles County sheriff deputies mistakenly kill man fleeing assailant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 08:50
An aspiring TV producer who was being held captive by a knife-wielding man in West Hollywood was mistakenly shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies as he tried to escape his assailant, the sheriff's department said on Thursday. John Winkler, 30, was one of three men being held and attacked by a 27-year-old man with a knife at an apartment on Monday night, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said in a statement. "Believing Winkler was the assailant and the assault was ongoing and he would attack the entry team, three deputies fired their duty weapons at him." The deputies then heard sounds of a fight from the apartment and went inside to find the attacker, identified as Alexander McDonald, assaulting another person. Winkler was taken to a hospital, where he later died, the sheriff's department said.

Los Angeles County sheriff deputies mistakenly kill man fleeing assailant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 08:50
An aspiring TV producer who was being held captive by a knife-wielding man in West Hollywood was mistakenly shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies as he tried to escape his assailant, the sheriff's department said on Thursday. John Winkler, 30, was one of three men being held and attacked by a 27-year-old man with a knife at an apartment on Monday night, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said in a statement. "Believing Winkler was the assailant and the assault was ongoing and he would attack the entry team, three deputies fired their duty weapons at him." The deputies then heard sounds of a fight from the apartment and went inside to find the attacker, identified as Alexander McDonald, assaulting another person. Winkler was taken to a hospital, where he later died, the sheriff's department said.

Judge says flashing headlights is free speech

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 08:25
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Hauling a truckload of logs to a Southern Oregon mill last fall, Chris Hill noticed a sheriff's deputy behind him and flashed his lights to warn a UPS driver coming the other way.