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Mediation in Rhode Island pension lawsuits fails

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 02:05
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Talks to salvage a proposed settlement designed to end the legal fight over Rhode Island's 2011 landmark pension overhaul have failed and the original court challenge is moving ahead, both sides of the case said Friday.

Ohio geologists link seismic activity to fracking

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 01:48
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State geologists in Ohio believe they have for the first time linked earthquake activity in the Utica shale to hydraulic fracturing, and the state says it is issuing new permit conditions in seismic-sensitive areas.

Obama accepts Sebelius resignation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 01:43

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius listens as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 10, 2014, before the Senate Finance Committee hearing on the HHS Department's fiscal Year 2015 budget. A White House official says Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration. The move comes just a week after the close of the rocky enrollment period for President Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)The president nominates his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to succeed her.


Montana bride who pushed husband off cliff appeals 30-year sentence

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 01:38

File photo of Graham leaving U.S. District court in Missoula, MontanaA Montana bride who pleaded guilty to pushing her husband off a cliff to his death at Glacier National Park is appealing her prison sentence, arguing the judge improperly denied her request to withdraw her plea after a deal with prosecutors unraveled. Jordan Graham, 22, was sentenced last month to 30 years in prison by a federal judge after he rejected her move to rescind a guilty plea to second-degree murder that she took to avoid a mandatory life sentence if convicted of first-degree murder. She said that on the day he died, the newlyweds had driven to the Montana park and walked down to an embankment on the cliff face, where she told him she was unhappy and "wasn't sure we should be married." Her husband, 25-year-old Cody Johnson, responded by grabbing her hand, she said. "I just pushed his hand off and just pushed away." In a notice of appeal filed late on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Missoula, Montana, Graham's court-appointed lawyers said the judge erred during the March 27 sentencing by ruling against Graham's motion to withdraw her plea without hearing oral arguments.


Military dog that saved patrol retires with honors

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 01:16

Security Forces Squadron flight chief Matthew Weaver salutes Staff Sgt. Shannon Hutto, a military working dog trainer and Eddie, a Belgian Malinois during a ceremony at MacDill Airforce Base in Tampa, Fla., Friday, April 11, 2014. In 2012, Eddie found two improvised explosive devices containing 10 pounds of homemade explosives in Afghanistan. It saved Hutto's life and the lives of his 13-member patrol unit. Eddie retired and received fully military honors during the ceremony. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Staff Sgt. Shannon Hutto thought his bomb sniffing dog Eddie was just being lazy when he wouldn't move from a certain spot one hot day in Afghanistan in 2012.


Police: Facebook posts prompted fatal casino fight

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 01:15
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno, Nev., police say they've arrested a nightclub guard accused of killing a man who posted negative Facebook comments about the lounge's security.

Jury deliberating sentence in shoe stabbing trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 01:02

FILE - In this April 8, 2014, file photo, Ana Trujillo reacts after being found guilty of killing her boyfriend 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. Jurors have begun deliberating her sentence. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer, File)HOUSTON (AP) — Jurors on Friday began deliberating the sentence of a Houston woman convicted of murder for fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the 5½-inch stiletto heel of her shoe.


Tampa-based military dog retires with honors

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 01:00

Security Forces Squadron flight chief Matthew Weaver salutes Staff Sgt. Shannon Hutto, a military working dog trainer and Eddie, a Belgian Malinois during a ceremony at MacDill Airforce Base in Tampa, Fla., Friday, April 11, 2014. In 2012, Eddie found two improvised explosive devices containing 10 pounds of homemade explosives in Afghanistan. It saved Hutto's life and the lives of his 13-member patrol unit. Eddie retired and received fully military honors during the ceremony. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A bomb-sniffing dog credited with saving a military patrol in Afghanistan is retiring with full military honors.


Charge resolved for coach implicated in rape case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 01:00
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A teacher and coach accused of trying to thwart an investigation into the rape of a 16-year-old girl in eastern Ohio will have the charge dismissed in exchange for community service at a domestic violence shelter, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Friday.

1 twin missing in California bus, truck collision

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:54
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California family is desperately trying to locate one of two identical twins whose bus was involved in a deadly crash that killed 10 people.

2 reporters who probed NSA surveillance back in US

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:52

Glenn Greenwald speaks to the media after arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport, on Friday, April 11, 2014 in New York. Greenwald and Laura Poitras of the Guardian share a George Polk Award for national security reporting with The Guardian's Ewen MacAskill and Barton Gellman, who has led The Washington Post's reporting on the NSA documents. Greenwald returned to the United States for the first time since the story broke to receive the journalism award. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — Two reporters central to revealing the massive U.S. government surveillance effort have returned to the United States for the first time since the story broke.


Pediatrician gets prison for 'waterboarding' stepdaughter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:51

Dr. Melvin Morse and his wife Pauline are seen in this combination of booking photos released by Delaware State PoliceBy Lacey Johnson GEORGETOWN, Delaware (Reuters) - A prominent Delaware pediatrician and best-selling author who punished his 11-year-old stepdaughter using a form of waterboarding was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday. A jury found Dr. Melvin Morse, who has written about near-death experiences and appeared on "Oprah" and "Good Morning America," guilty of child endangerment charges dating back to July 2012. "I am so sorry." During a two-week trial that ended in February, the girl told the jury that Morse had physically abused her, including waterboarding and dragging her across a gravel driveway.


Pediatrician gets prison for 'waterboarding' stepdaughter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:51
By Lacey Johnson GEORGETOWN, Delaware (Reuters) - A prominent Delaware pediatrician and best-selling author who punished his 11-year-old stepdaughter using a form of waterboarding was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday. A jury found Dr. Melvin Morse, who has written about near-death experiences and appeared on "Oprah" and "Good Morning America," guilty of child endangerment charges dating back to July 2012. "I am so sorry." During a two-week trial that ended in February, the girl told the jury that Morse had physically abused her, including waterboarding and dragging her across a gravel driveway.

Another suspect arraigned in Detroit mob beating

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:51
DETROIT (AP) — A fourth man has been arraigned via video in the mob beating of a suburban Detroit motorist who stopped his pickup truck after accidentally hitting a child on the city's east side.

Another suspect arraigned in Detroit mob beating

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:51
DETROIT (AP) — A fourth man has been arraigned via video in the mob beating of a suburban Detroit motorist who stopped his pickup truck after accidentally hitting a child on the city's east side.

College visit turns tragic for Calif. students

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:37

Officials and California Highway Patrol Officers look over the remains of a tour bus that was struck by a FedEx truck on Interstate 5 Thursday in Orland, Calif., Friday, April 11, 2014. At least ten people were killed and dozens injured in the fiery crash between the truck and a bus carrying high school students on a visit to a Northern California College. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — A college visit by more than 40 high school students turned tragic when a FedEx tractor-trailer veered across a grassy highway median and slammed into their bus in a fiery wreck that left 10 people dead, authorities said.


College visit turns tragic for Calif. students

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:37
ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — A college visit by more than 40 high school students turned tragic when a FedEx tractor-trailer veered across a grassy highway median and slammed into their bus in a fiery wreck that left 10 people dead, authorities said.

Sentencing date set in Miss. poisoned letters case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:37
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has set a May 14 sentencing date for a Mississippi man who pleaded guilty to making ricin and sending letters dusted with the poison to President Barack Obama and other officials.

Sentencing date set in Miss. poisoned letters case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:37
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has set a May 14 sentencing date for a Mississippi man who pleaded guilty to making ricin and sending letters dusted with the poison to President Barack Obama and other officials.

Savers beware: Fees may be shrinking your 401(k)

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:34

In this Sept. 24, 2013 photo, freshly-cut stacks of $100 bills make their way down the line at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas. The average 401(k) fee _ a modest-sounding 1 percent _ can wipe $70,000 out of the typical retirement account compared with lower-cost plans that are widely available, according to a new study by a Washington think tank. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — It's the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees.