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Firefighter arrested for 3 slayings in 15-year-old cold case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 08:35

This April 26, 2015 photo provided by the Pima County Sheriff's Department shows David Dwayne Watson in Tucson, Ariz. Watson, 46, is being charged with the August 2000 killing of his ex-wife and the later killings of his former mother-in-law and a third woman. (Pima County Sheriff's Department via AP)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — While David Watson was rising through the ranks at the Tucson Fire Department, authorities working to solve three cold-case murders had him in mind as their main suspect.


GOP defense budget challenges Obama on Ukraine, Guantanamo

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 08:35
WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP chairman of the House Armed Service Committee on Monday recommended a $604 billion defense budget for 2016 that challenges the White House because it includes lethal weapons for Ukraine, makes it harder for the president to empty the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and restores funding for the A-10 fleet.

Pennsylvania top court reinstates monsignor's conviction

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 08:32

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2014, file photo, Monsignor William Lynn walks from the criminal justice center after a bail hearing in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling Monday, April 27, 2015, upholds the 2012 conviction of Lynn over abuse committed by a diocesan priest years earlier. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The state's highest court on Monday reinstated the landmark child-endangerment conviction of a Roman Catholic monsignor who was the first U.S. church official ever prosecuted over his handling of sex abuse complaints.


Truckers strike at huge seaport complex; impact minimal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 08:31
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Truck drivers who haul goods from docks at the nation's busiest seaport complex walked off the job Monday in a dispute over their earnings and employment status, but port officials said the impact on international commerce appeared to be minimal.

Dead infant found on Ohio university campus was born alive

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 08:23
NEW CONCORD, Ohio (AP) — A coroner says a newborn baby found dead on the campus of an eastern Ohio university last week was born alive and died from asphyxiation.

Baltimore mayor enacts curfew, governor declares state of emergency

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 08:05

Baltimore mayor imposes curfew, governor declares state of emergency after riotsRioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos Monday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police custody.


Tenn. coalition asks court not to release rape case records

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:58
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Four victims' rights groups are asking the Tennessee Supreme Court to rule against a coalition of news media organizations, including The Associated Press, that is fighting to get access to some of the records in a high-profile rape case involving four former Vanderbilt University football players.

Baltimore erupts in riots after funeral of man who died in police custody

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:55

Demonstrators throw rocks at Baltimore police during clashes in BaltimoreBy Ian Simpson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Rioters hurled bricks, looted businesses and set fires in Baltimore on Monday in violence that injured at least seven police officers following the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died after he was injured in police custody. The disturbances broke out just a few blocks from the funeral of Freddie Gray and then spread through parts of Baltimore in the most violent U.S. demonstrations since looting in Ferguson, Missouri, last year. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard as firefighters tried to extinguish fires set by looters and rioters with baseball bats. Rioters cut a fire department hose while firefighters fought a fire at a CVS pharmacy looted earlier, the Baltimore Police said.


Storm knocks out power to New Orleans airport for hours

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:54
A line of storms moving through Louisiana on Monday knocked out power to the New Orleans International Airport, sent freight train cars tumbling from an elevated bridge and left nearly 238,000 customers without electricity. There were no immediate reports of injuries from the storms, but the power outages, together with flood damage, prompted Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to declare a state of emergency. In New Orleans, the storms left the criminal courthouse without power, downed trees and power lines and caused several area schools, including the University of New Orleans, to cancel classes. Video shown on local television showed several freight train cars on an elevated track of the Huey P. Long Bridge on the outskirts of New Orleans being blown by heavy winds before tumbling dozens of feet to the ground.

Maryland governor declares state of emergency, activates National Guard to help with Baltimore riots

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:53

Baltimore mayor imposes curfew, governor declares state of emergency after riotsRioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos Monday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police custody.


World 'closer than ever' to Iran nuclear deal, Kerry says

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:50

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the 2015 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference, in the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, April 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The world is "closer than ever" to reaching a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran but the work is far from over, with key issues unresolved, Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday told a global gathering on nuclear disarmament, where he and Iran's foreign minister met on the sidelines.


U.S. senator sticking by 'poison pill' tweak to trade bill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:39

U.S. Senator Menendez speaks to reporters after the vote approving Lynch to be Attorney General, in WashingtonU.S. Democratic Senator Robert Menendez said on Monday he would strongly resist any attempt to override a human-trafficking amendment to trade legislation that some say could derail a Pacific trade pact. The amendment, approved by the Senate Finance Committee last week, would disqualify trade deals with countries deemed soft on human trafficking from special procedures designed to speed their passage through Congress. The list of offending countries includes Trans-Pacific Partnership member Malaysia.


Men posing as Philadelphia Water Department workers burglarize home

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:35

Men posing as Philadelphia Water Department workers burglarize homeA witness tells police two men posing as Philadelphia Water Department workers burglarized a home in the Torresdale section.


California teen confesses to fatally stabbing 9-year-old boy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:22
DISCOVERY BAY, Calif. (AP) — A newspaper says a Northern California teenager has confessed to stabbing to death a 9-year-old boy.

Judge says Vermont law on genetically modified food stands

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:20
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont law that could make the state the first in the country to require labeling of genetically modified food has been allowed by a federal judge to stand for now despite opposition by food industry groups.

PHOTOS: Violence in Baltimore

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:18

 Violence in BaltimoreSee images of the violence in Baltimore.


Robert Durst to be moved to jail closer to New Orleans

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:15
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The real estate heir being held in Louisiana while awaiting extradition to California on murder charges is moving to a jail closer to New Orleans.

New bird flu cases probable in Iowa, millions of birds affected

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:12
By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - Initial tests have found five probable new cases of the rapidly spreading avian influenza on commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting more than 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. In the avian influenza outbreak of 1983 to 1984 in the northeast, which was the largest in U.S. history, about 17 million birds were culled. "This is a big deal," Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said during a conference call on Monday. Or does this mean more birds as we go forward." Iowa state officials have quarantined the five farm sites, Northey said.

AP Interview: UNESCO chief says Nepal sites 'huge disaster'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:09

A Nepalese woman walks past a collapsed temple in Bhaktapur Durbar Square after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 26, 2015 .A strong magnitude earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An expert team will assess whether parts of the World Heritage site that were nearly destroyed by this weekend's earthquake can be repaired or even reconstructed, the head of the United Nations cultural agency said Monday.


Forget the watch: Apple's iPhones are still the main event

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:09

FILE - In this May 11, 2012 file photo, travelers pass the Apple store at New York's Grand Central Terminal. Apple reports quarterly financial results on Monday, April 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The iPhone is still the engine behind Apple's phenomenal success, even if attention lately has been focused on its new smartwatch.