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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.


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.


Police: No known target in school stabbing rampage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:31

A bouquet of flowers is taped to a stairway rail near the closed entrance to Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh, on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Murrysville, Pa. A knife wielding student injured over 20 people in a stabbing attack there on April 9. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — No evidence has surfaced yet to show that a boy charged in a stabbing rampage at his high school was targeting any particular student, and efforts to establish a motive are stalled because the suspect isn't talking and many victims remain hospitalized, a police chief said Friday.


4 years after spill, questions on long-term health

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:31
CHALMETTE, La. (AP) — When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons that spewed in what would become the worst offshore spill in U.S. history.

Texas Medicaid holds off on proposed limits for Gilead hepatitis drug

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:30
Texas is reconsidering whether to impose strict limits on Gilead Sciences' $84,000 hepatitis C treatment for patients on the state's Medicaid health plan for the poor, at the urging of outside advisers, a state official said on Friday. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which oversees Medicaid, had proposed a policy to allow the drug, Sovaldi, to be used mainly for sicker patients, such as those whose hepatitis C had developed into advanced liver disease, according to state documents reviewed by Reuters. As with most state Medicaid programs, an outside committee of pharmacists and doctors in Texas meets quarterly to review new drugs and recommend policies to the state's Medicaid director. "The board asked state staff to meet with stakeholders, including gastroenterologists, about the criteria, whether it was too strict, and the prior authorization process," Texas Health and Human Services Commission spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman said.

Ohio regulators link seismic activity to fracking

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:29
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State regulators for the first time have linked earthquake activity in eastern Ohio to hydraulic fracturing, confirming the suspicions of activists pushing unsuccessfully for a drilling ban.

Ohio regulators link seismic activity to fracking

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:29
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State regulators for the first time have linked earthquake activity in eastern Ohio to hydraulic fracturing, confirming the suspicions of activists pushing unsuccessfully for a drilling ban.

Virginia AG files brief supporting gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:27
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Homosexuals 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.

Jury deliberating sentence in shoe stabbing trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:27

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 Swedish-born boyfriend with the 5½-inch (14 centimeter) stiletto heel of her shoe.


Police: Online posts prompted deadly casino fight

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:25
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno, Nev., police say they've arrested a nightclub guard accused of killing a man who posted negative comments on social media about the lounge's security.

Police: Online posts prompted deadly casino fight

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:25
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno, Nev., police say they've arrested a nightclub guard accused of killing a man who posted negative comments on social media about the lounge's security.

FBI: NC inmate helped orchestrate kidnapping

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:23

This image from the Wake Forest N.C. police department shows an undated photo of Frank Arthur Janssen. An elite FBI Hostage Rescue Team has safely rescued the North Carolina kidnap victim from an apartment complex in Atlanta, days after the man was reported missing from his home, the FBI said Thursday April 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Wake Forest Police Department)WAKE FOREST, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina prison inmate used a smuggled mobile phone to keep in touch with kidnappers holding the father of a prosecutor who helped send him away for life, federal authorities said.