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As newspapers struggle, Los Angeles gets another daily

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 02:51

Los Angeles Register managing editor Donna Ware hands out the debut issue of their newspaper to commuters at Union Station in Los AngelesBy Jennifer Saba NEW YORK (Reuters) - Los Angeles residents who still pass a newsstand on their way to work on Wednesday will find an unusual sight there: a new daily print newspaper. The Los Angeles Register is the latest offering to roll off the presses of California-based Freedom Communications, the publisher of the Orange County Register, The Press-Enterprise in Riverside and the Long Beach Register. Aaron Kushner, who owns Freedom, is attempting to dominate local news coverage in Southern California, a competitive area with distinctly different communities. "Los Angeles is a large and vibrant market," Kushner said in a phone interview, arguing that the Los Angeles Register can thrive among other daily newspapers in the city that includes the Los Angeles Times and Digital First's Los Angeles Daily News.


Police: Utah woman gave birth at home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 02:28

This photo provided by the Utah County jail shows Megan Huntsman, who was booked into the Utah County jail on suspicion of killing six of her newborn children over the past decade. Seven dead babies were found in a garage at a Pleasant Grove home where Huntsman lived up until 2011. (AP Photo/Utah County Jail) Courtesy Utah County JailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman accused of concealing seven pregnancies before strangling or suffocating her newborns gave birth each time in her home, authorities said Wednesday.


Cargo ship runs aground in windy Chesapeake Bay

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 02:24

A person walks along the beach Wednesday, April 16, 2014, near where the 751-foot bulk carrier Ornak ran aground Tuesday night in the lower Chesapeake Bay near First Landing State Park, in Virginia Beach, Va. There were no reports of injuries, damage or pollution from the grounding, and the vessel was not blocking other water traffic, said Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer First Class Brandyn Hill. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley) MAGS OUTVIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A thunderstorm with wind gusts of more than 70 mph ripped a cargo ship's anchors from the seafloor and caused it to run aground just a few hundred feet from a beach, drawing onlookers from nearby condos and apartments Wednesday morning.


Road grading may have caused Wyoming hill slide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 02:20
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Road-grading projects over a number of years may have contributed to a slow-moving landslide that has displaced residents of four homes and two small apartment buildings and cut off road access to dozens of other homes, according to a consultant for the town.

Judge stays most of Ohio gay marriage ruling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 02:19

Attorney Al Gerhardstein, left, stands with several same-sex couples at a news conference, Friday, April 4, 2014, in Cincinnati. Civil rights attorneys are arguing in Federal Court on Friday that a federal judge should prohibit Ohio officials from enforcing the state's ban on gay marriage. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio officials must immediately recognize the same-sex marriages of four couples who sued over the state's gay marriage ban, a federal judge said Wednesday, while staying the broader effects of his ruling to avoid "premature celebration and confusion" in case it's overturned on appeal.


Feds: Bomb suspect not entitled to '11 murder file

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 02:12

FILE - This combination of file photos shows brothers Tamerlan, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with police several days later, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was captured and is held in a federal prison on charges of using a weapon of mass destruction. A year after the bombings, prosecutors said they have a trove of evidence to use against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, including surveillance video showing him placing one of the bombs just yards from Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy who died in the blast. (AP Photos/Lowell Sun and FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors have told a judge they have no evidence that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev knew about his brother's alleged role in a triple slaying in Waltham two years before the bombings.


Former New York Mayor Bloomberg to spend $50 million on gun control

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 02:11

New York Mayor Bloomberg speaks to reporters after his meeting regarding gun violence with U.S. Vice President Biden, at the White House in WashingtonFormer New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ramped up his efforts to fight gun violence on Wednesday with a plan to spend $50 million on a grassroots network to organize voters on gun control. The initiative's political target is the powerful pro-gun lobby, including the National Rifle Association, that spends millions of dollars each year to back gun-rights supporters. Bloomberg's group, called Everytown for Gun Safety, will focus on state and local lawmakers, corporate boards, and state and federal elections - "fields of play formerly occupied almost solely by the gun lobby," according to a statement. The billionaire Bloomberg told NBC's "Today" show he did not view his $50 million investment as a "heavy political lift." "Thirty-one thousand Americans either get murdered or commit suicide with illegal guns.


Ex-California city leader gets 12 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:58

FILE - This April 14, 2014, file photo shows former Bell city manager Robert Rizzo, as he leaves court at the Edward R. Roybal Federal building in Los Angeles. Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, Calif., has been sentenced to 12 years in state prison Wednesday April 16, for a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small city just outside Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former city manager of Bell was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small, blue-collar city.


Psychiatric evaluation ordered for man charged in Boston bomb hoax

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:54

Kevin Edson arraigned in Municipal Court and charged with possession of a hoax device and making a false bomb threat in BostonA Boston man who was arrested on Tuesday for walking through the finish area of the Boston Marathon hooded and carrying a black backpack was formally charged on Wednesday with a bomb hoax and ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation, officials said. The man, 25-year-old Kevin Edson, was arraigned on charges including making a false bomb threat and possession of a hoax device after telling police officers that he was carrying a "rice cooker," prompting the evacuation of a crowded downtown street that hours earlier had been the site of a memorial for the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. In that attack, homemade pressure cooker bombs left in backpacks near the finish line killed three people and injured 264.


Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:50

Kate McClintock, 12, left, Kate Green, 13, and Lilly Bond, 13, look at their smartphones at Lilly's home in Evanston, Ill. on Thursday, April 3, 2014. The friends are seventh-graders at Haven Middle School in Evanston, which has been at the center of a controversy over its dress code. Parents and students, including these girls, complain that the school's restrictions on girls' attire, including leggings, is inconsistent and targets girls with certain body types. The district is reviewing the school and district policies. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — They're called leggings — popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others.


Federal judge strikes down North Dakota 'heartbeat' abortion law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:46
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday permanently blocked North Dakota from enforcing the country's most restrictive abortion law, a ban on ending a pregnancy once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks after conception. North Dakota's only abortion clinic had challenged the law approved by the state legislature in 2013, and U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland last July had temporarily blocked it from taking effect. "The state of North Dakota has presented no reliable medical evidence to justify the passage of this troubling law," Hovland wrote in a 25-page opinion released on Wednesday. Hovland said the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized the constitutional right of women to end a pregnancy before the fetus is determined to be viable for more than 40 years and the federal court is obligated to uphold that precedent.

Family is key to understanding accused Boston bomber: attorney

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:40
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The accused Boston Marathon bomber's relationship with family, and particularly with his slain older brother who prosecutors contend helped plan the attack, is key to understanding his case, defense lawyers argued on Wednesday. Attorneys for 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev argued in federal court that the defendant should be able to meet with his sisters without being monitored by an FBI agent cooperating with prosecutors, and needs access to more information investigators have gathered on his dead brother to mount a full defense to charges that carry the threat of execution. Tsarnaev is accused of planting two homemade bombs with his brother at the finish line of the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264 and, three days later, in the shooting death of a university police officer. "Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is the youngest of three children.

4th Mexican cartel associate charged in Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:29
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal court documents show that an associate of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was arrested in Las Vegas in January and brought to Chicago.

Man charged with marathon hoax held on high bail

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:03

Boston Marathon's finish line on TuesdayBOSTON (AP) — The man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the bombings was sent to a state psychiatric facility for an evaluation Wednesday following his initial court appearance.


Washington state mudslide death toll rises to 39

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:58

File photo of a helicopter fliyingover the large debris pile left by a mudslide in Oso.By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - The official death toll from a mudslide that devastated a neighborhood in the Cascade foothills of Washington state last month rose to 39 on Wednesday, after search teams pulled out two more bodies from the mud and rubble, local county officials said in a statement. A rain-soaked hillside collapsed above the north fork of the Stillaguamish River on March 22, unleashing a torrent of mud that clogged the river, swallowed up a stretch of a state highway and crushed some three dozen homes on the outskirts of the tiny community of Oso, 55 miles northeast of Seattle. Among the 39 confirmed dead, 36 have been positively identified, Snohomish County officials said in a statement. The death toll had stood at 37 on Tuesday.


Why high oil prices are actually good for airlines

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:51

FILE - In this June 12, 2008 file photo, a worker hooks up a fuel hose to an airplane at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business. (AP Photo/Brian McDermott, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business.


Fact sheet: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:38
2014 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line with Sunroof, Sound and Navigation

Beetle marks 65th year since entry into US

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:38

This undated photo provided by Volkswagen shows the 2014 VW Beetle R-Line car. (AP Photo/Volkswagen)Sixty-five years after the first Volkswagen Beetle arrived in the United States as a distinctively shaped, little car, the Beetle keeps attracting buyers with its more-spacious-than-ever, flexible interior, turbo engine power and modernized iconic look.


US judge overturns North Dakota abortion law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:38
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law banning abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant.

Fake abduction in park outrages many in Sequim

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:34
SEQUIM, Wash. (AP) — Police are investigating possible charges against people who staged a fake kidnapping in a park, terrifying parents and children who thought it was real.