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Va. Tech pays US fines related to '07 killings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:33
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech has paid federal fines for its actions on the morning of April 16, 2007, when a lone gunman killed 32 people on the school's campus.

Alleged serial killings highlight GPS limits

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:28

CORRECTS FIRST NAME TO STEVEN-This combination of undated photos from the Megan's Law website shows suspects, Steven Dean Gordon, 45, left, and Franc Cano, 27, who were arrested on Friday, April 11, 2014, on suspicion of killing four women in Orange County, Calif. Anaheim police said detectives in Santa Ana and Anaheim launched a joint investigation after the naked body of Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21, was found in the conveyor belt of a recycling plant last month. The probe led detectives to connect the men to her slaying, and the disappearance of three women who frequented a Santa Ana neighborhood known for drug dealing and prostitution. (AP Photo/Megan's Law)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A pair of convicted sex offenders had proven once before that there were limits to how well GPS devices could track their whereabouts.


Two more charged in gang-linked kidnapping of N.C. prosecutor's father

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:16

Government contractor Frank Janssen is seen in an undated photo released by the police in Wake Forest, North CarolinaWINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - Two additional suspects have been charged in the gang-related abduction of a North Carolina man whose daughter had prosecuted one of the eight people now accused in the plot, U.S. prosecutors said on Wednesday. The suspects are accused of kidnapping Frank Janssen from his Wake Forest home on April 5 and holding him hostage until he was rescued by federal agents in Atlanta four days later. Janssen's daughter is a Raleigh, North Carolina, prosecutor who helped send Blood gang member Kelvin Melton to prison for life on state charges. Charges were announced on Wednesday against two others, Jakym Tibbs, and a suspect identified as "John Doe" or "Kirkwood Quan," said the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.


Classes resume at high school rocked by stabbings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:14

In this photo made with a cell phone, well-wishers from a nearby church hold signs of support for students returning to Franklin Regional High School, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Murrysville, Pa. Classes resumed Wednesday at the Pittsburgh-area high school where authorities said a student stabbed or slashed 21 others and a security guard a week ago. (AP Photo/Joe Mandak)MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Classes resumed Wednesday at a Pittsburgh-area high school where authorities said a student stabbed or slashed 21 others and a security guard a week ago while rampaging through a hallway with two kitchen knives.


Up to 100 Ga. students hit by pepper spray blast

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:14
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police say up to 100 students were affected by a blast of pepper spray set off in a hallway at a Georgia high school.

Freeze leaves Florida Panhandle with dead trees

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:14

In this April 11, 2014, a person walks by dying palms in Pensacola, Fla. Dead palm fronds litter yards and streets throughout this region where the non-native, tropical trees were hit hard by this winter's abnormally cold weather. (AP Photo/Melissa Nelson-Gabriel)PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Some Florida Panhandle property owners lost thousands of dollars in palms, citrus trees and other non-native plants because of the incredibly harsh winter in that area.


Judge: North Dakota abortion law unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:13
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected is "invalid and unconstitutional."

Ex-bin Laden ally turns key witness in U.S. terrorism cases

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:02

Undated police handout picture of Britain's Saajid BadatBy Mark Hosenball and Joseph Ax WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A British shoe bomb-plotter-turned-government informant, who once conspired with Osama bin Laden, has become a key witness for U.S. prosecutors seeking to give American juries a taste of life inside al Qaeda, court documents, U.S. and British officials and lawyers say. Saajid Badat, 33, has already testified via video link at the trials in New York of two alleged al Qaeda militants, and he is scheduled to give testimony at the trial of Abu Hamza al Masri, a fiery, one-eyed Egyptian preacher with hooks for hands whose terrorism case began this week. Defense lawyers faced with countering his damaging testimony accuse prosecutors of trying to have their cake and eat it too. The government is using Badat as a witness in U.S. courts, they say, in violation of an agreement with British authorities that he would testify "in the United States" - where he could be confronted by defense lawyers during cross-examination - while leaving the indictment against him in place indefinitely.


SpaceX will try again Fri. to launch station cargo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:50

FILE - This Jan. 12, 2013 photo provided by NASA shows the SpaceX Dragon vehicle inside a processing hangar at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. SpaceX has scheduled another launch attempt Friday, April 18, 2014 to the International Space Station. NASA confirmed the launch date Wednesday, April 16, 2014, two days after a last-minute rocket leak delayed the delivery mission. Stormy weather, however, is forecast Friday. Saturday is the backup launch date. (AP Photo/NASA, Kim Shiflett)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX is shooting for another launch attempt Friday to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.


College Board gives sneak preview of redesigned SAT exam

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:48
By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prospective college students on Wednesday got a peek at new sample questions on the SAT, a widely used college entrance exam that will undergo a redesign over the next two years. The College Board, which oversees the exam required by most colleges and universities for admission, said it was releasing the draft test specifications on its website "to illustrate the shifts in the redesigned SAT." The overhauled exam will roll out to students in 2016 and focuses on "fewer topics that are most essential for college and career success," College Board President David Coleman and Cynthia Schmeiser, the College Board's chief of assessment, said in a letter posted online. Instead, it will include a more streamlined focus on math, and each student can expect to encounter questions related to a passage from the U.S. Constitution and other founding documents of the United States, the College Board said. Plans to overhaul the SAT, which is taken by more than 2 million students every year, were announced by the New York-based College Board last month.

College Board gives sneak preview of redesigned SAT exam

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:48
By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prospective college students on Wednesday got a peek at new sample questions on the SAT, a widely used college entrance exam that will undergo a redesign over the next two years. The College Board, which oversees the exam required by most colleges and universities for admission, said it was releasing the draft test specifications on its website "to illustrate the shifts in the redesigned SAT." The overhauled exam will roll out to students in 2016 and focuses on "fewer topics that are most essential for college and career success," College Board President David Coleman and Cynthia Schmeiser, the College Board's chief of assessment, said in a letter posted online. Instead, it will include a more streamlined focus on math, and each student can expect to encounter questions related to a passage from the U.S. Constitution and other founding documents of the United States, the College Board said. Plans to overhaul the SAT, which is taken by more than 2 million students every year, were announced by the New York-based College Board last month.

Guilty plea in shooting at Va. college inside mall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:46
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — A man accused of shooting and wounding two women at a community college inside a Virginia mall has pleaded guilty to four felony charges.

Why high oil prices are actually good for airlines

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:42

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.


Former Rothstein CFO charged in $1.2B Ponzi scheme

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:41
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The former chief financial officer of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein's law firm has been charged with conspiracy in the $1.2 billion fraud.

Former Rothstein CFO charged in $1.2B Ponzi scheme

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:41
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The former chief financial officer of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein's law firm has been charged with conspiracy in the $1.2 billion fraud.

Ford to offer 50th anniversary Mustang

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:40

Bill Ford, Ford Motor Company's executive chairman, stands with the all-new 2015 Mustang convertible as it's introduced on the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building during the New York International Auto Show, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — Ford is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mustang with a limited-edition model and a display atop the Empire State Building.


California considers protecting rare gray wolf

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:36
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A state board will consider granting the gray wolf endangered species status on Wednesday, giving it a chance at returning to California in significant numbers after a decades-long hiatus.

Judge stays most of Ohio gay marriage ruling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:35

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) — A federal judge has put on hold the majority of what attorneys have called a "momentous" change to Ohio's gay marriage law.


Cargo ship grounded in windy Chesapeake Bay

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:32

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) — An evening thunderstorm with wind gusts of more than 70 mph caused a cargo ship to run aground, coming to rest just a few hundred feet from the beach and drawing plenty of onlookers from nearby condos and apartments Wednesday morning.


Man charged with marathon hoax due in court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:09

Boston Marathon's finish line on TuesdayBOSTON (AP) — A man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the bombings has a mental disorder, his mother told The Associated Press on Wednesday.