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Helicopter crashes on roof of New Mexico hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 14:23
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A medical helicopter crashed while taking off from the roof of New Mexico's only top-level trauma center Wednesday evening, but the three crew members aboard didn't appear to be seriously injured.

Defendant in shoe stabbing case may testify

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 14:04

Ana Trujillo reacts after being found guilty of killing her boyfriend, after the jury deliberated less than two hours, on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 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. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer)HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston woman convicted of murder for stabbing her boyfriend to death with the stiletto heel of her shoe may testify during the sentencing phase of her trial.

Militant Islamic cleric faces U.S. trial on terrorism charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:10

File photograph shows Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri leading prayers outside the North London Central Mosque, in north LondonBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors will aim for a second high-profile terrorism conviction in weeks when a one-eyed, handless Islamic cleric known for fiery speeches goes on trial on Monday on charges that he provided support for al Qaeda in Afghanistan. The government has also accused Abu Hamza al-Masri of conspiring in a 1998 kidnapping of tourists in Yemen that resulted in the deaths of three Britons and an Australian, and trying to set up a training camp in Oregon. The trial, which is expected to last about a month, comes less than three weeks after a jury in the same New York courthouse convicted Suleiman Abu Ghaith, one of Osama bin Laden's sons-in-law, of terrorism-related charges. The Abu Ghaith verdict prompted a visit by Attorney General Eric Holder to New York, where he told reporters the case should help end the debate over whether militants should be tried as criminal defendants in civilian court or as combatants in military tribunals.

UN may approve force for Central African Republic

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:09

A woman walks past a truck waiting to leave for Chad loaded with goods belonging to Muslim residents of the PK5 district of Bangui, Central African Republic, Wednesday April 9, 2014. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Wednesday urged more support for existing African and French troops in Central African Republic on the eve of a U.N. vote to create a peacekeeping mission. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France is predicting that the U.N. Security Council will vote unanimously Thursday to authorize a nearly 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force for Central African Republic, which has been torn by mounting violence between Christians and Muslims.

Gay marriage's win streak tested in higher court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:01

Plaintiff Kate Call addresses at crowd gathered at the Utah Unites for Marriage "send-off" event Monday, April 7, 2014, in Salt Lake City. On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, a three-judge panel in Denver will become the first federal appeals court to hear arguments regarding state same-sex marriage bans since the Supreme Court ruling in June that overturned part of a federal ban on gay marriage. A series of pro-gay marriage rulings in the previous nine months by federal judges has emboldened backers of gay marriage and spurred predictions that it’s only a matter of time before gay and lesbian couples will be able to legally marry across the United States. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)DENVER (AP) — The gay rights movement's winning streak in same-sex marriage lawsuits faces its biggest test yet in Denver where a federal appeals court will weigh whether to give an important victory to gay couples' right to marry or halt their momentum.

More 'pings' raise hopes Flight 370 will be found

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:00

In this April 9, 2014 photo provided by the Australian Defense Force, a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion flies past Australian Defense vessel Ocean Shield on a mission to drop sonar buoys to assist in the acoustic search of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The ship searching for the missing Malaysian jet has detected two more underwater signals that may be emanating from the aircraft's black boxes, and the Australian official in charge of the search expressed hope Wednesday that the plane's wreckage will soon be found. (AP Photo/Australian Defense Force, LSIS Bradley Darvill) EDITORIAL USE ONLYPERTH, Australia (AP) — Planes and ships hunting for the missing Malaysian jetliner zeroed in on a targeted patch of the Indian Ocean on Thursday, after a navy ship picked up underwater signals that are consistent with a plane's black box.

Ex-professor charged with lying about diploma

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:59
NORTH SCITUATE, R.I. (AP) — A former University of Rhode Island professor is charged with forging his doctorate diploma to get a consulting deal then lying under oath about his credentials.

Russia omitted details on Boston Marathon bombing suspect: NYT

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:41

Runners continue to run towards the finish line as an explosion erupts at the finish line of the Boston MarathonRussia declined several FBI requests for more information on Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev two years before the deadly 2013 attack, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing an unpublished U.S. government review. "They found that the Russians did not provide all the information that they had on him back then, and based on everything that was available, the FBI did all that it could," a senior U.S. official familiar with the review said, according to the paper. The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Two Chechen brothers, Tamerlan and his younger brother Dzhokhar, are suspected of planting pressure-cooker bombs near the race's finish line last April 15 in an attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260.

1 child dead, 14 hurt in Florida day care crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:41

A Florida state trooper, center, escorts a group of parents to a day care center to pick up their children after a vehicle crashed into the center, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Winter Park, Fla. At least 15 people were injured, including children. (AP Photo/John Raoux)WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — A car smashed into an Orlando-area day care Wednesday, killing a girl and injuring 14 others, at least a dozen of them children, and authorities were searching for the driver of an SUV who they say started the crash, officials said.

California man confesses to 40 killings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:39

This undated photo provided by the Tulare County, Calif., District Attorney shows Jose Manuel Martinez. Prosecutors are calling this Central California man a contract killer and have charged him with murdering nine people in three counties. Tulare County Assistant District Attorney Anthony Fultz said Tuesday, April 8, 2014, that Martinez, 51, carried out a killing spree between 1980 and 2011, targeting victims in Tulare, Kern and Santa Barbara counties. Martinez is now being held in Alabama, awaiting trial in a 2013 killing, and Fultz said officials in Florida also want him on suspicion of committing two murders there in 2006. (AP Photo/Tulare County District Attorney)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A suspected contract killer charged in Central California with killing nine people confessed to investigators that he carried out up to 40 slayings in a career spanning decades, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

California city declares Sriracha maker a nuisance

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:37

FILE - In this Oct 29, 2013 file photo, Sriracha chili sauce is produced at the Huy Fong Foods factory in Irwindale, Calif. The Irwindale City Council scheduled a public hearing and a vote Wednesday Feb. 26, 2014, on whether to declare the Sriracha plant a public nuisance — a declaration that at some point could lead to a shutdown order. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)IRWINDALE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California city has declared the factory that produces the popular Sriracha hot sauce a public nuisance.

Search for missing Minnesota hikers called off

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:01
IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Rescue teams Wednesday evening called off their search for a father and son from Minnesota who went missing last week in the snowy Colorado mountains.

Rescued sailboat family returns safely to California aboard Navy ship

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:59

Eric and Charlotte Kaufman and their two daughters, 3-year-old Cora and 1-year-old Lyra, disembark the USS Vandegrift in San DiegoBy Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A family of four rescued from their sailboat after their infant daughter became seriously ill at sea returned safely to San Diego on Wednesday aboard a U.S. warship that picked them up in the Pacific over the weekend, a Navy spokeswoman said. The parents, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman, and their two daughters, 3-year-old Cora and 1-year-old Lyra, left the Navy frigate Vandegrift after the ship arrived in port around 10 a.m. local time and were taken to see their family doctor, according to Lieutenant Lenaya Rotklein of the Third Fleet. Rotklein declined to give any further information about the arrival of the Kaufmans at Naval Air Station North Island on San Diego Bay except to say all four family members were "stable when they departed" and were met at the port by relatives. The Kaufmans, whose boat was their home but are from San Diego, did not speak to reporters on their arrival.

Judge rebukes DA's office in Pa. officer deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:53
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pennsylvania's chief justice says prosecutors offered potentially inflammatory evidence against a man sentenced to die for killing three Pittsburgh police officers and should have been reined in by the judge overseeing the case.

What you need to know about the Heartbleed bug

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:43
NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other personal information may be at risk as a result of a major breakdown in Internet security revealed earlier this week.

Sailors recall rough seas during rescue of family

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:32

This photo provided by the U.S. Navy shows the Kaufman family disembarking from the USS Vandegrift on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, following their rescue at sea on April 6. Six days after the family of four found themselves helpless and adrift in a sailboat far into the Pacific with a vomiting and feverish 1-year-old aboard, a Navy warship delivered them safely to shore, where they had begun their attempted around-the world voyage before the child was born. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Six days after a family of four found themselves helpless and adrift in a sailboat far into the Pacific with a vomiting, feverish 1-year-old, a Navy warship delivered them safely Wednesday to San Diego, where they began their attempted around-the world voyage before the child was born.

Panera CEO looks to fix 'mosh pit' ordering system

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:18

FILE - In this May, 2002 file photo Panera Bread Co. CEO Ron Shaich stands behind a counter at a location in St. Louis. The chain is planning to overhaul its "mosh pit" ordering system at its roughly 1,500 locations nationwide in a project called Panera 2.0. It’s a push that entails letting customers order online or with their mobile devices to have their food ready to go at a certain time. In restaurants, they’ll be able to place their orders at kiosks. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Panera CEO Ron Shaich realizes that ordering at his chain can be chaotic.

Scientists try 3-D printer to build human heart

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:10

In this March 6, 2014 photo, a 3-D printer was used to construct these tiny two-ventricle cylinders at the University of Louisville, in Louisville, Ky. Researchers are working on a project to build a human heart using a 3-D printer and human cells. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3-D printer.

Detroit deal with insurers could set stage for more compromises

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 09:52

Detroit's emergency manager Kevyn Orr gestures as he speaks during an interview with Thomson Reuters in New YorkBy Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Detroit on Wednesday struck a deal with a core group of creditors that dramatically cuts the losses they would suffer in the city's landmark bankruptcy case, a breakthrough that could pave the way for settlements with other holdout creditors. Additionally, Detroit might no longer try to classify nearly $400 million of voter-approved general obligation bonds as unsecured, a threat that had been a chilling prospect for municipal bond investors who have long viewed so-called GO debt as that market's safest investments. Their final status is still under discussion, but the settlement assures they will receive a superior payout than other unsecured creditors. Terms of the settlement, announced by U.S. Bankruptcy Court mediators in a case brought by the bonds' insurers, mean that bondholders will receive $287.5 million of $388 million they are owed from a dedicated stream of tax revenue backing the debt, known as unlimited tax general obligation bonds.

Hall of Famer: Gay athletes face old questions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 09:52

 Leveling the Playing Field" panel during the Civil Rights Summit on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Russell discussed using his platform in basketball to raise awareness for civil rights. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell said Wednesday that gay athletes' current fight for equality and acceptance reminds him of some of the same struggles black athletes faced in the 1960s.