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US warns Russia of tougher sanctions over Ukraine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:36

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during a news conference during the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings at IMF headquarters in Washington, Thursday, April 10, 2014. Lagarde said the global economy is finally turning the corner after a deep recession but the recovery remains too weak. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told his Russian counterpart on Thursday that Russia could face tougher economic sanctions because of its actions in Ukraine.

Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:33
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Driver in deadly Fla. day care crash in custody

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:30

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 manhunt across Florida ended Thursday with the surrender of a driver blamed in a deadly crash at a day care that injured 14 and killed a 4-year-old girl who was sitting in a classroom awaiting her afternoon snack.

California city turns up heat on Sriracha maker

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:24

FILE - In the Oct. 29, 2013 file photo, Sriracha chili sauce is produced at the Huy Fong Foods factory in Irwindale, Calif. The Irwindale City Council declared Wednesday, April 9, 2014, that the factory that produces the popular Sriracha hot sauce is a public nuisance. The action on Wednesday gives the factory 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors that prompted complaints from some residents last fall. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A small Southern California town has turned up the heat on the makers of the wildly popular Sriracha hot sauce, telling them that if they can't keep their bottling plant from smelling up the neighborhood, the city will.

Hillary Clinton dodges shoe during Las Vegas speech

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:19

Former U.S. Secretary of State Clinton looks towards the audience during her speech to members of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries in Las VegasA woman threw a shoe at Hillary Clinton on Thursday as the former secretary of state was delivering a speech at a Las Vegas hotel, but Clinton dodged it and continued with her remarks, a U.S. Secret Service spokesman said. Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie said the shoe-thrower was not a ticketed guest for Clinton's speech at the Mandalay Bay hotel and had been spotted by Secret Service agents and hotel security guards before the incident.

Boston bombing report cites information lapses among U.S. agencies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:10
By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Information that may have intensified U.S. scrutiny of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev fell through the cracks in communications among U.S. law enforcement agencies and between the United States and Russia, according to a U.S. report released on Thursday. The report, conducted by inspectors general of various U.S. intelligence agencies, found that the United States was alerted by Russia in 2011 that Tsarnaev might pose a threat. But the case was later closed because the FBI found no link between Tsarnaev and terrorism. Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, two Chechen brothers who lived in the Boston area, 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.

More than 100 get virus on California cruise

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:01
SAN DIEGO (AP) — More than 100 passengers have contracted the highly contagious norovirus on a ship that is touring the California coast. But the cruise line said Thursday it has no plans to end the voyage early.

Dad: Son overcame physical hurdles to join Marines

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:00
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Marine shot this week at Camp Lejeune, N.C., had to overcome physical hurdles to join his twin brother and another sibling in the Marine Corps.

Mass. ACLU sues for documents about terrorism unit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:51
BOSTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts filed a lawsuit Thursday against the FBI and the U.S. Attorney in Boston for failing to provide documents about a joint terrorism unit involved in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation including a Florida man allegedly linked to one of the bombers.

$4 billion: Bogus tax refunds a growing problem

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:51

FILE - This March 22, 2013 file photo shows the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington. An Internet connection, a tax return form and a stolen identity are enough to fuel a multi-billion-dollar criminal enterprise that has proven too pervasive to stop. Thanks in part to technological simplicity and controls that struggle to keep pace with the crime, thieves are pocketing billions of dollars in stolen federal tax refunds. Over the last year, the IRS paid out $4 billion in bogus tax refunds to fraudsters using someone else’s personal information. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax refunds. And the scam is proving too pervasive to stop.

SUV driver in deadly Florida day care crash arrested, charged with leaving accident scene

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:51
WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — SUV driver in deadly Florida day care crash arrested, charged with leaving accident scene.

Report: Russia withheld intel before Boston attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:43

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, asks a questions on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, during the committee's hearing about the Boston Marathon Bombings leading up to the year anniversary of the attack. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — A yearlong review of information the U.S. intelligence community had prior to the Boston Marathon bombing found that the investigation could have been more thorough, but the intelligence agencies' inspectors general said it is impossible to know whether anything could have been done differently to prevent the attack.

Feds: 'Excessive force' used by Albuquerque police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:31

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry speaks to reporters Thursday April 10, 2014, after the U.S. Justice Department released a report in response to a series of deadly Albuquerque police shootings. The report pointed to patterns of excessive force by the Albuquerque Police Department, serious constitutional violations and a lack of training and oversight of its officers. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A scathing report by the U.S. Justice Department released Thursday revealed a troubling pattern of excessive force by the Albuquerque Police Department and recommended that New Mexico's largest city become the latest municipality to adopt reforms aimed at cleaning up its police force.

Ex-city official gets nearly 12 years in scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:30

Former Bell assistant city administrator Angela Spaccia appears in court on Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Los Angeles. Spaccia was sentenced Thursday to nearly 12 years in prison for bilking the Bell's city coffers of thousands of dollars through an exorbitant salary and a pair of six-figure loans of taxpayer money. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Mark Boster, Pool)LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the architects of a massive corruption scandal that nearly bankrupted the modest Los Angeles suburb of Bell was sentenced Thursday to nearly 12 years in prison by a judge who called her a con artist.

Organizers back out of Evel Knievel festival

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:28

FILE - In this July 28, 2006 file photo, daredevil Evel Knievel and his son and fellow daredevil Robbie embrace at the top of the landing ramp prior to Robbie's successful 180-ft jump during the fifth annual Evel Knievel Days in Butte, Mont. A struggle for control over the festival, that draws thousands of stuntmen, wannabes and fans paying homage to Evel Knievel in his Montana hometown, has led organizers to turn over the event to the famous daredevil’s family. Chad Harrington, executive director of Evel Knievel Week Inc., said the group decided Tuesday, April 8, 2014 to cut ties with the Evel Knievel Days event. (AP Photo/The Montana Standard, Walter Hinick, File)BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A struggle for control over a festival that draws thousands of stuntmen, wannabes and fans paying homage to Evel Knievel in his Montana hometown has led organizers to turn over the event to the famous daredevil's family.

Who else was worthy of 'Late Show' prize?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:26

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, Ellen DeGeneres accepts the award for favorite daytime TV host at the 40th annual People's Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, in Los Angeles. CBS announced Thursday, April 10, 2014, that Stephen Colbert will succeed David Letterman as "Late Show" host, but there were other performers who could have been contenders, including DeGeneres, Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Louis C.K., Neil and Patrick Harris. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Congratulations, Stephen Colbert, on winning CBS' "Late Show" gig. You're brilliantly funny, you've proven yourself in the Comedy Central farm leagues, and odds are you will be a worthy successor to David Letterman.

Dozens evacuated in Wyoming town as ground slips

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:25
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Local officials and dozens of evacuees kept anxious watch Thursday on a slowly sliding hillside that threatened to take out several homes and businesses in this resort town.

Court: Flood victim families right in law reading

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:20
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court sided Thursday with relatives of the 20 people killed in flash floods at the Albert Pike campground in 2010, agreeing with their interpretation of a state law the federal government is trying to use to strike down lawsuits over the deaths.

Pennsylvania officials seek motive for school stabbing rampage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:12
By Elizabeth Daley MURRYSVILLE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Pennsylvania officials sought a motive on Thursday for what may have driven a 16-year-old student to turn on his classmates with two kitchen knives, stabbing startled victims in the stomach and back and leaving nearly two dozen wounded. Sophomore Alex Hribal was charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault after allegedly using 8-inch steel blades in a stabbing frenzy through the hallways of Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville near Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Three teenage boys remained hospitalized in critical condition with stab wounds, while other survivors and witnesses struggled on Thursday to find an explanation for the attack.

Suspect surrenders in deadly Florida day care center car crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:11

Robert Corchado seen in a booking photo from the Orange County Jail in Orlando, FloridaBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida man suspected of involvement in a hit-and-run car crash that killed a 4-year-old girl and injured 14 people at an Orlando-area day care center surrendered to authorities on Thursday, police said. Robert Corchado, 28, turned himself in at the Orange County Jail, said Cindy Williams, a spokeswoman for the Florida Highway Patrol. The second car, a Toyota Solara, jumped the curb before going through the parking lot and into the front of the KinderCare day care center, striking several children and stopping at the back of the building.