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NTSB: Captain's error led to 2013 NYC ferry crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 01:01
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal investigators say a captain's error led to a ferry crash that injured 80 people last year in Lower Manhattan.

Wis. sheriff: Fingerprints tie Ill. man to slaying

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:56
RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin authorities have arrested a 36-year-old Illinois man whose fingerprints match those on a bag used to suffocate a teenage runaway 17 years ago.

After scandal, poker tourney gets high-tech chips

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:54
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A cheating scandal at a casino poker tournament has led to new security measures, including chips that are more intricate, have more colors and include an authentication element that can be checked under ultraviolet light.

EU court ruling boost privacy rights of citizens

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:40
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top court on Tuesday dealt a blow to law-enforcement agencies' spying on phone and internet records, saying the lives of citizens should not be "the subject of constant surveillance."

Obama to visit mudslide-site Oso on April 22

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:23

Rescuers watch carefully as an excavator combs through the large debris pile left by a mudslide in OsoPresident Barack Obama will visit the Washington state town struck by a deadly mudslide to meet families affected by the disaster and view the devastation, the White House said on Tuesday. Obama will stop in Oso, Washington, on April 22, before starting out on a week-long trip to Asia. Obama will "view the devastation from the recent mudslide and meet with the families affected by this disaster, as well as first responders and recovery workers," the White House said.


Suspect in police station shooting is critical

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:16
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A gunman who opened fire inside a Los Angeles police station, hitting one officer several times, was hospitalized early Tuesday in critical condition after he was wounded in the ensuing gunbattle, authorities said.

At-home mothers on the rise, new research shows

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:13
NEW YORK (AP) — More women are staying at home full-time to raise their children, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Tuesday.

Giraffe in surgery for terminal defect in Oklahoma

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:02

Six-month-old Kyah, a giraffe at the Oklahoma City Zoo, stands next to her mother, Ellie, at the zoo in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 4, 2014. Kyah will undergo surgery at Oklahoma State University to repair a vessel in her heart that has wrapped around her esophagus, making it difficult for her to eat solid foods, at a time when her mother is trying to wean her. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City Zoo officials say a 6-month-old female giraffe with a potentially terminal heart defect is headed into surgery.


Rhode Island to improve jobs for mentally disabled

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:00
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Residents with mental disabilities would no longer be forced to work long hours doing manual labor for little money and instead would be given the chance at regular employment that pays at least the minimum wage under a settlement announced Tuesday.

Suspect arraigned in Detroit mob beating of driver

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:59

Cars enter local business at the scene of an attack on Wednesday at the street corners of Morang and Balfour on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Detroit. A suburban Detroit man was in critical condition Thursday with severe head injuries after a neighborhood mob beat and kicked him when he stopped to check on a 10-year-old boy who stepped from a curb into the path of his pickup. The 54-year-old man, whose name was not released, was being treated at a Detroit hospital as police scoured the east side neighborhood where he was attacked Wednesday afternoon. The boy, David Harris, was expected to recover from his injuries, according to Desmond Key, who said he was the 10-year-old's uncle. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — A 17-year-old has been arraigned and two other men are charged in the beating of a suburban motorist who accidentally struck a 10-year-old Detroit boy with his pickup truck.


Closing arguments set in Texas shoe stabbing case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:44
HOUSTON (AP) — Closing arguments will soon begin in the trial of a Houston woman accused of stabbing to death her boyfriend with the 5½-inch stiletto heel of her shoe.

Guantanamo panel weighs transfer of suspected al Qaeda fighter

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:39

The Northeast gate marks the end of U.S. soil as the road leads into Cuba at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval BaseBy Ian Simpson ARLINGTON, Virginia (Reuters) - A suspected al Qaeda fighter held at Guantanamo Bay U.S. military prison could return to extremism if freed, a Pentagon assessment said at a parole-style hearing on Tuesday, but the man's defenders contended he was no threat to the United States. Ghaleb Nassar al-Bihani, a 34- or 35-year-old Yemeni, is suspected of having fought in Afghanistan for the al Qaeda extremist group, according to a U.S. Defense Department prisoner profile. A Defense Department profile read at the televised hearing of the Periodic Review Board contended that one of al-Bihani's brothers was a member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and six brothers had fought in Afghanistan. His family has close ties to high-ranking al Qaeda members "and almost certainly would induce YM-128 to reengage in extremist activities if he were repatriated to Yemen," the profile said, using al-Bihani's inmate number.


Death toll in Washington state mudslide rises to 34

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:34
(Reuters) - The death toll in a mudslide that devastated a rural Washington state community last month rose to 34 on Tuesday as one more body was extricated from the rubble, the Snohomish County medical examiner said. A rain-soaked hillside collapsed without warning above the north fork of the Stillaguamish River on March 22, unleashing a torrent of mud that engulfed some three dozen homes on the outskirts of the tiny community of Oso. Of the 34 people confirmed dead, 30 have been identified, the Snohomish County medical examiner's office said in a statement. At least half of the missing lived on Steelhead Drive, which the mudslide hit, according to the county.

U.S. contractor jailed in Cuba goes on hunger strike

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:23

Demonstrators gather during a rally for U.S. detainee Gross in WashingtonBy Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - The U.S. contractor sentenced to a 15-year prison term in Cuba for attempting to establish an illegal Internet service has gone on a hunger strike to protest his treatment by the Cuban and U.S. governments, his lawyer said on Tuesday. The lawyer also criticized the United States for putting Alan Gross's life in further jeopardy by launching a secretive "Cuban Twitter" after his arrest in 2009. Gross, 64, was a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) when he was arrested on his fifth trip to Cuba in an attempt to establish an online network for Jews in Havana. Those relations suffered another setback last week with the revelation that USAID had established a social network in Cuba that Havana saw as an attempt to subvert the communist government.


Officer in station shooting was not wearing vest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:01
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say an officer shot several times by a man who opened fire inside a Los Angeles police station was not wearing a bulletproof vest, as they previously had reported.

Washington mudslide total rises to 34

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:49
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The death toll from the landslide that hit the Washington community of Oso has risen to 34, with the addition of one more person to the number of victims.

Al Sharpton: Report of his FBI cooperation not new

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:44
NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton says a report that he spied on New York Mafia figures for the FBI in the 1980s is old news.

More U.S. moms are staying at home with kids: study

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:43
More American mothers are staying at home with their children, a trend driven in part by rising immigration and women unable to find jobs, a Pew analysis released on Tuesday showed. The category of stay-at-home mothers with children under 18 includes women who are at home to care for their families and mothers who cannot find work, are disabled or in school, the Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data said. About two-thirds of stay-at-home mothers are married with working husbands, down from 85 percent in 1970 as U.S. marriage rates have fallen and the number of single mothers has risen, the analysis said. The figure has fallen from 41 percent in 1970 as more mothers went to work and the number of single mothers went up, the analysis said Six percent of stay-at-home mothers said they were home with their children because they could not find a job, up from 1 percent in 2000.

NYC police: Teen set mattress fire out of boredom

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:41
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a New York City teenager told detectives that boredom led him to set fire to a mattress in the hallway of his apartment building, which critically injured two officers.

US jury hits Takeda, Eli Lilly with $9B penalty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:35
TOKYO (AP) — A U.S. jury ordered Japanese drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and its U.S. counterpart, Eli Lilly and Co., to pay $9 billion in punitive damages over a diabetes medicine linked to cancer. The drug companies said Tuesday they will "vigorously challenge" the decision.