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Rocket leak delays space station delivery launch

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:47

In this image made available from a video by NASA TV shows the SpaceX Falcon rocket on the launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Monday, April 14, 2014. The unmanned SpaceX rocket carries the Dragon capsule, which is full of supplies and is expected to dock with the International Space Station later this week. (AP Photo/NASA TV)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space station cargo ship will remain Earthbound for a while longer because of a rocket leak.


The New York Times sweeps photography Pulitzers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:45
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times' assistant managing editor for photography says the paper's sweep of the photo categories in this year's Pulitzer Prizes shows "the breadth and scope" of their work.

Chief: Suspects wore GPS devices during killings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:39

This combination of undated photos from the Megan's Law website shows suspects, Stephen 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)ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A police chief in California says two parolees charged with killing four women were wearing GPS trackers at the time of the murders — and there may be more victims.


Pulitzer for NSA coverage echoes tradition in news

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:30

After the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service was awarded to The Washington Post, reporters and editors gather in the newsroom in Washington Monday, April 14, 2014, as contributing writer Barton Gellman describes the effort that went into a series of stories on the government’s massive surveillance program based on information leaked by National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden. The disclosures showed that the NSA has collected information about millions of Americans’ phone calls and emails based on its classified interpretations of laws passed after the 2001 terrorist attacks. The Pulitzer Prizes, journalism’s highest honor, are given out each year by Columbia University on the recommendation of a board of journalists and others. This is Gellman’s third Pulitzer honor. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Coverage of the National Security Agency's sweeping surveillance program that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday follows a tradition of bucking the U.S. government on matters of secret intelligence.


Phoenix Fire Department loses keys for businesses

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:29
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Fire Department said Monday it can't account for hundreds of keys for lock boxes that allow firefighters responding to fires or alarms to enter thousands of businesses and apartment complexes when they are closed.

California police chief says sex offenders wore GPS tracking devices during serial killings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:26
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — California police chief says sex offenders wore GPS tracking devices during serial killings.

California police chief says sex offenders wore GPS tracking devices during serial killings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:26
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — California police chief says sex offenders wore GPS tracking devices during serial killings.

Whitefish shortage causing Passover meal problems

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:22

 Passover. The shortfall is yet another ripple effect of the bitterly cold winter that caused vast sections of the Great Lakes to freeze over. Dean said his latest shipment of Whitefish amounted to just 75 pounds although he requested 500. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A shortage of whitefish in the Great Lakes region resulting partly from the winter deep freeze is coming at an inconvenient time for Jewish families: the Passover holiday, when demand is high because it's a key ingredient in a traditional recipe.


Netflix's Comcast deal improves quality of video

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:58
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix's videos are streaming through Comcast's Internet service at their highest speeds in 17 months, thanks to a recent deal that bought Netflix a more direct connection to Comcast's network.

Ex-Ku Klux Klan leader charged in Kansas Jewish center killings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:56

Frazier Glenn Cross is led to a police car after his arrest following shooting incidents in Overland Park, south of Kansas CityBy Carey Gillam OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) - The suspect in the Passover Eve killings of three people at two Jewish community centers near Kansas City is a former Ku Klux Klan leader with a history of spewing vitriol against Jews, law enforcement officials said on Monday. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, faces local and federal prosecution on hate crime charges after his arrest on Sunday for a shooting spree that killed a teenager and his grandfather outside a Jewish community center, and a woman visiting her mother at a nearby Jewish retirement home. Both facilities are in Overland Park, Kansas, an upscale suburb outside Kansas City, Missouri.


Disgraced former city manager gets prison

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:51

Former Bell city manager Robert Rizzo, listens to questions from the media, as he leaves the Edward R. Roybal Federal building and United States courthouse Monday, April 14, 2014. Rizzo was sentenced to 33 months in prison for income tax evasion on Monday. On Wednesday Rizzo faces sentencing in state court on 69 counts of fraud, misappropriation of public funds and other charges for his role in the Bell scandal. He pleaded no contest in that case in October. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The disgraced former city manager who became the face of a multimillion dollar corruption scandal in the small Los Angeles suburb of Bell was sentenced in federal court Monday to 33 months in prison for income tax evasion.


Woman qualifies for execution in hammer killing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:49
PHOENIX (AP) — Jurors decided Monday that an Arizona woman convicted of killing her husband with a hammer qualifies for the death penalty because she carried out the killing in a cruel way.

7-year-old girl accidentally shot, killed at party

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:48
GASTON, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a 7-year-old girl was killed at a birthday party in South Carolina after a 5-year-old boy accidentally fired a gun that he thought was a toy.

7-year-old girl accidentally shot, killed at party

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:48
GASTON, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a 7-year-old girl was killed at a birthday party in South Carolina after a 5-year-old boy accidentally fired a gun that he thought was a toy.

Minnesota joins states raising minimum wage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:35

The crowd cheers after Governor Mark Dayton signed the minimum wage bill into law at a public bill signing ceremony Monday, April 14, 2014 at the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda in St. Paul. Minnesota goes from having one of the nation's lowest minimums to among the highest. With federal wage legislation stuck in Congress, states are rushing to fill the void. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Glen Stubbe) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUTST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Tens of thousands of Minnesota workers have big raises coming their way, courtesy of a new minimum wage law that Gov. Mark Dayton signed Monday, which will take the state from one of the nation's lowest rates to among the highest.


Jury selected for U.S. trial of one-eyed, handless Islamic cleric

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:16

Abu Hamza al-MasriBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Eight men and four women will decide the fate of Egyptian-born radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri at his trial on charges of assisting in a 1998 kidnapping in Yemen and plotting to establish a training camp for militants in the United States. The 55-year-old imam, who is using his birth name, Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, during the trial in federal court in New York, faces life in prison if convicted of the most serious charges against him. He was extradited from Britain in 2012 after spending several years in jail on charges of inciting his followers to kill non-believers. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest and lawyers for both the government and Abu Hamza settled on a jury of 12 and four alternates after several hours of questions intended to expose potential bias.


Kansas shooting suspect had no record of violence

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:08

In this Sunday, April 13, 2014 image from video provided by KCTV-5, Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, is escorted by police in an elementary school parking lot in Overland Park, Kan. Cross, 73, accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City, is a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. (AP Photo/KCTV-5) MANDATORY CREDITOVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Never one to keep his hatred to himself, Frazier Glenn Cross for decades sought out any soapbox to espouse his white-supremacist beliefs, twice running for federal office with campaigns steeped in anti-Semitism.


Social Security halts effort to collect old debts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:07

FILE - In this May 31, 2013, file photo, acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin, center, accompanied by Acting Labor Secretary Seth D. Harris, left, and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, speaks during a news conference about Social Security and Medicare in Washington. The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. Colvin said Monday, April 14, 2014, she has directed an immediate halt to the program while the agency does a review. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago.


Snowden says Pulitzer Prize is a 'vindication'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:02
NEW YORK (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says giving the Pulitzer Prize in public service to those who reported on the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance efforts is "vindication."

2 sex offenders charged with 4 rapes, murders

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:01

A portrait of murder victim Martha Anaya, left, is displayed on a table as her mother Herlinda Salcedo cries Sunday April 13, 2014, while looking at a computer that she used to try and find her in Santa Ana. Anaya, a sex worker, is alleged to have been slain by a pair of serial killers. Anaya's family was heavily using social media in their efforts to discover her fate. (AP Photo/Orange County Register, Eugene Garcia)ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Two registered sex offenders who have known each other since at least 2012 have been charged with raping and killing four Southern California women since last year.