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Tenn. teen hit by car, killed while changing tire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 22:52
SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) — A 13-year-old boy who was trying to change a flat tire alongside Interstate 24 in Tennessee has died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver.

Driver held without bail in deadly crash at Florida day care center

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 22:27

Robert Corchado seen in a booking photo from the Orange County Jail in Orlando, FloridaBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida man charged in a car crash that killed a 4-year-old girl at a day care center and injured 14 other people will be held without bail through the weekend after prosecutors argued he was a flight risk, a judge ordered on Friday. Robert Corchado, 28, surrendered to police late Thursday, more than 24 hours after authorities said he allegedly fled the scene of the deadly accident. Judge Jerry Brewer gave prosecutors until Monday to file a motion arguing why Corchado should be detained until trial after hearing that the Florida Highway Patrol had evidence the suspect planned to flee the country if let out of jail. The second car, a Toyota Solara, jumped the curb before going through the parking lot and into the front of the day care center, striking several children and stopping at the back of the building.


Health secretary resigns after Obamacare launch woes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 19:17

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sebelius prepares prior to testifying before the Senate Finance Committee hearing on the President's budget proposal for FY2015, on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after overseeing the botched rollout of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, a White House official said on Thursday. Her departure removes one lightning rod for critics as Obama and nervous Democrats try to retain control of the U.S. Senate in November midterm elections, but Republicans continue to see problems with the Affordable Care Act as a winning issue. I think it's just going to embolden Republicans," said David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University. The October 1 launch of new Obamacare health insurance marketplaces, which was plagued by computer problems that stymied access for millions of people, has been condemned by Republicans as a step toward socialized medicine.


Truck in deadly crash slammed into charter bus

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:54

Rescuers tend to walking wounded after a fiery crash involving several vehicles, Thursday, April 10, 2014, just north of Orland, Calif., that left at least nine dead. Authorities said it is not yet clear what caused the crash but that it involved a tour bus, a FedEx truck and a Nissan Altima. (AP Photo/The Chico Enterprise-Record, Dan Reidel)ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — A FedEx tractor-trailer crossed a grassy freeway median in Northern California and slammed into a bus carrying high school students on a visit to a college. At least nine were killed in the fiery crash, authorities said.


Cleveland Clinic exports marquee Ohio brand to Abu Dhabi

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:40

File photo of the American healthcare institution Cleveland Clinic at Al Maryah Island in Abu DhabiThe late United Arab Emirates president, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, traveled 7,000 miles to get there for his kidney transplant. For decades the Cleveland Clinic has provided healthcare to the upper echelons of Middle Eastern society who fly halfway across the world for treatment at the Ohio-based private medical center. Early next year the Cleveland Clinic plans to open an ultra-modern, 364-bed specialty hospital on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, one of the most ambitious forays into the oil-rich country by a U.S. healthcare brand. The expansion comes as the Cleveland Clinic slashes hundreds of millions of dollars off its U.S. operations to prepare for government and private-sector spending cuts under President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul.


Clever chimps at Kansas City Zoo make brief break to freedom

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:54
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY (Reuters) - Seven chimpanzees used an improvised ladder from a tree to scale a wall and briefly escape their enclosure at the Kansas City Zoo on Thursday, a zoo official said. One of the chimps apparently pulled a log or a branch and leaned it against the wall of the enclosure, giving the primates a leg-up to the top, zoo director Randy Wisthoff said. "We had a ringleader," Wisthoff said.

Australian PM confident sounds are from Flight 370

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:49

FILE - In this Thursday, April 3, 2014 file photo, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks as Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak, left, looks on during a breakfast with crew members from different countries involved in the search for wreckage and debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in Perth, Australia. Abbott said in Shanghai, China, Friday, April 11, that authorities are confident that a series of underwater signals detected in a remote patch of the Indian Ocean are coming from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, Pool, File)PERTH, Australia (AP) — Authorities are confident that a series of underwater signals detected in a remote patch of the Indian Ocean are coming from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane's black boxes, Australia's prime minister said Friday.


Nirvana, Kiss lead new class in Rock Hall of Fame

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:40

FILE - This Dec. 13, 1993 file photo shows Kurt Cobain of the Seattle band Nirvana performing in Seattle, Wash. Nirvana, which changed music and fashion in the 1990s with the punk rock-inspired grunge sound, is joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a class with Kiss, Peter Gabriel and Hall & Oates. Nirvana is being inducted in its first year of eligibility. The trio's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" hit like a thunderclap upon its 1991 release, briefly making the Pacific Northwest rock's hottest scene before the band ended abruptly with singer Kurt Cobain's suicide in 1994. (AP Photo/Robert Sorbo, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Nirvana, who set music and fashion trends with their grunge sound but whose career was cut short by leader Kurt Cobain's suicide 20 years ago, led inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday.


Slow-moving landslide prompts evacuations in Wyoming resort town

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:17
A slow-moving landslide prompted the evacuation of dozens of homes in the upscale Wyoming community of Jackson amid reports the mass was gaining speed and could dislodge a hillside neighborhood, a city manager said. More than 70 people living at the base of a hill were told to leave on Wednesday night, and a nearby Walgreens store ordered shut on Thursday, as the landslide inched down, shifting soil and other material 50 ft below ground, said Roxanne Robinson, the town's assistant manager. It's creeping now but it could slide all at once, and the disaster in Washington state shows us we have to be ready," Robinson said. Fractures first appeared last week when a city pump house next to the Walgreens shifted and a water main ruptured.

Detroit holds vigil for driver beaten by mob

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:14

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) — Several hundred people gathered at a Detroit church Thursday to pray for racial peace and for the health of a white motorist who was brutally beaten by a black mob after he stopped to help a child he accidentally struck with his pickup truck


CIA's 'harsh interrogations' exceeded legal authority: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:52

The logo of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is shown in the lobby of the CIA headquartersA classified U.S. Senate report found that the CIA's legal justification for the use of harsh interrogation techniques that critics say amount to torture was based on faulty legal reasoning, McClatchy news service reported on Thursday. The report also concluded that the CIA used interrogation methods that were not approved by its own headquarters or the U.S. Justice Department, impeded White House oversight and actively evaded oversight both by Congress and its own Inspector General. The CIA also provided false information to the U.S. Justice Department, which used that information to conclude that the methods would not break the law because those applying them did not specifically intend to inflict severe pain or suffering, the report added. "The report's findings appear to show that the CIA systematically misled Congress, the White House, and the Department of Justice about its brutal and unlawful interrogation program," said Raha Wala, senior counsel at Human Rights First in Washington.


9 killed in three-vehicle crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:14

Rescuers tend to walking wounded after a fiery crash involving several vehicles, Thursday, April 10, 2014, just north of Orland, Calif., that left at least nine dead. Authorities said it is not yet clear what caused the crash but that it involved a tour bus, a FedEx truck and a Nissan Altima. (AP Photo/The Chico Enterprise-Record, Dan Reidel)ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — Nine people were killed Thursday in a three-vehicle crash involving a bus carrying high school students on a visit to a college.


5 charged in kidnapping of NC prosecutor's father

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:02
WAKE FOREST, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man whose daughter prosecutes violent crimes was rescued by an elite FBI team after he was kidnapped and terrorized for five days in what authorities described as act of retaliation involving the Bloods street gang.

Judge restores $120 million in tobacco settlement to Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:37
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A Philadelphia judge on Thursday set aside most of an arbitration ruling that could have cost the state of Pennsylvania some $180 million from a landmark 1998 settlement with the nation's tobacco companies. The decision restores $120 million of the $180 million in payments from tobacco companies that Pennsylvania was set to lose when a September 2013 arbitration found that it and five other states failed to enforce part of an agreement that was part of the settlement. In a statement hailing the decision by Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas Judge Patricia McInerney, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said the ruling showed "what can happen when government works together for the people". "While we were not able to win the entire amount," Kane said, "we are excited for this victory and what it means for the future of important smoking cessation, medical research and health programs that depend on this money." A spokesman for the tobacco companies could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday evening.

Giffords gunman made online rants before killing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:27

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2014 file photo, former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords testifies before a Washington state House panel in Olympia, Wash. Jared Lee Loughner carried out the shooting rampage in Tucson that killed six people and wounded Giffords and 12 others on Jan. 8, 2011. Newly released law enforcement documents show how Loughner was unraveling in the month before the rampage, including issuing paranoid, expletive-filled Internet rants about killing and the government. The FBI released the documents Thursday, April 10, 2014, in response to media requests for the investigative files into the shooting. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)PHOENIX (AP) — The man who shot former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was unraveling in the months before the rampage, issuing paranoid, expletive-filled Internet rants about government conspiracies, suicide and killing police, according to new law enforcement documents released Thursday.


2 people injured in shooting near Ohio school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:24
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A teenager and a man were shot Thursday afternoon outside an elementary school close to when its students were to be dismissed.

Man who says he killed 40 won't divulge associates

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:11

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, California (AP) — A man in an Alabama jail who has confessed to killing dozens across the country did not name the drug cartels he said employed him, a detective said.


U.S. Navy looks to leverage submarine work to keep costs down

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:06

US Navy handout photo of the USS Hawaii in Subic BayBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy hopes to save money and time by leveraging industry investments as it replaces its Ohio-class nuclear-armed submarines with the Virginia-class attack submarines now built by General Dynamics Corp and Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. Navy chief weapons buyer Sean Stackley told the Senate Armed Services Committee's seapower subcommittee on Thursday that Navy officials were studying ways to drive down the cost of the new submarine, including a combined purchase that would include another batch of Virginia-class submarines. The congressional Government Accountability Office estimated last month that it would cost $95 billion to develop and build a dozen new submarines to replace the current fleet of Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines as they begin to retire in 2027.


Los Angeles County deputies shoot unarmed man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:31
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot to death a hostage who was fleeing from a knife-wielding attacker at a West Hollywood apartment, authorities announced Thursday.

Los Angeles County deputies shoot unarmed man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:31
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot to death a hostage who was fleeing from a knife-wielding attacker at a West Hollywood apartment, authorities announced Thursday.