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Marines from Kansas, Arizona were on Nepal helicopter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 06:17

A Nepalese army chopper, that spotted the suspected wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter, lands at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, May 15, 2015. Nepalese rescuers on Friday found three bodies near the wreckage of the chopper that was carrying six Marines and two Nepalese army soldiers. The U.S. Marines said they were sending their own rescue team to assess the wreckage and determine if it was the missing helicopter, the UH-1 "Huey." (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)PHOENIX (AP) — The people aboard a Marine helicopter that crashed in earthquake-ravaged Nepal included a military videographer from Arizona and a pilot from Kansas who was flying disaster relief supplies.


Death of Florida man after police used Taser deemed homicide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 06:13
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - The death of an unarmed black man who died two days after South Florida police officers shocked him with a Taser device has been ruled a homicide, according to the local medical examiner. Calvon Reid, 39, died in February following a late-night incident in which he displayed threatening and violent behavior outside his Fort Lauderdale-area apartment complex, according to police. Jarrett Blakeley, a lawyer for Reid’s family, blamed the death on use of excessive force by police. "He was tased by at least three different Taser devices by three different police officers including twice in the chest,” Blakeley said.

Police: Michigan man accused of waterboarding 5-year-old boy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:57
MOUNT MORRIS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man is facing child abuse charges after authorities say he restrained his girlfriend's 5-year-old son with belts, leaned him back over a footstool and poured water down his underwear-covered face.

Death penalty repeal bill advances in Nebraska legislature

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:56
Nebraska lawmakers moved legislation to repeal the state's death penalty one step from final approval on Friday, one day after the governor, a death penalty supporter, said the state was acquiring more drugs to carry out lethal injections. Nebraska's single-chamber Legislature voted 30-16 to move the bill to a vote on final passage that would send it to the governor. It would substitute life without parole for the death penalty. The legislation has bipartisan support and backers appear to have the 30 votes needed to overcome a veto from Republican Governor Pete Ricketts.

Hung jury ends 3rd trial of NY man accused of killing wife

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:55

FILE - In this Wednesday July 15, 2009 file photo, defendant Calvin Harris heads to Tioga County Court in Owego, N.Y. On Friday, May 15, 2015 a judge declared a mistrial in the murder case against Harris with two previous convictions for killing his estranged wife, Michele, in the hours after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (Jeff Richards/The Star-Gazette via AP, Pool)SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — A judge declared a mistrial Friday in the murder case against a man with two previous convictions for killing his estranged wife in the hours after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.


The Latest on Amtrak crash: Was train hit by an object?

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:48
5:45 p.m. The National Transportation Safety Board says it's examining damage on the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia to see if it was hit by an object. The NTSB says an assistant conductor in ...

LA police warn about Disneyland ticket scam

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:43
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police are warning people about a crook who sells phony tickets to Disneyland.

25 applied for fired Ohio State band director's position

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:41
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Twenty-five people applied to direct Ohio State University's celebrated marching band after the firing of its last director, according to records released Friday.

4 charged with shipping guns to Lebanon to remain in custody

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:41

This combo of booking photos released by Linn County Sheriff's Office in Cedar Rapids. Iowa, shows four relatives, from left, Adam Herz, Ali Herz, Bassem Herz and Al Sarah Zeaiter, who are charged in Iowa on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, with conspiring to smuggle guns and ammunition to Lebanon that were hidden with equipment exports and supplies for Syrian refugees. Federal agents intercepted cargo containers in March and again last week that were bound for Beirut carrying a total of 152 firearms and 16,000 rounds of ammunition, according to a criminal complaint. The complaint says the four came under suspicion as they stockpiled more than $100,000 worth of guns and ammunition legally purchased from dealers in eastern Iowa over the last 17 months. (Linn County Sheriff's Office via AP)CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Four relatives charged with stockpiling weapons in Iowa to ship to Lebanon were making money trafficking arms in a war-torn region and may have ties to Hezbollah, federal investigators said Friday.


Oklahoma woman charged with removing body parts from rival's corpse

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:32
An Oklahoma woman accused of slashing the face and cutting body parts off the corpse of a romantic rival was due to appear in a Tulsa court on Monday for a hearing on increasing her bail, law enforcement officials said on Friday. Shaynna Sims was charged this week with the "unlawful removal of body part from deceased" for cutting off the toe and breasts from the body of the other woman as it was awaiting cremation at a funeral home, the Tulsa District Attorney's Office said. Sims, also known as Shaynna Smith, had already been charged with crimes including interrupting a funeral, stealing shoes meant for the woman and unauthorized dissection for slashing the face of her former boyfriend's lover as it laid in a casket.

Dozens of officers search for shooter who wounded SC deputy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:31
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) — Dozens of law officers searched Friday for a masked man who police say shot and wounded a sheriff's deputy at a gas station, then hijacked a car and fled.

Wilmington woman missing since April 1st

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:30

Wilmington woman missing since April 1stThe Wilmington mother is pleading for help, trying to find her missing daughter.


Jury recommends decades in prison in Missouri HIV sex case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:20

FILE - In this Oct 10, 2013 file booking photo released by St. Charles County Department of Corrections show Michael L. Johnson, who faces felony HIV exposure charges. Jurors recommended a 30-year prison sentence Friday, May 15, 2015, for the 23-year-old man convicted of infecting another man with HIV and endangering four others with the disease while attending college in Missouri (St. Charles County Department of Corrections via AP)ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis jury recommended decades in prison Friday for a 23-year-old man convicted of infecting another man with HIV and endangering four others with the disease while attending college in Missouri.


Maine, packed with moose, didn't have so many ticks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:04
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's state animal — the moose — fared better with potentially deadly ticks this past winter than in previous years, but the herd remains imperiled by the parasites in northern New England and beyond, wildlife biologists said.

APNewsBreak: US says Gulf oil spill could last 100 years

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:02

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2004 file photo, waves crash against a sailboat lodged under a bridge in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., after Hurricane Ivan struck the gulf coast. Federal regulators believe a persistent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that began after a drilling platform was toppled during Hurricane Ivan in 2004 will continue for 100 years or more if left unchecked, according to estimates obtained by The Associated Press that provide new details about the extent of the problem. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A decade-old oil leak where an offshore platform toppled during a hurricane could continue spilling crude into the Gulf of Mexico for a century or more if left unchecked, according to government estimates obtained by The Associated Press that provide new details about the scope of the problem.


Ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries to cut jobs, salaries

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 04:53
(Reuters) - Blue Bell Creameries said it would lay off about 750 full-time and 700 part-time employees, nearly a month after the ice cream maker voluntarily recalled all its products and stopped production due to bacterial contamination. The cuts will affect about 37 percent of the Brenham, Texas-based company's total workforce of 3,900, a decision Chief Executive Paul Kruse described as an "agonizing" and "incredibly tough" in a video posted on the company's website on Friday. The 108-year old company pulled its products from store shelves in April after continuing problems with the Listeria bacteria. The recall came after health officials said three people made ill by Listeria between January 2014 and January 2015 had died in a Kansas hospital where Blue Bell frozen treats were served.

Amtrak CEO: Railroad takes full responsibility for crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 04:53

 Railroad takes full responsibility for crashMeanwhile, investigators want to know why the train accelerated before it derailed.


Attorney: Detroit man killed by ICE agent was shot in back

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 04:50
DETROIT (AP) — An attorney for the family of a 20-year-old Detroit man fatally shot by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent said Friday that at least one of the bullets struck him in the back.

Minnesota State Fair and others cancel shows over bird flu

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 04:50
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — All poultry shows have been canceled at the Minnesota State Fair and all county fairs across the state this year as authorities try to stop a deadly bird flu virus, officials said Friday, while other states have already made or are considering similar moves.