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Man with ties to Tennessee murder found dead in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 08:22
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A man once thought to be a witness in a Tennessee nursing student's murder case has been found dead in an apparent suicide in Florida, police said Thursday.

Jury deciding punishment for Arias goes home for weekend

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 08:18

Jodi Arias looks toward family members during the sentencing phase of her retrial at Maricopa County Superior Court, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Mark Henle, Pool)PHOENIX (AP) — Jurors deciding whether convicted murderer Jodi Arias will get the death penalty or life in prison for killing her boyfriend in Arizona will resume deliberations Monday.

Asia-bound cargo ship held in Alaska harbor cleared to leave

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 08:06
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A cargo ship that has been held two weeks in Alaska amid a federal environmental crimes investigation has been cleared to leave port, a federal prosecutor said Thursday.

Medical pot proposal passes first test in conservative Utah

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:58

In this Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, photo Saratoga Springs Republican Sen. Mark Madsen appears on the Senate floor at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Madsen has unveiled a medical marijuana bill that would allow those with chronic, debilitating diseases access to use edible marijuana products. The proposal from Madsen does not allow the smoking of marijuana. Madsen's bill also sets up a system for state officials to license growers, dispensaries and other producers. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A panel of Utah lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to a proposal that would allow residents of the conservative state who have chronic and debilitating diseases to consume edible medical marijuana products.

Terror suspect says Internet chats about women, not plot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:54
NEW YORK (AP) — A Pakistani man on trial in the U.S. for planning to bomb a British shopping center testified Thursday he was exaggerating his prowess with women in online chats and emails he sent mentioning potential wedding dates and a bride, denying the communiques were coded to disguise an al-Qaida plot.

No charges for driver in California train wreck

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:44

An aerial view shows the scene of a double-decker Metrolink train derailment in Oxnard, CaliforniaBy Dana Feldman VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - A driver whose vehicle was struck by a Southern California commuter train, triggering a wreck in which 50 people were hurt, will not be charged at this time in connection with the derailment, Ventura County prosecutors said on Thursday. Prosecutors said they would await more investigative findings before making a final decision on whether to charge Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez, 54, in connection with Tuesday's crash in Oxnard, about 45 miles (72 km) northwest of Los Angeles. Sanchez-Ramirez was found walking and "in distress" over a mile from the crash site and was later taken into custody on suspicion of felony hit-and-run for leaving the scene of the accident. He had been scheduled to appear in court on Thursday but was now expected to be released after Ventura County District Attorney Gregory D. Totten's office said in a statement that "no charges will be filed at this time" against him.

Heat blamed for spray vaccine's failure against swine flu

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:43

FILE- In this Oct. 4, 2005, file photo, Danielle Holland reacts as she is given a FluMist influenza vaccination in St. Leonard, Md. The makers of AstraZeneca FluMist spray version of the flu vaccine say now they know why it has failed to protect young U.S. children against swine flu — fragile doses got too warm. The vaccine works well for most flu strains, but small studies found it didn't work very well against the swine flu bug that first emerged in 2009. Swine flu has returned each year since but wasn't a big player this flu season. At a medical meeting Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, company officials said they investigated and concluded that the swine flu part of the vaccine is unusually sensitive to heat. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner, File)ATLANTA (AP) — The makers of the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine say now they know why it has failed to protect young U.S. children against swine flu — fragile doses got too warm.

Prosecutor: Mom craved attention, poisoned child with salt

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:43

FILE - Defendant Lacey Spears brushes her hair back during the opening statements portion of her murder trial at the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains, N.Y., in this Feb. 3, 2015 file photo. Summations are scheduled Thursday Feb. 26, 2015 in the case of Lacey Spears, who is charged with murder and manslaughter in the 2014 death of 5-year-old Garnett-Paul Spears. (AP Photo/The Journal-News, Joe Larese, File, Pool)WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A woman accused of force feeding her 5-year-old son salt through a stomach tube reveled in the attention that a sickly child brought her, a prosecutor said Thursday at her trial.

Authorities in Arizona chase down two llamas on the loose

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:34
(Reuters) - Two escaped llamas led authorities in Phoenix on a long chase on Thursday as audiences nationwide were captivated by live video of their escapades filmed from television news helicopters. The llama drama began at lunchtime when a large white llama and a slightly smaller black companion were spotted roaming the northwestern suburb of Sun City. They were pursued by deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and members of the public, often skipping away from capture at the last moment and delighting viewers on social media who made #llamas a top trending hashtag on Twitter, along with several variations. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said no criminal charges would be filed.

California couple, married 67 years, die holding hands

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:34

Family photo of Floyd Hartwig and wife Violet who died hours apart while holding hands(Reuters) - A California couple, married 67 years, died hours apart while holding hands this month, their daughter said on Thursday. Floyd Hartwig, 90, and wife Violet, 89, died on Feb. 11 in their home in Easton, California, outside Fresno, their family said. The couple had known each other since they were children and married in 1947 while Floyd was on leave from the Navy, going on to settle in a ranch in Easton. "They enjoyed working side by side their entire lives," said daughter Donna Scharton.

Tracks reopen where oil train derailed in West Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:29
MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. (AP) — A rail line has reopened in southern West Virginia where an oil train derailed earlier this month.

U.S. judge rules for Vikings' Peterson in NFL discipline case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:26

Suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson exits following his hearing against the NFL over his punishment for child abuse, in New YorkBy David Bailey MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday overturned the NFL's suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who had pleaded no contest to charges of hitting his son with a switch, and sent the case back to the league's arbitration process for resolution. Despite the ruling, Peterson's future remains unclear and until the matter is settled, the NFL placed the league's 2012 Most Valuable Player on the commissioner's exempt list, taking him off the field with pay. In a 16-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge David Doty said National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell acted beyond his authority in November when he suspended Peterson until at least April 15. Doty, siding with the players' union, said the NFL could not retroactively suspend Peterson under a new personal conduct policy announced by Goodell in December for behavior that occurred under the old code.

Police: Train hits, hurts woman wearing headphones, eating

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:16

This video frame grab provided by KPHO-TV shows a BNSF Railway train locomotive stopped on a street after hitting a pedestrian in Phoenix, Ariz. Phoenix police say an inattentive woman wearing earbuds and eating taquitos survived when she was run over by the train locomotive after ignoring its horn as well as bells and flashing lights at nearby crossing signals. The woman was seriously injured and taken to a hospital where methamphetamine was found in her possession. Her identity was not released. (AP Photo/KPHO-TV) MANDATORY CREDITPHOENIX (AP) — An inattentive woman wearing headphones and eating taquitos survived being run over by a locomotive Thursday despite being surrounded by flashing lights and bells at a nearby railroad crossing while the engineer blared the horn, Phoenix police said.

Factbox: What is net neutrality? U.S. debates once again

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:15
(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday set new rules to regulate Internet providers more heavily. Following are some details about the concept of net neutrality and the FCC's work to regulate Internet traffic: WHAT IS NET NEUTRALITY? Net neutrality is the principle that Internet providers should treat all traffic on their networks equally. The FCC, which regulates U.S. cable and other companies that provide broadband services, has tackled net neutrality rules several times.

Defense in Las Vegas mom killing wants gunshot residue test

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:09

Erich Nowsch Jr. appears in a Las Vegas courtroom for his initial court appearance Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. Nowsch remains jailed following his arrest Friday on murder, attempted murder and other charges in the Feb. 12 shooting that fatally wounded 44-year-old Tammy Meyers outside her home. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Attorneys for a 19-year-old accused of killing a neighborhood mother in a spray of gunfire asked a judge on Thursday to let them check the dead woman's body for gunshot residue.

FCC allows city-owned Internet providers to expand

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:08
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — People in small communities may get better, cheaper access to the Internet after the Federal Communications Commission ruled Thursday that city-owned broadband services can expand into areas overlooked by commercial providers.

Bid for more US defense funds gets chilly House reception

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:02

Commandant of the Marine Corps General Dunford testifies on military budgets before Senate Armed Services Committee in WashingtonBy David Alexander and Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. military officials seeking a big boost in defense spending received little encouragement on Thursday from a House panel reviewing their bid for more funds, with one lawmaker saying the extra money would have to be cut "with you or ... without you." Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives, chided President Barack Obama for proposing a $534 billion Pentagon base budget that "ignores the law" by exceeding federal spending caps by nearly $35 billion. Frelinghuysen told Navy and Marine Corps leaders to submit specific lists of programs that could be cut if Congress failed to approve the Democratic president's request for more funding. "With respect, I will advise you that we will cut the $13 billion with you or we will cut it without you, but we need to do the job the law requires us to do," he said, noting the Navy's budget request was about $13 billion above the levels allotted under spending limits passed in 2011.

Carly Fiorina criticizes Clinton over foundation money

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:55

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Former technology executive Carly Fiorina, the only woman known to be contemplating a Republican presidential bid, on Thursday challenged Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton to explain millions of dollars from foreign governments donated to her family's foundation.

Two injured in Silicon Valley hazardous materials incident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:55
Two people suffered minor injuries on Thursday in an unspecified hazardous materials incident in the Silicon Valley community of Sunnyvale, California, a city spokeswoman said. The spokeswoman said the incident took place at a building in Sunnyvale, about 40 miles southeast of San Francisco, but she had no further details.

Man arrested in shooting death of transgender woman in Los Angeles

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:47
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police have arrested a self-described former gang member suspected of killing a transgender woman who was shot to death in Los Angeles as she pounded on the front door of a house seeking help, investigators said on Thursday. The December killing of 21-year-old Deshawnda Sanchez raised concerns among transgender rights activists that she may have been targeted because of her gender identity, and Los Angeles police supervising detective Chris Barling said her transgender status may have been a factor in the slaying. Barling said prosecutors would decide whether to charge the suspect, Robert James Spells, with a hate crime but that police did not anticipate such a court filing to be made on Thursday, when Spells is expected to be charged with murder in the case. "I believe Mr. Spells at some point realized Ms. Sanchez was a transgender person and that played a factor in him killing Ms. Sanchez," he said.