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Senator: Decade-old Gulf oil leak is 'unacceptable'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:33
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A U.S. senator from Florida is pressing federal officials to disclose technical data and other information about a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, after an investigation by The Associated Press revealed evidence that the spill is far worse than a company or government regulators have publicly reported.

Former U.S. Marine charged in 2011 murder of companion in Panama

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:28
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A former U.S. Marine was charged on Friday with murdering a woman who went missing in 2011 after traveling with him to Panama and whose dismembered remains were found in the remote jungle two years later. Brian Brimager, 37, is accused in a federal grand jury indictment of killing and dismembering 42-year-old Yvonne Baldelli and then engaging in an elaborate cover-up of the crime that included sending emails from the dead woman's account to her friends and family members. Family members of the slain woman said after the hearing that they were grateful to prosecutors for "finding a way to charge" Brimager with the murder. "He put a lot of effort and energy into getting away with this," Baldelli's sister, Michelle Faust, told Reuters in an interview.

Officer who rammed armed man with car details encounter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:25

This undated photo provided by the Marana, Ariz., Police Department shows Marana police officer Michael Rapiejko. Dramatic dash cam videos of an arrest in Arizona put the public in the driver's seat as Rapiejko plowed his cruiser into a rifle-toting robbery suspect at high speed. Policing experts on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, called Rapiejko's tactics unconventional and even outrageous, but justified, given the circumstances. Prosecutors cleared Rapiejko of any wrongdoing after he swerved around another officer who had been cautiously tailing the robbery suspect, then accelerated and rammed into the man's back on Feb. 19. (Marana Police Department via AP)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona police officer Michael Rapiejko felt he had no option but to run over an armed man walking down a busy business corridor, according to an audio recording of an interview with a prosecutor following the Feb. 19 incident that went viral this week.


Global finance leaders see economy strengthening

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:25

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew speaks during a news conference during the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings in Washington, Friday, April 17, 2015. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)WASHINGTON (AP) — Financial officials from the world's major economies on Friday welcomed modest improvements in the global economy while side-stepping fears rattling global financial markets that Greece will default on its bailout loans.


Washington governor repeats call for state auditor to resign

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:16

Washington state Auditor Troy Kelley listens to a question from a reporter, Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Tacoma, Wash. Earlier in the day, Kelley entered a not guilty plea to a federal grand jury indictment on charges of filing false tax returns, attempted obstruction of a civil lawsuit and possession of stolen property. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday repeated his call for embattled state Auditor Troy Kelley to resign following his indictment by a federal grand jury.


Worker burns face, neck in explosion at Ohio chemical plant

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:15
MONROE, Ohio (AP) — A chemical explosion at a manufacturing plant in southwest Ohio has injured a worker.

American Boychoir School in Princeton may be forced to close

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:10

American Boychoir School in Princeton may be forced to closeThe American Boychoir School in Princeton will be singing a sour note unless $350,000 can be raised to save their school from closing.


Rescue Mission of Trenton celebrates 100th anniversary

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:07

Rescue Mission of Trenton celebrates 100th anniversaryThe Rescue Mission of Trenton is celebrating 100 years of helping the homeless with food, clothing and other resources.


Alabama officials: 'Military mistress' released by mistake

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:02

Bobbi Ann FinleyMOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama sheriff's deputy released a woman dubbed the "Military Mistress," who is wanted in three states, because a radio dispatcher failed to pass along that there were warrants out for her arrest, the agency said Friday.


Denver teacher's third grade assignment goes viral online

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 06:48
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado teacher who posted notes from her third grade class online and started a social media whirlwind under the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew said on Friday the assignment had been a revelation for her. Kyle Schwartz, 26, asked the eight- and nine-year-olds at her Denver inner city school to write down something they wished she knew about them, partly as a writing exercise, and partly as a way for her to learn about her pupils. Schwartz, a self-described suburban girl who has taught at southwest Denver's Doull Elementary for three years, said she has conducted the exercise each year, in part because she wanted to underline the issue of poverty in U.S. inner cities.

Prosecutor: Reputed mobster discussed stolen Boston artwork

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 06:46

FILE - In this May 10, 2012 file photo, law enforcement agents dig in the front yard of the home of Robert Gentile in Manchester, Conn. The reputed Connecticut mobster, linked to artwork stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in 1990, was arrested Friday, April 17, 2015, on a gun charge and was due in federal court in Hartford that afternoon, according to the U.S. attorney's office. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A reputed Connecticut mobster suspected of a connection to the artwork stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 discussed the paintings with an undercover FBI agent, a prosecutor said Friday.


Suspicious vehicle at arsenal checkpoint prompts evacuation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 06:34
ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A suspicious vehicle was stopped at a security checkpoint at an arsenal on Friday, triggering an evacuation and tying up traffic nearby, but it was later deemed to pose no explosive threat.

Oklahoma adopts nitrogen as possible execution method

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 06:29
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma may use nitrogen gas as an alternative execution method if the U.S. Supreme Court finds the state's lethal injection process unconstitutional or drugs are unavailable, under a bill Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed on Friday. Oklahoma's adoption of nitrogen gas follows Utah's decision in March to reauthorize the use of firing squads for executions if lethal drugs are not available. Fallin, a Republican, said she supports capital punishment and believes executions must be performed effectively and without cruelty. "The bill I signed today gives the state of Oklahoma another death penalty option that meets that standard," Fallin said in a statement.

USDA confirms bird flu at 5th South Dakota turkey farm

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 06:29
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Five commercial turkey farms in South Dakota have now been infected with a bird flu strain that's led to the deaths of more than 250,000 turkeys in the state and over 2.4 million birds in the Midwest.

Michelle Obama, Jill Biden visit Maryland veterans center

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 06:28
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Wayne Miller was 18 when he lost his leg and became temporarily paralyzed after being hit by a mortar round during the Vietnam War.

Correction: Bird Flu story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 06:24

In this photo provided by Bethany Hahn is a flock of turkeys at a Minnesota poultry farm. The country’s poultry industry may have to live with a deadly bird flu strain for several years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief veterinary officer said Thursday, April 16, 2015 on a visit to Minnesota, the state hit hardest by outbreaks that have cost Midwest producers over 2 million turkeys and chickens. (Bethany Hahn via AP)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In a story April 16 about bird flu, The Associated Press reported erroneously that recent outbreaks had led to the death of more than 2.5 million turkeys and chickens. The correct figure at the time was more than 2.4 million, and not all the birds slated to be euthanized had been.


Mother, boyfriend charged with murder of Delco toddler

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 06:17

Mother, boyfriend charged with murder of Delco toddlerA Delaware County mother and her boyfriend are facing murder charges in the death of her 2-year-old son.


Chicago schools chief to take temporary leave amid probe

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 06:15

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2012 file photo, newly appointed Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Byrd-Bennett's attorney Michael Scudder confirmed a letter was sent Friday, April 17, 2015, to Board of Education members that Byrd-Bennett has requested a leave effective April 20 amid a federal investigation over a $20.5 million no-bid contract the district awarded to a training academy where she once consulted. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett will take a paid leave of absence amid a federal investigation over a roughly $20 million no-bid contract the district awarded to a training academy where she once worked as a consultant, officials announced Friday.


Police pledge thorough probe of death after stun gun shock

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 06:10
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Police in Maryland promised a thorough investigation Friday into the death of a man in custody after police shocked him with a stun gun outside a home he had allegedly broken into.

Body found on island in Delaware River

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 06:07

Body found on island in Delaware RiverAuthorities are investigating the discovery of a dead body on an island in the Delaware River.