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U.S. Marine shot dead at North Carolina base

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 16:14
(Reuters) - A U.S. Marine was killed at a military base in North Carolina on Tuesday when a sentry's rifle discharged, a base spokesman said, without specifying whether the shooting was intentional. The incident took place at around 5:30 p.m. at the main gate of the Camp Lejeune base. One sentry discharged an M4 rifle, killing a second sentry in the guard shack with a single shot to the chest, Marine Captain Joshua Smith said. Camp Lejeune, located outside Jacksonville, was founded in 1941 and is home to one Navy and several Marine commands.

Marine guard shot to death by colleague at NC base

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 15:58
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A Marine remained in custody Wednesday after military officials say he shot and fatally wounded a colleague with his M4 rifle at the main gate of a North Carolina base.

Smartphone trial judge annoyed by phones in court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:29

In this 2013 photo, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh poses for a picture, in San Francisco. Koh has become increasingly frustrated during the first few days of the trial pitting Apple against Samsung because personal Wi-Fi signals interfere with an internal network she relies on for a real-time transcript of the proceedings. (AP Photo/The Recorder, Jason Doiy)SAN JOSE, California (AP) — So far one of the biggest problems for the federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices.


Suspected Mexican cartel hitman charged in California murders

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:10
(Reuters) - An alleged Mexican drug cartel hitman was charged on Tuesday with nine murders in a killing spree spanning three decades in California, Central California officials said. Jose Manuel Martinez, a California native awaiting trial in Alabama since 2013 on a separate murder charge, could face the death penalty if convicted, Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward said in a statement. Martinez was arrested by U.S. border police in western Arizona in 2013 after a records check showed that he was wanted on a homicide charge in Alabama's Lawrence County. He told investigators he was a debt collector for a Mexican drug cartel.

Death penalty phase next in Arizona murder case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:04

Marissa Devault looks at the jury as they are polled after finding her guilty of first degree murder, in Maricopa County Superior Court, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Phoenix. Devault was convicted for bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer in what prosecutors said was a failed bid to collect on a life insurance policy to repay about $300,000 in loans from her boyfriend. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)PHOENIX (AP) — The same jury that convicted an Arizona woman of murder in the hammer-bludgeoning death of her husband will immediately begin hearing testimony to decide whether she lives or dies for the crime.


Woman found guilty in 1996 killing of ex-husband

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:03

Pamela Phillips looks on in Pima County Superior Court Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. Phillips, a once-prominent socialite, was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the 1996 Tucson car bomb killing of her ex-husband after spending years abroad living a lavish lifestyle across Europe. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Ron Medvescek, Pool)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — After spending years abroad living a lavish lifestyle across Europe, a once-prominent socialite has been convicted in the 1996 car bomb killing of her ex-husband in southern Arizona.


NC sides with Duke in appeal of coal ash ruling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 13:29
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators are joining with Duke Energy in appealing a judge's ruling on cleaning up groundwater pollution leeching from the company's coal ash dumps.

UConn celebrates again as women's team wins title

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 13:24

Connecticut men's basketball players DeAndre Daniels, left, and Tor Watts celebrate as they watch television coverage of the final seconds the UConn women's team's 79-58 win over Notre Dame in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament title game, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn forward DeAndre Daniels got a chance to storm the court at Gampel Pavilion as a fan on Tuesday night, joining thousands of other UConn students in celebrating the school's dual national basketball titles.


Clinton urges tech leaders to invest in training

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:54

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures before delivering the keynote address at Marketo’s 2014 Marketing Nation Summit Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that if Silicon Valley executives want to persuade Congress to let them hire more high-skilled professionals from abroad, they would have a better case if they also funded college-based training programs for U.S. workers.


Ex-President Carter: US 'dormant' on inequality

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:57

Jimmy CarterAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday night lamented continuing inequalities between black and white Americans during a 50th anniversary celebration of the Civil Rights Act in Texas that will feature four of the five living U.S. presidents this week.


Shuttle bus drivers go on strike at Phoenix airport

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:27
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Striking shuttle bus drivers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport walked off the job on Tuesday in a labor dispute that could affect the estimated 25,000 riders who use rental cars and travel within the airport's terminals daily. Union officials said an estimated 180 drivers and other related workers took to the picket lines at the off-airport rental car facility that serves the nation's 10th busiest airport, protesting a contract proposed by Veolia Transportation. "We don't want to put anybody in the general public out, but Veolia is giving us no choice," Bob Bean, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433, told Reuters.

Former socialite found guilty in Arizona car bomb death of ex-husband

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:24
A former Arizona socialite was convicted of first-degree murder on Tuesday in the 1996 car-bomb killing of her ex-husband, a prominent real estate developer, in the parking lot of a Tucson resort, prosecutors said. Jurors also found Pamela Phillips, 56, guilty of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the fiery death of husband Gary Triano that shocked the community and went unsolved for years. The Pima County Superior Court jury deliberated for nearly three days before rendering the guilty verdicts, prosecutor Rick Unklesbay said. Phillips faces life in prison with the possibility of parole in 25 years or natural life in prison under the convictions, Unklesbay said.

Police seek federal help in highway shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:20
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating more than a dozen apparently random shootings targeting vehicles on Kansas City-area roads and highways to determine whether they are connected, a police spokesman said Tuesday.

Mass shooting victims' families helping Fort Hood

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:17
DALLAS (AP) — Dozens of families who lost loved ones during Sept. 11, the shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook elementary school and other attacks are trying to support victims of similar tragedies with a new fund, and its first efforts will focus on last week's shootings at Fort Hood.

Gunman who opened fire at L.A. police had applied to join department

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:15
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A gunman who opened fire in a Los Angeles police station, shooting an officer seven times in the arms and torso as he returned fire, had previously applied to join the department, a police spokesmen said on Tuesday. The wounded officer remained hospitalized in good condition a day after the attack, while the suspected gunman, who also was struck by multiple bullets, was listed in serious but stable condition at a hospital, said Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Officer Sara Faden. The shooter, who has been identified as Daniel Yealu, 29, walked into the lobby of the West Traffic Division at about 8 p.m. local time on Monday and told two officers at the desk that he had a complaint, then pulled a semi-automatic handgun and fired repeatedly at one of the officers, police officials said. The officer, a seven-year veteran, fired back, as did his partner, a policewoman with four years on the force, striking the gunman multiple times, police Commander Andrew Smith said.

Gov't: GM missed deadline for faulty switch data

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:14
DETROIT (AP) — A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond to its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 deadline.

Barge capsizes on Mississippi River; 2 missing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:09
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Mississippi River barge overturned while unloading steel coils in northeast Arkansas on Tuesday, and authorities were searching for two people who fell into the water and went missing.

Arizona woman found guilty in hammer-beating death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:03

Marissa Devault looks at the jury as they are polled after finding her guilty of first degree murder, in Maricopa County Superior Court, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Phoenix. Devault was convicted for bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer in what prosecutors said was a failed bid to collect on a life insurance policy to repay about $300,000 in loans from her boyfriend. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman was convicted of first-degree murder Tuesday for bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer in what prosecutors said was a failed bid to collect on a life insurance policy to repay about $300,000 in loans from her boyfriend.


U.S. Navy mulls options to help drones avoid other planes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:02

Handout of two Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles are seen on the tarmac at a Northrop Grumman test facility in PalmdaleThe U.S. Navy said on Tuesday it continued to examine options for a system to help Northrop Grumman Corp's new MQ-4 Triton high-altitude unmanned spy plane detect and avoid other aircraft, and expected to decide on a new approach in less than a year. The Navy last year halted work on a complex "sense and avoid" radar being developed by Exelis Inc after the company ran into technical challenges in trying to develop a system small enough to fit on the nose of the drone. Sean Burke, deputy program manager for the Triton program, told reporters at an annual Navy League conference that the Triton was making good progress in flight testing and development, but it had proven technically challenging to scale down the complex, 360-degree radar needed for the new sensor.


No plans to charge family for sea rescue of baby

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:56

FILE - In this April 6, 2014, file photo, provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, sailors from the frigate USS Vandegrift assist in the rescue of the Kaufman family with a sick infant on the ship's small boat, as part of a joint U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and California Air National Guard rescue effort. None of the three federal agencies that helped rescue the ill 1-year-old, Lyra Kaufman, and her family from their broken down sailboat about 900 miles off Mexico's Pacific coast plan to seek reimbursement for the cost of the operation. Officials from the Navy, Coast Guard and California Air National Guard said Tuesday, April 8, 2014, they don't charge for search-and-rescue missions. "We don't want people in trouble at sea to hesitate to call for help for fear they'll be charged for assistance," said Lt. Anna Dixon of the 11th Coast Guard District, which oversaw the operation but did not send vessels or aircraft to the stranded sailboat. She said that helping at sea is a time-honored tradition and a requirement of international maritime convention. The Navy warship that picked up the family on Sunday is expected to reach San Diego on Wednesday. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — It took three federal agencies, a fixed-wing aircraft, a Navy warship and scores of personnel to rescue an ill baby girl and her family from their broken down sailboat 900 miles off the Mexican coast. But the San Diego couple will not have to repay the federal government for the dramatic evacuation at sea, the agencies said Tuesday.