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Man gets 25 to life for 1995 Orange County killing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:43
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man who spent 16 years on the run after beating to death his ex-lover in Orange County will spend 25 years to life in prison.

Judge in porch shooting case won't step down

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:36

FILE - In a Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, Theodore Wafer, left, listens to his attorneys while appearing at his preliminary examination in district court in in Dearborn Heights, Mich. The 55-year-old awaits trial on second-degree murder charges for fatally shooting a young, unarmed woman through the screen door on his front porch. His lawyers are seeking to have the Wayne County Circuit Court trial judge take herself off the case because of her ties to prosecutors. A hearing is scheduled Friday, April 4, 2014. Defense attorneys say he feared for his life, but prosecutors say the shooting of Renisha McBride, 19, was not justified. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — A judge denied on Friday a request to remove herself from the case of a Detroit-area man who fatally shot an unarmed woman on his porch, a move that triggers a review by the chief criminal judge that will delay the case.


Washington man gets life in prison in son's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:32

Jeremy Cramer, 38, center, is shown in court in Anaconda, Montana, after a judge sentenced him on Friday, April 4, 2014, to life in prison without parole. Cramer previously pleaded guilty to taking his son from their home in Lacey, Wash., driving to Montana and killing and dismembering the 3-year-old boy in a field. (AP Photo/Matt Volz)ANACONDA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge sentenced a Washington state man Friday to life in prison without parole for killing and dismembering his 3-year-old son after his wife threatened to leave him and take the child.


Ohio newspaper sues as staffers detained at plant

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:29
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio newspaper has filed a federal lawsuit against the government after a reporter and a photographer were detained and had cameras confiscated at a tank plant.

Full court review sought on Michigan gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:29
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette (SHOO'-tee) wants an entire federal appeals court to take a look at a decision overturning the state's ban on gay marriage.

Judge: Lawsuit on Missouri executions may continue

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:24
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit to move forward that challenges Missouri's refusal to provide the name of the pharmacy where it acquired the drug for executions.

Connecticut ex-governor again caught up in scandal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:20

FILE - In this July 2, 2010 file photo, former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland sits in studio as a talk show host on WTIC AM radio in Farmington, Conn. Rowland resigned from office in 2004 amid a corruption scandal. He eventually was sentenced to serve time in a federal prison, but again is in the crosshairs of federal investigators. On Monday, March 31, 2014, a former Republican Congressional candidate and her husband pleaded guilty in a scheme to create a phony contract to hide the consulting role Rowland played in her campaign. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Once a heavy hitter in Republican politics, first as a congressman and then as governor of Connecticut, John G. Rowland suffered the ultimate political defeat nearly a decade ago when he resigned from office amid a corruption scandal, eventually ordered to serve time in a federal prison.


Police: NYC officer detained in India over bullets

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:19
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer has been detained in India on a weapons charge after authorities there discovered three bullets he accidentally packed in his luggage, police officials said Friday.

Internet companies' growing ambitions spook 51 percent of Americans: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:16

File photo of a security personnel answering a call at the reception counter of the Google office in the southern Indian city of HyderabadBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The personal data gathering abilities of Google, Facebook and other tech companies has sparked growing unease among Americans, with a majority worried that Internet companies are encroaching too much upon their lives, a new poll showed. Google and Facebook generally topped lists of Americans' concerns about the ability to track physical locations and monitor spending habits and personal communications, according to a poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos from March 11 to March 26. The survey highlights a growing ambivalence towards Internet companies whose popular online services, such as social networking, e-commerce and search, have blossomed into some of the world's largest businesses. Now, as the boundaries between Web products and real world services begin to blur, many of the top Internet companies are racing to put their stamp on everything from home appliances to drones and automobiles.


No charges for snowboarder who triggered killer Montana avalanche

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:07
A snowboarder who inadvertently triggered a deadly avalanche that engulfed a Montana home in February will not face charges for riding a mountain slope that was closed to the public at the time, prosecutors said on Friday. The avalanche that tore down a mountainside and into a Missoula neighborhood leveled the two-story house of an elderly couple several blocks from the University of Montana campus, burying them and two neighbor children in snow. All four were found alive in the massive debris field, but 68-year-old textile artist Michel Colville later died of her injuries. An investigation by the West Central Montana Avalanche Center found the avalanche was triggered by a snowboarder who was able to ride the slide to safety.

Factbox: The footprint of Internet companies is getting larger

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:04
By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Internet companies are no longer limited to the Web browser as they look for new ways to grow their businesses. In recent years, the top Internet companies have increasingly expanded the scope of their activities and ambitions, raising the prospect of exciting new technologies - but also new privacy concerns. Here are some prominent examples of the growing reach of the big Internet players: GOOGLE: Google Inc built its business with its Web search engine, but more than any other Internet company, it has led the way in expanding to new horizons. In February, Google announced plans to acquire Nest, which makes smart thermostats and smoke alarms.

Judge to strike down part of Ohio gay marriage law

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 04:58

CORRECTS CAPTION TO SAY THAT JUDGE SAYS HE WILL ORDER OHIO TO RECOGNIZE OUT OF STATE GAY MARRIAGES INSTEAD OF STRIKING DOWN GAY MARRIAGE BAN - FILE - In this April 2009 file photo photo provided by the Cincinnati Bar Association, federal Judge Timothy Black accepts an award from the bar for his involvement in the community. Black on Friday, April 4, 2014 said he will strike down part of Ohio's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, meaning the state must recognize marriages of gay couples who legally wed elsewhere. Black made the statement following final arguments in a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the marriage ban. (AP Photo/Cincinnati Bar Association, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge said Friday that he will order Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages, a move that would strike down part of the state's ban on gay marriages but stop short of forcing it to perform same-sex weddings.


US Probation Office sued over New York girl's rape

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 04:53
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York girl raped by a man released from jail while awaiting a child pornography trial is suing the federal government for $110 million.

Biographical details of Connecticut ex-governor

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 04:50
NAME: John G. Rowland

O'Hare unveils overhaul of international terminal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 04:41
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago unveiled a $26 million overhaul of O'Hare Airport's international terminal on Friday, showing off two dozen new high-end dining and shopping options.

US judge to strike Ohio ban on recognizing out-of-state gay nuptials

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 04:40
By Jo Ingles COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - A federal judge said on Friday that Ohio's ban on recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples wed outside the state was unconstitutional and would be struck down later this month. "I intend to issue a written decision and order by April 14, striking down as unconstitutional under all circumstances Ohio's bans on recognizing legal same-sex marriages from other states," U.S. District Judge Timothy Black said in a statement released by his chambers in Cincinnati. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine plans to appeal the finding once the ruling is issued, spokesman Dan Tierney said. The judge's statement, which did not address Ohio's ban on same-sex couples marrying within the state, came two weeks after another federal judge ruled neighboring Michigan's ban on gay marriage to be unconstitutional.

Detroit leaders decry beating of driver who hit, tried to aid boy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 04:38
Detroit's mayor and city council president on Friday called for calm and condemned the severe beating that bystanders gave to a motorist who stopped to help a 10-year-old boy he had struck with his vehicle. Steven Utash, 54, who was surrounded by a group and beaten on Wednesday afternoon, remained in critical condition on Friday in a Detroit hospital, police said. The child he hit, David Harris, was released from a hospital on Thursday, they said. "This senseless vigilante-style attack is not the essence of who we are as Detroiters and will not be tolerated," Mayor Mike Duggan and council President Brenda Jones said in a statement.

Yellowstone fighting online supervolcano rumors

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 04:38

File photo of a bison walking in Yellowstone National ParkYELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park is fighting online rumors that running bison seen in a YouTube video are fleeing a possible explosion of the park's supervolcano.


Cold, alcohol caused Provo woman's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 04:32
PROVO, Utah (AP) — A 20-year-old Provo woman died in the freezing cold after her car keys went missing in the woods during a night of drinking

Fort Hood official: Mental health not main factor

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 04:31
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The senior officer at Fort Hood says the mental condition of the soldier who fatally shot three soldiers and wounded 16 others earlier this week was not the "direct precipitating factor" in the shooting.