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Vandals tip over smart cars on San Francisco streets

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 06:55
By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Vandals flipped over a handful of miniature Smart cars parked in two typically quiet San Francisco neighborhoods on Monday, authorities said. San Francisco police officers responding to reports of a loud crash at about 1 a.m. found four of the tiny energy-efficient vehicles upside down, on their side or rear, Officer Gordon Shyy said. Witnesses told police a group of six to eight people dressed in black hooded sweatshirts gathered around and tipped over at least one car in Bernal Heights, an upscale and family-oriented neighborhood, Shyy said. Smart cars, made by a division of German auto manufacturer Daimler AG, are more than three feet (one meter) shorter than a Mini Cooper and almost five feet shorter than a Volkswagon Beetle with little cargo space.

Rights group: No justice in C. African Republic

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 06:55
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An official from a leading human rights group said Monday he showed enlarged photos of a Muslim man being stabbed and stomped to death by soldiers in the Central African Republic's capital to top government officials last month and asked what was being done to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Ex-Atlanta school superintendent's trial delayed for health reasons

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 06:50
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - After a courtroom outburst from a civil rights leader, a judge on Monday delayed the trial of a terminally ill former Atlanta school superintendent accused of conspiring to alter students' standardized test scores. Beverly Hall, who resigned her job as head of Atlanta school system in 2011, was supposed to stand trial on felony charges next month. But her attorneys requested a delay, arguing that chemotherapy treatment for Hall's advanced breast cancer would make it difficult for her to endure a lengthy trial. Her case has attracted attention from civil rights leaders who feel her prosecution is a waste of taxpayers' money given the state of her health.

Army: Fort Hood suspect had requested leave

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 06:49
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Investigators say the rampage that left three dead and 16 wounded last week at Fort Hood was related to the shooter's request for leave from the Army post.

AP president: Journalists 'under attack' worldwide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 06:49
NEW YORK (AP) — The president and CEO of The Associated Press says journalists around the world are "increasingly under attack" by people trying to influence and control the news.

Pratt must push harder to cut F-35 engine cost: Pentagon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 06:45

US Air Force handout photo of Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II fighter jetBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pratt & Whitney, the engine-making unit of United Technologies Corp, must redouble efforts to lower the cost of the single F135 engine it builds for the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet, a top U.S. military official said on Monday. Rear Admiral Randy Mahr, deputy director of the Pentagon's $392 billion F-35 program, said Pratt had slowed its cost-cutting after Congress in 2011 canceled an alternate engine being developed by General Electric Co. "We have reinvigorated the 'war on cost' that Pratt started and then kind of slowed down on when they got the monopoly," Mahr told industry executives and military officials at an annual conference hosted by the Navy League. The comments revealed continuing friction between the program office that runs the Pentagon's costliest weapons program and Pratt at a time when the F-35 program chief, Air Force Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan has talked about improved relations with Lockheed, the prime contractor that builds the airplane.


Fight recreated in Texas stiletto stabbing case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 06:40

Prosecutor John Jordan sets down a stiletto shoe entered into evidence during the trial against Ana Lilia Trujillo Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Houston. Trujillo, 45, is charged with murder, accused of killing her 59-year-old boyfriend, Alf Stefan Andersson with the heel of a stiletto shoe, at his Museum District high-rise condominium in June 2013. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer) MANDATORY CREDITHOUSTON (AP) — Attorneys for a Texas woman accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with her stiletto heel brought in a martial arts expert to demonstrate for jurors at her trial how they believe she was attacked on the night of the killing.


US Steel plant resumes limited operations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 06:34

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2014 file photo the Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay, a 140-foot ice-breaking tug, sails through ice covered waters toward the shores off Indiana. U.S. Steel said Monday, April 7, 2014 that its largest mill in Gary, Ind., is on limited production after a shortage of vital iron ore due to the ice covering Lake Superior had temporarily shut down its furnaces. (Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf, File)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Steel says its largest mill is on limited production, after a shortage of vital iron ore due to the ice covering Lake Superior had temporarily shut down its furnaces.


'Mountain Man' pleads guilty to weapons charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 06:26
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man accused of eluding authorities for several years while burglarizing remote cabins across a wide swath of Utah has pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges.

Senate passes legislation to renew long-term unemployment benefits; House action uncertain

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 06:20
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate passes legislation to renew long-term unemployment benefits; House action uncertain.

Accused Colorado movie theater gunman seeks change of venue

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 06:14

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers for the man charged with mass murder in a 2012 shooting frenzy that left 12 people dead at a Colorado movie theater have asked that his upcoming trial be moved out of the suburban Denver county where the case has been prosecuted. Defense attorneys argued in their motion for a change of venue that James Holmes' right to a fair trial in Arapahoe County has been compromised by "pervasive media coverage" of the case locally and "the undeniable impact of the tragedy on the community itself." Holmes, 26, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder and attempted murder charges stemming from the July 2012 massacre at an Aurora, Colorado, cinema during a midnight screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." Twelve moviegoers were killed and 70 others hurt in one of the deadliest outbursts of U.S. gun violence in decades. Holmes' public defenders argued that the glare of publicity, including voluminous commentary and reporting on evidence ruled inadmissible at trial, would make it impossible to seat an impartial jury in Arapahoe County.


Fort Hood base shooting rampage lasted eight minutes: investigators

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 06:05

Puerto Rico National Guard handout photo shows U.S. soldier SPC Lopez in the Sinai Peninsula during his service with the 295th Infantry of the PR National GuardBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The shooting rampage at Fort Hood U.S. Army base last week started with an argument over leave and lasted eight minutes, with the suspected shooter getting in and out of his car as he fired on soldiers he worked with and others who happened onto his path, investigators said on Monday. Specialist Ivan Lopez, 34, drove his car slowly through the central Texas base as he carried out the rampage. He got out at two facilities, including the place he was assigned, fatally shooting three people and wounding 16 more before turning the gun on himself, Christopher Grey, spokesman for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, told a news conference. The shooting in which three people were killed and 16 wounded was the second deadly rampage at the base, one of the largest U.S. Army posts in the country, in five years.


Education Writers Association honors top scribes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 06:02
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Writers Association is honoring top journalists from newsrooms across the nation with its 2013 National Awards for Education Reporting.

NY rail crash engineer had sleep woes, felt dazed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 05:57

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2013 file photo, a Metro-North passenger train lays on it's side after derailing on a curved section of track in the Bronx borough of New York. Federal investigators say William Rockefeller, who was engineer on a New York commuter train that derailed last year, killing four people, has a serious sleep disorder. A medical document made available Monday April 7, 2014, by the National Transportation Safety Board says he has "severe obstructive sleep apnea." The NTSB did not say whether the engineer's disorder contributed to the crash.( (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — An engineer driving a speeding commuter train that derailed last year, killing four people, had a sleep disorder that interrupted his rest dozens of times each night and said he felt strangely "dazed" right before the crash, according to federal documents released Monday.


Iconic Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney dies at 93

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 05:55
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mickey Rooney's approach to life was simple: "Let's put on a show!" He spent nine decades doing it, on the big screen, on television, on stage and in his extravagant personal life.

Aunt says baby rescued at sea recovering on meds

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 05:53

In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, sailors from Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 49) assist in the rescue of a family with a sick infant via the ship's small boat as part of a joint U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and California Air National Guard rescue effort, Sunday, April 6, 2014. Eric and Charlotte Kaufman said their daughter Lyra's medical condition continued to improve after they boarded the San Diego-bound Vandegrift hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast so the girl could get to a medical facility. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 1-year-old girl who fell ill during her family's sailing voyage and was rescued 900 miles (1,450 kilometers) from the Mexican coast has been responding well to medication after showing salmonella-like symptoms, her aunt said Monday as she waited for a Navy warship carrying the family to arrive to San Diego.


Medical Assn won't stop Medicare doc data release

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 05:53
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's largest doctors' group said Monday it won't try to block Medicare's release of billing records for 880,000 physicians, although it continues to oppose the government's recent decision to open up the massive data trove.

Correction: Gas Prices story

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 05:52
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — In a story April 6 about gas prices, The Associated Press reported erroneously California's average statewide price for a gallon of regular gasoline. The average statewide price for a gallon of regular in California was $3.97, not $3.07

End of Windows XP support spells trouble for some

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 05:47

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2001 file photo, then Microsoft chairman Bill Gates speaks during the product launch of the new Windows XP operating system in New York. Gates touted the software as the harbinger of a new era in more Internet-centric computing. On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support for its still popular Windows XP. With an estimated 30 percent of businesses and consumers still using the 12-year-old operating system, the move could put everything from the data of major financial institutions to the identities of everyday people in danger if they don’t find a way to upgrade soon. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger.


Ow, Canada: US retailers get the cold shoulder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 05:43

In this March 4, 2013 file photo, snow is piled in the parking lot of the new Target store in Guelph, Ontario as Canadian Tire posts a Canadian message on their sign. For years, Canadians would cross the border to the U.S. to shop at Target. Exporting its cheap chic there seemed like a no-brainer. But a year after opening more than 100 stores north of the border, Target has found business isn’t so easy. Canadian Tire, which operates nearly 500 stores in the country and stocks housewares, barbecue grills and other items besides tires, has increased its marketing and deepened its assortment of home decor and other areas. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Dave Chidley)For years, Canadians would cross the border to the U.S. to shop at Target. Exporting its cheap chic there seemed like a no-brainer.