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Feds: Engineer in NY derailment had sleep disorder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:41
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The engineer on a New York commuter train that derailed at high speed last year, killing four people, had a serious sleep disorder that interrupted his rest dozens of times each night, federal investigators disclosed Monday.

Philadelphia boy, two, fatally shoots 11-year-old sister: police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:31
A 2-year-old boy has fatally shot his 11-year-old sister after finding a gun in their home, Philadelphia police said on Monday. Investigators believe a male friend of the children's mother left the gun on top of a refrigerator in the family's home in the Mantua neighborhood on the city's west side, but it was moved to a bedroom where four siblings were playing on Saturday morning. The bullet struck the victim, identified as Jamara Stevens, in the arm and traveled to her chest. Police transported Stevens to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where she died.

Woman pleads guilty in newborn hospital kidnapping

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:25
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A woman who dressed as a nurse and abducted a 3-day-old boy from a Pittsburgh hospital in a handbag pleaded guilty Monday to kidnapping and related charges.

Accused Colorado movie theater gunman seeks change of venue

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:20

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 were injured in the shooting rampage, one of the deadliest outbursts of U.S. gun violence in decades. The case made international headlines, but has drawn especially intense news coverage in the Denver area.

Man agrees to restitution in vandalism at monument

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:19
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Minnesota man who carved the names of himself and his wife near the 1806 signature of explorer William Clark on a national monument in Montana has agreed to pay $4,400 in restitution and fines, the Bureau of Land Management said Monday.

Portrait of bullied girl emerges from case file

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:16
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — The Florida girl who authorities said jumped to her death because she was bullied also had a spotty relationship with her father and had just broken up with an online boyfriend, according to police documents.

Next year's high-skilled visas snapped up in days

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:15
WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses seeking highly skilled workers from overseas took less than a week to snap up all 85,000 visas available for next year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Monday.

Defense continues in Texas shoe stabbing case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:12

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 Houston woman accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with her stiletto heel are trying to show jurors that injuries documented after her arrest prove she was attacked.

Fargo 6th-graders mop up against college investors

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:08

In this March 18, 2014 photo Motif Investing founder Hardeep Walia talks with sixth grade students at Oak Grove Middle School in Fargo, North Dakota. Sixth grade teacher Dave Carlson started a competition between regular and advance math classes at Oak Grove and registered his students with Motif Investing, a company that enables customers to buy baskets of stocks. In the end, Carlson’s regular math class yielded a nearly 22 percent gain and trounced every university club participating in a contest that was held at the same time. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy)FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A class of sixth-graders from North Dakota has schooled some of the best college business students in the country on the stock market.

Mom gets 23 year sentence in daughter's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 01:53

FILE- In a photo provided by the Detroit Police, Semeria Greene is shown in a booking photo. Greene is scheduled to return Monday, April 7, 2014 to Wayne County Circuit Court where she faces sentencing in the stabbing death of her 8-year-old daughter in their Detroit home. She pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder and will serve at least 23 years in prison before she's considered for parole. The maximum term would be 50 years. The state didn't appeal. Tameria was killed in late December 2012. (AP Photo/Detroit Police)DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit woman was sentenced Monday to at least 23 years in prison for fatally stabbing her 8-year-old daughter whom a court had refused to remove from the home despite allegations of abuse.

Face of gay marriage in Utah an unlikely pair

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 01:51

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2013, file photo, Derek Kitchen, left, and his partner Moudi Sbeity hug each other outside Frank E. Moss United States Courthouse, in Salt Lake City. The young couple that has become the face of gay marriage in Utah is an unlikely pair for the role. Kitchen and Sbeity were both raised in conservative religious families that shun gays, Kitchen in a Mormon home in Utah and Sbeity in a Muslim family in Lebanon. They each came out when they were 16 years old, worlds apart, and met six years later in college in Utah. They chose to become one of three couples as plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging Utah’s same-sex marriage to publicly push back against religions that oppress gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Derek Kitchen was a teenager still coming to grips with his sexual orientation when yard signs began popping up throughout his suburban Salt Lake City neighborhood in 2004 supporting an amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

Tax proposal to help live theater brings out stars

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 01:49

FILE - This Jan. 19, 2012 file photo shows a Broadway street sign in New York's Times Square. Live commercial theater from Broadway to Los Angeles would get a huge financial boost under a change in the federal tax code that’s being championed by such actors as Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston and Tyne Daly. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer’s proposal would allow 100 percent of any live theater investment to be deducted up to $15 million per production, whether the eventual show is a hit or a flop, a benefit that is currently being granted to film and TV projects. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Live commercial theater from Broadway to Los Angeles would get a huge financial boost under a change in the federal tax code that's being championed by such actors as Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston and Tyne Daly.

Court rejects early appeal of surveillance ruling

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 01:48
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday declined an early look at a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records, instead allowing the dispute to work its way through the usual lower-court process.

Navy ship with rescued family to arrive midweek

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 01:47

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) — The Navy warship carrying an ill 1-year-old baby girl and her family after they were rescued from their disabled sailboat hundreds of miles off Mexico's Baja peninsula were more than 1,000 miles from San Diego on Monday and expected to arrive midweek.

Surgery could fix giraffe's terminal birth defect

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 01:39

Six-month-old Kyah, a giraffe at the Oklahoma City Zoo, sits on the ground as she grazes at the zoo in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 4, 2014. Kyah will undergo surgery at Oklahoma State University to repair a vessel in her heart that has wrapped around her esophagus, making it difficult for her to eat solid foods, at a time when her mother is trying to wean her. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A 6-month-old giraffe born with a terminal defect that prevents her from digesting most foods is scheduled to undergo groundbreaking surgery that an Oklahoma City Zoo veterinarian said has never before been performed on her species.

Pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale resigns

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 01:38
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale has resigned after confessing to a "moral failing."

'I am no longer a threat': Whitey' Bulger in prison letters

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 01:38

James "Whitey" Bulger is pictured in this undated photo provided to the court as evidence by Bulger's defence teamBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Convicted gangster James "Whitey" Bulger has a message for members of Boston's criminal underworld: If you confess to a crime you committed, he's not coming for you. Bulger was known for killing criminal associates he suspected of talking to police while he ran Boston's "Winter Hill" gang in the 1970s and '80s. The message came in a series of prison letters Bulger sent to a lawyer who is trying to get a 1980 murder conviction overturned for his client, Fred Weichel. "I am no longer a threat to LA and he can tell why he was silent," Bulger wrote, using a code name for the person that he believed murdered Robert LaMonica in 1980.

NTSB: Sensors too far back in O'Hare train crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 01:30

FILE - In this March 24, 2014 file photo, a Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O'Hare International Airport station after it derailed in Chicago. More than 30 people were injured. A preliminary report released Monday, April 7, 2014, by the National Transportation Safety Board says there wasn’t enough distance between an automatic emergency braking mechanism and the end of a train track at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. (AP Photo/NBC Chicago, Kenneth Webster, File) MANDATORY CREDITCHICAGO (AP) — A sensor for an automatic braking system was too close to the end of the track to prevent a crash at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, according to a preliminary federal report released Monday.

Phoenix mom facing abuse charges pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 01:29

This photo provided by Scottsdale police, Shanesha Taylor is shown. Taylor, 35, had an important job interview last month at an insurance company across town in Scottsdale. But she couldn’t find a babysitter for her 2-year-old son and 6-month old baby. She made the decision to leave her children in her Dodge Durango outside the office where she was interviewing with the key still in the ignition. That ill-fated decision landed the mother of two in Maricopa County Superior Court Monday, April 7, 2014, where she was arraigned on two charges of child abuse. Neither Taylor nor her court-appointed attorney has responded to requests for comment. (AP Photo/Scottsdale police)PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix woman who left her two young children in her vehicle during a job interview has pleaded not guilty at her arraignment.

Mother in drowning case found mentally incompetent

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 01:24

FILE - This Tuesday, April 1, 2014 file booking photograph released by the Allegheny County Police shows Laurel Michelle Schlemmer, who is charged with drowning her 3-year-old son and leaving his 6-year-old brother in critical condition Tuesday, April 1 after she allegedly pushed the boys underwater in a bathtub, then sat on them at their McCandless, Pa. home. Daniel Schlemmer, 6, has died, four days after his younger brother drowned, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Saturday, April 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Allegheny County Police, File)PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania woman accused of drowning two of her sons in a bathtub was ordered Monday to a state mental hospital after a jail psychiatrist told a judge the defendant is mentally incompetent.