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Prostitute pleads guilty in overdose death of Google exec

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 04:32

FILE -In this July 9, 2014 file photo, Alix Tichelman, left, of Folsom, Calif., confers with public defender Diane August during her arraignment in Santa Cruz Superior Court in Santa Cruz, Calif. Tichelman, a prostitute charged with killing a Google executive with an overdose of heroin aboard his yacht, pleaded guilty Tuesday, May 19, 2015, to involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs. A Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge sentenced Tichelman to six years in prison. (AP Photo/Santa Cruz Sentinel, Shmuel Thaler, File)SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A California prostitute charged with killing a Google executive with an overdose of heroin aboard his yacht pleaded guilty Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs.


McConnell: Senate to vote on bill to end NSA bulk collection

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 04:28
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote on legislation that ends the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' phone records as Congress scrambles to renew the Patriot Act before it expires on June 1.

Philadelphia Police: Man posed 5 boys for pictures of their feet

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 04:26

 Man approached 5 boys at skate park; took pics of their feetPhiladelphia police are looking for the man who made some odd requests of an 11-year-old boy.


Western storm raises flood danger; kayakers, skiers play

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 04:25

Lawrence Viveros shows his 5-year-old son Derrick a river raging with runoff from heavy rains, in Denver, Colo., Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Colorado braced for a spring storm with unseasonably heavy rains and snow expected in the high country. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Rain and snow from the latest Pacific storm to hit the West renewed the risk of flooding in Colorado on Tuesday while providing two seasons of fun for kayakers and skiers and some relief from the drought.


Virginia State Police: Plane wreckage found; at least 2 dead

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 04:22
SALTVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police say at least two people died when a small airplane crashed into a mountain in southwest Virginia.

Oakland airport baggage handlers charged with pot smuggling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 04:17
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Three baggage handlers at Oakland International Airport are accused of using their security clearance to get marijuana-packed suitcases past checkpoints and onto planes as part of a drug smuggling ring involving 11 other people, federal prosecutors said.

Seattle protests influence John Kerry trade speech venue

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 04:16

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks about trade, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at Boeing's 737 assembly facility in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle officials told Secretary of State John Kerry he'd be better off avoiding the city to deliver a major trade speech because of ongoing protests over Arctic drilling that have drawn hundreds of activists on land and sea.


Man found dead under mattress in NYC hotel was bludgeoned

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 04:08

People leave the Hilton Garden Inn, in New York, Monday, May 18, 2015. New York City police are investigating the death of a man found unconscious, with a head injury, under a mattress at the hotel, blocks from the Empire State Building. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey man found dead under a mattress at a hotel near the Empire State Building had been bludgeoned.


Conductor hurt in Philadelphia train derailment sues Amtrak

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 03:47

Emergency workers inspect the engine of a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaA conductor critically injured in last week's deadly train derailment in Philadelphia has sued Amtrak, accusing the publicly funded passenger rail company of negligence, his lawyer said on Tuesday, adding to a string of lawsuits since the crash. Emilio Fonseca, 33, was taking a restroom break in the first car during his work shift when the passenger train went off the rails, attorney Bruce Nagel told a news conference, saying the train suddenly surged forward and then crashed. Fonseca, who is married and lives in Kearney, New Jersey, suffered a broken neck, back and both shoulders, and was believed to be the most severely injured Amtrak employee, Nagel said.


Military identifies U.S. Marine killed in Hawaii training accident

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 03:41
A U.S. Marine killed when a military aircraft made a "hard landing" during a training exercise in Hawaii was identified on Tuesday as a 24-year-old from Spokane, Washington. Lance Corporal Joshua Barron suffered fatal injuries when the MV-22 Osprey crashed-landed at Bellows Air Force Base in Windward Oahu on Sunday, the Marine Corps said in a statement. Three of the 21 other Marines on the aircraft remained hospitalized on Monday, it said.

2 men accused of trying to go to Syria face fraud charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 03:37
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two of seven Minnesota men accused of plotting to go to Syria to join the Islamic State group face additional charges of financial aid fraud, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday.

Government releases fire plan to protect struggling bird

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 03:36
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has released a plan to protect the habitat of a struggling bird species from being destroyed by wildfire.

Shooter was fixated on George Zimmerman, police report says

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 03:31

A truck is towed at the scene of a shooting involving George Zimmerman, Monday, May 11, 2015, near Trailhead Park in Lake Mary, Fla. The man who called 911 to report he was involved in the shooting appears to be Matthew Apperson, the same person allegedly involved in a road rage incident Zimmerman last year. (Jeff Weiner/Orlando Sentinel via AP)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A police report says a man charged with shooting at George Zimmerman last week had "a fixation" on the former neighborhood watch leader.


Police: Man took pics of boy's feet, asked him to bring friends

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 03:21

 Man took pics of boy's feet, asked him to bring friendsPhiladelphia police are looking for the man who made some odd requests of an 11-year-old boy.


Interior secretary releases plan to protect habitat of struggling sage grouse from wildfires

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 03:17
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Interior secretary releases plan to protect habitat of struggling sage grouse from wildfires .

Court hears about the tall tale of a trooper's missing hat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 03:17
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Was firing a state trooper who lied about what happened to his hat justified? That was the question before North Carolina's Supreme Court on Tuesday.

$100 million 'symbolic' judgment entered in dog attack case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 03:16

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2014 file photo, Steve Constantine recalls a vicious dog attack from his hospital bed in Detroit. A judge on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, awarded a $100 million civil judgment to Constantine who lost most of his left arm, his left leg below the knee and his left ear after after he was mauled as he tried to feed a friend's dogs in Detroit. Police killed one dog at the scene and said they rounded up at least 11 other pit bulls or pit bull mixes that were later euthanized. (Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press via AP, File) DETROIT NEWS OUT; TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT DETROIT FREE PRESSDETROIT (AP) — A judge on Tuesday awarded a $100 million civil judgment to a man who lost most of his left arm, his left leg below the knee and his left ear in an attack by a pack of dogs outside a Detroit home.


Ex-security guard indicted in Kentucky bourbon theft scheme

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 03:12
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The alleged head of a bourbon theft ring recruited a security guard and paid her $800 to look the other way as thieves spirited away thousands of dollars' worth of whiskey from a Kentucky distillery, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Utah high school excludes students in special needs program from yearbook

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 03:01
By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A Utah high school has drawn criticism from parents of students who attend a special needs program at the school after it left them out of the school's 2015 yearbook, both sides said on Tuesday. The yearbook for Blue Peaks High School in Tooele, a city about 40 miles (64 km) east of Salt Lake City, did not include pictures of 17 special needs students who attended a transition program at the school. Leslee Bailey, whose 21-year-old daughter, Amber, has Down syndrome and was among the special needs students left out of the yearbook, said her daughter was initially upset by not seeing her photo in the yearbook but nevertheless had her friends sign the book.

Condemned Mississippi inmate wants mental health hearing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 02:59
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Attorneys for a Mississippi death row inmate asked the state Supreme Court on Tuesday to order a hearing on his mental health as a possible step toward overturning his conviction.