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Storms sock the Southeast, killing 2 people

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:46

.BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms dumped heavy rains across the Southeast on Monday and caused flash flooding in central Alabama, where crews in small boats and military trucks had to rescue dozens of people from their homes and cars.

Creditors say Detroit bankruptcy plan lacks needed details

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:30

A man rides his bike past graffiti in Detroit(Reuters) - Creditor objections flowed into a U.S. bankruptcy court on Monday, claiming a document supporting Detroit's plan to deal with $18 billion of debt and other obligations is missing crucial details. Labor unions, bond insurers, bondholders, city retiree groups and Michigan county governments met Monday's deadline set by the court and filed laundry lists of objections to the city's disclosure statement. That statement explains how Detroit came to file the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history in July 2013 and how the city plans to treat its scores of secured and unsecured creditors in order to exit bankruptcy. Detroit's biggest union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 25, whose members face cuts in retirement benefits, wrote that "the city has failed to provide large amounts of critical information." The union also said the city was remiss in not addressing any fallout from pension cuts.

Donations pour in for Phoenix mom facing charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:24

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 arrested after leaving her two kids in a hot vehicle during a job interview is fighting to clear her name in court, with the support of a New Jersey woman who has raised more than $91,000 to help her effort.

Father on trial, daughter denies wanting Iraqi-American mother dead

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 09:59

Alhimidi speaks next to his son Mohammed during candlelight vigil to remember his wife Shaima Alawadi outside their home in El CajonBy Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The daughter of an Iraqi-American man accused of killing his wife in California in what was first investigated as a hate crime denied under cross-examination by a defense lawyer on Monday that she ever said she wanted her mother dead. Fatima Alhimidi acknowledged telling an uncle's then-girlfriend that she hated her mother because the two had fought over her romance with a local Chaldean Christian boy, a relationship that would be taboo in many Muslim families. I don't think so." The questions appeared to be part of a defense strategy to suggest that the father, 49-year-old Kassim Alhimidi, may not have been the only person with a possible motive for killing the stay-at-home mother of five in her San Diego-area home. When it was his turn to question Alhimidi, San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Kurt Mechals asked her directly if she had anything to do with the crime.

Property tax hike dropped from Chicago pension bill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 08:43
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday removed any mention of new or higher taxes in his legislation to ease the city's retirement funding shortfalls just hours after the bill came under attack by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. But the legislation would continue to require Chicago to pay what it owes annually to the funds or the state would withhold money due the city. The bill also gives pension funds the ability to sue the city over payments. "Working with legislative leaders, bill sponsors, the governor, and our partners in labor, we have addressed their concerns and can now move forward to save the retirements of nearly 60,000 city workers and retirees in Chicago," Emanuel said in a statement.

'Promising lead' emerges in hunt for Flight 370

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 08:42

The chief coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Center retired Chief Air Marshall Angus Houston shows a map to the media during a press conference about the on going search operations for wreckage and debris of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in Perth, Australia, Monday, April 7, 2014. Houston reported the towed pinger locator deployed from the Ocean Shield has detected two signals consistent with those emitted by an in flight back box recorder, in the northern part of the current search area in the southern Indian Ocean. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)PERTH, Australia (AP) — A concentrated air and sea search was underway in the Indian Ocean on Tuesday after an Australian ship detected faint pings deep underwater in what an official called the "most promising lead" yet in the search for Flight 370.

Body found in Indiana lake may be that of missing Michigan doctor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 08:33
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Police have told the parents of a missing Michigan doctor a body recovered from a northwestern Indiana lake may be that of their daughter, a private investigator working the case said on Monday. Teleka Patrick went missing on December 5 after attempting to check into a hotel in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she lived, according to Jim Carlin, a Michigan investigator her family hired about three months ago to look for her. The lake is near the spot where an Indiana State Police trooper found Patrick's car abandoned along Interstate 94 on December 5. It is unclear why she left Michigan and drove to Indiana and why she was attempting to rent a hotel room in the city where she lived, Carlin said.

Drug boat found in California near popular Malibu-area beach

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 08:32

Marijuana plants are displayed for sale at Canna Pi medical marijuana dispensary in SeattleBy Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A drug smuggling boat loaded with roughly a ton of marijuana was found beached on Monday in California near a popular Malibu-area surfing spot, and three people located nearby were detained for questioning, a Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman said. The so-called panga boat was found at the Leo Carrillo beach, which is popular among local surfers, and was loaded with bundles of marijuana, said Deputy Joseph Baclawski of the Los Angeles sheriff department's special enforcement bureau. "Two thousand pounds (910 kg) is about all these pangas can fit." The past four years have seen an upswing in drug arrests along the Southern California coastline involving the deep V-bottom pangas, although it is rare to find a beached boat loaded with drugs on a popular beach during daylight hours, Baclawski said.

Pensions pose latest challenge for Chicago mayor

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

FILE - In this March, 6, 2014 file photo Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel left, listens while Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti right, looks on during a panel discussion about the issues facing the nation's big cities at the University of Chicago, in Chicago. Emanuel, the hard-charging mayor is intent on fixing what ails the nation’s third-largest city, no matter whom he ticks off in the process. The man once nicknamed “Rahmbo” for his fierce political maneuvering, last week announced an agreement with several unions to help bail out the nation’s worst-funded city pension systems, a festering problem inherited from his predecessor, Richard M. Daley. Emanuel said the deal, which would slice Chicago’s nearly $20 billion shortfall in half by cutting benefits and raising property taxes, would keep the funds from insolvency and avoid massive cuts in services and a record tax hike. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty,File)CHICAGO (AP) — Rahm Emanuel has been a force in politics — the mastermind behind a Democratic takeover of Congress, dealmaker in two White Houses and now the hard-charging mayor intent on fixing what ails the nation's third-largest city, no matter whom he ticks off in the process.

Arkansas AG asks court to reconsider drug ruling

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 08:16
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to reconsider its decision tossing out a $1.2 billion judgment against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson, saying justices did "significant harm" to the state and broke from 170 years of precedent.

'Mountain Man' pleads guilty to federal charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 08:15
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man accused of eluding authorities for years while burglarizing remote cabins across a wide swath of Utah resolved part of the case against him Monday by pleading guilty to federal charges.

Alaska to sue for road through wildlife refuge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 08:09
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska announced Monday it will sue the federal government to open a road through a national wildlife refuge so that residents of a village will have improved access for emergency flights at an all-weather airport.

La. Senate refuses to protect 'chicken boxing'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 07:59
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The sport of "chicken boxing" doesn't have many friends in the Louisiana Senate.

New York police, firefighters brawl at charity hockey match: reports

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 07:57
A charity hockey match between New York City firefighters and police officers devolved into a brawl on the ice on Sunday, according to videos and photographs posted online and a local newspaper. Hockey sticks, gloves and helmets littered the ice at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, about 30 miles east of New York City, as players from both teams grappled with each other for several minutes as the crowd roared their encouragement in videos posted on YouTube and Instagram. Tempers were eventually calmed, and the New York Police Department went on to win 8-5.

Defense rests case in Texas shoe stabbing trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 07:46

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 U.S. woman accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with her stiletto heel used a martial arts expert Monday to demonstrate for jurors how they believe she was attacked on the night of the killing.

Rescued sailboat family set to return to San Diego on Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 07:34

Sailors 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 effortBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A family of four rescued from their sailboat after the youngest of two children became seriously ill are due to return to California on Wednesday aboard a U.S. warship that picked them up over the weekend, Navy and Coast Guard officials said. Military officials declined on Monday to give any details on the medical condition of 1-year-old Lyra Kaufman except to say that she, her 3-year-old sister, Cora, and their parents, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman, were all safe as they headed back to port in San Diego. "I know she's stable enough to stay on board the ship to continue to San Diego," Coast Guard spokeswoman Lieutenant Anna Dixon said.

Slow start for NY town using birth control on deer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 07:29

In this March 25, 2014 photo provided by the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society workers Rick Naugle foreground, takes a deer’s vital signs as Kayla Gram prepares to inject a tagged and tranquilized doe with a contraceptive as part of a program to control the deer population in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. Organizers say harsh weather, red tape and the unpredictability of the animals all interfered with the program and they only managed to inject a contraceptive into eight does last month. An estimated 120 deer have overrun the two-square mile village, which has resisted any lethal method of culling the herd. (AP Photo/Humane Society of the United States, Yvonne Forman)HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) — Heavy snow and red tape resulted in a disappointingly slow start for a pioneering program in a New York suburb to use birth control as a no-kill way to thin the numbers of deer.

Senate OKs jobless bill; House prospects slimmer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 07:21

FILE - This Feb. 6, 2014 file photo shows Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. speaking during a news conference on unemployment insurance on Capitol Hill in Washington. Capping a three-month struggle, the Senate closed in Monday on passage of election-year legislation to restore jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed that expired late last year. Approval would send the legislation to a hostile reception in the House, where majority Republicans generally oppose it. Even before the Senate vote, Reed and Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., the bill’s leading supporters, said they were willing to consider changes in hopes of securing passage in a highly reluctant House. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well.

In blind test, soloists like new violins over old

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 07:12

This framegrab image from video, provided by Stefan Avalos, shows soloist Ilya Kaler wearing welder glasses so he can’t see the violin during a test of old and new instruments outside Paris in September 2012. Ten world class soloists put old Italian violins, including multi-million dollar Stradivariuses, and newer cheaper ones to a blind scientific test. The results may seem off key to musicians and collectors, but the newer instruments won handily. Contrary to musical convention, a new scientific study found most of the violinists passed up older violins when the lights were dimmed and the musicians had to wear dark glasses. Most of them couldn’t even tell whether they were using old or violins just from the sound. The six old violins included five Stradivariuses. (AP Photo/Stefan Avalos)WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten world-class soloists put costly Stradivarius violins and new, cheaper ones to a blind scientific test. The results may seem off-key to musicians and collectors, but the new instruments won handily.

Obamacare 'accomplishing goal': Gallup poll

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 07:09

Julian Gomez explains Obamacare to people at a health insurance enrolment event in CommerceBy Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - The percentage of Americans without health insurance dipped to its lowest in nearly six years due in part to U.S. President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, commonly known as Obamacare, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday. Some 15.6 percent of Americans lacked health insurance in the first three months of 2014, down from a high of 18 percent in late 2013, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey. "'Obamacare' appears to be accomplishing its goal of increasing the percentage of Americans with health insurance coverage," the report said. Black and low-income Americans saw some of the most pronounced drops in the uninsured rate, with declines of more than 3 percentage points.