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At 21, recovering heroin addict starts over

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 13:01

In this Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 photo, Cody Lewis, 21, a recovering heroin addict, smokes a cigarette before speaking about his life and addiction at the Good Samaritan Methodist Church in Addison, Ill. When Lewis walked out of Cook County Jail in May 2013 after being arrested with 15 bags of heroin, he had $11 in his pocket. Almost immediately, he spent $10 on yet another bag of the drug. By then, Lewis was a $100-a-day addict. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Just out of Cook County Jail after being arrested with 15 bags of heroin, Cody Lewis had all of $11 in his pocket. But not for long.


5 things to know about heroin use, getting help

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:58

FILE - This photo released on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 by the Massachusetts State Police shows some of the 1,250 packets of heroin labeled "Obamacare" and "Kurt Cobain" which state police troopers confiscated during a traffic stop in Hatfield, Mass. Four people were charged with heroin trafficking. (AP Photo/Massachusetts State Police)Long a scourge of the back alleys of American life, heroin is spreading across the country. The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in February only underscored a problem many American communities already were combatting: the rising use of — and deaths from — heroin. Here are five things to know about this issue.


Calif. bill would end SeaWorld killer whale shows

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:57

Ava Kotler, 12, left, her sister Kirra, 10, right, and Lizzie Gordon, 11, center, helped deliver petitions to for a bill that bans holding killer whales for performance and entertainment purposes, Monday, April 7, 2014, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Supporters of the bill, AB2140 by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, criticizes the negative aspects of captive orcas at Sea World. The bill will go before the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee Tuesday. Actor Eric Balfour, background second from left, and his fiancee, Erin Chiamulon where at the Capitol to support the measure.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A proposed California bill would force SeaWorld San Diego to stop using killer whales in its iconic shows and to release them from their tanks, the latest blowback that the exotic animal attraction has faced after a documentary criticized the marine park's animal welfare practices.


Death toll in Washington mudslide rises to 33

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:50

People hold candles during a vigil at the Darrington Community Center on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The vigil was held on the two week anniversary of the Oso mudslide and brought together hundreds of local residents affected by the disaster. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The death toll from the landslide that hit the Washington town of Oso rose to 33 on Monday, according to the Snohomish County medical examiner's office, which said all but three have been identified.


Pro-Russians call east Ukraine region independent

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:47

People gathered in front of a barricade at the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, Monday, April 7, 2014. A Ukrainian news agency is reporting that pro-Russian separatists who have seized the regional administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk proclaimed the region an independent republic. The activists on Monday also called for a referendum on the sovereignty of the Donetsk region, which borders Russia, to be held no later than May 11, the Interfax news agency reported. (AP Photo/Andrey Basevych)DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Moscow activists barricaded inside government buildings in eastern Ukraine proclaimed their regions independent Monday and called for a referendum on seceding from Ukraine — an ominous echo of the events that led to Russia's annexation of Crimea.


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.