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Arizona woman found guilty in hammer-beating death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:03

Marissa Devault looks at the jury as they are polled after finding her guilty of first degree murder, in Maricopa County Superior Court, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Phoenix. Devault was convicted for bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer in what prosecutors said was a failed bid to collect on a life insurance policy to repay about $300,000 in loans from her boyfriend. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman was convicted of first-degree murder Tuesday for bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer in what prosecutors said was a failed bid to collect on a life insurance policy to repay about $300,000 in loans from her boyfriend.


U.S. Navy mulls options to help drones avoid other planes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:02

Handout of two Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles are seen on the tarmac at a Northrop Grumman test facility in PalmdaleThe U.S. Navy said on Tuesday it continued to examine options for a system to help Northrop Grumman Corp's new MQ-4 Triton high-altitude unmanned spy plane detect and avoid other aircraft, and expected to decide on a new approach in less than a year. The Navy last year halted work on a complex "sense and avoid" radar being developed by Exelis Inc after the company ran into technical challenges in trying to develop a system small enough to fit on the nose of the drone. Sean Burke, deputy program manager for the Triton program, told reporters at an annual Navy League conference that the Triton was making good progress in flight testing and development, but it had proven technically challenging to scale down the complex, 360-degree radar needed for the new sensor.


No plans to charge family for sea rescue of baby

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:56

FILE - In this April 6, 2014, file photo, provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, sailors from the frigate USS Vandegrift assist in the rescue of the Kaufman family with a sick infant on the ship's small boat, as part of a joint U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and California Air National Guard rescue effort. None of the three federal agencies that helped rescue the ill 1-year-old, Lyra Kaufman, and her family from their broken down sailboat about 900 miles off Mexico's Pacific coast plan to seek reimbursement for the cost of the operation. Officials from the Navy, Coast Guard and California Air National Guard said Tuesday, April 8, 2014, they don't charge for search-and-rescue missions. "We don't want people in trouble at sea to hesitate to call for help for fear they'll be charged for assistance," said Lt. Anna Dixon of the 11th Coast Guard District, which oversaw the operation but did not send vessels or aircraft to the stranded sailboat. She said that helping at sea is a time-honored tradition and a requirement of international maritime convention. The Navy warship that picked up the family on Sunday is expected to reach San Diego on Wednesday. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — It took three federal agencies, a fixed-wing aircraft, a Navy warship and scores of personnel to rescue an ill baby girl and her family from their broken down sailboat 900 miles off the Mexican coast. But the San Diego couple will not have to repay the federal government for the dramatic evacuation at sea, the agencies said Tuesday.


Habanero peppers found on school playground

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:39
DENVER (AP) — Environmental investigators say they found pieces of habanero peppers on a school playground after seven students were sent to the hospital complaining of skin and eye irritation.

Mickey Rooney's will details final wishes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:38

This March 7, 2010 file photo shows Mickey Rooney at the 82nd Academy Awards in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Rooney's final will filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, calls for his stepson and caretaker Mark Rooney to receive the bulk of the actor's modest estate. Attorney Michael Augustine, who Rooney nominated to run his estate, said Tuesday that the actor died after a nap Sunday, April 6, 2014, and wanted his stepson to be the sole beneficiary of his estate because of the care he had received in recent years. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mickey Rooney signed his last will just weeks before death, leaving a modest estate to a stepson who had been his caretaker, but the actor had no intention of ending his Hollywood career anytime soon, his attorney said Tuesday.


GM auto workers vote to allow strike in Kentucky

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:22
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Workers at the General Motors plant in Kentucky that assembles Corvettes voted Tuesday to authorize a strike over lingering safety concerns, but a local union leader said he hopes the differences can be resolved without a walkout.

UConn celebrates 1 NCAA title, watches shot at 2nd

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:04

Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie waves to fans at a pep rally Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Storrs, Conn., the day after the team won the NCAA men's Division I basketball championship. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Kevin Ollie delivered on the promise he made last month after UConn's final home game, bringing an NCAA championship back to Gampel Pavilion.


Barge overturns on Mississippi River; 2 missing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:01
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say a barge capsized on the Mississippi River in northeast Arkansas and that two people who fell into the water are missing.

Death toll in Washington state mudslide rises to 35

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

Members of communities affected by the Oso mudslide participate a candlelight vigil at the Community Center in Darrington, Washington(Reuters) - The death toll in a mudslide that devastated a rural Washington state community last month rose to 35 on Tuesday as two more bodies were extricated from the rubble and President Barack Obama pledged to visit the town at the center of the devastation. A rain-soaked hillside collapsed without warning above the north fork of the Stillaguamish River on March 22, unleashing a torrent of mud that engulfed some three dozen homes on the outskirts of the tiny community of Oso. The death toll had stood at 33 on Monday.


Father says alleged shooter wanted to be policeman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 08:43

Los Angeles police officers stand outside the West Traffic Division station Tuesday, April 8, 2014, after an officer was shot and wounded inside the station Monday evening. A gunman who opened fire inside the police station, hitting one officer several times, was hospitalized early Tuesday in critical condition after he was wounded in the ensuing gunbattle, authorities said. (AP Photo/Nick Ut )LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say the man suspected of shooting up a Los Angeles police station and wounding an officer had been rejected after applying to become a policeman.


NBC sets online talent search for comedy writers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 08:42

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 25, 2014 file photo, Mindy Kaling arrives at PALEYFEST 2014 - "The Mindy Project," in Los Angeles. NBC says it's launching a national talent search for comedy writers with an initiative, dubbed "NBC Comedy Playground," that will give up to 10 finalists the chance to create pilots and a formal presentation. The top two ideas will be picked by a celebrity advisory board including Eva Longoria, Sean Hayes, Kaling and Seth Meyers. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, file)PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NBC is launching a national talent search for comedy writers.


Rooney's estate goes to stepson who was caretaker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 08:32

This March 7, 2010 file photo shows Mickey Rooney at the 82nd Academy Awards in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Rooney's final will filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, calls for his stepson and caretaker Mark Rooney to receive the bulk of the actor's modest estate. Attorney Michael Augustine, who Rooney nominated to run his estate, said Tuesday that the actor died after a nap Sunday, April 6, 2014, and wanted his stepson to be the sole beneficiary of his estate because of the care he had received in recent years. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mickey Rooney's will calls for the bulk of his modest estate to go to a stepson who had been caring for him in his final years.


Obama's Kenyan aunt dies in Boston, law firm says

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 08:31
President Obama's Kenyan aunt, who was granted asylum in the United States after having lived in the country illegally for several years, has died, an employee of the law firm that represented her said on Tuesday. Zeituni Onyango, 61, died in her sleep on Monday night at a nursing and rehabilitation center in South Boston, said Gordon Landefeld, marketing manager at Margaret W. Wong and Associates, a Cleveland-based firm. Landefeld said Onyango had been ill since January. Onyango, a half-sister of Obama's father, moved to the United States in 2000 and applied for asylum in 2002, citing violence in Kenya.

Connecticut woman in D.C. car chase shot in back by officers: attorney

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 08:27
(Reuters) - A Connecticut woman who was chased down and shot dead last year by Washington D.C. police after trying to ram her car through a White House barrier was struck in the back by bullets in her fatal encounter with officers, her family's lawyer said. The shooting death of Miriam Carey, 34, last October made national headlines. Her one-year-old baby, who was unhurt, was in the car with her when she got into a high-speed chase that injured two police officers and led to a Capitol lockdown. Carey died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the findings of a District of Columbia medical examiner's autopsy cited last week on the website of attorney Eric Sanders, who represents the family.

Exclusive: Iowa, North Carolina join states studying Experian breach

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

A magnifying glass is held in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in BerlinBy Jim Finkle and Karen Freifeld BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Iowa and North Carolina said they are looking into a breach involving a subsidiary of Experian Plc that exposed some 200 million social security numbers, in addition to two states that previously announced investigations. Separately U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, chided the company, saying she was concerned it had changed its explanation of how it was responding to the breach. McCaskill told Reuters she was troubled to learn Experian has recently said it would not be able to notify people whose social security numbers were compromised in the scheme. "It's troubling that Experian would wait three months after testifying, only to change their story, all while victims who had their identities stolen remain at risk as a result of this crime," McCaskill told Reuters via email.


Judge criticizes State Department over Blackwater shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 08:00
By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday harshly criticized the U.S. State Department over its handling of a 2007 shooting in Baghdad involving Blackwater Worldwide security guards and asked the agency's watchdog to investigate problems that helped delay a related criminal case. "If the Department of State and Diplomatic Security Service had tried deliberately to sabotage this prosecution, they could hardly have done a better job," U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth, who is overseeing the criminal case against the former guards, said in an opinion dated March 26 but made public on Tuesday. He asked the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, which is prosecuting the case, to ask the inspector general of the State Department to fully investigate the problems.

California bill that would end orca shows stalls

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 07:53

FILE - This Feb. 14, 2013 file photo provided by SeaWorld San Diego shows mother killer whale Katsaka and her calf swimming together at SeaWorld San Diego's Shamu Stadium in San Diego. A California bill that sought to end killer whale shows at SeaWorld in San Diego and phase out their captivity was put on hold Tuesday, April 8, 2014, dousing an escalating fight between animal activists and supporters of the major tourist attraction. The bill's author, Democrat Richard Bloom of Santa Monica, agreed during the bill's first hearing before the water, parks and wildlife committee to revisit his proposal after further study. (AP Photo/SeaWorld San Diego, Mike Aguilera, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California bill that sought to end killer whale shows at SeaWorld in San Diego and phase out their captivity was put on hold Tuesday, dousing an escalating fight between animal activists and supporters of the major tourist attraction.


Passwords vulnerable after security flaw found

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 07:45
NEW YORK (AP) — Passwords, credit cards and other sensitive data are at risk after security researchers discovered a problem with an encryption technology used to securely transmit email, e-commerce transactions, social networking posts and other Web traffic.

Families of autistic kids sue Disney parks over policy on lines

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 07:44
(Reuters) - Families with autistic children have sued Walt Disney Co, alleging the company does not provide adequate access to theme park visitors with autism who have difficulty waiting in long lines for rides. In October 2013, Disney parks stopped offering autistic visitors a "guest assistance card" that let them and their families bypass lines, according to a lawsuit filed April 3 in federal court in California. Disney changed the policy after media reports of abuse of guest assistance cards, such as visitors hiring disabled people to help them skip lines. The 16 plaintiffs who are suing Disney said the company is violating requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

GOP leader: La. lawmaker's apology appropriate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 07:31
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republicans kept their distance Tuesday from a Louisiana congressman who asked for forgiveness after a newspaper published a video it says shows him kissing a woman who isn't his wife.