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Daughter: Beating victim now speaking in hospital

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 03:41

In an undated photo provided by the Utash family, Steven Utash, left, poses with his daughter Felicia. Steven Utash, a motorist beaten by a mob when he stopped to help a Detroit child struck by his pickup truck April 2 is speaking with family members at a hospital, Friday, April 11, 2014 after doctors took him off a ventilator Thursday. (AP Photo/Utash Family Photo)DETROIT (AP) — A suburban motorist who was brutally beaten by a Detroit mob after he stopped to check on a child struck by his pickup truck now is able to speak to relatives in a hospital, his daughter told The Associated Press Friday.


Salesforce to anchor West Coast's tallest building

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 03:31
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Salesforce.com is set to become the anchor tenant in an office tower under construction in San Francisco that's expected to be the tallest building on the West Coast.

School recruiter, 26, is named as bus crash victim

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 03:30

This undated photo provided by the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows Arthur Arzola. The 26-year-old Humboldt State University admissions counselor, from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., who was accompanying students on a visit to the campus, was identified by the Sacramento County coroner and the university as one of those who died in the fiery collision of a tour bus and FedEx truck on Interstate 5 near Orland, Calif. on Thursday, April 10, 2014. (AP Photo/California Department of Motor Vehicles)ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — A university recruiter was identified Friday as one of 10 people who died in a fiery crash that occurred when a FedEx tractor-trailer crossed a freeway median and slammed into a bus carrying high school students in California.


Australia PM confident sounds are from Flight 370

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 03:30

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, speaks to Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Friday, April 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Parker Song, Pool)PERTH, Australia (AP) — With the Malaysian jetliner mystery now five weeks old, officials have narrowed the search zone for the missing plane and are "very confident" the underwater signals they have heard are from its black box, Australia's prime minister said Friday.


Friend of accused Boston bomber asks judge to dismiss cover-up charges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 03:25
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Attorneys for one of the friends of the accused Boston Marathon bomber charged with helping to cover his tracks asked a judge on Friday to dismiss the criminal charges against their client, calling them unconstitutionally vague. Kazakh exchange student Dias Kadyrbayev also asked U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock through attorneys to strike references to "terrorism" and any "inflammatory" description of the damage caused by the bombing attack. In court papers, attorneys note that Kadyrbayev was not involved in the attack itself but simply charged with removing items from the accused bomber's dormitory room three days later. "Terrorism is not an element of the charges, and this incredibly loaded term, particularly in the minds of anyone in the Boston area where this horrific event occurred only one short year ago, and which implies a looming and terrifying force that threatens the existence of each and every juror, is unfairly prejudicial," Kadyrbayev's attorneys wrote in papers filed in Boston federal court in Friday.

Bus was taking poor students on college visit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 03:25

Massive flames engulf a tractor-trailer and a tour bus just after they collide on Interstate 5, Thursday, April, 10, 2014, near Orland, Calif. At least 10 people were killed in the crash, authorities said. (AP Photo/Jeremy Lockett)ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — It was a busload of opportunity: young, low-income, motivated students, destined to become the first in their families to go to college, journeying from the concrete sprawl of Los Angeles to a remote redwood campus 650 miles north.


New Mexico collegiate bullrider killed in rodeo practice

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 03:18
By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) - A 20-year-old college bullrider has been killed in an accident during a practice session at his university's rodeo arena after being thrown from a 2,000-pound bucking bull and then stepped on by the animal, a university spokesman said on Friday. Irvyng Urquijo, a sophomore and a member of the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team, died on Tuesday in Portales after the accident. According to university spokesman Adam Pittman, this was the first year Urquijo, 20, was on the university's rodeo team. He did not know Urquijo's level of experience, but said he had yet to complete a full eight-second ride.

Court upholds ruling against SeaWorld over trainer safety

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 03:03

Young children get a close-up view of an Orca killer whale during a visit to the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, CaliforniaBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld a federal occupational safety agency's finding against SeaWorld Entertainment Inc following the workplace death of one of its killer whale trainers. By a vote of 2-1, the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that SeaWorld had violated its duties as an employer by exposing trainers to "recognized hazards" when working with killer whales. The ruling means the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can require SeaWorld to limit the interactions trainers have with killer whales.


College visit turns tragic for California students

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 02:59

Officials and California Highway Patrol Officers look over the remains of a tour bus that was struck by a FedEx truck on Interstate 5 Thursday in Orland, Calif., Friday, April 11, 2014. At least ten people were killed and dozens injured in the fiery crash between the truck and a bus carrying high school students on a visit to a Northern California College. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — A college visit by more than 40 high school students turned tragic when a FedEx tractor-trailer veered across a grassy highway median and slammed into their bus in a fiery wreck that left 10 people dead in Northern California, authorities said.


Chicago's archbishop: Church seeking successor

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 02:59

Chicago Cardinal Francis George speaks during a news conference Friday, April 11, 2013, in Chicago. The 77-year-old spiritual leader of the Archdiocese of Chicago's more than 2 million Roman Catholics Chicago's said the Roman Catholic Church has told him it will begin searching for his successor because of his "uncertain" health as he undergoes chemotherapy. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — Cardinal Francis George, the archbishop of Chicago who is being treated for cancer, said Friday that the search process is underway for his successor as leader of the nation's third-largest archdiocese.


Police link 12 Kansas City-area highway shootings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 02:52
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police have connected 12 shootings targeting vehicles on Kansas City-area roads and highways since early March.

Texas Medicaid holds off on proposed limits for Gilead hepatitis drug

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 02:49
Texas is reconsidering whether to impose strict limits on Gilead Sciences' $84,000 hepatitis C treatment for patients on the state's Medicaid health plan for the poor, at the urging of outside advisers, a state official said on Friday. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which oversees Medicaid, had proposed a policy to allow the drug, Sovaldi, to be used mainly for sicker patients such as those whose hepatitis C had developed into advanced liver disease, according to state documents reviewed by Reuters. As with most state Medicaid programs, an outside committee of pharmacists and doctors in Texas meets quarterly to review new drugs and recommend policies to the program's director. "The board asked state staff to meet with stakeholders, including gastroenterologists, about the criteria, whether it was too strict, and the prior authorization process," Texas Health and Human Services Commission spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman said.

1 twin missing in California bus, truck collision

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 02:48

This 2013 photo provided by Miguel Serrato shows twin sisters Marisol Serrato, 17, left, and Marisa Serrato, right, with their sister-in-law Ivette Serrato during a wedding in Riverside, Caif. The twins were part of the group more than 40 high school students whose trip to visit a college turned tragic when a FedEx tractor-trailer veered across a grassy highway median and slammed into their bus in a wreck that left 10 people dead, authorities said. Marisa was one of the twins on the bus that crashed but is still unaccounted for. Marisol was on another bus that wasn't in the accident. (AP Photo/Courtesy Miguel Serrato)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California family is desperately trying to locate one of two identical twins who was on a bus that was involved in a fiery crash that killed 10 people.


Individuals targeted as San Francisco tech money protests intensify

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 02:46

Demonstrators shout during a rally in the Mission neighborhood in San FranciscoBy Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Demonstrations against the grip on San Francisco held by wealthy technology workers took a personal turn on Friday with protesters taking aim at a Google lawyer they say personifies the tensions being stirred by abundant tech money. Jack Halprin, a landlord in the city's gentrifying Mission district, became the focus of the latest blockade of a tech company commuter bus, with protesters demanding Google ask Halprin to rescind eviction notices he has sent his tenants. Protesters told Reuters they will increasingly target individuals as part of a strategy to draw attention to the growing divide between rich and poor in San Francisco, a rift widened by a tech industry boom that is inflating rents and exacerbating social problems such as evictions. "When you put a face on it, it suddenly becomes more real," Erin McElroy, an organizer at Eviction-Free San Francisco, said of what she views as a technology-driven housing crunch.


Subway: 'Yoga mat chemical' almost out of bread

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 02:38

FILE - This Aug. 11, 2009, file photo, shows a chicken breast sandwich and water from Subway on a kitchen counter in New York. Subway says an ingredient dubbed the "yoga mat" chemical will be entirely phased out of its bread by the week of April 14, 2014. The disclosure comes as Subway has suffered from an onslaught of bad publicity since a food blogger petitioned the chain to remove the ingredient. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Subway says an ingredient dubbed the "yoga mat chemical" will be entirely phased out of its bread by next week.


Woman to appeal sentence in new husband's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 02:30
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Kalispell, Mont., woman who pleaded guilty to pushing her husband off a cliff in Glacier National Park last summer plans to appeal her 30-year prison sentence for his death.

Charge dropped for coach in Ohio teen party rape case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 02:30
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Prosecutors will drop a misdemeanor charge against an Ohio wrestling coach accused of failing to report a suspected rape of a teenage girl by high school football players at a party, authorities said Friday. Steubenville High School wrestling coach Seth Fluharty, indicted by a grand jury in November, will have the charge of failure to report child abuse or neglect dismissed if he completes 20 hours community service and other requirements, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. The rape case drew national attention to Steubenville, Ohio, a town about 40 miles west of Pittsburgh, after images that appeared to document the assault of the 16-year-old girl at a party in August 2012 circulated online and hacker group Anonymous demanded justice. Two high school football players were found guilty as juveniles of assaulting the girl, and DeWine called for a grand jury to determine if adults in the town had covered up the crime to protect the school's nationally known football program.

Carter, Dole wives aid White House troop effort

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 02:21

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama disembark from Air Force One as they arrive Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, April 10, 2014, from a trip in Texas. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Showing that some issues can bridge the political divide, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, joined by former first lady Rosalynn Carter and former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, offered new sources of much-needed support Friday for millions of people who care for wounded service members and veterans, oftentimes at great emotional, physical and financial cost.


Cause of deadly California bus crash unknown

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 02:15

Officials and California Highway Patrol Officers look over the remains of a tour bus that was struck by a FedEx truck on Interstate 5 Thursday in Orland, Calif., Friday, April 11, 2014. At least ten people were killed and dozens injured in the fiery crash between the truck and a bus carrying high school students on a visit to a Northern California College. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — Investigators do not yet know what caused a FedEx tractor-trailer to veer across a grassy highway median and slam into a bus, killing 10 people, but they are looking into various factors, the California Highway Patrol said Friday.


Mediation in Rhode Island pension lawsuits fails

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 02:05
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Talks to salvage a proposed settlement designed to end the legal fight over Rhode Island's 2011 landmark pension overhaul have failed and the original court challenge is moving ahead, both sides of the case said Friday.