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Senate nears passage of jobless-benefits bill

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

In this Feb. 27, 2014, file photo, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., center, confers with Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., right, with Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., at far left, as members of the Senate Banking Committee gather for an appearance by Janet Yellen on Capitol Hill in Washington. One partisan election-year battle that senators seem likely to resolve when they return from recess later this month is the fight over renewing expired benefits for the long-term unemployed. Reed, a leading bargainer, said the March 13 agreement would help families and "provide a little certainty to families, business and the markets that Congress is capable of coming together to do the right thing." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

Appeals court: Texas execution back on

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 04:38
HOUSTON (AP) — The execution of a Texas death row inmate was back on schedule Monday after a federal appeals court ruled that the state doesn't have to reveal where it gets its lethal injection drug.

Whitey Bulger backs man's efforts at freedom

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 04:36

FILE - This file June 23, 2011 booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James "Whitey" Bulger, captured in Santa Monica, Calif., after 16 years on the run. Bulger is serving two life sentences after being convicted in 2013 of playing a role in 11 murders and a string of other crimes in the 1970s and ‘80s. Fred Weichel of Boston, who has spent more than 30 years in prison for a killing he said he didn't commit, has an ally in Bulger. In handwritten letters sent from jail in fall 2013, Bulger wrote that the real killer was an unnamed friend of Weichel. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service, File)BOSTON (AP) — A man who says that convicted gangster James "Whitey" Bulger helped frame him in a 1980 murder is now getting support from Bulger in his quest for a new trial.

NJ fire that could be smelled in NYC is contained

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 04:29
WASHINGTON, N.J. (AP) — Fire officials say a southern New Jersey brush fire that could be smelled 90 miles away in New York City has been contained.

Army spokesman says Fort Hood shooter's request for leave preceded deadly rampage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 04:12
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Army spokesman says Fort Hood shooter's request for leave preceded deadly rampage.

Appeals court overturns stay of execution in Texas

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

The death chamber is seen through the steel bars from the viewing room at the federal penitentiary in Huntsville, TexasBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas will carry out the execution of convicted murderer Ramiro Hernandez this week after a U.S. appeals court on Monday ruled that the state does not have to reveal where it gets its lethal injection drug. Texas is set to execute Hernandez, a 44-year-old Mexican native, on Wednesday for breaking into the home of a couple in 1997, beating a man to death and raping his wife. A three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit Court said the drug used by Texas was effective and there was no compelling evidence that protections provided by the U.S. Constitution would be violated under current procedures. The 5th Circuit made a similar decision last week when it reversed a stay for another inmate, Tommy Lynn Sells, who was executed last Thursday.

Police: Man calls 911 after injury during break-in

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 03:58
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police in Louisville, Ky., say a man called 911 after falling from a ladder and breaking his leg in the middle of a home break-in.

Man renounces sovereign ideals, gets probation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 03:56
LAS VEGAS (AP) — An ex-convict who renounced his adherence to a sovereign citizen philosophy was sentenced Monday to five years' probation for plotting to kidnap police officers to call attention to his anti-government views.

Arizona mother pleads not guilty for leaving kids in hot car

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 03:53
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An unemployed Arizona woman accused of leaving her two young children in a hot car while she went to a job interview pleaded not guilty to two felony child abuse charges on Monday, court officials said. Shanesha Taylor, 35, made the plea during a brief arraignment in Maricopa County Superior Court in a case that has attracted nationwide attention and garnered her more than $91,000 in Internet donations. Taylor was charged after police found her children, ages 2 and 6 months, in a parked car last month, sweating profusely and in apparent distress as she went to attend an interview for an insurance company job, according to court documents.

Rio Tinto to give away Pebble Mine project shares

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 03:50
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A major shareholder of a company behind a contentious Alaska mine project on Monday announced it was giving its shares away to two Alaska charitable organizations, at least one of which belongs to a larger group that has come out publicly against the project.

Train driver in fatal NYC crash had undetected sleep disorder: NTSB

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 03:46

Metro-North engineer William Rockefeller Jr. is loaded into an ambulance after a derailment in New YorkBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The driver of a train that derailed in December in New York City, killing four passengers, had an undiagnosed sleep disorder at the time of the accident, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Monday. William Rockefeller, the engineer at the controls of the Metro-North commuter train that derailed in the Bronx on December 1, suffered from severe sleep apnea, which can cause drowsiness, according to documents published by the safety board on Monday. The documents also included a transcript of Rockefeller's interview with investigators two days after the crash, which provides the fullest account yet of the "hypnotic" state he said overcame him before he realized his train was derailing. "I was dazed, you know, looking straight ahead, almost like mesmerized," Rockefeller told investigators.

Comedian John Pinette found dead in Pittsburgh hotel room at age 50

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 03:31

File photo of Comedian John Pinette during the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony in New York(Reuters) - John Pinette, a stand-up comedian who guest-starred as the victim of a carjacking in the final episode of the comedy show Seinfeld, has died at age 50, an official said on Sunday. Pinette was found dead inside a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, hotel room on Saturday, an official with the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said. The show's stars stand by and watch the incident and make fun of the man's weight before they are arrested by a police officer for violating the "Good Samaritan Law." The medical examiner's official said Pinette was in Pittsburgh to attend a wedding.

Rescues needed as storms drench the Southeast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 03:27

Firefighters rescue a family from their home, surrounded by floodwaters, in a mobile home park in Pelham, Ala., on Monday, April 6, 2014. Overnight storms dumped torrential rains in central Alabama, causing flooding across a wide area. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms crawled across the Southeast on Monday, dumping heavy rains and causing flash flooding in central Alabama, where crews in small boats and military trucks had to rescue dozens of people from their homes and cars.

Texas parole board denies pardon for executed man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 03:25
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Innocence Project says the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied its petition to posthumously pardon a Texas man executed for killing his three children in a house fire.

Aunt: Niece rescued at sea recovering on meds

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 03:25

In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, sailors from Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 49) 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 effort, Sunday, April 6, 2014. Eric and Charlotte Kaufman said their daughter Lyra's medical condition continued to improve after they boarded the San Diego-bound Vandegrift hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast so the girl could get to a medical facility. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)SAN DIEGO (AP) — The aunt of a 1-year-old girl rescued at sea by the U.S. Navy says the baby's fever is gone, and she is responding well to medication after showing salmonella-like symptoms before her family's sailboat broke down.

Mississippi girl swept away by floodwaters likely dead: officials

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 03:10
By Therese Apel JACKSON, Mississippi (Reuters) - A 9-year-old girl was missing and presumed dead on Monday after being swept away in flash floods triggered by severe storms in Mississippi, while more than 100 people were rescued from deluged apartment buildings in Alabama, authorities said. Divers in Yazoo City, Mississippi, searched culverts and ditches for the girl, who was last seen on Sunday night playing in floodwaters near her home, said Joey Ward, director of the local emergency management agency. In Covington County, Mississippi, seven people suffered minor injuries when a tornado apparently damaged homes overnight, the state emergency management agency said.

Young Utah gay couple become face of gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 03:09

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2013, file photo, Derek Kitchen, left, and his partner Moudi Sbeity hug each other outside Frank E. Moss United States Courthouse, in Salt Lake City. The young couple that has become the face of gay marriage in Utah is an unlikely pair for the role. Kitchen and Sbeity were both raised in conservative religious families that shun gays, Kitchen in a Mormon home in Utah and Sbeity in a Muslim family in Lebanon. They each came out when they were 16 years old, worlds apart, and met six years later in college in Utah. They chose to become one of three couples as plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging Utah’s same-sex marriage to publicly push back against religions that oppress gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Derek Kitchen was a teenager still coming to grips with his sexual orientation when yard signs began popping up throughout his suburban Salt Lake City neighborhood in 2004 supporting an amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

Engineer in NY derailment talked of feeling dazed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 03:01
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The engineer on a New York commuter train that derailed last year, killing four people, says he felt dazed and hypnotized just before the crash.

Kansas City police probe highway shootings targeting motorists

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:58
By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Investigators in Kansas City are searching for one or more gunmen who have been firing at area motorists over the last month, hitting at least 13 vehicles and injuring three people, police said on Monday. It's crazy," said Marisa Barnes, a spokeswoman for the Kansas City Police Department. "Luckily there have only been three where there have been injuries." The most recent shooting took place on Sunday night when a driver was shot in the leg while traveling on a highway through Kansas City. "It is alarming to us that there is somebody out there doing this," said Jennifer Dachenhausen, a crime analyst for the Blue Springs Police.

Phoenix mom facing abuse charges gaining support

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:54

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) — Like many busy mothers, Shanesha Taylor was trying to do it all.