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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.


Maryland lawmakers boost minimum wage to $10.10/hour

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:47
The Maryland legislature approved raising the state's minimum wage on Monday to $10.10 an hour, equaling the highest state rate and drawing praise from President Barack Obama. The Democrat-controlled House of Delegates approved passage 87-47 and sent the bill to Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley, who had made the measure a priority. Maryland's entry-level wage is $7.25 an hour and was last raised in 2006. Connecticut last month raised its minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017, setting the highest U.S. state rate.

Detroit teen charged in mob beating of driver

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:46

Cars enter local business at the scene of an attack on Wednesday at the street corners of Morang and Balfour on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Detroit. A suburban Detroit man was in critical condition Thursday with severe head injuries after a neighborhood mob beat and kicked him when he stopped to check on a 10-year-old boy who stepped from a curb into the path of his pickup. The 54-year-old man, whose name was not released, was being treated at a Detroit hospital as police scoured the east side neighborhood where he was attacked Wednesday afternoon. The boy, David Harris, was expected to recover from his injuries, according to Desmond Key, who said he was the 10-year-old's uncle. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — A Detroit teenager was charged Monday in the mob beating of a suburban motorist who had accidentally hit a 10-year-old boy who stepped in front of his truck.


Feds: Engineer in NY derailment had sleep disorder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:41
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The engineer on a New York commuter train that derailed at high speed last year, killing four people, had a serious sleep disorder that interrupted his rest dozens of times each night, federal investigators disclosed Monday.

Philadelphia boy, two, fatally shoots 11-year-old sister: police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:31
A 2-year-old boy has fatally shot his 11-year-old sister after finding a gun in their home, Philadelphia police said on Monday. Investigators believe a male friend of the children's mother left the gun on top of a refrigerator in the family's home in the Mantua neighborhood on the city's west side, but it was moved to a bedroom where four siblings were playing on Saturday morning. The bullet struck the victim, identified as Jamara Stevens, in the arm and traveled to her chest. Police transported Stevens to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where she died.

Woman pleads guilty in newborn hospital kidnapping

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:25
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A woman who dressed as a nurse and abducted a 3-day-old boy from a Pittsburgh hospital in a handbag pleaded guilty Monday to kidnapping and related charges.

Accused Colorado movie theater gunman seeks change of venue

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:20

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers for the man charged with mass murder in a 2012 shooting frenzy that left 12 people dead at a Colorado movie theater have asked that his upcoming trial be moved out of the suburban Denver county where the case has been prosecuted. Defense attorneys argued in their motion for a change of venue that James Holmes' right to a fair trial in Arapahoe County has been compromised by "pervasive media coverage" of the case locally and "the undeniable impact of the tragedy on the community itself." Holmes, 26, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder and attempted murder charges stemming from the July 2012 massacre at an Aurora, Colorado, cinema during a midnight screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." Twelve moviegoers were killed and 70 others were injured in the shooting rampage, one of the deadliest outbursts of U.S. gun violence in decades. The case made international headlines, but has drawn especially intense news coverage in the Denver area.


Man agrees to restitution in vandalism at monument

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:19
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Minnesota man who carved the names of himself and his wife near the 1806 signature of explorer William Clark on a national monument in Montana has agreed to pay $4,400 in restitution and fines, the Bureau of Land Management said Monday.

Portrait of bullied girl emerges from case file

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:16
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — The Florida girl who authorities said jumped to her death because she was bullied also had a spotty relationship with her father and had just broken up with an online boyfriend, according to police documents.

Next year's high-skilled visas snapped up in days

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:15
WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses seeking highly skilled workers from overseas took less than a week to snap up all 85,000 visas available for next year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Monday.

Defense continues in Texas shoe stabbing case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:12

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 Houston woman accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with her stiletto heel are trying to show jurors that injuries documented after her arrest prove she was attacked.


Fargo 6th-graders mop up against college investors

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

In this March 18, 2014 photo Motif Investing founder Hardeep Walia talks with sixth grade students at Oak Grove Middle School in Fargo, North Dakota. Sixth grade teacher Dave Carlson started a competition between regular and advance math classes at Oak Grove and registered his students with Motif Investing, a company that enables customers to buy baskets of stocks. In the end, Carlson’s regular math class yielded a nearly 22 percent gain and trounced every university club participating in a contest that was held at the same time. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy)FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A class of sixth-graders from North Dakota has schooled some of the best college business students in the country on the stock market.


Mom gets 23 year sentence in daughter's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 01:53

FILE- In a photo provided by the Detroit Police, Semeria Greene is shown in a booking photo. Greene is scheduled to return Monday, April 7, 2014 to Wayne County Circuit Court where she faces sentencing in the stabbing death of her 8-year-old daughter in their Detroit home. She pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder and will serve at least 23 years in prison before she's considered for parole. The maximum term would be 50 years. The state didn't appeal. Tameria was killed in late December 2012. (AP Photo/Detroit Police)DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit woman was sentenced Monday to at least 23 years in prison for fatally stabbing her 8-year-old daughter whom a court had refused to remove from the home despite allegations of abuse.


Face of gay marriage in Utah an unlikely pair

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 01:51

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.


Tax proposal to help live theater brings out stars

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 01:49

FILE - This Jan. 19, 2012 file photo shows a Broadway street sign in New York's Times Square. Live commercial theater from Broadway to Los Angeles would get a huge financial boost under a change in the federal tax code that’s being championed by such actors as Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston and Tyne Daly. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer’s proposal would allow 100 percent of any live theater investment to be deducted up to $15 million per production, whether the eventual show is a hit or a flop, a benefit that is currently being granted to film and TV projects. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Live commercial theater from Broadway to Los Angeles would get a huge financial boost under a change in the federal tax code that's being championed by such actors as Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston and Tyne Daly.


Court rejects early appeal of surveillance ruling

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 01:48
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday declined an early look at a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records, instead allowing the dispute to work its way through the usual lower-court process.