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Dreams dashed in fatal college tour bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 13:56

High school students, Jazmine Villalobos, 14, left, and Michelle Lopez, 14, react after learning the death of senior student Adrian Castro, as they leave El Monte High School in El Monte, Calif., Friday, April 11, 2014. Adrian Castro, an El Monte High School senior, was on the Humboldt State University-bound bus that crashed in Orland on Thursday, an El Monte school official said. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)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.


Woman accused of tossing shoe at Clinton released

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 13:07

This image provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Alison Ernst, who was arrested April 10, 2014 in connection with an incident involving throwing a shoe at Former Secretary of State and Former First Lady Hillary Clinton. Alison was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and released. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe some 60 feet toward Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared aware during questioning by U.S. Secret Service agents of the allegation against her, authorities said Friday.


President Obama attends 'A Raisin in the Sun'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 12:45

FILE - In this April 3, 2014 file photo shows Anika Noni Rose, from left, LaTanya Richardson, Denzel Washington and Sophie Okonedo at the curtain call for the opening night of “A Raisin In The Sun” in New York. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama caught the American masterpiece Friday night, April 11, 2014, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where it first opened more than 50 years ago. They took their seats to huge applause. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Tickets to watch Denzel Washington on Broadway in "A Raisin in the Sun" are hard to come by, but one man managed it — President Barack Obama.


CenturyLink: Washington 911 outage due to vendor

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 12:29
SEATTLE (AP) — A seven-hour outage in Washington state 911 service that left dispatchers deeply troubled was caused by a technical error by a third-party vendor, CenturyLink said Friday.

50-acre Connecticut estate sells for $120 million

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 11:59
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — A 12-bedroom waterfront estate on 50 acres in wealthy Greenwich has been sold for $120 million.

With new leader for Obamacare, White House shifts to election mode

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 11:06

U.S. President Obama announces Director of the Office of Management and Budget Burwell as his nominee to replace outgoing Health Secretary Sebelius, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White HouseBy Steve Holland, Roberta Rampton and David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kathleen Sebelius' departure as President Barack Obama's health secretary signals a new chapter in the White House's efforts to defend Obama's signature healthcare law and help Senate Democrats who face tough battles for re-election in conservative states this fall. In the tightly orchestrated transition that included Sebelius' resignation late Thursday and Obama's quick appointment of well-regarded budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell as Sebelius' replacement, the political calculus was clear: Having stood by Sebelius during a painful few months when Obamacare's rollout was marred by a balky enrollment web site, stinging criticism from Republicans and falling popularity ratings for Obama, the White House saw a chance to reset the national conversation over Obamacare amid good news, and with a new face in charge of the program.


Ripples of Nevada range showdown spreading in West

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 11:05

Kellie Houston, neice of Cliven Bundy, cries after speaking at a public meeting in the Moapa Valley Community Center in Overton, Nev. Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The meeting was about the roundup by the Bureau of Land Management's of what they call "trespass cattle" run by Cliven Bundy in the Gold Butte area 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Images of a forced cattle roundup on a rural Nevada range sent ripples through the West on Friday, prompting elected officials in several states to weigh in, militia members to mobilize and federal land managers to reshape elements of the operation.


2 reporters who probed NSA surveillance back in US

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 10:16

Glenn Greenwald speaks to the media after arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport, on Friday, April 11, 2014 in New York. Greenwald and Laura Poitras of the Guardian share a George Polk Award for national security reporting with The Guardian's Ewen MacAskill and Barton Gellman, who has led The Washington Post's reporting on the NSA documents. Greenwald returned to the United States for the first time since the story broke to receive the journalism award. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — Two reporters central to revealing the massive U.S. government surveillance effort returned to the United States on Friday for the first time since the story broke and used the occasion to praise their exiled source: Edward Snowden.


Woman gets life in prison in stiletto heel slaying

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 09:55

Ana Trujillo sits with her lawyer, Jack Carroll, during closing arguments in the punishment phase of her trial on Friday, April 11, 2014, in Houston. Trujillo was convicted on April 8, of murder for fatally stabbing her boyfriend 59-year-old Alf Stefan Andersson with the stiletto heel of her shoe during an argument last June at his Houston condominium. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer) MANDATORY CREDITHOUSTON (AP) — A Houston woman was sentenced to life in prison Friday for fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the 5½-inch stiletto heel of her shoe, striking him at least 25 times in the face and head.


Police: No known target in school stabbing rampage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 09:52

A bouquet of flowers is taped to a stairway rail near the closed entrance to Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh, on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Murrysville, Pa. A knife wielding student injured over 20 people in a stabbing attack there on April 9. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — No evidence has surfaced yet to show that a boy charged in a stabbing rampage at his high school was targeting any particular student, and efforts to establish a motive are stalled because the suspect isn't talking and many victims remain hospitalized, a police chief said Friday.


3 teens wounded in school stabbing spree released

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 09:50

A bouquet of flowers is taped to a stairway rail near the closed entrance to Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh, on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Murrysville, Pa. A knife wielding student injured over 20 people in a stabbing attack there on April 9. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Three students wounded in the stabbing spree at a Pittsburgh-area high school have been released from the hospital.


2 teens wounded in school stabbing spree released

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 09:48

A bouquet of flowers is taped to a stairway rail near the closed entrance to Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh, on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Murrysville, Pa. A knife wielding student injured over 20 people in a stabbing attack there on April 9. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Three students wounded in the stabbing spree at a Pittsburgh-area high school have been released from the hospital.


Obamas dine out, attend Broadway show in New York

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 08:52

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One as they depart Joint Base Andrews in Washington for New York to attend the National Action Network's 16th Annual ConventionWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle dined out in New York on Friday and attended a Broadway show, "A Raisin in the Sun," starring actor Denzel Washington. The Obamas were joined at the show by adviser and friend Valerie Jarrett as well as former football star Ahmad Rashad, according to an administration official. The president was in town to speak at a meeting of the civil rights group National Action Network. He returns to Washington later in the evening. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Ken Wills)


Feds eye possible issues after deadly bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 08:52

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) — Federal investigators say they will review whether a stretch of California freeway where a bus carrying students was struck by a big rig should have had a barrier down the median to prevent head-on collisions.


2 mine workers killed in Missouri accident

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 08:41
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two workers fell to their deaths Friday inside a southeast Missouri mine that has been the site of two other fatal accidents since 2000.

Wild horses targeted for roundup in Utah rangeland clash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 08:41

Two of a band of wild horses graze in the Nephi Wash area outside Enterprise, UtahBy Jennifer Dobner ENTERPRISE, Utah (Reuters) - A Utah county, angry over the destruction of federal rangeland that ranchers use to graze cattle, has started a bid to round up federally protected wild horses it blames for the problem in the latest dustup over land management in the U.S. West. Close to 2,000 wild horses are roaming southern Utah's Iron County, well over the 300 the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has dubbed as appropriate for the rural area's nine designated herd management zones, County Commissioner David Miller said. Wild horse preservation groups say any attempt to remove the horses would be a federal crime. On Thursday county workers, accompanied by a Bureau of Land Management staffer, set up the first in a series of metal corrals designed to trap and hold the horses on private land abutting the federal range until they can be moved to BLM facilities for adoption.


Borgata casino lawsuit: Gambler cheated, won $9.6M

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 08:23
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — An Atlantic City casino is suing a big-time gambler, claiming he won $9.6 million in a card-cheating scheme in baccarat.

Parents of Texas 'affluenza' teen to pay part of state treatment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 08:09
By Marice Richter FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas judge, who was criticized for sentencing a wealthy Texas teen to probation after he killed four people while driving drunk, on Friday ordered his parents to pay a small part of the cost of his treatment at a state-run facility. Judge Jean Boyd, whose sentence of 10 years probation and no jail time set off a backlash of criticism in December, ordered the youth's parents to pay about $1,100 a month. His parents had offered to pay for private treatment at a private out-of-state facility. The case set off an emotional debate after a psychologist for the teenager testified that his family's wealth had impaired the teenager's ability to take responsibility for his actions, saying he suffered from "affluenza." The American Psychiatric Association does not recognize "affluenza" as a diagnosis.

Passengers ill on cruise ship that sailed from Md.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:43
BALTIMORE (AP) — Passengers sailing on the Grandeur of the Seas from the Port of Baltimore have been sickened on two consecutive trips, federal health officials say.

Major economies express confidence about growth

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:33

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde, center, accompanied by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, left, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, meet with reporters during the World Bank Group- International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings in Washington, Friday, April 11, 2014. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)WASHINGTON (AP) — Finance officials of the world's major economies expressed confidence Friday that they can meet an ambitious goal of boosting global growth by $2 trillion over the next five years.