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Snowden, Greenwald urge caution of wider government monitoring at Amnesty event

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 08:28

Supporters of Amnesty International cheer and shoot mobile phone videos as accused government whistleblower Snowden is introduced via teleconference during the Amnesty International Human Rights Conference 2014 in ChicagoBy Karl Plume CHICAGO (Reuters) - Edward Snowden and reporter Glenn Greenwald, who brought to light the whistleblower's leaks about mass U.S. government surveillance last year, appeared together via video link from opposite ends of the earth on Saturday for what was believed to be the first time since Snowden sought asylum in Russia. A sympathetic crowd of nearly 1,000 packed a downtown Chicago hotel ballroom at Amnesty International USA's annual human rights meeting and gave Greenwald, who dialed in from Brazil, a raucous welcome before Snowden was patched in 15 minutes later to a standing ovation. The pair cautioned that government monitoring of "metadata" is more intrusive than directly listening to phone calls or reading emails and stressed the importance of a free press willing to scrutinize government activity. Amnesty International is campaigning to end mass surveillance by the U.S. government and calling for Congressional action to further rein in the collection of information about telephone calls and other communications.


Tension growing between ranchers, mustang backers

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 08:25

Tension growing between ranchers, mustang backersTensions bubbled over on the range in a turf battle that has been simmering for decades over one of the icons of the American West and scant forage on arid, high desert lands from Nevada to Wyoming. With ...


APNewsBreak: Archbishop to sell Atlanta mansion

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 07:54

FILE - In this April 6, 2012, file photo, Rev. Wilton Gregory, the Archbishop of Atlanta holds a cross during the 32nd annual Good Friday Pilgrimage at Hurt Park in Atlanta. Gregory apologized Monday, March 31, 2014, for building a $2.2 million mansion for himself, a decision criticized by local Catholics who cited the example of austerity set by the new pope. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jason Getz, File)SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) — Trying to appease angry parishioners, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Atlanta said Saturday that he will sell a $2.2 million mansion just three months after he moved in.


US Steel idles Indiana mill due to lack of ore

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 07:15
GARY, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Steel has temporarily halted steelmaking at its massive northwestern Indiana mill because the ice-covered Great Lakes have cut off the mill's access to vital iron ore.

NRA's quest to expand gun rights takes it to court

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 06:55

This image released by the Fresno County Sheriff via KMPH-TV shows guns seized from Christopher Haga, who was arrested is Sept. 2011 after police found this stash of assault rifles. Haga reportedly offered legal help from the National Rifle Association. The NRA has taken on California and other states over their strict requirements on who can carry concealed weapons and cities like San Francisco over their bans of high-capacity magazines. Their multi-million legal campaign has had mixed success so far, but the NRA appeals its losses, publicizes its wins and decides where to fight next. (AP Photo/Fresno County Sheriff via KMPH-TV)The San Diego County sheriff denied Edward Peruta a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Christopher Haga's gun collection was seized, and he was charged with crimes after he was mistakenly linked to a theft of assault weapons from a Fresno-area military base.


Navy warship en route to sick infant on sailboat

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 06:50
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. Navy warship is heading toward a crippled sailboat hundreds of miles off the Mexico coast to rescue a 1-year-old child who fell ill.

6-year-old boy in drowning case against mom dies

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 06:37

FILE - This Tuesday, April 1, 2014 file booking photograph released by the Allegheny County Police shows Laurel Michelle Schlemmer, who is charged with drowning her 3-year-old son and leaving his 6-year-old brother in critical condition Tuesday, April 1 after she allegedly pushed the boys underwater in a bathtub, then sat on them at their McCandless, Pa. home. Daniel Schlemmer, 6, has died, four days after his younger brother drowned, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Saturday, April 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Allegheny County Police, File)PITTSBURGH (AP) — A 6-year-old Pennsylvania boy whose mother allegedly held him underwater in a bathtub died Saturday, four days after his younger brother drowned, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed.


Two teenagers arrested in Detroit motorist beating

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 06:14
Two teenagers were taken into custody on Saturday in the severe beating in Detroit of a motorist who stopped to help a 10-year-old boy he struck with his vehicle, with the arrests coming a day after city leaders decried the attack, police said. The two juveniles, age 16 and 17, were taken into custody without incident and are believed to have been among a group of 10 to 12 bystanders who attacked the driver, said Detroit police spokesman Sergeant Michael Woody. Steven Utash, 54, remains in critical condition in a Detroit hospital, Woody said. The child he hit, David Harris, was released from a hospital on Thursday, police said.

Pa. officials: 6-year-old boy in drowning case against mom dies days after younger brother

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 05:56

ADDS DATE PHOTO WAS MADE - This Tuesday, April 1, 2014 booking photograph released by the Allegheny County Police shows Laurel Michelle Schlemmer, who is charged with drowning her 3-year-old son and leaving his 6-year-old brother in critical condition Tuesday morning after she allegedly pushed the boys underwater in a bathtub, then sat on them at their McCandless, Pa. home. Schlemmer, 40, was jailed without bond after arraignment early Wednesday on charges including criminal homicide, aggravated assault and child endangerment. (AP Photo/Allegheny County Police)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pa. officials: 6-year-old boy in drowning case against mom dies days after younger brother.


Mormon women look for entrance to priesthood

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 05:54

A group of Mormon women walk to Temple Square in an attempt to get tickets to the priesthood meeting at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints semi-annual gathering in Salt Lake CityBy Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A group of 500 Mormon women who want ecclesiastical equality with men are expected to seek admittance to a male-only session of the faith's spring conference on Saturday, as they promote the ordination of women into the lay priesthood of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Adorned in purple, members of Ordain Women plan to march from a park to the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square, the heart of a four-block campus that is the church's global home. They will stand in line for seats to the evening priesthood meeting at a semi-annual two-day conference, after last month church officials rebuffed their request for advance tickets to that meeting. In a letter, the church said "activist events" such as the group's attempt at entry detract from the sacred environment of Temple Square and the "spirit of harmony" during the two-day conference which includes four events open to both genders and the male-only priesthood meeting.


'Verbal altercation' may have led to Fort Hood rampage: Army

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 05:52

A view shows the family home of U.S. Army soldier Ivan Lopez in southwestern Puerto RicoBy Lisa Maria Garza and Eileen O'Grady FORT HOOD, Texas (Reuters) - The suspected gunman at Fort Hood in Texas argued heatedly with fellow soldiers before going on a shooting spree that left three dead and 16 injured at the expansive U.S. Army base, a military investigator said on Friday. The suspected shooter Ivan Lopez, a 34-year-old soldier battling mental illness, then turned the gun on himself in the second mass shooting at the base in the last five years. "We do have credible information he was involved in a verbal altercation with soldiers from his unit just prior to him allegedly opening fire," Christopher Grey, of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, told a news conference, without offering further details. Investigators from the military, Texas Rangers and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have interviewed more than 900 people to gather details of the crime scene that played out over an area covering about two city blocks, Grey said.


Atlanta's Archbishop to sell $2.2 million mansion

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 05:42

File photo of Roman Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta Wilton Gregory speaking to parishioners in Atlanta, GeorgiaBy David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta, who has been criticized for lavish spending of church money, on Saturday said he has decided to sell the $2.2 million mansion he has been using as his official residence. Money from the sale of the Tudor-style home in an exclusive neighborhood will be used for "the needs of the Catholic community," Archbishop Wilton Gregory said in a statement. Gregory has been heavily criticized by many inside and outside the church for spending money to build the mansion, and he wrote in a newspaper article earlier this week that he took his "eye off the ball" after the archdiocese received a $15 million donation from the estate of Joseph Mitchell, a nephew "Gone With The Wind" author, Margaret Mitchell. Pope Francis has been urging Roman Catholic officials to live simpler lives and has renounced the papal apartments in the Vatican palace for modest quarters in a Church guest house.


Funerals start for victims of deadly U.S. mudslide

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 05:38
By Jonathan Kaminsky DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - Mourners gathered on Saturday to remember victims killed in Washington state's mudslide, the first of a series of memorial services for the more than two dozen dead, even as the search continues for more victims. A funeral for school custodian Summer Raffo, 36, was taking place in Arlington, a town only a few miles from the site where a torrent of mud swept her car off Highway 530 on March 22. Another service was held in nearby Darrington for retired librarian Linda McPherson, 69, who was found dead in the debris of her home. "She was a sweet, mellow, gentle woman," said Peter Selvig, who served on the Darrington School Board with McPherson.

Report: Gov't files lacking for $6B in contracts

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 05:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government investigation has found that the State Department has incomplete files or is missing files for more than $6 billion in contracts over the last six years.

Indian lawyer: No diplomatic link in cop's arrest

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 05:14
NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer representing a New York City police officer detained in India says the weapons arrest should not be linked to an Indian diplomat's earlier arrest in the U.S.

How a wedding cake became a cause

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 04:13

In this March 10, 2014 photo, Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips decorates a cake inside his store, in Lakewood, Colo. Phillips is appealing a recent ruling against him in a legal complaint filed with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission by a gay couple he refused to make a wedding cake for, based on his religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The encounter at Jack Phillips' Masterpiece Cakeshop lasted less than a minute.


NYC police: Car flips into Queens creek, killing 4

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 04:13

Police recover a 2009 Honda Accord that tumbled into the Steinway Creek on Saturday April 5, 2014 in New York. The driver of the car drove off a dead-end street in a desolate industrial area, flipped over a wooden curb into the East River inlet killing four passengers. The driver escaped serious injury and told officers at the scene in the Astoria section of Queens that the four were trapped in the submerged car. Fire department divers pulled the four victims from the car. Police identified them as 21-year-old Darius Fletcher, 19-year-old Jada Monique Butts, 19-year-old Crystal Gravely and 20-year-old Jaleel Furtado. They were pronounced dead at hospitals. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — A car heading down a dead-end street in a desolate New York City industrial area flipped over a wooden curb into a creek, killing four young people returning from a birthday celebration, police and friends of the victims said Saturday.


U.S. military rescuing sick baby on family's boat in Pacific Ocean

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 04:08
An American family that had been sailing across the Pacific Ocean for several weeks was the focus of a U.S. military rescue mission on Saturday after their 1-year-old daughter became severely ill, officials said. Eric and Charlotte Kaufman, along with their daughters Cora, 3, and 1-year-old Lyra sailed from Mexico on March 19 toward islands in the South Pacific and eventually New Zealand, according to therebelheart.com, where they have been writing about their sometimes stormy voyage. The family sent out a distress call by satellite from their boat, named Rebel Heart, on Thursday about 1,000 miles off Mexico's Pacific coast. That prompted a team from the California Air National Guard's 129th Rescue Wing to fly out to sea in a military transport plane from their base at Moffett Federal Airfield near San Francisco, said spokesman Second Lieutenant Roderick Bersamina.

One dead, eight sickened in apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in Cleveland -police

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 04:03
The cause of a carbon monoxide leak near Cleveland was under investigation on Saturday, a day after an elderly woman was found dead and eight people were taken to hospital from an apartment building where deadly levels of the gas were detected, police said. The poisoning occurred in a 278-unit apartment building in East Cleveland, part of metropolitan Cleveland, on Friday evening. As police evacuated the building they discovered the body of 79-year-old Barbara Kelley in one of the apartments, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's office. The official cause of death for Kelley has not been determined, but the East Cleveland fire department found "deadly levels of carbon monoxide in certain pockets of the building," said Lt. William Mitchell, spokesman for the East Cleveland police.

Atlanta archbishop to sell $2.2 million mansion

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 03:43

FILE - In this April 6, 2012, file photo, Rev. Wilton Gregory, the Archbishop of Atlanta holds a cross during the 32nd annual Good Friday Pilgrimage at Hurt Park in Atlanta. Gregory apologized Monday, March 31, 2014, for building a $2.2 million mansion for himself, a decision criticized by local Catholics who cited the example of austerity set by the new pope. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jason Getz, File)SMYRNA, Georgia (AP) — The archbishop of Atlanta says he has decided to sell his $2.2 million residence following a storm of criticism from parishioners.