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Southwest grounding 128 planes over missed inspections

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:25

A Southwest Airlines plane is de-iced at the Indianapolis International Airport, early Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Indianapolis. The early morning temperature at the airport was below zero. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines Co. says it has grounded 128 planes after failing to inspect backup hydraulic systems used to control the rudder if the main system fails.

Killer of 'American Sniper' Kyle sentenced to life in prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:17

Eddie Ray Routh enters the court during his capital murder trial in StephenvilleBy Jon Herskovitz STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - Eddie Ray Routh was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Tuesday after a Texas jury found him guilty of murdering Chris Kyle, the former U.S. Navy SEAL whose autobiography was turned into the hit movie "American Sniper." Routh, 27, a former U.S. Marine, was found guilty of fatally shooting Kyle and Kyle's friend, Chad Littlefield, multiple times at a gun range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth in February 2013. Prosecutors said he ambushed the two from the rear, waiting for Kyle to completely unload his weapon at the range before he attacked with a barrage of gunshots. Kyle, a former ranch had turned SEAL credited with the most confirmed kills of any U.S. military sniper, has been lionized in his home state of Texas. You became an American disgrace," Littlefield's brother-in-law, Jerry Richardson, said of Routh at a county court in the rural Texas city of Stephenville after the sentence was handed down.

Man convicted in deaths of 'American Sniper' author, friend

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:16

Former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh enters the court for his capital murder trial in Stephenville, TexasSTEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and suffered from psychosis.

In surprise result, Chicago's Mayor Emanuel faces election run-off

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:04

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hug during an event in the Pullman neighborhood of ChicagoBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a surprise result that showed the limits of a big-money campaign, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to get more than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election, and must face a run-off against second-place finisher Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in April. The setback for Emanuel, 55, came despite a visit to Chicago last week from President Barack Obama, whom Emanuel served as chief of staff. With $6 million in his war chest at year end even after spending $4.7 million in the fourth quarter, Emanuel hugely outspent four opponents in his race for a second term as head of the nation's third-largest city.

AccuWeather: A Brief Break from the Deep Freeze

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:03
Meteorologist Cecily Tynan says temperatures rise above freezing Wednesday, before another blast of arctic air moves in.

Troubleshooters: Helping family with father's gravestone

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:01
The Action News Troubleshooters have been working a very special case, trying to help a local couple honor their father's final wishes.

Camden County officer sits down with President Obama

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:56
It's a rare opportunity, a sit down conversation with the President of the United States.

Teen injured in Tacony hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:50
A teenager is hospitalized after being struck by a car in the Tacony section of Philadelphia.

3-year-old girl found in Massachusetts, father in custody

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:47
Authorities have cancelled the Amber Alert for Elinor Trotta after the 3-year-old and her father were located in Massachusetts Tuesday afternoon.

Four Wesleyan students arrested in connection with overdoses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:41
(Reuters) - Four students at Connecticut's Wesleyan University have been arrested on drug charges in connection with a dozen students who were treated for overdoses of the party drug MDMA, police said on Tuesday. The students - 21-year-old Eric Lonergan, 21-year-old Zachary Kramer, 20-year-old Andrew Olson, and 20-year-old Rama Agha Al Nakib - had all been arrested by Tuesday night, Middletown Police Chief William McKenna said in a statement.

VIDEO: Stafford Twp. house explosion caught on camera

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:40
Video from a police cruiser's dash cam shows the moment a house exploded on Tuesday in Stafford Township, New Jersey.

Missouri man charged with murdering four in mobile home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:39
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) - A southwestern Missouri man accused of shooting dead a pregnant woman and two others inside a mobile home early on Friday was charged on Tuesday with four counts of murder. According to a probable cause statement filed in the case by the state Highway Patrol, Brian Williams, 25, of Sparta, Missouri, confessed to committing the crime after driving to the victims' trailer home in Ozark before dawn and pushing open the front door as the victims slept. Williams told investigators that he crept inside gripping a pistol in both hands and wearing a headlamp to see in the darkness, then fatally shot Casey Maples and James Marsh in one bedroom, and Christina Winden in another. Williams told investigators that after the shootings he retrieved some property that belonged to his girlfriend, and left, according to the probable cause statement.

Christie sets out teachers' pension reform

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:14

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) attends the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce 78th annual "Walk to Washington and Congressional Dinner"By Luciana Lopez TRENTON, N.J. (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he had struck a deal with the state's teachers on a road map for pension reform while warning of a dire future if other unions do not make similar commitments to cut the cost of workers' retirement benefits. The governor's office later acknowledged that more work remained to be done on pension reform. The agreement between Christie, a Republican weighing a 2016 bid for the White House, and the New Jersey Education Association came despite a long-bitter relationship and continuing uncertainty over many details. "If we do not reform, next year we would be asked to spend nearly $8 billion on pension and health benefits," said Christie in his annual budget address on Tuesday afternoon in the state capital.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:10

A Southern California passenger rail timetable shows the cancelled schedules of the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner at Union Station downtown Los Angeles Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, after three cars of a Southern California Metrolink commuter train derailed and tumbled onto their sides after a collision with a truck on tracks in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

GOP ends right-to-work hearing early, enraging unions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:04

Dave Mandehr, left, and Andy Olsen join demonstrators in the rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis. as rallies against proposed right-to-work legislation continue, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans on the state Senate's labor committee ended a public hearing on contentious right-to-work legislation early and sent it on to the full Senate Tuesday, enraging dozens of people who had been waiting all day to speak and sparking a demonstration in front of the Senate chamber.

Clinton says she would push for inclusive problem-solving

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:46

Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a keynote address at the Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that if she decides to seek the White House again she would try to bring Republicans from red states and Democrats in blue states into a "nice, warm, purple space" that would encourage problem-solving.

Asian stocks mostly up, cheered by US Fed chair remarks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:43

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. The U.S. stock market is back at a record high as traders are encouraged by the latest news on interest rates, Greece and corporate earnings. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 92 points, or 0.5 percent, to close at 18,209. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher in early Wednesday trading, cheered by diminished prospects that U.S. interest rates would be raised soon.

Dueling photos take center stage as Arias case nears end

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:35

Jodi Arias looks toward family members during the sentencing phase of her retrial at Maricopa County Superior Court, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Mark Henle, Pool)PHOENIX (AP) — The prosecutor at the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial launched his closing arguments Tuesday by repeatedly showing jurors gruesome crime scene photos of the victim's slit throat.

No relief: More cold, snow, ice, wintry mix for much of US

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:27

Ice flows in New York harbor near lower Manhattan, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. A wide swath of the country is experiencing record-breaking temperatures while other areas are expecting more winter precipitation Tuesday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)A wide swath of the country shivered in freezing, record-breaking temperatures while other areas saw more winter precipitation Tuesday.

Woman wishes she could have saved son killed by police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:20

Agapita Montes-Rivera, right, the mother of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who was shot and killed by police in Pasco, Wash., on Feb. 10, 2015, sits with interpreter Fabian Ubay, left, as they talk with the media in Kennewick, Wash., Tuesday, Feb. 24. Agapita Montes-Rivera viewed her son's body for the first time Monday, Feb. 23, and said she hopes for justice in the case that has sparked protests and calls for a federal investigation. The killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco was captured on video by a witness. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — When Agapita Montes-Rivera first watched the video of her son being gunned down by police in Washington state, she rushed to the TV set in a futile effort to help him.