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Five charged in kidnapping of North Carolina prosecutor's father

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 02:29

Government contractor Frank Janssen is seen in an undated photo released by the police in Wake Forest, North CarolinaBy Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - Five people face kidnapping charges in the abduction of a North Carolina prosecutor's father, who was rescued in Atlanta four days after disappearing from his home, U.S. law enforcement officials said on Thursday. Frank Arthur Janssen, 63, was reported missing on Saturday. His daughter, who was not identified by name in court records, is an assistant district attorney at the Wake County District Attorney's office, they said. Two days after Janssen was reported missing, his wife began receiving threatening text messages with demands on behalf of an inmate who had been prosecuted by Janssen's daughter, according to a criminal affidavit by a Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent.


Republican congressman caught in kiss is asked to resign

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 02:26
A Republican U.S. congressman from Louisiana who was caught on video kissing a married staffer should resign and is an embarrassment to his state, party and Congress, the state's party chairman said on Thursday. Party chairman Roger Villere urged Representative Vance McAllister to resign in a written statement at about the same time that U.S. House Speaker John Boehner told reporters that McAllister has "got decisions that he has to make." "I expect all members to be held to the highest ethical standards," Boehner said. Boehner said he had spoken privately with McAllister, who is married and took office last November in a special election that saw him promote his Christian values. "Mr. McAllister's extreme hypocrisy is an example of why ordinary people are fed up with politics," Villere said.

Senate committee orders review of 'Cuban Twitter'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 02:21

 What Are the Priorities, How Effective?" . (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee asked the U.S. Agency for International Development on Thursday to turn over all records about the Obama administration's secret Cuban twitter program as part of a broader review of the agency's civil-society efforts worldwide.


Judges hearing gay marriage case appear divided

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 02:10

As viewed through a fisheye lens, Anna Simon of Denver carries a sign about the state of her marriage to her partner at a protest outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Denver on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The protest, sponsored by Support Marriage Equality in Colorado, was held as a federal appeals court weighs inside the Denver courthouse whether to give an important victory to gay couples' right to marry in Utah and Oklahoma. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — Judges on a federal appeals court panel appeared sharply divided Thursday in their questions to attorneys at a hearing over whether to uphold a lower court's ruling that struck down Utah's gay marriage ban.


Teen charged with hate crime in beating of driver

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 02:07

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 Thursday with assault and a hate crime in the brutal mob beating of a suburban motorist who stopped to help a boy he accidentally struck with his pickup truck.


Authorities balk at financier's effort to be freed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 02:04
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are objecting to a request by a Venezuelan financier to be released from prison while he awaits sentencing in July in a Connecticut-based fraud scheme, saying he's a flight risk.

Judge: Ind. must recognize gay couple's marriage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 02:03
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the state must recognize a gay couple's out-of-state marriage before one of the women, who has cancer, dies.

'It's a Small World' turns 50 with sing-along

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 02:01
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The timeless Disney tune "It's a Small World" that wafts through our memories from past theme park vacations turns 50 this year, and on Thursday, Disney parks worldwide hosted a global sing-along.

Air Force launches spy satellite from Florida

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 01:54
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Air Force has launched a new spy satellite.

Rough seas prolonged rescue of family, sick baby

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 01:42

This photo provided by the U.S. Navy shows the Kaufman family disembarking from the USS Vandegrift on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, following their rescue at sea on April 6. Six days after the family of four found themselves helpless and adrift in a sailboat far into the Pacific with a vomiting and feverish 1-year-old aboard, a Navy warship delivered them safely to shore, where they had begun their attempted around-the world voyage before the child was born. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Eric and Charlotte Kaufman had already struggled for days, pounded by waves, aboard their disabled sailboat by the time skydiving National Guardsmen answered their distress call from hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast, and their vomiting, feverish, 1-year-old daughter could not have withstood much more.


Senator committee orders review of 'Cuban Twitter'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 01:41

 What Are the Priorities, How Effective?" . (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is asking the U.S. Agency for International Development to turn over all records about a Twitter-like program it secretly built in Cuba.


FBI adds 'Family Annihilator' to 10 most wanted list decades after crime

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 01:32
The FBI added a man known as the "Family Annihilator" to its top 10 most wanted list on Thursday, nearly four decades after the brutal murders of his wife, mother and three sons in Maryland. The former U.S. Department of State employee, William Bradford Bishop Jr., has been on the run since 1976 and could be hiding in plain sight, the FBI said. "When Bishop took off in 1976, there was no social media, no 24-hour news cycle," Steve Vogt, special agent in charge of the FBI's Baltimore Division, said in a statement. He was last seen at a Jacksonville, North Carolina, sporting goods store, where he bought a pair of sneakers, the FBI said.

Feds: 'Excessive force' use in Albuquerque police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 01:25
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday said institutional reform centered on more training and tools for officers is needed to curb the "patterns of excessive force" that were turned up by a civil investigation of the Albuquerque Police Department.

EBay, Icahn settle proxy fight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 01:17

FILE - In this March 16, 2010 file photo, financier Carl Icahn poses for photos upon arriving for the 32nd annual New York City Police Foundation Gala in New York. Under a deal announced Thursday, April 10, 2014, Icahn is backing down from his push to remake eBay, settling an acrimonious dispute just ahead of what promised to be an awkward annual shareholders meeting. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, File)SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Ebay and billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn have settled their proxy fight ahead of the company's annual meeting.


Long-sought diplomat added to FBI's 'most wanted'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 01:05

This handout image provided by the Montgomery County, Md., Police Department shows an age-progressed bust of William Bradford Bishop Jr. Bishop, a diplomat suspected of killing his wife, mother and three sons in 1976 has been added to the FBI's list of "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives." Bishop Jr. allegedly bludgeoned his family to death in their suburban Washington home. (AP Photo/Montgomery County, Md., Police Department)WASHINGTON (AP) — A diplomat suspected of killing his wife, mother and three sons in 1976 was added to the FBI's list of "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" on Thursday, bringing new attention to a case that has long frustrated authorities.


DOJ: Albuquerque police used 'patterns of excessive force'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 01:01

Protesters block traffic Sunday March 30, 2014, in front of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M. during a rally against recent police shootings. Hundreds of protesters marched past riot police in Albuquerque on Sunday, days after a YouTube video emerged threatening retaliation for a recent deadly police shooting. The video, which bore the logo of the computer hacking collective Anonymous, warned of a cyber attack on city websites and called for the protest march. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)Officers need more training and tools to ensure they can protect the community.


School stabbing victim's thought: Will I die?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 00:58

Brett Hurt, 16, a sophomore at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., and a victim of the stabbings that took place their on April 9, talks about the attack during a news conference as his mother mother Amanda Leonard looks on, Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, Pa. Authorities have charged Alex Hribal, 16, with four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault in the attacks. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — One of the victims of a knife attack at a high school near Pittsburgh says he was terrified he might die when he realized he had been stabbed in the back.


Mom: Girl killed in Fla crash innocent, passionate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 00:57
WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — The mother of the little girl killed when a car crashed into a Florida daycare center says her daughter was sitting at a table waiting for her afternoon snack when the wreck happened.

La. congressman in kiss tape says he won't resign

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 00:40

This photo taken Nov. 21, 2013 shows then-newly-elected Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La. waiting to be sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington. McAllister says he's asking his family and constituents for forgiveness after a West Monroe newspaper published a video that it says shows the congressman kissing a female staffer in his congressional office in Monroe, La. McAllister, only in office a little over four months, attracted national attention because of his endorsement from the bearded men of the "Duck Dynasty" reality TV show. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)MONROE, La. (AP) — Despite calls for his resignation, a Louisiana congressman videotaped kissing a married woman who is not wife says he will not step down from the seat.


Foster Farms salmonella outbreak continuing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 00:38
LIVINGSTON, Calif. (AP) — A salmonella outbreak linked to Foster Farms chicken isn't over and has now infected 524 people in 25 states and Puerto Rico, federal health officials said.