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Florida officials investigate possible lottery scam

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:48
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida authorities removed all lottery equipment and tickets from three convenience stores on Wednesday after an investigation by local newspaper found that store owners and clerks may have stolen millions of dollars in winning tickets and cashed them. The investigation, by The Palm Beach Post, found unusual patterns of lottery winnings in recent years, including more than 200 people who cashed tickets each worth more than $600 at least 30 times at different stores. Many of the big winners were store owners and clerks at stores that sold tickets, the Post reported. David Bishop, a Florida lottery spokesman, said lottery officials are investigating operations at each of the three stores for possible criminal activity.

Appeals court overturns ruling on execution drugs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:41

File - In this Sept. 21, 2011 file photo, a corrections officer keeps watch outside the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit in Huntsville, Texas. On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, a federal judge issued a temporary injunction halting the executions of Tommy Lynn Sells, a convicted serial killer who was set to die Thursday April, 3, 2014, and Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, another inmate scheduled to die April 9, 2014. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore declared that the state's prison system must disclose to defense attorneys more information about the supplier of a new batch of lethal-injection drugs. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out a ruling requiring the Texas prison system to disclose more information about where it gets lethal-injection drugs, reversing a judge who had halted an upcoming execution.


Federal regulators feel wrath of Oregon over limits on refillable wine jugs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:41
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - Federal regulators are feeling the wrath of the entire Oregon congressional delegation over a ruling that threatens to crush a new state law allowing grocery stores and restaurants to sell refillable wine jugs. The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau ruled last month that Oregon businesses selling bulk wine on-the-go would have to apply for status as wine bottling houses, which would require them to label and keep the same records as large-scale wineries. That rankled many in Oregon, which last year became one of the first U.S. states to allow consumers to buy wine in refillable jugs called wine growlers, said Jana McKamey, government affairs manager of the Oregon Winegrowers Association. Tom Hogue, tax and trade bureau spokesman, said the agency was looking at the federal law to find a solution in the next couple of weeks, if not sooner.

Grim duty: Team works nonstop to ID remains

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:39

A tattered flag, found in the debris of a deadly mudslide, is flown at a staging area for emergency workers on Highway 530 near the debris field, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Oso, Wash. Officials have so far confirmed the deaths of 29 people, although only 22 have been officially identified in information released Wednesday morning by the Snohomish County medical examiner's office. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Members of the medical examiner's office in a Washington county devastated by a mudslide work around the clock to identify bodies. Of the 29 sets of remains delivered so far just one is still a mystery.


Medicare to release billing data for 880K doctors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:38
WASHINGTON (AP) — Patients may soon get an unprecedented look at how their doctor compares to other physicians, after Medicare announced Wednesday it plans to publicly post billing data for more than 880,000 practitioners.

Advocacy groups plan new lawsuit against Texas abortion limits

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:38
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Advocacy groups filed a new lawsuit on Wednesday to challenge restrictions in Texas that have caused a third of abortion clinics there to close. It was filed in an Austin federal court by the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of Whole Woman's Health and other abortion providers, the groups said on Wednesday. The lawsuit seeks to block provisions in the Texas law that are due to go into effect later this year to impose surgical center standards on abortion clinics, according to the plaintiffs. "It's sad that we have to turn to the courts to fight this battle but Whole Woman's Health will do what it takes to do right by the women who need us across the state," founder Amy Hagstrom Miller told reporters on a conference call.

Interrogation shown in Texas shoe stabbing trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:35

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) — A Houston woman accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with her stiletto heel told detectives that her boyfriend had attacked her first and she didn't realize she had hurt him until she saw blood on the floor, according to a police interrogation video played for jurors on Wednesday.


Judge warns ex-soldier in Hawaii murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:35
HONOLULU (AP) — The judge presiding over the capital murder trial of a former Hawaii-based soldier accused of killing his 5-year-old daughter said Wednesday that it seems he was coached on how to testify.

Washington gas blast threw metal pieces 300 yards

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:33
Authorities said Wednesday the explosion that hit a liquefied natural gas storage facility in Eastern Washington earlier this week threw 250-pound pieces of steel up to 300 yards through the air.

Official: Fort Hood shooter believed to be dead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. law enforcement official says the suspected gunman at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas is now believed to be dead.

Woman tells police about fatal shoe stabbing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:30

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) — A Houston woman accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with her stiletto heel told detectives that her boyfriend had attacked her first and she didn't realize she had hurt him until she saw blood on the floor, according to a police interrogation video played for jurors on Wednesday.


Judge OKs transgender inmate's hormone treatments

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:28

This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows Antione Lee. A federal judge has ordered Ohio to restore hormone treatment to transgender inmate Lee, who refers to herself as Whitney Lee, who sued after her treatments were stopped. A legal complaint says Lee experienced a medical setback and depression after prison officials abruptly stopped the treatment in February 2012. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State prison officials must immediately resume hormone treatments for a transgender inmate who argued that she suffered a medical setback including facial hair growth and depression when her treatments stopped, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.


Evaluation for teen who tackled World Trade Center

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:19

Justin Casquejo passes through security at a courthouse in New York, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The 16-year-old boy described as a thrill-seeker bypassed an inattentive security guard in the middle of the night and climbed a ladder to the spire of 1 World Trade Center, where he apparently took pictures, authorities said. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — A daring teenager who sneaked to the top of the nation's tallest building — 1 World Trade Center — will be assessed in a program for youthful offenders, a judge said Wednesday.


Albuquerque mayor unveils police reforms

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:18
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry is asking the U.S. Justice Department to complete its investigation of the city's troubled police department and help officials develop a reform plan.

Expert: Lost runner broke basic survival rule

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:16

This image from video provided by KTXL Fox 40 Sacramento, shows trail runner Robert Root after being rescued Tuesday, April 1, 2014, near Foresthill, Calif., in Placer County. Root was found alive in snowy conditions, two days after he went missing near a trail in a mountainous region of Northern California, authorities said. Root, 55, of Modesto, Calif., was wearing only a light running shirt, shorts and running shoes when he was discovered by rescuers on the Western States trail. (AP Photo/KTXL Fox 40 Sacramento)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California runner who walked out of the wilderness after being lost for two bone-chilling nights didn't follow a basic rule of search-and-rescue — stay put, wilderness experts said Wednesday. Still, he beat the odds.


Dog escapes Texas backyard, somehow gets to Ohio

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:14

This photo taken March 29, 2014, and provided by Megan Sams shows Corbin, a Chihuahua-Dachshund mix while at the Animal Friends Humane Society in Hamilton, Ohio. Corbin disappeared from his home in Killeen, Texas, on March 25 and was found four days later tied to a bench outside an animal shelter in Hamilton. (AP Photo/Megan Sams)HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A small dog that escaped its fenced-in yard in Texas was found outside a southwest Ohio animal shelter, and its owners have no idea how he traveled more than 1,000 miles in a few days.


With pot legal, festival trying to go mainstream

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:12

FILE - In this April 20, 2013, file photo, members of a crowd numbering tens of thousands smoke marijuana and listen to live music at the Denver 420 pro-marijuana rally at Civic Center Park in Denver. Organizers of Denver’s annual April 20 marijuana festival announced on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, that rapper B.o.B and singer Wyclif Jean will headline the event as they try draw a big post-legalization crowd and shake the memory of last year’s event, which was marred by a still-unsolved shooting. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)DENVER (AP) — Organizers of Denver's annual April 20 marijuana festival on Wednesday announced that rapper B.o.B and singer Wyclef Jean will headline the event as they try to draw a big post-legalization crowd and shake the memory of last year's event, which was marred by a still-unsolved shooting.


Appeals court: Texas executions back on schedule

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:12

File - In this Sept. 21, 2011 file photo, a corrections officer keeps watch outside the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit in Huntsville, Texas. On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, a federal judge issued a temporary injunction halting the executions of Tommy Lynn Sells, a convicted serial killer who was set to die Thursday April, 3, 2014, and Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, another inmate scheduled to die April 9, 2014. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore declared that the state's prison system must disclose to defense attorneys more information about the supplier of a new batch of lethal-injection drugs. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)HOUSTON (AP) — The executions of two Texas inmates are back on schedule after a federal appeals court overturned a judge's order halting the lethal injections.


College athletes take labor cause to Capitol Hill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:10

From left, former Northwestern University football quarterback Kain Colter, Ramogi Huma, founder and President of the National College Players Association and Tim Waters, Political Director of the United Steel Workers, arrive on Capitol Hill in Wednesday, April, 2, 2014. Members of a group seeking to unionize college athletes are looking for allies on Capitol Hill as they brace for an appeal of a ruling that said full scholarship athletes at Northwestern University are employees who have the right to form a union. Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter _ the face of a movement to give college athletes the right to unionize _ and Ramogi Huma, the founder and president of the National College Players Association, scheduled meetings Wednesday with lawmakers. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)WASHINGTON (AP) — Northwestern University athletes pressed their case for collective bargaining rights during meetings Wednesday with lawmakers, as a vote was scheduled for them to decide whether to authorize a union.


Fort Hood says shooting at Texas Army base

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:06

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, file photo, an entrance is shown to Fort Hood Army Base in Fort Hood, Texas. Fort Hood says there's been a shooting at the Texas Army base and that there have been injuries, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Fort Hood said Wednesday that a shooting happened at the Texas Army base and that injuries have been reported.