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Trial nears in high-profile Silicon Valley sex bias case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 08:04

FILE - In this April 4, 2006 file photo, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers senior partner John Doerr poses for a portrait with partner Ellen Pao outside of their office in Menlo Park, Calif. A jury is set to hear opening arguments this week in a multimillion-dollar sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Pao, currently interim chief of the news and social media site Reddit, against the prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury was picked Monday to determine whether a venerable Silicon Valley venture capital firm is liable in a sexual discrimination lawsuit or is the victim of a former employee forced out because of poor performance.

Arkansas bars expanding local protections for gays, lesbians

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 08:04
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Monday banned local governments from expanding anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, a move criticized by retail giant Wal-Mart and gay rights groups who said the prohibition damaged the state's image.

Party bus that hit, dragged man near LA located

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 08:01
NORWALK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say they believe they've found a party bus that dragged a man more than 200 feet in a weekend hit-and-run in a Los Angeles suburb.

Driver of stolen car crashes into ambulance on highway, dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 08:00
MAGNOLIA, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a man driving a stolen car has crashed into an ambulance on a New Jersey highway and has been killed.

Hundreds of DNA matches as Houston clears rape kit backlog

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:53
HOUSTON (AP) — Evidence from more than 6,600 rape kits that went untested for years in Houston have turned up 850 hits in the FBI's nationwide database of DNA profiles, marking a major step in the city's $6 million effort to address the backlog, officials announced Monday.

Marine who vanished in Iraq gets 2 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:51

FILE - In a Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 file photo, Cpl. Wassef Hassoun, left, is escorted to the courtroom on Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., for the beginning of his court martial trial. Hassoun's military defense attorney Capt. Brittaney Bennett walks with him. Hassoun was convicted Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, of desertion for leaving his post there and then fleeing to Lebanon after a brief return to the U.S. (AP Photo/The Daily News, John Althouse, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A U.S. Marine who vanished a decade ago in Iraq was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for leaving his post there and then fleeing to Lebanon after a brief return to the U.S.

AccuWeather: Record Cold Tonight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:40

 Record Cold TonightMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says many areas will hit record lows early Tuesday morning.

Prosecutors play incriminating videos during rabbi's trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:40

Rabbi Mendel Epstein, right, arrives for his trial at federal court in Trenton, N.J. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Prosecutors say Epstein employed a kidnap team to force unwilling Jewish husbands to divorce their wives. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — On grainy video, filmed from across a desk at his Lakewood home, a New Jersey rabbi told undercover FBI agents that his team of "tough guys" would jump Jewish husbands who wouldn't divorce their wives by throwing hoods over their heads and handcuffing them.

Judge tells Chris Christie: Put more money in pension funds

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:39

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's Walk to Washington and Congressional Dinner event at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Christie and the state's Democrat-controlled Legislature must find $1.57 billion to put into pension funds for retired public workers, a judge ruled Monday in a decision that comes as a major legal blow to the governor as he prepares to run for president.

California lawmakers seek to increase penalties for possessing date-rape drugs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:39
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Illegal possession of so-called date-rape drugs would become a potential felony under a bill in California to reverse what supporters say is an unintended consequence of a voter-approved law reducing penalties for non-violent crimes. The measure by Republican Tom Lackey, set to be heard by the Assembly Public Safety Committee next month, would allow prosecutors the discretion to charge people in illegal possession of the drugs Rohypnol, GHB and ketamine with either a felony or a misdemeanor. "Date rape drugs are tools in the hand of predators and they’re not a recreational drug," said Lackey.

Examiner: Autopsy found doctor's ex-wife had fatal drug dose

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:38

Defense lawyer Fred Metos, left, questions medical examiner Dr. Erik Christensen, during the trial of John Brickman Wall in Salt Lake City on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. Christensen said that an autopsy showed that von Schwedler had suspicious wounds on her wrist and leg. Christensen said Monday that the 2011 death of Uta von Schwedler in Salt Lake City initially looked like a suicide, but the wounds pointed to a homicide. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann, Pool)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah cancer researcher Uta von Schwedler was found dead with wounds that pointed to a homicide, but she also had a fatal level of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax in her system that made her death a mystery, a medical examiner testified Monday.

Arias won't address jury as sentencing retrial nears end

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:32
PHOENIX (AP) — Convicted murderer Jodi Arias declined Monday to address a jury considering whether to sentence her to life in prison or death in the killing of her former boyfriend.

How did West Coast ports get so jammed? And what comes next?

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:31

A dock worker arrives at the Port of Los Angeles on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. Nearly all West Coast seaports began the week with dockworkers hustling to load and unload cargo ships that were held up amid a months-long labor-management dispute. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — After reaching a tentative contract agreement that covers the West Coast's 29 seaports, dockworkers are clearing an immense backlog of cargo that accumulated as their negotiations with employers stalled.

Man wearing apparent bomb found at Connecticut credit union

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:26
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Police responding to a report of an invasion at the home of a credit union official on Monday uncovered what they believe is a robbery plot and then found a man with an apparent bomb strapped to his body at the credit union.

Man runs from home as train derails nearby, engulfs property

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:21

Morris Bounds Sr. sits with grandchildren Isaiah Anderson, left, and Samara Anderson at a family home, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Ansted, W.Va. Bounds said he is thankful to be alive after fleeing his home seconds before it was destroyed by an oil train that left the tracks, last week in Mount Carbon, W. Va. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)ANSTED, W.Va. (AP) — Morris Bounds Sr. wanted to make sure his home was tidy when his wife was let out of the hospital, so he cleaned the kitchen and vacuumed their bedroom.

Wesleyan president to students: Turn in the drug dealers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:19

College row at Wesleyan UniversityHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Wesleyan University's president on Monday urged students to come forward with knowledge of anybody distributing drugs on campus following a rash of hospitalizations among people who took a party drug known as Molly.

Saving for retirement: Obama proposal sets up Wall St. fight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:19

Labor Secretary Tom Perez, left, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., listen as President Barack Obama speaks at AARP in Washington, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. President Barack Obama says too few Americans approaching retirement have saved enough to have peace of mind during their later years. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Tapping the anxieties of aging baby boomers, President Barack Obama on Monday called for tougher standards on brokers who manage retirement savings accounts, a change that could affect the investment advice received by many Americans and aggravate tensions between the White House and Wall Street.

Tanker truck bursts into flames on highway in Pennsauken

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:17

Tanker truck bursts into flames on highway in PennsaukenA tanker truck carrying 8,000 gallons of fuel overturned and burst into flames near the Betsy Ross Bridge Monday morning in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

U.S. Marine who vanished in Iraq found guilty of desertion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:15
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A U.S. Marine who disappeared from his base in Iraq in 2004 and later fled to Lebanon was found guilty on Monday of twice deserting the military and sentenced to two years in prison. Corporal Wassef Hassoun, 35, was convicted of deserting in Iraq to avoid hazardous duty and deserting again in 2005 with the intent to stay away for good, according to a statement from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, where his court-martial was held. After Hassoun vanished from his base in Fallujah, Iraq, in June 2004, the Arabic language interpreter turned up a month later in Lebanon claiming to have been kidnapped by militants, the military has said.

Three killed, and Georgia sheriff, deputy injured in shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:09
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A former police officer shot and injured a Georgia county sheriff and his deputy after they responded to a domestic dispute, and was later found dead along with two other people, officials said on Monday. Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell and Deputy Bill Zigan found a woman shot to death in the garage after being called out on Sunday to a house in Clarkesville in northeastern Georgia, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. As they investigated, a former police officer living there began firing from outside the home. Anthony Giaquinta, 40, struck Terrell and Zigan.