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Boy Scouts removes gay troop leader in Seattle

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 08:34

Geoff McGrath holds his Boy Scout scoutmaster uniform shirt for the Seattle troop he led, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Bellevue, Wash. The Boys Scouts of America has removed McGrath, an openly gay troop leader, after saying he made an issue out of his sexual orientation. The BSA told McGrath in a letter Monday that “it has no choice but to revoke your registration” after he told news media he was gay in connection with a news story. McGrath, who earned the rank of Eagle Scout, has been leading Seattle Troop 98 since its application was approved last fall. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) — The Boys Scouts of America has removed an openly gay troop leader in Seattle, saying he made an issue out of his sexual orientation.

Iraqi man goes on trial in California for wife's murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 08:27
Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old stay-at-home mother of five, was bludgeoned at her home in suburban El Cajon on March 21, 2012, and died of her injuries several days later. But six months later, police arrested Alawadi's husband, 49-year-old Kassim Alhimidi and court papers show a family in turmoil. Taking the stand as the first witness in the closely watched trial, El Cajon paramedic Kyle Kleinschmidt said he was sent to the family's home after Alawadi's then-17-year-old daughter Fatima called 911 to say she had discovered her mother unconscious on the kitchen floor. He testified that the scene was not consistent in his mind with Fatima Alhimidi's belief that her mother had fallen.

Families of GM crash victims bring their anguish to Washington

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 08:25
By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Standing on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday morning in the path of an early spring breeze, Renee Trautwein tearfully braced herself to relive the worst morning of her life. In a few hours, Mary Barra, the chief executive officer of General Motors, would be pressed to answer why the largest U.S. automaker did not act sooner to fix an ignition switch defect that can suddenly leave certain models of its cars without power. Trautwein's daughter died in one of those cars, a 2005 Chevy Cobalt, in South Carolina on the morning of June 12, 2009 - an accident Trautwein had previously thought was caused by her daughter falling asleep at the wheel. Since the recall of the vehicle earlier this year, Trautwein now believes the car lost power and was unable to be steered.

Samsung: Patents developed by Google engineers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 08:22

File - In this Dec. 12, 2013 file photo, a man passes by the Samsung Electronics Co. logos at its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. Opening statements are underway in the latest patent fight over mobile devices between Apple and Samsung, the world's largest cellphone manufacturers. An Apple lawyer told jurors in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday April 1, 2014, that Samsung quickly recognized that the iPhone was going to be a big seller when it first went on the market, and the South Korean company didn't have a product that could compete. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Samsung fired back at Apple's accusations of patent theft Tuesday, saying the South Korean tech giant didn't write any of the Android software on its smartphones and tablets, Google did.

California's $425M Powerball winner comes forward

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 08:09
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The sole winner of February's $425 million Powerball jackpot came forward to claim his prize Tuesday.

Official death toll from Washington state mudslide rises to 28

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 07:40
DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - The official death toll from a devastating mudslide in Washington state rose to 28 on Tuesday, up from 24 the day before, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said on Tuesday. A statement issued by the coroner's office also said the remains of 22 victims have now been positively identified, up from 19 earlier in the day. The number of people still listed as missing was put at 22 on Monday. (Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

Bishops celebrate Mass along Mexico border

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 07:40

Cardinal Sean O'Malley blesses a family after mass, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, along the international border wall in Nogales, Ariz. O'Malley was several Bishops who serve along the U.S./Mexico border were visiting the border town to bring awareness to immigration reform and to remember those who have died trying to cross the border in years past. (AP Photo/Matt York)NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Roman Catholic leaders made a rare visit to the border and celebrated Mass on Tuesday in the shadow of the fence separating the U.S. and Mexico, offering Holy Communion through the steel barrier to people on the Mexican side as they sought to bring attention to the plight of immigrants.

Jurors shown stiletto heel in shoe stabbing case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 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 blue suede stiletto heel that prosecutors say a Houston woman used to fatally stab her boyfriend at least 25 times in the face and head was shown at her trial Tuesday.

Proposed release of Israeli spy raises U.S. spies' ire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 07:29

Israeli protesters hold posters calling for the release of Pollard in Jerusalem in this file photoBy Mark Hosenball, Patricia Zengerle and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. proposal to consider freeing a jailed Israeli spy caught many American intelligence officials off-guard and will face stiff opposition if the Obama administration decides to go ahead with it in a bid to salvage Middle East peace talks, officials said. Negotiations over the fate of Jonathan Pollard, a former naval intelligence analyst serving a life sentence for espionage, have stoked deep concern in the ranks of U.S. spy services already reeling from leaks orchestrated by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Senior lawmakers, including Senator Dianne Feinstein, head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, staked out positions on Tuesday equally hostile to the idea, which started taking shape this week in talks between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Police: Man spent days with corpses in Nevada home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 07:18

Sheldon Jacobs and his wife Nicole Jacobs walk in front of a home on the 6100 block of Stibor Street in North Las Vegas on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Police in North Las Vegas think a family member may be responsible for a double-slaying at this home where officers sent to check on a missing 53-year-old mother and her 33-year-old daughter found a bloody crime scene. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Justin Yurkanin) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; LAS VEGAS SUN OUTNORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — A 30-year-old man accused of killing his mother and sister in their North Las Vegas home spent a couple of days dismembering one of the bodies and trying to clean up the bloody scene, a police official said Tuesday.

La. senator: 'Chicken boxing' is not cockfighting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 07:13
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana senator is opposing a bill that would close loopholes in a state cockfighting ban, saying it threatens the legitimate, less bloody sport of "chicken boxing."

Duke Energy wants citizens group out of ash action

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 07:09
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy is asking a judge to prevent citizens groups from taking part in any enforcement action that would make the company clean up nearly three dozen coal ash pits across North Carolina.

Manning's new lawyer decries 35-year sentence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 07:08

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005, file photo, Nancy Hollander, center, attorney for the members of Centro Espirita Beneficente Uniao Do Vegetal, speaks at a news conference on the steps of the Supreme Court, in Washington. Hollander is representing Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning in her court-martial appeals. Hollander says the soldier's 35-year sentence for leaking classified information is out of proportion with the offenses of which she was convicted. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)Army Private Chelsea Manning's 35-year sentence for leaking reams of classified information is out of proportion with the offenses for which she was convicted, the lawyer who will represent her in court-martial appeals said Tuesday.

Washington mudslide survivors envision shrine at disaster site

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 07:07
By Jonathan Kaminsky and Eric M. Johnson DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - Survivors of a mudslide that virtually erased a community in Washington state and left dozens dead or missing have begun to contemplate the future of the disaster site, with many saying it should be left as a shrine once the bulldozers and excavators leave. As stagnant pools of muddy water receded further during a second straight sunny day on Tuesday, recovery teams pressed on with their search for victims of the March 22 slide, triggered when a rain-soaked hillside caved in above the north fork of the Stillaguamish River. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said 19 of the confirmed fatalities have now been identified, including a 4-month-old girl and two other children aged 5 and 6. Ruth Hargrave, 67, whose neighbors are among the dead and missing, said she could not imagine rebuilding the beloved riverside vacation house that was in the path of the slide.

Two U.S. hackers admit to international cyber crime in New Jersey court

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

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBy David Jones NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - Two American men said to belong to an international cyber crime ring admitted hacking into accounts at banks, brokerage firms and government agencies in an attempt to steal some $15 million, New Jersey authorities said on Tuesday. The two were part of a scheme to "cash out" bank accounts and pre-paid debit cards opened in the names of others, said U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman in a statement. Robert Dubuc, 40, of Malden, Massachusetts, and Oleg Pidtergerya, 49, of Brooklyn, New York, pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy, conspiracy to commit access device fraud and identity theft before U.S. District Judge Peter Sheridan in Trenton federal court, Fishman said. The cyber crime organization was allegedly led by Oleksiy Sharapka and Leonid Yanovitsky of Kiev, Ukraine, he said.

Holder: Khalid Sheik Mohammad won't be tried in NY

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 06:45

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Holder says the successful prosecution of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law in New York shows terror trials can be safely held in the United States.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday he still believes Manhattan is the right place to put the self-professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks on trial but he won't revisit the decision to have his fate decided by a military tribunal instead.

Oklahoma reveals drugs it will use in executions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 06:45
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma on Tuesday revealed the combination of drugs it plans to use to execute two men later this month — a mix that's been used by just one other state.

Idaho State Police probe Colorado man's claims of pot profiling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 06:43
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Idaho State Police began an investigation on Tuesday into a Colorado man's claims that he was illegally searched and detained for suspected marijuana possession because his truck had license plates from a state that permits recreational pot use. Darien Roseen filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Boise last week claiming civil rights violations based on profiling by Idaho police because his truck carried Colorado plates and his driver's license was from Washington state. Washington state and Colorado allow recreational marijuana use, but the drug is an illegal narcotic under federal law.

Records: Teen cited Columbine in school threat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 06:41
LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) — An 18-year-old Connecticut woman cited the 1999 Columbine school shootings in her diary alongside plans to shoot up her high school last month, according to court records released Tuesday.

Chicago among many Ill. cities in pension straits

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 06:39

FILE - In this May 8, 2012 file photo, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel testifies during the House Committee Hearing on Personnel and Pensions at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Late Monday , March 31, 2014, Emanuel proposed to raise property taxes while increasing the amount of money city workers contribute to their retirement as a way to cut about half of the city's pension debt. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan for fixing part of the nation's worst municipal pension crisis is now in the hands of state lawmakers — and it's likely just the first of many from cities across the state seeking legislative help for their employee retirement funds.