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Gene study boosts interest in heart drug Zetia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 06:31
Scientists have discovered gene mutations that give people naturally lower cholesterol levels and cut their risk of heart disease in half.

Man whose son died in hot car arraigned, released

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 06:30
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man whose 15-month-old son was left in a hot car and died in July has been ordered to surrender his passport, stay in the state and not have unsupervised contact with his two other children.

For 26th time, UN has emergency meeting on Ukraine

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 06:26

Ukrainian volunteer fighters shoot in the village of Peski near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Fighting has continued in the east despite a cease-fire agreement between Ukraine and the rebels signed in September, and Ukraine and the West accused Russia recently of sending in new troops and weapons. (AP Photo/Maxim Vetrov)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council met for the 26th time in emergency session on Ukraine, again without taking action, as the U.N. warned of a possible return to "full-scale fighting" in the rebel-held east.

Report: Police poorly investigated sex crimes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 06:25
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In the latest blow to New Orleans' troubled Police Department, a city inspector general's report claims five detectives failed to do substantial investigation of more than 1,000 cases of sex crimes and child abuse — with one detective being cited for stating a belief that simple rape should not be considered a crime.

Arias defense focuses on sex, secrets, religion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 06:21

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, file photo, Jodi Arias looks on during her sentencing phase retrial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Arias' sentencing retrial is set to resume Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, as the former waitress' legal team will keep pushing its case that she should be spared the death penalty in the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace, Pool, File)PHOENIX (AP) — Defense attorneys for convicted murderer Jodi Arias on Wednesday sought to portray the victim as a man torn between his devout Mormon faith and his secret sexual urges as they worked to convince a jury to spare her life.

Ferguson grand jury to hear from private pathologist

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 06:15
By Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - A Missouri grand jury looking into the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown will hear testimony on Thursday from a private pathologist hired by Brown's family to perform an autopsy, a representative for the family said on Wednesday. The grand jury is expected to reach a decision this month on whether to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed the 18-year-old Brown, who was black, on Aug. 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. ...

Court papers: Teen waited to reveal captor's name

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 06:15

FILE In this photo taken July 29, 2014 in Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Nathaniel Kibby, of Gorham, N.H. listens during his arraignment charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez nine months ago. In response to a motion by the Associated Press to unseal the arrest warrant affidavit underlying Kibby's July 28th arrest a New Hampshire judge released additional information Wednesday Nov. 12, 2014 on the arrest of Kibby in connection with the 9-month disappearance of teen Abigail Hernandez. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool, file)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire teen who was kidnapped in October 2013 waited until a week after she was home to reveal her alleged captor's identity, according to court papers released Wednesday.

Boxed turkeys spilled on highway will be donated

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:48
SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — About 25,000 pounds of frozen boxed turkeys that an overturned tractor-trailer spilled on a Northern California freeway two weeks before Thanksgiving will be donated to a local food bank.

Hearing on new trial begins in Chandra Levy case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:48

FILE -- In this April 22, 2009 file photo, Ingmar Guandique is escorted from the Violent Crimes Unit by police in Washington. Lawyers for Ingmar Guandique and the government were scheduled Wednesday Nov. 12, 2014 to begin three days of hearings. Guandique’s lawyers say he was convicted on the basis of false or misleading testimony given by a one-time cellmate and prosecutors knew or should have known the testimony was false and investigated the man further. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for a man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy returned to court Wednesday as part of their pitch to a judge that he deserves a new trial because of what they say are problems with a key witness.

Couple weds in Texas hospital at bedside of premature son

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:46
AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A Texas couple walked down the aisle of a Fort Worth hospital's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to wed to the whir of medical devices and in front of the guest of honor, their premature baby boy wearing a one-piece tuxedo. Encouraged by the progress their son J.J. has made since he was born about 15 weeks early at 1 pound and 13 ounces (822 grams), Kristi Warriner and Justin Nelson decided the best place to tie the knot was in the NICU at Cook Children's Hospital. "It's not what you dream of as a little girl. ...

Manhattan DA announces $35 mln funding for rape kit backlog

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:42
By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. pledged on Wednesday $35 million in funding to help eliminate the backlog of untested evidence in sexual assault cases, or "rape kits", in cities across the United States. The analysis of DNA evidence contained in such kits will help resolve thousands of sexual assault cases across the country, Vance said, and help give victims closure and justice. ...

Suspect with blood filled syringe robs woman in Kensington restaurant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:42

Suspect with blood filled syringe robs woman in Kensington restaurantPhiladelphia police are searching for a robbery suspect who was armed with a blood filled syringe.

Man sentenced in crash that killed police officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:39
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man is headed to state prison for causing a fiery alcohol-related crash that killed an off-duty police officer who was headed home after working a drunken-driving detail.

School district scraps religious names on calendar

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:38
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Maryland's largest school district has voted to strip religious labels from next year's school calendar, including Christian holidays such as Easter and Christmas, and the Jewish holidays of Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah.

Doctor: Girl, 12, competent in Slender Man case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:37

One of two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please the fictional horror character Slender Man is led into a courtroom for a hearing Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, in Waukesha, Wis. A state doctor believes the girl's mental condition has improved and that she is fit to stand trial. (AP Photo/Waukesha Freeman, Charles Auer, Pool)WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A state doctor believes the mental condition of one of two girls accused of repeatedly stabbing a classmate to please the fictional horror character Slender Man has improved, and the 12-year-old is fit to stand trial, a Wisconsin judge said Wednesday.

Forensics expert to testify at Ferguson grand jury

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:33

Michael Brown, Sr., father of teenager Michael Brown who was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, speaks during a press conference about the UN Committee Against Torture who convenes this week to evaluate the US government's compliance with the Convention Against Torture, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)ST. LOUIS (AP) — A private forensic pathologist who performed an autopsy on Michael Brown will testify before the grand jury deciding whether to charge the Ferguson police officer who shot him, the attorney for Brown's parents said Wednesday.

New GOP senators show moderated, cooperative tone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:30

 Sen.-elect David Perdue, R-Ga., Sen.-elect Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Sen.-elect Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Sen.-elect Mike Rounds, R-S.D., Sen.-elect Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, McConnell, Sen.-elect Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., Sen.-elect James Lankford, R-Okla., Sen.-elect Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Sen.-elect Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Sen.-elect Steve Daines, R-Mont. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — New Republican senators who sometimes breathed tea-party fire as candidates are adopting a more moderate tone as they enter Congress.

Officials tackle Atlantic City's economic decline in summit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:28

Officials tackle Atlantic City's economic decline in summitOfficials held another summit in Atlantic City to deal with the closing of four casinos this year.

Lookalike in trooper killing gets car after ordeal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:27
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A northeastern Pennsylvania man who was repeatedly mistaken as the suspect in the killing of a state trooper now has his own car as a result of the ordeal.

Supreme Court weighs state tax authority

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday considered placing new limits on how states can assess income tax on money that residents earn across state lines.