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Appeals court: 1 Texas execution back on schedule

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 09:12

This handout image provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows convicted killer Tommy Lynn Sells, who is scheduled to die Thursday, April 3, 2014. On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, a federal appeals court 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 the upcoming execution. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)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.


NASA cuts ties with Russia except on space station

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 09:10

Members of the ISS crew, U.S. astronaut Swanson and Russian cosmonaut Skvortsov speak with relatives as Russian cosmonaut Artemyev tests a space suit during pre-launch preparations at the Baikonur cosmodromeLOS ANGELES (AP) — After insisting that space relations wouldn't be altered by earthly politics, NASA on Wednesday said it was severing ties with Russia except for the International Space Station.


U.S. to let public see how Medicare pays doctors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 09:09

A woman waits to work with a volunteer navigator to find a health care plan at the Community Service Society in New YorkThe Obama administration announced on Wednesday that it will for the first time reveal how much Medicare pays individual doctors for medical services and procedures, including MRIs and CT scans. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will release on April 9 massive amounts of data on more than 880,000 individual doctors and other health professionals in all 50 states who participate in Medicare's Part B fee-for-service program, which covers physician fees and out-patient services. The information, which includes doctors' names and addresses and summaries of their services, had been barred from public release by court injunction for more than 30 years until last May when a federal judge in Miami lifted the ban in response to a motion by Dow Jones, publisher of the Wall Street Journal. The American Medical Association, the flagship lobby group for doctors, had fought against lifting the injunction.


Officials: 1 dead, 14 injured at Fort Hood

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 09:07

Krystina Cassidy, left, and Dianna Simpson attempt to make contact with their husbands who are stationed inside Fort Hood while standing outside of the Bernie Beck Gate on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Fort Hood, Texas. One person was killed and 14 injured in the shooting, and officials at the base said the shooter is believed to be dead. (AP Photo/ Tamir Kalifa)FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — One person was killed and 14 injured in a shooting Wednesday at Fort Hood, and officials at the base said the shooter is believed to be dead.


Pennsylvania high court won't hear Sandusky appeal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 08:55

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2013 file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, leaves the Centre County Courthouse after attending a post-sentence motion hearing in Bellefonte, Pa. On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Sandusky lost his bid for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to review his child molestation conviction, but other legal avenues remain open. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state's highest court on Wednesday said it would not review Jerry Sandusky's child molestation conviction. But other legal avenues remain open to the former Penn State assistant football coach.


Utah governor signs bill to beef up adoption rules

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 08:45
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Single mothers will no longer be able to travel to Utah to put kids up for adoption without first notifying their children's fathers now that state legislators have changed a law that critics said cleared a path for kidnapping and fraud.

U.S. official says several killed in Fort Hood shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 08:43
HONOLULU (Reuters) - A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday that several people appeared to have been killed in the shooting incident at Fort Hood military base in Texas, but he declined to offer specific numbers. (Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Appeals court allows Texas executions to proceed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 08:33

The death chamber is seen through the steel bars from the viewing room at the federal penitentiary in Huntsville, TexasBy Jon Herskovitz and Heide Brandes AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court overturned a temporary stay of execution on Wednesday for two Texas inmates challenging the state's lack of disclosure about the supplier of the drugs to be used in their lethal injections this month. The decision puts back on track an execution scheduled for Thursday evening that had been suspended temporarily earlier on Wednesday by a federal judge in Houston, who found that Texas has hidden information about the supplier of the drugs. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore ordered the state to disclose, under seal, information regarding its execution drug, finding that Texas had provided information about the process by which the inmates would be executed and "masked information about the product that will kill them." The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit said the case might be different if the state were using a drug never before used or unheard of, whose efficiency was completely unknown, which was not the case.


Hagel says people killed, wounded in 'terrible tragedy' at Fort Hood

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 08:30
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday that people had been killed and wounded in a "terrible tragedy" at Fort Hood in Texas, which was the scene of a mass shooting in 2009. "It's a terrible tragedy. We know there are casualties, both people killed and injured," Hagel told a news conference in Honolulu, where he was meeting with Asian defense ministers.

Autopsy rules Oklahoma man's death a homicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 08:26
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The death of a man who struggled with police outside an Oklahoma movie theater was ruled a homicide on Wednesday, but the chief medical examiner said the injuries alone didn't cause the death.

New York doormen take off gloves, rally for raises

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 08:18

Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) march out of Central Park onto 5th Avenue during a protest in support of a new contract for apartment building workers in New York CityBy Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - A sea of New York City doormen marched along one of Manhattan's wealthiest strips of luxury buildings on the Upper East Side in a rally for higher wages on Wednesday, and authorized their union to strike if their demands are not met. "With record high rents across the city, it's time for our raise," Hector Figueroa, president of 32BJ SEIU, the New York arm for property service workers affiliated with the Service Employees International Union, said in a speech to workers on Wednesday at a rally that took up two blocks of New York's storied Park Avenue.


Chain saw found in home in Nevada double slaying

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 08:11

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 OUTLAS VEGAS (AP) — Police discovered a legless corpse in a bathtub, a bloody chain saw in the kitchen, a plastic-wrapped body in the living room and an overwhelming odor of incense inside a North Las Vegas home where a man is accused of killing his mother and sister, according to court documents made public Wednesday.


Grand Canyon seeks ways to manage bison herds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 08:05

This undated photo provided by Arizona Game and Fish Department shows Bison roaming along the northern reaches of the Grand Canyon. The bison were introduced to the area in 1906 as part of a ranching operation to crossbreed them with cattle. The state of Arizona owns and maintains the bison on land outside the national park, but the animals have been spending a majority of their time within Grand Canyon boundaries causing headaches for park staff. (AP Photo/Arizona Game and Fish Department)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The herds of bison roaming the northern reaches of the Grand Canyon are causing headaches for park staff as the animals graze in pristine meadows, trample vegetation, damage cliff dwellings and pollute water sources.


One killed, 14 wounded in Fort Hood shooting incident: official

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:56

Undated photograph of the U.S. Army post at Fort Hood, TexasWASHINGTON (Reuters) - One person was killed and 14 were wounded on Wednesday in a shooting incident at the Fort Hood military base in Texas, a U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The official, who noted the information was preliminary, said he could not confirm the status of the shooter. (Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Peter Cooney)


Los Alamos resumes nuclear-waste shipments

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:53

In this photo taken on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, and provided by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a truck hauls a shipment of nuclear waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is under a tight deadline to get nuclear waste off its northern New Mexico campus before wildfire season peaks, has begun trucking the remainder of the waste to Texas. (AP Photo/Los Alamos National Laboratory)LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is under a tight deadline to get nuclear waste of its northern New Mexico campus before wildfire season peaks, has begun trucking the remainder of the waste to Texas.


Official: 1 dead, 14 injured in Fort Hood shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:50

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) — One person was killed and 14 injured in a shooting Wednesday at Fort Hood, and officials at the base said the shooter is believed to be dead.


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.