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Accused ‘Craigslist killer' to make Pennsylvania court appearance

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 19:08

Miranda Barbour is led into court by sheriff deputies in Sunbury PennsylvaniaBy David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - A woman dubbed the "Craigslist killer" suspect makes her first court appearance on Tuesday in Pennsylvania since making controversial claims that she is a serial killer with at least 22 victims. Miranda Barbour, 19, and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, have pleaded not guilty to the stabbing and strangling in November of Troy LaFerrara, 42, whose body was found dumped in an alley in Sunbury. Prosecutors say the couple used the Craigslist classified ad website to lure him to a meeting, offering sex, in a shopping mall parking lot.


NY student accepted at all 8 Ivy League schools

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 19:02
SHIRLEY, N.Y. (AP) — A 17-year-old Long Island student has applied to and was accepted at all eight Ivy League schools.

Woman charged with DUI in Conn. storefront crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 18:12
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman accused of plowing her car into a convenience store at a speed of up to 70 mph and injuring four people has been charged with drunken driving and other crimes.

NJ bar closes _ again _ victimized twice by Sandy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 18:02

In this March 31, 2014 photo, Gigi Liaguno-Dorr polishes the beer taps at Jakeabob's, the Union Beach N.J. restaurant she used to operate until having to close it the previous weekend. The original Jakeabob's was destroyed in Supoerstorm Sandy, and she moved the business a few blocks inland for 2013. But a continuing inability to get timely rebuilding aid forced her to close the restaurant for good on March 28. The reopening of Jakeabob 's was seen as an inspiration to the still-struggling Raritan Bay community. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)UNION BEACH, N.J. (AP) — Superstorm Sandy trashed Jakeabob's Bay, a thriving bar and restaurant where locals and vacationers took in gorgeous sunsets over the Raritan Bay.


Body in DC park believed to be murder suspect's

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 17:56

Washington Metro Police and cadets search in Kenilworth Park in Washington, Monday, March 31, 2014. Police have been searching the park in northeast Washington since last week for clues in the case of eight-year-old Relisha Rudd, last seen in the company of Kahlil Tatum, a janitor at the homeless shelter where she lived with her mother and brothers.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — Police in the nation's capital say they believe that a body found in a park is believed to be that of a murder suspect who was the last person seen with a missing 8-year-old girl.


Australia to deploy flying air traffic controller

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 17:35

Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3 Orion's captain, Wing Comdr. Rob Shearer watches out of the window of his aircraft while searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean, Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, Pool)PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia deployed Tuesday an airborne traffic controller over the Indian Ocean to prevent a mid-air collision among the many aircraft searching for the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went missing over three weeks ago.


U.S. administration says midday HealthCare.gov glitch resolved

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 17:26
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration said on Monday that it has resolved a glitch affecting HealthCare.gov that temporarily prevented new users from accessing application and enrollment tools around midday, as website traffic volumes surged hours before a midnight deadline to enroll in private health insurance. (Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

White House sees Obamacare sign-ups 'substantially larger' than six million

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 17:26
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday that it expects final enrollment numbers for private health care insurance under Obamacare in 2014 to be "substantially larger" than 6 million after a busy final weekend of in-person and online signups. "Here on the last day of enrollment, we're looking at a number substantially larger than 6 million people enrolled," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, noting he was not sure when the government would be able to release its final enrollment figures. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

CIA misled public on interrogation program, newspaper reports

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 16:46

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in McLean, Virginia(Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency misled the U.S. government and public for years about aspects of its brutal interrogation program, concealing details about harsh treatment of detainees and other issues, according to a report in the Washington Post. U.S. officials who have seen a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA interrogation program described damning new information about a network of secret detention facilities, also called "black sites", the Washington Post said. It completed the 6,300-page draft report on the interrogation program more than a year ago but it remains classified. At the "black sites", prisoners were sometimes subjected to harsh interrogation techniques even when analysts were sure they had no more information to give, said the report, which the Post said was based on interviews with current and former U.S. officials.


Facebook CEO reaps $3.3B gain from stock options

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 16:03

FILE - In this Thursday, March 20, 2013 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Zuckerberg reaped a $3.3 billion gain last year by exercising stock options in the social networking company that he founded in a Harvard University dorm room. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reaped a $3.3 billion gain last year by exercising stock options in the social networking company that he founded in a Harvard University dorm room.


Atlanta archbishop apologizes for lavish living, may sell mansion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 15:41

US CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS PRESIDENT GREGORY IN WASHINGTON.(Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta has apologized for building a $2.2 million mansion to use as his home, a move that made him the object of derision and complaint, and said he may sell it. Archbishop Wilton Gregory said he took his "eye off the ball" after the archdiocese received a $15 million donation from the estate of Joseph Mitchell, a nephew "Gone With The Wind" author, Margaret Mitchell. Pope Francis has been urging Roman Catholic officials to live simpler lives and has renounced the papal apartments in the Vatican palace for modest quarters in a Church guest house. In Monday's edition of The Georgia Bulletin, the newspaper for the Atlanta archdiocese, Gregory wrote: "While my advisors and I were able to justify this project fiscally, logistically and practically, I personally failed to project the cost in terms of my own integrity and pastoral credibility with the people of God of north and central Georgia." He also said in the newspaper column that the archdiocese would begin the process of selling the mansion "if it is the will" of Church and other advisers.


Obama gets bill giving docs temporary Medicare fix

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 15:10
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress once again has given doctors temporary relief from a flawed Medicare payment formula that threatened them with a 24 percent cut in their fees.

Syrup makers go high tech with wireless monitoring

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 15:08

In this photo taken Friday March 21, 2014, maple syrup producer Donnie Richards poses with sap lines on a maple tree and his wireless radio unit box containing sensors that monitor pressure on sap lines in Milton, Vt. Richards has about 5,000 taps, with about 18 miles of tubing spread out over more than 100 acres and uses the wireless sensors to monitor the flow of sap that provides information immediately on a smart phone of tablet computer. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)MILTON, Vt. (AP) — Maple syrup production has come a long way from metal buckets hung on trees, but even high-tech operations have had to rely on old-fashioned foot patrols to fix a common problem — leaks.


New report details racial gap among US children

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 15:07

.NEW YORK (AP) — In every region of America, white and Asian children are far better positioned for success than black, Latino and American Indian children, according to a new report appealing for urgent action to bridge this racial gap.


Q&A: Status update as health law marks a milestone

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 15:05

Applicants wait during a health care enrollment event at SEIU-UHW office, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Commerce, Calif. Monday marks this year's open enrollment deadline, but consumers will get extra time to finish their applications. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)WASHINGTON (AP) — Like so much about the government's health care overhaul, Monday's deadline to sign up for coverage in 2014 didn't turn out quite as planned: Many people still are eligible for extensions that will let them enroll.


More mudslide victims found as state seeks new aid

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 14:41

Workers and volunteers search for articles and belongings at the scene of the deadly March 22 mudslide, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Oso, Wash. The number of confirmed dead has reached 24. More than two dozen people remain missing, authorities have said. (AP Photo/The Herald, Sofia Jaramillo, Pool)DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Estimated financial losses from the deadly Washington mudslide that has killed at least 24 people have reached $10 million, Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday in a letter asking the federal government for a major disaster declaration.


Blast rocks Washington gas plant; 5 workers hurt

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 14:35
A large explosion rocked a natural gas processing plant on the Washington-Oregon border Monday, injuring five workers, causing about 400 people to evacuate from nearby farms and homes, and emitting a mushroom cloud of black smoke that was visible for more than a mile.

Pit bull mauls Texas toddler and her mother

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 14:11
The attack happened on Monday in an apartment in the town of League City, about 25 miles southeast of Houston. Officers shot the dog, and the child was flown to a nearby hospital, the League City Police Department said in a statement.

Iraqi man goes on trial in wife's fatal beating

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 13:37
EL CAJON, California (AP) — The killing of Kassim Alhimidi's Iraqi wife in the California city of El Cajon drew international attention after their daughter said she found a note by her mother's bludgeoned body that read: "Go back to your country, you terrorist."

Trial resumes in Texas shoe stabbing case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 13:28

Ana Lilia Trujillo, left, sits in the courtroom before opening arguments in her trial, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Houston. Trujillo, 45, is charged with murder, accused of killing her 59-year-old boyfriend, Alf Stefan Andersson, at his Museum District high-rise condominium in June 2013. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer)HOUSTON (AP) — Testimony is set to resume in the trial of a Houston woman accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with her stiletto heel.