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Jury convicts woman in Texas stiletto shoe killing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 07:28
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston woman was convicted of murder Tuesday for fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the 5½-inch stiletto heel of her shoe, hitting him at least 25 times in the face.

Giraffe dies in surgery for terminal heart defect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 07:14

FILE - In this Friday, April 4, 2014, file photo, 6-month-old Kyah, a giraffe at the Oklahoma City Zoo, sits on the ground as she grazes at the zoo in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City Zoo officials say, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, that Kyah, who had a terminal heart defect, has died during surgery. Kyah had an extra blood vessel wrapped around her esophagus _ a symptom of a congenital heart defect _ that prevented her from holding down solid food. She was euthanized during surgery when surgeons realized she would not overcome complications of the hours-long surgery, said zoo spokeswoman Candice Rennels. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City Zoo officials say a 6-month-old female giraffe with a terminal heart defect died Tuesday during surgery.

Fla. pastor convicted in NYC fake Hirst art case

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

This undated photo provided by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office shows the front and back of a counterfeit Damien Hirst spin painting. Kevin Sutherland, a Miami pastor, knowingly peddled phony examples of some of British art star Damien Hirst's signature themes, prosecutors said in summing up Sutherland's attempted grand larceny trial Monday, April 7, 2014, but the defense claims he was just an art-market novice who couldn't read red flags about the pieces' authenticity. Jury deliberations are scheduled to resume Tuesday. (AP Photo/Manhattan District Attorney's Office)NEW YORK (AP) — A Miami pastor was convicted Tuesday of trying to cash in on counterfeit artworks that mimicked valuable pieces by British art luminary Damien Hirst.

UConn celebrates 1 national hoops title, eyes 2nd

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 06:55

Connecticut students celebrate their team's 60-54 victory over Kentucky in the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Kevin Ollie delivered on the promise he made last month after UConn's final home game, bringing an NCAA championship back to Gampel Pavilion.

Civil rights summit opens with immigration talk

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 06:35

FILE - In this June 28, 2013 file photo, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaks in Atlanta. Carter will be the keynote speaker Tuesday, April 8, 2014 on the first day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Jaime Henry-White, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A civil rights summit headlined by four of the five living U.S. presidents has started with a top Republican and Democrat finding common ground on ideas for immigration reform.

Arizona woman convicted in husband's hammer death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 06:35
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman was convicted of first-degree murder Tuesday for bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer in what prosecutors said was a failed bid to collect on a life insurance policy to repay about $300,000 in loans from her boyfriend.

Chicago Cardinal George staying home for treatment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 06:29
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cardinal Francis George will not travel to Rome for the canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II later this month because of the resumption of chemotherapy to treat his cancer.

Alaska's largest daily newspaper sold for $34M

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 06:24
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An online competitor announced plans Tuesday to buy Alaska's largest daily newspaper.

NTSB: Captain's error led to 2013 ferry crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 06:18

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2013 file photo, New York City firefighters walk the deck of the Seastreak Wall Street ferry in New York, after the ferry banged into the mooring as it arrived from New Jersey to the South Street in lower Manhattan during morning rush hour, injuring more than 80 people. The National Transportation Safety Board is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, to discuss the 2013 accident involving the high-speed passenger ferry. Four of the 331 people on board the vessel sustained serious injuries. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A captain's error, compounded by confusing controls and lax safety regulations, led to the January 2013 ferry crash that injured 80 people in Lower Manhattan, federal investigators said Tuesday.

Obama aunt who stayed in US illegally dies at 61

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 06:15

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, file photo, President Barack Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango speaks to The Associated Press during an interview in her home in Boston. Onyango, whose status as an illegal immigrant was revealed days before Obama was elected in 2008, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, said Cleveland attorney Margaret Wong, who represented Onyango in her immigration case. She was 61. Wong said she was being treated for cancer and respiratory problems. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango, who was denied asylum in the United States but stayed illegally for years, died Tuesday at age 61.

3 charged in Detroit mob beating of motorist

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 06:14

Cars enter local business at the scene of an attack on Wednesday at the street corners of Morang and Balfour on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Detroit. A suburban Detroit man was in critical condition Thursday with severe head injuries after a neighborhood mob beat and kicked him when he stopped to check on a 10-year-old boy who stepped from a curb into the path of his pickup. The 54-year-old man, whose name was not released, was being treated at a Detroit hospital as police scoured the east side neighborhood where he was attacked Wednesday afternoon. The boy, David Harris, was expected to recover from his injuries, according to Desmond Key, who said he was the 10-year-old's uncle. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — A teenager and two men were charged Tuesday in the brutal beating of a suburban Detroit man after he accidentally hit a child who stepped off the curb into the path of his truck.

Lawmaker Yee pleads not guilty to federal charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 06:13

FILE - In this March 26, 2014 file photo, California state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, right, leaves the San Francisco Federal Building in San Francisco. Yee, a California state senator and more than two dozen others have been formally indicted in a sweeping San Francisco political corruption case, officials announced Friday April 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Margot,File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to bribery and gun charges two weeks after he was arrested as part of an FBI sting targeting political corruption and an alleged organized crime syndicate based in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Delaware's famed business court issues rare jailing order

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 06:05
Delaware's Court of Chancery, which has been known as a go-to venue for corporate disputes with a reputation for tailoring its rulings to fit each conflict, has added a new legal fix this week to its repertoire - incarceration. W.L. Gore & Associates, famed for its waterproof Gore-Tex fabric, convinced a judge on the civil court that one of its former scientists should be jailed for failing to comply with orders that barred him from using company trade secrets. In the past, the non-jury court has blocked billionaire investor Carl Icahn from disrupting the Dell Inc buyout and has called out bad behavior by Wall Street dealmakers such as Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Ken Lagowski, the court's Register in Chancery who oversees administration, told Reuters the incarceration order was the first he had seen in 30 years. A bench warrant was issued on Monday that directs a Delaware sheriff to bring the former Gore scientist Huey Shen Wu before judge Donald Parsons.

Two men charged in mob beating of motorist in Detroit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 06:00
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Prosecutors in Detroit charged two men with assault on Tuesday in the severe beating of a motorist who stopped to help a 10-year-old boy he struck accidentally last week, raising to three the number of people now charged in the "vigilante-style" attack. Wonzey Safford, 30, and James Davis, 24, were charged with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm in the beating of Steven Utash, 54, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and city council President Brenda Jones on Friday issued a joint statement calling for calm and condemning the "senseless vigilante-style attack" on Utash, which has drawn national attention to the city. On Tuesday, $500,000 bond was set for both Safford and Davis along with Bruce Wimbush Jr., the first person charged in the case.

Lawsuit: Male stripper did show at NY nursing home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:54

Attorney Howard Fensterman, representing the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, points to a newspaper article about the nursing home during a news conference, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. in West Babylon, N.Y. The nursing home hired a male exotic dancer to perform for its patients, according to a lawsuit filed by facility resident Bernice Youngblood in State Supreme Court in Suffolk County. Fensterman acknowledged the home hired the dancer, but said that Youngblood's attendance was voluntary. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) — An 85-year-old nursing home patient was the victim of "disgraceful sexual perversion" when a male stripper gyrated in front of her against her will at the suburban New York facility, an attorney for the woman's family said Tuesday.

Texas mulls adding Mexican-American studies course

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:51

Supporters of a proposal to add a Mexican-American studies course as a statewide high school elective arrive for Texas arrive for a Texas Board of Education hearing, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Austin, Texas. Proponents say the move would give students a deeper understanding of their state, where Hispanics make up 51 percent of public school students and which was once part of Mexico. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Education considered a long-shot proposal Tuesday that would add a Mexican-American studies course as a statewide high school elective, listening to dozens of supporters who said such a class is the only way to truly understand a state where Hispanics make up 51 percent of public school students and which was once part of Mexico.

Texas woman convicted in stiletto-heel killing of boyfriend

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:43
Ana Trujillo, 45, had said she was acting in self-defense when she picked up her shoe and stabbed University of Houston professor Stefan Andersson in a drunken altercation at his upscale Houston condominium on June 9 last year. Andersson, 59, was stabbed about two dozen times in the face and head with the shoe and prosecutors said Trujillo had a history of unprovoked violence. Trujillo, who wore a sundress with a cream-colored sweater, appeared to tremble slightly and too deep breaths while the verdict was being read, but her facial expression remained unchanged. James Wells testified that two weeks before Andersson's murder, Trujillo walked up to Wells puckering her lips as if to kiss him and instead bit him on the scalp, tearing the skin and leaving marks.

Bill Clinton discusses privacy, national security

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:43
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton described Edward Snowden as "sort of an imperfect messenger," who has raised questions about whether the nation can use technology to protect national security without destroying liberty and right to privacy.

Arizona woman convicted in hammer killing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:37
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman was convicted of first-degree Tuesday for bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer in what prosecutors said was a failed bid to collect on a life insurance policy to repay about $300,000 in loans from her boyfriend.

Palestinian urges boycott of Israeli settlements

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:32
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinian U.N. envoy urged the world Tuesday to boycott products from "illegal" Israeli settlements as part of a stepped up campaign to help Palestine become independent.