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UConn celebrates again as women's team wins title

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 13:24

Connecticut men's basketball players DeAndre Daniels, left, and Tor Watts celebrate as they watch television coverage of the final seconds the UConn women's team's 79-58 win over Notre Dame in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament title game, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn forward DeAndre Daniels got a chance to storm the court at Gampel Pavilion as a fan on Tuesday night, joining thousands of other UConn students in celebrating the school's dual national basketball titles.


Clinton urges tech leaders to invest in training

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:54

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures before delivering the keynote address at Marketo’s 2014 Marketing Nation Summit Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that if Silicon Valley executives want to persuade Congress to let them hire more high-skilled professionals from abroad, they would have a better case if they also funded college-based training programs for U.S. workers.


Ex-President Carter: US 'dormant' on inequality

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:57

Jimmy CarterAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday night lamented continuing inequalities between black and white Americans during a 50th anniversary celebration of the Civil Rights Act in Texas that will feature four of the five living U.S. presidents this week.


Shuttle bus drivers go on strike at Phoenix airport

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:27
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Striking shuttle bus drivers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport walked off the job on Tuesday in a labor dispute that could affect the estimated 25,000 riders who use rental cars and travel within the airport's terminals daily. Union officials said an estimated 180 drivers and other related workers took to the picket lines at the off-airport rental car facility that serves the nation's 10th busiest airport, protesting a contract proposed by Veolia Transportation. "We don't want to put anybody in the general public out, but Veolia is giving us no choice," Bob Bean, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433, told Reuters.

Former socialite found guilty in Arizona car bomb death of ex-husband

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:24
A former Arizona socialite was convicted of first-degree murder on Tuesday in the 1996 car-bomb killing of her ex-husband, a prominent real estate developer, in the parking lot of a Tucson resort, prosecutors said. Jurors also found Pamela Phillips, 56, guilty of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the fiery death of husband Gary Triano that shocked the community and went unsolved for years. The Pima County Superior Court jury deliberated for nearly three days before rendering the guilty verdicts, prosecutor Rick Unklesbay said. Phillips faces life in prison with the possibility of parole in 25 years or natural life in prison under the convictions, Unklesbay said.

Police seek federal help in highway shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:20
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating more than a dozen apparently random shootings targeting vehicles on Kansas City-area roads and highways to determine whether they are connected, a police spokesman said Tuesday.

Mass shooting victims' families helping Fort Hood

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:17
DALLAS (AP) — Dozens of families who lost loved ones during Sept. 11, the shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook elementary school and other attacks are trying to support victims of similar tragedies with a new fund, and its first efforts will focus on last week's shootings at Fort Hood.

Gunman who opened fire at L.A. police had applied to join department

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:15
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A gunman who opened fire in a Los Angeles police station, shooting an officer seven times in the arms and torso as he returned fire, had previously applied to join the department, a police spokesmen said on Tuesday. The wounded officer remained hospitalized in good condition a day after the attack, while the suspected gunman, who also was struck by multiple bullets, was listed in serious but stable condition at a hospital, said Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Officer Sara Faden. The shooter, who has been identified as Daniel Yealu, 29, walked into the lobby of the West Traffic Division at about 8 p.m. local time on Monday and told two officers at the desk that he had a complaint, then pulled a semi-automatic handgun and fired repeatedly at one of the officers, police officials said. The officer, a seven-year veteran, fired back, as did his partner, a policewoman with four years on the force, striking the gunman multiple times, police Commander Andrew Smith said.

Gov't: GM missed deadline for faulty switch data

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:14
DETROIT (AP) — A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond to its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 deadline.

Barge capsizes on Mississippi River; 2 missing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:09
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Mississippi River barge overturned while unloading steel coils in northeast Arkansas on Tuesday, and authorities were searching for two people who fell into the water and went missing.

Arizona woman found guilty in hammer-beating death

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

Marissa Devault looks at the jury as they are polled after finding her guilty of first degree murder, in Maricopa County Superior Court, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Phoenix. Devault was convicted 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. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)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.


U.S. Navy mulls options to help drones avoid other planes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:02

Handout of two Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles are seen on the tarmac at a Northrop Grumman test facility in PalmdaleThe U.S. Navy said on Tuesday it continued to examine options for a system to help Northrop Grumman Corp's new MQ-4 Triton high-altitude unmanned spy plane detect and avoid other aircraft, and expected to decide on a new approach in less than a year. The Navy last year halted work on a complex "sense and avoid" radar being developed by Exelis Inc after the company ran into technical challenges in trying to develop a system small enough to fit on the nose of the drone. Sean Burke, deputy program manager for the Triton program, told reporters at an annual Navy League conference that the Triton was making good progress in flight testing and development, but it had proven technically challenging to scale down the complex, 360-degree radar needed for the new sensor.


No plans to charge family for sea rescue of baby

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:56

FILE - In this April 6, 2014, file photo, provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, sailors from the frigate USS Vandegrift assist in the rescue of the Kaufman family with a sick infant on the ship's small boat, as part of a joint U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and California Air National Guard rescue effort. None of the three federal agencies that helped rescue the ill 1-year-old, Lyra Kaufman, and her family from their broken down sailboat about 900 miles off Mexico's Pacific coast plan to seek reimbursement for the cost of the operation. Officials from the Navy, Coast Guard and California Air National Guard said Tuesday, April 8, 2014, they don't charge for search-and-rescue missions. "We don't want people in trouble at sea to hesitate to call for help for fear they'll be charged for assistance," said Lt. Anna Dixon of the 11th Coast Guard District, which oversaw the operation but did not send vessels or aircraft to the stranded sailboat. She said that helping at sea is a time-honored tradition and a requirement of international maritime convention. The Navy warship that picked up the family on Sunday is expected to reach San Diego on Wednesday. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — It took three federal agencies, a fixed-wing aircraft, a Navy warship and scores of personnel to rescue an ill baby girl and her family from their broken down sailboat 900 miles off the Mexican coast. But the San Diego couple will not have to repay the federal government for the dramatic evacuation at sea, the agencies said Tuesday.


Habanero peppers found on school playground

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:39
DENVER (AP) — Environmental investigators say they found pieces of habanero peppers on a school playground after seven students were sent to the hospital complaining of skin and eye irritation.

Mickey Rooney's will details final wishes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:38

This March 7, 2010 file photo shows Mickey Rooney at the 82nd Academy Awards in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Rooney's final will filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, calls for his stepson and caretaker Mark Rooney to receive the bulk of the actor's modest estate. Attorney Michael Augustine, who Rooney nominated to run his estate, said Tuesday that the actor died after a nap Sunday, April 6, 2014, and wanted his stepson to be the sole beneficiary of his estate because of the care he had received in recent years. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mickey Rooney signed his last will just weeks before death, leaving a modest estate to a stepson who had been his caretaker, but the actor had no intention of ending his Hollywood career anytime soon, his attorney said Tuesday.


GM auto workers vote to allow strike in Kentucky

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:22
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Workers at the General Motors plant in Kentucky that assembles Corvettes voted Tuesday to authorize a strike over lingering safety concerns, but a local union leader said he hopes the differences can be resolved without a walkout.

UConn celebrates 1 NCAA title, watches shot at 2nd

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

Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie waves to fans at a pep rally Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Storrs, Conn., the day after the team won the NCAA men's Division I basketball championship. (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.


Barge overturns on Mississippi River; 2 missing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:01
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say a barge capsized on the Mississippi River in northeast Arkansas and that two people who fell into the water are missing.

Death toll in Washington state mudslide rises to 35

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 08:59

Members of communities affected by the Oso mudslide participate a candlelight vigil at the Community Center in Darrington, Washington(Reuters) - The death toll in a mudslide that devastated a rural Washington state community last month rose to 35 on Tuesday as two more bodies were extricated from the rubble and President Barack Obama pledged to visit the town at the center of the devastation. A rain-soaked hillside collapsed without warning above the north fork of the Stillaguamish River on March 22, unleashing a torrent of mud that engulfed some three dozen homes on the outskirts of the tiny community of Oso. The death toll had stood at 33 on Monday.


Father says alleged shooter wanted to be policeman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 08:43

Los Angeles police officers stand outside the West Traffic Division station Tuesday, April 8, 2014, after an officer was shot and wounded inside the station Monday evening. A gunman who opened fire inside the police station, hitting one officer several times, was hospitalized early Tuesday in critical condition after he was wounded in the ensuing gunbattle, authorities said. (AP Photo/Nick Ut )LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say the man suspected of shooting up a Los Angeles police station and wounding an officer had been rejected after applying to become a policeman.