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Animal welfare groups target greyhound tracks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:16
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two animal welfare groups are trying to bring about the end of greyhound racing, which has been declining for years, with an aggressive effort to change laws and public opinion in the states where dogs still race.

Cop recalls 'horrific' scene after SPD Officer Timothy Brenton slain

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:16
A veteran Seattle police officer paused to compose himself and wipe away tears Tuesday morning as he recounted seeing the massive wounds that Officer Tim Brenton sustained in a fatal ambush on Halloween night 2009.

The Hezbollah Connection

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:14
Ten years ago, a truck bomber assassinated the former and likely next prime minister of Lebanon, Rafik Hariri. Can a trial in The Hague deliver any justice for the nation — or the Middle East?






Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s Defense: Lust Is No Crime

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:13
The former I.M.F. chief, who admits a libertine lifestyle, stands accused with 13 others of pimping and of aiding and abetting the prostitution of seven women.






Amy Pascal Keeps Sony’s Marquee Projects in Portfolio, Now as a Producer

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:09
Ms. Pascal had recently stepped down from major roles at Sony in the fallout over its hacking scandal.

South Carolina woman gets prison for kidnapping daughter and fleeing overseas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:07

Dorothy Lee Barnett is pictured in this undated booking photo provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's OfficeBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A woman accused of kidnapping her infant daughter from South Carolina in 1994 and living overseas with her for nearly two decades was sentenced to 21 months in a U.S. prison on Tuesday. Dorothy Lee Barnett, 54, who was arrested in 2013 in Australia and extradited in September to Charleston, South Carolina, pleaded guilty to federal charges of international parental kidnapping and falsifying passports. Prosecutors have said Barnett vanished with her baby girl during a court-approved visit in South Carolina after her ex-husband, Benjamin Harris Todd, was granted legal custody of their child in a contentious divorce. Barnett moved overseas, remarried and changed her name to Maria Geldenhuys, according to court records.


US charges Iowa widow over how she deposited husband's cash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:07
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa widow is charged with a crime and had nearly $19,000 seized from her bank after depositing her late husband's legally earned money in a way that evaded federal reporting requirements.

Two panels approve WSU med school bills - Tue, 10 Feb 2015 PST

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:05
OLYMPIA -- A bill that would allow Washington State University to start a medical school in Spokane passed a House committee on a 12-1 vote this morning. The companion bill passed the Senate committee in the afternoon.

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:04
iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending February 9, 2015:
Categories: Yahoo! Music News

$485 million Powerball jackpot is 5th largest in US history

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:04
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $485 million, making Wednesday night's drawing the fifth largest prize in U.S. history.

Serial flight stowaway jailed in Florida, nabbed at beach resort

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:02
By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A woman notorious for sneaking onto commercial flights has been jailed in North Florida, where she was caught checking into a beach resort under a false name, authorities said on Tuesday. Marilyn Hartman managed to board a flight from Minnesota to Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday without a ticket, according to an arrest report from the Nassau County Sheriff's Office. At the northeast Florida airport, the 63-year-old stowaway was asked by a resort shuttle driver if she was another woman with a reservation at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.

Texas lieutenant governor: National Guard not leaving border

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:01
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Republican lieutenant governor of Texas says state leaders no longer want the Texas National Guard off the border with Mexico next month as originally planned.

Jury hears taped confession in New York boy's murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:01

Hernandez appears with his lawyer Fishbein in Manhattan Criminal Court in New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - A jury intently watched the videotaped confession on Tuesday of a man accused of murdering Etan Patz in 1979 and heard him say he choked the 6-year-old boy and "just couldn't let go." In the courtroom, Pedro Hernandez, 54, saw himself on a large screen near the jury tell law enforcement he lured the boy to the basement of the Soho deli where he worked, strangled him, placed him in a box and dumped the body in an alley. He said, 'Yeah,' so I told him to go to the basement," Hernandez said under questioning by Assistant Manhattan District Attorney Armand Durastanti.   He described Patz as blonde, wearing a little jacket and carrying a book bag and said he strangled the boy. I felt like something just took over me, and I was choking him," Hernandez said on the videotape. "He was still gasping," Hernandez said on the videotape.


Man charged with murder of Virginia student Hannah Graham

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 02:59

Jesse Matthew is pictured in this booking photoA hospital worker has been charged with the murder of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, whose disappearance shocked the campus and drew national headlines, authorities said on Tuesday. Jesse Matthew Jr., 33, of Charlottesville, Virginia, was indicted by an Albemarle County grand jury last week. He was the last person seen with Graham, an 18-year-old sophomore, who went missing in September. Matthew has been charged with first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile, Albemarle County prosecutor Denise Lunsford said.


Fernandes says 'dream manager' close

BBC World News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 02:57
QPR chairman Tony Fernandes says he thinks he has got his "dream manager" to replace Harry Redknapp at the club.
Categories: BBC World News

Search underway for man swept into surf at California beach

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 02:41
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A search is underway for an 18-year-old Nevada man who was swept off rocks into the ocean at a Southern California beach.

13-year-old girl wounded by stray bullet at LA bus stop

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 02:36
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say a 13-year-old girl was wounded in the leg by an apparent stray bullet while she was waiting at a bus stop in South Los Angeles.

Fed report: Time to examine purposely cooling planet idea

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 02:35
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's time to study and maybe even test the idea of cooling the Earth by injecting sulfur pollution high in the air to reflect the sun's heat, a first-of-its-kind federal science report said Tuesday.

Poachers kill rare Mali elephants

BBC World News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 02:32
A rare population of elephants in northern Mali is being targeted by poachers, with 19 of the animals killed for their tusks in the past month, an official says.
Categories: BBC World News

VIDEO: Boston battles yet more snow

BBC World News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 02:32
Subways and rail services ground to a halt and schools were shut as the US city of Boston faced the latest in a string of snowstorms.
Categories: BBC World News