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Hutchinson seeks review of adoption rules after abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:33

In this Feb. 26, photo, Rep. Justin T. Harris, R-West Fork, questions a witness during a meeting of the House Committee on Education at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has instructed the state to review adoption procedures after Harris gave his adopted daughters to a man who admitted to sexually abusing one of them. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is working with lawmakers and the Department of Human Services to potentially change state adoption procedures after a House member gave his adopted daughters to a man who later admitted to sexually abusing one of them.


Where’s the snow? Alaska’s Iditarod has to move north

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:31
Long-distance sled dog race will go from Fairbanks since Anchorage has scanty snow this winter, with trails barren in spots.

Judge tosses art collectors' lawsuit over labeling Haring works fakes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:26

Visitors look at an art creation by American artist Haring (1958-1990) during his exhibition retrospective at the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris(Reuters) - A federal judge in New York on Friday dismissed a $40 million lawsuit by art collectors against the foundation of late painter Keith Haring, which has said about 80 works owned by the collectors were fakes. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote granted a motion to dismiss the lawsuit against The Keith Haring Foundation that was filed last year by Elizabeth Bilinski and other collectors, according to court documents. The collectors had said they purchased the artwork from friends of Haring, who died in 1990.


AP PHOTOS: Ringling Bros to retire elephants; tradition ends

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:25

This undated poster provided by Feld Entertainment Inc., shows a poster depicting Jumbo the elephant, as part of the early days of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The circus said it will phase out its iconic elephant acts by 2018. (AP Photo/Feld Entertainment Inc.)POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) — Elephants have always been part of The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, ever since showman P.T. Barnum brought Jumbo, "a massive 12-foot African elephant," to America in 1882 to star in the "Greatest Show on Earth." Whenever the circus came to town, parades of pachyderms heralded its arrival, drawing patriotic crowds that boosted sales and even attracted vote-hungry politicians. Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, still keeps 43 elephants, 13 of which are performing. But years of pressure from activists alleging abuse have caused a "mood shift" among consumers, circus executive Alana Feld told The Associated Press, and the Feld family would rather spend money on elephant care than lawyers. The Felds say they'll phase out elephant acts by 2018 as the remaining performers retire to their 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida.


PC, laptop out of sync in streaming online radio

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:23
A bandwidth speed test could help explain the problem, which might have to do with varying client protocol speeds or a reception problem, Patrick Marshall writes. He also responds to questions about email changeovers and a recovery-drive warning message.

DNA clears woman of murder after three decades in Nevada prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:19
Prosecutors in Nevada dropped a murder charge on Friday against a woman who spent more than three decades behind bars for the crime, saying newly found DNA evidence cleared her of slaying a 19-year-old nursing student almost 40 years ago. A judge threw out the conviction against Cathy Woods, 64, in September after DNA evidence from a cigarette butt at the scene of the fatal stabbing near the University of Nevada campus in Reno was matched to a prisoner in Oregon. The judge freed Woods on bail and told her to appear for a retrial in July, but Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks said on Friday that his office is dismissing the case. "It is our belief that the newly discovered DNA evidence and the continued investigation of this case exonerate Cathy Woods of the murder of Michelle Mitchell," Hicks said in a statement.

Horse rescued from ditch in Delaware County

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:16

Horse rescued from ditch in Delaware CountyA horse had to be rescued after getting stuck in a ditch in Edgmont Township, Delaware County.


Osvaldo Alonso’s journey from Cuba to Sounders ‘a little crazy’

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:15
Of the many paths Sounders players have taken to Seattle, Alonso’s isn’t the longest or the most winding. Yet it’s hard to imagine that any are more dramatic.

Private investigator pleads guilty in NY hacker-for-hire case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:14
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A private investigator pleaded guilty on Friday in New York to conspiracy to engage in computer hacking, in what prosecutors said was a five-year scheme to access email accounts of people his clients were paying him to investigate. Eric Saldarriaga, 41, of Queens, New York, entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan in Manhattan. The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on June 26, and under a plea agreement could face six months in prison. His lawyer Peter Brill declined to comment after the hearing.

Chinese woman convicted in Washington parental kidnapping case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:12
A Chinese woman was convicted on Friday of kidnapping her young son from the United States, a plan that was foiled when the flight to Beijing they were aboard was forced to turn back to Washington's Dulles International Airport, federal prosecutors said. Wenjing Liu, 32, of Tianjin, China, was convicted by a Virginia federal jury on charges of international parental kidnapping, according to a statement from Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Liu and her 4-year-old son were two hours into their flight on Sept. 4 when the FBI alerted pilots to the attempted kidnapping and requested that the flight return to Washington.

Obama criticizes Ferguson as city seeks settlement over racial bias

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:08

File photo of protesters staring at a line of police officers and National Guard soldiers outside the Ferguson Police Department in FergusonPresident Barack Obama condemned the Missouri city of Ferguson on Friday for "oppressive and abusive" actions against African-Americans that were laid bare in a U.S. Justice Department report accusing police and court officials of racial bias. The president's comments came as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday dismantling the city's police department was a possibility. "That means everything from working with them to coming up with an entirely new structure." Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said three city workers who demonstrated "egregious racial bias" are no longer employed by the city, and said Ferguson officials are pursuing other reforms to try to reach a settlement with the Justice Department.


Upstart Cyanogen aims to tackle Google’s Android

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:06
Cyanogen is following a path well established by some giant Seattle-area companies that successfully challenged big competitors from the start.

Connecticut governor backs proposals to stop school shootings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:05
By Richard Weizel HARTFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - A slew of proposals to reduce school violence following the Sandy Hook shooting massacre won support on Friday from Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, who said tougher gun control, changes to school design and improved mental healthcare should become law. The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission recommended schools have doors that lock from the inside and called for trigger locks to be placed on all firearms when sold as well. The commission was established after a gunman killed 26 children and educators at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown in December 2012, one of the most horrific school shootings in U.S. history. “Whether it is reinforced glass in schools, placing locks on the inside of classroom doors, selling guns with gun locks, or improving mental health programs, these are recommendations that make sense," he said.

Church says Seattle missionary abducted in Nigeria has been released and is safe

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 07:59
Church says Seattle missionary abducted in Nigeria has been released and is safe.

US missionary freed in Nigeria

BBC World News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 07:59
A US woman who was abducted last month by masked gunmen in central Nigeria is now free, officials say.
Categories: BBC World News

Claire Martin’s 19 points surges Bellarmine Prep past Skyview in 4A consolation

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 07:54
Bellarmine plays No. 5 Walla Walla (22-4) for fourth and sixth places Friday at 9:30 a.m.

Agency files complaint over baby remains at funeral home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 07:51
GARY, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Professional Licensing Agency filed a complaint Friday against a funeral home where the remains of two babies were found inside small boxes above ceiling tiles, a spokesman said.

AccuWeather: Near Record Cold Tonight, Gradual Warming

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 07:45

 Near Record Cold Tonight, Gradual WarmingMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says we finally get a dry weekend followed by mild temperatures.


Erratic McIlroy throws club in lake

BBC World News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 07:39
World number one Rory McIlroy launched his club into a lake during an erratic second round at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami.
Categories: BBC World News

Man convicted in 'American Sniper' case at intake center

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 07:38

This March 6, 2015 photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Eddie Ray Routh. The former Marine found guilty in the shooting deaths of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield is being processed at an intake center of the Texas prison system to determine where he will serve his life sentence. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)ABILENE, Texas (AP) — A former Marine found guilty in the shooting deaths of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man is being processed at an intake center of the Texas prison system to determine where he will serve his life sentence.