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San Francisco police shoot dead woman who drove car at officers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 15:23
Two plainclothes San Francisco police officers shot and killed a woman on Tuesday evening after she drove her car at them, ran into parked cars, and veered onto the sidewalk, police said.

Google's moonshots, gender bias at South by Southwest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 15:20

FILE- In this Tuesday, March 17, 2015, file photo, Google X's Captain of Moonshots Astro Teller gives a keynote during the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. Teller, head of the division, talked about how a lot of failure is needed to make the most ambitious projects a success on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Music flooded into the streets around Austin's convention center as South by Southwest's music festival kicked off and the interactive portion wrapped up. The head of Google's (X) division talked about testing driverless cars and delivery drones, gender bias in tech was a hot topic and event-goers checked out the latest products and companies on the trade show floor.


California police investigate body of man stuffed in freezer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 15:02
Police in the San Francisco-area city of Napa discovered a man's body inside an apartment freezer on Tuesday, officials said. The Napa Police Department responded to the home around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday to make a welfare check on the 54-year-old man who had not been seen or heard from since the end of last month, the department said in a statement. Napa, the state's wine-producing region, is a city of nearly 80,000 people some 50 miles (80 km) north of San Francisco.

Arizona lawman Arpaio agrees to sanctions for civil contempt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 14:50

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio watches as actor Steven Seagal addresses the media about a simulated school shooting in Fountain Hills(Reuters) - Controversial Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio, who bills himself "America's Toughest Sheriff," and his chief deputy offered on Tuesday to accept civil sanctions for contempt of court, ahead of a hearing next month in a federal court in Phoenix. U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow ordered the four-day hearing, which could lead to penalties, such as fines or jail time for six-time sheriff Arpaio, four other individuals, and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. Snow said there were grounds for the hearing after Arpaio failed to comply with a court order to stop immigration enforcement operations and turn over evidence to opposing trial lawyers, among other issues. Lawyers for Arpaio, 82, who has vowed to run for a seventh term as sheriff, acknowledged the problems, saying they would not present evidence at the hearing to counter Snow's points.


Missouri executes man after high court declines to intervene

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 14:09

In this March 6, 2015 photo provided by The Missouri Department of Corrections is Cecil Clayton, 74, Missouri's oldest death row inmate. Clayton was convicted of gunning down Christopher Castetter, a sheriff's deputy in rural southwest Missouri's Barry County in 1996. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri death row inmate has been executed for the shooting death of a sheriff's deputy, after the U.S. Supreme Court and the state's governor declined to spare the 74-year-old who attorneys said had a diminished mental capacity because of a brain injury.


Judge won't block part of Seattle's minimum wage law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 13:42

FILE - Assembling at Sylvester Park in downtown Olympia Luke Bridges, who works for the Iron Rabbit restaurant and is an Evergreen student joined a group of around 50 supporters, in this March 12, 2015 file photo, who marched up to City Hall in Olympia,Wash. in support of raising the minimum wage locally to $15 an hour. A federal judge on Tuesday March 17, 2015 cleared the way for Seattle's new minimum wage law to take effect as planned next month, rejecting claims by franchises of big national chains that it discriminates against them. (AP Photo/The Olympian, Steve Bloom, File)SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday cleared the way for Seattle's new minimum wage law to take effect as planned next month, rejecting claims by franchises of big national chains that it discriminates against them.


10 things you might not know about Monopoly

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 13:38

This March 11, 2015 photo shows a Monopoly board in Atlantic City, N.J. - the city on whose real-life streets the Monopoly board game is based. The board game turns 80 years old on Thursday, March 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — 1. Charles Darrow of Philadelphia developed the game in 1933 and sold it to Parker Brothers on March 19, 1935. A stenographer and actress, Elizabeth Magie, filed a legal claim for her similar "Landlord's Game" in 1903, but Monopoly's current owner, Hasbro, says: "The Monopoly game as we know it today was designed by Charles Darrow."


Police carry 2 boxes from home of millionaire Robert Durst

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 13:08

 The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst" in New York City. Robert Durst, a wealthy eccentric linked to two killings and his wife's disappearance, was arrested in New Orleans on Saturday, March 14, 2015 on a Los Angeles warrant for the 2000 murder of Susan Berman just before Sunday's finale of the HBO serial documentary about his life. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities on Tuesday carried away two boxes after searching the Houston home of real estate millionaire Robert Durst after his weekend arrest in New Orleans on a murder warrant.


Report: NYC's commute, work hours make for longest work week

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 12:11
NEW YORK (AP) — Between commuting time and work hours, New York City residents have the longest work weeks among the country's 30 biggest cities, city Comptroller Scott Stringer said in a report released Tuesday.

Missouri executes brain-damaged man who killed sheriff's deputy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:59

Missouri Department of Corrections photo of death row inmate Cecil Clayton(Reuters) - Missouri on Tuesday executed by lethal injection a man convicted of killing a sheriff's deputy nearly a quarter century after the man had lost part of his brain in a sawmill accident, the state corrections department said. Cecil Clayton, 74, of southwest Missouri, was pronounced dead at 9:21 p.m. CDT after receiving a lethal injection of drugs at a Missouri state prison. He was the second inmate executed in Missouri this year and the 10th in the country. He shot Barry County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Castetter in the head while the officer was in his patrol car.


Friend says he gave Boston Marathon bomber a handgun

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:57

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center seated, is depicted between defense attorneys while the boat in which he was captured in sits on a trailer for observation during his federal death penalty trial, Monday, March 16, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring more than 260 people. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev borrowed a gun two months before the 2013 attack and "kept coming up with excuses" for not returning it, a close friend testified Tuesday.


Bucks County woman, 94, is on the pothole patrol

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:51

Bucks County woman, 94, is on the pothole patrolPotholes have been a big complaint of drivers this winter.


House leaders work on $213B plan on doc Medicare payments

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:50
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan House leaders are working on a $213 billion plan to permanently change how doctors are paid for treating Medicare patients, a costly problem that's vexed Congress for years, a document circulating among lawmakers showed Tuesday.

Mo'ne Davis hits a triple with book, sneaker, movie deal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:49

Mo'ne Davis hits a triple with book, sneaker, movie deal9 months ago we met South Philadelphia pitching Phenom Mo'ne Davis.


Missouri executes man for 1996 killing of sheriff's deputy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:36

In this March 6, 2015 photo provided by The Missouri Department of Corrections is Cecil Clayton, 74, Missouri's oldest death row inmate. Clayton was convicted of gunning down Christopher Castetter, a sheriff's deputy in rural southwest Missouri's Barry County in 1996. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's oldest death row inmate was executed Tuesday for the shooting death of a sheriff's deputy, after the U.S. Supreme Court and the state's governor declined to spare the 74-year-old who attorneys said had a diminished mental capacity because of a brain injury.


4-alarm fire in Northeast Philadelphia under control, 100 displaced

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:20

4-alarm fire in Northeast Philadelphia under control, 100 displacedApproximately 100 people have been displaced after a 4-alarm fire at a Northeast Philadelphia apartment building.


Workers at largest U.S. refinery OK deal; Tesoro making progress

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:15

Workers and their supporters picket outside the Motiva Enterprises crude oil refinery in Port Arthur TexasMore than 700 union workers at the largest U.S. refinery unanimously approved a new contract in a vote at their union hall in Port Arthur, Texas, on Tuesday night, said union officials. The United Steelworkers union (USW) also said workers at three Tesoro Corp refineries on the West Coast were making progress in finalizing contracts.


Supreme Court denies execution reprieve for Missouri inmate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:12

In this March 6, 2015 photo provided by The Missouri Department of Corrections is Cecil Clayton, 74, Missouri's oldest death row inmate. Clayton was convicted of gunning down Christopher Castetter, a sheriff's deputy in rural southwest Missouri's Barry County in 1996. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's oldest death row inmate was executed Tuesday night for the 1996 shooting death of a sheriff's deputy after the state's governor and the U.S. Supreme Court denied last-minute appeals to spare his life. Attorneys for 74-year-old Cecil Clayton had argued that Clayton has brain damage from a 1972 sawmill accident and worsening dementia.


Pentagon sets up panel to study electronic warfare requirements

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:31

US Defense Acquisition Chief Frank Kendall speaks to journalists at a news conference at the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, southern EnglandBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department on Tuesday set up a new panel to address shortfalls in U.S. electronic warfare capabilities across the U.S. military and to ensure the United States retains its competitive edge. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work signed a memo creating a new "Electronic Warfare Executive Committee" to be chaired by Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall and Admiral James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Work told a conference hosted by McAleese & Associates and Credit Suisse that the United States still had greater capabilities in the electromagnetic spectrum than potential adversaries, but other countries were investing heavily. In the memo, Work said he created the panel after the Defense Science Board found the Pentagon had "lost focus on electronic warfare at the programmatic and strategic level." He said the committee would oversee and coordinate electronic warfare programs, strategy and acquisition, while balancing budget and capability needs.


10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:28

Media members gather outside of the office of Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., as a staff member enters his office after Schock announced his resignation from Congress on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Schock abruptly resigned following a monthlong cascade of revelations about his business deals and lavish spending on everything from overseas travel to office decor in the style of "Downton Abbey." (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: