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Look up! Brief total lunar eclipse to grace the sky Saturday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 03:22

FILE - This Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, shows the Blood Moon, created by the full moon passing into the shadow of the earth during a total lunar eclipse, as seen from Monterey Park, Calif. Skygazers in the western U.S. and Canada will be treated to a total eclipse of the moon before dawn, Saturday, April 4, 2015. Scientists said it’ll be an unusually brief eclipse, with totality lasting several minutes. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don't blink. There's a total eclipse of the moon Saturday — and it's an unusually short one.


3 people hurt in nasty crash on MLK Drive

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 03:20

3 people hurt in nasty crash on MLK DriveThree people have been taken to area hospitals after a nasty crash Friday in Fairmount Park.


Police created 'dangerous crossfire' in pursuing Boston bombers: report

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 03:03

Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are pictured crouching in front of a Mercedes during the gunfight on a street tightly packed with housesBy Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Law enforcement created "dangerous crossfire situations" while trying to apprehend the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, according to a state report on the emergency response that was released on Friday. Police officers lacked "weapons discipline" during a gun battle with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed a short time later, in the early hours of April 19, 2013, the report found. The weapons problem also plagued officers arresting the younger brother, according to the 130-page report made public by the Massachusetts' emergency management agency. Tsarnaev, 21, is currently on trial in federal court for detonating two pressure cooker bombs at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, killing three people and injuring 264, as well as for murdering a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer while trying to flee three days later.


End of robust hiring streak raises doubts about job market

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 02:57

Frances Scoggins, left, speaks to Michael McCall, general manager for Chattanooga Labeling Systems, about her resume during a huge 15-county North Georgia job fair at The Colonnade in Ringgold, Ga., on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Scoggins has been unemployed for the past 4-months and is looking for a safety or manufacturing job. The U.S. government issues the March jobs report on Friday, April 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dan Henry)WASHINGTON (AP) — For months, the U.S. economy's strength has been flagging.


Alabama man walks free after almost 30 years on death row

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 02:47

Anthony Ray Hinton walks out of Jefferson County Jail, along with his lawyer Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative in Birmingham, AlabamaBy Wayne Hester BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - Anthony Ray Hinton walked out of an Alabama jail a free man on Friday after almost 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. Greeted by well-wishers with cries of "Praise God" and a crowd of photographers and reporters, Hinton dabbed away tears and said: "For all of you out there snapping pictures of me, I want you to know there is a Lord. "For all who say they believe in justice, this is the case that proves it is true," the 58-year-old Hinton said. Hinton was convicted of the 1985 slayings of two fast-food managers, but new testing did not match crime scene bullets to the gun found at his home.


Mother and child swept away in Kentucky flood, still missing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 02:23
BEATTYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A mother and child remain missing hours after their car was swept into a flooded creek in eastern Kentucky.

Report faults police in Southern California shooting death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 02:22
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — An independent consultant's report faults the tactical decisions of a pair of Southern California police officers in the shooting death of an unarmed man two years ago.

Referee's widow files lawsuit against player who killed him

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 02:21

FILE- In this file photo provided by the Livonia, Mich., Police Department is Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad, 37. Saad was sentenced to at least eight years in prison for a punch that killed soccer referee John Bieniewicz during a game last summer. Bieniewicz' wife filed a $51 million lawsuit Friday, April 3, 2014 against Saad. (AP Photo/Livonia Police Department, File)DETROIT (AP) — The wife of a Detroit-area soccer referee filed a $51 million lawsuit Friday against a hot-headed player who is in prison for throwing a punch that killed her husband during a game last summer.


Religious freedom fight over gay marriage likely to persist

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 02:19
NEW YORK (AP) — Faith leaders who have made religious liberty a rallying cry are stunned by what they see as Indiana's abrupt retreat this week on the issue.

Ex-Marine ordered to trial in killing of other Marine's wife

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 02:14
JOSHUA TREE, Calif. (AP) — A former Marine must go to trial in the killing of the wife of a fellow serviceman who might have believed she was going off into the Mojave Desert for a marriage proposal before she died.

Police: Man shot woman, son after boy laughed at him in car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 02:12
HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — Southern California investigators say a man opened fire on a woman and her 12-year-old son in a Mercedes after the boy pointed and laughed at the man's feet hanging out the window of a moving Cadillac.

Chess on TV? St. Louis center is televising championships

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 02:08
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Some may not see chess as a broadcast-ready sport, but St. Louis billionaire Rex Sinquefield disagrees.

Chess on TV? St. Louis center televising championships

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 02:07
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Some may not see chess as a broadcast-ready sport, but St. Louis billionaire Rex Sinquefield disagrees.

Paltry snowpack forces skiers to higher ground amid drought

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 02:04

Dane Shoemaker, left, passes a pair of skis across a creek to Mary Small, right, as they set out toward a peak known as Winter Alta in Sequoia National Park, March 30, 2015. The area is typically blanketed in enough snow to ski across the creek, but a paltry snowpack forced skiers to hike their gear on trails, across streams and up rocky slopes to reach the snow. A group of friends have taken this trip through deep powder, braved icy slopes and weathered rain, wind and snow in an annual quest to reach a ski cabin in the wilderness of Sequoia National Park for the past 13 years. The fourth year of the devastating drought that has dried up wells, forced mandatory rationing and jeopardized California crops has also put a burden on backcountry skiers in search of their fix. (AP Photo/Brian Melley)SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — We've trudged through deep powder, braved icy slopes and weathered rain, wind and snow in an annual quest to reach a ski cabin in the wilderness of Sequoia National Park for the past 13 years. We always had skis on our feet — until this year.


Former Montgomery County teacher sentenced for sex with student

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 01:59

Former Montgomery County teacher sentenced for sex with studentA former teacher in Montgomery County has been sentenced for having sex with a student.


Washington, DC, courts to stop routinely shackling juveniles

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 01:54
WASHINGTON (AP) — Political leaders and judges in the District of Columbia's federally run court system have reached an agreement to end the routine shackling of juvenile defendants during court appearances.

Hiring slowdown: US employers added just 126K jobs in March

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 01:54

Frances Scoggins, left, speaks to Michael McCall, general manager for Chattanooga Labeling Systems, about her resume during a huge 15-county North Georgia job fair at The Colonnade in Ringgold, Ga., on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Scoggins has been unemployed for the past 4-months and is looking for a safety or manufacturing job. The U.S. government issues the March jobs report on Friday, April 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dan Henry)WASHINGTON (AP) — A weakening U.S. economy spilled into the job market in March as employers added just 126,000 jobs — the fewest since December 2013 — snapping a 12-month streak of gains above 200,000.


Man who killed wife on day she filed for divorce gets prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 01:43
NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) — A man convicted of beating his wife to death hours after she filed for divorce was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in prison, shortly after his lawyer read a statement about how much he loved his wife.

Emanuel trying to avoid second embarrassment in Chicago race

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 01:40

 a mayor actually having to work to win re-election. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel took the stage in an ornate hotel ballroom in downtown Chicago one day this week where roughly 1,400 African-American women had gathered for a lunch and campaign rally. Playing to the crowd, he stressed the important role women had played in his life, his voice cracking when he got to his immigrant grandmother. He nodded to his mother, seated in the audience.


Similar hazing deaths show difficulty in stopping behavior

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 01:36
Disturbingly similar cases of young men chugging lethal amounts of alcohol while pledging an unrecognized fraternity demonstrate, experts say, the difficulty in stopping behavior done in secret and beyond the realm of campus control.