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Spaceship pilot unaware co-pilot unlocked brake

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 10:06

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, file photo, wreckage lies near the site where a Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket, SpaceShipTwo, exploded and crashed in Mojave, Calif. The surviving pilot of the Virgin Galactic spaceship that tore apart over the Mojave Desert was thrown clear of the disintegrating craft and did not know his co-pilot had prematurely unlocked the re-entry braking system, federal investigators said Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pilot of the Virgin Galactic spaceship that tore apart over the Mojave Desert didn't know his co-pilot had prematurely unlocked its brakes, though protocol for the test flight required the co-pilot to announce the step, federal investigators said Wednesday.


Army employee acknowledges stealing military gear

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:46
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A former civilian U.S. Army employee has pleaded guilty to theft after being accused of stealing sophisticated military equipment from a Northern California depot and trading some of it for marijuana.

Man ordered to home confinement in crucifix theft

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:44
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A former northeastern Pennsylvania nurse's aide has been ordered to spend six months in home confinement for the theft of a gold chain and crucifix from a dying Veterans Affairs hospital patient.

Mormon church admits founder Joseph Smith had about 40 wives

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:38

19968v(Reuters) - The Mormon church has said that founder Joseph Smith married about 40 women including a 14-year-old and others who were already the wives of his followers, having publicly portrayed him over the years as lovingly committed to one woman. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has tried to gloss over aspects of its history, including the polygamy practiced by Smith and Brigham Young, who helped found Salt Lake City, Utah, the headquarters of the Mormon church. ...


911 calls from school shooting: 'I need help'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:26

FILE - In this photo taken Oct. 24, 2014, a sheriff's vehicle sits parked in the driveway of Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash., the afternoon after a shooting in the school's cafeteria. On Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, authorities released the 911 calls from students, parents, neighbors, school workers and teacher Megan Silberberger, who tried to intervene when a freshman student, Jaylen Fryberg, opened fire at a group of friends at the school. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)SEATTLE (AP) — The strong, determined voice told a 911 dispatch operator that she was standing with the Washington state student who had just opened fire inside a high school cafeteria.


UN urges Lebanon to finally select a president

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:17
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations Security Council is expressing concern and strongly encouraging leaders in Lebanon to show "urgency and flexibility" in choosing a president, as the country has been without a head of state since May.

Late Ebola Patient's Fiancee Gets Nothing in Settlement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:15
Thomas Eric Duncan's children and parents get settlement. Fiancee gets nothing.

Gay marriage advocates get victories in Kansas, South Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:03

Kathy Stewart places a ring on the finger of her partner, Vicky Mangus, during a wedding ceremony outside of the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds office in CharlotteBy Harriet McLeod and Lawrence Hurley CHARLESTON S.C./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Gay marriage advocates won another two victories on Wednesday as the U.S. Supreme Court allowed Kansas to become the 33rd U.S. state where same-sex couples can wed and a federal judge struck down South Carolina's ban. The high court declined a request from Kansas officials to block U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Crabtree's Nov. 4 ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban as a violation of the U.S. Constitution. ...


Gay marriage advocates get victories in Kansas, South Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:03

Kathy Stewart places a ring on the finger of her partner, Vicky Mangus, during a wedding ceremony outside of the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds office in CharlotteBy Harriet McLeod and Lawrence Hurley CHARLESTON S.C./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Gay marriage advocates won another two victories on Wednesday as the U.S. Supreme Court allowed Kansas to become the 33rd U.S. state where same-sex couples can wed and a federal judge struck down South Carolina's ban. The high court declined a request from Kansas officials to block U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Crabtree's Nov. 4 ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban as a violation of the U.S. Constitution. ...


Warning sign posted near door that crushed gorilla

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 08:49

In this photo provided by the San Francisco Zoo, lowland gorillas are seen Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 at the San Francisco Zoo. In the wake of Friday’s tragic accidental death of the young female gorilla Kabibe, San Francisco Zoo primate staff has been monitoring the six-member western lowland gorilla troop. As the Zoo reported, Kabibe died in a tragic accident on November 7 when she unexpectedly darted under a closing door. (AP Photo/Sandi Wong, San Francisco Zoo)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Employees operating a hydraulic door at the San Francisco Zoo that crushed a baby gorilla were supposed to keep a hand on a stop button at all times, a newspaper reported Wednesday.


Warning sign posted near door that crushed gorilla

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 08:49

In this photo provided by the San Francisco Zoo, lowland gorillas are seen Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 at the San Francisco Zoo. In the wake of Friday’s tragic accidental death of the young female gorilla Kabibe, San Francisco Zoo primate staff has been monitoring the six-member western lowland gorilla troop. As the Zoo reported, Kabibe died in a tragic accident on November 7 when she unexpectedly darted under a closing door. (AP Photo/Sandi Wong, San Francisco Zoo)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Employees operating a hydraulic door at the San Francisco Zoo that crushed a baby gorilla were supposed to keep a hand on a stop button at all times, a newspaper reported Wednesday.


Blake Griffin facing misdemeanor charge in Vegas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 08:49
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin is facing a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a scuffle with a man in a Las Vegas Strip nightclub in October.

Court won't revisit concealed weapon permits case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 08:43
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gun owners and advocates scored another big legal victory Wednesday in their quest to loosen restrictions on carrying concealed weapons in California.

Man charged with felony in foiled child abduction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 08:42

Aaron Edson and his wife Stephanie describe the experience of seeing a man trying to kidnap their five year-old daughter Lainey from their Sandy, Utah, home last week, during an interview in New York, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. In what Edson believes was an act of "divine intervention," he convinced the intruder to hand his stepdaughter back. Police caught up with Troy Morley, 48, of Roy, Utah, two blocks away after Morley broke into another house in the neighborhood. Morley was arrested and booked on charges of child kidnapping, burglary, trespassing and resisting arrest. The 5-year-old girl wasn't hurt in the frightening experience. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man accused of grabbing a 5-year-old girl from her bed and trying to kidnap her was charged Wednesday with a felony that could land him in jail for many years.


Prosecutor: Son plotted Kentucky family killings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 08:42
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man accused in the slayings of his parents and sister who then told a tale of "turning the tables" on the killer actually was in cahoots with the person and is charged with murdering him, authorities say.

Man held without bond in wife's fall death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 08:39

This undated photograph provided by the Bertolet family shows Harold Henthorn and his wife, Toni. This week, a federal grand jury indicted Harold Henthorn on a charge of first-degree murder more than two years after his wife, Toni, tumbled face first to her death off a ledge in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park. (AP Photo/Bertolet Family)DENVER (AP) — A man accused of pushing his wife to her death off a cliff in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park also killed his first wife 17 years earlier, prosecutors said Wednesday, and a judge agreed the cases were "glaringly" similar.


Prosecutor: School address on abused kids outdated

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 08:38
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The staff at a Philadelphia-area elementary school visited an outdated address while checking on the long-absent brother of a 3-year-old boy who was later beaten to death, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

NY mayor misses part of ceremony for crash victims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 08:35

Alexandra Diaz holds a picture of her brother, Herman Martinez, during a ceremony at the Flight 587 Memorial in the Rockaways section in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Martinez was killed along with 264 other people when American Airlines Flight 587 crashed after takeoff in 2001. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Victims' relatives have remembered the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 with a solemn ceremony — and some pique at New York City's mayor for being late.


Inmate gets 5 years for child-rape suspect's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 08:26

Zachary Butler, left, who pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in the jail beating of victim David Piersol, apologizes to Piersol's family at Butler's sentencing in Champaign County court while seated beside defense attorney Christopher Bucci, on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, in Urbana, Ohio. A judge sentenced Butler to five years in prison for the April assault on Piersol in Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg, Ohio. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)URBANA, Ohio (AP) — A jail inmate who beat a child-rape suspect who died a few days later was sentenced on Wednesday to five years in prison.


Transit drivers charged with horseplay in crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 08:25
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Two Pittsburgh-area transit drivers have been charged with recklessly driving side by side — so close that their buses scraped — before one of the empty, off-duty vehicles crashed over an interstate embankment.