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Baby's imminent birth diverts jet flight to North Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 04:17
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Shaniqua Cherry wasn't due to deliver her fourth child until late March, but the baby girl came early — forcing Cherry and the plane on which she was a passenger to make an unscheduled stop in North Carolina so she could give birth.

Dad found guilty in amusement park fight over knife ban

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 04:17
BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A Vermont man was convicted Wednesday on several charges following a fracas last summer that erupted when his family was told they couldn't carry knives into a New Hampshire amusement park.

College 'rediscovers' collection of rare Greek, Roman coins

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 04:00

Philip Kiernan, a University at Buffalo assistant professor and expert on ancient coins, displays one of 12 gold Roman coins, Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in Buffalo, N.Y. A priceless cache of ancient Greek and Roman coins has been "rediscovered" at the university. The 40 gold and silver coins, including one from each era of the first 12 Roman emperors, were part of a 1935 donation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — A priceless cache of ancient Greek and Roman coins that had become a kind of buried treasure has been "rediscovered" at the University at Buffalo, which had paid little attention to them since they were donated in 1935.

Video shows ex-NFL star with type of gun used in slaying: expert

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 03:59

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez sits during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall RiverBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Surveillance video from former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's home shows him holding what appears to be the same type of pistol prosecutors say he used to kill an associate, a handgun company official testified on Wednesday. Kyle Aspinwall, an employee of Austrian handgun manufacturer Glock Inc, said he could see parts of a Glock .45-caliber handgun in Hernandez's hand in the video recorded shortly after prosecutors say Hernandez fatally shot Odin Lloyd, a semiprofessional football player, in the early hours of June 17, 2013. "I'm observing what appears to be a firearm, specifically a pistol," Aspinwall said, looking at still images from the video showing Hernandez near a basement door at his home with a black object in his left hand. "In my opinion, the firearm shown in the video stills is a Glock pistol." Defense attorneys have suggested Hernandez was instead holding a remote control or some other device.  Hernandez is on trial at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, on charges of murdering Lloyd.

Amish sect leader to appeal new sentence for beard cutting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 03:56
CLEVELAND (AP) — The leader of a breakaway Amish community in eastern Ohio plans to appeal his new federal sentence for the forced cutting of beards and hair of Amish people with whom he and others disagreed.

Ice chunk falls off roof, breaks gas meter and causes leak

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 03:49
HUDSON, N.H. (AP) — A chunk of ice that a New Hampshire fire captain calls "as big and heavy as a refrigerator" has fallen off a roof, shearing off a natural gas meter, causing a gas leak and forcing evacuations.

Slain deputy US marshal was expecting baby boy with his wife

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 03:47
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The deputy U.S. marshal killed in a shootout was expecting his first child — a boy, his wife learned the day after his death.

Exclusive: California pension reform measure to target Calpers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 03:45
By Tim Reid LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A ballot measure campaign to cut California's public pensions will be launched in May by a coalition of politicians and business people led by former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, with the state's largest retirement system a prime target. The measure would take aim at California's $300 billion giant Calpers, which has a near-iron grip on the state's pensions. Calpers, America's largest public pension fund and administrator of pensions for more than 3,000 state and local agencies, has long argued that pensions cannot be touched or renegotiated, even in bankruptcy. "Calpers has dedicated itself to preserving the status quo and making it difficult for anybody to reform pensions," Reed said in an interview.

Dieting dachshund in Ohio goes from obese to svelte

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 03:38

In this June 2013 photo provided by Brooke Burton, Dennis, a dachshund, rests on the ground in Columbus, Ohio. Less than two years ago, Dennis weighed in at 56 pounds and could walk only a few feet without stopping, out of breath. But then Burton rescued him from his previous owner who had fed him human food like burgers and pizza and paid little attention to him. On a steady diet of strictly dog food, exercise and affection, the dog slimmed down to a svelte 12 pounds and now loves to chase squirrels and play fetch. (AP Photo/Brooke Burton)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Once a wanton wiener dog, Dennis went on a diet and is now a happy shadow of his former self after losing more than 75 percent of his body weight.

Appeals court: Hold new trial or release man held 2 decades

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 03:36
NEW YORK (AP) — A man who has spent 22 years behind bars after being convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend is entitled to a new trial or should be released from prison, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, saying his defense lawyer did such a poor job that it amounted to no legal representation at all.

Most wrongful-death lawsuits settled in listeria outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 03:35
DENVER (AP) — A Denver judge wrapped up most of the wrongful-death lawsuits stemming from a 2011 listeria outbreak that killed more than 30 people and sickened more than 140 others.

'Search and rescue' mission still underway for missing U.S. Black Hawk crew

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 03:35
(Reuters) - The mission to find seven Marines and four soldiers missing after an Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a nighttime training mission off the Florida coast remains "a search and rescue operation," a U.S. Army official said on Wednesday. "Our main effort right now is getting our soldiers and our Marines back," said U.S. Army Major General Glenn Curtis, who noted the Louisiana National Guard members on board the helicopter all have several thousand hours of flying experience. (Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Eric Beech)

Burning tanker truck shuts down Detroit-area freeway

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 03:31

Dearborn, Mich., firefighters watch as a tanker truck, and at least one car, right, burn shutting down a stretch Interstate 94, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, Dearborn, Mich. Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw says there were no reports of injuries. He says the truck was believed to have been hauling petroleum. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Daniel Mears) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDITDEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A burning tanker truck closed a stretch of Interstate 94 near the border between Detroit and the suburb of Dearborn.

Oregon city considers penalizing pot growers for smelly marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 03:27
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - The Oregon city of Medford, where officials say residents have long grumbled about the odor of marijuana growing operations, is considering a regulation that would fine pot growers if their marijuana is too smelly, city officials said on Wednesday. The city's legal staff has drafted an ordinance that would fine both medical and recreational marijuana growers whose operations are too malodorous up to $250 a day and would give the city power to seize plants if growers don’t come into compliance. In addition to containing odors, marijuana growers would be required to keep their plants locked up and out of sight in Medford, a city of nearly 80,000 people in southern Oregon whose economy is at least partly based on conventional agriculture. Since Oregon legalized medical marijuana in the late 1990s, Medford citizens have consistently complained about the smell of weed, and council members decided to act on the issue after state voters opted in November to legalize recreational marijuana, Deputy City Attorney Kevin McConnell said.

Police: Unfounded report of shots at rapper Lil Wayne home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 03:26

FILE - In this June 29, 2014 file photo, Lil' Wayne performs at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Police have responded to a report of 4 people shot at the Miami Beach home of rapper Lil Wayne. Miami Beach Det. Vivian Thayer says police units responded Wednesday, March 11, 2015, after someone called to say four people had been shot at the waterfront home. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An apparent hoax summoned a strong police response Wednesday to the home of rapper Lil Wayne after an unknown caller reported a shooting.

College student on spring break goes overboard on cruise

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 03:22
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A 21-year-old Virginia Tech student on spring break went overboard on a cruise ship balcony near the Bahamas, leading to a dayslong air and sea search that was called off Tuesday, officials said.

Baby's imminent birth diverts jet flight to North Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 03:20
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A pregnant woman aboard an Atlanta-bound jet had to make an unscheduled stop in North Carolina to deliver her baby after her water broke in mid-flight and the plane was diverted.

Toyota's 2015 Sienna climbs to best-selling van

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 03:17

This undated product image provided by Toyota shows the 2015 Toyota Sienna. The Sienna, the best-selling family van in the country this year, has refreshed styling, stiffened vehicle structure, more safety equipment and new features for 2015. (AP Photo/Toyota)Toyota's Sienna, the best-selling family van in the country this year, has refreshed styling, stiffened vehicle structure, more safety equipment and new features for 2015.

Chicago City Council panels endorse Obama library bid

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 03:15
CHICAGO (AP) — Three Chicago City Council committees are recommending the city take control of two pieces of park land on the South Side so that Barack Obama can choose one as the site for his presidential library.

Major unions stepping up battle against free-trade pact

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 02:54
WASHINGTON (AP) — The AFL-CIO union says it and its affiliated unions are freezing political contributions to federal candidates "until further notice" to channel funds into the labor's intensifying battle to stop or at least help shape a proposed free-trade agreement being negotiated by the U.S. and other nations that border the Pacific Ocean.