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As nominee faces heat, Maine governor picks himself instead

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 07:35
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage figured Democrats would shoot down his choice for education commissioner, so he withdrew the nomination. And on Thursday, he named himself to lead the department instead.

Lockheed to offer T-50A in race for Air Force contract

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 07:35
The U.S. Air Force aims to launch the competition in 2017 to replace its ageing fleet of T-38 planes, which are nearly 50 years old, and analysts have said it could eventually buy up to 600 planes. Boeing Co has teamed with Sweden's Saab to develop a new plane for the competition, while Textron Inc and Northrop Grumman Corp are designing their own new planes. Lockheed prepared a detailed proposal for both a high-end and lower-end new design as well, but decided at the end of last year to proceed with a modified T-50, Rob Weiss, who heads the company's famed Skunk Works design shop, told Reuters.

Air Force reassigns acquisition official after financial disclosure issue

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 07:35
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force on Thursday said it had reassigned its principal deputy assistant secretary for acquisition after he voluntarily disclosed that he had failed to report a Northrop Grumman Corp retirement account held by his spouse on his annual financial disclosure form.

Connecticut man pleads guilty to charge of shooting at mosque

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 07:33
Ted Hakey Jr., 48, of Meriden, pleaded guilty to one count of intentionally damaging religious property by using a dangerous weapon, U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly in Connecticut said. Hakey entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Michael Shea in Hartford, Connecticut. Authorities said Hakey fired four shots with a rifle at the Baitul Aman Mosque in Meriden in the early morning of Nov. 14, 2015, after learning about the attacks in Paris by Islamic State militants the day before, which killed 130 people.

Police officer shot dead in Atlanta suburbs while serving warrant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 07:32
A police officer was shot and killed at an apartment complex in suburban Atlanta on Thursday morning while trying to serve a warrant on a drug suspect, Clayton County police officials said. Riverdale Police identified the officer as Major Greg "Lem" Barney, a longtime member of the department.

Oregon standoff ends after 41 days with dramatic surrender

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 07:32

A sign thanking the FBI hangs in Burns, OregonBy Jimmy Urquhart BURNS, Ore. (Reuters) - The four holdouts in the armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered on Thursday with the last protester repeatedly threatening suicide during a dramatic final phone call with mediators before he gave up, ending the 41-day standoff. David Fry, 27, stayed behind for more than an hour and told supporters by phone he had not agreed with the other three to leave the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon.


Oklahoma man says he wants to plead guilty in beheading

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 07:31
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man charged with beheading a co-worker with a butcher knife at an Oklahoma food processing plant wants to plead guilty to a first-degree murder charge, but the judge refused.

New York police have covertly tracked cell phones, group says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 07:30

People use their phones at LaGuardia airport on the day before Thanksgiving, in New YorkNew York City's police have made extensive use of covert devices to track cell phones without obtaining warrants since 2008, a civil liberties group said on Thursday, revealing how frequently law enforcement in the largest U.S. city has employed the technology. The New York Civil Liberties Union released files that showed the New York Police Department used "cell site simulators" to track nearby cell phones more than a 1,000 times over the past eight years. The American Civil Liberties Union has identified 60 local, state and federal agencies that have adopted the devices in recent years, but the group has said there are likely far more.


Prosecutor says California man forced abducted teen to wed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 07:26

FILE - In this May 22, 2014 file photo, Isidro Garcia talks with his attorney Charles Frisco as he appears on video during his arraignment at the Orange County jail in Santa Ana, Calif. Garcia stands trial on charges of rape, kidnapping and lewd acts on a child, in an Orange County courtroom on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. (Ken Steinhardt/The Orange County Register via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDITFULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — A prosecutor is urging Southern California jurors to look beyond the appearance of a happy marriage in the case of a man charged with abducting and raping a 15-year-old girl who stayed with him for a decade.


Smithsonian giving visitors a virtual look inside Apollo 11

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 07:20

This image provided by the Smithsonian Institution shows part of the interior of the Apollo 11 command module that shows graffiti left by astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. A calendar hand drawn on the wall marking days in space and scribbled warning instructions to not open certain doors are some of the things the public will be able to see as part of a new, 3D look inside the spacecraft that took astronauts on America's historic 1969 mission to the moon. (Smithsonian Institution via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — They are bits of space graffiti hidden from the public for decades: a crude calendar, scrawled lunar coordinates and markings warning of a locker containing "smelly waste."


Jury rules against Montana woman's wrongful-birth lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 07:19
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana jury has ruled against a woman who sought millions of dollars from health care providers that she said failed to diagnose her unborn daughter's cystic fibrosis.

What We Know: Scientists find Einstein's gravity waves

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 07:19
Scientists say they have finally detected gravitational waves, proving Einstein right again. Here's what we know:

Ex-exec sentenced to 1 month in West Virginia chemical spill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 07:16

Former Freedom Industries owner and president Dennis Farrell walks into federal Court in Charleston W.Va., Thursday Feb. 11, 2016. Farrell is scheduled to be sentenced for his conviction on a pollution charge in a 2014 chemical spill into a Charleston river that prompted a tap water ban for 300,000 residents for days. (Tom Hindman/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former Freedom Industries executive was sentenced Thursday to one month in federal prison for a chemical spill that fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians.


Judge orders northeast Iowa zoo to remove tigers, lemurs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 07:15

This Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 photo shows Rajahn the tiger in his enclosure at the Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester, Iowa. The owners of the private northeast Iowa zoo must remove their tigers and lemurs after a federal judge ruled Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, they failed to provide appropriate living conditions for the animals. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP) MANDATORY CREDITCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The owners of a private northeast Iowa zoo must remove their tigers and lemurs after a federal judge ruled Thursday that they failed to provide appropriate living conditions for the animals.


The Latest: 9 others charged with armed Oregon standoff

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 07:14

A closed Sod House Lane, about 4 miles outside of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon, displays an electronic sign warning of arrest, Thursday morning, Feb. 11, 2016, near Burns, Ore. The last four armed occupiers of the national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon said they would turn themselves in Thursday morning, after law officers surrounded them in a tense standoff. (AP Photo/Rebecca Boone)BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on the standoff at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):


What We Know: Last occupiers of nature preserve surrender

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 07:13
The last four occupiers of an Oregon nature preserve surrendered Thursday to the FBI, ending a nearly six-week standoff that began when a larger armed group seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and demanded that the land be turned over to locals. Here's what we know:

The Latest: Officer dies after gun battle outside Atlanta

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 07:13
RIVERDALE, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on a gun battle during a law enforcement operation in suburban Atlanta that killed an officer and wounded a suspect. (all times local):

Obama plans to nominate King as education secretary

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 07:10

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2015 file photo, John King Jr., accompanied by President Barack Obama, speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama will nominate King, now the acting Education Secretary, to serve as Education Secretary after receiving commitments from lawmakers to give his nomination speedy consideration, the White House said Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will nominate Dr. John B. King Jr. to serve as Education Department secretary after receiving commitments from lawmakers to give his nomination speedy consideration, the White House said Thursday.


Man pleads guilty to firing rifle at Connecticut mosque

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 07:10
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime for firing a rifle at a mosque next to his home shortly after the deadly attacks in Paris.

No suspects or motive a week after 6 found dead in Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 07:07

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2016, file photo, crosses and crime scene tape are seen outside a home in Chicago where six bodies were found Feb. 4. A Chicago police spokesman said Wednesday, Feb. 10 they believe three knives or other weapons with blades were used to kill five of the six family members. The victims were two boys, ages 13 and 10, two women and two men. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities have no suspects and a motive remains elusive one week after six family members were found dead in their Chicago home, police said Thursday, with investigators now focusing on video evidence, the weapons used and interviews with relatives and acquaintances to try to glean clues about why the family was targeted.