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Las Vegas pet shop owner gets at least 5 years for fire that imperiled puppies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:50
(Reuters) - A woman who pleaded guilty to charges that she and an accomplice set her Las Vegas pet store on fire with 25 puppies inside in an insurance scam was sentenced on Wednesday to at least five years in prison, a court official said. Gloria Lee, who pleaded guilty last October to charges of arson, insurance fraud and attempted animal cruelty in connection with the Jan. 27, 2014, blaze, revealed in court she is pregnant, Clark County Courts spokeswoman Mary Ann Price But Clark County Judge David Barker sentenced Lee to a maximum of 14 years in prison, with her eligibility for parole beginning after she spends five years behind bars, Price said. Twenty-seven dogs of various breeds, including 25 puppies, were in Lee's Prince and Princess Pet Shop at the time.

California train crash was an accident, lawyer for truck driver says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:50

An aerial view shows the scene of a double-decker Metrolink train derailment in Oxnard, CaliforniaBy Dana Feldman VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - A lawyer for the driver whose truck was hit by a California commuter train in a wreck that injured 50 people said on Wednesday the crash was an accident and that his client left the scene only to try to find help. Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez, 54, was found walking and "in distress" more than a mile (1.6 km) from the accident on Tuesday and was later taken into custody on suspicion of felony hit-and-run for leaving the scene, police said. Ventura County prosecutors said they expected to file formal charges against Sanchez-Ramirez on Thursday before his initial court appearance. Ron Bamieh, an attorney for Sanchez-Ramirez, told a news conference on Wednesday: "What we've found in the time we've had this case is that this was an accident, all this was an accident." Bamieh confirmed his client was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in 1998 but said there was no indication he was intoxicated at the time of the rail crash.

Teen swimming in sweatpants drowns in apartment complex pool

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:48
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — A 17-year-old boy who had been swimming in an apartment complex's Olympic-size indoor pool while wearing sweatpants drowned on Wednesday, prosecutors said.

Outage cuts Internet, phone service across northern Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:21

Zak Holland opens up a computer at a store on the Northern Arizona University campus in Flagstaff, Ariz., Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Much of the region was experiencing an Internet and phone outage that was linked to vandalism of a fiber-optic line. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — People across northern Arizona couldn't use the Internet, their cellphones or landlines for several hours Wednesday after someone vandalized a fiber-optic line that brings communications to a large part of the state, officials said.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:18

In this courtroom drawing, defendant Akhror Saidakmetov, left; an interpreter, center; and defendant Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, appear at federal court in New York on terrorism charges, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Saidakmetov and Juraboev are two of the three men arrested on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the U.S. (AP Photo/Jane Rosenberg)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

Texas paid $2.2M for Garcia Marquez archive

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:57

FILE - In this March 6, 2014 file photo, Gabriel Garcia Marquez greets fans and reporters outside his home on his birthday in Mexico City. The University of Texas’ literary archive says it paid $2.2 million for the works of Nobel laureate Marquez, a price the school sought to keep secret until ordered by the state attorney general’s office to make it public. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas' literary archive said Wednesday it paid $2.2 million for the works of Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a price the school sought to keep secret until ordered to make it public by the state attorney general's office.

Life-saving train design is rarely used

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:40

In this Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, file photo, Workers stand near a Metrolink train that hit a truck and then derailed in Oxnard, Calif. Three cars of the Metrolink train tumbled onto their sides, injuring dozens of people in the town 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Engineers have figured how to blunt the deadly force of a train smashing into a truck on the tracks. Yet few U.S. rail systems have adopted the technology, which is believed to have played a significant role in the remarkably low number of serious injuries from Tuesday's commuter rail crash in California. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the collision between a Southern California commuter train and a truck abandoned on the tracks was this: No one died and only eight people on board were admitted to hospitals.

Snow falls in the South as another storm hits region

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:33

Icicles hang from a car license plate in a Raleigh, N.C., parking lot on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. The state is bracing for several more inches Wednesday. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)Snow fell on the Deep South on Wednesday as another storm brought nasty weather to the region, walloping places that were hit hard just last week.

Missouri public safety director resigns 6 months into job

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:29

In this Aug. 27, 2014 file photo, Dan Isom, right, speaks with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon after being named the director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety in St. Louis. The state senator who sponsored Isom when he was appointed amid the fallout from the Ferguson police shooting say Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2014 he's decided to resign. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach, File) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUTJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's public safety director, appointed amid fallout from the fatal Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown, on Wednesday announced plans to resign only six months into the job.

Spacewalking astronaut safe after water leaks into helmet

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:28

In this image made from video provided by NASA, astronaut Terry Virts points to his helmet as he sits inside the International Space Station on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 during an inspection for water in his suit. Virts reported the water while he waited in the air lock for Wednesday's spacewalk to formally conclude. (AP Photo/NASA)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A spacewalking astronaut ended up with unwanted water in his helmet Wednesday after breezing through a cable and lube job outside the International Space Station.

Police fired 17 times at Mexican farm worker in Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:27
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Police officers who fatally shot a Mexican farm worker in Washington state after he pelted them with rocks fired 17 shots at the man, striking him five or six times, police said on Wednesday, in an incident that has fueled protests. Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35, an unemployed orchard worker from Mexico's Michoacan state, was killed earlier this month in Pasco, a city of 68,000 residents in Washington state's agricultural heartland, in a shooting captured on video. Police said that officers responding to a report of a man throwing rocks at passing cars shot Zambrano-Montes after he began pelting them with rocks and ignored commands to surrender. Kennewick Police Sergeant Ken Lattin, a spokesman for a special unit investigating the case, told reporters on Wednesday that all three of the officers involved in the incident had fired their weapons.

Judge orders Oracle to keep hosting Oregon's Medicaid system

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:27
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon judge has ordered technology giant Oracle Inc. to continue hosting Oregon's Medicaid health insurance system for low-income Oregonians even after the company's contract expires this weekend.

Pregnant store owner gets 5 years in puppy arson case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:23

FILE - In a Wednesday, March 12, 2014 file photo, pet shop owner Gloria Lee appears in court at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Lee was sentenced Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, to 5 to 14 years in state prison for setting fire to the business where 27 puppies and dogs were rescued. Lee stunned the courtroom when she told Clark County District Court Judge David Barker on Wednesday that she's three months pregnant. Prosecutor Shanon Clowers says Lee will have her baby in prison. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, Steve Marcus, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former Las Vegas pet shop owner who was caught on surveillance video torching her business before 27 puppies and dogs were rescued last year failed to sway her sentencing judge with a courtroom announcement Wednesday that she was three months pregnant.

Opening statements in Boston Marathon bombing trial set for next week

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:23
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Formal seating of a jury and opening statements in the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are expected to begin in the middle of next week, a court official said on Wednesday. Tsarnaev, 21, an ethnic Chechen and naturalized U.S. citizen who was a student at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, is charged in federal court with killing three people and injuring 264 in the April 15, 2013, attack. Besides charges stemming from the marathon attack, Tsarnaev is accused of fatally shooting a police officer three days after the bombing as he and his older brother, Tamerlan, prepared to flee the Boston area. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died that night following a gun battle with police.

Confident Obama predicts success in immigration appeal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:18

President Barack Obama gets off Air Force One upon his arrival at Miami International Airport in Miami, Wednesday, Feb,. 25, 2015. Obama is taping an immigration town hall hosted by Telemundo and MSNBC at Florida International University. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama urged immigrants thrown into limbo by legal wrangling to keep planning for eventual relief, professing confidence Wednesday that his deportation directives won't be thrown out in court.

Nickelodeon debuts mobile service Noggin for the pre-K set

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:12
NEW YORK (AP) — Nickelodeon is creating brand-new content and resurrecting old shows for a mobile subscription service aimed at preschoolers.

Video cameras on commuter train recorded California wreck, official says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:50
OXNARD, Calif. (Reuters) - Video recorders on a Southern California commuter train that struck a truck on Tuesday, sparking a wreck that injured 50 people, captured the crash, a federal official said on Wednesday. The recorders from the collision in Oxnard, about 45 miles (72 km) northwest of Los Angeles, have been sent to Washington, D.C., for analysis, said National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt. "We can say that the forward-facing cameras did record the accident sequence, they recorded the actual collision," he said. ...

Experts: Insanity case as in 'American Sniper' hard to win

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:47

Former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh stands during his capital murder trial at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth, Pool)STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — The former Marine convicted of killing "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man was hospitalized multiple times for psychiatric treatment and was prescribed medication to treat schizophrenia. He spoke of pig-human hybrids and the apocalypse and was described by Kyle himself as "straight-up nuts."

Opening statements next week in marathon bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:46
BOSTON (AP) — Opening statements in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be held next week, a court official announced Wednesday after the judge qualified enough prospective jurors to move on to the final stage of jury selection.

No prison for key informant in major insider trading case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:44
NEW YORK (AP) — A former hedge fund manager who wore a wire to help prosecutors build a massive insider trading case was spared a prison sentence Wednesday after the government called his cooperation extraordinary.