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Last known member of US' German moon rocket design team dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 06:25

In this photo taken Sept. 2, 2008, engineer Oscar Carl Holderer, one of Wernher von Braun's original "Operation Paperclip" team members, holds some technical drawings in his home shop behind his house in Huntsville, Ala. Holderer, the last known surviving member of the German engineering team that came to the United States after World War II and designed the rocket that took astronauts to the moon, died Tuesday, May 5, 2015 in Huntsville, Ala. He was 95. (Eric Schultz/AL.com via AP)MANDATORY CREDITBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The last known surviving member of the German engineering team that came to the United States after World War II and designed the rocket that took astronauts to the moon has died.


Cleveland police announce arrest in quintuple homicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 06:24
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police say they've arrested a suspect in a shooting last year that left five dead, including an unborn child.

Life Alert accused of sexual harassment in ex-worker's lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 06:22
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The maker of Life Alert, known for its television ad slogan "Help, I've fallen and I can't get up," has been sued by a former sales manager who claims he was fired because of his age and cancer diagnosis, and his complaints about "rampant" sexual harassment in the company's Manhattan office. In a $7 million lawsuit filed on Wednesday in the New York state court in Manhattan, Leon Hayblum claimed that Life Alert Emergency Response Inc illegally terminated him without warning last Nov. 10, when he was 71, after a dozen years on the job. Hayblum said this was done in retaliation for his "years" of complaints about the alleged harassment and Life Alert's alleged misclassification of sales staff as independent contractors, and because he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Life Alert is based in Encino, California, and sells wearable devices intended to help elderly or disabled people call for assistance when they face medical or other emergencies.

Exterminator stands trial for murder of Children's Hospital doctor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 06:17

Exterminator stands trial for murder of Children's Hospital doctorIt was a crime that made headlines around the world, a chilling, random murder that claimed the life of a talented young pediatrician and researcher at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.


Colorado cinema gunman's professors recall quiet, awkward student

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 06:10

File photo of Holmes and his defense attorney King sit in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - Lawyers in Colorado's movie massacre trial painted dueling portraits of gunman James Holmes' sanity on Wednesday as they quizzed his former neuroscience professors on his work, attitude and behavior in class. Just weeks before the rampage, Holmes dropped out of a doctoral program at the graduate school of the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, the Denver suburb where the onslaught took place. Two professors who supervised him at the medical school told jurors he was a quiet student who excelled in written work but appeared to lack effort in the lab, was socially awkward, and sometimes used jokes in presentations that fell flat with classmates. Assistant Professor Achim Klug, who oversaw Holmes' first assigned stint in a laboratory, said the defendant would only speak when called on, but that he usually got the answer right.


GAO: Gov't waste of natural gas costing taxpayers millions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 06:10

FILE - In this April 22, 2008 file photo, a natural gas well pad sits in front of the Roan Plateau near the Colorado mountain community of Rifle, Colo. Federal officials sold oil and natural gas leases on nearly 55,000 acres of federal land on the Roan Plateau but development will not occur immediately because of protests of the leases. Significant amounts of natural gas on federal lands are being wasted, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each year and adding to harmful greenhouse gas emissions, a congressional investigation has found. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Significant amounts of natural gas on federal lands are being wasted, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each year and adding to harmful greenhouse gas emissions, a congressional investigation has found.


Deadbeat parents arrested in Montco surprise sweep

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 06:06

Deadbeat parents arrested in Montco surprise sweepMontgomery County's sheriff announced that nine people were arrested overnight in a surprise sweep of suspected deadbeat parents.


Sexual assault-kidnapper on the loose in Fishtown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 06:05

Sexual assault-kidnapper on the loose in FishtownPhiladelphia police are asking for the public's help in their search for the man who sexually assaulted a woman in the city's Fishtown section.


GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner says Illinois can't bail out Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 06:05

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, left, shakes the hand of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, right, before Rauner's address to the city council Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Chicago. The historic address, the first by a sitting governor in the council's chambers, focused on the city's and state's financial and economic challenges. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner told Chicago aldermen Wednesday that Illinois can't "bail out" the nation's third-largest city, and urged cooperation addressing the looming financial challenges during an unprecedented speech by a sitting governor to the City Council.


Yemen's UN ambassador calls for ground forces to intervene

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 06:02
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Yemen's ambassador to the United Nations is asking the international community to quickly intervene with ground forces to save the country from Houthi rebels who have been targeted by Saudi-led airstrikes for weeks.

Gov. Bruce Rauner: Illinois can't bail out Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 06:00
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state of Illinois can't afford to bail Chicago out of its financial problems.

Colleges move to expand services for immigrant students

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 05:59

In this photo taken Monday, May 4, 2015, John Martin DeGuzman, who is in the United States without legal permission, presents his design to Kara Chin, right, who is working with Magdalena Li, center and Serena Marini, second from right, to create a logo for material to inform Asian and Pacific Islands students about the Undocumented Student and AB540 Center, at the University of California, Davis, in Davis, Calif. Opened last fall, the center provides information on scholarships, jobs, tutoring and legal advice for students who were brought to the Unites States illegally as children. DeGuzman, who is from the Philippines, stared coming to the center for help is now a volunteer who advises others students, known as "Dreamers" about the centers resources.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Miguel Davila had reasons to be skeptical when the University of California, Davis dedicated a bright, clearly marked space on campus for students who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.


AP news guide: lethal injection drug in Tennessee

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 05:56
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thirty-four death-row inmates in Tennessee are challenging the state's lethal injections protocols. On Wednesday, their attorneys asked the state Supreme Court to let them challenge Tennessee's backup method of execution as well: the electric chair.

Ex-in-law testifies from Kazakhstan in Boston Marathon trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 05:53

This undated file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013, by the FBI shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Russian relatives of Boston Marathon bomberTsarnaev are expected to testify at his trial as his lawyers continue to make their case to spare his life. Five family members are expected to take the witness stand Monday, May 4, 2015, in federal court. (AP Photo/FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — A former brother-in-law of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev testified Wednesday from Kazakhstan about the role of a conservative Muslim convert who steered Tsarnaev's older brother toward a stricter version of Islam.


AP EXPLAINS: What's next for jury in missing NYC boy case?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 05:49

Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, center, leaves at the end of the day in the trial of Pedro Hernandez in New York, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in New York. Jurors deliberating in the murder trial of Hernandez, a man accused of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979, said they're deadlocked — for a second time. But a judge is telling them to keep trying for a verdict. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — The haunting case of missing first-grader Etan Patz has endured for almost four decades, and deliberations in the long-awaited murder trial stemming from his 1979 disappearance are enduring extraordinarily long, too.


Reaction to death of former US House Speaker Jim Wright

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 05:42
DALLAS (AP) — Reaction to the death of Jim Wright, former U.S. House speaker and longtime Texas Democratic congressman:

Appeals court says police can withhold license plate scans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 05:42
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police don't have to disclose license plate records that advocacy groups sought to gauge how high-tech surveillance was being used, a California appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Boston bomber volunteered as family fell apart, jurors told

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 05:29

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonBy Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers seeking to spare convicted Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from the death penalty called witnesses on Wednesday who described his volunteer work with disabled children, his respect for his older brother, and his father's mental illness in the years before the attack. The brother, 26-year-old boxer Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed after a gunfight with police days after the bombing.


Jesse Jackson keeps pressure on Silicon Valley to diversify

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 05:29

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich left, stands beside Rev. Jesse Jackson prior to speaking at the PUSHTech2020 Summit Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in San Francisco. Jackson and his Rainbow Push organization are holding the summit as part of a year-old campaign to pressure tech companies into hiring and promoting more minorities and women. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jesse Jackson renewed his call Wednesday for the technology industry to make workforce diversity as high a priority as product innovation.