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U.S. Marine Corps aims to boost aircraft readiness

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 02:07
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Marine Corps has launched a major drive to pump up the readiness of its aircraft after calculating that 158 of its helicopters, fighter jets and other planes - assets valued at $8.4 billion - are not ready for military use. Deputy Commandant for Aviation Lieutenant General Jon Davis told Reuters he was meeting with FedEx Corp, Boeing Co and other commercial firms, as well as military officials from Britain, as part of a concerted effort to speed up maintenance and get more use of its aircraft. "My readiness is not what it needs to be.

Oklahoma Senate backs bill allowing nitrogen use in executions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 01:42
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The Oklahoma Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would allow nitrogen gas as an execution method, a measure adopted after the flawed 2014 lethal-injection execution of an inmate whose intravenous line was improperly placed by death chamber staff. The legislation, approved by the state Senate on a 41-0 vote after being passed by the state House of Representatives on a 85-10 vote in March, is headed to the desk of Republican Governor Mary Fallin. The measure would allow state authorities to consider nitrogen gas as an alternate method of execution if the U.S. Supreme Court determines in an upcoming case that the state's current lethal injection process is unconstitutional. State Representative Mike Christian, a Republican who authored the bill, has said the process would be painless for inmates and affordable for Oklahoma.

NBA player stabbed in New York vows to make 'a full recovery'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 01:36

New York Knicks' Chris Copeland in May 2013.(Reuters) - Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland was recovering at a New York hospital on Thursday after undergoing surgery on his abdomen and elbow from knife wounds and said he would "work hard to make a full recovery." Copeland, 31, and his former fiancée Katrine Saltara, 28, were stabbed in an incident at about 4 a.m. on Wednesday outside a nightclub in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. In a statement, the three-year NBA veteran thanked his "fans, friends, teammates, coaches and the Pacers organization for their support and prayers during this time." "I also want to apologize to everyone, particularly the NBA and the Pacers for my bad choice at being out at that time," he added. "I am doing as well as can be expected and I will work hard to make a full recovery." Copeland underwent surgery on Wednesday on his abdomen and left elbow for the stab wounds and was in stable condition on Thursday at a New York City hospital, the team said, adding that there was no timetable for how long he will remain hospitalized.


High-speed skydiver killed in accident in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 01:28
DELAND, Fla. (AP) — A skydiver known for her abilities in a high-speed subset of the sport known as "swooping" was killed after her parachute's canopy hit another canopy midair, authorities said Thursday.

Taylor Swift says her mother is battling cancer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 01:21

Taylor Swift says her mother is battling cancerTaylor Swift revealed to her fans that her mother has cancer.


Driver killed in Bensalem crash identified

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 01:10

Driver killed in Bensalem crash identifiedAuthorities have identified the motorist killed in a single-vehicle crash in Bensalem.


Testimony ends in trial of man accused of 1979 murder of NY boy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 01:05

Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan Criminal Court in New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Testimony concluded on Thursday in the trial of a former deli worker accused of the 1979 murder of a missing New York City boy, and the jury is expected to begin deliberations next week. Pedro Hernandez, 54, charged with kidnapping and murder, confessed to police in 2012 that he choked 6-year-old Etan Patz, stuffed him in a box and left him in a New York alley. Patz vanished as he walked alone for the first time to a school bus stop in his Manhattan neighborhood on May 25, 1979. His disappearance sparked a national movement to find missing children, and his picture was one of the first to appear on milk cartons.


Chris Copeland thankful for support, vows to return 'stronger than ever'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 00:59
Pacers forward Chris Copeland, who had surgery Thursday after a Wednesday morning stabbing incident, issued a statement Thursday thanking supporters and apologizing for being out at 4 a.m.

Police: $70K in bull semen stolen from Minnesota farm

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 00:48
LEROY, Minn. (AP) — Police are investigating the theft of about $70,000 worth of bull semen from a farm in southern Minnesota.

A snapshot of perimeter breaches at major US airports

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 00:46
An Associated Press investigation documented 268 instances in which people hopped over, crawled under, drove cars through or otherwise breached the fences and gates protecting the perimeters of 31 of the nation's busiest airports between January 2004 and January 2015. Here's a look at some of those breaches.

Philadelphia woman accused of ISIS plan due in court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 00:46

Philadelphia woman accused of ISIS plan due in courtThe Philadelphia woman accused of trying to join ISIS is due back in Federal Court Thursday afternoon.


AP investigation details several hundred perimeter breaches at major US airports since 2004

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 00:40
AP () — — AP investigation details several hundred perimeter breaches at major US airports since 2004.

Undercover detectives shoot armed man in Jacksonville

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 00:40
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Undercover narcotics detectives fired five to seven shots at a 20-year-old man during a confrontation in the northeastern Florida city of Jacksonville on Wednesday night, officials told local media.

Canadian designer Nygård links NY billionaire Bacon to Bahamas fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 00:36
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygård escalated his acrimonious U.S. legal battle with Louis Bacon, saying the billionaire hedge fund manager may have driven a groundskeeper to set a fire that heavily damaged Nygård's neighboring Bahamas beachfront estate. Nygård made the accusation in a countersuit filed Wednesday in a New York state court in Manhattan, where he sought $50 million to punish Bacon for an alleged years-long "vendetta" that he said included harassment and frivolous litigation. The countersuit responded to Bacon's own defamation lawsuit accusing the chairman of Winnipeg-based Nygård International of orchestrating an "obsessive, deliberate and malicious" smear campaign against him for 4-1/2 years.

Parents: Teacher told students Obama is evil, hates America

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 00:36
DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) — Parents of a Georgia middle school student have accused a teacher of making disparaging remarks about President Barack Obama to students, calling him an evil man who hates America.

Hail, high winds, tornadoes possible for Midwest on Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 00:32

Hail, high winds, tornadoes possible for Midwest on ThursdayStrong storms rumbled through the Southern Plains early Thursday, missing major population centers but offering a preview of bad weather that could hit Chicago, Detroit and other big cities in the Midwest later in the day.


Energy Department to spend $200 million on new supercomputer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 00:23
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday that it will give Argonne National Laboratory $200 million to make the Chicago-area home to a high-performance supercomputer that is five to seven times faster than current top supercomputers.

Obama says decision soon on Cuba as state sponsor of terror

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 00:17
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — President Barack Obama says he'll decide soon whether to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.

2 Louisville officers on leave after suspect shot, killed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 00:13
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police say a man is dead after Louisville officers became involved in a firefight near a middle school.

Accomplice in killing of Pam Smart's husband granted parole

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 00:12

Patrick Randall, left, with his attorney Mark Stevens answers questions from Gregory Smart’s family during his parole hearing, Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Concord, N.H. Randall was granted parole for his role in the killing of Gregory Smart in 1990. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A second New Hampshire man who helped kill Pamela Smart's husband 25 years ago in a lurid case that inspired sensational media coverage was granted parole Thursday after being warned to stay away from the victim's family at all costs.