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Venture firm Kleiner's lawyer sharply questions ex-partner

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:07

Ellen Pao walks to San Francisco Superior Court in San FranciscoBy Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A lawyer for venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers peppered former partner Ellen Pao with questions in court Tuesday afternoon, but Pao stayed calm on the witness stand, answering with short, measured, responses. “You understand what humble means, Ms. Pao?" asked Lynne Hermle, Kleiner’s lawyer. “I do,” replied Pao, who is suing the firm for gender discrimination and retaliation in a move that helped spark a broad and ongoing conversation about gender issues in Silicon Valley.

Deputy U.S. marshal shot dead in Louisiana

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:06
A deputy U.S. marshal was killed in Louisiana on Tuesday in an exchange of gunfire with a fugitive wanted in connection with a double homicide, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells, 27, was part of a team executing a warrant on the suspect, identified by authorities as Jamie Croom, at a local motel. He was taken by his partner to a Baton Rouge-area hospital, where he was pronounced dead at noon, said Shane Evans, chief of investigations for the East Baton Rouge Coroner's Office. Wells joined the U.S. Marshals Service in 2011.

Drug cartel managers get long prison sentences

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:01
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced two former managers in Mexico's Gulf cartel to long prison sentences for their roles in drug and weapons smuggling along the South Texas border with Mexico.

UC Irvine meeting on flag ban cancelled by threat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:00
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — A threat of violence prompted the University of California, Irvine to cancel a Tuesday meeting that was set to discuss a ban on flags — including the U.S. flag — in student government offices.

Midday kidnapping attempt caught on video in small town

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:51

In this combination of still images taken from surveillance video on Sunday, March 8, 2015, and provided by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, a man runs down a street, carrying a toddler in an apparent kidnapping attempt in Sprague, Wash. The video shows the boy's young sister chasing after the man, who set the boy down and ran off. Lincoln County Sheriff Wade Magers says officers don't have any leads in the search for the suspect, but they don't believe the man is a resident of the town of about 500 people. The boy, 22-month-old Owen Wright, was unhurt. (AP Photo/Lincoln County Sheriff's Office)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities on Tuesday were searching for a man caught on surveillance video running down a sidewalk with a toddler in his arms, with the boy's two young siblings screaming and chasing behind him, in what officials in the tiny town of Sprague, Washington say was a failed kidnapping.

Amtrak train hit tractor-trailer too big for I-95

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:49

In this frame grab from video provided by WTVD-11, authorities respond to a collision between an Amtrak passenger train and a truck, Monday, March 9, 2015, in Halifax County, N.C. According to Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp, none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening. (AP Photo/WTVD-11)HALIFAX, N.C. (AP) — The 127-ton tractor-trailer that derailed an Amtrak train at a railroad crossing in North Carolina was about three times the size and weight of a standard 18-wheeler, so huge it required a Highway Patrol escort, and so tall that it had to take back roads around some Interstate overpasses.

Madison police shooting forces liberal city to look at race gap

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:47

Protestors block traffic on Washington Avenue during a candlelight vigil for Tony Robinson Jr. in MadisonBy Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - The fatal police shooting of an unarmed biracial teen in Madison, Wisconsin, has cast a light on the divide between the liberal whites that dominate the university city and its black residents, who said this week they feel marginalized. Since the death on Friday evening of 19-year-old Tony Robinson, Madison has seen days of protests and a measured response by the city's police department. Robinson was shot after Officer Matt Kenny responded to calls about a man dodging cars in traffic who had allegedly battered another person, according to police officials. Madison, a city of 243,000, is perennially near the top of media rankings of the best places to live in the United States.

Colonial Williamsburg offers to protect Iraqi artifacts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:30
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia says it has offered to house Iraqi artifacts to protect them from destruction by the Islamic State group.

Wisconsin teenager charged with killing mother, stepfather

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:27

Ashlee A. Martinson is seen in a booking photo provided by the Boone County, Ind., Jail. Sheriff's deputies say Martinson, 17, killed her mother and stepfather and locked her three younger siblings in a room with some food in Rhinelander, Wisc., before fleeing to Indiana with a 22-year-old man. Martinson has been charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the killings of Jennifer Ayers, 40, and Thomas Ayers, 37, whose bodies were found at their Rhinelander area home on Sunday, March 8, 2015. She is also charged with three counts of false imprisonment. She was arrested Sunday in Boone County, Ind. (AP Photo/Boone County, Ind. Jail)RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) — A 17-year-old northern Wisconsin girl killed her mother and stepfather and locked her three younger siblings in a room with some food before fleeing to Indiana with a 22-year-old man, sheriff's deputies said.

Vegas 'black widow' murder case to get new US court review

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:20

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2001 file photo, Margaret Rudin, left, with her attorney Michael Amador, listens during a hearing in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas. A federal appeals court is ordering a new look at the murder conviction of Rudin, a former Las Vegas socialite dubbed the "black widow" following the 1995 death of her fifth husband. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Tuesday, March 10, 2015 that Margaret Rudin was “abandoned” by her trial lawyer, Amador, and her appeal should be heard. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, Aaron Mayes,File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered a new look at the murder conviction of a former Las Vegas socialite dubbed the "black widow" during her trial after years as a fugitive in the 1994 death of her millionaire husband.

Use of force questioned in police killing of unarmed Georgia man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:17
By Rich McKay TUCKER, Ga. (Reuters) - Georgia state police were investigating on Tuesday the shooting death of an unarmed, black, naked man by a white police officer in an Atlanta suburb, with reports of the man's erratic behavior leading to questions about unnecessary use of force. The death of Anthony Hill, 27, at an apartment complex in DeKalb County on Monday is the latest in a string of police killings of unarmed black men in the United States. Neighbor Xochitl Macedonio, who witnessed the shooting, told Reuters Hill ran towards the officer with his hands raised at shoulder height, elbows bent. DeKalb County police Chief Cedric Alexander told reporters it appeared Hill was grappling with some type of mental health issue when police received a call about a man "acting deranged, knocking on doors, and crawling around on the ground naked." Alexander said Hill ran toward a responding officer, who ordered Hill to stop before shooting him twice.

Houston Ship Channel remains partially shut: U.S. Coast Guard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:11
Marine traffic in the Houston Ship Channel will remain partially halted until salvage ships retrieve an anchor that broke off a bulk carrier that collided with a tanker on Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Tuesday. The bulk ship hauling steel and the tanker that was carrying 216,000 barrels of the gasoline additive methyl tertiary-butyl ether, or MTBE, remained in place on Tuesday as the U.S. Coast Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers worked with salvage companies to move them and retrieve the lost anchor, the Coast Guard said. Thirty-six ships, carrying all kinds of cargo, were waiting to get in while 28 waited to get out on Tuesday morning, said J.J. Plunkett, port agent for the Houston Pilots. On Tuesday, two tankers carrying Mexican crude were still waiting after being held up last week when fog forced a four-day shutdown of the ship channel, according to ClipperData, which tracks crude movements.

University of Oklahoma expels two leaders of racist singing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:10

Fraternity's racist chant caught on videoBy Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The University of Oklahoma has expelled two students for playing a leadership role in singing a racist song at a fraternity-linked event that was captured on video and viewed worldwide, the school's president said on Tuesday. The two students, who have not been identified, were connected to a Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity event. The video, posted on Sunday, prompted the university to shut down the fraternity's house on campus and force members to vacate its premises by midnight Tuesday. "There is zero tolerance for this kind of threatening racist behavior at the University of Oklahoma," President David Boren said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Rail industry pushes White House to ease oil train safety rules

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:09
By Valerie Volcovici and Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. rail industry is pushing the White House to drop a requirement that oil trains adopt an advanced braking system, a cornerstone of a national safety plan that will soon govern shipments of crude across the country. Representatives of large rail operators met with White House officials last week to argue against the need for electronically controlled pneumatic brakes, or ECP brakes, saying they "would not have significant safety benefits" and "would be extremely costly," according to a handout from the meeting. More than a dozen industry representatives made their case at the Washington meeting last Friday, a day after a crude oil train derailed in Illinois.

Feds urge limits on Ohio terrorism suspect phone access

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:00

FILE-This Wednesday Jan. 14, 2015 file photo made available by the Butler County Jail shows Christopher Lee Cornell. A judge says an interview with Cornell, an Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol can be broadcast by a Cincinnati TV station. Cornell is charged with attempted murder of U.S. officials and other counts. WXIX-TV interviewed him by telephone Thursday from the Kentucky jail where he awaits trial in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Butler County Jail, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal prosecutors Tuesday asked a judge to restrict phone access for a southwest Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol and who recently said he wanted to shoot President Barack Obama in support of Islamic State militants.

Ex-Air Force officer pleads guilty in Afghan contract case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 05:54
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former Air Force captain who oversaw contracts in Afghanistan pleaded guilty Tuesday to an influence-peddling charge stemming from his post-military employment lobbying for a vendor.

Boeing says optimistic about extending fighter line

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 05:53
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boeing Co said on Tuesday it was optimistic about extending production of its F/A-18E/F and EA-18G fighter jets beyond 2017 given possible foreign orders and U.S. Navy officials' recent statements about the need for more planes. Dan Gillian, who runs both fighter programs for Boeing, told Reuters the company expected Denmark to announce the outcome of its fighter competition in June or July, and that a Middle East order could come as early as the second quarter. Boeing has been pursuing a possible order from Kuwait for years for an uncertain number of jets to be built in 2018. Gillian said Boeing needed to decide by midyear, even before Congress passes a budget for fiscal 2016, whether to continue to support the production of the aircraft, or prepare for its closure after current orders run out at the end of 2017.

Detention center owner settles 'kids for cash' lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 05:52
A businessman at the center of a Pennsylvania juvenile justice scandal has agreed to pay at least $4.75 million to settle a lawsuit filed by youths sent to his detention centers by a judge in a "kids for cash" scheme, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Cardinal indicates themes of pope's climate change document

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 05:52

FILE - In this Sunday, March 8, 2015 file photo, Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. A Vatican official who helped write a first draft of Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on climate change acknowledged disagreement over the causes of global warming but said "what is not contested is that our planet is getting warmer" and Christians have a duty rooted in "ancient biblical teaching" to address the problem. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)A Vatican official who helped write a first draft of Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on climate change acknowledged disagreement over the causes of global warming but said "what is not contested is that our planet is getting warmer" and Christians have a duty rooted in "ancient biblical teaching" to address the problem.

FACT CHECK: Clinton and her emails

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 05:49

Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to the reporters at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Clinton conceded that she should have used a government email to conduct business as secretary of state, saying her decision was simply a matter of "convenience." (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)WASHINGTON (AP) — How Hillary Rodham Clinton's statements about her exclusive use of private email instead of a government account as secretary of state compare with the known facts: