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Police: Use of force in arrest of woman 'unreasonable'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 04:32
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — An official investigating the arrest of a Virginia woman who said she was bitten by a police dog several times after leaving a party has determined that the use of force in the incident was unreasonable.

Woman pleads guilty to Lake Michigan distress call hoax

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 04:26
By Mark Guarino CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago woman pleaded guilty on Thursday to a federal charge of calling in a fake report that someone had fallen into Lake Michigan, triggering an extensive Coast Guard search that included divers and a helicopter. Leona Chewning, 24, admitted that she purposely sent a false message to the Coast Guard in February 2013 that someone had fallen into Lake Michigan on the city's north side when no one was actually in the lake, prosecutors said in a statement. The rescue effort cost $13,613 with the Coast Guard, state and local authorities responding with an ice and rescue team along with a helicopter and divers, the U.S attorney's office in Chicago said. “False distress calls like this one tie up valuable assets and put our crews at risk since we take every distress call seriously,” said Captain Nicholas Bartolotta, chief of response for the Ninth Coast Guard District, in the prosecutors' statement.

A sneaky snake: Teams hunt for rock pythons in Everglades

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 04:24

Edward Mercer, a nonnative wildlife technician with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, holds a Burmese python, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Miami. The invasive Burmese python has proliferated in the Everglades, and officials are now working to keep another species, the Northern African python, from slithering into the same territory. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI (AP) — For all the danger posed to Florida's Everglades by invasive Burmese pythons, there's one thing researchers don't want to know: how they would interact with another python species that threatens to move into the same territory.

Prosecutor urges lifting Guantanamo ban on women guards touching inmate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 04:23

In this photo reviewed by U.S. military officials, a U.S. soldier guards a gate within the compound ..By Ian Simpson FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - A Guantanamo Bay military court order that bars female guards from touching an accused al Qaeda commander violates Pentagon sex discrimination guidelines and means inmates could set prison policies, a prosecutor argued Thursday in a hearing on the ban. Iraqi, who faces war crimes charges, says being touched by female guards violates his Muslim religious beliefs. Prosecutor Army Lieutenant Colonel David Long said the Guantanamo Bay procedures were in line with Supreme Court and other rulings that gave prisons leeway in their rules. The issue arose in October when a female guard tried to shackle Iraqi for the first time since he arrived in Guantanamo Bay in 2007, and he refused.

Bias complaints at Daimler Portland plant settled for $2.4M

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 04:15
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Daimler Trucks North America agreed to pay $2.4 million to settle discrimination complaints filed by six minority workers who said they were subjected to threats and racial slurs at the company's Portland plant.

McCord stepping down as Pennsylvania treasurer after 6 years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 04:07

McCord stepping down as Pennsylvania treasurer after 6 yearsPennsylvania state Treasurer Rob McCord is stepping down from the job after six years in the office, although the Democrat who just ran unsuccessfully for governor gave no indication Thursday what he had planned for his future.

Fans snap up caps designed and worn by Seahawks' Lynch

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 04:02

FILE - In this Wednesday Jan. 28, 2015, file photo, Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch gestures at a news conference for NFL football's Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix. The NFL may not like those "Beast Mode" caps Lynch has been wearing during his Super Bowl press appearances, but the fans apparently do. As the league reportedly considers fining Lynch for promoting an unauthorized brand, the New Era Cap Co. is busy making more of the caps after they sold out on Lynch's website. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Hats off to Marshawn Lynch.

Indiana Gov. Pence scraps plan for state-run news website

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 04:00

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 file photo, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announces that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services has approved the state's waiver request for the plan his administration calls HIP 2.0, during a speech in Indianapolis. Pence said Wednesday that he regrets the "confusion" caused by a memo about a planned state-run news website and will scrap the project if it doesn't "respect the role of a free and independent press." (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence bowed to criticism Thursday, scuttling his plan to develop a state-run news website that had been widely lambasted for its pledge to offer prewritten stories to the media.

Survivalist pleads not guilty in trooper's ambush killing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 03:47

FILE- In this Jan. 5, 2015, file photo, Eric Frein, left, is led from the Pike County Courthouse after his preliminary hearing in Milford, Pa. Frein is charged with fatally shooting a Pennsylvania state trooper and wounded another during an ambush at their barracks in September. A formal arraignment for Frein is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at the courthouse in Milford. (AP Photo/David Kidwell, File)MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — A survivalist who spent more than a month on the run after authorities say he killed one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and wounded another in a late-night ambush pleaded not guilty Thursday, setting the stage for a trial at which prosecutors will seek to put him on death row.

San Francisco investigates fire alarms after deadly blaze

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 03:43
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials are investigating whether fire alarms and fire escapes were working properly after a massive blaze ripped through a building in San Francisco's bustling Mission District, killing a man and injuring five other people.

Venezuelan hedge fund manager gets 13 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 03:43
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Venezuelan-American hedge fund manager was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in prison for running a Connecticut fraud scheme involving hundreds of millions of dollars from Venezuela's state oil company.

A look at Etan Patz case that fueled missing-child campaign

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 03:39
A look at the murder case stemming from the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz, which helped catalyze a national missing-children's campaign:

Diverted United flight lands safely in California after burning smell

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 03:34
A United Airlines flight in which a burning smell was reported aboard the plane was diverted shortly after takeoff from Los Angeles on Thursday to a smaller Southern California airport where it landed safely, the airline said. United Flight 1181, en route to Washington-Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia, made an unscheduled stop at LA/Ontario International Airport with 199 passengers and seven crew members aboard, according to airline spokeswoman Mary Ryan. The Boeing 757, which had taken off from Los Angeles International Airport, landed safely at Ontario, about 60 miles (100 km) to the northeast, and a maintenance crew was examining the aircraft, Ryan said. City News Service in Los Angeles reported the diversion was prompted by a problem that produced smoke in the cockpit.

Police: Family killed man over child custody dispute

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 03:32

In this arrest photo made available by the Greenville County Jail, shows John Hughes, 57 under arrest on Jan. 28, 2015. Hughes and other family members lured John Michael Ferrell into their home by offering to let him see his children. Once inside Ferrell was beaten and shot. Hughes daughter and Ferrell where going through a contentious divorce and child custody dispute. (AP Photo/Greenville County Jail)SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A woman and her family lured her estranged husband to their home by offering to let him see his children, then beat him in the head with a hammer and fatally shot him as he tried to run away — a scheme created because they were upset about a child custody dispute, according to police in South Carolina.

Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 03:19

In this photo taken July 4, 2014, a Hollywood street is closed at an accident scene during an investigation after a car crash in West Hollywood, Calif. The chances of dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)WASHINGTON (AP) — The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Woman arrested in attempted robbery of Edible Arrangements

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 03:09

Woman arrested in attempted robbery of Edible ArrangementsDelaware State Police have arrested a woman in connection with an attempted robbery at an Edible Arrangements in a Dover shopping center.

British woman extradited to US can go home within weeks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 02:57

Sandra Dunham, right, arrives at U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Md., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, for her sentencing. Dunham, a British woman extradited to the US with her husband to face fraud charges was to be sentenced Thursday in Maryland. She pleaded guilty in December to conspiring to commit wire fraud. A plea agreement calls for 30 days in jail and 30 days of home detention. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A British woman who with her husband lost a long and public fight against being extradited to the United States to face fraud charges will be able to return home within weeks.

As Boston digs out, kids rejoice and drivers stake claims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 02:56

AP10ThingsToSee - Frozen sea spray from a winter storm coats a house in Scituate, Mass., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. As Massachusetts continues digging out from the Blizzard of 2015, forecasters warn of a new round of storms that could dump several more inches of snow on Friday and again over the weekend. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — Boston continued to dig out from a historic storm that dumped over two feet of snow this week on Thursday, even as forecasters predict more snow on the way for Massachusetts and parts of southern New England in the coming days.

Opening statements to begin in decades-old case of missing NYC boy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 02:50

Hernandez appears with his lawyer Fishbein in Manhattan Criminal Court in New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Opening statements are due to begin on Friday in the trial of Pedro Hernandez, accused of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Etan Patz decades ago in a notorious case that ignited a national movement to find missing children. Selection of the jury to weigh the fate of the former deli worker concluded on Thursday before Judge Maxwell Wiley in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. His body was never found, but he was declared legally dead in 2001.    Hernandez, 53, confessed to the crime in 2012, but his defense attorney has said the confession was coerced and that Hernandez is mentally ill. Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi told them the case would not feature "high tech forensic evidence," but would take them back 35 years "to a time when the Brady Bunch was still on TV."  Patz' disappearance prompted President Ronald Reagan to sign into law the Missing Children’s Assistance Act, and Patz was one of the first missing children whose picture appeared on a milk carton.    In 2012, investigators received a tip from Hernandez's brother-in-law, who told police Hernandez allegedly confessed to the crime to a church prayer group in the 1980s.   Hernandez, in a videotaped confession to police, said he lured Patz to the basement of the deli where he worked near the child's home, strangled him and dumped him in an alley.

Oil producers push to export US crude even as prices drop

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 02:48

 Oil prices are as low as they have been at any point since 2009 and the height of the Great Recession. Depending on the projection, prices could drop further still with slowing economies across the world. Oil producers are playing a longer game, betting that long-term demand remains strong and new markets offer lucrative rewards for U.S. producers. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)WASHINGTON (AP) — Dropping oil prices aren't slowing a push from U.S. producers to ship their crude oil overseas and change a decades-long ban on exports.