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U.S. Navy chief aims to finish list of 'unfunded priorities' soon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 03:38

US Navy Chief of Staff Greenert testifies on military budgets before Senate Armed Services Committee in WashingtonBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert said he expects to complete work this week on a list of "unfunded priorities" for Congress that may include some Boeing Co F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets. Greenert said the Navy faces a possible shortfall of two to three squadrons of strike fighters, or up to 36 airplanes, on aircraft carriers in the 2020s, given how long it is taking to service older F/A-18 aircraft, also called legacy Hornets. He said the number of Boeing jets added to the list would factor in the Navy's other modernization needs and its decision to postpone orders for F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp, as well the economical production rate for the Boeing jets, and any potential international orders.

Clinton takes questions about her email account

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 03:13

Clinton takes questions about her email accountHillary Rodham Clinton says she opted to use her personal email account while secretary of state because of convenience. She says it "would have been better" to have used two email accounts.

Graham, Little Rock 9 member head for Women's Hall of Fame

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 03:08
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Dance pioneer Martha Graham, a member of the Little Rock Nine and the founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation are among 10 women who will be enshrined in the National Women's Hall of Fame, the hall announced Tuesday.

US military hopes to learn from victim of chimp attack

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

In this Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 photograph, Charla Nash sits in her favorite chair at her second-story apartment in Boston. The Department of Defense is following Nash's progress, after funding her full-face transplant surgery in 2011. Nash lost her face, eyes and hands after being mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009. The military is hoping the information they learn from Nash's rehabilitation can help young, seriously disfigured soldiers returning from war. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON (AP) — Charla Nash never served in the military. She was horribly disfigured, not in combat, but in a 2009 attack by a rampaging chimpanzee. The Pentagon, though, is watching her recovery closely.

Large vigil held for slain Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson

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

Large vigil held for slain Philadelphia Police Officer Robert WilsonAs many as 300-400 people gathered outside the North Philadelphia GameStop store at 21st and Lehigh Streets where Wilson was fatally shot last Thursday.

Clinton's emails to go online after review: State Department

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 02:59
The U.S. State Department will make Hillary Clinton's emails publicly available on a website after a review that is expected to take months, a department spokeswoman said on Tuesday. The public release of those emails from Clinton's tenure as secretary of state will follow procedures for the public release of government information and be redacted accordingly, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters at a daily briefing, referring to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Controversy has surrounded Clinton, the presumed Democratic front-runner in the 2016 presidential contest, over her use of private, rather than government, email during her tenure as secretary of state for President Barack Obama. The emails would be released "in one batch" at the end of the State Department's review, Psaki said, adding that it would release information on the actual website that will be used soon.

Washington state kidnapper caught on video running with toddler

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 02:50

Surveillance video shows a man who had allegedly grabbed a 22-month-old child from a stroller and ran, in Sprague, WashingtonA baby boy who was seen on video being abducted by a man in a park in Washington state was saved thanks to his two young siblings screaming and giving chase, authorities said on Tuesday. Law enforcement officers said the man was captured on video as he approached the 22-month-old boy and his two siblings on Sunday as they played unattended at a small town park in eastern Washington state, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said. The man began chatting with the toddler's 10-year-old brother and 8-year-old sister then grabbed the baby from his stroller and ran, in a crime Lincoln County Sheriff Wade Magers characterized as a "random attempted abduction." Surveillance video from a local grocery store in Sprague, a small town of about 500 people, showed the man running with the toddler, with the toddler's sister chasing him a half-block behind.

Police ID victim killed in double shooting outside N. Phila. elementary school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 02:35

Police ID victim killed in double shooting outside N. Phila. elementary schoolPhiladelphia police are investigating a double shooting outside a North Philadelphia elementary school that left one person dead.

Judge: Man charged in Facebook fraud case apparently fled

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 02:34
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York man has apparently escaped his electronic monitoring bracelet and fled rather than face charges that he fraudulently claimed an ownership stake in Facebook, a judge said Tuesday as he revoked bail and questioned whether the escape had been planned for months.

Clinton email trove to be published on website after review

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 02:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says the full trove of Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails as secretary of state will be published on a website after they are reviewed.

Eric Torres found not guilty of attempted murder, guilty of other charges in shooting of Phila. police officer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 02:20

Eric Torres found not guilty of attempted murder, guilty of other charges in shooting of Phila. police officerA jury has found Eric Torres not guilty of attempted murder, but guilty on lesser charges in the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer.

Verdict reached in trial of man accused of shooting Philadelphia police officer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 02:06

Verdict reached in trial of man accused of shooting Philadelphia police officerJurors have reached a verdict in the trial of a man charged with trying to kill a Philadelphia police officer.

Connecticut man enters plea in hot car death of toddler son

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 02:06
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut father charged with causing his 15-month-old son's death by leaving the boy in a hot car has entered a plea.

Pennsylvania man sentenced to prison for killing police dog

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 01:59
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania man was sentenced on Tuesday to at least 17 years in prison for fatally stabbing a Pittsburgh police dog while officers were trying to arrest him, officials said. A jury found John Rush, 22, guilty in December of 11 charges including aggravated assault, torture of a police animal and disarming an officer in the killing of the 8-year-old German shepherd named Rocco. Rush encountered the dog in January 2014 in the basement of a building where he was hiding from Pittsburgh police who were seeking to arrest him on outstanding warrants, parole violation and failure to register as a sex offender, according to police. After the dog's death, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed "Rocco's Law" that increased penalties for killing a police animal to 10 years in prison from seven and added a $25,000 fine for the offense.

Feds accused police in polygamous towns of altering reports

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 01:47
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice is accusing police in Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect on the Utah-Arizona border of altering police reports.

Fuel truck spill shuts down I-95 near Washington

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 01:35
A tanker truck carrying biodiesel fuel overturned on Interstate 95 north of Washington on Tuesday, closing the busy highway, police said. One person was injured in the accident about 10 miles northeast of the U.S. capital, said Sergeant Marc Black, a spokesman for the Maryland State Police. The Prince George's County Fire Department said on its Twitter feed that hazardous materials crews were containing the spill of an estimated 1,000 gallons of fuel.

Dallas prep school: Grad led racist Univ. of Oklahoma chant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 01:35
DALLAS (AP) — The president of a Dallas prep school says it appears a graduate is one of the University of Oklahoma students leading a racist chant captured on video during a fraternity event.

NSA sued by Wikimedia, rights groups over mass surveillance

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 01:33

Wikipedia webpage in use on a laptop computer is seen in this photo illustration taken in WashingtonBy David Ingram NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency was sued on Tuesday by Wikimedia and other groups challenging one of its mass surveillance programs that they said violates Americans' privacy and makes individuals worldwide less likely to share sensitive information. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Maryland, where the spy agency is based, said the NSA is violating U.S. constitutional protections and the law by tapping into high-capacity cables, switches and routers that move Internet traffic through the United States. The case is a new potential legal front for privacy advocates who have challenged U.S. spying programs several times since 2013, when documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the long reach of government surveillance. The plaintiffs include the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, the conservative Rutherford Institute, Amnesty International USA and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, among other groups.

Police: More incidents linked to man in Maryland shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 01:31
LAUREL, Md. (AP) — Police say they have linked two more incidents to a Maryland man suspected of firing a gun at random drivers and public spaces, including a National Security Agency building.

US agency releases early report on Harrison Ford plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 01:28

30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, on the green at Penmar Golf Course in the Venice area of Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board has released a summary of the plane crash that injured Harrison Ford last week in Southern California.