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Woman whose mom abducted her as baby testifies at sentencing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 04:00

In this undated image released by the Cannon Detention Center in (S.C) via the Post & Courier, Dorothy Lee Barnett poses for a mug shot. Barnett accused of kidnapping her infant daughter from South Carolina and fleeing overseas more than 20 years ago is appearing in federal court to enter a plea and be sentenced Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. Barnett, formerly of the Isle of Palms, is charged with parental kidnapping and falsifying U.S. passport applications. (AP Photo/Cannon Detention Center in (S.C) via the Post & Courier)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A woman whose mother abducted her as an infant and took her overseas more than 20 years ago stood in a courtroom Tuesday, fighting back tears, and told a judge she has had a good life even though she didn't know her birth father growing up.


Seattle contractors devise alternative rescue for tunnel machine

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:47
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Contractors have created an alternative plan to extract the world's largest tunnel-boring machine stalled deep underneath downtown Seattle if the faltering equipment cannot move itself to a rescue pit, transportation officials said on Tuesday.

Flipboard magazines not just for mobile anymore

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:45

In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, Flipboard founder and CEO Mike McCue poses with a laptop computer displaying his digital magazine at his company's headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. McCue's digital magazine publishing service is expanding on to PCs for the first time with the Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 debut a version especially designed for Web browsers. Until now, Flipboard’s full selection of 15 million magazines could only be read through a mobile app. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Smartphones and tablets have been pushing the personal computer aside, thanks in part to popular apps made by mobile-first entrepreneurs like Flipboard CEO Mike McCue.


Footage of 1915 Chicago ship disaster that killed 844 found

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:37

FILE - In this July 24, 1915 file photo, passengers are rescued as they stand atop the Eastland passenger ship after the vessel capsized in the Chicago River in downtown Chicago. Film clips have surfaced of the 1915 disaster that left 844 people dead. The first-known footage of the Eastland disaster was spotted by Jeff Nichols, a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Chicago who was looking through seemingly unrelated material on World War I. (AP Photo/File)CHICAGO (AP) — Film clips have surfaced of a 1915 disaster that left 844 people dead when a ship headed to a company picnic capsized in the Chicago River.


Milwaukee council approves $124 million streetcar system

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:33
By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Milwaukee lawmakers on Tuesday approved a $124 million plan to build a downtown streetcar system, which supporters say will spur economic growth and opponents call a waste of money. City council members voted 9-6 not to reconsider its January approval of the streetcar project, which will be funded through federal grants and tax incremental districts. Milwaukee will join several other U.S. cities that have streetcars including Portland and Seattle. A similar streetcar system, costing $133 million, is under construction in nearby Cincinnati.

All 6 killed in NY train-car collision had injuries, burns

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:33
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — All six of the people killed in a fiery collision between a commuter train and an SUV in the New York City suburbs suffered blunt-force injuries and burns, a medical examiner announced Tuesday.

Report: Team that knocked Taney out of LLWS under investigation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:33

 Team that knocked Taney out of LLWS under investigationThe Chicago-based team that knocked Philadelphia's Taney Dragons out of the Little League World Series - and went on to become the U.S. champs - is under investigation, ESPN reports.


Another failed Revel sale typifies Atlantic City's woes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:19

In this May 10, 2012 photo, a rolling chair operator works in front of the Revel Casino Hotel on the Atlahntic City, N.J. Boardwalk. On Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015, the owners of the casino, which shut down on Sept. 2, 2014, canceled a deal to sell it to a Florida developer for $95.4 million,a day after the deadline for the sale had passed. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Nothing screams "failure" louder than a $2.4 billion casino that nobody wants, even at a 96 percent discount.


Israel gives $1 million honor to Wikipedia founder, 5 others

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:17
JERUSALEM (AP) — Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is among the winners of this year's Dan David Prize for scientific, technological and cultural accomplishments.

Animal welfare groups target greyhound tracks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:16
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two animal welfare groups are trying to bring about the end of greyhound racing, which has been declining for years, with an aggressive effort to change laws and public opinion in the states where dogs still race.

South Carolina woman gets prison for kidnapping daughter and fleeing overseas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:07

Dorothy Lee Barnett is pictured in this undated booking photo provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's OfficeBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A woman accused of kidnapping her infant daughter from South Carolina in 1994 and living overseas with her for nearly two decades was sentenced to 21 months in a U.S. prison on Tuesday. Dorothy Lee Barnett, 54, who was arrested in 2013 in Australia and extradited in September to Charleston, South Carolina, pleaded guilty to federal charges of international parental kidnapping and falsifying passports. Prosecutors have said Barnett vanished with her baby girl during a court-approved visit in South Carolina after her ex-husband, Benjamin Harris Todd, was granted legal custody of their child in a contentious divorce. Barnett moved overseas, remarried and changed her name to Maria Geldenhuys, according to court records.


US charges Iowa widow over how she deposited husband's cash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:07
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa widow is charged with a crime and had nearly $19,000 seized from her bank after depositing her late husband's legally earned money in a way that evaded federal reporting requirements.

$485 million Powerball jackpot is 5th largest in US history

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:04
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $485 million, making Wednesday night's drawing the fifth largest prize in U.S. history.

Serial flight stowaway jailed in Florida, nabbed at beach resort

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:02
By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A woman notorious for sneaking onto commercial flights has been jailed in North Florida, where she was caught checking into a beach resort under a false name, authorities said on Tuesday. Marilyn Hartman managed to board a flight from Minnesota to Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday without a ticket, according to an arrest report from the Nassau County Sheriff's Office. At the northeast Florida airport, the 63-year-old stowaway was asked by a resort shuttle driver if she was another woman with a reservation at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.

Texas lieutenant governor: National Guard not leaving border

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:01
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Republican lieutenant governor of Texas says state leaders no longer want the Texas National Guard off the border with Mexico next month as originally planned.

Jury hears taped confession in New York boy's murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:01

Hernandez appears with his lawyer Fishbein in Manhattan Criminal Court in New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - A jury intently watched the videotaped confession on Tuesday of a man accused of murdering Etan Patz in 1979 and heard him say he choked the 6-year-old boy and "just couldn't let go." In the courtroom, Pedro Hernandez, 54, saw himself on a large screen near the jury tell law enforcement he lured the boy to the basement of the Soho deli where he worked, strangled him, placed him in a box and dumped the body in an alley. He said, 'Yeah,' so I told him to go to the basement," Hernandez said under questioning by Assistant Manhattan District Attorney Armand Durastanti.   He described Patz as blonde, wearing a little jacket and carrying a book bag and said he strangled the boy. I felt like something just took over me, and I was choking him," Hernandez said on the videotape. "He was still gasping," Hernandez said on the videotape.


Man charged with murder of Virginia student Hannah Graham

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 02:59

Jesse Matthew is pictured in this booking photoA hospital worker has been charged with the murder of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, whose disappearance shocked the campus and drew national headlines, authorities said on Tuesday. Jesse Matthew Jr., 33, of Charlottesville, Virginia, was indicted by an Albemarle County grand jury last week. He was the last person seen with Graham, an 18-year-old sophomore, who went missing in September. Matthew has been charged with first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile, Albemarle County prosecutor Denise Lunsford said.


Search underway for man swept into surf at California beach

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 02:41
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A search is underway for an 18-year-old Nevada man who was swept off rocks into the ocean at a Southern California beach.

13-year-old girl wounded by stray bullet at LA bus stop

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 02:36
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say a 13-year-old girl was wounded in the leg by an apparent stray bullet while she was waiting at a bus stop in South Los Angeles.

Fed report: Time to examine purposely cooling planet idea

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 02:35
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's time to study and maybe even test the idea of cooling the Earth by injecting sulfur pollution high in the air to reflect the sun's heat, a first-of-its-kind federal science report said Tuesday.