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Residents atop failing dam fret about plan to replace it

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:13

Buckeye Lake State Park manager Jason Wesley inspects part of the dam at Buckeye Lake Monday, March 23, 2015, in Buckeye Lake, Ohio. The earthen dam at central Ohio's Buckeye Lake is deteriorating, which perhaps isn't surprising for a 180-year-old structure. Since the state sold parts of it for private use in 1895, bits and chunks have been carved away. When a report this month warned the dam could fail, the state decided to replace it and keep the water level low for now. Businesses and residents worry about the effect on tourism, property values and local lifestyles. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)BUCKEYE LAKE, Ohio (AP) — J-me Braig smiles fondly as she talks about the six generations of her family that have loved Buckeye Lake. She's in good spirits, considering a recent report warned that the 4.1-mile earthen dam into which her home is built could fail catastrophically and flood neighborhoods behind it, threatening 3,000 people.

Contractor extradited from Iraq pleads guilty in bribes case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:11
CINCINNATI (AP) — A man extradited from Iraq on military contract bribery charges has pleaded guilty to three charges in an agreement with federal prosecutors, nearly seven years after he was first arrested in Las Vegas and then fled after cutting off an ankle monitor.

73-year-old gets 75 years for trying to reclaim former ranch

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:11
HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — A 73-year-old man who threatened from behind bars to forcibly take back the western Montana ranch he lost in a 1979 divorce has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for intimidating and stalking its owners.

Lawyer releases Bergdahl's description of captivity, torture

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:09

FILE - This undated file image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A U.S. official says Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years, will be court martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, file)Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl described his five years as a Taliban captive in a note released Thursday by his attorney Eugene Fidell. Here are verbatim excerpts, with no spelling or grammar changes and only paragraph breaks added for clarity.

Ohio men imprisoned 18 years on murder granted new trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:06
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A judge on Thursday granted a new trial to three Cleveland men who have served 18 years in prison in a 1995 murder case, ruling that prosecutors withheld evidence that might have proven them innocent. Cuyahoga County prosecutors plan to appeal Judge Nancy Margaret Russo's ruling ordering the retrial for the three men, spokesman Joseph Frolik said. Derrick Wheatt, Laurese Glover and Eugene Johnson were teenagers when they were charged with killing Clifton Hudson in East Cleveland and have spent 18 years in prison.

Tribe turns to international commission in ski resort fight

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

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2005, file photo, Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. speaks during a news conference following his testimony at the multi-tribe lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service over its decision to allow expansion and effluent water at the Arizona Snowbowl, in U.S. District Court in Prescott, Ariz. The Navajo Nation has turned to an human rights commission that normally deals with death penalty cases and international justice in its effort to block a sky resort from using treated wastewater to make artificial snow on a peak the tribe considers sacred. (AP Photo/The Daily Courier, Les Stukenberg, File)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has turned to an international human rights commission that has dealt with death penalty cases and foreign killings in its effort to draw attention to a northern Arizona mountain that tribes consider sacred.

Former informant: Another man admitted molesting Etan Patz

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:51
NEW YORK (AP) — A former jailhouse informant testified Thursday that someone other than the man on trial for killing 6-year-old Etan Patz admitted decades ago to kidnapping and molesting him.

Trial of ex-NFL star Hernandez interrupted by bomb threat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:47

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez sits with his defense attorney Charles Rankin during his murder trial in Fall RiverBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - A bomb scare interrupted the murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez on Thursday, forcing dozens of people including the judge, attorneys, reporters and Hernandez himself out of the courthouse for two hours. Hernandez, 25, is charged with fatally shooting semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd in an industrial park near his house in June 2013. On Thursday, Associate Justice Susan Garsh ruled that parts of phone conversations the former New England Patriots player had from jail after his arrest could be admitted as evidence, despite defense team claims they were irrelevant. Jurors were moved to a building across the street from the courthouse and Hernandez was placed in a secured prison van.

Man kills self in Colorado after eating pot candies: coroner

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:43
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A 22-year-old Oklahoma man committed suicide by shooting himself in the head at a Colorado ski resort after witnesses said he ate "a large amount" of marijuana-infused edibles, the local coroner said on Thursday. Luke Gregory Goodman died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Tuesday in the mountain town of Keystone, about 50 miles west of Denver, Summit County Coroner Regan Wood said in a statement. Colorado and Washington state approved the recreational use of marijuana by adults in landmark 2012 ballots. Voters in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia followed suit last fall.

More than 15,000 buildings without power after Oklahoma tornadoes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:29

A Tornado is seen in Sand SpringsBy Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - About 15,000 homes and businesses in Oklahoma and Arkansas were without power on Thursday after tornadoes touched down in the states a day earlier, leaving at least one person dead and scores of structures damaged. School were closed in parts of Oklahoma and clean up was under way from the twisters that hit near Tulsa, Oklahoma City and in northwest Arkansas. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency in 25 counties. Another tornado was spotted in Moore, Oklahoma, where police said multiple buildings were damaged and vehicles overturned.

Juveniles to get therapy for child porn Instagram account

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:26
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors say three South Florida teens accused of creating an Instagram account to solicit and post explicit photos of other minors will participate in therapy and community service rather than face criminal charges.

Women pictured on Penn St. frat's Facebook page talk to cops

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:18

Protestors stand in silence against the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, in front of Penn State University's Old Main building, in University Park, Pa., Monday, March 23, 2015. The fraternity is accused of posting photos of nude or partly nude women, some asleep or passed out, on an invitation-only Facebook page. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark)STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Some women pictured nude or seminude in photos posted to a Penn State fraternity's secret Facebook page have come forward, and some frat members are now cooperating with an ongoing criminal investigation, police said.

Police: Teen crashes stolen car into patrol cars, house

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:17

 Teen crashes stolen car into patrol cars, houseA teenage male has been arrested after crashing into two police vehicles and a home in Northeast Philadelphia.

Expert to jury: Marathon bombs 'not too difficult' to build

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:16

This undated forensics photograph made by the FBI, released by the U.S. Attorney's office and presented as evidence during the federal death penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Boston, shows Massachusetts driver's licenses of his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with Tamerlan Tsarnaev to place two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line that killed three and injured more than 260 spectators in April 2013. Tamerlan died days after the bombing when he was wounded during a gun battle with police and run over by Dzhokhar as he escaped. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)BOSTON (AP) — The pressure-cooker bombs used in the 2013 Boston Marathon attack were "not too difficult" to build, using readily available parts and instructions easily found on the Internet, an FBI bomb expert testified Thursday.

Family of man killed by Georgia police want investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:16
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — The family of a man who police say drove a Maserati at officers in metro Atlanta before he was fatally shot is seeking an independent investigation.

U.S. public pension fund investments resume growth in fourth quarter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:11
(Reuters) - U.S. public pension funds investments saw their growth rekindle, rising to $3.34 trillion in the fourth quarter after suffering a slight setback in their rise the previous quarter, U.S. Census data showed on Thursday. The latest results, fueled by higher earnings, were just shy of the $3.37 trillion all-time high set in the second quarter of 2014.

Energy announces first loan in 4 years from vehicle program

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:10
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Energy is reviving a vehicle loan program it pledged to retool after criticism that it funded flops and squandered taxpayer money.

200 hens poached from California farm weeks before Easter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:07
SEBASTOPOL, Calif. (AP) — Less than two weeks before Easter, a Northern California farmer says someone stole more than 200 of his hens that lay eggs with shells in subtle shades of green, blue, rose and chocolate brown.

Police: Levittown mom suspected of child abuse faked cancer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:05

 Levittown mom suspected of child abuse faked cancerPolice say a Bucks County woman repeatedly lied to investigators and even faked cancer amid an investigation into the abuse of her young daughter.

Bergdahl charged despite torture, attempts to escape Taliban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:04

File - In this file image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. The U.S. military says it will make an announcement Wednesday on the case against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years before being released in a prisoner exchange. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured repeatedly in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban: beaten with a copper cable, chained, held in a cage and threatened with execution after trying to escape.