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Utah police: Body found is not 26-year-old missing woman

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 07:00

Officers with the Department of Public Safety State Bureau of Investigation process the scene where human remains inside a suitcase were discovered on the side of I-80 near Saltair in Magna, Utah, on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Provo police confirmed that they are working with investigators but aren't sure yet if the body could be missing Provo woman Elizabeth "Elena" Laguna Salgado. Salgado was last seen on April 16 leaving Nomen Global Language Center in Provo. (Laura Seitz,/The Deseret News via AP) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUTMAGNA, Utah (AP) — Utah police say a body found in a suitcase along Interstate 80 west of Salt Lake City is that of a middle-aged woman.


Frein lawyers seek end to use of name, image in DA campaign

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:55
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The man accused of shooting to death a Pennsylvania state trooper and wounding another asked a judge Friday to order the prosecutor to stop using his name or photo in campaign materials.

Judge: US government liable for some Katrina flooding

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:55
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ruling in a nearly decade-old lawsuit, a judge in Washington said Friday that the federal government is responsible for some of the catastrophic flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina and other storms — flooding blamed on a now-closed navigation channel.

Last clergy files released in Los Angeles 8 years after deal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:49

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2013, file photo, visitors tour the grounds of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the seat of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. A final batch of clergy sex abuse files is being released in Los Angeles eight years after a record-setting $660 million court settlement was reached with the Roman Catholic archdiocese. Nearly 2,400 pages from confidential records kept on 11 priests were made public Friday, May 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney for hundreds of sex abuse victims in Los Angeles released the last batch of files Friday kept by the Roman Catholic church on priests accused of molesting children.


Key players in New Jersey lane-closure scandal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:47

Bridget Anne Kelly, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former deputy chief of staff, speaks at a news conference where she denies any wrongdoing in the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal, Friday, May 1, 2015, in Livingston, N.J. Earlier Friday, federal prosecutors brought charges against three former allies of Christie, but not Christie himself, in the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal, easing the legal threat that has hung over his 2016 White House ambitions for more than a year. One of those charged, David Wildstein, a former high-ranking official at the transportation agency that operates the bridge, pleaded guilty and accused the two other defendants, Kelly and Bill Baroni, of joining him in the politically motivated scheme to create huge traffic jams. Kelly and Baroni were charged in an indictment unsealed later Friday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)Some of the players in the scandal surrounding the politically motivated closures of lanes near the George Washington Bridge in 2013:


Prosecutor: Hit list found in case of Iranian activist death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:42
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas investigators have uncovered a hit list in the case of a Jordanian man accused of fatally shooting a female Iranian activist, prosecutors said Friday.

Things to know in the New Jersey bridge closure case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:39
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — One former political ally of Gov. Chris Christie pleaded guilty Friday and two others were charged in an indictment related to causing a traffic jam near the George Washington Bridge for political retribution.

Woman killed by Atlanta cops was not properly searched, police chief says

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:37
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Police failed to properly search a woman arrested in Atlanta on suspicion of car theft who slipped out of handcuffs and shot at officers inside their patrol car with a gun she had concealed before they fatally shot her, the city's police chief said on Friday. The woman, Alexia Christian, should have been thoroughly searched by a female officer before being transported after her arrest on Thursday night when she was found inside a truck that had been reported stolen, and that did not occur, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said. It also is not clear whether the two officers who arrested Christian, 26, patted her down before placing her in the patrol car, which, as males, they are allowed to do with a witness present, Turner added. The officers handcuffed Christian and were asking her name when she freed one hand, pulled a pistol she had stolen from the truck and fired three shots from the back of the patrol car during the incident in downtown Atlanta, Turner said.

Structure in Watergate garage collapses; 1 person injured

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:33

Parked cars are seen near a part of collapsed structure at the Watergate complex in Washington, Friday, May 1, 2015. District of Columbia rescuers were responding to a structural collapse in the garage at the Watergate complex where one person may be trapped. A spokesman said three stories of the garage apparently collapsed. The area was under construction at the time. (Minh Tran via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Rescuers were searching for a possible victim Friday at the site of a collapsed parking garage at the Watergate complex after a cadaver dog made a possible hit in the rubble, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser said.


Police say woman fatally shot in Atlanta escaped handcuffs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:31

An Atlanta Police car with broken windows and a bullet hole in the windshield sits on Pryor Street in Atlanta, Thursday, April 30, 2015. Police say officers fatally shot a woman who first fired at them while sitting in the back of a patrol car in Atlanta. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)ATLANTA (AP) — A woman in police custody who was killed by officers in downtown Atlanta had escaped from her handcuffs and fired gunshots at the officers from a patrol car's backseat, police said Friday.


Iowa governor declares state of emergency due to bird flu outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:28

Iowa Governor Branstad speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in AmesBy P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - Iowa Governor Terry Branstad declared a state of emergency on Friday due to a rapidly expanding avian flu outbreak, saying the entire state was at risk from the spread of the disease. The announcement, which gives authorities powers to enforce preventative measures, was made soon after state agriculture officials announced four new poultry farms had initially tested positive for the virus. Iowa, the top egg-producing state in the United States, is the third state to declare a state of emergency because of the viral outbreak, which either has led or will lead to the extermination of up to 21 million chickens and turkeys nationwide. Iowa's state of emergency is effective immediately now and will be in force until at least the end of May, depending on developments in the outbreak, Branstad told a news conference.


FAA considers beyond-line-of-sight drone initiatives: sources

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:26

Airplane flies over a drone during the Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. aviation regulators are talking to drone makers and service providers about testing commercial drones that can fly beyond an operator's visual line of sight, currently banned for safety reasons, according to people with knowledge of the discussions. The potential partnerships between the Federal Aviation Administration and industry would be a milestone in developing unmanned aircraft that could be used for a variety of business applications such as delivering packages, monitoring crops or inspecting energy transmission pipelines.


Body of Nevada man recovered after fall at Grand Canyon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:25
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — The body of a Nevada man who fell about 400 feet off the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park to his death was recovered Friday, authorities said.

Baltimore officer in custody has NJ ties

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:23

Baltimore officer in custody has NJ tiesOne of the six Baltimore police officers in custody has longtime history in South Jersey.


NY woman volunteered where police believe she killed fiance

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:22

This undated photo provided by the New York State Police shows Angelika Graswald. Graswald, whose fiance has been missing since a kayaking trip on April 19, 2015, has been charged with murder, authorities said Thursday, April 30. (New York State Police via AP)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A woman accused of killing her fiance and falsely reporting he died in a kayaking accident volunteered as a gardener on the scenic Hudson River island where police say the crime happened.


Truck drivers end strike at Los Angeles-area seaports

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:20
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drivers who picketed several trucking firms at the nation's busiest seaport complex returned to work Friday after a weeklong strike they say will not be their last.

Missouri lawyer said former hospital may have stolen black babies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:13
A lawyer for a long-separated mother and daughter said on Friday he is investigating whether staff at a now-closed St. Louis hospital may have taken babies from impoverished young black women to put them up for adoption. Melanie Gilmore was reunited with her mother, gospel singer Zella Jackson Price, after 49 years in March in an emotional video that has been seen by almost 300,000 people on YouTube. Price was told by a nurse at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis in 1965 that her baby had died, said family attorney Albert Watkins.

Missouri lawyer said former hospital may have stolen black babies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:13
A lawyer for a long-separated mother and daughter said on Friday he is investigating whether staff at a now-closed St. Louis hospital may have taken babies from impoverished young black women to put them up for adoption. Melanie Gilmore was reunited with her mother, gospel singer Zella Jackson Price, after 49 years in March in an emotional video that has been seen by almost 300,000 people on YouTube. Price was told by a nurse at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis in 1965 that her baby had died, said family attorney Albert Watkins.

SeaWorld cited over safety of trainers who work with orcas

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:10

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2006, file photo, SeaWorld Adventure Park trainer Ken Peters, left, looks to a killer whale during a performance at Shamu Stadium inside the theme park in San Diego. SeaWorld — whose safety practices have been under scrutiny since an animal trainer was killed in 2010 by an orca at its Orlando, Fla., park — has now been cited for not adequately protecting its killer-whale trainers at its park in San Diego. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — SeaWorld — whose safety practices have been under scrutiny since an animal trainer was killed in 2010 by an orca at its Orlando, Florida, park — has now been cited for not adequately protecting its killer-whale trainers at its park in San Diego.


A timeline of the New Jersey traffic jam scandal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:10

In this Thursday, April 23, 2015, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering during a town hall meeting, in Cedar Grove, N.J. Federal prosecutors have announced a court proceeding, scheduled for Friday, May 1, 2015, involving the 2013 traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge, an investigation that has loomed over Christie as he considers a presidential run. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)Following is a timeline in the events surrounding the September 2013 closure of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge and its fallout: