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FBI: 'Red wig' robber drove dad's Porsche, had paintball gun

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 05:10
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A suburban New York woman drove her father's Porsche to New Jersey, donned a bright red wig and used a paintball gun to rob a bank of more than $100,000 that she may have taken to Atlantic City, the U.S. attorney's office alleged in a criminal complaint released Friday.

Jodi Arias trial to cost Arizona taxpayers more than $3.2 million: officials

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 05:09

Sister of Travis Alexander sobs as she hears a hung jury verdict in Jodi Arias sentencing trial in PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - The trials of convicted murderer Jodi Arias in Arizona will end up costing taxpayers more than $3.2 million to cover defense and prosecution expenses during the closely watched proceedings, county officials said on Friday. The court determined at the start of the proceedings that Arias was unable to afford her own defense, and the latest estimates show her lawyers have billed Maricopa County more than $3.1 million during the case, the officials said. Officials had declined to release any cost estimates in the case until the penalty phase retrial was complete. "Even this defendant under our law, under our Constitution, is entitled to a defense," County Attorney Bill Montgomery told reporters after the judge announced on Thursday that the second jury had failed to reach consensus on Arias' sentence.

'Homebrew' email servers: Genius as well as sneaky?

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 05:05

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2011, file photo, then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hands off her mobile phone after arriving to meet with Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, Netherlands. The personal email server used by Clinton during her time as secretary of state was probably about the size of your office desktop computer. Setting up your own email server is easier and cheaper than you might think. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool/File)WASHINGTON (AP) — No, it's not always a room filled with wires and glowing blue lights. It's probably not even the size of your furnace. The personal email server used by Hillary Rodham Clinton during her time as secretary of state was most likely about the size of your office desktop computer and could have been tucked quietly in a corner somewhere.

Prosecutors want photos of theater shooting kept from public

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 05:03
DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting case want a judge to keep the public from seeing graphic autopsy and crime-scene photos during the trial, saying the images would traumatize the families of victims.

Police: Professor gave ex-convict $37K before he was killed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 05:00

In this arrest photo made available by the Gainesville Police Dept. Friday, March 6, 2015, shows Stephen Underwood Jr, 37. Underwood is under arrest for the murder of retired University of Florida professor, Thomas Oakland. Police at first believed Oakland had died in a fire that consumed his home but an autopsy confirmed that he had been fatally struck in the head and body and was already dead before the fire. Underwood and Oakland had known each other. (AP Photo/Gainesville Police Dept. )GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — At first, it appeared retired University of Florida professor Thomas Oakland died in a tragic house fire. Now, police think the 75-year-old man who friends say was "generous to a fault" was done in by his own kindness.

Prosecution rests in case of New York boy's 1979 murder

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 04:58

Hernandez appears with his lawyer Fishbein in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York in this file photoBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prosecutors rested their case in the trial of a former grocery worker accused of the 1979 choking murder of a New York City boy, wrapping up on Friday with testimony of a medical examiner describing how strangulation and asphyxiation affect the body. Pedro Hernandez, charged with kidnapping and murdering 6-year-old Etan Patz, confessed in 2012 to police that he choked the boy, stuffed him in a box and left him in a New York alley. Patz vanished as he walked alone for the first time to a school bus stop in his Manhattan neighborhood on May 25, 1979. In his confession to police, which the defense says was coerced, Hernandez said the boy was alive and moving when he put him in a box.

Pickup truck collides with snow plow on AC Expressway, 2 injured

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 04:57

Pickup truck collides with snow plow on AC Expressway, 2 injuredTwo men were injured when a pickup truck collided into a snow plow on the Atlantic City Expressway in Winslow Township, New Jersey.

Texas man jailed for sending harassing emails to Yahoo CEO

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 04:52

Gregory Calvin King is seen in an undated picture released by the Austin Police Department in Austin, TexasA man previously convicted of harassing Yahoo Inc Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer has been arrested by Austin police on suspicion of sending her sexually graphic emails, according to police records released on Friday. Gregory Calvin King, 30, was booked on Thursday into the Travis County Jail with bond set at $100,000. After his release in February, King sent more than 60 messages to Mayer from several locations in the Texas capital, including "unwanted and sexually graphic emails," a police arrest affidavit said. King had also been under surveillance by security personnel for Sunnyvale, California-based Yahoo since he entered Austin, it said.

Texas man sentenced in death that prompted national campaign

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 04:52
MARSHALL, Texas (AP) — An East Texas man has been sentenced to 99 years in prison after pleading guilty to fatally stabbing his estranged wife in a case that prompted a national campaign.

Judge partially unseals records in U.Va. murder case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 04:50
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A judge has partially unsealed the court file in a case involving a Charlottesville man charged with killing a University of Virginia student.

Man indicted on murder, other counts after Vegas mother shot

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 04:50
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 19-year-old man has been indicted on murder and other charges in the shooting death of a mother of four in a neighborhood gunbattle.

Delta refinery, union reach deal on local issues, likely avoiding strike

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 04:46
By Jarrett Renshaw NEW YORK (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines Inc's Philadelphia-area refinery has struck a deal with the local union that will likely prevent the facility from joining the country's largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years. United Steelworkers 10-234 and Monroe Energy, the subsidiary of Delta that runs the 185,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania, issued a joint statement Friday that said: "After a month of good faith negotiations, we’re pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement on all local issues including wages and benefits." The two sides declined to disclose the details of the agreement.

New York airport alarm reveals stowaway dog in checked luggage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 04:45
U.S. security agents searching a checked suitcase after an alarm went off at New York's LaGuardia Airport expected the usual contraband - guns, knives or a hand grenade - but instead found a stowaway Chihuahua, authorities said on Friday. Staring back at the agents was a 7-year-old beige and brown dog who had sneaked into the luggage, which its owner had checked onto her American Airlines flight to Los Angeles, said Lisa Farbstein, spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration. "She was just as surprised as we were," Farbstein said. TSA agents, whose past checked luggage searches have turned up such dangerous items as a gas-filled chainsaw, reunited the tiny dog with its owner, who was not identified.

Feds: Hackers stole 1 billion email addresses in spam scheme

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 04:35
ATLANTA (AP) — Computer hackers stole a whopping 1 billion email addresses from U.S. marketing companies in what federal authorities Friday described as a massive spam scheme.

U.S. Air Force eyes Textron plane, others for future air support

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 04:34
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force is looking at Textron Inc's Scorpion and other aircraft to address future needs for low-end air support missions given its plans to retire the aging fleet of A-10 Warthog planes in coming years, a top general said Friday. Later versions of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet would be the primary warplane used for close air support in future conflicts with higher-end adversaries, General Herbert Carlisle, who heads Air Combat Command, told reporters. He said no decisions had been made on a possible acquisition program, but the Air Force had looked at the Scorpion plane developed by Textron using its own funds and others to address lower-end threats instead of using stealthy and costly F-35s. We're just keeping our opportunities open." Carlisle spoke to reporters after a weeklong "summit" involving the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Special Operations Commands and other Pentagon officials as they reviewed current close air support missions and future needs.

Derailed U.S. oil train still burning; shipment delays expected

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 04:33

A BNSF train is pictured in Renton, Washington(Reuters) - The wreck of a derailed BNSF Railway [BNISF.UL] train loaded with crude oil from North Dakota was still burning in Illinois on Friday, and the company warned that shipments along the line could be delayed up to 48 hours. Twenty-one tank cars came off the rails in an explosive accident near Galena on Thursday afternoon, and five were still on fire on Friday, local emergency and company officials said. In all, seven tank cars were damaged. The accident occurred in a rural area 164 miles west of Chicago, and no injuries were reported, BNSF said.

Woman made bomb threat at Miami airport, police say

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 04:29
MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say a 33-year-old Honduran woman crashed her vehicle into a police patrol car at Miami International Airport and screamed that she had a bomb.

Tesla says Nevada battery plant on track despite report of delay

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 04:28

The Tesla Gigafactory is shown under construction outside Reno, NevadaTesla Motor Inc said on Friday that construction of its giant $5 billion battery plant in Nevada remains on schedule despite a newspaper report saying the electric carmaker's project was delayed. The Reno Gazette-Journal earlier on Friday reported a project delay at the site, citing two union job postings. "The project is progressing and the gigafactory is on schedule," Tesla spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson told Reuters. She added that Tesla is acting as project manager for the gigafactory and works with a number of companies and unions.

Prosecutors in Colorado cinema massacre trial seek to restrict graphic images

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 04:26

James Holmes sits in Arapahoe County District Court in DenverBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Prosecutors in the murder case against Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes are asking that crime scene and autopsy photographs and videos of victims be restricted at the upcoming trial, court records showed on Friday. In a filing, the prosecutors request that Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour rules the graphic images can only be shown to the jury, lawyers and himself, and not to the courtroom gallery or be broadcast by news media. Defense lawyers do not object to the request, prosecutors said. Holmes, 27, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to fatally shooting 12 moviegoers and wounding dozens more inside a suburban Denver cinema in July 2012 during a midnight screening of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises." Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty for the onetime neuroscience graduate student if he is convicted.

Safe haven groups criticize Indiana's 'baby box' legislation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 04:24
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Safe haven groups across the U.S. are criticizing an Indiana proposal to allow "baby boxes" at hospitals, fire stations and churches so new mothers in crisis could anonymously surrender their children.