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Google imports new CFO Ruth Porat from Wall Street

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:03

This 2012 photo provided by Morgan Stanley shows outgoing Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat. Morgan Stanley on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 announced that Porat is leaving the New York investment bank for the same job at Google. (AP Photo/Camera 1 via Morgan Stanley, Larry Lettera)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has lured away Morgan Stanley's chief financial officer, Ruth Porat, to be its CFO at a time when the Internet search leader and its Silicon Valley peers are under fire for hiring and promoting too few women.

Major trials prompt calls for cameras in federal courtrooms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:02

FILE--In this March 4, 2015 file photo, members of the media wait outside federal court in Boston on the first day of the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The crimes terrorized Boston, but with cameras banned from the federal courts, ordinary Bostonians have been denied the chance to see for themselves the 2013 trial of convicted mobster Whitey Bulger and ongoing trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)BOSTON (AP) — High-profile cases playing out in federal court are prosecuted on behalf of the American public, but the public has been largely barred from watching them. In Boston, reporters have mobbed the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev but can't take photos or videos inside the courtroom. The same was true of the New York trial and conviction last month of Khaled Al-Fawwaz for conspiracy in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. In both cases, the public had to rely on the drawings of courtroom artists. Some are calling on the courts to reconsider the camera ban.

West Chester University on alert after recent assaults

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:01

West Chester University on alert after recent assaultsStudents at a local college are on edge following two assaults close to the school.

Oklahoma man pleads in slaying of Australian baseball player

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:54
DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of a college baseball player from Australia.

Missouri police shooting suspect told informant officers not target

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:54

Jeffrey Williams is pictured in this undated booking photoBy Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A man charged with wounding two officers outside the police headquarters of Ferguson, Missouri, earlier in March told an informant he fired shots that night but was not aiming at police, according to court documents released on Tuesday. The suspect, Jeffrey Williams, 20, told the informant he had fired shots at "unknown individual(s)" in the vicinity of a protest rally where the officers were shot and still possessed the handgun, an affidavit attached to a search warrant said. Williams' attorney, Jerryl Christmas, said on Tuesday he believes police have the wrong person, despite what is said in the affidavit, which supported a search of Williams' house. The informant, who was outfitted with an audio and video recording device, picked Williams up at his house and drove him around St. Louis County, talking about the shooting.

Obama mercury air pollution rule faces test at U.S. top court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:52

File photo of the John Amos coal-fired power plant is seen behind a home in PocaBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The latest legal test of President Barack Obama's environmental agenda reaches the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as the justices consider a challenge to a regulation intended to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. The nine justices are due to hear a 90-minute oral argument on whether the Environmental Protection Agency should have considered the cost of compliance when deciding whether to regulate the pollutants. Industry groups and some states appealed after an appeals court upheld the regulation in June 2014. Among companies opposing the rule are Peabody Energy Corp, the nation’s largest coal producer.

4 shot to death in high-crime Indianapolis neighborhood

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:50

Indianapolis Crime Lab personnel investigate a scene involving four homicide victims at a house in Indianapolis, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Indianapolis Police Chief Rick Hite says three women and a man have been shot to death in the home. Hite says the shootings don't appear random and likely occurred Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three women and a man were found shot to death Tuesday in a house in a high-crime neighborhood in Indianapolis where officers found signs of forced entry, police said.

Human remains found in Frankford yard, 1 in custody

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:48
Police say one person is in custody after human remains were found in the backyard of a home in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.

Arrest warrant leads to dangerous lizards in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:42
Police say they found dangerous lizards along with a small child during while serving an arrest warrant in Delaware.

First Images of Debris From Plane Crash in French Alps

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:42
An Airbus operated by Germanwings crashed in southern France with 150 people aboard, the airline confirmed.

Kansas commune leader gets life term for slaying of member

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:32

Daniel Perez sits in Sedgwick District Court in Wichita, Kan., before sentencing, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. A judge sentenced Perez, the head of a former Kansas commune, to life in prison for the killing of a commune member 12 years ago. Perez was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder last month in the 2003 drowning death of Patricia Hughes at the suburban Wichita compound where the commune lived. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher)WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man who led a Kansas commune that collected millions of dollars in life insurance payouts from dead members was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for the drowning death of one of them 12 years ago.

Owner of Blue Bell home hit by bus: 'Like an explosion'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:27
The owner of a Blue Bell home that was hit by a school bus on Tuesday morning said the crash came terrifyingly close to becoming a tragedy.

Ex-NFL star Sharper pleads guilty in Vegas sex assault case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:15

Former NFL safety Darren Sharper, center, with his attorneys, Lisa Wayne, left, and Leonard Levine, right, appear in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, March 23, 2015. Sharper was sentenced to nine years in federal prison Monday immediately after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman in Arizona, marking the first change of plea of the day for the former safety accused of drugging and assaulting women in four states. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, Pool)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former NFL star Darren Sharper pleaded guilty Tuesday in Las Vegas to a reduced felony attempted sex assault charge, in the third part of a four-state plea deal that prosecutors say will put him in federal prison for about nine years.

Utah brings back the firing squad, so how does it work?

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:13

FILE - This June 18, 2010, file photo shows the firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. Utah's governor has signed a law that makes his state the only one to allow firing squads for carrying out executions if no lethal injection drugs are available. Gov. Gary Herbert signed the bill Monday, March 23, 2015. He has said he finds the method "a little bit gruesome," but that it gives the state a fallback execution method. (AP Photo/Trent Nelson, Pool, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has given his stamp of approval to a law that brings back the firing squad in the only state that has used it in the past 40 years.

Friend of accused Boston bombers pleads guilty to lying to investigators

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:11
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A citizen of Kyrgyzstan who was friends with the accused Boston Marathon bombers pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of lying to investigators probing the deadly 2013 attack. The man, cabdriver Khairullozhon Matanov, approached police four days after the bombing that killed three people and injured 264 to say that he knew accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, but played down how well he knew the pair. "Guilty," Matanov, 24, said in an afternoon hearing at U.S. District Court in Boston when asked how he pleaded to three charges of lying to investigators in a federal investigation and one of destroying evidence, for deleting files on his laptop. A deal with prosecutors could result in a sentence of two-and-a-half years in prison, less time served, said U.S. District Judge William Young, who did not immediately accept the deal.

Firing of Milwaukee police officer who shot man upheld

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:01
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee's police chief was justified in firing a white officer who killed a black man during a scuffle last year, a panel of police commissioners ruled Monday night.

Western congress members seek full funding for quake warning

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:01
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three dozen members of Congress from California, Oregon and Washington on Tuesday pressed for full funding of a West Coast earthquake early warning system.

Fugitive's dad tells why he thinks son fled in Facebook case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:55
NEW YORK (AP) — A fugitive facing charges he falsely claimed he's owed a majority ownership in Facebook fled after complaining he was being treated unfairly in courts, his father said Tuesday.

Human remains found in NE Philly yard, 1 in custody

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:35

Human remains found in Frankford yard, 1 in custodyPolice say one person is in custody after human remains were found in the backyard of a home in Northeast Philadelphia.

Head of New York Dominican Day Parade ousted after improprieties found

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:34
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of New York City's Dominican Day Parade was ousted from his post on Tuesday after an investigation found he mismanaged the finances and operation of the popular yearly procession, the state attorney general said. Nelson Peña, who oversaw the parade for two decades, failed to keep proper records, had no functioning boards of directors and did not file annual financial reports required of nonprofits by law, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. Started in 1982 as a small celebration, New York's Dominican Day Parade now draws more than a half-million revelers each August in what is believed to be the country's largest parade celebrating Dominican identity and culture. "Whatever nonprofit organization is responsible for its operation must be properly constituted, comply with New York law, and be accountable and transparent," Schneiderman said.