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Technology and outdoor sports converge at drone conference

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 00:11

The Inspire 1, a drone manufactured by DJI, is flown Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Davenport , Calif. Top drone-makers, along with investors, regulators and inventors, are gathering in one of the most popular regions for outdoor activity in the U.S., California’s Central Coast, to show off their devices, hear about new uses for airborne robots, and hit the waves and trails at the Drones Data X Conference in Santa Cruz, Calif., from May 1 to 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Santa Cruz, Calif. (AP) — Surfers catching waves and mountain bikers pedaling through forests are used to the occasional low flying pelican or diving hawk, but these days outdoor recreationalists can find what's up in the air isn't a bird at all, it's a drone.


FBI director, Sen. Leahy, give details of Louis Freeh crash

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 23:56
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Officials say former FBI director Louis Freeh was near death in the wake of a car crash near his vacation home in Vermont last August.

Internet billionaires face off in renewed Texas space race

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 23:47

FILE - In a June 18, 2014 file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos demonstrates the new Amazon Fire Phone during a launch event, in Seattle. Blue Origin, LLC in Van Horn, Texas, the brainchild of Amazon founder Bezos, is one of two parts of the 21st-century space race being directed in the Texas by Internet billionaires. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — An isolated edge of vast West Texas is home to a highly secretive part of the 21st-century space race, one of two being directed in the Lone Star State by Internet billionaires whose personalities and corporate strategies seem worlds apart.


Guide to the Colorado theater shooting trial

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 23:13

FILE - In this June 4, 2013 file photo, Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes is seated in court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes faces trial starting on April 27, 2015, in the mass shooting in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater that left 12 dead and 70 wounded. (Andy Cross, Pool via AP, file)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Opening statements are set Monday in the long-awaited trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes. Here's a look at top elements in the case:


Boston Marathon bomber's lawyers prepare case for life

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 23:13

This April 15, 2013 forensics photograph made by the FBI, and provided Thursday, April 23, 2015, by the U.S. Attorney's office, and presented in federal court as evidence during the penalty phase of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial, shows the scene where the second bomb exploded on Boylston Street near the marathon finish line in Boston. Three people were killed and more than 260 others were wounded when twin bombs exploded. The prosecution rested its case Thursday during the penalty phase of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial after playing a video showing a mother crouched over her 8-year-old son and resting her head on his chest as he lay dying. (U.S. Attorney's Office via AP)BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin presenting witnesses this week in the penalty phase of his trial as they try to make their case that he should be sentenced to life in prison — not death — for his role in the deadly 2013 attack.


Key events in path to trial for Colorado theater shooter

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 23:09
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Key dates in the life of James Holmes, on trial in the 2012 Colorado theater shooting:

2 dead in multi-vehicle crash on I-295 in Gloucester County

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 23:01

2 dead, 3 injured in crash on I-295 in Gloucester CountyAt least two people are dead after a multi-vehicle accident on I-295 in Gloucester County.


'Batman' killer studied brain disorders before mass murder

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 22:55

FILE - In this July 23, 2012 file photo, James Holmes sits in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes faces trial starting on April 27, 2015, in the mass shooting in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater that left 12 dead and 70 wounded. (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool via AP, file)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes was growing volatile well before he put on a gas mask and body armor, strapped on a rifle, shotgun, pistol and ammunition, and slipped into a midnight premiere of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises."


Q&A: What's at stake in Supreme Court gay marriage arguments

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 22:13

Jim Obergefell, center, speaks to a group of supporters during an an official send-off event in support of plaintiffs in gay marriage cases that will be argued Tuesday, April 28 before the U.S. Supreme Court, on the steps of City Hall in Cincinnati Friday, April 24, 2015. When Obergefell's husband Arthur died at age 48, Obergefell was listed on the death certificate as his surviving spouse; the couple had won a court order before Arthur's death to make it so. That victory was overturned by the federal appeals court in Cincinnati, which upheld the same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee as well. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)WASHINGTON (AP) — Just two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples.


Alaska commuter air carrier suffered operational, training flaws before crash

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 22:04

Handout photo of a Cessna 208 that crashed in southwest Alaska(This April 24 story corrects headline to clarify that the air carrier in question is not Alaska Airlines, which has no involvement) (Reuters) - An Alaska commuter airline routinely failed to inform pilots of shifting weather conditions and other hazards leading up to a 2013 crash in western Alaska that killed four people, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Friday. The Cessna 208B, a single-engine turboprop, had been heading from Bethel to Mountain Village in deteriorating winter weather and crashed about a mile (1.6 km) southeast of St. Mary's Airport in southwestern Alaska. Prior to the crash, Hageland Aviation Services Inc had failed to follow its own risk assessment plan, and on the day the plane went down the flight coordinators on duty had not been trained properly in those procedures, according to NTSB crash investigation documents released on Thursday.


Top U.S. court appears on cusp of declaring right to gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 21:45

A participant wears a rainbow tie during the annual Pride March on Christopher Street in Manhattan, New YorkBy Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's arguments on Tuesday over same-sex marriage will cap more than two decades of litigation and a transformation in public attitudes. Based on the court's actions during the past two years, a sense of inevitability is in the air: That a majority is on the verge of declaring gay marriage legal nationwide. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court's pivotal member on gay rights, has been marching in this direction with opinions dating to 1996. In his most recent gay rights decision for the court in 2013, rejecting a legal definition of marriage limited to a man and woman for purposes of federal benefits, Kennedy deplored that U.S. law for making gay marriages "unequal." That 5-4 decision did not address a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, but lower court judges interpreted the ruling as an endorsement of it and began invalidating state bans.


Lean year for New England cod ahead as shutdown looms

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 21:45
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Catch limits set to take effect this week will take a bite out of an industry that dates back to America's colonial past: New England cod.

Oklahoma lethal injection drug faces U.S. Supreme Court test

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 21:08

A police officer walks up the steps of the Supreme Court in WashingtonThe U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments this week on whether a drug used in Oklahoma's lethal injection mix should be banned in a case that comes as a shortage of execution chemicals has sent some states scrambling for alternatives. The main question before the nine justices in the case brought by three death row inmates that will be heard on Wednesday is whether the use of the sedative midazolam violates constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment. The case does not address the constitutionality of the death penalty in general, but brings fresh attention to the debate over whether executions should continue in the United States. Opponents say midazolam is not approved for use in painful surgeries and should not be used in the death chamber because it cannot maintain a coma-like unconsciousness, potentially leaving inmates in intense pain from lethal injection drugs that halt breathing and stop the heart.


More than 2,200 confirmed dead in Nepal earthquake

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 19:44

More than 2,200 confirmed dead in Nepal earthquakeA powerful aftershock shook Nepal on Sunday, making buildings sway and sending panicked Kathmandu residents running into the streets a day after a massive earthquake left at least 1,900 people dead.


Winding up, Obama tosses zingers at press, political foes

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 19:43

Winding up, Obama tosses zingers at press, political foesPresident Barack Obama says he's bringing a new attitude to the final quarter of his presidency: Bucket!


Magnitude 6.7 aftershock hits Nepal, causes panic

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 19:40

More than 2,200 confirmed dead in Nepal earthquakeA powerful aftershock shook Nepal on Sunday, making buildings sway and sending panicked Kathmandu residents running into the streets a day after a massive earthquake left at least 1,900 people dead.


2 injured in West Philadelphia crash, bus shelter damaged

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 19:04

2 injured in West Philadelphia crash, bus shelter damagedAn early morning crash in West Philadelphia sent two drivers to the hospital and debris all over the roadway.


Man shot in Frankford

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 18:39

Man shot in FrankfordPhiladelphia police are investigating a shooting in Frankford.


Coast Guard: 4 missing after sailboats capsize in Alabama

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 18:35

 4 missing after sailboats capsize in AlabamaCoast Guard crews continued their search Sunday morning for at least four people missing in the water after a powerful storm capsized several sailboats participating in a regatta near Mobile Bay, Alabama.


Pedestrian struck on Street Road in Bensalem

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 18:34

Pedestrian struck on Street Road in BensalemBucks County authorities are investigating an accident in Bensalem that left a person seriously injured.