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Defense in Las Vegas mom killing wants gunshot residue test

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:09

Erich Nowsch Jr. appears in a Las Vegas courtroom for his initial court appearance Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. Nowsch remains jailed following his arrest Friday on murder, attempted murder and other charges in the Feb. 12 shooting that fatally wounded 44-year-old Tammy Meyers outside her home. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Attorneys for a 19-year-old accused of killing a neighborhood mother in a spray of gunfire asked a judge on Thursday to let them check the dead woman's body for gunshot residue.

FCC allows city-owned Internet providers to expand

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:08
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — People in small communities may get better, cheaper access to the Internet after the Federal Communications Commission ruled Thursday that city-owned broadband services can expand into areas overlooked by commercial providers.

Bid for more US defense funds gets chilly House reception

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:02

Commandant of the Marine Corps General Dunford testifies on military budgets before Senate Armed Services Committee in WashingtonBy David Alexander and Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. military officials seeking a big boost in defense spending received little encouragement on Thursday from a House panel reviewing their bid for more funds, with one lawmaker saying the extra money would have to be cut "with you or ... without you." Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives, chided President Barack Obama for proposing a $534 billion Pentagon base budget that "ignores the law" by exceeding federal spending caps by nearly $35 billion. Frelinghuysen told Navy and Marine Corps leaders to submit specific lists of programs that could be cut if Congress failed to approve the Democratic president's request for more funding. "With respect, I will advise you that we will cut the $13 billion with you or we will cut it without you, but we need to do the job the law requires us to do," he said, noting the Navy's budget request was about $13 billion above the levels allotted under spending limits passed in 2011.

Carly Fiorina criticizes Clinton over foundation money

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:55

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Former technology executive Carly Fiorina, the only woman known to be contemplating a Republican presidential bid, on Thursday challenged Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton to explain millions of dollars from foreign governments donated to her family's foundation.

Two injured in Silicon Valley hazardous materials incident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:55
Two people suffered minor injuries on Thursday in an unspecified hazardous materials incident in the Silicon Valley community of Sunnyvale, California, a city spokeswoman said. The spokeswoman said the incident took place at a building in Sunnyvale, about 40 miles southeast of San Francisco, but she had no further details.

Man arrested in shooting death of transgender woman in Los Angeles

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:47
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police have arrested a self-described former gang member suspected of killing a transgender woman who was shot to death in Los Angeles as she pounded on the front door of a house seeking help, investigators said on Thursday. The December killing of 21-year-old Deshawnda Sanchez raised concerns among transgender rights activists that she may have been targeted because of her gender identity, and Los Angeles police supervising detective Chris Barling said her transgender status may have been a factor in the slaying. Barling said prosecutors would decide whether to charge the suspect, Robert James Spells, with a hate crime but that police did not anticipate such a court filing to be made on Thursday, when Spells is expected to be charged with murder in the case. "I believe Mr. Spells at some point realized Ms. Sanchez was a transgender person and that played a factor in him killing Ms. Sanchez," he said.

CEO: Commuter rail system back to full service by March 30

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:46
BOSTON (AP) — The head of the French company that operates Massachusetts' commuter rail system apologized for the breakdowns and delays that have plagued the system after a series of storms dumped more than 7 feet of snow on the region and vowed that full service would be restored — but not until the end of next month.

Portland police forming task force to tackle bicycle theft

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:43

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2010 file photo, thousands of bicyclists ride on the Providence Bridge Pedal in Portland, Ore. Portland is known as one of America's most bike-friendly cities, but cyclists have become so alarmed by a growing number of bike thefts that Portland police are creating a task force to catch more of the culprits. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland is known as one of America's most bike-friendly cities. But cyclists have become so alarmed by a growing number of bike thefts that Portland police are creating a task force to catch more of the culprits.

Daughter: Doctor accused of murder asked if he was monster

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:34

John Brickman Wall, center, listens to his defense attorney Jeremy Delicino during the his trial in Salt Lake City on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. A medical examiner has testified at the trial of Wall, charged with killing his ex-wife, that an autopsy showed she had suspicious wounds on her wrist and leg. Examiner Erik Christensen said Monday that the 2011 death of Uta von Schwedler in Salt Lake City initially looked like a suicide, but the wounds pointed to a homicide.(AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann, Pool)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Hours after his ex-wife was found dead in her bathtub, Utah doctor John Brickman Wall asked whether he was a monster and if he was responsible for her death, the couple's oldest daughter testified Thursday.

Supreme Court protesters say no plans to disrupt Obamacare case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:33
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An activist group that has twice disrupted U.S. Supreme Court proceedings in the past year says it does not intend to stage similar protests when the justices hear a major case next week that could gut President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. Kai Newkirk, a spokesman for the group 99Rise, said in an email that "we are not planning anything" in relation to the Obamacare case being argued next Wednesday or the court's other big case of the year on whether states can ban gay marriage, which will be heard in April. Two of eight protesters arrested after a Jan. 21 disruption pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in District of Columbia Superior Court on Thursday and will each face a sentence of five days in jail, according to Newkirk. Disruptions inside the Supreme Court are rare.

Case of missing New York boy focuses on where body may have been dumped

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:32

Hernandez appears with his lawyer Fishbein in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York in this file photoBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - A crime scene expert in the trial of a man accused of a decades-old New York murder testified on Thursday that the alley where the suspect said he dumped the victim's body was a bakery at the time. Pedro Hernandez, accused of kidnapping and murdering 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979, said in videotaped confessions to police that he strangled the boy, stuffed him in a box and dumped him in a New York City alley. Patz vanished as he walked alone for the first time to a school bus stop in his Manhattan neighborhood on May 25, 1979. Hernandez' defense attorneys say his 2012 confession to police was coerced and that he is mentally ill and suffers hallucinations.

Stock market shrugs off net neutrality vote

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:31
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market largely shrugged off the Federal Communications Commission's vote to impose tougher rules on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes for the Internet and slowing or blocking Web traffic.

Graceland brings Elvis back to his Las Vegas home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:27

This Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 photo shows simple and bedazzled suits once worn by Elvis, many while performing on-stage in Las Vegas displayed at the Westgate Las Vegas Hotel, originally the International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. The costumes are expected to be among the memorabilia straight from his Graceland home in Memphis, Tenn. It’s part of a partnership between Graceland and the Westgate Las Vegas to establish a permanent exhibit and revive the Elvis concert experience in the showroom where the icon once performed. (AP Photo/ Kimberly Pierceall)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Graceland will always be home, but Las Vegas is set to be Elvis Presley's home away from home yet again.

Panel: Use new meningitis vaccines only for outbreaks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:26

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, file photo, a sign directs students to a clinic at Matthew Knight Arena on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Ore., where students can get vaccinated for a blood stream infection that can cause a form of meningitis. The University of Oregon is planning to start a mass vaccination of the 22,000-person student body starting on March 2, according to The Register-Guard. A federal panel is recommending that two new meningitis vaccines only be used during outbreaks and not be given routinely to teens and college students. The two vaccines target B strain meningococcal infections, which can lead to deadly meningitis or blood infections. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Andy Nelson, File)ATLANTA (AP) — A federal panel on Thursday recommended that two new meningitis vaccines only be used for rare outbreaks, resisting tearful pleas to give it routinely to teens and college students.

NY police officer's complaint about quota was free speech: court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:24
A U.S. appeals court has ruled that a New York City police officer who criticized an arrest quota at his precinct was protected by the First Amendment. The Manhattan court on Thursday revived Officer Craig Matthews' 2012 lawsuit claiming he was retaliated against for telling superiors at his Bronx precinct the quota had led to unjustified stops and arrests by officers. "Matthews was not flagging specific violations of law, but rather expressing an opinion on a policy which he believed was limiting officer discretion," Circuit Judge John Walker. Matthews' attorney, Christopher Dunn of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement the ruling would protect the ability of officers to speak out about quotas and other types of police misconduct.

CSX reopens rail line shut after oil train derailment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:17

A CSX Corp train continues burning a day after derailing in Mount Carbon, West VirginiaNEW YORK (Reuters) - CSX on Thursday afternoon reopened a West Virginia train line that had been shut following an explosive oil train derailment on Feb. 16 in the town of Mount Carbon. The line is used to transport crude oil from North Dakota to an oil terminal in Yorktown, Virginia. (Reporting by Edward McAllister; Editing by Leslie Adler)

Johansson: Nothing 'creepy or inappropriate' about Travolta

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:15

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, actress Scarlett Johansson arrives at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Johansson is defending John Travolta and calls the image of him kissing her on the Academy Awards red carpet “an unfortunate still-frame from a live-action encounter that was totally sweet and totally welcome.” Travolta greeted Johansson at Sunday’s Oscars with a kiss and his arm around her waist. The photo has since been turned into an Internet meme. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Scarlett Johansson is defending John Travolta and calls the image of him kissing her on the Academy Awards red carpet "an unfortunate still-frame from a live-action encounter that was totally sweet and totally welcome."

Omaha officer investigated after shooting suspect in the back

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:12
Officer Alvin Lugod, 31, is being investigated in the shooting death on Monday of Danny Elrod, 39, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer told a news conference. A state grand jury will hear the case and the FBI will view video from the scene, Schmaderer said, adding he did not consider the shooting to be criminal. The incident comes during heightened attention toward police shootings after a grand jury's decision in November not to indict a white Ferguson, Missouri, policeman in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man. Schmaderer said Elrod robbed a Family Dollar store about 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

Feds: 3 accused in Islamic State plot had vocalized beliefs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:06

A Homeland Security police officer, left, joins a Federal Court policeman, right, as security is enhanced during the arraignment of two men on terrorism related charges, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Brooklyn, N.Y. The men were arrested along with a third man Wednesday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the U.S. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group were vocal both online and in person about their commitment and desire to join the extremists, with one speaking of shooting President Barack Obama to "strike fear in the hearts of infidels," federal authorities said.

Lupita Nyong'o's $150,000 Oscars dress stolen from hotel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:06

Simmons, winner of the award for best supporting actor nominee for his role in "Whiplash," kisses the hand of presenter Lupita Nyong'o during the 87th Academy Awards in HollywoodThe $150,000 pearl-studded, custom-made Calvin Klein dress worn by Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o at this year's Academy Awards has been stolen, police said on Thursday. The gown, embellished with 6,000 natural white pearls, was stolen from Nyong'o's room at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, during the day on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in West Hollywood said. "Ms Nyong'o was not in the room at the time of the theft," Deputy John Mitchell told Reuters. The Calvin Klein dress, custom designed by Francisco Costa, was one of the stand-outs on the red carpet at last Sunday's Oscars.