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Only female mayor in history of Salt Lake City dies at 70

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 06:25

In a Jan. 11, 1999 photo, Salt Lake City Mayor Deedee Corradini announces she will not run for reelection during a press conference in Salt Lake City. Corradini, the only female mayor in the history of Salt Lake City who helped bring the Winter Olympics to Utah, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, at her home in Park City from the effects of lung cancer, according to a Women's Ski Jumping USA news release. She was 70. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Deedee Corradini, the only female mayor in the history of Salt Lake City who helped bring the Winter Olympics to Utah, has died. She was 70.


Former Atlanta superintendent charged in school cheating case dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 06:24
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Former Atlanta schools Superintendent Beverly Hall, who was deemed too ill from breast cancer to stand trial with a dozen former educators accused in a standardized test cheating scandal, has died, her attorney said on Monday. "To her dying breath she denied any role in directing, ordering, or participating in any cheating at Atlanta Public Schools," he said in a statement. The Atlanta case is being watched nationally amid a string of cheating incidents across the United States in recent years. Hall was named national superintendent of the year by the American Association of School Administrators in 2009 - the same year prosecutors contend widespread cheating took place.

Exclusive: Obama defends lack of 'Plan B' for Obamacare court case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 06:16

U.S. President Obama takes part in an interview with Reuters at the White House in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday said he thinks there is no "plausible legal basis" for the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a key plank of Obamacare, defending his administration's lack of a contingency plan. Obama touched on two main domestic policy issues during an interview with Reuters. On the Affordable Care Act, his signature policy achievement commonly referred to as Obamacare, the Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on Wednesday in the case known as King v. Burwell.


FBI hands over missing fossils to Brazilian authorities in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 06:13

FBI hands over missing fossils to Brazilian authorities in DelawareHow did three rare fish fossils from Brazil end up for sale online? That's what federal agents are trying to figure out after discovering someone trying to sell the $110 million-year-old relics.


Oregon family hopes to free daughter jailed in Japan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 06:13
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon family is trying to win the release of a young woman jailed in Japan because she shipped in a medication containing amphetamine.

Woman raped in Connecticut by man she met on dating app: police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 06:06
(Reuters) - A Massachusetts woman was raped in New Haven, Connecticut, on Monday by a man she met through an online dating app, police said. New Haven Police arrested Timothy Turner, of Waterbury, Connecticut, and charged him with crimes including first-degree aggravated sexual assault. It was not immediately clear if the man had retained a lawyer."With the ever-growing popularity of dating applications and certain on-line dating sites, these crimes are being reported more and more across the country," New Haven Police spokesman David Hartman said in an emailed statement.

Massachusetts teen charged in classmate's suicide death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 06:06

Massachusetts teen charged in classmate's suicide deathA Massachusetts teenager is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge nearly eight months after her fellow high school classmate committed suicide.


Lawyer for media fights gag order in mine disaster case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 05:54
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A gag order in the criminal case of the West Virginia coal mine explosion that killed 29 men violates the First Amendment by barring virtually anyone from discussing it publicly, a lawyer for media organizations said Monday.

Plea deal for second suspect in Spokane beating death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 05:53
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The second teen accused of beating a World War II veteran to death during a robbery in Spokane accepted a deal Monday and pleaded guilty to murder.

Man hurt in 2nd recent gas explosion at New Jersey shore

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 05:46

Man hurt in 2nd recent gas explosion at New Jersey shoreFor the second time in less than a week there has been a gas explosion near the Jersey Shore.


Georgia's sole female death row inmate set to be executed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 05:42

Death row inmate Kelly Renee Gissendaner is seen in an undated picture from the Georgia Department of CorrectionsThe only woman on death row in Georgia is scheduled to be executed on Monday for her husband's 1997 murder, barring last-minute legal action. Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 46, would be the first woman executed by the state in 70 years. Prosecutors said she plotted with her boyfriend, Gregory Owen, to kill her husband, Douglas Gissendaner, who was stabbed to death in a desolate area in suburban Atlanta after being abducted from his home. Owen confessed to carrying out the Feb. 7, 1997, murder and implicated Kelly Gissendaner.


Ice slows business, traffic on Northeast, Midwest waterways

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 05:42

In this Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 photo, ice clogs the water between wharves in Portland, Maine. Portland Harbor is encountering more ice than it has in years thanks to the coldest February on record. Several lobster boats were locked in the ice, unable to move, and ice breakers are needed to keep commerce flowing. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Waterways around the Northeast and the Midwest are beset by ice more than a foot thick in some places, making life miserable for people who make their living on the water.


Boston commuter rail system operator fined over snow delays

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 05:32
BOSTON (AP) — The company that operates the state's commuter rail system has been fined more than $434,000 after nearly two-thirds of the trains were late or canceled during the heavy snowfalls that pounded the region last month, transit officials said Monday.

Radnor Police: Man secretly recorded women and girls, posted videos online

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 05:30

 Man secretly recorded women and girls, posted videos onlinePolice in Radnor, Pa. say they have arrested a man who secretly recorded dozens of women and girls in among other places store dressing rooms and in their homes.


City University of NY refunds tuition to some immigrants

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 05:27
NEW YORK (AP) — City University of New York is returning thousands of dollars to about 150 immigrant students who live illegally in the U.S. and overpaid for their tuition.

Lawyer for media fights gag order in mine disaster case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 05:26
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A lawyer for media organizations says a gag order in the criminal case of the West Virginia coal mine explosion that killed 29 men violates the First Amendment by barring virtually anyone from discussing it publicly.

Connecticut man accused of raping woman he met on dating app

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 05:26
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been charged with raping a Massachusetts woman he met on a dating app.

Coroner: Truck kills paramedic helping others on icy road

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 05:23
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a paramedic responding to two crashes on an icy Pennsylvania highway has been killed after a coal truck struck her and pinned her against a tree.

Police come under questioning in case of New York boy missing since 1979

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 05:17

Hernandez appears with his lawyer Fishbein in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York in this file photoBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Attorneys for a former grocery store worker accused of the 1979 killing of a New York City boy pressed a police detective on Monday about his interrogation techniques, as they seek to prove the accused man's confession was coerced. Pedro Hernandez, on trial for the kidnapping and murder of 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. Testifying in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, New York Police Detective James Lamendola said he repeatedly told Hernandez: "The lies must stop" and "we need the truth" in the hour they were alone together in a room before Hernandez confessed.


'Suge' Knight taken to hospital after court hearing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 05:16

Marion "Suge" Knight makes an appearance at the Criminal Courts Building on Monday, March 2, 2015, in Los Angeles. Knight told a judge that he is suffering from blindness and other health complications moments before he was taken to a hospital Monday morning. Knight told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Brandlin that he had fired attorneys handling his murder case case and was receiving inadequate medical treatment while in custody. He has pleaded not guilty to murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run charges after he struck two men with his truck, killing one, on Jan. 29. He remains held without bail. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Mark Boster, Pool)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight told a judge that he is suffering from blindness and other health complications moments before he was taken to a hospital Monday morning.