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U.S. eyes new ways to prepare and win future war in space

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 04:35
By Andrea Shalal COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - The United States needs disruptive new technologies, new ways of acquiring equipment and bandwidth, and closer ties with global allies to stay ahead of growing challenges in space from China, Russia and others, the head of U.S. Air Force Space Command told Reuters. General John Hyten said the United States had been bracing for threats to its satellite systems for years, but continued anti-satellite testing by potential foes had fueled a fresh sense of urgency in both industry and government about the need to prepare to win a possible war in space.

Q&A on the Gulf, resilient but scarred 5 years after spill

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

 a testament to the resilience of nature. But there's more than surface shimmering blue and emerald to the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill. And it's not nearly as pretty a picture, nor as clear. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)Five years after the BP well explosion, there is no single, conclusive answer to how the Gulf of Mexico is doing, but there are many questions. Here are some of them:


Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred

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

 a testament to the resilience of nature. But there's more than surface shimmering blue and emerald to the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill. And it's not nearly as pretty a picture, nor as clear. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)From above, five years after the BP well explosion, the Gulf of Mexico looks clean, green and whole again, teeming with life — a testament to the resilience of nature.


Caesars division asks for more time to file bankruptcy plan

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 04:28
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The bankrupt operating division of casino empire Caesars Entertainment Corp. wants more time to file its reorganization plan to get out from under about $18 billion in debt.

Sunken aircraft carrier rediscovered off California coast

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 04:28

File - In this July 1946 file photo is the USS Independence near Bikini Atoll. Scientists have rediscovered a mostly intact World War II aircraft carrier the U.S. Navy scuttled off the Northern California coast decades ago. The U.S.S. Independence was located and video recorded as part of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric mission to locate and map an estimated 300 historic shipwrecks in the waters outside San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Images captured by a remotely controlled miniature submarine showed the Independence sitting upright about 30 miles west of the coast and near the Farallon Islands. (AP Photo/Clarence Hamm, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Scientists have rediscovered a mostly intact World War II aircraft carrier used in atomic bomb tests and then sunk at a secret location off the Northern California coast decades ago.


Unruly man sentenced in case of jet diverted to Nebraska

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 04:22
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man removed from a California-bound Southwest Airlines flight diverted to Omaha has been sentenced.

NC police: Man made threat calls to college after killing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 04:09
GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina community college closed Friday and will stay closed through Monday after receiving threatening telephone calls that followed a shooting death involving a self-avowed neo-Nazi.

Conversion rate lags behind Mormon missionary increase

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 04:07

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2013, file photo, Mormon missionaries walk through the halls at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. A record number of young Mormons signed up for missions after church leaders lowered the minimum age in 2012, but new figures show the onslaught of proselytizing Latter-day Saints didn't lead to an equally dramatic spike in converts. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A record number of young Mormons signed up for missions after church leaders lowered the minimum age in 2012, but new figures show the onslaught of proselytizing Latter-day Saints didn't lead to an equally dramatic spike in converts.


Police: Worker stole checks from 87-year-old woman

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 04:02

 Worker stole checks from 87-year-old womanA Carneys Point man was arrested Friday for allegedly stealing from a resident at the assisted living facility where he worked.


Ex-detective: Man convicted in murder had crush on victim

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 04:00
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — One of four ex-sailors who claim they falsely confessed to a 1997 rape and murder quickly became the prime suspect when police learned that he was romantically obsessed with the victim, a former Norfolk detective said Friday.

McVeigh defense archive shows bomber viewed blast as failure

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 03:58
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Timothy McVeigh considered the Oklahoma City bombing a failure because he left the building standing and once suggested the government should pay his defense attorneys $800,000.

AP Was There: Original AP report of Oklahoma bombing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 03:54

FILE - In this May 5, 1995 file photo, a large group of search and rescue crew attends a memorial service in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The blast killed 168 people _ including 19 children _ injured hundreds more and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to structures and vehicles in the downtown area. (AP Photo/Bill Waugh, Flle)EDITOR'S NOTE: On April 19, 1995, a former U.S. Army soldier parked a rented Ryder truck packed with explosives outside a federal building in Oklahoma City. The blast killed 168 people and injured more than 500 others, and the attack is the worst homegrown terror attack on American soil.


California health officials declare measles outbreak over

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 03:51

Measles poster is seen at Venice Family Clinic in Los AngelesBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A measles outbreak in California that began in December at the Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks and highlighted the risk of unvaccinated people becoming infected and spreading the disease has ended with 131 cases, officials said on Friday. Nineteen percent of the people in California who became ill from measles had to be hospitalized, said Dr. Gil Chavez, state epidemiologist and deputy director of the Center for Infectious Diseases at the California Department of Public Health.


Civil rights groups want probe of police shootings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 03:51
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Civil rights groups in South Carolina want a federal investigation of other shootings involving police in the county where a black man was fatally shot by a white officer this month.

Ohio man pleads not guilty to plotting military base attack

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 03:50

In this Feb. 25, 2015 file photo, Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, left, speaks with his defense attorney, Sam Shamansky, during a hearing to set bond on charges of money laundering and providing support for terrorism in Columbus, Ohio. A Thursday, April 16 indictment says Mohamud left the country a year ago to train and fight with terrorists in Syria. The indictment says Mohamud, who was arrested in Columbus earlier this year, weighed which extremist group in Syria was more effective before his travels. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man described by his attorney as "a normal 23-year-old kid" pleaded not guilty Friday to charges he traveled to Syria and trained alongside terrorists, then returned to the U.S. with plans to attack a military base or a prison.


Death penalty sought in suspected Indiana serial killings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 03:47
CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Indiana prosecutors filed a request Friday seeking the death penalty against a man charged in the slayings of two women and suspected in the deaths of five other women whose bodies were found last fall in abandoned homes in Gary.

In Aaron Hernandez murder case, question lingers: Why?

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 03:40

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez stands up after he is sentenced to life in prison at his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd in June 2013. (Dominick Reuter/Pool Photo via AP)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Aaron Hernandez had it all.


Chicago's former archbishop, Cardinal Francis George, dies at 78

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 03:33
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago from 1997 until 2014, died on Friday at the age of 78 after a long battle with cancer, Archbishop Blase Cupich said. Known for his intellectualism and strong defense of church dogma - including sometimes controversial statements against gay marriage - George halted his treatment for bladder cancer early in 2015. Pope Francis accepted his resignation in September 2014 and appointed then-Bishop Cupich of Spokane, Washington, to succeed him as head of the nation's third-largest archdiocese, which includes Chicago and surrounding areas. George was president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops between 2007 to 2010, helping to set policy for the U.S. church.

Appeals court hears arguments on Obama immigration action

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 03:33

Demonstrators, led by the New Orleans Worker Center for Racial Justice and the Congress of Day Laborers, participate in a rally outside the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, Friday, April 17, 2015. A three-judge panel began hearing arguments whether to lift a temporary hold imposed by a federal judge in Texas on President Barack Obama's executive action seeking to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal appeals judges on Friday peppered lawyers on both sides with questions in a fight over President Barack Obama's move to shield millions of immigrants from deportation.


Correction: AP Was There-Oklahoma City Bombing story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 03:31

FILE - In this May 5, 1995 file photo, a large group of search and rescue crew attends a memorial service in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The blast killed 168 people _ including 19 children _ injured hundreds more and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to structures and vehicles in the downtown area. (AP Photo/Bill Waugh, Flle)In an April 16 story about the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, The Associated Press erroneously reported the date and location of where the truck was loaded with explosives. The vehicle was loaded in Kansas, not Oklahoma City, and was loaded on April 18, not April 19.