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The Latest: Prosecutor: Slain Virginia girl died of stabbing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 03:23

This undated photo provided by Tammy Weeks shows her daughter, Nicole Lovell, posing when she was 10 in Blacksburg, Va. The 13-year-old girl was found dead just across the state line in Surry County, N.C., and two Virginia Tech students are charged in the case. (Tammy Weeks via AP)BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the death of a 13-year-old Virginia girl and the two college students charged (all times local):


Georgia set to execute former Navy sailor later this month

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 03:23
ATLANTA (AP) — A former Navy crewman convicted of killing a fellow sailor in Georgia is scheduled to be executed later this month, state corrections officials said Tuesday.

US to rework arms control rule on exporting hacker tools

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 03:19

FILE - In this April 22, 2015 file photo, a presentation is made in the Symantec booth during the RSA Conference in San Francisco. The U.S. government is rewriting a proposal under arms control rules from 20 years ago to make it simpler to export tools related to hacking and surveillance software since they’re are also used to secure computer networks. The White House said it supports making cyber intrusion tools available overseas for legitimate cybersecurity activities, according to a letter made public Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is rewriting a proposal under arms control rules from 20 years ago to make it simpler to export tools related to hacking and surveillance software since they are also used to secure computer networks.


Bourbon, Tennessee whiskey producers toast more strong sales

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 03:18
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Producers of Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey are toasting another year of strong sales and revenue growth, led by consumers increasingly ordering high-priced, super-premium brands.

Georgia to execute its oldest death row inmate for 1979 murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 03:17

Handout of Georgia's oldest death row inmate, 72-year-old Brandon Astor JonesA 72-year-old man convicted of murdering a convenience store manager in a 1979 robbery in Atlanta's suburbs is set to be executed on Tuesday in Georgia. Brandon Astor Jones, the oldest inmate on the state's death row, is scheduled to be killed by lethal injection at 7 p.m. at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday denied Jones' request for a stay of execution.


U.S. defense budget focuses on changing security environment: Carter

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 03:15

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks at the Economic Club of Washington winter breakfast in WashingtonU.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday the Pentagon would seek a $582.7 billion defense budget next year and reshape its spending priorities to reflect a new strategic environment marked by Russian assertiveness and the rise of Islamic State. Carter, speaking to the Economic Club of Washington, said the funding request was in line with last year's congressional budget deal and the spending plan would be refocused to address the five big challenges facing the U.S. military: Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and Islamic State.


Clinton takes Iowa, beating back Sanders' strong challenge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 03:15

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by former President Bill Clinton and their daughter Chelsea Clinton, arrives at her caucus night rally at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Clinton narrowly won the Democratic caucuses in Iowa, outpacing a surprisingly strong challenge from Bernie Sanders to claim the first victory in the 2016 race for president.


Cosby ordered to give new deposition in California sex assault case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 03:13
A California judge on Tuesday ordered comedian Bill Cosby to give a second deposition in the case of a woman accusing him of sexually assaulting her in 1974 at the Playboy Mansion when she was 15 years old. "I want to order Mr. Cosby to sit for another deposition at his cost," Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Craig Karlan said at a hearing in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica. Cosby in October gave a deposition in the case, but plaintiff Judy Huth's attorneys Gloria Allred contended that the entertainer failed to answer certain questions.

Shkreli wants to 'berate' Congress, but will take the Fifth

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 03:11

Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli is interviewed by host Maria Bartiromo during her "Mornings with Maria Bartiromo" program on the Fox Business Network, in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — Former pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli says he'd like to "berate" and "insult" Congress — but instead will take the Fifth Amendment during questioning on Thursday.


Prosecutor: Investigation shows 13-year-old Virginia girl died of stabbing on day she vanished

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 03:10
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Prosecutor: Investigation shows 13-year-old Virginia girl died of stabbing on day she vanished.

Lockdown at Kensington school over after missing gun report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 02:45

Lockdown at Kensington school lifted after missing gun reportA lockdown at a Kensington school is over following a report of a missing gun.


Clinton takes Iowa, beating back Sanders' strong challenge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 02:28

Clinton takes Iowa, beating back Sanders' strong challengeHillary Clinton has narrowly won the Democratic caucuses in Iowa, outpacing a surprisingly strong challenge from Bernie Sanders to claim the first victory in the 2016 race for president.


Smokers in Italy hit with new fines to protect the young

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 02:22
ROME (AP) — Smokers in Italy are now facing fines of up to 500 euros ($600) if they light up in a car with a child or pregnant woman — or if they toss a cigarette butt on the street — after new health and environmental laws went into effect Tuesday.

Repair worker dies in 7-story fall down elevator shaft

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 02:10
GUTTENBERG, N.J. (AP) — Federal authorities say an elevator repair worker has fallen seven stories to his death down a shaft in New Jersey.

APNewsBreak: NJ seizing beach behind Christie brother's home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 02:09

This Jan. 29, 2016 photo shows an oceanfront home in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. owned by Todd Christie, the brother of Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The governor's environmental protection department wants to seize a strip of beach behind his brother's house as part of a protective dune system. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — One of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's most difficult political fights has ensnared his brother.


Former Montgomery County DA 'saw red flags' from Cosby accuser

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 02:01

 Decision to not prosecute Cosby is bindingBill Cosby's lawyers will ask a judge to throw out the only criminal case lodged against the TV star from the dozens of accusations that he molested women.


Obama proposes $1.1 billion to expand treatment for growing heroin problem

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 02:00

Obama speaks at the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act event in WashingtonU.S. President Barack Obama will push for $1.1 billion in new funding to expand treatment for the fast-growing number of people addicted to heroin and prescription pain killers, the White House said on Tuesday. Racing to address an epidemic that has become an issue in the 2016 presidential election campaign, Obama will ask the U.S. Congress for a huge increase in funding, most of which would be used to help hard-hit states and rural areas expand treatment. In 2014, a record number of Americans died from drug overdoses, with the highest rates seen in West Virginia, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Kentucky and Ohio.


Slain teen's parents ask New York City mayor to fire officer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:53

FILE- In this June 13, 2012, file photo, the parents of Ramarley Graham, Constance Malcolm, right, and Frank Graham, walk to make a statement to the media outside the courthouse in New York. The parents of Ramarley Graham, an unarmed black teenager killed by a white New York City police officer, have written a letter to the mayor saying the city has waited too long to fire the officer. Ramarley Graham was shot four years ago Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in the bathroom of his Bronx home. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The parents of an unarmed black teenager killed by a white police officer four years ago Tuesday have written a letter to the mayor and his wife saying the city has waited too long to fire the officer.


Model Chloe Goins drops sex abuse lawsuit against Bill Cosby

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:52

Model Chloe Goins drops sex abuse lawsuit against Bill CosbyA model has dropped her lawsuit accusing Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually abusing her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.


Detroit school system's manager to step down this month

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:50
Detroit Public Schools' emergency manager Darnell Earley is stepping down later this month, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said on Tuesday. Earley, who has drawn criticism from the teachers union and black state lawmakers for the crumbling state of the city's schools, will leave the school district on Feb. 29, the governor said in a statement. Earley, who had formerly presided over the city of Flint and its now lead-contaminated water system, has served as manager of the Detroit schools since January 2015.