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Oldest U.S. female military veteran dies at 108 in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 02:40

ADVANCED FOR USE FOR MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014 AND THEREAFTER Lucy Coffey and Queta Marquez, Bexar County veterans service officer, go through pictures taken while Coffey was in Japan. Coffey is the nation’s oldest woman veteran, serving in the procurement office of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II. Today, she is 108 years old. A group in Austin wants to send her to Washington for an honor flight and possibly meet with Vice President Biden. Coffey enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1943 and landed in Japan, where she served in the procurement office and worked for 10 years after the war ended. She worked in the procurement office at Kelly from 1958 until her retirement in 1971, and is only a few days younger than America’s oldest male veteran, Richard Overton. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, Helen L. Montoya)**MAGS OUT NO SALES SAN ANTONIO OUT**By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Lucy Coffey, the oldest living female U.S. military veteran, has died at the age of 108. Coffey, who served with the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War Two and retired after nearly three decades of military-related service, died on Thursday morning in Texas, the Bexar County Veterans Service Office said. She was working at an A&P grocery store in Dallas in 1943 when she joined the newly formed Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, according to her Department of Defense biography. President Barack Obama, who met Coffey last year at the White House, said on Friday, "it was clear that the passage of time never dampened her patriotic love of country or her pioneering spirit.

Police: Man kills fellow senior housing resident, himself

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 02:39
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Police say a man who lived at a senior housing complex in Silicon Valley fatally shot a fellow resident before killing himself.

Suge Knight bail set at $25 million in fatal hit-and-run case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 02:36

Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight appears in court during a bail review hearing in Los AngelesBy Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A judge set bail on Friday at $25 million for Suge Knight in a murder case, agreeing on the amount requested by prosecutors who had described the rap mogul in court papers as being "incapable of stopping his violent criminal behavior." Knight, 49, is accused of running down two men with a pickup truck at a Los Angeles area burger stand on Jan. 29, killing one of them, following an argument on the set of a commercial for the film “Straight Outta Compton.” The Death Row records co-founder had been held without bail on charges of murder, attempted murder and two counts of hit-and-run with an added allegation of committing a violent felony while free on bail in another case. At a bail-review hearing, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen also set a preliminary hearing for April 13.

Some 300 attorneys seek reinstatement of Texas death row lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 02:34
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A year's suspension for a Texas death row defense lawyer as punishment for submitting documents late was unwarranted and will interfere with his work for others awaiting execution, a petition signed by about 300 lawyers submitted this week said. According to the petition, filed in the Supreme Court of Texas, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overstepped its bounds when it punished attorney David Dow and is seeking his reinstatement. In handing out its penalty, the appeals court said it had admonished Dow before and its decision to suspend him from practicing before the court was warranted given the nature of the rules violation, according to court papers. The petition questioned whether Dow filed the documents late, saying he met the mandated 7-day advance filing term in the case of Miguel Paredes, who was executed in October.

Maine man pleads not guilty to killing girlfriend, her kids

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 02:33
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine man charged with killing his girlfriend and her two children has pleaded not guilty to three counts of murder.

New law opens access to adoptees' birth certificates

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 02:29

Adoptees wait outside the state Office of Vital Statistics to apply in person for their birth certificates and adoption records, on Friday, March 20, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. A new law allows adult adoptees access to records that were sealed from 1964 to 1996. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thousands of Ohio adoptees are hoping to learn more about their history, including family medical information, thanks to a new law granting them access to their adoption files and birth certificates.

Former FBI agent charged with using heroin seized in drug busts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 02:28
By John Clarke WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) - A former FBI agent used heroin seized in drug busts in the Washington, D.C., area for his personal use and tampered with evidence, resulting in the dismissal of several drug-trafficking cases, prosecutors said on Friday. Matthew Lowry, 33, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was charged in the U.S. District for the District of Columbia with 20 counts of obstruction of justice, 18 counts of falsification of records, 13 counts of conversion of property, and 13 counts of possession of heroin, according to court documents. Lowry's attorney, Robert Bonsib, said his client will plead guilty to all charges. Lowry tampered with heroin evidence seized during several investigations in 2013 and 2014, often keeping the seized heroin in his car for personal use before returning it to the evidence locker after adding fillers to make up for the weight difference, according to prosecutors.

Exclusive: U.S. Navy wish list has 12 Boeing jets, eight F-35s - sources

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 02:06

A F/A-18E comes in to land onboard USS George H.W. Bush in the GulfBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy included 12 Boeing Co F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets and eight Lockheed Martin Corp F-35s on a list of "unfunded priorities" prepared for Congress, defense officials and other sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The Navy's list was reviewed by senior Pentagon officials and the Joint Chiefs of Staff this week, and should be sent to U.S. lawmakers in coming days, said the sources, who asked not to be named because the vetting is still under way. Top Pentagon officials are skeptical about the weapons wish lists, and worry they help lawmakers "cherry pick" specific weapons programs to fund, while crowding out bigger priorities. The total value of the additional 12 Boeing jets is around $1 billion, while the eight extra Lockheed jets would be just over $1 billion, the sources said.

Hedging their beans: U.S. coffee roasters swoop as prices drop

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 02:03
By Luc Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. coffee roasters, still reeling from a sudden price spike a year ago, took advantage of the recent tumble in the arabica market to fix prices farther into the future than they have in more than three years, roasters and traders said. The extensive forward coverage reflects a new, more cautious buying strategy from roasters amid increasingly volatile futures prices as farmers in top grower Brazil prepare to harvest a crop many fear has been hurt by last year's drought, according to interviews with seven U.S. roasters and eight U.S. traders. Steve Kessler, Anodyne's director of wholesale operations, said the company hedged about a quarter of its annual needs late last month. Earlier this month, prices hit $1.288 per lb, their weakest in just over a year, after a month-long drop as speculators exited long positions on reports of rain in Brazil.

Police open fire on man with shotgun in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 01:48

Police open fire on man with shotgun in North PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia police opened fire on a man who allegedly pointed a shotgun at officers in North Philadelphia early Friday morning.

Can't remember your password? Here are 2 new ways to log in

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 01:47

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2013, file photo illustration, hands type on a computer keyboard in Los Angeles. Tech experts agree that traditional passwords are annoying, outmoded and too easily hacked. Yahoo and Microsoft are offering new log-in solutions via text, facial recognition and fingerprint-identification technology. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Tired of trying to remember a different password for each of your online accounts? Or worried about re-using the same password too many times? You're not alone. Tech experts agree that traditional passwords are annoying, outmoded and too easily hacked.

Children of comedian killed in crash with Wal-Mart truck win $10 million settlement: AP

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 01:38
(Reuters) - The children of the comedian James McNair, who was killed in a road crash that injured fellow comic Tracy Morgan, won a $10 million settlement with Wal-Mart, according to the Associated Press, citing documents filed in New York's Westchester County. (Written by Alden Bentley; Edited by Alan Crosby)

Body found in boarding home in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 01:30

Body found in boarding home in West PhiladelphiaPolice say the body of a woman who had been shot in the neck was found inside a boarding home in West Philadelphia Friday morning.

Family: Woman who had baby cut from womb critical but stable

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 00:59
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — The family of a Colorado woman whose unborn baby died after an attacker cut the fetus out of her belly says she is in critical but stable condition and resting comfortably.

AccuWeather MAPS: Today's Snow

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 00:57

 Today's SnowAccuWeather is tracking the system that is dumping a mix of snow and rain on our area.

AccuWeather: Wet Snow, Rain Today

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 00:49

 Wet Snow, Rain TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says the first full day of spring (Saturday) will be much nicer.

Man behind New Jersey corruption sting out of prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 00:47

FILE- In this Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 file photograph, Solomon Dwek waits to be sentenced in state Superior Court in Freehold, N.J. Dwek was released from a federal prison in Maryland this week. He was placed into home confinement after serving less than 30 months of a 6-year sentence. The 42-year-old son of a prominent rabbi began cooperating with the FBI as part of a plea agreement after he was accused of running a real estate Ponzi scheme. (AP Photo/The Star-Ledger, Patti Sapone, Pool, file)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The rabbi's son and admitted con man who became the central figure in New Jersey's largest federal corruption sting is out of prison.

Spring arrives in winter-weary U.S. Northeast but more snow forecast

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 00:42

Schoolchildren play in melting snow at Madison Square Park, in the Manhattan borough of New York CityBy Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Spring arrives in the winter-weary U.S. Northeast on Friday but the weather forecast was for more of the same: another half-foot of snow for parts of the region, prompting widespread flight cancellations and early school dismissals. After blanketing the Washington, D.C., region, the snowstorm headed north to the New York City metropolitan area, which was expected to get up to 6 inches (15 cm) of the wet, heavy winter souvenir, said National Weather Service meteorologist Frank Pereira. The fierce winter drained snow removal and road safety budgets in towns and cities throughout the Northeast. As the storm took aim at New York, it left behind the deepest snow in the western Maryland town of Cascade, which recorded 4 inches on Friday.

Alaska prepares for wood bison return after a century

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 00:41
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wildlife officials are preparing to release North America's largest land mammal into its native U.S. habitat for the first time in more than a century.

Penn State board warned of impact of sexual misconduct

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 00:39
HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — An administrator who led a task force that recommended Penn State change how it handles sexual assault and misconduct told the school's trustees on Friday allegations about a fraternity's secret Facebook page illustrate the need for more work to address the matters.