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In trial over girl's running death, jurors have options

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:22
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A woman facing a potential death penalty in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter could be convicted of lesser charges even if jurors believe she was to blame for the girl's death.

Obama to sign order cutting U.S. government greenhouse gas emissions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:21

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the City Club of Cleveland about middle class economics in OhioBy Eric Walsh and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Thursday that sets a goal for the U.S. government to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2025, the White House said. Although the federal government accounts for only 0.7 percent of net U.S. emissions, it is the single largest energy consumer in the United States, according to the White House. Meeting the goal would cut 21 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from 2008 levels, it said.

U.S. Secret Service director pledges to get tough on possible hush-ups

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:58

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy testifies before a Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on the proposed FY2016 budget estimates for the U.S. Secret Service.By Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy pledged on Thursday to get tough on his agency for keeping quiet about officers allegedly driving drunk on White House grounds, but he also knocked down reports that the incident involved a collision or that agents purposely deleted surveillance video of it. President Barack Obama chose Clancy, who took office last month, to clean up the security service's problems. On March 4, two Secret Service officers drove past barricades at the White House and into an area locked down because of a suspicious package. On Tuesday, a House of Representatives subcommittee grilled him for not firing agents suspected of being involved and blasted him for not conducting his own investigation.

Obama welcomes Prince Charles, Camilla to Oval Office

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:52

President Barack Obama meets with Britain's Prince Charles in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the American people are "quite fond" of the British royal family and like them more than their own politicians.

Judge won't release grand jury testimony in chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:50

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, file photo, state Supreme Court Judge William Garnett prepares to hear arguments regarding the release of the Eric Garner grand jury records, in the Staten Island borough of New York. Garnett has refused to release secret testimony heard by a grand jury that declined to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Garner, saying the parties who brought the suit didn't make a good enough argument for releasing the minutes. (AP Photo/The Advance, Jan Somma-Hammel, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A judge on Thursday refused to release testimony heard by a grand jury that declined to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, arguing there wasn't a good enough reason to make the secret information public.

University of Florida professor detained in Abu Dhabi

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:44
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A University of Florida engineering professor is being detained in Abu Dhabi by the United Arab Emirates.

Correction: Marshal Shooting-Funeral story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:42
MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — In a March 17 story on the funeral for a deputy U.S. marshal in Mississippi, The Associated Press erroneously reported who delivered the eulogy. While U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder did speak at the funeral, his remarks were not part of the eulogy.

ACLU sues for airport 'behavior detection' program records

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:42
NEW YORK (AP) — A civil rights group sued the federal government Thursday to try to force it to turn over information about airport "behavior detection" programs designed to spot passengers who are potential threats, saying they lead to discrimination.

Kentucky will have rural child poverty nutrition center

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:37
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the University of Kentucky will become home to his department's first center assigned to tackle childhood hunger and nutrition problems in rural America.

Boy survives 50-foot fall from cliff into gorge at Ohio park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:35
CLEVELAND (AP) — A 7-year-old boy who wandered away from home apparently fell about 50 feet from a sheer rock face down into a gorge at a nearby park, authorities said Thursday.

Oklahoma plan to restrict same-sex marriage may backfire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:35

Rachel Baker and Kathy Voigtschild get married by Reverend Lori Walke at a multi-marriage ceremony at Mayflower Congregational Church in Oklahoma City, OklahomaBy Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma's conservative lawmakers, angered at being ordered by U.S. courts to allow gay marriage in the state, have come up with a new, religious tactic to block same-sex weddings by mandating that clergy conduct almost all ceremonies. Yet as the measure was making its way to the floor, a rush of same-sex marriage supporters applied to become ministers with the intention of registering as clergy authorized to perform weddings in the state. The Oklahoma County Courthouse site is very vague about the paperwork necessary to register," said Rose Marie of Oklahoma City, who applied for her minister license online in February after the measure was first introduced. As the tide has turned in favor of gay marriage in the United States, several socially conservative states have proposed legislation aimed at making it difficult for same-sex couples to marry.

AP EXPLAINS: March Madness, when America goes basketball mad

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:35

FILE - In this March 27, 1951, file photo, the Kentucky basketball team celebrates winning the NCAA college basketball championship after defeating Kansas State 68-58 in Minneapolis. In 1939, the national title was decided by an eight-team competition. In 2015, 68 teams will play in 14 venues across the country, every game will be on TV, and the championship game will be played in an NFL stadium while millions of people watch across the country and around the world. (AP Photo/Chet Magnuson, File)Thursday is something of a national holiday for American sports fans, when office productivity plummets. The NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, also known as March Madness or the Big Dance, begins in earnest. Thursday and Friday feature a hoops extravaganza: 16 games each day, from noon to midnight. The single-elimination tournament means every game is a must-win for all 68 schools, producing tense, dramatic finishes. Upsets are eagerly anticipated as elites like Kentucky fend off underdogs trying to spark an improbable run and become the next tournament darling. Fanatics, novices and even President Barack Obama are trying to predict the winners of every game by completing an estimated 70 million tournament brackets, according to the American Gaming Association — that's more brackets completed than votes Obama received in the last presidential election. Here's a brief explanation of how a basketball tournament transcended sports to become a national craze:

World War II veteran awarded posthumous Purple Heart

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:33

Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert D. McMurry Jr. presents Lorraine Manatt, the daughter of a survivor of the shooting down of Army Air Force B-17 ``Lady Jane II'' bomber over Berlin, with her fathers' Purple Heart during a ceremony at Los Alamitos Army Airfield in Los Alamitos, Calif., Wednesday, March 18, 2015. The shooting happened near the end of World War II and this postumous award ceremony to honor Manatt's father, Sgt. Rodney A. Williams, with a Purple Heart, happens exactly 70 years to the date that he and eight others were shot down. (AP Photo/Daily Breeze, Brittany Murray)LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — A California veteran has been awarded a Purple Heart exactly 70 years after his airplane was shot down in Germany during World War II and more than a decade after his death.

Washington parents who left toddlers in freezing car accept plea deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:25
A Washington couple who left their two toddlers in a car in freezing weather to attend a wine tasting accepted a plea deal in which charges will be dropped if they take parenting classes, court records showed on Thursday. Christophe Lucas, 41, and Jennie Chang, 46, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of second-degree attempted cruelty to children in District of Columbia Court on Thursday. Under their plea deal with prosecutors, the charges will be dropped after nine months if they attend parenting class and maintain good behavior, records showed.

San Francisco cathedral apologizes for spraying homeless with water

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:24
The Archdiocese of San Francisco has issued an apology to homeless people who endured frequent dousings from a sprinkler system while sheltering at night on the grounds of its principal church, a spokesman said on Thursday. St. Mary's Cathedral had placed the sprinklers in four exterior alcoves to deter people from sleeping there and to keep the area clean but had no idea some individuals were enduring the showers, said spokesman Larry Kamer.

California inmate facing execution dies of unknown causes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:22
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man awaiting execution for the rape and murder of his 15-year-old stepdaughter has died of unknown causes.

Victim of 9/11 attacks identified by DNA as New Jersey man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:19
NEW YORK (AP) — A victim of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center has been identified through DNA.

DIY bomb instructions, device remains shown at Boston trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:18

A large fragment of a homemade pressure-cooker bomb is seen in a still handout image entered as evidence during Tsarnaev trial in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Marathon bombing trial jury on Thursday saw the remains of a pressure-cooker bomb that prosecutors say Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hurled at police during a gunfight four days after the bombing as well as jihadist files recovered from his laptop. The bomb, described as similar to the twin bombs set off at the race, was extracted from a Honda Civic in which it embedded itself on a Watertown, Massachusetts street after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, detonated it during the gunfight. The pressure cooker was the same type as was used in the bombs that killed three people and injured 264 on April 15, 2013, said Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Brian Corcoran, though the pieces found in Watertown were more intact than those discovered at the race's finish line. "Those pieces were typically more fragmented, more cut up," Corcoran testified in U.S. District Court in Boston, looking at both the main pot and its lid, which was found halfway down the block from the blast site, in a child-sized soccer goal in a home's side yard.

More than 60 drivers to be ticketed in deadly Michigan pile-up

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:16
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - More than 60 motorists involved in a deadly 193-vehicle pileup on Interstate 94 earlier this year in southern Michigan will be ticketed starting on Thursday for driving too fast and other violations. A total of 58 people in commercial and passenger vehicles were driving too fast that snowy day on Jan. 9 when they slammed into vehicles that had already crashed about 10 miles east of Kalamazoo, said Michigan State Police First Lieutenant Dale Hinz. The fiery crash killed a truck driver and shut down a stretch of roadway for two days.

Colorado woman accused of cutting fetus from stranger due in court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:15
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado woman was due in court on Thursday accused of cutting a fetus out of another woman's womb after luring her with a Craigslist ad, then taking it to a hospital and claiming to have had a miscarriage. Dynel Catrece Lane, 34, was booked into Boulder County Jail on charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and reckless child abuse resulting in death, online jail records showed. The victim, who was not identified, is expected to survive after surgery at a hospital, police said. Some time later, the authorities said, a 34-year-old woman showed up at the same hospital carrying the fetus and told staff she had suffered a miscarriage.