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Germanwings Co-Pilot Never Submitted Sick Note, Airline Says

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 17:38
There are indications that the co-pilot of the Germanwings aircraft that crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday hid an illness from his employers, prosecutors said.

Popular Nevada governor looms over fight for Reid seat

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 16:27

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2015 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., accompanied by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Reid is announcing he will not seek re-election to another term. The 75-year-old Reid says in a statement issued by his office Friday that he wants to make sure Democrats regain control of the Senate next year and that it would be "inappropriate" for him to soak up campaign resources when he could be focusing on putting the Democrats back in power. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision to retire next year leaves no clear successor in his home state of Nevada, where a popular Republican governor appears reluctant to change jobs and the pending loss of Reid's clout in Washington is causing anxiety over who might replace him.


Nurse reunited with injured Afghan children she helped

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 16:24

Lynette Austin, known as "Captain Sam," poses with war victims, Shah Bibi Tarakhail, left, and Abdul Wahid, during a media event at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Los Angeles, Friday, March 27, 2015. The nurse who helped bring two badly injured Afghan children to the United States for treatment has met them again for the first time in nearly 1 ½ years. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The last time Lynette Austin saw the Afghan children, they were weak, wounded and broken.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 15:02
"I'm so grateful to have my life back." — Amanda Knox after Italy's highest court overturned her 2009 murder conviction for the death of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher.

Amanda Knox grateful to 'have my life back' after court saga

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 13:16

Amanda Knox, center, walks with her mother, Edda Mellas, lower right, and her fiance, Colin Sutherland, left, as she steps out to talk to the media outside Mellas' home, Friday, March 27, 2015, in Seattle. Italy's highest court overturned the murder conviction against Knox and her ex-boyfriend Friday over the 2007 slaying of Knox's roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE (AP) — Amanda Knox says she's "so grateful to have my life back" after Italy's highest court overturned her murder conviction in the slaying of her roommate.


Marriage plans and writing occupy Amanda Knox

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 12:48

FILE -- In this file photo taken on Nov. 21, 2009, Amanda Knox reacts during a hearing at Perugia's court, Italy. American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito expect to learn their fate Friday when Italy's highest court hears their appeal of their guilty verdicts in the brutal 2007 murder of Knox's British roommate Meredith Kercher. Several outcomes are possible, including confirmation of the verdicts, a new appeals round, or even a ruling that amounts to an acquittal in the sensational case that has captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)SEATTLE (AP) — Despite the murder case hanging over her head, Amanda Knox tried to lead a normal life in the more than three years since she was freed from an Italian prison: She recently got engaged and has started writing theater reviews and other articles for a weekly paper in her hometown.


Arkansas Senate passes religion bill seen as targeting gays

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 12:06
The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a Republican-backed bill whose authors say is intended to protect religious freedoms but critics contend could allow businesses to refuse service to gay people. The bill advancing in the Republican-led Arkansas legislature says "governments should not substantially burden the free exercise of religion without compelling justification." Supporters say a business should not be forced to, for example, cater a same-sex wedding if doing so would violate the religious beliefs of the owner. Two of the most powerful companies in the United States, retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc, which has its home office in Arkansas, and technology giant Apple Inc have criticized the measure. "We feel this legislation is counter to this core basic belief of respect for the individual and sends the wrong message about Arkansas, as well as the diverse environment which exists in the state," a Walmart spokesman said in a statement.

Police officer wounded, suspect killed in Boston shootout

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:54
BOSTON (AP) — A suspect in a motor vehicle stop opened fire on police on Friday evening and seriously wounded a decorated officer before being killed by other officers at the scene, authorities said. An apparent bystander also was shot.

Nurse reunited with injured Afghan children she helped

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:43
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The last time Lynette Austin saw the Afghan children, they were weak, wounded and broken.

Jim Gardner One-on-One with Gov. Tom Wolf

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:41

Jim Gardner One-on-One with Gov. Tom WolfJim Gardner sits down one-on-one with newly elected Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.


Indiana officials look to stem religious objections fallout

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:36

A window sticker on a downtown Indianapolis business, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, shows its objection to the Religious Freedom bill passed by the Indiana legislature. Organizers of a major gamers' convention and a large church gathering say they're considering moving events from Indianapolis over a bill that critics say could legalize discrimination against gays. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The heat over Indiana's new religious objections law spread Friday across social media and to the White House as many local officials and business groups around the state tried to jump in and stem the fallout.


Judges overturn Amanda Knox conviction

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:33

Judges overturn Amanda Knox convictionJudges on Italy's top criminal court have overturned the murder conviction of Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of Knox's roommate.


Man travels to Philly after accidental bachelor party invite

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:27

Man travels to Philly after accidental bachelor party inviteThe Seattle man accidentally invited to a Philadelphia bachelor party, finally flew into town and he met the bride and groom for the first time.


Nude photos scandal rocks North Penn High School

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:25

Nude photos scandal rocks North Penn High SchoolThere are allegations that inappropriate images, including nude photos, were shared online by students at North Penn High School in Montgomery County.


University of Oklahoma unveils racist chant probe findings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:00

The national headquarters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity is shown in this photograph taken March 27, 2015. The SAE national headquarters is in Evanston, Illinois. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity apparently learned a racist chant that recently got their chapter disbanded during a national leadership cruise four years ago that was sponsored by the fraternity's national administration, the university's president said Friday.


Autopsies determine children found in freezer were slain

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 10:54

Mitchelle Blair stands during her video arraignment at the 36th District Court, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Detroit. The Detroit woman charged with child abuse after the bodies of two of her children were found in her home freezer has been ordered to stay in jail Thursday unless she can post a $1 million bond. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Jose Juarez ) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — A brother and sister whose bodies were found in a deep freezer in their Detroit home had been beaten to death, autopsies determined Friday, painting a more complete picture of the horrors that unfolded inside the home for years but that apparently went unnoticed by the outside world.


Jury clears top Silicon Valley firm of gender bias, retaliation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 10:45

Ellen Pao leaves court as her sexual bias trial against fomer employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byerr continues in San FranciscoBy Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley powerhouse venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers was cleared on Friday of claims it short-circuited the career of a former partner because she is a woman, in a gender discrimination trial that shook the tech world. A California jury also rejected a claim that Kleiner, the firm that backed Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc, had retaliated against its former partner, Ellen Pao, by firing her after she sued in 2012. Despite days of courtroom drama about affairs, books of erotic poetry and office flirting, juror Steve Sammut, who mostly voted for Kleiner, said the decision came down to Pao's effectiveness at her job. The verdict dashed Pao's hopes for personal vindication, but the trial revealed embarrassing disclosures about how Pao and other women were treated at Kleiner and Silicon Valley's corporate culture and its lack of diversity.


Repairs to downed border fence top $700,000

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 09:41

FILE - In this July 27, 2014, file photo, a border patrol vehicle stands guard at a section of collapsed fence just west of the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Ariz., after severe storms in southern Arizona over the weekend knocked down a chunk of the metal border fence that divides Mexico and the U.S. The federal government spent over $700,000 to repair part of a 60 feet of rebar-reinforced fencing in Nogales, Ariz., according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection documents released this month after a request by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Nogales International, Jonathan Clark, File)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The federal government spent over $700,000 to repair part of a steel border fence that was knocked down by debris from a rainstorm last summer.


Gift returns: Sterling wife wants house, $1 million

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 09:38

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, sits with V. Stiviano as they watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. Sterling's wife, Shelly Sterling, is going after the $2.5 million in real estate and cars her husband lavished on V. Stiviano in a trial scheduled to begin Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Los Angeles Superior Court. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The wife of Donald Sterling sought revenge Friday against a woman whose recording cost her husband ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers by playing audio that showed the billionaire showered her with millions of dollars in gifts.


California couple's kidnap-for-ransom claim: Things to know

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 09:33

This undated photo released by the Vallejo Police Department shows Denise Huskins. Police say Huskins, who was reported kidnapped from her boyfriend's San Francisco Bay area home and held for ransom, has contacted her father to say she's in the Southern California city of Huntington Beach. (AP Photo/Vallejo Police Department)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California woman and her boyfriend say kidnappers entered their house in the middle of the night this week, abducted the woman and held her for ransom before releasing her two days later. Police are skeptical.