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Fort Hood attack Purple Heart recipients to get added benefits

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:24
(Reuters) - The U.S. Army said on Thursday it will provide additional benefits to the dozens of soldiers awarded Purple Heart medals stemming from a 2009 shooting rampage by an Army psychiatrist at the Fort Hood Army base in central Texas. The Army also said it would award the Purple Heart medal to a soldier who was killed and another who was wounded in a 2009 attack on a recruiting station in Little Rock, Arkansas. Three-dozen Purple Heart medals were awarded last week at Fort Hood to wounded survivors and relatives of those killed in the shooting rampage by then-Army Major Nidal Hasan following years of lobbying by politicians and lawyers.

Bush backs confirmation of attorney general nominee Lynch

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:21

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to a group at a Politics and Pie at the Snow Shoe Club Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Concord, N.H. Bush said Thursday he will make up his mind "in relatively short order" whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Likely presidential contender Jeb Bush said Thursday the Senate should confirm attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch despite objections from many of his fellow Republicans.


Steve Wynn caught in middle of ex-wife, board proxy fight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:21
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elaine Wynn said Thursday she has her ex-husband Steve Wynn's endorsement in her battle to remain on the board of the casino-hotel company they co-founded.

Oklahoma reserve deputy records falsified: newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:16

Handout of Reserve Deputy Robert Bates provided by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office in TulsaTulsa County Sheriff's Office supervisors were ordered to falsify training records for a white reserve deputy charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a black suspect, an Oklahoma newspaper reported on Thursday. The Tulsa World cited anonymous sources as saying volunteer deputy Robert Bates, 73, received credit for field training he did not have and firearms certifications he should not have had. Bates' attorney, Corbin Brewster, said on Thursday the report was not true and the source of the report would prove to be unreliable. "As far as I know, there was no falsification of records at any time related to Mr. Bates," Brewster said in a telephone interview.


Alabama death row inmate to go free; 2nd released in 2 weeks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:06
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama death row inmate reached a plea deal Thursday that makes him the second prisoner to escape the death penalty in the state in less than two weeks.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:02

Migrants arrive at Palermo's harbor, Italy, after being rescued at sea, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The U.N. refugee agency says the shipwreck in the Mediterranean this week, in which 400 migrants are presumed to have died, is among the deadliest single incidents in the last decade. The tragedy comes amid an unprecedented wave of migration toward Europe from Africa and the Middle East. UNHCR Italy spokeswoman Barbara Molinario says 900 migrants have died or gone missing at sea so far this year, part of a phenomenon the agency has been tracking since 2011. (AP Photo/Alessandro Fucarini)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


NY Senate leader vows to cooperate with prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:57

File-This March 30, 2015, file photo shows Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, talking about the state budget with the media at the state Capitol on in Albany, N.Y. Skelos said Thursday, April 16, 2015, that he will cooperate with authorities following a published report that prosecutors and the FBI are investigating him and his son. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state Senate Leader Dean Skelos said Thursday he will cooperate with authorities following a published report that prosecutors and the FBI are investigating him and his son.


Prosecutor: Deputy with Lou Gehrig's disease planned to kill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:55
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former Wisconsin deputy with Lou Gehrig's disease planned the killings of his wife and sister-in-law, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday.

Washington auditor pleads not guilty to federal indictment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:45

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2012 file photo, Troy Kelley takes questions at a news conference in Olympia, Wash., during his successful campaign for State Auditor. In an indictment unsealed Thursday, April 16, 2015, a federal grand jury charged Kelley with filing false tax returns, obstruction of justice and possession of stolen property. The charges concern a mortgage title services company that Kelley ran between 2003 and 2008 before he was elected Auditor in 2012. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte, file)TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley, the elected official charged with rooting out government fraud and waste, pleaded not guilty Thursday after a federal grand jury indictment charged him with filing false tax returns, attempted obstruction of a civil lawsuit and possession of more than $1 million in stolen property related to his former business.


Common Core testing problems continue with money at stake

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:39
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal funding could be at stake as Common Core testing problems continued in Nevada, Montana and North Dakota, state and U.S. officials said.

Lawmaker seeks independent review of reserve deputy program

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:21

This Tuesday, April 14, 2015 photo provided by the Tulsa County, Oklahoma, Sheriff's Office shows Robert Bates. The 73-year-old Oklahoma reserve sheriff's deputy, who authorities said fatally shot a suspect after confusing his stun gun and handgun, was booked into the county jail Tuesday on a manslaughter charge. Bates surrendered to the Tulsa County Jail and was released after posting $25,000 bond. (Tulsa County Sheriff's Office via AP)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A state lawmaker called Thursday for an independent review of Tulsa's reserve deputy program as more questions arose about the training of a 73-year-old volunteer officer who says he accidentally shot a suspect to death while the man was being held down by others.


Arkansas ex-judge in Charlize Theron adoption leak loses law license

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:17
(Reuters) - A former Arkansas judge who was forced from the bench for disclosing confidential information about an adoption by actress Charlize Theron was allowed on Thursday to voluntarily surrender his law license by the Arkansas Supreme Court. Michael Maggio had pleaded guilty to a federal felony bribery offense unrelated to the Theron adoption case and in March filed a request with the state Supreme Court to surrender his license to practice law. "Mr. Maggio also states that he wishes to avoid the expense, stress, and publicity of further addressing his conviction," the Arkansas Supreme Court order said.

Driver who hit child starts chain of events that leave 4 dead

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:15

Driver who hit child starts chain of events that leave 4 deadA Milwaukee man has taken his own life after inadvertently killing his teenage nephew in a revenge shooting designed to slay a motorist for a traffic accident that killed a younger nephew, police said Thursday.


Kentucky judge rejects state's gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:12
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has ruled in favor of two same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses but put the ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court considers a similar challenge to gay marriage bans.

Snow falls in parts of Rockies, causes pileups in Wyoming

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:53

This Thursday, April 16, 2015 photo released by the Wyoming Highway Patrol shows a vehicle pileup west of Cheyenne, Wyo. The Wyoming Highway Patrol reports some 40 to 60 vehicles involved in crashes west of Cheyenne on both sides of the highway. No fatalities have been reported but there are some injuries. (Duane Ellis/Wyoming Highway Patrol via AP)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wintry weather swept across parts of the Rockies on Thursday, leaving behind some wrecks and road closures.


Man rescued after falling 40 feet down NC hotel air shaft

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:52
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Emergency personnel have rescued a man who firefighters say fell 40 feet down an air conditioning shaft at a Charlotte hotel.

Airline flight delayed when snoring passenger poked with pen

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:51
CHICAGO (AP) — A passenger aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to Manchester, New Hampshire, was removed after allegedly poking a snoring passenger with a pen.

Arizona man gets 14 years in prison for abusing adopted daughters

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:41
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona man was sentenced on Thursday to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to child abuse for beating and starving his adopted teen daughters, a court official said. Johann Glenn Jorg, 62, also was sentenced to lifetime probation by Judge Michael Kemp during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, said court spokesman Vincent Funari. Jorg and his wife, Kimery, 54, were arrested last June at their home in the Phoenix suburb of Peoria after state child welfare workers alerted police to possible neglect of the 13-year-old and 11-year-old girls following a visit.

Cloudy execution drug was too cold, not tainted, Georgia officials say

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:40
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A lethal drug that Georgia planned to use on a condemned female inmate was not tainted by another substance as feared when her execution was halted over its cloudy appearance but had been stored at too low a temperature, officials said on Thursday. Georgia officials halted the March 2 execution of 46-year-old Kelly Renee Gissendaner, on death row for killing her husband in 1997, after officials observed the murky appearance of the pentobarbital solution set to be used in her death by lethal injection. A state investigation found the drug's appearance changed because it had been stored at a temperature below 59 degrees F (15 C), the Georgia Department of Corrections said in a statement.

Washington state auditor indicted on tax-related charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:36
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state auditor Troy Kelley, a Democrat elected in 2012, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of possession of stolen property, filing false tax returns and lying to federal agents. A Seattle grand jury issued a 10-count indictment against Kelley, 50, of Tacoma, for his alleged scheme to keep stolen money and hide it from both the Internal Revenue Service and those due a refund for home purchases or mortgage refinancings, acting U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes said. After weeks of speculation about a possible federal indictment, Kelley was formally charged on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.