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Group to aid family of NYC firefighter who died on duty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 19:32
NEW YORK (AP) — A nonprofit organization says it'll pay off the mortgage of a Manhattan firefighter who died in the line of duty.

Mommy blogger faces life in prison for NY son's salt-poisoning murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 19:01
By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - A suburban New York woman convicted of poisoning her 5-year-old son with salt so that she could bask in social media attention could be sentenced to life in prison when she appears at a state court on Wednesday. Lacey Spears, 27, who chronicled her son Garnett's illnesses on a personal blog called "Garnett's Journey" and other social media, was convicted by a jury in White Plains, New York, last month of second-degree murder in his 2014 death at Westchester Medical Center. Prosecutors said Spears loaded the hospitalized boy's feeding tube with a lethal amount of salt and kept on blogging. Spears' lawyer Stephen Riebling said she was innocent, blamed the hospital for negligence, and said he plans to appeal the verdict.

Family attacked for shushing teens in movie theater

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 18:11

Family attacked for shushing teens in movie theaterPolice in the Poconos are looking for a group of rowdy teens who allegedly attacked a family outside a movie theater.


Police: Son, 22, shoots father on Schuylkill Expressway

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 18:04

Charges pending against son after father shot on Schuylkill ExpresswayA 22-year-old man is custody, after state police say he shot his father in the head while traveling in a car on the Schuylkill Expressway.


10 Things to Know for Today

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 18:00

Ferguson City Council Candidate Ella Jones, (right) is greeted by resident and supporter Tana Cofer on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at her election party at Drake's Place in Ferguson. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


Texas judge refuses to lift block on Obama immigration plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 17:29

Guatemalan illegal immigrants deported from the U.S. are processed for re-entry after they arrive at an air force base in Guatemala City(Reuters) - A federal judge in Texas has refused to lift a temporary block on a White House immigration plan that would have shielded millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, court documents show. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the border with Mexico, rejected a U.S. Justice Department request to remove a ban on the plan he issued in February. Twenty-six U.S. states filed a lawsuit alleging Obama had exceeded his powers with executive orders that would let up to 4.7 million illegal immigrants stay in the country without threat of deportation.


Ferguson, Missouri elects two black city councillors

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 15:42
Residents elected a black man and a black woman to Ferguson's city council on Tuesday in the Missouri city's first municipal election since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teen, triggering months of sometimes violent protests. Like the police force in Ferguson, two-thirds of whose residents are black, the city's leadership has long been dominated by whites. Ferguson has about 21,000 residents but has had only two black councillors since its incorporation in 1894, including incumbent Dwayne James. Eight candidates, including four African-Americans, were up for three seats in an election seen as critical to addressing the racially discriminatory practices that threw Ferguson into the spotlight when Michael Brown, 18, was shot dead in August.

2 rescued, 1 injured as top floors of building burn in LA

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 15:29
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two people had to be rescued and one was injured after fire engulfed the top of a building near downtown Los Angeles.

Friends, family mourn 7 victims of Illinois plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 15:25

Investigators work in a thick fog at the site of small plane crash near Bloomington, Ill., Tuesday, April 7, 2015, that has claimed the lives of seven people. The Cessna 414 took off from Indianapolis and crashed just short of the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington after midnight. The plane was returning from the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/The Pantagraph, David Proeber)BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — As family, friends and colleagues mourned the loss of the seven victims of a small plane crash in central Illinois, authorities were investigating but had no immediate word on the cause.


Can phone companies do more to block robocalls?

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 15:20

In this photo taken April 3, 2015, Eleanor Blum, 88, solves crossword puzzles, as she lets her phone go unanswered at her in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles. Jeri Vargas put her elderly mother on the “Do Not Call” list years ago. So why is the 88-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease still getting several recorded phone calls a day pitching her everything from vacation cruises to medical alert devices and fire extinguishers? (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)WASHINGTON (AP) — Tired of those annoying, sometimes costly, robocalls favored by scammers?


Amid controversy, construction of telescope in Hawaii halted

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 15:20

This 2011 file artist rendering provided by Thirty Meter Telescope, shows the Thirty Meter Telescope. Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Tuesday, April 7, 2015, that the Thirty Meter Telescope is stopping construction at Mauna Kea for a week. (AP Photo/Thirty Meter Telescope)HONOLULU (AP) — After more than a week of demonstrations and more than a dozen arrests, Hawaii Gov. David Ige said the company building one of the world's largest telescopes atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea has agreed to his request to halt construction for a week.


Californians celebrate rain, snow from rare spring storm

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 15:18

Sacramento City Urban Forestry worker David Bonomi moves a tree limb that has fallen into the street after a storm swept through Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, April 7, 2015. An unusually cold spring storm brought heavy rain and hail to parts of Northern California on Tuesday and coated the mountains in snow, a welcome respite that will do little to ease the historic drought, forecasters say. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The rainwater from a rare spring storm that pooled on Gilbert Jaffe's front sidewalk could be viewed as a nuisance, but in California's extreme drought conditions, he was treating it like the precious resource it's become.


Toilets on wheels help keep San Francisco neighborhood clean

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 15:06

In this March 19, 2015 photo, Clean City attendant Erica Corona, left, watches as Sabrina Hollier walks up a step to use a public toilet at the Tenderloin Pit Stop in San Francisco. Not far from the fancy stores of San Francisco’s Union Square, solar-powered flushing toilets on wheels roll in four afternoons per week in the dense Tenderloin neighborhood. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Streets in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood blocks away from fancy stores and long lines of tourists waiting for cable cars have been cleaner since solar-powered toilets began rolling in four afternoons per week.


White South Carolina policeman charged with murdering black man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 14:53
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A white South Carolina police officer was arrested and charged with murder on Tuesday after a video showed him shooting eight times at the back of a 50-year-old black man who was running away after a traffic stop and died at the scene. The FBI and the U.S. Justice Department launched a separate investigation into the fatal shooting, which is the latest flashpoint in a series of incidents that have raised questions about policing and race relations across the country. Civil rights leaders called for calm, while many on social media said the official response would have been very different had the incident not been filmed by a member of the public who then handed the video to the victim's family. The shooting occurred on Saturday morning after officer Michael Slager, 33, stopped Walter Scott for a broken brake light, police said.

Repair Fair offers free fixes for gadgets on the fritz

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 14:21

In this March 28, 2015 photo, Fixer John Metes, right, examines Evelyn Long's broken broken Sunbeam mixer at the Repair Fair at Greensgrow in Philadelphia. Volunteer “fixers” in Philadelphia have started offering their skills for free in an effort to promote resourcefulness and sustainability, and to help build a sense of community. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Is your toaster toast? Old lamp on the blink? Sounds like a job for the Repair Fair.


Request to lift hold of Obama immigration action denied

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 14:11
HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Texas late Tuesday kept a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's executive action that sought to shield millions of immigrants from deportation, rejecting a U.S. Department of Justice request that he allow the action to go ahead.

Key moments in murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 13:45

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez looks up as his defense attorney, James Sultan shows a video of Hernandez's home as he emerged from the basement, during closing arguments in his trial in Fall River, Mass., Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Hernandez is accused of killing Odin Lloyd in June 2013. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, John Tlumacki, Pool)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A mysterious box in the basement. A marijuana joint found near the victim with the suspect's DNA on it. A mother's tears. A fiancee's allegiance.


U.S. farmers take a gamble with belt-tightening as incomes slide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 13:18
By Karl Plume and P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - Bracing for their leanest season in eight years, U.S. farmers are skimping on everything from machinery to fertilizers, betting that they can go down-market and yet maintain crop production and quality. Jon Sparks, who farms 1,400 acres in eastern Indiana, is scrambling to cut costs wherever he can: buying cheaper seeds, using less fertilizer, and hoping his farm equipment will not break down this year. Sparks is not alone as farmers nationwide are scrutinizing every expense.

Guam rejects lesbian couple's marriage license application

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 13:09

Carolyn Garrido, supervisor at the Office of Vital Statistics at the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services refuses to accept the marriage license application of Loretta M. Pangelinan, left, and Kathleen M. Aguero, middle on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. The couple's attorney, R. Todd Thompson looks on. Under Guam law, a marriage license is only issued to a couple of the opposite sex, he said. R. Todd Thompson, an attorney for Pangelinan and Aguero, said the couple plans to take their case to federal court. (AP Photo/Grace Garces Bordallo)HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam on Wednesday rejected a marriage license application from the first-same sex couple to apply for the document in the U.S. territory.


Seven dead in airplane crash after NCAA Final Four

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:33
(Reuters) - A private airplane returning from the NCAA men's basketball championship crashed early Tuesday on approach to a central Illinois airport, killing all seven on board, including two members of Illinois State University's athletics department. The airplane had left Indianapolis about an hour before it crashed roughly 2-1/2 miles from its destination, the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Illinois, about 160 miles to the west, officials said. Torrey Ward, 36, the associate head coach for Illinois State's men's basketball team, Aaron Leetch, 37, a deputy athletics director, and five supporters of the program died in the crash, the university said. "Words cannot fully express the grief that is felt in the wake of such a tragedy," Illinois State President Larry Dietz said in a statement.