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Seattle activist tries to block Shell's fuel-transfer station

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 04:51

Activists protest the Shell Polar Pioneer oil rig at a rally in Seattle, WashingtonIn a harbinger of expected protests over Royal Dutch Shell's plan to store Arctic drilling rigs in Seattle, an activist perched herself on a 15-foot tripod on Tuesday to try to block the entrance gates of a company fuel-transfer station. The incident came a day after the U.S. Department of the Interior conditionally approved Shell's plan to explore for oil in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, where it has not drilled since a mishap-filled 2012 season. Environmental activists are also preparing for three days of demonstrations starting on May 16 against Shell's plans to store two drilling rigs in Seattle. Among other plans, activists say they will meet one of the drilling rigs in kayaks as it arrives in the port later this week.

FDA panel backs Vertex combination pill for cystic fibrosis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 04:49
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health advisers on Tuesday recommended approval for an experimental combination drug to treat cystic fibrosis, despite unresolved questions about the benefit of one of the pill's two ingredients.

Mother accused of throwing baby into river held without bail

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 04:46

Mother accused of throwing baby into river held without bailA mother accused of having thrown her 1-year-old son off a bridge into an eastern Pennsylvania river before jumping in herself has been ordered held without bail.

Indiana's HIV outbreak grows to 153 confirmed cases

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 04:42
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say southeastern Indiana's HIV outbreak tied to needle-sharing among intravenous drug users has reached 153 confirmed cases.

Police: Bus fire outside Boston likely started in engine

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 04:34
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts state police say a fire that destroyed a bus approaching Boston likely began in the engine.

Connecticut man paid $900,000 for wrongful imprisonment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 04:34
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - The state of Connecticut on Tuesday awarded $900,000 to a man released from prison in 2012 when DNA tests proved he was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for more than four years for kidnapping and sexual assault. Hubert Thompson, 47, is the second person made such a payment by a state commission created by the legislature in 2008 to compensate people who were wrongly imprisoned for violent crimes. "Mr. Thompson was wrongfully convicted and was labeled a sex offender," Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance said in Tuesday's decision. "While this decision attempts to compensate Mr. Thompson for the time that he was wrongfully imprisoned, it is a difficult process to place a dollar amount on the time that he lost or to put a price on what he endured." Thompson was convicted in 1998 on charges of sexual assault and kidnapping after the victim of the crime picked his photo out of a group of possible suspects, said his attorney, William Koch.

'Hard decision' for judge ruling on John Hinckley's freedom

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 04:28

Barry Levin, attorney for John Hinckley arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. A judge who will decide whether to let the would-be assassin of President Ronald Reagan live full time outside a mental hospital will hear closing arguments in the case. (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen)WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge deciding whether President Ronald Reagan's would-be assassin can live full-time outside a mental hospital said Tuesday that it's a "very hard decision," but one he knew he would have to make eventually when he "opened the door a crack" for John Hinckley Jr. a dozen years ago.

Jurors' questions aim at heart of theater shooting trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 04:27

 Was Holmes legally insane when he began shooting? (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A neuroscience professor was nearly finished testifying about the Colorado theater shooter's lackluster lab performance when a juror scrawled out a question, passed to the judge on a slip of paper: Did James Holmes ever seem disconnected from reality?

No charges in Wisconsin police shooting of black teen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 04:20

A makeshift memorial pays tribute to a 19-year-old black man killed by police in Madison, WisconsinMADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - A Madison, Wisconsin police officer will not face charges in the fatal shooting of an unarmed 19-year-old biracial man in March, the prosecutor said on Tuesday. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said at a news conference that Matt Kenny, a veteran white police officer, used lawful lethal force when he shot Tony Robinson Jr. in the head, torso and right arm. (Reporting by Fiona Ortiz)

Fire destroys home in Christiana, Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 04:07

Fire destroys home in Christiana, DelawareFire has destroyed a 3-story home in Christiana, Delaware.

Man pleads guilty to threatening federal judge's life

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 04:06
HONOLULU (AP) — A man who served federal prison time for burglary pleaded guilty Tuesday to threatening the life of the Honolulu judge who sentenced him.

Hawaiian Airlines plane makes emergency landing on Maui

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 03:59
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaiian Airlines plane heading to Kailua-Kona from Honolulu made an emergency landing on Maui.

Caesars Palace could face up to $20 million in federal fines

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 03:58
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Caesars Palace could face paying between $12 million and $20 million worth of fines stemming from a federal investigation into how the casino prevents or detects money laundering.

Man arrested after smashing window, saving dog from hot car

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 03:55
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia state law allows an individual to break a car window to save a child in distress, but the same protection does not apply when a pet's life is at stake, as one man has quickly found out.

US Marine Helicopter With 8 Aboard Missing in Nepal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 03:50
Comes hours after the country had their second major earthquake in a month.

Appeals court weighs jury verdict in NYC 'cannibal cop' case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 03:50
NEW YORK (AP) — Two judges on a federal appeals panel seemed unlikely Tuesday to reinstate a guilty verdict against a former New York City police officer who became dubbed the "cannibal cop" for his online exchanges about kidnapping and eating women.

Several Philadelphia police officers hurt, including 2 struck by fleeing car in Olney

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 03:47

Several Philadelphia police officers struck by fleeing car; suspect shotFour Philadelphia police officers are hospitalized, including two that were struck by a fleeing suspect in the city's Olney section.

Prosecutors: Man killed first wife, tried to kill second

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 03:44
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Florida man awaiting trial for allegedly strangling his ex-wife and tossing her overboard during a Mediterranean cruise tried to hire two inmates to kill another ex-wife, prosecutors in California said.

Maryland woman charged after skin shavings found in roommates' milk

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 03:39
(Reuters) - A Maryland woman who allegedly shaved skin off her feet and put it in her roommates' milk has been charged with felony poisoning and assault, a police spokeswoman said on Tuesday. Sarah Schrock, 56, of Mechanicsville, was charged with one count of contaminating food or drink, a felony, and with three counts of second-degree assault, a misdemeanor, the spokeswoman said. Two roommates were at Schrock's residence on May 4 when they began choking after drinking a glass of milk, police said. The roommates then coughed up what appeared to be human skin shavings, according to police.

Lawyer, prosecutors clash over Reagan shooter's release

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 03:33
By Tom Ramstack WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981 should be released from a mental hospital, his lawyer argued in federal court on Tuesday, while prosecutors said he should only be freed under tight restrictions. John Hinckley Jr., who shot Reagan and three others, no longer suffers from the personality disorder that led him to try to kill the president, his attorney Barry Levine said during final arguments of a hearing in U.S. District Court. "Every witness agrees that the risk of danger is decidedly low," Levine told U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman.