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Vice President Biden touts funding for rape kit testing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:08
BALTIMORE (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says $41 million in federal funds approved by Congress will help clear rape kit backlogs across the country and solve crimes.

Starving sea lion pups stranding on California beaches

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:04

From left, Kirsten Sedlick, Daniel Connor, Ashley Cook and Brennan Slavik tube-feed the rescued sea lion pups at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Monday, March 2, 2015, in Laguna Beach, Calif. Since January, more than 1,100 starving and sickly sea lion pups have washed up along California’s coast. Rescue centers have taken in about 800 but are stretched thin by the demand. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The starving sea lion pup was so tiny that it looked like a rock at the base of the seaside cliff until it struggled to raise its head as humans approached.


Actor Emile Hirsch appears in Utah court on assault charge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:02

Actor Emile Hirsch appears in court Monday, March 16, 2015, in Park City, Utah. Hirsch made his first court appearance after being charged with assault after putting a studio executive in a chokehold and dragging her across a nightclub table while he was in Utah for the Sundance Film Festival. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool)PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Actor Emile Hirsch made his first court appearance Monday on allegations that he put a studio executive in a chokehold and dragged her across a nightclub table while in Utah for the Sundance Film Festival.


Man shoots neighbor, barricades himself in home in Upper Darby

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:00

Man shoots neighbor, barricades himself in home in Upper DarbySWAT teams swarmed a neighborhood in Upper Darby, Delaware County after police say a man shot his neighbor then barricaded himself inside his home.


Triple shooting in Brewerytown, gun recovered

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 04:59

Triple shooting in Brewerytown, gun recoveredPolice are investigating a triple shooting in the Brewerytown section of Philadelphia.


Millionaire Robert Durst faces murder charge after broadcast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 04:54

Millionaire Robert Durst faces murder charge after broadcastRobert Durst, a troubled millionaire from one of America's richest families, agreed Monday to face trial for murder in the Los Angeles shooting 15 years ago of a woman who some believe knew too much about the disappearance of his wife in 1982.


Dickel master distiller leaving to head Popcorn Sutton

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 04:53

In this Aug. 14, 2014 photo, barrels are stored at the George Dickel distillery near Tullahoma, Tenn. Popcorn Sutton Distilling of Newport, Tenn., announced on Monday, March 16, 2015, that it has hired John Lunn as its master distiller. Lunn had held the same position at Dickel since 2005. Lunn has been a central figure in the public dispute between Jack Daniel's and George Dickel distilleries over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A central figure in the public dispute between the Jack Daniel's and George Dickel distilleries over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey is leaving to head up a brand named after a legendary moonshiner.


High school students sickened by hash oil-laced brownies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 04:51
PORT ORANGE, Fla. (AP) — A 17-year-old central Florida high school student was charged Monday with selling a controlled substance after authorities say he sold brownies laced with hash oil to at least 10 other students.

Phillies place Cliff Lee on 60-day disabled list

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 04:49

Phillies place Cliff Lee on 60-day disabled listThe Philadelphia Phillies have placed pitcher Cliff Lee on the 60-day disabled list with a left forearm strain.


Correction: Military Helicopter Crash story

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 04:47

Crews lower a piece of a Black Hawk helicopter onto a barge in the Santa Rosa Sound near Pritchard Point, Friday, March 13, 2015, in Navarre, Fla. The helicopter, which crashed in dense fog during a training mission, was carrying seven Marines based in North Carolina along with four National Guard soldiers from Louisiana. All were killed. (AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily News, Nick Tomecek)MIAMI (AP) — In a story March 14 about a military helicopter crash off Florida that killed 11 people, The Associated Press reported erroneously when the Black Hawk crashed. It crashed late Tuesday, not early Tuesday.


Washington judge hears testimony over long jail holds for mentally ill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 04:42
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A federal judge who ruled last year that Washington state had violated the U.S. Constitution by holding criminal defendants in jail for extended periods while awaiting mental competency evaluations began hearing testimony on Monday about how to remedy the system. Washington state law requires mental competency evaluations be performed within seven days on defendants who have been charged with a crime and might be mentally incompetent to stand trial. Judge Marsha Pechman found in December that the state had violated the due process rights of some pretrial criminal defendants suspected of mental illness by keeping them jailed for weeks or even months awaiting a competency evaluation.

Witnesses recall accused Boston bomber's fight with police, arrest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 04:36

The police cruiser of Watertown Police Officer Joseph Reynolds is seen with the blood of Tamerlan Tsarnaev on the street, after a gunfight with police in this undated handout evidence photoBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The accused Boston Marathon bombers tossed bombs and fired a pistol at police in their final hours on the run before a dazed and wounded Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found hiding in a drydocked boat and arrested, witnesses testified on Monday. Tsarnaev, 21, is accused of killing three people and wounding 264 with a pair of homemade bombs at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, and of fatally shooting a police officer three nights later, setting off a fierce gunfight with police and daylong manhunt through the suburb of Watertown. Defense attorneys opened his case early this month by bluntly admitting the younger Tsarnaev committed all the crimes he is charged with, but attempted to paint his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, as the driving force behind the attacks. "I looked outside and I could see guns firing," the man, James Foley, testified at U.S. District Court in Boston.


Oregon governor signs sweeping automatic voter registration into law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 04:26

Oregon Governor Kate Brown speaks at the state capital building in SalemBy Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Sweeping first-in-the nation legislation making voter registration automatic in Oregon was signed into law on Monday by Governor Kate Brown, potentially adding 300,000 new voters to state rolls. The so-called Motor Voter legislation will use state Department of Motor Vehicles data to automatically register eligible voters whose information is contained in the DMV system, with a 21-day opt-out period for those who wish to be taken off the registry. "I challenge every other state in this nation to examine their policies and to find ways to ensure there are as few barriers as possible for citizens' right to vote," said Brown, a Democrat who took office last month after John Kitzhaber stepped down amid an ethics scandal.   The current legislation, which Brown had pushed for as secretary of state, goes further than a 1993 federal motor voter law that required states to make voter registration available for people getting or renewing a driver's license.


Woman files claim against city after police shooting in yard

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 04:19
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A woman whose backyard became the scene of a deadly police shooting has filed a claim against her Idaho hometown.

Trending at SXSW: Mind cloning, off-the-grid messaging

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 04:19

United Therapeutics CEO Martine Rothblatt gives a keynote on AI, Immortality and the Future of Selves during the SXSW Interactive Festival on Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As a plane with a Grumpy Cat flag flew overhead, courtesy of Friskies, the Technorati flooded into panel discussions and happy hour spots at the annual tech festival South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, on Sunday.


McDonald's workers detail burns, job hazards

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 04:18

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2014 file photo, people protest for higher wages outside a McDonald's restaurant in the Little Havana area of Miami. McDonald’s workers in 19 cities have filed complaints over burns from hot grills and fryers and other workplace hazards, according to labor organizers. The complaints are the latest move in an ongoing campaign to win pay of $15 an hour and unionization for fast-food workers, in part by publicly pressuring McDonald’s to come to the bargaining table. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's workers in 19 cities have filed complaints over burns from popping grease, a lack of protective equipment and other workplace hazards, according to labor organizers.


Stabbing reported at La Salle University dining hall

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 04:17

Stabbing reported at La Salle University dining hallA person was reportedly stabbed at a dining hall at La Salle University on Monday.


Montana man drowns in ocean while saving son during vacation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 04:16
SHELTER COVE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California say a Montana man drowned after rescuing his 13-year-old son, who slipped on a rock and fell into the ocean during a family vacation.

Source: Tim Tebow worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles today

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 04:14

 Tim Tebow worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles todayFormer NFL quarterback Tim Tebow worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles at their facility on Monday, a NFL source confirms to Action News.


Blackstone to buy former Sears Tower in Chicago for $1.3 billion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 04:05
By Herbert Lash NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Blackstone Group LP agreed on Monday to buy the Willis Tower, the former Sears Tower that for 25 years was the world's largest building, in a deal that features an observation deck as a tourist attraction and unique revenue stream. The acquisition was valued at $1.3 billion, making it the highest price paid for a U.S. office tower outside of New York, according to MarketWatch, which first reported the news. The 110-story Willis Tower at 233 South Wacker Drive is the second-tallest U.S. office building with (0.35 million square meters) of space, and the fifth-tallest office building in the world, Blackstone said in a news release. "From a risk-adjusted return basis, it's very attractive, especially with what’s going on in other market places," said Ken Riggs, president of Situs RERC, which does valuations of commercial real estate.