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Video: Friend of murdered Putin enemy describes grisly shooting

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 22:09

Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga talks to pro-democracy leader and human rights activist Garry Kasparov about the death of his close friend Boris Nemtsov.

Georgia halts execution of state's only female death row inmate

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 20:40

Georgia halted the planned Monday execution of the only woman on death row in the state due to problems with the drugs to be used in the lethal injection, officials said. Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 46, condemned for the murder of her husband in 1997, would have been the first woman executed by the state in 70 years. "Within the hours leading up to the scheduled execution, the Execution Team performed the necessary checks. At that time, the drugs appeared cloudy," Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan said in a statement.

Execution of Georgia woman postponed

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 20:38

Officials cite problems with the injection drug in delaying Kelly Gissendaner's execution.

U.S. economist Ross wins Deutsche prize for pricing models

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 20:15
U.S. economist Stephen Ross was named winner of the Deutsche Bank Prize in Financial Economics on Tuesday for helping to create models that have helped markets assess prices for options and other assets for the past three decades. "Ross’s models have changed and advanced economic practice profoundly," said the Frankfurt-based Center for Financial Studies that awards the $50,000 prize once every two years. The prize honors researchers whose work has influenced financial economics and macroeconomics. The prize was awarded for the first time in 2005 to University of Chicago professor Eugene Fama, who went on to share the Nobel Prize for economics in 2013.

NYT: Hillary Clinton may have broken federal record-keeping laws

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 17:59

The former secretary of state may have violated federal records laws by using a personal email account for all of her work messages, the New York Times reported.

Italian ski tourist killed by falling glacier ice in Alaska

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 17:51
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU (Reuters) - A 28-year-old Italian man on a back-country skiing vacation in the mountains of Alaska died after being crushed by falling glacier ice, officials said on Monday. Alexander Hellweger, from Sand in Taufers in northeast Italy, and a group of friends spent Sunday back-country skiing in an area of the rugged Chugach Mountains, in the southern part of the state, which they accessed by helicopter. Hellweger and friends from Italy and Belgium then decided to view Lake George Glacier before returning to Girdwood, a year-round resort community within the Municipality of Anchorage. "As the group was viewing the glacier up close, a large piece of ice calved off the glacier and crushed (Hellweger)," according to a report by Alaska State Troopers.

VIDEO: Kasparov blames Putin, 'The ultimate danger'

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 17:25

Garry Kasparov talks to Yahoo's Bianna Golodryga about the death of his close friend Boris Nemtsov.

Lawsuit filed by Ebola survivor alleges Texas hospital lied, used her

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 14:56

Ebola survivor Nina Pham on Monday filed a lawsuit against the Dallas hospital where she contracted the deadly virus. Pham alleges that Texas Health Resources was ill prepared to treat Ebola cases and used her as a PR pawn to help heal its reputation.

Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decade

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 14:36

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but the odds are still against sealing a final agreement, U.S. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday. Interviewed at the White House, Obama moved to dial back tensions over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress on Tuesday opposing the Iran deal, saying it was a distraction that would not be "permanently destructive" to U.S. Israeli ties. Talks between major powers and Iran to restrict Tehran's nuclear capabilities in exchange for an easing of sanctions have reached a critical stage ahead of an end of March deadline for a framework deal and a June 30 date for a final agreement.

Nasdaq closes above 5,000 for first time in 15 years

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:11

NEW YORK (AP) — The Nasdaq composite index is closing above 5,000 for the first time since the dot-com bubble peaked 15 years ago.

Texas nurse sues Dallas hospital over Ebola infection

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:30

A nurse filed a lawsuit on Monday against the Texas hospital where she worked, saying it did not do enough to prevent her from being infected with Ebola and invaded her privacy after she was diagnosed with the virus. In the suit Nina Pham brought against Texas Health Resources (THR) in Dallas County Court, she claims the hospital did not initially provide nurses with proper protective equipment or properly train staff on how to treat the disease.

Prosecutors to seek death penalty for N.C. man in Muslims' killings

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 08:49

Craig Hicks, 46, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

Twist in Obamacare Supreme Court case: Weak plaintiffs

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 07:19
New revelations about the four plaintiffs fighting the Affordable Care Act may put their case on shaky ground and dramatically shift the course of the case Wednesday, when the Supreme Court will hear both sides present their arguments for the first time.

Accused Boston bomber's lawyers seek to discuss brother early in trial

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 06:53

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and federal prosecutors sparred on Monday over how much evidence related to his motive and his brother's role in the attack can be presented in the opening weeks of his trial. Tsarnaev, 21, faces the possibility of a death sentence if convicted of killing three people and injuring 264 in the April 15, 2013, attack, and fatally shooting a police officer three days later. Federal death penalty cases play out in two stages, with a jury first determining whether the defendant is guilty and then considering his sentence. Prosecutors are seeking to stop defense attorneys from arguing during the first stage of the trial that Tsarnaev was not the mastermind of the attack but that his older brother, Tamerlan, was its architect.

Democratic Sen. Mikulski to announce retirement

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 06:48

The longest serving woman in the history of Congress is ready to leave Washington.

Florida group to sue FBI in death of friend of Boston bombing suspect

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 06:27

A Florida Islamic group announced on Monday it has filed a formal notice with the FBI that it plans to sue the agency over the death of Ibragim Todashev, a friend of one of the Boston Marathon bomb suspects. Todashev, a Chechen immigrant, was shot dead in an Orlando apartment in May 2013 during FBI questioning over his links with the Boston bombing suspects. The notice was filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida (CAIR-Florida) on behalf of Todashev's parents.

U.S. judge rules Nebraska same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 06:17
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday ruled Nebraska's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional in a decision that could allow same-sex couples to marry in the state within a week. U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon issued a preliminary injunction in the case brought by seven same-sex couples in the state, calling Nebraska's ban an "unabashedly gender-specific infringement of the equal rights of its citizens." Bataillon denied a state request to stay his decision but said his injunction would take effect on March 9 to assuage Nebraska officials' concerns of possible administrative turmoil. The Nebraska Attorney General's Office was studying the decision and was expected to have a statement later. Nebraska voters in 2000 adopted a state constitutional amendment that defines marriage as only between one man and one woman and does not recognize civil unions, domestic partnerships or similar relationships for same-sex couples.

Right-to-work legislation advances in Wisconsin statehouse

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 03:04

By Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - A Wisconsin legislative panel was due on Monday to review a state Senate-passed bill that would allow private-sector employees to avoid joining a union or paying union dues even when working under union-negotiated contracts. The measure, which would make Wisconsin the 25th state to enact such a "right-to-work" law, has been cast by supporters as an incentive for keeping and attracting businesses and jobs, while unions brand it as a thinly disguised assault on organized labor. The legislation was narrowly approved on Wednesday by the Wisconsin Senate, which like the state Assembly is led by a Republican majority. Governor Scott Walker, a potential Republican presidential candidate, also supports the legislation.

Exclusive: Spy freed by U.S. awaits 'next order' from Castro

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 00:26

A top Cuban spy tells Yahoo's Michael Isikoff he is eager to serve his country again.

Netanyahu arrives in U.S., signs of easing of tensions over Iran speech

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 23:41

By Matt Spetalnick and Dan Williams WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Israel showed signs of seeking to defuse tensions on Sunday ahead of a speech in Washington by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he will warn against a possible nuclear deal with Iran. Policy differences over the negotiations with Iran remained firm, however, as Netanyahu arrived in the United States on Sunday afternoon for a speech to Congress, which has imperiled ties between the two allies.