2 March 2015

Execution of Georgia woman postponed

In this Tuesday, July 6, 2004 file photo, Kelly Gissendaner, the only woman on Georgia's death row, peers through the slot in her cell door as a guard brings her a cup of ice at Metro State Prison in Atlanta. Gissendaner, 46, is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at the state prison in Jackson. She was convicted of murder in the 1997 slaying of her husband, Douglas Gissendaner. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bita Honarvar)Officials cite problems with the injection drug in delaying Kelly Gissendaner's execution.


2 March 2015

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

Former U.S. Secretary of State Clinton speaks at Chatham House in central LondonThe 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.


31 December 1969

Video: Friend of murdered Putin enemy describes grisly shooting

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.


2 March 2015

Accused Boston bomber's slain older brother to loom over trial

Courtroom sketch shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev during the jury selection process in his trial at the federal courthouse in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect sparred with federal prosecutors on Monday over how early in the trial they may discuss his older brother's role in the attack, suggesting the defendant's life may well hang on that question. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, is charged with killing three people and injuring 264 in the April 15, 2013, attack as well as shooting dead a university police officer as he and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, prepared to flee the city three days later. Tamerlan died that night following a gunbattle with police but defense attorneys described him as the driving force behind the largest mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. "The lead conspirator, the person who started all this and without whom the Boston Marathon bombing would never have occurred, the older brother, is dead ... That presents a problem for the government's request for the death penalty," defense attorney David Bruck told U.S. District Judge George O'Toole.


2 March 2015

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

Death row inmate Kelly Renee Gissendaner is seen in an undated picture from the Georgia Department of CorrectionsGeorgia 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.


2 March 2015

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

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.

2 March 2015

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

U.S. President Obama speaks during an interview with Reuters at the White House in WashingtonBy 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.


2 March 2015

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

Texas nurse sues Dallas hospital over Ebola infectionEbola 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.


2 March 2015

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

A makeshift memorial for Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad and Yusor's sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, who were killed by a gunman, is pictured inside of the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, in Chapel HillCraig Hicks, 46, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder.


2 March 2015

Democratic Sen. Mikulski to retire after 5 terms

FILE - This June 5, 2012 file photo Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Mikulski, the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress, is making an announcement about her plans for the future. The 78-year-old senator in her fifth term is set to make the announcement at a news conference in Fells Point in Baltimore on Monday morning. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)The longest serving woman in the history of Congress is ready to leave Washington.


2 March 2015

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

Electronic screens reflect the value of the Nasdaq Composite at the Nasdaq MarketSite, Monday, March 2, 2015 in New York. After fifteen long years, the Nasdaq is close to topping its record from the dot-com frenzy. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)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.


2 March 2015

Twist in Obamacare Supreme Court case: Weak plaintiffs

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.

2 March 2015

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

Cuban 5 ringleader Gerardo Hernandez: ‘I was not spying on the U.S. government’A top Cuban spy tells Yahoo's Michael Isikoff he is eager to serve his country again.


1 March 2015

At 20, Yahoo celebrates and looks ahead

20 Years of YahooA daylong celebration of Yahoo’s 20th birthday honors its 1 billion-plus global users and highlights the Internet giant’s rich history, which in many ways mirrors the history of the Internet itself.


2 March 2015

Video shows fatal Los Angeles police shooting of homeless man

Skid Row suspect killed in officer-involved shootingBy Steve Gorman and Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles police officers shot and killed a homeless skid-row robbery suspect who grabbed at an officer's gun during a scuffle as they tried to subdue him in a confrontation captured on video, police said on Monday. The man, known by the street name Africa, had been living for weeks in a tent outside the Union Rescue Mission building where Sunday's shooting occurred and had a history of violent, erratic behavior, the mission's director said. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck identified the man as a robbery suspect who fought with officers when they tried to take him into custody, then kept resisting as they tried to subdue him with a stun gun. Bystander video of the incident shows the man swinging his arms wildly at a group of policemen before he is knocked to the pavement, and four officers struggle to restrain him.


2 March 2015

Iraq launches operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite fighters chant slogans as they gather at Udhaim damIraqi forces launch a major offensive against Islamic State extremists.


2 March 2015

Netanyahu takes fight against Obama's Iran plan to Congress

FILE - In this March 20, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu huddle during their joint news conference in Jerusalem, Israel. This was never happy-ever-after waiting to happen. When Obama and Netanyahu took office early in 2009, there were plenty of reasons to expect their relationship would be difficult. The cerebral president and the brash prime minister have stark differences in personality, politics and world views. Still, few could have predicted the downward spiral of finger-pointing, backbiting, lecturing and outright name-calling that has occurred. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu goes to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for another round in an increasingly heated battle with the White House over Iran's nuclear ambitions. In a landmark speech to Congress, Netanyahu will seek to mobilise lawmakers to oppose an emerging deal with Tehran which is backed by President Barack Obama. Obama on Monday lashed out at his nemesis, pointing to Netanyahu's attacks on a previous interim US-Iran deal that paved the way for this week's ongoing talks in Switzerland.


2 March 2015

North Korea test fires short-range missiles

Protesters shout slogans to denounce the annual joint military exercises, dubbed Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, between South Korea and the United States, during a rally near U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March 2, 2015. North Korea on Monday fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and warned of "merciless strikes" against its enemies as allies Seoul and Washington launched annual military drills Pyongyang claims are preparation for a northward invasion. The sign read " Stop Military Drill." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)Pyongyang vows "merciless strikes" against the U.S. and South Korea.


2 March 2015

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

Workers prepare the stage at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in WashingtonBy 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.


1 March 2015

Boehner defends his U.S. House leadership amid conservative unrest

Boehner returns to his office after a visit to the House floor for procedural votes for legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security at the Capitol in WashingtonThe House speaker says disagreements with fellow Republicans were merely over strategy.