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Questions, answers about federal anti-radicalization effort

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 6 min ago

In this March, 27, 2015 photo,Youssef Edghouch listens during a discussion on American Muslims and civic engagement from the local to the national level, at the Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley in Rowland Heights, Calif. The Obama administration has launched a pilot program in several cities charged with tackling global terrorism on a local scale by preventing radicalization from taking root. If the efforts are successful, they would be rolled out nationwide. (AP Photo/Christine Cotter)The Obama administration is piloting programs in Boston, Los Angeles and Minneapolis focused on tackling global terrorism on a local scale. But some community members and activists worry the efforts will amount to wide-scale government surveillance of Muslim communities. Some questions and answers about the initiative:


Order outlines $3.2 million payments in Chinese drywall case

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 8 min ago
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal court has released $3.2 million to be divided among seven Virginia homeowners and their lawyers from a manufacturer of defective Chinese drywall.

Minnesota men charged with trying to join Islamic militants

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 12 min ago

Minnesota tries softer approach in battling Islamic StateST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When Guled Ali Omar made up his mind to join the Islamic State group, authorities said, he wasn't easily deterred.


Utah woman gets up to life in prison in deaths of 6 newborns

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 15 min ago

FILE - This Feb. 12, 2015 file photo, Megan Huntsman arrives in court in Provo, Utah. Huntsman who pleaded guilty to killing six of her newborn babies and storing their bodies in her garage is set to be sentenced. She faces up to life in prison at a hearing Monday, April 20, 2015 in Provo. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool,File)PROVO, Utah (AP) — A mother who killed six of her newborn babies and hid their bodies in her garage was sentenced to up to life in prison Monday at an emotional hearing in which a prosecutor depicted her as an "incredibly indifferent and callous" murderer.


Appeals court rules against higher water rates for big users

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 16 min ago

In this April 17, 2015 photo, Jim Reardon, who is awaiting a ruling from a California appeals court regarding his suit over tiered water rates, stands outside his home where he installed drought-tolerant landscaping in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. The appeals court has ruled that the city's tiered water-rates are unconstitutional on Monday, April 20. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water-rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage people to save water.


Iowa reports biggest U.S. outbreak of bird flu in poultry

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 19 min ago
By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, found a lethal strain of bird flu in millions of hens at an egg-laying facility on Monday, the worst case so far in a national outbreak that prompted Wisconsin to declare a state of emergency. The infected Iowa birds were being raised near the city of Harris by Sunrise Farms, an affiliate of Sonstegard Foods Company, the company said. The flock has been quarantined, and birds on the property will be culled to prevent the spread of the disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The Agriculture Department said the Iowa flock numbered 5.3 million birds.

Family spokesman: Alabama woman leaves to join ISIS in Syria

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 19 min ago
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A spokesman for a Muslim couple in Alabama says their 20-year-old daughter fled a Birmingham suburb to join ISIS militants in Syria after being recruited on the Internet.

Restoration projects in $134 million preliminary agreement

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 24 min ago
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Here's a look at 10 projects given preliminarily approval to share in $134 million in funding from BP PLC's $1 billion set-aside dedicated to recovery from its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico:

Judge returns ultra-rich club founder Tim Blixseth to jail

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 30 min ago

FILE - In this April 29, 2009, file photo, Tim Blixseth arrives at the federal courthouse in Missoula, Mont. A federal judge ordered the founder of a Montana mountain resort for the ultra-rich back to jail Monday, April 20, 2015, saying he failed to disclose what happened to $13.8 million from a Mexico resort sale. (AP Photo/Mike Albans, File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge ordered the founder of a luxury Montana mountain resort back to jail Monday, saying he failed to disclose what happened to $13.8 million from the sale of a resort in Mexico.


Missouri town, new mayor grapple with mass resignations

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 34 min ago
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Several residents of a tiny southeast Missouri town said Monday they don't believe the abrupt resignations of five of six members of the police force after the longtime mayor, a white man, lost to a black woman have anything to do with racism.

Navajo high court says voters will choose president Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 35 min ago
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Tuesday's presidential election on the country's largest American Indian reservation is moving forward after the Navajo Nation's highest court overturned a decision that called for it to be cancelled.

Baltimore on edge after arrestee's fatal spine injury

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 35 min ago

Citizens and groups such as the Justice League of NYC protest against the police following the death of Freddie Gray, Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray, 25, of Baltimore, died Sunday at a hospital, a week after he was hurt following an arrest. (Algerina Perna/The Baltimore Sun via AP) WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUTBALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's top police officials, mayor and prosecutor sought to calm a "community on edge" Monday while investigating how a man suffered a fatal spine injury while under arrest. Six officers have been suspended, but investigators say they still don't know how it happened.


California boy found asleep in car that was stolen

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 40 min ago

This undated photo provided by the Fairfield Police Department shows 8-year-old Brock Guzman. Guzman, snoozing in the backseat of his family's running car, appears to have slept through his brief kidnapping Monday, April 20, 2015, after the vehicle was stolen in front of his Northern California home, police said. Guzman was found safe about 2 miles away in the abandoned car following an hourslong search. (Fairfield Police Department via AP)FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy snoozing in the backseat of his family's running car slept through his brief kidnapping Monday after the vehicle was stolen in front of his California home, his parents said.


Kraft Mac & Cheese shedding the dyes

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 41 min ago

Kraft Mac & Cheese shedding the dyesThis is the last year that the original version of Kraft Mac & Cheese sold in the U.S. will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic colors.


Jury begins deliberations in Iowa spousal sex abuse case

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 45 min ago
GARNER, Iowa (AP) — Jurors went home Monday following an afternoon of deliberating the case of a former Iowa lawmaker accused of sexually abusing his wife, who suffered from dementia.

University of Colorado opens campus for 4/20 pot celebration

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 58 min ago

Students walk to and from classes on the campus of the University of Colorado, in Boulder, Colo., Monday April 20, 2015. The University of Colorado is open to the public on this 4/20 marijuana holiday for the first time in three years. The university has blocked public access in recent years in an effort to snuff mass smokeouts to mark the unofficial marijuana celebration. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — The University of Colorado in Boulder was open to the public on 4/20, the unofficial pot holiday, for the first time in four years on Monday.


$134M proposed for 10 BP-funded oil spill recovery projects

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 1 min ago
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The trustees overseeing $1 billion provided by BP PLC to jump-start recovery from the 2010 oil spill have proposed another 10 projects totaling $134 million. About $698 million has been spent in three previous rounds.

Sheriff, lawyer dispute whether 73-year-old deputy qualified

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 5 min ago

Robert Bates, right, arrives at the Tulsa County Jail with his attorney, Clark Brewster, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Tulsa, Okla. Bates, a 73-year-old Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy who authorities said fatally shot a suspect after confusing his stun gun and handgun, was booked into the county jail Tuesday on a manslaughter charge. (Matt Barnard/Tulsa World via AP)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Tulsa County volunteer deputy who shot and killed a suspect after mistaking his handgun for a stun gun was using an unauthorized weapon when he fired the fatal shot, lawyers for the dead man's family said Monday.


Bird flu confirmed at Iowa farm with 5.3 million chickens

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 6 min ago

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2009 file photo, chickens stand in their cages at a farm near Stuart, Iowa. Discovery of the bird flu on an Iowa turkey farm has raised serious concerns that the bird killer could find its way into chicken barns in the nation’s top egg-producing state and rapidly decimate the flocks that provide the U.S. with its breakfast staple. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Up to 5.3 million hens at an Iowa farm must be destroyed after the highly infectious and deadly bird flu virus was confirmed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.


Utah mother sentenced to 15 years to life for murdering six newborn infants

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 8 min ago

Megan Huntsman appears in court in ProvoA Utah mother who pleaded guilty to murdering six of her newborn infants over the course of a decade was sentenced on Monday to 15 years to life in prison. Megan Huntsman confessed to suffocating or strangling the babies while she was suffering from methamphetamine and alcohol addiction, according to police.