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Criminal charges coming on Wednesday over Flint water: report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 09:52

The top of the Flint Water Plant tower is seen in Flint, Michigan(Reuters) - Michigan's attorney general will announce criminal charges on Wednesday connected to his investigation into dangerous levels of lead in Flint's drinking water, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday. The newspaper said that among those who will be charged by Attorney General Bill Schuette is a Flint city official who signed a document saying the homes Flint used to test tap water under federal guidelines all had lead service lines. The newspaper cited three sources familiar with the investigation for its story.


Murder charges dropped, man freed after 20 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 09:46

Eddie Bolden takes his first steps as a free man outside the Cook County Jail, after his release from prison,on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Chicago. A Cook County judge threw out the murder convictions of the long time inmate, and prosecutors declined to retry him. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune via AP)CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man who spent more than two decades in prison for the slayings of two men was released Tuesday after Cook County prosecutors dropped the murder charges against him.


Arizona freeway shooting suspect wins release from jail

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 09:34

FILE - This Nov. 16, 2015 file photo suspected Phoenix freeway shooter Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., right, talks with his attorney Ulises Ferragut during a motion to modify his release at Superior Court in Phoenix. A judge on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 allowed Merritt charged in freeway shootings that rattled Phoenix last year to be released from jail amid questions about evidence authorities say links him to the crimes. The judge overseeing the case reduced Merritt's bond to zero and said he can return to his home under electronic monitoring. (Michael Schennum/The Arizona Republic via AP,File) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT. NO MAGS. NO SALES. MANDATORY CREDITPHOENIX (AP) — A man charged in freeway shootings that rattled Phoenix last year was released from jail Tuesday amid questions about the evidence that authorities say links him to the crimes.


Houston flood control efforts fall behind urban sprawl

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 09:29

Louis Marquez carries his dog Dallas through floodwaters after rescuing the dog from his flooded apartment Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Houston. Storms have dumped more than a foot of rain in the Houston area, flooding dozens of neighborhoods. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON (AP) — Flood control has long been a challenging issue in Houston, dating back to the city's infancy on the banks of the Buffalo Bayou when its first flood was recorded more than 170 years ago.


New Mexico rescinds firing of guards on duty during escape

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 09:19
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State officials have withdrawn firing notices for two guards who were transporting inmates across New Mexico last month when two escaped from the back of a prisoner transport van, a representative for the prison guards union said.

Trial starts in suit alleging rape at Hawaii high school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 09:19
HONOLULU (AP) — Officials at a Hawaii high school were negligent in not preventing an alleged rape between two special education students, a lawyer told jurors Tuesday.

Trump wins New York primary; Clinton, Sanders vie for victory

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 09:03

 Trump, Clinton winnersDonald Trump triumphed with ease Tuesday in the Republican primary in New York, rebounding from a tough stretch that had strained his path to the GOP nomination and highlighted weaknesses in his campaign. Among Democrats, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were in a close race as polls closed.


Colorado school district arms security guards with rifles

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:55
DENVER (AP) — A suburban Denver school district is arming its security staff with military-style semiautomatic rifles in case of a school shooting or other violent attack, a move that appears unprecedented even as more schools arm employees in response to mass violence elsewhere.

Chocolate milk maker wanted study touted with 'Concussion'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:55
NEW YORK (AP) — A small chocolate milk company wanted publicity touting the purported ability of its drink to help high school athletes recover from concussions to coincide with the Will Smith movie "Concussion," according to emails obtained by The Associated Press.

ABC News: Live coverage of NY Primary

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:49

 Live coverage of NY PrimaryABC News live coverage of the New York Primary.


Multi-vehicle crash causes major delays on Schuylkill Expressway

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:37

Multi-vehicle crash causes major delays on Schuylkill ExpresswayA multi-vehicle crash created delays on the westbound Schuylkill Expressway near the Gulph Mills exit.


Board votes to fire Texas teacher accused of hitting student

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:31
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A Southeast Texas school board has voted to fire a high school teacher who was arrested on an assault charge after a video surfaced that the district says shows her repeatedly striking a student in her class.

The Latest: Death toll rises to 507 from Ecuador earthquake

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:30

Relatives mourn around the coffin of Kexly Valentino who died in the earthquake, in Montecristi, Ecuador, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades flattened buildings and buckled highways along its Pacific coast, sending the Andean nation into a state of emergency. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)MANTA, Ecuador (AP) — The latest on the deadly earthquake in Ecuador (all times local):


Trump, Clinton look for wins on home turf in New York

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:29

 Trump, Clinton winnersHillary Clinton looked to her adopted home state of New York for a convincing primary victory Tuesday to strengthen her claim to the Democratic presidential nomination, while Republican Donald Trump hoped a big win would steady his campaign after setbacks and internal turmoil.


Retailer Target says transgender people can use bathroom of their choice

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:25

The sign outside the Target store in ArvadaThe move came after North Carolina last month became the first U.S. state to require transgender people to use restrooms and changing rooms in schools and other public facilities that match their sex at birth rather than their gender identity. The law in North Carolina does not affect private-sector businesses, which are free to set their own policies, Governor Pat McCrory said in issuing an executive order related to the measure earlier this month. Backers of the legislation in the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature say it is meant to protect privacy rights and keep children and women safe from sexual predators.


Woman critical after hit by car in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:19

Woman critical after hit by car in Center CityA woman is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle in Center City Philadelphia.


Brothers charged with killing missing Washington couple

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:11

These undated booking photos provided by the Snohomish County Sheriff Office shows Tony Reed, left and John Reed. Authorities are searching for the two brothers who were involved in a property dispute with a missing Washington state couple. Neighbors reported Patrick Shunn and his wife, Monique Patenaude, of Arlington missing on Tuesday when their livestock was left unattended, and detectives in Snohomish County now believe they were killed. (Snohomish County Sheriff Office via AP )SEATTLE (AP) — Two brothers wanted in the disappearance and presumed slayings of a Washington state couple may be heading for the Mexican border, authorities said Tuesday as they charged the pair with first-degree murder.


Man paroled in conspiracy to photograph senator's ill wife

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:06
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi blogger is out of prison after serving several months for sneaking into a nursing home to shoot unauthorized video of the ailing wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran during the Southern Republican's hard-fought 2014 campaign.

Colorado lawmakers target edible pot in fruit, animal shapes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:00

FILE - This April 18, 2014, file photo shows edible marijuana products on display at a medical marijuana dispensary in Denver. Colorado's marijuana experiment is under threat by the very popularity of eating it instead of smoking it, so the pot industry is joining health officials and state regulators in studying the problem of consumers eating too much too quickly. Pot-infused lemon drops and other marijuana edibles that resemble fruits could be coming off Colorado shelves, the latest front in a battle by lawmakers to eradicate retail pot products that could appeal to kids. The bill up for its first hearing in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, also would ban infused edibles shaped like animals or people. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)DENVER (AP) — Pot-infused lemon drops and other marijuana edibles that resemble fruits could be coming off Colorado shelves, the latest front in a battle by lawmakers to eradicate retail pot products that could appeal to kids.


Religious group sues San Francisco over open-air urinal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:58

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2016 file photo, passengers who exited a San Francisco MUNI streetcar walk past an outdoor urinal across from Dolores Park in San Francisco. A religious organization is suing the city San Francisco to remove the open-air urinal it calls unsanitary and offensive to the senses from a popular park. The San Francisco Chinese Christian Union filed a civil complaint on Thursday, April 14, 2016, demanding the city remove the concrete circular urinal from the iconic Dolores Park. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A religious organization sued the city of San Francisco to remove an open-air urinal from a popular park that it calls unsanitary and indecent.