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ACLU seeks probe amid hunger strike at Ohio supermax prison

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 04:03
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is calling for an independent investigation into conditions at Ohio's super-maximum security prison amid a long-running hunger strike.

Advocates for inmate ask Missouri governor to halt execution

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 03:57

In the Feb. 10, 2014 photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is Andre Cole. Cole, 52, is scheduled to die for killing a man in 1998 in a fit of anger over having to pay child support. (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Advocates for a black inmate facing execution in Missouri said Monday that he was unfairly sentenced to death when African-Americans were excluded from the jury at his St. Louis County trial.

Newtown victim inspires national education bill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 03:51

Hayden Lewis, of Norwalk, Conn., cousin of Sandy Hook School shooting victim Jesse Lewis, stands with family during a news conference at the Legislative Office Building, Monday, April 13, 2015, in Hartford, Conn. Connecticut's congressional delegation is backing federal legislation that would honor Lewis and provide expanded support to train teachers in social and emotional learning. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Days before his death, 6-year-old Jesse Lewis scrawled three words on his mother's kitchen chalkboard in Connecticut that could now prompt a national change in teacher training.

Whoopee cushion, bra pad, parking meter among NJ beach trash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 03:50

Cindy Zipf, executive director of the Clean Ocean Action environmental group, speaks at a press conference Monday, April 13, 2015, in Sandy Hook, N.J. at which the group released its annual report on the amount and types of garbage picked up from New Jersey beaches by volunteers. Plastic pieces accounted for 13 percent of the 315,000 items removed from the sand last spring and fall. Unusual items found along the shoreline included a whoopee cushion, bra padding, a stun gun and a clay sculpture of the baby Jesus. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) — Among the seashells, sandcastles and ocean waves at the Jersey shore last year, you may also have seen these: a whoopee cushion, a parking meter, a stun gun, a clay sculpture of baby Jesus and some bra padding.

2016 trial date set for suspect in kidnap, rape of girl, 14

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 03:49
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — A man charged with kidnapping a 14-year-old girl and raping her over the course of nine months will go on trial in March 2016, a judge ordered Monday.

Alabama fatal shooting suspect in custody, school lockdowns lifted

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 03:46
A 25-year-old man who allegedly shot and killed a woman in a medical office was in custody on Monday after he barricaded himself in a home in Jemison, Alabama, according to law enforcement officials. The shooting followed a domestic dispute, law enforcement officials said at a news conference shown online. School officials said they lifted lockdowns at area schools. The man and a 24-year-old woman were involved in a domestic violence incident at their home before the woman ran to a medical office nearby, law enforcement officials said in the news conference.

Cops haven't said how boy, 3, accessed gun to kill boy, 1

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 03:45
CLEVELAND (AP) — Police have not yet released information on how they believe a 3-year-old boy got access to the handgun he used to fatally shoot a 1-year-old relative.

Ex-student sought in shooting death of North Carolina college worker

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 03:44
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A manhunt was under way for a 20-year-old former student accused of fatally shooting a longtime school employee at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, North Carolina, on Monday, local authorities said. Police said the suspect, identified as Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, carried a long gun to the third floor of a campus building and shot print shop director Ron Lane, who had worked at the college for 18 years. Stancil had worked for Lane in the print shop while enrolled at the college, school spokeswoman Tara Humphries said.

Families of slain NYC police officers honored at Mets game

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 03:34

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio waves as he stands with members of the families of New York City Police Detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos before they threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Mets home opener baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in New York, Monday, April 13, 2015. Liu and Ramos were killed on duty in Dec. 2014 and posthumously promoted to detectives. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — The families of two slain New York City police officers threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Mets' home opener at Citi Field on Monday and were joined by Mayor Bill de Blasio at a time when his relationship with the police department is again coming under scrutiny.

Thrill ride turns deadly for instructor at racing attraction

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 03:34

This aerial image taken from a video provided by WFTV shows the scene after a deadly crash at the Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World, Sunday, April 12, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. A Lamborghini that was part of an exotic car racing attraction at Walt Disney World crashed into a guardrail, killing a passenger and injuring the driver on Sunday, police said. (WFTV via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; BEST QUALITY AVAILABLEORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — For fans of speed, the Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World offers a heart-pounding thrill.

1923 Model T Ford convertible skids off road, killing couple

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 03:01
MANHEIM, Pa. (AP) — A 1923 Model T Ford convertible skidded off the roadway and flipped over, killing a couple, police said Monday.

Artist Britto sues Apple, design firm over use of art, style

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 02:56
MIAMI (AP) — Artist Romero Britto is suing Apple Inc. and a design firm in Miami federal court, accusing them of misusing his color-splashed images and distinctive style in marketing campaigns.

Plea deals could spare Atlanta educators more prison time in cheating scandal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 02:47

Former Atlanta public school educators fill the courtroom during the sentencing of 10 former educators convicted earlier this month of racketeering, in AtlantaBy David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Ten former Atlanta public school educators, convicted earlier this month of racketeering in one of the nation's largest test-cheating scandals, should consider plea deals or face likely prison time, a judge said on Monday. During a sentencing hearing, Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter said he had been ready to send the defendants to prison, but hoped to resolve a long-running case likely to see appeals. "I’d prefer for this thing to be ended for everybody, to try to help heal the open wounds in this city, in this school system," he told a packed courtroom, after hearing emotional appeals for leniency from civil rights leaders and the educators' relatives. A state investigation found widespread cheating throughout the Atlanta school district on 2009 standardized tests.

Correction: Spring Break-Sexual Assault story

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 02:30

The the beachfront Spinaker Beach Club where an alleged assault took place is seen Sunday, April 12, 2015 in Panama City, Fla. A star college athlete and a fellow classmate from Alabama’s Troy University have been suspended from the school following their arrests after authorities say they sexually assaulted a woman sometime March 10-12 at the beach while a crowd of Panama City Beach spring breakers looked on. Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen says a cell phone video shows several men surrounding an incapacitated woman on a beach chair, describing the recording as the “most disgusting, sickening thing” he had ever seen . (AP Photo/Melissa Nelson-Gabriel)PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In a story April 12 about two men accused of sexually assaulting a woman during spring break, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the assault happened after an unrelated mass shooting. The woman was sexually assaulted between March 10 and 12, before the March 28 shooting.

North Carolina community college shooting victim was long-time employee

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 02:19

North Carolina community college shooting victim was long-time employeeA gunman with a rifle entered a community college campus building Monday morning and killed a print shop operator who had just arrived at work, school officials and authorities said.

Tennessee high court postpones all scheduled execution dates

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 02:12
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has postponed execution dates for four inmates, effectively halting all executions while the courts decide whether current protocols for putting people to death are constitutional.

One-year-old shot dead by 3-year old in Cleveland home

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 02:10
A 3-year-old fatally shot a 1-year-old at a Cleveland house during the weekend, according to police, who said they are seeking to arrest the adult who left the gun in the home. The victim, identified as Braylon Robinson, was shot in the face on Sunday, police said on Monday. The mother then observed the victim lying on the floor bleeding," according to a statement released by Cleveland police. "A 3-year-old can't be held accountable for a tragedy like this," Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said at news conference.

Police investigate bomb threat at New York's Hamilton College

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 02:09
Police were investigating a bomb threat and suspicious package found on Monday on the campus of Hamilton College in upstate New York, authorities and the school said. Hamilton's security department got an anonymous call about 10 a.m. about two bombs being placed in an administrative building, New York State Trooper Jack Keller said. A suspicious package was found in the building, which was evacuated along with several others including dormitories, Keller said in an email. The college posted a warning on its website, saying a suspicious package had been found and that bomb technicians were headed to campus to investigate.

Protesters disrupt hedge fund conference in midtown Manhattan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 02:04
By Svea Herbst-Bayliss and Nadia Damouni NEW YORK (Reuters) - Roughly 400 hedge fund managers, investors, lawyers and journalists got something that was not on the lunchtime menu at an industry conference on Monday when roughly two dozen protesters interrupted the meal, shouting out prominent names of attendees and demanding better wages at fast-food restaurants. An unidentified person with the group, which represents the Restaurant Opportunity Center, said they came to protest because speakers at the conference, including Bill Ackman and Jeff Smith, say they want to create value for shareholders even though workers at the companies are still underpaid. The protesters shouted the names of several big name hedge fund managers including Ackman, whose hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management has invested in Burger King, and Smith, who invested in Darden Restaurants.

NY attorney general questions work practices of 13 retailers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 02:03
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general has launched an inquiry into 13 major retailers, questioning the practice of keeping workers on call for shifts on short notice and possible violations of the state requirement to pay hourly staff for at least four hours when they report for work.