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A look at investigations into Flint's lead-tainted water

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 15:14

Latishia Simpson carries a case of water to be loaded onto a U-Haul truck for the people of Flint on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Kalamazoo, Mich. Stephen and Keneisha Darden, owners of Exquisite Hair Design, wanted to help people affected by the Flint water crisis, so they put out a message on Facebook saying they would be collecting water to donate. With the help of family, friends and the Kalamazoo community, they were able to collect 466 cases of water as well as 50 one-gallon water jugs within one week. (Chelsea Purgahn/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the appointment of a special counsel to aid his office's investigation into whether laws were broken regarding Flint's lead-tainted water. It is unclear at this point if the probe could result in criminal or civil charges. Flint's public works director, Michigan's top environmental regulator, a state spokesman and a high-ranking federal regulator have resigned in connection with the crisis. Two other state environmental officials have been suspended pending an investigation.


Report finds Fresno police understaffed, overworked and with low morale

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 15:14

Report finds Fresno police understaffed, overworked and with low moraleFor the men and women we depend on to keep us safe, a report finds that there are not enough of them in Fresno and it is weighing down on the department.


Key years in "Doomsday Clock" time

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 15:04
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — The "Doomsday Clock" by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists measures the likelihood of a global cataclysm by reflecting how vulnerable the world is to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change and new technologies. Midnight represents the apocalypse. Here are some key dates in the clock's nearly 70-year history:

APNewsBreak: Survey: Religious objections law cost millions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 15:03

In this July 30, 2015 photo, Daniel Lavely, of Vincennes, Ind., checks out a display of replica weapons in the exhibition hall of the Gen Con gaming convention in Indianapolis. Tourism officials say Indiana may have lost as much as $60 million in revenue after a dozen conventions picked cities other than Indianapolis amid the uproar over the state’s controversial religious objections law. The state Senate is scheduled to take up measures addressing LGBT rights on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana may have lost as much as $60 million in hotel profits, tax revenue and other economic benefits when a dozen groups decided against hosting conventions in Indianapolis last year due at least in part to the controversy surrounding the state's religious objections law.


Escaped California inmates were charged with violent crimes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 14:52

The exterior of Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana, Calif., is seen Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. Three inmates, including a man suspected of a killing, cut through metal, crawled through plumbing tunnels, climbed a roof and rappelled down four stories to freedom using ropes made from bedsheets. The three inmates very likely had help from the inside to pull off their daring plan, but they also have the complacency of jail staff to thank, experts in jail and prison security said Monday. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Three inmates who made a daring escape from a California jail were awaiting trial on charges involving violent crimes.


Shanghai stock index drops more than 6 percent, other Asian markets also down

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 14:52
TOKYO (AP) — Shanghai stock index drops more than 6 percent, other Asian markets also down.

Person with gun prompts lockdown at North Carolina college

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 14:48
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A person with a gun prompted a lockdown at a central North Carolina college, although it is not believed any shots were fired.

A look at investigations into Flint's lead-tainted water

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 13:39

Latishia Simpson carries a case of water to be loaded onto a U-Haul truck for the people of Flint on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Kalamazoo, Mich. Stephen and Keneisha Darden, owners of Exquisite Hair Design, wanted to help people affected by the Flint water crisis, so they put out a message on Facebook saying they would be collecting water to donate. With the help of family, friends and the Kalamazoo community, they were able to collect 466 cases of water as well as 50 one-gallon water jugs within one week. (Chelsea Purgahn/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Monday the appointment of a special counsel to aid his office's investigation into whether laws were broken regarding Flint's lead-tainted water. It is unclear at this point if the probe could result in criminal or civil charges. Flint's public works director, Michigan's top environmental regulator, a state spokesman and a high-ranking federal regulator have resigned in connection with the crisis. Two other state environmental officials have been suspended pending an investigation.


Obama to focus on expanding access to retirement accounts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 13:03

President Barack Obama walks to his vehicle from Marine One helicopter after landing at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, for a visit with wounded military personnel. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will pitch some new proposals to expand access to retirement savings accounts and revisit some old ones when issuing his budget next month.


Dig out continues in suburbs with limited success

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 13:01

Dig out continues in suburbs with limited successNear record snowfall is testing the resourcefulness of residents.


San Francisco mayor asks feds for probe of police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 12:52

FILE- In this July 22, 2015, file photo, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, center, speaks at a conference on Modern Slavery and Climate Change in the Casina Pio IV the Vatican. Lee has requested a federal investigation of the police shooting of a young black man, along with a broader look into the department. Lee asked for the probe of the Mario Woods shooting in a letter to U.S. Attorney Gen. Loretta Lynch that was made public Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has requested a federal investigation of the police shooting of a young black man, along with a broader look into the department.


Movement forms to name Madera County school after murdered teen

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 12:16

Movement forms to name Madera County school after murdered teenKrista Pike was 18-years-old when her fiance's ex-girlfriend had her killed 9 years ago. With both of her killers behind bars-- Pike's family says this recognition would help ease the pain of their loss.


Crews restore power to lodge at bottom of Grand Canyon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 12:10
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Crews have restored power to a lodge and cantina at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

Washington faces days of cleanup after epic blizzard

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 12:05

A man carries a shovel down 108th street in the Richmond Hill section of the Queens borough of New YorkBy Doina Chiacu and Barbara Goldberg WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Washington will need several more days to return to normal after a weekend blizzard dropped more than 2 feet (60 cm) of snow along the U.S. East Coast, likely causing billions of dollars in damage and killing more than 30 people. The U.S. capital was at a standstill, with federal government offices to be closed again on Tuesday, schools in the district and surrounding suburbs shut until at least Wednesday, and the U.S. House of Representatives canceling all votes until next week. Washington's mayor, Muriel Bowser, said city public schools would remain closed on Tuesday but that city government offices would reopen.


Expert: Escaped California inmates must have had inside help

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 11:43
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Three California inmates who sawed through a metal grate, crawled through plumbing tunnels and shimmied to freedom down a rope made from bed linens likely had help to pull off the daring plan and also benefited from the complacency of jail staff, security experts said Monday.

The Latest: Inmates who broke out of jail charged in escape

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 11:41
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The latest on the escape of three prisoners from a county jail in Southern California (all times local):

South Korea's 4Q growth slows as construction spending drops

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 11:17
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's economic growth slowed in the final quarter of 2015 as a drop in construction investment outweighed an improvement in consumer spending, the country's central bank said Tuesday.

Fresno family uses bracelets to raise awareness of domestic violence

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 11:05

Fresno family uses bracelets to raise awareness of domestic violenceBracelets are often an accessory for people to wear, but a Fresno family has a found a way to use style to bring awareness to domestic violence, one bead at a time.


Panhandlers take on 1 of nation's largest sheriff's offices

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 10:48

Kim Pindak stands outside Chicago’s federal courthouse after the first day of testimony in a civil lawsuit involving him and and other panhandlers Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Chicago. He and another panhandler brought a suit that alleges they lost up to $10 a day because authorities bar them from begging in Daley Plaza, a popular public square in the city. The trial that started today is a rare instance of jurors being asked to decide the issue of panhandlers' rights. (AP Photo/Michael Tarm)CHICAGO (AP) — A federal civil trial pitting two panhandlers against one of the nation's largest sheriff's departments got underway Monday, in a case stemming from a lawsuit that alleges the men were improperly stopped from begging at a popular Chicago square.


What to know about the tropical Zika virus in Latin America

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 10:46

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2016, file photo, a female Aedes aegypti mosquito acquires a blood meal on the arm of a researcher at the Biomedical Sciences Institute in the Sao Paulo's University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Aedes aegypti can spread the Zika virus, which is spreading in parts of Latin America and the Caribbean and usually causes a mild illness but is now suspected in an unusual birth defect and possibly other health issues. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A rare tropical disease is spreading in parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. The mosquito-borne Zika virus usually causes a mild illness but is now suspected in an unusual birth defect and possibly other health issues. Some things to know: