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Thousands light up at San Francisco park for 4/20 marijuana holiday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 09:22

20 p.m. as thousands of marijuana supporters gather at Golden Gate Park in San FranciscoThousands of marijuana enthusiasts gathered on "Hippie Hill" in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on Wednesday to light up joints, pipes and bongs in celebration of the annual but informal cannabis holiday, named 4/20. The long-running Bay Area tradition, which authorities closely monitor but allow, could mark the last such observance while recreational marijuana remains illegal under state law in California.


Thousands puff for legal pot at 4/20 parties throughout US

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 09:19

Destiny Sneed smokes marijuana during the annual 4/20 marijuana gathering at Civic Center Park in downtown Denver, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Public consumption remains illegal under the state's recreational pot law, which was passed in 2012, but police mostly looked on as a cloud of marijuana smoke rose above the crowd. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of people sent up a cheer and a collective plume of marijuana smoke at the stroke of 4:20 p.m. Wednesday in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.


Kansas governor eyes tobacco bonds for budget fix

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 09:15

Republican Kansas Governor Brownback speaks to supporters after winning re-election in the U.S. midterm elections in TopekaWith the fiscal 2016 revenue estimated to drop by nearly $94 million and fiscal 2017 revenue expected to be $134.7 million less than previously projected, the Republican governor said Kansas could raise about $158 million through its first sale of bonds backed by its share of a 1998 multi-state settlement with U.S. tobacco companies. Several states and local governments have sold tobacco bonds with some using the proceeds as a one-time boost for their sagging budgets. Brownback said he would also divert $185 million in sales tax revenue slated for the highway fund to the fiscal 2016 and 2017 general fund and continue a 3 percent university funding cut into fiscal 2017.


Protesters disrupt Clinton rally in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 09:10

Clinton rallies in Philadelphia; Trump rails against delegate systemSeveral protesters were escorted out of a Hillary Clinton rally in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.


California mass transit cracks down on 'seat hogs' and 'manspreaders'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 09:09

Passengers depart from a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train at the Rockridge station in OaklandSubway etiquette in California is on the move. In the car-choked cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, public transit commuters fed up with "seat hogs" and "manspreaders" will soon find relief as transit agencies crack down on passengers occupying more than their share of space as others are left standing. "This is directed at that knucklehead who, when asked by a courteous person to vacate a seat, refuses to do so," said Joel Keller, a member of the Bay Area Rapid Transit Agency in San Francisco.


The Latest: Warnings issued for flood-control dams in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 09:00

A person paddles through a flooded neighborhood, Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Spring, Texas. Storms have dumped more than a foot of rain in the Houston area, flooding dozens of neighborhoods. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on flooding in the Houston area and other parts of Texas (all times local):


Latest: Stutzman repays funds for family's California trip

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:57

FILE - In this April 18, 2016, file photo, Indiana Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Marlin Stutzman speaks during a debate with opponent Todd Young in Indianapolis. Stutzman billed his campaign more than $2,000 in airfare for his family's trip to the Ronald Reagan library in California, an apparent violation of federal election laws. The expense is part of hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel expenses, meals and vehicle payments Stutzman has charged to his campaign fund since 2010. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on Indiana Senate candidate Marlin Stutzman's travel expenses (all times local):


Bradford reportedly "hot" after Eagles trade up to No. 2 in 2016 NFL Draft

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:57

Bradford reportedly "hot" after Eagles trade up to No. 2 in 2016 NFL DraftPhiladelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford is not happy about the team's trade to acquire the second-overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.


2 Alaska skiers hoped their snow cave wouldn't become a tomb

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:55

This Friday, April 8, 2016 photo provided by Jenny Neyman shows Chris Hanna, of Soldotna, Alaska, skiing on the Harding Icefield, with the Kenai Fjords and mountains surrounding Seward, in Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska. Two skiers stranded for four nights on an Alaska ice field braved cold and hunger but also claustrophobia as the ceiling of snow cave they dug for shelter sagged close to their faces. Chris Hanna and Jenny Neyman say they thought the cave Hanna tunneled under 4 feet of snow might collapse before rescuers could reach them. (Jenny Neyman via AP)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — By their third day in a tiny snow cave under 4 feet of snow, Chris Hanna and Jenny Neyman thought the shelter in an Alaska ice field might turn into a tomb.


The Latest: Students airlifted amid fears of bear's return

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:53

University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor Rick Caulfield talks to a group of students who safely returned to Juneau from a remote mountaineering class on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Juneau, Alaska. One of their professors, Forest Wagner, was badly mauled by a brown bear and the class was cut short after they were evacuated from a mountain near Haines, Alaska. (AP Photo/Rashah McChesney)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the mauling of a university professor in Alaska (all times local):


Fresno residents can soon start watering more, experts still urge move towards drought-friendly landscapes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:41

Fresno residents can soon start watering more, experts still urge move towards drought-friendly landscapesStarting next May 1st, Fresno residents can start watering around their homes twice a week.


ESPN fires analyst and former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:40

ESPN fires analyst and former Phillies pitcher Curt SchillingESPN announced that it has fired network analyst and former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling following his comments on Facebook about transgender people.


Principal backs students who sought gender-neutral bathroom

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:37
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The principal of a Los Angeles high school where a scuffle broke out with adult protesters over a new gender-neutral bathroom praised his students Wednesday as "trailblazers" for campaigning to install the restroom.

Girl who wrote to Obama celebrates Tubman on $20 bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:36
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts girl who wrote a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to put a woman on U.S. paper currency has gotten her wish.

Some not happy with the Fresno Police Departments move to the center of town

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:33

Some not happy with the Fresno Police Departments move to the center of townThe Fresno Police Department is moving back to the center of town. But not everybody is happy with the plans to relocate the central policing district.


Judge denies Redstone granddaughter's bid to join competency suit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:28

Redstone, executive chairman of CBS Corp. and Viacom, arrives at premiere of "The Guilt Trip" starring Streisand and Rogen in Los AngelesA California judge on Wednesday rejected a bid by Sumner Redstone's granddaughter to join the media mogul's former girlfriend in a lawsuit that challenges the 92-year-old billionaire's mental competency. The granddaughter, Keryn Redstone, argued in court papers that Sumner Redstone had become a "prisoner in his own home" after the former girlfriend, Manuela Herzer, was ejected from his mansion in October. Herzer, 51, had sued to be reinstated as his designated healthcare agent.


Chicago financing plan for 'Star Wars' museum draws mixed reviews

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:23

George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson arrive at the European Premiere of Star Wars, The Force Awakens in Leicester Square, LondonChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to fold financing for a museum sought by "Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas into a redo of the city's massive convention center got mixed reviews from U.S. municipal bond market on Wednesday. The proposal, which surfaced on Monday, calls for $1.5 billion of tax-exempt revenue bonds issued by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority and the extension of existing so-called tourism taxes on hotel rooms, rental cars, restaurant meals and airport taxi rides to pay off the debt over 40 years. About $1.16 billion would be used to raze part of the McCormick Place convention center to make room for and build the museum and replace the lost exhibition space.


Clovis Rodeo roper has dreams of national competition

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:22

Clovis Rodeo roper has dreams of national competitionHundreds of riders are saddling up for one of the central valley's biggest events-- the 102nd annual Clovis Rodeo.


BYU students investigated by school after reporting rape

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:17

BYU students investigated by school after reporting rapePROVO, Utah (AP) — Madeline MacDonald says she was an 18-year-old freshman at Brigham Young University when she was sexually assaulted by a man she met on an online dating site.


Group home resident dies after confrontation with police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:16
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Police say a resident of a group home died after a confrontation with officers near a park in Virginia.