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Ivory Coast says gets U.S. approval for direct flights

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 23:17
Ivory Coast has received authorization from the United States to start direct flights between the two countries, officials said on Saturday, boosting the West African nation's hopes of becoming a regional transport hub. The world's top cocoa producer, Ivory Coast is emerging from a decade-long political crisis that ended in a brief civil war in 2011, and is now attracting investors again. The African Development Bank moved its headquarters back to the commercial capital Abidjan last year, after an 11-year hiatus. Ivory Coast's economy has seen a renaissance under President Alassane Ouattara's stewardship, averaging annual growth of around 9 percent.

Bronx woman married 10 times now charged with not paying subway fare

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 22:49

Bronx woman married 10 times now charged with not paying subway fareLiana Barrientos, 38, allegedly has marriages under different names in the Bronx, Westchester County and Long Island dating back to 1999.


Illinois hamlet to assess what's left after tornado kills 2

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 22:23

Illinois hamlet to assess what's left after tornado kills 2Northern Illinois residents whose rural hamlet was nearly leveled by a deadly twister may get to return to their homes Saturday to assess the damage from the storm that killed two women who shared a friendship, favors and the same neighborhood.


Californian sheriff suspends 10 officers over beating of horseman

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 22:16

San Bernardino Sheriff McMahon speaks during a news conference in San Bernardino, CaliforniaBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Californian sheriff has suspended 10 officers involved in the videotaped beating of a suspect who appeared to have surrendered and was lying on the ground after making a failed getaway attempt on horseback. John McMahon, sheriff of San Bernardino County, said at a news conference on Friday he was "disturbed and troubled" by what he saw in the footage, shot from a KNBC-TV news helipcopter on Thursday near the town of Apple Valley, east of Los Angeles. "It appears to be excessive to me based on what I saw in the video," he said of the force used in restraining the suspect, Francis Pusok, 30, after the man had already been shot by a Taser stun gun and was splayed face down on the ground. Ten officers involved in the beating of Pusok have been placed on paid administrative leave pending a special investigation of the incident, the sheriff said.


Residents escape burning home in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 22:01

Residents escape burning home in Cherry Hill, N.J.Residents narrowly escaped a burning home in Cherry Hill, New Jersey Saturday morning.


Car found running in garage of NYC home where four people died

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 21:35
A car was found running in the garage of a New York City home where four elderly people were found dead, leading investigators to suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, police said on Saturday. Police found the bodies of the two men and two women on Friday afternoon in the two story house in the city's Queens borough, near the border with Nassau County on Long Island, the New York Police Department said. The city Medical Examiner's Office will determine the cause of death, police said, and investigators are examining the possibility the victims died from carbon monoxide poisoning. The Hugels were a married couple, Greco was a tenant in the house and Vonthadden was a friend who lived in White Stone, New York, according to local media.

Man charged with threat to kill Boehner has hearing set

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 21:23
CINCINNATI (AP) — A former bartender charged with threatening to kill House Speaker John Boehner is scheduled for a hearing later this month to determine whether he's competent to stand trial.

Tax Day extra difficult for many same-sex married couples

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 21:10

In this photo taken April 4, 2015, Rev. Brian K. Wilbert, right, and Yorki Encalada, hold their marriage certificate and tax forms at the Christ Episcopal Church in Oberlin, Ohio. A necessary burden for most Americans, Tax Day is an accounting nightmare for thousands of gay and lesbian couples as they wrestle with the uneven legal status of same-sex marriage in the United States. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)WASHINGTON (AP) — A necessary burden for most Americans, Tax Day is an accounting nightmare for thousands of gay and lesbian couples as they wrestle with the uneven legal status of same-sex marriage in the United States.


Police: Driver facing DUI charge after crash on I-76

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 20:52

 Driver facing DUI charge after crash on I-76Police say a driver is facing a DUI charge after crashing on the Schulykill Expressway near City Avenue.


What to know about recent food recalls and bacteria listeria

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 20:42

Blue Bell ice cream stands for sale on a grocery store shelf in Lawrence, Kan., Friday, April 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)WASHINGTON (AP) — Large food recalls have forced consumers to throw away hummus and ice cream that may be contaminated with the same potentially deadly bacteria — listeria.


New Yorkers get direct say on funding of neighborhood projects

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 20:05
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thousands of New Yorkers found an enticing pitch in their in-boxes this month: "Decide How to Spend $1 Million." The email was an invitation to voters to get involved in the latest example of "participatory budgeting," an exercise in grass-roots democracy that seems to be catching on in some big American cities. In New York City, some members of the city council have invited constituents in their districts to vote this month on which local projects they want to be funded with a total of more than $25 million in public money. "It's a great way to get the pulse of the community on what everyone believes city dollars and resources should be spent," said Paul Vallone, a councilman from Queens, one of the five New York City boroughs. In recent years, more than a dozen municipalities including Chicago, Boston and San Francisco have embraced some form of participatory budgeting, says the Participatory Budgeting Project, a non-profit that assists cities in the process.

Accident closes 2 lanes on I-95NB in Newark, Delaware near service plaza

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 19:49

Accident closes 2 lanes on I-95NB in Newark, Delaware near service plazaAn accident has shut down two northbound lanes on Interstate-95 near the service plaza in Newark, Delaware Saturday morning.


Pedestrian struck after 2-vehicle crash in East Oak Lane

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 19:22

Pedestrian struck after 2-vehicle crash in East Oak LaneA car and SUV collided and the impact caused the car to strike a male pedestrian in the East Oak Lane section of Philadelphia early Saturday morning.


Evacuation lifted following 39-car train derailment in SC

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 15:53
TRENTON, S.C (AP) — Authorities say an evacuation order has been lifted for all but four homes following a 39-car train derailment in rural South Carolina.

Police: DC man spent 48th birthday on a crime spree

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 15:38

This handout photo provided by the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office shows Ronald Anderson. Authorities say Anderson, accused of killing a Census Bureau guard before leading police on a car chase through Maryland and Washington has been charged with armed kidnapping and assault on a police officer. (AP Photo/Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office)WASHINGTON (AP) — Ronald Anderson spent his 48th birthday going on a crime spree in Washington and Maryland, police say.


Illinois hamlet to assess what's left after tornado kills 2

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 15:38

This photo shows Grubsteakers restaurant in Rochelle, Ill., Friday, April 10, 2015, after it was destroyed by severe weather that passed through the area Thursday night. Twelve people were trapped in the basement of the restaurant that collapsed. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)FAIRDALE, Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois residents whose rural hamlet was nearly leveled by a deadly twister may get to return to their homes Saturday to assess the damage from the storm that killed two women who shared a friendship, favors and the same neighborhood.


Kansas man arrested in bomb plot in support of Islamic State: prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 15:33
By Lindsay Dunsmuir and Kevin Murphy WASHINGTON/KANSAS CITY (Reuters) - A Kansas man was arrested on Friday as part of an FBI sting operation in which he was plotting a suicide car bombing at Fort Riley army base in support of the Islamic State militant group, prosecutors said. John T. Booker, Jr., 20, of Topeka, had arrived at the Kansas base with two undercover FBI agents to detonate what he did not realize was an inert bomb, prosecutors said. Booker was charged with three criminal counts including attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to Islamic State fighters, who have captured parts of Iraq and Syria over the past year and have sympathizers in several countries. A second Topeka man, Alexander Blair, 28, was arrested and charged on Friday with failing to report a felony.

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 15:02
"As the United States begins a new chapter in our relationship with Cuba, we hope it will create an environment that improves the lives of the Cuban people." — President Barack Obama to a meeting of civil society groups, which included Cuban dissidents, on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama.

4 dead in home; carbon monoxide eyed, car running in garage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 14:41

Bystanders gather at the scene where four people were found dead Friday, April 10, 2015, in the Floral Park neighborhood in New York, next to Long Island's Nassau County. Police say the four people in their 70s and 80s have been found dead in an apparent carbon monoxide poisoning after a car was left running in an attached garage. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)NEW YORK (AP) — Four elderly people were found dead in a home Friday in an apparent carbon monoxide poisoning after a car was left running in an attached garage, police said.


Ohio men cleared of murder after decades in prison to get $1.6 million

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:36
(Reuters) - Two Ohio men who were cleared of murder last year after spending decades in prison will receive about $1.6 million from the state for their wrongful imprisonment, a judge ruled on Friday. The Ohio Court of Claims judge ruled that Wiley Bridgeman and his brother, Kwame Ajamu, would get a combined $1.6 million from the state, court records show. The ruling comes just weeks after Ricky Jackson, who was also convicted for the 1975 murder, received roughly $1 million for his time served. Bridgeman, Ajamu and Jackson were all convicted for killing Cleveland-area money order salesman Harold Franks after a 12-year-old boy testified that he saw the attack, court papers show.