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Christie won't talk immigration on Mexico trip

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:20

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is accompanied by a security detail as he arrives to have lunch at Tacos El Caminero in Mexico City, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. The potential 2016 U.S. presidential contender has called his three-day trade mission to Mexico a learning opportunity. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)MEXICO CITY (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday said he has no plans to lay out his positon on immigration reform until — and if — he decides to run for president.

Dad in Georgia hot car death charged with murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:14

File of Justin Ross Harris sitting in Cobb County Magistrate Court in Marietta, GeorgiaMARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man who prosecutors say sat in his office exchanging nude photos with women while his son languished for hours in a hot car was charged with murder on Thursday, more than two months after the child's death.

Report finds lack of trust in Alaska Guard command

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:03

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell addresses a scathing report into allegations of sexual assault in the Alaska National Guard during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska. Parnell requested the report be conducted by the National Guard Bureau's Office of Complex Investigations. Parnell said he sought and received the resignation of Alaska National Guard Adjutant Gen. Thomas Katkus after receiving the report. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A scathing report into allegations of sexual assault and fraud in the Alaska National Guard finds that victims do not trust the system because of a lack of confidence in the command.

Ruling against BP could mean $18 billion in fines

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:02

Signage for a BP petrol station is pictured in LondonNEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP could be looking at close to $18 billion in additional fines over the nation's worst offshore oil spill after a federal judge ruled Thursday that the company acted with "gross negligence" in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.

NC men freed after 30 years will seek pardons

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:51
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two men are planning to ask for pardons after they were freed this week from a North Carolina prison following the discovery of evidence that they didn't kill a young girl 30 years ago.

32 states ask Supreme Court to settle gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:39
BOSTON (AP) — Thirty-two states that either allow gay marriage or have banned it asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to settle the issue once and for all.

Nuke dump cleanup plans expected in 2 weeks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:32
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Officials working to reopen the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico say they are making significant progress and will detail their recovery plans in two weeks.

Hurricane Norbert heads up Mexico's Pacific coast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:28

00 AM EDT shows fairly quiet weather conditions throughout the west with high pressure in control. A storm system in the Northern Rockies is creating some showers and thunderstorms into the Northern Plains. Hurricane Norbert is off the coast of Mexico and is moving to the North at 8 MPH. The storm is going to stay just off shore the Western Mexico Coast and produce winds up to 80 MPH. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Norbert scattered rain along Mexico's Pacific coast on Thursday as it headed for a brush with the Los Cabos resorts.

Free breakfast, lunch for all Philadephia school students

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:27

Free breakfast, lunch for all Philadephia school studentsAll students in The School District of Philadelphia will be able to receive breakfast and lunch free of charge starting this school year.

Texas daycare center accused of withholding water to keep diapers dry

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:26
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas child care center accused of duct-taping children to mats at nap time also withheld water from children to avoid frequent diaper changes, according to an investigation by the state's regulatory agency for child care licensing. Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said the Heart2Heart Montessori Academy near Fort Worth was likely negligent in proper care giving, a spokeswoman said on Thursday. "The caregivers were withholding water from the children to avoid diaper changes," it said in a letter to the center without offering further details.

California sued over pepper-spray death of mentally ill prisoner

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:22
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The mother and father of a mentally ill California prison inmate, who died after being pepper-sprayed in his cell, sued the state correctional system on Thursday, charging that guards failed to help him and tried to cover up the circumstances of his death. District Court lawsuit, filed in Sacramento by the parents of Joseph Duran, 35, comes just weeks after California announced new policies curbing the use of force against mentally ill prisoners in response to a judge's ruling that the state had violated their constitutional rights. Elaine and Steven Duran allege in their court papers that guards covered up the circumstances of their son's death in part to influence a class-action suit against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation that led to the ruling. "If it became known that Duran's death was the result of the gratuitous use of OC pepper spray against a severely mentally ill inmate, then that would dramatically underscore CDCR's problems with its use of force policy as it relates to mentally ill inmates," the lawsuit says.

Authorities remove pet monkey from Phoenix home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:18

In this photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department, authorities Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, remove a small pet capuchin monkey from a Phoenix woman's home after receiving a tip about bad conditions there. Members of the sheriff's animal crimes unit went to the home after getting the tip from a caller. They reported finding extremely poor living conditions and described the unidentified 78-year-old owner as a hoarder. Sheriff's officials say the monkey appeared to be in good shape, but its living conditions were deplorable. It was being taken to a zoological society in Prescott that specializes in housing primates. (AP Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Department)PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say they've subdued and removed a small pet monkey from a Phoenix woman's home after receiving a tip about bad conditions there.

Tesla picks Nevada for $5 billion battery plant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:16

File of a Tesla S electric car and a charging station are displayed during the press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in DetroitBy Sandra Chereb CARSON CITY Nevada (Reuters) - Tesla Motors Inc has selected Nevada as the site for a $5 billion battery factory that will be key to its next generation of electric cars, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval announced on Thursday. The California-based electric car maker is still hammering out the final details on the plant that will crank out cheaper and more efficient battery packs for Tesla's future cars, including the $35,000 Model 3 that is due in 2017. Japan's Panasonic Corp will produce lithium ion cells for battery packs and will fund part of the cost of the plant, which is considered an important part of Tesla's ambitions of taking on major automakers.

New York City police to test wearable cameras in coming months

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:15
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's police commissioner unveiled body cameras on Thursday that his department will start testing soon, demonstrating the equipment by playing a short video showing a notably good-natured traffic stop from an officer's perspective. "I'll be right back." It is the sort of genteel encounter between an officer and a civilian that Bill Bratton, the city's police commissioner since January, said he hoped would become more common if both parties know they are being recorded. Other departments already using the cameras have found they tend to bring out the best behavior on both sides and "de-escalate" encounters with police, Bratton said at a news conference at the headquarters of the nation's largest police department. The death of Michael Brown, the unarmed Missouri teenager shot in the street by a police officer in disputed circumstances last month, has brought renewed attention to the technology.

Nevada offers Tesla up to $1.3B for battery plant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:12

Crews with heavy construction equipment work Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center 15 miles east of Sparks, Nev., where Tesla Motors Inc. plans to build a 6,500 worker "gigafactory" to mass produce cheaper lithium batteries for its next line of more-affordable electric cars. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval announced Thursday that Tesla Motors will build a massive battery factory in the state as long as legislators approve tax breaks and other incentives worth up to $1.3 billion over 20 years.

In 911 call, man describes finding sons, wife shot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:04
CINCINNATI (AP) — A man whose estranged wife and two sons were shot in a suspected murder-suicide told a 911 dispatcher that he found them lying on a bed with the couple's wedding pictures on the floor.

Texas stripper sentenced to 20 years for starving her children

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:00
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A Texas woman who authorities said worked as a "freelance stripper" was sentenced on Thursday by a jury to 20 years in prison for starving her two daughters and neglecting their care. Kayela McClintick, 24 and of San Antonio, was convicted a day earlier by the same jury after it deliberated for about half an hour on two counts of injury to a child by omission.

U.S. court rejects gay-marriage bans as 'implausible'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:57

A box of cupcakes are seen topped with icons of same-sex couples at City Hall in San FranciscoJudge Richard Posner, appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1981, wrote the unanimous decision on behalf of a three-judge panel of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. The court ruled against the bans. Supreme Court weighs in during its coming term. The arguments advanced by both states in defense of the bans were "totally implausible," wrote Posner, 75 and the panel's lone Republican appointee.

Florida officials appeal gay-marriage ruling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:57
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials are appealing a federal judge's ruling that a state ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

Nevada says battery plant incentives to Tesla more than $1 billion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:56
Nevada state officials said on Thursday that the state has offered Tesla Motors tax incentives totaling more than $1 billion over 20 years to locate a battery plant in the state. The incentives will come in the form of tax breaks and abatements, state officials said. Tesla plans a $5 billion battery plant in Nevada for its cars assembled in Fremont, California.