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Trump, Clinton look for wins on home turf in New York

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:29

 Trump, Clinton winnersHillary Clinton looked to her adopted home state of New York for a convincing primary victory Tuesday to strengthen her claim to the Democratic presidential nomination, while Republican Donald Trump hoped a big win would steady his campaign after setbacks and internal turmoil.


Retailer Target says transgender people can use bathroom of their choice

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:25

The sign outside the Target store in ArvadaThe move came after North Carolina last month became the first U.S. state to require transgender people to use restrooms and changing rooms in schools and other public facilities that match their sex at birth rather than their gender identity. The law in North Carolina does not affect private-sector businesses, which are free to set their own policies, Governor Pat McCrory said in issuing an executive order related to the measure earlier this month. Backers of the legislation in the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature say it is meant to protect privacy rights and keep children and women safe from sexual predators.


Woman critical after hit by car in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:19

Woman critical after hit by car in Center CityA woman is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle in Center City Philadelphia.


Brothers charged with killing missing Washington couple

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:11

These undated booking photos provided by the Snohomish County Sheriff Office shows Tony Reed, left and John Reed. Authorities are searching for the two brothers who were involved in a property dispute with a missing Washington state couple. Neighbors reported Patrick Shunn and his wife, Monique Patenaude, of Arlington missing on Tuesday when their livestock was left unattended, and detectives in Snohomish County now believe they were killed. (Snohomish County Sheriff Office via AP )SEATTLE (AP) — Two brothers wanted in the disappearance and presumed slayings of a Washington state couple may be heading for the Mexican border, authorities said Tuesday as they charged the pair with first-degree murder.


Man paroled in conspiracy to photograph senator's ill wife

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:06
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi blogger is out of prison after serving several months for sneaking into a nursing home to shoot unauthorized video of the ailing wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran during the Southern Republican's hard-fought 2014 campaign.

Colorado lawmakers target edible pot in fruit, animal shapes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:00

FILE - This April 18, 2014, file photo shows edible marijuana products on display at a medical marijuana dispensary in Denver. Colorado's marijuana experiment is under threat by the very popularity of eating it instead of smoking it, so the pot industry is joining health officials and state regulators in studying the problem of consumers eating too much too quickly. Pot-infused lemon drops and other marijuana edibles that resemble fruits could be coming off Colorado shelves, the latest front in a battle by lawmakers to eradicate retail pot products that could appeal to kids. The bill up for its first hearing in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, also would ban infused edibles shaped like animals or people. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)DENVER (AP) — Pot-infused lemon drops and other marijuana edibles that resemble fruits could be coming off Colorado shelves, the latest front in a battle by lawmakers to eradicate retail pot products that could appeal to kids.


Religious group sues San Francisco over open-air urinal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:58

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2016 file photo, passengers who exited a San Francisco MUNI streetcar walk past an outdoor urinal across from Dolores Park in San Francisco. A religious organization is suing the city San Francisco to remove the open-air urinal it calls unsanitary and offensive to the senses from a popular park. The San Francisco Chinese Christian Union filed a civil complaint on Thursday, April 14, 2016, demanding the city remove the concrete circular urinal from the iconic Dolores Park. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A religious organization sued the city of San Francisco to remove an open-air urinal from a popular park that it calls unsanitary and indecent.


The Latest: Houston-area flooding death toll now at 7

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:56

A resident of a retirement and assisted living complex is helped by rescue personnel as the facility is evacuated due to rising floodwaters, 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 heavy rains and flooding in the Houston area, plus other parts of Texas (all times local):


Passover vacation niche grows to dozens of destinations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:56

In this April 18, 2016 photo, Rabbi Raphael Berdugo checks parsley for insects as part of the preparation for the Passover holiday at the Waldorf Astoria resort at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. More than 1,000 Jews are expected to stay at the resort and take part in the eight day celebration. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Most Jews around the world say the traditional "Next year in Jerusalem" at the end of the annual Passover Seder feast. Last year, St. Louis native David Benkof said to himself, "Next year in Disney World."


Retailer Target to let transgender people use bathroom of their choice

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:47

The sign outside the Target store in ArvadaThe move came after North Carolina last month became the first U.S. state to require transgender people to use restrooms and changing rooms in schools and other public facilities that match their sex at birth rather than their gender identity. Backers of the measure in the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature say it is meant to protect privacy rights and keep children and women safe from sexual predators. PayPal Holdings and Deutsche Bank are among the companies that halted projects in North Carolina following the bill's passage.


North Carolina business leaders demand repeal of transgender law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:42
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C./NEW YORK (Reuters) - North Carolina business leaders on Tuesday called for a repeal of a new state law they blamed for mounting economic losses as opponents cancel jobs and events over concerns that it discriminates against gay and transgender people. The call from the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce adds to growing pressure on Republican Governor Pat McCrory and lawmakers from corporations, celebrities and activist groups ahead of a legislative session that begins on Monday. "This legislation is bad for business and bad for North Carolina," the chamber said in a statement.

Jury clears Minneapolis officer on most corruption charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:38
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal jury has acquitted a Minneapolis police officer on most of the charges that he used excessive force and then tried to cover it up.

Brothers sought in U.S. manhunt may be fleeing to Mexico: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:34

John and Tony Reed are pictured in this undated handout photoTwo brothers suspected in the presumed murder of a married couple who lived next door to one of the men in Washington state may be trying to flee to Mexico, a county sheriff's office said on Tuesday. Detectives believe the brothers, one of whom according to court records was locked in an "ongoing and constant" property dispute with the couple, ditched a Volkswagen on Monday in Phoenix and were in possession of an Acura, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. The Acura's license plates were electronically scanned at an unspecified location near the Calexico, California, which borders on Mexico, the office said.


New York voters speak out on primary that's like few others

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:32

Darling Diaz, left, talks with poll worker Jamie Williams-Rivera before voting in the Flushing neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The sign includes instructions in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Bengali. Diaz is originally from the Dominican Republic. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — Voters across the state are casting ballots in presidential primaries that could be pivotal for Republicans and Democrats.


Missing Oklahoma boy's aunt, uncle charged with murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:29
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against an Oklahoma couple in the 2006 disappearance of their 9-year-old nephew, alleging the couple beat the boy to death and coerced his brother to repeat a rehearsed story to authorities.

U.S. probes tax avoidance schemes mentioned in Panama papers: Guardian

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:24

File photo of a company list showing the Mossack Fonseca law firm on a sign at the Arango Orillac Building in Panama CityThe U.S. attorney for Manhattan, Preet Bharara, has written to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), requesting additional details to aid his investigation, the newspaper said. The ICIJ published the documents that have become known as the Panama Papers on April 3. The 11.5 million confidential documents contain information on about 214,000 offshore companies compiled by Panamanian lawyers Mossack Fonseca that illustrate how individuals and corporations hide assets from public scrutiny and avoid taxes.


Muslims want to review deal preventing illegal surveillance

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:22
NEW YORK (AP) — Members of the Muslim community asked Tuesday for more time to digest an agreement aimed at preventing illegal surveillance by the New York Police Department, saying they want to use the Ramadan season starting in early June to spread word among people still traumatized by police surveillance conducted since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Irregularities plague U.S. presidential primary vote in New York

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:10

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump exits the polling station after voting for the New York primary election in the Manhattan borough of New York CityBy Edward Krudy and Susan Cornwell NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump were favored to win their parties' U.S. presidential nominating contests in New York state on Tuesday, but voting was overshadowed by official confirmation that more than 125,000 people were missing from New York City voter rolls and reports of other irregularities. New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer ordered an audit of the city elections board after it confirmed the names had been removed from voter rolls. Opinion polls in New York put Clinton, 68, a former U.S. senator from the state, ahead of Brooklyn-born U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, 74, of Vermont in the Democratic race.


Last Mormon missionary hurt in Brussels bombing back in Utah

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:06
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The family of a 66-year-old Mormon missionary who suffered severe burns on more than a third of his body in the Brussels airport bombing said Tuesday he faces a long recovery but is happy to be back in Utah and improving slowly.

Los Angeles council votes for workers to get six days paid sick leave

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:00
The Los Angeles City Council voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to require all employers in the second-biggest U.S. city to offer workers at least six days of paid sick leave a year, twice the mandatory minimum under California labor law. The new sick leave entitlement, building on a movement by cities and states across the country to improve pay and benefits for the working poor, would take effect on July 1 after a final, pro forma vote, coinciding with a scheduled minimum wage hike from $9 to $10.50 an hour in Los Angeles. As with the phased-in wage ordinance enacted last year, businesses employing 25 or fewer workers would get an extra year to begin providing the annual paid sick leave minimum of 48 hours - equivalent to six days for employees who work eight-hour shifts.