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Fancy a 'political revolution'? Try 'Bernie's Yearning' ice cream

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:48

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at Iowa State University in Ames, IowaThe flavor named "Bernie's Yearning" is mint ice cream topped with a solid chocolate disk, to reflect Sanders' campaign theme of economic inequality, according to Ben Cohen, co-founder of Vermont-based Ben & Jerry's. Beneath it, the rest of us," according to the label, which suggests eaters smash up the chocolate and mix it with the ice cream. Cohen launched the flavor on his own using "Ben's Best" branding and said it is not an endorsement by Ben & Jerry's, now a unit of Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch consumer products maker.


Escaped California inmates were charged with violent crimes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:47

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.


Anti-abortion activists indicted in Texas for Planned Parenthood video

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:47

A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New YorkTwo anti-abortion activists behind the filming of videos on fetal tissue procurement by Planned Parenthood were indicted by a Texas grand jury on Monday, while clearing the women's health group of any wrong-doing. The videos released last summer led Texas and other Republican-controlled states to try to halt funding for local Planned Parenthood operations, with Republicans in the U.S. Congress also pushing for a funding cut. "After a lengthy and thorough investigation by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, the Texas Rangers, and the Houston Police Department, a Harris County grand jury took no action Monday against Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast," the Harris County District Attorney's office said in a statement.


Trial starts for oil truck operator in North Dakota murder-for-hire case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:46
The trial of an oil truck operator charged with orchestrating the killings of two business rivals competing for work in North Dakota's Bakken oil patch began on Monday in Washington state. James Henrikson admitted in a September plea agreement to an interstate murder-for-hire plot to kill Kristopher "KC" Clarke in February 2012 in North Dakota and Douglas Carlile in December 2013 in Spokane, Washington. The trial was scheduled after a U.S. judge in eastern Washington granted Henrikson's request to withdraw his guilty plea in November.

Stroke does not deter Saint Joe's Avery Marz's goal to play basketball

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:42

Stroke does not deter Saint Joe's Avery Marz's goal to play basketballThe hawk will never die. That's the Saint Joe's motto and the same can be said about the drive of Avery Marz.


Slain officer called loving, talkative by wife, colleagues

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:36

The funeral procession for Unified police officer Doug Barney makes it's way towards the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. Barney was killed in the line of duty on Sunday, Jan. 17. (Scott G Winterton/Deseret News via AP))WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) — The first U.S. police officer killed on duty this year was remembered Monday as a talkative man who loved to fix cars, spend time with his family and greet people with his signature line, "What's up my brother?"


UN panel: South Sudan rival leaders qualify for sanctions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:35
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's president and a rebel leader both merit sanctions because their troops have targeted civilians and broken international law, a U.N. panel of experts says in a new report obtained by The Associated Press.

The Latest: Indicted anti-abortion group say it follows law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:34
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a Texas grand jury indicting two anti-abortion activists who covertly recorded videos of Planned Parenthood clinics (all times local):

UN OKs mission to monitor future cease-fire in Colombia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:31
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Monday unanimously approved a resolution to establish a political mission to monitor and verify a future cease-fire in Colombia that would end Latin America's longest-running guerrilla conflict.

Man accused of negligent homicide in death of grandmother

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:31
LAPLACE, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities say a man who ignored his 90-year-old grandmother's cries for help as she lay on her garage floor has been charged with negligent homicide after she was found dead.

Driver breaks down at trial for crash that killed officer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:23

Francis Belizaire holds his head in his hand after testifying in Nassau County Court on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Mineola, N.Y. Belizaire testified about how he struck and killed a police officer investigating an accident on the Long Island Expressway in October 2012. The Nassau County district attorney did not charge Belizaire in the officer's death, but instead is prosecuting an alleged drunken driver, whom they say set off a sequence of crashes, including the one involving Belizaire that resulted in the officer's death. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A man who struck and killed a New York police officer investigating an accident on the Long Island Expressway broke down in tears testifying at the trial of another driver who is charged in the officer's death, saying he had barely a second to stop before smashing his SUV into the officer and the other man's vehicle.


APNewsBreak: Survey: Religious objections law cost millions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:18

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.


A look at anti-crime measures proposed in New Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:16

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2015, file photo, Nicole Chavez, left, mother of a teen killed in a drive-by shooting, listens while New Mexico House Majority Leader Nate Gentry, R-Albuquerque, speaks about proposed legislation to punish repeat violent offenders, in Albuquerque, N.M. A slate of proposed tough-on-crime measures brought in reaction to shootings, a spate of assaults and a homicide rate in Albuquerque that increased by 53 percent in 2015 has become a major focal point of the 30-day legislative session that began this week in Santa Fe. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A push is underway in New Mexico to lengthen prison terms and let judges deny bail. The agenda is reminiscent of a wave of 1990s anti-crime laws that some states are now reversing.


Home heating oil spills into Schuylkill River in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:11

Home heating oil spills into Schuylkill River in Center CityOfficials are on the scene where home heating oil is spilling into the Schuylkill River in Center City Philadelphia.


Correct way of removing snow from roof

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:09

Correct way of removing snow from roofExperts say a foot of heavy snow on a 1,600 square foot house weighs as much as 14 tons.


Q&A: A look at the Detroit Public Schools teacher sick-outs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:06

Protesters stand outside Cadillac Place, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Detroit, where a judge is hearing arguments in a case that could force teachers to stop skipping school. The teachers' so-called sick-outs have repeatedly forced the district to close schools during the past two weeks, keeping thousands of students at home, so in a bid to stop the absences, the district filed a lawsuit. Teachers are upset over pay, class sizes, building conditions and Gov. Rick Snyder's plan to overhaul the district. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Public Schools teachers have complained for several years about poor pay, overcrowded classrooms, a lack of supplies, unsafe building conditions and uncertainty about their futures as the district struggles under a mountain of debt. Rolling teacher sick-outs have — so far in January — forced the district to close dozens of schools on some days. A preliminary hearing will be held next month on the district's lawsuit seeking to end the sick-outs.


AP INVESTIGATION: Feds' failures imperil migrant children

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:00

Marvin Velasco, 15, poses at his new home in Los Angeles on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. In September 2014, Velasco said he soon realized that nine other people lived in the apartment of his first sponsor in the United States, a distant relative whom he had never met. The sponsor told Velasco he would be punished if he left the apartment, and demanded rent payments. When Velasco told the sponsor he wanted to study, the man called the boy's parents in Guatemala, threatening to kick him out if they didn't pay. Then he started withholding food, Velasco said. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES (AP) — As tens of thousands of children fleeing violence in Central America crossed the border in search of safe harbor, overwhelmed U.S. officials weakened child protection policies, placing some young migrants in homes where they were sexually assaulted, starved or forced to work for little or no pay, an Associated Press investigation has found.


The Latest: Many public school students get 2nd snow day

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:55

 slippery roads, spotty transit service mounds of snow, and closed schools and government offices.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on recovery efforts following the blizzard that slammed a large swath of the United States (all times local):


Tribe asks feds to stop armed group's free travel at refuge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:50

A grader is used on a road at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. An armed group has been occupying the refuge since Jan. 2 to protest federal land use policies. The leader of an armed group occupying the refuge met briefly with a federal agent Friday, but left because the agent wouldn't talk with him in front of the media. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)The Burns Paiute Tribe wants federal officials to bar armed activists from traveling back and forth to a national wildlife preserve they are occupying in southeastern Oregon, fearing tribal artifacts will go missing or the group will disturb burial grounds.


Investigators fault community planning in deadly 2013 Texas explosion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:44

The site of a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas is pictured from the air as U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama assess the damage from Marine OneThe blast was especially deadly because the first responders who gathered to fight a fire at the at the company had not trained for an emergency at the facility and likely did not know the ammonium nitrate could explode, the report said. A Reuters investigation conducted in the weeks after the explosion found hundreds of schools, 20 hospitals and 13 churches, as well as hundreds of thousands of households located near ammonium nitrate storage sites across the United States.