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Split high court now holds fate of Obama immigration actions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 04:15

Supporters of fair immigration reform hold hands as they leave together after hearing arguments at the Supreme Court in the case U.S. versus Texas, Monday, April 18, 2016 in Washington. The Supreme Court is taking up an important dispute over immigration that could affect millions of people who are living in the country illegally. The Obama administration is asking the justices in arguments today to allow it to put in place two programs that could shield roughly 4 million people from deportation and make them eligible to work in the United States. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative Supreme Court justices expressed sharp skepticism about President Barack Obama's immigration efforts Monday, leaving his actions to help millions of people who are in the country illegally in the hands of a seemingly divided court.


Kuwait's oil minister urges striking union to resume work

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 03:38
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's acting oil minister has urged striking union workers to get back to their jobs, promising the government will not reduce their "core benefits."

The 2016 Pulitzer winners in journalism and the arts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 03:31
The 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners:

Ex-St. Louis police association head charged with fraud

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 03:30
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis police sergeant who used to lead an association for black officers was indicted Monday on allegations that he defrauded the organization of more than $80,000.

Faith leaders decry plan to shield execution drug suppliers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 03:23

Death row exoneree Harold Wilson, thrid from right, leaves the podium after adressing a press conference at the General Assembly Building in Richmond, Va., Monday, April 18, 2016, with faith leaders opposed to the death penalty. The group of religious leaders is denouncing Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's effort to shield the identities of pharmacies that supply drugs for executions. Two of those participating were Bishop Carroll Baltimore, Immediate National Past President, PNBC, second from right, and Rev. Max Blalock, William & Mary Wesley Foundation, right. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP).RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Religious leaders urged Virginia lawmakers on Monday to put an end to capital punishment and reject Gov. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's proposal to shield the identities of pharmacies that supply lethal drugs for executions.


Philadelphia police officer shot and wounded by suspect

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 03:22
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say charges are pending against two men captured after a shooting that injured a police officer who tried to stop a carjacking in west Philadelphia.

Former Virginia police officer pleads guilty to 2013 shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 03:21
Adam Torres, who had worked nine years as a Fairfax County police officer, faces a 12-month sentence in the death of John Geer, of Springfield, Virginia, as part of a plea deal reached just before the trial which was scheduled to begin on Monday, his lawyer John Carroll said in an interview.

Associated Press wins public service Pulitzer for stories on slave labor in seafood industry

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 03:04
NEW YORK (AP) — Associated Press wins public service Pulitzer for stories on slave labor in seafood industry.

Factbox: Legal issues in Supreme Court immigration case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 03:03
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments in a challenge brought by Texas and other states to President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. The eight justices confronted a series of legal questions beginning with whether Texas and the other state challengers even had grounds to bring the case. Obama's November 2014 orders affect immigrants in the country illegally whose children are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents or who themselves have been in the United States since they were children.

One U.S. citizen confirmed dead in Ecuador quake: State Department

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 03:00

People look through debris as rescue efforts continue in PedernalesOne U.S. citizen is confirmed to have died in Saturday's 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador, the U.S. State Department said on Monday. "We are aware of the death of one U.S. citizen," State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters, saying U.S. and Ecuadorean authorities are seeking to verify the welfare and the whereabouts of all U.S. citizens in the area when the quake hit.


Despite spotlight, proving Flint lead damages no slam dunk

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 02:52

File photo of Flint Michigan residents waiting in line for a House Oversight and government Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in WashingtonLuke Waid drives 20 miles each day to shower at a relative's place, hauls bottled water back to his Flint, Michigan, home and worries about his 2-year-old daughter's irritability. "I’m not sure." That uncertainty also presents a challenge to the lawyers who have enlisted as many as 1,800 residents, including Waid, as plaintiffs in lawsuits over contamination in the Flint's water supply. The problem began in April 2014 when the city, then under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager, switched its water source to the Flint River from Lake Huron as a cost-saving measure, and corrosive river water caused lead to leach into the water supply.


The Latest: Prosecutor 'pleased' Capitol plot trial is set

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 02:33
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on the competency hearing for Capitol terror plot suspect Christopher Lee Cornell (all times local):

Crash on Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) leaves 1 hurt, blocks traffic

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 02:25

Crash on Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) leaves 1 hurt, blocks trafficAt least one person has been injured in a crash that has tied up traffic on the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) near Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.


Tax time: More than 5M returns expected by midnight deadline

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 02:21

 More than 5M returns expected by midnight deadlineWASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of taxpayers were facing a midnight deadline to file their tax returns, while millions of others were asking for a six-month extension. The filing deadline on Monday was delayed three days beyond the traditional April 15 deadline because Friday was a legal holiday in the District of Columbia.


Hundreds of demonstrators arrested at U.S. Capitol

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 02:14
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Approximately 300 people were arrested on Monday outside the U.S. Capitol as demonstrators entered their second week of protests on issues ranging from the financing of political campaigns to easing college students' debt load.

'Impossible' director Bayona set for 'Jurassic World' sequel

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 02:12

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2012 file photo, director J.A. Bayona arrives at "The Impossible" premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. Bayona will direct Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s "Jurassic World 2," the sequel to the blockbuster "Jurassic World." (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Universal Pictures has announced J.A. Bayona will direct the sequel to "Jurassic World."


Parents complain about handcuffing of elementary students

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 02:12
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Angry parents are demanding action after they say at least five students were handcuffed at a Middle Tennessee elementary school for not stopping an off-campus fight.

Fresno County wineries hold barrel tasting event

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 02:02

Fresno County wineries hold barrel tasting eventBeer and wine lovers are getting the chance to taste their way through Fresno County.


Police: Father 'recklessly' waving gun killed daughter, 4

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 01:59

This undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Maurice Phillips, who was charged with third-degree murder in the Saturday, April 16, 2016, death of his 4-year-old Tahirah Phillips. (Philadelphia Police Department via AP) MANDATORY CREDITPHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia father was "carelessly and recklessly" waving a gun around a small bedroom with seven children present when it went off, killing his 4-year-old daughter, authorities said Monday.


Fraud sentencing delayed for FastTrain college operator

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 01:58
MIAMI (AP) — Sentencing has been delayed for the former head of a for-profit college called FastTrain in a multimillion-dollar U.S. government fraud scam.