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Bats in president's attic generate flap in Ohio college town

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 13:05

In this Tuesday March 31, 2015 photo, Ohio University senior Ryant Taylor fires up the crowd gathered in front of the president’s former residence during a campus rally to protest the university moving President Roderick McDavis to a home off campus. McDavis and his wife relocated last month because of a bat infestation at the century-old house on campus. (AP Photo/Mitch Stacy)ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — The grand old president's house at the center of Ohio University's campus had plenty of maintenance issues, but the bats flapping in the attic have become a symbol of what some say are misguided priorities and wasteful spending.


Bats in president's attic generate flap in Ohio college town

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:59

In this Tuesday March 31, 2015 photo, Ohio University senior Ryant Taylor fires up the crowd gathered in front of the president’s former residence during a campus rally to protest the university moving President Roderick McDavis to a home off campus. McDavis and his wife relocated last month because of a bat infestation at the century-old house on campus. (AP Photo/Mitch Stacy)ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Bats are the talk of one Ohio college town after an infestation of the winged vermin drove the university president and his wife out of their on-campus home last month.


Woman walking inside fence at San Jose airport is 5th breach

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:30
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A woman walking on the airfield at a Silicon Valley airport probably jumped a fence, said authorities, who are now investigating their fifth security breach there in less than a year.

The latest developments on religious objections laws

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:25

Tippi McCulloch, center, surrounded by opponents of a religious objection measure passed by the Arkansas House the day before, speaks outside the governor's office, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to a religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A day after Arkansas lawmakers defied criticism to pass a religious objections bill, the governor of Arkansas held off on signing the measure, saying it needed changes before he could make the proposal into law.


Arkansas Senate takes up religion bill at governor's request

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:23

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, right, answers reporters' questions as Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, lisens at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to the state's religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics of the measure, including his own son and some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.


Chowchilla school bus kidnapper wins release from prison

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:19
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — One of three men who kidnapped 26 children and their school bus driver in Chowchilla, California, nearly 40 years ago was granted parole Wednesday in San Luis Obispo.

Funeral set, vigil held for slain Darby Borough police officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:55

Funeral set, vigil held for slain Darby Borough police officerFuneral arrangements are set and a vigil was also held Wednesday night for the Darby Borough police officer who was killed allegedly at the hands of his girlfriend.


Firefighters speak out after Elkins Park hostage standoff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:53

Firefighters speak out after Elkins Park hostage standoffOn Tuesday it was the scene of what could have been a horrible tragedy. On Wednesday we got a look inside the firehouse where a man took his former co-workers hostage in Montgomery County.


Missing Pittsgrove teen found safe in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:44

Missing Pittsgrove teen found safe in FloridaNew Jersey State Police say a missing Pittsgrove teenager has been found safe in Florida.


Careless smoking blamed for 4-alarm fire in Trenton

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:40

Careless smoking blamed for 4-alarm fire in TrentonOfficials say they believe careless smoking was to blame for a 4-alarm fire in Trenton that left residents displaced.


Police: Officers shoot man violently attacking parents

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:38

 Officers shoot man violently attacking parentsPolice officers were forced to shoot a man who they say was violently attacking his parents with a knife in an apartment in Hamilton Township, New Jersey.


New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:35

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption chargesSen. Bob Menendez predicted he would be "vindicated" and said "this is not how my career is going to end" in a defiant statement in front of reporters and cheering supporters Wednesday evening.


Indiana family says their pizzeria won't cater gay weddings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:08
WALKERTON, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman whose family owns a small-town pizzeria says the state's new religious objections law supports the restaurant's right to deny service to any same-sex couples who might ask them to cater their wedding.

Arizona recycling truck driver saves kitten from the trash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:54

In this March 30, 2015, photo provided by Rhonda Humbles, an orange tabby kitten sits in a box in Peoria, Ariz. A Peoria recycling truck driver is being credited with saving the kitten from the trash. (AP Photo/Rhonda Humbles)PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — A recycling truck driver in suburban Phoenix is being credited with saving a kitten from the trash.


Arkansas governor seeks fix of religion bill seen as targeting gays

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:46

Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson discusses the findings and recommendations of the National School Shield Program in WashingtonBy Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson told lawmakers on Wednesday to revise a bill that rights activists and U.S. businesses said allowed discrimination against gays, and home-state corporate giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc praised his action. The state's Senate took up the challenge late on Wednesday, sending to the House of Representatives legislation that would bring the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into line with federal statutes. Indiana's governor a day earlier said lawmakers should fix a similar RFRA. In a news conference at the Capitol in Little Rock, Hutchinson, who previously said he would sign the bill, said he was sending the act back to the Republican-controlled legislature to be rewritten so it can better balance tolerance for diversity and protections of religious freedom.


Assistant fire chief in Indiana demoted after tying noose

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:42
MARION, Ind. (AP) — An assistant fire chief in Indiana has accepted a demotion after tying a rope into a noose in the presence of a black firefighter whose wife belongs to the family of a lynching victim.

Colorado theater shooting case costs $2.2M before trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:27

FILE - In this June 4, 2013, file photo, Aurora, Colo., theater shooting defendant James Holmes appears in court in Centennial, Colo. Taxpayer costs for the Colorado theater shooting case have risen to at least $2.2 million before the trial has even started. That figure doesn't include legal costs for the defendant. The Holmes trial is expected to start April 27. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, file)DENVER (AP) — Public spending to investigate and prosecute Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes has surpassed $2.2 million, weeks before opening statements in his trial, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.


Getty oil heir's death latest in string of family tragedies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:27

A police officer creates a perimeter outside a home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Police say a man was found dead at the home of Andrew Getty, heir to Getty oil fortune. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a family name that has long been associated with unimaginable wealth and sometimes unspeakable tragedy.


Police: 4 dead in Tulsa home in apparent murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:25
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The bodies of four people, including two young boys, were discovered in a Tulsa home in what police suspect was a murder-suicide.

Victims' family at exec's crash sentencing: You're heartless

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:19
NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — Family members of a Vermont couple killed in a car crash were unflinching during a sentencing hearing Wednesday as they poured out their anger toward a New Hampshire man who admitted causing the wreck, which also killed their unborn fetus.