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From poor immigrant to Arizona's 1st Hispanic governor

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 07:44

FILE - This Aug. 2, 2006 file photo shows Raul Hector Castro, former governor of Arizona and former U.S. ambassador to El Salvador and Argentina, talks during a news conference in Bisbee, Ariz. Castro, Arizona's only Hispanic governor and an American ambassador to three countries, died Friday, April 10, 2015. He was 98. Family spokesman James Garcia said Castro died in his sleep in San Diego, where he was in hospice care. (AP Photo/Sierra Vista Herald, Ed Honda,File)PHOENIX (AP) — Raul Hector Castro first noticed discrimination on his way to school in a dusty Arizona border town.

Health clinic settles first transgender bias lawsuit by U.S. agency

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 07:41
A Florida health clinic has agreed to pay $150,000 to a transgender former employee who claimed she was fired because she transitioned to a woman, in the first case of its kind brought by the U.S. government. The settlement between Lakeland Eye Clinic and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of the former employee, Brandi Branson, was approved late Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge Mary Scriven in Tampa, Florida. The case, along with a similar lawsuit by the EEOC against a Detroit funeral home, has been closely watched by companies and LGBT groups because it could help establish new legal protections for transgender workers. The settlement came a week after the EEOC issued a decision ordering the U.S. Army to pay unspecified damages to a transgender civilian employee in Alabama who was required to use a unisex bathroom after she transitioned to a woman.

Tornado kills 2 people, destroys homes in tiny Illinois town

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 07:40

Tornado kills 2 people, destroys homes in tiny Illinois townA second woman from a tiny Illinois farming community has died, Gov. Bruce Rauner confirmed Friday.

AccuWeather: Sunshine Returns for the Weekend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 07:38

 Sunshine Returns for the WeekendMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking the return of dry, pleasant weather.

Former TV pitchman pleads guilty in owl harassment case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 07:34

FILE - In this Dec. 2014, file photo, Dell "Super Dell" Schanze arrives for a court appearance at the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City. Schanze, a former TV pitchman in Utah accused of kicking a barn owl in flight while riding a motorized paraglider, is expected to enter a plea in the case. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former TV pitchman in Utah accused of kicking a barn owl in flight while riding a motorized paraglider pleaded guilty to the charges Friday, one day after a proposed plea deal fell through when he refused to admit to the crime.

U.S. Secret Service officer arrested for burglary with handgun

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 07:29
By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Secret Service officer was arrested by police in Washington on Friday for allegedly trying to break into the home of a woman while carrying a handgun, according to a police report. The officer, Arthur Baldwin, was charged with destruction of property and burglary, said D.C. Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump.

San Diego, Los Angeles mayors take stage in drought fight

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 07:28
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced this week that his city would be deploying water cops and offering money to rip up lawns in an effort to save water during an escalating drought.

Atlantic City fining powerless Revel casino $5,000 daily

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 07:28

Atlantic City fining powerless Revel casino $5,000 dailyAtlantic City has started fining the shuttered and now powerless former Revel casino for safety violations.

Suspects sought in brutal attack on man at Olney gas station

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 07:26

Suspects sought in brutal attack on man at Olney gas stationSeveral people are being sought in a brutal attack on a man at a gas station in Olney. Police say the suspects got out of a van and beat the victim with various weapons including a hammer.

Kansas imam: Man accused of bomb plot had mental problems

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 07:19
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The imam of a Topeka mosque says a 20-year-old man accused of planning a suicide attack at Fort Riley was mentally ill and was brought to the mosque by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for counseling.

3 arrests in mob attack on sisters in Trenton park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 07:18

3 arrests in mob attack on sisters in Trenton parkPolice say they've made three arrests in a mob attack on two teenage sisters in a Trenton park earlier this week.

Saudis say UN could vote soon on Yemen sanctions resolution

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 07:14
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Saudi Arabia's U.N. ambassador said Friday a vote on a draft United Nations resolution that would impose new sanctions on leaders of Yemen's Houthi Shiite rebels and the country's former president and his son will likely take place early next week.

Officials release video of Boston cop shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 07:09

Still image from video shows police officers shooting at a man fleeing a stopped car in BostonBy Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts officials on Friday released video footage showing the near-fatal shooting of a Boston police officer last month by a man who was subsequently shot dead by other officers. "It is in everyone’s best interest to share (this) information as soon as possible in order to tamp down speculation and rumors meant to inflame and not inform," Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said at a news conference.

Biden talks about workforce training during Bay Area visit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 07:07
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden visited a power plant in Oakland, California, on Friday and spoke with veterans enrolled in a job-training program as part of a two-day swing through the Bay Area.

Monkey deaths prompt investigation of Harvard primate center

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 07:04
SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating the New England Primate Research Center run by Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts in response to the deaths of six monkeys at the Oregon Zoo last year, shortly after they arrived from the center.

NC high court orders new trial for boastful death row inmate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 06:57

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2011, file photo, Danny Hembree looks back at family members in the courtroom during his murder trial at the Gaston County Courthouse in Gastonia, N.C. The North Carolina Supreme Court ordered a new trial Friday, April 10, 2015, for death row inmate Hembree, who once wrote, “Kill me if you can, suckers,” in a letter from prison to his hometown newspaper. (AP Photo/Gaston Gazette, John Clark, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's highest court ordered a new trial Friday for a death row inmate who once wrote, "Kill me if you can, suckers," in a letter from prison to his hometown newspaper.

FBI offers $310,000 reward in 1995 fatal Arizona train derailment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 06:55

Removal of passenger cars continues from the Amtrak Sunset Limited that crashed October 9, 1995 near Hyder, Arizona, 60 miles west of Phoenix in this aerial file photoBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - The FBI offered a $310,000 reward on Friday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the 1995 derailment of an Amtrak train in the remote Arizona desert that killed one person and wounded about 100 others. The 12-car Sunset Limited train was traveling to Los Angeles from Miami with 258 passengers aboard early on Oct. 9, 1995, when it jumped the tracks crossing a bridge over a dry creek about 70 miles southwest of Phoenix. Mark Cwynar, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Phoenix, said investigators hope the offer of money will yield vital details about who caused the deadly accident and why.

Four dead in New York in possible carbon monoxide incident

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 06:55
Four elderly people were found dead in the New York City borough of Queens on Friday in what authorities are investigating as a possible carbon monoxide poisoning, a police spokeswoman said. "It's under investigation whether they are carbon monoxide related," said a police spokeswoman, who declined to release details.

New York responders spend hours getting 700-pound man to hospital

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 06:54
New York City firefighters used a rope-and-pulley system on Friday in an hours-long struggle to move an ill 700-pound (317.5 kg) man from his sixth-floor apartment into an ambulance, the New York affiliate of CBS TV reported. A call for help for a man having difficulty breathing came on Friday morning from an apartment house in the Hamilton Heights section of upper Manhattan, a New York fire department spokesman told Reuters. It took 10 firefighters to lift him into the ambulance. Neighbors said he was unable to walk because of leg problems and that it was the second time in recent months that firefighters worked to remove him from the apartment because of a medical problem.

South Carolina officer's lawyer embraces infamous cases

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 06:50

Attorney Andy Savage is pictured in his offices in CharlestonWhen a South Carolina policeman was acquitted of manslaughter after beating a suspect to death in 1987 in a station house, his lawyer was Andy Savage, who has built his reputation on taking cases many others would avoid at all costs. Savage's latest client is another South Carolina officer, the patrolman charged with murder after being caught on a bystander's cell phone video firing eight rounds at the back of an apparently unarmed black man, Walter Scott, in North Charleston last Saturday. No stranger to cameras or controversy, the 67-year-old silver-haired Savage surprised few familiar with his career when he agreed to represent officer Michael Slager in a shooting that added fuel to the national outcry over police conduct in encounters with black men.