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'Purple Rain' superstar Prince, 57, dies at U.S. studio complex

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:50

U.S. musician Prince performs on stage at Yas Arena in Yas IslandBy Jill Serjeant and Piya Sinha-Roy (Reuters) - Prince, the innovative pop superstar whose songwriting and eccentric stage presence electrified fans around the world with hits including "Purple Rain" and "When Doves Cry," died on Thursday in Minnesota. Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park Studios compound, which included his home, in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen, according to the Carver County Sheriff's Office. In a transcript of a 911 call made from the complex and released by the sheriff's office, an unidentified male initially reported that someone was dead at the home, later identifying that victim as Prince.


Virginia police: Remains likely those of missing firefighter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:23
Female remains found Thursday in Virginia's Shenandoah National Park are likely those of a paramedic-firefighter who disappeared a week ago, Virginia State Police said.

911 call helps convict former Louisiana district attorney

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:11

Harry Morel, a former district attorney for St. Charles Parish, La., arrives with his attorney Ralph Capitelli, right, at Federal Court in New Orleans, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Morel is charged with obstructing a federal investigation. A bill of information filed by prosecutors said he harassed an unidentified witness in a federal grand jury investigation. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In 2010, a woman made a desperate 911 call to report that a powerful prosecutor sexually assaulted her at her home. Six years later that prosecutor has been called a sexual predator by authorities and faces a possible prison sentence.


The Latest: Troopers preliminarily ID body as missing woman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:06
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the search for a missing firefighter in Shenandoah National Park (all times local):

Oklahoma voters to decide on return of Ten Commandments

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 09:59
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma voters will decide in November whether to abolish an article of the state constitution so that a Ten Commandments monument can be returned to the Capitol grounds.

Indiana lawmaker defends taking family on California trip

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 09:56

FILE - In this April 18, 2016, file photo, Indiana Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Marlin Stutzman speaks during a debate with opponent Todd Young in Indianapolis. Stutzman billed his campaign more than $2,000 in airfare for his family's trip to the Ronald Reagan library in California, an apparent violation of federal election laws. The expense is part of hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel expenses, meals and vehicle payments Stutzman has charged to his campaign fund since 2010. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman on Thursday defended his decision to have his Senate campaign pay more than $2,000 for a six-day trip to California last summer that his wife described on social media as a family vacation.


Cuban exiles to judge: Don't let Carnival discriminate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 09:54

FILE- In this April 12, 2016 file photo, Victor Garcia, of Miami, from left, Maria Hernandez and Miriam Dominguez, protest against Carnival Corporation as they hold a rally in Doral, Fla. Two Cuban-American men are asking a Miami federal judge to guarantee they and other Cuban exiles will not suffer discrimination on upcoming Carnival Corp. cruises to Cuba. A hearing was held in Miami, Thursday, April 21, 2016. (Carl Juste/The Miami Herald via AP, File) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITMIAMI (AP) — Two Cuban-American men are asking a Miami federal judge to guarantee that they and other Cuban exiles will not suffer discrimination on upcoming Carnival Corp. cruises to Cuba.


UN event spotlights 17 goals to end poverty and save planet

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 09:52
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A 17-year-old Honduran-American activist called for a youth movement to eradicate poverty and preserve the planet. The president of the tiny Pacific island nation said urgent funds are needed to develop his country and prevent the devastating impact of climate change. Actor and advocate Forest Whitaker urged people around the globe to join forces to achieve U.N. goals by 2030 that would transform the world.

Prince, hugely inventive, influential musician, dead at 57

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 09:37

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 1985 file photo, Prince performs at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016, in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57. (AP Photo/Liu Heung Shing, File)CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Prince could play guitar like Carlos Santana or Jimi Hendrix, sing like James Brown, turn out pop melodies worthy of Motown or lay down the deepest grooves this side of Sly and the Family Stone. But no one could mistake his sound for anyone but Prince.


Investigation begins into fire at pipeline pump station

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 09:25
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An investigation has started into a fire that briefly shut down the trans-Alaska pipeline.

Cuba cuts some food prices, responding to public complaints

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 08:34
HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government has announced that it is cutting prices of some basic foods by 20 percent in state-run stores.

Pop superstar Prince dies at his Minnesota home at age 57

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 08:24

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 1985 file photo, Prince performs at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016, in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57. (AP Photo/Liu Heung Shing, File)CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Prince, one of the most inventive and influential musicians of modern times with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57.


Teen who spread nude picture of teacher pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 08:15
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina high school student accused of taking a former teacher's cellphone and sharing nude photos of her with other students has pleaded guilty in family court to a computer crime.

Man arrested for yoga airplane altercation pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 08:06

Hyongtae Pae stands outside the federal courthouse in Honolulu on Thursday, April 21, 2016, after pleading guilty to interfering with a flight crew. Authorities say he became violent after wanting to do yoga instead of sit in his seat during a flight from Honolulu to Tokyo last month. He was heading home to South Korea after vacationing in Hawaii to celebrate his 40th wedding anniversary. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)HONOLULU (AP) — A tourist accused of becoming violent because he couldn't do yoga on a plane pleaded guilty Thursday to interfering with a flight crew.


5 charged after dinosaur bones taken on college trip to Utah

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 08:06
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Prosecutors have filed theft charges against five people accused of stealing 60 pounds of dinosaur bones near a Utah quarry during an educational trip run by a college in Texas, authorities said Thursday.

Los Angeles hospital settles over leaving patient on street

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 08:04

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Fueur, center, and Deputy City Attorney Will Jay Pirkey, left, talk during a news conference on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at City Hall in Los Angles about patient dumping. A fourth Los Angeles-area hospital in less than three years has settled a civil lawsuit over a chronic problem in the nation's second-largest city, dumping homeless patients on the streets after they've been discharged, sometimes while still needing medical attention. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fourth Los Angeles-area hospital in less than three years has settled a lawsuit over a chronic problem in the nation's second-largest city — turning homeless patients out on the streets after they have been discharged, sometimes while still needing medical attention.


NYC mayor signs bill cracking down on Elmos, Batmen in Times Square

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 07:56

A tourist poses with two people dressed as Hulk and Iron Man in Times SquareCostumed characters, painted women and anyone else working for tips in New York's Times Square will soon have to stay in special zones after New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday signed a bill to bring more order to the bustling tourist attraction. The law gives the city's Department of Transportation the authority to designate a handful of areas, each likely to be about 50-feet by 10-feet, where the legion of Elmos, Batmen and other mascots can solicit tips for posing for photographs. Other areas of the Times Square pedestrian plaza will be off limits to them.


California coastal regulator fined for conflict of interest in SeaWorld case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 07:53

Visitors are greeted by an Orca killer whale as they attend a show featuring the whales during a visit to the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, CaliforniaA member of the regulatory commission that controls coastal development in California was fined by the state's ethics watchdog on Thursday for voting on an expansion of SeaWorld's San Diego theme park while his wife owned stock in the company. Gregory Cox, who is also a longtime member of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, said in a statement Thursday he did not know that his wife had purchased 500 shares of SeaWorld stock in January of 2015 for her personal retirement account, according to the California Fair Political Practices Commission.


Girl who wrote Obama excited over Harriet Tubman on $20 bill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 07:49

In this Wednesday, April 20, 2016, photo, Sofia, 11, stands with a U.S. $20 bill outside of her home in Cambridge, Mass. Sofia, who wrote a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to put a woman on U.S. paper currency has gotten her wish. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced Wednesday that African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman will be featured on the front of the $20 bill. (Ryan Mcbride/Boston Herald via AP) BOSTON GLOBE OUT; METRO BOSTON OUT; MAGS OUT; ONLINE OUT; MANDATORY CREDITCAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — In a few years when Sofia gets her first chance to spend a redesigned $20 bill featuring Harriet Tubman, the Massachusetts fifth-grader can take some extra pride in knowing the role she played in getting the first woman portrayed on U.S. paper currency in more than a century.


Jim Gardner One-On-One with Hillary Clinton: Tackling Philadelphia's gun violence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 07:47

 Pennsylvania's working classAction News' Jim Gardner sat down with Hillary Clinton for an exclusive One-On-One interview.