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Awesome! 'Lego Dimensions' combining bricks and franchises

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 21:24

This photo provided by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment shows a scene from the video game, "LEGO Dimensions." Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games unveiled plans Thursday, April 9, 2015, for "Lego Dimensions," a game and toy line combining real-world Lego bricks and figures with virtual game worlds depicted on screen, similar to the popular "Skylanders," "Disney Infinity" and "ambiio" franchises from Activision-Blizzard Inc., Walt Disney Co. and Nintendo Co. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — The creators of the "Lego" video games are building their own rendition of a toys-to-life franchise.


Most Americans side with gays in religious freedom disputes: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 21:13

A box of cupcakes are seen topped with icons of same-sex couples at City Hall in San FranciscoBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A majority of Americans believe businesses should not be allowed to refuse services based on their religious beliefs in the wake of controversies in Indiana and Arkansas over gay rights and religious freedom, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Thursday. Indiana's Republican governor, Mike Pence, triggered a firestorm in his state this month by signing a law that would allow businesses to refuse services to certain groups or people based on their religious beliefs. Gay rights activists saw the law as discriminatory and the resulting backlash forced Indiana's state legislature to make changes to the law. Days later, Arkansas's Republican governor, Asa Hutchinson, forced his state legislature to change a similar law in order to avoid having it blow up into a controversy in his state.


Austrian court closes jurisdiction hearing on Facebook suit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 20:38
VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian court asked to hear a class-action suit brought against Facebook alleging invasion of privacy has closed further sessions to the public as it weighs whether it has jurisdiction in the case.

Surprise! Utah man dons polo shirt, ends at table with Obama

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 20:32

Surprise! Utah man dons polo shirt, ends at table with ObamaSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Last week, 26-year-old Lance Futch donned a white polo shirt and drove to Hill Air Force Base for what he believed was a chance to be in the audience during a news conference with a "senior White House official."


Student's mystery death raises doubts on drug informer use

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 20:23

This November 2013 photo provided by Tammy Sadek shows Andrew Sadek at home near Rogers, N.D. Nearly a year after Sadek’s body was found in a river with a bullet in the head, his mother still struggles with how her shy son got mixed up in the dangerous world of illegal drugs. Tammy Sadek believes her son signed his own death warrant when he agreed to become a confidential informant for police after he was caught selling marijuana. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Tammy Sadek)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Nearly a year after North Dakota college student Andrew Sadek's body was found in a river with a bullet in the head, his mother still struggles with how her shy son who liked to bowl and belonged to a club of electricity enthusiasts got mixed up in the dangerous world of illegal drugs.


Texas to execute man who killed two in convenience store robbery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 19:13
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas man who fatally shot a man at a convenience store as part of a 2002 robbery and a police officer responding to the crime is set to be executed on Thursday by lethal injection. Texas plans to execute Kent Sprouse, 42, at 6 p.m. at its death chamber in Huntsville. If the execution goes ahead, it would be the 523rd in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state. Sprouse entered a convenience store in Ferris, about 20 miles south of Dallas, with a shotgun slung over his shoulder in October 2002.

Firefighter, resident injured in Chester Twp. house blaze

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 18:38

Firefighter, resident injured in Chester Twp. house blazeA firefighter and one resident were injured in a fire that damaged two houses in Chester Township, Pennsylvania early Thursday morning.


U.S. Secret Service suspends supervisor accused of sex assault: Washington Post

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 18:18

U.S. Secret Service agents keep watch from the roof of the White House in WashingtonThe U.S. Secret Service has put a senior supervisor on leave and suspended his security clearance after a female employee accused him of assaulting her after work at the agency's headquarters last week, the Washington Post said on Wednesday. The District of Columbia police sex-crimes division and a U.S. government inspector general are investigating the woman's allegation that Xavier Morales of the security clearance division grabbed her on the night of March 31 after they came back from a party at a downtown Washington restaurant, the newspaper said, citing two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation. The Secret Service confirmed in an email that an incident had been reported to agency investigators last Thursday and that a supervisor had been placed on administrative leave and the employee's security clearance suspended.


U.S. regulator warns of rust on brakes in cold-weather states

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 18:02

A snow plow works to clear Route 5 highway following an autumn snow storm in Lackawanna, near BuffaloBy Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. safety regulators on Thursday warned millions of owners of older model vehicles in "Rust Belt" states to get their brake systems checked for corrosion, a warning that stems from a long-running investigation of complaints about General Motors Co trucks and SUVs. The "Rust Belt" includes about half of the 50 U.S. states. The advisory stems from research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to determine whether rust-related problems on brake systems were a safety defect on about 2 million GM trucks and SUVs. NHTSA on Thursday also closed that investigation without a recall of the GM vehicles from model years 1999 to 2003, which included Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon.


Driver loses control, crashes into pole in Bensalem, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 17:56

Driver killed in Bensalem crash identifiedA driver lost control and crashed a vehicle into a utility pole in Bensalem, Pennsylvania early Thursday morning.


Fired South Carolina officer in fatal shooting has ties to Mt. Laurel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 17:55

Fired South Carolina officer in fatal shooting has ties to Mt. LaurelMichael Slager, a now-fired police officer in South Carolina, charged with fatally shooting an unarmed man in the back, has ties to Mt Laurel, New Jersey.


Attack on sisters in Trenton park caught on camera

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 17:52

Attack on sisters in Trenton park caught on cameraPolice say they have identified two of the suspects in an attack on teenage sisters in a Trenton park.


Samsung hopes to reverse dimming fortunes with Galaxy S6

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 17:22

A model poses with a Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy S6, right, and Galaxy S6 Edge, left, smartphones during its launch event at company's headquarter in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 9, 2015. When Samsung dubbed development of its latest smartphones “Project Zero,” it was sounding a note of desperation as sales tumbled and it lost pole position in the crucial Chinese market to rivals Xiaomi and Apple .(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — When Samsung dubbed development of its latest smartphones "Project Zero," it was sounding a note of desperation as sales tumbled and it lost pole position in the crucial Chinese market to rivals Xiaomi and Apple.


Surge in voter turnout gives blacks new voice in Ferguson, Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 17:10

File photo of a man walking past a painted and boarded up exterior of a business in FergusonA surge in voter turnout helped elect two new black city council members in Ferguson, a Missouri city found by the U.S. Justice Department to be rife with racial abuses in its police and court systems. After months of street protests, turnout in Tuesday's vote was 30 percent, or more than double recent municipal elections in the St. Louis suburb, which is two-thirds black but has had only two African-American council members in its 120 year history. Mayor James Knowles on Wednesday called the election a "milestone" for the city. The six-member city council will be split with three African-American and three white members.


Driver loses control, crashes into pole in Bensalem, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 17:08

Driver loses control, crashes into pole in Bensalem, Pa.A driver lost control and crashed a vehicle into a utility pole in Bensalem, Pennsylvania early Thursday morning.


Baltimore police used secret cell phone surveillance tech: newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 17:07
(Reuters) - Baltimore police used secret cell phone surveillance technology more than 4,000 times in recent years under directions from the FBI not to tell courts about its use, an officer testified on Wednesday according to media reports. Baltimore police detective Emmanuel Cabreja testified that the FBI told prosecutors to drop cases involving the "stingray" technology if they were pressed too hard about the device, the Baltimore Sun reported. Cabreja also said the police department was instructed to contact the FBI if judges or lawmakers began to ask questions, according to the Sun. He said the department had used the latest version of the stingray -- dubbed Hailstorm -- about 4,300 times since 2007, the newspaper reported. The FBI and Baltimore Police Department were not immediately available for comment.

2 women to be sentenced in slaying of Mississippi black man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 16:33
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two young white women, part of a group who repeatedly searched Mississippi's capital city for black people to attack, are scheduled to be sentenced Thursday.

Scientists seek source of giant methane mass over Southwest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 16:24

FILE - This undated handout image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan, shows The Four Corners area, in red, left, is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009 (dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher. Satellite data spotted a surprising hot spot of the potent heat-trapping gas methane over part of the American southwest. Those measurements hint that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considerably underestimates leaks of natural gas, also called methane. In a new look at methane from space, the four corners area of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah jump out in glowing red with about 1.3 million pounds of methane a year. That’s about 80 percent more than the EPA figured and traps more heat than all the carbon dioxide produced yearly in Sweden. (AP Photo/NASA, JPL-Caltech, University of Michigan)DENVER (AP) — Scientists are working to pinpoint the source of a giant mass of methane hanging over the southwestern U.S., which a study found to be the country's largest concentration of the greenhouse gas.


SC police shooting case rekindles body camera debate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 16:22

A man holds a sign during a protest for the shooting death of Walter Scott at city hall in North Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Scott was killed by a North Charleston police officer after a traffic stop on Saturday. The officer, Michael Thomas Slager, has been charged with murder. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)NEW YORK (AP) — A bystander's video proved pivotal in the filing of a murder charge against a South Carolina police officer, and also rekindled a fervent national discussion about the use of body cameras by police officers.


Settlement OK'd in botched rape probe by Arizona sheriff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 16:16
PHOENIX (AP) — A botched investigation into the rape of a 13-year-old girl has led to a $3.5 million settlement between the victim and county officials, the latest in a string of high-priced legal payouts brought on by the actions of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office.