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California Governor Brown hears business concerns about drought plan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:45

Boat ramps sit on the dry bed of a part of Lake Casitas that was formerly under water in OjaiBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday promised to consider the concerns of businesses affected by his order to cut urban water use by 25 percent as the prolonged drought in the most populous U.S. state drags into its fourth year. Brown, a Democrat, met Thursday with representatives from businesses that would be affected by California's first mandatory cutbacks in urban water use, including swimming pool builders, cemetery operators, landscapers and water providers. "We shouldn't be shutting down particular industries," John Norwood, president of the California Pool and Spa association said after the meeting. Several cities and water districts, he said, have imposed restrictions on filling and building new swimming pools, effectively killing the businesses of contractors who design and install them.

Caseworkers assigned to toddler who starved to death resign

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:37
CINCINNATI (AP) — Two caseworkers assigned to a 2-year-old Ohio girl who weighed 13 pounds when she died of starvation and blunt-force injury have resigned.

Feds Charge Pilot Who Landed Gyrocopter Near US Capitol

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:32
If convicted, he faces up to four year in prison.

Reward upgraded to $20,000 in West Kensington hit-and-run that killed boy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:24

Reward upgraded to $20,000 in West Kensington hit-and-run that killed boyThe City of Philadelphia has upgraded the reward to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in a hit-and-run accident that killed a 2-year-old boy.

Baggage worker trapped in jetliner called 911 for help

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:23

FILE - In this April 13, 2015, file photo, workers walk with a Menzies Aviation cargo worker after the worker was removed from the cargo hold of an Alaska Airlines passenger airplane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in Seattle. The airport worker who fell asleep and found himself trapped inside a plane's cargo hold called 911 to say he couldn't get out and needed someone to stop the plane. The 911 dispatcher seemed confused about what he was trying to communicate, and asked at least three times for the airport worker to clarify his location. (KIRO 7 via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT; LOCAL TV OUTSEATTLE (AP) — A baggage handler who fell asleep inside the cargo hold of an Alaska Airlines jetliner called 911 after takeoff to say he couldn't get out and needed someone to stop the plane, according to a 911 call released Thursday.

Florida governor says he'll sue Obama over hospital money

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:59
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday he is suing the Obama administration for withholding federal money for hospitals that serve the poor, saying they are doing so because the state won't expand Medicaid.

Colorado GOP invites snubbed gay group to summit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:43
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Republican Party has invited a gay GOP group that was barred from setting up a table at the Western Conservative Summit to share its booth.

Homeland chief: Gyrocopter came in 'under the radar'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:43

A Capitol Police officer flashes a thumbs up after inspecting the small helicopter a man landed on the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Police arrested a man who steered his tiny, one-person helicopter onto the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, astonishing spring tourists and prompting a temporary lockdown of the Capitol Visitor Center. Capitol Police didn't immediately identify the pilot or comment on his motive, but a Florida postal carrier named Doug Hughes took responsibility for the stunt on a website where he said he was delivering letters to all 535 members of Congress in order to draw attention to campaign finance corruption. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Florida postal carrier charged Thursday with two federal crimes for steering his small gyrocopter through protected Washington airspace "literally flew under the radar" to the lawn of the Capitol, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said as key lawmakers raised alarms about security risks.

Police: 5 adults found dead inside Phoenix home after shooting and standoff

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:37
PHOENIX (AP) — Police: 5 adults found dead inside Phoenix home after shooting and standoff.

Fort Hood attack Purple Heart recipients to get added benefits

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:24
(Reuters) - The U.S. Army said on Thursday it will provide additional benefits to the dozens of soldiers awarded Purple Heart medals stemming from a 2009 shooting rampage by an Army psychiatrist at the Fort Hood Army base in central Texas. The Army also said it would award the Purple Heart medal to a soldier who was killed and another who was wounded in a 2009 attack on a recruiting station in Little Rock, Arkansas. Three-dozen Purple Heart medals were awarded last week at Fort Hood to wounded survivors and relatives of those killed in the shooting rampage by then-Army Major Nidal Hasan following years of lobbying by politicians and lawyers.

Bush backs confirmation of attorney general nominee Lynch

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:21

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to a group at a Politics and Pie at the Snow Shoe Club Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Concord, N.H. Bush said Thursday he will make up his mind "in relatively short order" whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Likely presidential contender Jeb Bush said Thursday the Senate should confirm attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch despite objections from many of his fellow Republicans.

Steve Wynn caught in middle of ex-wife, board proxy fight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:21
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elaine Wynn said Thursday she has her ex-husband Steve Wynn's endorsement in her battle to remain on the board of the casino-hotel company they co-founded.

Oklahoma reserve deputy records falsified: newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:16

Handout of Reserve Deputy Robert Bates provided by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office in TulsaTulsa County Sheriff's Office supervisors were ordered to falsify training records for a white reserve deputy charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a black suspect, an Oklahoma newspaper reported on Thursday. The Tulsa World cited anonymous sources as saying volunteer deputy Robert Bates, 73, received credit for field training he did not have and firearms certifications he should not have had. Bates' attorney, Corbin Brewster, said on Thursday the report was not true and the source of the report would prove to be unreliable. "As far as I know, there was no falsification of records at any time related to Mr. Bates," Brewster said in a telephone interview.

Alabama death row inmate to go free; 2nd released in 2 weeks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:06
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama death row inmate reached a plea deal Thursday that makes him the second prisoner to escape the death penalty in the state in less than two weeks.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:02

Migrants arrive at Palermo's harbor, Italy, after being rescued at sea, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The U.N. refugee agency says the shipwreck in the Mediterranean this week, in which 400 migrants are presumed to have died, is among the deadliest single incidents in the last decade. The tragedy comes amid an unprecedented wave of migration toward Europe from Africa and the Middle East. UNHCR Italy spokeswoman Barbara Molinario says 900 migrants have died or gone missing at sea so far this year, part of a phenomenon the agency has been tracking since 2011. (AP Photo/Alessandro Fucarini)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

NY Senate leader vows to cooperate with prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:57

File-This March 30, 2015, file photo shows Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, talking about the state budget with the media at the state Capitol on in Albany, N.Y. Skelos said Thursday, April 16, 2015, that he will cooperate with authorities following a published report that prosecutors and the FBI are investigating him and his son. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state Senate Leader Dean Skelos said Thursday he will cooperate with authorities following a published report that prosecutors and the FBI are investigating him and his son.

Prosecutor: Deputy with Lou Gehrig's disease planned to kill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:55
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former Wisconsin deputy with Lou Gehrig's disease planned the killings of his wife and sister-in-law, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday.

Washington auditor pleads not guilty to federal indictment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:45

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2012 file photo, Troy Kelley takes questions at a news conference in Olympia, Wash., during his successful campaign for State Auditor. In an indictment unsealed Thursday, April 16, 2015, a federal grand jury charged Kelley with filing false tax returns, obstruction of justice and possession of stolen property. The charges concern a mortgage title services company that Kelley ran between 2003 and 2008 before he was elected Auditor in 2012. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte, file)TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley, the elected official charged with rooting out government fraud and waste, pleaded not guilty Thursday after a federal grand jury indictment charged him with filing false tax returns, attempted obstruction of a civil lawsuit and possession of more than $1 million in stolen property related to his former business.

Common Core testing problems continue with money at stake

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:39
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal funding could be at stake as Common Core testing problems continued in Nevada, Montana and North Dakota, state and U.S. officials said.

Lawmaker seeks independent review of reserve deputy program

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:21

This Tuesday, April 14, 2015 photo provided by the Tulsa County, Oklahoma, Sheriff's Office shows Robert Bates. The 73-year-old Oklahoma reserve sheriff's deputy, who authorities said fatally shot a suspect after confusing his stun gun and handgun, was booked into the county jail Tuesday on a manslaughter charge. Bates surrendered to the Tulsa County Jail and was released after posting $25,000 bond. (Tulsa County Sheriff's Office via AP)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A state lawmaker called Thursday for an independent review of Tulsa's reserve deputy program as more questions arose about the training of a 73-year-old volunteer officer who says he accidentally shot a suspect to death while the man was being held down by others.