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Most younger Americans support laws to protect LGBT people: poll

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 02:59
By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Most younger Americans are in favour of federal laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people from discrimination, paving the way for social change, according to a poll by a thinktank. A poll by policy institute, the Center for American Progress, found 65 percent of Americans aged 18 to 34 supported laws to prevent discrimination LGBT people still suffer in areas such as employment and housing. "These numbers show that America's rising electorate stands firmly on the side of basic fairness for all people," said Laura E. Durso, director of the Center's LGBT research and communication project. "In order to remedy the current reality of widespread legal discrimination against LGBT Americans, we will need millennials' leadership and passion to push Congress to enact comprehensive non-discrimination protections," she said.

Fired Ferguson clerk fired over emails says she's not racist

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 02:58
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ferguson's former municipal court clerk who was fired last month over racially charged emails linked to her says she's not a bigot and that she shared the messages as funny items she didn't consider offensive.

Timeline of events in 2013 Boston Marathon bombing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 02:52

FILE - In this April 15, 2013, file photo, medical workers aid injured people following an explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in federal court in Boston on multiple charges in the bombings. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when twin pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the finish line. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)A timeline of events related to the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and injured 260 others on April 15, 2013. A federal jury on Wednesday convicted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who defenders say was influenced by his older brother, Tamerlan.


Summary of guilty counts against Boston Marathon bomber

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 02:48

In this courtroom sketch, Assistant U.S. Attorney Aloke Chakravarty, left, is depicted addressing the jury as defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, second from right, sits between his defense attorneys during closing arguments in Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial Monday, April 6, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)A jury on Wednesday found Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty of all 30 federal counts against him. Here are the charges:


Texas scientists dig up dinosaur found by 5-year-old and dad

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 02:44
DALLAS (AP) — Scientists from Southern Methodist University have helped a Dallas zookeeper and his 5-year-old son excavate a dinosaur fossil they found behind a grocery store in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

AT&T paying $25M to settle US action over data breaches

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 02:38
WASHINGTON (AP) — AT&T is paying $25 million in a settlement with federal regulators over data breaches at call centers in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines that compromised customer data for some 280,000 U.S. customer accounts.

South Carolina police officer charged with murder is fired

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 02:36

South Carolina police officer charged with murder is firedA white South Carolina police officer who claimed he killed an unarmed black man in self-defense has been fired, the city's mayor announced Wednesday, a day after the release of a video showing the officer firing eight shots at the fleeing man's back.


Former NYC investment banker faces Hamptons rape trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 02:28

Former New York City investment banker Jason Lee walks with his wife Alicia into Suffolk County Court Wednesday April 8, 2015, in Riverhead, N.Y. Lee faces charges he raped a woman from Ireland that he took home after celebrating his birthday at a Hamptons nightclub. He pleaded not guilty and is free on $100,000 bail. He has opted for a non-jury trial before Suffolk County Court Judge Barbara Kahn. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A former New York City investment banker wearing no clothes forced his way into a bathroom and raped a woman in his home hours after meeting her at a Hamptons nightclub while celebrating his birthday, a prosecutor said Wednesday, while a defense attorney argued the encounter was the result of consensual sex.


Convicted killer of Dallas-area police officer set to die

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 02:08

This undated handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Kent Sprouse. Sprouse, 42, is scheduled for lethal injection Thursday, April 9, 2015, for killing a police officer and another man outside a gas station convenience store about 20 miles south of Dallas. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Kent Sprouse acknowledged almost immediately after he was arrested more than a decade ago that he killed a police officer and another man outside a Dallas-area convenience store.


LA County to pay $5M in fatal shooting by sheriff's deputies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 02:07
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County will pay $5.3 million to the family of an unarmed man who was fatally shot in the back by sheriff's deputies following a car chase more than two years ago.

NTSB releases cockpit transcript in plane crash that killed Inquirer co-owner, 6 others

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 01:54

NTSB releases cockpit transcript in plane crash that killed Inquirer co-owner, 6 othersA cockpit voice recorder is providing some details on the Massachusetts plane crash that killed Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz and six others.


Volunteer pilots help doomed dogs land new chance at life

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 01:42

In this Dec. 5, 2014 photo provided courtesy of ShelterMe, pilot Jim Nista delivers Finn, a rescued dog, in Everett, Wash. In the last two years, Wings of Rescue have flown more than 15,000 dogs annually to new homes and have relocated more than 75,000 in seven years. (AP Photo/Jim Nista)LOS ANGELES (AP) — For some dogs, a chance at the good life takes off when the pilots do.


Jury reaches verdict in Boston Marathon bomber trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 01:40

Jury reaches verdict in Boston Marathon bomber trialA jury has reached a verdict in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.


Jury reaches verdict in death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 01:32
BOSTON (AP) — Jury reaches verdict in death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Slain inmate's family: Guards created 'gladiator' scenario

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 01:30
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada prison guards created a "gladiator-like scenario" to let two handcuffed inmates fight before a corrections officer trainee fired four shotgun blasts, killing one of the prisoners and wounding the other, according to a lawsuit.

Head of Eisenhower Memorial Commission to step down

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 01:30
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the commission working to build a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower plans to resign and says a Kansas senator should lead the effort.

Boston Marathon bombing jury reaches verdict on suspect's guilt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 01:28
The jury hearing the Boston Marathon bombing trial on Wednesday reached a verdict on the guilt of suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged with killing three people and injuring 264 in the 2013 attack, according to federal prosecutors. If he is found guilty of capital crimes, the same jury will decide whether to sentence him to death or life in prison without possibility of parole.

Extradition sought for ex-Salvadoran colonel over slayings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 01:24
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal authorities are seeking to extradite a former Salvadoran colonel to Spain on charges related to the 1989 slayings of five Jesuit priests during El Salvador's civil war.

Houston-area teacher faces punishment over anti-Islam handout

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 01:22
A Houston-area high school teacher is facing punishment from his school district for allegedly handing out material in a class that called Islam an ideology of war and said it is responsible for beheadings and kidnappings. "We're disappointed to learn one teacher made independent changes to a lesson plan, resulting in information being given that didn't follow subject matter, or state and local curriculum plans," Mike Rockwood, executive director of community relations for the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, said on Wednesday.

New York woman gets 20 years to life for killing son with salt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 01:07

Lacey Spears is pictured in this undated handout booking photoBy Barbara Goldberg WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Reuters) - A suburban New York mother who blogged about motherhood was sentenced by a judge to 20 years to life in prison on Wednesday for murdering her young son with a salt overdose so she could bask in social media attention about his mysterious illness. The sentence imposed on Lacey Spears, 27, who chronicled her 5-year-old son's illnesses on a personal blog called "Garnett's Journey" and other social media, was less than the maximum penalty of 25 years to life requested by the prosecution. "By not imposing the maximum, I'm exhibiting something you didn't show your son - namely mercy," said Judge Robert Neary in the Westchester County Courthouse in Valhalla. Assistant District Attorney Doreen Lloyd described Garnett as a normal, healthy child whose illnesses were induced by his mother, who eventually killed him by putting a lethal amount of salt into the hospitalized boy's feeding tube, all the while blogging and posting pictures to Facebook.