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Two officials charged in Flint water crisis plead not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 03:17

The top of the Flint Water Plant tower is seen in Flint, MichiganTwo Michigan state officials criminally charged in an investigation into dangerous lead levels in the city of Flint's drinking water pleaded not guilty, a court spokeswoman said on Thursday. Stephen Busch and Michael Prysby, both Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) officials, entered not guilty pleas on Wednesday, Dena Altheide, a court administrator with the 67th District Court of Genesee County in Flint, said in an email. Busch, 40, and Prysby, 53, were charged on Wednesday with five and six counts, respectively, including misconduct in office, tampering with evidence and violation of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act.

Look back at the iconic career of Prince through the years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 03:10

Look back at the iconic career of Prince through the yearsThe artist formerly known as Prince has died at age 57. Take a look back at his iconic career through the years in this gallery.

Chicago mayor, police chief to immediately adopt some task force reforms

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 03:09

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces that he is appointing Eddie Johnson as the Interim Superintendent of the Chicago Police DepartmentThe mayor of Chicago and the city's police chief said Thursday nearly a third of the recommendations outlined by a panel last week will be implemented immediately to reform a police force under fire for racial bias and the use of excessive force. The reforms are focused on restoring accountability in the department, rebuilding public trust and increasing transparency, according to a statement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office. "As a city, we cannot rest until we fully address the systemic issues facing the Chicago Police Department," Emanuel said in the statement.

Observers do nothing to help dying man in Chicago street

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 03:08
CHICAGO (AP) — Surveillance video shows more than a dozen people doing nothing to help a Chicago bartender as he is attacked, left unconscious on the street and accidentally run over by a taxi.

U.S. charges woman for exporting underwater drone technology to China

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 03:08

A U.S. airman guides a U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone as it taxis to the runway at Kandahar Airfield, AfghanistanAmin Yu, 53, of Orlando, Florida worked from 2002 until February 2014 to obtain systems and components used in marine submersible vehicles at the direction of her co-conspirators at Harbin Engineering University in China, according to the charges. Yu was charged with 18 counts, including acting as an illegal agent for a foreign government, unlawful export and money laundering. Yu fraudulently and knowingly exported materials in violation of U.S. law, the indictment said.

Alligator bites retired police dog _ who probably bit back

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 02:49
PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — A retired K-9 in Florida is recovering after being bitten by an alligator that so far is eluding capture.

Official misconduct over Flint water crisis may be hard to prove: lawyers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 02:48

A woman with a "Flint Lives Matter" shirt walks toward a hearing room where Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will testify on Capitol Hill in WashingtonThe lead criminal charge brought on Wednesday against two Michigan state officials in connection with the tainted water supply in Flint, Michigan, could be difficult to prove, lawyers familiar with the state's criminal law said. The charge against state Department of Environmental Quality water supervisor Stephen Busch and water engineer Michael Prysby alleging "misconduct in office" might also be difficult to deploy against higher-level officials without day-to-day responsibilities relating to the city's water, the lawyers said.

University not releasing footage of black man's beating

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 02:48
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The chancellor of a North Carolina university says the school hasn't released surveillance video of an on-campus beating of a black man by four white people last month because of an ongoing criminal investigation.

Gap in death rates between rich and poor young Americans narrows: study

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 02:46

Emma Savage opens a birthday card given to her by her dad Robert Rowe in a Seattle tent cityDeath rates for U.S. infants, children, teenagers and young adults are falling, particularly among those in poor regions, likely due to social policies that have helped the most disadvantaged families, researchers said on Thursday.Their study, using county-level U.S. Census Bureau data from 1990 to 2010, found that even with persistent economic inequality among Americans, the gaps in death rates and life expectancy between rich and poor young people have narrowed. "The health of the next generation in the poorest areas of the United States has improved tremendously," University of Zurich economist Hannes Schwandt said. "We are surprised about the remarkable mortality reductions among infants, children and young adults, and about how little a role this great health success story has played in academic and public discussions," Schwandt added.

Only US grizzly recovery coordinator retiring after 35 years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 02:42

In this April 14, 2016 photo, Chris Servheen in West Yellowstone, Mont. The nation’s first and only grizzly bear recovery coordinator is stepping down after 35 years, saying the threatened species has recovered enough for him to retire. (Michael Wright/Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDITThe nation's first and only grizzly bear recovery coordinator is stepping down after 35 years, saying the threatened species has recovered enough for him to retire.

U.S. says child porn case shows need for new data search rules

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 02:41
The U.S. Justice Department said it was "disappointed" on Thursday that evidence against a Massachusetts man charged in a sweeping FBI child pornography sting had been thrown out, saying the ruling highlighted the need to clarify how search warrants for electronic data could be issued in some cases. U.S. District Judge William Young in Boston ruled on Wednesday that a federal magistrate in Virginia had no jurisdiction to issue a search warrant used to gather evidence in the case against Alex Levin, of Norwood, Massachusetts. Levin was arrested for possession of child pornography as part of an investigation in which the Federal Bureau of Investigation secretly ran one of the largest child pornography websites on the Internet in order to catch users.

FBI paid more than $1.3 million to break into San Bernardino iPhone

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 02:38

The Apple logo is pictured at its flagship retail store in San FranciscoBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said on Thursday the agency paid more to get into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters than he will make in the remaining seven years and four months he has in his job. According to figures from the FBI and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Comey's annual salary as of January 2015 was $183,300. Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in London, Comey was asked by a moderator how much the FBI paid for the software that eventually broke into the iPhone.

Changes due for Chicago police; mayor keeps review authority

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 02:24

In this April 13, 2016 photo, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks with Mayor Rahm Emanuel at Johnson's swearing-in ceremony in Chicago. Emanuel and Johnson said in a press release Thursday, April 21, 2016, the city will immediately implement about a third of the recommendations made last week by a police accountability task force. Emanuel's office says Chicago also is developing an action plan to address the remaining recommendations of the Task Force on Police Accountability. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced changes in the way police-involved shootings and police misconduct cases are handled on Thursday, but drew immediate criticism for stopping short of abolishing the agency that handles those investigations as a task force has urged him to do.

Renault revenue rises in first quarter as Europe recovers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 02:22
PARIS (AP) — French carmaker Renault says its revenue rose 11.7 percent in the first quarter of the year, mainly thanks to the recovery of the European market.

Teen added to N. Carolina LGBT law's challenge after ruling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 02:22
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A transgender high school student joined a lawsuit Thursday challenging a law that limits protections for LGBT people, just days after a federal appeals court sided with a transgender student in a Virginia case.

Woman sentenced to life in prison for Christmas Eve family massacre

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 02:18
Michele Anderson, 37, of Carnation, was convicted last month on six counts of aggravated first-degree murder, the King County prosecuting attorney's office said. A King County Superior Court jury found Anderson guilty of gunning down her brother, sister-in-law, their two children, ages 5 and 3, and her parents in the parents' home. Anderson's former boyfriend, Joseph McEnroe, was convicted almost a year ago in the murders and was sentenced to six life terms.

Man's confession thrown out for his new double-murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 02:18
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man serving two life sentences for killing his estranged wife and her boyfriend will get a new trial after the Florida Supreme Court ruled his confession shouldn't have been heard by jurors.

Merkel lauds Turkey in dealing with Syria refugee crisis

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 02:15

German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives the International Four Freedoms Award during a ceremony in Middelburg, Netherlands, Thursday, April 21, 2016, as Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, rear, watches. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — Despite increasing discord between the European Union and Turkey, German Chancellor Angela Merkel lauded Ankara's commitment to deal with the Syrian refugee crisis and said her weekend trip to the Turkish-Syrian border will be used to raise all contentious issues between the two sides.

More rain drenches Houston area, where floods have killed eight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 02:09

Harris County Sheriff deputies help residents evacuate from high water in the Wimbledon Champions subdivision of Houston, TexasA fast-moving storm system brought more rain to the Houston area on Thursday after a torrential drenching this week led to floods that left eight people dead, deluged neighborhoods and caused major damage in America's fourth most populous city. The storms are expected to drop as much as 2 inches (5 cm) of rain in the Houston area on Thursday, adding to the vast pools of standing water in the low-lying city, forecasters said. In other parts of the region, an evacuation was ordered for parts of the city of Wharton, about 60 miles (100 km) southwest of Houston, due to flooding along the Colorado River caused by storms upstream earlier this week.

Massachusetts unveils first U.S. college tuition rebate program

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 02:08
Massachusetts on Thursday unveiled what state officials called the first initiative in the country to offer tuition rebates to full-time students who begin their studies at a community college and complete a bachelor's degree at a state university. The program, called the Commonwealth Commitment, provides a 10 percent rebate on tuition and fees at the end of each completed semester, as long as students maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. As part of the agreement, participants must complete a two-year, associate's degree at one of the state's 15 community colleges in 2-1/2 years or less and transfer to a state university to complete a bachelor's degree in no more than two years.