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U.S. gives approval for $350,000 rhino hunt sold at Texas auction

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:24

A ranger walks behind a pair of black rhinoceros at the Imire Rhino and Wildlife Conservation Park near Marondera in this file photoBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A hunter who paid $350,000 last year at a Dallas auction for a license to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia will be able to bring home a trophy despite protests from animal rights groups that said the sale was immoral. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said on Thursday it had found that $550,000 in proceeds generated from two planned hunts in the southern African country will go to conservation and granted permits for them, including the one sold at the Texas auction. Animal protection groups said the decision sends the wrong message. Poachers, many from impoverished Mozambique, in 2014 killed more than 1,200 rhinos in South Africa, home to almost all of the animals in Africa, for their horns.

House OKs bipartisan Medicare doctor bill; fate up to Senate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:18

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to members of the media during his weekly news Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.

Answers to common questions about HIV, needles and drug use

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:18

CORRECTS YEAR TO 2015, NOT 2014 - A syringe is pictured along West Main Street in downtown Austin, Ind., in Scott County on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. A recent outbreak of HIV infections in the county have been traced by health officials to intravenous drug use in the area. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday he's considering a needle-exchange program as part of a public health emergency he's preparing to declare in a county that's at the epicenter of the cases. (AP Photo/News and Tribune, Christopher Fryer)Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has authorized a short-term needle-exchange program and other steps to help contain the spread of HIV among intravenous drug users in one county. Some answers to common questions about needles, drug abuse and the virus that causes AIDS:

Congressman asks pro sports leagues about their tax-exempt status

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:15
Utah Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz has sent a letter to the NFL and nine other professional sports organizations seeking information about their tax-exempt status, his office said on Thursday. Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, recently introduced legislation to eliminate tax-exempt status for professional leagues with revenues exceeding $10 million. Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code lists "professional football leagues" as deserving of tax-exempt status, a remnant of legislative wrangling that helped the NFL and its rival, the American Football League, merge in 1966.

Grateful Oklahomans salvage belongings after killer storm

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:14

Medics load a man into an ambulance after a round of severe weather hit a trailer park near 145th West Avenue and West 17th Street in Sand Springs, Okla., Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The slow start to the nation's tornado season came to a blustery end Wednesday when tornadoes hit Arkansas and Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Matt Barnard) KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUTSAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) — Oklahomans salvaged soggy belongings Thursday after the Plains' first tornado outbreak of 2015, expressing gratitude that casualties were low but understanding that nature's next punch could be far worse.

Obama touts consumer watchdog's plans to regulate payday loans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:07

Cordray participates in an open meeting of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans in WashingtonBy Emily Stephenson and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON/ BIRMINGHAM (Reuters) - A U.S. consumer financial watchdog on Thursday outlined plans to crack down on payday lending practices that leave borrowers with debt they cannot repay, and President Barack Obama touted the move as a contrast with Republican polices. Obama told an audience at a community college in Birmingham, Alabama, that the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's plan would protect consumers while Republicans are seeking to unravel such financial safeguards. "If you lend out money, you have to first make sure that the borrower can afford to pay it back," Obama said. Payday loans are small extensions of credit that borrowers agree to repay in a short time, such as when they next receive a paycheck.

Fire rages after explosion, collapse at apartment building in New York City

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 04:39

Fire rages after explosion, collapse at apartment building in New York CityA 7-alarm fire is raging and 12 people are injured after an explosion and collapse in Manhattan Thursday.

Officer in wrong-way NY crash had 2 drunken-driving arrests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 04:35

Pallbearers carry the casket containing the body of Linden Officer Frank Viggiano in Linden Presbyterian Church, before funeral services, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Linden, N.J. Viggiano and Joseph Rodriguez died when the car they were riding in crashed head-on into a truck in the Staten Island borough of New York on Friday after a night at a strip club. Officers Pedro Abad Jr., who was driving the car, and Patrik Kudlac, remain hospitalized. The officers were off-duty at the time. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An off-duty New Jersey police officer behind the wheel of a car that crashed last week while heading the wrong way on a New York highway, killing two passengers, has had two drunken-driving arrests in the last four years, including one for an accident in which he plowed through the wall of a convenience store, records show.

Wisconsin's Walker denies changing stance on illegal immigrants

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 04:32
Likely 2016 Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Scott Walker's stance on illegal immigrants remains unchanged, his spokeswoman said on Thursday, disputing a report that he favored letting them stay in the country and eventually become eligible for citizenship. Kirsten Kukowski, a spokeswomen for the Wisconsin governor, labeled as "erroneous" a Wall Street Journal report detailing what the newspaper called Walker's shift in stance on the matter. "Governor Walker has been very clear that he does not support amnesty and believes that border security must be established and the rule of law must be followed," Kukowski said in an emailed statement. "His position has not changed, he does not support citizenship for illegal immigrants, and this story line is false," Kukowski added.

Police: Couple abused boy, 6, for refusing to take medicine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 04:27
INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania couple attempted to cover up the severe abuse of a 6-year-old who refused to take his medicine by waiting more than five hours to get medical help and lying to doctors and investigators about how he suffered his injuries, police said.

Judge orders new trial for 3 men convicted of '95 slaying

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 04:27
CLEVELAND (AP) — Three men imprisoned for nearly 20 years after a jury convicted them of murder in 1996 should have a new trial because a prosecutor suppressed evidence that calls into question the men's guilt, a judge ruled Thursday.

New Samsung, HTC phones coming April 10 in US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 04:26

FILE- This Feb. 23, 2015, file photo shows Samsung' Galaxy S6 Edge at a special media preview in New York. Orders for Samsung’s Galaxy S 6 phones start Saturday, March 28, 2015, with delivery around April 10. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — New phones from Samsung and HTC will be available in U.S. stores starting April 10.

Jurors recommend life without parole for Alabama woman in granddaughter's running death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 04:22
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Jurors recommend life without parole for Alabama woman in granddaughter's running death.

Boston bombing jury sees mock bombs, victim autopsy photos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 04:18

Handout of a still image from surveillance video of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar TsarnaevBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Marathon bombing jury on Thursday viewed mockups of the twin pressure-cooker bombs that ripped through the crowd at the race's finish line in 2013 and autopsy photos of one of the three people they killed. The jury viewed photos of Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old restaurant manager who had come to the race with a friend. Campbell's back was badly burned and her legs mangled and riddled with shrapnel by the April 15, 2013, blasts, said Dr. Jennifer Hammers, who was working at the Massachusetts medical examiner's office at the time. Campbell likely died within a minute of the blasts, Hammers said.

Jury has verdict on sentence for grandmother of dead girl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 04:16
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Jurors have reached a verdict on a sentence for an Alabama woman convicted of capital murder in her granddaughter's running death.

PHOTOS: Explosion, collapse at East Village building

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 04:16

 Explosion, collapse at East Village buildingThere was an explosion and partial collapse at an apartment building in Manhattan Thursday.

Authorities go after crooked car deals in national crackdown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 04:06
WASHINGTON (AP) — A nationwide crackdown on auto dealers has turned up widespread evidence of false ads, deceptive loans and fake odometer readings, the government said Thursday.

West Virginia police capture escaped murder suspect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 04:05
(Reuters) - A murder suspect who escaped from a West Virginia state mental hospital has been captured, police said on Thursday. Rocco Jesse Zuccaro, 30, of Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, was captured late on Wednesday hiding in tall grass about 10 miles from the William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital in Weston, the West Virginia State Police said in a statement. Zuccaro fled the hospital on Monday. He is charged with a murder in Brooke County, West Virginia, in February 2013.

Hearing for black Virginia student bloodied in arrest postponed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:38
A court hearing that had been scheduled for Thursday for a black University of Virginia student bloodied in an arrest by police has been postponed for two months, court records showed. The hearing for student Martese Johnson, 20, in Charlottesville General District Court was rescheduled for May 28, the filings showed. Social media photos showed Johnson, the vice chairman of the university's Honor Committee, with a bloodied face after he was arrested last week outside a Charlottesville pub by state Alcoholic Beverage Control agents.

Murder charge filed in California body-in-barrel case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:37
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a 40-year-old California man used a hammer to kill another man, stuffed his body inside a plastic barrel and dumped it in front of this town's city hall.