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Police search for 2 men after women escape from basement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:42

This photo provided by Centerville Police shows Flint Wayne Harrison, 51. Utah police are searching for two suspects, Flint Wayne Harrison and Dereck James Harrison, after a woman and her four teenage daughters were lured to a house and tied in a basement before they managed to escape, authorities said Wednesday, May 11, 2016. (Centerville Police via AP)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah police are searching for two suspects after a woman and her four teenage daughters were lured to a house and tied up in a basement before they managed to escape, authorities said Wednesday.


$3M of opium seized from Minnesota women at Chicago airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:38
CHICAGO (AP) — Customs officials seized nearly 70 pounds of opium from three Minnesota women arriving at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on a flight from Southeast Asia.

Witness: Arson suspect was mad about police killings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:37

Dawud Abdulawali is ordered to stand trial on arson charges during a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Abdulawali, 57, is accused of starting the Dec. 7, 2014, fire that gutted the seven-story Da Vinci complex, blew out windows at adjacent downtown office towers and caused an estimated $100 million in damage. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man charged with sparking an inferno that destroyed an unfinished Los Angeles apartment building bragged about the blaze at a party and was angry about high-profile police killings of African-Americans, a witness testified Wednesday.


Bear that mauled Michigan girl nearly 3 years ago killed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:31
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A mother bear that mauled a northern Michigan girl as she jogged along a woodsy path nearly three years ago has been killed after mortally wounding a pet dog that apparently was chasing one of her cubs, state officials said Wednesday.

Texas judge upholds nearly two-year jail term for 'affluenza' teen

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:20

Ethan Couch enters the courtroom for a hearing in Fort Worth, TexasBy Marice Richter FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas judge on Wednesday upheld his April order of a nearly two-year jail term for the Texas "affluenza" teenager, who killed four people while driving drunk, a local prosecutor's office said. Judge Wayne Salvant reaffirmed the four consecutive jail terms of 180 days for each of the four people killed by Ethan Couch in 2013 when he was 16, the Tarrant County District Attorney's office said. Couch, now 19, has been incarcerated in Tarrant County since January after being deported from Mexico, where he had fled with his mother and was later captured along with his mother by Mexican authorities.


Prosecutor: 3 men deeply committed to joining Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:14

Haqhawo Qaasim holds onto a photo of Guled Ali Omar, who is scheduled to stand trial Monday, while standing in front of the United States Courthouse, Monday, May 9, 2016 in Minneapolis. Omar is one of three defendants who have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDITMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three Minnesota men accused of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group were deeply committed to their cause and undeterred by their failures, a federal prosecutor told jurors as the men's trial opened Wednesday.


Judge unseals records of OxyContin lawsuit in Kentucky

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:12
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A judge has unsealed records from a Kentucky lawsuit against the maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, including the secret testimony of a former company president.

Atlanta looks to New Jersey as it weighs Uber airport plan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:09
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta leaders are studying Newark, New Jersey's deal with Uber as they consider a plan for the ride-booking service to pick up passengers at Atlanta's airport.

Briton accused of killing wife, her mom in California caught

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:06

This Wednesday, May 11, 2016, photo released by the Clovis Police Department shows Dave Thomas McCann, center left, being escorted by officers in Clovis, Calif. McCann, a British man suspected of killing his wife and mother-in-law with a knife at their central California home, has been arrested after four days on the run, police said Wednesday. (Clovis Police Department via AP)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A British man suspected of slashing his wife and mother-in-law to death with a knife at a central California home was found hiding 150 miles away at a coastal homeless camp after a four-day manhunt, police said Wednesday.


Planned Parenthood sues Ohio over plan to restrict funds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 06:59

A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New YorkBy Megan Cassella WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit against Ohio officials on Wednesday over a plan by the state to restrict the U.S. healthcare agency's access to state and federal funds, saying it was being singled out for providing abortion services. The lawsuit, filed in federal court on behalf of Planned Parenthood branches of greater Ohio and of the southwest region, said attempts to defund the healthcare agency and several affiliated programs were an "extreme punishment" exacted solely because abortion services are part of its range of care, court filings showed. Agency officials also said such actions violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution for singling out Planned Parenthood and treating it differently from other healthcare providers.


Former Eagles tee off on QB Sam Bradford

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 06:53

Former Eagles tee off on QB Sam BradfordGolf is the sport at Ron Jaworski's new course, Ramble Wood Country Club in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. But the topic on these greens was the Philadelphia Eagles.


Families gather seeking closure 20 years after ValuJet crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 06:47

Marilyn Lane of Greensboro, N.C., from left, Kristen Simonton of Macon, Ga., and Chris Simonton of Macon, Ga., drop rose petals for relatives who were among 110 passengers and crew who died when ValuJet Flight 592 crashed into the Florida Everglades, as they gather around a roadside memorial in Miami, Fla., Wednesday, May 11, 2016. About 30 relatives of crash victims gathered in the Everglades to mark the 20th anniversary of the crash. (AP Photo/Jennifer Kay)MIAMI (AP) — Relatives of the 110 people killed when ValuJet Flight 592 caught fire and plunged into Florida's Everglades gathered Wednesday at the remote crash site on the 20th anniversary of their deaths.


Questions linger about Prince's choice of local doctor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 06:42

Questions linger about Prince's choice of local doctorIf Prince was seeking help for a problem with prescription drugs, it would make sense for him to turn to a California addiction specialist known for new ideas on treatment. Less clear is why he sought ...


ATF: Intentional fire caused fatal blast at Texas plant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 06:42

 Intentional fire caused fatal blast at Texas plantA fire that was intentionally set caused the 2013 explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 people, federal officials said Wednesday, describing the blaze as "a criminal act." Federal ...


Colorado Planned Parenthood shooter mentally incompetent

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 06:40

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2015 file photo, Robert Lewis Dear talks to Judge Gilbert Martinez during a court appearance in Colorado Springs, Colo. The judge is set to rule on the mental state of Dear who acknowledged killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. Martinez is expected to announce Wednesday, May 11, 2016, whether criminal proceedings should continue against 57-year-old Dear. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A man who acknowledged killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic is mentally incompetent to continue with his criminal case, a judge ruled Wednesday, stalling the proceedings and potentially setting the stage for a mental health defense.


The Latest: Los Angeles arson suspect ordered to stand trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 06:37
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a man charged with setting a massive fire that destroyed an unfinished Los Angeles apartment complex (all times local):

North Carolina students sue U.S. over stance on bathroom access

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 06:33

A sign protesting a recent North Carolina law restricting transgender bathroom access adorns one of the stalls at the 21C Museum Hotel in Durham, North CarolinaWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A group of North Carolina public school students and their parents is asking a U.S. court to block two federal agencies from withholding education funding in a dispute over a state law mandating bathroom access according to birth sex. The conservative Alliance Defending Freedom filed the complaint on Tuesday on behalf of a group called "North Carolinians for Privacy." It is the fifth lawsuit to seek judicial input on the law enacted in March. The group said the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education had improperly held that provisions of federal law banning discrimination in education settings on the basis of sex apply to gender identity.


Woman starts hunger strike against Princeton University's handling of disabled students

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 06:32

Woman starts hunger strike against Princeton University's handling of disabled studentsWater, energy drinks, and chicken broth are all that 32-year-old Rachel Barr has eaten in more than a week.


2 charged in sexting scandal at Chester Co. middle school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 06:28

2 charged in sexting scandal at Chester Co. middle schoolPennsylvania State Police are investigating a sexting scandal at a middle school.


Businessman in Detroit Public Schools kickback scheme pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 06:22
Norman Shy, owner of Allstate Sales and an approved school supply vendor, faces five to seven years in prison under the terms of a plea deal entered in U.S. District Court in Detroit, according to court documents. The U.S. Attorney's Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did an attorney representing Shy. Shy and 13 current and former Detroit principals were charged in late March with engaging in the bribery and kickback scheme lasting from 2002 to January 2015.