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Wisconsin governor signs bill ending mandatory union dues

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 09:32
BROWN DEER, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday signed into law a measure that prohibits requiring a worker to pay union dues, striking another blow against organized labor four years after the state effectively ended collective bargaining for public-sector employees.

New judge to hear Ferguson court cases after federal probe

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 09:26
(Reuters) - A Missouri state appeals court judge will take over all current and future cases assigned to Ferguson's municipal courts following a scathing U.S. Justice Department report that found systemic abuses, the Missouri Supreme Court said on Monday. The court said the transfer of Judge Roy Richter would take effect on March 16 and was aimed at helping restore public trust and confidence in the courts. "Extraordinary action is warranted in Ferguson, but the court also is examining reforms that are needed on a statewide basis," Chief Justice Mary Russell said in a statement. Ferguson municipal judge Ronald Brockmeyer, criticized in the Justice Department report, resigned on Monday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper reported.

Director of Gregg Allman biopic pleads guilty in train-crash death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 09:19
By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - The director of a film about rock singer Gregg Allman pleaded guilty on Monday to involuntary manslaughter and trespassing charges stemming from a deadly train crash on the movie's set in Georgia, according to a Georgia county court clerk's office. "Midnight Rider" director Randall Miller agreed to a plea deal in which he was sentenced to two years in county jail and eight years of probation, as well as a $20,000 fine. All charges against Jody Savin, Miller’s wife and business partner, were dropped. Executive producer Jay Sedrish also pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and trespassing, and was sentenced to 10 years' probation, said a spokeswoman for the Wayne County court clerk.

Woman: Male colleague at venture firm 'relentless' in affair

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 09:11

FILE - In this April 4, 2006 file photo, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers senior partner John Doerr poses for a portrait with partner Ellen Pao outside of their office in Menlo Park, Calif. Doerr is scheduled to testify on Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2015, in San Francisco Superior Court in a lawsuit against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The plaintiff, Ellen Pao, says she was denied a promotion in the male-dominated culture of Kleiner Perkins because she is a woman and was then fired in 2012 after she complained. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The woman behind a high-profile gender bias lawsuit against a major Silicon Valley venture capital firm testified Monday that a male colleague was "relentless" in his pursuit of her and cut her out of email chains and meetings when she broke off their affair.


Daughter testifies at murder trial in 1979 missing boy case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 09:06

This undated photo provided by the New York County District Attorney’s Office, shows an unidentified young boy crouching in a produce box, which prosecutors showed to the jury during Perdo Hernandez’s murder trial Friday, March 6, 2015. The photo was intended to show how Etan Patz's body would have fit into such a box. Hernandez is on trial for 1979 murder of Patz. (AP Photo/New York County District Attorney’s Office, Laura Badger)NEW YORK (AP) — The daughter of a man on trial for murder in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz testified Monday about her father's unusual behavior in an effort to show that he is mentally ill.


Aircraft makers urge ban on lithium battery shipments

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 09:04

FILE - This file frame grab from video, provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shows a test at the FAAs technical center in Atlantic City, N.J. last April, where a cargo container was packed with 5,000 rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Aircraft manufacturers are urging a ban on bulk lithium battery shipments on passenger planes, calling the threat of fires "an unacceptable risk." The International Coordination Council of Aerospace Industry Associations, which represents aircraft makers such as Boeing and Airbus, is also calling for stronger packaging and handling regulations for batteries shipped on cargo planes, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/FAA, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Aircraft makers are urging a ban on bulk lithium battery shipments on passenger planes, calling the threat of fires "an unacceptable risk," according to an industry position paper obtained by The Associated Press.


'Michelangelo of buttocks injections' convicted of murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 09:03

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Padge Gordon, also known as Padge Victoria Windslowe. The former madam who bragged of doing black-market "body sculpting" on thousands of women was convicted of murder Monday, March 9, 2015, in the death of a dancer whose heart stopped after nearly half a gallon of silicone was injected into her buttocks. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former madam who bragged of doing black-market "body sculpting" on thousands of women was convicted on Monday of murder in the death of a dancer whose heart stopped after nearly half a gallon of silicone was injected into her buttocks.


Montana killer bride in cliff case appeals, cites blindfold claim

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 09:03
A Montana bride appealing a murder conviction for pushing her new husband off a cliff said on Monday her life sentence should be overturned partly because prosecutors claimed she blindfolded her mate before he plunged to his death but failed to prove it. In court documents filed on Monday with a federal appeals court, Jordan Graham said through her attorney that prosecutors wrongly argued she should go to prison for life because she plotted the death of her newlywed husband before shoving him off a cliff at Glacier National Park in 2013. Graham later pleaded guilty to second-degree murder tied to Cody Johnson's death and was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a federal judge who refused to let her withdraw a guilty plea secured under a deal with prosecutors that saw them dismiss a first-degree murder charge, which alleges premeditation.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 09:00

University of Oklahoma President David Boren speaks during a news conference, addressing racism on campus on Monday, March. 9, 2015 in Norman, Okla. Boren lambasted members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a fraternity who participated in a racist chant caught on video and ordered that they vacate their house by Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Nick Oxford)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:


Chicago police: Infant dead after throat cut with power saw

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:56
CHICAGO (AP) — A 9-month-old girl is dead after a relative cut her throat with a power saw, a Chicago police official with knowledge of the investigation said Monday.

A golden MacBook, HBO on your iPhone & of course, the Watch

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:56

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new Apple MacBook during an Apple event on Monday, March 9, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — All eyes were focused on the watch, but Apple CEO Tim Cook also unveiled a new MacBook and announced other deals at a company event Monday in San Francisco.


Menendez case would test Justice Dept. anti-corruption unit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:43

In this March 6, 2015 file photo, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. speaks to reporters during a news conference in Newark, N.J. A criminal prosecution of Menendez would represent a major test for a Justice Department anti-corruption unit that recently scored the conviction of a former Virginia governor, but endured humbling setbacks in cases against two former U.S. senators. The New Jersey Democrat is expected to face criminal charges in the coming weeks over his ties to a Florida eye doctor who is also a longtime friend and political donor, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. Menendez denied wrongdoing and said he has served honorably in his more than 20 years in Congress. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A criminal prosecution of Sen. Bob Menendez would represent a major test for a Justice Department anti-corruption unit that recently scored the conviction of a former Virginia governor, but endured humbling setbacks in cases against two former U.S. senators.


U.S. launches inquiry into research center over animal abuse reports

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:41

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack delivers keynote remarks at the public launch of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba while at the National Press Club in WashingtonBy P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - An inquiry is underway of the U.S. government's key livestock research center in Nebraska after media reports of animal welfare abuse, an auditing group that investigates U.S. Department of Agriculture programs told Reuters on Monday. News of the inquiry came just hours after Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack ordered that no new research projects start at the facility until animal welfare protocols are improved through stronger oversight and better training of staff. A New York Times report in January said staff at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center facility in Nebraska had failed to follow basic animal welfare standards during decades of research and put animals into cruel and dangerous conditions. The Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) expects to start fieldwork this month at the research facility to investigate the allegations, an OIG spokesman said in an email.


Marion Barry's son declines plea offer in bank altercation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:40
WASHINGTON (AP) — The son of former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry has declined an offer from prosecutors to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges after an altercation at a downtown Washington bank.

Police: Officer fatally shoots naked man in Atlanta suburb

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:36
TUCKER, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer fatally shot a naked man on Monday afternoon outside a suburban Atlanta apartment complex who doesn't appear to have been armed.

Part of Houston channel shut after tanker, carrier collide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:35
HOUSTON (AP) — A portion of the busy Houston Ship Channel was shut Monday after two 600-foot ships collided in fog, causing a leak of flammable liquid.

Prince Charles, Camilla to visit Washington-area sites

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:30
WASHINGTON (AP) — Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, will visit sites across the Washington area next week during their U.S. visit.

ACLU sides with Redskins, says trademark should be permitted

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:26
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is siding with the Washington Redskins in a court battle over the team's name.

North Dakota farmers sentenced to prison for insurance fraud

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:17
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Two North Dakota brothers were sentenced Monday to prison time and ordered to pay back more than $900,000 for intentionally destroying potatoes to collect federal farm insurance payments.

Teacher accused of taping kids in bathroom pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:01
ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio teacher had 63 videos of his kindergarten students using the bathroom and hundreds of images of child pornography downloaded from the Internet on his computer, a prosecutor said Monday.