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Prosecutor fired amid reports of sterilization in plea deals

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 05:15
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville prosecutor has been fired after reports surfaced that he made sterilization of women part of plea negotiations in some cases.

Arkansas governor seeks fix of religion bill seen as targeting gays

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 05:07

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson answers reporters' questions as Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, background, listens at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Hutchinson called for changes to the state's religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson told lawmakers on Wednesday to revise a bill that rights activists and U.S. businesses said allowed discrimination against gays, and home-state corporate giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc praised his action. Indiana's governor a day earlier said lawmakers should fix a similar Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). In a news conference at the Capitol in Little Rock, Hutchinson, who previously said he would sign the bill, said he was sending the act back to the Republican-controlled legislature to be rewritten so it can better balance tolerance for diversity and protections of religious freedom.


Anti-Muslim ads begin appearing on SEPTA buses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 05:03

Anti-Muslim ads begin appearing on SEPTA busesA controversial anti-Muslim advertisement began appearing Wednesday on dozens of SEPTA buses.


'Miracle dog' survives being hit by car, clubbed, abandoned

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 05:00

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, Ryann Simmons sits with the dog his girlfriend is fostering at their home in Moses Lake, Wash. The dog, Theia, survived being run over, beaten with a hammer and buried, and now needs surgery. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Jesse Tinsley)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The stray dog was hit by a car, clubbed in the head and left for dead in a ditch in Washington state. Days later, the 1-year-old bully breed mix showed up sickly and covered in dirt at a nearby farm.


Stalled replica pirate ship towed to port after crew rescued

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 04:34
BOSTON (AP) — A disabled Canadian replica pirate ship whose nine crewmembers were rescued by the Coast Guard has been towed to a southern Maine shipyard.

What happens next in marathon bomber's death penalty trial

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

This undated file photo provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged in the Boston Marathon bombing. Prosecutors rested their case against Tsarnaev on Monday, March 30, 2015, after jurors saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by the three people who died in the 2013 terror attack. (AP Photo/FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — Now that the prosecution and defense have rested in the first phase of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial, there are a few steps left before jurors begin deliberating. After the jury reaches a verdict, the same jury will hear evidence in a second phase of the trial to determine whether Tsarnaev, 21, should be executed or spend the rest of his life in prison.


Driver killed at NSA remembered as friendly, troubled loner

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 04:26

This undated booking photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department shows Ricky Shawatza Hall, 27, who was killed Monday, March 30, 2015, when National Security Agency police opened fire on a stolen car that then crashed into a police vehicle at the entrance to the NSA in Fort Meade, Md . A passenger was wounded, as was an officer. (AP Photo/Baltimore Police Department)BALTIMORE (AP) — The driver killed in a violent confrontation at a National Security Agency gate was a transgender sex worker in Baltimore, according to those who knew her, and she was remembered Wednesday as a friendly but troubled loner.


Ads featuring Hitler, Arab leader appearing on Philly buses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 04:23

An ad from the pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative is seen on an articulated Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) bus featuring a 1941 photograph of Hitler and supporter Hajj Amin al-Husseini, a Palestinian Arab nationalist, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Philadelphia. A federal judge last month ordered SEPTA to accept the ads. The agency said last week it wouldn't appeal. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Provocative ads showing a photograph of Adolf Hitler with a former Arab leader have started appearing on Philadelphia transit buses.


Police identify 2 killed in Chester County plane

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

Police identify 2 killed in Chester County planePolice have released the identities of two men who were killed over the weekend when a small plane went down just after takeoff in West Goshen Township, Chester County.


Ex-teacher waives felony to court in student custody case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 04:03

Geraldine Alcorn, left, leaves court Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Pittsburgh. The former Pittsburgh elementary school teacher who police say was obsessed with one of her 11-year-old students waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday on a felony charge that she interfered with the girl’s custody. Prosecutors say Alcorn encrypted her phone number on the girl's math homework, exchanged thousands of text messages with her and even talking of adopting and running away with the girl before Alcorn resigned in March. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former elementary school teacher who police say was obsessed with one of her 11-year-old students has waived a preliminary hearing on a felony charge that she interfered with the girl's legal custody.


Pennsylvania plane crash came during routine flight review

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 03:53

This aerial image made from a video provided by NBC10 shows the scene of a small plane crash in Chester County, Pa., near the Brandywine airport, Sunday, March 29, 2015. The crash took the lives of the only two people aboard the aircraft, authorities said. (AP Photo/NBC10) BEST QUALITY AVAILABLEWEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — The crash of a plane near an airport that killed two people over the weekend occurred during a routine flight review to test a pilot's flying proficiency.


US gives threatened status to northern long-eared bat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 03:51

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources shows a northern long-eared bat. The federal government is declaring the northern long-eared bat, one of North America’s most widely distributed bats a threatened species because of the spread of the deadly fungal disease, white-nose syndrome. The syndrome was first was first discovered among bats in a cave near Albany, New York, in 2006. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the northern long-eared bat meets the criteria for a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. (AP Photo/Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, File)DETROIT (AP) — The federal government said Wednesday that it is listing the northern long-eared bat as threatened, giving new protections to a species that has been nearly wiped out in some areas by the spread of a fungal disease.


Correction: Nevada Rancher-Federal Lands story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 03:49

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, center, addresses the crowd after arriving at the Nevada State Legislature building to rally behind a bill seeking to reclaim land from the federal government Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Carson City, Nev. Bundy garnered national attention a year ago when he and armed supporters engaged in a showdown with federal authorities. (AP Photo/The Reno Gazette-Journal, Jason Bean) NO SALES; NEVADA APPEAL OUT; SOUTH RENO WEEKLY OUTCARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — In a story March 31 about a federal lands bill, The Associated Press reported erroneously that national park under the purview of the Bureau of Land Management. They are under the National Park Service. Both the BLM and the Park Service are under the Department of the Interior.


Trial to seek role of online bullying in teen girl's suicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 03:45

FILE - In this Thursday, May 23, 2013, file photo, Sheila Pott poses with a portrait of her daughter Audrie in Los Altos, Calif. Audrie Pott committed suicide in September 2012 after being sexually assaulted by three boys during a house party in Saratoga, Calif. A wrongful death trial this month will determine whether bullying played a role in the girl's suicide. Lawyers are scheduled to argue Wednesday, April 1, 2015, over what evidence the jury will hear, while opening statements are expected to start next week. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A 15-year-old girl hanged herself a week after three classmates photographed themselves sexually assaulting her at a 2012 party, petrified the boys would circulate the photos online and believing gossip about her was spreading widely.


Arkansas governor urges changes to religious-objections bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 03:39

Arkansas governor urges changes to religious-objections billArkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics, including some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.


Robber returns cash after spotting police car in East Oak Lane

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 03:39

Robber returns cash after spotting police car in East Oak LanePhiladelphia police are looking for a suspect who had a change of heart after spotting a police car during a robbery at an East Oak lane convenience store.


Businesses, performers boycott Indiana because of new law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 03:37
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Businesses and organizations are canceling events and barring travel to Indiana over a religious objections law that critics say would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. Lawmakers are working to clarify the bill's intent, but many aren't waiting to see the results.

Report: Indiana law clarification allows limited protections

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 03:27
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A newspaper reports that Indiana lawmakers have proposed limited protections for gays and lesbians while they try to quell concerns that a new law that supporters say protects religious liberties would allow discrimination.

Convicted drug dealer testifies against 6 former officers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 03:24
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Casciolo had left his penthouse apartment with a black laundry bag stuffed with high-grade marijuana when he saw a half-dozen men in dark clothes and ski hats pick up the pace down the hallway.

Fmr. volunteer firefighter in custody after Elkins Park hostage situation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 03:23

Fmr. volunteer firefighter in custody after Elkins Park hostage situationA former firefighter is in custody after allegedly holding four firefighters hostage at gunpoint inside a firehouse in the Elkins Park section of Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County.