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California motor vehicle employees took bribes to grant licenses: FBI

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 03:03
Three employees of the California Department of Motor Vehicles have been indicted for accepting bribes to grant commercial driving licenses, and the owners of three trucking schools indicted for offering the bribes, federal officials said on Tuesday. The scheme involved payments of up to $5,000 to middlemen who then passed money to DMV employees to grant licenses to drivers who had not taken or passed the tests required to drive big-rig commercial trucks, according to documents released by the Benjamin Wagner, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California. "The brokers use the individual's money to bribe DMV employees to circumvent or falsely enter informatino into the DMV computer systems," FBI investigators said in a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Sacramento.

Mississippi couple accused of planning to join Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:50
A Mississippi couple, accused of seeking to join the militant Islamic State group on a planned honeymoon trip, remained in custody on Tuesday after being denied bond in federal court. Jaelyn Delshaun Young, 20, and Muhammad Oda Dakhlalla, 22, were charged with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday. According to prosecutors, the former Mississippi State University students were planning to travel to Syria to join the group.

Beaten Pomeranian found with note: 'We beat it 2 death lol'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:49

This undated photo provided by Ronald Boisvert shows his dog Fox, who went missing from his south Florida condominium on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. The dog's owners found its body outside their home the next day, and a veterinarian confirmed that it had been beaten to death. The Pembroke Pines Police Department is investigating the incident. (Ronald Boisvert via AP)MIAMI (AP) — The beating death of a Pomeranian named Fox may have been eclipsed by the hand-written note left behind: "We beat it 2 death lol HAHAHA!"

Prison bus crashes; Unhurt inmates helped the injured

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:47
STANFIELD, Ariz. (AP) — A prison bus carrying about 50 inmates slammed into a rolled over semi-truck, sending the bus driver, a corrections officer and some 20 inmates to the hospital, authorities said Wednesday.

Schumer proposes plan for Hudson River rail tunnels

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:43
NEW YORK (AP) — In a bid to create momentum for a massive overhaul of the crumbling passenger rail corridor between New Jersey and New York City, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer on Tuesday proposed the creation of a new nonprofit development corporation to plan and finance the project. He said none of the existing transportation entities operating in the region have the wherewithal to pull it off alone.

3 Lowe's workers out over request for no black drivers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:31
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Three managers at a Lowe's Home Improvement store in Virginia are "no longer with the company" for their involvement in fulfilling a customer's request that no black drivers deliver to her home, a company spokesman said Tuesday.

Maryland musician convicted of wire fraud in Montana

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:30

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2012 file photo, Donald "Ski" Johnson Johnson arrives at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Johnson was convicted of wire fraud July 28, 2015, in Butte, Mont., for misrepresenting himself as a Grammy-nominated saxophone player and soliciting money for a children's cancer foundation that prosecutors say benefited only him. Sentencing is set for Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Maryland man has been convicted of wire fraud in Montana for misrepresenting himself as a Grammy-nominated saxophone player and soliciting money for a children's cancer foundation that prosecutors say benefited only him.

Lowe's lets go managers who barred black driver from delivery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:16
U.S. home improvement chain Lowe's Companies Inc has let go three managers in Virginia who barred a black employee from making a delivery when a woman complained about his race, a spokesman said on Tuesday. "We have no tolerance for discrimination of any kind," spokesman Steve Salazar said. The delivery driver, Marcus Bradley, an 11-year employee of Lowe's in Danville, Virginia, told ABC affiliate WSET last week that a woman refused to let him into her home because he was black.

Arkansas plans to put panic buttons in school classrooms statewide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:14
Arkansas will put panic buttons in classrooms statewide this year, with officials saying on Tuesday the plan would be the most comprehensive public school emergency alert system in the nation. The so-called panic button apparatus initially links to a community’s 911 system and can also guide designated emergency personnel to the precise location of the event. “To our knowledge it is the first statewide deployment of our technology in the U.S.,” said Noah Reiter, director of industry solutions for Rave Mobile Safety, based in Framingham, Massachusetts, whose system will be used by the state.

Michigan jury says hugs in prison allowed, awards inmate $1,251

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:13
A Michigan inmate was awarded $1,251 after a jury ruled his rights were violated when a guard barred him from hugging his wife during a prison visit. Kevin King, 52, who is serving a life sentence for a 1982 murder, was awarded $1 in Detroit federal court last week for a violation of his First Amendment rights and $1,250 as punitive damages. Jurors found that prison officer Tiffaney Williams retaliated against King and his wife for previous complaints when Williams ordered them not to touch each other during a 2012 visit at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson, Michigan.

Jets' QB Geno Smith punched in jaw by teammate, out 6-10 weeks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:10

Jets' QB Geno Smith punched in jaw by teammate, out 6-10 weeksNew York Jets quarterback Geno Smith will be sidelined at least 6-10 weeks after being punched in the jaw by teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali.

Tired, speeding driver held responsible for 2014 Tracy Morgan crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:09

 One Night Only" at the Saban theatre in Beverly HillsA speeding Wal-Mart truck driver who had been awake for 28 hours was held responsible on Tuesday for a 2014 highway crash that left "30 Rock" star Tracy Morgan with brain injuries and killed a fellow comedian, U.S. transport regulators said. The National Transportation Safety Board also concluded in a review that the injuries to Morgan and other passengers were exacerbated by their failure to wear seat belts. Morgan, 46, suffered a serious brain injury and broken bones and was left in a coma.

10 years after Katrina, New Orleans' tourism industry reborn

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:08

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2014 file photo, guests sit for a tasting in the main dining room of Brennan's Restaurant, a historic restaurant in the French Quarter in New Orleans. New Orleans’ tourism industry has rebuilt, rebounded and modernized in the 10 years since Katrina, and its restaurant scene has boomed. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)Ten years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the city's tourism has not only rebounded. It's practically been reinvented.

The Latest on Islamic State arrests in US: Judge denies bail

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 01:56

In this Oct. 5, 2012 photo, Jaelyn Young, an honor student at Warren Central High School, poses for a photo in Vicksburg, Miss. Young and another Mississippi resident were arrested on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, on charges that they were trying to travel abroad to join the Islamic State militant group. (Melanie Thortis/The Vicksburg Evening Post via the AP)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The latest on two Mississippi residents charged with trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State militant group (all times local):

Meteor shower likely to be good, won't be eclipsed by moon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 01:54

Stars seen as streaks from a long camera exposure are seen behind Arnotegui Hermitage, in Obanos, northern Spain, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. The meteor shower is expected to peak Wednesday night into Thursday morning. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)WASHINGTON (AP) — People looking for a shooting star to wish upon may find Wednesday overnight to be a dream come true.

Ohio high court advises judges not to refuse to perform gay marriages

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 01:50

A young boy waves rainbow flag while watching the San Francisco gay pride parade in San Francisco, CaliforniaJudges in Ohio should not refuse to perform same-sex marriages based on personal or religious beliefs, a board appointed by the state's Supreme Court said in an informal, nonbinding opinion released on Monday. The advisory opinion was issued in response to inquiries from judges and a judicial association seeking guidance, after a number of Ohio judges refused to marry same-sex couple or halted civil marriages altogether. The opinion cited the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court Obergefell v Hodges ruling that legalized gay marriage nationwide, effectively invalidating Ohio's law prohibiting marriages not between a man and a woman.

Ohio student accused of passing out hash-laced brownies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 01:40
SPRINGBORO, Ohio (AP) — A student accused of passing out brownies laced with hashish to students and a teacher at his southwest Ohio high school has been indicted on felony drug charges.

Illinois man pleads guilty to trying to join al Qaeda-linked group

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 01:39
A Chicago-area man pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court to a charge that he tried to travel overseas to join an al Qaeda-linked jihadist group in Syria. Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, 21, of Aurora, Illinois, was arrested in 2013 as he prepared to board a plane at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport bound for Istanbul, Turkey, prosecutors said. Tounisi, then 18, had spent four months conducting online research related to overseas travel and violent jihad, focusing specifically on Syria and the Jabhat al-Nusrah terrorist group, prosecutors said.

Correction: Bernie Sanders-California story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 01:38

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Aug. 10-11 about Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, The Associated Press reported erroneously that members of the activist group Black Lives Matter opened his campaign rally in Los Angeles. It was a member of Sanders' campaign who spoke in support of the group.

Teen pulled under by rip current at Sea Bright, NJ beach dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 01:36

Teen pulled under by rip current at Sea Bright, NJ beach diesThe teen was swimming with about a dozen friends in an unguarded, private section of the beach that does not have lifeguards next to the Driftwood Beach Club.