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Obamas donated less to charities in 2015 as income slipped

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 06:06

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama await the arrival of Canada's PM Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau at the White House in WashingtonBy Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle donated less to charities in 2015 as their income also dipped, tax returns released by the White House showed on Friday. The Obamas donated $64,066 to 34 charities last year, down nearly 9.4 percent from their donations of $70,712 in 2014 to 33 charities. The Obamas earned $436,065 in 2015, down nearly 8.7 percent from $477,383 in 2014, continuing a downward trend as sales of the president's books slowed.


Grand jury clears officer who shot fleeing driver in pickup

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 06:05
LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee police officer who got into the bed of a pickup truck and shot and killed a fleeing driver has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.

Boston marks 3rd anniversary of deadly marathon bombings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 06:03

People observe a moment of silence at the site where the first of two bombs detonated at the Boston Marathon finish line on the third anniversary of the bombings, Friday, April 15, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — Boston marked the third anniversary of the deadly 2013 marathon bombings Friday with subdued, silent remembrances.


Bryant signs bill banning second-trimester abortion method

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 05:55
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's governor has signed into law a ban on a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure, setting the state up for a possible legal challenge.

Man wrongly convicted in 1957 Illinois murder is released

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 05:51

Jack McCullough, left, smiles from the backseat of his stepdaughter Janey O'Connor's rental car after he was released from the DeKalb County Jail in Sycamore, Ill., Friday, April 15, 2016. An Illinois judge vacated the conviction of the 76-year-old man in a 1957 killing and ordered his immediate release from prison Friday, meaning that one of the oldest cold cases to be tried in U.S. history has officially gone cold again. (Danielle Guerra/Daily Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; CHICAGO TRIBUNE OUTCHICAGO (AP) — A 76-year-old man who a prosecutor says was wrongly convicted in the 1957 killing of an Illinois schoolgirl was released Friday shortly after a judge vacated his conviction, meaning one of the oldest cold cases to be tried in U.S. history has officially gone cold again.


DC mayor wants a new vote on statehood in November

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 05:46
WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser wants to give residents a chance to vote on whether the nation's capital should become a state.

Illinois sheriff releases videos showing force against inmates

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 05:46

Demonstators gather to protest last year's shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white policeman and the city's handling of the case in ChicagoThe sheriff who runs the jail system in Chicago on Friday released videos showing cases of excessive force against inmates. "The public has a right to know when officers abuse the public trust as well as the ramifications of that abuse," Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart said in a statement. The video release comes as the third-biggest U.S. city's police department faces a federal investigation and racism accusations over the death of black teenager Laquan McDonald.


Atlantic City, New Jersey, paid its schools, but state disputes details

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 05:44
The disagreement may be one of semantics, but it highlights the bitter divide between state and local officials after a lawsuit by Governor Chris Christie's administration against the city that seeks to protect school payments. The relationship between Christie and city officials has broken down. In New Jersey, cities collect property taxes and then remit them to school districts.

Lawmakers want UC campus president to quit over PR spending

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 05:35

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2011 file photo, University of California, Davis Police Lt. John Pike uses pepper spray to move Occupy UC Davis protesters while blocking their exit from the school's quad in Davis, Calif. Some California lawmakers want the head of the University of California, Davis to quit over the school's public relations spending after students were pepper-sprayed. As of Thursday, April 15, 2016, at least seven state lawmakers are calling for the resignation of school Chancellor Linda Katehi. The demands follow reports by the newspaper that the school paid image consultants at least $175,000 to try to clean up the online image of the university and Katehi after the 2011 incident. (Wayne Tilcock/The Enterprise via AP, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Some California lawmakers want the head of the University of California, Davis to quit over the school's public relations spending after students were pepper-sprayed.


Thirteen Arizona prison workers fired after two inmate suicides

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 05:26
Investigations into the suicides of two Arizona prison inmates have led to the firing of four corrections sergeants and nine officers for failing to conduct security checks and other instances of “neglect of duty,” officials said on Friday. Suicides at Arizona’s prisons have been called into question in recent years, but officials say they are within national averages. “All inmate deaths in the department are investigated,” said Andrew Wilder, a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Ex-NFL star Gault is fined in SEC fraud case, will appeal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 05:18

File photo of former NFL football player Willie Gault is seen after the race in the men's super 60m dash at the 103rd Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in New YorkWillie Gault, the former National Football League wide receiver and Olympic sprinter, was ordered to pay $206,571 to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit over his role in a scheme to inflate the stock price of a heart-monitoring device maker. U.S. District Judge James Selna of the Santa Ana, California federal court ordered Gault, who was co-chief executive officer of Heart Tronics Inc, to pay a $78,000 civil fine and give up $101,000 in ill-gotten gains plus $27,571 in interest. The judge also banned Gault from serving as an officer or director of public companies, in a final judgment issued on Thursday.


Pacific salmon may be scarce, pricy in stores this summer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 05:17
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Salmon caught off the Pacific Coast may be harder to find in stores this summer and cost more with tight restrictions imposed on fishermen who anticipate pulling fewer of the prized catch into their boats, officials said Friday.

Market boycott due to LGBT law could hurt state's economy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 05:13

In this photo taken April 12, 2016 Edwin Hernadez puts finishing touches on a showroom at the High Point Market in High Point, N.C. High Point is bracing for an economic hit if thousands stay away from a semiannual furniture market to protest a North Carolina law that limits protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — Furniture retailer Ron Werner usually spends $2 million a year at North Carolina's gargantuan, semiannual furniture market, but he's skipping this week's event.


After an apology, Philly honors Jackie Robinson

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 05:09

After an apology, Philly honors Jackie RobinsonAbout 100 children, city leaders and baseball fans -some wearing Jackie Robinson jerseys - gathered in Philadelphia to honor the baseball pioneer.


Cooper Univ. Hospital fined $55,000 over safety violations

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 05:01

Cooper Univ. Hospital fined $55,000 over safety violationsThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a southern New Jersey hospital $55,000.


5-month-old polar bear cub makes her debut at Ohio zoo

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 04:59
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 5-month-old female polar bear cub has made quite a playful debut at an Ohio zoo.

Lawyer for students calls California court's landmark tenure decision unfair

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 04:57
An attorney for students in a landmark case on teacher tenure said on Friday that a California appeals court decision upholding protections for ineffective instructors failed to properly consider harm done to poor and minority students. The decision on Thursday by a three-judge panel of the state's Second Appellate District Court dealt a blow to education reform groups that sued on behalf of nine students.

The Citadel considers exception to allow Muslim headscarf

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 04:56

FILE - In this April 16, 2015 file photo, Citadel cadets practice for their weekly parade on the grounds of Summerall Field on the campus of The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. The Citade. is considering a request from a new student that the school’s longstanding uniform requirements be tweaked to allow her to wear a traditional Muslim headscarf. Spokeswoman Kim Keelor said Friday, April 15, 2016 that as far as she knows, it’s the first time such a request has been made although the school has had a number of Muslin students in the past.(AP Photo/Mic Smith)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — An incoming freshman female student at The Citadel has asked the military college to let her wear a traditional Muslim headscarf when she begins classes in the fall, the first time such a request has been made at the school known for its buttoned-up uniforms and close-cropped haircuts.


Pedestrian hit by car near Winslow Twp. school

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 04:55

Pedestrian hit by car near Winslow Twp. schoolPolice are investigating after a pedestrian was hit by a car near a school in Winslow Township, Camden County.


First gender-neutral restroom opens at Los Angeles school

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 04:53

A gender neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California, IrvineA Los Angeles high school on Friday opened the first gender-neutral restroom in the nation's second-largest school district, and likely the state, in a move geared toward accommodating transgender students. Santee Education Complex converted a second-floor girls' restroom after the campus Gay Straight Alliance gathered some 700 signatures on a petition calling for the change during a heated national debate over transgender rights. North Carolina's governor in March signed into law a measure barring transgender people from using bathrooms consistent with their gender identity, touching off widespread criticism from corporate, entertainment and sports leaders.