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Chicago weighs cost, complexity of proposed police changes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 08:10

FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2015 file photo, protesters yell at Chicago Police officers at a bicycle barricade in Chicago. A day after a task force blasted the Chicago Police Department for decades of discrimination Wednesday, April 13, 2016, city and law enforcement officials weighed which of the panel's recommendations could be adopted and how much they might cost. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast File)CHICAGO (AP) — A day after a task force blasted the Chicago Police Department for decades of discrimination, law enforcement officials weighed which of the panel's recommendations could be adopted and how much they might add to Chicago's already heavy financial burdens.


Nuclear waste dump earns positive rating, $11.7M in fees

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 08:06
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The contractor that manages the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository is being awarded nearly $12 million in fees and performance pay for work done while the troubled facility moves toward resuming operations following a radiation leak more than two years ago.

Lawyers ask to relocate carjack killings trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:59
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for a man sentenced to death in the 2001 carjack killings of two Massachusetts men have repeated their request to move his retrial out of Boston.

Media mogul Redstone won't testify in mental competency trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:54

File photo of Redstone arriving at the premiere of "The Guilt Trip" starring Streisand and Rogen in Los AngelesA California judge declined to order a deposition of Sumner Redstone after lawyers for the 92-year-old media mogul said on Thursday they do not plan to call him to testify at a trial over his mental competence. Attorneys for Redstone's former girlfriend, Manuela Herzer, had argued in court filings that they should be allowed to take the deposition because he had planned to testify at a trial scheduled to start on May 6. At a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, lawyers for Redstone said they do not plan to call Redstone as a witness.


Elevated lead, copper levels found in 19 Detroit public schools

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:53

File photo of a fire hydrant in front of two boarded-up vacant houses in a once vibrant neighborhood in DetroitDetroit public school children have been forced to switch to bottled water after elevated levels of lead and copper were found at 19 Detroit public schools, or nearly a third of those tested, officials said on Thursday. The results also came the same day Michigan lawmakers extended by four months a state of emergency in Flint, about 70 miles northwest of Detroit, to boost aid to authorities managing a crisis over lead contamination in the city's drinking water. Last month, water fountains at 30 schools in Newark, New Jersey, were shut off due to elevated levels of lead.


Laws decried as LGBT discrimination proposed across country

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:49
Legislation has been proposed in states across the country to protect those who — due to religious beliefs — decline to employ or serve certain people. Critics say the laws are aimed at the LGBT community and are discriminatory. Recent laws denounced as discriminatory in North Carolina and Mississippi has prompted a growing backlash from opponents. Here's a look at legislation around the country:

Facebook post of threat to shoot up school leads to arrest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:48
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man made threats on the Internet to shoot up a school.

UC Berkeley settles in football practice death for $4.75 million

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:47
The University of California, Berkeley has settled a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a football player who died in 2014 during a conditioning workout for $4.75 million, both sides said on Thursday. The settlement with the family of 21-year-old Ted Agu was reached on April 8 and requires the school to adopt safety changes to protect student athletes, UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said. "The University is glad to have reached a resolution with the Agu family, as it has been a difficult process for everyone involved," Mogulof said.

CORRECTS: California board OKs parole for former Manson cult member, more approvals needed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:44
CHINO, Calif. (AP) — CORRECTS: California board OKs parole for former Manson cult member, more approvals needed. (Corrects APNewsAlert that decision now goes to governor )

Georgia lawmaker charged with DUI while juveniles in vehicle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:42
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia state representative charged with speeding while driving under the influence with four juvenile passengers onboard says he made a serious mistake.

The Latest: Parole recommended for Ex-Manson family member

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:39

FILE- In this June 5, 2013, file photo, Leslie Van Houten appears during her parole hearing at the California Institution for Women in Chino, Calif. The youngest of Charles Manson’s followers to take part in one of the nation’s most notorious killings is trying again for parole. Van Houten is scheduled for her 21st hearing before a parole board panel Thursday, April 14, 2016, at a women’s prison in Corona, Calif. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)CHINO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten's bid for parole (all times local):


Manson follower Van Houten endorsed for release after more than four decades

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:39

LESLIE VAN HOUTEN LISTENS DURING PAROLE HEARING IN CORONA.Leslie Van Houten, who as a follower of cult leader Charles Manson took part in one of the most notorious mass murders of the 20th century, was recommended on Thursday for parole, officials said, a first step towards freedom after more than four decades in prison. Van Houten, 66, has been serving a life sentence for the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, who were stabbed to death in their Los Angeles home on Aug. 9, 1969. The recommendation of California's Board of Parole Hearings is subject to an administrative review before going to California Governor Jerry Brown.


North Carolina mom afraid when told to cover breastfeeding

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:38
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman says she was "terrified" when a judge told her to cover herself while breastfeeding or leave his courtroom.

Air Force supports using spare missiles for commercial launches

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:35
The head of the United States Space Command said on Thursday he supports a policy change to allow decommissioned intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) to launch commercial satellites, a plan pushed by Orbital ATK Inc and opposed by other private space launch companies. U.S. Air Force General John Hyten said that spare ICBMs should not be given away for free, nor dumped en masse into the commercial marketplace. Hyten noted that the Air Force will not decide the issue, which could affect hundreds of millions of dollars in potential rocket launch orders in coming years.

California pension system reconsiders tobacco divestment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:34
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Anti-smoking groups on Thursday stepped up pressure on the nation's largest public pension system to drop plans to consider re-investing in tobacco stocks 15 years after selling them off.

Prosecutor to review 911 caller's role in Wal-Mart shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:33
CINCINNATI (AP) — A special prosecutor will determine whether to charge a 911 caller who reported a man waving a gun in an Ohio Wal-Mart before police fatally shot the shopper, who'd picked up an air rifle from a shelf.

Man accused of killing wife, 2 others blames intruder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:29

This undated photo released by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Robert James LeCou. LeCou, accused of killing his wife and two of her relatives in a Montana town, told authorities that a stranger must have broken into the house they shared and shot the victims, court documents released Thursday, April 14, 2016, said. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A man accused of killing his wife and two of her relatives in a tiny Montana town told authorities that a stranger must have broken into the house they shared and shot the victims, court documents released Thursday said.


Fred Hayman, stylish godfather of Rodeo Drive, dies at 90

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:26

RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT AGE TO 90 - FILE - In this May 31, 2011 file photo, Fred Hayman poses for photographers after receiving the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award in Beverly Hills, Calif., Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Hayman, the dapper entrepreneur whose vision transformed a nondescript Southern California street called Rodeo Drive into one of the world's pre-eminent fashion districts, has died at age 90. Known affectionately as the godfather of Rodeo Drive, Hayman died Thursday, April 7, 2016 at his home in Malibu, Calif.(AP Photo/Matt Sayles)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fred Hayman, the dapper entrepreneur whose vision transformed a nondescript Southern California street into one of the world's pre-eminent fashion districts, earning him the sobriquet "Godfather of Rodeo Drive," died Thursday. He was 90.


Johnson & Johnson ends contacts lens policy amid price wars

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:21

FILE - In this May 13, 2015, file photo, a contact lens is displayed in front of a 1-800-Contacts shipping box in Salt Lake City. Johnson & Johnson is ending a policy to set minimum prices for contact lenses, a move that will likely have ripple effects on legal battles and bitter price wars in the $4 billion industry, Thursday, April 14, 2016. The decision by one of the country's largest contact-lens makers removes a protection for eye doctors who are increasingly competing with discount sellers such as 1-800 Contacts and Costco for contact lens sales. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Johnson & Johnson is ending a policy to set minimum prices for contact lenses, a move that will likely have ripple effects on legal battles and bitter price wars in the $4 billion industry.


Police: Ex-Indiana University official won't be charged

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:18
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana University's former student ethics director won't face criminal charges following a Texas investigation into sexual assault allegations that prompted his resignation and a review of sexual misconduct cases he oversaw at the school, police said Thursday.