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'Affluenza' Texas teen sentenced to about two years in jail

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 05:59

Ethan Couch is seen in a booking photo released by the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department in Ft Worth, TexasA Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense after killing four people in a 2013 drunken-driving crash was sentenced in an adult court on Wednesday to four consecutive 180-day terms in jail following a suspected parole violation. Ethan Couch, 19, has been incarcerated in Tarrant County since January after being deported from Mexico, where he had fled with his mother. In his first appearance in adult court, he was sentenced by county Judge Wayne Salvant.


Obama touts robots, US ingenuity at White House Science Fair

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 05:58

President Barack Obama laughs as he hugs Rebecca Yeung, 11, from Seattle, Wash., next to her sister Kimberly Yeung, 9, as they show him their homemade “spacecraft” that features a photograph of their late cat and is made of archery arrows and wood scraps which they launched into the stratosphere via a helium balloon that records location coordinates, temperature, velocity, and pressure and reports the data back to the them, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, during the 2016 White House Science Fair at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — They came with eco-glue and Lego launchers. Their tag board displays were filled with charts, graphs and research on pollution. There were no little kids with plaster volcanoes in this crowd. But there was a trash-eating robot.


Flyers announce public celebration of Ed Snider's life at Wells Fargo Center

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 05:52

Flyers announce public celebration of Ed Snider's life at Wells Fargo CenterA memorial for Philadelphia Flyers founder Ed Snider wil be held at the Wells Fargo Center next week, the team announced Wednesday.


Judge gives Texas 'affluenza' teen nearly 2 years in jail

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 05:50

Judge gives Texas 'affluenza' teen nearly 2 years in jailThe Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck must serve nearly two years in jail, a judge ordered Wednesday.


Girl stabbed during fight at Philadelphia public school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 05:41

Girl stabbed during fight at Philadelphia public schoolThe Philadelphia School District says an 8th grade girl is recovering after being stabbed by another 8th grade girl at Cooke Elementary School in Logan.


House panel's bill strengthens privacy for older emails

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 05:39
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee approved a bipartisan bill on Wednesday making it harder for government agencies to get their hands on Americans' older emails and other electronic data.

Critics slam proposed South Carolina transgender bathroom bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 05:38

A gender neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California, Irvine"Spread peace and love." He said he was canceling a June performance in Cary, North Carolina, to protest that state's law. Rocker Bruce Springsteen has also scrapped a concert in the state. Most of the speakers at a subcommittee hearing in Columbia, South Carolina, on Wednesday said the bathroom measure proposed there defied logic.


Man said to be Liberian rebel leader arrested in Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 05:37
Mohammed Jabbateh, 49, who lives in East Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, was indicted on two counts of fraud in immigration documents and two counts of perjury. An attorney for Jabbateh, Greg Pagano of Philadelphia, did not respond to a request for comment. Jabbateh appeared in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on Wednesday, said Memeger spokeswoman Patricia Hartman.

Report: Chicago police have 'no regard' for minority lives

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 05:33

Chicago's new police superintendent Eddie Johnson, left, shakes hands with other officers after being sworn in by Mayor Rahm Emanuel at a city council meeting Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Chicago. Johnson who has 27 years on the force, was Emanuel's hand-picked choice to take the top police job. The City Council confirmed the appointment Wednesday in a 50-0 vote. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — Police in Chicago have "no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color" and have alienated blacks and Hispanics for decades by using excessive force and honoring a code of silence, a task force declared Wednesday in a report that seeks sweeping changes to the nation's third-largest police force.


Judge suggests he'll factor in Hastert lies for sentencing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 05:32

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2015 file photo, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert leaves the federal courthouse in Chicago after a hearing in his hush-money case. Prosecutors said Wednesday, April 13, 2016, they expect one person who accuses Hastert of sexual abuse to speak at his April 27, 2016 sentencing and the judge has indicated that he wants to consider that Hastert lied to federal authorities. (AP Photo/Matt Marton, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Dennis Hastert's lawyers have suggested that what occurred with a 14-year-old in a motel decades ago may not qualify as sexual abuse, while the judge in the former U.S. House speaker's hush-money case signaled Wednesday that he'll factor in Hastert's lies to investigators when he determines a sentence.


NJ homeowner scares off burglars with surveillance system

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 05:32

NJ homeowner scares off burglars with surveillance systemNew Jersey State Police want the public's help tracking down two men seen burglarizing a house in broad daylight.


Hikers rescued after four days stranded on Alaskan ice field

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 05:28

File photo of Bear Glacier on a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, AlaskaSnow storms created "white-on-white" conditions, thwarting previous attempts to reach the pair by air and prompting a ground crew to try to rescue them on foot, said Alaska Air National Guard spokesman Staff Sergeant Edward Eagerton. On Tuesday, under clearer skies, a HH-60 Pave Hawk military helicopter landed on Harding Icefield in the Kenai Mountains and rescued the hikers in the remote Kenai Mountains, said guard spokeswoman Technical Sergeant Alicia Halla. The hikers, Alaska residents Christopher Hanna, 45, and Jennifer Neyman, 36, were flown to a hospital in the nearby town of Soldotna where they will be evaluated, Halla said.


Ohio woman charged for streaming rape on Internet

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 05:27
According to the indictment, Marina Alexeevna Lonina used the social networking app Periscope to stream the assault of a 17-year-old girl, which took place in Columbus, Ohio, in February. Raymond Boyd Gates, who was accused of assaulting the teenager, also was charged. If convicted, the defendants face more than 40 years in prison, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said in a statement.

Raytheon wins $1 billion Pentagon contract for aircraft jammer systems

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 05:27
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Raytheon Co is being awarded a $1.01 billion cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for 15 Next Generation Jammer engineering development model pods, the Defense Department said on Wednesday.

Carnival sued over Cuba ban on nationals sailing to island

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 05:27
MIAMI (AP) — Carnival Corp. is being sued in Miami federal court over its adherence to Cuba's policy that prevents Cuban nationals from arriving or departing the island by sea.

Cosby asks court to reseal testimony about affairs, drugs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 05:27

Cosby asks court to reseal testimony about affairs, drugsBill Cosby's lawyers urged an appeals court Wednesday to reseal the comedian's lurid, decade-old testimony about his womanizing.


Fifth police commander reassigned in N.Y. City corruption probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 05:26
A fifth high-ranking New York City police officer has been reassigned in an unfolding federal investigation into whether officers accepted trips and gifts from businessmen with ties to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner William Bratton said on Wednesday. The New York City Police Department said that Deputy Chief Andrew Capul, head of Patrol Borough Manhattan North, had been transferred to an administrative post in connection with the ongoing investigation.

Kentucky governor OKs removing clerks' names from marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 05:25

Matt Bevin talks with his campaign supporters at his campaign headquarters in LouisvilleKentucky's governor on Wednesday signed into law a bill that removes county clerks' names from the state marriage license forms at the center of a controversy involving an official jailed last year for refusing to issue licenses to gay couples. Senate Bill 216, signed by Republican Governor Matt Bevin, also creates a single form that either heterosexual or same-sex couples can use. Everyone benefits from this common sense legislation," Bevin said in an emailed statement.


Police: Suspect shot by Denver officer wasn't armed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 05:17
DENVER (AP) — A bank robbery suspect wasn't armed when he was fatally shot in a parked car by an officer on a downtown street during the busy lunchtime rush, police said Wednesday.

Michigan extends state of emergency for Flint over water crisis

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 05:16

File photo of the Flint Water Plant tower in Flint Michigan(Reuters) - Michigan lawmakers on Wednesday extended the state of emergency in Flint for four months, enabling the city to tap more state funds and coordinate a response with other authorities to the crisis over lead contamination in the city's drinking water. The legislature matched the time line of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which last month extended emergency assistance to Flint through Aug. 14 from mid-April. Aid has included supplies of bottled water, filters and test kits.