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Correction: Stranded Skiers-Glacier story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:03
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In stories April 12 and earlier about the rescue of stranded skiers in Alaska, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Alaska National Guard, reported erroneously the location where the skiers were rescued. They were on Harding Ice Field, not Bear Glacier.

One dead, at least 5 hurt in hazmat situation near University of Texas: TV

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:02
(Reuters) - One person died and at least five were injured in a hazard materials situation near the University of Texas at Austin on Wednesday, ABC's Houston affiliate reported, citing a university representative.

Kentucky governor signs off on single marriage license form

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:56
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's governor on Wednesday signed into law a bill creating one marriage license form for gay and straight couples, defusing an issue that erupted when a county clerk was jailed for refusing to issue licenses to same-sex couples.

Trump takes new steps to reset his campaign

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:56

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tosses off his overcoat as he speaks at a campaign event in an airplane hangar in Rome, New YorkBy Steve Holland and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican front-runner Donald Trump took fresh steps to reset his campaign on Wednesday, hiring a top Republican operative and scheduling a meeting between aides and U.S. lawmakers as he girds for a new phase in his White House bid. Trump is under pressure to professionalize his campaign beyond a close-knit group of advisers and expand the appeal of his anti-establishment candidacy in the face of fierce opposition from rival U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Wisconsin and a well-funded anti-Trump operation run by establishment Republicans. Trump announced he had hired Rick Wiley as his national political director.


The Latest: Appalachian State students end sit-in protest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:52

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2015 file photo, Ringo Starr performs in concert with his All Starr Band in Baltimore. Starr has joined Bruce Springsteen taking action over a North Carolina law that blocks anti-discrimination laws for the LGBT community. The rocker and former Beatle said in a statement Wednesday, April 13, 2016, that he has canceled his June 18 concert in Cary, N.C., in opposition to the passage of the bill. Starr said he was sorry to disappoint fans, "but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love." (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on legislation that critics say discriminates against transgender people by limiting their bathroom choices. Supporters say it protects privacy and safety. (all times local):


3 parties abandon Brazil president as impeachment vote nears

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:49

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff reacts during a meeting at the Planalto Presidential Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. President Rousseff's impeachment proceedings stem from allegations her administration violated fiscal rules to mask budget problems by shifting around government accounts. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Dilma Rousseff's chances of surviving impeachment appeared diminished Wednesday, with three parties decamping from her governing coalition in 24 hours as Brazilian legislators prepare for a crucial vote on the question expected this weekend.


Chicago police not doing enough to fight racial bias: task force

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:45
By Justin Madden CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago Police Department is not doing enough to combat racial bias among officers or to protect the human and civil rights of city residents, a task force set up by the mayor said in a report on Wednesday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel created the panel after days of street protests triggered by video of the fatal shooting in 2014 of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white police officer. Describing McDonald's death as a "tipping point," the task force said community outrage had given voice to long-simmering anger over police department actions that included physical and verbal abuse.

Chicago police arrest two Black Lives Matter protesters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:43
By Suzannah Gonzales CHICAGO (Reuters) - Police arrested two people during a Black Lives Matter protest over the shooting death on Monday night of a black teenager by officers in Chicago, police officials and activists said on Wednesday. Police said that the protesters became unruly on Tuesday night as they reached a police station on Chicago's West Side. A 17-year-old female from Chicago was charged with causing less than $300 of property damage, a misdemeanor, after she climbed on top of an unmarked Chicago police squad car and jumped on top of the roof and trunk, police said.

Senate panel releases draft of controversial encryption bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:38

Picture illustration of a 3D printed Apple logo in front of a displayed cyber codeTwo U.S. senators on Wednesday issued a formal draft of a controversial bill that would give courts the power to order technology companies like Apple to help authorities break into encrypted devices or communications for law enforcement or intelligence purposes. The proposal arrives just days after an earlier draft leaked online and drew fire from security researchers and civil liberties advocates who warned it would undermine Internet security and expose personal data to hackers. The bill comes as the U.S. Justice Department has redoubled its efforts to use the courts to force Apple to unlock encrypted iPhones.


Teen Pleads With Court to Forgive Dad Who Kidnapped Him as a Boy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:28

Teen Pleads With Court to Forgive Dad Who Kidnapped Him as a BoyThe dad, Bobby Hernandez, said he takes "full responsibility" for what he did.


Verizon workers go on strike amid contract dispute

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:25

Verizon workers go on strike amid contract disputeAbout 39,000 Verizon landline and cable workers on the East Coast - including 2,000 in the Philadelphia area - walked off the job this morning. Their contract expired nearly eight months ago.


Scientists: Greenland ice sheet is melting freakishly early

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:24
WASHINGTON (AP) — Greenland's massive ice sheet this week started melting freakishly early thanks to a weather system that brought unseasonably warm temperatures and rain, scientists say.

Scientists: Greenland ice sheet is melting freakishly early

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:24
WASHINGTON (AP) — Greenland's massive ice sheet this week started melting freakishly early thanks to a weather system that brought unseasonably warm temperatures and rain, scientists say.

Obama names cyber experts from business, academia to new panel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:23

Obama speaks after his meeting with his National Security Council in VirginiaBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chief executive of MasterCard Inc, the former head of the National Security Agency and officials from Microsoft and Uber will join a commission to strengthen U.S. cyber defenses, the White House said on Wednesday. After high-profile hacks in the private sector and an embarrassing theft of information from government personnel files, President Barack Obama this year set up a Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. ...


Painkiller critics take aim at hospital surveys, procedures

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:23

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo, shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. Critics of how prescription painkillers are administered in the U.S. are calling on health officials to phase out hospital procedures and questionnaires used to manage pain. More than five dozen non-profit groups and medical experts sent a letter Wednesday, April 13, 2016, to the Joint Commission, a non-profit agency that accredits U.S. hospitals, asking it to revisit its standards for pain management. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Critics of how prescription painkillers are administered in the U.S. are calling on health officials to phase out hospital procedures and questionnaires used to manage pain.


Painkiller critics take aim at hospital surveys, procedures

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:23

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo, shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. Critics of how prescription painkillers are administered in the U.S. are calling on health officials to phase out hospital procedures and questionnaires used to manage pain. More than five dozen non-profit groups and medical experts sent a letter Wednesday, April 13, 2016, to the Joint Commission, a non-profit agency that accredits U.S. hospitals, asking it to revisit its standards for pain management. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Critics of how prescription painkillers are administered in the U.S. are calling on health officials to phase out hospital procedures and questionnaires used to manage pain.


Chicago police task force recommends wide range of reforms

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:22

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2014 frame from dash-cam video provided by the Chicago Police Department, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, right, walks down the street moments before being shot by white officer Jason Van Dyke in Chicago. The Task Force on Police Accountability recommends abolishing the Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates officer misconduct. The panel was created in the wake of protests over Van Dyke's fatal shooting of McDonald. (Chicago Police Department via AP, File)CHICAGO (AP) — A task force that reviewed Chicago police practices in the wake of several police shootings of young black men has issued recommendations for sweeping changes, including hiring an inspector general and overhauling union contracts.


Senate panel issues subpoena to EPA over Colorado mine spill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:21
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Wednesday issued a subpoena to force the Environmental Protection Agency to testify at a field hearing on a Colorado mine spill that fouled rivers in three Western states last summer.

Senate panel issues subpoena to EPA over Colorado mine spill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:21
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Wednesday issued a subpoena to force the Environmental Protection Agency to testify at a field hearing on a Colorado mine spill that fouled rivers in three Western states last summer.

Infant dies on first day at Lehigh Township day care

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:17

Infant dies on first day at Lehigh Township day carePennsylvania child-welfare authorities have shut down a day care center where a 3-month-old girl died on her first day.