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Man accused of negligent homicide in death of grandmother

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:31
LAPLACE, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities say a man who ignored his 90-year-old grandmother's cries for help as she lay on her garage floor has been charged with negligent homicide after she was found dead.

Driver breaks down at trial for crash that killed officer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:23

Francis Belizaire holds his head in his hand after testifying in Nassau County Court on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Mineola, N.Y. Belizaire testified about how he struck and killed a police officer investigating an accident on the Long Island Expressway in October 2012. The Nassau County district attorney did not charge Belizaire in the officer's death, but instead is prosecuting an alleged drunken driver, whom they say set off a sequence of crashes, including the one involving Belizaire that resulted in the officer's death. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A man who struck and killed a New York police officer investigating an accident on the Long Island Expressway broke down in tears testifying at the trial of another driver who is charged in the officer's death, saying he had barely a second to stop before smashing his SUV into the officer and the other man's vehicle.

APNewsBreak: Survey: Religious objections law cost millions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:18

In this July 30, 2015 photo, Daniel Lavely, of Vincennes, Ind., checks out a display of replica weapons in the exhibition hall of the Gen Con gaming convention in Indianapolis. Tourism officials say Indiana may have lost as much as $60 million in revenue after a dozen conventions picked cities other than Indianapolis amid the uproar over the state’s controversial religious objections law. The state Senate is scheduled to take up measures addressing LGBT rights on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana may have lost as much as $60 million in hotel profits, tax revenue and other economic benefits when a dozen groups decided against hosting conventions in Indianapolis last year due at least in part to the controversy surrounding the state's religious objections law.

A look at anti-crime measures proposed in New Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:16

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2015, file photo, Nicole Chavez, left, mother of a teen killed in a drive-by shooting, listens while New Mexico House Majority Leader Nate Gentry, R-Albuquerque, speaks about proposed legislation to punish repeat violent offenders, in Albuquerque, N.M. A slate of proposed tough-on-crime measures brought in reaction to shootings, a spate of assaults and a homicide rate in Albuquerque that increased by 53 percent in 2015 has become a major focal point of the 30-day legislative session that began this week in Santa Fe. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A push is underway in New Mexico to lengthen prison terms and let judges deny bail. The agenda is reminiscent of a wave of 1990s anti-crime laws that some states are now reversing.

Home heating oil spills into Schuylkill River in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:11

Home heating oil spills into Schuylkill River in Center CityOfficials are on the scene where home heating oil is spilling into the Schuylkill River in Center City Philadelphia.

Correct way of removing snow from roof

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:09

Correct way of removing snow from roofExperts say a foot of heavy snow on a 1,600 square foot house weighs as much as 14 tons.

Q&A: A look at the Detroit Public Schools teacher sick-outs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:06

Protesters stand outside Cadillac Place, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Detroit, where a judge is hearing arguments in a case that could force teachers to stop skipping school. The teachers' so-called sick-outs have repeatedly forced the district to close schools during the past two weeks, keeping thousands of students at home, so in a bid to stop the absences, the district filed a lawsuit. Teachers are upset over pay, class sizes, building conditions and Gov. Rick Snyder's plan to overhaul the district. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Public Schools teachers have complained for several years about poor pay, overcrowded classrooms, a lack of supplies, unsafe building conditions and uncertainty about their futures as the district struggles under a mountain of debt. Rolling teacher sick-outs have — so far in January — forced the district to close dozens of schools on some days. A preliminary hearing will be held next month on the district's lawsuit seeking to end the sick-outs.

AP INVESTIGATION: Feds' failures imperil migrant children

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:00

Marvin Velasco, 15, poses at his new home in Los Angeles on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. In September 2014, Velasco said he soon realized that nine other people lived in the apartment of his first sponsor in the United States, a distant relative whom he had never met. The sponsor told Velasco he would be punished if he left the apartment, and demanded rent payments. When Velasco told the sponsor he wanted to study, the man called the boy's parents in Guatemala, threatening to kick him out if they didn't pay. Then he started withholding food, Velasco said. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES (AP) — As tens of thousands of children fleeing violence in Central America crossed the border in search of safe harbor, overwhelmed U.S. officials weakened child protection policies, placing some young migrants in homes where they were sexually assaulted, starved or forced to work for little or no pay, an Associated Press investigation has found.

The Latest: Many public school students get 2nd snow day

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:55

 slippery roads, spotty transit service mounds of snow, and closed schools and government offices.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on recovery efforts following the blizzard that slammed a large swath of the United States (all times local):

Tribe asks feds to stop armed group's free travel at refuge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:50

A grader is used on a road at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. An armed group has been occupying the refuge since Jan. 2 to protest federal land use policies. The leader of an armed group occupying the refuge met briefly with a federal agent Friday, but left because the agent wouldn't talk with him in front of the media. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)The Burns Paiute Tribe wants federal officials to bar armed activists from traveling back and forth to a national wildlife preserve they are occupying in southeastern Oregon, fearing tribal artifacts will go missing or the group will disturb burial grounds.

Investigators fault community planning in deadly 2013 Texas explosion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:44

The site of a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas is pictured from the air as U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama assess the damage from Marine OneThe blast was especially deadly because the first responders who gathered to fight a fire at the at the company had not trained for an emergency at the facility and likely did not know the ammonium nitrate could explode, the report said. A Reuters investigation conducted in the weeks after the explosion found hundreds of schools, 20 hospitals and 13 churches, as well as hundreds of thousands of households located near ammonium nitrate storage sites across the United States.

Police vow loyalty to polygamous leader in letters, feds say

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:40
PHOENIX (AP) — Jurors at a federal trial against two polygamous towns in Utah and Arizona heard testimony Monday about the influence that sect leader Warren Jeffs still wields over the communities from his Texas prison cell.

Planned Parenthood cleared by Texas jury over videos, activists indicted

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:37

A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New YorkA Texas grand jury has indicted two anti-abortion activists in a case involving covert videos on fetal tissue procurement talks with Planned Parenthood and found there was no wrongdoing on the part of the health group, a district attorney said on Monday. The grand jury decision was a result of a probe launched last year under Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, who accused Planned Parenthood of the "gruesome harvesting of baby body parts." No evidence was provided by Texas to back the claim. The videos released last summer led Texas and several other Republican-controlled states to try to halt funding for local Planned Parenthood operations.

Officer indicted for using Taser on city official in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:28
HOUSTON (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a police officer after he used a stun gun on a City Council member in a small, predominantly black Texas college town, authorities said Monday.

Pregnant Pottstown teen among deaths from blizzard

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:20

Pregnant Pottstown teen among deaths from blizzardMany people were reminded this weekend just how strenuous shoveling heavy snow can be, and unfortunately for some, it may have been too much.

N.Y. police officer reckless in shooting of black man: prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:14

NYPD officer Liang departs the criminal courtroom after an arraignment hearing in the Brooklyn borough of New York CityNEW YORK (Reuters) - As Akai Gurley bled to death in a New York stairwell, the police officer who fired the fatal bullet was upstairs arguing with his partner about whether to call in the incident, prosecutors said at the start of the officer's trial on Monday.

Storm damages beaches, homes at Jersey Shore

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:06

Storm damages beaches, homes at Jersey ShoreAt the Jersey Shore it's not about digging out but drying out after this past weekend's storm.

FSU settles lawsuit with woman who accused Winston of rape

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:02

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2015, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Florida State University said Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, it's settling a lawsuit with a former student who said she was raped by former star quarterback Jameis Winston. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State University has settled a Title IX lawsuit with a former student who said the school failed to adequately investigate allegations that she was raped by former star quarterback Jameis Winston.

Mergers continue in 2016, Johnson controls and Tyco tie up

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:02

The logo of the U.S. Johnson Controls company is seen in Nersac, southwestern FranceNEW YORK (AP) — Johnson Controls and Tyco will combine as the unprecedented pace of buyouts and mergers from last year rolls over into 2016.

Police appeal to Vietnamese community in hunt for California escapees

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:02

Escaped inmates seen in undated photo released by the Orange County Sheriff's Department in CaliforniaHossein Nayeri, 37, Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Bac Duong, 43, slipped away early on Friday after cutting through steel plate and using plumbing tunnels to elude guards before rappelling from a roof at the central men's jail in Orange County. "We know that in some of the local communities, specifically the Vietnamese community, there is fear that exists about these individuals," said Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Dave Sawyer. Duong is an "associate" of a Vietnamese gang, Sawyer said, and was in custody for attempted murder.