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Washington fruit distributors expand to meet demand

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 04:23
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's fruit industry is expanding as worldwide demand increases and new technologies help yield more crops.

Cartoon contest organizer known for inflammatory rhetoric

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 04:12

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2012 file photo, Pamela Geller, head of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, speaks at a conference in New York. The Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that exploded in violence in Texas on Sunday, May 3, 2015, was organized by Geller, a New Yorker who rails against Islam with such ferocity that one of the nation's top civil rights groups lists her in its "extremist files." (AP Photo/David Karp, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that exploded in violence over the weekend in Texas was organized by Pamela Geller, a New Yorker who rails against Islam with such ferocity that one of the nation's top civil rights groups lists her in its "extremist files."


Georgia sheriff investigated after critically wounding woman in shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 04:10
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Georgia sheriff is under investigation after he critically injured a woman in a shooting that he described as an accident, police in an Atlanta suburb said on Monday. Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill shot Gwenevere McCord, 43, in the abdomen at a model show home in a subdivision in Gwinnett County on Sunday, according to police. Investigators have not been able to speak with her yet, said Gwinnett police spokesman Deon Washington. Hill, 50, first served as sheriff in Clayton County from 2005 to 2008.

Family urges charges for Cleveland officer who fatally shot boy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 04:07
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The family of a 12-year-old boy fatally shot last year by a Cleveland police officer as he held a replica handgun in a park criticized what they called delays in an investigation and on Monday renewed calls for officers to be charged in his death. Tamir Rice was playing with a replica handgun that mainly shoots plastic pellets when he was shot by the officer less than two seconds after a squad car arrived at a park outside a recreation center in November. Rice died the next day. "How long do I have to wait for justice?" Rice's mother, Samaria Rice, told a news conference outside the building that houses the county prosecutor's office.

Boys, 10 and 13, face arson charges after Del. fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 04:05

Boys, 10 and 13, face arson charges after Del. fireThe Delaware State Fire Marshal's office has arrested two minors in connection with a trailer fire in Newark, New Castle County.


Suspect sought in Delaware purse snatching

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 04:00

Suspect sought in Delaware purse snatchingNew Castle County Police is looking for the man who stole a purse from a parked car in Newark.


Supreme Court will hear appeal over energy regulation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 03:58
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a dispute over a regulation that offers financial incentives to factories, retailers and other large electricity users to reduce their power consumption.

Collin Binkley joining AP as reporter in Boston

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 03:55
BOSTON (AP) — Collin Binkley, an award-winning reporter who has been recognized for his aggressive use of public records to hold institutions accountable, is joining the Boston bureau of The Associated Press.

ID of Arizona girl who died after swing set breaks released

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 03:44
GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of a girl who was killed and another injured in Gilbert after a backyard swing set broke apart.

AP NewsAlert

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 03:42
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police: Man arrested on gun charge near scene of recent rioting, but no shooting.

Boston bomber's brother voiced a 'rage of hatred,' court hears

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 03:25

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's brother frightened at least one relative during a visit to Russia in 2012 when he espoused radical Islamist beliefs, a family member said on Monday. Several of Tsarnaev's relatives appeared in federal court in Boston to testify at the second phase of his trial, where a jury will determine whether Tsarnaev is sentenced to death for killing three people and wounding 264 in the April 15, 2013, bombing attack on Boston's best-attended sporting event. Defense attorneys have been trying to paint the 21-year-old bomber as a secondary player in an attack conceived and led by his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died after a gunfight with police four days after the bombing. Naida Suleimanova, a cousin of the brothers, said she was scared when she learned Tamerlan had adopted extremist views.


Judge upholds life sentence for Chicago man imprisoned as teen

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 03:14
By Tracy Rucinski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A judge on Monday upheld a life sentence without parole for a Chicago man sent to prison as a teenager more than two decades ago, in the first Illinois re-sentencing after a Supreme Court decision to outlaw mandatory life sentences for juveniles. The 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision opened the door for states to choose whether to apply the new rules retroactively, and Illinois was among the 10 states that decided to do so. This raised hopes for Adolfo Davis, who was given natural life in prison for his involvement in a 1990 gang-related homicide when he was 14.

UN confirms Ban will visit Moscow for WW2 Victory Day

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 03:08
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon will go to Moscow to attend Victory Day events this weekend, the world body announced Monday, amid criticism that Russia should not be rewarded after annexing Crimea from Ukraine.

Police: Georgia sheriff shot woman, would not give statement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 02:54

FILE -In this Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005 file photo, Newly sworn-in Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, foreground, stands with arms folded after speaking to his deputies in Jonesboro, Ga. Hill, who was acquitted three years ago in a major public corruption case is now accused of shooting a woman, Sunday, May 3, 2015, in a subdivision near the suburb of Lawrenceville, Ga. he shooting was "reported as accidental," police said late Sunday in a statement, which did not elaborate on who characterized it that way. (Zach Porter/Clayton Daily News, File via AP)ATLANTA (AP) — Sheriff Victor Hill has been a lightning rod for controversy since he fired 27 deputies on his first day in office a decade ago and then used a military tank on drug raids in suburban Atlanta's Clayton County.


Police: Crash that injured Pa. lawmaker may be DUI case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 02:47

 Crash that injured Pa. lawmaker may be DUI caseA motorcycle crash on an eastern Pennsylvania interstate that injured a powerful state senator is being investigated as a possible case of driving under the influence, authorities said.


McDonald's challenge: Make it simpler, but add choices

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 02:39

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2014 file photo, a man walks by a McDonald's logo in front of its restaurant in Tokyo. McDonald’s is set to unveil its latest plans to revive its sputtering business on Monday, May 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's wants to simplify, simplify, simplify — but also add a bunch of choices for customers to avoid growing stale.


City Hall official: NYPD officer shot this weekend dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 02:36

NYPD officer shot in the head this weekend pronounced deadA 25-year-old police officer shot in the head over the weekend while attempting to stop a man suspected of carrying a handgun has died from his injuries.


1 dead after 2 tractor trailers collide on the NE Extension

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 02:35

1 dead after 2 trucks collide on the NE ExtensionOne person is dead after two tractor trailers collided in the northbound lanes of the Northeast Extension just before the Lehigh Valley exit.


New York Senate leader Skelos, son charged with corruption

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 02:35

New York State Senator Skelos hugs his son Adam while they arrive at the Jacob Javits Federal Building in New YorkBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal authorities charged New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son on Monday with engaging in a corruption scheme, in the latest of a string of criminal cases against politicians in the state's capital of Albany. Skelos, a 67-year-old Republican, and his 32-year-old son, Adam, were named in a six-count criminal complaint filed in Manhattan federal court that included charges of conspiracy and extortion. Prosecutors said Skelos pressured a real estate developer and an environmental technology company to pay his son more than $200,000 in exchange for his support on infrastructure and legislation.