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Florida lawmakers OK new voting map for Congress

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:20
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature on Monday swiftly approved new maps that will alter several of the state's congressional districts after a judge ruled the current districts were illegally drawn to benefit the GOP.

Boy accused in fatal stabbing to have mental exam

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:13

a memorial dedicated to Michael Connor VerkerkeGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered a mental competency exam for a 12-year-old boy charged with murder in the stabbing of a 9-year-old boy at a western Michigan playground.


NYC official wants police to wear cameras after choke-hold death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:08
Following public outrage at the death of a New York City man who was put in a choke hold while being arrested, the city's public advocate called on Monday for police officers to be outfitted with body-worn cameras. Public Advocate Letitia James recommended a pilot plan, costing about $5 million, that would start in the city's most crime-plagued neighborhoods and would seek to restore public trust in the police department as controversy over aggressive policing tactics continues to mount. To start, roughly 15 percent of all patrolling police officers would be required to wear the cameras and record every stop. Public debate on policing in the city has raged following the July 17 death of Staten Island man Eric Garner, who was placed in a choke hold by officers and died a short time later.

Union says Detroit bankruptcy disrupting contract negotiations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:08

A City of Detroit Water and Sewerage man-hole cover is seen along Jefferson Avenue in the Delray neighborhood of DetroitDetroit's largest union said on Monday that the city's historic bankruptcy proceedings have given the management of the water and sewer department opportunities to disrupt bargaining units and strip union members of job protections. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Michigan Council 25 filed a motion late Monday to clarify or lift an automatic court stay on litigation against Detroit during the bankruptcy process. The state's employment commission, which settles labor disputes, has decided against holding hearings regarding the city until after the bankruptcy process is concluded.


Man struck by 3 vehicles, including 2 patrol cars

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:03
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a pedestrian who was struck by three vehicles on U.S. Highway 395 south of Gardnerville, including two Douglas County sheriff's patrol cars.

Witnesses: Teen had hands raised when he was shot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:00

FBI 'Reviewing' Police Shooting of Unarmed Missouri TeenA black teenager who was fatally shot by a police officer had his hands raised when the officer approached him with his weapon drawn and fired repeatedly, according to two men who said they witnessed the shooting, which sparked a night of unrest in suburban St. Louis.


Liberian doctors to get experimental Ebola drug

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:58

Liberian doctors to get experimental Ebola drugMONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The Liberian government says it will receive doses of an experimental Ebola drug to treat doctors in the West African country.


U.S. can keep court orders, phone cos secret in NSA spy case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:57

Former monitoring base of the NSA, which belongs to the German Federal Intelligence Agency (BND), is seen in Bad AiblingThe U.S. government need not turn over a secret surveillance court's orders or the names of phone companies helping it collect call records, because it might reveal methods needed to protect national security, a federal judge decided on Monday. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in Oakland, California, rejected the Electronic Frontier Foundation's argument that the U.S. Department of Justice should turn over the materials, in the wake of unauthorized disclosures last year by a former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden. The EFF noted that the government had already declassified hundreds of pages of other documents discussing data collection under the U.S. Patriot Act, including some that the data privacy advocacy group had requested. Rogers, though, said disclosing orders of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which handles federal requests for surveillance warrants, could "provide a roadmap" for targets of national security investigations to evade surveillance.


Energy secretary to visit troubled nuke dump

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:56
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz traveled to southeastern New Mexico on Monday to visit the government's troubled nuclear waste dump and talk with residents about the mysterious radiation leak and truck fire that have shuttered the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant indefinitely.

Foreign policy crises intrude on Obama vacations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:55

President Barack Obama, center, and golf partner Robert Wolf, right, walk toward a green while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. President Obama on Saturday left Washington for his familiar spot on Martha's Vineyard for a two-week summer vacation. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) — Foreign policy crises have a way of intruding on President Barack Obama's Martha's Vineyard vacations.


Judge orders mental exam for murder suspect, 12

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:52

a memorial dedicated to Michael Connor VerkerkeGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A judge has ordered a mental competency exam for a 12-year-old boy charged with murder in the stabbing of a 9-year-old boy at a western Michigan playground.


3 Market Basket board members urge end to standoff

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:52
BOSTON (AP) — Three independent Market Basket board members have called again for the supermarket chain's protesting employees to return to work, and customers to return, and said they are available to negotiate an end to a battle over control of the company.

NY judge to encourage settlements of GM lawsuits

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:51
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge told lawyers on Monday he'll encourage settlements in lawsuits brought on behalf of nearly 1,000 plaintiffs against General Motors for defective ignition switches.

Teen suspect in killing of Washington girl, 6, held on $1 million bail

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:42
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A 17-year-old boy facing charges as an adult in the killing and sexual assault of a 6-year-old girl who lived in his Washington state mobile home park was ordered held on $1 million bail on Monday, court officials said. The teenager, whose identity has not been released by authorities but has appeared in local media, made his first appearance in a Kitsap County courtroom accompanied by his defense attorney and wearing an orange jumpsuit. A competency hearing was set for Aug. 28, court officials said. He was taken into custody on Saturday and booked for investigation on charges of murder, manslaughter and the rape of Jenise Wright, 6, who disappeared Aug. 3 from her home in Bremerton, Washington, on the Kitsap Peninsula near Seattle.

FBI probes killing of black Missouri teen; mom urges non-violence

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:40
By Jason McLure FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - The mother of a black teenager from suburban St. Louis who was shot to death by police over the weekend begged for non-violence on Monday in the wake of riots, as the FBI opened a probe into the racially charged case. Michael Brown, 18, was shot to death in the mostly black suburb of Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday afternoon after what police said was a struggle with a gun in a police car. Brown's family has hired Benjamin Crump, the attorney who represented the family of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager who was shot to death by a community watch volunteer in 2012. The FBI opened a concurrent federal inquiry into the case intended to supplement the main investigation by St. Louis County police, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Teen's bail $1 million in Washington girl's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:40

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the FBI shows Jenise Wright. Authorities say a 17-year-old has been arrested in the death and sexual assault of Wright, a 6-year-old girl whose body was found near the mobile home park she vanished from last weekend. (AP Photo/FBI, File)PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — A judge in Kitsap County on Monday found probable cause to detain a 17-year-old boy under investigation in the death and sexual assault of a 6-year-old Washington girl.


PHOTOS: Life & Career of Robin Williams

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:38

 Life & Career of Robin WilliamsThe cherished actor and comedian passed away Monday morning.


PHOTOS: Career of Robin Williams

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:36

 Career of Robin WilliamsThe cherished actor and comedian passed away Monday morning.


PHOTOS: Career Robin Williams

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:34

 Career of Robin WilliamsThe cherished actor and comedian passed away Monday morning.


Ship rescues 3 stranded in rough seas off Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:33

Ship rescues 3 stranded in rough seas off HawaiiA container ship crew on Monday rescued three men who were stranded in a sailboat off the Hawaiian islands for about 24 hours as Hurricane Julio battered their vessel with giant waves and high winds that ...