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Recording: Woman, ex-Clippers owner discussed hiding gifts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:07

V. Stiviano, leaves Los Angeles Superior Court at the end of the day's testimony in the lawsuit brought against her by former Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling's estranged wife Shelly Sterling, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Jay Shapiro, an accountant who dug through the finances of billionaire Donald Sterling to track payments he made to Stiviano, ridiculed the woman's claim about the source of $1 million contribution she made to purchase her house. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The woman whose recording of Donald Sterling cost him the Los Angeles Clippers was forced Thursday to answer questions about recordings in which she and the billionaire discussed how to hide a house he bought her.

Jesse Jackson Jr. at halfway house after leaving prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 09:52

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. walks to the entrance of a halfway house, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Baltimore, after being released from a minimum security federal prison camp at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. Jackson will serve out the remainder of his term at the halfway house, two years after pleading guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal items. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. arrived at a Baltimore halfway house late Thursday, hours after leaving an Alabama federal prison where he was serving a sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal items.

Case continued for Virginia student in bloody arrest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 09:52
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — In a show of solidarity, supporters crowded into a courtroom Thursday as a University of Virginia student made his first court appearance after a bloody arrest outside a bar that sparked a police investigation.

Co-pilot deliberately slammed Germanwings plane in Alps

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 09:41

Co-pilot deliberately crashed Germanwings plane in AlpsOfficials say a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.

NYC building collapse critically injures one, others assessed: fire department

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 09:18
NEW YORK (Reuters) - At least one person was critically injured in a building collapse in New York City's East Village neighborhood on Thursday and others were being assessed, fire officials said. Live footage on local television showed a residential apartment building engulfed in flames and heavy smoke. Local media also reported a large explosion at the scene. (Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Amid trial, Kleiner Perkins recruits next generation of partners

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 09:17

Ellen Pao leaves court as her sexual bias trial against fomer employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byerr continues in San FranciscoFor the past month, the name most associated with venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is former partner Ellen Pao, who took the firm to trial for gender discrimination and retaliation. Now the company is searching for new names, at a more intense level than is typical in venture capital, leaders who will take over the firm in coming years as current partners retire. “You can imagine that over the next 18-24 months we’ll be adding people to the firm,” said Mike Abbott, 42, one of the newest Kleiner partners, and himself a contender to one day take over the mantle of the firm from its current de facto leader, 63-year-old John Doerr. Once the dominant force in venture capital, backing Google and Amazon, Kleiner has delivered a more mixed record in the past several years.

Police chiefs urge veto of bill making officer names secret

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 09:14
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's largest newspaper and the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police have sent letters to Gov. Doug Ducey urging him to veto a bill requiring police to keep the names of officers involved in shootings secret for two months.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 09:07

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 26, 2015, to talk abour the situation in Yemen. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

Father of wanted LAPD officer charged with lying to FBI

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 09:05
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The father of a former Los Angeles police officer was charged Thursday with lying to FBI agents to help his son escape after the officer was charged with killing a man during an off-duty fight.

AP NewsBreak: Trustees offer deal to Ole Miss chancellor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 09:04
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's College Board is preparing to offer a two-year contract extension to the University of Mississippi chancellor whom they had previously refused to retain, individuals with knowledge of the negotiations said Thursday.

US: Chicago-area cousins planned US terrorist attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:58

In this courtroom sketch, Jonas M. Edmonds, left, and Hasan R. Edmonds, right, stand in front of an FBI agent as they appear at a hearing at federal court in Chicago, Thursday, March 26, 2015, following their arrests Wednesday on charges of conspiring with the Islamic State group. Hasan Edmonds, an Illinois Army National Guard soldier, and his cousin, Jonas Edmonds, are both U.S. citizens from the Chicago suburb of Aurora. (AP Photo/Tom Gianni)CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring "the flames of war to the heart" of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, and his cousin bragged he could kill up to 150 people in a terrorist attack in the U.S., federal prosecutors said Thursday in announcing the men's arrests. Both are also accused of hatching a plot to attack a U.S. military facility.

Woman accused of kidnap plot claimed to be business coach

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:58

Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna, left, and Mayor Robert Garcia stand during a news conference in Long Beach, Calif., Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Southern California authorities have arrested four people in a plot to kidnap two newborn babies. The plot ended with the death of a 3-week-old girl and the shooting and beating of the children’s mothers, police said Wednesday. At left is an image of baby Eliza Delacruz, who was snatched Jan. 3, 2015, in Long Beach by a gunman who wounded her parents and uncle, Luna said. Her body was found the next day in a trash bin near the Mexican border. (AP Photo/The Daily Breeze, Scott Varley) MAGS OUT; NO SALESLONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A woman accused of masterminding a scheme to kidnap two babies and pass them off as her own is a self-styled business mogul and motivational speaker described on one of her websites as one of the "kindest women you will ever meet."

Prosecutors: Evidence supports ex-Va. gov's convictions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:30
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The actions taken by former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in his public corruption case were in some ways more blatant than those of a former congressman who hid nearly $100,000 in bribe money in his freezer, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

Police settle suit over use of tear gas during Missouri protests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:27
(Reuters) - Three Missouri police agencies have agreed to restrict the use of tear gas as part of a settlement of a lawsuit alleging that officers used heavy-handed tactics to quell protests in Ferguson after a white officer fatally shot an unarmed black teen. The settlement requires police to warn demonstrators and give them reasonable time to disperse before using tear gas or other chemical agents in response to non-criminal activity. U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson dismissed the case formally on Thursday, but retained jurisdiction through 2017 to enforce the settlement terms. Sometimes violent protests followed the shooting in August of Michael Brown, 18, during a confrontation with Ferguson policeman Darren Wilson and a grand jury's decision in November not to indict Wilson.

Airport pat-downs of black women's hairstyles discriminatory: ACLU

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:26
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Two black women who said their hairstyles made them targets for airport security pat-downs said on Thursday the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had agreed to stop singling out women for screening based solely on their "sisterlocks." Malaika Singleton, a neuroscientist based in Sacramento, said she was on her way to London last year for an academic conference on dementia when a TSA agent at Los Angeles International Airport began pulling and squeezing her hair. "I was going through the screening procedures like we all do, and after I stepped out of the full body scanner, the agent said, 'OK, now I'm going to check your hair,'" Singleton said on Thursday. The same thing happened when she passed through the Minneapolis airport on her way back home, Singleton said. She contacted the American Civil Liberties Union, and it turned out that one of the lawyers there, a black woman who also wears the tiny, stylized form of dreadlocks known as sisterlocks had the same experience - twice.

NJ officer in fatal wrong-way crash had 2 DUI arrests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:26

NJ officer in fatal wrong-way crash had 2 DUI arrestsAn off-duty New Jersey police officer behind the wheel of a car that crashed last week while heading the wrong way on a New York highway, killing two passengers, has had two drunken-driving arrests in the last four years.

Co-pilot suspected of air crash in Alps trained in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:13

A pilot walks past a training plane at The Airline Training Center Arizona Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the Goodyear Airport in Goodyear, Ariz. German Pilot Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot on Germanwings 9525 that crashed with 150 people on board on Tuesday in the French Alps, trained at the Airline Training Center in 2008 according to Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX (AP) — The co-pilot who authorities believe intentionally crashed an airplane into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board, honed his flying skills early in his aviation career in Arizona.

Report: Mix of cat litter, salts caused nuclear-dump mishap

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:10
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An incompatible combination of nitrate salts and organic cat litter is to blame for a mishap that forced the closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository, according to findings released Thursday by an independent team of experts from national laboratories around the country.

Trooper's killer had been convicted in supremacist brawl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:05
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Michigan man killed in a shootout that also left a rookie Wisconsin state trooper dead was part of a group of skinheads who attacked black and Hispanic people nearly 20 years ago, court records show.