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Juneau using cruise ship visitor fees to cover legal costs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:57
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau is using the money it receives from visitors who arrive to the city via cruise ship to fight a lawsuit filed by the cruise industry alleging it is misusing those funds to develop a park featuring a life-sized whale sculpture a mile away from port.

Officer failed to report incident prior to murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:54
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a central Florida man who killed his wife, his two young children and then himself last month would have likely been wearing a GPS monitor had an officer properly reported the violation of a protective order nine days before the murder-suicide.

North Carolina lawmaker dismisses U.S. deadline to change bathroom law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:47

File photo of a bathroom sign welcoming both genders at the Cacao Cinnamon coffee shop in Durham, North CarolinaBy Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Republican leaders in North Carolina on Thursday refused to back down from a law regulating which restrooms can be used by transgender people after the federal government told the state the law violated the U.S. Civil Rights Act. The state’s leading Republican lawmaker, House Speaker Tim Moore, told reporters in Raleigh that North Carolina would not be “bullied” into meeting the U.S. Justice Department’s Monday deadline to change the law. North Carolina is the first U.S. state to pass a law requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate instead of the gender with which they identify.


Former Texas policeman released after serving 21 years for rape

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:41
FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) - A former Fort Worth police officer who had served 21 years of a life sentence after being convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl was released from prison on Thursday after an appeals court order overturned his conviction because the victim lied.

Tesla bold production plan brings out skeptics, shares fall

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:36
DETROIT (AP) — Once again, Tesla Motors is staring down the naysayers.

Manhunt under way for escapee from New Jersey psychiatric hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:35
Arthur Buckel, 38, was discovered missing on Tuesday from a minimum security unit at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in Hammonton, said Captain Jack Sramaty, spokesman for the Ocean County prosecutor's office. Schools in Barnegat, about 50 miles (80 km) east of the hospital, remained under police guard on Thursday after Buckel was spotted on Wednesday shopping at a CVS drugstore there. Matthew Schuman, a spokesman for the state's Department of Corrections, said the department's canine and fugitive units were part of the search effort, along with numerous law enforcement agencies.

Search continues for escaped inmate, a convicted killer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:34

These undated photos provided by Barnegat Police Department shows Arthur Buckel. Corrections officials say the minimum security inmate was missing when guards at Bayside State Prison in the southern New Jersey town of Hammonton performed a count Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (Barnegat Police Department via AP)BARNEGAT TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — An escaped inmate who once served time for manslaughter for killing a baby eluded authorities for a third day Thursday, leading to increased security at schools in the New Jersey town where he was last seen.


Johnny Manziel ordered to stay away from accuser in violence case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:34

Johnny Manziel ordered to stay away from accuser in violence caseJohnny Manziel waded through a crowd of reporters after his first court appearance in a domestic violence case Thursday, ignoring questions and even an autograph request.


Convicted child molester Sandusky granted hearing on appeal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:31

Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky leaves after his appeal hearing at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, PennsylvaniaA Pennsylvania judge on Thursday granted convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky a hearing later this month to press his case for a new trial, four years after the former Penn State University football coach was found guilty of abusing 10 boys. Lawyers for Sandusky can pursue several issues at the May 20 hearing, including the competency of his trial attorney, whether prosecutors and the judge who oversaw the grand jury withheld evidence and whether the state attorney general's office leaked sealed grand jury material to a reporter in an effort to persuade additional victims to come forward. John Cleland, a visiting judge in the Centre County Court of Common Pleas in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, had expressed skepticism regarding Sandusky's appeal during a court appearance on Monday but nevertheless ordered the evidentiary hearing.


Michigan lawmakers push forward $500 mln package for Detroit schools

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:28

Downtown Detroit is seen from a vacant lot, looking south along Woodward AvenueBy Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - The Michigan House of Representatives approved on Thursday a $500 million spending package for Detroit's cash-strapped schools, which could run out of money to pay employees at the end of June. The legislation, which still needs approvals from the state Senate and Governor Rick Snyder, was passed early Thursday morning after hundreds of Detroit teachers called in sick over paycheck concerns. Detroit school teachers returned to their classrooms on Wednesday following the "sick-out" after receiving assurances from officials that they will be paid for their work.


4th Circuit rejects Virginia death row inmate's appeal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:24
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal of a Virginia death row inmate who killed two people during an escape.

Lockheed wins $424 million contract for radar emitter simulation products: Pentagon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:18
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp has won a $424 million U.S. defense contract for threat radar emitter simulations products and services, and other simulation equipment, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

Flight forced to land in Florida following injuries

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:17
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a plane traveling from the Dominican Republican to Pittsburgh had to stop in Florida after several people were injured when the plane experienced turbulence.

Man convicted of killing 3 women, wrapping bodies in bags

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:15

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2013, file photo, Michael Madison, left, waits with his attorney David Grant, right, for arraignment in Cleveland. Madison, a convicted sex offender, was found guilty Thursday, May 5, 2016, of aggravated murder and kidnapping in the deaths of three women whose bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags in a case that raised fears that another serial killer was hunting for victims in the Cleveland area. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — A convicted sex offender was found guilty Thursday of the murder of three women whose bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags in a case that raised fears that another serial killer was hunting for victims in the Cleveland area.


NYC lawmakers impose 5-cent charge for plastic bags

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:13

A man carries his purchase in a plastic bag from a Gristedes supermarket on New York's Upper West Side, Thursday, May 5, 2016. Merchants in New York who now hand out billions of free, disposable plastic bags each year to shoppers and diners would have to start charging 5 cents each for the convenient but environmentally unfriendly receptacles under a bill set for a city council vote Thursday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — Every minute of every day, usually without thinking, thousands of New Yorkers reach across the counter at shops and supermarkets and accept a disposable plastic bag. The city's sanitation department estimates 10 billion bags a year are tossed in the trash — roughly 19,000 per minute.


Cleveland man convicted of murdering three women

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:12

File photo of Michael Madison, suspected of killing three women during an appearance in East Cleveland Municipal CourtA Cleveland man was convicted on Thursday of murdering three women and wrapping their bodies in plastic to disguise them as trash, and may now face the death penalty. Jury deliberations began on Wednesday.


The Latest: Mayor says escaped inmate no longer in his town

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:08

These undated photos provided by Barnegat Police Department shows Arthur Buckel. Corrections officials say the minimum security inmate was missing when guards at Bayside State Prison in the southern New Jersey town of Hammonton performed a count Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (Barnegat Police Department via AP)BARNEGAT TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the search for an escaped inmate in New Jersey (all times local):


U.S. officials aim to recover El Faro data recorder in next few months

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:06

Handout photo of the top of the El Faro navigation bridge structure with missing mast and support structures is shown on the ocean floor taken by an underwater video cameraThe U.S. National Transportation Safety Board hopes to recover the voyage data recorder from the cargo ship El Faro, which sank during a hurricane killing all 33 crew on board, over the next two to three months, an agency official said on Thursday. It should contain navigational data and the last 12 hours of audio on the ship's bridge, Brian Curtis, acting director of the Office of Marine Safety at the NTSB, told reporters. The 790-foot (241-meter) El Faro, owned by Sea Star Line LLC and operated by TOTE Services, went down off the Bahamas on Oct. 1 while on a cargo run between Florida and Puerto Rico.


Chaos engulfs effort to enact Atlantic City aid package

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:06

Chaos engulfs effort to enact Atlantic City aid packageNew Jersey's tortured effort to help Atlantic City avoid going broke devolved into chaos Thursday as a planned vote was canceled, and leaders disagreed over whether an effort to seek a compromise deal was in the offing.


Wal-Mart brings back greeters at the store door

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:04

FILE- In this Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, Wal-Mart cashier Sandra Brown, second left, greets customers at the store in Horn Lake, Miss., after officially opening earlier in the day. Wal-Mart is bringing back greeters to a majority of its 5,000 U.S. stores. For the remainder, it will position a “customer host” who will not only greet customers but also check receipts to prevent shoplifting. The move comes as Wal-Mart is working hard to improve sales. (Stan Carroll/The Commercial Appeal via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDITNEW YORK (AP) — Those smiley door greeters are back at Wal-Mart.