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Washington governor fires hospital chief following escape

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 07:19

Cheryl Strange, the new head of Western State Hospital, talks to the media as Washington Gov. Jay Inslee looks on, during a news conference, Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in Olympia, Wash. Strange replaces former Western State Chief Executive Officer Ron Adler, who was fired after a man charged with murder escaped from the facility last week, the latest in a litany of problems at the 800-bed hospital. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday fired the head of a beleaguered state psychiatric hospital after a man who had been charged with murder escaped from the facility last week.

Teen student shot at dismissal from Pennsylvania high school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 07:16
MCKEES ROCKS, Pa. (AP) — Police are searching for a gunman who shot and wounded a student outside a Pennsylvania high school at the end of the school day.

The Latest: Navy secretary sells Marines on women in combat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 07:15
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Navy Secretary Ray Mabus' talk with Marines on women in combat (all times local):

San Diego man pleads not guilty to killing woman found in suitcase

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 07:09
A California man pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a charge of murdering a 21-year-old woman whose body was found stuffed into a suitcase on a San Diego street, as prosecutors told the court that the victim was beaten and strangled to death in his apartment. Joshua Palmer, 33, is also accused of shoving the body of victim Shauna Haynes into a wheeled valise and leaving it near a line of trash cans, Deputy District Attorney Martin Doyle said during a hearing in San Diego Superior Court. Doyle said Palmer also wiped down his apartment, threw away his clothes and sent misleading text messages from Haynes' phone to fool her friends and family into thinking she was alive.

Taxpayers pick up bulk of rehab bill for 'affluenza' Texan: newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 07:09

File photo of Ethan Couch is seen in a booking photo released by the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department in Ft Worth, TexasTexas taxpayers picked up most of the $200,000 bill for the so-called affluenza teen's court-ordered rehabilitation in a probation deal that kept him out of prison for killing four while driving drunk, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. Ethan Couch, who turned 19 this week and was 16 at the time of the incident, will be in a Tarrant County adult court on Wednesday for a likely determination of how much time behind bars he must spend for violating the probation deal. Taxpayers paid more than $150,000 of the bill for his year-long rehabilitation because his parents were unable to pay for all of the treatment, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said, citing court documents.

Problems identified with Texas jail where Sandra Bland died

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 07:04

FILE - In this undated file image made from video provided by the Waller County Sheriff's Department, Sandra Bland stands before a desk at Waller County Jail in Hempstead, Texas. The small-town Texas jail where Sandra Bland died last summer needs to be replaced, and its jailers need body cameras and anger-management training, according to a report issued Tuesday, April 12, 2016 by a panel convened after Bland's death. (Waller County Sheriff's Department via AP, File)DALLAS (AP) — The small-town Texas jail where Sandra Bland died last summer needs a new building, more expertise among its staff to identify mental health issues, and body cameras and anger-management training for its jailers, according to a report issued Tuesday by a panel convened after Bland's death.

Oklahoma lawmakers aim to increase cattle rustling penalties

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 07:00
Oklahoma lawmakers sent a measure to the governor on Tuesday to increase penalties for cattle rustling, in an attempt to curtail a crime associated with the Wild West that has seen a resurgence from ranch hands stealing livestock to feed their drug habits. The bill approved by the Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday and already approved in the House increases fines for cattle theft and the number of felony counts that can be brought. State law currently says the penalty for livestock theft is jail or a fine, but the legislation would allow for both penalties in a single case.

Cuban Americans protest exclusion from Carnival Cuban cruise

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:55
MIAMI (AP) — Some Cuban Americans are complaining that Carnival Corporation is unfairly excluding them from sailing with the company when the cruise line heads to Cuba for the first time in decades.

Arizona lawmaker drops ban on journalists who refuse checks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:54

Arizona Republic photographer Nick Oza and Associated Press journalist Bob Christie report from the gallery of the Arizona House of Representatives after reporters were denied access to the floor pending criminal and civil background checks, in Phoenix on Thursday, April 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Ryan VanVelzer)PHOENIX (AP) — The speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives allowed journalists who refused to submit to extensive background checks back on the floor of the chamber Tuesday amid pressure from lawmakers and the public over the sudden shift in decades-old policy.

A look at governor's order on North Carolina rights law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:50
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has filed an executive order that extends further protections to state employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but leaves intact the bulk of a new state law regarding rights for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

Kansas Supreme Court to consider right to abortion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:48
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has agreed to consider a groundbreaking ruling that determined the conservative state's constitution protects abortion rights independently from the U.S. Constitution.

Victim's husband sues Missouri gun sellers over Jewish center shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:46
Frazier Glenn Cross, 74, a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan white supremacist organization, was sentenced to death in November for his attacks in Overland Park, Kansas, two years ago this week. Cross was found guilty of killing Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather, William Corporon, 69, outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, and Terri LaManno, 53, outside a Jewish retirement home.

Warnings of Southern California blackouts called misleading

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:39
California energy officials intent on reopening a major natural gas storage field idled by the country's worst-ever methane leak have resorted to scare tactics in raising the prospect of looming power outages in Los Angeles, utility critics said on Tuesday. Three state regulatory bodies and the city Water and Power Department warned last week the region faced up to 14 days of blackouts this summer as gas-fired power plants go without supplies normally furnished by the crippled Aliso Canyon field when electricity demand peaks. Southern California Gas Co, the division of San Diego-based utility giant Sempra Energy that owns Aliso Canyon, remains barred from refilling the underground storage reserve until the facility is deemed safe to operate again.

Hikers rescued after four days stranded on Alaskan glacier

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:38

File photo of Bear Glacier on a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, AlaskaSnow storms created "white-on-white" conditions, thwarting previous attempts to reach the pair by air and prompting a ground crew to scale the glacier to try to rescue them on foot, said Alaska Air National Guard spokesman Staff Sergeant Edward Eagerton. On Tuesday, under clearer skies, a HH-60 Pave Hawk military helicopter landed on Bear Glacier and rescued the hikers in the remote Kenai Mountains, said guard spokeswoman Technical Sergeant Alicia Halla. The hikers, Alaska residents Christopher Hanna, 45, and Jennifer Neyman, 36, were flown to a hospital in the nearby town of Soldotna where they will be evaluated, Halla said.

LA Police Commission: Homeless man's shooting unjustified

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:34
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A police officer who shot and killed an unarmed homeless man near the Venice boardwalk last year violated departmental policy, the Police Commission ruled Tuesday.

Husband of woman shot at Kansas Jewish site sues gun sellers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:31
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The husband of one of the three people killed by a white supremacist at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City has sued over the sale of the shotguns used in the April 2014 attack.

Federal court hears appeal of Minnesota sex offender ruling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:30
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The lengthy legal debate over a Minnesota program that keeps sex offenders confined indefinitely after they complete their prison sentences shifted south Tuesday as state officials urged a federal appeals court nearly 500 miles away to overturn a judge's ruling that the program is unconstitutional.

Uber launches in Argentine capital despite protests

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:29

Taxi drivers block a main avenue to protest Uber in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Hundreds of taxi drivers paralyzed parts of the capital during rush hour to protest Uber launching its service on Tuesday in defiance of local authorities. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Uber launched its service in Argentina's capital Tuesday in defiance of local authorities and despite road blocks set up by protesting taxi drivers that snarled traffic during the evening rush hour.

Images released of dramatic creek rescue in Chester County

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:29

Images released of dramatic creek rescue in Chester County12-year-old Miles Bryant was playing in the woods next to his home with his 9-ear-old brother and a friend when the creek wall he was walking along collapsed, trapping him in the cold water.

UN official: More help needed for Africa's Sahel region

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:27
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A senior U.N. official on Tuesday said the ongoing poverty and horror resulting from attacks by the extremist Boko Haram group in Africa's Lake Chad basin are at their worst and called for increased relief funding for its 3 million people and broader international engagement in the region.