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Iran and Italy sign several deals during visit by PM Renzi

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:41

In this photo released by official website of the Iranian Presidency office, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, right, welcomes Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi during an official arrival ceremony at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran and Italy signed a series of bilateral agreements during a visit by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to Tehran on Monday, signaling both countries' desire to restore ties following this year's implementation of the Iran nuclear deal.


Correction: Canal Break-Settlement story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:37
FERNLEY, Nev. (AP) — FERNLEY, Nev. (AP) — In a story April 10 about a class-action settlement for flood victims in Fernley, Nevada, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of people awarded in the lawsuit. The total number of flood victims in the settlement is 1,200, not 200.

Mounting number of victims in VA hospital sex abuse scandal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:29

This undated photo provided by the Brown County Sheriff's Office in Hiawatha, Kan., shows Mark Wisner. Lawsuits filed in recent weeks accuse Wisner, a former physician assistant, of committing sexual battery and other crimes against patients at the Leavenworth VA Medical Center. He also faces criminal charges of aggravated criminal sodomy, solicitation and sexual battery in Leavenworth County. (Brown County Sheriff's Office via AP)WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former physician assistant is accused of using his position to commit sexual battery and other crimes against at least seven patients at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Kansas, and a lawyer says yet more victims will emerge.


NCAA Tournament deal with CBS, Turner extended through 2032

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:29

FILE - These are file photos showing Charles Barkley in 2015, Grant Hill in 2015, Jim Nantz in 2010, Bill Raftery in 2016 and Kenny Smith in 2015. The NCAA has extended its deal for the men’s basketball tournament with CBS and Turner for an additional eight years through 2032. Eight seasons remain on the original 14-year contract.The agreement announced Tuesday, April 12, 2016, pays an average of $1.1 billion per season, up from more than $770 million under the current deal. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK (AP) — With eight years left on their deal to broadcast the NCAA Tournament, CBS and Turner are tacking on another eight.


(PHOTOS) Boy gets stuck in mud outside Chester County home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:28

(PHOTOS) Boy gets stuck in mud outside Chester County homeRescue crews worked to free a 12-year-old boy who became stuck in the mud behind his Chester County home.


NY to become latest state to exempt tampons from sales tax

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:16
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is poised to become the latest state to repeal its sales tax on tampons in response to a national and international push to abolish it.

Defense wants delay in black-church shooting trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:07
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The defense is asking for a delay in the state death-penalty trial of a man charged with gunning down nine black parishioners during a Bible study inside a Charleston church last year.

Environmental groups sue over pollution from airliners

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:05
WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental groups are suing federal regulators over long-sought pollution standards for airliners and cargo planes.

US budget deficit up sharply to $108 billion in March

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:01
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government's budget deficit rose sharply in March, pushing the deficit for the first six months of this budget year above the same period a year ago.

California teens charged for threatening Snapchat video

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:01
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Police in California have arrested two teen boys after a video was posted to social media that threatened a black student with a noose and a gun.

1 dead after car hits home, sparks fire Lehigh County

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:01

1 dead after car hits home, sparks fire Lehigh CountyA young man is dead and a female hospitalized after a violent crash and fire in South Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania.


Dead Illinois resident had bacteria linked to Wisconsin outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:57
(Reuters) - A northern Illinois resident who died after being diagnosed this year with a blood infection known as Elizabethkingia had the same strain of the bacteria linked to more than a dozen deaths in Wisconsin, health officials said on Tuesday. Neither the resident's age nor many other details were released, but Melaney Arnold, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), said the individual had suffered from underlying health issues. IDPH officials have sent alerts to hospitals requesting they report all cases of Elizabethkingia and save any specimens for possible laboratory testing, Arnold added in a statement.

Ukrainian who faked age, name for school denied lower bail

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:53

FILE - In this March 24, 2016, file photo, Artur Samarin arrives for preliminary hearing at a District Judge office in Harrisburg, Pa. The Ukrainian man accused of faking his name and age while attending a Pennsylvania high school and having sex with an underage girl was denied lower bail during a brief hearing Tuesday, April 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower, File)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 23-year-old Ukrainian man accused of faking his name and age while attending a Pennsylvania high school and having sex with an underage girl was denied lower bail during a brief hearing Tuesday.


Texas 'affluenza' teen to have first hearing in adult court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:51
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense following a deadly drunken-driving wreck will appear in adult court facing the prospect of more jail time.

U.S. reviewing Sinai peacekeeper mission, looks at automating jobs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:50

A general view shows Israel's border fence with Egypt's Sinai peninsula, as seen from Israel's Negev DesertBy Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Tuesday it has formally notified Egypt and Israel that it is reviewing multinational peacekeeping operations in the insurgency-wracked Sinai, including ways to use technology to do the job of some U.S. troops there. U.S. officials, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said using remote surveillance technology could eventually allow the United States to withdraw hundreds of its roughly 700 peacekeeping troops. Installed to monitor the demilitarization of the Sinai under the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace accord, the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) mission has come under increased scrutiny over the past year after six peacekeepers were wounded by a roadside bomb.


U.S. is 'committed as ever' to Sinai peacekeeping mission: White House

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:49
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday reaffirmed its commitment to peacekeeping efforts in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and is considering using advances in technology as a way to supplement them, the White House said on Tuesday.

Israeli minister urges McDonald's boycott for health reasons

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:48
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's health minister has called on the country to downsize its consumption of junk food and boycott McDonald's.

Businessman pleads guilty in CPS kickbacks case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:47
CHICAGO (AP) — A defendant in a Chicago Public Schools kickbacks case has changed his plea to guilty.

Suspect in Seattle body parts case has criminal convictions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:42

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole speaks to reporters during a news conference Monday, April 11, 2016, in Seattle. Multiple body parts — including a foot — found in a homeowner's recycling bin likely belong to a woman who was reported missing Saturday morning, Seattle police said Monday. (Lynsi Burton/seattlepi.com via AP) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDITSEATTLE (AP) — A man taken into custody for investigation of homicide following the discovery of body parts in a Seattle recycling bin has a lengthy criminal history, court records show.


Gambling only a short-term fix for cash-starved states: study

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:41
The Rockefeller Institute of Government said more than a dozen states legalized or expanded gambling in the wake of last decade's Great Recession. Lottery revenue fell for the second consecutive year in fiscal 2015. Local officials in cash-strapped Atlantic City, currently the only area in New Jersey where gambling is allowed, say new casinos will cause the city to lose even more revenue.