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UC Berkeley settles in football practice death for $4.75 million

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:47
The University of California, Berkeley has settled a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a football player who died in 2014 during a conditioning workout for $4.75 million, both sides said on Thursday. The settlement with the family of 21-year-old Ted Agu was reached on April 8 and requires the school to adopt safety changes to protect student athletes, UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said. "The University is glad to have reached a resolution with the Agu family, as it has been a difficult process for everyone involved," Mogulof said.

CORRECTS: California board OKs parole for former Manson cult member, more approvals needed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:44
CHINO, Calif. (AP) — CORRECTS: California board OKs parole for former Manson cult member, more approvals needed. (Corrects APNewsAlert that decision now goes to governor )

Georgia lawmaker charged with DUI while juveniles in vehicle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:42
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia state representative charged with speeding while driving under the influence with four juvenile passengers onboard says he made a serious mistake.

The Latest: Parole recommended for Ex-Manson family member

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:39

FILE- In this June 5, 2013, file photo, Leslie Van Houten appears during her parole hearing at the California Institution for Women in Chino, Calif. The youngest of Charles Manson’s followers to take part in one of the nation’s most notorious killings is trying again for parole. Van Houten is scheduled for her 21st hearing before a parole board panel Thursday, April 14, 2016, at a women’s prison in Corona, Calif. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)CHINO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten's bid for parole (all times local):


Manson follower Van Houten endorsed for release after more than four decades

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:39

LESLIE VAN HOUTEN LISTENS DURING PAROLE HEARING IN CORONA.Leslie Van Houten, who as a follower of cult leader Charles Manson took part in one of the most notorious mass murders of the 20th century, was recommended on Thursday for parole, officials said, a first step towards freedom after more than four decades in prison. Van Houten, 66, has been serving a life sentence for the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, who were stabbed to death in their Los Angeles home on Aug. 9, 1969. The recommendation of California's Board of Parole Hearings is subject to an administrative review before going to California Governor Jerry Brown.


North Carolina mom afraid when told to cover breastfeeding

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:38
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman says she was "terrified" when a judge told her to cover herself while breastfeeding or leave his courtroom.

Air Force supports using spare missiles for commercial launches

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:35
The head of the United States Space Command said on Thursday he supports a policy change to allow decommissioned intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) to launch commercial satellites, a plan pushed by Orbital ATK Inc and opposed by other private space launch companies. U.S. Air Force General John Hyten said that spare ICBMs should not be given away for free, nor dumped en masse into the commercial marketplace. Hyten noted that the Air Force will not decide the issue, which could affect hundreds of millions of dollars in potential rocket launch orders in coming years.

California pension system reconsiders tobacco divestment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:34
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Anti-smoking groups on Thursday stepped up pressure on the nation's largest public pension system to drop plans to consider re-investing in tobacco stocks 15 years after selling them off.

Prosecutor to review 911 caller's role in Wal-Mart shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:33
CINCINNATI (AP) — A special prosecutor will determine whether to charge a 911 caller who reported a man waving a gun in an Ohio Wal-Mart before police fatally shot the shopper, who'd picked up an air rifle from a shelf.

Man accused of killing wife, 2 others blames intruder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:29

This undated photo released by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Robert James LeCou. LeCou, accused of killing his wife and two of her relatives in a Montana town, told authorities that a stranger must have broken into the house they shared and shot the victims, court documents released Thursday, April 14, 2016, said. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A man accused of killing his wife and two of her relatives in a tiny Montana town told authorities that a stranger must have broken into the house they shared and shot the victims, court documents released Thursday said.


Fred Hayman, stylish godfather of Rodeo Drive, dies at 90

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:26

RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT AGE TO 90 - FILE - In this May 31, 2011 file photo, Fred Hayman poses for photographers after receiving the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award in Beverly Hills, Calif., Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Hayman, the dapper entrepreneur whose vision transformed a nondescript Southern California street called Rodeo Drive into one of the world's pre-eminent fashion districts, has died at age 90. Known affectionately as the godfather of Rodeo Drive, Hayman died Thursday, April 7, 2016 at his home in Malibu, Calif.(AP Photo/Matt Sayles)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fred Hayman, the dapper entrepreneur whose vision transformed a nondescript Southern California street into one of the world's pre-eminent fashion districts, earning him the sobriquet "Godfather of Rodeo Drive," died Thursday. He was 90.


Johnson & Johnson ends contacts lens policy amid price wars

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:21

FILE - In this May 13, 2015, file photo, a contact lens is displayed in front of a 1-800-Contacts shipping box in Salt Lake City. Johnson & Johnson is ending a policy to set minimum prices for contact lenses, a move that will likely have ripple effects on legal battles and bitter price wars in the $4 billion industry, Thursday, April 14, 2016. The decision by one of the country's largest contact-lens makers removes a protection for eye doctors who are increasingly competing with discount sellers such as 1-800 Contacts and Costco for contact lens sales. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Johnson & Johnson is ending a policy to set minimum prices for contact lenses, a move that will likely have ripple effects on legal battles and bitter price wars in the $4 billion industry.


Police: Ex-Indiana University official won't be charged

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:18
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana University's former student ethics director won't face criminal charges following a Texas investigation into sexual assault allegations that prompted his resignation and a review of sexual misconduct cases he oversaw at the school, police said Thursday.

Tennessee governor vetoes bill making Bible official book

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:18
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday vetoed a bill seeking to make Tennessee the first state to designate the Bible as its official book.

Businessman in New York corruption probe linked to hedge fund investment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:16

Platinum Partners' Mark Nordlicht and Uri Landesman pose in their New York officesA businessman at the center of a federal corruption probe involving New York police officers and Mayor Bill de Blasio's fundraising helped arrange an investment by the correction officers' union in a hedge fund, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Jona Rechnitz, who heads a New York real estate firm, referred the president of the city's Correction Officers' Benevolent Association, Norman Seabrook, to Platinum Partners, which received an investment of at least $10 million, the source said.


Special Report: A top hedge fund manager that's too hot for some to handle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:16

Platinum Partners' Mark Nordlicht and Uri Landesman pose in their New York officesStarting around 2010, hedge fund manager Platinum Partners lent the reseller of electricity and natural gas tens of millions of dollars, and then took at least a 20 percent equity stake in the fast-growing company. Platinum’s Value Arbitrage fund, meanwhile, gained 9.4 percent, far ahead of its sector average of 2.46 percent.


California court reverses judge who said teacher tenure unconstitutional: AP

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:03
(Reuters) - A California court on Thursday handed unions a victory, reversing a judge who said teacher tenure was unconstitutional, the Associated Press reported.

'Let them sell their summer homes': NYC pension dumps hedge funds

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 06:59

Downtown Manhattan and the One World Trade building are pictured from the observation level of the Empire State Building in the Manhattan borough of New YorkNew York City's largest public pension is exiting all hedge fund investments in the latest sign that the $4 trillion public pension sector is losing patience with these often secretive portfolios at a time of poor performance and high fees. The board of the New York City Employees Retirement System (NYCERS) voted to leave blue chip firms such as Brevan Howard and D.E. Shaw after their consultants said they can reach their targeted investment returns with less risky funds. The move by the fund, which had $51.2 billion in assets as of Jan. 31, follows a similar actions by the California Public Employees' Retirement System (Calpers), the nation's largest public pension fund, and public pensions in Illinois.


Lawyers: Teen treated unfairly after nude images shared

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 06:59
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia high school senior says she was victimized twice — first when her ex-boyfriend shared nude images of her via social media and again when she was arrested for throwing water and cursing at him.

The Latest: 3 religious leaders defended in abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 06:53

FILE - This combination of file photos from March 18, 2016 shows Giles Schinelli, left, Anthony Criscitelli, center, and Robert D'Aversa, when they were arraigned on charges of child endangerment and criminal conspiracy at a district magistrate in Hollidaysburg, Pa. The three Francisan friars are scheduled for an April 14 preliminary hearing on charges they allowed a suspected sexual predator to teach at a high school and hold other jobs where he molested more than 100 children. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a Pennsylvania hearing in the case of three former Franciscan leaders charged with child endangerment for allegedly knowing a friar had been accused of molesting more than 100 children (all times local):