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Senator Menendez, amid probe: I have been honest in office

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 11:15

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., speaks to reporters during a news conference in Newark, N.J. on Friday, March 6, 2015. A person familiar with a federal investigation says the Justice Department is expected to bring criminal charges against the New Jersey Democrat in the coming weeks. Menendez says that he has always behaved appropriately in office. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, under federal investigation for his relationship with a Florida doctor and political donor, defiantly said Friday he has always been honest in office even as a person familiar with the matter said he's expected to face criminal charges soon.


Car crashes into tree in West Windsor, driver injured

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 10:45

Car crashes into tree in West Windsor, driver injuredA driver was hospitalized after crashing into a tree in West Windsor Township, New Jersey.


Groups ask judge to order gay-marriage licenses in Alabama

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 10:40
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A group of civil rights organizations filed a motion Friday asking a federal judge to order Alabama probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and to expand a suit challenging the state's gay-marriage ban.

Uber halts operations in Anchorage, Oregon city sues ride-share firm

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 10:39
By Steve Quinn and Shelby Sebens JUNEAU/PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Uber said it was halting operations in Anchorage on Friday until Alaska's largest city can work out details enabling the ride-share company's drivers to accept paying fares, as an Oregon city sued the firm over safety requirements. An Uber Anchorage operations manager said the company halted operations because the city's efforts to draft rules for Uber drivers, such as insurance and background check requirements, have not come quick enough, despite months of negotiations. Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan said Uber's decision "should not be attributed to inaction by the municipality as the process has been continuous and a path forward has been established by the Assembly." Sullivan added that the Assembly members and city officials will meet with Uber on March 18 to try to work out an agreement. The Oregon city of Eugene sued Uber in Lane County Circuit Court on Thursday, asking the court to stop Uber from operating until it meets what the city calls "minimum safety requirements," said Laura Hammond, Eugene's communication and policy analyst.

2 San Francisco airport workers charged in smuggling scheme

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 10:33
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say two security screeners at San Francisco International Airport have been charged with allowing methamphetamine to be smuggled through carry-on luggage at an airport checkpoint in exchange for money.

Ohio man accused of plotting Capitol attack says would have shot Obama

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 10:30

Christopher Cornell, 20, of Cincinnati, Ohio is pictured in this handout photoAn Ohio man claiming sympathy with Islamic State militants and charged with plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol said in a television interview that he would have shot President Barack Obama in the head. Christopher Cornell, 20, told Cincinnati's FOX 19 WXIX TV that if he had not been arrested by FBI agents in January, he would have carried out an alleged plot to plant pipe bombs on the Capitol and at the Israeli Embassy. I would have took my gun, I would have put it to Obama's head and I would have pulled the trigger," Cornell, of Cincinnati, said in a telephone interview from the Boone County, Kentucky, jail aired on Friday. "Then I would have released more bullets on the Senate and the House of Representative members, and I would have attacked the Israeli Embassy and various other buildings full of kafir (a Muslim term for infidel) who want to wage war against us Muslims and shed our blood.


Body of Mexican man shot by police flown to Mexico, buried

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 10:24

FILE - This undated photo provided by Agapita Montes-Rivera via Fabian Ubay, shows Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who was shot dead by police last month in Pasco, Wash. Zambrano-Montes' body has been flown to Mexico and buried in his home village, the Mexican Consulate in Seattle said Friday, March 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Agapita Montes-Rivera, File)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The body of a Mexican man shot dead by police last month has been flown to Mexico and buried in the man's home village, the Mexican Consulate in Seattle said Friday.


Police search for endangered Kingsessing teen

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 10:23

Police search for missing, endangered teen Nysirah HarrisPolice are asking for the public's help in finding a missing 13-year-old from Philadelphia's Kingsessing section.


Authorities provide security for holdout juror in Arias case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 10:14

Jodi Arias, right, listens during her sentencing retrial, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Arias was spared the death penalty on Thursday after a jury for a second time could not decide on her punishment. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, Pool)PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities were providing security Friday for the sole juror who voted to spare the life of convicted murderer Jodi Arias.


California man sentenced to probation in plane groping case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 10:11
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A California man accused of groping and sexually propositioning a teenage girl on a flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City was sentenced to three years of probation Friday.

Former Vice President Walter Mondale hospitalized with flu

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 09:59
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Vice President Walter Mondale is hospitalized with the flu.

US Sen. Menendez: I've behaved appropriately in office

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 09:50

 I've behaved appropriately in officeSen. Bob Menendez says amid a federal investigation that he has always behaved appropriately in office.


Lawyer defends gender bias probe at Silicon Valley firm

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 09:49
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An attorney hired by one of Silicon Valley's most prestigious venture capital firms to investigate a complaint of gender discrimination defended his efforts on Friday, saying the alleged bias was not substantiated.

Duke pollution could continue under proposed permits

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 09:42
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy could legally leak pollutants from some of its coal ash dumps under new wastewater permits proposed Friday by North Carolina regulators.

Passengers gouged on airport water? Yes, charge legal papers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:40
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A court fight over retail operations at one of the nation's busiest airports led to a charges Friday that passengers are being gouged on bottled water prices.

Hutchinson seeks review of adoption rules after abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:33

In this Feb. 26, photo, Rep. Justin T. Harris, R-West Fork, questions a witness during a meeting of the House Committee on Education at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has instructed the state to review adoption procedures after Harris gave his adopted daughters to a man who admitted to sexually abusing one of them. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is working with lawmakers and the Department of Human Services to potentially change state adoption procedures after a House member gave his adopted daughters to a man who later admitted to sexually abusing one of them.


Judge tosses art collectors' lawsuit over labeling Haring works fakes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:26

Visitors look at an art creation by American artist Haring (1958-1990) during his exhibition retrospective at the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris(Reuters) - A federal judge in New York on Friday dismissed a $40 million lawsuit by art collectors against the foundation of late painter Keith Haring, which has said about 80 works owned by the collectors were fakes. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote granted a motion to dismiss the lawsuit against The Keith Haring Foundation that was filed last year by Elizabeth Bilinski and other collectors, according to court documents. The collectors had said they purchased the artwork from friends of Haring, who died in 1990.


AP PHOTOS: Ringling Bros to retire elephants; tradition ends

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:25

This undated poster provided by Feld Entertainment Inc., shows a poster depicting Jumbo the elephant, as part of the early days of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The circus said it will phase out its iconic elephant acts by 2018. (AP Photo/Feld Entertainment Inc.)POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) — Elephants have always been part of The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, ever since showman P.T. Barnum brought Jumbo, "a massive 12-foot African elephant," to America in 1882 to star in the "Greatest Show on Earth." Whenever the circus came to town, parades of pachyderms heralded its arrival, drawing patriotic crowds that boosted sales and even attracted vote-hungry politicians. Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, still keeps 43 elephants, 13 of which are performing. But years of pressure from activists alleging abuse have caused a "mood shift" among consumers, circus executive Alana Feld told The Associated Press, and the Feld family would rather spend money on elephant care than lawyers. The Felds say they'll phase out elephant acts by 2018 as the remaining performers retire to their 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida.


DNA clears woman of murder after three decades in Nevada prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:19
Prosecutors in Nevada dropped a murder charge on Friday against a woman who spent more than three decades behind bars for the crime, saying newly found DNA evidence cleared her of slaying a 19-year-old nursing student almost 40 years ago. A judge threw out the conviction against Cathy Woods, 64, in September after DNA evidence from a cigarette butt at the scene of the fatal stabbing near the University of Nevada campus in Reno was matched to a prisoner in Oregon. The judge freed Woods on bail and told her to appear for a retrial in July, but Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks said on Friday that his office is dismissing the case. "It is our belief that the newly discovered DNA evidence and the continued investigation of this case exonerate Cathy Woods of the murder of Michelle Mitchell," Hicks said in a statement.

Horse rescued from ditch in Delaware County

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 08:16

Horse rescued from ditch in Delaware CountyA horse had to be rescued after getting stuck in a ditch in Edgmont Township, Delaware County.