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Ex-deputy pleads guilty, lied about motorist confrontation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 04:59
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama deputy accused of beating a motorist pleaded guilty to lying about the confrontation Wednesday, but his admission didn't shed any light on the slaying of a friend of the victim who campaigned against police brutality after the assault.

Police ID victims in crash on Route 55 in Gloucester County

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 04:55

Police ID victims in crash on Route 55 in Gloucester CountyAuthorities tell Action News a woman is dead and another hospitalized after a single-vehicle crash on Route 55 in Gloucester County.


Nearly all Detroit schools closed due to teachers' sickout

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 04:54
The school district filed a request for a temporary injunction on Wednesday with the Michigan Court of Claims against the Detroit Federation of Teachers, teacher groups and two dozen individual teachers, court records showed. District and union officials said they expected schools to reopen on Thursday. Detroit Federation of Teachers Interim President Ivy Bailey said that with President Barack Obama visiting Detroit on Wednesday, people wanted to call attention to problems at schools.

Mountain snows that feed Colorado River look good so far

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 04:43

File- In this May 1, 1997 file photograph, sign marks the Colorado River as it flows past the Never Summer Mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park near the town of Grand Lake, Colo. Snowpack in the mountains and valleys that feed the upper Colorado River is slightly above the long-term average, which is welcome news in the drought-stricken Southwest. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)DENVER (AP) — Snowpack in the mountains that feed the Colorado River was slightly above the long-term average on Wednesday — welcome news in the drought-stricken Southwest.


Baby's body found in freezer after mother threatens suicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 04:42
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they found a baby boy dead in a freezer at a South Florida home following his mother's suicide threats.

Coast Guard: Migrants fleeing Cuba increasingly violent

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 04:40

In this image taken on Jan. 4, 2016, released by the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard personnel left, try to assist a group of Cuban migrants on a makeshift vessel in the Florida Straits. The U.S. Coast Guard says it's documenting increasing instances of violence and non-compliance at sea among Cuban migrants. (U.S. Coast Guard via AP)MIAMI (AP) — Cuban migrants desperate to reach U.S. shore are increasingly violent and noncompliant with Coast Guard crews who detain them at sea, authorities said Wednesday, citing reports of attempted poisoning and self-inflicted wounds as rumors swirl that the "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy will soon be abandoned.


Fugitive from Cuba back in Iowa to face gun, escape charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 04:36

In this photo taken Dec. 8, 2015, Shawn Wegmann, a U.S. fugitive wanted for firearms charges in Iowa, is escorted by the U.S. Marshals Service after arriving from Cuba at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport. Wegmann, 38, who had been in custody in Florida since Cuban officials turned him over to federal marshals on Dec. 8, was returned to Iowa on Friday, Jan. 15. Wegmann appeared in court Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Davenport, Iowa, where his trial is to be held, to face a new charge of failure to appear while on pre-trial release. (Susan Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man facing federal firearms charges in Iowa who was found in Cuba attempting to escape prosecution has been returned to Iowa and faces a court hearing to determine whether he should remain in federal custody until his trial.


New evidence points to giant 9th planet on solar system edge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 04:36

This artistic rendering provided by California Institute of Technology shows the distant view from Planet Nine back towards the sun. The planet is thought to be gaseous, similar to Uranus and Neptune. Hypothetical lightning lights up the night side. Scientists reported Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, they finally have "good evidence" for Planet X, a true ninth planet on the fringes of our solar system. (R. Hurt/Infrared Processing and Analysis Center/Courtesy of California Institute of Technology via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The solar system may have a ninth planet after all.


Trial begins against polygamous towns in discrimination case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 04:31

Hildale, Utah mayor Phillip Barlow, center, arrives at the Sandra Day O'Connor United States District Court where a federal civil rights trial against the polygamous towns of Hildale and Colorado City, Ariz., which are located on the Arizona-Utah border, is set to begin, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)PHOENIX (AP) — Two polygamous towns in Arizona and Utah are corrupt communities where people are spied on and routinely denied basic services as a way to root out non-believers, federal lawyers said Wednesday during opening statements in a discrimination trial.


Trial under way for N.Y. officer charged with shooting black man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 04:26

New York City Police officer (NYPD) Peter Liang arrives at Brooklyn Supreme CourtJury selection began on Wednesday in the manslaughter trial of a New York City police officer who killed an unarmed black man in a darkened stairwell, Brooklyn prosecutors said. Officer Peter Liang is also facing charges of reckless endangerment, official misconduct and other crimes for firing a single bullet inside a Brooklyn public housing building on Nov. 20, 2014. The victim, 28-year-old Akai Gurley, was walking one floor below Liang and was struck in the chest.


Trial under way for N.Y. officer charged with shooting black man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 04:26

New York City Police officer (NYPD) Peter Liang arrives at Brooklyn Supreme CourtNEW YORK (Reuters) - Jury selection began on Wednesday in the manslaughter trial of a New York City police officer who killed an unarmed black man in a darkened stairwell, Brooklyn prosecutors said.


Natural gas likely overtook coal as top U.S. power source in 2015

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 04:19

The price in relation to gallons of gas is displayed on a pump at a natural gas station in San Diego, California.By Scott DiSavino NEW YORK (Reuters) - Last year looks like it was an unwelcome watershed for the embattled U.S. coal industry. Power companies in 2015 for the first time may have burned more natural gas than coal to generate electricity, according to analysts who attribute it to the cheapest gas prices in 16 years and a record number of coal-fired plants retired from service because of the high cost of meeting environmental regulations. Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed that power plants used more gas than coal to produce electricity in five of the first 10 months of 2015, including the last four months data was available - July, August, September and October.


Last run for current SAT this week; new one debuts in March

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 04:15

In this photo taken Jan. 17, 2016, Katerina Maylock, with Capitals Educators, teaches a college test preparation class at Holton Arms School in Bethesda. The current version of the SAT college entrance exam is having its final run, when thousands of students nationwide will sit, squirm or stress through the nearly four-hour reading, writing and math test. A new revamped version debuts in March. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — The current version of the SAT college entrance exam has its final run this weekend, when hundreds of thousands of students nationwide will sit, squirm or stress through the nearly four-hour reading, writing and math test. A new revamped version debuts in March.


Snyder appeals Obama's denial of disaster aid for Flint

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 04:15

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder asked President Barack Obama on Wednesday to reconsider his denial of a federal disaster declaration to address the drinking water crisis in Flint, saying its severity poses an "imminent and long-term threat" to residents.


After Christie vetoes aid, Atlantic City eyes bankruptcy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 04:15

After Christie vetoes aid, Atlantic City eyes bankruptcyA day after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed an aid package that blew a $33.5 million hole in their budget, officials of cash-strapped Atlantic City said they are considering asking the state for permission to file for bankruptcy.


After Christie vetoes aid, Atlantic City eyes bankruptcy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 04:15

After Christie vetoes aid, Atlantic City eyes bankruptcyA day after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed an aid package that blew a $33.5 million hole in their budget, officials of cash-strapped Atlantic City said they are considering asking the state for permission to file for bankruptcy.


U.S. government signals more businesses liable as joint employers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 04:14

An advertisement for job openings is seen outside a store in Manhasset, New York(Reuters) - More U.S. companies could be classified as "joint employers" of workers employed by a staffing agency or contractor and held liable for labor violations tied to those staff, the U.S. Labor Department said in guidance published Wednesday.


Stepmom of missing boy breaks silence, denies involvement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 04:14
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The stepmother of a missing Oregon boy has broken her silence, telling People magazine she never harmed him.

Stepmom of missing boy breaks silence, denies involvement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 04:14
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The stepmother of a missing Oregon boy has broken her silence, telling People magazine she never harmed him.

New flare-ups over the racial demographics of abortion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 04:08
NEW YORK (AP) — Abortion and race, two of America's most volatile topics, have intersected in recent flare-ups related to the disproportionately high rate of abortion among black women.