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The Latest: NC gov says federal warning on law 'overreach'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:54
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Justice Department's letter Wednesday stating that a North Carolina law that limits protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws (all times local):

Group seeks to halt US exports of fur from bobcats, wolves

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:50

FILE - In this April 16, 2012 file photo a small, likely juvenile, bobcat is perched on a power pole in a residential neighborhood of Victorville, Calif. An environmental group is asking a federal judge to halt a United States government program that allows the export of tens of thousands of bobcat pelts and a small number of gray wolf pelts for sale on the international fur market. Attorneys for Wildearth Guardians said Wednesday, May 4, 2016, that the little-known export program should not be allowed to continue without a study of its effects on wildlife populations across the nation. (James Quigg/The Victor Valley Daily Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDITBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates on Wednesday said they will seek a court order halting a United States government program that allows tens of thousands of pelts from bobcats and a small number of gray wolves to be exported annually for sale on the international fur market.


U.S. to boost airport staffing to manage long security lines

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:47

Security officers patrol inside New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in New YorkThe U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will add officers at airports expected to have the highest passenger volumes, said Jeh Johnson, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in a statement on Wednesday. On March 22, suicide bombers killed 32 people in Brussels airport and a rush-hour metro train. "As we look ahead to the surge in summer travel, we will continue to consider a number of other steps to ensure enhanced aviation security while also maximizing efficiency at check points," Johnson said.


Agency: Eagle hit Alaska plane before crash that killed 4

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:46
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A small airplane hit a bald eagle before it crashed and burst into flames just north of Anchorage last month, killing all four people on board, authorities said Wednesday.

APNewsBreak: Army says troops lost their way, went off cliff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:46

FILE - In this May 27, 2015 file photo, a Stryker armored vehicle leads a group of vehicles south on I-25 south in Colorado Springs, Colo. Investigators say an Army vehicle took the wrong road in the dark and was trying to make a U-turn when it tumbled 250 feet off a cliff at a Colorado training range in Feb. 2015, killing one soldier and injuring five. Investigators also said medical personnel had recommended that the soldier who died shouldn’t go on the exercise because of an unspecified condition. But it wasn’t clear if his condition was a factor in the 2015 crash of a Stryker fighting vehicle at Fort Carson. (Mark Reis/The Gazette via AP, File) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITDENVER (AP) — An Army vehicle took the wrong road in the dark and was making a U-turn when it tumbled 250 feet off a cliff at a Colorado training range last year, killing one soldier and injuring five, according to a newly released investigative report.


Class action status OK'd in major post-Katrina flood case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:46
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge who ruled last year that the federal government is responsible for some of the flooding that hit the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina and other storms granted class-action status in the case Wednesday, meaning numerous property owners — not just the handful in the original 2005 lawsuit — could be in line for compensation.

Planned Parenthood sues Kansas for ending Medicaid funds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:41
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two Planned Parenthood affiliates filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday over a decision by Kansas to cut off Medicaid reimbursements to the abortion provider that was largely based on allegations lodged against its affiliates in other states.

Possible flaw in weld coating cited in pipeline blast

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:38
Investigators have found evidence of corrosion on a natural gas pipeline that exploded in a massive fireball in Pennsylvania last week, scorching trees a quarter-mile away, damaging homes and burning a fleeing homeowner, the federal pipeline safety agency said Wednesday.

North Carolina transgender law violates civil rights law: U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:37

A bathroom sign welcomes both genders at the Cacao Cinnamon coffee shop in Durham, North CarolinaFederal authorities told North Carolina's governor on Wednesday that a new state law limiting restroom access for transgender people violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act. In a letter to Republican Governor Pat McCrory the Justice Department said North Carolina was "engaging in a pattern or practice of discrimination against transgender state employees." The letter, seen by Reuters, said the state had until Monday to say whether it would remedy the violations. Republican state legislative leaders said they still supported the law despite the federal warning.


Alabama city abandons law targeting transgender bathroom use

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:36
The law passed last week appeared to be the first in the country to threaten violators of such bathroom rules with criminal penalties. Council members voted 3-2 at a special meeting on Wednesday to repeal the ordinance, the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT rights group, said in a statement. "This sends a welcome message of inclusion to Oxford's families, businesses and visitors, and sets an example for other communities that may be considering similar legislation," said the group's Alabama State Director Eva Walton Kendrick.

Flint official takes deal, pledges to cooperate in probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:33

Mike Glasgow, suspended utilities director for the City of Flint, Mich., appears in Genesee District Court before agreeing to a plea agreement in which he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor related to the Flint water crisis, Wednesday, May 4, 2016 in Flint. (Rachel Woolf/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Flint municipal official struck a deal with prosecutors Wednesday, pledging cooperation in exchange for reduced charges as authorities continue investigating lead contamination of the impoverished Michigan city's drinking water supply.


Philadelphia police kill unarmed driver fleeing traffic stop

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:30
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The police commissioner says he's "not making any judgments" pending an investigation into the shooting death of an unarmed driver by an officer during a traffic stop, one of two police shootings the same night.

City pays tribute to fallen Philadelphia police officers, firefighters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:30

City pays tribute to fallen Philadelphia police officers, firefightersHundreds of people gathered Wednesday for the Living Flame Memorial Service, held in honor of police officers and firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty.


Attorney's name removed from law building due to KKK ties

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:28
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The name of a founder of the University of Tulsa law school will be removed from the building because of his ties to the Ku Klux Klan, the private school announced Wednesday.

The Latest: Investigators examine where eagle hit airplane

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:27
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on investigators saying a bald eagle struck a small plane before in crashed last month in Alaska (all times local):

New Orleans sheriff ships out inmates to cut jail violence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:19
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The sheriff who runs New Orleans' troubled jail says he's transferring hundreds of inmates to other jurisdictions.

Investor files class action lawsuit in Jay Peak fraud case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:18
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A foreign investor has filed a class action lawsuit against two developers accused of misusing $200 million in investors' funds for developments in northern Vermont.

Trump, lone survivor in Republican White House race, now must unify party

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:10

Republican U.S. presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump speaks to supporters following the results of the Indiana state primary at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New YorkBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON, Reuters - Donald Trump on Wednesday became the last man standing in the race for the Republican U.S. presidential nomination and faced the challenge of repairing deep fissures in the party, as his sole remaining rival, John Kasich, ended his campaign. Anointed the presumptive nominee after winning Indiana on Tuesday and driving his closest rival, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, from the race, the 69-year-old New York billionaire planned to set up a vice presidential selection committee and step up efforts to seek unity among a wider group of Republicans ahead of the Nov. 8 election. Trump's win in Indiana cleared the way for him to prepare for a likely general election match-up against Democrat Hillary Clinton.


Police identify driver killed in officer-involved shooting in Overbrook

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:07

Police identify driver killed in officer-involved shooting in OverbrookA driver was shot and killed by Philadelphia police after they say he refused to stop and kept driving toward officers.


Slain Navy SEAL took lessons from running track into combat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:04

In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charles Keating IV, 31, of San Diego. Navy SEAL Keating was shot and killed Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Iraq during a gunbattle that involved more than 100 Islamic State fighters. (U.S. Navy via AP)PHOENIX (AP) — In cross-country running, your team is only as fast as your slowest athlete. Slain Navy SEAL Charlie Keating IV took that to heart in his youth as a track star, turning around to cheer on his teammates after he crossed the finish line.