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Woman admits tweeting fake threats to fellow black students

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 05:02
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A former leader of a black student group pleaded guilty Monday to creating a false public alarm by tweeting anonymous threats against fellow black college students last fall.

Ohio man accused of plotting government attack can stand trial: judge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 05:01

Christopher Cornell of Cincinnati, Ohio is pictured in this handout photoA federal judge on Monday made a preliminary finding that an Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol with guns and bombs was competent to stand trial. Judge Sandra Beckwith in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati said she will review evidence presented by prosecutors and defense and is expected to issue a final ruling in a written opinion in the case of Christopher Cornell from Green Township outside Cincinnati.

Arabic-speaker removed from California flight seeks apology

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 05:00
The incident unfolded as Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, a 26-year-old University of California Berkeley student, was waiting for his April 6 flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Oakland to take off. Makhzoomi, an Iraqi refugee, said he had called his uncle in Baghdad after taking his seat when he noticed a fellow passenger staring at him, said Zahra Billoo, executive director of CAIR's San Francisco Bay Area office, and media reports. The woman reported him to Southwest staff and Makhzoomi was escorted off the plane.

NFL's $1 billion concussion settlement upheld by U.S. appeals court

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 05:00
A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the National Football League's estimated $1 billion concussion settlement with thousands of retired players, calling the agreement imperfect but fair. A small group of players had objected to the deal, which was approved in April 2015 by U.S. District Judge Anita Brody in Philadelphia, because it did not cover potential victims of a degenerative brain disease that scientists have linked to repeated blows to the head. "It is the nature of a settlement that some will be dissatisfied with the ultimate result," Circuit Judge Thomas Ambro wrote for a three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Monday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 04:59
Stocks closed higher on Monday, led by a recovery in the energy sector.

The Latest: Plight of refugees among themes of prize winners

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 04:58

Associated Press employees applaud as the AP wins the Pulitzer Prize for public service, Monday, April 18, 2016, in New York. The AP report documented the use of slave labor in Southeast Asia to supply seafood to American tables, an investigation that spurred the release of more than 2,000 captive workers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the awarding of the 100th-annual Pulitzer Prizes (all times local):

Supreme Court case raises questions about tribal convictions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 04:56
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether federal felony charges can be filed against defendants who were previously convicted of multiple domestic violence counts in tribal courts that didn't provide attorneys.

Father charged with murder in shooting of daughter, 4

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 04:54

 Girl, 4, killed by father who was playing with gunPhiladelphia police have identified the father charged in connection with the shooting death of his 4-year-old daughter in the Kensington section over the weekend.

Officials: Too soon to say if charges in firefighter death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 04:50
LARGO, Md. (AP) — Authorities said Monday that it's too soon to say whether charges will be filed against a man who fatally shot a firefighter who was attempting to enter his home to check on his health.

The Latest: Michigan governor to drink Flint water for month

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 04:49
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the lead-tainted water emergency in Flint, Michigan (all times local):

Suspect in shooting of Philadelphia police officer arrested, ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 04:41

Suspect in shooting of Philadelphia police officer arrested, ID'dThe suspect wanted for the shooting and wounding of a Philadelphia police officer has been arrested.

Man who confronted Newtown victim's sister takes plea deal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 04:40
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A New York City man accused of harassing relatives of a teacher killed in the Newtown school massacre has been sentenced to two years of probation as part of a plea deal.

Couple escapes injury after tree falls on SUV in Mt. Airy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 04:37

Couple escapes injury after tree falls on SUV in Mt. AiryA couple escaped injury after a tree landed on their SUV as they were driving in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia.

Florida man shoots self after killing wife, 2 young children

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 04:31
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida man killed his estranged wife and two young children before fatally shooting himself as police pursued him on a highway, authorities said Monday.

Immigration overhaul backers sing, dance, chant at Supreme Court

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 04:31
By Clarece Polke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dancing, singing, chanting and cheering, throngs of supporters of President Barack Obama's plan to protect millions of people in the country illegally from deportation and provide them work permits rallied on Monday outside the U.S. Supreme Court. More than a thousand demonstrators from around the country flooded the sidewalks and streets around the white marble courthouse as the justices heard arguments on whether to reinstate Obama's executive action, blocked by lower courts. Chicagoan Omar Martinez, 24, said he landed a congressional internship because of an Obama program that let some immigrants who entered the country illegally before age 16 receive a renewable, two-year work permit and exemption from deportation.

Milestones in the Supreme Court immigration case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 04:31
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments in a challenge by 26 states to President Barack Obama's executive action to defer deportation of certain immigrant children and parents who are in the country illegally. Here is a chronology of the case, United States v. Texas: June 15, 2012 - The Obama administration, through the Department of Homeland Security, initiates the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which suspends deportation for two years for people who entered the country illegally at least five years earlier, before they were age 16, and who were under age 31 as of June 15, 2012. Nov. 20, 2014 - Obama, through unilateral executive action, initiates a new deferred-deportation and work-authorization policy for immigrants whose children are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents and who have been living illegally in the United States since Jan. 1, 2010.

U.S. top court appears unlikely to revive Obama immigration plan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 04:31
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's bid to save his plan to spare millions of immigrants in the country illegally from deportation and give them work permits ran into trouble on Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court in a case testing the limits of presidential power. The court, with four conservative justices and four liberals, seemed divided along ideological lines during 90 minutes of arguments in the case brought by 26 states led by Texas that sued to block Obama's unilateral 2014 executive action that bypassed Congress. Liberal justices voiced support for Obama's action.

Workers study cause of fluctuations in nuclear waste tank

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 04:29

FILE - In this March 6, 2013 file photo, a portion of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is seen from the air near Richland, Wash. A Department of Energy contractor is checking after more waste leaked from the inner tank of a double-shell waste storage tank at the reservation over the weekend of April 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren,File)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Fluctuations inside a huge tank of radioactive waste raised concerns on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state over the weekend, and workers prepared Monday to pump out the area of the leak.

The Latest: 108-year-old veteran won't fly in WWII-era plane

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 04:28
CHICO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on plans to take a woman believed to be the oldest living female military veteran on a flight (all times local):

Debt payments sinking Detroit Public Schools: transition manager

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 04:27
Steven Rhodes, a former federal bankruptcy judge who began running the district in March, said while Michigan lawmakers approved $48.7 million last month to keep DPS operating for the rest of the school year, action on legislation to deal with the district's debt is needed by mid-June. Rhodes had warned last month that without an immediate infusion of state cash, the district would not be able to pay teachers and staff and would close after April 8. Legislation to split the school system into the Detroit Community District to run schools and the current DPS to retire debt with the help of new state money was passed by the Senate and is pending in the House.