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Judge refuses to dismiss indictment in Matusiewicz case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 23:37

Judge refuses to dismiss indictment in Matusiewicz caseA federal judge has refused to dismiss an indictment against the widow and children of a man who killed two people at a Delaware courthouse


Correction: Religious Objections-News Guide story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 23:31

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence listens to a question during a news conference, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Indianapolis. Pence said that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that a new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination. The law has triggered an outcry, with businesses and organizations voicing concern and some states barring government-funded travel to the Midwestern state. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In a story March 31 about a new religious objections law in Indiana, The Associated Press misspelled the Connecticut governor's first name. He is Dannel Malloy, not Daniel.


Rocky first year for the new GED and other equivalency tests

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 23:26

Larry Gorski, 58, of Cheektowaga works to prepare to take the TASC test toward his high school equivalency diploma during an adult education class at the Maryvale Community Education Building in Cheektowaga, N.Y. on March 23, 2015. The GED was overhauled last year to reflect the Common Core standards that have been adopted by most states and emphasize critical thinking. Two new high school equivalency exams that also incorporate some of those standards were also introduced last year. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) — The number of people taking high school equivalency exams in the U.S. plummeted — and the percentage who passed fell, too — in the year after a revamped, Common Core-inspired GED was introduced along with two new competing tests.


Serial robber targets bank in Overbrook Park multiple times

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 23:22

Serial robber targets bank in Overbrook Park multiple timesThe FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force and the Philadelphia Police Department are seeking information leading to the identification of a serial bank robber.


Retired NYC detective drowns while saving boy in Puerto Rico

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 23:22
WASHINGTONVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A retired detective with the New York Police Department has drowned after saving a 12-year-old boy struggling in the surf off a beach in Puerto Rico.

Tidal streaming service seeks more artists to join as owners

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 23:03

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2015 file photo, Jay-Z arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. Tidal, the streaming service co-owned by Jay Z, Rihanna, Madonna and other artists, is inviting more performers to join the company and earn equity.Senior executive Vania Schlogel said late Tuesday, March 31, that Tidal welcomes more acts to join and said the current owners “have equal ownership and majority ownership in the company.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Tidal, the music and video streaming service co-owned by Jay Z, Rihanna, Madonna and other artists, is inviting more performers to join the company and earn equity.


Prosecutor: Clemson fraternity death declared unsolved case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 22:58
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — The local prosecutor says the September death of a Clemson University fraternity pledge is now classified as unsolved and has been turned over to the sheriff's office unsolved-cases unit.

Protesters again disrupt U.S. Supreme Court proceedings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 22:41

Visitors line up in front of the Supreme Court to await rulings in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Protesters disrupted U.S. Supreme Court proceedings for the third time in just over a year on Wednesday, with several people shouting out before the nine justices heard oral arguments in a bankruptcy case. The protesters criticized two court rulings that pared back campaign finance restrictions. Activist group 99Rise, which was responsible for the previous disruptions in February 2014 and this January, issued a statement saying it was behind the protest.


Cleveland, Justice Department seek monitor for police reform

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 21:59
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice are seeking an independent monitor to oversee an agreement for reforms of the city's police department.

Blaze that killed firefighter in porch collapse was accident

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 21:56
CLEARFIELD, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania house fire that caused a porch to collapse, killing a volunteer firefighter, has been ruled an accident.

Cash 5 ticket worth $600,000 sold at Horsham Wawa

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 21:56

Cash 5 ticket worth $600,000 sold at Horsham WawaCheck your tickets, because lottery officials say one jackpot-winning Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 ticket worth $600,000 was sold in Montgomery County.


New Jersey school cancels Common as commencement speaker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 21:55

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2015, file photo, singer and actor Lonnie Rashid Lynn, better known by his stage name Common, speaks at Starbucks Coffee Company's annual shareholders meeting in Seattle. New Jersey’s Kean University has canceled hip-hop artist Common as commencement speaker after police voiced concerns over a song about a convicted cop killer who fled to Cuba. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)UNION, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Kean University has cancelled hip-hop artist Common as commencement speaker after police voiced concerns over a song about a woman convicted of killing a police officer who fled to Cuba.


In Etan Patz case, defense focuses on the other suspect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 21:44

FILE - In this combination of two file photos, convicted child molester Jose Antonio Ramos, left, and Pedro Hernandez, right, who is accused of abducting and killing six-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 are shown. Hernandez could not have murdered Patz, his defense has said. He is mentally ill, and that's why he falsely confessed to choking the boy in the basement of the convenience store where he worked. And another man long suspected in the crime is the true killer - there was just not enough evidence to try him, the defense argues. Testimony about Ramos, whose shadow has loomed large over the ongoing trial, is expected this week. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK (AP) — An enigmatic figure looms over the trial of a man who confessed to killing Etan Patz: the former suspect who some still believe is behind the disappearance of the 6-year-old on May 25, 1979.


Massachusetts man charged with killing 3 neighbors indicted

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 21:41
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with fatally beating three neighbors in a public housing complex for the elderly and disabled has been indicted on three counts of murder.

Former FBI agent pleads guilty in drug tampering case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 20:51
WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI agent accused of abusing heroin from his own drug investigations and in the process botching dozens of cases has pleaded guilty in his own case.

Police: Fight over $500 lottery win led to murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 20:16
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Fort Worth police say a man who won $500 on a scratch-off lottery ticket apparently fatally shot his live-in girlfriend and then himself after they argued because he didn't want to share the winnings with her.

Super typhoon expected to weaken before reaching Philippines

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:29

This image taken Tuesday March 31, 2015 shows Typhoon Maysak taken by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the International Space Station. The Pacific Daily News newspaper in Guam reports the storm was upgraded Tuesday to a super typhoon with winds of 150 mph and was moving west-northwest at 15 mph. Officials say super Typhoon Maysak is expected to significantly weaken before reaching the Philippines around Sunday. (AP Photo/NASA, Samantha Cristoforetti) .HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A super typhoon blamed for the deaths of at least four people on islands in the western Pacific Ocean has moved into the open sea and is expected to significantly weaken before reaching the Philippines later this weekend.


Controversial anti-Muslim ad to begin appearing on SEPTA buses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:17

Controversial anti-Muslim ad to begin appearing on SEPTA busesA controversial anti-Muslim advertisement is set to begin appearing Wednesday on dozens of SEPTA buses.


Man accusing police in Detroit suburb of brutality due in court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:04
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A man who was dragged from his car, struck several times in the head and Tasered by suburban Detroit police during an arrest recorded on squad car video is set to appear Wednesday in court on a drug charge. Floyd Dent, 57, contends police planted the cocaine after the traffic stop on Jan. 28 in Inkster, Michigan, about 14 miles west of downtown Detroit. Gregory Rohl, Dent's attorney, has said his client, who is black, was targeted because of his race. Dent, who has worked for Ford Motor Company for decades, was initially charged with assault, resisting arrest, and possession of cocaine.

Live in a Porsche? Designer labels draw Miami home buyers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 18:59

This March 2, 2015 photo shows the under-construction Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla. With a slew of residential and hotel developments, Miami is embracing the notion that homes, like cars, handbags and jewelry, should carry luxe designer labels. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Florida (AP) — The wow factor for Miami's skyscraper condos no longer comes from a dazzling Atlantic Ocean view.