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Bathroom access for transgender people debated across South

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:40

Transgender citizens stand during a Senate hearing of a bill limiting their bathroom choices in Columbia, SC., Wednesday April 13, 2016. Sen. Lee Bright introduced the measure last week, saying he supports a similar North Carolina law that has led to some companies ending expansion plans and others taking their business elsewhere. Transgender people say the bill requiring them to use a public bathroom corresponding to their “biological sex” puts them in danger of harassment and violence, while supporters contend it protects children’s safety and privacy. (AP Photo/Seanna M. Adcox)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Louisiana's governor issued an executive order Wednesday banning discrimination in state government based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and transgender people in South Carolina told state senators that a bill requiring them to use a public bathroom corresponding to their "biological sex" puts them in danger of harassment.


Woman lost in forest for 9 days credits survival course

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:39

Ann Rodgers recalls being lost in the eastern Arizona mountains for nine days before being rescued, while at the Arizona Department of Public Safety hangar in Tucson International Airport, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Rodgers, of Tucson, Ariz., was headed to Phoenix and got lost near the White Mountains east of the Phoenix area. Her hybrid car ran out of gas and electric power, leaving her stranded in the middle of nowhere. Rodgers was rescued on April 9. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Ann Rodgers ate plants and a turtle and made a "help" sign large enough that a helicopter was able to find her after nine days in the Arizona wilderness.


The Latest: Defense says FBI wore wire to record Hastert

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:36
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a hearing concerning former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's sentencing for hush-money payments and a newly unsealed filing from his defense (all times local):

One dead, 11 hurt in hydrogen sulfide release in Austin, Texas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:36
(Reuters) - One person died and at least 11 were injured in an incident involving hazardous hydrogen sulfide gas at an apartment complex near the University of Texas at Austin on Wednesday, fire officials said. Austin firefighters responded to a hazardous materials call from an apartment at the complex and found a man believed to be in his 20s dead at the scene, said Austin Fire Department Lieutenant Kevin Haas. A woman who manages the property, which houses college students, was in stable condition at a hospital after being exposed to what appeared to be hydrogen sulfide, Austin's KXAN-TV reported.

Former 'Apprentice' contestants planning to denounce Trump

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:33

A group of protesters march through downtown Pittsburgh to the David Lawrence Convention Center to protest a visit by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) — A handful of former contestants from Donald Trump's reality show "The Apprentice" say the Republican front-runner should not be president.


I-70 through Glenwood Canyon fully reopens after rockslide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:31

File- In this Feb. 17, 2016, file photo, a Colorado Department of Transportation worker examines debris from a rock slide on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon east of Glenwood Spring, Colo. All lanes of the interstate were reopened Wednesday, April 13, 2016, after the emergency work, which tallied $5 million, was completed 23 days ahead of schedule. (Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDITGLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — All lanes of a scenic stretch of Colorado highway have reopened nearly two months after a large rockslide first blocked them.


The Latest: School says 2nd teacher fired over student sex

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:29
EXETER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on the student sex abuse scandal at an elite New Hampshire prep school (all times local):

Chicago police not doing enough to fight racial bias -task force

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:24
The Chicago Police Department is not doing enough to combat racial bias among officers or to protect the human and civil rights of city residents, a task force set up by the mayor said in a report on Wednesday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel created the panel after days of street protests triggered by video of the fatal shooting in 2014 of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white police officer. Describing McDonald's death as a "tipping point," the task force said community outrage had given voice to long-simmering anger over police department actions that included physical and verbal abuse.

Journalist sentenced to two years for aiding computer hackers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:16

Picture illustration of People posing with laptops in front of projection with word 'cyber' and binary code in ZenicaA U.S. judge sentenced journalist Matthew Keys to two years in prison for helping members of the Anonymous hacking collective gain access to a former employer's computers, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday. Keys was indicted in 2013 for conspiracy to cause damage to a protected computer and two other counts, after being accused of giving hackers access to Tribune computer systems in December 2010. The Justice Department had requested a five-year sentence, while Keys sought probation.


2 workers killed, 1 hurt in Texas gas pipeline accident

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:16
WOODSBORO, Texas (AP) — Two workers have been killed and another was hurt during a high-pressure release as the men repaired a South Texas gas pipeline.

City officials to use grant to address prison reform in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:11

Grant helps city officials address prison reform in PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia's prisons hold on average more than 7,000 inmates each day - the highest incarceration rate of any major American city.


Oklahoma ex-dentist admits to money laundering in plea deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:09
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma oral surgeon whose filthy clinics led to thousands of patients being tested for HIV and hepatitis pleaded guilty to money laundering Wednesday tied to allegations that he deposited at least $15,000 of fraudulent Medicaid billings into a personal account.

Correction: Stranded Skiers-Glacier story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:03
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In stories April 12 and earlier about the rescue of stranded skiers in Alaska, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Alaska National Guard, reported erroneously the location where the skiers were rescued. They were on Harding Ice Field, not Bear Glacier.

One dead, at least 5 hurt in hazmat situation near University of Texas: TV

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:02
(Reuters) - One person died and at least five were injured in a hazard materials situation near the University of Texas at Austin on Wednesday, ABC's Houston affiliate reported, citing a university representative.

Kentucky governor signs off on single marriage license form

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:56
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's governor on Wednesday signed into law a bill creating one marriage license form for gay and straight couples, defusing an issue that erupted when a county clerk was jailed for refusing to issue licenses to same-sex couples.

Trump takes new steps to reset his campaign

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:56

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tosses off his overcoat as he speaks at a campaign event in an airplane hangar in Rome, New YorkBy Steve Holland and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican front-runner Donald Trump took fresh steps to reset his campaign on Wednesday, hiring a top Republican operative and scheduling a meeting between aides and U.S. lawmakers as he girds for a new phase in his White House bid. Trump is under pressure to professionalize his campaign beyond a close-knit group of advisers and expand the appeal of his anti-establishment candidacy in the face of fierce opposition from rival U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Wisconsin and a well-funded anti-Trump operation run by establishment Republicans. Trump announced he had hired Rick Wiley as his national political director.


The Latest: Appalachian State students end sit-in protest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:52

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2015 file photo, Ringo Starr performs in concert with his All Starr Band in Baltimore. Starr has joined Bruce Springsteen taking action over a North Carolina law that blocks anti-discrimination laws for the LGBT community. The rocker and former Beatle said in a statement Wednesday, April 13, 2016, that he has canceled his June 18 concert in Cary, N.C., in opposition to the passage of the bill. Starr said he was sorry to disappoint fans, "but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love." (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on legislation that critics say discriminates against transgender people by limiting their bathroom choices. Supporters say it protects privacy and safety. (all times local):


3 parties abandon Brazil president as impeachment vote nears

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:49

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff reacts during a meeting at the Planalto Presidential Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. President Rousseff's impeachment proceedings stem from allegations her administration violated fiscal rules to mask budget problems by shifting around government accounts. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Dilma Rousseff's chances of surviving impeachment appeared diminished Wednesday, with three parties decamping from her governing coalition in 24 hours as Brazilian legislators prepare for a crucial vote on the question expected this weekend.


Chicago police not doing enough to fight racial bias: task force

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:45
By Justin Madden CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago Police Department is not doing enough to combat racial bias among officers or to protect the human and civil rights of city residents, a task force set up by the mayor said in a report on Wednesday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel created the panel after days of street protests triggered by video of the fatal shooting in 2014 of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white police officer. Describing McDonald's death as a "tipping point," the task force said community outrage had given voice to long-simmering anger over police department actions that included physical and verbal abuse.

Chicago police arrest two Black Lives Matter protesters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:43
By Suzannah Gonzales CHICAGO (Reuters) - Police arrested two people during a Black Lives Matter protest over the shooting death on Monday night of a black teenager by officers in Chicago, police officials and activists said on Wednesday. Police said that the protesters became unruly on Tuesday night as they reached a police station on Chicago's West Side. A 17-year-old female from Chicago was charged with causing less than $300 of property damage, a misdemeanor, after she climbed on top of an unmarked Chicago police squad car and jumped on top of the roof and trunk, police said.