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Hunt for killers expands to Vermont; staffer under suspicion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 07:12

A law enforcement officer wrings out his glove while searching for escaped prisoners near Essex, N.Y., Tuesday, June 9, 2015. State and federal law officers searching for two killers who used power tools to break out of a maximum-security prison poured into a small town 30 miles away Tuesday after getting a report of a possible sighting. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — The manhunt for two escaped killers expanded to campsites and boat slips in Vermont on Wednesday, and State Police said a female prison staff member being questioned may have had a role in helping the men.

Police: Mom in murder case says sent 2 kids to heaven

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 07:06
EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A woman charged Wednesday with murder in the deaths of her two children allegedly said in a note found near their bodies that she was sending them to heaven, according to court documents.

Chicago police union fights policy banning visible tattoos

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 07:05
The union representing Chicago police officers is fighting a new uniform policy, set to begin on Friday, that requires officers with visible tattoos to cover them up, a union official said on Wednesday. The directive comes just as the nation's third-largest city begins to swelter under high heat and humidity, and the Fraternal Order of Police has filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the Illinois Labor Relations Board, said FOP President Dean Angelo. The union hopes to get a temporary restraining order to stay implementation.

UN say tens of thousands displaced in Darfur attacks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 07:03
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Increasing attacks on civilians in Sudan's conflict-torn Darfur region have forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes this year — possibly more than 200,000, a senior U.N. official said Wednesday.

Texas man, dog, die of heat exhaustion in locked car

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 07:03
PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) — Police say a 72-year-old Texas man and his dog died of apparent heat exhaustion after not being able to get out of his locked sports car.

Federal judge: Wal-Mart violated state minimum wage laws

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 06:37
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wal-Mart could be on the hook for more than $100 million in back pay after a federal judge ruled the company failed to pay California minimum wage to truck drivers for activities that included inspecting and washing their trucks, an attorney said Wednesday.

Activists demand Los Angeles officer be charged over shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 06:37

People listen to an explanation of the police commission's ruling in the shooting of unarmed black man by two patrolmen, after a Los Angeles Police Commission meetingCivil rights activists called on Wednesday for criminal charges against one of two Los Angeles police officers in the shooting death of an unarmed black man, after the city's police commission found the officer had violated department policy. The August 2014 shooting death of 25-year-old Ezell Ford, who a family lawyer says suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, led to sporadic protests in the city and increased tension between police and some members of the African-American community. Police officials say officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas, who are Asian and Latino respectively, shot Ford after he struggled with Wampler and tried to grab his holstered gun.

Lawsuit filed in Kentucky Speedway 'racing experience' death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 06:34
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The family of a 30-year-old amateur driver killed in a crash at Kentucky Speedway last year filed a lawsuit Wednesday, alleging that the racecar's steering wheel broke off in his hands as he roared around the track at more than 100 mph.

California oil spill cleanup costs reaches $62 million

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 06:28

Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique team members evaluate oil coverage as workers clean up areas affected by an oil spill at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., Wednesday, June 10, 2015. The cost of cleaning up the oil spill that fouled beaches last month on the California coast has reached $69 million so far, an official of the pipeline company said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — The cost of cleaning up the oil spill that fouled beaches last month on the California coast has reached $62 million so far, the pipeline company said Wednesday.

Cat lovers battle company over feral feline eviction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 06:24

Cat lovers battle company over feral feline evictionDozens of feral felines live in a section of Hamilton Township, well-fed and even sheltered by a small group of animal lovers. But that will soon change if the Babe Ruth League gets its way.

U.S. charges New York jail guards over 2012 inmate death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 06:24

Barbed wire fences surround a building on Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York in this file photoTwo jail guards who have worked at New York City's Rikers Island complex were arrested on Wednesday on federal charges stemming from an assault that led to the death of an inmate there in December 2012. Brian Coll, a former officer, and Byron Taylor, a suspended guard, were arrested in connection with the death of Ronald Spear, a 52-year-old pre-trial detainee, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced. Prosecutors said Spear died after Coll repeatedly kicked him in the head while being restrained by guards including Taylor.

Suspect charged with murder over illegal buttocks augmentation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 06:23
Jimmy Joe Clarke, 32, who goes by Alicia, was arrested on Tuesday and charged. The Dallas County Medical examiner this week ruled the death of Wakesha Reid a homicide. Business partners Clarke and Ross were previously charged with practicing medicine without a license for injecting Reid with hydrogel, a substance not approved by the Federal Drug Administration, to increase the size of her buttocks.

Virginia woman faces 2nd charge of leaving kids in hot car

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 06:22
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman left her two children in a hot car while being booked on a charge of committing the same crime a couple of weeks earlier, police said Wednesday.

Pope's plans on abuse, environment shape US bishops' meeting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 06:21

Bishop Christopher Coyne, right, of Burlington, and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, of Louisville and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, participate in a news conference during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Spring General Assembly in St. Louis Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Roman Catholic bishops are condemning racism in the U.S. in light of national tensions over police treatment of African-Americans. (AP Photo/Sid Hastings)ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. bishops' point-person on the environment defended Pope Francis' plan to issue a high-level teaching document next week on ecology and climate change, saying Wednesday that global warming was the result of moral failings that the Roman Catholic Church has a duty to address.

Florida governor signs bill requiring two clinic visits, waiting period for abortion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 06:13
Women seeking abortions in Florida will be required to make two visits to a clinic, with a mandatory 24-hour waiting period in between, to end a pregnancy under a bill signed into law on Wednesday. Republican Governor Rick Scott signed the measure, passed this spring by the Republican-controlled state legislature, without comment. “This means women will be empowered to make fully informed decisions,” said Republican state Representative Jennifer Sullivan, who sponsored the legislation.

FDA panel backs Amgen cholesterol drug for some patients

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 06:10

FILE - This Nov. 9, 2014 file photo shows signage at the entrance to Amgen Inc. offices in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Federal health advisers on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 said that a highly-anticipated cholesterol-lowering drug from Amgen should be approved for patients with dangerously high levels of the artery-clogging substance. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health advisers said Wednesday that a highly-anticipated cholesterol-lowering drug from Amgen Inc. should be approved for patients with dangerously high levels of the artery-clogging substance.

Sexy ads promote water saving with a wink in San Francisco

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 06:08

This image is a copy of an ad created and released by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. San Francisco is hoping racier-yet ads promoting water conservation _ like “Go Full Frontal,” for water-saving front-loading washers _ will encourage Bay Area residents to save yet more, to meet a state-mandated 10 percent cut in water use for the drought. Even with sexy public service announcements, it may be a tough sell. Bay Area residents already are among the thriftiest water users in the state, and the area’s water reservoirs are 90 percent full. (AP Photo/San Francisco Public Utilities Commission)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Too sexy for the drought?

Mother of boy found in septic tank faces murder charge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 06:08
PULASKI, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman whose 5-year-old son was found dead in a septic tank was charged Wednesday with felony murder.

Warner Music to pay $4.2 million to end intern wage lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 06:08

The headquarters of Warner Music Group is pictured in BurbankWarner Music Group Corp has agreed to pay hundreds of former interns more than $4.2 million to resolve a class-action lawsuit accusing the company of underpaying them. The settlement, disclosed in papers filed in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday, is the latest in a series struck by media and entertainment companies over claims they paid interns little or nothing for their work. Warner Music in a statement said it was pleased to settle.

New trial for man who said he killed New York boy to open in 2016

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 06:05

NYPD spokesman Paul Brown holds an original missing poster of Etan Patz during a news conference near a New York City apartment building, where police and FBI agents were searching a basement for clues in the boy's 1979 disappearance, in New YorkA new trial for the former New York deli worker who confessed to strangling 6-year-old Etan Patz in a case that changed the way the U.S. responds to missing children will open in 2016, a judge said on Wednesday. A month after declaring a mistrial because of a hung jury, Judge Maxwell Wiley told Pedro Hernandez that a new jury would be picked as early as December to hear the kidnapping and murder case in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. Seven jurors from Hernandez' first murder trial, in which a single holdout declined to convict him in the 1979 killing, returned to court to hear the judge's decision.