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Tentative Deal Reached on Iran Nuke Agreement

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 10:36
Officials make formal announcement from Switzerland.

Judge orders California to pay for inmate's sex change

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 10:28

This March 28, 2014 photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Michelle-Lael Norsworthy. A federal judge on Thursday, April 2, 2015, ordered California’s corrections department to provide the transsexual inmate with sex change surgery, the first time such an operation has been ordered in the state. (AP Photo/California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered California's corrections department to provide a transgender inmate with sex reassignment surgery, the first time such an operation has been ordered in the state.


Robert Schuller, Crystal Cathedral megachurch founder, dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 10:22
ARTESIA, Calif. (AP) — The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, a California televangelist and author who beamed his upbeat messages on faith and redemption to millions of followers from his landmark Crystal Cathedral only to see his empire crumble in his waning years, has died. He was 88.

3 teens rescued after car veers off cliff, lands on girl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 10:05
Three teenage girls were rescued after their car careened over a 100-foot cliff in Northern Arizona and landed on top of the 16-year-old driver after she was thrown from the vehicle, officials said Thursday.

Mom of kids found in freezer arraigned on murder charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 10:02
DETROIT (AP) — A mother charged in the slayings of two of her children whose bodies were found in the deep freezer at their Detroit home will undergo psychiatric exams, a judge said at a probable cause hearing Thursday.

Potential hurdles await prosecutors in Menendez case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 09:58

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez arrives at Newark federal court, Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Newark, N.J. Menendez, the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was indicted Wednesday on corruption charges. A federal grand jury indictment accuses Menendez of using the power of his Senate seat to benefit Salomon Melgen, a wealthy Florida eye doctor who prosecutors say provided the senator with luxury vacations, airline travel, golf trips and tens of thousands of dollars in contributions to a legal defense fund. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal indictment against New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez turns in part on prosecutors' ability to show that the gifts and favors at the center of the case amount to bribery rather than reflections of a longtime friendship between the lawmaker and the donor.


Most parties in Rhode Island pension lawsuit settle the case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 09:57
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A deal in the legal fight over the state's 2011 landmark public pension system overhaul was unveiled in court Thursday, affecting about 59,000 past and present state employees.

Exclusive: California used 70 million gallons of water in fracking in 2014

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 09:54

A boat paddle is shown on the bottom of the nearly dry Almaden Reservoir near San JoseBy Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California oil producers used 214 acre-feet of water, equivalent to nearly 70 million gallons, in the process of fracking for oil and gas in the state last year, less than previously projected, state officials told Reuters on Thursday. The practice of fracking has been criticized in the state, which is suffering from a drought so severe that Governor Jerry Brown announced the first-ever mandatory 25 percent statewide reduction in water use on Wednesday. Despite pressure from environmentalists, Brown has not called for a halt to fracking in the state, saying it is not a major drain on water supplies. “Hydraulic fracturing uses a relatively small amount of water – the equivalent of 514 households annually” per well, said Steven Bohlen, the state oil and gas supervisor.


Judge OKs sale of Revel casino to Florida developer for $82M

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 09:34

FILE - This Sept. 1, 2014, file photo, shows the Revel Casino Hotel, right, next to the already closed Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. Three years to the day after Atlantic City's $2.4 billion Revel casino opened — and seven months to the day after it closed — a bankruptcy court judge approved its sale to a Florida developer for about 4 cents on the dollar. The approval Thursday, April 2, 2015, came after Glenn Straub's Polo North Country Club agreed to drop its demand that the sale go through "free and clear of encumbrances" like the tenants' leases — an issue that had helped scuttle several prior attempts to sell the casino. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Three years to the day after Atlantic City's $2.4 billion Revel casino opened — and seven months to the day after it closed — a bankruptcy court judge approved its sale to a Florida developer for about 4 cents on the dollar.


10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 09:27

An Iranian waves his country's flag while celebrating on a street in northern Tehran, Iran, Thursday, April 2, 2015, after Iran's nuclear agreement with world powers in Lausanne, Switzerland. Iran and six world powers reached a preliminary nuclear agreement Thursday outlining commitments by both sides as they work for a comprehensive deal aiming at curbing nuclear activities Tehran could use to make weapons and providing sanctions relief for Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


State: No emails between auditor, employee who is old friend

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 09:10
SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington State Auditor's Office said Thursday it hasn't turned up any emails or text messages between Auditor Troy Kelley, who is being investigated by federal agents, and an employee who is a longtime associate and a key figure in the scandal.

US citizen brought from Pakistan to NYC faces terror charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 08:49

In this courtroom sketch, Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh makes a brief appearance at federal court in New York, Thursday, April 2, 2015. Authorities say that the U.S. citizen traveled from Canada to Pakistan to train with al-Qaida in order to carry out jihad and conspired to kill American soldiers. (AP Photo/Jane Rosenberg)NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. citizen who authorities say traveled from Canada to Pakistan to train with al-Qaida in order to carry out jihad has been arrested and charged with conspiring to kill American soldiers, according to court papers unsealed Thursday.


California moves to kill the lawn, save the water

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 08:47

A home with a swimming pool sits near hillside, Thursday April 2, 2015, in Altadena, Calif. California Gov Jerry Brown on Wednesday, April 1, ordered a mandatory 25 percent overall cutback in water use by cities and towns, but not farms, in the most sweeping drought measure in history by the United States’ largest state economy. The water crackdown comes as California moves toward its fourth summer of drought after record low winter snowfall, leaving the state with a year’s worth of water stored in its reservoirs, and dwindling groundwater for wells. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — What's it going to take to get people to use a lot less water in drought-stricken California, the Technicolor landscape of lush yards, emerald golf courses and aquamarine swimming pools?


New Hampshire city rejects pumpkin festival after violence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 08:47
KEENE, N.H. (AP) — The City Council in Keene, New Hampshire, overwhelmingly rejected a permit for the annual Pumpkin Festival Thursday night after alcohol-fueled violence last year led to injuries, property damage and more than 100 arrests.

California court issues ruling about out-of-control kids

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 08:44
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The state can remove an out-of-control child from the custody of a parent even if the mother or father is not to blame for the child's behavior, a California appeals court said Thursday.

Prosecution rests in trial of ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 08:44

Former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez is seated during his murder trial, Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing Odin Lloyd in June 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The prosecution rested Thursday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez after spending more than two months presenting a case that he killed the boyfriend of his fiancee's sister.


NY Boy Scouts hire gay Eagle Scout despite national policy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 08:24

FILE- In this Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 file photo, Boy Scout Pascal Tessier, 16, center left, and his brother Lucien Tessier, 20, who had earned the rank of Eagle Scout, pose for a portrait with their parents, Oliver Tessier, left, and Tracie Felker, at their home in Kensington, Md. On Thursday, April 2, 2015, the Boy Scouts’ New York chapter announced it hired Pascal Tessier as the nation’s first openly gay Eagle Scout as a summer camp leader in public contrast to the national scouting organization’s ban on openly gay adult members. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts' New York chapter said Thursday that it has hired the nation's first openly gay Eagle Scout as a summer camp leader, a direct and public challenge to the national scouting organization's ban on openly gay adult members.


Judge OKs sale of Revel casino to Florida developer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 08:22

Judge OKs sale of Revel casino to Florida developerA bankruptcy court judge has finally approved the sale of Atlantic City's former Revel casino to a Florida developer.


Gov. Chris Christie pardons Phila. mom facing gun charges in NJ

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 08:15

Gov. Chris Christie pardons Phila. mom facing gun charges in NJGov. Chris Christie has pardoned a Philadelphia woman facing gun charges and jail time after a traffic stop in New Jersey in 2013.


Ex-Fortune 500 executive gets 9 to 20 years in fatal crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 08:09
NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — A former Fortune 500 executive from New Hampshire was sentenced Thursday to between nine and 20 years in prison for causing a highway crash that killed a Vermont couple and their unborn fetus.