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California storms bring early ski season, hope for replenished snowpack

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 09:27

Handout of of skiers riding up a chair lift as snow falls on Mammouth Mountain in CaliforniaBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Snow and rain brought an autumn respite in Northern California from the state's devastating drought on Monday, with up to 12 inches (30 cm) of snow forecast for the Sierra Nevada mountains, raising hopes for a strong ski season and a replenished snowpack. "This is the third storm that's rolled through and we're in early November so this is fantastic," said Michael Reitzell, president of the California Ski Industry Association. "Everyone in California is excited to see rain but the fact that it is also falling in the form of snow in the mountains is fantastic." Last year, dry conditions forced several ski resorts to close early, and some smaller ski areas were not able to open at all.

California Lottery computer glitch shuts down terminals

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 09:11
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It's an unlucky day for the California Lottery.

3 found dead inside burning car in Orange County

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 09:09
ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Police in Orange say three people have been found dead in a burning car.

Appeals court: State can try 'Angola 3' inmate a 3rd time

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 09:01
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana can keep "Angola Three" inmate Albert Woodfox in jail and continue its plans to try him a third time in the 1972 killing of a prison guard, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

Ex-police officer gets 14-month jail term in Texas rape case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 08:46
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A former San Antonio police officer has been sentenced to 14 months in a state jail without parole after pleading no contest to improper sexual activity with a woman who accused him of raping her in his patrol car while on duty.

Family: Deputies who killed rancher escalated altercation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 08:45
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The family of an Idaho rancher who was shot and killed by sheriff's deputies after one of his bulls was hit by a car and charged emergency crews said his death was not justified.

Universal health care to appear on Colorado ballot in 2016

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 08:35
DENVER (AP) — Supporters of universal health care have gathered enough signatures to put on next year's ballot a plan to make Colorado the first state to opt out of the federal health law and replace it with taxpayer-funded coverage for all.

Volkswagen moves to appease angry customers, workers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 08:31

Greenpeace activists demonstrate as they stand on top of Volkswagen's "Sandkamp" gate in WolfsburgDETROIT/BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG took new steps on Monday to appease U.S. customers and German union leaders unhappy with the company's response to a sweeping emissions cheating scandal that claimed another high-profile executive. Volkswagen is offering a $1,000 credit, of which half is to be spent at VW and Audi dealerships, to U.S. owners of certain diesel models that do not comply with government emissions standards, VW's U.S. subsidiary said. The automaker said eligible U.S. owners of nearly 500,000 VW and Audi models equipped with 2.0 liter TDI diesel engines can apply to receive a $500 prepaid Visa card and a $500 dealership card, and three years of free roadside assistance services.

Woman sentenced for man's death after penis enlargement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 08:18
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman who caused a man's death by injecting silicone into his penis has been sentenced to five years in state prison.

The Latest: 2 officers named as defendants in previous suit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 08:15
MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) — The latest on the murder charges against two local marshals in the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy (all times local):

Texas police arrest man for using machete to slice off hand in fight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 08:15
A man suspected of wielding a machete and slicing off another man's hand during a blade fight outside a bar in Bryan, Texas has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault, police said on Monday. Paulino Martinez, 38, was arrested on Saturday and charged with the felony that can bring up to 99 years in prison. The suspect got into a battle with the other man, who also was carrying a machete, in an incident captured on a security camera that took place over the Halloween weekend in the town about 100 miles (160 km) northeast of Austin.

University of Missouri president, chancellor out after race protest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 08:13

University of Missouri president resigns amid race protestBy Anthony Romano COLUMBIA, Mo. (Reuters) - The University of Missouri's president stepped down on Monday and its chancellor moved aside after protests by the school's football team and other students over what they saw as soft handling of reports of racial abuse on campus. President Tim Wolfe's high-profile resignation, followed by news that Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin would be moved to a new job, was the latest shock to the state of Missouri, and the United States at large, which has been roiled for more than a year by racial tensions after police shot and killed an unarmed young black man in the state. Unrest at the university, widely known as "Mizzou," started on Sept. 12 when Payton Head, president of the Missouri Students Association, said on his Facebook page that he was repeatedly racially abused on campus by someone riding in a pickup truck.

Prosecutors to appeal conviction reversal in '90 NY stabbing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 08:11
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision to overturn a nearly 25-year-old conviction in a deadly tourist mugging that symbolized a dangerous time in New York City.

Gov. Christie signs measure banning bestiality in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 08:02
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Bestiality is now officially a crime in New Jersey.

Lawyer: Chinatown racketeering defendant changed his life

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 08:02

FILE - In this April 10, 2014 file photo, Tony Serra, right, an attorney for Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, pictured at left, listens to speakers at a news conference in San Francisco. Chow, a dapper former San Francisco gang leader who portrayed himself as a reformed criminal, was the focus of a lengthy organized crime investigation in Chinatown that ended up snaring a corrupt California senator and more than two dozen others. With opening arguments in Chow’s scheduled Monday, prosecutors finally will get their chance to convict him of racketeering, murder and money laundering charges that could put him away for life. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A prime defendant in a San Francisco racketeering case ordered the killing of a rival before taking over his organization in Chinatown and engaging in money laundering and trafficking in guns and drugs, a prosecutor said during his opening statement Monday at the high-profile trial.

Jury awards $250K to man in suit against ex-Detroit leader

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 07:59
DETROIT (AP) — A jury on Monday awarded $250,000 to a young man who accused a former Detroit City Council member of sexually harassing him while he was in office and serving as a mentor.

U.S. spy agency to end bulk call data collection by end Nov.: memo

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 07:57
The U.S. National Security Agency is ready to end later this month collecting Americans' domestic call records in bulk and move to a more targeted system, meeting a legislative deadline imposed earlier this year, according to a government memo seen by Reuters. The memo, sent on Monday from the NSA to relevant committees in the U.S. Congress, stated that the spy agency "has successfully developed a technical architecture to support the new program" in time for it to become operational as scheduled on Nov. 29. In stating the program's progress and the NSA's intent to use the new system, the memo appeared to rebut claims by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, a Republican security hawk, who told Reuters last week that he anticipated the new program would never be used because it was overly cumbersome and slow.

3 officers on leave after videotaped arrest at Alabama

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 07:49

This Nov. 8, 2015 photo provided by Tuscaloosa Police Department shows Caroline Elizabeth Giddis. Several police officers were suspended with pay Monday, Nov. 9, after videos posted online showed officers using a stun gun and baton to break up a post-football game party and arrest Giddis and two other University of Alabama students. (Tuscaloosa Police Department via AP)TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Three police officers were suspended with pay Monday after videos posted online showed officers using a stun gun and baton to break up a post-football game party and arrest three University of Alabama students.

Man removed from disco hits two police with car, shot by officers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 07:48
A man ejected from a Dallas nightclub over the weekend was shot by police after hitting two off-duty officers in uniform with his sport-utility vehicle, seriously injuring one, police said on Monday. The man, identified as Eduardo Gonzalez-Rios, 29, was removed from the Kalua Discotheque by bouncers after a disturbance inside the club shortly before midnight on Sunday, Dallas police said. The suspect retrieved his black SUV from the valet station and backed into one of the officers before plowing forward over a curb, striking the second officer and dragging him at least 15 feet, police said.

APNewsBreak: Regulator lodged complaint over work for Brown

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 07:42

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2015, file photo, Gov. Jerry Brown speaks on a panel at the Fortune Global Forum in San Francisco. A worker in the state oil and gas regulatory agency lodged a whistleblower’s complaint over being ordered to prepare a state map of the oil and gas potential, history and geology of Brown’s family ranch, the worker and her attorney said Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu,File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A worker in the state oil and gas regulatory agency lodged a whistleblower's complaint over being ordered to prepare a state map of the oil and gas potential, history and geology of California Gov. Jerry Brown's family ranch, the worker and her attorney said Monday.