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Sotomayor talks about court diversity, mingles with people

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 07:50
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Monday renewed her hope for the court to become more diverse in professional and life experience.

House floor ban for reporters stands despite repeal effort

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 07:47

Arizona Republic photographer Nick Oza and Associated Press journalist Bob Christie report from the gallery of the Arizona House of Representatives after reporters were denied access to the floor pending criminal and civil background checks, in Phoenix on Thursday, April 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Ryan VanVelzer)PHOENIX (AP) — An effort by Arizona House Democrats to restore reporters' access to the chamber has failed and journalists remain relegated to the gallery.


FBI offers up to $25,000 for information on stolen Warhol paintings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 07:46

File photo of a worker hanging a print by US artist Andy Warhol at Es Baluard museum in Palma de Mallorca(Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday offered up to a$25,000 reward for information on seven Andy Warhol paintings stolen from a Missouri art museum.


Judge rules against releasing Newtown shooter's documents

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 07:44
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — State police don't have to release documents belonging to Newtown elementary school gunman Adam Lanza that were seized from his home after he killed 20 first-graders, six educators and himself, a judge ruled.

Bill to let counselors deny services on the way to governor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 07:42
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee bill that would allow mental health therapists to turn away patients based on the counselors' religious beliefs and personal principles passed Monday and is on its way to the governor.

Backers fight for children's health insurance in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 07:42

Dana Wolf Naimark of the Children's Action Alliance speaks at a rally, in Phoenix, Ariz. on Monday, April 11, 2016. Wolf urged the Arizona Senate and Gov. Doug Ducey to back a plan restoring a health insurance program called KidsCare for low income children. (AP Photo/Bob Christie)PHOENIX (AP) — A fight is intensifying in the Arizona Legislature over the Senate leader's refusal to restore a program providing health insurance to poor children, a stance that would maintain the state's position as the only one in the nation that doesn't participate in the plan.


U of California students take harassment concerns to agency

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 07:35

University of California graduate student Kathleen Gutierrez, center, is comforted by graduate student Erin Bennett, left, and Tyann Sorrell before all spoke at a news conference outside of Dwinelle Hall on the campus in Berkeley, Calif., Monday, April 11, 2016. Bennett and Gutierrez have filed a complaint regarding alleged sexual harassment by a University of California Berkeley professor. Sorrell has also made complaints against the same individual for sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Two graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley took their allegations that a professor sexually harassed them to the state agency that investigates discrimination claims on Monday, saying they were frustrated by the campus administration's failure to discipline the faculty member.


Parole board denies clemency for Georgia death row inmate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 07:33

This undated photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections, shows Death row inmate Kenneth Fults. The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles has set a clemency hearing for Fults scheduled to be put to death next week. Fults was convicted of killing Cathy Bounds, who was shot five times in the back of her head. Prosecutors say Fults killed Bounds after breaking into her house during a weeklong crime spree in January 1996. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)ATLANTA (AP) — The State Board of Pardons and Paroles on Monday declined to grant clemency for a Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die this week.


Amid clinic closures, young doctors seek abortion training

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 07:32

File photo of Whole Woman's Health founder Amy Hagstrom Miller speaking to members of the media during a media tour of the Whole Woman’s Health clinic in San AntonioEven as scores of U.S. abortion clinics have shut down, the number of doctors trained to provide the procedure has surged – but only in some parts of the country. Two little-known training programs say they have expanded rapidly in recent years, fueled by robust private funding and strong demand. Launched nearly a quarter century ago amid protest and violence, the programs now train more than 1,000 doctors and medical students annually in reproductive services, from contraception to all types of abortion, according to interviews with Reuters.


Officer critically wounded in shooting is 27-year veteran

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 07:29

Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs discusses a shooting that left a SWAT officer in critical condition as officers attempted to arrest a suspect on an arson charge, on Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Police said the officer was in a SWAT vehicle approaching the suspect’s apartment early Saturday morning when shots were fired, hitting the officer. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have identified an Ohio police officer they say was critically wounded when a man opened fire on a SWAT team trying to arrest him.


UN: Biggest killer of kids in CAfrican Republic not bullets

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 07:23
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Three years after conflict erupted in the Central African Republic, the biggest killers of children aren't bullets but malnutrition, malaria, respiratory infections and diarrhea, the United Nations said Monday.

The Latest: Panel denies clemency for death row inmate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 07:17

This undated photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections, shows Death row inmate Kenneth Fults. The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles has set a clemency hearing for Fults scheduled to be put to death next week. Fults was convicted of killing Cathy Bounds, who was shot five times in the back of her head. Prosecutors say Fults killed Bounds after breaking into her house during a weeklong crime spree in January 1996. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the clemency request from a Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die this week (all times local):


Police: Person fatally stabbed at DC subway station

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 07:11
WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia police say a teenage male was fatally stabbed at the same Metro subway station where a 15-year-old boy was fatally shot last month as he waited on a platform for a train.

Authorities search Oklahoma couple's property for boy's body

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 07:02
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities were searching the rural property Monday of an Oklahoma couple arrested in connection with the disappearance of their 9-year-old nephew in 2006, but didn't disclose what new information led them back there to look for his body.

Father sentenced in 1985 arson that killed 2 sons

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 06:59

Father sentenced in 1985 arson that killed 2 sonsIt was a second guilty verdict for a father accused of setting a house fire that killed his two young sons.


Judge clears 'Stairway to Heaven' copyright case for trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 06:52

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2012 file photo, members of Led Zeppelin, guitarist Jimmy Page, left, and singer Robert Plant appear at a press conference ahead of the worldwide theatrical release of "Celebration Day", a concert film of their 2007 London O2 arena reunion show, in New York. A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled Friday, April 8, 2016, that a copyright infringement lawsuit over the Led Zeppelin song "Stairway to Heaven" should be decided at trial. A trustee of late songwriter-guitarist Randy Wolfe sued the band claiming "Stairway to Heaven" copies the opening notes of a song created by Wolfe in the late 1960s. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A trial is needed to determine if Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" copies its opening notes from a song performed by the rock band Spirit, a federal judge has ruled.


San Antonio district fires officer who body-slammed girl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 06:51
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio school officer caught on tape body-slamming a middle-school student was fired Monday by the district, which said the officer's misstatements about what happened were revealed by the video.

Ex-US Rep Reynolds released after arrest in Atlanta

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 06:42

FILE - In this July 30, 2015 file photo, former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds talks on his cell phone as he leaves federal court in Chicago after pleading not guilty to federal tax charges. Reynolds was taken into federal custody Monday morning April 11, 2016, in Atlanta after a judge in Chicago ordered his arrest because he didn't appear for a hearing in a tax case last month, federal officials said. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds was arrested in Atlanta on Monday and released on his own recognizance after failing to appear for a hearing in a tax case last month, federal officials said.


U.S. officials: Zika "scarier" than first thought

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 06:42

 Zika "scarier" than first thoughtNew findings suggest more birth defects, more brain disorders for adults from Zika infection


Three dead, including nine-year-old, after boat swamps off Florida

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 06:41
Jayden Jones, 9, his father Fernandez Jones, 51, and Will Bell died after Jones' 24-foot Sea Ray was hit by a tall wave on Sunday morning a few miles from shore near Stuart, Florida, Martin County Sheriff Will Snyder told Reuters. The lone survivor, Robert Stewart, 45, hung onto the boy for as long as he could before exhaustion and rough seas bested him, Snyder said. Stewart was rescued Monday morning when he flagged down a Martin County Sheriff's Office helicopter on the beach a few miles from where the group had launched, Snyder said.