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1-year-old abducted in Kensington, teen cousin in custody

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 09:40

1-year-old safe after Kensington abduction, teen cousin in custodyPolice say a teenager not old enough to drive is behind the abduction of a 1-year-old in Kensington. The child was safely reunited with family but the teen could be facing charges.


Joel Spira, founder of light dimmer switch empire, dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 09:35

In this undated photo provided by Lutron Electronics Co., Inc., Joel Spira poses for a photo. Spira, who brought the light dimmer switch to households across the nation and transformed his Lutron Electronics Company into a leading manufacturer of lighting controls, died of natural causes on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. He was 88. (AP Photo/Lutron Electronics Co., Inc., Donna H Chiarelli)COOPERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Joel Spira, who brought the light dimmer switch to households across the nation and transformed his Lutron Electronics Company into a leading manufacturer of lighting controls, died of natural causes on Wednesday. He was 88.


California woman with cancer asked to leave flight in Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 09:30
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A California woman who has cancer and was travelling from Hawaii to San Jose on Monday was asked to depart an Alaska Airlines plane before takeoff.

Observers, new council members optimistic in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 09:30

James Harris walks into his polling place to vote Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Three of the six city council seats are up for grabs in the St. Louis County town where 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, was fatally shot by a white Ferguson police officer in August. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A surge of voters helped alter the racial makeup of the Ferguson City Council, and observers said Wednesday that the change creates a new energy in a community trying to find its way after months of turmoil following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.


13 horses, 6 ponies found after fire in Mantua

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

13 horses, 6 ponies found after fire in MantuaCrews called for a fire discovered more than a dozen horses and ponies behind a home in Philadelphia's Mantua section.


Emanuel acknowledges challenges in 2nd Chicago mayoral term

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 09:22

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emaneul takes a selfie with a commuter at a CTA station Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Chicago, the morning after defeating Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia to win a second term. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — After surviving an unexpectedly tough campaign for a second term, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday that Chicago's challenges "don't need to be made harder if I have a stylistic issue" but gave few details about how he'll change his approach.


Senior center van driver arrested after riders complain

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 09:21
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state trooper says 11 senior citizens who boarded a van for an excursion to the Skagit Valley tulip fields became alarmed when their driver started driving over curbs and running stop signs.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 09:02

Liz Norden, who had two sons lose legs in the Boston Marathon bombing, speaks outside federal court, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Boston where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on multiple charges in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when twin pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the finish line. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Obama calls for end to conversion therapy for LGBT youth

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 08:54
U.S. President Barack Obama called on Wednesday for an end to psychiatric therapies that seek to change the sexual orientation of gay, lesbian and transgender youth, the White House said. The White House statement, written by senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, is in response to a petition calling for Obama to back a law to ban conversion therapy, which is supported by some socially conservative organizations and religious doctors. The petition was started following the suicide in December of 17-year-old transgender youth Leelah Alcorn, who died after her parents forced her to attend conversion therapy, pulled her out of school and isolated her in an attempt to change her gender identity.

Iran calls for a timetable for global nuclear disarmament

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 08:53
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran accused the five nuclear powers Wednesday of failing to take concrete action to eliminate their stockpiles and called for negotiations on a convention to achieve nuclear disarmament by a target date.

Idaho man charged in murder of 3 family members at home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 08:42
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a 22-year-old Idaho man on murder charges in the deaths of three people last month at a Boise home.

North Korea says Mexico holding ship; kept under sanctions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 08:25

North Korea’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, An Myong Hun, waits to speak to reporters at North Korea’s U.N. mission in New York, Wednesday April 8, 2015. Hun said Mexico has "forcibly detained" one of its ships months after it ran aground off Mexico's Gulf coast and that his country will take unspecified "necessary measures to make the ship leave immediately." An Myong Hun said the ship, the Mu Du Bong, was not carrying anything prohibited by U.N. sanctions and that more than 50 crew remain on board. (AP Photo/Cara Anna)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea said Wednesday that Mexico has "forcibly detained" one of its ships months after it ran aground off Mexico's Gulf coast last year, and Pyongyang blames the United States for preventing the ship's release.


South Carolina police shooting reflects racist pattern, residents say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 08:15
By Harriet McLeod NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - For the dozens of protesters who descended on the working-class South Carolina city of North Charleston on Wednesday, a bystander's video of a white police officer gunning down a fleeing black man was long-awaited confirmation of what many residents have been saying for years. Activists said the footage, showing Officer Michael Slager shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott in the back, is chilling evidence of what they portray as "an atmosphere of racism" that allows African-Americans to be targeted in North Charleston and across the state.

No more playing nice: California names, shames water wasters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 08:07

This April 3, 2015, aerial photo shows golf course communities bordering the desert in Cathedral City, Calif. California cities face mandatory targets to slash water use as much as 35 percent while regulators warn voluntary conservation hasn't been enough in the face of a devastating drought. Underlining their point was data released Tuesday, April 7, showing a new low in saving water. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is done with gentle nudges and polite reminders to deal with its devastating drought.


South Carolina officer dismissed after shooting man in back

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 08:01

U.S. Senator Tim Scott visits with the family of Walter Scott in Charleston, South CarolinaBy Harriet McLeod NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A white South Carolina police officer has been fired after being charged with murder for shooting a black man in the back as he fled, but questions remained on Wednesday about some details of the killing that was filmed by a witness. The shooting occurred on Saturday in North Charleston, a town of about 100,000 people, nearly half of whom are black, but it gained national media attention on Tuesday when the video became public. The incident was recorded by a man identified by NBC News as Feidin Santana. In an interview with the network, he said the victim, 50-year-old Walter Scott, had been hit by the officer's stun gun before fleeing to avoid further stun gun fire.


Former fugitive treasure hunter pleads guilty to contempt in Ohio

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:53
(Reuters) - A former fugitive treasure hunter and his girlfriend who were captured in January in Florida after evading authorities for years pleaded guilty on Wednesday to criminal contempt in U.S. District Court in Ohio, prosecutors said. Thomas "Tommy" Thompson, 62, and Alison Antekeier, 47, also agreed to forfeit $425,380 in cash seized from them when they were caught, prosecutors said. Thompson, accused by members of his team of failing to pay them after recovering a fortune in gold from a 19th century shipwreck, skipped an August 2012 U.S. District Court hearing to account for the location of gold coins and some funds.

Drought-hit California tightens low-flow toilet, faucet rules

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:40

Teichert Construction employees Ivan Gutierrez and Ken Sanders install a water meter on 21st Street during the city's water meter retrofitting program in SacramentoBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California on Wednesday moved to tighten already stringent regulations on how much water can flow through toilets and faucets, part of the state's effort to respond to prolonged drought. The regulations passed by the California Energy Commission come on the heels of action on Tuesday to propose a framework for California's first-ever mandatory cutbacks in water use as the drought enters its fourth year. “In the face of California’s current drought, we must use water as efficiently as possible," said Commissioner Andrew McAllister. "Updating minimum standards for toilets, urinals and faucets is a step in that direction.” Under the rules, which go into effect in 2016, the flow through new kitchen faucets sold in the state would drop slightly, to 1.8 gallons (6.8 liters) per minute from the current standard of 2.2 gallons (8.3 l) per minute.


Family of mentally ill Florida man releases videos of police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:40
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - New videos showing a mentally ill Florida man being shot dead by police call into question a Miami area department's explanation of the shooting, said attorneys for the victim's family who released the footage on Wednesday. Footage captured from within a police car at the scene show shell cases flying as a police officer shot 25-year-old Lavall Hall on Feb. 15. Two of the bullets hit Hall, Miami Gardens police told reporters in the days after the incident, explaining that Hall had attacked officers with a broom stick. A spokesman for the Miami Gardens Police Department was not immediately available to comment.

U.S. appeals court deals setback to Florida tobacco plaintiffs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:38
By Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court ruling on Wednesday could make it more difficult for smokers suing tobacco companies in Florida to prove claims that cigarettes are dangerous and that tobacco companies were negligent. The ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses more than $800,000 in damages from R.J. Reynolds and Altria Group Inc unit Philip Morris USA Inc awarded in 2013 to Earl Graham, whose wife Faye, a longtime smoker, died in 1993 of lung cancer. More broadly, the court said smokers who, like Graham, were originally part of a massive class action in Florida against the tobacco companies could not rely on findings from the class action trial to prove claims that cigarettes are defective and tobacco companies were negligent.