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A look at governor's order on North Carolina rights law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:50
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has filed an executive order that extends further protections to state employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but leaves intact the bulk of a new state law regarding rights for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

Kansas Supreme Court to consider right to abortion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:48
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has agreed to consider a groundbreaking ruling that determined the conservative state's constitution protects abortion rights independently from the U.S. Constitution.

Victim's husband sues Missouri gun sellers over Jewish center shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:46
Frazier Glenn Cross, 74, a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan white supremacist organization, was sentenced to death in November for his attacks in Overland Park, Kansas, two years ago this week. Cross was found guilty of killing Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather, William Corporon, 69, outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, and Terri LaManno, 53, outside a Jewish retirement home.

Warnings of Southern California blackouts called misleading

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:39
California energy officials intent on reopening a major natural gas storage field idled by the country's worst-ever methane leak have resorted to scare tactics in raising the prospect of looming power outages in Los Angeles, utility critics said on Tuesday. Three state regulatory bodies and the city Water and Power Department warned last week the region faced up to 14 days of blackouts this summer as gas-fired power plants go without supplies normally furnished by the crippled Aliso Canyon field when electricity demand peaks. Southern California Gas Co, the division of San Diego-based utility giant Sempra Energy that owns Aliso Canyon, remains barred from refilling the underground storage reserve until the facility is deemed safe to operate again.

Hikers rescued after four days stranded on Alaskan glacier

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:38

File photo of Bear Glacier on a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, AlaskaSnow storms created "white-on-white" conditions, thwarting previous attempts to reach the pair by air and prompting a ground crew to scale the glacier to try to rescue them on foot, said Alaska Air National Guard spokesman Staff Sergeant Edward Eagerton. On Tuesday, under clearer skies, a HH-60 Pave Hawk military helicopter landed on Bear Glacier and rescued the hikers in the remote Kenai Mountains, said guard spokeswoman Technical Sergeant Alicia Halla. The hikers, Alaska residents Christopher Hanna, 45, and Jennifer Neyman, 36, were flown to a hospital in the nearby town of Soldotna where they will be evaluated, Halla said.

LA Police Commission: Homeless man's shooting unjustified

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:34
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A police officer who shot and killed an unarmed homeless man near the Venice boardwalk last year violated departmental policy, the Police Commission ruled Tuesday.

Husband of woman shot at Kansas Jewish site sues gun sellers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:31
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The husband of one of the three people killed by a white supremacist at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City has sued over the sale of the shotguns used in the April 2014 attack.

Federal court hears appeal of Minnesota sex offender ruling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:30
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The lengthy legal debate over a Minnesota program that keeps sex offenders confined indefinitely after they complete their prison sentences shifted south Tuesday as state officials urged a federal appeals court nearly 500 miles away to overturn a judge's ruling that the program is unconstitutional.

Uber launches in Argentine capital despite protests

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:29

Taxi drivers block a main avenue to protest Uber in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Hundreds of taxi drivers paralyzed parts of the capital during rush hour to protest Uber launching its service on Tuesday in defiance of local authorities. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Uber launched its service in Argentina's capital Tuesday in defiance of local authorities and despite road blocks set up by protesting taxi drivers that snarled traffic during the evening rush hour.

Images released of dramatic creek rescue in Chester County

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:29

Images released of dramatic creek rescue in Chester County12-year-old Miles Bryant was playing in the woods next to his home with his 9-ear-old brother and a friend when the creek wall he was walking along collapsed, trapping him in the cold water.

UN official: More help needed for Africa's Sahel region

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:27
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A senior U.N. official on Tuesday said the ongoing poverty and horror resulting from attacks by the extremist Boko Haram group in Africa's Lake Chad basin are at their worst and called for increased relief funding for its 3 million people and broader international engagement in the region.

Commuter rail defends audio surveillance aboard trains

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:04
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit's director defended the use of audio surveillance systems on some of its trains Tuesday, as some questioned the monitoring's legal and ethical underpinnings.

Cuban Americans protest Carnival's Cuban cruises

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:04
MIAMI (AP) — Some Cuban Americans are complaining that Carnival Corporation is unfairly excluding them from sailing with the company when the cruise line heads to Cuba for the first time in decades.

Former Oklahoma dentist charged with money laundering

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:02
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Oklahoma oral surgeon whose filthy clinics led to thousands of patients being tested for HIV and hepatitis faces a federal charge of money laundering, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Flint's latest conundrum? People aren't using enough water

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:02

Virginia Tech Professor Marc Edwards, leader of the university's Flint Water Study team, announced the latest water testing results from homes in the Michigan city during a news conference Tuesday, April 12, 2016, on the university's campus in Blacksburg Va. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT; CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT MBILANSING, Mich. (AP) — Flint residents who've grown accustomed to using bottled water and avoiding the faucet are getting new instructions: Turn on the taps.

Chicago council panel votes to change selection process for police chief

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:01
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel moved a step closer on Tuesday to being allowed to name his choice for police chief on a permanent basis, after a city council committee voted to temporarily change the selection process. The Chicago Police Department faces a federal probe on its use of force following the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Eddie Johnson, who is black, was selected last month as interim chief of police by Emanuel, who rejected the three candidates chosen by the police board as part of the city's search process.

Texas police arrest suspect after ring stolen from corpse

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 05:59

This photo provided by the Odessa Police Department shows Kalynn Homfeld. Police arrested Homfeld suspected of stealing a ring from a corpse at a Texas funeral home in an incident captured on surveillance video. Odessa police on Tuesday arrested Homfeld on a charge of theft from a human corpse. (Odessa Police Department via AP)ODESSA, Texas (AP) — Police have arrested a woman suspected of stealing a ring from a corpse at a Texas funeral home in an incident captured on surveillance video.

Comey: FBI, Apple court clash created unproductive 'emotion'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 05:48
FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday he was glad a court fight in California over access to a locked iPhone had ended because it "was creating an emotion around the issue that was not productive," ...

Former Va. fire chief Adam Thiel appointed Philadelphia fire commissioner

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 05:42

Former Va. fire chief Adam Thiel appointed Philadelphia fire commissionerFormer Virginia fire chief Adam Thiel has been named the new Philadelphia fire commissioner.

Developers: New Orleans can revive flood-damaged theme park

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 05:41
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Developers want to bring life back to a rusting and ghostly theme park on the edge of the swamps outside New Orleans more than 10 years after it was abandoned when Hurricane Katrina left it underwater.