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Detroit teachers expected back in class after pay assurances: union

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 07:25

Downtown Detroit is seen from a vacant lot, looking south along Woodward AvenueDetroit school teachers were expected to return to their classrooms on Wednesday following a two-day "sick-out" over paycheck concerns after receiving assurances from officials "they will be paid for their work," a union representative said. Hundreds of teachers in Michigan's largest public school system called in sick beginning on Monday after hearing news the cash-strapped school system would run out of money to pay employees at the end of June. The Detroit public school system, with nearly 46,000 students, has been under state control since 2009 because of a financial emergency.


Woman fights off sexual assault suspect in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 07:24

Woman fights off sexual assault suspect in South PhiladelphiaPolice have released new video of a man trying to sexually assault a woman on a South Philadelphia sidewalk.


Local probes end in police shooting of man in wheelchair

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 07:21
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Wilmington police have finished criminal and internal investigations into the fatal police shooting of a black man in a wheelchair, local officials said Tuesday, days after city attorneys asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the man's family.

911 calls to Prince estate ranged from mundane to serious

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 07:16

FILE - In this May 19, 2013 file photo, Prince performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Mariah Brown, a former assistant to Prince until last year, has spent the days since his death trying to figure out how her boss, could have died so suddenly, adding that she never saw the singer ingest any substances during her employ. Prince was found dead at his home on April 21, 2016, in suburban Minneapolis. He was 57 (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities and emergency responders were called to Prince's suburban Minneapolis home over the last five years for everything from mundane reports of tripped fire alarms to more serious medical calls, a log released Tuesday shows.


San Francisco OKs settlement after deadly 2013 airport crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 07:15

File - In this July 12, 2013 file photo, a man looks at the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. The city's leaders have approved a $3.45 million settlement Tuesday, May 3, 2016, from Asiana Airlines involving a fiery 2013 airport crash that killed three people and injured nearly 200 others. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco city leaders have approved a $3.45 million settlement from Asiana Airlines involving a fiery 2013 airport crash that killed three people and injured nearly 200 others.


White House may create monument to gay rights: Washington Post

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 07:13
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is set to declare the first national monument recognizing the contributions of the U.S. gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, the Washington Post said on Tuesday. The monument would designate a sliver of green space and part of the surrounding Greenwich Village neighborhood in New York City as the birthplace of America’s modern gay liberation movement, the Post said, without citing a source. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mom declared brain-dead after Wisconsin interstate shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 07:12
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An Illinois woman has been declared brain-dead after being shot during a random drive-by shooting along a Wisconsin interstate while traveling home with her husband and children, a coroner said Tuesday.

Lawsuit accusing Maine governor of blackmail is dismissed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 07:11

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2016 file photo, Maine Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a news conference at the State House, in Augusta, Maine. A federal judge on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, dismissed a lawsuit accusing LePage of using blackmail to force a charter school operator to rescind a job offer to a political opponent in a flap that roiled the Legislature and led to an impeachment effort. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Republican Gov. Paul LePage of using blackmail to force a charter school operator to rescind a job offer to a political opponent, a flap that roiled the Legislature and led to an impeachment effort.


Georgia governor vetoes 'campus-carry' concealed gun bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:55

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal speaks during a news conference (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Republican governor vetoed a bill Tuesday allowing concealed handguns on college campuses, rejecting the proposal that a legislature controlled by his own party had easily approved in an election year.


The Latest: Deal also vetoes bill allowing weapons in church

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:51
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on legislation to allow anyone with a permit to carry concealed handguns on Georgia campuses (all times local):

Girl kidnapped on New Mexico Navajo Reservation found dead

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:45
Ashlynne Mike and her 9-year-old brother were abducted after school on Monday near the community of San Juan, New Mexico, when a man driving a van offered them a ride, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Frank Fisher and a statement released by the Navajo Nation. The boy, Ian Mike, was found walking along a highway around 7:15 p.m. local time and taken to the police department in Shiprock, the largest town on the Navajo Nation.

Requests for data rise sharply under secretive U.S. surveillance orders

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:43

A magnifying glass is held in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in BerlinFBI requests for customer records under a secretive surveillance order increased by nearly 50 percent in 2015, according to a U.S. government transparency report published this week. Internet and telecommunications companies in 2015 received 48,642 requests, up from 33,024 reported in 2014, for data via so-called National Security Letters (NSLs). The NSL is a tool used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to gather phone numbers, email and IP addresses, web browsing histories and other information.


The Latest: AP Exclusive: Dozens fled mental hospital

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:38
LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on escapes from a Washington mental hospital (all times local):

Rail travel through DC derailment site to be restored

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:37
WASHINGTON (AP) — CSX Transportation and Maryland Transit Administration officials say they expect freight to begin moving again through the site of a weekend derailment in Washington by Wednesday morning.

Obama honors Connecticut woman as Teacher of the Year

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:35

President Barack Obama awards the 2016 National Teacher of the Year to Jahana Hayes, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Hayes is a Social Studies yeacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, Conn. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday bestowed the National Teacher of the Year honor on a Connecticut woman who has demonstrated through her own life that students can overcome almost any obstacle.


The Latest: Detroit teachers say they will return to work

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:34

Detroit teachers march outside the district headquarters, Monday, May 2, 2016, in Detroit. Nearly all of Detroit's public schools were closed Monday and more than 45,000 students missed classes after about half the district's teachers called out sick to protest the possibility that some of them will not get paid over the summer if the struggling district runs out of cash. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the sick-out by teachers that's closed dozens of Detroit schools on Tuesday (all times local):


Carbon monoxide likely killed boy, seriously injured sister

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:32
LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — Carbon monoxide poisoning apparently caused the death of a 9-year-old boy and seriously injured his 10-year-old sister who were both found unresponsive Tuesday morning, authorities in New Jersey said.

The Latest: Woman in drive-by pronounced brain-dead

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:30
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on an apparently random shooting along an interstate in Wisconsin that killed an Illinois woman (all times local):

Former NY top political powerbroker gets 12 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:13

Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver arrives to court in New York, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The former New York Assembly Speaker is set to learn how long he'll spend in prison following his conviction on federal corruption charges. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a backroom master whose name was synonymous with political power in New York for a generation, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison, destined to take his place atop the state's crowded lineup of crooked politicians behind bars.


Texas prison ban on Muslim inmate beards, caps ruled illegal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:11
DALLAS (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has upheld a Texas prison inmate's right to a beard and skullcap as required by his religious beliefs.