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Biden discusses Asia-Pacific region at Navy graduation

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 4 min ago

A member of the U.S. Naval Academy raises his right hand as he takes an oath of office during the Academy's graduation and commissioning ceremony, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden tells graduates at the U.S. Naval Academy that 60 percent of the nation's naval forces will be stationed in the Asia-Pacific region in five years.

U.S. court hands partial win to tobacco firms over judge-ordered disclosures

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 7 min ago

A woman disposes a cigarette in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court on Friday ruled that tobacco companies cannot be forced to announce publicly that they deliberately deceived the public over the health risks of cigarettes. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled against the manufacturers on several other issues as it considered a long-running racketeering case brought by the U.S. government against various companies including Altria Group Inc, Lorillard Inc and Reynolds American Inc. The companies lost the original lawsuit and an appeal, and a district court judge in Washington then ordered them to place advertisements, known legally as corrective statements, explaining the history of deception. In the ruling on Friday, the appeals court largely upheld the lower court judge, but ruled for the tobacco companies on one issue.

Long lines likely for Las Vegas public viewing of B.B. King

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 8 min ago

Willie King, from left, Tanya Deckard, Patty King, Karen Williams, Barbara King Winfree and Rita Washington stand outside of a funeral home after a private family viewing of blues musician B.B. King Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Las Vegas. The family members attended a private viewing ahead of a public viewing scheduled for Friday. King died May 14 in Las Vegas at age 89. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fans in Las Vegas are expected to line up for hours to view the body of blues legend B.B. King, and later to celebrate his legacy at a musical tribute organized by his daughter.

Forecaster warns of flooding during Memorial Day weekend

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 10 min ago
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — There is a chance for severe weather along the Texas-New Mexico border and heavy rainfall during the Memorial Day weekend that will likely cause flash flooding across the southern Plains, the National Weather Service said Friday.

Expedia sells stake in Chinese travel service

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 11 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) — Expedia sold its entire stake in eLong, a Chinese travel service, to a group of businesses based in China for roughly $671 million.

No indictment for Texas City officer in fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 12 min ago
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A Southeast Texas police officer will not face charges in the 2014 fatal shooting of an armed man during a fight outside a bar.

7 decades on, Pearl Harbor kin seek new ID tests and closure

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 14 min ago
CARY, N.C. (AP) — Dawn Silsbee and her siblings never knew their Uncle Bert — he died years before they were born. But they saw what his loss did to their family.

Armed elderly woman arrested after 22-hour standoff in California

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 30 min ago
An elderly woman who barricaded herself in a Los Angeles-area mobile home and fired at a police robot was taken into custody on Friday after a 22-hour standoff, police said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement the incident began before dawn on Thursday when a woman in a mobile home park in Topanga, near Los Angeles, reported having a medical emergency. Video footage on local media during the standoff showed numerous police and SWAT vehicles lining the street, along with what appeared to be an armored forklift.

Pennsylvania city faces fiscal pain for immigration law

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 31 min ago
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - One Pennsylvania city's controversial attempts to gain more power over immigration enforcement could push that city into state fiscal oversight if it loses a ruling over legal fees. Now, the city is waiting on a ruling from a judge who could force the city to pay $2.8 million in legal fees to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and others for its experiment. Paying those fees could tip Hazleton into Act 47 receivership, a state oversight program for distressed municipalities, according to Mayor Joe Yannuzzi, who voted for the measures when he was city council president.

After week in jail, Florida mom agrees to son's circumcision

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 34 min ago

Heather Hironimus, left, sits with her attorney Thomas Hunker as she appears before Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Gillen, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Delray Beach, Fla. Hironimus was jailed after ignoring a state judge's order to appear in court, then fleeing with the her 4-year-old son to prevent him from being circumcised. She has been warring with the child's father, who wants the circumcision. (Lannis Waters(/Palm Beach Post via AP) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NO SALESDELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman's yearslong battle against her child's father over the boy's circumcision ended Friday with her agreeing to the procedure in exchange for her release from jail.

Demilitarizing the cops: States retool police training

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 46 min ago

In this photo taken May 6, 2015, a pair of recruits wrestle during training in fighting at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission in Burien, Wash. While some critics say that good officers already consider themselves protectors and that police need the best equipment to defend themselves and the public, many law enforcement leaders see a need for a broader change in police training and culture. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)BURIEN, Wash. (AP) — When prosecutor Dan Satterberg used to visit Washington state's police academy, the seas would part before him. Recruits would snap to attention, backs to the walls, and allow him to pass.

VA must find millions to finish troubled Denver hospital

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 22 min ago

Members of a construction crew work at the site of the new Veterans Administration hospital complex, in Aurora, Colo., Thursday May 21, 2015. The Veterans Affairs Department averted a costly construction shutdown at its half-finished hospital outside Denver on Thursday, but it still has to persuade an angry Congress to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars more to complete the bungled project. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project.

All-clear after suspicious package found at Grand Central

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 29 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities have issued an all-clear after investigating a suspicious package found on the lower level of New York City's Grand Central Terminal and have reopened the area to the public.

Wal-Mart presses meat suppliers on antibiotics, treatment

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 54 min ago

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2013, file photo, customers walk outside of a Wal-Mart store in San Jose, Calif. Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them.

Federal judge rules again that gay couples have right to wed in Alabama

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 55 min ago

Supporters of same-sex marriage hold a rainbow flag and a rainbow umbrella outside Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday reaffirmed her earlier ruling that same-sex couples in Alabama have a right to wed under the Constitution, but she put the ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a landmark decision on gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade in January overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage, in a ruling that went into effect the following month and led probate judges throughout much of the state to begin issuing licenses to the couples. In March, the Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses.

Banks hope to benefit from high court ruling on discrimination

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 4 sec ago

The Supreme Court stands in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON(Reuters) - If the state of Texas prevails in a civil rights case about to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, landlords and developers will have an easier time defending themselves in housing discrimination lawsuits. The case alleges that the way Texas allocates low-income housing credits violates the 1968 Fair Housing Act, an issue with little direct connection to banking. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and at least a dozen other business groups have submitted friend-of-the-court briefs supporting Texas's position in the case.

Suspicious package prompts partial evacuation of NYC's Grand Central

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 13 min ago
Police in New York evacuated commuters from Grand Central Terminal's lower level on Friday after receiving a report of a suspicious package at the height of the morning rush hour, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said. All trains into the major commuting hub were routed to the upper level tracks after the package was reported on the lower level at 8:45 a.m., said MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan.

Feds: Temple professor charged in alleged scheme to share US technology with China

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 14 min ago

 Temple professor charged in alleged scheme to share US technology with ChinaThe chairman of Temple University's physics department sought prestigious appointments in China in exchange for providing data on electronics technology invented by a U.S. firm and offered to make the country a leader in the field of superconductivity, federal prosecutors said.

Police surround cow running on I-295 off ramp

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 26 min ago

 Cow runs loose on I-295 off-rampPolice and humane officers have surrounded a cow that was loose on an off-ramp from Interstate 295 in Hamilton Township, Mercer County.

Judge tosses portion of lawsuit in girl's bullying death

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 40 min ago
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A judge has tossed a portion of a lawsuit that alleged negligence against a cement company in the death of a 12-year-old central Florida girl who committed suicide after being bullied.