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Egypt explorers hunt gold in the desert, following ancients

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 03:32

In this Friday, April 15, 2016 photo, Geologist Leonard Karr, shows mineral formations inside an abandoned gold mine once exploded by the British, in Egypt's eastern desert, between Luxor and Hurghada. Essential for ancient artifacts like the famed burial mask of Tutankhamun and still highly desired in Middle Eastern culture today, gold has been mined in Egypt for millennia. But experts say the country is heavily underexplored and that modern technology now allows much deeper excavation of the ancient sites shown on Pharaonic treasure maps. If developed, gold and mineral mining could prove a boon to the country at a time it is desperate for foreign currency, and provide jobs for its burgeoning population of 90 million. (AP Photo/Brian Rohan)EASTERN DESERT, Egypt (AP) — Off the off-road tracks deep in Egypt's eastern desert, prospectors are ramping up the hunt for the treasure once revered by the Pharaohs as the "skin of the gods" — gold.


Regulators in talks with NY, NJ Port Authority over road, tunnel probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 03:31
The Securities and Exchange Commission's probe is part of a sprawling web of investigations that began following the so-called Bridgegate controversy, the politically motivated closure of several lanes at the George Washington Bridge in 2013. The scandal opened up the Port Authority to accusations that political interference had compromised its integrity. An ex-Port Authority official appointed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Christie's former deputy chief of staff are awaiting trial for allegedly orchestrating the lane closures.

N.Y. City mayor's office subpoenaed amid corruption probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 03:30

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio presents the fiscal year 2017 preliminary budget at City Hall in New YorkNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's office has received subpoenas from both state and federal prosecutors, according to the mayor's chief legal adviser, as investigators pursue a series of coordinated corruption probes that extend from City Hall to the police department. "City Hall has been subpoenaed by the New York County District Attorney's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District and we are fully cooperating with the investigation," said the mayor's counsel, Maya Wiley, in a statement. De Blasio has said his administration committed no wrongdoing and is cooperating fully with investigators, a stance he repeated on Thursday.


Lawsuit against ex-U.S. House Speaker Hastert can proceed: judge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 03:29

Former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert leaves the Dirksen Federal courthouse after his sentencing hearing in Chicago, IllinoisA $1.8 million civil lawsuit filed by a victim of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, convicted of a financial crime linked to sexual abuse of high school wrestlers decades ago, can proceed, an Illinois judge ruled on Thursday. Hastert, 74, once one of the country's most powerful politicians, was sentenced on Wednesday to 15 months in federal prison. During the sentencing hearing, Hastert acknowledged sexually abusing boys when he was a teacher and coach in his hometown of Yorkville, Illinois.


Heavy rain floods some homes on Mississippi Gulf Coast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 03:18
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The mayor of Gulfport, Mississippi, has declared a state of emergency because of heavy rain and widespread flooding in the largest city on the state's Gulf Coast.

The Latest: Dead whale being cut up on California beach

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 03:16

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 26, 2016 file photo, a woman carrying an infant on her back looks at a massive carcass of a whale at a popular California surfing spot in San Clemente, Calif. Authorities say the rotting carcass of a 30-ton gray whale that washed up on a California beach will be cut up and trucked to a landfill. California parks officials made the decision Wednesday, April 27, 2016, after deciding it would be impractical to tow the 40-foot whale out to sea or bury it at San Onofre State Beach in San Diego County. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the removal of a gray whale carcass from a California beach (all times local):


Officials: Black students behind hanging stick figure, slur

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 03:15
SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — Officials at a Maryland university say black students are behind a drawing of a hanging stick figure with a racial slur found on a library whiteboard.

Republicans, Obama immigration chief clash over criminal immigrants

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 03:13

Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez is led into the Hall of Justice for his arraignment in San FranciscoThe chief of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said on Thursday her agency released 19,723 undocumented immigrants last year who had been convicted of crimes, drawing a volley of criticism from Republican lawmakers. In a heated exchange at a congressional hearing into crime committed by illegal immigrants, Republicans grilled top Obama administration immigration official Sarah Saldana. The issue is at the heart of Republican demands for tighter control of U.S. borders and has often featured in rhetoric over immigration in the 2016 presidential election campaign.


Ohio massacre: 1 family, 8 dead, hundreds of tips, 0 answers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 03:07

Leonard Manley, left, father and grandfather of several murder victims, drives up Union Hill Road away from a roadblock at the outer perimeter of a crime scene, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, near Piketon, Ohio. Several people were found dead Friday at multiple properties near Piketon. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — From her house on Union Hill Road, Brittany Barker heard the first sirens first thing in the morning. She looked out and saw four police vehicles rush past. That was only the beginning.


Younger U.S. buyers more open to self-driving cars: J.D. Power

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 03:04

File photo of Lexus SUV equipped with Google self-driving sensors during media preview of Google's prototype autonomous vehicles in Mountain View, CaliforniaBy Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. consumers who are under 40 are more open than older people to self-driving cars and their underlying systems, according to a survey released on Thursday by J.D. Power. The 2016 U.S. Tech Choice Study found that 56 percent of Gen Y buyers - born 1977-1994 - said they trust self-driving technology, compared with 41 percent for Gen X - born 1965-1976 and 23 percent of Baby Boomers -born 1946-1964. "'Will they pay?' is always the key question," said Kristin Kolodge, J.D. Power's executive director of driver interaction and human machine interface (HMI) research.


Police find man shot near University of Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 03:03
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Police say a 23-year-old man was shot in the buttocks at the University of Arizona, prompting an exhaustive search after the victim left campus before help arrived.

The Latest: Baltimore police identify officer who shot teen

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 03:02
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on the shooting by Baltimore police of a 13-year-old by carrying a fake gun (all times local):

Montgomery County church member charged in fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 02:33

Montgomery County church member charged in fatal shootingThe Montgomery County District Attorney's Office has charged a man in a fatal shooting inside a Montgomery County church last weekend.


First funeral held six days after Ohio family massacre

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 02:32
Almost a week after eight family members were found shot to death at four separate homes in rural Ohio's Appalachian foothills, the first funeral for the victims is being held on Thursday as investigators work to identify the killers. Officials have likewise declined to reveal details of the investigation to avoid tipping off suspects, but search warrants were filed under seal on Thursday by the Pike County prosecutor's office, according to Dan Tierney, spokesman for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Local media have quoted unnamed law enforcement officials as saying many theories are being considered, including a family feud or even the involvement of a Mexican drug cartel in the slayings.

Minnesota police obtain sealed search warrant for Prince's residence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 02:31

U.S. musician Prince performs on stage at Yas Arena in Yas Island(Reuters) - Authorities in Minnesota obtained a search warrant in connection with the death of pop star Prince and also won a court order to keep the findings secret, documents showed Thursday. Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud of the Carver County, Minnesota, sheriff's office cited intense media scrutiny surrounding the death of the 57-year-old performer, in his request for a state district court judge to seal the warrant. Prince, whose full name was Prince Rogers Nelson, died at his home, a compound known as Paisley Park, in suburban Minneapolis on April 21.


UC Davis chancellor says politics driving action against her

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 02:30

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2011 file photo, University of California, Davis, Chancellor Linda Katehi, told lawmakers that she never ordered campus police to use force or pepper spray on students last month, while testifying at a legislative hearing at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Katehi has been placed on leave amid an uproar stemming in part from the school's hiring of consultants to improve its image, following a widely criticized protest pepper spraying incident by police. UC President Janet Napolitano's office announced Wednesday, April 27, 2016, that she is appointing an outside investigator to determine whether the actions of Chancellor Katehi have violated university policies. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The chancellor of the University of California, Davis says politics are driving the decision to put her on paid leave while the university investigates her treatment of relatives that work at the campus and whether she lied about the school's hiring of online image consultants.


Smile! Miami-Dade police deploying 1,000 body cameras

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 02:25

A body camera is worn by Miami-Dade Police Department PIO Marjorie Eloi, which 1,000 officers will begin using over the next few months, during a news conference, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Doral, Fla. Police body cameras have become more popular following a number of controversial officer shootings around the country. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI (AP) — The largest police agency in Florida is outfitting 1,000 of its officers with pager-sized body cameras over the next few months in the state's biggest such deployment to date, officials announced Thursday.


Court: NYC jail guard's conviction in inmate's death is fair

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 02:21
NEW YORK (AP) — A former Rikers Island jail guard who ignored pleas for help by a dying inmate in 2012 because he didn't believe the prisoner needed assistance received a fair trial, an appeals court said Thursday.

1st funeral held for victims of Ohio slayings that killed 8

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 02:12

Visitors gather for the wake of Gary Rhoden at the Crockett L. Reed Funeral Home, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in South Shore, Ky. Multiple people, including Rhoden, were found dead Friday at several properties near Piketon, Ohio. Investigators have interviewed more than 50 people in the case but have made no arrests. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)SOUTH SHORE, Ky. (AP) — A funeral amid extra security was held Thursday in Kentucky for one of eight people shot dead in Ohio in what authorities describe as a cold-blooded massacre targeting a single family.


Italy, Austria make deal to avoid Brenner Pass closure

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 02:09

Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka, left, and Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano sit before their meeting in Rome, Thursday, April 28, 2016. Italy is watching warily as Austria moves to tighten controls along its borders as it fears the closure of the Balkans route being used by migrants, including refugees of Syria’s war, to reach Europe will create new flows through Italy. It has begun to build a fence on its southern border, and on Wednesday announced multiple highway check points. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)MILAN (AP) — Italy and Austria have reached a deal to avoid closing the heavily trafficked Brenner Pass, an important conduit for tourists and goods transiting Europe, Italy's interior minister said Thursday.