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Experts say drone strikes appear in bounds of US law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 04:18

President Barack Obama walks away the podium after speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2015. The president took full responsibility for deaths of American, Italian hostages, expresses apologies. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday that recent U.S. strikes that killed Americans were consistent with guidelines for counterterrorism efforts, and experts say the attacks appear to have been within the bounds of U.S. law despite what the president called "deadly mistakes."


New Pentagon strategy warns of cyberwar capabilities

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 04:17

 Charting a New Path on Innovation and Cybersecurity. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — A new Pentagon cybersecurity strategy lays out for the first time publicly that the U.S. military plans to use cyberwarfare as an option in conflicts with enemies.


Reports say Comcast plans to drop $45B Time Warner Cable bid

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 04:13

FILE - This Feb. 11, 2011 file photo shows the Comcast logo on one of the company's vehicles, in Pittsburgh. Wall Street appears increasingly convinced Comcast’s $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable is dead. telling indicator is the gap between the value Comcast’s all-stock bid assigned to each Time Warner Cable share and Time Warner Cable stock’s current price. That was at its widest point yet Thursday, April 23, 2015, a signal that investors are giving just 20 to 30 percent odds that the deal will go through, said Nomura analyst Adam Ilkowitz. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Media reports say Comcast plans to drop its $45.2 billion bid for Time Warner Cable after pushback from government regulators.


Correction: Oil Leak-Arkansas story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 04:09
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — In a story April 22 about a settlement involving an Arkansas oil spill, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of an Exxon Mobil Corp. spokesman. His name is Christian Flathman, not Christian Flatham. The AP also erroneously reported that the estimated amount of spilled oil was reduced as part of the settlement. That estimate was reduced before the settlement was reached.

Few vets getting care through $10 billion VA program

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 04:04

FILE - In this April 2, 2015, file photo, a visitor leaves the Sacramento Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Rancho Cordova, Calif. A new program that was supposed to get patients off waiting lists at Veterans Affairs medical centers by letting them switch to private-sector doctors is proving to be an even bigger disappointment than initially thought. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A new program that was supposed to get patients off waiting lists at Veterans Affairs medical centers by letting them switch to private-sector doctors is proving to be an even bigger disappointment than initially thought.


Profiles of 4 killed by drones: aid workers, terror suspects

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:59

FILE - This image made from video released anonymously to reporters in Pakistan on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, which is consistent with other AP reporting, shows Warren Weinstein, a 72-year-old American development worker who was kidnapped in Pakistan by al-Qaida in 2011. The White House says Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian held by the terror organization since 2012, were inadvertently killed during U.S. counterterrorism operations in a border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan in January 2015. In addition, the U.S. believes that two Americans who were working with al-Qaida were also killed. (AP Photo via AP video, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at the lives of four men — two Western hostages and two American terror suspects — who were killed by CIA drone strikes in Pakistan.


San Diego man charged in terrorism case involving Syria fighting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:59
A 24-year-old San Diego man was charged on Thursday with lying about his involvement with Islamic militants fighting in Syria, the Justice Department said. Mohamad Saeed Kodaimati faced two counts of making false statements involving international terrorism matters in U.S. District Court of the Southern District of California. Saeed, who was born in Syria and is a naturalized U.S. citizen, is accused of making false statements during interviews with the FBI and other U.S. authorities at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, in March, the Justice Department said.

Listeria concerns spark recall by Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:53
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is recalling all its products from retailers and closing ice cream shops in six states over concerns about possible listeria contamination.

California inmate dies of unknown causes after 25 years on death row

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:52
A California inmate who spent 25 years on death row for the murder of a brain-damaged woman has died of unknown causes, making him the third condemned prisoner to die this year in a state that has not carried out an execution in nearly a decade. Raymond Edward Steele, 67, was found unresponsive in his cell in San Quentin prison and pronounced dead at about 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said. If his death is determined to be from natural causes, Steele's case is likely to add fuel to an ongoing controversy about the death penalty in the most populous U.S. state, where nearly 70 inmates have succumbed to old age and other ailments since 1978. The two other death row inmates who died this year passed away of natural causes.

Seattle suspends plan to fine residents over food scraps in garbage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:50
Seattle has suspended plans to fine homeowners who fail to comply with the city's food waste composting program, which has seen early success but also a lack of awareness over the rules, a public utility official said on Thursday. The West Coast city, seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change, last year became the second major U.S. city after San Francisco to pass a law prohibiting most food or food scraps from being disposed of in residential and commercial garbage. The city authorized a plan to impose a $1 fine on residents each time they filled a significant portion of their home garbage with compostable waste, such as food scraps and paper products.

SkyWest unclear on why plane passengers lost consciousness

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:48

Emergency vehicles surround a SkyWest Airlines plane, operating as United Express, that made an emergency landing at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Cheektowaga, N.Y. A SkyWest spokeswoman said one passenger aboard Flight 5622, lost consciousness and the pilots rapidly descended "out of an abundance of caution." (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)A day after three passengers lost consciousness on a commercial plane traveling from Chicago to Hartford, Connecticut, airline officials remained unclear on what had caused the travelers to pass out. The pilot of SkyWest Airlines flight 5622, operating as United Express, began a rapid descent of the plane after learning that a passenger had passed out from possible cabin pressure issues, said airline spokeswoman Marissa Snow. After making an emergency landing in Buffalo, New York, medics on the ground determined that two additional passengers sitting nearby had also lost consciousness, Snow said. The airline said the three affected passengers had been seated near one another in rows 11 and 12 in the middle of the plane.


American Indian actors quit Adam Sandler movie over names

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:43
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group of American Indian actors have walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie over complaints about stereotypes and offensive names.

Phoenix police arrest WNBA star Griner and fiancee for assault

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:42

WNBA players Griner and Johnson are shown in this combo of police booking photos in PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - U.S. women's basketball star Brittney Griner and her fiancee, fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson, have been arrested on disorderly conduct and assault charges after a fight at their Phoenix home, police said. Griner, who has played with the Phoenix Mercury team since 2013, and Johnson, who plays for the Tulsa Shock, were booked into the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix on Wednesday and released early on Thursday, authorities said.


Loretta Lynch Confirmed as Attorney General

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:42
The Senate narrowly confirmed Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general Thursday, 166 days after she was first nominated for the post.

Jury to rehear investigators' testimony in Etan Patz case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:31
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York jury deliberating at the trial of a man accused of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts) in 1979 has asked to hear hours of testimony from two federal agents who investigated another suspect.

Major Florida school district dumps almost all yearend testing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:15
By David Adams and Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - The Miami school district, the nation's fourth largest, said on Thursday it was eliminating most end-of-course exams, including all those for elementary school students, the latest blow to standardized testing in the state. "We have taken a responsible and logical approach to assessing students, in order to restore valuable teaching and learning time," Alberto Carvalho, the superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, said in an announcement on Facebook. The move comes amid mounting statewide pressure to roll back standardized testing in Florida public schools, as well as recent computer glitches on computerized tests. It is also puts a dent in the educational legacy of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, a possible Republican presidential candidate, who championed standardized testing while in office to grade schools and teachers based on student achievement.

Philadelphia college mistakenly congratulates the rejected

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:15

Philadelphia college mistakenly congratulates the rejectedDrexel University in Philadelphia is apologizing to hundreds of applicants who were denied admission but then mistakenly received follow-up emails congratulating them on getting in.


Pennsylvania university sends 495 false acceptance-like emails

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:14
By Elizabeth Daley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Drexel University mistakenly sent emails to 495 non-admitted students indicating they had been accepted to the Philadelphia university, a school spokeswoman said on Thursday.  The emails, which were delivered this week as a follow-up to acceptance letters, were "inadvertently sent to 495 applicants who had previously been denied admission to Drexel or who had incomplete applications," according to university spokeswoman Niki Gianakaris. Upon realizing the error, the university sent out emails within hours to the rejected students apologizing for the mistake, Gianakaris said. With an increasing reliance on email to deliver acceptance letters, the university is not the first to deal a blow to prospective students. In February, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh mistakenly sent out 800 acceptance emails to students who had been rejected from its small prestigious graduate program in computer science.  "You are one of the select few," the congratulatory email said.

Rights group to probe Baltimore man's death, cites no confidence in police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:13

Demonstrators protest outside of the Baltimore Police Department's Western District police station during a rally for Freddie Gray, in BaltimoreBy Ian Simpson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - The U.S. Southern Christian Leadership Conference will independently investigate the death of a black Baltimore man in police custody, with the local head of the civil rights group saying it lacked confidence in a police probe into the death. The man, Freddie Gray, 27, was arrested on April 12 and died on Sunday. Cortly Witherspoon, head of the Baltimore chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said the SCLC had hired Cherry Hill, New Jersey, investigator Terence Jones to look into Gray's death. "We're here to fight for justice for Freddie Gray," Witherspoon said on the street corner where Gray was arrested.


Man fatally shot by police outside NY bar; weapon recovered

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:12

Police gather evidence at the scene of a shooting, Thursday, April 23, 2015 in the Jamaica, Queens section of New York. According to police a man suspected of firing a gun inside a New York City bar was killed in a police-involved shooting after he fired at responding officers Wednesday evening. (Mike Balsamo via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — A man who fired his gun inside a New York City bar was fatally shot by two police officers after he shot at police chasing him on foot, the authorities said Thursday.