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Christie says he deserves media apology over bridge scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:25

Christie says he deserves media apology over bridge scandalGov. Chris Christie says he deserves an apology from the media for its coverage of the George Washington Bridge scandal.


Husband gets life for arranging for girlfriend to kill wife in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:24
Kashif Parvaiz, 30, of Brooklyn, New York, was convicted in February of arranging for his girlfriend to shoot his wife to death and wound him, making it look like a random attack, according to Morris County prosecutors. "The court imposed a severe sentence which was certainly justified by the horrific and cowardly acts of the unrepentant defendant," prosecutor Fredric Knapp said in a statement. The girlfriend, Antoinette Stephen, pleaded guilty to murder in May 2013 and testified against Parvaiz at his trial.

Boy Scouts' leader says ban on gay adults not sustainable

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:23

FILE - In this Friday, May 23, 2014 file photo, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates addresses the Boy Scouts of America's annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., after being selected as the organization's new president. On Thursday Gates said that the organization's longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable, and called for change in order to avert potentially destructive legal battles. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization's longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable and called for change in order to prevent "the end of us as a national movement."


Days after Waco, South Carolina braces for bikers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:21

In this photo taken Tuesday, May 19, 2015, motorcyclists ride through Myrtle Beach, S.C. Tens of thousands of bilkers are expected in the area this Memorial Day weekend for the annual Atlantic Beach Bikefest that begins in the predominantly black hamlet of Atlantic Beach on Friday, May 22. After violence in nearby communities left three dead last year, visitors will be greeted with increased security measures. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)ATLANTIC BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Tens of thousands of bikers are expected to descend on South Carolina's Myrtle Beach area this Memorial Day weekend — and when they do, they'll be met with heavy security.


Senate Democrats demand more money for Amtrak repair backlog

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:19

FILE - In this May 12, 2015 file photo, emergency personnel work the scene of a deadly train wreck in Philadelphia. An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia. Senate Democrats are demanding more money for Amtrak so the railroad can tackle a $21 billion backlog in repair and replacement projects. They say that backlog compromises safety and service.(AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Thursday demanded that Republicans provide more money for Amtrak so the railroad can tackle a $21 billion maintenance and repair backlog, including replacing tunnels more than a century old.


1 family member dead, 2 critical in New Castle incident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:18

1 family member dead, 2 critical in New Castle incidentPolice are investigating the death of a woman and the hospitalization of two of her family members in New Castle, Delaware.


Suspect in shooting of South Carolina sheriff's deputy killed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:15
Jerome Thomas Caldwell, 32, died from gunshot wounds after running from the back of the building and firing at police just blocks from Charleston's main shopping and tourist district. Police returned fire and struck Caldwell, Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen said at a press conference. Caldwell was the masked gunman who ambushed and shot Berkeley County sheriff's deputy Will Rogers last Thursday night at a gas station about 30 miles from Charleston, police said.

Critics bash Louisiana governor on 'religious freedom' order

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:14
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — "Arrogant" and "cynical" — that's what Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called President Barack Obama last fall after the president issued an executive order addressing the hot-button social issue of illegal immigration.

Boy Scouts president says ban on gay leaders needs to end

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:10

Boy Scout Casey Chambers carries a rainbow flag during the San Francisco Gay Pride Festival in CaliforniaBy Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates said on Thursday the group's ban on adult gay leaders needs to end, taking a step toward dismantling a policy that has caused deep rifts in the 105-year-old organization. Gates said at the group's national meeting in Atlanta he does not plan to revoke the charters of Boy Scout councils that allow gay leaders, according to a text of the speech, which could significantly weaken enforcement of the ban. The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained," said Gates, who as U.S. secretary of defense helped end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that barred openly gay individuals from serving in the military.


Judge dismisses domestic violence charges against Ray Rice

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:01

Judge dismisses domestic violence charges against Ray RiceA judge on Thursday dismissed domestic violence charges against Ray Rice.


Lumber Liquidators CEO quits 'unexpectedly'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 04:57

Lumber Liquidators CEO quits 'unexpectedly'Lumber Liquidators CEO Robert Lynch has abruptly quit the company that is embroiled in an investigation over products imported from China.


U.S. extends oversight of GM's handling of safety issues

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 04:49

File photo of General Motors logo outside its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in DetroitU.S. regulators will oversee General Motors Co's decision-making about potential vehicle safety issues for an additional year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday. The extension requires GM to continue submitting reports to the agency and meeting with staff so that regulators can monitor the automaker's process of investigating potential safety issues, the agency said. Patrick Morrissey, a spokesman for GM, said in a statement that the monthly meetings with regulators required as part of the oversight program fostered a relationship focused on safety.


Senate Democrats press for Amtrak funding increase

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 04:46
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats from the Northeast, where the Amtrak rail service is considered essential, vowed on Thursday, in the wake of a deadly train crash, to fight Republican budget cuts for the passenger line, while acknowledging more funding would be hard to win. Strict spending caps on the U.S. budget would have to be eased, but Senator Charles Schumer and eight other Democrats from the region said they would press for Amtrak to be funded at the $2.45 billion level requested by President Barack Obama. One day after an Amtrak train derailed on May 12 near Philadelphia, killing eight passengers, the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee approved a $1.14 billion Amtrak budget, a $252 million cut from fiscal 2015.

19 guns stolen from Collingdale gun shop; 2 vehicles sought

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 04:33

19 guns stolen from Collingdale gun shop; 2 vehicles soughtPolice are investigating a burglary at a gun shop in Collingdale, Pennsylvania early Thursday morning.


Suit filed over South Carolina war memorial that separates dead by race

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 04:30
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Five veterans have sued South Carolina for the right to replace bronze plaques on a public memorial that separate those who died in the country's two world wars under the headings of "white" and "colored." "We just did not think it was appropriate to honor those who died for our country in such a segregationist fashion," said attorney Clarence Rauch Wise, who sued on behalf of the veterans in Greenwood, South Carolina. The Greenwood memorial was erected in 1929 to honor local residents who died in World War One and was later updated to add World War Two dead. The law was intended to protect a new monument to the Confederate dead on the State House grounds.

Lumber Liquidators CEO quits, catching company off guard

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 04:30

In this photo taken March 13, 2015, Rob Lynch, CEO of Lumber Liquidators, poses for a photo at the quality testing lab at a Lumber Liquidators distribution center in Sandston, Va. The company said, Thursday, May 21, 2015, that Lynch resigned "unexpectedly." The company has been embroiled in an investigation over products imported from China. (Daniel Sangjib Min/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Lumber Liquidators CEO Robert Lynch has abruptly quit the company that is embroiled in an investigation over products imported from China.


Man who landed gyrocopter at US Capitol pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 04:28

Friend feared Capitol gyrocopter pilot would get shot downWASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida man who landed a gyrocopter at the U.S. Capitol said Thursday that he will never pull a similar stunt again — and doesn't recommend anyone else try it either.


Illinois lawmakers pass marijuana decriminalization bill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 04:28
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Illinois Senate on Thursday passed a bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, sending it to the governor for signature. The bill, which passed 37-19 vote, makes possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana a civil law violation punishable by a $125 fine. The measure was approved by the Illinois House of Representatives in April.

Army sergeant sentenced in 2013 Afghan fuel bribery scheme

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 04:18
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Georgia say an Army sergeant has been sentenced in a bribery scheme that involved Afghan truckers reselling military fuel on the black market.

Ex-NFL star Hernandez pleads not guilty to witness intimidation charge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 04:14

Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez listens as the guilty verdict is read during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall RiverBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Convicted murderer and former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges he intimidated a witness in a double-murder case against him by shooting the man in the face. Hernandez, 25, is accused of shooting former friend, Alexander Bradley, in February 2013 after he referred to the 2012 murders in Boston. Hernandez is awaiting trial on the double-murder charge, with a judge urging the trial begin in late November or early December.