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New York deal on horse-drawn carriages collapses in blow to mayor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 03:21

File photo of a horse pulling a carriage in traffic near Central Park in the Manhattan borough of New YorkA plan to rein in New York City's horse-drawn carriages, a long-time Central Park tourist attraction, has collapsed after the labor union that helped negotiate the deal withdrew its support, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday. The abrupt reversal came just one day before the City Council was set to vote on a bill that would have cut the number of carriage horses from 220 to 95. The Teamsters local that represents carriage drivers had worked with de Blasio to craft a compromise that stopped short of a total ban.


APNewsBreak: Officials warned of water, Legionnaires' link

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 03:17

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2012 file photo, Gov. Rick Snyder speaks in Lansing, Mich. When Snyder disclosed a spike in Legionnaires’ cases in Flint, Mich., on Jan. 13, 2016, he said he had learned about it just a couple days earlier. Internal emails however show high-ranking officials in Snyder’s administration were aware of a surge in Legionnaires’ disease potentially linked to Flint’s water long before the governor reported the increase to the public last month. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)LANSING, Mich. (AP) — High-ranking officials in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration were aware of a surge in Legionnaires' disease potentially linked to Flint's water long before the governor reported the increase to the public last month, internal emails show.


Texas prosecutor offers probation to anti-abortion activist behind video

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 03:15

A member of the New York Police Department stands outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Ruthy Munoz HOUSTON (Reuters) - An anti-abortion activist indicted for using a fake driver's license ID to aid secret filming inside Planned Parenthood facilities turned himself into authorities in Houston on Thursday and was offered a probation deal, prosecutors said. David Daleiden, indicted in January by a Houston-area grand jury, appeared at Harris County District Court on a charge of tampering with a governmental record, which can bring up to 20 years in prison. Daleiden leads the California-based Center for Medical Progress that released the secretly filmed videos used to accuse the women's health group of trading in aborted fetal tissue.


AP: Officials warned of Flint water, Legionnaires' link

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 03:15

 Officials warned of Flint water, Legionnaires' linkInternal emails show that high-ranking officials in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration were aware of a surge in Legionnaires' disease potentially linked to Flint's water long before the governor reported the increase to the public.


Governor's tweet questioned in Phoenix freeway shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 03:15
PHOENIX (AP) — Attorneys for a man accused of some of the metro Phoenix freeway shootings want to ask Gov. Doug Ducey about a tweet he sent out minutes after their client's arrest.

The Latest: More than 5 years cut from ex-cop's sentence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 03:12
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The latest on the federal resentencing hearing of Gregory McRae, a former New Orleans police officer convicted in connection with burning the body of a man who had been shot by another officer following Hurricane Katrina (all times local):

Email warned governor's aide early of possible link between Legionnaires' surge, Flint water

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 03:08
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Email warned governor's aide early of possible link between Legionnaires' surge, Flint water.

Man injured in afternoon shooting in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 03:06

Man injured in afternoon shooting in KensingtonPhiladelphia police are investigating a Thursday afternoon shooting in Kensington.


Ape at Utah zoo predicts Panthers to win Super Bowl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 03:02

Tuah, an orangutan at Hogle Zoo looks at helmets in his enclosure in Salt Lake City, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, after selecting the Carolina Panthers to win the Super Bowl over the Denver Broncos. (Ravell Call /The Deseret News via AP) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUTSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An ape at the Salt Lake City zoo has predicted the Carolina Panthers will win the Super Bowl.


Pennsylvania governor to address budget amid bitter divide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 02:49

Newly inaugurated Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf arrives at his "Let's Get Started" celebration at Hershey LodgPennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is expected to unveil his proposal for the state's 2017 budget on Tuesday even though state lawmakers have yet to fully agree on the current spending plan that has languished half-baked as political acrimony has escalated. The state still has only a partial $23.4 billion emergency budget in place nearly a year after Wolf made his 2016 budget proposal the first time, for $29.9 billion. "It's a gigantic cloud hanging over this year's process," said Christopher Borick, associate political science professor at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, of the impasse and partial budget.


Prosecutor: 2 of 3 teens charged in Seattle homeless camp killings to be tried as adults

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 02:48
SEATTLE (AP) — Prosecutor: 2 of 3 teens charged in Seattle homeless camp killings to be tried as adults.

Convicted child killer apologizes, claims better mind state

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 02:40
MIAMI (AP) — Convicted child killer Michael Hernandez apologized Thursday for fatally stabbing his middle school friend in 2004 and claimed he has gained control over the twisted thoughts about violence and serial killers that led him to commit the crime.

SS United States could be turned into luxury cruise ship

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 02:39

SS United States could be turned into luxury cruise shipThe SS United States, an ocean liner bigger than the Titanic that once carried celebrities across the Atlantic at record speeds, may one day sail again.


Kansas university mason finds 88-year-old note at stadium

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 02:25
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A mason working on a Kansas university building has found an 88-year-old handwritten note that gives a glimpse into the lives of laborers in 1928.

Historic ocean liner could be turned into luxury cruise ship

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 02:20

SS United States Conservancy Executive Director Susan Gibbs, left, and Crystal Cruises President & CEO Edie Rodriquez unveil an artist rendering of the SS United States, in New York, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. The conservation group and cruise line announced plans to overhaul the ocean liner, that once carried celebrities across the Atlantic at record speeds in its prime, but has been rotting on the Philadelphia waterfront for two decades. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — The SS United States, an ocean liner bigger than the Titanic that once carried celebrities across the Atlantic at record speeds, may one day sail again.


Civil rights activist DeRay McKesson running for mayor of Baltimore

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 02:17
McKesson, who filed his paperwork minutes before Wednesday's deadline, is among more than a dozen Democrats heading to an April primary. The 30-year-old son of two now-recovered drug addicts, McKesson rose to prominence during the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the police killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown and has become one of the nation's best-known civil rights leaders. "I am not the silver bullet for the challenges of our city - ?no one individual is," McKesson said on Wednesday in a post on the blog publishing platform Medium.

Explosives threat one of many due to 'Making a Murderer'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 02:14

FILE - In this March 13, 2007 file photo, Steven Avery listens to testimony in the courtroom at the Calumet County Courthouse in Chilton, Wis. Authorities say a caller who phoned in a bomb threat Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, to the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office made an apparent reference to "getting justice" for Avery, the man at the center of the "Making a Murderer" documentary. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — Bomb threats to a Wisconsin county sheriff's office that made an apparent reference to "getting justice" for the convict profiled in the popular Netflix series "Making a Murderer" are the latest in a long string of threats made to the department and its officers since the series went online, officials said Thursday.


Salt mining still idle at NY site where workers were rescued

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 01:59
LANSING, N.Y. (AP) — Mining operations remain suspended at a central New York salt mine nearly a month after 17 workers were rescued from an elevator stuck 900 feet underground.

Tesla gigafactory job creation slower than first projected

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 01:53
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Electric carmaker Tesla's northern Nevada battery plant is creating jobs more slowly than first projected, although state officials say it's still making satisfactory progress.

Exclusive: New U.S. bill being drafted to reform human trafficking rankings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 01:33

Fatima from Uzbekistan, a resident of the City of Hope shelter for women, looks in the mirror in Dubai February 14, 2008.By Matt Spetalnick and Jason Szep WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading U.S. lawmaker on human rights has begun drafting legislation to seek major reforms in how the State Department ranks countries on human trafficking, in response to concerns that the latest annual report was watered down for political reasons. U.S. Representative Chris Smith said the bill, which he expects to finalize in a month and introduce in the House of Representatives in six weeks, will call for some of the biggest changes in a decade in how Washington grades global efforts against modern slavery. The move follows a Reuters investigation that found that senior diplomats inflated assessments of 14 strategically important countries in the State Department's 2015 report.