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US mulls Middle East-North Africa category for 2020 census

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 10:41

Hassan Jaber, Executive Director, ACCESS and a member of a census advisory board on racial and ethnic populations is shown in Dearborn, Mich., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Arab Americans seeking to be counted by the Census are making progress on the policy front but still face political and public obstacles. A proposed “Middle Eastern or North African” category on the 2020 Census is expected to be tested nationally later this year and the bureau is currently inviting comments on the collection of this and other information. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — The federal government is considering allowing those of Middle Eastern and North African descent to identify as such on the next 10-year census, which could give Arab-Americans and other affected groups greater political clout and access to public funding, among other things.

Air Force instructor gets 20 years in prison for rapes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 10:32
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A military jury has sentenced a U.S. Air Force instructor to 20 years in prison for raping two women, including a recruit he was training two decades ago at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

Sheriff: Gun in City Hall shooting came from straw buyer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 10:09
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The shotgun used by a man who was killed in a confrontation with police outside a City Hall meeting in suburban Minneapolis was illegally channeled to him by a straw buyer, a sheriff said Friday night.

Connecticut legislature approves NRA-opposed judge nominee

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 10:02
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut House and Senate have voted overwhelmingly to confirm a state judge nominee who was opposed by the National Rifle Association and other groups because she supported a gun control bill approved in the wake of the Newtown school shooting.

Rap mogul Suge Knight arrested in fatal hit-and-run in Los Angeles

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 09:53

Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies and investigators stand near the scene where a pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run crash reportedly involving rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, in Compton, CaliforniaBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday after police said he ran over two people with a pickup truck at a fast food restaurant in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, killing one and injuring the other before fleeing. Knight, the 49-year-old co-founder of Death Row Records, was booked at about 3 a.m. (1100 GMT) and was being held in lieu of $2 million bail, the department said. The Thursday afternoon incident took place after Knight drove up to a burger shop in Compton, south of downtown Los Angeles, and began arguing with two people outside, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lieutenant John Corina said.

No charges in attempted carjacking of Homeland Security agent in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 09:49

No charges in reported carjacking attempt of Homeland Security agent in WilmingtonAuthorities say no charges will be filed against a man taken into custody after an attempted carjacking of a Homeland Security special agent in Wilmington, Delaware.

Finished: Pit to access broken Seattle tunneling machine

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 09:49
SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Transportation Department says the contractor building a highway tunnel under downtown Seattle has finished digging a 120-foot-deep pit that can be used to access and repair the broken tunneling machine.

Uber says outside review shows customer data safe, private

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 09:32
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber Technologies says that if you catch a ride with one of its drivers, your personal and financial data are safe — from Uber itself.

Second California patient tests negative for Ebola hours after first

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 09:31
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Two patients hospitalized in Sacramento, California, and tested for possible Ebola infection were found to be free of the deadly virus within hours of each other on Friday. The first patient, whose case came to light on Thursday, was transferred that day to the University of California-Davis Medical Center from a smaller hospital after having traveled recently in West Africa and exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms, officials said. Health authorities would not say whether they believed the two cases to be related or whether the second patient had traveled recently in West Africa, epicenter of the worst Ebola epidemic on record, as had the first. The back-to-back Ebola inquiries came five months after another person in Sacramento was hospitalized for testing and also found free of the disease.

Sumptuous seaside hotel sells for record-shattering $360M

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 09:23
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — An exceedingly opulent seaside resort in Southern California has sold for an eye-popping $360 million.

Stanford ex-student denies rape of unconscious woman outside frat

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 09:23
A member of the Stanford University swim team charged with rape after he was seen on top of a motionless woman outside a fraternity told police she consented to being fondled and they both were drinking, according to an account presented in court. Freshman Brock Allen Turner, 19, an Ohio native, has been charged with five felonies, including rape, rape of an intoxicated person, rape of an unconscious person and assault. The woman was unresponsive when police found her on the ground outside a Kappa Alpha fraternity party at the prestigious university south of San Francisco early on Jan. 18. She did not become responsive until more than three hours later in the hospital, according to documents filed in Santa Clara County court and read to Reuters by the local prosecutor's office.

Treasurer McCord to plead guilty in campaign finance case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 09:17

FILE - In this May 8, 2014 file photo, Pennsylvania state treasurer Rob McCord waits for the start of a Pennsylvania Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Debate in Philadelphia. McCord said in a video released by his lawyer Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, that he is resigning immediately and plans to plead guilty to federal charging that involve him telling two potential campaign contributors during the 2014 gubernatorial primary that he could make it difficult for them to continue to do business with the state. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Rob McCord, who resigned abruptly Friday after serving six years as Pennsylvania's elected treasurer, plans to plead guilty to federal charges accusing him of using his office to threaten potential campaign donors during his failed gubernatorial primary race last year.

More measles cases found in California

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 09:13
LOS ANGELES (AP) — More measles cases have been found in California, health officials said Friday.

Amended lawsuit filed in police shooting of Cleveland boy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 08:40
CLEVELAND (AP) — An amended wrongful death lawsuit over a Cleveland policeman's fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy includes claims related to his parents and sister and references to other use-of-force cases.

Ohio postpones all 2015 executions as it secures new drugs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 08:35
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Ohio will postpone all six executions scheduled for 2015 because it needs more time to prepare for a new execution procedure and to secure a new supply of execution drugs, the state's prison department said on Friday. Earlier this month, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction halted use of the two-drug lethal injection combination of the sedative midazolam and painkiller hydromorphone after the protracted death of an inmate last year. The state prison system wants to add a drug, thiopental sodium, previously used for lethal injections from 1999 to 2011, and pentobarbital as the two drugs permitted for lethal injections in the future. Ohio and other states with the death penalty are seeking new execution drug formulations after some pharmaceutical companies stopped supplying products because they no longer wanted to be associated with capital punishment.

Venezuela uses detained reporter in tourism promo

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 08:34

In this Nov. 10, 2013 photo, colleague Luisa Yanez, left, gives Jim Wyss, a welcome hug upon his arrival at the Miami International Airport in Miami. A short-lived promo posted to Twitter by Venezuelan tourism officials to highlight the nation's openness to foreigners featured Wyss who had been detained while covering the country's elections. Earlier this week, the promo ran on the Twitter feed of the state-run Telesur television with a tag-line that read, translated from Spanish, "We love Venezuela for receiving foreigners like one of our own." (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Carl Juste)MIAMI (AP) — A short-lived promo posted to Twitter by Venezuelan tourism officials to highlight the nation's openness to foreigners featured a Miami Herald reporter who had been detained while covering the country's elections.

Colorado considers ban on welfare cards at pot shops

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 08:24

An ATM is positioned inside a marijuana store, in Boulder, Colo., Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Colorado state lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit cards can’t be used at pot dispensary ATMs. A bill facing its first hearing next week in the state Senate would add marijuana businesses and strip clubs to the list of Colorado businesses where public benefits cards - called EBTs - can’t be used to withdraw cash. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)Welfare money or food stamps for marijuana? It's an urban legend that won't go away in Colorado, and state lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit cards can't be used ...

Judge: Funeral home wrongly sold Lee Harvey Oswald's casket

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 08:22

This file photo shows reporters that were enlisted to act as pall bearers at the interment of Lee Harvey Oswald at the Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas. A Tarrant County judge on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, said the original casket in which Lee Harvey Oswald was buried belongs to Oswald's brother, not the funeral home that auctioned it off for more than $87,000. The judge ordered the funeral home to pay the same amount of money in damages to Robert Oswald, saying its conduct was "malicious and wanton." Pallbearers from left end - Jerry Flemmons with crewcut and no glasses. In front of Flemmons are reporters Ed Horn and Mike Cochran. Funeral director Paul J. Groody was among the pallbearers. On the far side of the casket are Jon McConal, rear, and Preston McGraw, front. The pallbearer obscured behind Groody could not be identified. (AP Photo/Gene Gordon, File)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A funeral home that sold Lee Harvey Oswald's pine casket for $87,468 must return it to the accused presidential assassin's brother, a judge ruled Friday.

Wisconsin team works to defend snow sculpting championship

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 08:20

CORRECTS SPELLING OF LAKE GENEVA - In this photo taken Jan. 29, 2015, in Lake Geneva, Wis., sculptor David Andrews, of one of the Wisconsin teams, carves a nine-foot high block of snow during the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship. He and his various teams have won seven national championships. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin snow sculpting team that won the last two national championships is trying to defend its trophy in Lake Geneva.

Ex-New Jersey pharmacist gets more than 6 years in prison for trying to make ricin

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 08:20
(Reuters) - A former New Jersey pharmacist has been sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison for "attempting to weaponize" the deadly toxins ricin and abrin and for possessing equipment for making illegal narcotics, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. Jordan Gonzalez, 34, pleaded guilty in May 2014 in federal court in New Jersey. In addition to the prison term "for attempting to weaponize the lethal toxins" and possessing a prohibited flask with the intention of using it to produce illegal narcotics, U.S. District Judge Mary Cooper sentenced Gonzalez to five years of supervised release, the Justice Department said in a statement. Gonzalez was arrested in November 2013 after law enforcement officials tracked several suspicious deliveries to his New York City apartment, including a kilogram of a toxic and explosive compound, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has said.