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Sanders rejects deal on Puerto Rico, offers alternative

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 04:08

Supporters wait for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to speak in East Los AngelesDemocratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders on Monday rejected a bipartisan deal reached in the House of Representatives on legislation to address Puerto Rico's debt crisis, calling it a concession to Wall Street. Breaking with the Obama administration, Sanders called on Senate colleagues to instead back an alternative he has proposed to allow the U.S. territory the same access to restructure its debt in bankruptcy court that is afforded to municipalities. Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives last week unveiled a bill, hammered out in talks between lawmakers from both parties, that included a framework for restructuring Puerto Rico's $70 billion in debt and putting the island's financial operations under the control of a federal oversight board.


Mexican-American textbook stirs cultural debate in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 03:56
HOUSTON (AP) — A textbook proposed to help teach the cultural history of Mexican-Americans in Texas public schools is under scrutiny by scholars, some of whom decry the effort as racist and not a reflection of serious academic study.

Feds: Detroit paid $1.27M for tutoring that wasn't provided

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 03:55
DETROIT (AP) — A woman who retired from Detroit Public Schools after nearly 40 years created several companies and billed the struggling district for at least $1.27 million for tutoring services that weren't provided, authorities said Monday.

Virginia GOP file lawsuit to block felons from voting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 03:53
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republicans asked state's highest court Monday to block more than 200,000 felons from voting in November, arguing that Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe abused his power by restoring the voting rights of thousands of convicts who've completed their sentences.

Kansas man pleads guilty to aiding foiled bomb plot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 03:45
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A man accused of aiding a foiled plot to bomb a Kansas military post on behalf of the Islamic State group pleaded guilty to conspiracy on Monday, admitting that he loaned a friend money to store the explosives that he intended to use in the attack.

Iran and India sign port deal, other economic agreements

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 03:30

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, walks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during an official welcoming ceremony at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran, Iran, Monday, May 23, 2016. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — India said Monday it will invest up to $500 million in a deal to develop a strategic port in Iran and both countries planned a number of projects they say are worth hundreds of millions of dollars.


Virginia GOP sues governor over restoring voting rights to felons

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 03:27

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Clinton and Virginia Governor McAuliffe rally with supporters at Lake Taylor Senior High School in NorfolkVirginia Republicans on Monday sued to nullify Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe’s order restoring voting rights to 206,000 felons, a move that could affect the November presidential election. The lawsuit in the Virginia Supreme Court asked justices to require the voting registrars not to sign up felons based on McAuliffe’s April 22 order and to cancel felons' registrations since the order was issued. "The Governor is authorized to restore the voting rights of any convicted felon through an individualized grant of clemency, but he may not issue a blanket restoration of voting rights,” the lawsuit said.


Supreme Court again rejects Illinois ex-governor's corruption appeal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 03:24

Former Governor of Illinois Blagojevich makes a statement to reporters outside his Chicago homeThe court denied a request by Blagojevich to reconsider its March decision not to take up his appeal of a July 2015, ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld most of his convictions. Prosecutors said Blagojevich was at the center of a conspiracy to seek cash, campaign contributions and jobs for himself and others in exchange for state appointments, state business, legislation and pension fund investments. Among those actions were attempts to leverage his authority as governor to appoint a U.S. senator from Illinois when Barack Obama left his Senate seat after being elected president in 2008, prosecutors said.


Viacom CEO sues to be restored to Redstone trust

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 03:23

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 13, 2012, file photo, Viacom Inc. CEO Philippe Dauman waits for the start of an event in Washington. Dauman, Viacom's embattled chief executive, has sued to be restored as a trustee and director to entities that control Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. after a move by media mogul Sumner Redstone that stripped him of the positions. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Viacom's embattled chief executive sued Monday to be restored as a director and trustee to entities that control Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. after a weekend move by media mogul Sumner Redstone stripped him of the positions.


Smoky Mountains Park euthanizes wrong bear after hiker bitten

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 03:13

Handout photo of a black bear in LouisianaOn May 13, before results came back from the DNA testing on the samples, park service wildlife officials confronted a 400-pound (180 kg) male black bear and tranquilized it. Wildlife biologists examined the bear and noted dental-canine injuries consistent with the hiker's wounds, said Dana Soehn, spokeswoman for the park, which straddles the Tennessee-North Carolina border. The biologists decided to euthanize the bear because it was too big to be carried for six miles from the back-country to a place it could be confined while awaiting the test results, and they could not fit a tracking collar on its head, she added.


Trial is underway for Ohio father of decomposed child

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 03:07
MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — A trial has begun for the father of a 21-month-old Ohio girl whose decomposed body was found in a crib.

New Mexico is first to sue EPA, mine owners over 2015 spill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 03:03

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, people kayak in the Animas River near Durango, Colo., in water colored from a mine waste spill. The federal government and Colorado have made little progress in remedying damages from the 2015 release of millions of gallons of wastewater from a southern Colorado mine, New Mexico's top prosecutor charged in a pair of scathing letters sent to officials on Friday, May 20, 2016.(Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDITALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico became the first state to sue the federal government and the owners of two mines over the release of 3 million gallons of wastewater from a southern Colorado mine, seeking tens of millions of dollars Monday for environmental and economic damage caused by the spill.


Florida police say officer shot man after car chase

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 02:57
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer in Florida has shot a man following a car chase.

Obama banishing Vietnam War vestige by lifting arms embargo

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 02:52

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang shake hands at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, Monday, May 23, 2016. The president is on a weeklong trip to Asia as part of his effort to pay more attention to the region and boost economic and security cooperation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Eager to banish lingering shadows of the Vietnam War, President Barack Obama lifted the U.S. embargo on selling arms to America's former enemy Monday and made the case for a more trusting and prosperous relationship going forward. Activists said the president was being too quick to gloss over serious human rights abuses in his push to establish warmer ties.


Burlington City High student struck, killed; driver charged with DUI

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 02:52

Burlington City High student struck, killed; driver charged with DUIA man has been charged with DUI after, police say, he struck and killed a 17-year-old Burlington City High School student.


Supreme Court rules for black Georgia death row inmate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 02:47

 Protesters unfurl a banner as police look on outside the U.S. Supreme Court in WashingtonThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday effectively overturned a black man’s 1987 conviction for murdering a white woman, rebuking Georgia prosecutors for unlawfully excluding black potential jurors in picking an all-white jury that condemned him to death. The 7-1 ruling handed a major victory to Timothy Foster, who is 48 now and was 18 at the time of the 1986 killing of Queen Madge White, a 79-year-old retired schoolteacher, in Rome, Georgia. Prosecutors, however, still could seek a new trial.


Judge axes home confinement for ex-cop in Katrina shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 02:44
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former police officer convicted in deadly shootings at a New Orleans bridge following Hurricane Katrina won't be allowed to finish his prison sentence at home.

Chambers urge Oklahoma lawmakers to kill transgender bill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 02:38
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Chambers of commerce in Oklahoma's two largest cities are urging state lawmakers to kill a bill that could require school districts to provide separate restrooms for students who object to sharing restrooms with transgender students.

How would Bayer-Monsanto affect workers, farmers, investors?

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 02:38

FILE - The Oct. 2, 2013 file photo shows the logo of Bayer at the Berlin Brandenburg Airport in Schoenefeld, Germany. German drug and chemicals company Bayer AG says it has made a $62 billion offer to buy U.S.-based crops and seeds specialist Monsanto Company. Bayer said Monday, May 23, 2016 that the all-cash offer values Monsanto shares at $122 each. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Bayer wants to buy Monsanto for $62 billion, hooking up the German chemical and drug company with the St. Louis-based producer of seeds and weed-killers.


The Latest: Remains of New Orleans WWII veteran return home

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 02:37
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the return of the remains of Pvt. Earl Joseph Keating to New Orleans (all times local):