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FBI finds faulty communication, no crime in prison probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 15:46

U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson, center, speaks to reporters on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Boise, Idaho. Olson announced the U.S. Justice Department would not press criminal charges in connection with a contract fraud investigation at a private Idaho prison. (AP Photo/Kimberlee Kruesi)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An FBI investigation into a scandal surrounding a private prison in Idaho turned up no evidence of crime, but it did show plenty of miscommunication and faulty assumptions between state agencies, federal prosecutors say.

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 15:34
"Every person can contribute something to the Islamic State. You can easily earn yourself a higher station with God almighty for the next life by sacrificing just a small bit of this worldly life." — Andre Poulin, a Canadian enlistee in the Islamic State group, in a videotaped statement that has been used by the extremists for online recruitment.

L.A. diner famed for 'Googie' architecture saved from threat of demolition

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 14:35

Customers dine at Norms Diner on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles diner celebrated as a classic example of mid-20th century Space Age-style Googie architecture was granted historic monument status by city officials on Wednesday, protecting it from the threat of demolition. The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously with three people absent to designate the 1956 Norms restaurant as a "historic-cultural monument," citing the need to preserve distinctive buildings of the city. Owners of the restaurant and cultural touchstone on La Cienega Boulevard had obtained a demolition permit earlier this year, prompting conservationists and officials to rally to preserve the site.

David Letterman signs off as late-night host

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 14:32

In this photo provided by CBS, actor Bill Murray, left, talks with host David Letterman after emerging from a cake to say good-bye, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, on the set of the “Late Show with David Letterman,” in New York. Letterman’s final show airs Wednesday, May 20. (John Paul Filo/CBS via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO ARCHIVE; NO SALES; NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLYNEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman ended his 33-year career as a late-night television host Wednesday, ushered into retirement by four presidents who declared "our long national nightmare is over" and saying there was nothing he could ever do to repay his audience.

Oil slicks spread 9 miles off California, foul beaches, air

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 13:34
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — An oil spill from a ruptured onshore pipeline that fouled beaches and threatened wildlife along a scenic stretch of the California coast spread across 9 miles of ocean Wednesday and officials said up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked out.

Oklahoma Attorney General assigns new prosecutor to sheriff probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 13:27

Handout of Reserve Deputy Robert Bates provided by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office in Tulsa(Reuters) - Oklahoma's Attorney General said on Wednesday he was assigning an outside prosecutor to the probe of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, which has been embroiled in controversy since a reserve deputy fatally shot a black suspect last month. Attorney General Scott Pruitt said the Tulsa County prosecutor had moved to recuse himself from the case due to a perceived conflict. Pruitt said he appointed Okmulgee County District Attorney Rob Barris to handle the case.

Small food makers on fast path to U.S. store shelves, threatening big producers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 13:24

Arctic Zero Chief Executive Amit Pandhi pictured with his company's frozen dessertSmall U.S. food manufacturers once toiled for decades to develop a critical mass of fans for their products. Now, an increasing number of privately-held players are going from garage to grocery store in fewer than five years thanks to an erosion of barriers to entry within the food industry. The trend is visible everywhere from gluten-free and organic foods to more traditional fare, according to interviews with half a dozen startups, as well as retailers and industry consultants.

China may have edge in race to build California's bullet train

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 13:17
By Robin Respaut and Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Chinese state firms are poised to be strong contenders in the race to make high-speed trains that will sprint between Los Angeles and San Francisco, part of a $68 billion project to bring the service to the United States for the first time. While "bullet train" manufacturers from Germany, Japan, South Korea, and France are expected to be among those jockeying for the estimated $1 billion train contract, China’s ability to offer low prices and hefty financing appear to make it the one to beat, say lobbyists and industry insiders. Lacking experience in the technology, California must turn to foreign firms to build the trains – albeit domestically and with American workers - setting off a geopolitical race to grab a foothold in the nascent U.S. high-speed rail industry.

Survey: US schools beef up safety measures

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:44

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2012, file photo, Carlee Soto uses a phone to get information about her sister, Victoria Soto, a teacher at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn., after a gunman killed over two dozen people, including 20 children. Victoria Soto, 27, was among those killed. U.S. public schools beefed up security measures with safety drills and parent notification systems in the years surrounding the massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to a government survey released Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. public schools beefed up security measures with safety drills and parent notification systems in the years surrounding the massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to a government survey released Thursday.

Third man charged with murder of missing Tennessee student

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:27

Zachary Rye 29, of Parsons, Tennessee is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters(Reuters) - A third man has been charged with murder in connection with the 2011 disappearance of a nursing student in Tennessee, prosecutors said on Wednesday. The Shelby County District Attorney's Office said Zachary Rye Adams, Jason Wayne Autry and John Dylan Adams had all been indicted on charges of premeditated first-degree murder, kidnapping and rape in the death of 20-year-old Holly Bobo. Zachary Adams and Autry had been charged previously with murder and kidnapping in the case.

Paul commandeers Senate to protest Patriot Act

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:04

In this image from Senate video, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and a Republican presidential contender, speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday afternoon, May 20, 2015, at the Capitol in Washington, during a long speech opposing renewal of the Patriot Act. Paul claimed he was filibustering, but under the Senate rules, he wasn’t. (Senate TV via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul commandeered the Senate floor Wednesday to deliver a nearly 11 hours-long protest against renewal of the Patriot Act, calling the post-Sept. 11 law government intrusion on Americans' privacy.

Study: Local lockups can be more pricey to run than thought

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:03
NEW YORK (AP) — Running a jail can be even more expensive than previously thought.

Police identify suspect in slaying of wealthy DC family

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:02

This combination of undated photos provided by the Washington, D.C., police shows Daron Dylon Wint. The police issued a news release late Wednesday, May 20, 2015, saying they are looking for Wint in connection with last Thursday's quadruple homicide of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper inside their multimillion-dollar home. (Metropolitan Police Department via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Police identified a suspect late Wednesday in the mysterious slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper inside their multimillion-dollar home.

California farmers offer to give up some water, avoid cuts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:00

In this May 18, 2015 photo, Gino Celli draws a water sample to check the salinity in an irrigation canal that runs through his fields near Stockton, Calif. Celli farms 1,500 acres of land and manages another 7,000 acres, has senior water rights and draws his irrigation water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who have California's oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher restrictions by the state later this summer as the record drought continues.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century.

Asia-Pacific militaries seek to develop amphibious skills

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:55

U.S. Marines sit in an amphibious assault vehicle at Bellows Air Force Station on Oahu, Hawaii during amphibious exercises, as the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy host defense leaders from around the Pacific, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The first-of-its kind meeting comes as territorial disputes over islands are growing more heated in the region. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)HONOLULU (AP) — Japanese Maj. Gen. Jiro Hiroe turned to numbers to explain to his counterparts from other nations why Japan is developing the skills to move troops from sea to shore: his nation has 6,852 islands and 6,414 of them are uninhabited.

Race canceled amid anxiety over Colorado roadway shootings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:49
DENVER (AP) — The shooting death of a bicyclist considered the unofficial mayor of a normally quiet Colorado town has led organizers to cancel a popular annual race, while a lack of details in the case fuels speculation that Windsor's first homicide in eight years is linked to a nearby highway shooting.

New York woman jailed for 24 years for fatal subway push

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:39

New York City police officers escort Menendez to an awaiting car at New York City Police department 112th Precinct in the Queens Borough of New York(Reuters) - A New York City woman was jailed for 24 years on Wednesday for fatally pushing a man into the path of an oncoming subway train in 2012 in what officials called a religiously motivated attack, prosecutors said. Erika Menendez pleaded guilty in March to first-degree manslaughter in the death of Sunnando Sen, 46, on Dec. 27, 2012, at a train station the borough of Queens. Prosecutors said Menendez was seen pacing the subway platform and muttering to herself before the attack, and had told investigators that she pushed the Sen onto the tracks because "I hate Hindus and Muslims." Sen, who was waiting for a train with his back to Menendez, was pushed from behind onto the tracks, officials said.

US releases more than 100 Bin Laden documents

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:33

US releases more than 100 Bin Laden documentsDocuments swept up in the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound portray a leader cut off from his underlings, disappointed by their failures, beset by their complaints and regretting years of separation from much of his extensive family.

After years of crumbling, West Mt. Airy home to be torn down

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:26

After years of crumbling, West Mt. Airy home to be torn downNeighbors have been complaining about a partially collapsed house in West Mt. Airy for years. Action News stepped in and now L&I officials say the crumbling home will be demolished.

Family dog's good intentions injure infant in Ocean County

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:14

Family dog's good intentions injure infant in Ocean CountyAuthorities say good intentions ended with an infant suffering serious injuries after being bitten by her family dog in Ocean County, New Jersey.