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This good Samaritan found abandoned quadriplegic man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:55

This good Samaritan found abandoned quadriplegic manIf it hadn't been for a good Samaritan and a pair of deer, the young quadriplegic man who was abandoned in the Philadelphia woods may have died.


Effort to make the Bible Tennessee's official book bogs down

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:52

Rep. Jerry Sexton, R-Bean Station, talks on a phone during a House floor session Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Sexton is the sponsor of a proposal to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee. A sometimes raucous floor debate followed a legal opinion issued by state Attorney General Herbert Slatery that said the bill would violate separation of church and state provisions in both the state and federal constitutions. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal from a Republican lawmaker and former pastor to declare the Bible the official book of Tennessee is running into stiff opposition from top members of his own party, while the state attorney general is calling it unconstitutional.


Pentagon eyes recruiting cyber talent through National Guard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:52
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department still doesn't have the capabilities and resources needed to defend against a major cyberattack from another nation or other tech-savvy criminals, Pentagon officials told members of a Senate panel Tuesday.

Advocates for expanded Hudson River dredging renew call

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:48

A warning sign hangs on a gate at River Park on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Green Island, N.Y. Environmentalists and elected officials are renewing their call for a broader PCB cleanup of the upper-Hudson in what could be the final year of dredging. General Electric is expected to begin its sixth and possibly final season of dredging next month as part of a $2 billion federal Superfund project. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)GREEN ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) — A group of environmentalists and elected officials renewed their call Tuesday for a broader cleanup of the upper-Hudson River as a final year of dredging looms.


Official: 43 now taking part in Indiana needle-exchange push

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:25
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An SUV staffed with health workers on a quest to provide clean needles to intravenous drug users has begun making the rounds in a small Indiana city at the center of an HIV outbreak, officials said Tuesday.

New law reduces testing at Florida public schools

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:21
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - Governor Rick Scott signed legislation rolling back testing in Florida public schools on Tuesday but said the new law was no rebuke to former governor and possible presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, who championed school grading and student testing 16 years ago.

Chicago offers reparations package to police torture victims

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:19

FILE - In this June 8, 2010 file photo, former Chicago Police Lt. Jon Burge arrives at the federal building in Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and several Chicago aldermen are offering what they call a reparations package for the victims of torture under the city's former police commander. The city said Tuesday, April 14, 2015, that the package will include an apology, a $5.5 million fund and city services, such as job training and tuition for victims and their families. Burge was released from a halfway house in February 2015 after serving 4 1/2 years for lying about the torture of suspects. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Victims of police torture under former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge would share $5.5 million, receive an apology and see their story taught in school under a reparations package proposed Tuesday that city leaders hope will help close one of the most shameful chapters in Chicago's history.


Elusive mountain lion captivates LA then quickly vanishes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:18

This frame from video shows officials from the National Park Service preparing to enter the crawl space of a house looking for a mountain lion in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. A thorough check turned up no sign of the big cat known as P-22 under the residence in the hilly Los Feliz neighborhood, said Lt. J.C. Healy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The mountain lion that lounged under a Los Angeles home for hours and refused to budge for bean bags, tennis balls and prods has wandered out on its own, wildlife officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Raquel Maria Dillon)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A celebrity mountain lion transformed a wealthy hillside neighborhood into a paparazzi-like scene of scrambling photographers before eluding everyone Tuesday and quietly slipping away.


This year's fight for the tech industry: Patent trolls

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:13

Life360 co-founder and president Alex Haro poses at his company headquarters in San Francisco, Tuesday, April 14, 2015 The same week that Haro and Chris Hulls raised $50 million for their mobile app, Life360, the two business partners got a letter. It said they had three days to pay licensing fees to a company they had never heard of because their app violated patented technology. Haro and Hulls traced the company, Advanced Ground Information Systems, to a residential address in Jupiter, Florida, with a phone number that went to an anonymous voicemail. They couldn’t find any employees on LinkedIn. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)WASHINGTON (AP) — The same week that Alex Haro and Chris Hulls raised $50 million for their mobile app, Life360, the business partners got a letter. It said they had three days to pay licensing fees to a company they had never heard of because their app violated its patented technology.


For-profit school firm, Education Management, restructures

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:11
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Eight directors of a city-based firm that runs for-profit trade schools and colleges have resigned as the company restructures to cut its debt in the wake of financial losses and struggles with federal regulators.

SpaceX Rocket Has Hard Landing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:09
SpaceX is hoping the third time is the charm for its historic rocket recycling test.

Artic drill rig protesters will have to stay in safety zone

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:07
SEATTLE (AP) — The Coast Guard says protesters opposed to offshore drilling in the Arctic will have to stay in safety zones when a drill rig arrives in Seattle.

Duke Energy gets delay in sentencing for coal ash crimes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:02
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy received a delay Tuesday in pleading guilty to environmental crimes after the company raised the specter that bureaucratic red tape could result in power being cut to military bases across North Carolina.

Missouri appoints new state auditor after suicide of predecessor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 04:59
Missouri's governor named a 32-year-old county treasurer as the new state auditor on Tuesday, following the February suicide of the previous official holding the position. Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway was appointed by Governor Jay Nixon to serve out the term of Tom Schweich, who officials said shot himself to death, until it ends in January 2019. She replaces interim state auditor John Watson. "Tom Schweich's death was a terrible loss for our state and a deeply personal tragedy for his family and loved ones,” Nixon said in a statement.

UN approves arms embargo against Yemen rebel leaders

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 04:58
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council stepped up efforts Tuesday to thwart a Houthi rebel takeover of Yemen, imposing an arms embargo on the leaders of the Shiite group, along with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his son.

Jury deliberations begin in shooting at beekeeping business

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 04:49
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A jury has begun deliberations in the trial of a Maine lobsterman who fatally shot another man during a confrontation at a beekeeping business.

Durst pleads not guilty to federal gun charge in New Orleans

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 04:28

Real estate heir Robert Durst appears in a New York criminal courtroomBy Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Real estate scion Robert Durst, who has been charged with murder in California, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a federal gun charge stemming from his arrest last month in New Orleans. Durst's lawyers have sought his extradition to Los Angeles County, where prosecutors want him in connection with the 2000 killing of a longtime friend, Susan Berman, in a case recently chronicled in the HBO documentary series "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst." But the federal charge and similar Louisiana state weapons charges mean that Durst, 72, is likely to remain in Louisiana for the foreseeable future. Appearing frail, Durst entered his not guilty plea before Judge Lance Africk in the Eastern District of Louisiana, who scheduled a hearing in the case on June 11, with a trial to begin on June 22. The final episode of the HBO series aired a day after his March 14 arrest at a New Orleans hotel, where authorities said he was staying under an assumed name with $42,000 in cash, a revolver, about five ounces of marijuana and a latex mask.


Crackle streaming service acting like TV network

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 04:20

This undated image released by Columbus 81 Productions shows comedians Jerry Seinfeld, left, and Michael Richards, former co-stars in the popular comedy "Seinfeld," in a scene from the finale of Seinfeld's web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” The Crackle video streaming service, known best for Jerry Seinfeld's motorized interview series, will run a constant video feed as if it were a TV network, with a schedule of programming. (AP Photo/Columbus 81 Productions)NEW YORK (AP) — The Crackle video streaming service, known best for Jerry Seinfeld's motorized interview series with fellow comics, says it wants to be more like a traditional television network.


NYC Mayor: Clearing court backlog will shrink jail census

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 04:19
NEW YORK (AP) — Fixing bureaucratic backlogs in the courts will reduce the number of people locked up in the troubled Rikers Island jail complex, city and state officials said Tuesday.

Lawyers vet jurors for Colorado cinema massacre case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 04:14

James Holmes sits in Arapahoe County District Court in DenverBy Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - Lawyers in Colorado's cinema massacre case questioned the last prospective jurors on Tuesday before opening statements scheduled this month in the murder trial of gunman James Holmes.