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Obama signs disaster declaration for January blizzard

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 08:48
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that federal disaster aid that the state has been granted for a late January blizzard could bring between $80 million and $90 million, but he's disappointed his broader request wasn't approved.

Plane leaves Seattle with napping airport worker stuck in cargo

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 08:44
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Los Angeles-bound Alaska Airlines flight made an emergency landing at a Seattle-area airport on Monday afternoon after it took off with a worker trapped in a cargo area under the cabin where he had fallen asleep, the U.S. carrier said. The pilot of Alaska Airlines flight 448 reported hearing banging from beneath the aircraft after takeoff from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, south of Seattle, the statement said. Screaming could also be heard from the cargo hold, an airport spokesman said. When the aircraft returned safely after being in the air for 14 minutes, a ramp agent was found inside the pressurized and temperature-controlled front cargo hold, the statement said.

U.S. has record number of applications for H-1B tech visas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 08:41
Applications for H-1B visas allowing U.S. businesses to hire foreign workers in science, engineering and computer programming totaled a record 233,000 for fiscal 2016, according to government figures released on Monday. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Monday used a computer-generated lottery process to dole out the visas, and will start processing them by May 11, the agency said on its website. "Year after year, the government falls back on a lottery system to determine which U.S. employers will ‘win’ the ability to hire top world talent," Lynn Shotwell, executive director of the Council for Global Immigration, an industry lobby group, said in an email on Monday in response to the figures. President Barack Obama's move last November to ease immigration rules using his executive authority largely disappointed tech industry leaders.

Hit by school violence, Colorado mulls districts' liability

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 08:40
DENVER (AP) — Rocked by deadly school violence, Colorado lawmakers from both parties signed off Monday on a bill to make public school districts liable for shootings and violence.

Final juror cuts continue in Colorado theater shooting trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 08:34

People enter and leave the Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo., Monday April 13, 2015. The jury selection process in the trial of Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes entered its final stage Monday when attorneys began questioning prospective jurors as a large group. Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and wounding more than 50 in a crowded Aurora, Colorado movie theater in 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The months-long process of selecting a jury in the Colorado theater shooting case is nearing its end, the judge said as the pool of prospective jurors, once numbering 9,000, was reduced to 93 on Monday.


APNewsBreak: AG says Bible can't be official Tennessee book

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 08:33
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's attorney general says a bill seeking to make the Bible the state's official book would violate separation of church and state provisions in the federal and state constitutions.

California policeman accused of tickling feet of man killed by officers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 08:26
(Reuters) - A California police officer is under investigation for allegedly "manipulating" the body of a man who had been shot dead by police, the Bakersfield Police Department said on Monday, and a newspaper said the officer had tickled the corpse's feet and grasped his head. The department did not provide details of how Senior Officer Aaron Stringer allegedly manipulated the body of Ramiro Villegas, who was killed by police in November. The alleged incident took place while Villegas's body was in a room at Kern Medical Center following the shooting, the department said. Villegas was shot after a car chase, the Bakersfield Californian reported.

Officials react after concerns over Islamic law nix proposal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 08:26

FILE -- In this Jan. 31, 2013, file photo, Idaho Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, asks questions in a committee hearing in Boise, Idaho. Idaho is at risk of losing millions of dollars in federal-child support funding because the Legislature last week killed a measure that would’ve brought the state in compliance with federal child-support rules. Nuxoll and Rep. Heather Scott, both Republicans, said they feared the bill could force Idaho to enforce child-support rulings made under Islamic law or foreign tribunals. (AP Photo/Todd Dvorak, File)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is at risk of losing millions of dollars in federal child support funding after conservatives in the Legislature killed a measure that would have brought the state into compliance with federal rules.


Killer Jodi Arias gets life term with no chance for release

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 08:19

Jodi Arias, right, stands next to her attorney, Jennifer Willmott, during her sentencing in Maricopa County Superior Court, Monday, April 13, 2015, in Phoenix. A judge sentenced Arias, a convicted murderer, to life in prison without the possibility of release, ending a nearly seven-year-old case that attracted worldwide attention with its salacious details. (Mark Henle/The Arizona Republic via AP)PHOENIX (AP) — The nearly seven-year legal saga of Jodi Arias ended Monday as a judge sentenced her to life in prison for killing her ex-boyfriend, and the victim's sisters unleashed their pain over the 2008 murder that captivated social media with its salacious details.


5-year-old child struck and killed in Southwest Philadelphia hit-and-run accident

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 08:11

5-year-old child struck and killed in Southwest Philadelphia hit-and-run accidentA 5-year-old child was struck and killed by a car that fled the scene in Southwest Philadelphia, police say.


Convict trashes his lawyers, says execution would be better

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 08:10

FILE- In this Nov. 28, 2012, file photo, Raghunandan Yandamuri is escorted from a Montgomery County district court after a preliminary hearing in Bridgeport, Pa. Yandamuri, who was sentenced to death in the killings of a baby and her grandmother in what prosecutors call a botched kidnapping plot, said Monday, April 13, 2015, that he's so dissatisfied with his attorneys he'd rather be executed now than continue seeking a new trial with them. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man sentenced to death in the killings of a baby and her grandmother in what prosecutors call a botched kidnapping plot says he's so dissatisfied with his attorneys he'd rather be executed now than continue seeking a new trial with them.


Kentucky utility settles Fort Knox overbilling case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 08:08
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky utility accused of overbilling Fort Knox for energy-saving initiatives has agreed to pay the government $7.6 million to settle the case.

Two Wesleyan University students expelled after 'Molly' overdose incident

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 08:08
Two students were expelled from Connecticut's Wesleyan University in connection with the hospitalization of a dozen students who overdosed on the party drug MDMA, or "Molly," school officials said on Monday. In a letter updating the campus on the five students arrested after the February incident, the school's vice president for student affairs, Michael Whaley, said two were expelled and three remained suspended as the judicial process continued. Twelve students were hospitalized in February after taking the psychoactive drug known as Molly or Ecstasy. In response to the incident, Whaley said the private liberal arts college in Middletown was convening a task force of students, parents, alumni and faculty to make recommendations about policy changes and educational initiatives.

Manhunt on for ex-college student in campus shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 08:04

A police officer stands by as students and faculty are allowed to return following a lockdown at Wayne Community College, in Goldsboro, N.C., Monday, April 13, 2015. One person was killed in a shooting at the community college that was locked down as authorities searched for a gunman, officials said. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A 20-year-old former community college student fatally shot a campus print shop director who had recently fired him, just as his old boss arrived for work Monday morning, school officials and authorities said.


District Attorney: 17-year-old won't face charges in death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 08:01

This April 6, 2015 booking photo provided by the North Las Vegas Police Department shows Jondrew Megil Lachaux. Police say ex-convict Lachaux has been arrested on felony charges alleging he abandoned three children in a North Las Vegas home where a 3-year-old girl was found dead last week. (AP Photo/North Las Vegas Police Department)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 17-year-old taken into custody after her severely malnourished 4-month-old daughter was hospitalized and the corpse of a 3-year-old was found at a North Las Vegas home is a victim and won't face criminal charges, the district attorney in Las Vegas said Monday.


Former female West Point cadet may pursue sexual hostility case: U.S. judge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 08:01
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former female cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point who said she had been raped during her time there may pursue a lawsuit alleging officials knowingly permitted rampant sexual hostility toward women, a federal judge ruled on Monday. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan significantly narrowed the lawsuit by the woman, who was suing anonymously as "Jane Doe," but said she could pursue an equal protection claim against two former West Point officials. Hellerstein said that while judges often abstain from intervening in military matters, courts have an obligation to uphold constitutional rights at least until a showing that order and discipline in the military could be compromised. The case can move forward, potentially to a trial in which the woman would seek unspecified damages from the two former West Point officials.

VA tells Congress it has plan to pay for Denver hospital

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 07:49
DENVER (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department told Congress it wants to tap a $5 billion fund for improving health care to finish the over-budget Denver VA hospital, Sen. Michael Bennet's office said Monday.

Man run over by Suge Knight says he punched ex-rap mogul

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 07:42

FILE - In this March 9, 2015 file photo, Marion "Suge" Knight, center, arrives in court for a hearing about evidence in his murder case, in Los Angeles. Knight is due back in court Monday, April 13 for a hearing in which prosecutors will detail some of their evidence in a murder case against the former rap music mogul. A judge will determine whether there is enough evidence to support murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run charges against the Death Row Records co-founder. (Kevork Djansezian/Pool Photo via AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who Marion "Suge" Knight ran over told authorities he was mad at the former rap music mogul and punched him through the window of the truck before an encounter that left his friend dead.


Impoverished tribe struggles to stop surge in teen suicides

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 07:39

In this Feb. 27, 2014 photo, more than 100 people walk to Wounded Knee during the liberation anniversary of the famous massacre on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Somewhere between 16,000 and 30,000 members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe live on the reservation which includes the county with the highest poverty rate in the U.S., and some of the worst rates of alcoholism and drug abuse, violence and unemployment. (AP Photo/Rapid City Journal, Chris Huber)PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — The people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are no strangers to hardship or to the risk of lives being cut short. But a string of seven suicides by adolescents in recent months has shaken this impoverished community and sent school and tribal leaders on an urgent mission to stop the deaths.


Alaska Airlines flight makes emergency landing near Seattle after worker locked in cargo

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 07:37

Alaska Airlines lands in front of a row of Boeing 787 Dreamliners at Paine Field Airport in Everett, WashingtonA Los Angeles-bound Alaska Airlines flight made an emergency landing at a Seattle-area airport on Monday afternoon after it took off with a worker trapped in a cargo area under the cabin, where he had fallen asleep, the U.S. carrier said. The pilot of Alaska Airlines flight 448 reported hearing banging from beneath the aircraft after takeoff from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, south of Seattle, the statement said. After exiting, the Menzies Aviation employee told authorities he had fallen asleep, Alaska Airlines said in a statement.