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Nevada supe: Kids are victims in cheating scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 01:40
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's state superintendent says children are the victims in a cheating scandal uncovered at a Las Vegas elementary school.

U.S., plaintiffs reach settlement on Iran-linked New York skyscraper

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 01:25

A building at 650 Fifth Avenue is seen in the midtown Manhattan section of New YorkBy Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government has agreed to distribute proceeds from the sale of a Manhattan skyscraper linked to Iran to families who were affected by attacks aided by the Islamic republic, according to a court document filed Thursday. The settlement between the Department of Justice and the families marks the latest step in a long-running case over ties between the Manhattan building at 650 Fifth Avenue and Iran. The skyscraper was majority owned by the Alavi Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes Islamic culture and the Persian language. In a 2009 lawsuit, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office claimed the Alavi Foundation was controlled by Iran.


10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 01:22

10ThingsToSee - Hotel security officers guard at an entrance door of a hotel room set aside for relatives or friends of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, in Beijing, China Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.


Federal team on way to Tenn. plant explosion site

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 01:04

This frame grab from video provided by WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tenn., shows some of the area of an explosion and fire, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at a property where several ammunition and explosives plants are based, in McEwen, Tenn. At least one person has died, and at least three people have been injured. (AP Photo/WSMV-TV)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A special investigative team of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is on its way to Tennessee after an ammunition plant explosion.


New Hampshire lawmakers fail to pass death penalty repeal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 00:58
New Hampshire's Senate failed to repeal the death penalty on Thursday, in a vote that capped weeks of emotional debate while focusing attention on the state's lone death row inmate. The Senate deadlocked 12 to 12 on a bill to abolish capital punishment, meaning it did not pass. New Hampshire's House had earlier passed the bill, and first-term Governor Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, had said she would sign it. New Hampshire would have been the 19th state to scrap the death penalty under rising pressure from activists who contend that execution does not reduce crime and that innocent people are sometimes put to death.

Fla. woman doesn't blame bear for her attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 00:53
LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who was attacked by a bear last weekend says she doesn't want bears to be killed by wildlife officials for doing what wild animals do.

Gay marriage has second appellate court hearing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 00:48

Oklahomans for Equality gather at Tulsa International Airport with their signs for a send off celebration in support for the plaintiffs in the Oklahoma Marriage Equality lawsuit as they head to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Wednesday April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Brandi Simons)DENVER (AP) — Gay marriage has its second hearing at the federal appellate level Thursday as lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license square off in a Denver courtroom.


New York political leader Basil Paterson dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 00:44

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 file photo, Basil Paterson, father of former New York Gov. David Paterson, prepares to vote in New York. Paterson, who would have turned 88 on April 27, died at Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Mount Sinai Hospital, his family said. The Democrat served as a state senator, deputy New York City mayor and New York's first black secretary of state. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Basil Paterson, a longtime New York political powerhouse and the father of former Gov. David Paterson, has died, his family said Thursday. He was 87.


Airport bomb threat leads to brief evacuation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 00:27
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say the ticketing area of a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport was partially evacuated after a man said he had a bomb in his bag.

Father says daughter called him from sinking van

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 00:20
FLORENCE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The husband of a New Jersey woman accused of driving their children into a river says one of the teens called him from the sinking van.

New Hampshire death penalty repeal fails by 1 vote

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 00:10
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Senate has voted to leave intact the state's centuries-old death penalty.

Oklahoma gay marriage case before US appeals court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 00:09

Sharon Baldwin, left, and her partner Mary Bishop speak with members of the media before boarding a plane to Denver at Tulsa International Airport, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Oklahomans for Equality gathered at Tulsa International Airport with their signs for a send off celebration in support for the plaintiffs, including Baldwin and Bishop, in the Oklahoma Marriage Equality lawsuit as they head to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. (AP Photo/Brandi Simons)DENVER (AP) — An appeals court in Denver is hearing its second gay marriage case in two weeks.


Nebraska principal sorry for 'don't tattle' flier

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 00:04
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska school principal has apologized for sending fifth-grade students home with a flier that advises those who are bullied to not tattle on their tormentors.

U.S. justices decline case of photo company, gay couple

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 23:38
(This April 7 story was corrected to remove reference to "gay marriage" and replace with "gay couple" in the headline) By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider whether a New Mexico photography company had free speech grounds to refuse to shoot the commitment ceremony of a same-sex couple. The court's refusal to intervene means an August 2013 New Mexico Supreme Court decision against the company remains intact. Albuquerque-based Elane Photography had said its free speech rights under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution should be a valid defense to the state's finding that it violated the New Mexico Human Rights Act. The company's owners, Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin, are Christians who oppose gay marriage.

Famous Los Angeles mountain lion exposed to poison

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 23:35

This March 27, 2014 photo provided by the National Park Service shows P-22 a 4 year old male mountain lion who was recaptured in late March by National Park Service biologists. The mountain lion known to traverse the hills in and around Los Angeles’ largest park has been exposed to rat poison and is suffering from mange. Scientists noticed the big cat known as P-22 was sickly when they recaptured it last month to replace the batteries in its GPS tracking collar. (AP Photo/National Park Service)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mountain lion that appeared strong and healthy when it was photographed as it ruled a wilderness park in the middle of Los Angeles has been exposed to rat poison and is suffering from mange, officials said.


California city evacuation lifted after military ordnance found

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 23:05
(Reuters) - An evacuation order was lifted in a California city on Thursday after a piece of potentially explosive "military ordnance" reported in its business district was rendered safe, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said. A sheriff's department bomb squad and a disposal unit from Vandenberg Air Force Base investigated the unidentified device, which was reported at around 3:30 p.m. in Solvang, a town of about 5,000 residents some 130 miles outside Los Angeles. The American Red Cross set up a location to assist displaced people, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said.

Cops: Mom drove into river trying to kill 3 kids

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 22:30
FLORENCE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey woman is accused of trying to drown her three teenage children by driving a van into the Delaware River.

Ex-honors student's terror sentencing scheduled

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 22:30
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pakistan-born teen convicted with two women in a Jihadist terror plot is set to be sentenced in Philadelphia.

10th-grader suspended for having yellow squirt gun

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 22:27
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A 10th-grader in Maine has been suspended for 10 days for having a bright yellow squirt gun.

Blast on site of ammunition plant kills 1

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 22:23

This frame grab from video provided by WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tenn., shows some of the area of an explosion and fire, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at a property where several ammunition and explosives plants are based, in McEwen, Tenn. At least one person has died, and at least three people have been injured. (AP Photo/WSMV-TV)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hospital authorities have confirmed the name of the man who died after an explosion at an ammunition plant in Tennessee.