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Tornadoes in the South; snow in Plains and Upper Midwest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:10

People look at debris after a storm passed through the Sapps mobile home park destroying many homes in Sapps, Ala., just outside of Aliceville on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Authorities say a large tornado in rural western Alabama left a trail of damage as powerful storms moved into the state. (Erin Nelson/The Tuscaloosa News via AP) MANDATORY CREDITJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A trail of damage was left at an Army post, schools and businesses were closed for a second day, and a damaged women's prison was running partly on backup power Wednesday after two days of storms unleashed tornadoes and flooding in the South and dumped heavy snow in the Midwest.


Kentucky officials probing death of black girl in detention center

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:00
Kentucky authorities are investigating the death of a 16-year-old black girl at a regional detention center last month, state justice officials said on Wednesday. Gynnya McMillen died on Jan. 11 after her first night at the Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center in Elizabethtown, about 45 miles (72 km) south of Louisville. The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting said last week that guards at the juvenile facility used a martial arts maneuver to restrain her as they took off her sweatshirt.

The Latest: Mourners remember slain teen at visitation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 08:59

Tammy Weeks holds one of her slain daughter's stuffed pandas during a news conference in Blacksburg, Va., on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Weeks says her 13-year-old daughter, Nicole Lovell, fought health problems all her life and had dreams of singing on "American Idol." (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a 13-year-old Virginia girl who was killed and the two Virginia Tech students charged in her death (all times local):


Milo the cat has purrfect family reunion after 7 years missing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 08:53

Milo the cat has purrfect family reunion after 7 years missingMilo the cat went missing from his Scranton, Pennsylvania, home more than seven years ago.


Mom seeks medical expenses for child with cystic fibrosis

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 08:52

Kerrie Evans of Gardiner, Mont., right, testifies in District Judge Mike Salvagni's courtroom on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, during her negligent birth civil trial at the Gallatin County Law and Justice Center in Bozeman, Mont. Evans is suing her health care providers because they failed to diagnose her unborn daughter's cystic fibrosis, denying her a chance to have an abortion. (Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP)BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A jury in Montana heard opening arguments Wednesday in the case of a mother who is suing her health care providers because they failed to diagnose her unborn daughter's cystic fibrosis, denying her a chance to have an abortion.


Michigan art dealer arrested by FBI for selling forgeries

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 08:41
A Michigan art dealer was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday for what authorities say was an extensive scheme to sell counterfeit works by renowned artists including Willem de Kooning. Eric Spoutz, 32, was charged with wire fraud in a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court and arrested at an apartment he has in California, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. According to the complaint, Spoutz from 2010 to March 2015 sold dozens of forged works by famed American artists, including de Kooning, Franz Kline and Joan Mitchell, creating fake documentation to sway buyers of their authenticity.

Indicted anti-abortion activist offered probation in case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 08:32

Sandra Merritt, one of the two anti-abortion activists indicted last month, stands outside the courthouse after turning herself in to authorities and bonding out Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Houston. Merritt and David Daleiden are charged with tampering with a governmental record, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)HOUSTON (AP) — One of the two anti-abortion activists indicted last month after making undercover videos about Planned Parenthood has been offered probation to settle the charge, prosecutors announced Wednesday.


Milo the cat, family are reunited after 7 years apart

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 08:30

Milo the cat has purrfect family reunion after 7 years missingMilo the cat went missing from his Scranton, Pennsylvania, home more than seven years ago.


Indiana culture war over gay rights worries business leaders

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 08:28

A sign is seen on the front window of Watt's Blooming, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Indianapolis. The florist does not discriminate and will serve all. Some worry that decades of work to reverse the city's sleepy image by luring conventions, businesses and even a Super Bowl to Indianapolis could be turned back by an ongoing culture war over civil rights protections for LGBT people that has divided urban areas from rural. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Downtown Indianapolis was once so desolate that men armed with shotguns hunted pigeons on Sundays among empty buildings and a trash-strewn river canal.


APNewsbreak: Few Zika samples being shared by Brazil

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 08:24

Brazil's Health Minister Marcelo Castro speaks to the press before attending the Mercosur Health Ministers summit to address the spread of Zika virus in the region, at the Mercosur building in Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. The ministers of 13 countries are meeting to coordinate actions to try and fight the spread of the mosquito born virus. Castro said that efforts are being made to create a vaccine against it. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — U.N. and U.S. health officials tell The Associated Press that Brazil has yet to share enough samples and disease data needed to answer the most worrying question about the Zika outbreak: whether the virus is actually responsible for the increase in the number of babies born with abnormally small heads in Brazil.


The Latest: Suspected tornado damages Army post in Georgia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 08:19
The Latest on the winter storm system affecting a broad swath of the Midwest and Southern U.S. (all times local):

Pennsylvania Judge Declines to Toss Cosby Sex Assault Case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 08:15

Pennsylvania Judge Declines to Toss Cosby Sex Assault CaseA Pennsylvania judge refused to dismiss a sexual assault case against Bill Cosby on Wednesday, setting the stage for the first criminal prosecution of the once-celebrated comedian, who has for years denied allegations of assault by dozens of women. Cosby’s attorneys had tried to convince Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court Judge Steven O'Neill that their client could not be prosecuted due to an agreement reached with a former Montgomery Country district attorney more than a decade ago. More than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them in attacks dating back to the 1960s, and several civil lawsuits have been filed against him though many of the incidents are too old to prosecute.


Milo the cat returns to family after 7 years missing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 08:03

Milo the cat has purrfect family reunion after 7 years missingMilo the cat went missing from his Scranton, Pennsylvania, home more than seven years ago.


Oregon standoff leader Ammon Bundy, others indicted

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:59

A sign is displayed with the picture of LaVoy Finicum as part of the demonstrations outside the Harney County Courthouse in Burns, Ore., Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. Hundreds gathered to protest and support the armed occupation of a national wildlife preserve. (Molly Young/The Oregonian via AP) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NO LOCAL INTERNET; THE MERCURY OUT; WILLAMETTE WEEK OUT; PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUT; MANDATORY CREDITPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted Ammon Bundy and some of the men and women who joined him at the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge, authorities said Wednesday.


Pennsylvania judge declines to toss Cosby sex assault case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:59

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby departs a hearing on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, PennsylvaniaBy Daniel Kelley NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania judge refused to dismiss a sexual assault case against once-celebrated comedian Bill Cosby on Wednesday, clearing the way case against him to move toward trial. Attorneys for Cosby had argued that the entertainer could not be prosecuted due to an agreement reached with a former Montgomery County district attorney. "I hereby find no basis to grant the relief requested" by Cosby's lawyers, O'Neill said.


Judge refuses to throw out sex assault case against Cosby

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:57

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby, right, smiles as he arrives for a court appearance Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby was arrested and charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in January 2004. A judge will decide whether to dismiss a sexual assault case against the comedian over an unwritten promise of immunity that a former prosecutor says he gave Cosby's now-deceased lawyer. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A judge refused to throw out the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby on Wednesday, sweeping aside a former district attorney's claim that he granted the comedian immunity from prosecution a decade ago.


Head of Philadelphia carpenters union out amid merger

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:56

Head of Philadelphia carpenters union out amid mergerThe longtime head of the Philadelphia carpenters union is on the outs, amid a major reshuffling of unions throughout the northeast United States.


U.S. medical boards fall short in tackling sexual misconduct: study

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:54
Between 2003 and 2013, reports of 1,039 physicians having engaged in one or more cases of sexual misconduct were filed in the United States, of which 786 doctors were disciplined by a state medical board, according to a study by Public Citizen published on Wednesday. "It's alarming to consider state medical boards may not have pursued appropriate investigations and sanctions," said Laura Palumbo, communications director for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Family sues over death of Delaware inmate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:50
DOVER, Del. (AP) — The family of an alcoholic man who died in custody has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Delaware prison officials and medical workers.

IRS says experiencing computer failure

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:42

A security camera hangs near a corner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in WashingtonThe U.S. Internal Revenue Service said on Wednesday it is experiencing computer failure across several systems and temporarily cannot accept many taxpayer returns. "A number of taxpayer and tax practitioner tools are unavailable," it said.