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Air improves after California wildfire partially contained

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 03:51

In this Saturday, April 18, 2015 photo provided by Sal Guerra, smoke and flames loom up from in the Prado Dam Flood Control Basin behind homes on Cheyenne Road in Corona, Calif. Cooperative weather and the efforts of firefighters helped beat back flames Sunday that had threatened hundreds of homes near the Southern California dam. Evacuation orders were lifted just before dawn for about 300 homes in an area along the border of the cities of Norco and Corona, about 35 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. (Sal Guerra via AP)CORONA, Calif. (AP) — Air quality authorities in Southern California say improved weather conditions have decreased smoke from a wildfire that forced the evacuation of 300 homes over the weekend.


Willie Nelson becomes latest celebrity in marijuana business

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 03:44

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015 file photo, Willie Nelson performs at the 17th Annual GRAMMY Foundation Legacy Concert at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. Nelson announced Monday, April 20, 2015, he plans to roll out his own brand of marijuana called ``Willie’s Reserve,’’ that will be grown and sold in Colorado and Washington, two states where recreational use of the drug is legal. (Photo by Chris Pizzello, file/Invision/AP)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner holiday, 4/20.


4 sought in police impersonation incident in Juniata Park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 03:42

4 sought in police impersonation incident in Juniata ParkPhiladelphia Police are asking for the public's help in their search for two men and two women who are wanted for impersonating a police officer.


Oklahoma teen faces life term for killing Australian man out of 'boredom'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 03:38

Stephens County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Chancey Allen LunaBy Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A teenager convicted of fatally shooting an Australian jogger in 2013 out of boredom faces life in prison without the chance of parole after he is sentenced in June, Oklahoma prosecutors said on Monday. Chancey Allen Luna, who was 16 at the time of the crime, was found guilty on Friday of first-degree murder in the drive-by shooting of Christopher Lane, an Australian baseball player who was visiting his girlfriend in Duncan, Oklahoma, when he was shot in the back. Lane’s killing garnered wide attention after Duncan police said the boys said they shot Lane because "they were bored." "I no longer have ... a zest for life because one of my kids is missing,” Lane’s mother, Donna Lane, said in a victim-impact statement to the judge on Friday. The driver of the vehicle, Michael DeWayne Jones, now 19, pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder.


The 2015 Pulitzers, finalists in journalism and the arts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 03:35

This Sept. 5, 2014, photo by New York Times photographer Daniel Berehulak, part of a winning series, shows James Dorbor, 8, suspected of being infected with Ebola, being carried by medical staff to an Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia. The boy, who was brought in by his father, lay outside the center for at least six hours before being seen. Berehulak is the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, announced Monday, April 20, 2015, at Columbia University in New York. (Daniel Berehulak, New York Times, Columbia University via AP)The 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, and the judges' comments:


Police say woman planted cricket in food to get free meal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 03:27
GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say a woman tried to score a free meal at a restaurant by planting a cricket on her plate.

Prosecutor: Convict offered sale of art stolen in 1990 heist

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 03:10

FILE - In this Friday, April 17, 2015, file photo, A. Ryan McGuigan, attorney for Robert Gentile, stands outside federal court, in Hartford, Conn. A federal prosecutor said, Monday, April 20, 2015, that McGuigan's client Gentile told an undercover FBI agent that he had access to two paintings stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 and was willing to negotiate a sale of individual works for $500,000. A judge ordered Gentile detained following his arrest Friday, April 17, on weapons charges. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A reputed mobster told an undercover FBI agent that he had access to two of the long-sought paintings stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 and could negotiate a sale of each for $500,000, a prosecutor said Monday.


U.S. says FBI head did not intend to suggest Poland role in Holocaust

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 03:10

US FBI Director Comey testifies on FY2016 budget on Capitol Hill in WashingtonFBI Director James Comey did not intend to suggest in an article last week that Poland was responsible for the Holocaust during World War Two, a State Department spokeswoman said on Monday after Washington's ambassador was summoned over the remarks. Poland says a passage in the article wrongly implied it was complicit in the Nazi genocide of European Jews. Poland's ambassador to the United States called the remarks "unacceptable". Spokeswoman Marie Harf confirmed that U.S. Ambassador to Warsaw, Stephen Mull, was called in by Polish authorities over the article published in the Washington Post, which drew condemnation in the media and from Polish politicians.


Justices weigh white supremacist's challenge to sentencing law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 02:57
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday weighed whether part of a tough federal criminal sentencing law should be struck down for being overly broad as the justices heard an appeal by a Minnesota white supremacist sentenced to 15 years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm. Several of the nine justices indicated a willingness during the one-hour oral argument in the case to vote in favor of defendant Samuel Johnson, although it is unclear exactly how they will rule.

U.S. tightens screening of airport workers after gun arrest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 02:51

A Transportation Security Administration shield is seen at Los Angeles International Airport in Los AngelesU.S. airport workers will be subject to extra security screening under new rules prompted by the arrest of a baggage handler in Atlanta on gun smuggling charges, federal authorities said Monday. Airport and airline employees will now have to be screened before flying by the Transportation Security Administration, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said. Fingerprint-based criminal history checks will be required every two years for airport employees allowed in specially designated security areas until TSA establishes a system for real time criminal history checks, Johnson said in a statement.


African marathoners tops at Boston two years after bombing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 02:39

A Massachusetts State Police officer watches runners get off buses for the start of the 119th Boston Marathon, Monday, April 20, 2015 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)By Scott Malone and Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Ethiopian runner Lelisa Desisa finished first in the Boston Marathon on Monday, reclaiming the top spot in a race he last won two years ago when it was struck by a deadly bombing attack. Caroline Rotich of Kenya led the women's field, affirming African athletes' dominance at the race. "Strong Boston!" Desisa shouted after he crossed the finish line, in a version of the "Boston Strong" motto that became the city's rallying cry after the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three and injured 264. Security was high near the start line in Hopkinton, along the 26.2 mile (42.16 km) course and around the finish line in Boston, in recognition of the bombing, one of the most visible attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.


Correction: Gulf Oil Spill-Empty Graves-Full Hearts story

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 02:37
JONESVILLE, La. (AP) — In a story April 20 about the survivors of those killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion, The Associated Press misidentified the hometown of Shelley Anderson. She lives in Midfield, Texas, not Midland. A corrected version of the story is below:

ESPN says Verizon's new FiOS TV packages violate agreements

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 02:31

FILE - This April 7, 2013 photo shows the Verizon Studio booth at MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, N.J. ESPN is objecting to how Verizon is giving its FiOS TV customers more choice. In new plans that went into effect Sunday, April 19, 2015. Verizon made the ESPN and ESPN2 sports channels optional, but ESPN says its contracts with Verizon prohibit the channels from being in a separate sports package.(AP Photo/Mel Evans)NEW YORK (AP) — Breaking up the cable-TV bundle won't be easy.


Judge: New Revel owner can cancel tenant leases

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 02:13

 New Revel owner can cancel tenant leasesA judge will allow the new owner of Atlantic City's former Revel casino to terminate the leases of former business tenants there.


Delaware authorities charge man with smuggling cigarettes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 01:51

Delaware authorities charge man with smuggling cigarettesA New York City man is facing cigarette smuggling charges after a traffic stop by Delaware State Police on state Route 1.


Tractor-trailer overturns on I-95 in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 01:43

Tractor-trailer overturns on I-95 in DelawareA crash involving a pickup truck and a tractor-trailer slowed traffic on I-95 in Delaware.


Canadian diplomat’s son pleads not guilty on Miami murder charge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 01:30
A Florida grand jury last week charged Marc Wabafiyebazu as an adult in connection with a shootout that killed his 17-year-old brother Jean and suspected drug dealer Joshua Wright, also 17. The Wabafiyebazu brothers had recently moved to Miami with their mother, Roxanne Dube, Canada’s consul general in Miami. Wabafiyebazu was arrested on March 30 after he and his brother went to a house after they called drug dealers seeking to buy 2 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $5,000, according to a Miami police report. Police said that after the shooting Marc Wabafiyebazu rushed into the house, grabbed a gun and began firing at one of the drug dealers.

Muddy mess: Atlanta park closed, for now, after rainy fest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 01:23

Construction workers take down a stage in Centennial Olympic Park after patrons attending a festival turned the grass to mud during a rain storm, Monday, April 20, 2015, in Atlanta. Park officials couldn't immediately be reached, but a recorded message states that the park would be closed Monday for cleanup after the SweetWater 420 Fest. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)ATLANTA (AP) — A rainy weekend festival turned grassy portions of downtown Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park into a muddy mess, prompting officials to temporarily close it.


New York man who plotted to join terror group gets 25 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 01:18
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York man who was thwarted in his attempt to fly to Yemen to join a Middle Eastern terrorist group and then admitted continuing to plot with others to assist them was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison.

U.S. justices toss ruling that upheld North Carolina redistricting plan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 01:12
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling that upheld a legislative redistricting plan in North Carolina and asked for the case to be reconsidered in light of its decision in a similar case involving Alabama voting districts. North Carolina's Supreme Court ruled in December that voting maps drawn in 2011 by the state's Republican-led legislature were constitutional, despite being decried as an effort to diminish the influence of black voters. The groups challenging the maps then asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide if the redistricting plan constituted unlawful racial gerrymandering designed to give Republicans a political advantage. Critics of this type of redistricting in U.S. states say it is being used to shift black voters into areas they already dominate in order to dilute their political influence elsewhere.