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Iowa simplifies voting rights restoration form for felons

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 05:34
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The application form that convicted felons in Iowa must complete to seek restoration of their voting rights in Iowa has been made simpler, Gov. Terry Branstad said Wednesday, but voting rights advocates argue the process is still one of the most burdensome in the country.

Caught on camera: Man sought in armed robbery at N.J. gas station

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 05:26

 Man sought in armed robbery at N.J. gas stationA man is wanted in connection with an armed robbery at a gas station that was caught on camera in Ewing Township, New Jersey.


Pennsylvania judge orders three priests to trial in sex abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 05:23
A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday ordered three Franciscan friars to stand trial on charges they endangered boys by assigning a fourth cleric they knew to be a sexual predator to work at a Catholic high school in the 1990s. Robert D’Aversa, 69, and Anthony Criscitelli, 61, to stand trial in Blair County Court of Common Pleas in Hollidaysburg, Pa., on felony charges of endangering the welfare of children and conspiracy. "We're obviously pleased at the court's ruling and are ready to take the case to trial," Deputy Attorney General Daniel Dye, the prosecutor, said in a phone interview.

Advocates hold NYC protest over price of pneumonia vaccine

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 05:17

Activists line up to put flowers in crib in front of Pfizer world headquarters in New York, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. The crib filled with flowers, organized by Doctors Without Borders, was delivered to Pfizer with a petition demanding that the pharmaceutical company lower the cost of the pneumonia vaccine. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Doctors Without Borders protested the price of pneumonia vaccines Wednesday by leading a march through midtown Manhattan and delivering a crib filled with flowers to a pharmaceutical company.


Willie Williams, trailblazing top cop for 2 cities, dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 05:16

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 1997, file photo, Los Angeles Police Chief Willie L. Williams discusses the fatal shooting of comedian Bill Cosby's son Ennis Cosby during a news conference in Los Angeles. Williams, the first black police chief in Philadelphia and in Los Angeles, died Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at the age of 72 and had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, according to his daughter-in-law Valerie Williams. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Willie L. Williams, who was the first black police chief in Philadelphia and in Los Angeles, where he took over in the wake of the Rodney King riots, has died. He was 72.


FBI says it won't disclose how it accessed locked iPhone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 05:16

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2016 file photo, an iPhone is seen in Washington. The FBI said Wednesday, April 27, 2016, that it will not publicly disclose the method that allowed it to break into a locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers, saying it lacks enough “technical information” about the software vulnerability that was exploited. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI said Wednesday that it will not publicly disclose the method that allowed it to access a locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers, saying it lacks enough "technical information" about the software vulnerability that was exploited.


University of Kentucky suspends fraternity for hazing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 05:16
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky has suspended a fraternity for five years for alcohol and hazing violations.

Lawyer: Author Jon Krakauer, public deserve to see records

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 05:11

Author Jon Krakauer, center, listens to introductory remarks ahead of oral arguments before the Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Bozeman, Mont. The Montana commissioner of higher education is appealing a judge's order to release documents about a rape case to Krakauer. (AP Photo/Matt Volz)BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — "Into the Wild" author Jon Krakauer and the public deserve to know why the University of Montana reversed its decision in 2012 to expel a star quarterback who was accused of rape, an attorney for the writer told the Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday.


Police shooting of armed musician heads to grand jury

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 05:08
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A grand jury will decide whether a former police officer should face charges in the fatal shooting of a legally armed black musician who was waiting on the side of the road for a tow truck, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

House backs bill bolstering privacy of old emails

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 05:07
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has used a rare show of unanimity to approve legislation requiring the government to get a warrant if it wants people's older emails.

APNewsBreak: 2016 wildfire season expected to be less severe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 05:01
DENVER (AP) — The nation's top wildfire-fighting official says the 2016 season isn't expected to be as bad as last year, when a record 15,800 square miles burned nationwide.

Former House speaker Dennis Hastert sentenced to more than a year in prison

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 04:59

Former House speaker Dennis Hastert sentenced to more than a year in prisonDennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House and was second in the line of succession to the presidency, was sentenced Wednesday to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that included accusations that he sexually abused teenagers decades ago while coaching at an Illinois high school.


Indicted Rep. Fattah loses Pennsylvania Democratic primary

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 04:58

Indicted Rep. Fattah loses Pennsylvania Democratic primaryIndicted Pennsylvania congressman Chaka Fattah, facing his first primary fight in two decades, has lost the Democratic primary just before the start of his federal corruption trial.


How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 04:56
U.S. stocks rose Wednesday after the Federal Reserve left its key interest rate unchanged, as investors expected. Energy companies climbed again as the price of oil came close to a six-month high. Technology stocks were battered following weak results from Apple and Twitter.

DC Metro: Recent fires at same station were unrelated

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 04:55
WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman for Washington's Metro subway says a fire on the tracks that caused a station to be shut down briefly during Wednesday morning's rush hour was unrelated to a fire near the same location on Saturday.

IMF: Latin America economies to contract 0.5 pct in 2016

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 04:51
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Latin America and the Caribbean will post an overall 0.5 percent economic contraction in 2016, the International Monetary Fund forecast in a report issued Wednesday, capping the region's worst two-year period since the 1982 debt crisis.

Two former San Antonio policemen charged with running sex scheme

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 04:50
Two former San Antonio Police officers were indicted on Wednesday on suspicion of setting up a fake sting operation, luring women to work in it with the promise of high pay and forcing women to have sex with them. Emmanuel Galindo and Alejandro Chapa, two former patrolmen, were indicted on charges including sexual assault and compelling prostitution. If convicted, they could each face up to 20 years in prison, Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood said.

Abuse victim testified after Hastert overture to brother

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 04:32

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert departs the federal courthouse Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Chicago, after his sentencing on federal banking charges which he pled guilty to last year. Hastert was sentenced to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that included accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — The sex abuse victim who testified against Dennis Hastert at the former U.S. House speaker's sentencing hearing said Wednesday that he ultimately decided to do so publicly after Hastert reached out to his brother for a letter of support.


Ex-House Speaker Hastert gets 15 months, admits sex abuse

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 04:26

Former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert leaves the Dirksen Federal courthouse after his sentencing hearing in Chicago, IllinoisFormer U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, once one of the country's most powerful politicians, was sentenced on Wednesday to 15 months in federal prison for a financial crime related to sexual abuse of high school wrestlers he coached decades ago. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Durkin called Hastert a serial sex abuser in handing down the sentence, which was longer than the zero to six months recommended by federal prosecutors. Durkin said the sentence would have been even longer if it weren't for Hastert's age, 74, and poor health.


Ex-FBI agent accused of lying in Bulger case to plead guilty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 04:24

FILE - In this April 30, 2015 file photo, Robert Fitzpatrick, of Charlestown, R.I., walks from federal court in Boston with his wife Jane. Fitzpatrick, a former FBI agent, pleaded not guilty to charges of perjury during James "Whitey" Bulger's trial. Lawyers for Fitzpatrick and federal prosecutors filed papers in court Wednesday, April 27, 2016, asking a judge to schedule a change-of-plea hearing for May 5. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — A former FBI agent charged with perjury for lying during his testimony in the trial of Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger intends to plead guilty, according to a motion filed in court Wednesday by his lawyer and federal prosecutors.