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Senators offer compromise on domestic surveillance changes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:08

In this image from Senate video, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and a Republican presidential contender, speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday afternoon, May 20, 2015, at the Capitol in Washington, during a long speech opposing renewal of the Patriot Act. Paul claimed he was filibustering, but under the Senate rules, he wasn’t. (Senate TV via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee floated a compromise Thursday that would end bulk collection of phone records by the National Security Agency after a two-year transition period, leaving it up to the House to accept the deal or allow expiration of government surveillance powers June 1.


Newtown must pay long-term disability to cop after massacre

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:06
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut state board has ruled that Newtown must pay long-term disability to a police officer who developed anxiety and depression after responding to the 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Colorado movie gunman kept detailed financial records, jury told

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:57

Colorado shooting suspect James Eagan Holmes makes his first court appearance in AuroraBy Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - Detectives who searched the booby-trapped apartment of Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes found medicines prescribed by his school psychiatrist as well as detailed financial records, the jury in his murder trial heard on Thursday. Holmes, 27, could face the death penalty if convicted of killing 12 people and wounding 70 others inside a packed midnight premiere of a Batman film at a Denver-area multiplex in July 2012. Jurors on Thursday heard how police cataloged the contents of the apartment after bomb experts neutralized multiple improvised bombs Holmes had rigged up.


NJ students plant 6,800 flags in honor of Memorial Day

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:52

NJ students plant 6,800 flags in honor of Memorial DayIn Manahawkin, New Jersey, students have planted a field of flags as a way of creating a visual and respectful tribute for Memorial Day.


Suspect at large in slaying of Missouri woman kept in box

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:51

James B. Horn Jr. of Sedalia, Missouri is pictured in this undated handout photoBy Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - A Missouri woman who escaped captivity from a wooden box three weeks ago was found dead in a home on Thursday, along with her teenage son, and police are searching for the man suspected both of locking her up and killing her. Officers found Sandra Kay Sutton, 46, and son Zachary Wade Sutton, 17, shot dead in a house in Clinton, Missouri, at about 4:20 a.m., according to a news release from the Clinton Police Department. On April 30, Sutton told police her former boyfriend, identified as James B. Horn Jr, 47, had routinely locked her in a box in their home in Sedalia, Missouri, over a four-month period.


Jim Kenney meets with Mayor Michael Nutter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:49
Fresh off his Democratic primary win, mayoral nomine Jim Kenney sat down with current Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

New York prison guard in inmate death case gets last-minute reprieve

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:45
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former supervising guard at New York City's Rikers Island, convicted of refusing to help a dying inmate at the troubled jail complex, convinced a judge to postpone sentencing on Thursday when he claimed at the last minute that his lawyer had not represented him properly. Terrence Pendergrass, 51, was found guilty in December in New York of a federal civil rights crime for failing to summon medical assistance for Jason Echevarria, a mentally ill prisoner who died hours after swallowing a toxic "soap ball" used to clean cells. Pendergrass, who faces up to 10 years in prison, was perhaps seconds away from hearing U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams impose his sentence when he claimed his lawyer, Sam Braverman, had not done a good job.

Aaron Hernandez sports neck tattoo at latest court hearing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:38

Sporting a new neck tattoo former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez sits at the defense table during his arraignment on a charge of trying to silence a witness in a double murder case against him by shooting the man in the face at Suffolk Superior Court, Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Boston. Hernandez was convicted last month in the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool)BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez, sporting a new neck tattoo while making his first court appearance since being sentenced to life in prison for murder, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a charge he tried to silence a witness in a separate double murder case by shooting him in the face.


Transgender California inmate seeking surgery wins parole recommendation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:32
A California board recommended parole on Thursday for a transgender inmate convicted of second-degree murder, the same day an appeals court put on hold a ruling requiring the state to pay for the prisoner's sex-reassignment surgery, officials said. Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, 51, who was born male but identifies as a woman and is held with male inmates at Mule Creek State Prison, is seeking to become the first inmate in state history to undergo the surgery. The board of parole's finding on Thursday that Norsworthy is suitable for parole could take up to five months to finalize, after California Governor Jerry Brown has an opportunity to affirm or reverse the recommendation.

Nebraska votes to scrap ban on immigrant driver's licenses

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:30
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's Legislature voted Thursday to end the nation's last ban on driving privileges for young people brought into the United States illegally as children, agreeing to scrap the policy by a veto-proof margin even as the state's new Republican governor continued to signal his opposition.

New York's Westchester County settles U.S. water safety lawsuit, pays record fine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:27
New York's Westchester County will spend roughly $12 million to settle a federal government lawsuit alleging that its failure to properly treat drinking water exposed thousands of residents to greater risk of severe gastrointestinal illness. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara on Thursday said that under a consent decree, the county will spend about $10 million on capital improvements in Water District No. 1, which serves about 175,000 residents of Yonkers, White Plains, Mount Vernon, Scarsdale and North Castle, all suburbs north of New York City. Westchester will also pay a $1.11 million fine, a record civil penalty against a public water system operator under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, and spend $691,000 on other environmental projects, Bharara said.

VA averts construction shutdown at troubled Denver hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:23

Members of a construction crew work at the site of the new Veterans Administration hospital complex, in Aurora, Colo., Thursday May 21, 2015. The Veterans Affairs Department averted a costly construction shutdown at its half-finished hospital outside Denver on Thursday, but it still has to persuade an angry Congress to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars more to complete the bungled project. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department averted a costly construction shutdown at its half-finished hospital outside Denver on Thursday, but it still has to persuade an angry Congress to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars more to complete the troubled project.


Report: Denver sheriff's problems endanger inmates, deputies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:17
DENVER (AP) — The safety of inmates and deputies in Denver jails is at risk because of problems at nearly every level of the Sheriff's Department, according to a report that the mayor ordered after several deaths and beatings.

Q&A about arrests in the Texas motorcycle gang shootout

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:15

This combination of booking photos provided by the McLennan County Sheriff's office shows Dalton Davis, left, Noble Mallard, center, and Boyce Rockett. The three were arrested during a motorcycle gang related shooting at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas on Sunday, May 17, 2015. (McLennan County Sheriff's Office via AP)DALLAS (AP) — In the hours after a deadly shootout involving two motorcycle gangs, about 170 people were arrested at a Texas restaurant. Depending on who is asked, the suspects are gang members or innocents who merely belong to motorcycle clubs or both.


Ferguson suffers budget fallout from Michael Brown shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:14

FILE - In this March 11, 2015 file photo, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III speaks during a news conference in Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson city leaders project a $2.5 million budget shortfall during the current fiscal year and a similar shortage in fiscal 2016, largely due to unrest and fallout after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Knowles told The Associated Press on Thursday, May 21, that layoffs or significant cuts are unlikely. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson city leaders project a $2.5 million budget shortfall during the current fiscal year and a similar shortage in fiscal 2016, largely due to the unrest and fallout after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the town's mayor said Thursday.


Listeria: FDA finds problems at Ohio ice cream plant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:11

FILE - In this April 24, 2015 file photo, a sign on a window at a Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams states that the store is closed, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. A government investigation of Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams says there was inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant before listeria was found in some of its ice cream pints. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A government investigation of Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams found inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant that had become contaminated with listeria.


Man who flew gyrocopter to Capitol pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:05

People watch as a gyro copter that was flown onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol is towed from the west front lawn in WashingtonBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Florida man who flew a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of breaching some of the world's most restricted airspace. Douglas Hughes, a 61-year-old mail carrier from Ruskin, Florida, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday. Public defender Tony Miles, Hughes's attorney, entered the plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Kay.


Suspect in slaying of wealthy family hunted in New York

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:03

This combination of undated photos provided by the Washington, D.C., police shows Daron Dylon Wint. The police issued a news release late Wednesday, May 20, 2015, saying they are looking for Wint in connection with last Thursday's quadruple homicide of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper inside their multimillion-dollar home. (Metropolitan Police Department via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Police and federal agents searched Thursday for a welder suspected in the slayings of a wealthy construction executive, his wife, their 10-year-old son and a housekeeper inside their Washington mansion last week.


Tempers flare as Rhode Island retirees argue over pension reform

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:56
By Svea Herbst-Bayliss PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Reuters) - Retired Rhode Island teachers, police officers and state workers traded barbs in court on Thursday over the state's public pension overhaul, with some criticizing colleagues for stopping their fight to recover lost benefits. Anger erupted at a fairness hearing in Superior Court when Judge Sarah Taft-Carter allowed retirees to question witnesses about how an agreement was reached on the state's 2011 reform, one of the country's most far-reaching, at a time when many states struggled to rein in ballooning retirement costs. "Do you remember me jumping on a chair at the meeting and shouting 'Roger, what's going on here?'" retired teacher James Bedell asked retired teacher Roger Boudreau, chairman of the 7,000 member Rhode Island Public Employees Retiree Coalition.

Whites moving to Detroit, city that epitomized white flight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:54

In this April 23, 2015 photo, music producer Mike Seger works in his studio in a rented two-story house on Detroit’s east side. Seger, 27, pays $750 per month in rent, and said he wouldn’t have been able to find anything comparable in the suburbs for that price. “A young person can move here with $10,000 and start up a small flex space for artists or artists’ studios,” Seger said. “It’s the uprising of the youth being able to have the opportunities to make a future for themselves.” (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — Whites are moving back to the American city that came to epitomize white flight, even as blacks continue to leave for the suburbs and the city's overall population shrinks.