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Suspect surrenders in deadly Florida day care center car crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:11

Robert Corchado seen in a booking photo from the Orange County Jail in Orlando, FloridaBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida man suspected of involvement in a hit-and-run car crash that killed a 4-year-old girl and injured 14 people at an Orlando-area day care center surrendered to authorities on Thursday, police said. Robert Corchado, 28, turned himself in at the Orange County Jail, said Cindy Williams, a spokeswoman for the Florida Highway Patrol. The second car, a Toyota Solara, jumped the curb before going through the parking lot and into the front of the KinderCare day care center, striking several children and stopping at the back of the building.

Fungal disease fatal to bats spreads to half of US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:09

In this Oct. 2008 photo provided by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation is a little brown bat with fungus on its nose in New York. Michigan and Wisconsin wildlife officials said Thursday, April 10, 2104 that tests have confirmed the presence of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, which has killed millions of bats in the U.S. and Canada. The disease has now been confirmed in 25 states following today's announcements in Michigan and Wisconsin. (AP Photo/New York Department of Environmental Conservation, Ryan von Linden)TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A fungal disease that has killed millions of North American bats is spreading and now has been detected in half of the United States, officials said Thursday.

Researchers using math to whittle away at jet lag

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:09
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lots of apps claim they can help you fight jet lag. Now Michigan researchers say mathematical formulas suggest it's possible to adjust to new time zones a bit faster than previously thought, and they created their own free app to help.

More than 100 passengers sick on cruise off California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:09
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A cruise ship with more than 100 passengers and crew suffering from a gastrointestinal ailment caused by Norovirus, have arrived in San Diego, a cruise line spokeswoman said on Thursday. The Crown Princess, carrying 3,141 passengers in all, docked in San Diego and planned to continue on to Los Angeles on its normal itinerary along the coast of California and Northern Mexico. Onboard testing proved the presence of Norovirus, said Princess Cruises spokeswoman Karen Candy. Outbreaks of Norovirus have been reported by nearly a dozen cruise lines sailing from U.S. ports in recent years, including Holland America, Celebrity, Cunard Line and a National Geographic cruise on Lindblad Expeditions.

Judges in Utah gay marriage case question lawyers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:03

Plaintiffs challenging Utah's gay marriage ban Derek Kitchen, right, and his partner Moudi Sbeity hug after leaving court following a hearing at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 10, 2014. The court is to decide if it agrees with a federal judge in Utah who in mid-December overturned a 2004 voter-passed gay marriage ban, saying it violates gay and lesbian couples' rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Sharp questioning Thursday by a divided panel of appellate judges considering Utah's ban on gay marriages showed that, while same-sex marriage has had a remarkable winning streak lately, its legal status remains uncertain.

Feds: Sinaloa cartel member cooperating with US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:01

FILE - In this March 19, 2009 file photo, alleged drug trafficker Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla is presented to the media after his arrest in Mexico City. Documents unsealed Thursday, April 10, 2014, by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago show Zambada, a high-ranking member of the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in April 2013 and has been cooperating with authorities. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)CHICAGO (AP) — A high-ranking member of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel and son of one of the drug ring's leaders pleaded guilty to drug trafficking a year ago and has been cooperating with authorities, federal prosecutors in Chicago announced Thursday.

Feds investigate chopper crash on hospital roof

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:01
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal investigators spent Thursday scouring the rooftop of New Mexico's only top-level trauma center in search of clues as they tried to determine what caused a medical helicopter to crash while taking off from the roof.

Shooting near Ohio grade school leads to lockdown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 05:44
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A school district spokesman says a shooting on a street in front of a central Ohio elementary school led to a precautionary lockdown of the building, but no children were injured or involved in the shooting.

Ex-college instructor accused of lying over degree

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 05:41
NORTH SCITUATE, R.I. (AP) — A former instructor at the University of Rhode Island has been charged with forging his credentials to get a consulting deal, then lying under oath about them.

Feds OK pot background checks by Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 05:33
SEATTLE (AP) — After a year of requests, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday it is giving Washington state access to an FBI database so it can conduct nationwide background checks on people who apply to run legal marijuana businesses.

Dieters move past calories, food makers follow

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 05:27

FILE - This Jan. 31, 2006 file photo, boxes of Kellogg's Special K cereal are on display at a supermarket in an Omaha, Neb. The fixation on calorie counts that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients. The shift is chipping away at the popularity of products like Diet Coke, Lean Cuisine, Special K and Yoplait Light, which became dieting staples primarily by virtue of being calorie-stripped alternatives to people’s favorite foods. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Obsessing over calories alone has left dieters with an empty feeling.

Obama to nominate new head of Humanities Endowment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 05:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will nominate Colby College President William "Bro" Adams to be the next chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Mayor embraces change for Albuquerque police force

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 05:22

This March 16, 2014 photo, taken from a video camera worn by an Albuquerque Police Department officer, shows police in a standoff with a homeless man in the Albuquerque foothills just before they fired six shots at him. Police say James Boyd, 38, who later died at a hospital, refused to drop a knife and had threatened to kill officers. His death sparked an FBI investigation and a violent street protest that forced the city to call out riot officers. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Police Department)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A scathing report by the U.S. Justice Department released Thursday revealed a troubling and often unjustified pattern of excessive force by the Albuquerque Police Department and recommended that New Mexico's largest city become the latest municipality to adopt reforms aimed at cleaning up its police force.

U.S. Justice Dept faults Albuquerque police on excessive force

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 05:19
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department cited the Albuquerque Police Department on Thursday for engaging in what federal civil rights investigators call a pattern of excessive force, some of it deadly, against residents of New Mexico's largest city. A 46-page report capped an 18-month inquiry by the Justice Department following public complaints over a string of police-involved shootings in recent years, many fatal, and what critics have called heavy-handed use of stun guns by Albuquerque officers. The investigation of Albuquerque's police by the Justice Department's civil rights division marked the latest of more than a dozen such probes of local law enforcement agencies across the country. "We have reasonable cause to believe that officers of the Albuquerque Police Department engage in a pattern or practice of use of excessive force, including unreasonably deadly force," the Justice Department said in a statement, adding that such force was a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Jindal joins those calling for lawmaker to resign

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 05:16

This photo taken Nov. 21, 2013 shows then-newly-elected Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La. waiting to be sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington. McAllister says he's asking his family and constituents for forgiveness after a West Monroe newspaper published a video that it says shows the congressman kissing a female staffer in his congressional office in Monroe, La. McAllister, only in office a little over four months, attracted national attention because of his endorsement from the bearded men of the "Duck Dynasty" reality TV show. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)MONROE, La. (AP) — Embattled Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister issued a less-than-ironclad vow to stay in office Thursday as the state's Republican governor and party chairman demanded his resignation after a videotape showed him in a lingering kiss with the wife of a friend.

Minnesota lawmakers OK raising minimum wage to $9.50 an hour

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 05:08
By David Bailey MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Minnesota lawmakers on Thursday approved a measure raising the state's minimum wage from one of the lowest in the nation to one of the highest. The measure to bump the hourly wage to $9.50, one of dozens of wage proposals debated by lawmakers around the country this year, passed the Democrat-controlled House by a vote of 71-60. The bill raises the Minnesota's minimum wage for larger employers over three years starting in August and links increases to an inflation indicator starting in 2018. The bill drew praise from President Barack Obama, who has urged Congress to raise the federal minimum wage.

UN approves force for Central African Republic

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 05:05

A woman walks past a truck waiting to leave for Chad loaded with goods belonging to Muslim residents of the PK5 district of Bangui, Central African Republic, Wednesday April 9, 2014. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Wednesday urged more support for existing African and French troops in Central African Republic on the eve of a U.N. vote to create a peacekeeping mission. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved a nearly 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force for Central African Republic, where mounting violence between Christians and Muslims has brought killings, torture and sexual violence.

Judge: Ind. must recognize 1 gay couple's marriage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 05:03
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge ordered Indiana on Thursday to recognize the out-of-state marriage of a gay couple before one of the women dies of cancer. The decision, specific to the couple, doesn't affect other lawsuits challenging Indiana's ban on same-sex marriages.

Minnesota considers ending lawmaker immunity law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 05:02

 Akolade Gdadamosi; professor Jayne Jones; Chris Ploch; Hope Baker; Adam Goinz and Jordan Strickland pose for a photo outside the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Jones and the political science students said they became convinced by what they heard from lawmakers and police during their research for a political science project that some legislators had abused their state-issued immunity cards to get away with driving drunk. Their proposal to lift the privilege won committee approvals in 2012 but failed to get floor votes. So Jones said her class decided to try again this year and were taken by surprise when they learned they were getting a vote. (AP Photo/Concordia University, Melissa Wolf)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A college project that alleged some state lawmakers might have used immunity to avoid drunken-driving arrests has sparked debate in Minnesota over whether to scrap a more than 150-year-old protection similar to those still on the books for Congress and most state legislatures.

Police seek driver in deadly Fla. day care crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 04:37
WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — As mourners trickled by Thursday to honor the 4-year-old girl who was killed and 14 others injured in a crash at a Florida day care, authorities scoured the state for the driver they said fled in the vehicle that caused the fatal wreck.