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Colwyn manager calls for arrest of council members

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 07:13

Colwyn manager calls for arrest of council membersThe embattled manager of Colwyn, Pa. is calling for the arrest of four borough council members who voted to eliminate her position.

Sheriff: Purloined bourbon may involve multiple suspects

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 07:12
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Whoever stole five heavy barrels of Wild Turkey bourbon from a Kentucky warehouse may have taken a lot more liquor than previously thought and the case could result in multiple indictments, according to the sheriff investigating the whodunit mystery in the world's bourbon-making hub.

Egg execs' jail sentences send strong message to industry

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 07:08
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two former egg industry executives received jail sentences Monday for their roles in a major 2010 salmonella outbreak, representing the latest high-profile victory for government officials hoping to emphasize food safety.

Huge California water supplier plans to reduce deliveries

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 07:07

This Sunday, April 13, 2015 photo shows water from a leaking pipe flowing along the curbside of a street in Los Angeles. Southern California's water wholesaler is considering a proposal that would reduce the amount of water it delivers to more than two dozen cities and agencies in the wake of an ongoing drought. A board committee of the Metropolitan Water District meets Monday, April 13, to mull a plan to cut water deliveries by 15 percent beginning this summer. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of California's largest water wholesalers moved forward Monday on a plan to reduce the amount of water it delivers to more than two dozen cities and agencies serving 19 million people amid the lengthening drought.

Deputy, 73, Charged With Manslaughter in Stun-Gun Mix-Up

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 07:05
The 73-year-old volunteer reserve deputy in Oklahoma who fatally shot a suspect in what the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office called "inadvertent" has now been charged.

'Imitation Game' code breaker Turing's notes net $1 million

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 06:56

FILE - In this March 19, 2015, file photo, a page from the notebook of British mathematician and pioneer in computer science Alan Turing, the World War II code-breaking genius, is displayed in front of his portrait during an auction preview in Hong Kong. The 56-page manuscript, containing Turing's complex mathematical and computer science notations, is being sold by Bonhams in New York on Monday, April 13. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A handwritten notebook by British World War II code-breaking genius Alan Turing, who was the subject of the 2014 Oscar-winning film "The Imitation Game," brought more than $1 million at auction on Monday.

Ohio University won't buy new house for president

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 06:54
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio University has backed out of a deal to buy a $1.2 million off-campus house for its president who recently moved out of his campus residence because it was infested with bats, a school official said Monday.

Texas judge pleads guilty to fixing cases for car repairs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 06:52
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A veteran Texas criminal court judge pleaded guilty on Monday to fixing cases in exchange for car repairs and faces two years in a federal prison. Angus McGinty, 51, resigned last year as a state district judge in San Antonio after he was indicted. McGinty could have gotten up to 20 years had he gone to trial and been convicted on several counts relating the bribery. Prosecutors said McGinty agreed to accept about $6,600 in payments, mainly in the form of repairs to the judge's two ageing Mercedes cars, in exchange for favorable rulings on behalf of clients of attorney Alberto Acevedo.

Jordan Spieth's grandfather: He's just a good kid

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 06:48

 He's just a good kidWhile Jordan Spieth was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, his father grew up in Bethlehem, Pa and that's where his grandfather Donald still lives.

Oklahoma deputy charged in suspect's shooting death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 06:43

In this photo provided by the Tulsa County, Oklahoma, Sheriff's Office is Tulsa County reserve deputy Robert Bates. Police say Bates, a 73-year-old white reserve deputy, thought he was holding a stun gun, not his handgun, when he fired at 44-year-old Eric Harris in an April 2 incident. Harris, who is black, was treated by medics at the scene and died in a Tulsa hospital. (Tulsa County Sheriff's Office via AP)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors charged a reserve sheriff's deputy with manslaughter Monday in the death of a man who was fatally shot as he lay on the ground at the officer's feet — a shooting that was certain to raise questions about the use of volunteer officers to supplement full-time police.

Jury selection starts for Oklahoma teen charged with murdering Australian

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 06:43
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Jury selection started on Monday in the trial of an Oklahoma teenager who has been charged with murdering an Australian student on a local university's baseball team as he was jogging in the southern part of the state in 2013. About 400 prospective jurors were summoned for the trial of Chancey Luna, 17, who could face up to life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted in the death of Christopher Lane, 23. Jury selection for the trial in Duncan, Oklahoma, could take about four days and then opening arguments would begin, the Duncan Banner newspaper reported trial sources as saying. Along with James Edwards Jr., then 15, and Michael Jones, then 17, the trio are accused of shooting the Australian athlete for East Central University in the back as he was jogging along a residential road in Duncan.

Mom accused of abandoning quadriplegic son hospitalized in Maryland; extradition pending

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 06:42

Mom accused of abandoning quadriplegic son hospitalized in Maryland; extradition pendingAuthorities say a woman accused of abandoning her quadriplegic son in the woods for several days has been hospitalized and will be extradited to Philadelphia once she recovers.

Reward increased to $20,000 in Center City jewelry worker abduction

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 06:39

Reward increased to $20,000 in Center City jewelry worker abductionThe reward in the case of a Philadelphia jewelry store worker who was kidnapped and beaten has grown.

Wisconsin records 1st outbreak of dangerous bird flu strain

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 06:39
A dangerous bird-flu strain that has already hit numerous turkey farms in the Midwest has now been identified in a Wisconsin chicken flock, marking the first case of the virus in a commercial chicken farm in the U.S. and its first appearance in Wisconsin, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.

U.S. finds first case of lethal bird flu in commercial chicken flock

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 06:38
By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - A flock of 200,000 hens in Wisconsin is the first commercial U.S. chicken operation to become infected with a lethal strain of bird flu, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said, widening the impact of a virus that has killed hundreds of thousands of turkeys this year. The chickens were at an egg-laying facility in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, between Madison and Milwaukee, and represented the state's first case of the H5N2 flu, according to the Agriculture Department. Wisconsin authorities did not identify the owner of the chickens, which will be quarantined and culled to prevent the disease from spreading. Producers such as Tyson Foods Inc have strengthened biosecurity measures to keep the disease off farms.

Transgender man sues loan company over sex bias claim

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 06:38
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 21-year-old transgender man says in a sex discrimination lawsuit that he was forced to leave his job at a Mississippi-based loan company once officials there found out he was born a woman but dressed and acted like a man.

Three abalone divers drown off Northern California coast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 06:35
Three men drowned as they dived for abalone off the rocky coast of Northern California's Mendocino County after becoming trapped by pounding surf in a narrow channel, authorities said on Monday. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said the accident happened after five men entered Caspar Anchorage Bay on Sunday afternoon to dive for red abalone, a large, edible mollusk hunted for sport along the coast north of San Francisco Bay. Witnesses said rough waves made for poor diving conditions, with swells 7 to 8 feet tall, Sergeant Joseph Comer of the sheriff's office, said in a statement. Authorities identified the three dead as Tae Won Oh, 49, of Dublin, California, Hyun Kook Shin, 49, of Suwanee, Georgia, and a 53-year-old man from Fort Lee, New Jersey, whose name was withheld pending notification of his family.

New York questions big retailers over 'on-call' staffing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 06:31

New York State Attorney General Schneiderman speaks during news conference about settlement announced against Bank Of America in Manhattan borough of New York(Reuters) - New York's attorney general has sent letters to 13 national retailers, including Gap Inc, Target Corp and JC Penney Co Inc, about "on-call shifts" in which workers are told whether to report to work a day or less before a scheduled shift. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's letters, sent on Friday, say on-call systems leave "too little time to make arrangements for family needs, let alone to find an alternative source of income to compensate for the lost pay" on days the employees are not called in to work. A number of companies with stores in New York are requiring employees to check in by telephone, text message or email before a planned shift to see if their services are needed, Schneiderman wrote in the letters. His requests come as workers' advocates claim success in efforts to increase pay and benefits at fast food companies and national retailers, including recent raises of minimum wages by McDonald's Corp and Wal Mart Stores Inc. Schneiderman said the "on-call" practice might violate the law in New York, where employers are subject to a rule that says employees who report for a scheduled shift on any day have to be paid for at least four hours at the basic minimum hourly wage.

Tennessee high court suspends four executions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 06:18
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - The Tennessee Supreme Court has suspended executions for four men on death row while courts decide the constitutionality of the state's use of lethal injection and the electric chair. The ruling, filed on Friday, effectively suspends all executions in Tennessee, since the court previously vacated execution dates for other inmates on death row. A group of inmates on Tennessee's death row had sued to halt executions, arguing that both lethal injection and the electric chair were unconstitutional. Last July, Tennessee enacted a law making the electric chair the backup plan for executions if drugs for lethal injection were unavailable or if the method was deemed unconstitutional.

Five badly burned when suspected California hash oil lab explodes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 06:17
Five men suffered severe burns on Monday when an explosion ripped through the garage of a Northern California home that authorities suspect was being used as a makeshift hash oil laboratory. Firefighters responding to the house in Redding, some 150 miles north of Sacramento, shortly before 1 a.m. found the five badly burned men and transported them to area hospitals, said Patrick O'Connor, a Redding, California fire investigator. At the scene investigators found evidence that the garage at the single-family home in a lower-income neighborhood of Redding was being used as a lab to extract hash oil from marijuana, he said. Hash oil, also known as honey oil, is often extracted from marijuana plants using butane, a process that can be especially dangerous when done by amateurs in closed spaces.