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7 decades on, Pearl Harbor kin seek new ID tests and closure

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:05
CARY, N.C. (AP) — Dawn Silsbee and her siblings never knew their Uncle Bert — he died years before they were born. But they saw what his loss did to their family.

Armed elderly woman arrested after 22-hour standoff in California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 23:49
An elderly woman who barricaded herself in a Los Angeles-area mobile home and fired at a police robot was taken into custody on Friday after a 22-hour standoff, police said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement the incident began before dawn on Thursday when a woman in a mobile home park in Topanga, near Los Angeles, reported having a medical emergency. Video footage on local media during the standoff showed numerous police and SWAT vehicles lining the street, along with what appeared to be an armored forklift.

Pennsylvania city faces fiscal pain for immigration law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 23:48
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - One Pennsylvania city's controversial attempts to gain more power over immigration enforcement could push that city into state fiscal oversight if it loses a ruling over legal fees. Now, the city is waiting on a ruling from a judge who could force the city to pay $2.8 million in legal fees to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and others for its experiment. Paying those fees could tip Hazleton into Act 47 receivership, a state oversight program for distressed municipalities, according to Mayor Joe Yannuzzi, who voted for the measures when he was city council president.

After week in jail, Florida mom agrees to son's circumcision

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 23:44

Heather Hironimus, left, sits with her attorney Thomas Hunker as she appears before Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Gillen, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Delray Beach, Fla. Hironimus was jailed after ignoring a state judge's order to appear in court, then fleeing with the her 4-year-old son to prevent him from being circumcised. She has been warring with the child's father, who wants the circumcision. (Lannis Waters(/Palm Beach Post via AP) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NO SALESDELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman's yearslong battle against her child's father over the boy's circumcision ended Friday with her agreeing to the procedure in exchange for her release from jail.


Demilitarizing the cops: States retool police training

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 23:33

In this photo taken May 6, 2015, a pair of recruits wrestle during training in fighting at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission in Burien, Wash. While some critics say that good officers already consider themselves protectors and that police need the best equipment to defend themselves and the public, many law enforcement leaders see a need for a broader change in police training and culture. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)BURIEN, Wash. (AP) — When prosecutor Dan Satterberg used to visit Washington state's police academy, the seas would part before him. Recruits would snap to attention, backs to the walls, and allow him to pass.


VA must find millions to finish troubled Denver hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 22:56

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) — Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project.


All-clear after suspicious package found at Grand Central

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 22:50
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities have issued an all-clear after investigating a suspicious package found on the lower level of New York City's Grand Central Terminal and have reopened the area to the public.

Federal judge rules again that gay couples have right to wed in Alabama

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 22:24

Supporters of same-sex marriage hold a rainbow flag and a rainbow umbrella outside Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday reaffirmed her earlier ruling that same-sex couples in Alabama have a right to wed under the Constitution, but she put the ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a landmark decision on gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade in January overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage, in a ruling that went into effect the following month and led probate judges throughout much of the state to begin issuing licenses to the couples. In March, the Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses.


Banks hope to benefit from high court ruling on discrimination

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 22:19

The Supreme Court stands in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON(Reuters) - If the state of Texas prevails in a civil rights case about to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, landlords and developers will have an easier time defending themselves in housing discrimination lawsuits. The case alleges that the way Texas allocates low-income housing credits violates the 1968 Fair Housing Act, an issue with little direct connection to banking. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and at least a dozen other business groups have submitted friend-of-the-court briefs supporting Texas's position in the case.


Suspicious package prompts partial evacuation of NYC's Grand Central

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 22:06
Police in New York evacuated commuters from Grand Central Terminal's lower level on Friday after receiving a report of a suspicious package at the height of the morning rush hour, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said. All trains into the major commuting hub were routed to the upper level tracks after the package was reported on the lower level at 8:45 a.m., said MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan.

Feds: Temple professor charged in alleged scheme to share US technology with China

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

 Temple professor charged in alleged scheme to share US technology with ChinaThe chairman of Temple University's physics department sought prestigious appointments in China in exchange for providing data on electronics technology invented by a U.S. firm and offered to make the country a leader in the field of superconductivity, federal prosecutors said.


Police surround cow running on I-295 off ramp

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:53

 Cow runs loose on I-295 off-rampPolice and humane officers have surrounded a cow that was loose on an off-ramp from Interstate 295 in Hamilton Township, Mercer County.


Judge tosses portion of lawsuit in girl's bullying death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:39
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A judge has tossed a portion of a lawsuit that alleged negligence against a cement company in the death of a 12-year-old central Florida girl who committed suicide after being bullied.

Police surround cow running loose near I-295

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:14

Police surround cow running on I-295 off rampPolice and humane officers have surrounded a cow that was loose on an off-ramp from Interstate 295 in Hamilton Township, Mercer County.


U.S. approves sale of 10 MH-60 Seahawk helicopters to Saudi Arabia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 20:52
The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of 10 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to Saudi Arabia for $1.9 billion, the first step in a major multibillion-dollar modernization of the Saudi navy's eastern fleet. The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified lawmakers on Thursday about the possible arms sale, which has been discussed for years. The Saudi government had requested a sale of the 10 MH-60R multi-mission helicopters, built by Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp and Lockheed, as well as radars, missiles and other equipment, the agency said.

New Jersey State Police put 'ghost cars' on patrol

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 20:52

New Jersey State Police put 'ghost cars' on patrolMotorists on New Jersey highways may see the newest car patrolling the roads. Then again, they may not.


Dad pleads not guilty to poisoning child with drain cleaner

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 20:48
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has pleaded not guilty to trying to kill his sick 7-year-old daughter by poisoning her with drain cleaner.

Josh Duggar responds to what he calls 'inexcusable' actions as a teenager

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 20:39

Josh Duggar responds to what he calls 'inexcusable' actions as a teenagerReality TV star Josh Duggar issued an apology after reports surfaced that he allegedly molested girls as a teenager.


U.S. bird flu causing egg squeeze, emergency measures

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 20:03

Safeway brand Lucerne eggs are seen at the store in Wheaton MarylandBy P.J. Huffstutter and Bill Berkrot CHICAGO and NEW YORK (Reuters) - As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps: importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. A spokeswoman for grain giant Archer Daniels Midland Co said that, as egg supplies have tightened and prices risen, the company has received numerous inquiries from manufacturers about the plant-based egg substitutes it makes. "The U.S. has never imported any significant amount of eggs, because we've always been a very low-cost producer," said Tom Elam of FarmEcon, an agricultural consulting company.


Grand jury indicts 6 officers in death of Freddie Gray

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 20:00

These undated photos provided by the Baltimore Police Department, show Baltimore police officers, top row from left, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Garrett E. Miller and Edward M. Nero, and bottom row from left, William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice and Alicia D. White, charged with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray. A grand jury indicted the six officers, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Thursday, May 21, 2015. (Baltimore Police Department via AP, File)BALTIMORE (AP) — A grand jury's decision to indict all six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, who died of injuries suffered in police custody, allows the state's attorney to press ahead with the most serious charges despite criticism she was part of an "overzealous prosecution."