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House committee to hold hearing on DC home rule

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 19 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee has scheduled a hearing on District of Columbia home rule in the wake of the city's decision not to submit its budget to Congress for approval.

Washington subway to face partial shutdowns in repair surge: report

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 19 min ago

Metro trains arrive in the Gallery Place-Chinatown station ahead of a 29-hour shutdown for an emergency safety investigation of power cabling of the entire Washington Metro system in WashingtonWashington's troubled Metro subway system, the second-busiest in the United States, will carry out months of extensive track work that will include partial shutdowns, a radio station reported on Thursday. Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld will announce the program on Friday, WAMU 88.5 radio reported, citing anonymous transit authority officials. The work is likely to cause widespread commuting hassles for Washington area residents, including hundreds of thousands of federal employees.

Guests return to Georgetown hotel after threat, evacuation

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 19 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guests at a hotel in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood were evacuated for more than two hours because of a bomb threat.

Giant recalls granola bars due to Listeria concerns

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 25 min ago

Giant recalls granola bars due to Listeria concernsGiant has voluntarily recalled granola bars due to a potential they could be contaminated with Listeria.

FDA says eying future regulation on e-cigarette flavors

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 26 min ago
(Reuters) - U.S. health officials, who on Thursday announced a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products to people under age 18, said they will look at potential future regulations on flavors used in the products as more data becomes available.

Water main break opens sinkhole, leads to crash in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 33 min ago

Water main break opens sinkhole, leads to crash in Southwest PhiladelphiaPolice say a water main break led to a crash in Southwest Philadelphia.

Florida Supreme Court considers overturning death sentences

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 40 min ago
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Supreme Court wrestled with whether an inmate sentenced to death under a system found to be unconstitutional should have his punishment reduced to life in prison, and the lives of nearly 400 other condemned prisoners may depend on the decision.

New murder trial ordered for Florida woman who kept silent

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 44 min ago
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who sat outside her home and said nothing while investigators examined her ex-husband's bullet-ridden body will get a new murder trial after the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that prosecutors made a mistake by using that silence to help gain a conviction.

Dad pleads not guilty in death of daughter shot by constable

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 44 min ago
NEW BLOOMFIELD, Pa. (AP) — The father of a 12-year-old girl accidentally shot by a constable serving eviction papers pleaded not guilty Thursday to homicide charges.

Kellogg's sales decline as cereals remain sluggish

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 48 min ago

FILE - In a Wednesday, July 18, 2012, file photo, Kellogg's cereals are on display at a Pittsburgh grocery market. Kellogg reports financial results Thursday, May 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Kellogg's profit declined in the first quarter as the maker of Frosted Flakes and Pop Tarts continued to fight sluggish cereal sales.

Deputy shoots man while attempting to make arrest

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 51 min ago
COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a Tennessee sheriff's deputy shot a man while investigating suspected illegal activity.

Cops seek killer of man who washed ashore in 'cement shoes'

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 53 min ago

This undated image provided by the New York State Department of Corrections, shows Peter Martinez, whose body wound up on the rocky shore near Kingsborough College in Brooklyn, New York, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, investigators said. His feet were set in a plastic bucket filled with concrete that weighed more than 50 pounds. Martinez, 28, had at least 30 prior arrests, for crimes like gun possession and drugs, and was a member of the G-Stone Crips, a local street crew, police said. (New York State Department of Corrections via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — The victim washed ashore in Brooklyn, his body wrapped in plastic garbage bags, his head and hands covered in duct tape and his feet submerged in concrete — fitted with a pair of fabled "cement shoes."

Fire crews battle blaze at Houston hazardous materials warehouse

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 5 min ago
Nearly 200 Houston firefighters were dispatched to fight a massive blaze on Thursday at a warehouse where hazardous materials are stored, fire officials said. No injuries have been reported, the Houston Fire Department said in a statement. Spring Branch Elementary School, which is nearby, has been evacuated as a precaution, school district officials said on Twitter.

Prosecutor: Officer justified in shooting man with BB gun

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 7 min ago
SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Virginia police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man armed with a BB gun that looked like a handgun.

Prosecutor removes herself from Chicago cop's murder trial

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 8 min ago

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke sits in the courtroom during a hearing in his shooting case of Laquan McDonald in Chicago IllinoisChicago's top prosecutor removed herself from the murder trial of police officer Jason Van Dyke on Thursday and asked the judge to appoint a special prosecutor to handle the politically sensitive case, which set off protests last year. Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, who lost her re-election bid earlier this year in an uproar over her taking a year to charge Van Dyke, said a special prosecutor would mean fewer delays in the trial and ensure continuity after she leaves her job. Van Dyke, a white police officer, is charged with first-degree murder in the October 2014 death of black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times.

Striking union workers protest at Verizon shareholder meeting

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 17 min ago

File photo of the entrance to a Verizon wireless store in New YorkBy Malathi Nayak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dozens of Verizon Communications Inc landline workers, on strike since mid-April after contract talks hit an impasse, marched on the company's annual shareholder meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Thursday. The Albuquerque Police Department said no arrests were made but 15 people were cited. The unions for the strikers said they also planned hundreds of protests across the United States against Verizon, the No. 1 U.S. wireless service provider.

Merck beats 1Q profit views with tight cost controls

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 22 min ago

FILE - This Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, file photo shows the Merck logo on a stained glass panel at a Merck company building in Kenilworth, N.J. Drugmaker Merck reports financial results Thursday, May 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)Merck posted an 18 percent jump in first-quarter income, beating Wall Street expectations, as reduced spending on marketing, administration and research easily offset lower medicine sales outside the U.S.

Student won't face felony charge in yearbook photo prank

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 22 min ago

This undated booking photo provided by the Mesa Police Department, in Mesa, Ariz., shows Hunter Osborn. The Arizona high school student is facing dozens of charges after police say he exposed himself in a football team picture that ended up in a yearbook handed out to some 3400 students. (Mesa Police Department via AP)MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A Mesa high school student won't be prosecuted on a felony charge after police say he exposed himself in a football team picture that ended up in the school yearbook.

Prince had painkiller Percocet in his system : reports

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 24 min ago

Prince performs during the halftime show of the NFL's Super Bowl XLI football game in MiamiPrince also had a dangerously low red blood cell count, indicating he had been ill, Minneapolis ABC affiliate KSTP-TV said, citing two unnamed law enforcement officials. A spokeswoman for the local medical examiner’s office that conducted a post-mortem examination of Prince declined to confirm the reports. The cause of Prince’s death remained undetermined.

Correction: California Marijuana Legalization story

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 30 min ago

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, right, speaks in support of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act ballot measure in San Francisco, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Backers of the marijuana legalization initiative said Wednesday they have collected enough signatures for the measure to qualify for the November ballot in California. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story May 4 about a campaign to legalize marijuana in California, The Associated Press misspelled the surname of the state's lieutenant governor in one reference. He is Gavin Newsom, not Newson.