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Indian court rejects ban on 'offensive' Internet messages

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 18:33

An Indian woman leans on metal railings as she surfs the internet on her smartphone at a hospital in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. India's top court reaffirmed people's right to free speech in cyberspace Tuesday by striking down a provision that had called for imprisoning people who send "offensive" messages by computer or mobile phone. The provision, known as Section 66A of the 2008 Information Technology Act, says sending such messages is a crime punishable by up to three years in prison. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court affirmed people's right to free speech in cyberspace Tuesday by striking down a provision that had called for imprisoning people who send "offensive" messages by computer or cellphone.


ABC News: Threat against Obama niece unsubstantiated

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 18:29

 Threat against Obama niece unsubstantiatedABC News has learned that threats made against President Obama's niece are unsubstantiated.


Car slams into tree in Gloucester County, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 17:38

Car slams into tree in Gloucester County, N.J.A driver lost control of their car and slammed the vehicle into a tree in Washington Township, New Jersey early Tuesday morning.


5 people trapped in 2-vehicle crash in Hockessin, Del.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 17:30

5 people trapped in 2-vehicle crash in Hockessin, Del.Five people were trapped and had to be rescued after a two vehicle crash in Hockessin, Delaware Monday night.


Things to know about the UVa gang rape investigation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 16:44
The investigation of an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house found no evidence of the attack. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo detailed the investigation at a news conference Monday. Here are the highlights:

Investigation outlines key events of alleged UVa gang rape

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 16:41
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The investigation of an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house discovered no evidence of the attack. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo detailed the probe at a news conference Monday. Here are some key events:

Man accused of weekend abduction dies in Wisconsin: media

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 16:28
(Reuters) - A man accused of abducting a woman from a southeastern Wisconsin hospital on Sunday and then abandoning her and fleeing following a gunfight with police died on Monday evening, local broadcaster WISN-TV in Milwaukee reported. Stantavious Sillas, 20, was on the run for nearly a day before police found footprints in the snow leading to his hiding spot in some bushes in Mount Pleasant village, Racine County Sheriff's Office said on its Facebook page. He shot himself with a handgun as police closed in on him and was taken to a Milwaukee hospital for treatment, it said. The hunt for Sillas began on Sunday afternoon after a woman was taken from Lakeview Specialty Hospital and Rehab in Waterford, about 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Milwaukee, the Racine Journal Times reported.

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 15:02
"I view myself as the prime minister of each and every citizen of Israel, without any prejudice based on religion, ethnicity or gender." — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, apologizing to Israel's Arab citizens for remarks he made during last week's parliament election that offended members of the community.

Search for missing Alaska family of 4 comes to grim end

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 14:57

A Kenai Police Department patrol car parked on Alpine Avenue blocks an unnamed trail on Monday, March 23, 2015, in Kenai, Alaska. Human remains of four people were found Saturday night about 15 yards off the trail and Kenai police say evidence indicates they were members of family that has been missing since May. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A nearly yearlong search for a missing Alaska family has come to a grim end with the discovery of four bodies, a dead dog and a handgun just off a trail in a rural area near the family's home.


Arizona governor calls for review of Common Core standards

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 14:37

Ducey smiles after voting in Paradise Valley, Phoenix(Reuters) - Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey on Monday called on his state's education board to review the Common Core education standards "in their entirety." The move comes amid a growing backlash against the standards, which aim to boost critical-thinking skills and apply consistency to a patchwork of state guidelines, as schools have adjusted their course work to meet them. Ducey, who was voted into office in November, made the remarks to the Arizona State Board of Education as he outlined his education policy agenda. Ducey has opposed the Common Core, describing it as an overreach of the federal government, but he did not call for its repeal on Monday, according to a transcript of the remarks published on his office's website. Standards that are Arizona's." The Common Core was developed and implemented by states, and the Obama administration encouraged their adoption through a competitive-grant program called Race to the Top, which gave money to cash-strapped states.


Looking for a job near home? Good luck, it's getting harder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 13:09
WASHINGTON (AP) — Remember the Detroit man who walked 21 miles to work?

Five wounded in shooting near university in Tennessee

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:45
(Reuters) - Five people were wounded in a shooting a few blocks away from the campus of a Tennessee university on Monday night, and Clarksville police were still searching for perpetrator. Two of the wounded were transported via medical helicopter and two were transported by ambulance to hospitals, Hall said. University campus police said in a statement on its Facebook account that one of the victims was transported via medical helicopter from the school's intramural field, the statement said.

Report: NYC courthouses inaccessible for disabled people

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:22

In this March. 8 2013 file photo, a man climbs courthouse steps in lower Manhattan during a storm. New York City’s courthouses and holding pens are rife with problems - from a lack of elevators for people who use wheelchairs to poorly marked, separate entrances - that make them inaccessible or unduly difficult to navigate for people with physical disabilities, according to a new report to be released Tuesday, March 24, 2015 .(AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's courthouses and holding pens are rife with problems — from a lack of elevators for people who use wheelchairs to poorly marked, separate entrances — that make them inaccessible or unduly difficult to navigate for people with physical disabilities, according to a new report.


CDC: 11M fewer uninsured since passage of Obama's law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:18

FILE - In this March 23, 2010, file photo, President Barack Obama signs the health care bill in the East Room of the White House in Washington. A couple of government reports say the number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by more than 11 million since Obama signed the health care overhaul five years ago. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by more than 11 million since President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul five years ago, according to a pair of reports Tuesday from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Milwaukee panel upholds dismissal of police officer over fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:15
(Reuters) - A former Milwaukee police officer who was fired after fatally shooting an unarmed black man with a history of mental illness violated department protocol and will not get his job back, officials decided at a hearing on Monday. The ruling, made by a three-commissioner Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission panel on Monday against Christopher Manney, comes in the wake of high-profile police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City that sparked months of protest against police violence nationwide. The panel said that Manney, who was fired from the police force following the fatal April 30, 2014 incident, violated protocol in the 'pat down' and use of force against Dontre Hamilton, according to video of the hearing published online by local broadcaster FOX6. We want better policing," Nate Hamilton, the victim's brother, told reporters on Monday.

Asian stocks sag on China growth doubts, Wall Street drop

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:58

FILE - This July 15, 2013 file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange in New York. U.S. stock indexes are mixed in morning trading on Monday, March 23, 2015, following a strong performance last week. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets sagged Tuesday as a manufacturing survey underlined that China's economic growth is losing momentum.


Search for missing Alaska family of 4 comes to grim end

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:26

A Kenai Police Department patrol car parked on Alpine Avenue blocks an unnamed trail on Monday, March 23, 2015, in Kenai, Alaska. Human remains of four people were found Saturday night about 15 yards off the trail and Kenai police say evidence indicates they were members of family that has been missing since May. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A nearly yearlong search for a missing Alaska family has come to a grim end with the discovery of four bodies, a dead dog and a handgun just off a trail in a rural area near the family's home.


Montana officials end bighorn sheep hunting after die-off

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:20

A bighorn sheep stands atop a pile of rocks near the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park in MontanaThe die-off of bighorn sheep from pneumonia led Montana wildlife managers on Monday to take the unusual step of abruptly closing a hunting season tied to a wild herd near Yellowstone National Park whose seasonal mating rituals attract scores of wildlife watchers. The emergency closure came after state biologists estimated that pneumonia had claimed nearly 40 percent of a herd near Gardiner, Montana, whose numbers fell to 55 this month from 89 last year, state wildlife managers said on Monday. Such pneumonia outbreaks have been linked to contact between wild sheep and domestic ones that graze on public allotments and private lands across the Rocky Mountain West. More than 1 million bighorns once roamed the region but their numbers had fallen to just tens of thousands in the first decades of the 20th century because of unregulated hunting and disease, according to the Wild Sheep Foundation.


1 dead, 1 hospitalized after dirt bike accident in Mayfair

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:20

1 dead, 1 hospitalized after dirt bike accident in MayfairA dirt bike rider is dead and another is hospitalized after a crash in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia.


Detroit commission considers raises for city council, clerk

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:19

The city of Detroit's, Michigan, skyline is seen along the Detroit river from Windsor, OntarioBy Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit's city council members, city clerk and Mayor Mike Duggan could be in line for raises only months after the city officially exited the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The Detroit Elected Officials Compensation Commission, which determines whether elected officials can receive raises, met on Monday to consider the request City Council President Brenda Jones and City Clerk Janice Winfrey made earlier in March. About three dozen Detroit residents protested the possibility of raises, including Valerie Burris, who said council pay is already three times that of an average Detroiter.