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Plea deal appears to be in works for ex-California senator

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:32
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former California state senator charged in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown may have reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

Investigator: Removal of Alaska plane wreckage weeks away

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:31
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — It could be weeks before the wreckage of a sightseeing plane that crashed in steep, rugged terrain in southeast Alaska, killing nine people, is recovered.

Oklahoma judge orders grand jury probe of Tulsa sheriff's office

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:18
An Oklahoma judge on Tuesday ordered a grand jury investigation into the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, which has been under scrutiny since a white reserve sheriff's deputy fatally shot a black suspect in April. Judge Rebecca Nightingale issued the order after an activist group submitted a petition aimed at compelling a grand jury investigation into Sheriff Stanley Glanz and his department. A community civil rights group called "We the People Oklahoma" submitted the petition on June 19 with more than 8,800 signatures calling for the probe into Glanz and the sheriff’s office.

Stranded woman gives birth in forest, starts wildfire to signal for help

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:16

Stranded woman gives birth in forest, starts wildfire to signal for helpAuthorities rescued a woman and her newborn baby after her family says she gave birth in a remote national forest in Northern California.


Recreational-use marijuana to become legal in Oregon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:13

Canvassers leave flyers on their routes to drum up support for Oregon's Measure 91, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Portland, OregonMarijuana smoking, seed sharing and cannabis-themed rallies are among the ways Oregon residents plan to celebrate as recreational-use pot becomes legal in the fourth western U.S. state on Wednesday. Marijuana use purely for the sake of getting high is to become legal in the state from midnight on Tuesday, the first step in a voter-approved initiative that will usher in retail weed stores in 2016 like those operating in Washington state and Colorado. "We are thrilled with the end of adult marijuana prohibition, but we are far from where we need to be," said Russ Belville, of pro-marijuana group NORML's Portland chapter.


10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:10

FILE - In this June 19, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks in Washington. Bush is releasing more than three decades of personal income tax returns, a disclosure far more extensive than any previous candidate for president. The records Bush plans to release late Tuesday afternoon will include the eight years since Bush left office as Florida governor, a time when he served on numerous corporate boards and saw his income rise sharply. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


Widow of prominent Ky. defense lawyer sues over his killing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:00
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A prominent Kentucky defense lawyer's widow is suing psychiatrists and a hospital over their treatment of a patient who pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the lawyer's fatal shooting last year.

Family of immigrant killed by Wash. police gets documents

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:59
PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The family of an unarmed Mexican immigrant fatally shot by police in Pasco, Washington, has been given forensic reports and other documents from the investigation into his death.

US Beats Germany to Get to Women's World Cup Finals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:56
The team beat Germany 2-0.

Service honors last of 9 Charleston church shooting victims

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:44
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Public officials paid tribute to longtime pastor Daniel L. Simmons Sr. in the last of the services for the nine victims of a shooting at a predominantly black Charleston church.

White House intruders beware: New fence to have metal spikes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:37
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service says it will install sharp metal spikes on the White House fence after intruders scaled it twice in less than a year.

U.S. names new envoy for bid to close Guantanamo prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:26

To match feature USA-GUANTANAMO/GUARDSA newly appointed special envoy to lead the Obama administration’s efforts to close the Guantanamo prison said he saw a window of opportunity that could substantially reduce the detainee population there in coming months. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday named attorney Lee Wolosky, who served in the National Security Council under the administrations of both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, to a post considered crucial to meeting President Barack Obama’s long-standing promise to shut the internationally condemned jail at the U.S. naval base in Cuba.


AccuWeather: Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:21

 From stormy to humidMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says localized storms have already produced damaging winds, flooding rains and hail.


Candidate Jeb Bush releases 33 years of tax returns in show of transparency

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:07

Bush speaks at a town hall meeting in Henderson, NevadaWASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush released 33 years of tax records on Tuesday that traced his path to a net worth of between $19 million and $22 million, in a show of transparency that will pressure Democrat Hillary Clinton and his Republican rivals to open their financial books. Bush's income has soared since he left the Florida governor's office in 2007, the records showed. Tracking steadily higher through the financial crisis and deep recession, Bush's income was nearly $7.4 million in 2013.


Nike co-founder Knight will step down as chairman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:57

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, file photo, Nike Chairman Phil Knight walks near the field before the NCAA college football playoff championship game between Ohio State and Oregon in Arlington, Texas. Knight plans to step down and says he wants Nike President and CEO Mark Parker to succeed him. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Nike Chairman Phil Knight, who turned a business selling shoes out of the back of his car into the world's most valuable sports brand, has announced plans to step down as company chairman.


Nike co-founder Knight will step down as chairman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:57

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, file photo, Nike Chairman Phil Knight walks near the field before the NCAA college football playoff championship game between Ohio State and Oregon in Arlington, Texas. Knight plans to step down and says he wants Nike President and CEO Mark Parker to succeed him. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Nike Chairman Phil Knight, who turned a business selling shoes out of the back of his car into the world's most valuable sports brand, has announced plans to step down as company chairman.


Los Angeles seeks job training exemption to new minimum wage law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:55
The Los Angeles City Council, which weeks ago approved a hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, on Tuesday asked its legal staff to carve out an exemption to the ordinance for job training programs. In voting to approve the measure, city council members instructed the city attorney to put together an ordinance allowing employers of job training programs to pay workers below the minimum wage for the first 18 months of their training. "This is an important measure that will ensure everyone has the opportunity to get the training they need to enter the workforce and lead productive lives,” Council member Paul Krekorian said.

Los Angeles seeks job training exemption to new minimum wage law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:55
The Los Angeles City Council, which weeks ago approved a hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, on Tuesday asked its legal staff to carve out an exemption to the ordinance for job training programs. In voting to approve the measure, city council members instructed the city attorney to put together an ordinance allowing employers of job training programs to pay workers below the minimum wage for the first 18 months of their training. "This is an important measure that will ensure everyone has the opportunity to get the training they need to enter the workforce and lead productive lives,” Council member Paul Krekorian said.

Illinois Democrats seek temporary budget to keep government open

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:54

Madigan, speaker of the Illinois Representatives, listens to the State of the State address in SpringfieldBy Fiona Ortiz SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Reuters) - The financially troubled state of Illinois edged closer on Tuesday to a government shutdown as Democratic lawmakers and the Republican governor failed to resolve a budget impasse ahead of a midnight deadline. Veteran House Speaker Michael Madigan said he would present an emergency one-month budget on Wednesday to keep essential services operating, but Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, in office since January, has signaled he would not accept such a measure. "This is another opportunity to not shut down the government," Madigan told reporters.


Illinois Democrats seek temporary budget to keep government open

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:54

Madigan, speaker of the Illinois Representatives, listens to the State of the State address in SpringfieldBy Fiona Ortiz SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Reuters) - The financially troubled state of Illinois edged closer on Tuesday to a government shutdown as Democratic lawmakers and the Republican governor failed to resolve a budget impasse ahead of a midnight deadline. Veteran House Speaker Michael Madigan said he would present an emergency one-month budget on Wednesday to keep essential services operating, but Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, in office since January, has signaled he would not accept such a measure. "This is another opportunity to not shut down the government," Madigan told reporters.