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New York's Westchester County settles U.S. water safety lawsuit, pays record fine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:27
New York's Westchester County will spend roughly $12 million to settle a federal government lawsuit alleging that its failure to properly treat drinking water exposed thousands of residents to greater risk of severe gastrointestinal illness. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara on Thursday said that under a consent decree, the county will spend about $10 million on capital improvements in Water District No. 1, which serves about 175,000 residents of Yonkers, White Plains, Mount Vernon, Scarsdale and North Castle, all suburbs north of New York City. Westchester will also pay a $1.11 million fine, a record civil penalty against a public water system operator under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, and spend $691,000 on other environmental projects, Bharara said.

VA averts construction shutdown at troubled Denver hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:23

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) — 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 troubled project.


Report: Denver sheriff's problems endanger inmates, deputies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:17
DENVER (AP) — The safety of inmates and deputies in Denver jails is at risk because of problems at nearly every level of the Sheriff's Department, according to a report that the mayor ordered after several deaths and beatings.

Q&A about arrests in the Texas motorcycle gang shootout

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:15

This combination of booking photos provided by the McLennan County Sheriff's office shows Dalton Davis, left, Noble Mallard, center, and Boyce Rockett. The three were arrested during a motorcycle gang related shooting at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas on Sunday, May 17, 2015. (McLennan County Sheriff's Office via AP)DALLAS (AP) — In the hours after a deadly shootout involving two motorcycle gangs, about 170 people were arrested at a Texas restaurant. Depending on who is asked, the suspects are gang members or innocents who merely belong to motorcycle clubs or both.


Ferguson suffers budget fallout from Michael Brown shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:14

FILE - In this March 11, 2015 file photo, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III speaks during a news conference in Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson city leaders project a $2.5 million budget shortfall during the current fiscal year and a similar shortage in fiscal 2016, largely due to unrest and fallout after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Knowles told The Associated Press on Thursday, May 21, that layoffs or significant cuts are unlikely. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson city leaders project a $2.5 million budget shortfall during the current fiscal year and a similar shortage in fiscal 2016, largely due to the unrest and fallout after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the town's mayor said Thursday.


Listeria: FDA finds problems at Ohio ice cream plant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:11

FILE - In this April 24, 2015 file photo, a sign on a window at a Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams states that the store is closed, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. A government investigation of Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams says there was inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant before listeria was found in some of its ice cream pints. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A government investigation of Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams found inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant that had become contaminated with listeria.


Man who flew gyrocopter to Capitol pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:05

People watch as a gyro copter that was flown onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol is towed from the west front lawn in WashingtonBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Florida man who flew a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of breaching some of the world's most restricted airspace. Douglas Hughes, a 61-year-old mail carrier from Ruskin, Florida, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday. Public defender Tony Miles, Hughes's attorney, entered the plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Kay.


Suspect in slaying of wealthy family hunted in New York

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:03

This combination of undated photos provided by the Washington, D.C., police shows Daron Dylon Wint. The police issued a news release late Wednesday, May 20, 2015, saying they are looking for Wint in connection with last Thursday's quadruple homicide of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper inside their multimillion-dollar home. (Metropolitan Police Department via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Police and federal agents searched Thursday for a welder suspected in the slayings of a wealthy construction executive, his wife, their 10-year-old son and a housekeeper inside their Washington mansion last week.


Tempers flare as Rhode Island retirees argue over pension reform

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:56
By Svea Herbst-Bayliss PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Reuters) - Retired Rhode Island teachers, police officers and state workers traded barbs in court on Thursday over the state's public pension overhaul, with some criticizing colleagues for stopping their fight to recover lost benefits. Anger erupted at a fairness hearing in Superior Court when Judge Sarah Taft-Carter allowed retirees to question witnesses about how an agreement was reached on the state's 2011 reform, one of the country's most far-reaching, at a time when many states struggled to rein in ballooning retirement costs. "Do you remember me jumping on a chair at the meeting and shouting 'Roger, what's going on here?'" retired teacher James Bedell asked retired teacher Roger Boudreau, chairman of the 7,000 member Rhode Island Public Employees Retiree Coalition.

Whites moving to Detroit, city that epitomized white flight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:54

In this April 23, 2015 photo, music producer Mike Seger works in his studio in a rented two-story house on Detroit’s east side. Seger, 27, pays $750 per month in rent, and said he wouldn’t have been able to find anything comparable in the suburbs for that price. “A young person can move here with $10,000 and start up a small flex space for artists or artists’ studios,” Seger said. “It’s the uprising of the youth being able to have the opportunities to make a future for themselves.” (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — Whites are moving back to the American city that came to epitomize white flight, even as blacks continue to leave for the suburbs and the city's overall population shrinks.


Drew Peterson's lawyers appealing murder conviction

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:41

FILE - In this May 8, 2009 file photo, former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson arrives for court in Joliet, Ill. A state appeals court is hearing arguments Thursday, May 21, 2015 in Ottawa, Ill., from lawyers seeking to overturn Peterson's murder conviction in his third wife's 2004 death. The Chicago Tribune reports that attorneys for Peterson are challenging his 2012 conviction. They claim prosecutors shouldn't have been allowed to present second-hand evidence and Peterson's previous lawyer provided ineffective counsel. Peterson is serving a 38-year sentence for killing Kathleen Savio, and is a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) — Drew Peterson's murder conviction in his third wife's 2004 death should be overturned because of improper use of hearsay evidence and mistakes by his former attorney, lawyers for the former suburban Chicago police sergeant told a state appeals court Thursday.


South Carolina police kill man suspected of wounding deputy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:37
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A man suspected of wounding a South Carolina sheriff's deputy was shot and killed by police when he emerged from an apartment Thursday shooting at officers, Charleston's police chief said.

Technician accused of stealing 4,000 cell phone tower batteries

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:32

Technician accused of stealing 4,000 cell phone tower batteriesA man is suspected of stealing more than 4,000 cell phone tower batteries from across four states since September.


Exclusive: Iowa bird-flu farms fall short on containment measures

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:31

A sign warning of a Biosecure Area at a chicken farm in HarrisBy Tom Polansek and P.J. Huffstutter IRETON, IOWA/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Measures to control the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history are not being enforced at several farms at its epicenter in northwestern Iowa, potentially increasing the risks that the disease could spread further, spot checks by Reuters show. In visits to six affected sites in Iowa last week, a Reuters reporter found procedures at three in Sioux County did not comply with USDA or state protocols for restricting access to infected sites, providing protective gear to workers and cleaning the wheels of vehicles leaving the sites.     Burke Healey, the USDA's national incident commander coordinating response to the bird flu, said he was concerned about the findings of lax biosecurity in Iowa after hearing about them from Reuters.


Christie says he deserves media apology over bridge scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:25

Christie says he deserves media apology over bridge scandalGov. Chris Christie says he deserves an apology from the media for its coverage of the George Washington Bridge scandal.


Husband gets life for arranging for girlfriend to kill wife in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:24
Kashif Parvaiz, 30, of Brooklyn, New York, was convicted in February of arranging for his girlfriend to shoot his wife to death and wound him, making it look like a random attack, according to Morris County prosecutors. "The court imposed a severe sentence which was certainly justified by the horrific and cowardly acts of the unrepentant defendant," prosecutor Fredric Knapp said in a statement. The girlfriend, Antoinette Stephen, pleaded guilty to murder in May 2013 and testified against Parvaiz at his trial.

Boy Scouts' leader says ban on gay adults not sustainable

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

FILE - In this Friday, May 23, 2014 file photo, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates addresses the Boy Scouts of America's annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., after being selected as the organization's new president. On Thursday Gates said that the organization's longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable, and called for change in order to avert potentially destructive legal battles. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization's longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable and called for change in order to prevent "the end of us as a national movement."


Days after Waco, South Carolina braces for bikers

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

In this photo taken Tuesday, May 19, 2015, motorcyclists ride through Myrtle Beach, S.C. Tens of thousands of bilkers are expected in the area this Memorial Day weekend for the annual Atlantic Beach Bikefest that begins in the predominantly black hamlet of Atlantic Beach on Friday, May 22. After violence in nearby communities left three dead last year, visitors will be greeted with increased security measures. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)ATLANTIC BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Tens of thousands of bikers are expected to descend on South Carolina's Myrtle Beach area this Memorial Day weekend — and when they do, they'll be met with heavy security.


Senate Democrats demand more money for Amtrak repair backlog

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

FILE - In this May 12, 2015 file photo, emergency personnel work the scene of a deadly train wreck in Philadelphia. An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia. Senate Democrats are demanding more money for Amtrak so the railroad can tackle a $21 billion backlog in repair and replacement projects. They say that backlog compromises safety and service.(AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Thursday demanded that Republicans provide more money for Amtrak so the railroad can tackle a $21 billion maintenance and repair backlog, including replacing tunnels more than a century old.


1 family member dead, 2 critical in New Castle incident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:18

1 family member dead, 2 critical in New Castle incidentPolice are investigating the death of a woman and the hospitalization of two of her family members in New Castle, Delaware.