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Union: Sex assault of prison guard highlights staffing woes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 08:57

This photo provided by Arizona Department of Corrections shows Fernandes Masters. Corrections officials said a female prison guard was sexually assaulted last month by Masters, a state prison inmate. It is the second such attack on a state prison employee in the last 18 months.(Arizona Department of Corrections via AP)PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona correctional officers union said Monday that they're worried the sexual assault of a guard shows that prison understaffing has created a safety threat.


Final Exit's former head says group didn't assist suicides

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 08:55
HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — The former president of a national right-to-die group on trial for allegedly assisting in the suicide of a Minnesota woman testified Monday that members of Final Exit Network do not assist in suicides and the group agrees to support someone during a "self deliverance" only when that person is suffering from unbearable pain and meets other criteria.

Hooters Casino Hotel sold for $70 million

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 08:51

FILE - This Feb. 1, 2006 file photo Hooters hotel-casino, located one block from the Las Vegas Strip, is seen in Las Vegas. A real estate broker representing the owners of the Hooters Casino Hotel says the near-Strip property has sold for about $70 million to a New York-based hotel investment company. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A real estate broker representing the owners of the Hooters Casino Hotel said the property near the Las Vegas Strip has sold for about $70 million to a New York-based hotel investment company.


Google acknowledges 11 accidents with its self-driving cars

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 08:46

FILE - This May 13, 2014 file photo shows a row of Google self-driving Lexus cars at a Google event outside the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. Of the nearly 50 self-driving cars rolling around California roads and highways, four have gotten into accidents since September, 2014. That’s when the state officially began permitting these cars of the future, which use sensors and computing power to maneuver around traffic. Three accidents involved Lexus SUVs run by Google Inc. The fourth was an Audi retrofitted by the parts supplier Delphi Automotive. Google and Delphi said the accidents were minor and their cars were not at fault.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Google Inc. revealed Monday that its self-driving cars have been in 11 minor traffic accidents since it began experimenting with the technology six years ago.


Mom plans to sue after autistic daughter removed from plane

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 08:43
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman said Monday she intends to sue United Airlines after her flight home made an emergency landing, and authorities removed her family from the plane after she and the flight crew had problems finding her autistic 15-year-old daughter something to eat.

Police say they didn't see FBI bulletin before Texas attack

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 08:38
GARLAND, Texas (AP) — Hours before two would-be terrorists attacked a provocative Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest, the FBI sent local authorities the license plate number and photo of one of the shooters, who had a prior terrorism-related conviction, but police said Monday they didn't see the intelligence bulletin in time.

Woman gets life sentence in granddaughter's running death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 08:37
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman convicted of running her 9-year-old granddaughter to death as punishment for lying about candy was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Convicted killer of 3 in Houston asking for execution delay

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 08:24

Derrick Charles is seen in this undated handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Charles faces lethal injection Tuesday evening, May 12, 2015, for the 2002 slayings of his 15-year-old girlfriend, her mother and her grandfather at their home. His lawyers argue the 32-year-old Charles is mentally incompetent for execution and they need time and court-approved money to pursue those claims. State attorneys are opposing any delay in the punishment. Charles was 19 at the time of the crime. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Derrick Dewayne Charles was a convicted burglar wanted by authorities for ignoring mandatory meetings with his parole officer when he was arrested for killing his 15-year-old girlfriend, her mother and her grandfather at their home in Houston 13 years ago.


Washington state schools seek waiver from U.S. test-result penalties

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 08:17
Washington state, which already lost an exemption from some requirements of U.S. education law, is asking not to be penalized for lower test scores this year as districts switch to a standardized exam tethered to tougher standards, an official said on Monday. "The test is more rigorous than previous tests we've had," said Nathan Olson, a spokesman for state Superintendent Randy Dorn. "We shouldn't have to continue with penalties during this transition period." Washington state public schools are required to give the tests to meet federal education requirements under No Child Left Behind, a law signed in 2002 requiring annual standardized tests in American schools. If Dorn's March 31 accountability waiver request is granted, the state would still report its test results from the 2014-2015 school year but be free from the federal law's increasingly punitive sanction scheme if students fail to meet yearly performance targets, Olson said.

Man gets prison for taped sex abuse on flea market tablet

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 08:14
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who stored images of himself sexually abusing a girl on a computer tablet and then sold it at a flea market has been sentenced to more than 27 years in prison.

Picasso painting sets record for art at auction $179 million

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 08:04

Picasso painting sells for $179M; Giacometti sculpture $141MA vibrant, multi-hued painting from Pablo Picasso set a world record for artwork at auction, selling for $179 million on Monday night.


Latest Zimmerman dust-up linked to prior road rage incident

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 08:02

File photo of George Zimmerman listening to judge during a first-appearance hearing in Sanford FloridaLAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who has had a series of run-ins with girlfriends, his ex-wife and random strangers since killing an unarmed black teenager, narrowly missed getting shot Monday after a mysterious dispute.


Agent for Brady says Patriots quarterback will appeal suspension

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 07:55
(Reuters) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, suspended on Monday for four games by the National Football League for his role in "Deflategate," will appeal the penalty, his agent said. Don Yee, Brady's agent, said in announcing the appeal that the probe into the deflated football scandal will "be exposed as an incredibly frail exercise in fact-finding and logic." Ted Wells, an attorney hired by the NFL to investigate the allegations, said in his report that it was likely that Brady and Patriots personnel circumvented league rules by using deflated footballs in the team's 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game.

NFL suspends Brady four games for 'Deflategate,' fines Patriots

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 07:41

A ball boy holds footballs as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms-up ahead of the start of the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game against the Seattle Seahawks in GlendaleThe National Football League came down hard on the New England Patriots on Monday for their role in Deflategate, suspending star quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of next season and fining the franchise $1 million. The NFL also said the Patriots will forfeit their first-round selection in the 2016 draft and a fourth-round pick in 2017 for using under-inflated footballs in last season's AFC Championship game. Ted Wells, an attorney hired by the NFL to investigate the allegations, said in a 243-page report that it was "more probable than not" that Patriots personnel "were involved in a deliberate effort" to circumvent rules by using deflated footballs in the team's 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game.


Police: Man shot by officers pointed cellphone like a gun

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 07:31

Marilyn Covarrubias, left, the mother of Daniel Covarrubias, covers her face while talking to reporters Monday, May 11, 2015, outside police headquarters in Lakewood, Wash. The interim police chief in Lakewood says officers shot and killed Daniel Covarrubias in a lumber yard last month because he pointed a cell phone at them as though it were a gun. At right is Lanna Covarrubias, sister of Daniel Covarrubias. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — A law enforcement official says officers shot and killed a man in a Lakewood, Washington, lumberyard last month because he pointed a cellphone at them as though it were a gun.


Senator Warren hits back at Obama in Pacific Rim trade fight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 07:22
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren hit back at President Barack Obama in their tussle over "fast-track" authorization to negotiate a Pacific Rim trade treaty, a power she says could be used in the future to weaken Wall Street reforms. The president, who wants expedited negotiating power to streamline the passage of trade deals through Congress, said last week that Warren's claims were "absolutely wrong." Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat and prominent liberal voice, stuck to her argument in an interview published on Monday with a Washington Post blog, saying Obama should release details of the Pacific trade talks so legal experts can determine if a pact could be used to weaken U.S. bank rules. "If the president is so confident it's a good deal, he should declassify the text and let people see it before asking Congress to tie its hands on fixing it," Warren said in the interview with the Plum Line blog.

Online Common Core testing lays bare tech divide in schools

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 07:19

In this April 30, 2015 photo, Leticia Fonseca, 16, left, and her twin sister, Sylvia Fonseca, right, work in the computer lab at Cuyama Valley High School after taking the new Common Core-aligned standardized tests in New Cuyama, Calif. The Cuyama Joint Unified School District is 60 miles from the nearest city and has Internet connections about one-tenth the minimum speed recommended for the modern U.S. classroom. Across the country, school districts in rural areas and other pockets with low bandwidth are confronting a difficult task of administering new Common Core-aligned standardized tests to students online. (AP Photo/Christine Armario)NEW CUYAMA, Calif. (AP) — Nestled between mountains 60 miles from the nearest city, students at Cuyama Valley High School use Internet connections about one-tenth the minimum speed recommended for the modern U.S. classroom.


Cost to enter Yellowstone National Park going up

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 07:12

FILE - This July 2011 file photo shows the view from Mount Washburn in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Beginning June 1, it will cost more to visit Yellowstone National Park. The National Park Service announced Monday, May 11, that the entrance fee to the first national park will increase to $30 per vehicle. The current fee is $25. The pass is good for seven days. (AP Photo/Anick Jesdanun,File)YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Beginning June 1, it will cost more to visit Yellowstone National Park.


Arizona police fatally shoot man charging at them with sword

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 07:04
KEARNY, Ariz. (AP) — Pinal County authorities say a Kearny man has been fatally shot after charging at police officers with a Samurai sword.

Police investigating death of Georgia man found hanged

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 07:03
By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia authorities are investigating the death of a black man found hanging from a tree in a small town 70 miles east of Atlanta. Greensboro Police Chief Ossie Mapp said the 43-year-old man identified as Roosevelt Champion, was found in woods behind a house in the town of about 3,000 people. “Right now it’s a death investigation,” he said. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent handling the Greensboro case said Champion had been questioned last week in connection to a homicide.