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Southern California man gets jail for poodle killing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:43
BALDWIN PARK, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man who beat to death his miniature poodle has been sentenced to a year in jail.

Close dilapidated, rodent-infested prison, California lawmaker says

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:42
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California should shut down a state prison in Riverside County that is dilapidated, infested with vermin and expensive to operate, the chairwoman of the state Senate's public safety panel said on Tuesday. The California Rehabilitation Center at Norco houses 2,400 inmates in unsafe conditions that include standing pools of water, rodents and cockroaches, and water that does not come out of the pipes at temperatures deemed safe for food preparation, according to Democratic state Senator Loni Hancock. "CRC is dilapidated and unsafe," Hancock wrote in a letter to Jeffrey Beard, Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's secretary for corrections and rehabilitation. "Many of the buildings are nearly a century old." The Southern California facility opened in 1928 as a lakeside resort, was used as a naval hospital during World War Two and eventually became a narcotics center that also housed felons.

Jeb Bush backs off support of Iraq invasion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:40

Bush addresses the National Review Institute's 2015 Ideas Summit in WashingtonRepublican Jeb Bush said on Tuesday that "mistakes were made" in the Iraq war, moving to disavow a controversial statement he made in support of the 2003 invasion ordered by his brother, then-President George W. Bush. The former Florida governor, who is likely to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, had told Fox News in an interview broadcast on Sunday that "I would have" authorized the invasion. The comment fed a narrative pushed by Democrats that Jeb Bush is little different from his brother, who left office in early 2009 with his popularity weakened by the Iraq war and a faltering U.S. economy. Jeb Bush on Tuesday went on the talk radio show conducted by conservative Sean Hannity to try to quiet the controversy.


Brady and NFL prepare to battle over 'Deflategate' suspension

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:39

A fan wearing a souvenir t-shirt from Super Bowl XLIX and listing New England Patriots players including quarterback Tom Brady waits in line to hear Brady speak at Salem State University in SalemThe National Football League's hardline stance on Tom Brady and his role in "Deflategate" sparked predictions on Tuesday that the star quarterback could see his four-game suspension reduced through an appeal. The severity of the punishment for the New England Patriots star combined with a spate of overturned NFL sanctions bode well for Brady in the appeals process, experts said. The appeal, which must be lodged by Thursday at 5 p.m. ET (2100 GMT), would follow a flurry of questions about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's handling of other high-profile cases last season. Brady's four-game suspension is seen as harsh by many, who note it is the same as what is handed to first time offenders violating the league's rules on performance-enhancing drugs, and double the number of games Goodell initially gave Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice for a domestic violence incident.


Christie: Fed partly to blame for U.S. income inequality

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:39

A man looks at his phone as he walks out of courthouse past man arranging bags in Los AngelesBy Lisa Lambert and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In unusual remarks for a moderate Republican who may run for president, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Tuesday the Federal Reserve deserved part of the blame for a widening gulf between the rich and the poor. The Obama administration's regulatory policies, along with the Fed's monetary policies, have stymied economic growth by allowing financial assets to grow substantially in value while wages have stagnated, Christie said. Christie said he would create conditions for the economy to grow at a brisk annual rate of 4 percent through policy changes such as overhauling the tax code and rolling back what he said were burdensome regulations put in place by President Barack Obama. Matthew Green, a politics professor at Catholic University in Washington, said Christie's speech appeared to be an effort to distinguish himself from other candidates and to appeal to members of the Republican conservative base who are critical of the Fed. The sharpest criticism of the Federal Reserve typically comes from the Tea Party and libertarian wings of the Republican party, including from Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who in April said he is seeking the presidency and favors opening up the Fed's policy decisions to congressional audits.


Virginia couple testifies about bizarre home-invasion attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:37
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A lawyer and his wife have testified about surviving a brutal home-invasion attack in a Washington suburb that prosecutors say was carried out by another pair of lawyers.

Climbers who stomped 'SOS' in snow rescued from mountain

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:36
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — National Park Service officials say two climbers from Idaho who stomped out "SOS" in the snow were rescued unharmed from an Alaska mountain after triggering an avalanche.

Surfer learns not to get between a momma gray whale and baby

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:17
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California surfer has learned the hard way not to come between a momma gray whale and her baby.

Bird flu outbreak hits Nebraska poultry farm: USDA

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:10
The fast-spreading avian flu virus was confirmed for the first time in Nebraska, at a commercial egg-laying farm that housed a flock of 1.7 million chickens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. The case in Dixon County, Nebraska, brings the number of states affected by the outbreak to 16, and the U.S. tally of birds that have either died or will be killed to 32 million. The U.S. poultry and egg industry has been grappling for months with the biggest outbreak on record of avian influenza in the United States. Authorities do not know how the H5N2 virus reached the Nebraska farm.

Egg, turkey meat prices begin to rise as bird flu spreads

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:09

FILE - This Nov. 25, 2014, file photo, shows eggs for sale in a Des Moines, Iowa, grocery store. Prices for eggs and turkey meat are edging up as the bird flu in the Midwest claims an increasing number of chickens and turkeys. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Prices for eggs and turkey meat are rising as an outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest claims an increasing number of chickens and turkeys. Market experts say grocery stores and wholesalers are trying to stock up on eggs, but there's no need to worry about having enough turkeys for Thanksgiving.


Obama: Stereotypes on left, right a hurdle to ending poverty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:08

President Barack Obama speaks at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Gaston Hall at Georgetown University in Washington, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. The president said that "it's a mistake" to think efforts to stamp out poverty have failed and the government is powerless to address it. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — It wasn't your typical panel discussion: President Barack Obama sat down Tuesday with leading thinkers from the left and right to reflect on poverty, income inequality and the stereotypes that get in the way of finding solutions.


US charges 4 after intercepting gun shipments to Lebanon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:05
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Four relatives were charged in Iowa on Tuesday with conspiring to smuggle guns and ammunition to Lebanon that were hidden with equipment exports and supplies for Syrian refugees.

George Zimmerman's fresh start hampered by new investigation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:03

FILE - In this July 9, 2013, file photo, George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom for a lunch break his trial in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Fla. Police officers in Florida say Zimmerman has been involved in a shooting, Monday, May 11, 2015. Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013 of fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in a case that sparked protests and national debate about race relations. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, Pool, File)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman had moved out of Florida recently, hoping for a fresh start.


Report: Rising share of Hispanics speak proficient English

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:02

Rene Amel Peralta, 28, a chemistry student at University of California, Irvine, poses for a photo on campus, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Peralta, said he now uses more English than Spanish as he pursues his college degree. When he arrived in this country at age 13, he said he only knew Spanish. A report by Pew Research Center found a rising share of Hispanics in the United States speak proficient English while the percentage of those speaking Spanish at home has been declining. (AP Photo/Amy Taxin)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A rising share of Hispanics in the United States speak proficient English and the percentage of those speaking Spanish at home has been declining, researchers said Tuesday.


Jimmy Carter feeling 'fine' after cold cuts short trip

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:01
ATLANTA (AP) — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that he's feeling fine after doctors advised him to cut short a weekend election observation visit to Guyana because of a bad cold.

Congress passes bill setting up alert when police are killed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:00
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has passed a bill setting up a national alert system whenever a police officer is killed or injured.

Boy struck, killed by San Francisco light-rail train

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 05:54
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police say a middle school student was struck and killed by a light-rail train as he ran across a street.

Home of child molester sold, money will help victims

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 05:53

Home of child molester sold, money will help victimsThe home of a convicted child molester in Bucks County has been sold, and the money will be used to help victims.


Senate Democrats block action on Obama's trade agenda

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 05:48

FILE - In this May 5, 2015 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate leaders said Tuesday that Democrats have enough votes to block action on President Barack Obama's trade initiatives unless the parties can work out disagreements on how to package various bills. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, a strong opponent of Obama’s trade agenda, said Democrats have more than enough votes to block action for now. McConnell agreed. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats dealt President Barack Obama a stinging setback on trade Tuesday, blocking efforts to begin a full-blown debate on a top priority of his second term.


Michigan state senator charged after allegedly shooting at ex-wife's car

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 05:47
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A Michigan state senator was charged on Tuesday with multiple crimes after shooting at his ex-wife's Mercedes-Benz outside his house during the weekend, prosecutors said. Senator Virgil Smith, 35, a Democrat in Michigan's fourth district, which covers part of Detroit and some of its suburbs, was arraigned on charges of felonious assault, malicious destruction of property valued at $20,000 or more, domestic violence assault and battery and a felony firearm charge. Prosecutors said that at about 1 a.m. on Sunday, Smith's ex-wife, also 35, came to his home and found another woman there. They said Smith assaulted his former wife and fired several shots from a rifle at her 2015 Mercedes-Benz.