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Some key figures about the Prison Entrepreneurship Program

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 22:20

In this photo taken Dec. 12, 2014, Prison Entrepreneurship Program, or PEP, CEO Bert Smith, left, names Casey Allen, center, the winner of the business plan contest as second-place winner Jamaal Givens looks on during graduation ceremonies at the Cleveland Correctional Facility in Cleveland, Texas. The Prison Entrepreneurship Program, or PEP, is based on a philosophy that making inmates like Chavez business savvy will reduce the likelihood that they’ll end up back in prison. It emphasizes reforming behavior while also working on a broader goal of reducing the prison population. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)The Houston-based Prison Entrepreneurship Program began operations in 2004 and operates now in the Cleveland Correctional Facility in Cleveland, Texas, with plans to open a second unit in a Dallas-area prison this year. Some facts and figures about the program since it began:


Texas prison program aims to produce business-savvy inmates

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 22:17

In this photo taken Dec. 12, 2014, prison inmate Richard Chavez sits with classmates and listens to a speaker during graduation ceremonies at the Cleveland Correctional Facility in Cleveland, Texas. The group is graduating from the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, or PEP. The program is based on a philosophy that making inmates like Chavez business savvy will reduce the likelihood that they’ll end up back in prison. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)CLEVELAND, Texas (AP) — Standing in a prison chow hall, Richard Chavez Jr. outlines his past: violent felon, former gang member, the fourth member of his family to go to prison. Then his future: owner of a mobile counseling youth service that goes where the troubled kids are.


Newborn found on fire on Burlington County road

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 22:04

Newborn dies after being found on fire on Burlington Co. roadPolice say a newborn was found burning on a road in Pemberton Township, New Jersey late Friday night.


Woman burned in apartment blaze in Rhawnhurst

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 21:08

Woman burned in apartment blaze in RhawnhurstA woman was seriously burned in an apartment fire in Philadelphia's Rhawnhurst section early Saturday morning.


Fire damages Pretzel Factory store in West Chester

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 21:05

Fire damages Pretzel Factory store in West ChesterA fire damaged a Pretzel Factor store in West Chester, Pennsylvania early Saturday morning.


Newborn found on fire on Burlington County road

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 19:52

Newborn found on fire on Burlington County roadPolice say a newborn was found burning on a road in Pemberton Township, New Jersey late Friday night.


Sheriff: Pair tried to smuggle heroin-laced Bible into jail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 19:21
CINCINNATI (AP) — Law enforcement officials in southwest Ohio say two people attempted to smuggle a heroin-laced Bible into the county justice center.

Sheriff: Pair tried to smuggle heroin-laced Bible into jail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 19:21
CINCINNATI (AP) — Law enforcement officials in southwest Ohio say two people attempted to smuggle a heroin-laced Bible into the county justice center.

Obama invites presidential letter writers to big address

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 19:02

U.S. President Obama addresses joint news conference with British Prime Minister Cameron at the White House in WashingtonPresident Barack Obama has invited a handful of average Americans who wrote him letters about their lives to his annual State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. "Every day, we get thousands of letters and emails at the White House from Americans across the country, and every night, I read 10 of them," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address, broadcast on Saturday. "They tell me about their hopes and their worries, their hardships and successes. They’re the Americans I’m working for every day, and this year, several of these letter writers will join me at the Capitol." The president said he had invited a woman from Colorado, Carolyn Reed, who expanded her business with a loan from the Small Business Administration. Victor Fugate of Missouri would also be among his guests.


AP Exclusive: Academy president responds to Oscar firestorm

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 16:32

 All 20 acting contenders are white, and no women are represented in the directing, writing or cinematography categories. After the Oscar nominations announcement on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite started trending on Twitter. Isaacs, the first black president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, talked with The Associated Press Friday about the diversity controversy and what comes next. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Responding for the first time to the firestorm of criticism over the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations, film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says the all-white acting slate inspires her to accelerate the academy's push to be more inclusive. She also hopes the film industry as a whole will continue to strive for greater diversity.


Supreme Court sets stage for historic gay rights ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 16:29

In this June 26, 2013, file photo, gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. The justices might have to decide to jump in at their closed-door conference on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, if they want to resolve the legal debate over gay marriage in the next few months. The justices would hear the case in April, the last month for oral arguments before the next term begins in October. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is getting back in the marriage business.


Romney shows softer side in 2016 campaign preview

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 16:23

Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential nominee, left, greets people after speaking during the Republican National Committee's winter meeting aboard the USS Midway Museum Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mitt Romney is offering a rare glimpse of his softer side as he marches toward an unlikely third presidential bid focused on poverty and the middle class.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 16:05
"We are now that much closer to being fully recognized as a family, and we are thrilled. This opportunity for our case to be heard by the Supreme Court gives us and families like ours so much reason to be hopeful." — April DeBoer, a nurse from Michigan, after justices announced they will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution.

Nebraska landowners sue Keystone XL developer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 15:59
(Reuters) - Seven Nebraska landowners on Friday filed suits against the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline, alleging that a state law that cleared the way for the massive project violates the state's constitution. The legal action comes a week after the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled in support of the pipeline, which aims to take Canadian oil to refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast and has become a point of contention between the Republican-dominated U.S. Congress and the Obama administration. The Nebraskans, who filed suits in York and Holt counties, alleged that TransCanada Corp used the state law to threaten eminent domain against their land this month, according to court filings published online by the Domina Law Group representing the landowners. The suits call for an injunction against the state law, which would keep TransCanada from building on the land.

Fighting the spread of HIV by posing on the dance floor

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 15:56

In this Nov. 15, 2014 photo, performers in wedding gowns wait for their turn to take the stage and compete at a vogue ball in Baltimore. The city's health department hosts the annual ball as part of an HIV outreach and education effort. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — Beneath the neon lights of a banquet hall on an industrial stretch of the city, models strutted across an elevated stage in homemade evening gowns and tuxedos adorned with sequins, lace and something atypical for the runway: Trojan condom wrappers.


Police: Teen sweethearts blaze trail of crime across South

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 15:37

In this January 2015 photo made from surveillance video and released by the Grayson County Sheriff's Office, in Kentucky, 18-year-old Dalton Hayes and 13-year-old Cheyenne Phillips leave a South Carolina Wal-Mart. Authorities are looking for the teenage couple from central Kentucky who are suspected in a multistate crime spree. (AP Photo/Wal-Mart Inc. via The Grayson County (Ky.) Sheriff's Office)LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (AP) — Police say unless they surrender, the "outcome is not going to be good" for two teenage sweethearts who have blazed a trail of crime across the South, leaving in their wake a string of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks while stirring concern about their increasingly bold behavior.


Cosby's 1st Colorado show draws small group of protesters

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 14:44

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2014 file photo, comedian Bill Cosby performs during a show at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Fla. A model who claims Cosby drugged and sexually abused her has met with Los Angeles police detectives. Chloe Goins, who says Cosby drugged her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008, spent more than two hours at police headquarters on Wednesday morning, Jan. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)DENVER (AP) — About two dozen protesters rallied outside Bill Cosby's show in Pueblo Friday night, but the comedian's performance went off without a hitch.


Students rally at Penn State, happy Paterno gets wins back

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 13:41

A group of Penn State students march down Beaver Street carrying a cardboard statue of the late Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno as they celebrate the reversal of NCAA sanctions against the Penn State football program Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 in State College, Pa.. The NCAA has restored 112 of late head coach Joe Paterno's 409 career wins, reinstating Paterno as the winningest coach in major college football history. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds of Penn State students rallied and marched Friday to celebrate the career of late football coach Joe Paterno and the NCAA's agreement to restore 112 team victories deducted amid the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.


Boy Scout membership falls again in 2014

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 13:33
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - Membership in the Boy Scouts of America took a steeper tumble during 2014, the first year under a policy that allows openly gay youth to participate, than in recent years of a decade-long decline. About 2.4 million youth participated in the nearly 105-year-old Texas-based scouting program, representing a 7.4 percent decline over 2013 enrollment of 2.6 million youth, Boy Scout officials said in a statement on Friday.

NCAA agrees to restore wins to Penn State, title to Paterno

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 13:25

A group of Penn State students gather with a cardboard cutout of the late Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno outside Old Main on campus to celebrate the reversal of NCAA sanctions against the Penn State football program Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 in State College, Pa.. The NCAA has restored 112 of late head coach Joe Paterno's 409 career wins, reinstating Paterno as the winningest coach in major college football history. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The NCAA agreed Friday to restore 112 football wins it had stripped from Penn State and Joe Paterno in the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal and to reinstate the venerated late coach as the winningest in major college football history.