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Spain: Jet evacuated in Madrid after hoax threat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 04:55

Emergency team members work at a Saudi Arabian Airlines jet at the Madrid's airport, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Passengers on a jet set to leave Madrid for Saudi Arabia have been evacuated after the pilot reported an unspecified threat. A spokeswoman for Spain's airport authority AENA says the Saudi Arabian Airlines jet taxied to a remote part of Madrid's airport Thursday after the threat was reported and all passengers safely disembarked. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)MADRID (AP) — Passengers on a jet set to leave Madrid for Saudi Arabia were evacuated Thursday after the pilot reported an unspecified threat that authorities later determined was a hoax.

More sex abuse by UN troops alleged in C. African Republic

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 04:52
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A human rights group alleged Thursday that at least eight women and girls were raped or sexually exploited by U.N. peacekeepers late last year in Central African Republic, and the world body announced that more than 100 troops would be sent home.

Protests, EU demands add pressure on Greece's Tsipras

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 04:51

A protester prepares to throw a petrol bomb at riot policemen during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Athens, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Clashes have broken out between Greek police and youths throwing fire bombs and stones, as tens of thousands of people march through central Athens to protest planned pension reforms.(AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Tens of thousands joined anti-government protests across Greece Thursday as the country was crippled by a general strike against painful pension reforms demanded by bailout lenders.

First wrongful death claim filed over California methane leak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 04:38

A woman presses her forehead as she sits with a group of Porter Ranch residents holding protest signs at a meeting of air quality regulators to discuss potential rules against the utility that operates the site of a gas leak in Porter Ranch, in Diamond BarMethane fumes spewing from a ruptured underground pipeline near a Los Angeles neighborhood hastened the demise of an elderly woman already suffering from lung cancer, her family said in the first wrongful death claim stemming from the gas leak. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages against Southern California Gas Co, a division of San Diego-based Sempra Energy, for the suffering and death of Zelda Rothman, 79, who died on Jan. 25, about three months after the leak was detected. Rothman, who lived about 3 miles (5 km) from the source of the escaping methane at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field, was leading an active life, despite her diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer, her family's lawyer, Scott Glovsky, said on Thursday.

1 dead, 1 injured in afternoon shooting in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 04:36

1 dead, 1 injured in afternoon shooting in KensingtonPhiladelphia police are investigating a double shooting left one person dead and another injured in Kensington.

Motorist dead, 5 injured in SUV-school bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 04:34
FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — State police say the driver of an SUV crossed the center line of a southern New Jersey highway and collided with an oncoming school bus, causing the bus to overturn.

NYC pulls reins on plan for Central Park horse carriages

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 04:32

File - This April 28, 2014, file photo shows a horse-drawn carriage rides through Central Park, in New York. New York's City Council has pulled the reins on a plan by Mayor Bill de Blasio to overhaul Central Park's popular carriage horse rides after the Teamster union that represents the carriage drivers said it cannot support he bill. The proposal would have banned carriage horses from operating on Manhattan streets, where they now mingle with vehicles as they plod to and from the park. It also would have trimmed the carriage fleet. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A much-debated plan to dramatically overhaul New York City's carriage horse industry collapsed Thursday, with the city council pulling the reins on a plan that would have limited the tourist-toting animals to a small section of Central Park.

Mayor, city manager of Texas 'spinach capital' arrested for corruption

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 04:30
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The mayor and city manager of a south Texas town that bills itself as the "spinach capital of the world," were arrested on Thursday on charges including strong-arming contractors into paying bribes in exchange for doing business, authorities said. A federal indictment claims five current and former city officials of Crystal City demanded payments from contractors so they could pay off personal gambling bills, bar tabs, car loans, and other expenses. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Texas Rangers padlocked the City Hall for Crystal City, with a population of about 7,500 people as part of a probe into corruption where city officials are also accused of dipping into city coffers for their own personal gain, law enforcement officials said.

Arizona woman killed by Islamic State militants honored

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 04:29
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The family of a Prescott woman killed by Islamic State militants wants her to be remembered for her commitment to serving the vulnerable.

2nd suspect pleads guilty to minor counts over prison drone

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 04:20

This booking photo taken on Aug. 23, 2015, provided by the Allegany County Sheriff's Department, shows Keith Russell, in Cumberland, Md. Russell has pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts in a plot to fly contraband aboard a drone into a Maryland state prison. (Allegany County, Md., Sheriff’s Office via AP)CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — The second of three men accused of plotting to use a drone to fly drugs, pornography and other contraband into a maximum-security state prison pleaded guilty Thursday to three misdemeanors involving tobacco, rolling papers and a cellphone.

5 years trimmed from ex-cop's sentence in Katrina body case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 04:15
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An ex-New Orleans police officer who burned the body of a man shot to death by a fellow officer in the chaos following Hurricane Katrina had his 17-year-sentenced reduced by more than five years Thursday by a federal judge.

Obama health care law posts respectable sign-up season

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 04:12

FILE - In this June 10, 2105 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Obama administration says 12.7 million people signed up for private insurance or renewed coverage under the president’s health care law, respectable results for a program still in political jeopardy. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says 12.7 million people have signed up for private insurance or renewed coverage under the president's health care law, respectable results for a program still in political jeopardy.

Prosecutor: Va. Tech students plotted girl's stabbing death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 04:08

This January 2016 photo provided by Blacksburg Police Department shows Virginia Tech student Natalie Keepers, who was arrested in connection with the death of Nicole Madison Lovell. (Blacksburg Police Department via AP)BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia Tech students carefully planned the kidnapping and killing of a 13-year-old girl, buying cleaning supplies and a shovel at separate Wal-Mart stores, and then hiding her body in the trunk of a Lexus, a prosecutor alleged on Thursday.

Unclaimed dogs shot by Oklahoma shelter, igniting uproar

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 04:00
An animal shelter in an Oklahoma town that has euthanized dogs by shooting them is under intense criticism by residents, and the mayor said on Thursday the practice is rare but would be stopped while the shelter is investigated. Residents of Bristow, a town of about 4,200 people southwest of Tulsa, have accused the animal shelter of fatally shooting at least three dogs in the past week and have petitioned the mayor to end the practise. "We are not going to shoot dogs anymore and we will try to work with local vets to help us," Bristow Mayor Leonard Washington said.

Cheltenham firefighters battle 4 alarm house fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 04:00

Cheltenham firefighters battle 4 alarm house fireA multi-alarm blaze inside a house in Cheltenham, Montgomery County has been placed under control.

Correction: Las Vegas-Pay To Park story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 03:40

FILE - In this architectural file rendering provided by MGM Resorts International shows a proposed MGM Resorts parking garage. The Las Vegas Strip casino giant that announced last month it'll begin charging for parking says it's handing the keys to the program to a Chicago-based company. MGM Resorts International announced Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, that publicly-traded SP Plus Corp., will handle paid parking at Strip resorts and will hire the casino company's approximately 400 non-union valet employees. The move is scheduled to take place within 60 days. (MGM Resorts International via AP, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a story Feb. 2 about MGM Resorts International outsourcing its Las Vegas Strip parking operations to a Chicago-based firm, The Associated Press erroneously reported the title of MGM Resorts executive Corey Sanders. He is chief operating officer, not chief financial officer. Also, one reference to the casino company used its former name, MGM Mirage. It is MGM Resorts International. A corrected version of the story is below:

The Latest: Planned Parenthood speaks on activists

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 03:32

Davids Daleiden, center, one of the two anti-abortion activists indicted last week speaks to media and supporters after turning himself in to authorities Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Houston. Daleiden and Sandra Merritt are charged with tampering with a governmental record, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the anti-abortion activists charged in the making of Planned Parenthood videos (all times local):

Judge refuses to dismiss rape charge against ex-trooper

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 03:27

FILE - In this April 22, 2015 file photo, Eric Roberts, an ex-Oklahoma Highway patrolman, leaves court in Sapulpa, Okla. A judge Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 refused to dismiss a second-degree rape charge against the former patrolman who is accused of assaulting three women during traffic stops. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — A judge refused on Thursday to dismiss a rape charge against a former Oklahoma Highway Patrolman accused of assaulting three women during traffic stops, rejecting defense claims that the contact was consensual.

In San Bernadino attack, trial delayed for man accused of supplying weapons

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 03:21

Law enforcement officers look over the evidence near the remains of a SUV involved in the Wednesdays attack is shown in San Bernardino, CaliforniaU.S. District Court Judge Jesus Bernal, citing requests from both the prosecution and the defense for more time to prepare, moved the start of the trial from Feb. 23 to July 19. Authorities say the husband-and-wife shooters, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 29, opened fire at a holiday gathering of Farook's co-workers on Dec. 2, killing 14 people and wounding 22.

New York deal on horse-drawn carriages collapses in blow to mayor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 03:21

File photo of a horse pulling a carriage in traffic near Central Park in the Manhattan borough of New YorkA plan to rein in New York City's horse-drawn carriages, a long-time Central Park tourist attraction, has collapsed after the labor union that helped negotiate the deal withdrew its support, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday. The abrupt reversal came just one day before the City Council was set to vote on a bill that would have cut the number of carriage horses from 220 to 95. The Teamsters local that represents carriage drivers had worked with de Blasio to craft a compromise that stopped short of a total ban.