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New Hampshire students' hawk bill provokes abortion comment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:44
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A civics lesson took an unexpected turn for a group of New Hampshire fourth-graders when a lawmaker brought the abortion debate into their effort to name a state raptor.

AccuWeather MAPS: Wintry mix coming Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:34

 Wintry mix coming FridayAccuWeather is tracking the system that is bringing a mix of snow and rain to our area on Friday.


Florida high court rejects life sentences for juvenile crimes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:31
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday threw out what amounted to life sentences for four prisoners who had committed their crimes as juveniles, citing U.S. high court rulings that rejected long prison terms for youths. In the separate cases, they found the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010 and 2012 had forbidden the state from sentencing juveniles to life without parole. Florida law was revised last year to comply with the mandate, but the law applied only to laws committed recently. Anthony Duwayne Horsley Jr. was also 17 when he killed a convenience store owner during a 2006 robbery.

UN waived human rights concerns over 2 Congo generals

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:28
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Two Congolese generals who the U.N. says were involved in "massive human rights violations" were given waivers so they could cooperate with that country's U.N. peacekeeping mission as recently as last year, an official said Thursday.

Philadelphia officers not charged in fatal shooting of Brandon Tate-Brown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:28

Philadelphia officers not charged in fatal shooting of Brandon Tate-BrownThe fatal shooting of a motorist by police during an overnight traffic stop in December was a tragedy but not a crime, Philadelphia's district attorney said Thursday.


Judge won't release grand jury testimony in chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:23

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, file photo, state Supreme Court Judge William Garnett prepares to hear arguments regarding the release of the Eric Garner grand jury records, in the Staten Island borough of New York. Garnett has refused to release secret testimony heard by a grand jury that declined to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Garner, saying the parties who brought the suit didn't make a good enough argument for releasing the minutes. (AP Photo/The Advance, Jan Somma-Hammel, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A judge on Thursday refused to release testimony heard by a grand jury that declined to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, finding he hadn't heard a valid reason to make the secret information public.


Philadelphia woman killed by flying plywood in New York City

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:15

Philadelphia woman killed by flying plywood in New York CityHeavy winds blew a sheet of plywood off a construction building that struck and killed a local woman in New York City.


Underground blasts fire Indianapolis manhole covers into air

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:10
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Underground explosions caused by electrical arcing shot manhole covers into the air at a busy downtown Indianapolis intersection on Thursday, disrupting commuters, closing businesses and raising concerns about safety as the city prepares to host the Final Four next month.

Official: 2 New Jersey boys taken by father found in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:03

This photo provided by the Pasco Sheriff's Office shows Kristopher Dohm in a booking photo Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Pasco County, Florida, after he was arrested when authorities found him with his 8- and 7-year-old sons, who were reported missing by their mother Feb. 9. The two New Jersey boys at the center of a custody dispute were unharmed when authorities found them with Dohm and his friend, Edward Tarras Jr., a fugitive, wanted in Tennessee on sex charges, investigators say. (AP Photo/Pasco Sheriff's Office)NEWTON, N.J. (AP) — Two New Jersey boys at the center of a custody dispute have been found unharmed in Florida with their father along with a fugitive wanted in Tennessee on sex charges, investigators say.


Army looks into allegations of racial slurs at Alaska base

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:00
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Army says it has launched an informal investigation into allegations that an Alaska-based unit was allowing racial slurs among its members.

House panel adopts budget; Senate panel approaches vote

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:54

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., center, holds-up a synopsis of the House Republican budget proposal as he announces the plan on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. The plan includes a boost in defense spending but cuts in the Medicaid program for the poor, food stamps and health care subsidies. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress advanced balanced-budget plans bristling with cuts in Medicaid and other benefit programs Thursday, determined to make a down payment on last fall's campaign promise to erase deficits by the end of the decade.


6-year-old heart patient's shooting death rattles St. Louis

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:51

This image provided by Marcus Johnson Sr. shows Marcus Johnson Jr.'s funeral pamphlet. Marcus Johnson Jr.’s parents figured a sunny day at a city park was just what the 6-year-old kindergartner needed while recovering from heart surgery the previous week and a doctor’s visit that same day. Instead, his family will bury Marcus on Thursday, March 19, 2015, after the child was shot in the chest and killed in an attack his mother and father said stemmed from a traffic dispute. (AP Photo/Marcus Johnson Sr.)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Marcus Johnson Jr.'s parents figured a sunny day at the park was just what their son needed while recovering from heart surgery.


Tag Heuer to make smartwatches with Google and Intel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:50
NEW YORK (AP) — Watch out Apple: Swiss company Tag Heuer is developing its own smartwatch with tech rivals Google and Intel.

Alaska fishermen's vote highlights rift in marketing group

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:48

FILE - This May 18, 2012 file photo shows a sign for Anchorage, Alaska-based Copper River Seafoods as the annual first air shipment of the prized salmon arrived from Alaska in Seattle. A growing number of restaurant customers and grocery store shoppers in the country are asking for Alaska’s Copper River sockeye salmon by name. But the marketing effort that popularized the firm, red fish could be in jeopardy as the commercial fishermen who provide much of its funding decide whether to pull their support. In 2005, the fleet of Prince William Sound fishermen who hang curtain-like nets from their boats to catch salmon voted to assess itself a 1 percent tax to fund Alaska’s first regional seafood development association. The fishermen who let out nets from shore joined in 2009. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A growing number of restaurant customers and grocery store shoppers in the country are asking for Alaska's Copper River sockeye salmon by name.


NY judge will not release grand jury transcripts in chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:47

A child reads posters at the makeshift memorial where Eric Garner died during an arrest in July, at the Staten Island borough of New YorkBy Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York state judge on Thursday refused to release the transcripts of secret grand jury proceedings into the killing of an unarmed black man last July by a white police officer who put him in a chokehold. Acting Supreme Court Justice William Garnett said that civil liberty groups, the news media, public defenders and New York's elected public advocate had not shown a "compelling and particularized need" for the records, and that making them public would undermine the grand jury process. "Most important to the integrity and thoroughness of the criminal justice system is the assurance to witnesses that their testimony and cooperation are not the subject of public comment or criticism," the judge wrote. Eric Garner's death, along with the fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old black man in Ferguson, Missouri, last August by a white police officer sparked protests around the country by people outraged by police treatment of African Americans.


Movers find cannonball in box at northwest Georgia home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:45
DALLAS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a moving company found a possible Civil War-era relic while removing boxes from a northwest Georgia home.

Some California winemakers accused of letting arsenic into products

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:40
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - About 30 makers of low-priced California wines including popular brands Charles Shaw and Sutter Home allow unacceptable levels of arsenic in their products, private attorneys said in a proposed class action filed in Los Angeles on Thursday. The legal action represents a challenge to a segment of the industry that produces wines that consumers can buy for less than $10 a bottle, or in the case of Charles Shaw the so-called Two-Buck Chuck product that retailer Trader Joe's has popularized at $2. The attorneys who brought the lawsuit said the majority of wineries in the state's $23 billion wine industry, the nation's largest, produce a safe product. "There is more regulation in the caramel corn industry in the United States than in the wine industry, as surprising as that is," attorney Brian Kabateck told a news conference.

Coroner: Rat raised to feed family's snakes fatally bit baby

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:38
CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — A rat being raised to feed a family's pet snakes ended up biting a 6-month-old boy and transmitting diseases that killed him, authorities said Thursday.

Ga. man sentenced to life in 12-hour rape, torture

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:37
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Georgia prosecutors say a metro Atlanta man convicted of raping a woman, shaving her head and giving her a bag of her hair has been sentenced to life in prison.

Man stabbed inside a Chinese restaurant in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:36

Man stabbed inside a Chinese restaurant in Southwest PhiladelphiaA 20-year-old man was stabbed multiple times inside a Chinese Restaurant in Southwest Philadelphia on Thursday.