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Single session launched Percy Sledge, No. 1 hit, and a sound

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 17:14

FILE - In this March 14, 2005 file photo, Percy Sledge accepts his award during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York. Sledge, who recorded the classic 1966 soul ballad "When a Man Loves a Woman," died, Tuesday April 14, 2015. He was 74. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) — Sound engineer Jimmy Johnson knew he had captured something special on tape as Percy Sledge finished singing "When a Man Loves a Woman" in a recording studio in 1965.


Single session launched Percy Sledge, No. 1 hit, and a sound

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 17:14

FILE - In this March 14, 2005 file photo, Percy Sledge accepts his award during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York. Sledge, who recorded the classic 1966 soul ballad "When a Man Loves a Woman," died, Tuesday April 14, 2015. He was 74. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) — Sound engineer Jimmy Johnson knew he had captured something special on tape as Percy Sledge finished singing "When a Man Loves a Woman" in a recording studio in 1965.


AccuWeather: Two Nice Days Ahead

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 17:06

 Two Nice Days AheadMeteorologist David Murphy says more clouds and spotty showers arrive on Friday.


U.S. fast-food workers plan rallies demanding higher wages

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 17:03

Activists march during a protest demanding better wages for fast-food workers in Los AngelesU.S. fast food workers fighting for better wages enlisted students, healthcare workers and racial justice activists to swell the ranks of rallies set for Wednesday in 230 cities. Fast-food workers will walk off the job and be joined at protests by students from 200 colleges and activists from the Black Lives Matter movement, which protests police brutality, they said. The campaign by low-wage workers for higher pay has been building for several years as they protest that the U.S. federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is not enough to lift them from poverty. Fast-food and retail chains are starting to respond, but their wage increases are generally below the level organizers are demanding.


1 person in custody after blaze in Logan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 16:53

Suspect in custody after bedroom set on fire in LoganAn arson investigation is underway after a house fire in Philadelphia's Logan section early Wednesday morning.


1 person in custody after blaze in Logan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 16:53

1 person in custody after blaze in LoganAn arson investigation is underway after a house fire in Philadelphia's Logan section early Wednesday morning.


Woman loses home, other gifts to wife of ex-Clippers owner

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 16:51

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, sits with V. Stiviano as they watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. A Los Angeles judge ruled Tuiesday April 14, 2015 that the wife of the former Clippers owner is owed $2.6 million by V. Stiviano, a woman Donald Sterling showered with gifts. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The billionaire wife of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling got her revenge against a woman he secretly showered with gifts and whose recording of his racially offensive rant cost him ownership of the team.


Atlanta schools cheating case judge keeps word on sentences

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 16:30

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter describes how the three former SRT directors were at the top of the chain during sentencing on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Atlanta. All but one of 10 former Atlanta public school educators convicted in a widespread conspiracy to inflate student scores on standardized tests were sentenced to jail time Tuesday. Baxter called the cheating scandal "the sickest thing that's ever happened in this town." (Kent D. Johnson/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)ATLANTA (AP) — True to his word, a judge showed mercy to former Atlanta public school educators who accepted responsibility for their role in a widespread conspiracy to inflate student scores on standardized tests. Those who refused to admit guilt and agree to other conditions set by prosecutors, he treated much more harshly.


NYC protesters march against police brutality

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 16:28
NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of protesters gathered in New York City on Tuesday night to march against police brutality.

Pentagon plans to identify hundreds killed in Pearl Harbor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 15:29

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2012 file photo, a gravestone identifying the resting place of 7 unknowns from the USS Oklahoma is shown at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. The Pentagon says it will disinter and try to identify the remains of up to 388 unaccounted for sailors and Marines killed when the USS Oklahoma sank in the 1941 Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)HONOLULU (AP) — Tom Gray's family has waited for more than 70 years to bring home the remains of his cousin who was killed in the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941.


Protests in U.S. cities against police violence prompt arrests

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 15:24

Demonstrators climb over a fence during a protest against police brutality against minorities in New YorkBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Protesters in several U.S. cities blocked highways and swarmed police precincts, leading to at least two dozen arrests in demonstrations touched off by fresh cases of police violence against unarmed black men. About 250 activists marched across New York's Brooklyn Bridge, holding up signs that read "Stop murder by police" and "Stop killer cops". At least 12 people, some of whom appeared to be school-aged, were arrested following a brief scuffle with police after they crossed the bridge, and long traffic delays were reported. ...


'Entopreneurs' feed growing appetite for edible insects

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 15:07

Meal worms try to escape from a straining bowl in a kitchen before being cooked Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in San Francisco. A growing number of "entopreneurs" are trying to persuade consumers that insects are the next super food, a nutritious, low-cost, environmentally friendly source of protein that can help feed a hungry world. But they face a tough job convincing Westerners that crickets, meal worms and caterpillars can be tasty treats. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — They hop. They crawl. They squirm. And they could be coming to a dinner plate near you.


Court: Wal-Mart can exclude gun sales proposal from proxy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 15:01
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that Wal-Mart can exclude from its 2015 proxy statement a shareholder's proposal to review the sale of some guns.

Missouri executes inmate after last-minute appeals rejected

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 14:27

In the Feb. 10, 2014 photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is Andre Cole. Cole, 52, is scheduled to die for killing a man in 1998 in a fit of anger over having to pay child support. (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri inmate has been executed for killing a man in a fit of rage over child support payments 16 years ago.


Accuser testifies at Hamptons rape trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 13:51

Former New York City investment banker Jason Lee walks with his wife Alicia into Suffolk County Court Wednesday April 8, 2015, in Riverhead, N.Y. Lee faces charges he raped a woman from Ireland that he took home after celebrating his birthday at a Hamptons nightclub. He pleaded not guilty and is free on $100,000 bail. He has opted for a non-jury trial before Suffolk County Court Judge Barbara Kahn. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — An Irish tourist who said a former New York City investment banker raped her at his East Hampton rental home two summers ago testified Tuesday that she used "every ounce of strength" she had in trying to fend off her attacker.


Union spends big on low-wage campaign, endgame unclear

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 13:24

David Coulombe, who works as a consumables sales floor associate at Walmart, participates in a march and rally for $15 minimum wage in BostonIn recent months, cities have passed or introduced laws to require higher minimum wages within their boundaries. Wal-Mart Stores and McDonald's Corp, among a number of big employers, have raised minimum pay.


Huge California water supplier slashes summer deliveries

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 13:22

This Sunday, April 13, 2015 photo shows water from a leaking pipe flowing along the curbside of a street in Los Angeles. Southern California's water wholesaler is considering a proposal that would reduce the amount of water it delivers to more than two dozen cities and agencies in the wake of an ongoing drought. A board committee of the Metropolitan Water District meets Monday, April 13, to mull a plan to cut water deliveries by 15 percent beginning this summer. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cities and water districts serving 19 million people in Southern California face smaller water deliveries this summer under a plan approved by the region's water wholesaler in response to ongoing dry conditions.


Washington state lawmakers vote to overhaul medical pot industry

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 13:07
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state lawmakers passed a bill on Tuesday to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries running in parallel with recreational-use cannabis stores, in a first step towards reconciling the disjointed markets. While marijuana remains illegal under federal law, voters in Washington state and Colorado sanctioned the recreational use of cannabis in landmark votes in 2012 that ushered in licensed and taxed retail stores offering adults a range of products.

Pentagon plans to identify hundreds killed in Pearl Harbor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:45

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2012 file photo, a gravestone identifying the resting place of 7 unknowns from the USS Oklahoma is shown at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. The Pentagon says it will disinter and try to identify the remains of up to 388 unaccounted for sailors and Marines killed when the USS Oklahoma sank in the 1941 Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)HONOLULU (AP) — Tom Gray's family has waited for more than 70 years to bring home the remains of his cousin who was killed in the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941.


Missouri executes inmate for 1998 killing over child support

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:05

In the Feb. 10, 2014 photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is Andre Cole. Cole, 52, is scheduled to die for killing a man in 1998 in a fit of anger over having to pay child support. (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri inmate was executed Tuesday night for killing a man in a fit of rage over child support payments 16 years ago.