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Character actor Abe Vigoda dead at 94

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:25

Character actor Abe Vigoda dead at 94Character actor Abe Vigoda, who starred in the 1970s TV series "Barney Miller" and played the doomed Mafia soldier in "The Godfather," died Tuesday at age 94.


U.S. boosts study of Zika, birth defect link, as virus seen spreading

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:16

Handout image shows a transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of the Zika virusBy Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. health officials are stepping up efforts to study the link between Zika virus infections and birth defects in infants amid predictions for widespread circulation of the mosquito-borne virus within the United States during warmer months. The U.S. Director of the National Institutes of Health on Tuesday called for intensified efforts to study the impact of Zika infections, citing a recent study estimating the virus could reach regions where 60 percent of the U.S. population lives. The mosquito-borne virus has been linked to brain damage in thousands of babies in Brazil.


Attorney: Shooting victim says deputy used excessive force

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:16
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy was dressed for war and used excessive force when he shot a young black man four times, including once in the back, during a confrontation in 2013, the now-paralyzed man's attorney told a federal jury Tuesday.

Attorney: Shooting victim says deputy used excessive force

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:16
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy was dressed for war and used excessive force when he shot a young black man four times, including once in the back, during a confrontation in 2013, the now-paralyzed man's attorney told a federal jury Tuesday.

New Hampshire university offers grads employment 'guarantee'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:16

In this undated handout photo provided by Rivier University, the colleges' sign is seen at the entrance to the campus in Nashua, N.H. The small private university is promising students that they will get jobs within nine months of graduation. If not, Rivier University will pay the students' federally subsized student loans for up to a year, or enroll them in up to six master's degree courses for free. (Jodie Andruskevich/Rivier University via AP)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A small Catholic university in southern New Hampshire is becoming the latest college to offer a money-back guarantee of sorts to its students.


Jury convicts ex-Chicago official in red-light camera case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:11
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a former Chicago official on all counts for taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a Phoenix company.

Jury convicts ex-Chicago official in red-light camera case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:11
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a former Chicago official on all counts for taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a Phoenix company.

Man charged with DUI after saying he wants to join standoff

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:09
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The latest on the arrest of a man who said he wanted to protect an armed group that took over buildings at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):

Texas officer who used Taser on official released from jail

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:09
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (AP) — A police officer has been released from jail after posting bond over allegations that he used a stun gun on a City Council member while arresting him in a small, predominantly black college town in Texas.

Texas officer who used Taser on official released from jail

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:09
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (AP) — A police officer has been released from jail after posting bond over allegations that he used a stun gun on a City Council member while arresting him in a small, predominantly black college town in Texas.

A look at mass donations to Flint amid drinking water crisis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 02:56

Latishia Simpson carries a case of water to be loaded onto a U-Haul truck for the people of Flint on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Kalamazoo, Mich. Stephen and Keneisha Darden, owners of Exquisite Hair Design, wanted to help people affected by the Flint water crisis, so they put out a message on Facebook saying they would be collecting water to donate. With the help of family, friends and the Kalamazoo community, they were able to collect 466 cases of water as well as 50 one-gallon water jugs within one week. (Chelsea Purgahn/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)DETROIT (AP) — On top of millions of dollars in pledged governmental aid, faith-based and nonprofit organizations, companies large and small, the rich and famous, and many other individuals all have targeted Flint for significant charitable giving — in the form of money and millions of bottles of water.


A look at mass donations to Flint amid drinking water crisis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 02:56

Latishia Simpson carries a case of water to be loaded onto a U-Haul truck for the people of Flint on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Kalamazoo, Mich. Stephen and Keneisha Darden, owners of Exquisite Hair Design, wanted to help people affected by the Flint water crisis, so they put out a message on Facebook saying they would be collecting water to donate. With the help of family, friends and the Kalamazoo community, they were able to collect 466 cases of water as well as 50 one-gallon water jugs within one week. (Chelsea Purgahn/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)DETROIT (AP) — On top of millions of dollars in pledged governmental aid, faith-based and nonprofit organizations, companies large and small, the rich and famous, and many other individuals all have targeted Flint for significant charitable giving — in the form of money and millions of bottles of water.


US judge acquits Oklahoman of 3 Kenyan orphan abuse charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 02:50
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge has acquitted an Oklahoma man on three charges accusing him of sexually abusing children at a Kenyan orphanage, but has denied him a new trial on four other counts.

Police: Officer who shot naked black man has resigned

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 02:44
ATLANTA (AP) — Police say a white Atlanta-area police officer who shot a naked, mentally ill black veteran who was unarmed has resigned.

Police: Officer who shot naked black man has resigned

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 02:44
ATLANTA (AP) — Police say a white Atlanta-area police officer who shot a naked, mentally ill black veteran who was unarmed has resigned.

Frustration grows as armed Oregon standoff continues

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 02:43

ADDS IDENTIFICATION OF ADRIAN SEWELL- Ryan Bundy, right, gestures toward Adrian Sewell at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in near Burns, Ore., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. Bundy, part of an armed group occupying the refuge to protest federal land policies, says the sign will be displayed on a road leading to the area. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)BURNS, Ore. (AP) — An armed group took over a national wildlife preserve in southeastern Oregon more than three weeks ago, and so far authorities have taken no action to remove the protesters, who are upset over federal land policy.


To make transplant happen, medics had to beat blizzard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 02:38
STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) — Melanie Chirichella waited a year and a half for a kidney transplant. When the call finally came in that there was a perfect match, a blizzard was raging up and down the East Coast.

The Latest: Navy finds no sign of shooting at med center

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 02:37

Navy Medical Center personnel are directed to come out of building 2 with their hands in the air as they approach SWAT officers following a report of gunshots at a building on the campus of the complex, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in San Diego. (John Gastaldo /The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITSAN DIEGO (AP) — The latest on possible gunfire Tuesday at the Naval Medical Center San Diego (all times local):


Latest: Evangelical group dismisses survey on objections law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 02:28

FILE - This July 30, 2016 file photo people dressed as gaming characters as they take the escalator in the convention hall at the Gen Con gaming convention in Indianapolis. Tourism officials say Indiana may have lost as much as $60 million in revenue after a dozen conventions picked cities other than Indianapolis amid the uproar over the state’s controversial religious objections law. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The latest on a survey by a tourism group that says Indiana may have lost as much as $60 million at least in part due to the state's religious objections law (all times local):


Latest: Evangelical group dismisses survey on objections law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 02:28

FILE - This July 30, 2016 file photo people dressed as gaming characters as they take the escalator in the convention hall at the Gen Con gaming convention in Indianapolis. Tourism officials say Indiana may have lost as much as $60 million in revenue after a dozen conventions picked cities other than Indianapolis amid the uproar over the state’s controversial religious objections law. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The latest on a survey by a tourism group that says Indiana may have lost as much as $60 million at least in part due to the state's religious objections law (all times local):