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National Parks chief: System must appeal more to millennials

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 08:29
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The National Park Service needs to broaden its appeal to millennials as it celebrates its 100th birthday this year, the director of the agency said Tuesday as he touted civil rights sites that aren't traditionally viewed as parks to a younger audience.

VW submits fix for 3.0-liter diesels to California officials

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 08:29
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Volkswagen Group of America submitted its proposal Tuesday to bring Porsches, Audis and Volkswagen cars with six-cylinder, 3.0-liter diesel engines up to California's air quality standards after state regulators found the vehicles were programmed to emit cleaner emissions on government treadmill tests than on the real road.

California Highway Patrol officer stabbed in San Francisco

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 08:24

In this photo provided by Emily Seip, authorities arrest a suspect, center, in San Francisco on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. The suspect is believed to have stabbed a California Highway Patrol officer multiple times, according to authorities. (Emily Seip via AP)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An attacker stabbed a California Highway Patrol officer multiple times on Tuesday in San Francisco and was caught at a bank a mile from the downtown site of Super Bowl festivities.

Family of Oregon occupier shot by law enforcement alleges cover-up

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 08:01

A pro-militia supporter holds a constitution while chanting "Hands up. Don't Shoot" during a protest outside the Harney County Courthouse in Burns, OregonRelatives of a man shot dead by law enforcement officers after taking part in the armed occupation of a U.S. wildlife refuge in Oregon have accused the FBI and state police of covering up the circumstances of his death last week. The FBI declined to comment beyond directing attention to an aerial video of last Tuesday's shooting that it released two days later and posted online. The agency has contended the video shows Fincium outside his truck making a move for a gun in his coat pocket as he was shot to death by state police.

Utah bill could allow executions of human traffickers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 07:57

FILE - In this March 2, 2015, file photo, Republican Rep. Paul Ray, of Clearfield, votes on the Utah House floor, in Salt Lake City. Death penalty opponents say the Utah lawmaker's proposal allowing the state to execute someone convicted of human trafficking even if the criminal didn't actually kill the victim would be unjust, costly and unconstitutional. The proposal from Ray would make human trafficking a capital crime if the victim dies. Under current Utah law, someone convicted of trafficking that results in a victim's death will face five years to life in prison. The Washington, D.C.,-based Death Penalty Information Center says Ray's bill is likely unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposal approved by a panel of Utah lawmakers Tuesday could allow the state to execute someone convicted of human trafficking if the victim later dies because of the crime.

The Latest: Regulator: Regulator to testify on Flint water

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 07:56

This Sept. 21, 2012 file photo shows Saginaw City Manager Darnell Earley at a news conference in Saginaw, Mich. Earley, the state-appointed emergency manager for Detroit's troubled school district, is leaving the job about 4½ months early, Gov. Rick Snyder announced Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Saginaw News, Jeff Schrier, File) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUTFLINT, Mich. (AP) — The latest on the lead-contaminated drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan (all times local):

U.S. northern Midwest sees blizzards, while tornadoes hit south

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 07:55

A fallen pine tree closes a road after a winter storm brought high winds and rain to La JollaA major storm system brought a mix of bad weather on Tuesday to much of the central United States, with a possibly dangerous tornado in Alabama and heavy snow in the northern Midwest. Connor Baird, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama, said all or parts of three counties - Tuscaloosa, Pickens and Carroll - were under tornado warnings. There were six reports of tornadoes in eastern Mississippi, with roofs blown off, mobile homes flipped, and trees down, the NWS said.

The Latest: CHP officer in stable condition after stabbing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 07:53
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the stabbing of a California Highway Patrol officer in San Francisco (all times local):

Kansas among several states looking to ban sanctuary cities

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 07:51
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State lawmakers returning to work are putting immigration issues on the agenda, with Kansas among about a dozen states considering measures against so-called sanctuary cities that would bar local law enforcement officials from refusing to cooperate with federal immigration officials.

FBI joins probe of Flint, Michigan's lead contaminated water

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 07:50
By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is joining a U.S. criminal investigation into Flint, Michigan's water contamination crisis, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit said on Tuesday. Gina Balaya, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit, said in an email that federal prosecutors in Michigan are "working with a multi-agency investigation team on the Flint water contamination matter, including the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the EPA's Office of Inspector General ... and the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division." The city was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager when it switched its source of tap water from Detroit's system to the Flint River in April 2014.

Clinton wins Iowa, campaigns turn to New Hampshire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 07:47

Clinton wins Iowa, campaigns turn to New HampshireHillary Clinton tried to turn a skin-of-her-teeth victory in Iowa into a bit of momentum for her battered Democratic campaign, and Ted Cruz sought to lock in his spot at the top of the Republican field as the presidential candidates packed up Tuesday and sped to New Hampshire.

Neighbor: Slain Virginia girl talked of online 'boyfriend'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 07:39

Tammy Weeks holds one of her slain daughter's stuffed pandas during a news conference in Blacksburg, Va., on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Weeks says her 13-year-old daughter, Nicole Lovell, fought health problems all her life and had dreams of singing on "American Idol." (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A 13-year-old girl who vanished from her bedroom was stabbed to death by a Virginia Tech student, and another freshman already charged with hiding the body was more deeply involved, authorities said Tuesday. A neighbor said the seventh-grader told friends she would sneak out to meet her "boyfriend" David, an 18-year-old she met online through the Kik messaging app.

Recaptured jail fugitive's torture trial delayed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 07:34

Hossein Nayeri appears on a television monitor during his video rearraignment at the Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana, Calif., Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, by way of a closed circuit television feed at the jail. The inmates Bac Duong, Nayeri, and Jonathan Tieu, escaped on Jan. 22 from Central Men's Jail in Orange County. Duong turned himself in Friday and the other two were arrested in San Francisco on Saturday. (Joshua Sudock/The Orange County Register via AP) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT; MANDATORY CREDITSANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An inmate who led authorities on an eight-day manhunt after escaping from an Orange County jail got his trial on kidnapping and torture charges delayed Tuesday as his lawyer raised concerns about his ability to find an unbiased jury to hear the case.

Body of missing skier found buried in avalanche

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 07:26
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say they have found the body of a missing Utah skier buried under three feet of snow from an avalanche in the backcountry outside Park City.

Guilty plea in attempted cyber-attack on US govt. computers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 07:21
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Nuclear Regulatory Commission scientist pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal computer crime, admitting that he attempted to launch a cyber-attack on government computers by sending employees emails that he thought contained a virus.

Man accused of killing 3 people, leaving 4 children unharmed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 07:14

This undated photo provided by the Essex County Prosecutors Office, shows Jeffrey Holland, 27, of East Orange, N.J., who prosecutors say killed three people in two incidents last week in which he left four children unharmed. Holland has been charged with three counts of murder and four counts of child endangerment. (Essex County Prosecutors Office via AP)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man strangled a woman in a bathtub and then fatally shot two people at another home the next day but didn't harm any of several children, including one found in a closet and two of his own, prosecutors said.

Florida Supreme Court stays execution as death penalty reviewed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 07:11
The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed an execution that was scheduled for next week, shortly after hearing arguments on the impact of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the state's capital punishment sentencing process. Florida's high court did not specifically address the uncertainty now facing the state's 389 death row inmates but stayed the Feb. 11 execution of convicted killer Michael Lambrix. The decision comes after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 last month that Florida unconstitutionally gives judges powers that juries should wield.

EU and US reach new data-sharing agreement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 07:07

Electronic screens post prices of Alphabet, Twitter and Facebook stock, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York. Alphabet, the parent company of Google, reports quarterly earnings Monday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and the United States struck a deal Tuesday over data-sharing that will allow the likes of Facebook and Apple to continue sending people's information across the Atlantic — but a legal challenge to the pact is widely anticipated.

Former DA says Bill Cosby is shielded from prosecution

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 07:07

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby, center, arrives for a court appearance Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby was arrested and charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in January 2004. (Clem Murray/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The former district attorney who declined a decade ago to bring sex-crime charges against Bill Cosby testified Tuesday that he believes his decision shields the comedian from ever being prosecuted in the case.

Seizure of 696 animals in North Carolina sets ASPCA record

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 07:04
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The almost 700 animals seized from a no-kill shelter in North Carolina sets a record for the ASPCA, the group that's now caring for the pets.