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Shooter disrupts family bike ride; 4 dead, including gunman

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 49 min ago

In this May 3, 2015 photo, a woman is consoled after seeing a shooting victim loaded into an ambulance at the Trestle Trail Bridge in the City of Menasha, Wis. Four people are dead and one person is injured after a man opened fire on the bridge in what police describ as a random shooting. (Duke Behnke/The Post-Crescent via AP)MENASHA, Wis. (AP) — The Stoffel family set out on a bike ride on a beautiful spring evening, the young Wisconsin couple and their three children pedaling across a bridge they had ridden before. They were halfway across the Little Lake Butte des Morts when a gunman, apparently upset over a fight with his ex-fiancee, opened fire.


Jurors see video of theater shooter asking if kids were hurt

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 5 min ago

FILE - In this image taken from Colorado Judicial Department video, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, left rear in light-colored shirt, watches during testimony by witness Derick Spruel, upper right, on the second day of his trial in Centennial, Colo., Monday, April 27, 2015. Standing at left is prosecutor Lisa Teesch-Maguire. Defense attorneys have urged jurors not to let emotions sway them, but with weeks of harrowing testimony still to come, experts say James Holmes’ lawyers will have a difficult time convincing jurors to put sympathy behind them as they decide whether he was legally insane when he killed 12 people and injured 70 others in July 2012. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial got their first look at a video recording of gunman James Holmes asking detectives, "There weren't any children hurt, were there?"


Boston Marathon bomber shows emotion for 1st time at trial

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 12 min ago

A relative of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev leaves federal court in Boston after testifying Monday, May 4, 2015, during the penalty phase in Tsarnaev's trial. Tsarnaev was convicted of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured more than 260 people in April 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — For the first time since his trial began four months ago, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dropped his blank, impassive demeanor and showed emotion as his Russian aunt sobbed uncontrollably and had to leave the witness stand.


NYPD officer with promising career dies from gunshot wound

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 35 min ago

Police officers salute as the body of Brian Moore leaves Jamaica Hospital in New York, Monday, May 4, 2015. Moore, a 25-year-old police officer shot in the head over the weekend while attempting to stop a man suspected of carrying a handgun, has died from his injuries, the third New York Police Department officer slain in the line-of-duty in five months, a City Hall official said Monday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Officer Brian Moore, the son, nephew and cousin of police officers, had already started carving out a promising career for himself at the New York Police Department, making more than 150 arrests and earning service medals in less than five years on the job.


FBI had investigated accused Texas gunman for years

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 38 min ago

A Texas state trooper stands guard at a parking lot near the Curtis Culwell Center where a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad was held Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Garland, Texas. The contest was put on lockdown Sunday night and attendees were being evacuated after authorities reported a shooting outside the building. (AP Photo/LM Otero)WASHINGTON (AP) — Since 2006, the FBI had been investigating Elton Simpson — one of the men suspected in the Texas shootings outside a contest featuring cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.


Cleanup of Superfund town would leave some asbestos behind

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 42 min ago

In this Feb. 17, 2010, file photo, the W.R. Grace mine is shown, outside of Libby, Mont. Libby, the town of 3,000 along the Kootenai River has emerged as the deadliest Superfund site in the nation's history. At least 400 people have been killed so far from W.R. Grace mine workers and family members who breathed in the dust they brought home in their clothes, to kids who played in waste tailings by the community baseball field. A cleanup proposal for a Montana town where thousands have been sickened by asbestos exposure calls for leaving some of the dangerous material in place rather than removing it. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A long-delayed cleanup proposal for a Montana community where thousands have been sickened by asbestos exposure would leave the dangerous material inside some houses rather than remove it, as government officials seek to wind down an effort that has lasted more than 15 years and cost $540 million.


Mike Huckabee looks to social conservatives to power 2016 bid

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 6 min ago

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee speaks at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's forum in WaukeeBy Alistair Bell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Mike Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor and unabashed culture warrior, enters the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday facing competition for the support of social conservatives who backed him in 2008. The ex-governor of Arkansas, 59, became a national figure by staging an upset win in Iowa's kickoff nominating contest during his 2008 presidential bid. This time around other Republicans with national recognition have emerged as rivals for the role of leading crusader on social issues such as abortion rights and gay marriage. Polls show Huckabee's support among Republican voters is only in the single digits.


Oregon lawmakers pass expanded gun background check bill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:44
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon lawmakers on Monday passed a bill that will require background checks on nearly all gun buyers in the state, which is headed to the desk of a governor who told a local newspaper she would sign the new restrictions into law. The Oregon Firearms Safety Act expands background check requirements, already in place at stores and gun shows in the state, to include person-to-person and online gun sales. "Background checks are the most systematic way to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people," Representative Dan Rayfield, a Democrat who voted in favor of the measure Monday, said in a statement.

NY Senate boss, charged in corruption case, claims innocence

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:30

New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, right, and his son Adam arrive at FBI offices, Monday, May 4, 2015, in New York. The pair surrendered to face charges including extortion and soliciting bribes amid a federal investigation into the awarding of a $12 million contract to a company that hired his son. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — The leader of the New York Senate was arrested Monday on charges including extortion and soliciting bribes after investigators looking into the awarding of a $12 million contract to a company that hired his son said they captured him on wiretaps boasting of his power.


Chef at Santa Monica whale sushi restaurant sentenced

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:17
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A chef who worked at a Santa Monica restaurant that illegally served whale meat has been sentenced.

Chef at Santa Monica whale sushi restaurant sentenced

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:17
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A chef who worked at a Santa Monica restaurant that illegally served whale meat has been sentenced.

Shift in U.S. federal solar funding needed for large-scale deployment: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:03
By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States must redirect spending from wasteful solar power tax credits and prepare the electricity grid for large-scale solar energy use if the industry is to play a significant role in lowering carbon emissions, a report led by MIT researchers said on Tuesday. Current tax incentives aimed at encouraging users to install solar technologies fail to reward actual energy produced, said the authors of the report, published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative, which promotes adoption of renewable energy. Solar energy received approximately $5.3 billion in federal support in the 2013 fiscal year, up from about $1.1 billion in 2010, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Shift in U.S. federal solar funding needed for large-scale deployment: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:03
By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States must redirect spending from wasteful solar power tax credits and prepare the electricity grid for large-scale solar energy use if the industry is to play a significant role in lowering carbon emissions, a report led by MIT researchers said on Tuesday. Current tax incentives aimed at encouraging users to install solar technologies fail to reward actual energy produced, said the authors of the report, published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative, which promotes adoption of renewable energy. Solar energy received approximately $5.3 billion in federal support in the 2013 fiscal year, up from about $1.1 billion in 2010, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Boston Marathon bomber cries at federal death penalty trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:02
BOSTON (AP) — For the first time in court, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dropped his blank, impassive demeanor and cried as his sobbing aunt briefly took the stand Monday in his federal death penalty trial.

Consumer Reports: Stop annoying robocalls

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:43

 Stop annoying robocallsRobocalls, those marketing junk calls you get on your phone, are getting worse.


'Exceptional' NYPD officer dies from gunshot wound to head

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:37

'Exceptional' NYPD officer dies from gunshot wound to headA 25-year-old police officer shot in the head while attempting to stop a man suspected of carrying a handgun died Monday from his injuries, the third New York City officer slain on duty in five months.


Obama on protests: 'There are consequences to indifference'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:37

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at Lehman College in the Bronx borough of New York, Monday, May 4, 2015. Obama announced the creation of an independent nonprofit organization that is a spin off his "My Brother's Keeper" program, which works to give young men of color more opportunities through mentoring and business partnerships. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)NEW YORK (AP) — In a deeply personal response to outbreaks of racially motivated protests, President Barack Obama on Monday blamed a lack of opportunity in minority communities and harsher treatment of black and Hispanic men by police for fueling a sense of "unfairness and powerlessness."


Souderton High School evacuated over bomb threat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:34

Souderton High School evacuated over bomb threatA bomb threat led to the evacuation of a Montgomery County high school Monday afternoon.


2 women expected to be charged after child rescued from Frankford roof

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:33

2 women expected to be charged after child rescued from Frankford roofTwo women are expected to be charged after a 2-year-old child was discovered on the roof of a home in Philadelphia's Frankford section.