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Detroit panel OKs raises for city officials: Detroit Free Press

Yahoo! National News - 6 hours 50 min ago

Downtown Detroit is seen through a window from the State Of Michigan offices in DetroitBy Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - Just months after Detroit officially exited the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a panel on Monday recommended raises of 2.5 percent for city council members and the city clerk, to start next fiscal year, a newspaper reported. The Detroit Elected Officials Compensation Commission, which determines whether elected officials can receive raises, voted unanimously on Monday night to support the pay hikes, the Detroit Free Press said. The move would bring the salary for the clerk and council members to $78,761 from $76,840 and the council president's to $82,776 from $80,757, the paper said. City Council President Brenda Jones and City Clerk Janice Winfrey made the request earlier in March.


A look at widely criticized Indiana law on religious freedom

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 16 min ago

Indiana Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane, left, D-Anderson, and Indiana House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, call for the repeal of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act during a press conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Monday, March 30, 2015. Republican legislative leaders say they are working on adding language to a new state law to make it clear that it doesn't allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers have been scrambling to control damage from a widely criticized new law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. The state is among about a dozen where measures aimed at preventing government from infringing on people's religious beliefs have been introduced this year.


Fight over religious objection proposals shifts to Arkansas

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 26 min ago

Rep. Warwick Sabin, D-Little Rock, center, cheers with protesters outside of the House chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, March 30, 2015. A House committee earlier Monday advanced an amended version of a bill that opponents say allows discrimination against gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The fight over "religious freedom" proposals facing increasing criticism from businesses and advocates who call them a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians has shifted toward Arkansas, which was poised to become the second state this year to enact such a measure.


Solar-powered plane lands in China on round-the-world flight

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 31 min ago

Ground crew members move a solar powered plane into a hangar after it landed at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Chongqing early Tuesday after a 20-hour, 1,375-kilometer (854 mile) flight from Mandalay, Myanmar, on the fifth leg of the plane's attempt to circumnavigate the globe. (AP Photo) CHINA OUTBEIJING (AP) — A groundbreaking solar-powered plane successfully flew from Myanmar to central China early Tuesday as part of an historic round-the-world journey promoting renewable energy use.


Violence wanes in Chicago, but fear looms over mayor's race

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 46 min ago

FILE - In this March 26, 2015, file photo, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel responds to a reporter's question after the second of three televised debates against Cook County Commissioner and Chicago mayoral candidate Jesus Garcia, ahead of next month's runoff election in Chicago. A few short years ago, violence on Chicago streets thrust a recently elected mayor into the national spotlight as shootouts in some of the city’s most troubled neighborhoods fueled nearly constant bloodshed. Emanuel spent nearly $200 million over two years to flood those streets with police working overtime. Since then, the city’s overall violence has declined, but the number of slayings in some minority neighborhoods actually jumped. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)CHICAGO (AP) — A few years ago, violence on Chicago streets thrust a recently elected mayor into the national spotlight as shootouts in some of the city's most troubled neighborhoods fueled nearly constant bloodshed.


Man accused in Ferguson police shooting to seek lower bond

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 48 min ago

FILE - In this file photo provided by the St. Louis County Police Department on March 15, 2015 is Jeffrey Williams. Williams, 20, is accused of shooting two police officers on March 12, during an early-morning rally sparked by the resignation of Ferguson's police chief. (AP Photo/St. Louis County Police Department)CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The attorney for a man accused of shooting two police officers during a Ferguson demonstration says he'll seek a lower bond for his client.


NYC blast probe highlights problem of stealing gas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:57

 untrained schemers rigging up pipes to save money by siphoning natural gas. (AP Photo/The New York Times, Nancy Borowick, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — It was a run-of-the-mill complaint — a smell of gas — with a troubling explanation: Someone had improperly tapped into a Manhattan building's gas line, and it was leaking.


US treasury secretary presses Beijing on technology curbs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:38

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew speaks at the start of a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang at the Zhongnanhai Leadership Compound in Beijing Monday, March 30, 2015. In the meeting Lew expressed "deep concern" about the curbs in proposed bank security and anti-terrorism rules. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool)BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew pressed Chinese leaders to suspend proposed curbs on foreign security technology and said a Beijing-led regional bank should work in partnership with existing institutions.


Popular Darby Township man killed in house fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:33

Popular Darby Township man killed in house fireNeighbors are remembering a popular Darby Township man who was killed in a house fire Monday night.


Teen shot in foot in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:23

Teen shot in foot in West PhiladelphiaA teenager is hospitalized after being shot in West Philadelphia Monday night.


SEPTA rider attacked by group in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:20

SEPTA rider attacked by group in Center CityA camera at the 15th and Market platform captured the attack of a male rider on the Market Frankford line Monday.


Colorado cinema gunman's mother prays for son to be spared death penalty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:19

James Holmes sits in Arapahoe County District Court in DenverBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The mother of Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes says in a new book that she prays prosecutors "stop this quest for death" and allow her son to plead guilty and avoid possible execution, a California newspaper reported on Monday. Details of Arlene Holmes' book were disclosed in an interview that she and her husband, Bob, granted to the Del Mar Times, in which the couple maintained that their son is mentally ill and his life should be spared. James Holmes, 27, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder stemming from a shooting rampage at a cinema in suburban Denver in July 2012. Twelve moviegoers were killed and 70 others wounded when Holmes opened fire inside the theater during a midnight viewing of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty for the southern California native if he is convicted.


Asian stocks gain on economic data, China stimulus hopes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:17

FILE - This July 16, 2013 file photo shows a Wall Street street sign outside the New York Stock Exchange in New York. U.S. stocks are starting the week sharply higher Monday, March 30, 2015, led by energy companies. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets climbed Tuesday, boosted by positive economic data from major economies and hopes for stimulus in China.


New Hampshire authorities: Mother killed daughters, self

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:15

A memorial appears on display in front of a home, Monday, March 30, 2015, in Bedford, N.H., where New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Jay McCormack said police received a 911 call Saturday regarding a deceased woman at the home. He says when officers arrived, they found two more people dead. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — A 34-year-old woman shot and killed her two young daughters at their New Hampshire home before killing herself, authorities said Monday.


Indiana lawmakers try to quiet firestorm surrounding new law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:12

Indiana Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane, left, D-Anderson, and Indiana House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, call for the repeal of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act during a press conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Monday, March 30, 2015. Republican legislative leaders say they are working on adding language to a new state law to make it clear that it doesn't allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence called off public appearances Monday and sports officials planned an "Indy Welcomes All" campaign ahead of this weekend's NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis as lawmakers scrambled to quiet the firestorm over a new law that has much of the country portraying Indiana as a state of intolerance.


Report: Hawaii supervisor manipulated veterans' benefit data

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:10

File - This June 9, 2014 file photo shows the outside of the Spark M. Matsunaga VA Medical Center in Honolulu. A supervisor at the Veterans Administration office in Honolulu was manipulating data to make it look like the agency was processing veterans' benefits claims faster than they actually were, according to a new report by the VA Office of Inspector General. (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia, File)HONOLULU (AP) — A supervisor at the Veterans Administration office in Honolulu was manipulating data to make it look like the agency was processing veterans' benefits claims faster it actually was, according to a new report by the VA Office of Inspector General.


A look at widely criticized Indiana law on religious freedom

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:53

Indiana Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane, left, D-Anderson, and Indiana House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, call for the repeal of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act during a press conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Monday, March 30, 2015. Republican legislative leaders say they are working on adding language to a new state law to make it clear that it doesn't allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers scrambled Monday to control damage from a widely criticized new law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. The state is among about a dozen where measures aimed at preventing government from infringing on people's religious beliefs have been introduced this year.


Men Dressed as Women Shot Outside NSA Gate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:41
Two men dressed as women attempted to "penetrate" NSA entry point, officials said.

Police: Man who drank 36 beers crashes into Utah house

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:32

A truck rests half in a home in Rose Park Utah Monday, March 30, 2015, after the driver failed to make a turn. Officers conducted a field sobriety test and took the driver to the station for further tests. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G Winterton)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say the driver of a pickup truck that crashed into the side of a house in Salt Lake City acknowledged drinking 36 beers and doing cocaine.


'Bernie' case prosecutor seeks recusal, says he's a witness

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:29
CARTHAGE, Texas (AP) — The Texas district attorney who was to prosecute for a second time the man whose murder conviction inspired the movie "Bernie" has asked to recuse himself on the eve of a pretrial hearing, saying he's become a witness.