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North Carolina business leaders demand repeal of transgender law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:42
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C./NEW YORK (Reuters) - North Carolina business leaders on Tuesday called for a repeal of a new state law they blamed for mounting economic losses as opponents cancel jobs and events over concerns that it discriminates against gay and transgender people. The call from the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce adds to growing pressure on Republican Governor Pat McCrory and lawmakers from corporations, celebrities and activist groups ahead of a legislative session that begins on Monday. "This legislation is bad for business and bad for North Carolina," the chamber said in a statement.

Jury clears Minneapolis officer on most corruption charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:38
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal jury has acquitted a Minneapolis police officer on most of the charges that he used excessive force and then tried to cover it up.

Brothers sought in U.S. manhunt may be fleeing to Mexico: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:34

John and Tony Reed are pictured in this undated handout photoTwo brothers suspected in the presumed murder of a married couple who lived next door to one of the men in Washington state may be trying to flee to Mexico, a county sheriff's office said on Tuesday. Detectives believe the brothers, one of whom according to court records was locked in an "ongoing and constant" property dispute with the couple, ditched a Volkswagen on Monday in Phoenix and were in possession of an Acura, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. The Acura's license plates were electronically scanned at an unspecified location near the Calexico, California, which borders on Mexico, the office said.


New York voters speak out on primary that's like few others

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:32

Darling Diaz, left, talks with poll worker Jamie Williams-Rivera before voting in the Flushing neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The sign includes instructions in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Bengali. Diaz is originally from the Dominican Republic. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — Voters across the state are casting ballots in presidential primaries that could be pivotal for Republicans and Democrats.


Missing Oklahoma boy's aunt, uncle charged with murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:29
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against an Oklahoma couple in the 2006 disappearance of their 9-year-old nephew, alleging the couple beat the boy to death and coerced his brother to repeat a rehearsed story to authorities.

U.S. probes tax avoidance schemes mentioned in Panama papers: Guardian

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:24

File photo of a company list showing the Mossack Fonseca law firm on a sign at the Arango Orillac Building in Panama CityThe U.S. attorney for Manhattan, Preet Bharara, has written to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), requesting additional details to aid his investigation, the newspaper said. The ICIJ published the documents that have become known as the Panama Papers on April 3. The 11.5 million confidential documents contain information on about 214,000 offshore companies compiled by Panamanian lawyers Mossack Fonseca that illustrate how individuals and corporations hide assets from public scrutiny and avoid taxes.


Muslims want to review deal preventing illegal surveillance

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:22
NEW YORK (AP) — Members of the Muslim community asked Tuesday for more time to digest an agreement aimed at preventing illegal surveillance by the New York Police Department, saying they want to use the Ramadan season starting in early June to spread word among people still traumatized by police surveillance conducted since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Irregularities plague U.S. presidential primary vote in New York

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:10

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump exits the polling station after voting for the New York primary election in the Manhattan borough of New York CityBy Edward Krudy and Susan Cornwell NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump were favored to win their parties' U.S. presidential nominating contests in New York state on Tuesday, but voting was overshadowed by official confirmation that more than 125,000 people were missing from New York City voter rolls and reports of other irregularities. New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer ordered an audit of the city elections board after it confirmed the names had been removed from voter rolls. Opinion polls in New York put Clinton, 68, a former U.S. senator from the state, ahead of Brooklyn-born U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, 74, of Vermont in the Democratic race.


Last Mormon missionary hurt in Brussels bombing back in Utah

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:06
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The family of a 66-year-old Mormon missionary who suffered severe burns on more than a third of his body in the Brussels airport bombing said Tuesday he faces a long recovery but is happy to be back in Utah and improving slowly.

Los Angeles council votes for workers to get six days paid sick leave

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:00
The Los Angeles City Council voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to require all employers in the second-biggest U.S. city to offer workers at least six days of paid sick leave a year, twice the mandatory minimum under California labor law. The new sick leave entitlement, building on a movement by cities and states across the country to improve pay and benefits for the working poor, would take effect on July 1 after a final, pro forma vote, coinciding with a scheduled minimum wage hike from $9 to $10.50 an hour in Los Angeles. As with the phased-in wage ordinance enacted last year, businesses employing 25 or fewer workers would get an extra year to begin providing the annual paid sick leave minimum of 48 hours - equivalent to six days for employees who work eight-hour shifts.

Pulled from rubble, Ecuadorean won't need coffin wife got

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:00

Pablo Rafael Cordova CaÒizares shakes hands with one of the Colombian firefighters who rescued him, at the Verdi Cevallos Balda hospital in Portoviejo, Ecuador, Monday, April 18, 2016. The 51-year-old hotel administrator was one of a trickle of survivors pulled from the rubble after Ecuador's strongest earthquake in decades flattened towns along the coast and killed hundreds. (AP Photo/Emilio D. Garcia)PORTOVIEJO, Ecuador (AP) — Despite the grief roiling this earthquake-stricken town, Pablo Cordova has something to be thankful for: He can return the coffin his wife had obtained for his funeral.


University says rainbow-hued nooses were part of art display

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 06:57
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Six nooses arranged in the colors of the rainbow were part of an art display for a sculpture class at a Tennessee university and were not intended to be a political statement or hate symbol, officials said Tuesday.

The Latest: 2 wanted in disappearance charged with murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 06:52

These undated booking photos provided by the Snohomish County Sheriff Office shows Tony Reed, left and John Reed. Authorities are searching for the two brothers who were involved in a property dispute with a missing Washington state couple. Neighbors reported Patrick Shunn and his wife, Monique Patenaude, of Arlington missing on Tuesday when their livestock was left unattended, and detectives in Snohomish County now believe they were killed. (Snohomish County Sheriff Office via AP )SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on the disappearance and presumed slayings of a Washington state couple (all times local):


U.S. pledges $40 million to countries affected by Boko Haram

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 06:51

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and current Security Council President Power speaks to members of the Security Council at the United Nations Headquarters in New YorkThe United States will give $40 million in humanitarian assistance to countries bordering Lake Chad fighting Islamist militant group Boko Haram, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said on Tuesday. The money was to help about seven million people affected by the insurgent group that has killed around 15,000 people. It takes total U.S. aid to the sub-region since 2014 to $237 million, she said.


Poll: Louisianans oppose removing Confederate statues

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 06:47
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A majority of people in Louisiana oppose taking down Confederate monuments, a Louisiana State University poll has found.

U.S. judge approves court, police accord for Ferguson, Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 06:42

Police monitor the crowd as protesters gathered after a shooting incident in St. Louis(Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday approved an agreement between the U.S. Justice Department and Ferguson, Missouri, to reform the city's police department, a pact prompted by the 2014 shooting of an unarmed black teenager that sparked violent protests. U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry of Missouri's Eastern District approved the 129-page accord, which also outlines the revamping of the St. Louis suburb's municipal law code. The Justice Department and Ferguson recognize "that the ability of a police department to protect the community it serves is only as strong as the relationship it has with that community," the consent decree signed by Perry said.


Texas, New Mexico oil producers push for import limits

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 06:40

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2016 file photo, Chance Lang descends toward the water pool attached to Robinson Drilling rig #4 in Midland County, Texas. Oil drilling companies and royalty owners from the Texas Panhandle to New Mexico’s stretch of the Permian Basin are embarking on a grass-roots campaign aimed at salvaging what they say is a major sector of the U.S. economy, and their target is foreign oil imports. (James Durbin/Midland Reporter-Telegram via AP, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Oil drilling companies and royalty owners from the Texas Panhandle to New Mexico's stretch of the Permian Basin are embarking on a grass-roots campaign to limit foreign oil imports, salvaging what they say is a major sector of the U.S. economy.


Judge dismisses 1 count against Washington state auditor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 06:37

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley leaves the federal courthouse during a court recess, Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Tacoma, Wash. Testimony concluded in Kelley's five-week fraud trial Tuesday, and U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton said closing arguments will begin Wednesday following jury instructions. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge dismissed one of the 16 charges against Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley on Tuesday after testimony concluded in the five-week fraud trial, but he refused a request from defense attorneys to acquit their client, saying there is "ample evidence" against him.


3 Pennsylvania Democrats vying for US Senate seat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 06:24

3 Pennsylvania Democrats vying for US Senate seatIn Pennsylvania, there's just one week to go for the three Democrats vying for a seat in the US Senate.


Utah leaders call pornography a plague damaging young minds

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 06:23

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert looks up during a ceremonial signing of a state resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis, Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Salt Lake City. Herbert recognized it's a bold assertion but said Utah wants to take the lead sounding a voice of warning about the harms of pornography. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah political leaders and anti-pornography activists said Tuesday that children's minds are being corrupted in a world where graphic sexual images are a click away.