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English proficiency on rise among Latinos living in U.S.: study

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:11
(Reuters) - English proficiency is on the rise among Latinos in the United States and a record 33.2 million Hispanics, or about two-thirds of the nation's Hispanic population, are now competent in the language, a Pew Research Center study showed on Tuesday. The study, which analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data, also found that the share of Latinos who say they speak Spanish at home has been declining over the last 13 years. Despite this decline, a record 35.8 million Hispanics speak Spanish at home, the study said, adding that the number continued to increase as the nation's Hispanic population grows. The study said the shifts had coincided with U.S.-born Hispanics comprising a growing share of the overall U.S. Latino population, and with a slowdown in immigration to the United States from Latin America.

2 arrested after students shot near California university

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:05

In this Monday, May 11, 2015 photo, paramedics attend to an unidentified victim in front of the apartment complex where an armed robbery occurred in Isla Vista, near Santa Barbara, Calif. Two people were shot and a third was assaulted Monday night in an attack near the University of California, Santa Barbara in the same neighborhood where a man staged a killing rampage last year. Three men in their early 20s were taken to a hospital with moderate injuries after county sheriff's deputies and campus police answered a domestic disturbance call outside a home in Isla Vista, according to fire and sheriff's officials. (Kenneth Song/Santa Barbara News-Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDITSANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities said Tuesday that two men were arrested in the shooting of two students near the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the same community where a stabbing and shooting rampage left six students dead a year ago.


Detroit delays bond sale related to bankruptcy exit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:04
(Corrects May 11 story to correct title of John Naglick in paragraph 5) (Reuters) - Detroit's public sale of $275 million of bonds that financed the city's exit from bankruptcy has been delayed but should take place no later than early August, a city official said on Monday. Detroit is taking advantage of a new law that should give the bonds investment-grade ratings that could save the city between $20 million and $30 million over the life of the issue, according to the office of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican. The law took effect in April and places a specific statutory lien on Detroit income tax revenue pledged to pay off the debt. The city is hoping the stronger payment pledge on the bonds will result in lower interest rates.

Businesses at Philadelphia International Airport seeking workers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:01

Businesses at Philadelphia International Airport seeking workersMore than 600 jobs at Philadelphia International Airport are up for grabs. On Tuesday, dozens of employers offering those jobs were at Temple University looking for qualified employees to hire.


Patriot Coal files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:00
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Patriot Coal Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday for the second time in three years and said it is involved in active negotiations for the sale of the company.

Remains of Irish woman killed in US in 1832 to be sent home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:59
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bone fragments from an Irish woman mysteriously killed while working for a Pennsylvania railroad in 1832 will be reburied in her native land this summer, historians said Tuesday.

Nursing student who failed class twice sues her university

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:58
DALLAS, Pa. (AP) — A nursing student who says anxiety and depression made it difficult for her to concentrate has sued a northeastern Pennsylvania university after twice failing a required course.

Obama presidential library will be built in Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:57

Obama plays host to a Cinco de Mayo reception in the East Room of the White House in WashingtonBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Barack Obama's presidential library and museum will be built in his hometown of Chicago, the Obama Foundation announced on Tuesday. Chicago beat out proposals by New York City and Hawaii to be the home the library. It has not decided on the facility's exact location but it is expected to be in one of two parks near the University of Chicago's main campus. Obama grew up in Hawaii and went to college in New York but owns a home and spent most of his pre-White House political career in Chicago, starting as a community activist before becoming an Illinois state senator and U.S. senator.


Nursing student who failed class twice sues university

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:51

Nursing student who failed class twice sues universityA nursing student who says anxiety and depression made it difficult to concentrate is suing a Pennsylvania university after she twice failed a required course.


Accused Russian spy's U.S. legal fees paid by Moscow-owned bank

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:48
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A state-owned Russian bank is paying for the legal defense of an employee charged with posing as a banker in New York while secretly spying for Moscow, his lawyer confirmed on Tuesday. Evgeny Buryakov and two other Russian citizens, Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy, are accused of conspiring to gather economic intelligence on behalf of Russia, including information about U.S. sanctions against the country, and to recruit New York City residents as intelligence sources. Buryakov’s lawyer, Scott Hershman of the firm White & Case, told U.S. District Judge Richard Berman that his firm had signed a retainer agreement with Buryakov’s employer, state-owned Vnesheconombank. Federal prosecutors had raised the possibility that permitting a third party to finance Buryakov’s defense could pose a conflict of interest.

Appeals court hears arguments in ex-Gov. McDonnell's case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:48

Maureen McDonnell, wife of former Gov. Bob McDonnell, leaves the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after arguments in her husbands public corruption case in downtown Richmond Va., on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. The couple were convicted of taking more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements. The former governor was sentenced to two years in prison, his wife to one year and one day. (Mark Gormus/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Three federal appeals court judges focused Tuesday on whether favors then-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell did for a wealthy benefactor amounted to "official acts" that led to his convictions on 11 public corruption counts.


NFL suspends New England Patriots' Tom Brady 4 games for deflated footballs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:12

NFL suspends New England Patriots' Tom Brady 4 games for deflated footballsTom Brady and the New England Patriots are preparing for a fight.


Monkey farms in Florida under scrutiny from officials

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:12

In this April 7, 2015 photo, BJ Gerald, a retired horse trainer who lives a few miles from a monkey breeding facility, talks to a reporter, in Alva, Fla. With three monkey-breeding facilities and a fourth in development, rural Hendry County has become one of the country’s biggest suppliers of research primates. Gerald said she opposes the primate companies. She doesn’t think the facilities are humane and believes they were improperly permitted by Hendry County authorities. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)LABELLE, Fla. (AP) — Tucked away in Florida's Hendry County, amid the scrub brush and saw palmetto grasslands just southwest of Lake Okeechobee, are three monkey breeding farms containing thousands of primates.


New York's 'cannibal cop' back in spotlight at appeals court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:01

Former New York City police officer Valle leaves a court in New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday appeared sharply divided on whether to reinstate the conviction of New York's so-called "cannibal cop," who was found guilty of plotting to kidnap and devour women and then set free when a judge overturned the jury's verdict. Former New York City police officer Gilberto Valle was convicted in March 2013, based largely on his exchanges with others on a dark fetish website about his desire to torture and kill several women he knew, including his wife. The office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara on Tuesday urged the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to send Valle back to prison, arguing that he took other steps such as researching chloroform recipes.


Probe of Cleveland boy's shooting death near end: sheriff

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:00
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio sheriff looking into the death of a 12-year-old boy shot by two Cleveland police officers while he played with a replica gun said on Tuesday the investigation was mostly complete, but provided few details. The brief statement to reporters from Cuyahoga County Sheriff Cliff Pinkney on the November death of Tamir Rice appeared to be in response to a demand last week for answers from Rice's mother, Samaria Rice, and family attorneys. Timothy Loehmann, the officer who shot Rice, and Frank Garmback, who was driving the police squad car, are white. Rice was black.

University of Virginia associate dean sues Rolling Stone magazine for debunked gang rape story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 00:51
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — University of Virginia associate dean sues Rolling Stone magazine for debunked gang rape story.

Mother chides United for removing autistic teen from plane

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 00:44
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman says United Airlines overreacted when it diverted a flight and removed her family from a plane after she and the crew had problems finding her autistic 15-year-old daughter something to eat.

Oklahoma man pleads guilty in deadly 'atomic wedgie' case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 00:43
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma man has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for asphyxiating his stepfather with the underwear he was wearing in a move police dubbed an "atomic wedgie," court officials said on Tuesday. Brad Davis, 34, who pleaded guilty on Monday, faces between four to 35 years in prison for the death of Denver St. Clair, 58, in December 2013 in McLoud, east of Oklahoma City. The cause of death was blunt force trauma and asphyxiation, Oklahoma Medical Examiner Amy Elliott said.

5 armed men invade, rob home in Newark, Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 00:35

5 armed men invade, rob home in Newark, DelawareA Newark, Delaware family woke up to find strangers in their house in the middle of the night.


Florida police recover three guns in Zimmerman shooting incident

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 00:32

George Zimmerman listens to judge during a first-appearance hearing in Sanford, FloridaBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Central Florida police investigating a roadway shooting involving George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murdering an unarmed black teenager in 2013, said on Tuesday they have recovered three handguns. No charges have been filed so far in the shooting, which took place on Monday in Lake Mary, Florida, a suburb of Orlando. Zimmerman was only slightly injured by flying glass after he was shot at in his car by Matthew Apperson, police said. The two men were involved in a previous roadside dispute in September 2014 when Apperson accused Zimmerman of threatening to kill him but declined to press charges.