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1-year-old girl found dead on Montana Indian reservation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:44
POPLAR, Mont. (AP) — The search for a 1-year-old girl who authorities believe was abducted from her home on a Montana Indian reservation ended Wednesday with the discovery of her body and a female taken into custody for questioning.

6 arrested during Freddie Gray unrest sue Baltimore police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:41
BALTIMORE (AP) — Six men arrested during the unrest prompted by Freddie Gray's death in police custody sued the Baltimore Police Department, the state and more than a dozen officers Tuesday, alleging that they were beaten, abused and deprived of their constitutionally protected right to protest.

Panama inks $2.6B financing deal with Japan for metro line

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:32
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama has signed a deal with Japan to secure $2.6 billion in financing for the construction of a third metro line in the Central American nation's capital.

Police: Man fakes disappearance to escape child-porn charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:28
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — When Cody Magee's wife reported that her husband hadn't returned from a kayaking trip off the Georgia coast, the Coast Guard launched a two-day search by land and sea.

'Sexual predator' ex-prosecutor admits guilt in federal case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:23

Harry Morel, a former district attorney for St. Charles Parish, La., arrives at Federal Court in New Orleans, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Morel Jr. is charged with obstructing a federal investigation. A bill of information filed by prosecutors said he harassed an unidentified witness in a federal grand jury investigation. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Louisiana district attorney solicited sex from at least 20 women in exchange for offering favorable treatment from his office, authorities said Wednesday after the veteran prosecutor pleaded guilty to obstructing their long-running investigation of him.

Group sues Interior over 'fast track' deep-sea well permits

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:19
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An environmental group sued the Interior Department on Wednesday for what it called the "fast track" permitting of potentially dangerous oil and natural gas wells in offshore waters. The action came on the sixth anniversary of the nation's largest offshore oil spill.

Capital of conservative Utah will name street for gay leader

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:18

Cars ride along 900 South, Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake City Council has voted to hold a public hearing on whether to name a street after pioneering gay leader Harvey Milk alongside thoroughfares honoring civil rights icons like Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Salt Lake City Council has decided to name a street after pioneering gay leader Harvey Milk, the latest display of its position as a blue island in a sea of deep-red, where the prevailing Mormon faith still has a fraught relationship with the LGBT community.

Firm suspends plans to build $3.3B natural gas pipeline

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:17
BOSTON (AP) — Plans to build a $3.3 billion natural gas pipeline from New York into New England through western Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire have been suspended.

Woman dead, man arrested after stabbing at Maui supermarket

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:14

This undated photo provided by the County of Maui shows Stephen Schmidt. The Maui Police Department said Schmidt was arrested and a woman is dead after an alleged stabbing of three people at a Maui supermarket on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (Courtesy of the County of Maui via AP)HONOLULU (AP) — Police say a man was arrested in connection with the stabbing of three people at a Maui supermarket on Tuesday evening that left his estranged wife dead.

Harriet Tubman to be first African-American on U.S. currency

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:11

Harriet Tubman in a photo dated between 1860 -1875. REUTERS/Courtesy Library of CongressBy Megan Cassella WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Anti-slavery crusader Harriet Tubman will become the first African-American on the face of U.S. paper currency, and the first woman in more than a century, when she replaces former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. The U.S. Treasury Department said on Wednesday that Tubman, who was born into slavery in the early 1820s and went on to help hundreds of slaves escape, would take the center spot on the bill, while Jackson, a slave owner, would move to the back. Introduced alongside a slew of changes to the $5 and $10 notes as well, the redesign gives the Treasury "a chance to open the aperture to reflect more of America's history," Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said.

Mexico: Oil plant explosion injures 30 people on Gulf Coast

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:06

 Oil plant explosion injures 30 people on Gulf CoastAn explosion ripped through an oil plant on the southern coast of the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, injuring dozens of people, authorities said.

Federal lawyer gets 30 days for forging document

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:03
SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney was sentenced to 30 days in jail Wednesday for forging a document to make it look like a Mexican man who wanted to stay in the United States was not eligible to do so.

California communities beg for relief from drought restrictions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:01

File photo of sprinklers spraying water onto grass as a jogger runs through a city park in San Diego, CaliforniaBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California communities where a wet winter has filled reservoirs and begun ameliorating the state's catastrophic four-year drought begged water regulators on Wednesday to reduce or eliminate emergency conservation measures imposed last year. Facing pushback from aggravated consumers under the ongoing rules, water utilities say they will have little credibility asking for conservation when the next drought hits if they must continue to order residents to cut back water use by up to 36 percent. "By any measure, there isn't any emergency left," said Robert Roscoe, general manager of the Sacramento Suburban Water District.

U.S. court rejected claim FBI use of spy data is unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:56
By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top judge on the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled last year against a constitutional challenge to U.S. surveillance rules permitting the FBI to access foreign intelligence data for use in domestic criminal investigations, according to a newly declassified court opinion. Judge Thomas Hogan said there was no requirement that access to email and other forms of Internet communications under a controversial surveillance program be restricted only to foreign intelligence uses, he wrote in a November opinion released this week in partially redacted form. Hogan’s ruling dismissed a legal challenge submitted by Amy Jeffress, a former federal prosecutor, who was appointed to serve as a “friend of the court” to advocate privacy considerations before the court.

Ex-New Orleans police officers plead guilty in post-Katrina killings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:56

Spent shell casing lies alongside road on Danziger Bridge in eastern New OrleansA retrial was later ordered due to prosecutorial misconduct. Under the plea deal, the four men involved in the shootings - Kenneth Bowen, Robert Faulcon, Robert Gisevius and Anthony Villavaso - pleaded guilty to depriving the victims of their civil rights, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to Kenneth Polite, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

LGBT law puts North Carolina governor in precarious position

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:56
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a far-reaching LGBT law that critics called discriminatory, he said it wouldn't hurt the state's ability to attract jobs. It did.

Florida man shoots self after killing wife, 2 young children

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:53

Florida man shoots self after killing wife, 2 young childrenA central Florida man killed his estranged wife and two young children before fatally shooting himself as police pursued him on a highway, authorities said Monday.

Police confirm bags found under house held infant remains

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:47
SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) — The medical examiner's office in North Carolina has confirmed that trash bags found under a home last weekend contained the remains of two infants.

Two students sue Kansas State University over rape allegations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:47
The lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas contend that the university violated the women's rights under Title IX, the federal law that bars sexual discrimination in education. Kansas State did not investigate their reports of being raped because the fraternities were off campus, the lawsuits allege. In a statement, Kansas State said it would not comment on litigation or individual reports of discrimination, including sexual violence.

Bill would take Alabama out of marriage license business

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:46
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama House committee has approved a bill that would replace state-signed marriage licenses with contracts in a bid to free probate judges from signing licenses for gay couples.