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5 jurors qualify to serve in trial over boy's death in SUV

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:56
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A judge has approved five more jurors for the jury pool to decide the fate of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son to die in a hot SUV.

Lawyer: NYC hopes surveillance deal alters image of police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:56
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City lawyer said Wednesday that the city hoped to improve the image of its police department when it reached a deal with civil rights advocates to allow a civilian to serve on a committee of high-ranking police officials as they discuss investigations relating to surveillance of political activities.

Michigan teen begins 111-mile walk with brother on back

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:53
TEMPERANCE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan teen who has made annual treks carrying his younger brother on his back to raise awareness about cerebral palsy on Wednesday started a 111-mile walk that's expected to be his last.

Judge denies Redstone granddaughter's bid to join competency suit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:52

Redstone, executive chairman of CBS Corp. and Viacom, arrives at premiere of "The Guilt Trip" starring Streisand and Rogen in Los AngelesBy Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California judge on Wednesday rejected a bid by Sumner Redstone's granddaughter to join the media mogul's former girlfriend in a lawsuit that challenges the 92-year-old billionaire's mental competency. The granddaughter, Keryn Redstone, argued in court papers that Sumner Redstone had become a "prisoner in his own home" after the former girlfriend, Manuela Herzer, was ejected from his mansion in October. Herzer, 51, had sued to be reinstated as his designated healthcare agent.

U.S. border agents seize longest Mexico-California drug tunnel yet

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:49

An air vent helps authorities with their investigation after the discovery of a cross-border tunnel from Tijuana, Mexico to Otay Mesa, CaliforniaFederal agents have seized a ton of cocaine and seven tons of marijuana smuggled through a clandestine tunnel stretching a half mile beneath the U.S.-Mexico border, the longest one yet unearthed in California, authorities said on Wednesday. Six people were arrested as authorities in San Diego moved on Monday and Tuesday to shut down the tunnel, the 13th underground passageway discovered along California's border with Mexico since 2006. "This is the largest cocaine seizure ever associated with a tunnel," said Laura Duffy, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California.

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.