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Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 21:13

In this Friday, March 20, 2015 photo, a maple amber beer is among the offerings at Chatham Brewing in Chatham, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


Medical device maker settles lawsuit for $4.4 million

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 20:53
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Medtronic has agreed to pay $4.4 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the federal government accusing the company of selling medical devices made in China and Malaysia to the U.S. military.

Belk department store chain considers sale

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 20:38
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Department store chain Belk is considering a possible sale.

Cutting back on water use: Q&A on California's drought

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 20:18

FILE - In this May 1, 2014 file photo, a rice farmer walks across a dried-up irrigation ditch at his rice farm in Richvale, Calif. California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday, April 1, 2015 to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The stubborn drought gripping California is dragging into a fourth year, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown this week to call for mandatory cutbacks in water use across the state. The drastic action marked the first time in California's history that involuntary water restrictions have been ordered, underscoring the seriousness of the drought.


Florida woman's self-written obit popular on social media

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 20:16
ORANGE PARK, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman's self-written obituary is getting rave reviews, bringing more than 3,000 Facebook "likes."

Parts of NY's Fire Island closed to fight beetle infestation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 19:18
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — More than 600 trees will be cut down on New York's Fire Island to battle an infestation of southern pine beetles.

Questions linger after Duke student admits hanging noose

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 19:14

Michael Schoenfeld, left, vice president for Public Affairs and Government Relations at Duke University, speaks to members of the media during a news conference at the Sara P. Duke Gardens in Durham, N.C., Thursday, April 2, 2015. An undergraduate student at Duke University has admitted to hanging a noose in a tree and is no longer on campus, university officials said Thursday. Schoenfeld said that the school would not release the name of the student who admitted to hanging the noose. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The swift discovery of the person who hung a noose at Duke University leaves questions ranging from the student's identity to what punishment the person will face.


Rough road ahead for jurors in Boston Marathon trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 19:03

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonBy Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Two decades have passed since Timothy McVeigh set off a truck bomb outside a federal office building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, but the memory remains vivid for Tonya McCabe, who sat on the jury that sentenced him to die. They saw autopsy photos of the mangled bodies of restaurant manager Krystle Campbell, 29, and Chinese graduate student Lingzi Lu, 23.


6 train cars derail from track in Cincinnati neighborhood

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 18:22
CINCINNATI (AP) — Crews say it will take at least a day to remove train cars that derailed from an elevated track in Cincinnati.

Maine ski resort shuts down 2nd chairlift

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 18:00
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — A Maine ski resort has shut down a second chairlift less than two weeks after a malfunction on another lift injured seven skiers.

Mormons from around world to gather for weekend conference

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 17:06

FILE - In this April 5, 2014 file photo, the afternoon session of the two-day Mormon church conference begins in Salt Lake City. More than 100,000 Mormons will descend on Salt Lake City beginning Saturday, April 4, 2015 for the faith’s biannual conference to listen to spiritual guidance from leaders and to learn about church news. Millions more will watch live broadcasts of the event from around the U.S. and in more than 200 other countries. This year marks the conference’s 185th year. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 100,000 Mormons will descend on Salt Lake City this weekend for the faith's biannual conference to listen to spiritual guidance from leaders and to learn about church news.


Alabama inmate to go free after 30 years on death row

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 17:05

In this undated photo made available by the Alabama Department of Corrections, shows inmate Anthony Ray Hinton. Hinton, who spent nearly 30 years on death row will go free Friday, April 3, 2015, after prosecutors told a court that there is not enough evidence to link him to the 1985 murders he was convicted of committing. (AP Photo/Alabama Dept. of Corrections)MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A man who spent 30 years on Alabama's death row will go free after a decades long fight to prove his innocence.


Ole Miss to search for new leader as some worry about damage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 16:59

University of Miss Chancellor Dan Jones speaks at a press conference at the Lyceum in Oxford, Miss. on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Jones announced that he and the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning could not reach an agreement on his future as chancellor and that he would be leaving his position when his contract ends in September. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — With University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones saying he couldn't reach an agreement with the state College Board to extend his contract, Higher Education Commissioner Jim Borsig said the board will launch a national search for a replacement.


Informant posing as Klan hit man leads to prison guard bust

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 16:36

This arrest photo provided by the Union County, Fla., Sheriff's Office, shows Thomas Jordan Driver. Driver, a prison employee, who together with another current employee of the Florida Dept. of Corrections and a former employee were arrested Thursday, April 2, 2015. The three, who are Ku Klux Klan members, planned to kill a black inmate after his release in retaliation for a fight, officials said. (AP Photo/Union County, Fla., Sheriff's Office)GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Ku Klux Klan hit man pulled a burner phone from his pocket and showed his Klan brother a photograph of a slain black man in rural north Florida.


Women's group gets North Korea support to walk across DMZ

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 16:35

FILE - Organizers of the effort called WomenCrossDMZ.org, including lead coordinator Christine Ahn, left, and honorary co-chair Gloria Steinem, right, hold a United Nations news conference announcing plans for a rare and risky women's walk across the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea to call for reunification, in this March 11, 2015 file photo. Ahn said in an email Friday April 3, 2015 they have Pyongyang's cooperation and support.". (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea has decided to support a proposed walk across the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas by prominent women including Gloria Steinem, and organizers say they hope South Korea will give its approval as well.


Man reported missing at sea 66 days ago found by Coast Guard

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 15:52

Louis Jordan, right, walks from the Coast Guard helicopter to the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va., after being found off the North Carolina coast, Thursday, April 2, 2015. His family says he sailed out of a marina in Conway, South Carolina, on Jan. 23, and hadn't been heard from since. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A man whose family reported him missing at sea more than two months ago was found floating on the overturned hull of his sailboat 200 miles off the North Carolina coast on Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.


Recent racial incidents at colleges and universities

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 15:49

In this March 24, 2015 photo, University of Maryland students listen to speakers during a town hall meeting about racism in universities and what can be done to stop it, at University of Maryland in College Park, Md. Conversations like the one at Maryland’s Nyumburu Cultural Center are taking place nationwide as racist incidents continue to pop up at colleges and universities, even though students are becoming increasingly vocal in protesting racism and administrators are taking swift, zero-tolerance action against it. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)Recent racially tinged incidents on college campuses:


Indiana, Arkansas try to stem religious objections uproar

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 14:22

Demonstrators gather on the steps at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, April 2, 2015. The measure passed in the committee. A reworked religious freedom bill passed earlier in the House Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two states roiled by criticism over new religious objections laws are looking to move forward after taking different approaches to changing the legislation to ease concerns about discrimination.


Key provisions of parched California's new water cuts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:27

In this Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, file photo, houseboats float in the drought-lowered waters of Oroville Lake near Oroville, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday April 1, 2015 ordered sweeping and unprecedented measures to save water in California. Surveyors on Wednesday found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping, marking a fourth consecutive year of vanishing snow that California depends on to melt into rivers and replenish reservoirs. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the first mandatory, statewide water cutbacks by cities and towns as the state's nearly 40 million people head into a fourth summer of severe drought.


Cutting back on water use: Q&A on California's drought

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:25

FILE - In this May 1, 2014 file photo, a rice farmer walks across a dried-up irrigation ditch at his rice farm in Richvale, Calif. California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday, April 1, 2015 to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The stubborn drought gripping California is dragging into a fourth year, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown this week to call for mandatory cutbacks in water use across the state. The drastic action marked the first time in California's history that involuntary water restrictions have been ordered, underscoring the seriousness of the drought.