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Damaging storms possible for Plains, North Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:52

Cole Lyons, from left, Austin Reel and Cameron Reel look at a submerged car in the parking lot of Town Square Mall, Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in Owensboro, Ky., after heavy rains swept through Daviess County and flooded the lot. (Greg Eans/The Messenger-Inquirer via AP) MANDATORY CREDITNORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Forecasters say damaging winds and large hail stones are possible in parts of the central U.S. and in North Carolina as separate springtime storm systems move through.


New play explores life, legacy of slain teen Trayvon Martin

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:52

In this Tuesday, May 10, 2016, photo, actor Amir Randall, playing Trayvon Martin, acts out a scene during a rehearsal for The Ballad of Trayvon Martin at the New Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia. The play, about the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, opens Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Trayvon Martin has often been in the thoughts of playwright and activist Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj in the four years since the 17-year-old unarmed black boy was shot and killed after a confrontation with neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman.


US appeals court hears Maryland gun control case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:49
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court spent more than an hour Wednesday vigorously questioning lawyers about the constitutionality of Maryland's assault weapons ban and whether a judge who upheld it applied the correct legal standard.

With a clunk, Macy's opens the retail earnings season

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:44

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, file photo, Macy's shoppers leave the retailer's flagship store, in New York. Macy's Inc. reports financial results Wednesday, May 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)Macy's is acknowledging that there will be no consumer splurge anytime soon. A gloomy holiday shopping season across the retail spectrum has seeped into a spring funk. And after some startling numbers ...


Samsung Gear expands virtual-reality arsenal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:30
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Samsung is trying to dazzle consumers by adding more entertainment and educational options to its Gear virtual reality headset as it attempts to turn a technological curiosity into a cultural phenomenon.

Man who killed two in Massachusetts rampage seemed 'disturbed': official

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:23
A Massachusetts man who fatally stabbed two people in a string of apparently unprovoked attacks on Tuesday, before an off-duty deputy sheriff shot him dead, had been acting in a disturbed fashion before the rampage, officials said on Wednesday. The man, Arthur DaRosa, 28, had been watching his child's soccer practice when he drove off and began a series of attacks, breaking into a home where he stabbed two women eating dinner, crashing his car through the doors of a nearby shopping mall and attacking shoppers in a Macy's department store. Finally, he attacked diners at a Bertucci's Italian restaurant, where he was shot dead, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn told reporters.

Lawsuit: Police beat Maryland man, used racial slurs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:12
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man has filed a lawsuit saying police officers wrongfully detained, beat and insulted him with racial slurs.

London mayor says he'll be voice of city, not just Muslims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:11

London mayor says he'll be voice of city, not just MuslimsLONDON (AP) — In the 100 hours since he became London's first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan has tussled with Donald Trump, forged a bond with his Paris counterpart, visited a Holocaust memorial and even given bus riders a break on fares.


Man behind Mass. mall stabbings described as mentally disturbed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:09

Man behind Mass. mall stabbings described as mentally disturbedA man described by his family as mentally disturbed went on a stabbing rampage hours after leaving a hospital, killing two people and assaulting and stabbing more in a house and a shopping mall before being fatally shot by an off-duty sheriff's deputy, authorities said.


PHOTOS: 13 accused of dealing heroin, other drugs in Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:06

 13 accused of dealing heroin, other drugs in Pa.The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office said 13 people are being charged after an investigation into alleged drug dealing in the western part of the state.


US senators want air pollution reduced at ports, railyards

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:05
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A group of U.S. senators, all Democrats, are asking federal regulators to do more to cut air pollution around port cities and railyards.

Girl barred from prom for wearing suit gets a new invitation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:02

Girl barred from prom for wearing suit gets a new invitationA Pennsylvania high school student barred from attending prom at her Catholic high school because she wore a suit rather than a dress has been invited to another school's prom.


North Carolina transgender battle could expand civil rights law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:53

A bathroom sign welcomes both genders at the Cacao Cinnamon coffee shop in Durham North CarolinaAt issue is whether transgender people deserve the same federal protections that have been extended to groups such as blacks and religious minorities. Backers of the North Carolina law, which requires people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate rather than their gender identity, say it will protect women and girls from predators. The next step is likely to be a federal judge's decision on whether to impose an injunction, or temporary ruling, to void the North Carolina law pending a trial.


Women arrested in Chicago airport with $3 million in drugs in luggage: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:52

Chicago Police Department photo of suspects after their arrest at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport with more than $3 million of heroin and opium in their luggageThree women were arrested at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport with more than $3 million of heroin and opium in their luggage, and were due to appear in court for a bond hearing on Wednesday, police said. The three - Pa Yang, 57, Mai Vue Vang, 58, and True Thao, 52, all from Minnesota - had arrived on Tuesday on a flight from Japan, the Chicago Police Department said in a statement. During a screening of passengers, U. S. Customs and Border Protection agents discovered 70 pounds (32 kg) of heroin and opium in numerous small packets in the women's luggage, police said.


Representative says actress Emma Watson had offshore company

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:52

Representative says actress Emma Watson had offshore companyNEW YORK (AP) — A representative for "Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson said she had an offshore company for privacy reasons only.


Congress putting daily fantasy sports games under scrutiny

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:48

From left, Fantasy Sports Trade Association Chairman Peter Schoenke, MGM Resorts International Executive Vice President John McManus, Small Business Fantasy Sports Trade Association Executive Director Steve Brubaker, Florida State University Department of Sport Management Assistant Professor Ryan Rodenberg, Genius Sports CEO Mark Locke, GeoComply Operations Manager Lindsay Slader, Scientific Games Senior Vice President for Strategic Business Development Jordan Gnat, and Chapman University Fowler School of Law Professor Kurt Eggert, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 11, 2016, before a House Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade subcommittee hearing on fantasy sports. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Wednesday launched a fact-finding mission into the loosely regulated world of fantasy sports games — a multibillion-dollar business that seemingly advertised everywhere during the pro football season.


Authorities praise 3 who pulled woman from burning car

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:47
HINCKLEY, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say three Good Samaritans helped save a woman's life when they pulled her from a car just before it burst into flames on the side of a Minnesota highway.

Agency: Damaged guardrail caused Texas prison bus wreck

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:41

File - In this Jan. 14, 2015, file photo, authorities investigate the scene of a prison bus crash in Penwell, Texas. Federal investigators have confirmed that the deadly West Texas prison bus accident was caused by the bus striking a piece of displaced highway guardrail, The National Transportation Safety Board said in a report released Wednesday, May 11, 2016. (Mark Sterkel/Odessa American via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDITODESSA, Texas (AP) — Federal investigators have confirmed that a West Texas prison bus accident that killed two prison guards and eight inmates was caused by the bus striking a piece of displaced highway guardrail.


Counseling group cancels conference to target Tennessee law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:39

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2015 file photo, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry addresses the crowd at Music City Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony at Walk of Fame Park in Nashville, Tenn. The American Counseling Association’s leader says the group hopes to send a message by canceling its conference in Nashville in 2017. The cancellation comes after the Tennessee General Assembly passed a new law allowing therapists to decline to see patients based on religious values and personal principles. Mayor Barry and tourist officials in the Music City have vocally opposed the legislation and warned of a possible backlash. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — By canceling its conference in Tennessee next year, the American Counseling Association wants to put other states on notice that new LGBT laws can carry consequences, the group's leader said.


Migrant deal in question as Turkey refuses terror law change

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:37

A woman walk with her baby on fields as a group of refugees and migrants leave the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, on Tuesday May 10, 2016. About 54,000 refugees and migrants are currently stranded in Greece as 10,000 are camped in Idomeni, after the European Union and Turkey reached a deal designed to stem the flow of refugees into Europe’s prosperous heartland. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)BRUSSELS (AP) — Turkey has officially refused to change its anti-terror laws to satisfy European Union demands as part of its efforts to secure visa-free travel to Europe for Turkish citizens, raising questions about the future of the EU's migrant deal with Ankara.