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Spy chief pressed for number of Americans ensnared in data espionage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 02:21

U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper takes his seat to testify in a House Appropriations hearing on "World Wide Threats" on Capitol Hill in WashingtonU.S. lawmakers are pressing the nation's top intelligence official to estimate the number of Americans ensnared in email surveillance and other such spying on foreign targets, saying the information was needed to gauge possible reforms to the controversial programs. Eight Democrats and six Republicans made the request to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in a letter seen by Reuters on Friday, reflecting the continued bipartisan concerns over the scope of U.S. data espionage. "You have willingly shared information with us about the important and actionable intelligence obtained under these surveillance programs," wrote the lawmakers, all members of the U.S. House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee.


George Mason University revamps sexual misconduct hearings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 02:21
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — George Mason University is revising the way it investigates and adjudicates allegations of sexual misconduct after a student won a lawsuit challenging the process.

Woman who set newborn on fire in road sentenced to 30 years

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 02:15
MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman who set her newborn on fire and left her in the middle of a street was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison.

The Latest: Appeal likely after sick inmate's verdict tossed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 02:01
NORWALK, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a ruling overturning the conviction of a dying Ohio inmate (all times local):

Authorities: At least 7 dead in 'execution-style killings' at 3 homes along rural Ohio road

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 01:51
PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities: At least 7 dead in 'execution-style killings' at 3 homes along rural Ohio road.

FBI paid more than $1.3 million to break into San Bernardino iPhone

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 01:47

The Apple logo is pictured at its flagship retail store in San FranciscoBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said on Thursday the agency paid more to get into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters than he will make in the remaining seven years and four months he has in his job. According to figures from the FBI and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Comey's annual salary as of January 2015 was $183,300. Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in London, Comey was asked by a moderator how much the FBI paid for the software that eventually broke into the iPhone.


175 states signing landmark Paris deal on climate change

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 01:43

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holds his granddaughter Isabel Dobbs-Higginson as he signs the Paris Agreement on climate change, Friday, April 22, 2016 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Leaders from at least 175 countries were signing the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday as the landmark deal took a key step forward, potentially entering into force years ahead of schedule.


Charges cleared against man convicted of 1957 Illinois murder

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 01:40

Jack Daniel McCullough appears in King County Jail courtroomAn Illinois man who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the kidnapping and murder of a 7-year-old girl in 1957 was cleared of charges on Friday. DeKalb County Circuit Court Judge William Brady dropped charges against Jack McCullough, 76, who was arrested and jailed in 2011 for the murder of the girl, Maria Ridulph. Last week, Brady granted McCullough's request for a new trial and annulled his conviction, while ordering him to remain in Illinois while he was free on bond.


Police ID girl dead after fight at Delaware high school

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 01:32

A student cries in front of Howard High School of Technology on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Wilmington, Del. A 16-year-old sophomore died Thursday following a fight in a Delaware high school girl's restroom, city officials said. (Suchat Pederson/The Wilmington News-Journal via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITWILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Authorities are identifying a 16-year-old sophomore who died after a fight in a Delaware high school restroom involving several female students.


Police ID girl dead after fight at Delaware high school

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 01:32

A student cries in front of Howard High School of Technology on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Wilmington, Del. A 16-year-old sophomore died Thursday following a fight in a Delaware high school girl's restroom, city officials said. (Suchat Pederson/The Wilmington News-Journal via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITWILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Authorities are identifying a 16-year-old sophomore who died after a fight in a Delaware high school restroom involving several female students.


Baby sitter charged in death of tot who had Xanax in system

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 01:24
LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio baby sitter has been charged with murder in the death of an 18-month-old girl who authorities say was given anti-anxiety medication.

Baby sitter charged in death of tot who had Xanax in system

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 01:24
LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio baby sitter has been charged with murder in the death of an 18-month-old girl who authorities say was given anti-anxiety medication.

Oklahoma lawmakers approve bill to revoke licenses of abortion doctors

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 01:21

File photo of Oklahoma Republican Governor Mary Fallin making remarks before the opening of the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in WashingtonBy Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma bill that could revoke the license of any doctor who performs an abortion has headed to the governor, with opponents saying the measure in unconstitutional and promising a legal battle against the cash-strapped state if it is approved. In the Republican-dominated legislature, the state's House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a Senate bill late on Thursday. Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, has not yet indicated whether she will sign it.


Oklahoma lawmakers approve bill to revoke licenses of abortion doctors

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 01:21

File photo of Oklahoma Republican Governor Mary Fallin making remarks before the opening of the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in WashingtonBy Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma bill that could revoke the license of any doctor who performs an abortion has headed to the governor, with opponents saying the measure in unconstitutional and promising a legal battle against the cash-strapped state if it is approved. In the Republican-dominated legislature, the state's House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a Senate bill late on Thursday. Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, has not yet indicated whether she will sign it.


US acknowledges another 20 civilian deaths in Syria, Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 01:20
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. airstrikes aimed at Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq killed 20 civilians between September and February, including eight in a single attack on a mortar position used by militants, the U.S. military said Friday.

Judge: 'Debtors' prison' lawsuit to proceed in New Orleans

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 01:14
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has cleared the way for a trial in a lawsuit that claims New Orleans' criminal court functions as an unconstitutional "debtors' prison" for jailing people who cannot afford to pay court fees.

U.S. conservative group boycotts Target over transgender policy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 01:10

Target, a discount retail store, is pictured in Richmond.The conservative American Family Association is urging its members to boycott Target Corp for the retailer's decision to allow transgender employees and customers to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. The group accused Target of exposing women and girls to voyeurs and sexual predators with its restroom and dressing room policy, and said it had gathered 172,494 signatures on a boycott petition by mid-morning on Friday. Target's policy "means a man can simply say he feels like a woman today and enter the women's restroom ... this is exactly how sexual predators get access to their victims," AFA said on its website.


U.S. conservative group boycotts Target over transgender policy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 01:10

Target, a discount retail store, is pictured in Richmond.The conservative American Family Association is urging its members to boycott Target Corp for the retailer's decision to allow transgender employees and customers to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. The group accused Target of exposing women and girls to voyeurs and sexual predators with its restroom and dressing room policy, and said it had gathered 172,494 signatures on a boycott petition by mid-morning on Friday. Target's policy "means a man can simply say he feels like a woman today and enter the women's restroom ... this is exactly how sexual predators get access to their victims," AFA said on its website.


Pennsylvania accuser tries again to pursue Cosby lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 01:09

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2016 file photo, actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for a court appearance in Norristown, Pa. A former teen actress is appealing a ruling that threw out her defamation lawsuit against Cosby that involves claims the actor groomed, drugged and molested her. Renita Hill, 48, argues that Cosby and others defamed her when they challenged accusations made by Hill and other women who went public in 2014. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former teen actress is appealing a ruling that threw out her defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby that involves claims the actor drugged and molested her.


The Latest: House speaker blasts Virginia governor's action

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 01:08
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Terry McAuliffe's decision to make all former felons in Virginia eligible to vote (all times local):