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Transgender bathroom bill fails in Tennessee legislature

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 08:32
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A transgender bathroom bill in the Tennessee legislature failed Monday after the House sponsor said she was withdrawing the legislation while waiting to see how legal challenges play out in other states that have passed similar measures.

Houston deluged, five reported dead in Texas floods

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 08:26
By Kristen Hays HOUSTON (Reuters) - Torrential rainfall totaling 18 inches (46 cm) pummeled Houston on Monday, causing floods that were believed responsible for five deaths and that snarled transport and turned roads into lakes in the fourth most-populous U.S. city. More than 1,000 homes were flooded in Harris County, which contains Houston, and there were more than 1,000 water rescues as scores of neighborhoods and roads were hit by rushing water. "This is the most I have ever seen in the state of Texas," Governor Greg Abbott said of the rescues at a news conference, where he declared a state of disaster in nine Texas counties.

N.Y. man charged with bribing police as corruption probe continues

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 08:24

Alex Lichtenstein is escorted out of Manhattan federal court in New YorkA member of a volunteer safety patrol in an Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn was charged on Monday with trying to bribe police officers to obtain gun licenses, prosecutors said, in the latest fallout from a wide-ranging corruption probe into the New York City Police Department. A criminal complaint filed in Manhattan federal court charged Alex Lichtenstein, 44, with conspiracy and bribery, saying he bragged about having obtained 150 licenses through his NYPD connections.


Authorities: Hostage-taker killed in standoff with police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 08:24
ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say a police officer fatally shot an armed man early Monday after he had taken two people hostage at a gas station in an Atlanta suburb.

How 4 AP reporters got the story 'Seafood from Slaves'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 08:21

Gary Pruitt, back to camera, President and CEO of The Associated Press, embraces reporter Martha Mendoza as the AP wins the Pulitzer Prize for public service, Monday, April 18, 2016 in New York. Mendoza, Robin McDowell, center, Esther Htusan, far left, and Margie Mason, not seen, chronicled how men from Myanmar and other countries were being imprisoned, sometimes in cages, in an island village in Indonesia and forced to work on fishing vessels. AP's international enterprise editor Mary Rajkumar, second left, also congratulated the reporters. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press expose on slavery in Southeast Asia's fishing industry, awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday, was born of a painstaking investigation by four reporters who documented the harsh treatment of fishermen held captive on a remote island and traced their catch to U.S. supermarkets and restaurants.


911 caller won't be charged in Ohio Wal-Mart police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 08:16
A 911 caller won't be charged for reporting a man waving a gun in an Ohio Wal-Mart store before police fatally shot the shopper, who'd picked up an air rifle from a shelf, a special prosecutor said Monday.

AP wins Pulitzer for stories on enslaved fishermen in Asia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 08:05

FILE - In this May 16, 2015, file photo, former slave fisherman Myint Naing and his mother, Khin Than, cry as they are reunited after 22 years at their village in Mon State, Myanmar. The Associated Press has won the Pulitzer Prize on Monday, April 18, 2016 for public service for articles documenting the use of slave labor in the commercial seafood industry in Indonesia and Thailand. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for documenting the use of slave labor in Southeast Asia to supply seafood to American tables — an investigation that spurred the release of more than 2,000 captive workers.


Capitol plot suspect appears competent; Nov. 1 trial set

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:53

This undated photo provided by the Boone County Jail shows Christopher Lee Cornell. Cornell, a suburban Cincinnati man, the beard and long hair he had when arrested gone, has been calling himself again by his birth name and appears competent to stand trial on charges that he plotted to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group, according to testimony Monday, April 18, 2016. (Boone County Jail via AP)CINCINNATI (AP) — A suburban Cincinnati man, the beard and long hair he had when arrested gone, has been calling himself again by his birth name and appears competent to stand trial on charges that he plotted to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group, according to testimony Monday.


Oklahoma City a defining moment in Merrick Garland's career

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:47

FILE - In this April 27, 1995, file photo, Merrick Garland, then-associate deputy attorney general, speaks to the media following the hearing of Oklahoma bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh, in El Reno, Okla. This week marks 21 years since the bombing of Oklahoma City’s Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. It’s a case that was a defining moment in the career of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. At the time of the bombing, Garland was 42 years old and a top lieutenant to Attorney General Janet Reno. He was chosen to go to Oklahoma City, the highest-ranking Justice Department official there, and led the prosecution for about a month until a permanent lead prosecutor was named. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In Judge Merrick Garland's courthouse office in Washington, there's a framed photo of Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building after the 1995 bombing that ripped away most of its front. There's also a courtroom artist's sketch from the prosecution of bomber Timothy McVeigh and a medal honoring Garland for his work on the case.


What big ears you have! NY zoo debuts adorable little foxes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:46

This April 13, 2016, photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society shows one of two new fennec foxes making their debut at the Prospect Park Zoo in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The Wildlife Conservation Society says little foxes, usually weighing less than 4 pounds as adults, with remarkably big ears, are native to the deserts of northern Africa. (Wildlife Conservation Society/Julie Larsen Maher via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Two adorable little foxes with remarkably big ears are making their public debut at New York's Prospect Park Zoo.


Backhoe in Philadelphia Amtrak accident had right to be on track: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:43

Emergency personnel examine the scene after an Amtrak passenger train struck a backhoe, killing two people, in Chester, PennsylvaniaThe backhoe operator involved in a fatal Amtrak passenger train collision near Philadelphia this month had a right to drive the vehicle on the tracks intermittently to perform maintenance work, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Monday. Three other tracks, including the one used by the Amtrak train, were periodically closed during the weekend to protect the backhoe and its driver. The report did not mention whether the Amtrak train had permission to use the track at the time of the incident.


Ecuador says death toll from quake jumps to 413

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:41

Ecuador says death toll from quake jumps to 413Ecuador's government says the death toll from the weekend's powerful earthquake has climbed to 413.


Man arrested in cold case of his missing stepson

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:40
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Officials have arrested the stepfather of a 2-year-old boy who disappeared in San Diego more than a decade ago and say he will be charged with murder in the case.

N.Y. man charged with bribing police as corruption probe continues

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:39
A member of a volunteer safety patrol in an Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn was charged on Monday with trying to bribe police officers to obtain gun licenses, prosecutors said, in the latest fallout from a wide-ranging corruption probe into the New York City Police Department. A criminal complaint filed in Manhattan federal court charged Alex Lichtenstein, 44, with conspiracy and bribery, saying he bragged about having obtained 150 licenses through his NYPD connections.

The Latest: Hundreds in South Carolina meeting on race issue

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:30
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on a South Carolina meeting on racial issues a year after a former white police officer was charged in the shooting death of a black man fleeing a traffic stop. (all times local):

It's on ... Amazon's stand-alone streaming targets Netflix

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:30
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com Inc. is taking on Netflix and Hulu with its own stand-alone video streaming service, just weeks before Netflix raises prices for longtime subscribers.

Oregon defense firm chief pleads guilty to $171 million conspiracy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:11
The owner of an Oregon-based defense firm pleaded guilty on Monday to plying a U.S. official with cash, meals in Vietnam and Costa Rica, and an Alaska fishing trip during a decade-long conspiracy to win business worth $171 million, a prosecutor said. The man, who uses the single name, "Sky," pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge on Monday in a federal court in Portland, Oregon, Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Nyhus said. In total, Sky's firm, Sky Research, Inc, or SRI, which primarily provided services to the government for detecting un-exploded bombs and other munitions, received $77 million under nine contracts worth roughly $171 million, according to charging documents filed last week in U.S. District Court in Portland.

108-year-old veteran stays on solid ground, skips flight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:10

Lynn Balmer, 108, center, the oldest living female military veteran, is escorted across the tarmac by Lyn Dorenzo, left, and Merilyn Chaffee, right, after viewing a World War II-era biplane at the Chico Air Museum, Monday, April 18, 2016, in Chico, Calif. Balmer was scheduled to take a flight aboard the aircraft, but decided against it in the morning, said Darryl Fisher, president of the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, a group that gets aging veterans into the sky. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)CHICO, California (AP) — A 108-year-old woman believed to be the oldest living female military veteran kept her feet firmly on the ground Monday, deciding at the last minute to turn down a flight aboard a World War II-era biplane, according to the nonprofit that organized the ride.


Nevada charges prison guard in inmate's shooting death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:08

FILE - In this April 15, 2015, file photo, guard towers are seen at High Desert State Prison in Indian Springs, Nev. The Nevada state attorney general on Monday, April 18, 2016, charged a former prison guard trainee with involuntary manslaughter in the shotgun killing of a handcuffed inmate in a prison hallway in Nov. 2014. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada attorney general on Monday charged a former prison guard trainee with involuntary manslaughter in the shotgun killing of a handcuffed inmate in a prison hallway in 2014.


Fire breaks out at Mayfair restaurant

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:08

Fire breaks out at Mayfair restaurantFire crews battled a fire at a restaurant in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia.