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Boy struck, killed by San Francisco light-rail train

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 05:54
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police say a middle school student was struck and killed by a light-rail train as he ran across a street.

Home of child molester sold, money will help victims

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 05:53

Home of child molester sold, money will help victimsThe home of a convicted child molester in Bucks County has been sold, and the money will be used to help victims.


Senate Democrats block action on Obama's trade agenda

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 05:48

FILE - In this May 5, 2015 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate leaders said Tuesday that Democrats have enough votes to block action on President Barack Obama's trade initiatives unless the parties can work out disagreements on how to package various bills. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, a strong opponent of Obama’s trade agenda, said Democrats have more than enough votes to block action for now. McConnell agreed. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats dealt President Barack Obama a stinging setback on trade Tuesday, blocking efforts to begin a full-blown debate on a top priority of his second term.


Michigan state senator charged after allegedly shooting at ex-wife's car

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 05:47
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A Michigan state senator was charged on Tuesday with multiple crimes after shooting at his ex-wife's Mercedes-Benz outside his house during the weekend, prosecutors said. Senator Virgil Smith, 35, a Democrat in Michigan's fourth district, which covers part of Detroit and some of its suburbs, was arraigned on charges of felonious assault, malicious destruction of property valued at $20,000 or more, domestic violence assault and battery and a felony firearm charge. Prosecutors said that at about 1 a.m. on Sunday, Smith's ex-wife, also 35, came to his home and found another woman there. They said Smith assaulted his former wife and fired several shots from a rifle at her 2015 Mercedes-Benz.

Officer's son charged with killing his father and brother

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 05:44

FILE - This undated photo provided by Elk River, Minn., Police Department shows Officer Todd Besser. Christopher Besser the son of Todd Besser, is charged with fatally shooting his father and brother. Wright County Attorney Tom Kelly said that he plans call a grand jury to seek first-degree murder charges. Bail for Besser was set Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at $2 million with some conditions, including electronic home monitoring and $5 million without conditions. (Elk River Police Department via AP)BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) — The son of an Elk River police officer who is charged with fatally shooting his father and brother told a dispatcher he "just lost it" and killed the two, according to a criminal complaint filed in Wright County.


Texas lawmakers try to set up legal barriers to same-sex marriage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 05:42

A protester holds a sign against same sex marriage in front of the Supreme Court before the court hears arguments about gay marriageBy Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - With a possibility the U.S. Supreme Court next month will legalize same-sex marriage, the Republican-controlled Texas legislature is pushing measures to bolster the state's constitutional amendment that bans gay weddings. Texas is one of many socially conservative states looking to slow down the gathering momentum in favor of same-sex marriages in the country. Jonathan Saenz, president of the socially conservative Texas Values group, the proposals are necessary to protect Texans against the "increasingly activist gay rights lobby." "They are so interested in pushing their own agenda, they think that they can openly violate our marriage laws," Saenz said. The Supreme Court decision, due by the end of June, is expected to determine whether gay marriage will be legal nationwide.


Woman found dead inside Bensalem hotel

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 05:39

Woman found dead inside Bensalem hotelBucks County officials are investigating a death in Bensalem.


U.Va. dean sues Rolling Stone over debunked gang rape story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 05:37

Fraternity Rolling StoneRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A University of Virginia associate dean sued Rolling Stone magazine on Tuesday for more than $7.5 million, saying a debunked and retracted account of an alleged gang rape on campus cast her as the "chief villain."


Man's body recovered after apparent drowning in Chester County pond

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 05:27

Man's body recovered after apparent drowning in Chester County pondThe body of a man was recovered from a pond in Sadsbury Township, Pennsylvania Tuesday afternoon.


Obama targets hedge funds in personal remarks on poverty, race

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 05:26

Occupy Wall Street protesters protest through the streets of New York's Financial District in celebration of the one year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, September 17, 2012By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama addressed U.S. struggles with class and race in personal terms on Tuesday and renewed his call to close tax loopholes enjoyed by wealthy hedge fund managers as a way to reduce poverty among Americans. "The top 25 hedge fund managers made more than all the kindergarten teachers in the country," Obama said at a panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University. He advocated for a higher tax rate on the fees that hedge fund managers collect. "If we can’t ask from society’s lottery winners to just make that modest investment, then, really, this conversation is for show." With police shootings of unarmed black men in the news and roughly a year and a half left in the White House to shape his legacy, Obama and his wife, Michelle, have become increasingly open in their remarks about race.


ACLU of Idaho warns schools of discriminatory dress codes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 05:22
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho is warning that a south-central Idaho school district's dress code is unconstitutional and must be changed.

Alleged Islamic State recruits from Minnesota ordered held

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 05:18

Members of the Minneapolis Somali community wait Tuesday, May 12, 2015, to enter the United States Courthouse in Minneapolis where a federal judge ordered four Minnesota men accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group held pending trial. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Five Minnesota men accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group were ordered Tuesday to remain in custody pending trial, but Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis said he's open to exploring less restrictive options.


FBI hair analysis problems reveal limits of forensic science

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 05:10

 The hair wasn’t his, nor was the semen left on a pillowcase and robe. A felony conviction that imprisoned him for decades was overturned in 2012 by a judge who declared it a “grave miscarriage of justice.” (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Kirk Odom was convicted of a 1981 rape and robbery after a woman identified him as her attacker and an FBI specialist testified that hair on her nightgown was similar to hair on Odom's head.


Man on trial in HIV exposure case previously tested positive

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 05:08

In this Oct 10, 2013 booking photo released by St. Charles County Department of Corrections, Michael L. Johnson, who faces felony HIV exposure charges, is seen. Prosecutors accuse him of "recklessly infecting" two male sex partners with HIV and knowingly exposing four others over nearly 10 months after being diagnosed as HIV positive in January 2013. He has pleaded not guilty and his trial began with jury selection Monday, May 11, 2015, in suburban St. Louis, Mo. (St. Charles County Department of Corrections via AP)ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A 23-year-old man accused of exposing other gay men to HIV while attending college in suburban St. Louis tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS in Indiana two years before being diagnosed in Missouri, prosecutors said Tuesday.


Suit-wearing bandits rob Manhattan store of bags of watches

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 05:08
NEW YORK (AP) — Three well-dressed armed bandits burst into a luxury Manhattan jewelry store on Tuesday afternoon before fleeing on foot with bags of expensive watches.

Ohio State drum major instructor indicted on rape charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 05:01
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A drum major instructor for Ohio State University's celebrated marching band who is accused of sexually assaulting a student was indicted on charges including rape, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Investigator: Probe of Missouri state auditor's suicide over

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 04:53
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Investigators are closing their probe into former Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich's suicide after failing to find an explanation for why the Republican gubernatorial hopeful took his life, a suburban St. Louis detective said Tuesday.

Pennsylvania woman freed after 42 years in arson murder case, faces retrial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 04:52
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania woman who spent 42 years in prison on an arson and murder conviction has been freed but faces a retrial, her advocates said on Tuesday. Letitia Smallwood, 62, was a college student in 1972, when she was accused of setting ablaze a building in the Pennsylvania borough of Carlisle that killed two people, Steven Johnson, 23, and Paula Wagner, 26. Smallwood was released to her sister on bail on Monday pending a retrial. She was freed after a Cumberland County judge vacated Smallwood's conviction on the grounds that the techniques used to investigate the fire were dated and faulty.

Seattle activist tries to block Shell's fuel-transfer station

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 04:51

Activists protest the Shell Polar Pioneer oil rig at a rally in Seattle, WashingtonIn a harbinger of expected protests over Royal Dutch Shell's plan to store Arctic drilling rigs in Seattle, an activist perched herself on a 15-foot tripod on Tuesday to try to block the entrance gates of a company fuel-transfer station. The incident came a day after the U.S. Department of the Interior conditionally approved Shell's plan to explore for oil in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, where it has not drilled since a mishap-filled 2012 season. Environmental activists are also preparing for three days of demonstrations starting on May 16 against Shell's plans to store two drilling rigs in Seattle. Among other plans, activists say they will meet one of the drilling rigs in kayaks as it arrives in the port later this week.


FDA panel backs Vertex combination pill for cystic fibrosis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 04:49
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health advisers on Tuesday recommended approval for an experimental combination drug to treat cystic fibrosis, despite unresolved questions about the benefit of one of the pill's two ingredients.