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New evidence leads to capital murder charge in U.Va. case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 16:07

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2014, file photo, Jesse Matthew Jr. looks toward the gallery while appearing in court in Fairfax, Va. Matthew, accused of abducting and killing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has been charged with capital murder and a prosecutor said Tuesday, May 5, 2015, she will seek the death penalty if the case goes to trial. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via AP, Pool, File)CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A prosecutor has obtained a capital murder indictment against the man accused of the abduction and killing a University of Virginia student, saying she plans to seek the death penalty.


Self-driving semi-truck makes debut on Hoover Dam

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 16:02

Freightliner unveils its Inspiration self-driving truck during an event at the Hoover Dam Tuesday, May 5, 2015, near Boulder City, Nev. (AP Photo/John Locher)HOOVER DAM, Nev.-Ariz. Border (AP) — Daimler officials rolled out their truck of the future Tuesday night, a driverless big rig that negotiated some very tight turns — but with a driver.


Things to know about new water rules in California drought

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 15:20

FILE - In this July 9, 2014, file photo, a house is reflected in a puddle of water from an irrigated front yard in San Diego. Californians conserved little water in March and local officials were not aggressive in cracking down on waste, state regulators reported Tuesday, May 5, 2015 as they considered tough measures to force savings amid a continuing drought. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Brown lawns, dusty cars and idle sprinklers loom this summer under Gov. Jerry Brown's mandate to reduce urban water use by 25 percent to get through the drought. The State Water Resources Control Board approved new restrictions Tuesday that include a mandatory target for each local water agency to reduce consumption.


California regulators approve unprecedented water cutbacks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 15:17

FILE- In this April 16, 2015 file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown talks with reporters after a meeting about the drought at his Capitol office in Sacramento, Calif. The State Water Resources Control Board is considering sweeping mandatory emergency regulations to protect water supplies as water levels as some of California's lakes and reservoirs continue to decline. Brown has argued that the voluntary targets in place since early 2014 were insufficient and that Californians needed a jolt to take conservation seriously. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state's ongoing drought, hoping to push reluctant residents to deeper conservation.


Police officer dies after shooting in north Idaho

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 14:55
(Reuters) - A police officer died of his wounds after he was shot by a man he was trying to stop in northern Idaho on Tuesday, officials said. Coeur d'Alene police sergeant Greg Moore was making a suspicious person check on Tuesday morning when the man opened fire, said police. The man then drove off in Moore's patrol car and led officers of a neighboring city on a high-speed chase, Post Falls Police Chief R. Scot Haug told reporters. The shooting comes a day after a New York City plainclothes police officer died from a gun shot wound to the head suffered during a confrontation with a suspect over the weekend.

Michigan voters reject $1.9 billion road repair measure

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 14:47
By Joseph White DETROIT (Reuters) - Michigan voters Tuesday rejected a ballot proposal to hike the state sales tax to pay for fixing the state's crumbling roads and bridges. The final vote reported by the Michigan Secretary of State's office was 80 percent opposed, and 20 percent in favor. The complex $1.9 billion measure included proposals to amend the state constitution to increase the state sales tax to 7 percent from six percent, raise motor vehicle fuel taxes and peg them to inflation, send more money to schools and enhance an earned income tax credit that benefits lower income residents. Michigan's Republican Gov. Rick Snyder campaigned for the plan, saying it would raise an additional $1.3 billion to fix the state's highways and bridges, many of them in poor condition after years of harsh weather, heavy truck traffic and funding cuts.

Internet company launched by Kim Dotcom fails to list in NZ

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 14:24

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2014 file photo, Kim Dotcom arrives at Auckland District Court in Auckland, New Zealand. Internet file-storage company Mega Ltd., launched in 2013 by indicted entrepreneur Dotcom, failed Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in a bid to list on New Zealand's stock market. Mega last year announced plans to list through a maneuver known as a reverse takeover. But TRS Investments, the intended vehicle for the listing, filed a notice with the market Wednesday saying the takeover wouldn't proceed after time to complete it ran out. (Chris Gorman/New Zealand Herald via AP, File) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUTWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Internet file-storage company Mega Ltd., launched in 2013 by indicted entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, failed Wednesday in a bid to list on New Zealand's stock market.


Philadelphia police locate missing 9-year-old boy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 13:21

Philadelphia police locate missing 9-year-old boyPhiladelphia police locate 9-year-old boy after being reported missing by family.


Police: Idaho officer shot by man who stole patrol car dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 13:03

50 p.m. at Kootenai Health, Sgt. Christie Wood said in a statement.(Coeur d’Alene Police Department via AP)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A northern Idaho police officer shot by a man who stole his patrol car died of his injuries Tuesday evening, police said.


Doubts raised about Islamic State's claim in Texas attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 12:12

Joseph Offutt, left, and Raheem Peters hold a sign and a U.S. flag across the street from the Curtis Culwell Center, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Garland, Texas. A man, whose social media presence was being scrutinized by federal authorities, was one of two suspects killed in the Sunday shooting at this location that hosted a cartoon contest featuring images of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. The Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the attack. (AP Photo/LM Otero)PHOENIX (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the assault on a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of the Prophet Muhammad, but counterterrorism experts said IS has a history of asserting involvement in attacks in which it had no operational role.


U.S. public pensions outperform in first quarter: Wilshire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 12:04
U.S. public pension funds returned a median 2.19 percent in the first quarter of 2015, outperforming the 1.61 percent returns for the larger asset classes of institutional investment plans and real estate, according to a report to be released on Wednesday. The annual median return for public funds also remains high, at 7.15 percent, after the first quarter of 2015, according to data from the Wilshire Trust Universe Comparison Service. This is the second consecutive positive quarter in a row in which returns remained above the 1.82 percent quarterly return threshold required for an annualized 7.5 percent return, said Wilshire Managing Director Robert Waid. "That's another reason why you want to diversify into different asset classes." Public funds returned 9.59 percent over the last five-year period and 7.02 percent over the last 10-year period, Wilshire data shows.

Family of West Philadelphia child shot in apparent road rage case speaks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 12:04

Family of West Philadelphia child shot in apparent road rage case speaksPolice say road rage may be to blame for a shooting that sent a young girl to the hospital.


Young girl reunited with parents after SEPTA ride

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 11:54

Young girl reunited with parents after SEPTA rideA little girl escaped her North Philadelphia home and went on an urban adventure this afternoon.


California regulators approve unprecedented water cutbacks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 11:48

FILE- In this April 16, 2015 file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown talks with reporters after a meeting about the drought at his Capitol office in Sacramento, Calif. The State Water Resources Control Board is considering sweeping mandatory emergency regulations to protect water supplies as water levels as some of California's lakes and reservoirs continue to decline. Brown has argued that the voluntary targets in place since early 2014 were insufficient and that Californians needed a jolt to take conservation seriously. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions Tuesday on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state's ongoing drought, hoping to push reluctant residents to deeper conservation.


Action News Investigation: Philadelphia fire escape collapses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 11:40

 Dangerous Philadelphia fire escapesThe pressure is on for Philadelphia lawmakers to tighten lax inspection laws which critics warn have resulted in catastrophic fire escape collapses across the city.


Philadelphia Democratic mayoral candidates debate at 6abc studios

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 11:37

Philadelphia Democratic mayoral candidates debate at 6abc studiosThe Democratic candidates vying to be Philadelphia's next mayor gathered for a live debate Tuesday night on 6abc.


Philadelphia police search for missing 9-year-old boy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 11:34

Philadelphia police locate missing 9-year-old boyPhiladelphia police are asking for the public's help in locating a missing 9-year-old boy.


Mother tells suspect who shot child to turn self in

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 11:26

Family of West Philadelphia child shot in apparent road rage case speaksPolice say road rage may be to blame for a shooting that sent a young girl to the hospital.


SEPTA bus drives onto train tracks in South Philadelphia, 3 injured

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 11:18

SEPTA bus drives onto train tracks in South Philadelphia, 3 injuredThree people are hospitalized after an accident involving a SEPTA bus in South Philadelphia.