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Businesses, performers boycott Indiana because of new law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 14:47
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Businesses and organizations are canceling events and barring travel to Indiana over a religious objections law that critics say would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. Lawmakers are working to clarify the bill's intent, but many aren't waiting to see the results.

The latest developments on religious objections laws

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 14:45

Tippi McCulloch, center, surrounded by opponents of a religious objection measure passed by the Arkansas House the day before, speaks outside the governor's office, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to a religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A day after Arkansas lawmakers defied criticism to pass a religious objections bill, the governor of Arkansas held off on signing the measure, saying it needed changes before he could make the proposal into law.


Fervor over Portland airport carpet generates a second life

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 14:27

TSA officers Andrea Green, left, and Edmund Gray stand beside a piece of dressed up old carpet from the terminal at Portland International Airport during a press conference in Portland Ore., March 20, 2015. After enduring three decades of luggage wheels and travel-worn passengers, the teal-color carpet is being replaced and as word spread that the carpet was going to be torn up it became an online and marketing superstar. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Michael Lloyd)SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Visitors and Oregon locals lined up inside Portland International Airport to have their photos taken with an odd celebrity — a piece of nearly 30-year-old carpet.


Antiquities looted from India end up at Honolulu museum

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 14:25

Marc Thomas, chief preparator at the Honolulu Museum of Art, holds one of seven stolen artifacts that were on display in the museum’s collection, Tuesday, March 31, 2015 in Honolulu. An international investigation into antiquities looted from India and smuggled into the United States has taken authorities to the Honolulu Museum of Art, which handed over the rare artifacts that it acquired without museum officials realizing they were ill-gotten items. Agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are taking the items back to New York and from there, eventually returning them to the government of India. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)HONOLULU (AP) — An international investigation into antiquities looted from India and smuggled into the United States has taken authorities to the Honolulu Museum of Art.


Prosecutors seek congressional probe of supplement industry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 14:05
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A group of 14 attorneys general has asked Congress to launch an investigation of the herbal supplements industry and to consider giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stronger oversight of the industry, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced.

What Americans think about gay rights and religious liberty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 13:51
WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans support allowing businesses to refuse wedding-related services to same-sex couples on religious grounds, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll conducted earlier this year. But another recent poll suggests Americans' sympathy for religious objectors may be limited to just that — wedding-related businesses.

California governor orders mandatory water restrictions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 13:33
ECHO LAKE, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping.

Mom of kids found in freezer faces hearing on murder charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 13:30
DETROIT (AP) — A 35-year-old Detroit mother faces arraignment in the slayings of two of her children whose bodies were found in a deep freezer.

New Jersey Sen. Menendez vows to fight corruption charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 13:24

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Newark, N.J. Menendez, the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was indicted on corruption charges, accused of using his office to improperly benefit an eye doctor and political donor. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A defiant New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez declared that he's "not going anywhere" after he was charged with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors.


NYPD detective reassigned after taped tirade against Uber driver

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 13:23
(Reuters) - A New York police detective was transferred from the department's elite Joint Terrorism Task Force on Wednesday after a video showing him screaming at an Uber driver over an alleged traffic violation went viral online, police said. NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said in a statement the detective, whom he did not identify, was placed on modified assignment and transferred following an internal investigation. The officer, named by the New York Times as Patrick Cherry, can be seen in the video of the Monday incident unleashing an expletive-laden tirade against the driver over alleged vehicle and parking violations. You're not important enough." The three-and-a-half minute video appeared to have been captured by a passenger in the car, who commiserated with the driver when the officer had stepped away.

NYPD detective reassigned after taped tirade against Uber driver

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 13:23
(Reuters) - A New York police detective was transferred from the department's elite Joint Terrorism Task Force on Wednesday after a video showing him screaming at an Uber driver over an alleged traffic violation went viral online, police said. NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said in a statement the detective, whom he did not identify, was placed on modified assignment and transferred following an internal investigation. The officer, named by the New York Times as Patrick Cherry, can be seen in the video of the Monday incident unleashing an expletive-laden tirade against the driver over alleged vehicle and parking violations. You're not important enough." The three-and-a-half minute video appeared to have been captured by a passenger in the car, who commiserated with the driver when the officer had stepped away.

Bats in president's attic generate flap in Ohio college town

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 13:05

In this Tuesday March 31, 2015 photo, Ohio University senior Ryant Taylor fires up the crowd gathered in front of the president’s former residence during a campus rally to protest the university moving President Roderick McDavis to a home off campus. McDavis and his wife relocated last month because of a bat infestation at the century-old house on campus. (AP Photo/Mitch Stacy)ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — The grand old president's house at the center of Ohio University's campus had plenty of maintenance issues, but the bats flapping in the attic have become a symbol of what some say are misguided priorities and wasteful spending.


Bats in president's attic generate flap in Ohio college town

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:59

In this Tuesday March 31, 2015 photo, Ohio University senior Ryant Taylor fires up the crowd gathered in front of the president’s former residence during a campus rally to protest the university moving President Roderick McDavis to a home off campus. McDavis and his wife relocated last month because of a bat infestation at the century-old house on campus. (AP Photo/Mitch Stacy)ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Bats are the talk of one Ohio college town after an infestation of the winged vermin drove the university president and his wife out of their on-campus home last month.


Woman walking inside fence at San Jose airport is 5th breach

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:30
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A woman walking on the airfield at a Silicon Valley airport probably jumped a fence, said authorities, who are now investigating their fifth security breach there in less than a year.

The latest developments on religious objections laws

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:25

Tippi McCulloch, center, surrounded by opponents of a religious objection measure passed by the Arkansas House the day before, speaks outside the governor's office, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to a religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A day after Arkansas lawmakers defied criticism to pass a religious objections bill, the governor of Arkansas held off on signing the measure, saying it needed changes before he could make the proposal into law.


Arkansas Senate takes up religion bill at governor's request

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:23

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, right, answers reporters' questions as Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, lisens at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to the state's religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics of the measure, including his own son and some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.


Chowchilla school bus kidnapper wins release from prison

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:19
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — One of three men who kidnapped 26 children and their school bus driver in Chowchilla, California, nearly 40 years ago was granted parole Wednesday in San Luis Obispo.

Funeral set, vigil held for slain Darby Borough police officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:55

Funeral set, vigil held for slain Darby Borough police officerFuneral arrangements are set and a vigil was also held Wednesday night for the Darby Borough police officer who was killed allegedly at the hands of his girlfriend.


Firefighters speak out after Elkins Park hostage standoff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:53

Firefighters speak out after Elkins Park hostage standoffOn Tuesday it was the scene of what could have been a horrible tragedy. On Wednesday we got a look inside the firehouse where a man took his former co-workers hostage in Montgomery County.


Missing Pittsgrove teen found safe in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:44

Missing Pittsgrove teen found safe in FloridaNew Jersey State Police say a missing Pittsgrove teenager has been found safe in Florida.