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Why did Prince die? Autopsy performed on music legend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 02:56

Prince performs during his 'Diamonds and Pearls Tour' at the Earl's Court Arena in LondonBy Piya Sinha-Roy and Jill Serjeant (Reuters) - An autopsy on U.S. music superstar Prince on Friday sought to determine why the innovative performer died, but authorities cautioned it could take weeks before the results are made public. The intensely private musician, whose hits included “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry,” was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis on Thursday at the age of 57, shocking millions of fans around the world and prompting glowing tributes by fellow musicians. The local Carver County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the circumstances of his death, and Sheriff Jim Olson was due to hold a news conference at 3 p.m. (4 p.m. ET, 2000 GMT).


In vacant Baltimore home, Gray-inspired groups find new life

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 02:55

In this April 19, 2016, photo, community activists stand in front of a vacant home that they are transforming into a community center, which sits on a block of derelict buildings in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood in Baltimore, Md., just across from where Freddie Gray was arrested. (AP photo/Juliet Linderman)BALTIMORE (AP) — In a vacant home across from where Freddie Gray was arrested one year ago, Baltimore officials see an eyesore that needs to be destroyed. Community activists see an opportunity for rebirth.


PHOTOS: Dozens arrested in Johnstown drug case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 02:55

 Dozens arrested in Johnstown drug caseA total of 33 people were arrested in an operation targeting a major heroin trafficking organization.


Dry soil to absorb some snowmelt heading to Colorado River

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 02:53

FILE - In this April 14, 2013 file photo, hikers make their way along the banks of the Colorado River near Willow Beach, Ariz. Storms brought deep snow during the 2016 season to the mountains that feed the Colorado River, but the dried-out landscape will soak up some before it can reach the river and flow into Lake Powell, the nation’s second-largest reservoir. The snowpack in the vast Upper Colorado River Basin peaked at about 94 percent of average this month. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, file)DENVER (AP) — Storms brought deep snow to the mountains that feed the vital Colorado River this winter and spring, but the dried-out landscape will soak up some of the runoff before it can reach the river and the 40 million people depending on it for water.


Kalamazoo shooting suspect competent to assist his lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 02:49

FILE - This file image provided by the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office shows Jason Dalton of Kalamazoo County. Dalton is charged with killing six people during a random series of shootings is returning to court for a hearing on his mental competency on Friday, April 22, 2016. (Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — An Uber driver accused of killing six people during mass shootings in Michigan is competent to understand the murder charges and assist his attorney, a judge said Friday, a key step to putting the criminal case back on track.


Virginia governor signs order restoring voting rights for felons

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 02:46

Virginia Democratic governor elect McAuliffe speaks to supporters at victory rally in VirginiaBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an order on Friday restoring the voting rights of more than 200,000 convicted felons who have completed their sentences, in a move that could help the Democratic nominee in November's presidential election. By using his executive powers, the Democratic governor is circumventing the Republican majority in the state General Assembly. "Virginia will no longer build walls and barriers to the ballot box - we will break them down,” McAuliffe said in a message on his Twitter account.


Illinois lawmakers pass $600 million university stopgap

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 02:41

Bruce Rauner smiles after winning the midterm elections in Chicago, IllinoisIllinois’ cash-starved public universities and community colleges won a temporary financial reprieve on Friday after the state legislature approved a $600 million funding plan, offering a rare break in the state's long-running budget stalemate. The legislation now goes to Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, who praised its passage and is expected to sign it. “By passing this bipartisan agreement, lawmakers in both chambers put aside political differences to provide emergency assistance for higher education, ensuring universities and community colleges remain open and low-income students can pay for school," Rauner said.


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.