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Panel recommends parole for ex-Manson follower Van Houten

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 00:07

Former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten confers with her attorney Rich Pfeiffer, not shown, during a break from her hearing before the California Board of Parole Hearings at the California Institution for Women in Chino, Calif., Thursday, April 14, 2016. A California panel recommended parole Thursday for former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten more than four decades after she and other cult members went to prison for the notorious killings of a wealthy grocer and his wife. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)CHINO, Calif. (AP) — Leslie Van Houten sat before the California panel that would soon recommend her parole as a slight woman with shoulder-length gray hair, a wrinkled face and glasses, a far cry to from the rebellious teen she was when she joined the cult of Charles Manson more than 40 years ago and helped kill a wealthy grocer and his wife.


GM to recall over 1 million pickups to fix seat belt problem

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 00:06

GM to recall over 1 million pickups to fix seat belt problemDETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling more than a million Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks worldwide because the seat belts may not hold the driver in a crash.


Report: Motorist shot by cop whose chief urged traffic stops

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 00:04
CINCINNATI (AP) — A consultant reviewing the University of Cincinnati police department for reforms after an officer fatally shot a motorist during a traffic stop says the university's former police chief pushed aggressive use of traffic stops to look for guns and drugs.

PHOTOS: Historic Chester Co. mansion to be auctioned

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 00:01

 Historic Chester Co. mansion to be auctionedA Chester County mansion built in the 19th century, that until now has survived falling to the suburban sprawl surrounding it, is going up for auction next week.


Protesters disrupt, escorted from UNC board meeting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 23:55
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's public university board is dealing with a new round of demonstrations against their new president and a new state law that limits protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

House OKs bill on high-speed Internet service rates

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 23:43
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans snubbed a White House veto threat and pushed legislation through the House Friday that would bar the government from regulating rates that high-speed Internet service providers charge consumers.

Washington mayor calls for vote on statehood: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 23:15

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks during a news conference in HavanaWashington Mayor Muriel Bowser on Friday called for a citywide vote in November to make the nation's capital the 51st U.S. state, the Washington Post reported. Bowser, speaking at an event that included residents and some Democratic members of Congress, called for a ballot measure that, if passed, would also give Washington a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, the Post said. A push for statehood would follow a process modeled on the admission of Tennessee as the 16th state, the Post said, citing aides to Bowser.


Michigan proposes adopting strictest lead-testing rules in country

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 23:07

The top of a water tower is seen at the Flint Water Plant in Flint, MichiganMichigan officials and water experts on Friday proposed the state adopt what would be the nation's strictest lead-testing rules in response to a water crisis in city of Flint that has fueled widespread public outrage. A committee put in place by the state to respond to the Flint crisis recommended a lowering of the level of lead in water at which action is required by public water systems. Any implementation would be through a combination of statutory, rule and other changes, said Ari Adler, a spokesman for Governor Rick Snyder.


Report: Pilot changed course to avoid clouds before crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 22:24
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The pilot of a commuter plane that crashed in southeast Alaska had said he was going to take an alternate route due to cloudy weather before the plane went down, according to a preliminary accident report.

The Latest: Michigan, experts urge toughest lead rules in US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 22:13
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's plan for lead-testing rules (all times local):

Land mines of the sea: Cleaning up lost fishing gear

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 22:06

This Feb. 26, 2016 photo shows a dead crab inside a discarded crab trap that was retrieved from Barnegat Bay in Waretown, N.J. Efforts are under way around the world to remove discarded fishing equipment from waterways, where it can kill marine animals and present a hazard to navigation. Recommended solutions include degradable panels on traps that will quickly break down and allow marine life to escape. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)WARETOWN, N.J. (AP) — They are the land mines of the sea, killing long after being forgotten.


OSHA fines hospital $55,000 over safety violations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 22:00

OSHA fines hospital $55,000 over safety violationsThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a southern New Jersey hospital $55,000 for allowing employees to be exposed to needle-stick injuries and bloodborne pathogen hazards.


Student denied probation deal for fake threats vs. blacks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 21:57
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A former leader of a black student group accused of tweeting anonymous threats against fellow black college students in New Jersey was denied a request to enter a diversionary probation program.

SeaWorld picks two theme park veterans for its board

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 21:39

Young children get a close-up view of an Orca killer whale during a visit to the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, CaliforniaAttendance at the company's parks has been falling amid negative publicity and criticism from animal rights activists upset about the treatment of captive marine mammals. The company, which operates marine parks in San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio, said last month it would stop breeding killer whales and that those in its care would be the last. SeaWorld said on Friday that Ron Bension, the president of House of Blues Entertainment at Live Nation, would replace former chief executive Jim Atchison on its board.


Mars Food tells customers to go easy on the pasta sauce

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 21:39

Dolmio pasta sauces are seen in a store in in LondonMars Food plans to tell customers to eat some of its Dolmio pasta sauces and macaroni cheese only once a week to maintain a balanced diet because of the products' high levels of salt, sugar or fat. Products that are particularly high in salt, sugar or fat, including Dolmio lasagne meal kits and lasagne sauces, will come with a label advising "occasional" consumption, meaning once a week. Products with lower levels of salt, sugar or fat will be considered "everyday" products.


Dad fights to erase $250k student loan debt for his 3 kids

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 21:23
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man who owes about $250,000 he borrowed to put three children through college has won a major court victory in his effort to have the debt forgiven.

Panel OKs parole for former Manson cult member Van Houten

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 21:01

Panel OKs parole for former Manson cult member Van HoutenA California panel recommended parole Thursday for former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten more than four decades after she and other cult members went to prison for the notorious killings of a wealthy grocer and his wife.


Cop's widow wants pension; husband allegedly staged suicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 20:38
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — The widow of a suburban Chicago police officer who authorities say staged his suicide to make it appear he was killed on duty has applied for her late husband's pension as she awaits trial on conspiracy charges.

Opening arguments to begin in trial of Ohio man charged with killing three women

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 20:21

File photo of Michael Madison, suspected of killing three women during an appearance in East Cleveland Municipal CourtOpening arguments are slated to begin on Friday in the trial of an Ohio man who may face a death sentence after being charged with killing three women and wrapping their bodies in garbage bags. Jury selection in Cuyahoga County Court in downtown Cleveland has taken nearly two weeks, and prosecutors plan to call 50 witnesses in the trial, which is expected to last for an additional three weeks.


Saudi confirms 'genuine' $681M donation to Malaysian PM

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 20:17

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 file photo, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak delivers his opening speech at a conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Saudi Arabia has for the first time publicly confirmed Malaysia's claim that $681 million in Prime Minister Najib Razak's bank accounts was a donation from the Saudi royal family, countering accusations that the money was siphoned from heavily indebted state investment fund 1MDB. Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir called the money a "genuine donation" in comments Thursday, April 14, 2016, to Malaysian reporters in Istanbul after a meeting with Najib. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Saudi Arabia has for the first time publicly confirmed Malaysia's claim that $681 million in Prime Minister Najib Razak's bank accounts was a donation from the Saudi royal family, countering accusations that the money was siphoned from heavily indebted state investment fund 1MDB.