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Alabama inmate to go free after 30 years on death row

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 17:05

In this undated photo made available by the Alabama Department of Corrections, shows inmate Anthony Ray Hinton. Hinton, who spent nearly 30 years on death row will go free Friday, April 3, 2015, after prosecutors told a court that there is not enough evidence to link him to the 1985 murders he was convicted of committing. (AP Photo/Alabama Dept. of Corrections)MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A man who spent 30 years on Alabama's death row will go free after a decades long fight to prove his innocence.


Ole Miss to search for new leader as some worry about damage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 16:59

University of Miss Chancellor Dan Jones speaks at a press conference at the Lyceum in Oxford, Miss. on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Jones announced that he and the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning could not reach an agreement on his future as chancellor and that he would be leaving his position when his contract ends in September. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — With University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones saying he couldn't reach an agreement with the state College Board to extend his contract, Higher Education Commissioner Jim Borsig said the board will launch a national search for a replacement.


Informant posing as Klan hit man leads to prison guard bust

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 16:36

This arrest photo provided by the Union County, Fla., Sheriff's Office, shows Thomas Jordan Driver. Driver, a prison employee, who together with another current employee of the Florida Dept. of Corrections and a former employee were arrested Thursday, April 2, 2015. The three, who are Ku Klux Klan members, planned to kill a black inmate after his release in retaliation for a fight, officials said. (AP Photo/Union County, Fla., Sheriff's Office)GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Ku Klux Klan hit man pulled a burner phone from his pocket and showed his Klan brother a photograph of a slain black man in rural north Florida.


Women's group gets North Korea support to walk across DMZ

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 16:35

FILE - Organizers of the effort called WomenCrossDMZ.org, including lead coordinator Christine Ahn, left, and honorary co-chair Gloria Steinem, right, hold a United Nations news conference announcing plans for a rare and risky women's walk across the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea to call for reunification, in this March 11, 2015 file photo. Ahn said in an email Friday April 3, 2015 they have Pyongyang's cooperation and support.". (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea has decided to support a proposed walk across the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas by prominent women including Gloria Steinem, and organizers say they hope South Korea will give its approval as well.


Man reported missing at sea 66 days ago found by Coast Guard

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 15:52

Louis Jordan, right, walks from the Coast Guard helicopter to the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va., after being found off the North Carolina coast, Thursday, April 2, 2015. His family says he sailed out of a marina in Conway, South Carolina, on Jan. 23, and hadn't been heard from since. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A man whose family reported him missing at sea more than two months ago was found floating on the overturned hull of his sailboat 200 miles off the North Carolina coast on Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.


Recent racial incidents at colleges and universities

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 15:49

In this March 24, 2015 photo, University of Maryland students listen to speakers during a town hall meeting about racism in universities and what can be done to stop it, at University of Maryland in College Park, Md. Conversations like the one at Maryland’s Nyumburu Cultural Center are taking place nationwide as racist incidents continue to pop up at colleges and universities, even though students are becoming increasingly vocal in protesting racism and administrators are taking swift, zero-tolerance action against it. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)Recent racially tinged incidents on college campuses:


Indiana, Arkansas try to stem religious objections uproar

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 14:22

Demonstrators gather on the steps at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, April 2, 2015. The measure passed in the committee. A reworked religious freedom bill passed earlier in the House Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two states roiled by criticism over new religious objections laws are looking to move forward after taking different approaches to changing the legislation to ease concerns about discrimination.


Key provisions of parched California's new water cuts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:27

In this Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, file photo, houseboats float in the drought-lowered waters of Oroville Lake near Oroville, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday April 1, 2015 ordered sweeping and unprecedented measures to save water in California. Surveyors on Wednesday found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping, marking a fourth consecutive year of vanishing snow that California depends on to melt into rivers and replenish reservoirs. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the first mandatory, statewide water cutbacks by cities and towns as the state's nearly 40 million people head into a fourth summer of severe drought.


Cutting back on water use: Q&A on California's drought

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:25

FILE - In this May 1, 2014 file photo, a rice farmer walks across a dried-up irrigation ditch at his rice farm in Richvale, Calif. California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday, April 1, 2015 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. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The stubborn drought gripping California is dragging into a fourth year, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown this week to call for mandatory cutbacks in water use across the state. The drastic action marked the first time in California's history that involuntary water restrictions have been ordered, underscoring the seriousness of the drought.


US authorities committed to stopping 'homegrown extremists'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:07

In this courtroom sketch, defendants Noelle Velentzas, center left and Asia Siddiqui, center right, appear in federal court with their attorneys, Thursday, April 2, 2015, in New York. The two women were arrested Thursday on charges they plotted to wage violent jihad by building a homemade bomb and using it for a Boston Marathon-type terror attack. (AP Photo/Jane Rosenberg)NEW YORK (AP) — The disturbing allegations were contained in court papers describing the latest homegrown terror plot thwarted by the FBI and the New York Police Department.


Fast-moving townhouse fire in Quakertown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 11:52

Fast-moving townhouse fire in QuakertownFlames quickly spread in a two alarm townhouse fire in Quakertown, Bucks County.


Cops: Girl, 14, conspired with soldier in mom's killing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 11:31

 Girl, 14, conspired with soldier in mom's killingAuthorities say a 14-year-old Pennsylvania girl conspired with her soldier boyfriend to have her mother killed, texting him, "I want her gone."


2-alarm apartment fire in West Whiteland Township

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 11:29

2-alarm apartment fire in West Whiteland TownshipA two alarm fire damaged part of an apartment complex in West Whiteland Township, Chester County.


Man wearing pilot uniform to cut airport line gets probation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 11:22

In this Jan. 26, 2013, frame from video of FBI undercover footage provided by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Honolulu, Hawaii, Joshu Osmanski, center, wears his former employer's uniform and badge to attempt to pass through a flight crew security line at the Honolulu International Airport in Honolulu. Osmanski was sentenced Thursday, April 2, 2015, in federal court in Honolulu to three years' probation. He pleaded guilty last year to unlawfully entering the secure area of an airport. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney’s Office)HONOLULU (AP) — A pilot who was fired from Cathay Pacific Airlines won't go to jail for wearing his former employer's uniform and badge to bypass security at Honolulu International Airport.


Man shot in the stomach in Chester

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 11:07

Man shot in the stomach in ChesterAuthorities say a man was shot in the stomach near a corner store in Chester, Delaware County.


Robert Schuller turned drive-in movie ministry to megachurch

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 10:42

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 1996, file photo, Rev. Robert H. Schuller, pastor of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif., speaks at the church. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist who brought his message of "possibility thinking" to millions, died early Thursday, April 2, 2015, in California. He was 88. (AP Photo/Michael Tweed, File)ARTESIA, Calif. (AP) — The Rev. Robert H. Schuller didn't wait for the faithful to flock to his upstart church in Southern California — he took his message to them.


ISIS-Inspired Women Arrested in NYC for Allegedly Trying to Build Bomb

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 10:36
Arrests were the result of a lengthy undercover FBI operation, authorities said.

Co-Pilot Had Researched Suicide, Cockpit Door Security

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 10:36
The probe into the crash continues.

Tentative Deal Reached on Iran Nuke Agreement

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 10:36
Officials make formal announcement from Switzerland.

Judge orders California to pay for inmate's sex change

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 10:28

This March 28, 2014 photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Michelle-Lael Norsworthy. A federal judge on Thursday, April 2, 2015, ordered California’s corrections department to provide the transsexual inmate with sex change surgery, the first time such an operation has been ordered in the state. (AP Photo/California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered California's corrections department to provide a transgender inmate with sex reassignment surgery, the first time such an operation has been ordered in the state.