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Fresno residents can soon start watering more, experts still urge move towards drought-friendly landscapes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:41

Fresno residents can soon start watering more, experts still urge move towards drought-friendly landscapesStarting next May 1st, Fresno residents can start watering around their homes twice a week.


ESPN fires analyst and former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:40

ESPN fires analyst and former Phillies pitcher Curt SchillingESPN announced that it has fired network analyst and former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling following his comments on Facebook about transgender people.


Principal backs students who sought gender-neutral bathroom

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:37
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The principal of a Los Angeles high school where a scuffle broke out with adult protesters over a new gender-neutral bathroom praised his students Wednesday as "trailblazers" for campaigning to install the restroom.

Girl who wrote to Obama celebrates Tubman on $20 bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:36
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts girl who wrote a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to put a woman on U.S. paper currency has gotten her wish.

Some not happy with the Fresno Police Departments move to the center of town

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:33

Some not happy with the Fresno Police Departments move to the center of townThe Fresno Police Department is moving back to the center of town. But not everybody is happy with the plans to relocate the central policing district.


Judge denies Redstone granddaughter's bid to join competency suit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:28

Redstone, executive chairman of CBS Corp. and Viacom, arrives at premiere of "The Guilt Trip" starring Streisand and Rogen in Los AngelesA California judge on Wednesday rejected a bid by Sumner Redstone's granddaughter to join the media mogul's former girlfriend in a lawsuit that challenges the 92-year-old billionaire's mental competency. The granddaughter, Keryn Redstone, argued in court papers that Sumner Redstone had become a "prisoner in his own home" after the former girlfriend, Manuela Herzer, was ejected from his mansion in October. Herzer, 51, had sued to be reinstated as his designated healthcare agent.


Chicago financing plan for 'Star Wars' museum draws mixed reviews

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:23

George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson arrive at the European Premiere of Star Wars, The Force Awakens in Leicester Square, LondonChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to fold financing for a museum sought by "Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas into a redo of the city's massive convention center got mixed reviews from U.S. municipal bond market on Wednesday. The proposal, which surfaced on Monday, calls for $1.5 billion of tax-exempt revenue bonds issued by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority and the extension of existing so-called tourism taxes on hotel rooms, rental cars, restaurant meals and airport taxi rides to pay off the debt over 40 years. About $1.16 billion would be used to raze part of the McCormick Place convention center to make room for and build the museum and replace the lost exhibition space.


Clovis Rodeo roper has dreams of national competition

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:22

Clovis Rodeo roper has dreams of national competitionHundreds of riders are saddling up for one of the central valley's biggest events-- the 102nd annual Clovis Rodeo.


BYU students investigated by school after reporting rape

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:17

BYU students investigated by school after reporting rapePROVO, Utah (AP) — Madeline MacDonald says she was an 18-year-old freshman at Brigham Young University when she was sexually assaulted by a man she met on an online dating site.


Group home resident dies after confrontation with police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:16
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Police say a resident of a group home died after a confrontation with officers near a park in Virginia.

California-based US attorney resigns before Obama departs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:12

FILE -- This Feb. 11, 2016 photo shows Benjamin Wagner, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California, at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Wagner announced, Wednesday, April 20, 2016, his resignation, effective midnight, April 30. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California-based federal prosecutor whose office secured multi-billion dollar settlements after the housing meltdown announced Wednesday that he is resigning as President Barack Obama's administration begins to wind down.


NBA's Thunder among groups opposing 2 Oklahoma gun bills

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:10
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Firearms bills to allow most Oklahoma adults to openly carry guns without any training or background checks have led to a showdown in Oklahoma between supporters of expanded gun rights and the state's business community, including the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.

Costco project moving forward in Hanford

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:10

Costco project moving forward in HanfordHanford's long-awaited Costco project is finally moving forward, as city leaders broke ground on the site near Lacey Boulevard and Highway 43.


Police confirm bags found under house held infant remains

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:03
SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) — The medical examiner's office in North Carolina said trash bags found under a home last weekend contained the remains of two infants.

Wal-Mart shrinks board membership to 12 from 15

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:59
NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is shrinking the number of board members to 12 from 15 as it looks to bolster the board for the future.

5 jurors qualify to serve in trial over boy's death in SUV

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:56
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A judge has approved five more jurors for the jury pool to decide the fate of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son to die in a hot SUV.

Lawyer: NYC hopes surveillance deal alters image of police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:56
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City lawyer said Wednesday that the city hoped to improve the image of its police department when it reached a deal with civil rights advocates to allow a civilian to serve on a committee of high-ranking police officials as they discuss investigations relating to surveillance of political activities.

Michigan teen begins 111-mile walk with brother on back

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:53
TEMPERANCE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan teen who has made annual treks carrying his younger brother on his back to raise awareness about cerebral palsy on Wednesday started a 111-mile walk that's expected to be his last.

Judge denies Redstone granddaughter's bid to join competency suit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:52

Redstone, executive chairman of CBS Corp. and Viacom, arrives at premiere of "The Guilt Trip" starring Streisand and Rogen in Los AngelesBy Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California judge on Wednesday rejected a bid by Sumner Redstone's granddaughter to join the media mogul's former girlfriend in a lawsuit that challenges the 92-year-old billionaire's mental competency. The granddaughter, Keryn Redstone, argued in court papers that Sumner Redstone had become a "prisoner in his own home" after the former girlfriend, Manuela Herzer, was ejected from his mansion in October. Herzer, 51, had sued to be reinstated as his designated healthcare agent.


U.S. border agents seize longest Mexico-California drug tunnel yet

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:49

An air vent helps authorities with their investigation after the discovery of a cross-border tunnel from Tijuana, Mexico to Otay Mesa, CaliforniaFederal agents have seized a ton of cocaine and seven tons of marijuana smuggled through a clandestine tunnel stretching a half mile beneath the U.S.-Mexico border, the longest one yet unearthed in California, authorities said on Wednesday. Six people were arrested as authorities in San Diego moved on Monday and Tuesday to shut down the tunnel, the 13th underground passageway discovered along California's border with Mexico since 2006. "This is the largest cocaine seizure ever associated with a tunnel," said Laura Duffy, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California.