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In California, Uber driver is employee, not contractor: agency

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 04:44

Uber driver Barbara Ann Berwick is seen at her home in San FranciscoThe California Labor Commissioner's decision could ripple through the burgeoning industry of providing services via smartphones, with potential implications for other “crowdsourced” services such as Uber rival Lyft, chore service TaskRabbit, and cleaning service Homejoy. The ruling - which Uber insisted applied to only one driver - was the latest in a series of legal and regulatory challenges facing the company and other highly valued start-ups in the United States and other countries. The June 3 ruling, which applies only in California, came to light on Tuesday after Uber appealed it in a filing in state court in San Francisco, where both the company and the driver in the case are based.

Fitbit shows off its pipes in NYSE debut as shares soar

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 04:43

Fitbit CEO James Park shows off one of his devices as he poses for photos outside the New York Stock Exchange, before his company's IPO, Thursday, June 18, 2015. Fitbit makes devices that can be worn on the wrist or clipped to clothing to monitor daily steps, calories burned and grab other data. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — Fitbit flexed some muscle Thursday and its shares rocketed almost 50 percent higher in the first day of trading for the fitness tracking gear maker.

Boston bombers' friend sentenced to 2-1/2 years for lying to investigators

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 04:36

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonA citizen of Kyrgyzstan who was friends with the Boston Marathon bombers apologized on Thursday for lying to investigators probing the deadly 2013 attack and was then sentenced to 2-1/2 years in federal prison. Cab driver Khairullozhon Matanov is the fourth person connected to ethnic Chechen brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev to face jail time for misleading investigators during the massive search for the men who killed three people and injured 264 with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs. Matanov's case dates back to the morning of April 19, 2013, when he went to a police station in Braintree, Massachusetts, south of Boston, to say that he recognized the Tsarnaevs in surveillance photos the FBI had released the night before.

Charleston shooting took place at 1 of oldest black churches

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 04:20

The steeple of Emanuel AME Church is visible as police close off a section of Calhoun Street early Thursday, June 18, 2015 following a shooting Wednesday night in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The slayings of nine people in Charleston wrote a grim new chapter into the history of one of the oldest black churches in the South.

Prosecutor upgrades charge against Zimmerman's shooter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 04:15
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A prosecutor on Thursday upgraded to attempted murder the most serious charge against a man accused of shooting into George Zimmerman's vehicle while they were driving down a busy road last month.

Seattle settles $2 million lawsuit for excessive force by police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 04:12
Seattle has agreed to pay nearly $2 million to a man who was shot in the face by police, the largest known settlement in the city's history for excessive use of force by police, an official said on Thursday. Nathaniel Caylor, 35, had filed a federal lawsuit against the Seattle Police Department arguing that officers Eugene Schubeck and Don Leslie used excessive force and violated his Fourth Amendment guarantee against illegal seizure during a 2009 incident in which he was badly wounded. The officers had gone to a Seattle home to check on Caylor after a family member called 911 saying he was suicidal and had his 20-month-old son in his care, court records show.

Jurors weigh case of Oklahoma man charged with molesting Kenyan orphans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:59
A jury at a federal court in Oklahoma City began deliberations on Thursday in the case of an Oklahoma man charged with molesting eight orphans in Kenya when he was in the country for Christian missionary work. The management of the Kenyan nursing home notified U.S. authorities of the suspected crimes after Durham had returned to the United States and U.S. prosecutors brought charges against him.

Victim in Jesse Matthew attack testifies about aftermath

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:58

Fairfax County, Va., Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Morrogh, center, talks to reporters in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, June 18, 2015, after a hearing in which the victim of a 2005 sexual assault gave victim-pact testimony that will be used at the sentencing of Jesse Matthew, 33, of Charlottesville, Va. Matthew is charged in an unrelated case with the abduction and killing of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. Morrogh is joined by Gil Harrington, mother of slain student Morgan Harrington, whose case has been linked by DNA evidence to the 2005 attack in Fairfax, left, and Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Casey Lingan. (AP Photo/Matt Barakat)FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — She flew half way around the globe to tell the world about a horrific attack that happened a decade ago, something she had placed into emotional "cold storage" and didn't want to relive.

Feds: 48 charged for links to Boston's most-feared gang

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:57
BOSTON (AP) — More than 40 people arrested Thursday on drug and gun charges were affiliated with Boston's largest and most-feared gang, according to authorities who said the criminal organization ran a vast drug empire that stoked New England's heroin epidemic.

PHOTOS: Water main break in Hunting Park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:57

 Water main break in Hunting ParkFirefighters evacuated stores afer a 48-inch water main ruptured in Philadelphia.

Flash audit: 'Serious concerns' about personnel computer fix

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:57

FILE - In this June 16, 2015 file photo, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Katherine Archuleta testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The agency that failed to secure data on millions of federal workers is now being criticized by its own independent watchdog over a plan to modernize its aging computer networks. In a “flash audit,” issued Wednesday, the inspector general for the Office of Personnel Management raised “serious concerns” about a proposed $91 million computer overhaul, saying it had not followed management guidelines and granted a no-bid contract with a single vendor. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The agency that failed to secure data on millions of federal workers is now being criticized by its own independent watchdog over a plan to modernize its aging computer networks.

48-inch water main ruptures in Hunting Park, stores evacuated

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:55

Major water main break at Hunting Park shopping center, stores evacuatedA 48-inch water main has ruptured in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia.

Justice Thomas focuses on victims in 2 death penalty cases

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:55

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2014 file photo, Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas sits for a conversation at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Thomas has taken unusual steps in calling attention to crime victims as the Supreme Court rules in two death-penalty cases. In one case, Thomas dissented from a 5-4 opinion that barred Louisiana from executing Kevan Brumfield, a convicted killer who is mentally disabled. Thomas included a picture of the crime victim at the end of his dissent and even referred to a video of the killer’s confession that was posted on the Supreme Court’s web site. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas took unusual steps Thursday in calling attention to crime victims as the Supreme Court ruled in two death penalty cases.

Activists file appeal to get Cleveland officers arrested

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:53
CLEVELAND (AP) — A group of activists filed an appeal Thursday that seeks to compel a Cleveland municipal judge to file criminal charges against two white police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a black 12-year-old boy with a pellet gun.

Over 70 countries demand Syria stop deadly aerial attacks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:53
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 70 countries have signed a letter demanding that Syria stop indiscriminate aerial attacks that have killed thousands of civilians and urging the U.N. Security Council to prevent the Syrian Air Force from future attacks including dropping barrel bombs.

A partial list of attacks on black churches in the US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:50
Churches have long played a key role in black communities in the United States. Once, in parts of the nation, church buildings were the only places blacks could gather without fear of violence or harassment. Because of that, an attack on a black church took on special significance.

Hastert attorney: Leaks in hush-money case 'unconscionable'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:49

FILE - In this June 9, 2015, file photo, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, right, departs the federal courthouse with his attorney Thomas C. Green in Chicago, after his arraignment on federal charges that he broke federal banking laws and lied about the money when questioned by the FBI. Attorneys are expected to return to federal court Thursday, June 18 2015, to set a schedule for how Hastert’s case will proceed. The indictment alleges Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to someone from his days as a high school teacher not to reveal a secret about past misconduct. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)CHICAGO (AP) — A lawyer for former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Thursday called leaks regarding the federal hush-money case against the Illinois Republican "unconscionable" and said he may ask the court to investigate.

UAW president: no Fiat Chrysler merger that cuts jobs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:45
United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams said on Thursday the union has not taken a position on merger comments made by Fiat Chrysler's chief executive, but said he would oppose any plan that would cut union-represented jobs. The union is evaluating outcomes of a possible merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles with General Motors Co or any other company, Williams told a news conference at UAW headquarters in Detroit. The UAW is the largest shareholder of GM stock.

Michigan teen who posed as FBI agent charged with taking car

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:41
YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A teenager accused of stealing a car while posing as an FBI agent has been charged in Michigan.

Slain pastor's remarks: 'Sometimes you may have to die ..."

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:36
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — In October 2013, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney welcomed a group of civil rights activists to Charleston and to his church, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal. In videotaped remarks, later posted on YouTube, Pinckney offered an introduction to the church's history along with comments about the role of the church in the African American community and the broader American society. Pinckney and eight others were slain at Emanuel on Wednesday night. Here are some excerpts from his welcome: