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Common Core testing problems continue with money at stake

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:39
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal funding could be at stake as Common Core testing problems continued in Nevada, Montana and North Dakota, state and U.S. officials said.

Lawmaker seeks independent review of reserve deputy program

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:21

This Tuesday, April 14, 2015 photo provided by the Tulsa County, Oklahoma, Sheriff's Office shows Robert Bates. The 73-year-old Oklahoma reserve sheriff's deputy, who authorities said fatally shot a suspect after confusing his stun gun and handgun, was booked into the county jail Tuesday on a manslaughter charge. Bates surrendered to the Tulsa County Jail and was released after posting $25,000 bond. (Tulsa County Sheriff's Office via AP)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A state lawmaker called Thursday for an independent review of Tulsa's reserve deputy program as more questions arose about the training of a 73-year-old volunteer officer who says he accidentally shot a suspect to death while the man was being held down by others.

Arkansas ex-judge in Charlize Theron adoption leak loses law license

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:17
(Reuters) - A former Arkansas judge who was forced from the bench for disclosing confidential information about an adoption by actress Charlize Theron was allowed on Thursday to voluntarily surrender his law license by the Arkansas Supreme Court. Michael Maggio had pleaded guilty to a federal felony bribery offense unrelated to the Theron adoption case and in March filed a request with the state Supreme Court to surrender his license to practice law. "Mr. Maggio also states that he wishes to avoid the expense, stress, and publicity of further addressing his conviction," the Arkansas Supreme Court order said.

Driver who hit child starts chain of events that leave 4 dead

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:15

Driver who hit child starts chain of events that leave 4 deadA Milwaukee man has taken his own life after inadvertently killing his teenage nephew in a revenge shooting designed to slay a motorist for a traffic accident that killed a younger nephew, police said Thursday.

Kentucky judge rejects state's gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:12
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has ruled in favor of two same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses but put the ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court considers a similar challenge to gay marriage bans.

Snow falls in parts of Rockies, causes pileups in Wyoming

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:53

This Thursday, April 16, 2015 photo released by the Wyoming Highway Patrol shows a vehicle pileup west of Cheyenne, Wyo. The Wyoming Highway Patrol reports some 40 to 60 vehicles involved in crashes west of Cheyenne on both sides of the highway. No fatalities have been reported but there are some injuries. (Duane Ellis/Wyoming Highway Patrol via AP)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wintry weather swept across parts of the Rockies on Thursday, leaving behind some wrecks and road closures.

Man rescued after falling 40 feet down NC hotel air shaft

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:52
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Emergency personnel have rescued a man who firefighters say fell 40 feet down an air conditioning shaft at a Charlotte hotel.

Airline flight delayed when snoring passenger poked with pen

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:51
CHICAGO (AP) — A passenger aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to Manchester, New Hampshire, was removed after allegedly poking a snoring passenger with a pen.

Arizona man gets 14 years in prison for abusing adopted daughters

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:41
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona man was sentenced on Thursday to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to child abuse for beating and starving his adopted teen daughters, a court official said. Johann Glenn Jorg, 62, also was sentenced to lifetime probation by Judge Michael Kemp during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, said court spokesman Vincent Funari. Jorg and his wife, Kimery, 54, were arrested last June at their home in the Phoenix suburb of Peoria after state child welfare workers alerted police to possible neglect of the 13-year-old and 11-year-old girls following a visit.

Cloudy execution drug was too cold, not tainted, Georgia officials say

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:40
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A lethal drug that Georgia planned to use on a condemned female inmate was not tainted by another substance as feared when her execution was halted over its cloudy appearance but had been stored at too low a temperature, officials said on Thursday. Georgia officials halted the March 2 execution of 46-year-old Kelly Renee Gissendaner, on death row for killing her husband in 1997, after officials observed the murky appearance of the pentobarbital solution set to be used in her death by lethal injection. A state investigation found the drug's appearance changed because it had been stored at a temperature below 59 degrees F (15 C), the Georgia Department of Corrections said in a statement.

Washington state auditor indicted on tax-related charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:36
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state auditor Troy Kelley, a Democrat elected in 2012, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of possession of stolen property, filing false tax returns and lying to federal agents. A Seattle grand jury issued a 10-count indictment against Kelley, 50, of Tacoma, for his alleged scheme to keep stolen money and hide it from both the Internal Revenue Service and those due a refund for home purchases or mortgage refinancings, acting U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes said. After weeks of speculation about a possible federal indictment, Kelley was formally charged on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.

Grand jury indicts Kansas man in Fort Riley bomb plot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:35

Christopher Joseph, attorney for Alexander E. Blair, leaves the federal court house in Topeka, Kan., Thursday, April 16, 2015. A judge decided Thursday to release Blair to his parents' custody, which is expected to happen by Monday. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal grand jury handed down a three-count indictment Thursday charging a 20-year-old Kansas man with trying to carry out a suicide attack at Fort Riley.

Louisiana deputy shot while directing traffic near school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:22

This undated photo released by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office shows Cpl. Burt Hazeltine. The 36-year-old Louisiana sheriff's deputy was directing traffic in a school zone Thursday, April 16, 2015, when he was shot by a man whose motive remains a mystery, authorities said. (St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office via AP)LULING, La. (AP) — In what authorities call an apparent ambush by an angry motorist, a south Louisiana sheriff's deputy was shot three times Thursday, sustaining injuries to his eye and chest in a gunfight that broke out at a school traffic zone.

UN: Graphic briefing on suspected Syria chlorine attacks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:22
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Security Council members were moved to tears Thursday as the first eyewitness to the latest suspected chlorine attacks on civilians in Syria emerged from the country to give a graphic eyewitness account of dying children.

Babysitter tells police he's watching abducted child

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:22

Babysitter tells police he's watching abducted childA couple in Washington state were surprised to discover the child they were babysitting had been abducted and an Amber Alert issued seeking the toddler's return.

Police chief: No prejudgment in deadly Houston shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:19

The Harris County Sheriff's Department investigates the scene of a car chase that ended in a fatal shooting Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Houston. Deputy Thomas Gilliland, said that after the chase, two Houston police officers told the suspect to show his hands, but as they approached his car he reached back into his vehicle. Suspecting that he was reaching for a weapon, both officers opened fire multiple times, killing the man. (Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle via AP)HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland says the actions of two officers who fatally shot a man after a police chase shouldn't be prejudged while an investigation is still underway.

Prosecutor: Death penalty doesn't apply in police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:18
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A prosecutor says it doesn't look as if the death penalty can be sought in the case of a black South Carolina man who was fatally shot as he ran from a white police officer.

Police: 4th person dead in head-on crash on shortcut road

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:10
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Police say a fourth person has died after a speeding car veered into oncoming lanes and crashed head-on into another vehicle on a shortcut between two Las Vegas-area freeways.

Yahoo chooses to stay with Microsoft in updated search deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:10

This Feb. 19, 2015 photo, Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer delivers the keynote address at the first-ever Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference in San Francisco. Yahoo and Microsoft will keep working together on search, but Yahoo is getting more control over the how its search page looks and works. An agreement announced Thursday, April 16, 2015 extends a search partnership that Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. forged in 2009 while they were being led by different CEOs. Yahoo had an option of ending the relationship. The two are trying to chip away at Google’s dominance of Internet search. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo and Microsoft will keep working together on Internet search, but Yahoo is getting more control over the how the search results are presented.

U.S. Air Force sees next step for rocket launch contest by June

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:09
By Andrea Shalal COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force plans to ask satellite launch providers and engine makers next month or in early June to explain how they would partner up to develop a new launch vehicle powered by a U.S.-built engine, a top Air Force general said on Thursday. General John Hyten, who heads Air Force Space Command, told Reuters the Air Force was finalizing its strategy for spending $220 million in funds set aside by Congress in the fiscal 2015 budget, and would issue a request for proposals soon. Hyten said Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center aimed to publish the document by the end of May, but that might slip to early June since there was "a lot of work left to do." The Air Force is racing to end reliance on the Russian-built RD-180 engine that powers the first stage of the Atlas 5 rocket built by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture run by Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co. Congress last year passed a law banning use of the Russian engines for national security launches after 2019, given Russia's annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine.