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Conservative group bars GOP gay organization from event

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:37
DENVER (AP) — Organizers of a conservative conference in Denver this summer have told a gay Republican group it cannot have a booth at the event.

Tennessee House votes to make Bible official state book

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:28

House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, gestures at Rep. Jerry Sexton, R-Bean Station, in the House chamber in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Harwell opposes a measure sponsored by Sexton to make the Bible the official state book of Tennessee. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee state House ignored serious constitutional concerns — and the wishes of Republican leaders in the Statehouse— in voting to make the holy Bible the official state book.


Florida doctor in NJ political corruption scandal to fight new Medicare fraud charges: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:28

Dominguez, a lawyer for Dr. Melgen, speaks to the media following a court hearing in West Palm BeachBy Zachary Fagenson WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida ophthalmologist accused of showering New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez with gifts in exchange for help on Medicare disputes plans to fight new federal charges of fraud related to millions in Medicare payments, his attorney said on Wednesday. An arraignment hearing in the Medicare fraud case was continued to Thursday after Salomon Melgen appeared briefly in Florida federal court on Wednesday morning wearing handcuffs and disheveled in a blue jumpsuit. Melgen, who has pleaded not guilty in the Menendez case, now also faces 76 counts of Medicare fraud and falsifying medical records. Melgen was arrested and indicted on Tuesday for Medicare fraud by the U.S. Attorney's office in Miami.


Fight for $15 protests expand for low-wage workers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:18

Boston University student Patrick Johnson, center, holds a sign as he joins with other protesters, including students, fast-food restaurant employees and other workers, as they march Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Boston. Organizers of the event are calling for the nation's lowest paid workers to earn at least $15 per hour. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)NEW YORK (AP) — The Fight for $15 campaign to win higher pay and a union for fast-food workers is expanding to represent a variety of low-wage workers and become more of a social justice movement.


Consumers buying more organic products despite high prices

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:17

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2104 file photo, organic body products are seen at a Whole Foods in Washington. Consumer interest in the organic label continues to grow. The organic industry says U.S. sales of their products jumped 11 percent last year alone, to more than $39 billion, despite tight domestic supplies of organic ingredients. And the number of U.S. organic operations has grown by 250 percent since the government started certifying organic products 2002, according to new Agriculture Department data released Wednesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The higher price of organic foods and other products doesn't seem to be deterring consumers: Sales jumped 11 percent last year, an industry report says.


Missing Philadelphia girl reunited with mother

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:15

Missing Philadelphia girl reunited with motherA 14-year-old Philadelphia girl who went missing Monday has been reunited with her mother.


Relatives of students missing in Mexico rally in Connecticut

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:11
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Relatives of some of the 43 students who disappeared last September in Mexico are visiting Connecticut this week, holding rallies to bring attention to their cause and what they describe as human rights abuses on both sides of the border.

5th person charged in deadly Indianapolis house blast

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:10
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man accused of knowing about a plot to destroy an Indianapolis house months before a natural gas explosion leveled it in an alleged insurance fraud became the fifth person formally charged in that deadly 2012 blast.

Canine flu outbreak sickens hundreds of dogs in Midwest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:00

In this Tuesday, April 14, 2015, caretaker Dallas Delgado interacts with a dog at the First Class Pet Lodge in Wausau, Wis. A canine flu outbreak has sickened many dogs in the Midwest, and veterinarians are cautioning pet owners to keep their dogs from going nose-to-nose with other four-legged friends. (Dan Young/The Wausau Daily Herald via AP)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A canine flu outbreak has sickened many dogs in the Midwest, and veterinarians are cautioning pet owners to keep their dogs from going nose-to-nose with other four-legged friends.


Suspect sought after attempted luring in Princeton

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:55

Suspect sought after attempted luring in PrincetonPolice in Princeton, New Jersey say a man tried to lure a young boy into his vehicle as he walked home from school.


Long-standing mascot at Wilmington school sparks controversy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:54

Long-standing mascot at Wilmington school sparks controversyA battle is brewing in one Delaware school district over a long standing mascot that some consider offensive.


Trial opening in 1995 killing tied to psychology professor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:51
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A prosecutor on Wednesday urged jurors to convict an Orange County man of kidnapping and killing another man 20 years ago and leaving his bloodied body on the side of a road after his then-girlfriend said he had raped her.

Lobsterman convicted of killing another man at bee farm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:51
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A lobsterman was convicted Wednesday of murdering another man in a confrontation that stemmed from a dispute between two families over a beekeeping business.

Minimum wage protests underway in Philadelphia, other US cities

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:30

Minimum wage protests underway in Philadelphia, other US citiesA nationwide call for action for a higher minimum wage got underway Wednesday, and the push included rallies in the Delaware Valley.


Schock donor sues ex-US congressman seeking reimbursement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:21

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2015 file photo, U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock speaks to reporters in Peoria, Ill. Howard Foster, a Chicago lawyer who donated $500 to the former congressman's campaign, filed a lawsuit Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at U.S. District Court in Chicago seeking repayment of all contributions to Schock's campaign. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's legal problems expanded Wednesday as a contributor sued to force the repayment of millions of campaign dollars, saying he was tricked into believing the young lawmaker who has since resigned amid questions about his spending was "a breath of fresh air" in a corruption-riddled state.


Wolverine tranquilized at New Jersey airport after chewing through cage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:20
Authorities at Newark International Airport in New Jersey tranquilized a wolverine who was enroute from Norway to an Alaskan wildlife center on Wednesday after discovering the wild animal had chewed through his metal carrier. The 40-pound (18.kg) male European Wolverine was traveling to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage, said Joe Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police. "He's winging his way to Alaska - I don't know if it's a movie flight," Pentangelo said. Wolverines are large members of the weasel family, native to isolated Arctic and alpine areas such as Alaska and Scandinavia.

Canadian diplomat's teenage son charged with first-degree murder in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:17
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A Florida grand jury charged the 15-year-old son of a Canadian diplomat with murder on Wednesday in connection with a drug-related shooting that killed his brother and a suspected drug dealer, according to state prosecutors in Miami. Marc Wabafiyebazu faces charges of first-and second-degree murder, as well as attempted murder, attempted armed robbery and illegal possession of a firearm by a minor, the indictment stated. The shootout happened after the brothers sought to buy two pounds (one kg) of marijuana worth an estimated $5,000 from drug dealers, according to Miami police.

Exxon: $8.9B sought in New Jersey pollution case 'not real'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:16
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Exxon Mobil's top lawyer said Wednesday that a heavily criticized $225 million pollution settlement with New Jersey was reasonable and that the nearly $9 billion initially sought by the state shouldn't be used as a barometer because it was calculated using faulty methodology.

Sources: Holmesburg raid a part of sex crimes investigation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:12

 Holmesburg raid a part of sex crimes investigationPolice raided a home in Northeast Philadelphia on Wednesday, and our cameras were there as they led several people away in handcuffs.


Bird flu outbreak could head eastward with fall migration

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:10
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eastern U.S. poultry producers are bracing for the potential arrival of a deadly bird flu virus outbreak that farmers in the Midwest have struggled to stop.