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Judge appoints examiner in bankruptcy of Caesars division

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:02
CHICAGO (AP) — A former Watergate prosecutor who was later involved in efforts to secure the release of Americans during the Iran hostage crisis while assistant secretary of the Treasury is now investigating business deals made by Caesars Entertainment Corp. before the casino giant's debt-heavy operations division filed for bankruptcy in January.

Californians worry about water, favor legalizing pot and like Jerry Brown: poll

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:01

California Governor Brown looks on during a news conference at the State Capitol in SacramentoBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Californians support Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, worry about water and increasingly favor legalizing marijuana, a new poll shows. About 55 percent of adults approve of the job Brown is doing, down from an all-time high of 61 percent in January, but still pretty good marks, according to the latest poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. Likely voters in the most populous U.S. state also tend to agree with Brown's position that the University of California should get more funding if it holds tuition flat, with 52 percent in favor.

Suspect nabbed for punching SEPTA driver in Strawberry Mansion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:55

Suspect nabbed for punching SEPTA driver in Strawberry MansionAuthorities arrested a suspect for punching a SEPTA driver in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion section.

Illinois man charged with abusing 3-year-old on flight

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:54
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Utah have charged a man accused of sexually abusing a 3-year-old boy on a plane.

Pa. attorney general cracks down on 3 local used car dealers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:53

Pa. attorney general cracks down on 3 local used car dealersThe Pennsylvania Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against three local car dealerships accused of deceiving consumers and selling cars that are not fit for the road.

California attorney general moves to end anti-gay initiative

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:49
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Attorney General Kamala Harris asked a state court on Wednesday for permission to reject a proposed ballot initiative stipulating that anyone who engages in gay sex be killed.

U.S. ATF had to ditch $600,000 worth of surveillance drones: watchdog

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:46

US ATF Director Jones testifies at hearing on FY2016 budget on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Lindsay Dunsmuir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spent about $600,000 on six drones that had so many defects they were never used for video surveillance as planned, and were eventually ditched, the Justice Department's internal watchdog reported on Wednesday. The Office of the Inspector General said it was "troubled" that the ATF, a Justice Department agency, spent money between September 2011 and September 2012 on drones that were rendered unsuitable. ATF officials spent $315,000 on one gas-powered drone that was never used "due to multiple technical defects," the audit found. The report did not name the manufacturer of the six faulty drones, which were eventually given away to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the report said.

Correction: Officer Killed story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:41
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — In a story March 24 about a police officer fatally shot in San Jose, Calif., The Associated Press reported erroneously the contents of a tweet. The tweet read "tragic loss," not "traffic loss."

Stepmother, father arrested after Florida three-year-old found dead in box

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:40
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida police on Wednesday arrested the stepmother and father of a 3-year-old child, initially reported missing, whose dead body was found inside a box in their home's laundry room. Police said Ahizya Osceola suffered extensive injuries. He was found in an 8-inch-wide box, wrapped in a garbage bag, Frank Fernandez, the police chief in Hollywood, Florida, told reporters. "No child should ever, ever endure this life, the life of little Ahizya," he said at a news conference. ...

California bill that would allow assisted suicide passes Senate panel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:34
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Physician-assisted suicide would be legal for terminally ill patients in California under a bill passed on Wednesday by a committee of the state Senate. The bill, passed by the Senate Health Committee, would allow patients who are mentally competent and have fewer than six months to live to obtain prescriptions for medication to end their lives. “This end-of-life decision should remain with the individual, as a matter of personal freedom and liberty without criminalize those who help to honor our wishes,” said state Senator Lois Wolk, a Democrat representing suburbs east of San Francisco and the state's wine country and one of the bill's authors. The California bill is moving through the legislature at a time when the issue of assisted suicide has sparked public attention following the death of brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard last fall.

Wisconsin trooper killed in shootout was new academy grad

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:31

In this photo provided by Wisconsin Department of Transportation/Division of State Patrol is Wisconsin State Patrol trooper Trevor Casper, 21. Casper, just three months out of the academy and working his "dream job," died Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in a shootout with a bank robbery suspect also believed to have killed another motorist in Fond Du Lac, Wis. (AP Photo/Department of Transportation/Division of State Patrol)FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin State Patrol trooper just three months out of the academy and working the first solo patrol of his "dream job" died in a shootout with a bank robbery suspect also believed to have killed a motorist.

Prosecutors: Both brothers fired deadly shots at Ofc. Robert Wilson

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:28

 Both brothers fired deadly shots at Ofc. Robert WilsonProsecutors hope to prove that both suspects fired deadly shots that killed a Philadelphia police officer during a robbery inside a video game store.

Kansas set for 1st ban on a 2nd trimester abortion procedure

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:27

Rep. Steve Brunk, left, a Wichita Republican, spoke on the House floor Wednesday, March 25, 2015, against an amendment offered by Rep. Barbara Bollier, right, R-Mission Hills. Bollier offered the amendment to the bill Brunk carried that would ban the "dilation and evacuation" abortion procedure. Bollier’s amendment would have altered the legislation to permit doctors to use the procedure at less than 24 weeks of gestation if the pregnant woman's membrane ruptured. The amendment was defeated and the bill was given approval by the House. (AP Photo/Topeka Capital-Journal, Thad Allton)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators Wednesday approved a proposed ban on a common second-trimester procedure described by abortion opponents as dismembering a fetus, making their state the first to adopt a national group's model policy.

Yet another South Carolina sheriff's career ends in shame

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:23

Former Williamsburg County Sheriff Michael Johnson, right, walks out of federal court on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. Johnson is awaiting his sentence for a mail fraud scheme where prosecutors said he created false police reports to help people improve their credit scores. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The eighth of nine South Carolina sheriffs charged or investigated for crimes in recent years has been sentenced to prison.

Report: 5 Syrian chemical facilities to be destroyed by June

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:16
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new report says all five of Syria's underground production facilities for chemical weapons will be destroyed by June.

Vietnam War veteran gets dying wish to visit Pearl Harbor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:11

Joseph Hooker, a terminally ill Vietnam veteran, sits in a wheelchair and looks at the spot on the battleship USS Missouri where Japan surrendered in 1945 during a tour with his brother Lester Hooker, center standing, and sister-in-law Rennie Hooker in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Joseph Hooker's longtime dream to visit Pearl Harbor has come true. The Dream Foundation arranged for the 63-year-old to travel from his home in Essex, Maryland, to Hawaii. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — When a Vietnam veteran briefly stopped in Hawaii on his way home from war, he vowed to return one day to honor the people who perished during the attack on Pearl Harbor. With just less than two months to live, Joseph Hooker realized his longtime dream on Wednesday.

Wisconsin state trooper, bank robbery suspect die in shoot-out

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:10

Trooper Trevor Casper is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by the Department of JusticeBy Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A recently graduated Wisconsin state trooper and a man suspected of robbing a bank and killing a man in far northern Wisconsin were killed in an exchange of gunfire outside a store in Fond du Lac, authorities said on Wednesday. Trooper Trevor Casper was shot on Tuesday night after pursuing a vehicle matching the description of one driven by the suspect in a bank robbery committed in Marinette County earlier that day, authorities said. Casper, who had completed training in December, and the suspect, Steven Timothy Snyder of Michigan, both suffered fatal wounds in the shoot-out behind a store in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, said the Wisconsin Department of Justice, which is leading the investigation.

SPCA: Reward for goat beheading up from $3,000 to $13,000

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:09
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says it is investigating New Orleans' second goat beheading in two months — this one with a samurai-style sword.

GOP-controlled House passes budget to erase deficits

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:05

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, to discuss the budget. From left are, Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., ranking member on the House Budget Committee, Sanders, Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — Normally quarrelsome House Republicans came together Wednesday night and passed a boldly conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare.

Judge finds condemned man disabled, voids death sentence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:04
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man convicted of the 2002 slayings of a Pennsylvania couple and their pregnant 17-year-old daughter has an intellectual disability that makes him ineligible for the death penalty, a judge said Wednesday in throwing out the sentence.