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CDC: Zika definitely causes severe birth defects

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 08:02

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 file photo, Lara, who is less then 3-months old and was born with microcephaly, is examined by a neurologist at the Pedro I hospital in Campina Grande, Paraiba state, Brazil. On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there's enough evidence now to declare that the Zika virus during the mother's pregnancy causes the microcephaly birth defect and other brain abnormalities. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Confirming the worst fears of many pregnant women in the United States and Latin America, U.S. health officials said Wednesday there is no longer any doubt the Zika virus causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads and other severe brain defects.


Suspect in dismemberment slaying charged with murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 08:02

John Charlton appears in court at the King County Jail Courtroom in Seattle on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Charlton was arrested for investigation of homicide after police said human remains were found over the weekend in a homeowner's recycling bin. (Grant Hindsley/seattlepi.com via AP) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDITSEATTLE (AP) — A man authorities say dismembered a mother of three in her suburban home and then dumped her body parts in a Seattle recycling bin was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder.


The Latest: Suspect charged with murder in body parts case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:56

John Charlton, left, appears in court at the King County Jail Courtroom in Seattle on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Charlton was arrested for investigation of homicide after police said human remains were found over the weekend in a homeowner's recycling bin. (Grant Hindsley/seattlepi.com via AP) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDITSEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a man following the discovery of body parts inside a Seattle recycling bin (all times local):


Grant helps city officials address prison reform in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:55

Grant helps city officials address prison reform in PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia's prisons hold on average more than 7,000 inmates each day - the highest incarceration rate of any major American city.


U.S. Air Force says combat-ready F-35 fighter jets on track for 2016

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:48
The U.S. Air Force said on Wednesday said it still expected to declare an initial squadron of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets ready for combat between August and December, despite delays in the jets' computer-based logistics system. The four-star generals who run Air Combat Command and Air Force Materiel Command reviewed flight milestones and other aspects of the $379 billion F-35 program at Hill Air Force Base in Utah last week. The Pentagon's F-35 program office, Lockheed, pilots and maintenance specialists also took part.

Monumental Basquiat could fetch $40M at May auction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:47

This undated photo provided by Christie's shows Jean-Michel Basquiat's self-portrait "Untitled, 1982" that has appeared in every major Basquiat retrospective. The monumental work, featuring splashes of explosive colors, is coming to auction in New York where it could bring $40 million on May 10 at Christie's post-war and contemporary art sale. (Christie's from The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/ADAGP, Paris/ARS, NY 2016 via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — A monumental 1982 self-portrait of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (zhahn mee-SHEHL' BAH'-skee-aht) as a fiery demonic figure is coming to auction where it could bring $40 million.


San Francisco man receives 30-month sentence in toxin case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:46
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge Wednesday sentenced a San Francisco man accused of possessing deadly toxins and bomb-making material at his apartment to 2 and ½ years in prison.

Cruise ship group: City's statue plans are misuse of fees

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:46

CORRECTS DATE FROM WEDNESDAY TO TUESDAY- A city worker walks along a site that will soon host a life-sized whale sculpture and bridge park project along the Gastineau Channel, Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in Juneau, Alaska. The city is being sued by a industry representative for 12 cruise lines which alleges that the city is misspending funds from a per-passenger tax on the whale project and others which do not directly benefit cruise passengers. (AP Photo/Rashah McChesney)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A life-sized whale statue has Juneau in hot water after a cruise ship association alleged it's a symbol of the Alaska city's misuse of millions in fees paid by visitors.


Sumner Redstone to testify in competency trial: filings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:45

File photo of Viacom Inc controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone arriving at premiere of "The Guilt Trip" starring Streisand and Rogen in Los AngelesAttorneys for Sumner Redstone's ex-girlfriend say they should be allowed to depose the 92-year-old media mogul because Redstone plans to testify at an upcoming trial over his mental capacity, according to court filings made on Wednesday. Settlement talks between lawyers representing Redstone and former girlfriend Manuela Herzer, who filed the lawsuit last November, have broken down over the past 48 hours and litigation has "resumed," according to the Herzer court filing. Redstone's lawyers argued in a separate filing that he should not have to endure an invasive deposition in order to preserve his right to be heard at trial.


Sentencing postponed for ex-officer in stairwell shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:40
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge on Wednesday postponed the sentencing of a former police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man in a public housing project stairwell while he decides whether to toss out the verdict because of juror misconduct.

Bathroom access for transgender people debated across South

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:40

Transgender citizens stand during a Senate hearing of a bill limiting their bathroom choices in Columbia, SC., Wednesday April 13, 2016. Sen. Lee Bright introduced the measure last week, saying he supports a similar North Carolina law that has led to some companies ending expansion plans and others taking their business elsewhere. Transgender people say the bill requiring them to use a public bathroom corresponding to their “biological sex” puts them in danger of harassment and violence, while supporters contend it protects children’s safety and privacy. (AP Photo/Seanna M. Adcox)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Louisiana's governor issued an executive order Wednesday banning discrimination in state government based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and transgender people in South Carolina told state senators that a bill requiring them to use a public bathroom corresponding to their "biological sex" puts them in danger of harassment.


Woman lost in forest for 9 days credits survival course

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:39

Ann Rodgers recalls being lost in the eastern Arizona mountains for nine days before being rescued, while at the Arizona Department of Public Safety hangar in Tucson International Airport, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Rodgers, of Tucson, Ariz., was headed to Phoenix and got lost near the White Mountains east of the Phoenix area. Her hybrid car ran out of gas and electric power, leaving her stranded in the middle of nowhere. Rodgers was rescued on April 9. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Ann Rodgers ate plants and a turtle and made a "help" sign large enough that a helicopter was able to find her after nine days in the Arizona wilderness.


The Latest: Defense says FBI wore wire to record Hastert

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:36
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a hearing concerning former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's sentencing for hush-money payments and a newly unsealed filing from his defense (all times local):

One dead, 11 hurt in hydrogen sulfide release in Austin, Texas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:36
(Reuters) - One person died and at least 11 were injured in an incident involving hazardous hydrogen sulfide gas at an apartment complex near the University of Texas at Austin on Wednesday, fire officials said. Austin firefighters responded to a hazardous materials call from an apartment at the complex and found a man believed to be in his 20s dead at the scene, said Austin Fire Department Lieutenant Kevin Haas. A woman who manages the property, which houses college students, was in stable condition at a hospital after being exposed to what appeared to be hydrogen sulfide, Austin's KXAN-TV reported.

Former 'Apprentice' contestants planning to denounce Trump

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:33

A group of protesters march through downtown Pittsburgh to the David Lawrence Convention Center to protest a visit by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) — A handful of former contestants from Donald Trump's reality show "The Apprentice" say the Republican front-runner should not be president.


I-70 through Glenwood Canyon fully reopens after rockslide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:31

File- In this Feb. 17, 2016, file photo, a Colorado Department of Transportation worker examines debris from a rock slide on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon east of Glenwood Spring, Colo. All lanes of the interstate were reopened Wednesday, April 13, 2016, after the emergency work, which tallied $5 million, was completed 23 days ahead of schedule. (Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDITGLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — All lanes of a scenic stretch of Colorado highway have reopened nearly two months after a large rockslide first blocked them.


The Latest: School says 2nd teacher fired over student sex

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:29
EXETER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on the student sex abuse scandal at an elite New Hampshire prep school (all times local):

Chicago police not doing enough to fight racial bias -task force

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:24
The Chicago Police Department is not doing enough to combat racial bias among officers or to protect the human and civil rights of city residents, a task force set up by the mayor said in a report on Wednesday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel created the panel after days of street protests triggered by video of the fatal shooting in 2014 of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white police officer. Describing McDonald's death as a "tipping point," the task force said community outrage had given voice to long-simmering anger over police department actions that included physical and verbal abuse.

Journalist sentenced to two years for aiding computer hackers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:16

Picture illustration of People posing with laptops in front of projection with word 'cyber' and binary code in ZenicaA U.S. judge sentenced journalist Matthew Keys to two years in prison for helping members of the Anonymous hacking collective gain access to a former employer's computers, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday. Keys was indicted in 2013 for conspiracy to cause damage to a protected computer and two other counts, after being accused of giving hackers access to Tribune computer systems in December 2010. The Justice Department had requested a five-year sentence, while Keys sought probation.


2 workers killed, 1 hurt in Texas gas pipeline accident

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:16
WOODSBORO, Texas (AP) — Two workers have been killed and another was hurt during a high-pressure release as the men repaired a South Texas gas pipeline.