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GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner says Illinois can't bail out Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 06:05

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, left, shakes the hand of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, right, before Rauner's address to the city council Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Chicago. The historic address, the first by a sitting governor in the council's chambers, focused on the city's and state's financial and economic challenges. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner told Chicago aldermen Wednesday that Illinois can't "bail out" the nation's third-largest city, and urged cooperation addressing the looming financial challenges during an unprecedented speech by a sitting governor to the City Council.

Yemen's UN ambassador calls for ground forces to intervene

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 06:02
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Yemen's ambassador to the United Nations is asking the international community to quickly intervene with ground forces to save the country from Houthi rebels who have been targeted by Saudi-led airstrikes for weeks.

Gov. Bruce Rauner: Illinois can't bail out Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 06:00
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state of Illinois can't afford to bail Chicago out of its financial problems.

Colleges move to expand services for immigrant students

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 05:59

In this photo taken Monday, May 4, 2015, John Martin DeGuzman, who is in the United States without legal permission, presents his design to Kara Chin, right, who is working with Magdalena Li, center and Serena Marini, second from right, to create a logo for material to inform Asian and Pacific Islands students about the Undocumented Student and AB540 Center, at the University of California, Davis, in Davis, Calif. Opened last fall, the center provides information on scholarships, jobs, tutoring and legal advice for students who were brought to the Unites States illegally as children. DeGuzman, who is from the Philippines, stared coming to the center for help is now a volunteer who advises others students, known as "Dreamers" about the centers resources.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Miguel Davila had reasons to be skeptical when the University of California, Davis dedicated a bright, clearly marked space on campus for students who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

AP news guide: lethal injection drug in Tennessee

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 05:56
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thirty-four death-row inmates in Tennessee are challenging the state's lethal injections protocols. On Wednesday, their attorneys asked the state Supreme Court to let them challenge Tennessee's backup method of execution as well: the electric chair.

Ex-in-law testifies from Kazakhstan in Boston Marathon trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 05:53

This undated file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013, by the FBI shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Russian relatives of Boston Marathon bomberTsarnaev are expected to testify at his trial as his lawyers continue to make their case to spare his life. Five family members are expected to take the witness stand Monday, May 4, 2015, in federal court. (AP Photo/FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — A former brother-in-law of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev testified Wednesday from Kazakhstan about the role of a conservative Muslim convert who steered Tsarnaev's older brother toward a stricter version of Islam.

AP EXPLAINS: What's next for jury in missing NYC boy case?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 05:49

Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, center, leaves at the end of the day in the trial of Pedro Hernandez in New York, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in New York. Jurors deliberating in the murder trial of Hernandez, a man accused of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979, said they're deadlocked — for a second time. But a judge is telling them to keep trying for a verdict. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — The haunting case of missing first-grader Etan Patz has endured for almost four decades, and deliberations in the long-awaited murder trial stemming from his 1979 disappearance are enduring extraordinarily long, too.

Reaction to death of former US House Speaker Jim Wright

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 05:42
DALLAS (AP) — Reaction to the death of Jim Wright, former U.S. House speaker and longtime Texas Democratic congressman:

Appeals court says police can withhold license plate scans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 05:42
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police don't have to disclose license plate records that advocacy groups sought to gauge how high-tech surveillance was being used, a California appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Boston bomber volunteered as family fell apart, jurors told

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 05:29

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonBy Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers seeking to spare convicted Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from the death penalty called witnesses on Wednesday who described his volunteer work with disabled children, his respect for his older brother, and his father's mental illness in the years before the attack. The brother, 26-year-old boxer Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed after a gunfight with police days after the bombing.

Jesse Jackson keeps pressure on Silicon Valley to diversify

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 05:29

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich left, stands beside Rev. Jesse Jackson prior to speaking at the PUSHTech2020 Summit Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in San Francisco. Jackson and his Rainbow Push organization are holding the summit as part of a year-old campaign to pressure tech companies into hiring and promoting more minorities and women. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jesse Jackson renewed his call Wednesday for the technology industry to make workforce diversity as high a priority as product innovation.

Maryland governor lifts emergency order for Baltimore

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 05:24
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday lifted an emergency order for Baltimore that had been imposed after arson and looting followed the death of a black man who sustained injuries while in police custody. Hogan had signed the order on April 27 and activated the National Guard to quell potential violence. (Governor's office statement corrects order signing to April 27, not April 25) (Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

Baltimore asks Justice Department to investigate police practices

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 05:24

Attorney General Loretta Lynch accompanied by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks during a work meeting at Baltimore City Hall in BaltimoreBaltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to investigate the city's police department for civil rights violations after the death of a black man from injuries sustained in police custody. The investigation will look into police practices such as frisks, street stops of suspects and arrests to see if they violate the U.S. Constitution, Rawlings-Blake said at a news conference. The request follows the April 19 death of Freddie Gray, 25, who sustained spinal injuries after being arrested. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan lifted a state of emergency for Baltimore on Wednesday.

Chicago council approves reparations for police torture victims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 05:22
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago will pay a total of up to $5.5 million to dozens of people tortured by the city's police in the 1970s and 1980s and make other reparations such as a memorial to torture victims under an ordinance approved by the city council on Wednesday. "We are strong enough to say we were wrong," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said after the vote. "Chicago will finally confront its past and come to terms with it." The ordinance also calls for the city to provide psychological counseling, job placement aid and other services to torture victims. Chicago and Cook County already have paid about $100 million in settlements and verdicts for lawsuits related to disgraced former Chicago police Commander Jon Burge, who was fired in 1993 and later convicted of lying about police torture in testimony he gave in civil lawsuits.

New York jury to return for 17th day of deliberations in 1979 missing boy murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 05:16

Rosemary Hernandez, the wife of Pedro Hernandez who is charged with the abduction and murder of Etan Patz, departs the Manhattan Supreme Court in New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York jury ended its 16th day of deliberations on Wednesday with no verdict in the murder trial of a former deli worker who confessed to the 1979 killing of Etan Patz, a 6-year-old whose disappearance changed the way the United States responds to reports of missing children. The jury has been struggling to weigh kidnapping and murder charges against Pedro Hernandez, 54. The panel in state Supreme Court in Manhattan has twice told Judge Maxwell Wiley it was deadlocked but both times was ordered to keep trying. Jurors were due back in court on Thursday to begin a 17th day of deliberations.

2 young boys struck by vehicle in Logan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 04:58

2 young boys struck by vehicle in LoganTwo young boys were injured, one critically, after being struck by a vehicle in the Logan section of Philadelphia.

The first self-driving vehicle you see may have 18 wheels

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 04:57

Freightliner unveils its Inspiration self-driving truck during an event at the Hoover Dam Tuesday, May 5, 2015, near Boulder City, Nev. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Although much attention has been paid to autonomous vehicles being developed by Google and traditional car companies, one truck maker believes that automated tractor-trailers will be rolling along highways before self-driving cars are cruising around the suburbs.

Winter proves tough on deer, states weigh hunting limits

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 04:54

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2014, file photo, a pair of deer move along the edge of the woods during the first day of Pennsylvania's white-tailed deer hunting season in Zelienople, Pa. A tough winter across the northern states killed off many deer, and wildlife regulators in many states are implementing or considering deep cuts to hunting permits. In Pennsylvania, wildlife officials are reducing the number of hunting permits for antlerless deer in 2015 by 30,000, or about 4 percent, following a 7-percent reduction the previous year. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Wildlife regulators in states where deer hunting is a way of life and an important tourism draw are implementing or considering deep cuts to hunting permits after a tough winter killed off many of the animals.

Indianapolis man, 19, gets 50 years in Craigslist killing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 04:48
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis teenager has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for the fatal shooting of a National Guardsman lured to an apartment complex by a Craigslist ad for an iPad.