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Illinois justices overturn state's landmark 2013 pension law

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 06:22

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner comments on the Illinois Supreme Court decision that the Illinois pension law is unconstitutional, Friday, May 8, 2015, in Chicago. The court struck down a 2013 law that sought to fix the nation's worst government-employee pension crisis, a ruling that forces the state to find another way to overcome a massive budget deficit. The decree puts Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly back at the starting line in trying to figure out how to wrestle down a $111 billion deficit in what's necessary to cover its state employee retirement obligations. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court forced the state Friday to find another way to fix the nation's worst government-employee pension crisis, ruling lawmakers "overstepped" by enacting a law that slashed retirement benefits to confront a massive budget deficit.


Runaway bull shot after 4-mile chase through Montana city

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 06:21
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Police have shot a bull that broke free from a stockyard and led officials on a four-mile chase through Montana's largest city.

Great white shark seen off Jersey Shore

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 06:20

Great white shark seen off Jersey ShoreA great white shark has been spotted swimming just off the coast at the Jersey Shore. But this one isn't exactly like Jaws. She has a name, a tracker, and even a Twitter account.


Tropical storm warning expanded for Carolinas as Ana strengthens

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 06:15

NOAA image of sub-tropical storm Ana south-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United StatesBy David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Meteorologists expanded a tropical storm warning for part of the North Carolina and South Caroline coastline on Friday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Subtropical storm Ana, the first named storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, was on the verge of becoming a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (72 km per hour), according to the Miami-based weather agency announced. A warning is now in effect for areas from South Santee River, South Carolina to Cape Lookout, North Carolina, at the southern end of the Outer Banks, it said.


Pedestrian struck, killed by duck boat in Philadelphia's Chinatown section

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 06:14

Woman struck, killed by duck boat in Philadelphia's Chinatown sectionA pedestrian was reportedly struck and killed by a duck boat in Philadelphia's Chinatown section.


Florida doctor tied to NJ Sen. Menendez to remain jailed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 06:12
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez was ordered Friday to remain jailed while he awaits trial in a separate case alleging he oversaw a massive Medicare fraud scheme.

Etan Patz case is latest with extensive jury deliberations

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 06:12

Surrounded by fellow jurors, Adam Sirios, seated left, raises his hand confirming he was the lone holdout juror, after a judge declared a mistrial for Pedro Hernandez at Manhattan Supreme Court, Friday, May 8, 2015, in New York. A jury was hung after 18 days of deliberating the case against Hernandez, who was charged with murder in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)A mistrial was declared Friday in the murder trial of the man accused in the disappearance of first-grader Etan Patz with the jury deadlocked after 18 days of deliberations. Jurors said for a third time they couldn't reach a unanimous verdict in the case against Pedro Hernandez. The Maple Shade, New Jersey, man was a teenage stock clerk at a Manhattan convenience store when 6-year-old Etan disappeared on May 25, 1979.


Man dies after killing news director wife and her friend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 06:07

In this September 2014 photo provided by KTVM-TV, ABC/Fox Montana news director Kalee Scolatti poses for a photo at the University of Montana homecoming, in Missoula, Mont. Scolatti and friend Anthony Dupras were fatally shot by Scolatti's estranged husband Wednesday evening, May 6, 2015, before he shot himself in the head. Nicholas Scolatti died Friday, May 8, from his self-inflicted wound. (KTVM-TV via AP)MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — An estranged husband who shot and killed his television news director wife and a family friend before turning the gun on himself died early Friday.


Colorado police arrest suspect in white powder, threat sent to Jewish centers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 06:02
Police in Colorado have arrested a 32-year-old man suspected of sending envelopes containing white powder, later deemed harmless, and at least one threatening message to a Jewish community center and synagogue, authorities said on Friday. The Boulder Jewish Community Center, which has a preschool, was evacuated after one letter was found with a note reading: "your (sic) have enemies," police said at the time. Another envelope with white powder was opened at Boulder's Congregation Har HaShem synagogue. A chemical analysis determined the white powder was either corn starch or white flour or a combination of the common baking ingredients, authorities said.

Four dead after plane crashes onto major Atlanta highway

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 06:00
By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - Four people died on Friday when the small plane they were riding in crashed on a busy Atlanta-area highway after taking off from a nearby airport, local authorities said. The accident shut down a stretch of Interstate 285 for hours and caused traffic problems throughout Atlanta. "It was a sheer miracle that no one was hurt and that we had no other victims," said DeKalb County Fire Rescue Captain Eric Jackson. The Piper PA-32 crashed Friday morning after departing from the DeKalb–Peachtree Airport, just northeast of Atlanta, authorities said.

Texas students take aim at Jefferson Davis campus statue

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 05:53

A statue of Jefferson Davis is seen on the University of Texas campus, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Austin, Texas. As University of Texas administrators consider a request to remove a statue that symbolizes the Confederacy, the number of memorials in Texas honoring the Confederate cause and its leaders continues to grow. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)DALLAS (AP) — Pity Jefferson Davis, if you will. Vandals have defaced his statue on the University of Texas campus, most recently with the words "Davis must fall" and "Emancipate UT." Student leaders are also seeking to remove from the Austin campus the century-old statue that recognizes the president of the Confederacy.


Official: 4 killed in small-plane crash on Atlanta highway

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 05:52

 4 killed in small-plane crash on Atlanta highwayA small passenger airplane dropped from the sky, grazed the hood of a tractor-trailer and crashed into an Atlanta interstate Friday, killing all four people aboard and starting an intense fire on the busy highway.


BBQ restaurant panned for plan to give white diners discount

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 05:47
MILLIKEN, Colo. (AP) — A barbecue restaurant in northern Colorado is being criticized for its plan to give white customers a 10 percent discount.

Patriot Act renewal splits GOP presidential hopefuls

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 05:46

FILE - In this April 15, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks in Washington. Republican senators eyeing the presidency split over the renewal of the Patriot Act surveillance law, with civil libertarians at odds with traditional defense hawks who back tough spying powers in the fight against terrorism. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators eyeing the presidency split over the renewal of the Patriot Act surveillance law, with civil libertarians at odds with traditional defense hawks who back tough spying powers in the fight against terrorism.


NYC judge declares mistrial in 1979 Etan Patz murder case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 05:46

Hernandez appears in Manhattan Criminal Court in New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - A judge declared a mistrial on Friday in the marathon trial of Pedro Hernandez, who had confessed to killing Etan Patz, the New York City boy whose 1979 disappearance raised awareness of the plight of missing and abducted children and their families. Immediately after state Supreme Court Justice Maxwell Wiley's mistrial ruling, Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon requested a second trial for Hernandez. The decision came after the jury, in its 18th day of deliberations at the court in Manhattan, told the judge for a third time that it was unable to reach a unanimous verdict. "We are frustrated and very disappointed that the jury has even unable to reach a decision," said Stan Patz, the boy's father.


School nutrition director suspended for serving up old meat

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 05:38
ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A school nutrition director has been suspended after serving 4- to 6-year-old pork to students.

Ex-Ohio State band director files defamation suit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 05:34
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The former director of Ohio State University's marching band filed a new lawsuit Friday claiming the school has damaged his reputation so much that he can't find work despite previously being among the most respected directors in the field.

APNewsBreak: 'Animal House' frat loses appeal, recognition

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 05:27

FILE - This June 9, 2006 file photo shows the Alpha Delta fraternity at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. The college has rejected an appeal by a fraternity accused of branding new members, ending efforts by the Greek organization that partly inspired the 1976 movie "Animal House" to remain recognized on campus. Alpha Delta appealed last month after a campus judiciary committee at the Ivy League school withdrew the fraternity's recognition as a student organization. That appeal has been denied and the decision to withdraw recognition stands, according to a statement the college provided to The Associated Press on Friday, May 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe, File)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth College has rejected an appeal by a fraternity accused of branding new members, ending efforts by the Greek organization that partly inspired the 1976 movie "Animal House" to remain recognized on campus.


Thieves targeting unlocked cars in Bucks County neighborhood

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 05:20

Thieves targeting unlocked cars in Bucks County neighborhoodOfficials are urging residents in and around Buckingham Township to lock up their vehicles and their garages after several reports car break-ins.