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Hollywood studios defeat animators' hiring lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 23:22
A federal judge has thrown out an antitrust lawsuit accusing major Hollywood animation studios of trying to drive down animators' wages through an illegal anti-poaching conspiracy. In a decision on Friday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California said the four-year statute of limitations ran out long before the animators in September sued Walt Disney Co and its Lucasfilm and Pixar units, Sony Corp, DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc and 21st Century Fox Inc's Blue Sky Studios.

U.S. man accused in worldwide online child sex exploitation case

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 23:17
(Reuters) - A federal grand jury has handed down new child sexual exploitation charges against a California man who investigators now suspect obtained sexually explicit images of more than 300 underage victims from the United States and worldwide. Blake Robert Johnston, 41, of Martinez, was charged in October 2014 with traveling to another state with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said on Monday. New charges lodged against him last week by a grand jury in Oakland include transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, online coercion, sexual exploitation involving a minor, and production of child pornography, it said. "Based on the analysis ... investigators now estimate there could be more than 300 other potential underage victims in this case, both domestically and worldwide," it said.

New York commuters rescued from subway train when tracks smoke

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 23:15
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of New York City commuters were rescued on Monday morning when a subway train stalled for more than an hour in a tunnel due to smoke rising from the tracks, transit officials said. The number 7 train, running from Manhattan to Queens at about 8:30 a.m. local time, made an emergency stop after a piece of track equipment touched an electrified rail and began to smolder, a spokeswoman with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said. A rescue train transported the 540 passengers at about 10 a.m. back to Grand Central Station. No injuries were reported. ...

State posts details of $225M Exxon settlement on website

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 23:08
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Details of New Jersey's proposed $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil over pollution around refineries in Linden and Bayonne were posted online Monday, starting the clock on a legal process that will stretch into June and giving vocal opponents an opportunity to persuade a judge to kill the deal.

Jeb Bush marked 'Hispanic' on Florida voter form: NYT

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 23:08

Probable 2016 Republican U.S. presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks at a Horry County Republican Party breakfast in Myrtle BeachLikely Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush, who was popular among Spanish-speaking voters while Florida governor, marked himself as "Hispanic" on a 2009 voter registration application, The New York Times reported on Monday. The newspaper posted a fuzzy copy of the form, which it said it obtained from the Miami-Dade County Elections Department. "My mistake! Don't think I've fooled anyone!" Bush wrote on Twitter on Monday, responding to a message from his son calling him an "honorary" Latino. "He is not Hispanic." Carolina Lopez, a spokeswoman for the county elections department, did not immediately return calls from Reuters.

U.S. safety officials review petition to reopen probe of Ford headlights

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 22:36

The Ford logo is pictured at the Ford Motor Co plant in GenkU.S. safety regulators said they would review a petition from a North Carolina consumer group that sought further investigation into a potential loss of vehicle headlights or all exterior lighting in almost 518,000 Ford Motor Co large sedans in the United States. The North Carolina Consumers Council asked officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to open a probe into 517,945 Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis sedans from model years 2003 through 2005, according to recent documents filed with NHTSA. The safety agency had previously opened a preliminary investigation into the issue in November 2008, and closed the probe four months later after finding no defect. The North Carolina group alleged a defect in the lighting control module that powers the headlights, and noted the No. 2 U.S. automaker had recently extended the subject vehicle warranty for this part to 15 years or 250,000 miles in requesting the probe, the documents said.

Supreme Court declines to review North Carolina voting law

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 22:31
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review the legality of new Republican-backed voting restrictions in North Carolina that were part of a law opponents argued was aimed at making it harder for voters who tend to favor Democrats to cast ballots. The court rejected the state's appeal of an October decision by the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that found that parts of the 2013 law should be provisionally blocked while litigation continues. At issue in the current case are the sections of the law that barred same-day voter registration and provisional voting for voters casting ballots outside their normal precincts. The Supreme Court's action has little immediate impact as a full trial on the legality of the law is scheduled for this summer, with a final ruling likely ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

High court rejects appeal from subcontractor freed from Cuba

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 22:10
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from a former government subcontractor seeking to sue the U.S. government for negligence over his five-year imprisonment in Cuba.

Police: Basketball coach who fired gun during game in Southwest Phladelphia ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 22:09

 Basketball coach who fired gun during game in Southwest Phladelphia ID'dPolice say a basketball coach fired his gun during a game at a Southwest Philadelphia recreation center.

Chair in which Lincoln was shot center stage on anniversary

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 21:51

The chair in which President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865 is shown on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., March 23, 2015. The Henry Ford Museum is offering a closer glimpse of the pivotal piece of history to mark the assassination’s 150th anniversary. The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn will remove the chair from its glass enclosure on April 15, the sesquicentennial of Lincoln’s death. It will be displayed in a plaza area and museum admission will be free. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Jeff Buczkiewicz stood before the chair Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated 150 years ago. He peered silently into the glass-enclosed case at the rocking chair, then snapped pictures for posterity.

Phillies finalize Opening Day roster

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 21:44

Phillies finalize Opening Day rosterThe Phillies selected the contracts of outfielder Jeff Francoeur and infielder Andres Blanco and optioned outfielder Jordan Danks to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to complete the 25-man roster.

Maine woman holds essay contest for 47 acres of woods

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 21:36
WHITEFIELD, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman wants to give away the 47 acres of woodlands she owns in the town of Whitefield to the person who can best put into words what they intend to do with the property.

Priscilla Presley: No Elvis imitators at new Vegas chapel

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 21:36

 The Exhibition - The Show - The Experience” in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — The King will not appear at Elvis Presley's Graceland Wedding Chapel that is coming soon to Las Vegas — exactly how Priscilla Presley wants it.

Man who caught on fire while driving dies at hospital

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 21:22
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — An 84-year-old Rochester-area man who suffered severe burns when a dropped cigarette ignited his clothes while driving on a New York road has died.

2 children dead after family's SUV overturns on turnpike

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 21:18
STUART, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an overloaded SUV carrying 12 relatives crashed over the weekend on Florida's Turnpike, claiming three lives.

Police: Couple faces charges for stealing bats with stroller

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 21:09
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say they have issued arrest warrants for a Philadelphia couple who used a baby stroller to steal high-end baseball bats in southern New Jersey.

Truck crash slows traffic on I-76 West in King of Prussia

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 20:59

Truck crash slows traffic on I-76 West in King of PrussiaA crash involving a tractor-trailer and a sedan slowed traffic on I-76 in King of Prussia.

Court: NYC woman can serve divorce papers via Facebook

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 19:38
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has given a New York City woman permission to file for divorce from her elusive husband via a Facebook message.

1 teenager shot dead, 2 others wounded at party in Camden

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 19:31

1 teenager shot dead, 2 others wounded at party in Camden CountyAn 18-year-old man has died and 2 teenage girls are hospitalized after gunfire erupted at a party in Camden.

Woman found dead in Southwest Philadelphia home

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 17:53

Woman found dead in Southwest Philadelphia homeHomicide detectives are investigating the death of a woman in Southwest Philadelphia.