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Feds drop charges against hunter accused of starting wildfire that burned part of Yosemite

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 01:02
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Feds drop charges against hunter accused of starting wildfire that burned part of Yosemite .

In shift, Taser vows to wait to contract with former chiefs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 01:01

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, retired Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffery Halstead, left, talks with attendees about the use of body cameras at a conference hosted by Taser International for law enforcement personal at the California Highway Patrol headquarters in Sacramento, Calif. Abandoning a practice that has faced criticism, Taser International announced Thursday, May 1, 2015 it will no longer hire police chiefs with whom it has business relationships within weeks or months after they leave public service. Halstead's department signed a no-bid contract with taser for body cameras last year and shortly after he retired in January he was hired as a consultant and paid to travel and speak for Taser. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Abandoning a practice that has faced criticism, Taser International will no longer hire police chiefs with whom it has business relationships within weeks or months after they leave public service.


Bridgegate: 1 ex-Christie ally pleads guilty, 2 charged

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 00:56

 3 former Christie allies charged in scandalThree former allies of Gov. Chris Christie were charged Friday in the George Washington Bridge traffic jam scandal.


First lady speaks to Detroit students about higher education

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 00:49

First lady Michelle Obama speaks at Detroit's first-ever citywide College Signing Day, Friday, May 1, 2015, at Wayne State University in Detroit. The rally is part of her "Reach Higher" initiative to encourage American students to commit to education beyond high school. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama talked to a rally of more than 2,000 Detroit high school students about the importance of committing to education beyond high school as part of her "Reach Higher" initiative.


Oklahoma will not say if it has returned lethal injection drug

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 00:49
Oklahoma does not plan to reveal whether it has abided by the request of a drug maker to return a sedative it uses in its executions that is also at the center of a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, officials said on Friday. Akorn Inc sent a letter to the Oklahoma Attorney General in March saying the use of its drug midazolam for executions violated U.S. drug protocols and asked the state to return what it had purchased. Oklahoma officials said the state could not comment due to laws that prohibit discussing the lethal injection drugs.

'Philly is Baltimore' protesters rally for hours; 3 arrests

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 00:48

'Philly is Baltimore' protesters rally for hours; 3 arrestsA rally called "Philly is Baltimore" that began Thursday afternoon and extended well into the evening ended with only 3 arrests and no damage to property.


A look at Chideo, a new name in online charity fundraising

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 00:46

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 21, 2015 file photo, Bradley Cooper attends the TIME 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center in New York. Cooper met Michelle Aguda, winner of a Chideo contest, at the March 21, 2015, premiere of the film “Serena.” The actor partnered with Chideo to raise money for a patient care fund established in his father’s memory at a New Jersey cancer treatment hospital. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Online donations account for a fraction of the money given to charities each year, but a new company is hoping to change that with a mix of videos, contests for celebrity meetings and behind-the-scenes access that was once reserved only for top donors. Here's a look at Chideo, the Dallas-based company looking to build what founder Todd Wagner calls a "Cause Network" devoted to raising more awareness for nonprofits, and more money as well.


Hollywood rolls out red carpet to 'influencer' fans

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 00:36

 Age of Ultron,” in Los Angeles. Jones is possibly the world’s biggest Marvel movie fan. For the last year, he’s written more than a post a day for fan site Moviepilot about its superhero universe. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clad in his pajamas, Reid Jones often blogs about Marvel superhero movies, with starry ambitions of one day becoming an entertainment journalist.


Obama says vital that truth comes out in Gray investigation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 00:34
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday said it is absolutely vital that the truth comes out in the investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, a black Baltimore man who suffered a fatal spine injury while in police custody. Obama said he had not yet seen the charges announced on Friday by a Maryland prosecutor against the officers who detained Gray last month. (Reporting by Julia Edwards; Editing by Susan Heavey)

Shelter director's slaying fuels debate on homeless in NYC

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 00:20
NEW YORK (AP) — It was bad enough that Ana Charle was killed after leaving her job for the day as director at a homeless shelter for men. But how it happened shocked even seasoned investigators.

Ex-Christie ally pleads guilty in traffic jam scandal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 00:17

 1 ex-Christie ally pleads guilty, 2 chargedA former loyalist to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pleaded guilty Friday to charges related to creating a traffic jam near the George Washington Bridge for political purposes.


Sherpas face uncertain future following Everest avalanche

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 23:49

FILE - In this May 24, 2003 file photo, Nepalese Sherpas with luggage make their way through the Khumbu Icefall to Everest base camp in Nepal. The abrupt ending of the climbing season on Mount Everest’s north and south sides following a deadly earthquake will be a severe blow to the Sherpas in the region, who will not receive their daily pay or highly-anticipated bonuses for helping people scale the world’s tallest peak. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan, File)SEATTLE (AP) — Mount Everest is normally buzzing with activity this time of year, with hundreds of hopeful climbers gathering at base camp to attempt to summit the world's tallest peak during a narrow 10-day window in May before the monsoons arrive.


France's Bank BNP Paribas sentenced in US sanctions case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 23:39
NEW YORK (AP) — France's largest bank, BNP Paribas, has been sentenced for violating U.S. sanctions by processing transactions for clients in blacklisted countries.

List of charges for 6 officers in Freddie Gray's death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 23:36
Here's a list of the charges for the six officers who were involved in Freddie Gray's death. State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby says the officers repeatedly failed to get Gray medical treatment after his arrest and did not buckle him up inside the police transport van, contrary to a police department order. If convicted, the maximum punishment is listed after the charge.

Ex-Christie ally to plead guilty in traffic jam scandal, AP source says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 23:36

Ex-Christie ally pleads guilty in traffic jam scandalA former loyalist to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie arrived at court Friday to plead guilty to charges related to creating a traffic jam near the George Washington Bridge for political purposes, a person with knowledge of the case told The Associated Press.


Political appointee loyal to Chris Christie pleads guilty in George Washington Bridge case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 23:36
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Political appointee loyal to Chris Christie pleads guilty in George Washington Bridge case.

Woman hurt in Kingsessing house fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 23:24

Woman hurt in Kingsessing house fireA woman was hospitalized after a house fire in Southwest Philadelphia.


Feds to change ivory rule enforcement after bagpipes seized

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 23:23
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hoping to hit the right notes over new rules enforcing an ivory ban that snagged a pair of teenage bagpipers at the Canadian border.

Iran will take part in new Syria consultations, UN says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 23:14
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. confirms that Iran will take part in consultations on Syria that begin Monday in Geneva.

2 arrests in deadly shooting in Dover, Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 23:14

2 arrests in deadly shooting in Dover, DelawarePolice have arrested two men in connection with a deadly shooting outside an apartment complex in Dover, Delaware.