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Appeals court: Texas can use race in admissions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:34

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2012 file photo, Abigail Fisher, right, who sued the University of Texas, walks outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court has sent a Texas case on race-based college admissions back to a lower court for another look. The court's 7-1 decision Monday leaves unsettled many of the basic questions about the continued use of race as a factor in college admissions. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)A federal appeals court panel has ruled that the University of Texas can continue using race in its undergraduate admissions.

U.S. House panel to probe if there was cover-up in CDC lab mishap

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:12

Centers for Disease Control Biotechnology Core Facility (Building 23) is shown in AtlantaBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A congressional panel probing the mishandling of dangerous pathogens at federal laboratories will try to determine if U.S. officials sought to cover up an incident involving deadly avian flu, its Republican chairman said on Tuesday. Representative Tim Murphy said lawmakers will also look at whether lab workers face adequate "consequences" for failing to follow rules, and consider new legislation if penalties are lacking when actions endanger the public. The panel is due to hear testimony on Wednesday from several witnesses, including Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC has been engulfed in controversy since last month when officials revealed that 84 lab workers had potentially been exposed to live anthrax bacteria at its Atlanta campus.

Missouri man won't face 3rd trial in 1990 slaying

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:08

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2013, file photo Mark Woodworth is greeted by family and friends after being released from prison in Chillicothe, Mo. Special prosecutors dropped first-degree murder charges against Woodworth on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. He was facing a third trial in the death of his neighbor more than two decades ago. (AP Photo/The St. Joseph News-Press, Jessica Stewart, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — A special prosecutor on Tuesday dismissed a first-degree murder charge against a northwest Missouri man facing a third trial in his neighbor's 1990 death — the latest and likely final legal victory in a nearly quarter-century effort to clear his name.

Investigation into bodies left at funeral home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:05
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Police are investigating after finding eight bodies unattended after a mortuary service was told to move out of its building in Fort Worth, Texas.

Convicted molester in California gets 194 years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:29
MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man has been sentenced to 194 years to life in prison for molesting boys in the 1990s.

Agency toughens protections for pregnant workers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:28
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pregnant women have new protections against on-the-job discrimination.

U.S. says deportation of Honduran children a warning to illegal migrants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:25

Handout photo of women and children at the Ramon Villeda international airport in San Pedro Sula after deportation from U.S.By Steve Holland and Gabriel Stargardter WASHINGTON/TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday that Central Americans trying to cross the U.S. border should know "they will not be welcome to this country," a day after the United States deported a planeload of women and children to Honduras. A charter flight on Monday from New Mexico to San Pedro Sula, the city with the highest murder rate in the world, transported 17 Honduran women, as well as 12 girls and nine boys between the ages of 18 months and 15 years. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the return of the Hondurans should be a clear signal to those thinking about crossing the border illegally that "they're entitled to due process but they will not be welcome to this country with open arms." The return of the Hondurans was the most high-profile example of President Barack Obama's struggle to gain control of an influx of child migrants from Central America that is overwhelming immigration resources and leading to scattered protests from people angry at the government for housing some border-crossers in communities around the country.

Person of interest in case of woman found in duffel bag

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:19

Person of interest in case of body found in duffel bagPhiladelphia police are questioning a person of interest in the case of a young woman found dead in a duffel bag in Kensington.

Obama seeks to ease Germany's concerns on spying

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:14
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sought to allay German concerns Tuesday over allegations of espionage, pledging to work to improve cooperation during his first conversation with Germany's leader since two Germans were revealed to have spied on their country for the United States.

Arizona protesters hope to stop immigrant transfer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:11

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeau speaks to the media as protesters gather near the entrance to juvenile facility in an effort to stop a bus load of Central American immigrant children from being delivered to the facility, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Oracle, Ariz. Federal officials delayed the bus with no details on whether the children will arrive or not. (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)ORACLE, Ariz. (AP) — Protesters carrying "Return to Sender" and "Go home non-Yankees" signs faced off with immigrant rights activists Tuesday in a small Arizona town after a sheriff said a bus filled with Central American children was on its way.

Kissinger undergoes heart procedure in New York

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:02

FILE - In this June 11, 2013, file photo, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger gestures during a birthday reception for his 90th birthday in Berlin, Germany. Kissinger has undergone an aortic valve replacement procedure at a hospital in New York. New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan released a statement saying the 91-year-old ex-diplomat was "resting comfortably" following the procedure on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has undergone an aortic valve replacement procedure at a hospital in New York.

California approves fines for water-wasters during drought as conservation proves a tough sell

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:59
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California approves fines for water-wasters during drought as conservation proves a tough sell.

Crews cleaning up 14-car derailment in Va.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:53

This photo provided by the Wythe County public information officer, Jeremy T.K. Farley, shows the scene after 14 railroad cars derailed in Wytheville, Va., on Monday, July 14, 2014. No injuries were immediately reported. (AP Photo/Wythe County, Jeremy T.K. Farley)WYTHEVILLE, Va. (AP) — Crews worked Tuesday to get a train back on track after a derailment scattered 14 cars along a rail line in southwest Virginia.

Lawsuit upheld over Pa. Marine's missing heart

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:52

Lawsuit upheld over Pa. Marine's missing heartThe family of a Marine whose body came back from Greece without his heart can pursue negligence claims against the United States, a federal judge in Philadelphia ruled.

Journalist, activist released by U.S. Border Patrol

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:50

File - In this Feb. 13, 2013 file photo, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, immigration rights activist and self-declared undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on comprehensive immigration reform. Vargas has been detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents at a South Texas airport. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora says Vargas was in custody Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014, but he had no other details. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)The U.S. Border Patrol has released prominent immigration activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas after detaining him at a Texas airport for being in the country illegally.

Ex-Minnesota governor was rolling on ground: Navy SEAL

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:49

FORMER MINNESOTA GOVERNOR VENTURA DURING TIMBERWOLVES NBA PLAYOFF GAME.By David Bailey ST. PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - A Navy SEAL told a court on Tuesday he saw former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura on his back outside a bar in 2006, although he did not see if he had been struck by a former Navy SEAL accused of fabricating an altercation with Ventura. Navy SEAL John Kelly III told the federal trial he was herding mourners from one bar to another during a wake for a fallen SEAL when he looked back and saw Ventura rocking on the sidewalk or curb. Later, former SEAL Chris Kyle told Kelly he had punched Ventura saying, "I put him on his ass," Kelly said. Ventura named Kyle's widow, Taya Kyle, defendant as overseer of Kyle's estate after he was killed in early 2013 by a troubled Iraq war veteran.

Utah man sentenced to five years in prison for shooting at synagogue

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:46
(Reuters) - A Utah man was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for shooting into an unoccupied synagogue in Salt Lake City in what federal authorities said was an attack motivated by religious bias. Macon Openshaw, 22, pleaded guilty in a federal court in Utah in April to the civil rights violation of damaging the synagogue and to two counts of unlawful gun possession, U.S. attorneys said in a statement. As part of a plea deal struck with prosecutors, Openshaw admitted to firing three rounds from a .22 caliber pistol at the Congregation Kol Ami synagogue in 2012 because of its religious affiliation, Acting Assistant U.S. Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels said. "The department stands ready to combat violence based on a person’s religion and will continue to prosecute these hate crimes vigorously." A federal judge also ordered Openshaw to pay $1,969 to the synagogue to repair the damage he caused.

North Carolina man to be freed 19 years after wrongful conviction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:13

Darryl Anthony HowardA North Carolina man who spent nearly two decades in prison for murder will be released as early as this week as he awaits a new trial. Darryl Anthony Howard, 52, was awarded a new trial in May after a judge found misconduct during his 1995 conviction. On Tuesday, a state appeals court denied prosecutors’ request to keep Howard behind bars until they try him again, paving the way for his release. Seema Saifee, one of Howard’s attorneys, delivered the news to him by phone early Tuesday.

Charges detailed for Utah ex-attorney generals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:12
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After investigating for more than a year, authorities on Tuesday arrested two former Utah attorneys general on charges of bribery, misusing public funds and other counts. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill on Tuesday laid out allegations against John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff that involve gold coins, luxury houseboats and jets and thousands of dollars in cash or campaign contributions. Swallow and Shurtleff, both Republicans, have denied wrongdoing and the accusations against them.

LA may get first Latino fire chief in its history

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:06
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles may be getting the first Latino fire chief in the department's 128-year history.